“I cannot, Lady Sigrun. As strong as your loyalty is for the apostle, so is mine for General Zelgius.”
—Levail to Sigrun
Levail (ルベール Rubēru) is a boss character from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is a Begnion general, and is extremely loyal to Zelgius, whom he once called the last true knight. Like Zelgius, he follows the Code of Chivalry. He is seen several times in the game as disapproving of the various actions of the Begnion Senate. He was originally the general of the Duke of Gaddos's personal army, but eventually abandoned him to serve Zelgius. He appears to know both Haar and Astrid from before they each left Begnion.
Levail joined the Begnion army as a young man after he came of age, and served for around 20 years prior to the outbreak of the war with the Laguz Alliance. In his youth he was inspired by Shiharam and Haar of the royal dracoknights, as well as Zelgius, and dedicated himself to living an honorable, chivalrous life like theirs.
When the laguz nations Gallia, Phoenicis, and Kilvas declared war on Begnion for its senate's role in the Serenes Massacre, forming the Laguz Alliance, Levail and the Gaddos army, along with the Seliora army under Istvan, were deployed for the first major clash against the Alliance, although the power struggles of the senators controlling their armies hampered their ability to work together and resulted in a defeat. The tide soon turned with the arrival of Zelgius and the Central Army, which drove the Alliance into a retreat, then united with the northern nobles' armies, placing all of their forces under Zelgius's command.
After the armies merged, Levail worked with Zelgius as a second-in-command, and the combination of the army's immense size and the competent leadership turned the tides of the war against the Laguz Alliance. Levail was present with Zelgius at the battle of the Ribahn River and at the battle of Soze Pass, when Zelgius defeated Skrimir in a duel and called a ceasefire to allow the Alliance to safely retreat. When Lombroso broke the ceasefire by assaulting the Greil Mercenaries at Castle Seliora, Levail arrived late in the battle to force him to stand down.
While the Laguz Alliance continued their retreat back to Gallia, Senator Valtome came and took control of the Begnion Central Army, ordering the army to push on into Crimea and launch a direct invasion of Gallia. Levail was present with Zelgius at the helm of the Central Army as it met the Laguz Alliance in Crimean territory, but after Elincia laid down her sword to preserve the neutrality of Crimea in this war, Zelgius and Levail retreated with the bulk of the Central Army out of respect for Elincia's courage, despite the wishes of Valtome. However, Valtome ordered his personal army to attack anyway to make an example of Crimea, and on hearing of this, Zelgius refused to assist him despite Levail's worries.
In the aftermath of this battle, Valtome ordered Zelgius to be executed for defying and abandoning him, and Levail's attempts to convince him to spare Zelgius were ignored. Zelgius was saved, however, by the arrive of Apostle Sanaki and her Holy Guard, who accused the senate of treachery to seize control of Begnion. This divided the Central Army into two factions, one loyal to the senate and deriding Sanaki as a false apostle, and the other as followers of Sanaki. Zelgius remained loyal to Sanaki and Sephiran, and Levail followed suit, abandoning Lekain in favor of continuing to serve Zelgius. The Sanaki faction of the Central Army formed the Apostle's Army, a coalition with Crimea and the Laguz Alliance to take back Begnion from the corrupt senators.
The war between the Apostle's Army and Begnion escalated, with Daein becoming involved on the senate's side, until the chaos caused by the warring forced the awakening of the goddesses Ashera and Yune. Levail was spared the petrification of Ashera's judgement and followed Zelgius into entering her service in the Disciples of Order, although his true loyalties remained with Zelgius alone and he had no interest in Ashera's aims.
Yune eventually arrived at the Tower of Guidance with an army of survivors led by Ike and Micaiah, aiming to defeat Ashera and reverse her judgement, and Levail was part of the forces loyal to Ashera who defended the tower from their attack. As the group scaled the tower after defeating Lekain and Hetzel, they were confronted by Zelgius in his Black Knight armor, who challenged Ike to one final duel. While this battle ensued, Levail was tasked by Zelgius with leading the remaining Disciples of Order to defeat the intruders, although he also commanded Levail to not harm Micaiah. Both Zelgius and Levail fell in this battle, allowing Ike and Micaiah to continue their journey through the Tower.
Levail is of the Camus Archetype, a kind-hearted enemy who bears you no ill will yet can't be recruited because of their undying loyalty to a country or a person. In Levail's case it is the latter, as he fights and dies for General Zelgius. Levail is a strong believer in the ideals of chivalry, and even before they met, he was a great admirer of Zelgius because of this. He lamented how, by the time he joined the Begnion knighthood, chivalry had all but disappeared, and idolized Zelgius as the last true knight and the last remnant of the honor and spirit which the Begnion army once had. He proudly admitted to being willing to follow Zelgius no matter what happened, even if it meant dying in his name. He also admired Shiharam and Haar as worthy knights, and even though he was very young at the time, he considers their departure from Begnion to be the moment when the Begnion army lost its way.
