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|“||Could our situation be any better? Just look at these fragile defenses... As fragile as the queen’s reign!||”|
Ludveck (Japanese: ルドベック Rudbeck) is a Crimean nobleman and duke of the territory of Felirae. In the years after the Mad King's War, he raised a rebellion against Crimea's new queen, Elincia, accusing her of being a weak ruler who would lead Crimea to ruin. His aim was to turn the people of Crimea against Elincia, exploiting fears and doubts already present in the people, and rally them to depose her and install himself as the new Crimean monarch.
In the aftermath of Daein's liberation war and the coronation of its new king, Pelleas, Queen Elincia chose to acknowledge Pelleas and the new Daein as legitimate with the intent of ensuring peace between the two nations. However, this decision was very poorly received by both the commoners and nobles of Crimea, leading to growing resentment of Elincia's rule over Crimea. Ludveck took advantage of this discontent, and of the absence of Elincia's most trusted political mind, Bastian, to stir it up even further into a call for rebellion. He sent several of his soldiers, led by Yeardley, on a mission around Crimean towns to conduct rallies to convince the Crimean people to serve Ludveck's cause. Elincia's retainers, Lucia and Geoffrey, had seen signs and heard rumors that Ludveck was conducting this campaign, but it was not until they received reports from Nephenee and Brom, who defeated Yeardley when he tried holding a rally in their village of Ohma, that they had their suspicions confirmed. Before acting on this, Lucia visited Ludveck at Felirae under the pretense of taking several laguz guests - Lethe, Mordecai, Leanne, and Nealuchi - on a tour to sample the fruits of the Felirae region, then the following night raided a nearby cave to retrieve written proof of Ludveck's amibitions.
Soon after, Geoffrey led the Crimean Royal Knights to Felirae on a mission to apprehend Ludveck and put down the rebellion, but Ludveck had already planned for this and left a defensive force behind to act as an unknowing decoy, intending for them to sacrifice themselves to occupy the Royal Knights while he led his army to target Elincia herself at the capital. He also successfully infiltrated an informant network used by Lucia to pass on information and strategies, killing one messenger and then abducting Lucia herself, leaving behind her cut hair as a warning to Elincia.
Having learned that Elincia had been moved to Fort Alpea for protection, Ludveck led an assault on the fortress to defeat Elincia and claim the Crimean throne. Although the siege itself was foiled through the efforts of Elincia, her allies, and the arrival of Geoffrey and the Royal Knights, and although Ludveck himself was arrested and imprisoned, Ludveck had one final trap to play: his minions had erected a gallows outside Alpea for use on Lucia, threatening to kill her unless Elincia released Ludveck. Ludveck attempted to convince Elincia to surrender in order to save Lucia, but to his surprise, Elincia refused, expressing determination to do right by the people of Crimea even if it meant losing Lucia. Even though Elincia's courage had foiled his plan completely, and even though he remained imprisoned, Ludveck delighted in knowing that Elincia would have to suffer through watching Lucia die and may even beg for mercy. However, even this was foiled by one last move from Bastian who, although not in Crimea, had been aware of Ludveck's scheme before he left for Daein, and had hired Ike and the Greil Mercenaries to save Lucia at the very last moment. Bastian and Ike's actions put an end to Ludveck's schemes once and for all, and he presumably remained imprisoned by Elincia.
Ludveck is the boss of the Part 2 Endgame and acts as the commander of the Rebel Army units. The chapter is a defensive map, so Ludveck does not have to be fought, but defeating him will immediately end the chapter.
Personality and character
On the surface, Ludveck is personable and charismatic, which allowed him to spark a fierce loyalty and devotion in his followers. The likes of Tashoria saw him as a trustworthy leader who would honor his word and aid them in battle. He was confident in his plans to the point of arrogance, believing even to the very end that Elincia would surely cave to his demands and that he had left no way out for her. Unsurprisingly, he had a very low opinion of Elincia and believed her to be a helpless coward, and was surprised when she personally led the defense of Alpea against him. In the end he at least claimed to have done what he did out of love for Crimea and a desire to save it from Elincia, although it was possible that he made this up to make his greed for the crown sound more credible and legitimate.
