|“||Grr... Your eyes annoy me... Why do you not despair? Why do you not surrender?||„|
|“||Heh heh heh... Humans will never conquer darkness. This guardian of light, Rausten, will drown in a never-ending night.||„|
|“||Heh heh heh... Soon... soon... It happens soon! The Demon King will be restored to all his former glory! And I, his faithful servant, will bask in his radiant power... Then, oh, then I will have my revenge on those who scorned me!||„|
Riev (Jap.: アーヴ, Irv) is a major antagonist in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is one of the six generals in the Imperial Army of a small kingdom known as Grado (also known as the Grado Empire) and a loyal servant of the Demon King, Fomortiis.
Prior to joining Grado's forces, Riev was a priest of Rausten, a theocratic state located in the north-east on the continent of Magvel, until his loyal devotion to the Demon King came to light and was therefore exiled for heresy by Rausten's Head of State, Pontifex Mansel. After his exile, Riev grew resentful towards Mansel and vowed to one day take revenge on the Pontifex. His ultimate goal is to resurrect the Demon King Fomortiis but in order to successfully resurrect the Demon King, the five Sacred Stones, the relics that keep Fomortiis sealed away, must be destroyed.
Riev can be unlocked as a playable unite but is only in the post-game named "Creature Campaign" playable.
Before the Route Split
|“||(...) I am Riev, given the name Blood Beryl by His Majesty, I know I am a newcomer, but I pray for your favor.||„|
|~ A freshly promoted Riev introducing himself.|
Riev makes his first in-game appearance towards the end of Chapter 3 after being ordered into the Imperial throne room together with Valter and Caellach by Grado Emperor Vigarde. Due to his remarkable performance during the invasion of Renais, Riev was promoted to the rank of General together with Valter and Caellach by the Emperor. After he introduces himself to his new colleagues Duessel, Glen and Selena, he is tasked with the defense of the Empire by Vigarde. Riev is later seen in Chapter 6, where he tasks his subordinate Novala to kill Princess Eirika and deprive her of her bracelet.
|“||My time is far too precious to waste on the likes of that royal whelp. Trifles such as these are best left in the hands of servants... such as you.||„|
|~ Riev to Novala.|
At the beginning of Chapter 6, Riev has a conversation with Novala, a fellow worshipper of the Demon King. Riev asks Novala if he has found out about Eirika's whereabouts. Novala confirms that he has and tells Riev that he has prepared an ambush in advance to eliminate Eirika. When Riev is about to leave, Novala asks him if he would like to witness the downfall of Eirika, to which Riev replies that he has too much work to do for their master, the Demon King, and he then teleports away. Despite Novala's promise to eliminate the princess with ease, he is overwhelmed by Eirika and her troops and falls in battle.
|“||Ah, Valter... You're a beast. You're bound to no country. You care nothing for friend or foe. Kill a man, claim a woman... You live for nothing more, you wretched beast. That’s your strength. That’s what makes you stronger than any man alive.||„|
|~ Riev to Valter.|
At the beginning of chapter 15, Riev informs General Valter about Ephraim's departure from the captured imperial capital Grado to the desert state of Jehanna in order to assist his sister Eirika in eliminating the troops of Valter and Caellach. He then advises Valter to take down Eirika's forces before Ephraim's arrival, otherwise he would have to fight on two fronts. After giving Valter his advice, Riev then offers his fellow general his assistance in the battle, but Valter refuses his help and tells Riev to vanish, since Valter does not want to share his "prey" with anyone, the prey in question being Eirika. When Riev hears this, he calls Valter a wretched beast. This may sound like an insult at first, but in reality Riev complements Valter's bloodthirsty nature and his lack of loyalty to country and friends as well as his lack of remorse, for this is his greatest strength, which makes him stronger than all other people. Before Riev makes his leave, he reminds Valter to take Eirika's bracelet from her, as their master, Fomortiis, demands it.
