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“My apologies for the lateness of the hour. Proper social graces are most difficult to observe in wartime.”
—Bastian, reuniting with Queen Elincia in the forest near Sienne.

Bastian, is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the Count of Fayre, and is also a loquacious and influential politician in the Crimea Court. Previously working for Prince Renning, Bastian is also close friends with Geoffrey and Lucia.


Path of Radiance

After the fall of Crimea, Bastian seeks refuge underground, in hopes of liberating his country from Daein. After joining up with the Crimean Liberation Army, he finds his ideologies conflicting with Ike's authority, most likely stemming from his lack of pedigree. Bastian eventually warms up to Ike after witnessing Elincia vouching for him, alongside Ike's proficiency as a hired guard. After the events of the game, he will hire Volke to perform certain "jobs", some of which are connected to particular events in Radiant Dawn. One of these jobs involve the capture of Izuka in order to find a cure for Renning's crazed stupor, an ailment inflicted upon him by the Feral Drug.

Radiant Dawn

In this game, Bastian serves as Crimea's Deputy Prime Minister and one of Queen Elincia's most trusted advisors. He is, however, noticeably absent from court during the Ludveck crisis, and is instead sent to Daein by Elincia as part of a diplomatic mission to determine the abilities of the newly-crowned King Pelleas. Despite his absence from court, Bastian still plays a significant role in saving Lucia, as he hires Ike and the Greil Mercenaries to halt Ludveck's troops laying siege to Castle Crimea. It is revealed that Bastian was aware of Ludveck's plans for an uprising and chose to leave Crimea in order to bait him into putting his plan into action.

Bastian's close contact with the assassin Volke ultimately leads to the eventual capture and execution of the fugitive Izuka.


Bastian is hailed as a master politician by many, as can be observed by the amount of respect he commands in the Crimean Court, alongside possessing a natural skill for cunning. He is shown to be one who takes initiative in carrying out certain tasks which he deems to be of the utmost importance, as can be observed from the investigations he conducts into unearthing the identity of the Black Knight and Bertram.

Bastian's speech is laden with symbolic imagery, and often adopts iambic pentameter in the words he articulates. This alludes to him being a rather romantic person, as this mannerism of his merely serves to hyperbolize the emotions that are associated with practically any situation he appears in.

Through support conversations in Path of Radiance, it is revealed that Bastian is exceedingly wealthy, and is rather proficient in the art of gambling. Due to the immense loyalty he holds towards Crimea, he ensures that his earnings will always be channelled towards the country's benefit.

In Game

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


  • Chapter 24: Automatically from the start of Turn 2.

Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Bastian Sage Sprite.png SageFE9Wind.gif Wind
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE9 Knife Skill.gif Knife
Corrode (FE9).gif Corode
FE9 Fire.png Fire - B
FE9 Thunder.png Thunder - C
FE9 Wind.png Wind - A
FE9elwind.gif Elwind
FE9stiletto.gif Stiletto

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55% 40% 65% 65% 55% 30% 35% 50%

Support Conversations

See also: Bastian/Supports

Bond Support


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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.

Bastian joins during the lategame with notably low speed and no time to improve it. Further hampering his viability is his odd choice in wielding knives rather than staves which is useless due to tomes being far better by comparison. He starts with the Corrode skill at base which isn't exactly useful as combat in Fire Emblem tends to be end quickly. Thus, his only notable purpose would be in the backlines casting spells from siege tomes. However, similar to Lucia and Geoffrey, he has high growths, with everything 30% or higher, and only 2 lower than 40%. His Strength can develop decently if one is devoted to using him, as well as Magic, Skill, and Speed, though the final's unimpressive base is an issue, and his resistance will also grow frequently.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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

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Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Bastian Arch Sage Sprite.png ArchsageFE10Wind.png Wind
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Corrosion.png Corrosion
Shove.png Shove
Flare.png Flare
FE10 Fire Magic.gif Fire - A
FE10 Thunder Magic.gif Thunder - A
FE10 Wind Magic.gif Wind - SS
FE10 Staff.gif Staff - B
FE10arcwind.png Arcwind
FE10elthunder.png Elthunder
FE10elfire.png Elfire
FE10elixir.png Elixir

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
25% 20% 30% 70% 40% 40% 25% 50%


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Bond Support


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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.

Bastian returns in this game as a pre-promoted magic user. His starting class is that of an Arch Sage, which is essentially a third-tier class. A majority of his stats are either average or low for his level, and his growths are slightly lower than they were in Path of Radiance. As a result of his low Speed stat, Bastian will be unable to perform double attacks on a frequent basis.

However, as the chapter Bastian joins in is practically filled with Laguz-based enemies, his proficiency in all three anima magic types is thus extremely useful. If given the opportunity to level up a few times, he will be able to inflict great amounts of damage upon most enemies with ease. Unfortunately for him, however, Soren at Level 10 Arch Sage after promoting from a Level 20 Wind Sage will most likely outclass Bastian in every stat, especially Magic, Skill, and Resistance.

Death/Retreat Quotes

“Gaa...urr... Does my glorious life end here? No, I say... My eyes must not close. Not until they witness the rebirth of my beloved Crimea...”
—Bastian's death quote in Path of Radiance
“...Here shall I cross... from this death's dry kingdom. I always suspected...that it would come to this.”
—Bastian's death quote in Radiant Dawn


Path of Radiance

"Oh, glorious day of sweet victory! Praises upon the day the goddess did see fit to send Sir Ike to save our land."

Radiant Dawn

  • Crimea's Keystone (王国の要 Ōkoku no yō)

Bastian's unparalleled diplomatic skills ensured that many treaties were signed, spreading peace across Tellius.

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 618
Radiant Dawn
Path of Radiance
CYL2 675
Radiant Dawn
Path of Radiance
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 464
(From highest)
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
(From combined)
CYL4 466
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
CYL5 424
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance

CYL6 385
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance


  • Bastian is the only character in Path of Radiance who can form supports with Volke.
  • Even though Bastian's title is usually given as "Count Fayre", in Radiant Dawn, Volke refers to him as "Duke Fayre" in their supports.


See main article: Bastian/Gallery.