—Harken to Marcus in a support conversation.
Before joining the Pherae army, Harken served an unnamed lord who treated him very badly, and ultimately threw him out of his household. On a mission accompanying Lord Elbert, he becomes the sole survivor of the Pharae Knights that went missing. Watching Nergal wipe out the Pheraen Knights drove Harken to insanity because of his powerlessness, so Harken sought to infiltrate the Black Fang on his own, he deciding to take revenge on them by infiltrating their ranks and destroying them from within. In turn, it led him to forget his promise to Isadora, who would greatly resent this when they found each other again. However, Harken's former instructor, the paladin Marcus, helps him greatly to remember his duty to Pherae and ease his doubts about his worth as an ally, and he also becomes a guide and older brother figure for the young Lowen.
If he has an A support with Isadora, they renew their promise and get married; if he has one with Vaida, they develop some degree of understanding but leave each other.
A very troubled individual before joining the army, Harken hides an already seriously damaged self-esteem, and greatly fears that he'll be questioned or hated if it's known that he served a cruel lord, which also explains why he lost it so badly upon not being able to aid a master who treated him kindly without caring about his shady past.
His suicidal tendencies are only matched by his self-worth troubles coming from his blurry background and his love for his fiancée, the paladin Isadora, who he promised to marry once the war was over and he returned.
Description: The sole survivor of the Knights of Pherae.
- See also: Harken/Supports.
Subjective: The following part of this article is subjective to the editor's writing. Therefore, it may not work for everyone.
Harken has amazing base stats, even on normal mode where he doesn't get hard mode bonuses. He hardly needs to grow to remain useful throughout the entire game, and despite not having as good growths as other characters, he will still level up decently well. If you compare Harken to Raven, you will see that their stats are quite close when both are Level 8 heroes. (If you have waited to promote Raven past level 10 before promotion). Harken will have higher resistance, luck and defense while Raven will be a little bit stronger in everything else. Another reason for using Harken would be his constitution. Harken's constitution is 11, 2 points stronger than Raven's as a Hero. Harken also starts with a B in axes, something Raven most likely will not have without a lot of effort to achieve, and his higher constitution allows him to wield them without losing as much, if any, speed compared to Raven, who cannot wield an Iron Axe without losing speed, not factoring in any Body Rings he may have used, although both heroes are fast enough for that to be a non issue. It is recommended to have Harken use the Devil Axe a couple of times, as such will allow him to reach an A-rank in Axes much faster.
Harken is a useful character and starts very strong, and will stay strong throughout the rest of the game. He's arguably ready for endgame at base. He can replace Raven as a Hero, if Raven died, did not get recruited, was not trained properly, or be used in addition to Raven. His Fire affinity can increase the offense of any of his support partners greatly, and actually increase his offense higher than Raven's depending on supports, since Raven's Ice affinity is primarily defensive.
Final Chapter: Light QuoteEdit
—Final Battle Quote
Harken - Troubled Warrior
Harken worked closely with Marcus to rebuild the knights of Pherae. They are slowly rebuilding their strength and prestige.
Harken and Isadora
They were married shortly after returning to Pherae. Their love grew during their years of service, and now it blossomed with the blessings of Eliwood and Eleanora. Many envied their good fortune.
Harken and Vaida
Though both desired to be together, they could not bring themselves to end their service to their lords, and so they parted ways. That was the last time Harken ever heard Vaida's voice.
- It is implied that Harken was the person in the village in Four-Fanged Offense who gives the Silence Staff. That individual says he wears the garb of the Black Fang as he has infiltrated the organization and is despite appearances a loyal citizen of Lycia; this self-description is fairly accurate of Harken. Probing the ROM shows that for this sequence, the game does indeed load Harken's portrait data along with that of whichever player unit visited the village; it simply is not shown on-screen.
- Harken seems to be derivative of Astram, as both are blond Heroes and dedicated soldiers to their lieges, and are also engaged to a blue-haired female Paladin (Isadora is herself quite derivative of Midia).
- When Harken first appears (outside of the village in Four-Fanged Offense), he refers to himself in the first person plural, almost as if he is addressing his dead comrades.
'Herken' or 'herk' in archaic English was a verb meaning 'to listen'. It is often spelled 'hearken'.