Bernard is the boss of Chapter 16 (17 in Hector's Mode): Whereabouts Unknown, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Bernard is only seen in this chapter, and is the first promoted enemy seen in Eliwood's/Hector's Mode (as Eagler is the first promoted enemy faced in the game if Lyn's tale is played).
Bernard is the Knight Commander of the Lycian territory of Laus. He is the leader of Marquess Laus's army and serves as Marquess Laus's right hand man. Bauker served directly below Bernard in the chain of command.
Bernard and the majority of Laus's army retreated during the attack on Castle Laus when commanded to do so by Darin, their marquess. The retreat was called for after the deployed Laus forces began losing to the group lead by Eliwood and Hector. The Laus army then invaded the poorly defended Lycian territory of Caelin, which due to the incident with Lundgren had a quite small force to defend it. The army from Laus then invaded Castle Caelin, forcing Lyn and her forces to escape while Lord Hausen, Marquess of Caelin, was captured inside the Castle.
In the previous Chapter 15 (16 in Hector Mode), Eliwood and Hector helped Lyn launch a counterattack on Castle Caelin, now occupied by the Laus forces. During that battle, Bauker who was leading the Laus forces outside the Castle was killed. The battle then continued inside Castle Caelin where Bernard led a second force.
Bernard is a loyal man, and not particularly evil. His decency is somewhat hinted at in his death quote, where he admits his death is a fair trade for Laus's brutality.
Normal Modes and Eliwood Hard Mode
| Lance - C|
Axe - E
* Eliwood's Story only
** Hector's Story only
Hector Hard Mode
| Lance - C|
Axe - E
Despite being a promoted General, Bernard is almost identical to Boies and Bauker before him, aside from his access to a greater variety of weapons. Bernard's throne provides him within a hidden +5 resistance boost,making him more effective than one might initially assume. The Wolf Beil is extremely effective against him, particularly if he is wielding a lance,even more so if Hector has enough speed to double Bernard. If Bernard is wielding an axe, the Mani Katti and Rapier are also effective tools.
- Bernard's in game description reads: 'Knight Commander of Bern. Trusted by Marquess Laus.' This is a translation mistake, and is fixed in the European release.