—Colm at the second attack on Renvall
Colm (コーマ Kōma, Coma in the Japanese version) is a playable character in the game Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He first appears after Chapter 2 and can be recruited in Chapter 3 by having Neimi talk to him inside the bandit's hideout. They can automatically have a support conversation. Before being recruited he will appear as a neutral unit and will walk around opening doors and treasure chests in the hideout.
A chivalrous thief from Renais and a childhood friend of Neimi, Colm managed to steal Eirika's bracelet while 'walking by'. Colm used his abilities as a thief to keep himself, and later Neimi alive. He would steal items of value from people that seemed wealthy to pay for necessities for himself and Neimi.
During Chapter 3, Colm infiltrated a bandit hideout to find Neimi's lost handmirror, stolen by bandits. Neimi, who was worried for Colm's safety, found Eirika and convinced her group to go with her the Bandit's Hideout and find Colm.
Colm is rather snide and arrogant, but genuinely cares for Neimi. He is also quite proud of his thieving prowess. It is often hard to tell if Colm is exhibiting his uncaring for others or if he is simply clumsy. In a conversation with Moulder it is revealed he had burned a pack filled with Moulder's belongings twice, Moulder then says he is 'concerned about the condition of Colm's soul.'
Colm has a weakness for Neimi being sad or crying, which she does quite often. He will often try to pretend he doesn't care or pester her about being a "crybaby". Although in their Level-A Support Conversation Colm gives in and kindly comforts Neimi, not being able to keep pretending he doesn't care.
|Sword - E||Iron Sword|
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
| + Silencer|
- See also: Colm/Supports
Colm has surprisingly high growths for a thief, but unfortunately, his low bases, weak promotion, and permanent sword lock make him a very poor combat unit overall. His low Strength and the low might of sword will often leave him unable to deal significant damage to most enemies. With his extremely low HP, Defense, and Resistance, he will have to rely on his high yet unreliable avoid to survive attacks, which leaves him critically endangered to any common lance (weapon) wielding enemy.
Despite Colm's weak combat, he is still useful for a time because of his Thief utility. As the first Thief in the game and the only character able to pick locks until either Marisa or Joshua promote into Assassin, which cripples their combat potential, or until Rennac is recruited in the midgame, Colm finds himself a worthwhile niche that may guarantee his use in fog of war maps, the one desert map, and maps with numerous unlockable doors and chests. However, given that the player acquires shops that can sell unlimited keys early on, he may find himself replaced by units that can fill his role even better due to high movement or better combat.
Colm has two promotions, Assassin and Rogue, both of which give him nearly identical stat bonuses. As an Assassin, Colm gains the Silencer skill and a boost to his sword rank, but he also loses his ability to steal items from enemies, which is one of his most noteworthy utilities. As a Rogue, he retains his stealing capabilities, and the Pick skill, though its overall affect is very minor. Because Colm's main use is in his thieving utlity and not his combat, it is generally recommended to turn him into a Rogue rather than an Assassin so as to retain his unique stealing niche.
Colm: Neimi?! What are you doing here? I told you to wait for me, didn't I?
Neimi: I couldn't... It's too dangerous. C'mon, let's go home.
Colm: We don't have a home! Don't you get it? Look, just leave everything to me. I can take care of it in a flash, but I don't need a clumsy oaf like you tagging along.
Colm: Oh, this is ridiculous. We'll talk later. Don't leave my side, Neimi.
Neimi: I-- All right.
—Colm to Neimi in a support conversation
—Colm's death quote in The Sacred Stones
- Colm, Good-Natured Thief (気さくな盗賊 Kisakuna tōzoku)
He politely refused an invitation to become a spy for Renais, returning instead to his hometown. He spent the rest of his days as a chivalrous rogue helping those in need from the shadows.
- (A Support with Neimi)
The childhood friends became lovers first, then husband and wife. Worried for Neimi's well-being, Colm gave up his adventurer's ways. Neimi passed on her grandfather's skill in archery to her own son and daughter.
The name 'Colm' is an Irish contraction of 'columba,' the Latin word for 'dove'.