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“That's right. And then I dropped it and SPLASH!! Right in it went...it wasn't in the water long, but those pages were totally illegible...”
—Ewan in a support conversation with Saleh

Ewan is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is Saleh's student, the younger brother of Tethys, and part of Gerik's troop.

ProfileEdit

Born in Jehanna, Ewan is a sage-in-training with much potential, according to Saleh. He is the third and final Trainee unit, more exactly a Pupil.

In Eirika's route, Ewan is seen in Carcino, where Pablo starts a coup and attempts to find and kill both Innes and Klimt. Tethys has Ewan stay in the local inn until the battle subsides, much to his disappointment. After Pablo and his army is routed from Carcino, Ewan introduces himself to Eirika and offers her a way into Caer Pelyn, which she accepts.

On the way, they run into an abandoned fortress, which has been overrun by monsters. Ewan attempts to participate in the battle, but is either told by Innes or his sister to stay out of the battle, which annoys him. After disposing of the monsters in the fortress, they reach Caer Pelyn, though monsters quickly attack it. Ewan is chased by a Revenant, though he manages to escape by entering a house. He later joins the party as a permanent member upon visiting the house he is hiding in.

On Ephraim's route, Ewan has Saleh drop him off at Taizel, so that he can speak to Marisa. He heads into an inn to find out where Marisa is located. Upon visiting him, he joins Ephraim's forces so he can speak to Marisa. If he does so, Ewan tells Marisa that the mercenary guild had a mix-up and asks her to join Ephraim's group so they can find Gerik, which she agrees to. If Ewan speaks to Saleh in Scorched Sand, he will be relieved to see his teacher again.

PersonalityEdit

He is quick-witted, excitable, and enjoys playing practical jokes on Saleh. Ewan also appears to enjoy brain teasers and riddles, as shown in his support conversations with Ross. He is troublesome and keeps causing accidents which Saleh does not like; at one time he "accidentally" threw Saleh's magic tome to the river. Also, in a support conversation with Tethys, Tethys gets him to admit shaving half of a man's mustache off, and putting a frog in another man's boot.

His conversations with Dozla show that he is a daydreamer, as he thinks about creating "flying coaches" and a communication device for everyone to use (as only mages can use them) in the near future, something which Dozla both encourages and supports.

In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE8 Pupil Map Sprite Pupil GBALight Light
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
1 15 3 2 5 5 0 3 5 4
Weapon Starting Items

Anima Anima - E

FireFire
EnergyringEnergy Ring*
DracoshieldDragonshield**
VulneraryVulnerary

* Eirika's route only
** Ephraim route only

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
50% 45%* 40% 35% 50% 15% 40%

*55% in the Japanese version

Promotion GainsEdit

First TierEdit

Promoted Class
FE8 Male Mage Map Sprite Mage
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +1 +0 +1 +2 +1 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Anima +30

Promoted Class
FE8 Shaman Map Sprite Shaman
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +1 +2 +0 +1 +1 +2 +2 +1
Weapon Levels
Dark D Anima -

Second TierEdit

From Mage

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring Guiding Ring or Master seal Master Seal FE8 Sage Map Sprite Sage
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +4 +1 +0 +0 +3 +3 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Anima +40 Light D Staff D

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring Guiding Ring or Master seal Master Seal FE8 Mage Knight (M) Map Sprite Mage Knight
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +4 +2 +0 +0 +2 +2 +2 +2
Weapon Levels
Anima +40 Staff D

From Shaman

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring Guiding Ring or Master seal Master Seal FE8 Druid Map Sprite Druid
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +4 +0 +0 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Dark +40 Anima D Staff E

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring Guiding Ring or Master seal Master Seal FE8 Summoner Map Sprite Summoner
Level HP Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +3 +0 +1 +3 +1 +3 +1 +1
Skills Weapon Levels
Summon Dark +40 Staff E

SupportsEdit

See also: Ewan/Supports

OverallEdit

Secret Book (Artwork)

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As a trainee, Ewan's subject to a peculiar niche, joining vastly underleveled at the halfway point. This means if you intend to use Ewan, you should be prepared to spend some time leveling him up in the Tower of Valni or through a similar device such as the arena, or simply feeding him kills he could not achieve on his own. A common misconception is that having more levels to go through makes trainees superior units, but their lower growths and bases mitigate this claim substantially.

