“Helping you would give me great joy.”
Rafiel (ラフィエル, Rafieru) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the first prince of Serenes, the lost heron country that was crushed by the Begnion Empire. He is the only heron who is not introduced in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, but is the first playable in Radiant Dawn. Much like all other heron laguz, he is unable to fight, and only able to sing galdr to support other units in battle.
Rafiel was captured by slave traders before the Serenes Massacre, and sold at an auction to Hetzel. He then became very ill, and was nursed back to health by Hetzel. Rafiel temporarily regained the use of his wings upon regaining his vigor, and attempted to embark on a flight towards Serenes.
Whether he saw the effects of the Massacre that had occurred in his Forest or not, he wound up flying off-course, resulting in him veering into the depths of the infamous "Desert of Death". He was later found, unconscious, by Queen Nailah, who brought him back to Hatari and did her best to nurse him back to health. They later married. As a result of both trauma and extreme exhaustion, Rafiel had lost his ability to fly. He then made the decision to reside in Hatari for a while, before heading towards Daein with Nailah and her loyal subject, Volug.
After the last battle of Radiant Dawn, Rafiel returns to the Serenes forest to awaken his father. If Nailah is alive by the time the game ends, he will eventually return to Hatari with her.
Unlike his siblings Reyson, who emulates his brusque protector Tibarn, and Leanne, who is rather stubborn and childish, Rafiel is more akin to how a Heron is expected to be: passive and serene. This has led to Ike to comment on how he fears his shouting will injure Rafiel, whom he perceives as being "frail" and "gentle".
Rafiel keeps up a calm demeanor in almost any given situation, even when he is on the battlefield. He is mature and nurturing when dealing with others, be they Beorc, Laguz, or even Branded, the differences between them holding very little meaning to him. Rafiel is also extremely loyal to anyone whom he considers to be a dear friend of his, and is shown to willingly risk his life to help them unless they forbid him from doing so. This can be seen in Chapter 3-E, where he agrees to join Micaiah's side on the battlefield after learning of the horrific Blood Pact that she is unwittingly bound to.
Rafiel shares a strong bond with Micaiah, who comes to rely both on his Galdr and his gentle nature for emotional support. He is also very close to his wife, the Hatarian Queen Nailah, who rescued him from the harshness of the desert and continues to ensure his safety throughout his travels.
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- Earthbound Chorister - Rafiel (地に在る白翼 Ji ni aru shiro tsubasa)
Rafiel preformed a ceremony in Serenes Forest to wake his father, the king.
Eventually he returned to Hatari.
Rafiel takes his name from the Archangel Raphael (God Heals, God, Please Heal or It is God who heals).