|“||He believes, that thing is his wife... Aren't people amusing?||„|
|~ Riev to Lyon about Orson's mental state.|
After the victory of Eirika and Ephraim over Valter and Caellach in Jehanna, the siblings are on their way to their homeland Renais to liberate their kingdom from the remaining Grado troops under the command of the traitorous knight Orson, who is stationed at Renais Castle. In Renais Castle, Riev and Grado Prince Lyon enter the King's former bedchambers, where Orson resides with his resurrected wife. At first Orson wants Riev to leave him alone with his wife, but when Riev tells the delusional knight that Eirika and Ephraim are on their way to their former castle to recapture it, he begins listening to the general. Riev then tells Orson that the siblings will never forgive him for his treachery, and that his wife, recently brought back to life by dark magic, will die again. The mere thought of losing his wife again is enough for Orson to launch an attack on the siblings. On Ephraim's route, Lyon is the one who informs Orson of Eirika and Ephraim's arrival, while Riev remains completely silent.
After leaving the bedchambers, Riev jokes about Orson's delusional mental state, when suddenly Prince Lyon, who serves as a vessel for the Demon King, cries out in pain, probably caused by the Demon King, who is slowly corrupting the soul of the Grado Prince and taking possession of it from within. Riev tells the prince that there is no need to worry and that the pain will soon pass, after which he teleports the prince and himself away. This scene is completely absent in Ephraim's route.
|“||Come celebrate the glorious rebirth of your lord and master, the Demon King!||„|
|~ Riev to Fomortiis' monsters.|
Ephraim and his troops want to travel via ship to Grado in order to conquer it, but before they can leave the harbor, they are warned by Lady L'Arachel about a phantom ship patrolling the seas and she advises the prince to not travel to the Empire by ship, but Ephraim ignores her warning and continues his journey towards the Empire. At sea, Ephraim and his troops are suddenly ambushed by another ship hiding in the fog. This ship is manned by monsters under the command of Riev. He orders the monsters to board Ephraim's ship and then devour the flesh of his troops; then he teleports away and leaves the rest to the monsters of the Demon King. Ephraim's troops, however, manage to overpower the monsters, and after winning the battle, they continue their journey to Grado. However, this was not Riev's last attempt to kill Ephraim with the monsters of the Demon King, and he makes use of them in the very next chapter in Grado’s port city of Taizel.
After Ephraim's arrival in Taizel, he and his troops are ambushed by Imperial soldiers led by Grado General Caellach. During the battle, Riev suddenly appears by teleportation and asks Caellach why he is not in Jehanna as ordered by the emperor, to which Caellach replies that it is not necessary for him to be in Jehanna at the moment. However, after Riev tells the disinterested general about Eirika's arrival in Jehanna, Caellach is forced to leave the battlefield and returns with Riev to the Capital. Before Caellach and Riev leave, Riev summons some monsters to help the Imperial soldiers in their fight against Ephraim, but Ephraim's troops overcome the monsters and the soldiers again.
In Chapter 19, Riev starts a surprise attack at night on the castle of Rausten with the intention of killing Pontifex Mansel and destroying Rausten's Sacred Stone, the last remaining stone that keeps the Demon King sealed away, the other stones were successfully destroyed by the troops of Grado during the events of the game. In order to advance the story, the player must either survive for thirteen turns or defeat Riev before the thirteen turns are over. Regardless of which option the player chooses, in both cases Riev simply retreats and flees to Darkling Woods.
Riev makes his final appearance in the second-last chapter, he is tasked to guard the entrance to the Black Temple where his master, the Demon King is holding a ritual to regain his full power. Together with a draco zombie and a large number of monster troops, Riev tries to kill the heroes but his efforts prove to be fruitless and he falls together with the draco zombie in battle. Before he dies however, he tells the heroes that they are too late and that the one true demon will rise again.
|“||Heh heh heh... Oh, how your plans seem to have gone awry. Even now, Eirika makes her way toward Jehanna. Your perfect fruit has turned to rot while you did nothing.||„|
|~ Riev to Caellach.|
|“||The day of Rausten's destruction has at long last arrived!||„|
|“||Heh heh heh... One Sacred Stone remains. Once it is destroyed, darkness will consume the world. What will you do? Will you cower in fear? Heh heh heh...||„|
|“||Heh heh heh. The young lady of Rausten... The more cruel and gruesome your death, the more that cur Mansel would weep, am I right? And that would make me so very very happy.||„|
|~ Riev to L'Arachel, Pontifex Mansel's niece|