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“I volunteered for service with the knights of Begnion to live on my own terms. Of course, my family vehemently opposed the idea, but they figured it was merely a phase. They thought I would come home crying. I won't give them that satisfaction.”
—Astrid, talking to Sothe.

Astrid is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She is a member of the Crimean Royal Knights, and a former member of Begnion's noble House Damiell. Astrid was engaged to Duke Lekain of Gaddos, a sinister man and the secondary antagonist of Radiant Dawn, against her wishes. In order to avoid being put through such misery, she left home to seek her fortunes elsewhere.

Profile[]

The daughter of House Damiell of Begnion, Astrid was pressured to marry against her own feelings on the matter, as unlike the boys of noble households, who are deemed successors and find valor on the battlefield or government, girls in Begnion are often simply tools to be used in political marriages, with several of her brothers were allowed to join the Begnion army and achieve greatness of their own, all of her older sisters being married off to people they neither loved nor grew to love, as can be seen from the sorrowful letters they sent to Astrid. At some point, her beloved grandmother gave a pendant to her and she decided to wear as a memento that few people know about.

Sometime later, Astrid's father – who cares deeply about family status — engaged her in a strategic marriage to Duke Lekain of Gaddos (a man older than her own father) that she decided to resist accepting her fate and left to enlist with the Knights of Begnion. She reasoned that, as a knight, her marriage would have to be postponed due to being in military service. In reality, while many were shocked and sneered at her decision, it was so she could finally break away from her past self that would do as her parents would always tell her and live on her own terms. Astrid's tenure with the Begnion knights was relatively short, and she became a mercenary after leaving their service.

Path of Radiance[]

Astrid makes her first appearance in Chapter 13 of Path of Radiance. The ship she travels in this chapter is incidentally the carrier of the Apostle Sanaki, causing it to be targeted by Daein soldiers and a few hired Kilvas Ravens. This leads to Astrid being dragged into the ensuing conflict, where she fights alongside her bodyguard Gatrie in order to protect the hapless civilians below-deck.

Prior to the start of Chapter 13, Astrid is observed to converse with Gatrie, with the latter expressing concern over the idea of her directly participating in it. She responds by displaying confidence in her skill with the bow, assuring Gatrie of her ability to protect herself.

After the chapter ends, Astrid will enlist into Ike's group, deciding that she will eventually be able to follow them away from Begnion. Astrid will stay with the group until the game ends.

After the events of Path of Radiance, Astrid is invited to join the Crimean Royal Knights, under the command of General Geoffrey.

Radiant Dawn[]

After assisting the Crimean Liberation Army during the Mad King’s War, Astrid joined the Crimean Royal Knights – thus severing her connections with Begnion entirely.

Coming a long way from the time she first joined the Knights of Begnion and could barely keep up with a march, the experience she gained from fighting in such a large war made her an excellent bow user that is worthy of being a Crimean Royal Knight. This achievement left her with no lingering regrets toward her motherland.

However, there was another reason for Astrid being in Crimea: her “Fated Person” Makalov. Over the last three years, her affection for him deepened to the point where she says nothing but praise for him. This leads to puzzled looks from Calill, Marcia, and even Makalov himself. It does not bother her in the slightest, however. She truly cares deeply about Makalov’s happiness and well-being, a fact that is well-observed throughout the royal capital.

Alongside the other Crimean Royal Knights, Astrid will launches attack on Felirae Castle in Chapter 2-3. However, this proves to be a trap set by Ludveck, who has laid siege on Fort Alpea at the time. The Royal Knights later reinforce Elincia's forces in Castle Crimea at the end of Part 2.

Later, during the war between Begnion and the Laguz Alliance, Astrid and the Royal Knights are deployed to a village near the Begnion border to put a stop to a group of Begnion soldiers who are pillaging the village under the orders of Senator Valtome after Elincia refuses to aid Begnion. She, along with Royal Knights, later watch as Elincia tries to stop the Begnion and Gallian armies from battling in Crimean territory and only succeeds in convincing the majority of both armies to withdraw from the battlefield. When Valtome commands his personal army to attack the unarmed Elincia, Astrid and the Royal Knights fight to defend her with the help of the Greil Mercenaries.

Later, Astrid joins the Laguz Alliance in Part 3 and becomes involved in the march towards the Tower of Guidance. During this time, she is described to constantly follow Makalov around, "cleaning up his messes," according to Marcia.

If brought inside the Tower of Guidance, Astrid can have different conversations with some of the enemies the army faces. If the player has her fight Lekain, she tells him that marrying him would have been the biggest mistake of her life. Her conversation with Levail suggests that they know each other from the past, but it is never stated how they came to be acquaintances. If she fights against Sephiran, when he asks her if she is worried about her family, she only states that she will save them.

Astrid will marry Makalov if they share an A support at the end of Radiant Dawn, but never succeeds in taming him.

Personality[]

Through her Support Conversations, Astrid is observed to be an individual with a sweet temperament, and is often shy and meek when speaking to others. During her Support Conversations with Makalov, Astrid hands over a family heirloom to him, who makes plans to sell it for money to gamble. He later returns the heirloom, claiming that Marcia has forced him into doing so. (If Marcia has been slain prior to the activation of this conversation, Ike will tell Makalov off in her stead.) This act of returning the pendant to Astrid causes her to deeply respect Makalov, in spite of his roguish and dishonest ways.

