—King Desmond to Zephiel
Desmond was married to Hellene of Etruria, Zephiel's mother, but this marriage was forced on him for political reasons when he had wanted to marry an unnamed commoner who later became his mistress and Guinivere's mother.
Described as a man of average skill and intellect, as well as a tyrant, Desmond viewed Zephiel as emblematic of his hated marriage to Hellene and believed Zephiel was plotting against him despite Zephiel idolizing his father and only wanting to make his father proud at this point. This was heightened by Desmond's jealousy of his son not only being more gifted and well liked, but his despise of Zephiel's relationship with his favored daughter, and actively tried to tear them apart (such attempts seemed to verge on cruel, such as ordering the death of Guinivere's pet fox because it was given to her by Zephiel). This jealously would lead him to declare that Guinivere's husband would be the next king of Bern, but while Zephiel did not mind this, the calls of the common people following the decision would cause Desmond to turn to another method: assassination.
Desmond would make a deal with Nergal's morph Sonia, that if the Black Fang killed Zephiel, Bern would not interfere in their plans, but the plan ended in failure. Some years later as Zephiel's popularity grew, Desmond would resort by offering Zephiel a goblet of poisoned wine who eagerly drunk the cup from his father, causing him to seemingly die. He had planned to blame Zephiel's greatest supporters, Zephiel's mother and his tutor Murdock, for the murder and exile them from Bern. However Zephiel survived, having finally reached his breaking point, Zephiel concocted a plan of his own with Murdock, resulting in Zephiel killing Desmond at the prince's "funeral" by stabbing him when he looked on inside Zephiel's coffin.
Desmond's actions would inspire Zephiel's belief that humans were an evil race and did not deserve to live on Elibe, thus causing the events of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. However, it would also lead to both his desires: Zephiel's death and Guinevere ascending the throne, coming to fruition.