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“Human bonds are leaves in the wind. They offer you nothing.”
Validar (ファウダー Faudā, Fauder in the Japanese version and Valldar in the non-English European versions) is an enemy character and an antagonist in Fire Emblem Awakening. He is voiced by Kyle Hebert in the English version and by Takehito Koyasu in the Japanese version.
Validar is the leader of the Grimleal, the religious sect worshipping Grima in Plegia, and is trying to expand Plegia by force. Validar's main goal is to resurrect Grima as his forefathers had tried, albeit unsuccessfully. Like his forefathers, Validar was born in hopes of being a suitable vessel but, also like them, he too was unworthy. Eventually, Validar had a relationship with an unknown woman, presumably to continue Grima's lineage. This ultimately accumulated in the birth of a child who finally had the Heart of Grima symbolized by the Mark of Grima on their right hand. However, fearing for her child's future, the woman took the baby and left Plegia to protect them. Validar spent many years afterwards searching in vain for his child.
At some point before the events of Awakening, Validar found an ordinary village girl who possessed a special power. Wanting to use this power for himself, he brainwashed the girl into making her think he saved him from the slums. The girl's name eventually changed to Aversa. To ensure his spell would not waver over her, Validar destroyed the village and killed anyone who had ties to her.
The night after Gangrel declared war between Plegia and Ylisse, Validar leads an assassination attempt on Emmeryn. During the attempt, Validar spots the Avatar, finding his lost child and is "pleased" with it. His assassination attempt fails however, due to "Marth" warning Chrom and Lissa about how Emmeryn would be killed that night and he dies. Left in a dark void, Validar meets a shadowy individual who introduces themselves as the Fell Dragon. During the rest of the Ylisse-Plegia war, Validar oversees the remainder of the war as he continues to talk with Grima. After Gangrel's defeat, Validar is revived.
Now that Plegia no longer has a king, Validar takes the throne of Plegia. Two years after the war, Chrom comes to ask for aid for the Valm invasion, Validar gives him all the funds and ships he needs. However, he does not give him any soldiers, claiming that his country is still under disarray. He also introduces his hierophant, a mysterious hooded figure who, upon taking off their hood, matches the Avatar in appearance. However, with their business done, and not wanting to stay any longer, Chrom and the Avatar leave. That night, Validar appears to the Avatar in a vision and reveals that he is their father, but doesn't stay too long as Chrom appears after their conversation. He also sends a group of Risen to kill the group and capture the Avatar, but fail.
After Walhart's defeat, Validar hears of Chrom's search for the final gem for the Fire Emblem and sends word for him to come to Plegia so he can formally present the last gem. However when Chrom and his army arrive, he betrays them and tries to take the Emblem. Just as they are about to escape, Validar warps in, weakens Chrom, and controls the Avatar into making them give the Fire Emblem to him. After acquiring the Fire Emblem, Validar orders Algol to kill them, while warping away to the The Dragon's Table to start Grima's Awakening.
At the Dragon's Table, Validar separates Chrom and the Avatar from the rest of their army to deal with them personally. After supposedly dying in battle, he watches as the Avatar "kills" Chrom and relishes in delight, knowing that his plan has succeeded. He taunts Lucina about how the future is always set and will never change. Basilio appears and shocks Validar, as he thought that the Khan had died in his battle with Walhart. Basilio explains that because of Lucina's message, he decided to feign death and tells him that he carried his part of the plan while avoiding the spies he had placed to watch the army. Basilio also tells him that the Avatar had known of Validar's plan from a premonition and how the gems on the Fire Emblem were fakes, and continues with how his spies only watched the active members. As Validar attempts to reign control of the situation, he notices Chrom get back on his feet and with his master plan ruined, decides to fight them. After being defeated, he asks the Avatar why they would squander their birthright to become Grima's vessel before dying.
