Grado cannot afford to lose a brilliant tactician of my stature! No one will blink if any of you worthless toads dies. But if I die--You should be happy to fight, kill and die in my service!
~ Commander Gheb

Gheb (jap.: ゲブ, Gebu) is a minor antagonist in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones developed by Intelligent Systems in 2004 and serves as the boss of the ninth chapter on Prince Ephraim's route. He is the leading commander of Grado's forces stationed at Fort Rigwald and tasked with its defense as the fortress is of high strategic value to the Empire of Grado. Without capturing it any attack on the Imperial capital will be pointless according to Ephraim.

Biography

On the beginning of the chapter, Gheb's troops capture Princess Tana of Frelia alongside her Pegasus and then take her to their commander. Highly pleased with this catch, Gheb orders one of his soldiers to lock the Frelian princess in a cell where he plans to "thoroughly interrogate" her later.

After Tana's capture the fortress gets attacked by the Frelian forces under Prince Ephraim’s command, during the attack Gheb overhears one of his soldiers deepening in self talk that he does not support Emperor Vigarde's war. Outraged by this statement, the angry commander threatens the soldier to have him burned at the stake for treason if he doesn't get into formation immediately. After hearing that, a young recruit, named Amelia, fearfully objects to the way the commander treats his own soldiers, but this only enrages the already furious Gheb even more. He wants to, as he puts it, “teach" the already scared recruit about the "chain of command" but luckily for Amelia, her Commander gets interrupted by another soldier informing him that the enemy troops are approaching.

He then orders Amelia and the other soldiers to get in formation and to not let the enemy get anywhere near the throne room, where Gheb is residing. He then reminds his troops for one last time about their place in the military hierarchy and tells them that the empire cannot afford to lose “a brilliant tactician of his stature” but no one will care if they, the ordinary soldiers, get slain in battle and they should feel honored to fight, kill and die in his services.

Unfortunately, his efforts prove to be futile and Fort Rigwald is taken by Ephraim's troops and Commander Gheb himself falls in battle.

Personality

Gheb is an arrogant and cruel military official who abuses his high rank as leading commander to intimidate and threaten his soldiers. He cares very little for the soldiers he is meant to lead and sees them as expandable and easily replaceable units while putting himself very openly on a high pedestal calling himself a “brilliant tactician” who Grado cannot afford to lose but it is never revealed how much of a tactical genius he actually is.

Quotes

Heh heh… I like her. Throw her in a cell. I'll spend the evening giving her a thorough interrogation. Heh heh heh…
~ Gheb about Princess Tana of Frelia
The punishment for treason is harsh. You’ll burn at the stake.
~ Gheb threatening one of his soldiers who is opposed to Grado's war.
Duessel? You'd side with that washed-up coward?
~ Gheb insulting Grado general Duessel
No one cares whether you minnows live or die anyway. Got it?
~ Gheb to his own soldiers.
You’ve got a lot of nerve talking like that to your commander, recruit. Looks like I'm going to have to teach you about the chain of command.
~ Gheb to Amelia.
Wh-what was that? You piece of trash, what do you think you’re doing?
~ Gheb's default boss quote
Y-you wench… You’re that recruit, aren't you? Do you think you can betray me and get away with it?
~ Gheb's unique boss quote against Amelia

Trivia

  • Even though the Warrior class has access to bows in this game, Gheb does not have a single one in his inventory in any of the three difficulty modes.

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