“Listen up, dogs! There will be no retreating today! We stop Crimea's advance here! We will not allow them to gain the comforts of their homeland! Any who do not fight to the death will face my lance!”
Petrine (プラハ Puraha, Prague in Japanese version) is a character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
A Paladin, Petrine was one of Daein's Four Riders during The Mad King's War. She first appears as part of the Daein force that pursues the Greil Mercenaries during their flight to Gallia with Princess Elincia. Her forces briefly catch up with the mercenaries in Chapter 7: Shades of Evil, and she manages to confront Greil directly, but the encounter is cut short when laguz led by Ranulf arrive, spooking her soldiers. Petrine refuses to retreat, suggesting she would be punished by Ashnard for doing so. However, the Black Knight, another of Daein's Four Riders, appears and orders Petrine to retreat, at which point she takes her leave.
Though she continues to play a role in the story for much of the game, Petrine is not encountered in proper battle as a boss until Chapter 23: The Great Bridge, where she is killed during the battle at Riven Bridge. Her subordinates in the Daein Army were Ena, Shiharam, Homasa, and Kayachey; all of whom other than Ena were killed trying to prevent Ike and his army from entering and conquering Daein.
Petrine is strong-willed and intimidating toward those under her command. She shows no fear when confronted by the laguz and calls her men cowards for wanting to flee. However, she is deeply intimidated by Ashnard. When speaking with Ashnard face-to-face, she becomes noticeably nervous in her speech and demeanor while presenting him with Lehran's Medallion in Chapter 21: Without a King. Further, upon being mortally wounded in Chapter 23, she begs the absent Ashnard's forgiveness and pleads that she's afraid of dying.
Of Daein's Four Riders, Petrine is depicted as the most overtly racist toward the laguz, referring to them as half-breeds. It is revealed in her battle conversation with Soren that she is a Branded, an off-spring of beorc/laguz parentage, when she sees his own brand. Her animosity toward laguz likely stems from her treatment by laguz in the past, as it is explained elsewhere, such as the A-rank support conversation between Stefan and Mordecai, that the laguz treat Branded with far greater disdain than the beorc do. Despite this apparent animosity, she appears to hold some level of respect for the dragon laguz Ena, whom Ashnard appointed as Petrine's strategist, after Ena manages to prove her abilities to her. She also shows some level of reluctance when Ashnard orders Petrine to kill Ena for her failure to prevent the fall of Daein's capital.
Path of RadianceEdit
- Appears in Chapter 23 as a boss.
Hard Mode or higherEdit
*Enemy only; joins unequipped
“Ha ha! Do you like your meat rare? Or do you like it charbroiled? Let me know, and I'll cook you up just as ordered! Wha ha ha ha ha!”
“You... You're the knight that my father battled.”
“You! If I'd know you were going to grow to be such a thorn in our side... I would have reduced you to ashes when I had the chance... Guess it's not too late, though! Die!”
“You... That mark on your brow... That's not a charm of the dead, is it? You're no Spirit Charmer! Hmph! You may be able to fool others with that, but not me. It's because we're the same, see?”
“...The same? Don't be ridiculous. I'm nothing like you. You kill for sport, and hide your fear behind a wall of bravado. Now let me show you true fear!”
“Just as I expected. I thought I give you a chance to clear the stain of your name... Yet you and Shiharam are treachery in the flesh. Useless migrants!”
“To think we endured this for eighteen long years. It seems General Shiharam and I were not to be blessed with any masters worthy of serving. All we found were paltry pretenders...”
“You insult His Majesty? You know not your place, you louse-ridden oaf! Your failing are yours, and yours alone! It's time for you to burn! Don't worry, I will let the dogs snack on what's left!”
“Y-Your... Your Majesty... Forgive me...please... Oh, I don't want to die... So...scared...”
'Petrin' is the French translation of 'trouble'. Also, the word 'petrine' means "of or relating to Saint Peter;" however, perhaps the most important etymological reference is to Petreius, a pseudo-historical Roman general in mythical British histories such as the Historia Regnum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth. According to this text, a Roman Emperor named Lucius demands that Arthur pay him tribute as his liege lord. Arthur refuses and instead argues that it is Rome who should pay Britain homage. Arthur and his knights sail to the Continent, take France from the Roman governor who ruled there, and then march on to Rome. Petreius fights against them and falls to King Arthur.