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“We are less than human now. We are no different from our swords themselves. Our hearts are cold, and we count the days we live solely by the flesh we cleave. What meaning can there be in such an existence?”
—Karla in a support conversation with Karel

Karla (カアラ Kāra) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken. She is the emotionally distant, naive and cool-natured sister of Karel, known as the Princess of Swords (剣姫, Kenki lit. Sword Princess). Although she has mastered the art of swordplay, she generally dislikes fighting and often finds peaceful methods of resolving conflict. She fights in arenas in hopes of finding her brother, who killed their parents, although Karla is not aware of this until finding him; and even after she finds out the truth, she strives to redeem him, or die trying. She later marries Bartre and is the mother of Fir from Fire Emblem: Binding Blade, but dies of illness a few years before that game takes place. It is implied in her supports with Farina that she and Karel were either born or have lived in Sacae.

In order to recruit her, a few conditions have to be met. Exclusively in Hector mode. Bartre has to be promoted to a level 5 Warrior before Chapter 31(x) starts. Karla appears as a neutral unit standing on top of the arena. Having Bartre talk to her will trigger a battle. Both Bartre and Karla must survive the fight in order for her to join your team.

In GameEdit

Description: A dedicated swordfighter. Cool and detached.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE8 Female Swordmaster Map Sprite Swordmaster GBADark Dark
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
5 29 14 21 18 16 11 12 7 6
Weapon Starting Items

Sword Sword - A

WodaoWo Dao

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 25% 45% 55% 40% 10% 20%


See also: Karla (Rekka no Ken)/Supports


Karla joins extremely late with lower stats than some of your other units and virtually no prospects at forming meaningful Support boosts. She possesses the Dark affinity, the rarest affinity in the game, and will thus almost never benefit from Tactician Stars in anything approximating optimal play. She is immediately surpassed by both Karel and Jaffar in virtually every area, her prospects for catching up to either are slim, and she will require loads of dedicated experience to train given her reasonably high starting level. Further complicating matters, her requirements for recruitment are obscure, and she will only be an option at all if the player chooses to raise Bartre. However, she has good accuracy, resistance, and avoid, despite having below average HP, Strength,and Defense. She CAN perform decently in the hard mode variant of Chapter 32x(H) , however, so long as the player is careful to avoid putting her in range of enemies wielding Swordslayers.

Despite her glaring flaws, Karla is competent enough to be combat-capable in the subsequent chapters. Her greatest weakness is her bleak outlook on strength, with very low growth and starting level, and almost no time for training.


“I've lived long enough. I've no regrets...”
—Final Chapter: Light Quote

Defeat quoteEdit

Karla: Too inexperienced... I'll never reach my brother now...
(End of chapter)
Hector: Oswin! What happened to that female swordfighter? Karla, wasn't it?
Oswin: It seems she was hurt in that last skirmish. She left without telling a soul.
Hector: Is that so? Well, that's that then.

Possible EndingsEdit

Karla - The Sword VassalEdit

After the conflict, Karla became involved with a warrior that she met. She died of an illness several years later.

Karla and BartreEdit

Karla and Bartre were reunited in Ostia, During the battle, they became friends. That friendship deepened into love, and they were wed. Later, Karla died of illness. Bartre took their daughter to her uncle and joined Karla.


Karla is a female variant of the name Karl.


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