“I want to protect those I hold dear, and destroy all those who oppose me. That's the power I seek.”
—Raigh to Niime in a support conversation in The Binding Blade
Raigh is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a Shaman and the twin brother of Lugh. He is sarcastic and cynical, the opposite of his brother. Despite his rude behavior to all the people around him, people like Lugh and Sophia say that he is really a good person at heart and is just hiding it. He is on relatively good terms with Chad despite his departure from the orphanage. His dream is to make dark magic more known throughout Elibe and to study ancient magic, joining Roy's army because it may help with his dream.
Raigh is the son of Nino and the identical twin of Lugh. The difference in looks between the twins is their eyes. Lugh's eyes are softer like Nino's, while Raigh's eyes are harder, possibly a trait from Jaffar. He is rough around the edges, rude, and overall mordant, having been raised in an orphanage in Araphen alongside his brother and Chad. After hearing that the father was slaughtered and that Bern charred said orphanage to the ground, Raigh pretends to be standoffish to the fact and while he exclaims that he does not care what happens to the orphanage or the orphans, Lugh insists that it is merely a barrier and that he is truly lighthearted and caring by nature.
Dark - C
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- See also: Raigh/Supports
Raigh is the first shaman you receive. He has very average bases, and his offensive growths are okay as well. His offensive parameters tend to be okay. Because of his 4 con, he is lowered by his Nosferatu tome by 2 points, but his con is good for a dark mage due to dark tomes in FE6 being fairly light so a Body Ring will easily patch any attack speed problems he might have. His evade might be hindered due to his mediocre Luck, but any magic user should be attacking from where the enemy can't counter if possible. Of those 1-2 range weapons he can't avoid worrying about, Javelins and Hand Axes are fairly inaccurate and his res is good so other magic users don't hurt him as much.
Another thing to note is that he starts at a level of 12, which is very high, so he will not grow to fast, so it is recommended to Early Promote him, however due to his join time, in which a guiding ring may not be available as it was used by another healer or mage, such as Lugh, Clarine, or Saul, the next guiding ring is in Chapter 14, and there's an arena in Chapter 13, allowing him to grind levels before a well timed promotion.
He will fulfill a niche of being great at taking down anima users, due to trinity advantage and decent Magic and Resistance.
Compared to other magic users, he is somewhat similar to Lugh, with lower speed and luck in exchange for slightly more HP, Magic, Resistance, and Skill, meaning he will be, typical to shamans, more powerful and slightly more durable than his brother, an anima mage, but slower and worse avoid. His main use is driven by the fact that he is a Dark magic user, making him a useful asset regardless in that sense considering the competition is from Sophia, who joins two chapters and maybe a gaiden chapter later with awful bases, in exchange for higher Magic and Resistance, and Niime, who joins late with stats generally inferior to either shamans once well trained. Overall, Raigh is most likely the best dark magic user and will be an asset to the player's army, but one must be wary of his weak points, luck and defense. If Raigh doesn't turn out well, Niime can be used instead, or even Sophia if one is devoted to using her, most likely through the Chapter 17 Arena, as her growths are decent. He is the most recommended option for Apocalypse if planning to play through the Chapter 25 ending.
Tome - C
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
- Dark Child
- Wielder of dark magic. A scornful loner with a troubled past as an orphan. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
|Rauðrwolf||Ruin||6||2||Effective against cavalry units.||200|
|Rauðrwolf+||Rauðrwolf||10||2||Effective against cavalry units.||300||-|
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|Effective against cavalry units.||Effective against cavalry units.||300 SP|
|Rally Attack||-||1||Grants Atk +4 to a adjacent ally until the end of the turn.||150|
|HP +3||-||Grants +3 to max HP.||40||A|
|HP +4||HP +3||Grants +4 to max HP.||80||A|
|HP +5||HP +4||Grants +5 to max HP.||160||A|
|Seal Res 1||-||After combat, foe suffers Res -3 through its next action.||40||-||B|
|Seal Res 2||Seal Res 1||After combat, foe suffers Res -5 through its next action.||80||B|
|Seal Res 3||Seal Res 2||After combat, foe suffers Res -7 through its next action.||160||B|
The Binding BladeEdit
“Hn. In the world... There are only fools...”
—Raigh's Death Quote
- Raigh - Child of Darkness (闇の申し子 Yami no Mōshigo, lit. God-sent Child of Darkness)
- "Raigh traveled around the world, honing his dark magic skills. Although dark magic had been all but forgotten, Raigh's efforts brought it back to people's awareness again. He was known for being hard on both himself and others, but for some reason he was generous towards deprived children."
Raigh is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
The Japanese transliteration of Raigh's name, "Lleu", comes from the Welsh mythlogical figure Lleu Llaw Gyffes, who was born when his mother, Arianrhod, was running for the door after giving birth to Dylan Ail Don during a magical virginity test and is raised by Arianrhod's brother Gwydion. When presented with the child, Arainrhod places a tynged, similar to a curse, on him that only she could name him, which Gwydion tricks her into doing, as well as later tricking her into arming him to counter a second tynged, and making a wife out of flowers to counter a third. He is considered to be the equivalent of the Irish Lugh.
The change in his name in Fire Emblem Awakening was likely due to pronunciation - The Welsh ll (ɬ) sound is very difficult to pronounce for most native English and Japanese speakers so it might have been a pragmatic choice to translate according to the Japanese pronunciation towards a variation of a common English Language name rather than try to maintain the intent and pronunciation of the original word.
- On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Raigh won 4th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 1:2. The voter comments seem to mostly center on him being a kind and caring person despite seeming cold and cynical on the surface.
- His artwork in Heroes depicts him wielding a Dark Magic tome.