Franz is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is an earnest, sincere and determined young cavalier from Renais. He is the younger brother of Forde, and seeks to emulate his father, a great knight who died in Renais' service. His mother died of poor health, but according to Forde, Franz was too young to remember. He greatly admires Seth and can develop a fraternal bond with Natasha. He is also able to fall in love with Amelia. He enjoys fishing.
**8 in the Japanese version
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Crest or Master Seal||Paladin|
- See also: Franz/Supports
Thanks to his high availability and well balanced stats, Franz is a very versatile unit and one of most reliable playable units in the game. He has good bases for his level and well rounded growths, with especially high speed compared to most other cavaliers. This, combined with his general ease of use and his availability that is only beaten by Seth and Eirika, make him one of the best overall units in the game for both combat and mounted utility. He is likely the best choice for the first Knight Crest, and is best promoted at anytime around level 15 or higher.
Like all cavaliers, Franz may choose to promote to either Great Knight or Paladin. As a Great Knight, Franz gains one more point in Speed and Strength, and gains axe access, but loses a point of movement. As a Paladin, he only gains one point in Speed and Strength and does not gain axe access, but he gains an extra point in movement. Because the minor difference in stats are irrelevant, and because he already has weapon triangle control, it is a better choice to promote him into a Paladin than to have him lose valuable movement for such minor combat improvements. However, in the post game where caps matter more and movement and stat boosters can be farmed, Great Knight is superior.
“I'm sorry, General Seth...”
—Franz's Death quote
- Franz the Faithful (誠実なら騎士, The Faithful Knight)
- "He continued to serve Renais with the same devotion that he had during the War of the Stones. His generous nature and easy smile made him a favourite among the people."
- A Support with Amelia
- "Franz brought Amelia home with him in Renais. Amelia spent a short time with him in Renais's army, but once she and Franz were married, she retired her commission. The two had a daughter who grew to be a great knight herself."
A German name which several of its rulers have borne, Franz comes from 'Francis' meaning 'Frenchman.'