Due to her upbringing, she is rather naïve to the ways of the world, but is quite sincere and humble. She does not feel she is a “chosen one” much like many of the other Begnion nobles do.

In-Game[]

Path of Radiance[]

Recruitment[]

  • Chapter 13: Starts as an Other Unit; Have Ike speak to her in order to recruit her.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Astrid Bow Knight SpriteBow KnightFE9WindWind
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
1206267354798
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Paragon (FE9)ParagonFE9 BowBow - DFE9ironbowIron Bow
FE9KnightwardKnight Ward
FE9VulneraryVulnerary

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
45% 40% 20% 55% 50% 40% 30% 25%

Support Conversations[]

See also: Astrid/Supports

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE9masterseal Master Seal) FE9 Astrid Paladin Sprite Paladin
1 +5 +2 +2 +2 +1 +3 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
FE9 Sword / FE9 Lance / FE9 Axe E*

* Depends on player's choice.

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Although she has a rather poor start, Astrid can very quickly grow to hold her own, and can easily become a rather consistent unit. This is largely due to her Paragon skill, which doubles the amount of EXP she gets. However, this could be removed at a later level for battle-oriented skills like Sol or Adept. Due to her Bow Knight class, Astrid is quite easy to train; her bows allow her to strike enemies out of their reach, while her mount gives her both an exceptional attack range and the ability to quickly retreat to safety after taking a potshot. Even if she is used mainly for chip damage, Paragon and her low base level will allow her to gain EXP fairly quickly, and if she tries picking off weakened enemies, it is not uncommon for her to gain a full level off it. Though bows in Path of Radiance are generally held in low regard, Astrid is by far the best user of them, due to her class synergizing well with them; even her join chapter has her facing off against Raven laguz, which allows her to use effective damage to take chunks off them and gain large amounts of XP due to their laguz status. Consequently, despite her low base level, she is none too difficult to catch up to the rest of the army, and as a potential Paladin, she is worth the effort.

On the whole, Astrid will have relatively balanced stats and will usually cap her Skill and Speed, with her low HP being offset by her high Defense and the Knight Ward. If the player has any spare Arms Scrolls lying around, they may consider giving one to Astrid to boost her proficiency in wielding Bows right away, as she tends to hit a B ranking in bows once she becomes a Paladin, rather than as a Bow Knight. Her Strength and Luck growths are average, and may either end up being rather high or rather low. These issues may be easily fixed with the usage of bands from the player's second play-through onwards.

Once Astrid promotes into a Paladin, she can choose to use an additional weapon type of choice. As bows come with the inherent inability to counterattack at close range, it is recommended that she pick up a weapon type with 1-2 range, namely Lances or Axes. Axes in particular are considered the better choice, since Hand Axes have more might than Javelins, and Steel Axes are E rank.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[]

Availability[]

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected △=Reinforcement

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Astrid Bow Paladin SpriteBow PaladinFE10WindWind
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
23313816151710147319
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
ParagonParagon
CantoCanto
FE10 BowBow - BFE10steelbowSteel Bow
IronlongbowIron Longbow
FE10concoctionConcoction

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55% 40% 20% 45% 40% 70% 30% 50%

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm B

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10mastercrown Master Crown) FE10 Astrid Silver Knight Sprite Silver Knight
1 +4 +3 +4 +2 +2 +3 +4 +0 +0
Skills Weapon Levels
Sol Sol FE10 Lance C FE10 Bow A*

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Astrid is very difficult to bring up to par with the other available horseback units she is recruited with in Part 2 of Radiant Dawn because of her low level, being locked to Bows, and her terrible base strength. However, with access to Paragon, Astrid can level fairly quickly and bring her stats up to par, but only if considerable effort is taken to feed her kills or let her hit an enemy for damage; in the first chapter she is available on, this can be done to some extent, but after that, if no effort has been made in Chapter 2-3, the chances of training Astrid are slim to none. While she does have Paragon as a skill, it is highly recommended to remove it from her and give it to someone else, as the skill is so useful for training units that using it on Astrid can be something of a waste.

Even once she reaches par level-wise with other characters, Astrid's strength and speed are not particularly impressive, which, for a Bow user, can be problematic when trying to KO enemies. However, Astrid does excel in HP, Luck, and resistance, which, with her excellent movement, allows her to pick off enemy magic users fairly quickly. Astrid's woes begin to subside once she promotes to a Silver Knight, with her strength and speed becoming roughly average. Astrid's main selling point as a Silver Knight is her higher resistance stat, which can be put to considerable use in the endgame with magic users being everywhere.

Astrid is the only potential user of the Double Bow aside from the three Marksmen. Her caps are overall inferior to theirs aside from Resistance, Luck, and Speed. Her only notable redeeming factor is her ability to use Lances, but in the endgame, should she use the Double Bow, the range is 1-2 for her while it's 1-3 for the Marksmen because of their innate ability to attack from 3 spaces away.

