“Heh heh heh... Humans will never conquer darkness. The guardian of light, Rausten, will drown in a never-ending night. Come, my pretties. It's time to go. The day of Rausten's destruction has at long last arrived!”

Riev (アーヴ Āvu, Irv in the Japanese version) is an enemy character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.


Once a revered priest of Rausten, he was cast out by Pontifex Mansel for heresy and worshiping the Demon King, Fomortiis. The fallen heretic priest would then become one of the strongest warriors in Grado; however, his true goal was to release the Demon King from the Stone of Grado. He is very loyal to Prince Lyon and acts somewhat like a caretaker, though it is probably due to Lyon housing Fomortiis' soul.

He is also known as Blood Beryl, and named one of Grado's two new generals (along with Caellach) for his sinister control over monsters and the undead.

During Chapter 6, it is shown that Riev has an aide known as Novala. He tasks him with capturing Eirika before leaving to complete "other work".

In Ephraim's route, it is shown that Riev created the "Phantom Ship" patrolling the waters west of Grado's capital. This ship had a large "crew" of monsters led by a Deathgoyle, and sunk any other ship they came across. Ephraim and his group encountered the ship and destroyed all of the crew with the assistance of L'Arachel and Dozla.

Despite the collapse of Grado's army with the death of Vigarde and most of their generals, there were still remnants of the army that would continue fighting. Riev personally led the remaining remnants in an attack on Rausten to destroy the last Sacred Stone, and also to exact vengeance on Mansel for exiling him. Despite his best efforts, he is unable to get to Mansel or destroy the Sacred Stone and retreats to Darkling Woods.

At Darkling Woods, Riev is next to the corrupted manakete Morva with a large horde of monsters outside Fomortiis' temple to prevent anyone from interrupting him. He is eventually killed in the ensuing battle.

Riev is unlocked by beating the seventh floor in the Tower of Valni.

In GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Normal Mode/Creature CampaignEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE8 Male Bishop Map Sprite Bishop GBADark Dark
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
16 49 14 21 19 9 16 18 7 6
Weapon Starting Items

Light Light - S
Staff Staff - A


* Dropped when defeated (first time fought only)

Hard ModeEdit

Starting Class Affinity
Bishop GBADark Dark
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
16 51 15** 22 20 11 16 20 7 6
Weapon Starting Items

Light Light - S
Staff Staff - A


* Dropped when defeated (first time fought only)
** 16 in Chapter 20

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 45% 50% 40% 20% 30% 45%


Riev can be useful in Creature Campaign, as his fairly low Magic is easily compensated for by the triple might given by Slayer against monsters. His Defense stat is higher than most other Light Magic users as well. His performance is enhanced mostly through the use of light-weight tomes.


“Heh heh heh... One Sacred Stone remains. Once it is destroyed, darkness will consume the world. What will you do? Will you cower in fear? Heh heh heh...”
—Battle Quote (Chapter 19)

“Heh heh heh... No! No! It's been so long. I got carried away. I'd best stop and withdraw for now. Follow me. Come to Darkling Woods... The Demon King awaits your pleasure...”
—Retreat Quote (Chapter 19)

“Grr... Your eyes annoy me... Why do you not despair? Why do you not surrender?”
—Battle Quote (Chapter 20)

“Heh heh heh... Even if you defeat me, you're too late to stop it. The one true demon... will rise...”
—Death Quote (Chapter 20)

Riev vs. L'ArachelEdit

  • Riev: Heh heh heh. The young lady of Rausten... The more cruel and gruesome your death, the more that cur Mansel would weep, am I right? And that would make me so very, very happy.
  • L'Arachel: Do you think your words will frighten me? I am the princess L'Arachel! Slaying demons is my forte! You who have sold your soul to the soulless... I grant you release from your wretched existence.


Riev's Japanese name, Irv, is of Celtic origin. It means "green river".


  • In the English version of the game, Riev's stats do not change between Chapter 19 and Chapter 20. In the Japanese version, however, Riev gains a massive boost in Chapter 20, reaching the stat caps for all but Luck and Defense, and has 65 HP (in comparison, playable units have an HP cap of 60).


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