“...... The Lopto order does not tolerate traitors. That's the rule...”
—Salem in Thracia 776
Salem (セイラム Seiramu) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He is the only playable Loptyrian Mage. He is met in the game as an enemy, and Leif and his friends have to capture him in order to convince him to join their army.
Salem, despite being a member of the Loptyrian Cult, started to question their actions, which is considered an act of treason punishable by death. Salem is then forced to flee the wrath of the sect, and survives thanks to Perne's timely assistance. Salem then joins Perne's band of thieves, and can later be recruited into the player's army in Chapter 12x, provided that the requirements to enter said chapter have been fulfilled beforehand.
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Dark Mage|
Salem may not come with the greatest stats or stat growths (so make sure to give him some growth boosting scrolls like the Heim or Sety Scroll), but he is unique among all the characters that you run across due to the fact he can use dark magic. He also can use staves and Anima Magic so he brings uniqueness and versatility to those who use him. Also, he has the potential to capture due to his build growth, so that is another plus.
The only Dark tomes Salem can use are Yotsmungand and Fenrir, as all other Dark Tomes are enemy only and become Fenrir when stolen. Also, the Yotsmungand Dark Tome will not poison enemies when used by Salem.
Salem attempts to make up for the poorness of Dark Tomes with high Anima and Staff Weapon Ranks, and if one is able to obtain a Fenrir for him, it is easily the best long range tome in the game, so all is not lost with Dark magic.
Tome - C
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
“So this is my...defeat... But...I haven't regretted...my decision...”
—Salem's death quote in Thracia 776.
Salem - The Dark Magician (暗黒魔道士 Ankoku madō-shi)
After the war, Salem retired to a small rural village and began writing memoirs of his life. His documents proved to be valuable resources for future historians to understand what the Lopto Church was really like.
Salem could have been named after a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. This was where the horrifying 1692 witch-hunt trials took place. These witch-hunts were sparked off due to a group of local girls, led by Abigail Williams and Betty Parris, playing with a Venus glass and egg, then starting to claim that several locals were witches. Due to being wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft, many innocent people were imprisoned, and at least 19 persons were hanged (or pressed to death, in the case of a man named Giles Corey). Abigail herself held grudges against many of these people, and was the cause of many of these deaths.
Salem, incidentally, was also the setting of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, as he retells the events of the witchcraft trials in the form of a play.
- In Salem's SpotPass team in Fire Emblem Awakening, there is a Thief with the Sol and Vantage skills. This is probably a reference to Perne.