“You there, in the bushes. You have until the count of five to show yourself before I start throwing sharp objects. One...two...four...”
—Volke, in a C support conversation with Bastian
He is an assassin who has worked for multiple people, including Greil, Ike, Bastian, and Izuka. He demands gold for whatever job he takes on, regardless of how large or small, though his reasons for amassing so much gold are unknown. (Elincia goes so far as to ask him about this in an optional conversation in Radiant Dawn, but he demands an exorbitant amount of gold for an answer.) He even demands Ike to pay him when asked to show up to dinner with the group. He can apparently be reached by going to a bar and asking for a "fireman". As an assassin, Volke is willing to take any job, no matter how "dirty" it is, and once he takes a mission, he devotes himself to completing it, regardless of how long it would take. He only takes one job at a time, as shown in his support conversation with Bastian and attack conversation with Izuka in Radiant Dawn.
Path of RadianceEdit
Volke is an assassin throughout the events of the game, but this is not revealed until late into the storyline, after he is paid the 50,000 gold that he demands of Ike upon their initial encounter. When this has happened, he reveals the truth about Ike's parents, Lehran's Medallion, and the fact that he is an assassin hired by Greil to kill Greil if ever he was to go berserk again. Afterwards, Ike pays him from the 50,000 to renew Greil's contract with Ike. (But in the sequel, Radiant Dawn, he pays Ike back 20,000 of his 50,000 gold upon encountering him.) Upon hiring Volke (upon the second time the two options: Hire or Don't Hire) for renewing Greil's contract to Ike, if the player chooses "Hire", Volke automatically Class changes into an assassin.
Volke appears late in the events of the game, hired by Bastian to capture Izuka. You can recruit him with Bastian or Elincia, by paying him a certain amount of gold. Most of it can be reclaimed in his Info Conversation on the next chapter. As in the end of Path of Radiance, he is an assassin. In his battle conversation with Izuka, it is revealed Volke once worked for him. He also shows some slight modesty and humility when he flusters after Ike thanks him for his services. He is, unlike in the previous game, not an important part of the overall plot.
Volke is very much a secretive and somewhat amoral character, and with a grand total of one support not much is known about him. He does not seem to have many visible loyalties, seeing as he will do anything and everything for money, even if it involves switching sides immediately after a contract is completed. However, he does show some modesty after Ike thanks him for working for him, although that could be just because Volke is not used to being thanked. He also claims to be uneasy in crowded places, preferring to be alone and in hiding. He shows no open hostility towards the laguz. For a unknown reason, he seems to hold grudge against Izuka, as he openly stated his dislike to Bastian. Furthermore he had Queen Elincia or Bastian only pay him 3000 Gold for his services, a personal discount to kill Izuka. Seeing his possible bond support in the game, it is implied that Bastian is the only person he trusts - or at least respects enough to converse with.
Fire Emblem: Path of RadianceEdit
- Chapter 10: Agree to hire him during a base conversation.
- See also: Volke/Supports
Promotion event happens at the end of Chapter 19 (if the player selects to hire him)
- Chapter 19 and before
Volke: My...apologies... It appears I can no longer accompany you. When my payment is ready, contact me. You know how to reach me, do you not?
- Chapter 20 and after
Volke: .................. I cannot end my life in this war. It would be a useless end... My apologies... This is where our relationship ends.
Fire Emblem: Radiant DawnEdit
- Part 4: Chapter 5: Pay him 3,000G with Bastian or Elincia; Available in Chapter 5 and Endgame.
Knife - SS
In Path of Radiance, Volke is a decent unit who is restricted mainly by the weak nature of knives. Because of this, even with capped Strength, he is not much of a force. He is similar to a frail Swordmaster with weaker weapons, though his Pick Skill is still invaluable. Unfortunately, he charges 50 gold per pick. However, his capacity for combat and the abundance of gold in Path of Radiance makes him better than Sothe.
In Radiant Dawn, Volke is powerful. Knives were buffed from the previous game, and with the introduction of Baselard, Volke now has a weapon to match his stats. He has good starting stats and growths where he needs them. This combined with his Critical +25 and Lethality skills will make him able to consistently kill enemies in one round unexpectedly. However, since there is only one Baselard and you are required to bring Sothe into the last Chapter, Volke often fails to secure a spot in the endgame, but if you have not trained too many good units, or someone died in Part IV, Volke is there to fulfill his contract.
Bastian: Ah, my partner in crime. How shall I convince you to move those leaden feet of yours into action? How much "convincing" will it cost?
Volke: Three thousand.
Bastian: I thought I was the jester. Considering your usual schedule of services, three thousand is negligible!
Volke: I don't like that guy. Call it a personal discount. Do you want it or not?
Bastian: Of course I shall take your discount! Do as you wish when you see him. Now get to work.
Bastian: I almost pity old Izuka...
Elincia: Excuse me... Volke?
Elincia: Um... Sir Fireman?
Volke: ...What is it?
Elincia: You seem to have some time on your hands... Would you mind helping us?
Volke: Three thousand.
Elincia: Three thousand?
Volke: ...That's what the job will cost you in gold.
Elincia: Fine. I shall pay you that amount after the battle.
Volke: Agreed. I await your order.
Elincia: Thank you. And, if I may ask...
Elincia: Why do you need so much money?
Volke: One hundred thousand.
Elincia: Excuse me?
Volke: That's what it will cost you for me to answer that question. Are you prepared to pay?
Volke: Then let's get to work. What shall I do first?
“...Stupid. I wouldn't be caught dead on a worthless battlefield like this. Sorry, but this is as far as I go...”
—Volke's death quote in Radiant Dawn.
Man of Many Mysteries
After finishing his contract, Volke went back to the shadows he knew so well. He was a man of mystery to the end.
'Volk' means 'people' in both German and Dutch, and 'wolf' in Russian. Both meanings are possible references to his career as an assassin, as he is hired by individuals ("people"), and prefers to work alone, like a lone wolf. The Russian translation of his name could also support the theory that he is a Branded child of the Wolf Laguz that grew up in Hatari. Volke could also be a misspelling of the German word "wolke" meaning "cloud", this making sense when compared to the mysterious cloud surrounding him. It is also likely that it could be from the French word 'voler,' meaning 'steal,' which is fitting to his starting class.
- Volke is the only character in Path of Radiance who can only support one other character (Bastian).
- Volke is one of the few units whose status screen portrait changes at some point of the game, a trait he shares with Marth, Alm, Celica, Ike, Sothe, Micaiah, Avatar (New Mystery of the Emblem) and Lucina. His change happens when he promotes at the end of Chapter 19 in Path of Radiance.