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|“||...So noisy. I thought I could escape battle here on the Dread Isle. No... I’m not interested in why you’re fighting. I am only looking for tranquility.||”|
— Renault, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Renault (Japanese: レナート Renato; PAL: Renaud), is a bishop who appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Appearing as the second to last recruitable character in Fire Emblem, Renault is most well-known for his complex and mysterious backstory.
Renault's past has little explicit elaboration, though a rough series of events can be gleamed from several of his support conversations with other characters. Renault, however, intentionally remains vague about his past and often does not explicitly confirm speculations stated by other characters, meaning some elements are technically speculation. The order of certain events remains unclear.
Early life and collaboration with Nergal
An unknown number of years before the events of The Blazing Blade, Renault worked as a simple mercenary. During this time, Renault "only knew how to bash another man's skull". At some point, he lost a treasured friend during his service. Thirty years prior the events of The Blazing Blade a man named Renault served Caelin as a mercenary. While Renault denies knowing such a man, Wallace notes that he feels he has already been good friends with Renault for a long time, and even comments that Renault speaks similarly to the mercenary.
After the loss of his friend, he met Nergal and agreed to assist him in creating morphs. Renault offered his own body to Nergal for use as a test subject, under the conditions that Nergal would use this knowledge to revive Renault's fallen friend. Approximately twenty years before the event of The Blazing Blade Renault entered Lucius's home and murdered Lucius's father; Renault mentions that this action was one of many in his bid to regain his lost friend, implying he was working for Nergal at that point still.
Following his split from Nergal, Renault turned to the Elimine church to atone, and became a bishop. Renault then took a "pilgrimage" to Valor, though Renault's true intentions appear to stem from a desire to confront Nergal.
While on Valor, Renault encounters Eliwood's group twice. On the group's initial visit, Renault only wishes them luck and gifts a Goddess Icon to whoever encounters him. When Eliwood's group returns to Valor for the final confrontation with Nergal, Renault joins forces with them and accompanies the group for the confrontation. When Renault confronts Nergal, he lashes out at him for defiling his friend.
After Nergal's defeat, Renault vanishes without a word to anyone.
Renault is the second-to-last recruited character in the game; he can be recruited during the events of Chapter 30E/32H: Victory or Death. He is the only playable character in the game that starts out in the bishop class.
Long prior to his recruitment, Renault makes a brief appearance during Imprisoner of Magic in an abandoned temple on the field. If one of the player's units visits the temple Renault will briefly appear and gift the visitor a Goddess Icon, and wish the visitor luck.
In Victory or Death, Renault can be recruited by visiting the ruins to the north of the map within 11 turns; failing to reach the ruins within this time causes him to leave the battleground upon failing to find tranquility in the area. Upon recruitment, Renault informs the character that he is interested only in fighting to help bring tranquility to him.
Starting stats and growth rates
As a unit, Renault is widely considered to be inferior to a trained Serra or Lucius by the time you recruit him. He has an unusually high base skill and speed but rather low base magic, making him more similar to a swordmaster than a mage. Renault's low magic stat alone means he'll be more effective as a staff user than anything else. Because you recruit him so late into the game, Renault's poor growth rates are mostly irrelevant as the player will only have one or two chapters at most to train him.
Renault's most notable strength is the fortify staff he carries. Renault wields the only obtainable fortify staff in Eliwood's tale and one of two obtainable fortify staves in Hector's tale. Recruiting him in Eliwood's tale is imperative for this reason alone. However, this does not necessarily contribute to Renault's strength as a unit because the staff could easily be handed to another staff user, such as Serra or Priscilla.
Renault also has the highest constitution for any light magic user in the game at 9, meaning he will be able to wield Aureola without a speed penalty. He also has a high weapon level for light magic at A, meaning that training him up to S rank before the final chapter is plausible if the player chooses to do so. However, Athos also starts with an S rank in light magic and could easily fulfill the same role.
To summarize, Renault serves as a weaker alternative to Serra or Lucius if the player did not choose to raise another bishop. Recruiting him is recommended so that the player can obtain the fortify staff that he wields, but fielding him as a combatant is strongly advised against.
Personality and character
Renault is a strongly introverted individual. He typically keeps to himself, and does not initiate conversations or interactions with others. He will give sparing details on himself to those that elect to speak to him somewhat extensively.
While Renault is outwardly somewhat stoic, he deeply regrets the murders he performed for Nergal. Renault is openly apologetic to Lucius when he realizes that Lucius is the child of one of his victims. Renault's most emotional outburst occurs if he directly confronts Nergal; in addition to calling Nergal a liar and callous, he swears to murder Nergal with his own hands to avenge his old friend.
Hinting at his past as a physical fighter, Renault's statistics are unfitting for his class as a bishop; he possesses high skill, speed, and defense, but uncharacteristically low magic. This is also alluded to if Renault speaks to Bartre. Bartre insists that Renault is a powerful warrior hidden under the cloth of the clergy. Renault denies this, though eventually gives in, out of exasperation, to Bartre's request to punch him as a test of strength. As a result of this, Bartre is temporarily knocked unconscious, to Renault's further frustration.
- Main article: Renault/Supports
Renault - Burdened Bishop
No one knew the old him. No one knows what became of him. He vanished as though he never existed.