Ludveck is cold, cunning, and lacking in sympathy. Ludveck viewed Elincia's compassion as a dangerous and weak quality in a ruler, claiming that her inability to make difficult, cold decisions and her compassion for her people, even when they oppose her, only get in the way of her ability to be an effective queen and are the cause of all of the crises that led to his rebellion against her. He himself was more than willing to sacrifice the lives of his followers in massive numbers in order to achieve the aims of his larger plan, viewing them all as disposable pawns. He was very fond of Lucia to the point of having his servants actively keep track of all of her activities and movements, through which he found out about her network of informants, and although Maraj had tried to warn him of the dangers she posed to his plans, Ludveck did not listen. However, once she proved to be a legitimate obstacle to his plans, Ludveck did not hesitate to use Lucia as a tool to defeat Elincia, or to order her execution.
|“||The day is upon us... A day that will stand proudly in the history of Crimea. Today, a weak queen falls...and a new king prevails!||”|
— Ludveck, as the boss of the Part 2 Endgame in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Throwing laguz into the ranks? How very like the queen.||”|
— Ludveck, when fighting a laguz in the Part 2 Endgame in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Ludveck: Queen Elincia...
Ludveck: Looking quite gallant, aren’t we? I thought you would surely be fleeing by now... or pleading for your life. I must commend you on your unexpected bravery.
Elincia: I am the ruler of Crimea. I will not abandon that role.
Ludveck: Oh, I see... Self-sacrifice, is it? How very honorable of you. By the way, Your Majesty, Lady Lucia is often in your company. Wherever could she have gone to?
Elincia: Where is she?! Tell me she’s safe! Tell me–now!
Ludveck: Oh my, you look pale. You two grew up like sisters... You must be worried, then? Ha! Yet another facet of your weakness.
— Ludveck, when fighting Elincia in the Part 2 Endgame of Radiant Dawn.
|“||A heron on the battlefield? And I though I'd seen it all... Just as weak as the queen, I imagine.||”|
— Ludveck, when fighting Leanne in the Part 2 Endgame in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Geoffrey: That's enough, Duke Ludveck! You have no chance of victory. The Royal Knights are here, and we have our queen to lead us.
Ludveck: Ho ho... It's the valiant Geoffrey. I assume, General, that you have yet to hear about Lady Lucia?
Geoffrey: Lucia? What’s happened?
Ludveck: Well... I could tell you, but what would that gain me? Now, if you were to turn on the queen and grovel at my feet, I might reconsider telling you.
Geoffrey: How dare you, you rotten...
— Ludveck, when fighting Geoffrey in the Part 2 Endgame of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Elincia! I yield to you! Please... You may imprison me. Your Majesty, be merciful! Spare our lives. We surrender our weapons.||”|
— Ludveck, as the boss of the Part 2 Endgame in Radiant Dawn.
- When he is defeated, Ludveck does not fade off the map like most defeated units do. Instead, he collapses and remains on the map until it fades out to the closing cutscene. This leads to an unusual behavior: if he is defeated by a unit who has Canto, the player has a chance to examine the collapsed Ludveck and view his stats, which reveal that he has 1 hit point remaining and that he still has his Tomahawk, even though he dropped it and it is already in the possession of the unit who defeated him.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
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Romanized as RUDBECK in his internal file name.
Ludveck's portrait in Radiant Dawn.
- "Lord 1: So, you have acknowledged Pelleas as the newly crowned king of Daein? Your Majesty, this is beyond the pale!
Elincia: I have not forgotten our war with Daein. Three years is not so long as that. But do not forget... If we allow hatred to rule our hearts, we become prisoners of our past. A lasting peace serves both nations.
Lord 2: Bravo, Your Majesty, well spoken indeed. Your words paint a picture of idealism rarely seen here at court. However, and I beg your forgiveness, it is quite apparent your grasp of politics remains childishly naive.
Lord 1: Abandoning rule over Daein, then reconciling with our most hated enemy... This will not do. The people will soon take their discontent to the streets.
Lord 2: What’s more, why choose Bastian, the count of Fayre, as your envoy? His skills in court are vital to Crimea. To send away such a key figure... Tell me, Your Highness, how exactly do you plan to rule without him?
Lucia: The count of Fayre himself gladly volunteered as a delegate. Her Majesty’s decision was only–
Lord 2: Lady Lucia, still your tongue! You are not Her Majesty. Do not presume to speak for her.
Lord 1: Yes, Lady Lucia! Please refrain from speaking if you have not been directly addressed. Your familiarity with the queen does not grant you a seat in the royal assembly. Although you may have been raised as a sister to Her Majesty the queen, kindly remember your place!
Lucia: ...You have my apologies.
Lord 2: And you, General Geoffrey. Does your loyalty to Her Majesty stem only from your unchecked emotions? Those with a taste for gossip are talking. I wonder, have you heard what the help is saying about you?
