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“It’s a miracle. An utter miracle. The Divine One, awake at long last… That I might live to see you standing before me. What an honor.”
—Vander in Chapter 1 of Fire Emblem Engage.

Vander is a playable character from Fire Emblem Engage.


Vander is a 32nd generation Steward of the Dragon, protectors of the Divine Dragon at the Land of Lythos. Honored by his duty, Vander is Alear's primary caretaker, however due to his advancing age, he personally selected Clanne and Framme as his successors.

After years of watching over Alear, Vander is shocked when they finally awake from their thousand year slumber. He immediately sent word to the Dragon Monarch and Alear's mother Lumera of their awakening. Thrilled by her child's awakening, Lumera summons Alear to the castle with Vander, Clanne, and Framme escorting them. En route to Lythos Castle, the group is ambushed by corpse soldiers which Vander identifies as the Corrupted. Though Clanne and Framme are briefly separated, forcing Vander and Alear to rescue them, a timely appearance by Lumera in her dragon form destroys the Corrupted, allowing the party to safely arrive at Lythos Castle.

Disappointed that Alear's slumber seemed to cause them to forget much of their past, Lumera requests to spar with them in hopes of jogging their memory. She tasks Alear's stewards to fight alongside them during the skirmish. Ultimately, Alear emerges victorious but their sparring does very little to restore their memory. That night, the country of Elusia launches a surprise raid on Lythos Castle in hopes of stealing their Emblem Rings. Their raid is successful and the attack ends when a mysterious cloaked figure appears and launches a massive energy attack on Alear, forcing Lumera to intercept it and sustain fatal wounds. Devastated by her death, just before she perishes, Lumera tasked Vander with continuing to serve Alear as they travel Elyos to gather the twelve Emblem Rings, a task he solemnly accepts.

Throughout the Divine Dragon's journey across Elyos, Vander provides them with protection and counsel. Following Sombron's defeat, Vander cedes his role as Steward to Clanne and Framme and becomes a knight of the Somniel.


Vander takes great pride in his role as the Steward of the Dragon and as such approaches his care with Queen Lumera and Alear with the highest of decorum. His highest priority is the protection of Alear and often does mundane chores for them so they can focus more on their leadership duties. After Alear expresses a desire to be a little more independent and not requiring Vander to do all of their less important tasks, he respects their request, but nonetheless proves to be a stalwart ally and still earnestly acts as an advisor throughout their journey.

A veteran in his duties, Vander trains Clanne and Framme with sternness over their childish enthusiasm in the presence of the Divine Dragon. Despite his occasional gruffness and harshness, he expresses utmost faith in his two successors and genuinely wishes to train them to uphold the standards he too was taught. Vander experiences allows him to offer sagely advice to other members of Alear's forces, providing wise counsel to the likes of Alfred and Amber.

Despite his age, Vander is diligently physically active as his daily training regimens tuckers out Amber, but laments that he is past his physical prime. His steward duties made him adept at cooking, cleaning, and sewing, with Vander often found knitting during his free time.


Fire Emblem Engage[]

A Steward of the Dragon, long in the service of the Divine Dragon. He is a straight-laced, rigid gentleman.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassBattle Style
VanderFE17SpritePaladin (Axe)Cavalry
EmblemSkillsWeaponStarting Items
-FE17 Alabaster Duty IconAlabaster DutyFE17 AxeAxe - SIronAxeFE17SpriteIron Axe

Growth Rates[]

HP Bld Str Mag Dex Spd Def Res Lck
60% 5% 25% 10% 25% 35% 35% 20% 10%


See also: Vander/Supports


See also: Vander/Bonds


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.

Vander is similar to those of the Jagen Archetype, being a strong starting Pre-Promote with slightly higher starting stats making him a valuable damage soaker for some of the initial maps. With that said, he suffers from the archetype's greatest flaw of having some of the lowest growths in the game, with his starting growths for Speed and Defense having Growth Rates of 35 and are his highest aside from a Growth Rate of 60 for HP. As such, Vander quickly falls off, and with only 19 levels to work with before he hits the natural cap and requiring a Second Seal to continue forward, he also becomes something of a EXP sponge, giving him far less returns on kills for the maps where he is one of the stronger units base wise and has greater difficulty keeping up with other units who, when invested into, give more consistent returns in the later game.