During his tenure as Lekain's general, he grew greatly frustrated with the behavior of the senators and their obession with glory and rewards over the practical reality of the war, and while he attempted to reason with them, they never listened. He was also critical of how the senators' refusal to work together or figure out which of them should take the lead led to their armies performing poorly and without central direction, and believed that Zelgius would rectify that. He was willing to bluntly criticize the military plans of senators to their faces in a heated way, getting particularly heated when Zelgius's own life was at stake, such as when Valtome wished to have him executed.
Even after Ashera's awakening, Levail did not care for her cause even as he led the Disciples of Order, and fought only for Zelgius, who in turn fought for Sephiran. Levail's loyalties lied with Zelgius above all others, and even though he insisted he was not an enemy to Empress Sanaki, he followed Zelgius's orders which put them on opposing sides in battle.
Lance - SS
*- Dropped when defeated.
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Leanne: Um... You... Keep... run away... from me. Why?
Levail: Attacking a defenseless woman goes against the code of chivalry. Please stay back, woman of Serenes.
Leanne: What? But...
Rafiel: ...It seems as though you have been avoiding me since this battle began. What is the meaning of this?
Levail: Attacking a defenseless man goes against the code of chivalry. Please stay back, man of Serenes.
Reyson: Why do you avoid eye contact? Am I not a worthy enemy?
Levail: Attacking a defenseless man goes against the code of chivalry. Please stay back, man of Serenes.
Reyson: Do not insult me!
Sanaki: I know you... You were a general in the Gaddos army. Did Zelgius betray Sephiran and side with the senate?
Levail: No, no! I swear upon the general's good name that he would do no such thing! I was the one who abandoned the duke of Gaddos to follow General Zelgius.
Sanaki: What is going on here? I don't understand the relationship between the Black Knight and the senate, or who is friend or foe...
Levail: Of one thing I am certain, Empress Sanaki. We are not your enemy!
Sanaki: Then order your men to stand down! I must speak with Zelgius. Take down that barrier!
Levail: I cannot do that. General Zelgius was very clear: he wishes to fight that man. Alone. My orders are to eliminate any intruders inside the tower in the meantime. My deepest apologies, Empress.
Sanaki: Wait! I won't allow it! Halt, Levail! Halt!
Levail: You must be the Silver-Haired Maiden, Micaiah, correct?
Micaiah: Who are you?
Levail: Don't worry, I've no intention of harming you. Far from it, in fact. I'm under orders from General Zelgius to keep my men away from you. Please retreat. I don't want to disobey the general.
Levail: Face me in an honorable duel, and know that I shall be the one to take your life.
Levail: Duke Tanas! I thought you were executed as a slave trader three years ago.
Oliver: True beauty is immortal. Look at me. Right now, I am flawless. You are not without potential. With education, you could aspire to be me.
Levail: ...No, thank you.
Tanith: Sir Levail! How dare you raise your sword against Empress Sanaki! Has Goddess Ashera taken over your mind, too?
Levail: No, Lady Tanith. I fight for General Zelgius. I care not for goddess's cause.
Sigrun: Sir Levail, you stand against Empress Sanaki. Lay down your weapons.
Levail: I cannot, Lady Sigrun. As strong as your loyalty is for the apostle, so is mine for General Zelgius.
Levail: Captain Haar! You are still alive!
Haar: What happened that you didn't expect me to survive?
Levail: Um... Nothing, I suppose. It's just that it's been a while since you left Begnion.
Haar: Yeah. Twenty years ago, wasn't it?
Levail: I was still very young at the time. You had just been dubbed a knight. Oh, it brings back such memories... The bravery of the dracoknights, especially the Fizzart Platoon. It was legendary among the soldiers. But then you suddenly defected to Daein.
Haar: I got sick of taking orders from corrupt senators, so I ditched the country with General Shiharam.
Levail: I joined the army after I came of age. But it was different after you all left. It was as if you took its spirit with you. The only exception was General Zelgius, the general of Duke Persis's army.
Haar: I see. Is that why you're under his command?
Levail: Yes. He is the last true knight. I will die for him.
Haar: Yes, Levail. You will.
Levail: How I dreamed of fighting a proper foe! I am honoured, Sir Haar! Have at you!
Levail: Lady Astrid, please stand down. A lady like you shouldn't have taken up a weapon in the first place.
Astrid: No, I am a knight of Crimea, here to fight you. Please forget about the past. The Lady Astrid you knew no longer exists.
Levail: You have indeed become strong. Very well! Prepare yourself!
“General... Zelgius... I'd hoped...to fight for you... ...a while longer...”
—Levail's death quote in Radiant Dawn.
- If the player were to use a hacking device, they may find that Levail has his own Growth rates. It is possible that the player may have been able to recruit him during an earlier stage of development.
- If Levail is attacked by Micaiah in the Endgame, he will not attack back. There is also no dialogue when they battle. But similar to the Herons and Sanaki, they can have a normal talk conversation. Upon this, it is found out that Zelgius had given orders to Levail and the Disciples of Order under his command (though they attack her regardless) to not attack Micaiah.
- Levail is one of few third-tier bosses to be fought in Radiant Dawn; the others being: Lekain (Saint), Black Knight (Black Knight), Oliver (Saint), and Hetzel (Saint).