Overall, Astrid doesn't show much benefits to wield the Double Bow over the Marksmen, but she is certainly usable.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Resolute Damsel
Lady of Begnion's House Damiell. Refusing the life of an aristocrat's daughter, she enlisted and became a knight. Appears in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Astrid Heroes spriteTitle
Resolute Damsel
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
34/38/41
8/9/10
36/39/43
10/11/12
38/41/45
4/5/6
23/27/30
5/6/7
20/23/26
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Damiell Bow
FEH skill support Rally Attack
FEH Green Bow Icon Bow

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Bow---
Steel Bow---
Silver Bow---
Damiell Bow-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill supportRally Attack---
Rally Attack Defense---
Rally Attack Defense+--FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Spd Def Bond 1 Spd Def Bond 1--
FEH Spd Def Bond 2 Spd Def Bond 2FEH Spd Def Bond 1 Spd Def Bond 1-
FEH Spd Def Bond 3 Spd Def Bond 3FEH Spd Def Bond 2 Spd Def Bond 2-
FEH Spd Def Bond 4 Spd Def Bond 4FEH Spd Def Bond 3 Spd Def Bond 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Atk Def Ruse 1 Atk Def Ruse 1--
FEH Atk Def Ruse 2 Atk Def Ruse 2FEH Atk Def Ruse 1 Atk Def Ruse 1-
FEH Atk Def Ruse 3 Atk Def Ruse 3FEH Atk Def Ruse 2 Atk Def Ruse 2-

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.
Base Set[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Resolute Damsel Astrid
Astrid resolute damsel pop01 Astrid is young noblewoman who was born into Begnion's House Damiell. Though she comes from a well-to-do background, she's no shrinking violet—she's a talented soldier who fights on the vanguard as a bow knight!
Astrid resolute damsel pop02 Astrid's family placed a heavy emphasis on the prestige of their house. Although she was financially well-off, she felt unfulfilled, and her parents dominated her path through life.
Astrid resolute damsel pop03 Choosing instead to make her own decisions and live by them, Astrid joined the knights of Begnion. Later, she would encounter Ike and join the Greil Mercenaries led by him.
Astrid resolute damsel pop04 Astrid forged her own path in the face of opposition from her peers and family. I feel like I could learn a lot from her strong-willed personality!
Closely Associated Characters
Ike A kindhearted but stoic young man who has taken command of his father's mercenary band. He invited Astrid to join the Greil Mercenaries after encountering her on the battlefield.

Quotes[]

Recruit Conversation (Path of Radiance)[]

  • Ike: Are you all right?
  • Astrid: Who are you?
  • Ike: My name's Ike. I'm with the Greil Mercenaries. I came to defend this ship—and the apostle, if I can.
  • Astrid: Is that so? I am Astrid, of House Damiell.
  • Ike: A blueblood, huh? Well, unless you're good with a sword, you'd better hide yourself in a cabin.
  • Astrid: I'll do no such thing. I once trained with knight and cavaliers. I may be of noble birth... but I know something of battle. I can fight.
  • Ike: Well, if you can fight, we can use you. Let's work together. You going to be all right with that?
  • Astrid: More so than I would be with hiding belowdecks, certainly.

Death Quotes[]

“I...wanted... to live...more freely... Grandmother...”
—Death Quote in Path of Radiance

Heroes[]

Astrid/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Path of Radiance[]

"Good-bye, General Ike. This war has given me the confidence to enter the service of the Begnion knights. Thank you so much!"

Radiant Dawn[]

Unassuming Knight (つつましき弓騎士, Tsutsumashiki Yumi Kishi lit. Prudent Bow Knight)
As a Royal Knight renowned through the land, Astrid's beauty and prowess were known to allies and enemies alike.
Astrid and Makalov
Astrid disregarded opposition and married the worst idler in three countries, but never tamed him.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Astrid is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 292 CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
697
424 CYL Astrid RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
321
CYL2 244
↑48
CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
959
↑262
376
↑48
CYL Astrid RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
486
↑165
CYL3 177
↑67
(From highest)
CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
1,441
↓4
(From combined)
CYL4 204
↓37
CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
735
↓706
CYL5 162
↑42
CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
595
↓140
CYL6 389
↓227
CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
135
↓460

CYL7 325
↑64
CYL Astrid POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
109
↓26

Etymology[]

Astrid comes from Ástríðr, a Scandinavian name whose roots mean "god" and "beautiful, beloved."

Trivia[]

  • In a base conversation with Makalov and Marcia in Marauders, Astrid tells them she wishes she had a sibling, yet she mentions having several brothers and sisters to Sothe in their Path of Radiance B support. This is due to a mistranslation of "Marauders," as the Japanese script simply had Astrid instead tell Makalov and Marcia that she is jealous of how close they are.
  • The English localization cuts a line from Astrid and Sothe's B support where Astrid tells Sothe that her fiancé seems to be even older than her father.
  • Astrid shares her English voice actress, Jenny Yokobori, with Elice and Eleonora Yumizuru.

Gallery[]

See main article: Astrid/Gallery.
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