Validar is a man fully devoted to his role as the leader of the Grimleal and one of the descendants of the Fellblood. As the leader of the Grimleal, he is extremely loyal to Grima and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his liege's ressurection, even at the cost of his own life. This fanatic loyalty of his has seen Validar committing acts of a grievously heinous nature, some of the more prominent including murder and brainwashing. Aversa is an unfortunate victim of his treacherous schemes, having been kidnapped and brainwashed at a young age to serve Grima.
Validar appears to have no goals or desires of his own, aside from serving the ambitions of Grima. This is especially evident through his unfazed response to the knowledge that the Fell Dragon's resurrection will inevitably lead to his death. Validar's fanaticism is so great that he does not appear to understand why his child is unwilling to become Grima's vessel.
Because of his fanatic belief in the impeccably constructed nature of his "destiny", Validar is often overconfident when executing tasks for Grima. This proves to be an inherent flaw of his, as he has, time and again, made critical mistakes when the events that happen deviate from his foresight.
“A dark mage who wishes to be the architect of the world's end.”
Tome - B
Tome - D
*Dropped when defeated
Tome - C
*Dropped when defeated
Tome - A
*Dropped when defeated
Tome - A
* - Dropped when defeated.
* - Dropped when defeated.
“Gya ha ha! Fools! Struggle all you want! You cannot unwrite what is already written!”
—Validar's pre-battle quote in the Premonition
“Emmeryn was supposed to be an easy target... You will pay for interfering in my designs!”
—Validar's pre-battle quote in Chapter 6
“Well, well... Ha, ha ha! Oh, I know you... Submit to me, and perhaps I might honor you with the truth!”
—Battle quote vs. Avatar in Chapter 6
“Destiny is your master, one way or the other!”
—First battle quote in Chapter 23 (only viewable by using Mire)
“Rrgh... F-fools... Destiny cannot...be...unraveled...!”
—Second battle quote in Chapter 23
“Gya ha ha! You can't escape it! That's why it's called destiny!”
—Validar's victory quote after killing Chrom in the Premonition
“Heh heh heh... GYA HA HA HA!”
—Validar's victory quote after killing the Avatar in the Premonition
Vs. Chrom (Chapter 23) First BattleEdit
Validar: Heh ha, are you so eager to meet your end, little Prince? You WILL die here. Your future is already written.
Chrom: I tell you again: I make my own future. And it's one you'll not live to see!
Validar: Avatar, why insist on these games? You only delay the inevitable. And besides, the alternative? Have you considered what happens should I fall? These followers of Naga will spurn you now that they've learned what you are. Kill me, and incur the wrath of the Grimleal as well... Would you truly choose to be so utterly alone?
Validar: Humans are weak, pathetic creatures... Your "bonds" with them will bind you. You are destined for a greater purpose! The GREATEST purpose! You are to be a GOD!
Avatar: ...Not your god—not today.
Lucina: Die, Validar!
Validar: Impudent meddler! You have failed to change the future at every turn. What makes you think this time will be different?!
Lucina: Perhaps it won't... But either way, it's no reason to spare your miserable life!
- "This is all written!"
“What have you...?!”
—Validar's Death Voice Clip
“No... This is...all wrong... How could...you have known the plan...”
—Validar's Death Quote in Chapter 6
“Heh heh... Even this...was meant to be...”
—Validar's Defeat Quote in Chapter 23
—Validar's Death Quote in Chapter 23
Super Smash Bros. SeriesEdit
Validar appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in the 3DS version as a collectible trophy. His trophy resembles his official art for Fire Emblem Awakening and the glowing circle bears the same pattern as the Warp Powder that the Black Knight uses and subsequently, the warp that Ike and Marth use in their Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearances.
3DS Trophy InfoEdit
|Validar||Validar is the leader of the Grimleal, the religious sect dedicated to the Fell Dragon, Grima. Their goal is to resurrect their fallen master, and Validar himself practices dark magic. In one possible timeline, he uses his own child as a vessel in a spell to resurrect Grima. Fire Emblem Awakening follows a different timeline.|
- Validar shares his English voice actor, Kyle Hebert, with Frederick.
- Validar's official artwork depicts him wielding Grima's Truth.