Renault, Burdened Bishop, and Isadora, Escort of Pherae
Renault simply vanished after the battle. Isadora, now alone, returned to Pherae as a member of the imperial guard. Years later, she entered the service of Elimine, hoping to find answers in the clergy.
|“||Am I really...dying?||”|
Final Chapter: Light quote
|“||It is for this moment that I have lived...||”|
Battle History quotes
|“||Your battle sense is beyond belief!||”|
— Renault, with S or A rank
|“||You have superior battle abilities, don't you?||”|
— Renault, with B or C rank
|“||Perhaps you could find happiness off the field?||”|
— Renault, with D or E rank
|“||You... Your name is, Mark, isn't it? I'll wager you don't trust me. You think I look shady, don't you? Don't let it bother you. It's the truth... Mark... Nergal is powerful. But he is still human, and these morphs were made by that same human... Victory is not impossible. ...I know this to be true.||”|
— Renault in Hector's tale, Chapter 32x: The Meaning of Life
Against Nergal in Final Chapter: Light
|“||Renault: ...Nergal, do you remember me?
Nergal: Hah. You are... Renault. So you're still eeking out a wretched existence?
Renault: I went astray. I listened to your honeyed words... I dreamt of the impossible... the return of a lost soul. But...what you gave me was... a puppet... It was soulless...nothing more than an empty vessel!!
Nergal: Just an empty vessel... Isn't that what you wanted? You desired to bring back your dead friend. You were my experiment, and I completed my morph. I'm grateful, Renault. Thanks to you, I gained power.
Renault: You villain... You cursed him! Your crime can never be forgiven! I will end you with my hands. In the name of my lost friend!
— Renault against Nergal in the final chapter
Renault's official artwork is featured in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance's character gallery.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Renault is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Renault|
|Burdened Bishop, Renault|
|"I am only looking for tranquility. If helping you will bring it to me, then I will lend you my power."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|"It may help you live longer.": [Activate] [Once per turn]  Choose 1 card with the same unit name as your lord from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.|
Atonement for One's Sins: [Trigger] During your opponent's turn, when your support card fails to support your lord, until the end of the battle, your lord gains +30 attack.
|Card #B13-037HN • Artist: Gen Onodera|
|Mysterious Monk, Renault|
|"Don’t be frightened. I am not your enemy. My name is Renault. I'm on a pilgrimage."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Monk||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"May the forces of goodness surround you always.": [Always] If your lord is being attacked, support skills belonging to your opponent's support card cannot activate.|
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your opponent's attacking unit cannot perform a critical hit.
|Card #B13-038N • Artist: Gen Onodera|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Renault .
- Renault's base stats are more similar to those of a swordmaster or hero, with notably high skill, speed, and defense but rather low magic. This may be a tribute to Renault's history as a soldier.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Renault is a variant of the Latin name Reginald, meaning "ruler's advisor."
Renaud is a variant of the Latin name Reginald and the Old German and French name Reynard. Renaud means "ruler's advisor; strong decision; fox."
Officially romanized as Renato, which is a variant of Reginald, Rene, and Reynold, meaning "ruler's advisor; rebirth."
- "Canas: Please tell me... These morphs Nergal has created... How can you know so much about beings that are centuries old? [...] I will give you the answer I suspect may be true. You know, because you were there. Nergal was alone after he and Athos separated. The only ones around him were his morphs... Perhaps then, you are...
Renault: ... What?
Canas: ...I have never thought one should back away from knowledge, but ...I hesitate to ask...
Renault: When Nergal first created his morphs, he was not alone. He had one assistant. A mercenary who wanted desperately to bring back a friend he has lost in battle. This mercenary volunteered freely for Nergal's experiments, knowing they would make him less than human...
Canas: Bishop Renault, are you saying–
Renault: This was a long, long time ago..." — Canas' and Renault's A Support Conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Wallace: It is not possible. No...surely not... Forgive me, Bishop Renault... You just look so much like him... You could be the very image of a man I knew...
Wallace: I thought you might be him, but that is certainly not possible. There is no way he could be as you are now... And the last time I saw him was some thirty years ago..." — Wallace's and Renault's C Support Conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Long ago, I was a mercenary. I led a bloody, thoughtless life, unconnected to the holy teachings." — Renault to Isadora, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "I...lost a friend. A man I could have called brother. But when he died, I knew nothing of prayers, of forgiveness. I only knew how to bash another man's skull... So I cast aside my weapons and knelt for the first time... to mourn my fallen friend." — Renault to Isadora, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Aahahaha! He said the exact same thing to me once! How could I forget! His teachings are all engraved on my heart!" — Wallace to Renault, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- Lucius is in his 20s according to the character book, and was three when his father died
- "Renault: Forgive me, son. In those days... I only thought of myself... I trespassed against many in my singular drive to regain the friend I lost...and to satiate my own...monstrous greed. I even sacrificed... the lives of others... Forgive me... Please...forgive...me......
Lucius: I forgive you...
Lucius: I forgive you.
Renault: But you... You cannot know the evil I have wrought... I did it! I killed your father..." — Renault and Lucius, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "I dreamt of the impossible... the return of a lost soul. But...what you gave me was... a puppet... It was soulless...nothing more than an empty vessel!!" — Renault to Nergal, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "You villain... You cursed him! Your crime can never be forgiven! I will end you with my hands. In the name of my lost friend!" — Renault to Nergal, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Isadora: How is that you came to join our company? I heard that you spent some time on the Dread Isle... Was it one of Elimine's missions?
Renault: Ahh... Sort of... I guess." — Isadora's and Renault's C support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "It is for this moment that I have lived..." — Renault during the final chapter, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "May you be watched over and protected in your venture." — Renault, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
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