—Shiva to Safy.
Shiva later reappears in Chapter 7 when Leif is on the run, where, drawn to the allure of a huge bounty placed on the prince, he attempts to stop the prince in his tracks. Safy is able to talk to him in this chapter, where she asserts that she will sacrifice herself in exchange for Leif's. This convinces Shiva to lend Safy his aid and join Leif's army.
Shiva then goes on to continue supporting Leif in his cause to liberate Northern Thracia from the Grannvale Empire. He disappears thereafter, with no one source able to confirm his whereabouts after the conclusion of the war.
Aloof and intense, Shiva strikes fear in all who come into his presence, befitting of his position as a mercenary killer for hire. This is shown through his small interaction with Lifis in Chapter 2x, where the latter is clearly terrified of Shiva despite being his employer.
Yet beneath this tough exterior is a propensity for compassion, particularly directed towards women. Having taken a liking to Safy, he is willing to detract from his wandering ways to pledge his blade to Leif's cause, knowing that this will make her happy.
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- Supports give a bonus to Hit, Critical, Avoid, and Dodge
- Supporting characters must be within a three tile radius for the support to come into effect
Subjective: The following part of this article is subjective to the editor's writing. Therefore, it may not work for everyone.
Shiva will make a great addition to your team if you made it to Chapter 2x. In this chapter, you can ignore him since he is not guarding the goal.
In Chapter 7, recruiting him can be difficult to do since he will doggedly follow the group of Myrmidons he starts next to, remaining close to the group even as Leif's army makes its way down the map. Keep Leif's army close to the turn into the downward path, but maintain some distance as well, carefully moving Safy and Finn to the right of the Myrmidons to lure Shiva.
You can also send Karin in, preferably equipped with a scroll to prevent any critical attacks. She can then lure the group into a chokepoint until Safy catches up. After dealing with the Myrmidons, let Shiva capture one of your units like Lara, as this will make him escape south, Safy will be able to safely talk to him.
With a PCC of 4 and support from Safy, Shiva is almost guaranteed to score a critical hit on his pursuit strike when his Skill is high enough. Early on, his trademark Killing Edge ensures his critical rate on his pursuit attack is well over 100%.
The potential of the Levin Sword shines in the hands of Shiva. With the additional +5 Skill, not only will he be able to consistently land critical hits, but his Sol skill will also activate very often, making Shiva capable of devastating groups of enemies in rows by himself, either at close or far range. He is also an excellent candidate for the Luna Manual, as Luna's activation is reliant on Skill.
Shiva's Speed growth is unusually low for a Myrmidon, but this is made up for by his decent base Speed. By contrast, his Defense growth is the highest compared to other Sword users. Regardless of this oddity, Shiva's growths will make him a competent physical combat unit, and his promotion to Swordmaster further gives him Adept to boost his offence even more. To top things off, his single Movement Star enables re-action from time to time.
As far as scrolls go, Shiva might appreciate getting the Odo scroll early on, as it will increase his chances of activating Sol or landing a Pursuit Critical. When used alongside the Baldur and Fala scrolls, it will almost guarantee Skill increases upon each level up. The Sety scroll can help fix his mediocre Speed growth.
On the whole, Shiva is an amazing unit who is on par with the powerful Mareeta.
—Shiva's death quote
—Shiva's escape quote
As an EnemyEdit
—Shiva's opening lines in battle
—Shiva's quote if defeated as an enemy
—Shiva's quote if released after capture
- Safy: Hm? Oh, you're...
- Shiva: Ah, Sister... It's been a while.
- Safy: Why are you doing this? I know you're not a bad person.
- Shiva: This is the job. I'm a sellsword—and frankly, the details are no business of yours. ...Time for you to leave, Sister. I'm trouble to be around.
- Safy: I'm not going anywhere.
- Shiva: ...You really willing to risk everything for that little boy?
- Safy: If it came to that, I would give my life to protect Prince Leif, yes.
- Shiva: ……
- Safy: Losing Prince Leif, losing what he represents, would be an irreplaceable loss to the entire Thracian Peninsula. If I needed to give my life to save his, it would only be right to do so.
- Shiva: Hmph... You're quite the fool, Sister. ...Well, all the better. I can appreciate that kind of naive innocence.
- Safy: Hm? Will you... agree to aid the prince, then?
- Shiva: Ah, this is getting absurd... But yes, I suppose I will. Just one thing: don't talk so lightly about throwing your life away. There's nothing more loathsome than people rushing toward their own death.
- Safy: I apologize... I'll be mindful of that.
- Shiva: Can I ask you something, though? What is it that YOU want? What is it that brightens your day, that brings you laughter?
- Safy: I suppose that I want to see everyone around me be happy. When they laugh, when they feel joy, I share in it.
- Shiva: I see... Well, I already said you were quite the fool. ...You know, I don't think I even know your name. I'm Shiva of SaVan, by the way. What do you go by?
- Safy: Safy. I'm Safy of Tahra.
Shiva - The Mercenary of Savan (サバンの傭兵 Saban no yōhei)
After the war, Shiva disappeared. Various speculations and theories have been made about this man of many mysteries, but none have been, and ever will be, confirmed.
Shiva is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Shiva is an important deity in Hindu religion.