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“Perhaps you think so now, but we both follow the way of the sword... All paths of the sword lead to one place.”
—Karel talking to Rutger in a support conversation.

Karel is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is a Sacaen swordmaster who has had two titles over the course of his career: the battle-crazed Sword Demon, and the sage-like Sword Saint.

ProfileEdit

The Blazing BladeEdit

Born in a family where only one can inherit the sword, and killed each other over it, Karel cut down his father and mother, and was a sole survivor, with the exception of his sister, whom he saw as no threat at the time. Afterwards, as if possessed by the sword, he went and slew Kelles –the Rock Giant of the Western Isles(said to be three times the size of a regular man), as well as Ilia’s Ice Emperor(a wizard that could freeze blood in a person's veins) among other strong opponents. From these feats, he earned infamy across Elibe, as well as the fearsome reputation as the "Sword Demon".

He encountered Eliwood while wandering and seeking opponents to fight, and joined his group in order to observe his skill.

The Binding BladeEdit

Karel eventually changes significantly in the twenty years until The Binding Blade, as he traveled the land with a new nickname, the "Sword Saint", and resolve, having finally found peace in himself after many years. Having retired to a life of seclusion in a village when he grew tired of fighting, at his niece Fir’s request, he offered to aid Roy and his allies.

PersonalityEdit

Living only to find challengers worthy of his blade and killing opponents in battle without remorse or hesitation, Karel was at first a cool and reserved person, but demonstrating a glimpse of his humane side when talking to allies, as he originally intended to slay his younger sister Karla in accordance to family law, but gave up after Karla’s sincere heart struck a chord with him. Another example is how he was moved by Guy’s enthusiasm when teaching him the way of the sword.

As he aged, Karel's disposition changed as he regained the humanity he had once cast aside, seeking to enlighten young swordsmen with his gentle eyes while considering his fighting skills "rusty" and potentially inferior to the youngsters, disliking the title he was given, claiming it is a false name, perhaps because of guilt for his past actions. He has no real interest in the overall state of the world around him, only joining the fight on behalf of his remaining family.

In GameEdit

Fire Emblem: The Binding BladeEdit

Karel enters the game as a level 19 Swordmaster and has some of the best growths in the entire series (though he can only level up once). He can be recruited in the third to last chapter by visiting the eastern village with either Fir or Bartre.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE8 Male Swordmaster Map Sprite Swordmaster GBALight Light
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
19 44 20 28 23 18 15 13 9 6
Weapon Starting Items

Sword Sword - S

WodaoWo Dao

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
210% 130% 140% 140% 120% 110% 100%

SupportsEdit

See also: Karel/Supports

Fire Emblem: The Blazing BladeEdit

Description: An eastern swordmaster. Seeking worthy opponents.

RecruitmentEdit

For Karel to appear instead of Harken, open 4 or more doors by the end of turn 9 on Jerme's Map, or kill 2 or more of the 3 specific promoted enemies before turn 9 on Kenneth's map. Talk to Karel with Lyn or your main lord.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE8 Male Swordmaster Map Sprite Swordmaster GBALight Light
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
8 31 16 23 20 15 13 12 9 6
Weapon Starting Items

Sword Sword - A

WodaoWo Dao

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 30% 50% 50% 30% 10% 15%

SupportsEdit

See also: Karel/Supports#The Blazing Blade

Overall Edit

In The Binding Blade, Karel suffers from joining very late into the game. While he does have good base stats, by the point he joins, his capability to contribute is almost non-existent since he doesn't offer almost anything of note: he is Sword-locked and his movement is the standard 6 that all unmounted promoted units have. On the flip side, he comes with S rank Swords, meaning that he is at least capable of wielding Durandal for the remainder of the game without requiring training if the player had any trouble reaching said rank with other swords users.

In The Blazing Blade, Karel has a much easier time fairing with the enemies. When you look at him by himself, he's not that bad of a unit, (Arguably the best swordmaster in the game) but he is arguably worse in this installment, due to it being impossible to recruit both him and Harken. Harken has better bases, a better inventory in the Brave Sword (which is unobtainable otherwise), is capable of wielding the Hand Axe/Tomahawk for reliable 1-2 range attacks and also has Hard Mode Bonuses on Hector Hard Mode. While Karel himself performs better in this game than in The Binding Blade, due to being around longer and having solid player phase combat, Harken is just far superior to Karel, due to his stronger enemy phase and stats.

