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“You need anything stolen, I'm your man. 'Course, my blade's no joke either.”
—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.

Profile

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". If the two obtain an A Support, Colm will be unable to keep up his facade and comfort Neimi.

In Game

Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Thief Map Sprite ThiefGBALight Light
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
2184410*83166
WeaponStarting Items
Sword Sword - EIronswordIron Sword
LockpickLockpick
VulneraryVulnerary
*12 in the Japanese version

Growth Rates

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 40% 40% 65% 45% 25% 20%

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Oceanseal Ocean Seal FE8 Assassin Map Sprite Assassin
1 +3 +1 +0 +0 +2 +2 +2 +0
Skills Weapon Levels
+ Silencer
- Steal
Sword +30

Item Required Promoted Class
Oceanseal Ocean Seal FE8 Rogue Map Sprite Rogue
1 +2 +1 +1 +0 +2 +2 +1 +0
Skills
Pick

Supports

See also: Colm/Supports

Overall

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 wielding enemy.

Despite Colm's weak combat, he is still useful for a time because of his Thief utility, since he is the first Thief in the game and the only character able to pick locks until either Marisa or Joshua promote into Assassin, which hampers their combat potential significantly. However thief utility doesn't mean that much in this game when you can just buy chest keys in the overmap. Colm is still useful mid-game, helping out in Fog of War battles and in the desert chapter to help search for items in the sand, and while he is inferior as a combat unit compared to others, he is still capable of holding his own with training and investment.

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. As a Rogue, Colm can pick doors and chests without needing Lockpicks and can retain his steal ability. However there is only one ocean seal (the item he needs to promote) in the game and do you really want to use it on a unit thats already poor in terms of combat.

It's better to promote Colm into an Assassin; while he loses his ability to steal from enemies, Marisa and Joshua fare much better in the Swordmaster class. In addition to this, if the player has recruited Rennac, there is really no point in having a second Rogue apart from speeding up the time it takes to pilfer chests and open doors. To this end, however, Colm is much more sturdy as a Rogue than Rennac is, increasing his overall survivability and combat potential, lowering the risk of getting him caught by himself in combat.

Quotes

Recruit Conversation

Neimi: C-Colm...
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.
Neimi: But...but...
Colm: Oh, this is ridiculous. We'll talk later. Don't leave my side, Neimi.
Neimi: I-- All right.

Other Quotes

“Neimi, can you promise you'll only ever cry for me?”
—Colm to Neimi in a support conversation
“To think of it...Me...In this place...Neimi...”
—Colm's death quote in The Sacred Stones

Endings

  • 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.

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.

Etymology

The name 'Colm' is an Irish contraction of 'columba,' the Latin word for 'dove'.

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