While Ewan has some usability due to infinite battles in the Tower of Valni and being able to obtain a shaman slightly earlier, he is still widely considered to be one of the worst, if not the worst unit in the game. Since he is the last trainee unit to join, he will also be harder to train than Amelia and especially Ross. His growth rates are worse than Lute's or Knoll's, even being outmatched by the pre-promoted sage Saleh in some areas. His speed can be particularly problematic, and he will not have as great magic as Lute, though he will be a bit more tanky than the other magic users, barring Moulder.

Ewan can be promoted to Mage or Shaman when upon reaching level 10.

The Mage class allows Ewan to retain his Anima magic, and from there he may promote to the Mage Knight or Sage classes. The Mage Knight has slightly weaker stats but allows Ewan to be more mobile and gain access to Canto, which is a massive edge considering a lack of Horseslayers on any threatening enemy. Promoting Ewan into a Sage gives him the ability to use Light magic, giving him more versatility but in exchange for less movement, however Light Magic is generally considered mediocre.

Both classes allow Ewan to usage of staves. Since Ewan starts with an E rank and has low magic on average, he would likely be outperformed by other staff users.

The Shaman class removes Ewan's ability to use Anima Magic instead giving him Dark magic, granting him access to tomes such as Nosferatu and Luna, only one of which is actually useful in Sacred Stones. From this class, he can promote to either the Druid or Summoner classes. The Druid class allows Ewan to regain access to Anima Magic, while the Summoner class allows Ewan to conjure Phantoms. Both classes also give him access to staves.

If one has managed to complete both Eirika's and Ephraim's routes, the player can access his Super Pupil class, where Ewan gains the flexibility of the Trinity of Magic by being able to use anima, dark, and light magic as well as higher stat caps superior to that of a Sage or a Druid, regrettably missing the use of staves otherwise shared by all magic units. However, if solely for the purpose of Link Arena, the Super Pupil is recommended as it allows Ewan to counter any magic user.

All in all, Ewan is a bad unit. His Stats at the maximum level will not be much better than the ones of the other mages, even being worse in some stats, with a much more difficult journey. With his 15 base HP and 0 base defense, he will be one-rounded by almost every enemy until he has reached about level 15 as a mage, which is too long of a time to justify using him.

Death QuoteEdit

“I'm sorry, Teacher... I never--”
—Ewan's death quote

Possible EndingsEdit

Ewan, Enthusiastic Student (あどけなき魔道 Adokenaki madō)
"Ewan continued his studies, modelling his life after the teaching of Saleh. Eventually, his education branched of into different paths. His insatiable curiosity led him on a trip to explore the world."
A Support with Saleh
"Master and student returned to Caer Pelyn to study in peace. Ewan worked hard, and in time, his power grew to rival Saleh's. As equals, the two continued their studies together and expanded their knowledge ever more."
A Support with Amelia
"After the war, Ewan and Amelia set out, as promised, on a trip around the world. Their deeds along the way made small legends in the regions they visited. In time, Amelia gave birth to a daughter, and they settled down."

TriviaEdit

  • Ewan is one of the very few characters in Fire Emblem who can actually lose weapon rank when he promotes, as promoting him from Pupil to Shaman will result in the loss of his Anima magic proficiency.

EtymologyEdit

'Ewan' is an anglicized form of the name 'Eoin' which is Irish for 'born of the yew tree'. Yews are long-lived poisonous evergreens which have come to connotate both death and immortality.

The Yuan Dynasty, which began when Kublai Khan proclaimed himself emperor of China, were the successors to the Mongol empire started by Genghis Khan.

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