Obe’s Jukebox #5 – Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance – The Black Knight

IkeVsBlackKnight

No Monthy Python references here. Just pure terror.

Oh jeeze. The Black Knight: probably one of my most favorite characters from the Fire Emblem universe. Clad in ebon armor blessed by the Goddess and his holy blade, Alondite, , the Black Knight single handedly made legions of soldiers flee the battlefield. Why? Because he’s a total badass and commands respect while ripping your units into shreds one by one with next to no effort on his part.

Track Name: The Black Knight

Game: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005)

System: Nintendo Gamecube

Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko (Supervision and development)

To be honest, the Fire Emblem series never put a lot of detail into their antagonists until Fire Emblem 9 (Path of Radiance). When Path of Radiance hit the scene, I loved how  every character had a more detailed backstory, especially the antagonistic kingdom of Daein. The King, Ashnard, developed from a solid foundation, and his four strongest generals, the Four Riders, all had interesting stories. But the one who stuck out the most was the enigmatic and invincible Black Knight. Up to that point, no one knew what he really looked like, what he fought for, or if he even fought on Daein’s side during the Mad King’s War. His character caused a huge explosion of theories and proposals from the fanbase, who tried to piece together the puzzle of the Black Knight. He always had an ulterior motive, and was as insightful and intelligent as his sword skills are unbeatable.

The game itself does a great job of antagonizing the Black Knight, as he is thrown in into some earlier chapters to display his fearsome might and set him us as a villain. His sword, Alondite, allows him to easily one shot anyone in your army, and his blessed armor can only be pierced by Alondite’s sister blade, Ragnell. Even if you max Ike’s stats by the time of their final duel, you’ll be lucky to walk away from the fight without a close call or two, and that’s if his skill Luna, which completely negates your defenses, doesn’t activate. Honestly I have more trouble on the Black Knight than the final boss, which is a true testament to his power, and his theme conveys his strength and intimidation perfectly. If you’ve never played Path of Radiance, I implore you to try it out. You’ll see his badassery for yourself and realize that his theme couldn’t possibly be more intimidating.

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