“I went astray. I listened to your honeyed words... I dreamt of the impossible... the return of a lost soul. But...what you gave me was... a puppet... It was soulless...nothing more than an empty vessel!!”
—Renault raging at Nergal in the final battle.
Renault (Renaud in the PAL region versions) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is a Bishop of the St. Elimine clergy seeking to atone for his sins in the past on Valor. Although first seen during the chapter Imprisoner of Magic at the southern ruins, where he will give the party a Goddess Icon, he may be recruited in Victory or Death (Chapter E30, H32) at the northwestern ruins.
Even after learning his history through several support conversations, Renault's mysterious past is difficult to decipher.
Through his various Support Conversations, it is understood that Renault was once a mercenary, and eventually lost his best friend during a battle. Driven mad from grief, he became filled with greed and bloodlust, killing many that opposed him. A victim in particular was Lucius's father, who was killed in front of a young Lucius and his mother. (During the Lucius/Renault A support conversation, Lucius forgives Renault for killing his father.)
Eventually he associated himself with the Dark Druid, Nergal. Later learning of Nergal's intentions of raising morphs, Renault aided him faithfully in the hope that his deceased friend could be brought back to life, and in the process, it made him "less than human". Nergal had fulfilled his promise, but when Renault saw what was done to his friend's body, he realized the error of Nergal's ways and the atrocities committed as a result, leading to abandon him. Wishing to atone for his sins, he joined the St. Elimine clergy, becoming one of its most powerful, yet mysterious Bishops.
Eventually, he sought sanctum on the Dread Isle, wishing to atone for his sins from his past. When found by Eliwood, Hector, and their companions he joined them, lending his strength for the sake of returning peace to the world.
Shortly after the final battle, he disappeared, leaving questions of his past in his wake. His fate is unknown.
Renault's personality dramatically changed throughout his long lifetime. What can truly be confirmed is his current one, where he is greatly enigmatic, and introverted, choosing to reveal his past to a select few. He is not an emotionless shell, as what is first perceived, as he does confess about his past with deep regret and lash out in anger whilst confronting Nergal.
Description: A cleric wandering Valor. Shrouded in mystery.
- See also: Renault/Supports
Renault is a late joining staff user. While his stats are odd for a Bishop, he possesses an A-rank in both Staves and Light magic, and he can easily use high level staves such as Physic, or his Fortify Staff. While his magic is a little low, he is durable, and can still wield staves like Recover to heal the needed amount, or Hammerne for last minute weapon or staff patch-ups.
While Renault is a good staff user, he is utterly useless in battle.
- Vs. Nergal
Renault: ...Nergal, do you remember me?
Nergal: Hah. You are... Renault. So you're still seeking out a wretched existence?
Renault: I went astray. I listened to your honeyed words... I dreamt of the impossible... the return of a lost soul. But...what you gave me was... a puppet... It was soulless...nothing more than an empty vessel!!
Nergal: Just an empty vessel... Isn't that what you wanted? You desired to bring back your dead friend. You were my experiment, and I completed my morph. I'm grateful, Renault. Thanks to you, I gained power.
Renault: You villain... You cursed him! Your crime can never be forgiven! I will end you with my hands. In the name of my lost friend!
Final Chapter QuoteEdit
“It is for this moment that I have lived...”
—Final Chapter quote
“Am I really... dying?”
Renault- Burdened BishopEdit
No one knew the old him. No one knew what became of him. He vanished as though he never existed.
Renault is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Renault is named after the legendary knight Renaud (or Renault) de Montauban, said to have been a contemporary to Charlemagne and the Twelve Paladins in French epic poetry. He is occasionally named as a cousin of the paladin Roland, and he is described as owning the magical horse Bayard.