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“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 as a caretaker to him, though this is probably because Lyon is the container of the Demon King's 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. Chapter 6 reveals his aide is Novala. It is learned in Ephraim's route that Riev was responsible for the Phantom Ship, a ship controlled by monsters, which sunk almost anything it passed by. Although he served as a messenger for most of the game, he leads two of the final attacks, one at Rausten Court and the other at Darkling Woods, where he died.

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".


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