—Raigh to Niime in a support conversation in The Binding Blade
Raigh is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a Shaman and the twin brother of Lugh. He is sarcastic and cynical, the opposite of his brother. Despite his rude behavior to all the people around him, people like Lugh and Sophia say that he is really a good person at heart and is just hiding it. He is on relatively good terms with Chad despite his departure from the orphanage. His dream is to make dark magic more known throughout Elibe and to study ancient magic, joining Roy's army because it may help with his dream.
Raigh is the son of Nino and the identical twin of Lugh. The difference in looks between the twins is their eyes. Lugh's eyes are softer like Nino's, while Raigh's eyes are harder, possibly a trait from Jaffar. He is rough around the edges, rude, and overall mordant, having been raised in an orphanage in Araphen alongside his brother and Chad. After hearing that the father was slaughtered and that Bern charred said orphanage to the ground, Raigh pretends to be standoffish to the fact and while he exclaims that he does not care what happens to the orphanage or the orphans, Lugh insists that it is merely a barrier and that he is truly lighthearted and caring by nature.
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- See also: Raigh/Supports.
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.
Raigh joins at Level 12 with decent bases and is the first Shaman recruited. This certainly gives him a niche over characters like Lilina or Lugh given his access to dark magic. This makes him advantageous to the most common magic type at his stage of the game, anima. He also doesn't have a disadvantage against dark magic. The Chapter 14 Guiding Ring could be used on him, and equally effectively if he was trained to Level 20 or not. His growths are similar to Lugh's, but his Speed and Luck are lower while everything else except Defense is a bit higher. His magic is lower than Lilina's, but his skill and defense are higher. While he might face competition for the chapter 14 guiding ring from characters like Saul, Lugh, Lilina, and Clarine, hopefully one of them is eliminated from the list by one using the first guiding ring obtained on them. His rare access to dark magic provides a niche he shares only with Sophia at the time the guiding ring is obtained, and she has a much worse start than he does, making him the only relevant dark magic user. Promotion grants him a huge boost to magic and a good boost to HP, and adequate boosts to everything else. He also gets staves, which is great considering his above average magic. Overall, Raigh is a useful unit at the very least because of his rare access to dark magic, and therefore should be utilized by the player.
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- Dark Child
- Wielder of dark magic. A scornful loner with a troubled past as an orphan. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
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The Binding BladeEdit
—Raigh's Death Quote
- Raigh - Child of Darkness (闇の申し子 Yami no Mōshigo, lit. God-sent Child of Darkness)
- "Raigh traveled around the world, honing his dark magic skills. Although dark magic had been all but forgotten, Raigh's efforts brought it back to people's awareness again. He was known for being hard on both himself and others, but for some reason he was generous towards deprived children."
Raigh is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
The Japanese transliteration of Raigh's name, "Lleu", comes from the Welsh mythlogical figure Lleu Llaw Gyffes, who was born when his mother, Arianrhod, was running for the door after giving birth to Dylan Ail Don during a magical virginity test and is raised by Arianrhod's brother Gwydion. When presented with the child, Arainrhod places a tynged, similar to a curse, on him that only she could name him, which Gwydion tricks her into doing, as well as later tricking her into arming him to counter a second tynged, and making a wife out of flowers to counter a third. He is considered to be the equivalent of the Irish Lugh.
The change in his name in Fire Emblem Awakening was likely due to pronunciation - The Welsh ll (ɬ) sound is very difficult to pronounce for most native English and Japanese speakers so it might have been a pragmatic choice to translate according to the Japanese pronunciation towards a variation of a common English Language name rather than try to maintain the intent and pronunciation of the original word.
- On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Raigh won 4th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 1:2. The voter comments seem to mostly center on him being a kind and caring person despite seeming cold and cynical on the surface.
- His artwork in Heroes depicts him wielding a Dark magic tome.
- See main article: Raigh/Gallery.