Geoffrey: What?! I...
Lord 2: At any rate, growing discontent has brought the royal family of Crimea to a crossroads of sorts. Your Highness... This is all on you.
Lord 1: Indeed. Your Majesty... Whatever do you intend to do?" — Elincia, Geoffrey, Lucia, and several lords, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Ike: The count of Fayre knew about Ludveck’s plotting before he left for Daein. Bastian guessed that if he left the country, the rebels would feel confident enough to make their move. What else would you expect from Crimea’s top tactician? Well...Crimea’s most deceptive old dog, at any rate.
Elincia: Yes, that’s just like him...
Ike: Sorry that we had to stay hidden until the last minute. For a ruse like that to work, you have to deceive allies as well as enemies. I know you were acting in Crimea’s best interests, but I’m sorry you had to let that happen to Lucia." — Ike, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Yeardley: Be gone with you, thief! We won’t have filth like you stand in the way of our supremacy!
Heather: So! You’re the ones sent by Ludveck of Felirae?! You’ve been stirring up these little revolts all over the place.
Yeardley: What?! How did you know?!
Heather: I see things here and there. But half of it was just a guess! ...Judging by your reaction, though, it seems I was right." — Yeardley and Heather, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Geoffrey: Lucia... Brom’s story confirms what we’ve suspected all along.
Lucia: Yes, as we thought. Duke Ludveck of Felirae is firing up a rebellion. We should have seen it coming. To be honest, Queen Elincia, there have been a number of indications that something like this was under way. We’d hoped to uncover something more tangible than hushed rumors... I should have told you sooner." — Geoffrey and Lucia, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Rebel: The Royal Knights have left the capital! We estimate roughly 4,000 soldiers are marching on Felirae.
Ludveck: That means about 2,000 are left in the capital... That’s more than I’d expected. ...Hmm, I suppose it can’t be helped. The column headed toward Felirae is primarily cavalry, is it not?
Rebel: Yes, sir. Exactly as you surmise, sir.
Ludveck: In that case, the forces at the capital will be led by the queen’s confidante, Lady Lucia. This is most perfect. The soldiers remaining at Castle Felirae have been given detailed instructions...false instructions, I might add. ...The dear pawns. They are so very heroic, and so very disposable." — A rebel soldier and Ludveck, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "W-we have to hold out! The duke is on his way! We’ll be heroes! Adored, and showered with riches!" — Tashoria, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "...Oh? The queen’s taken command? I expected her to abandon her people, turn tail, and run for the hills. How preciously naive. We shall have to teach her that being overly optimistic can be fatal." — Ludveck, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Ludveck: Queen Elincia, you’re so naive. Cold and callous decisions are sometimes required of a nation’s ruler. ...I was testing you. We all wanted to know if our queen would have the power to stop a civil war. But, no, you were too hesitant and too concerned about harming the people... Now look what has happened. The rule of Crimea cannot be kept in your hands! Please, Your Majesty! You must abdicate and cede the crown to me! And considering Lady Lucia’s life is on the line, you haven’t much choice. Now, let’s have you free me from this prison cell, and then we can discuss any further details...
Elincia: I don’t think so.
Ludveck: What?! Are you truly willing to sacrifice Lady Lucia?!
Elincia: ...Lord Ludveck, all your dissatisfaction and misgivings about me are well founded. However, do you realize how many lives you’ve simply thrown away?! Strength without compassion does not a ruler make. You care nothing for the people, sir. You cloak your desire to rule with pretty speeches, but it is petty avarice nonetheless!
Ludveck: ...So this is how it shall be? Very well... But Lady Lucia cannot be spared without my order.
Elincia: Allowing you to plant the seeds of rebellion and play havoc with the lives of my people is a failure for which I must answer. But I will see Crimea through this trial. I will give my people the future they deserve, no matter the cost.
Ludveck: ...Ha... Ha ha ha ha! Well played, Your Majesty! Indeed, I have failed. Yet I wonder... Are you capable of watching Lucia die? Or will you crawl back to me, your face awash with tears, begging for mercy? How I pray to see that face, Your Majesty!" — Ludveck and Elincia, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "My lady, I am certain to know of any and all facts that concern your activities. My dear, lovely Lucia. Oh yes, it was quite some time ago that I was informed of both this place and your network of shadowy assistants." — Ludveck, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "...Tsk tsk. I did try to warn Lord Ludveck, but it seems that he is quite fond of you. If he knew of your little discovery... I’m certain he would have no qualms about eliminating you." — Maraj, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
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