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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, deciding 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 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 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 has 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 hires Volke to seek a cure for Renning, which leads to the eventual capture of Izuka and his detainment at Castle Fayre. Once Ashera casts 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 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 Renning's 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[]

Path of Radiance[]

Boss Appearance[]

  • Chapter 26

Stats (Easy, Normal)[]

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

*Drops when defeated

Hard Mode or higher[]

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

*Drops when defeated

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 Gold KnightFE10Earth Earth
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
16563118322924272311379
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Canto Canto
Sol Sol
FE10 Sword Sword - SS
FE10 Axe Axe - A
FE10silversword Silver Sword
FE10silverpoleax Silver Poleax

Growth Rates[]

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

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm H

Bond Support[]

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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 2, since his access to Axes means he can use Hammers against the many Generals that populate these two maps. Renning can also use 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.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Dread Cavalier
One of the Four Riders, the strongest of Daein's generals. No one knows who it is that wears the helm and armor. Appears in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Bertram Heroes spriteTitle
Dread Cavalier
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
38/41/44
7/8/9
30/33/36
3/4/5
20/23/26
8/9/10
31/34/37
6/7/8
20/23/26
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Steel SwordFEH Sword Sword
✯✯✯✯
Bertram Heroes spriteTitle
Dread Cavalier
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
39/42/45
8/9/10
32/35/38
3/4/5
21/24/27
9/10/11
33/36/39
6/7/8
21/24/27
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Instant Sword
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Sword Sword
✯✯✯✯✯
Bertram Heroes spriteTitle
Dread Cavalier
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
42/45/48
8/9/10
34/37/40
4/5/6
23/27/30
9/10/11
35/38/41
6/7/8
23/26/30
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Instant Sword+
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Sword Sword

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Instant Sword---
Instant Sword+-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember---
Ignis---
AFEH Dull Close 1 Dull Close 1--
FEH Dull Close 2 Dull Close 2FEH Dull Close 1 Dull Close 1-
FEH Dull Close 3 Dull Close 3FEH Dull Close 2 Dull Close 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Rouse Atk Def 1 Rouse Atk Def 1--
FEH Rouse Atk Def 2 Rouse Atk Def 2FEH Rouse Atk Def 1 Rouse Atk Def 1-
FEH Rouse Atk Def 3 Rouse Atk Def 3FEH Rouse Atk Def 2 Rouse Atk Def 2-

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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.
Base Set[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Dread Cavalier Bertram
Bertram dark deadlord pop01 Today, I'll be introducing you to Bertram! He's a member of the Four Riders, a group made up of the strongest generals in Daein's army!
Bertram dark deadlord pop02 Despite his prestigious rank, Bertram is a man of mystery, and no one has seen what he looks like under the mask. I've even heard spooky rumors that he's actually an animated suit of armor controlled by a vengeful ghost, or that he's a monster from another world!
Bertram dark deadlord pop03 One thing's for sure, though: when he shows up on the battlefield, he means business! He'll keep swinging without a shred of hesitation until all his foes have been felled. You could almost say he goes completely feral…
Bertram dark deadlord pop04 Bertram doesn't show a shred of emotion, but apparently there was one time when he reacted in rather a strange way to Princess Elincia. I wonder what kind of connection they have? If anyone has any juicy details to share, you know who to come to!
Closely Associated Characters
Black Knight Like Bertram, he is one of Daein's Four Riders. An enigmatic knight encased in pitch-black armor.
Petrine Like Bertram, she is one of Daein's Four Riders. Wields the Flame Lance with a callous disdain for those around her.
Elincia The princess of Crimea, whose existence was concealed. Cares for her kingdom and people. An encounter with her on the battlefield provoked a strange reaction from the normally emotionless Bertram.

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

Heroes[]

Renning/Heroes Quotes

Ending[]

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.

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 CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
97
663 CYL Renning RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
85
688 CYL Renning POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
68
CYL2 632
↑12
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
105
↑20
684
↓21
CYL Renning RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
71
↓14
699
↓11
CYL Renning POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
59
↓9
CYL3 473
↑211
(From highest)
CYL Renning POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
166
↑343
(From combined)
488
↑144
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
129
↑24
CYL4 504
↓31
CYL Renning RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
92
↓74
537
↓49
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
52
↓77
CYL5 456
↑48
CYL Renning RD Portrait
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
50
↓42
466
↑71
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
39
↓18
CYL6 438
↑18
CYL Renning RD Portrait
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
82
↑32
494
↓28
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
19
↓20
CYL7 392
↑42
CYL Renning RD Portrait
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
40
↓42
424
↑70
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
7
↓12

CYL8 402
↓10
CYL Renning RD Portrait
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
40
439
↓15
CYL Bertram Portrait
Path of Radiance
3
↓4

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 before his debut as a playable character in 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.
  • Bertram can be considered the first Fallen Hero to not be accompanied by a Fallen Hero banner in Heroes.
  • Bertram is wielding the Runesword on his artworks from Heroes, despite the sword being absent from the game. This is because he was the wielder of this sword back in Path of Radiance.
  • Bertram shares his voice actor, Luis Bermudez, with August in Heroes.

Gallery[]

See main article: Renning/Gallery.
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