“Yeah. Might as well, you know? But let me say this. Don't ever talk about death lightly in front of me. If there's one thing I hate, it's people rushing to get killed.”
—Shiva to Safy.
Shiva (シヴァ) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He is a mercenary hired by the Lifis Pirates. He is thirty years old and comes from Savan. He makes sure Lifis does not take advantage of Safy while he is with the pirates. In Chapter 7, he can be recruited by Safy. After the liberation wars, Shiva disappears, and no one will ever know what became of him.
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Shiva will make a great addition to your team if you made it to Chapter 2x. In that chapter, you can ignore him since he is not guarding the goal or try to capture him to get his Killing Edge but do not release him.
In Chapter 7, recruiting him can be difficult to do since he will follow the group of Myrmidons he starts next to and he will stay close to the group if Leif and his group go into the path down. Keep Leif and his team as close but not too close to the turn into the downward path and moving Safy and Finn to the right of where they are to lure in Shiva should be easy. You can also send Karin, preferably equipped with a scroll to prevent any critical hit, to lure the group in a chock point until Safy catches up. After dealing with the mercenaries, having Shiva capture one of your unit, like Lara, will make him escape south and Safy will be able to safely go talk to him.
With a PCC of 4 and support from Safy, Shiva is quite guaranteed to score a critical hit on his pursuit strike when his skill gets high enough. Early on, his trademark Killing Edge ensures his critical rate on pursuit attack is well over 100%. The potential of the Levin Sword shines in the hands of Shiva. With the additional +5 skill, not only criticals will fly, but his Sol skill will also activate very often, making Shiva capable of devastating groups of enemies in rows by himself, from close or range. He is also an excellent candidate for the Luna Manual as Luna's activation depends on skill.
Shiva's speed growth is unusually low for a myrmidon, but is made up for by his decent starting speed. In contrast, his defense growth is the highest compared to other sword users. In any case, his growths will make him a competent physical unit and his promotion to Swordmaster gives him Adept to boost his offense even more, as well as an additional move so that he can keep up with mounted units outdoor. Finally, a movement star enables re-action from time to time.
As far as scrolls go, Shiva might appreciate getting the Odo scroll early on, as it will increase his chances of activating Sol or landing a Pursuit Critical. When used alongside the Baldur and Fala scrolls, it will virtually guarantee that Shiva will gain skill upon level up. The Sety scroll can help fix his mediocre speed growth, and can be used as well. Shiva naturally maxes his skill and speed very shortly after promotion,though,so he doesn't need to use them beyond his early levels. Once Shiva has a few speed and skill level ups under his belt, he can ditch this configuration, and switch to using Hezul, Heim, and/or Dain. Giving him the Heim scroll has the added benefit of strengthening his use of the Levin sword.
All in all Shiva is an amazing unit on par with Mareeta as Mareeta is just over kill. He will be able to do just as well as she does against most enemies. Though it is recommended to give him the Nihil Manual to furthermore increase his efficiency against bosses.
- Safy - 10%
—Shiva's death quote
—Shiva's escape quote
As an EnemyEdit
—Shiva's opening lines in battle
“What...! How could I...lose to...”
—Shiva's quote if defeated as an enemy
“Soft ones... But now I owe them.”
—Shiva's quote if released after capture
- (Chapter 7)
Safy: Oh, you're...
Shiva: Ah... So we meet again.
Safy: Why are you doing this? You're not a bad man...
Shiva: I'm just doing my job. It's of no concern to you. Now move.
Shiva: ...You're going to sacrifice your life for that kid?
Safy: If that's the case...then so be it!
Safy: Thracia needs Lord Leaf! I would gladly give my life to ensure that he arrives there safely!
Shiva: Hmph... You say some pretty stupid things sometimes, don't you? Fine... Have it your way.
Safy: What!? Then you're going to help Lord Leaf?
Shiva: Yeah. Might as well, you know? But let me say this. Don't ever talk about death lightly in front of me. If there's one thing I hate, it's people rushing to get killed.
Safy: I'm sorry... I'll be more careful.
Shiva: Can I ask you something? What is it that you want? What would make you smile with your heart?
Safy: I simply want to see the people living happily in peace. If they are smiling, then I will be as well.
Shiva: I see... Guess I shouldn't have asked. Anyway, my name Shiva, from Savan. What's yours?
Safy: Safy...from Tahra.
Shiva - The Mercenary of Savan (サバンの傭兵 Saban no yōhei)
After the war, Shiva disappeared. Various speculations and theories have been made about this man of many mysteries, but none have been, and ever will be, confirmed.
Shiva is an important deity in Hindu religion.