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“You’re right, each of us can only achieve so much on our own. But you boys are still young. Don’t let go of your hopes and dreams.”
—Nolan to Edward and Leonardo

Nolan is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the official leader of the Dawn Brigade, although Micaiah usually acts as such throughout the story. He is the oldest member of the Dawn Brigade, and acts like a father figure to best friends Edward and Leonardo, two other members. Edward and Leonardo think he is very old. He is the only Fighter in Micaiah's party and receives his own unique axe, the Tarvos, at a Base Conversation before Chapter 3-6.

Profile

Nolan became a successful merchant at a young age, but lost his fortune and status when betrayed by his associates. Downtrodden, he lost faith in mankind and began living as a tramp in the back alleys of Daein. At first, he thought the wars were none of his business. However, upon learning of the blood of his fellow countrymen being spilled by the Begnion Occupational Army, Nolan is inspired to become a freedom fighter, intent on liberating Daein. Initially, Nolan interfered with the Begnion forces alone, but after helping Edward and Leonardo escape from Begnion hunters, they joined forces. Rumors of their rebellious activities caught the ears of Sothe and Micaiah, who then contacted and joined them too. He then forms the Dawn Brigade to combat Begnion's oppression, with himself as the leader of the group.

Personality

Nolan is an experienced man and a leader who has seen life’s endurances, but has a gentle demeanor and does not act superior to the others. While the occasional jokes about his age bother him, he nonetheless is a reliable ally that offers sage advice to the younger members of the group. In contrast to his appearance and profession as a warrior, his hobby is reading, and can often be seen lost in a book while not in battle, as shown in an info conversation with Sothe in Part III.

In Game

Availability

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected

Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Nolan Fighter Sprite.png FighterFE10Earth.png Earth
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
929120111079313136
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Shove.png Shove
Nihil.png Nihil
FE10 Axe.gif Axe - CFE10steelaxe.png Steel Axe
FE10vulnerary.png Vulnerary

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 45% 20% 70% 60% 60% 35% 40%

Biorhythm

RD Biorhythm A.jpg

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10masterseal.png Master Seal) FE10 Nolan Warrior Sprite.png Warrior
1 +2 +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10mastercrown.png Master Crown) FE10 Nolan Reaver Sprite.png Reaver
1 +4 +2 +4 +2 +2 +2 +4 +0 +0
Skills Weapon Levels
Critical 5.png Critical +5
Colossus.png Colossus
FE10 Axe.gif A*
* Only if Axe rank is at B or lower.

Overall

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Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Nolan is one of the easiest characters in the Dawn Brigade to train, because he joins early on at a somewhat high level and decent stats, thus proving to be a useful tank early on. His Skill and Speed growths are quite impressive, compensating for his average strength growth. He can promote rather quickly, and can prove to be a formidable unit that can be used to put holes into the opponent's team. The additional capacity also opens space for an additional skill, such as Resolve or Wrath. Giving him Beastfoe is recommended during Part 3, as it will allow him to cleave through the opponent, as well as Level Up very quickly and possibly promote into a Reaver. It should be noted that Nolan will likely cap his Magic as a Reaver, so putting both Imbue and Renewal on him is a good idea.

Nolan is a bit different from the other potential Reaver, Boyd. While Boyd will easily cap his HP, strength, and Defense, Nolan will cap his magic, skill, speed, luck, and resistance. Also, Nolan already comes with Nihil, meaning he does not have to waste Capacity for cancelling out Aurora, should he be brought into the final chapter.

Quotes

“We've done what's right. We must believe, soldier on...”
— Nolan's Death quote

Ending

Nolan - Wise Champion
Nolan wandered the kingdoms, saving those in adversity. Tales of his altruism eventually became legends.

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Nolan is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following card:

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 439
Radiant Dawn
297
CYL2 475
↓36
Radiant Dawn
274
↓23
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 456
↑19
Radiant Dawn
196
↓78
CYL4 415
↑41
Radiant Dawn
207
↑11

CYL5 314
↑101
Radiant Dawn
211
↑4

Etymology

Nolan's name may be derived from Captain Louis Edward Nolan, a well-respected British horseman during the Crimean War, who was killed during the catastrophic Charge of the Light Brigade.

Gallery

See main article: Nolan/Gallery.
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