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

SpotPassEdit

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
8 38 19 5 34 32 24 16 15 6
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Avoid +10Avoid +10
Vantage (Kakusei)Vantage
Astra (FE13)Astra
Luna (FE13)Luna

SwordIconFE13Sword - B

Silver Sword FE13 IconSilver Sword*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem HeroesEdit

Sword Demon
A vicious swordsman from a family devoted to mastering the blade. Known as the Sword Demon. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base StatsEdit

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Title Group
Heroes Karel Sprite
Sword Demon
Heroes Infantry Infantry
Level HP Atk Spd Def Res
1
40
18/19/20
44/47/50
7/8/9
26/30/33
8/9/10
32/35/38
5/6/7
22/25/29
4/5/6
17/20/23
Skills Weapon

FEH skill offense Wo Dao+
FEH skill special Retribution

FEH Sword Sword

SkillsEdit

WeaponEdit
Name Prerequisite Might Range Effects SP Cost Default Unlocked
FEH skill offense Iron Sword - 6 1 - 50 - -
FEH skill offense Steel Sword - 8 1 - 100 - -
FEH skill offense Wo Dao - 9 1 Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers. 200 - -
FEH skill offense Wo Dao+ - 13 1 Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers. 300 FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill offense Nameless Blade FEH skill offense Wo Dao+ 16 1 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 400 FEH Star Rarity 5 FEH Star Rarity 5
Weapon RefinementsEdit
Wo Dao+
Type Stats Effects Cost
FEH WUp 1 +5 HP
+3 Mt
Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers. 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 2 +5 HP
+1 Mt
+3 Spd
Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers. 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 3 +5 HP
+1 Mt
+4 Def
Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers. 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 4 +5 HP
+1 Mt
+4 Res
Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers. 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
Nameless Blade
Type Stats Effects Cost
FEH WUp 11 +3 HP Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1).
Deals +10 damage when Special triggers.
400 SP
500 Arena Medal
200 Divine Dew
FEH WUp 1 +5 HP
+2 Mt
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 400 SP
500 Arena Medal
200 Divine Dew
FEH WUp 2 +5 HP
+3 Spd
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 400 SP
500 Arena Medal
200 Divine Dew
FEH WUp 3 +5 HP
+4 Def
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 400 SP
500 Arena Medal
200 Divine Dew
FEH WUp 4 +5 HP
+4 Res
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 400 SP
500 Arena Medal
200 Divine Dew
SpecialEdit
Name Prerequisite Effects Charge Cost SP Cost Default Unlocked
FEH skill special Retribution - Grants bonus bonus damage dealt equal to 30% of damage suffered. 3 100 FEH Star Rarity 5 -
FEH skill special Reprisal FEH skill special Retribution Grants bonus bonus damage dealt equal to 30% of damage suffered. 2 200 - FEH Star Rarity 5
PassiveEdit
Name Prerequisite Effects SP Cost Unlocked Type
FEH Defiant Atk 1 Defiant Atk 1 - Grants Atk +3 at start of turn if units HP ≤50%. 40 - A
FEH Defiant Atk 2 Defiant Atk 2 FEH Defiant Atk 1 Defiant Atk 1 Grants Atk +5 at start of turn if units HP ≤50%. 80 - A
FEH Defiant Atk 3 Defiant Atk 3 FEH Defiant Atk 2 Defiant Atk 2 Grants Atk +7 at start of turn if units HP ≤50%. 160 FEH Star Rarity 5 A
FEH Desperation 1 Desperation 1 - If unit initiates combat with HP ≤25%, follow-up attacks occur immediately after unit's attack. 50 - B
FEH Desperation 2 Desperation 2 FEH Desperation 1 Desperation 1 If unit initiates combat with HP ≤50%, follow-up attacks occur immediately after unit's attack. 100 - B
FEH Desperation 3 Desperation 3 FEH Desperation 2 Desperation 2 If unit initiates combat with HP ≤75%, follow-up attacks occur immediately after unit's attack. 200 FEH Star Rarity 5 B

QuotesEdit

The Binding BladeEdit

“Gah... I... Not yet...”
—Karel's death quote.

“So let's see the power of the Demon Dragon.”
—Final Chapter Quote.

“No, you have not made any mistakes. The path you choose on your own is never wrong. In fact, I shall assist you from now on.”
—Karel, being recruited by Fir.

The Blazing BladeEdit

“Death cannot be bested with a sword... My skills are not yet honed to such a level. I should take my leave of this battle.”
—Karel's retreat quote

“As long as there's someone to cut, you will have my aid.”
—Final Chapter quote

“Your name is Mark, correct? A tactician? I see. You use wisdom as your blade... Interesting... Mark, I will remember your name.”
—Karel to the Tactician in Chapter 28H.