Vander starts off as a Paladin, giving him the Cavalry Battle Style, which equates to more movement. His Personal Skill, Alabaster Duty, grants +5 Crit to both himself and Alear if he is adjacent to them. He is a powerful support in the early game when paired with Alear, but due to the effect only supporting if Alear is deployed, it can be an empty skill if they are not in the battle. Vander overall is best suited to remain in his default class as he is competent enough when he is in the chapters where he is one of the only options. If looking to use Vander long-term, Great Knight, obtained through a Second Seal, also can be worth moving him into to capitalize on his two strongest non-HP stats.

Ring wise, Vander is mainly best as a defensive unit, thus the Ring of the Radiant Hero provides the powerful Great Aether engage skill to reduce damage, damages enemies in a field with the most powerful Greataxe available, and can restore health. The Ring of the Sage Lord lets him equip the weapon with the best match-ups to foes that attack him and can give him a wide assortment of weapon proficiencies. The Ring of the Holy Knight augments his already high mobility and adds a few additional tricks.

Overall, Vander is an enormous time sink to bring up on par with a host of other characters recruited over time who do his role the same, but much more easily or gives higher returns on investments. He is still valuable for a portion of the early game, especially for higher difficulties as a sturdy wall to draw enemies into favorable positions for his allies to dispatch.

Gift List[]

Gift Name Type of Gift Description
Dragon Scripture Favorite Scripture written by Divine Dragon worshippers passed down through the ages. Favored by pious believers.
Sewing Kit Favorite This compact, well-organized sewing kit is handy in a pinch. Favored by fans of sewing and knitting.
Sheep Wool Favorite A soft ball of yarn spun from the fresh wool of young sheep. Favored by fans of sewing and knitting.
Quality Kerchief Favorite A fancy handkerchief made from shiny, hand-woven cloth. Favored by fans of luxury, cleaning, and fashion.
Fine Quill Pen Favorite A one-of-a-kind quill pen made from a rare bird's feather. Favored by fans of luxury, studying, and writing.
Spirit Gem Favorite A gem that shines with many colors. Found only in the Somniel, especially near Sommie. Favored by all.
Dried Meat Disliked A well-aged dried meat popular as a portable snack. Favored by fans of meat and folk food.
Strong Perfume Disliked A small bottle of perfume made from the essence of fruit and flowers. Favored by fans of fashion.
Playing Cards Disliked Picture cards used for various group games. Favored by children and fans of parties and games.
Spicy Seasonings Disliked Very spicy powdered red seeds that can add a kick to any dish. Favored by fans of spicy food and folk food.
Lovely Candle Disliked An exclusive candle etched by hand with an elaborate design. Favored by fans of fashion, luxury, and parties.
Large Plate Disliked A large and practical plate that holds food for multiple people. Favored by fans of cooking and parties.
Horse Manure Disliked Ordinary horse manure. That's it. You could technically give it to someone, but why would you?



Possible Endings[]

Holy Veteran Vander
After the Divine Dragon Monarch took the throne, Vander ceded his role as steward, choosing to live as a knight on the Somniel.
The new monarch and his friends visited Vander often. He always met the group with a smile, as he took great joy in remembering their journey.
Vander and Alear
Alear became the new Divine Dragon Monarch. His/Her bonds with the rulers of each nation resulted in a lasting peace.
Though Vander ceded his post as steward after the war, his loyal, if rigid, way of watching over the Divine Dragon Monarch did not change for the rest of his days.

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes


CYL8 248 CYL Vander Portrait


Vander is of Greek origin that means good man or family of. It is the shortening of Evander.


  • Vander shares his English voice actor, Jason Vande Brake, with Mordecai in Heroes.
  • His ring size, according to the Ally Notebook, is 10.5 | U 1/2.


See main article: Vander/Gallery.