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Forde (Japanese: フォルデ Forde) is a knight who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is a cavalier in the Renais army, accompanying Ephraim in his war campaign against Grado. He is Franz's older brother and a good friend of Kyle.
Forde first appears in Chapter 5x, in which he, Kyle, and Orson help Prince Ephraim take Fort Renvall, a heavily guarded Grado fort. Despite their small numbers, the four manage to take the fort. However, they are forced to escape when General Valter of Grado arrives at the fort. They attempt to escape to the east.
Their escape being successful, they appear in Chapter 8 soon after Eirika arrives at Renvall. Sometime between Ephraim's capture of Renvall and escape from Valter, Orson betrays Renais. Forde, Kyle, and Ephraim originally attempt to strike a blow at Emperor Vigarde himself but circle back and arrive to help Eirika in her assault on Renvall. Afterwards, Forde goes with either Eirika or Ephraim after they decide to split up. He serves the army loyally to the end.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Forde first becomes available in Chapter 5x with decent bases in all areas. He is durable enough to survive two hits from all enemies in his joining chapter, and while he cannot double all of them, he can still contribute offensively as well. Being a Cavalier benefits him greatly; it is among the best unpromoted classes in The Sacred Stones, thanks to its high movement, rescue-dropping utility, Canto, weapon triangle control, and ability to use Javelins. Forde has a base C rank in lances and a D rank in swords, allowing him to use the aforementioned Javelins from the start and fight enemies at 1-2 range.
Forde's main problems stem from his competition. While his bases and growths are decent, neither are amazing. The other cavalier available in Chapter 5x, Kyle, has superior strength and defenses, allowing him to deal more damage and take less damage. At first, the difference is marginal, but the gap will increase over time. Furthermore, while Forde initially has a minor speed advantage over Kyle, both will eventually reach doubling thresholds if used for a few chapters, negating Forde's superiority. Kyle is not even Forde's only competition; Franz, who joins earlier, has much more time to gain levels, and his stats will almost certainly be better than Forde's when they are both available. Knight Crests are a limited resource, and it may be difficult to justify promoting Forde over the other choices. He is not a bad unit by any means, but he struggles to stand out.
Forde's best promotion choice is definitely Paladin. While Great Knight's statistical bonuses are better, and he receives an additional weapon type in axes, the class decreases Forde's movement. Paladin grants an additional point of movement instead, which translates to higher utility throughout the game. Even if Forde is promoted to Great Knight to make his stats better than his competitors', it will also make his movement around the map much slower, preventing him from taking advantage of these stats.
Personality and character
Forde is a easygoing knight, enjoying days even on the battlefield. He is quite artistic, painting even while in a battle. Unfortunately, he is lazy and sometimes even sleeps while he should be fighting. However, it often seems that Forde is very understanding of those around him. According to Franz, he often jokes around to cheer up the other soldiers, he is an extremely skilled fighter, and he paints to better understand geography. In response to these statements, Forde denies them. He has quite a keen sense of people's emotions and motivations, such as when he is easily able to tell that Vanessa has a crush on Innes.
Forde is the older brother of Franz and a longtime friend of Kyle. He and Franz's parents have been dead for years. His father often traveled, and his mother, according to Kyle, was very kind. She paid more attention to Forde for his paintings than his fighting skill. His father was a legendary Renais knight who was killed by an infamous assassin ten years before the game's start, placing his death in the year 793. After they died, Forde took care of Franz.
Forde and Kyle have been friends since they were children. In his youth, Forde won a swordfighting tournament, in which Kyle took second place; this shows his fighting skill. He and Kyle both are loyal Renais soldiers. As well as friends, they are rivals, and despite their close bond, Kyle often scolds Forde for his non-serious attitude toward fighting and war.
- Main article: Forde/Supports
Forde, the Wild Knight
Upon Forde's return to Renais, his secret hobby of painting was discovered. He was commissioned as a court artist. His work grew popular, and his days became so busy that he often regretted his career change.
Eirika and Forde
After the war, Eirika and Forde returned to Renais. Eirika spent her days toiling in the reconstruction of Renais, and he was her faithful supporter. His portrait of Eirika captured the smile he had thought lost forever.
Forde and Vanessa
Forde's love for Vanessa grew after the war, and although she loved him as well, she placed her duty to Frelia first. Undeterred, Forde moved to Frelia himself. Over time, the two were wed.
Kyle and Forde
Sometimes, the greatest friends also differ greatly in personality. When Kyle and Forde returned home, they were celebrated in song and story. They lived their days in happiness, as dearest friends and toughest rivals.
|“||Ah, Prince Ephraim... It... It was fun while it lasted...||”|
— Death quote
Forde: "Sir Orson... Why did you have to betray us? Your departed wife is weeping in shame."
Orson: "You're wrong, Forde. My wife is happy. We are so very happy."
Fire Emblem Cipher
Forde is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Forde|
|Lax Red Paladin, Forde|
|"Everyone needs a little space to think, even on the battlefield."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Paladin||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Easygoing Influencer: [Trigger] If this unit is in the Front Line, non-lord enemies in the Back Line cannot inflict critical hits.|
Gallant Prince's Twin Knights: [Always] If you have an allied "Ephraim" or "Kyle", this unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B11-025HN • Artist: Cherokee|
|Wild Knight, Forde|
|"It's moments like these that keep me by your side, my prince."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cavalier||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Renais's Green and Red: [Always] While this unit is being supported by “Kyle”, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B11-026N • Artist: Cherokee|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Forde .
- By the time Forde is usable, all of the characters he can support with have been recruited. However, for most of his time he cannot support with Eirika or Ephraim, depending on which route the player chooses.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Typically used as a surname. It is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and comes from the word "ford", a shallow place in a river that can be easily waded across.
Officially romanized as Forde.
Artwork of Forde from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
Beta portrait of Forde from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
- "Vanessa: You have GOT to be kidding me! Sleeping while a war is waging? Bold warrior, it's time to wake up! Hey! Lazybones! Get up!
Forde: Snargleblagh...hmph? Zzzzzzzzz..." — Forde and Vanessa's C support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Franz: Yes, it is. And I also know that you like to play the part of the fool for no other reason than to give these weary soldiers a reason to smile.
Franz: And your sword and spear skills surpass those of any knight in the service of Renais, Frelia, or any other kingdom.
Forde: Wow. Your flattery is far more than I deserve...
Franz: The only reason you paint is to acquire a better understanding of geography, so that you can use that knowledge in battle...
Forde: Nah... It's just a hobby. Don't give me too much credit." — Forde and Franz's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Vanessa: You really don't stress or plan much, do you? So different from our prince...
Forde: The prince of Frelia? Ah, you mean Prince Innes. I think he's almost 100 percent stress. But I'm sure he's quite the ladies' man. I bet you have a crush on him, too. You're blushing, so I must have hit a nerve!" — Forde and Vanessa's B support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Forde: She seemed far more pleased at a picture I'd drawn of her than at my victory. She kept that picture near her always, and she looked at it often. She rejoiced more in my skill with the brush than in my skill with the sword. I never understood why... Not until recently, at any rate." — Forde and Kyle's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Forde: When I was young, I won a tournament for training swordsmen...
Kyle: I remember that. I took second place." — Forde and Kyle's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
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