“…Here we are. Mm…a good wind. appropriate to the feast about to begin.”
—Karel upon entering the field in chapter Pale Flower of Darkness

Recruited by EliwoodEdit

  • Eliwood: Who are you?
  • Karel: Karel.
  • Eliwood: Are you fighting the Black Fang, too?
  • Karel: I heard the Black Fang was gathering recruits. I'm here to challenge them.
  • Eliwood: Do you… Do you have a reason to do so?
  • Karel: My sword is my life. My sword is my reason. You…
  • Eliwood: What?
  • Karel: You are quite good, but you will improve. Very good, I will join you.
  • Eliwood: You're going to help me and my friends? But…why?
  • Karel: Someday, you will be a famed swordfighter. It would be a waste for that skill to die here. I must have you… stronger. I will wait for that time with much anticipation.
  • Eliwood:
  • Karel: Shall we continue? The feast awaits…

Recruited by Hector Edit

  • Hector: Who are you?
  • Karel: Karel.
  • Hector: Karel, what are you doing in this place?
  • Karel: The Black Fang is gathering recruits. I want to hone my blade on them.
  • Hector: What? Do you have...a reason?
  • Karel: My sword is my life. My sword is my reason. You...
  • Hector: What?
  • Karel: You are unpolished...but powerful. Very well. I will join you.
  • Hector: You're going to lend us your blade? That's a nice gesture and all, but... Why?
  • Karel: You will someday be a famed general. It would be a waste for that power to be lost here. I must have you...stronger. I will wait for that time with much anticipation.
  • Hector: ......
  • Karel: Shall we continue? The feast awaits...

Recruited by Lyn Edit

  • Lyn: Oh! Who are you?
  • Karel: Karel.
  • Lyn: You're a... swordfighter from Sacae. Are you fighting the Black Fang as well?
  • Karel: The Black Fang is gathering recruits. I want to hone my blade on them.
  • Lyn: Why would you... do you have a reason to?
  • Karel: My sword is my life. My sword is my reason. You are... So beautiful...
  • Lyn: Pardon?
  • Karel: Your blade and mine are different, yet... Your swordplay is truly beautiful. Very well. I will join you.
  • Lyn: You're going to help us? But... why?
  • Karel: Someday you will be a renowned swordfighter. Losing you here would be a waste. I must see you... stronger. I will wait for that time with much anticipation.
  • Lyn: ......
  • Karel: Shall we continue? The feast awaits...

Fire Emblem Heroes Edit

Karel/Heroes Quotes

Possible EndingsEdit

Fire Emblem: The Blazing BladeEdit

Karel - Saint of Swords
"Once, Karel was known as the Sword Demon. Now, he bears a new name. What prompted this change, he will not say."

Fire Emblem: The Binding BladeEdit

Sword Master - Karel
"Karel retired to a small Village in the mountains of Bern and lived his life in peace. Although many Swords came to him seeking direction, he never did teach any of them directly."

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Karel is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

EtymologyEdit

Karel /ˈkɑːrəl/ is a given name in Dutch and Czech, equivalent to Charles, meaning Free Man.

This name is a variant of the Germanic name 'Karl', which is the root of names like Charles. The word 'carl' in Middle English meant 'man', often a low-class man or 'churl'; it was used as an insult during the early Middle Ages in England.

This name might refer to Charlemagne (English: Charles the Great, German: Karl der Große), the famous king of the Franks and founder of the Holy Roman Empire, which makes him the founder of France and Germany.

Another possible person to refer to is Charles Martel (German: Karl Martell), who was the (in the end winning) leading commander of the Christian Forces at the battle of Tours, October 732. If the Armies of the united North African tribes would have defeated Martel's army at Tours, it is quite possible that the main religion of France, Spain, Switzerland and the western parts of Germany und Italy would have been Islam until today.

TriviaEdit

  • Karel was originally conceived as a character for the cancelled Fire Emblem: Ankoku no Miko. When the original setting and plot of Ankoku no Miko was scrapped and rewritten into what would become The Binding Blade, Karel was the only supporting character carried over into the new story.
  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Karel won 21st place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 2:1. The voter comments seem to generally focus on his transformation from a blood-thirsty swordsman in the game's prequel into a wise, reliable, and friendly individual.
  • Karel shares the title of Saint of Swords in Elibe with Guy and Fir. Both swordsmen are associated with Karel: Guy can potentially be his pupil and Fir is his niece. Sword Saint is also the title given to Od, another Swordmaster from the Jugdral Duology.
  • Karel has the lowest defense growth in The Blazing Blade, yet he has the highest Defense growth, as well as the highest growths in the entire series, in The Binding Blade.
  • Karel is the only character in the entire Fire Emblem series who is guaranteed to obtain a Perfect Level Up. This only occurs in The Binding Blade but only once as Karel is recruited at Level 19.

GalleryEdit