|“||Pride this... Honor that... Only a naif believes that righteousness will keep a man drawing breath!||„|
|~ Slayde to Clive|
|“||You whelps deprived me of a prize I most desperately needed. Hear me well, runts! My name is Slayde... and today, I in turn shall deprive you of your lives!||„|
|~ Slayde threatening vengeance for his attempt on Celica's life being thwarted.|
Slayde (スレイダー, Slayder) is a minor antagonist in Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
In both games, Slayde is a purple haired, armor-clad man. In Fire Emblem Gaiden, he is clean-shaven with a large mullet hairstyle, and his armor of purple. In Shadows of Valentia, his hair is much shorter, he has a beard, and his armor is now maroon with gold accents. He also wears a purple cape.
Slayde is a corrupt knight who cares for nothing but to satiate his greed. He arrogantly assumes that having a high rank makes him superior to everyone. Slayde is also willing to compromise his principles in exchange for wealth and power, such as agreeing to assassinate the young Zofian heirs for Desaix, despite being hesitant to do so before the baron offered him a reward. Furthermore, Slayde is a coward who will betray others to save his own life.
Originally, Slayde was a minor soldier in the Zofian army. One day, he was summoned by Desaix, who had ingratiated himself with Zofia's King Lima IV, but was secretly accruing power for himself and planning a coup d'état against the royal family. As part of his plan, Desaix ordered Slayde to kill the royal heirs. Though initially reluctant to slaughter children, Slayde quickly agreed when Desaix promised him wealth and power. That night, Slayde set fire to the Royal Villa, while assassins slew anyone who didn't perish in the conflagration. For his role in the Villa Fire, Slayde was promoted to captain of Desaix's guard. However, two children survived the night: Princess Anthiese, who was rescued by the knight Mycen, and Prince Conrad, who fled to the Lost Treescape of Rigel.
Sometime later, Slayde and a squad of his men came upon Ram Village while patrolling Southern Zofia. Encountering several children playing in the forest, Slayde demanded that they bring him and his men food and lodging before recognizing one of the girls as Anthiese, though she now called herself Celica. He prepared to make up for his botched assassination, but was driven off by Mycen. Unfortunately, this incident forced Celica to leave Ram.
War of the Deliverance
Years after Slayde's second failed assassination, war erupted between Zofia and Rigel. Desaix negotiated a cease-fire in exchange for control of Zofia as Chancellor. The Rigelian Army remained garrisoned in Northern Zofia, and Desaix imposed heavy taxes on his subjects in the name of compensating the Rigelian Empire. Soon after, the Chancellor completed his coup with the assassination of Lima IV. Amidst all this, Slayde serve Desaix well. When the Deliverance, a group of resistance fighters dedicated to liberating Zofia from Desaix's tyranny, stormed Zofia Castle, Slayde helped establish a body double of the Chancellor. With battle of Zofia Castle ending in the Deliverance's favor, both Slayde and the real Desaix were forced to retreat.
While Desaix traveled to his personal fortress in Northern Zofia, Slayde hid in the castle grounds, fearful of both the Deliverance and Desaix punishing him for his failure. It was there that Slayde encountered members of the Duma Faithful, who recently failed to capture Celica and deliver her to Duma himself. Seizing an opportunity, Slayde convinced the Faithful to allow him to serve the Rigelian Empire in exchange for information about a village Northwest of the castle inhabited by gifted mages. With Slayde's information, the arcanist Tatarrah kidnapped and brainwashed the prodigious mage Delthea, and in return Slayde was made captain of Rigel Castle's Last Bastion.
Slayde personally greeted the Deliverance as they stormed the Last Bastion, explaining his motivation for defecting from Zofia and how he rose to power in Regel. The Deliverance soldier Clive, unimpressed with Slayde's opportunism, branded him a coward for selling out his homeland. Enraged by Clive's words, Slayde ordered his forces, including his new underling Mueller, to attack the Deliverance. Ultimately, Slayde perished at the hands of the Deliverance, who left no survivors in their attack on the Last Bastion.
|“||I recognize you... You're those bumpkin brats from that village in Ram Woods.||„|
|~ Slayde battling the Deliverance in Zofia Castle.|
|“||I-impossible! This is neither the time nor place for me to die...||„|
|~ Slayde retreating from Zofia Castle.|
|“||See, I know about this little forest northwest of Zofia Castle. And in this forest, there's a village...||„|
|~ Slayde to a Faithful Cantor.|
|“||You lot ran me out of the castle thanks to that clod Desaix's incompetence. So...I defected to Rigel! Turncoat or no, they paid good coin for a noble’s intelligence on the enemy. They were SO grateful, in fact, they appointed me to captain this fortress!||„|
|~ Slayde encountering the Deliverance a second time.|
|“||Impudent whelps... You'll regret this!||„|
|~ Slayde before battling the Deliverance in the Last Bastion.|
|“||Nrgh! Damn you... DAMN YOUUU!||„|
|~ Slayde's last words.|
- In addition to Slayde, Legion, Reinhardt, and Thales, Christopher Corey Smith voices Fire Emblem heroes Seth and Yarne in English. He also provides one of the English voices of Male Robin (and by extension Grima when possessing him) in Fire Emblem Awakening.
- Slayde on the Fire Emblem Wiki.
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