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|“||Could our situation be any better? Just look at these fragile defenses... As fragile as the queen’s reign!||„|
Ludveck is a major antagonist Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. The Duke of Felirae, Ludveck loathed Crimea's newly-crowned Queen Elincia. Believing himself to be a more suitable monarch, Ludveck exploited public distrust and instigated a rebellion against Elincia to depose her and install himself on the throne.
Ludveck is a young man with a broad face, short brown hair, and matching eyes. He is clad in a suit of white armor with gold accents.
Ludveck possesses charisma and outwardly appears personable, traits which instilled a strong loyalty in his subjects. However, these aspects hid a cold cunning, arrogance, and lack of sympathy towards others. Ludveck immediately detested Elicia for what he perceived as cowardice and an inability to make difficult decisions, qualities needed in a strong ruler. He also saw her compassion, including towards the Crimean people, as a weakness. In contrast, Ludveck viewed his followers as disposable pawns and was perfectly willing to sacrifice them in his goal of becoming king.
The only things Ludveck seemed to care for were the nation of Crimea and Elincia's vassal Lucia. However, any professed love he had for his country may have been stated to legitimize simple greed for the crown. In addition, when Lucia proved to be a genuine threat to his plans, Ludveck lost all affection towards her and immediately used her as a tool against Elincia.
When Daein successfully emancipated itself from the Begnion Empire, Elincia recognized the country and it's new king Pelleas as legitimate. This decision was poorly received by the Crimean public, as only a year prior Daein's previous ruler, the Mad King Ashnard, began his namesake war by brutally invading their country. When Elincia sent her most trusted vassal, Duke Bastian, to Daein as an envoy, Ludveck took advantage of Crimea's growing resentment. He ordered his servant Yeardley to lead several soldiers from town to town, conducting rallies against Elincia and encouraging citizens to rebel.
|“||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...||„|
|~ Ludveck to Elincia|