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“As long as I live, as long as I am able to walk, and as long as I draw breath, I shall fight. It is my duty.”
—Renning, decided to join the fight.

Renning, also known by the alias Bertram, is a boss character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and a playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Profile[]

Renning is a member of the Crimean Royal family, and is the younger brother of King Ramon, making him Elincia's uncle. Bastian is loyal to him and Geoffrey is his disciple. He was successor to the throne of Crimea, held by his older brother King Ramon, and was the founder and commander of the Crimean Royal Knights.

He personally helped lead the disarrayed Crimean forces against the invading Daein, marching to the front lines in order to help buy Elincia enough time to escape, but he was defeated along with the king after a direct confrontation with the Mad King Ashnard himself.

However, instead of being killed like Ramon, Renning was captured by Daein and turned into their own knight, by experimenting on him with Izuka's feral elixir (which was meant only for laguz). He then became Bertram, one of the Four Riders of Daein in The Mad King's War. After the Crimean Liberation Army defeated him, Bastian realized Bertram was in fact Renning, and though he was thought to have perished during the battle at Fort Pinell, Bastian had secretly recovered his body with the intention of healing him of his ailment.

During most of Radiant Dawn, Bastian had Renning in Castle Fayre, the former desperately trying to find a cure for the latter but to no avail. Some time after Daein's liberation Bastian hired Volke to seek a cure for Renning, which led to the eventual capture of Izuka and his detainment at Castle Fayre. Once Ashera cast her judgement upon Tellius, Bastian and Geoffrey set off with the still-crazed Renning and the fugitive Izuka to search for Reyson. After Izuka is slain, Reyson heals Renning with the Galdr of Rebirth, and the latter joins the party the night before the decisive battle within the Tower of Guidance.

Geoffrey did mention that he now held Renning's old title and that he "wouldn't give it up easily". Renning then said that he "would remind him why he once held that position".

At the end of Radiant Dawn, instead of becoming king, he decided to help Queen Elincia, his niece, govern Crimea.

Personality[]

As a knight, Renning is known to be a peerless warrior and whose bravery was said to be unmatched. Besides his bravery, Renning was also known to be quite politically capable due to his royal heritage as the king’s younger brother. He was also extremely popular among the people.

Though this popularity led to his nomination as the next king, he was also the one with the greatest sympathy for Elincia’s situation of being raised in a secluded villa.

Despite his many ordeals through the series, the gallant figure he was known for had not changed after his recovery, being an inspiration for Elincia and those around her.

In Game[]

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[]

Boss Appearance[]

  • Chapter 26

Stats (Easy, Normal)[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Bertram Paladin Sprite.png PaladinFE9Earth.gif Earth
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
1948221725208231911359
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Daunt (FE9).gif DauntFE9 Sword.png Sword - S
FE9 Lance.png Lance - A
FE9RuneSword.gif Runesword*
FE9Spear.gif Spear
FE9Vulnerary.gif Vulnerary

*Drops when defeated

Hard Mode or higher[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Bertram Paladin Sprite.png PaladinFE9Earth.gif Earth
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
19492219252210251911359
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Daunt (FE9).gif DauntFE9 Sword.png Sword - S
FE9 Lance.png Lance - A
FE9RuneSword.gif Runesword*
FE9Spear.gif Spear
FE9Elixer.gif Elixir

*Drops when defeated

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[]

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

○=Available □=Available for selected

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Renning Gold Knight Sprite.png Gold KnightFE10Earth.png Earth
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
16563118322924272311379
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Canto.png Canto
Sol.png Sol
FE10 Sword.gif Sword - SS
FE10 Axe.gif Axe - A
FE10silversword.png Silver Sword
FE10silverpoleax.png Silver Poleax

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 60% 10% 50% 40% 10% 70% 20%

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm H.jpg

Bond Support[]

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.

Renning is a decent enough unit on his own, but his incredibly late availability means that he has to contend with incredibly powerful units such as the Royal Laguz for a spot in the very limited deployment limits of Radiant Dawn's Endgame maps. Unfortunately this is a contest that Renning often loses, since Gold Knight's stat caps are subpar compared to most other classes. Should the player desire a Gold Knight, a trained Titania or Kieran will often outshine Renning statwise as well by the time he joins.

Should the player truly desire to use Renning, he can be effective in Rebirth 1 and Rebirth 2, since his access to Axes means he can use Hammers against the many Generals that populate these two maps. Renning can also use the Alondite or Vague Katti to decent effect, although not to the same effectiveness of a Trueblade such as Mia due to his inferior Speed cap.

Overall, Renning can be okay filler if the player finds themselves with an empty slot for the endgame, but can struggle to justify being used if the player has a trained team ready to go.

Epilogue[]

  • Grim Cavalier (黒騎将 Kurokishō lit. Black Cavalry Commander)

All Crimea rejoiced at Renning's return. He chose to forego the limelight, helping the queen to keep the peace.

Quotes[]

Pre-Battle[]

“...Perissssh... ...Perissssh....”
—Bertram's pre-battle quote

Vs. Ike[]

  • Bertram: ...Perissssh... Perissssh...
  • Ike: So you're Bertram, are you? Sorry, but I can't perish right now.
  • Bertram: ...Me... Kill...
  • Ike: What?
  • Bertram: Kill... me... ...KILL...M-ME...
  • Ike: What's going on? Are you mad?
  • Bertram: ...Gu, gu... GUAAAA!
  • Ike: Ah!!

Vs. Elincia[]

  • Bertram: … …Gu…guuoo…
  • Elincia: …Eeep…
  • Bertram: …Gu…oo…OOO…

Vs. Anyone else[]

  • Bertram: ...I will eat...your ssssoul...

Defeated[]

“...Ga...aaa... Releasssse...”
—Bertram's death quote

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 644
Path of Radiance
97
663
Radiant Dawn
85
688
Path of Radiance
68
CYL2 632
↑12
Path of Radiance
105
↑20
684
↓21
Radiant Dawn
71
↓14
699
↓11
Path of Radiance
59
↓9
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 473
↑211
(From highest)
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
166
↑343
(From combined)
488
↑144
Path of Radiance
129
↑24
CYL4 504
↓31
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
92
↓74
537
↓49
Path of Radiance
52
↓77

CYL5 456
↑48
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
50
↓42
466
↑71
Path of Radiance
39
↓18

Etymology[]

"Bertram" is the name of a warrior from Canto 28 of Dante Alighieri's Inferno. He is described as mad, explained by the feral potion, and serpent-like, which explains Renning's hissing when he is Bertram. Bertram is also a variation of the English name "Bartram," which means "glorious raven," likely referencing his black armor.

Trivia[]

  • Renning's survival was foreshadowed in the glossary, since his portrait wasn't darkened like the ones of the other characters who died prior the events of the game.
  • In Radiant Dawn, Renning is able to wield Amiti due to being of Crimean Royal blood, however he is unable to wield it through legitimate means because it is unremovable from Elincia's inventory.
  • Bertram makes a cameo appearance during the Royal Repatriation Lost Lore event in Fire Emblem Heroes.
  • Bertram is the only member of the Mad King's Four Riders who is not killed by the protagonists.
    • Renning instead joins them during the endgame of Radiant Dawn after he is cured of madness.

Gallery[]

See main article: Renning/Gallery.
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