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“If the Lycia Alliance Army's leader would allow it, I want to go with you. I want to see the princess' beliefs that moved you so.”
— Zeiss speaking to Melady when being recruited

Zeiss is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is loyal Wyvern Rider of Bern and the younger brother of Melady. He is a subordinate of General Narcian.

However, he is framed by Narcian for conspiring to give information to the Lycian army, but Galle helps him hide from the fraudulent claims. At first, he is shocked upon hearing that his sister has turned traitor, but he is convinced by Galle to talk things over with her before jumping to conclusions. Upon speaking to Melady, Zeiss is persuaded to switch sides. After the war, he helps Queen Guinivere rebuild Bern.

His wyvern is named Rubley.

In GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 60% 50% 35% 20% 25% 5%

Promotion GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
Elysianwhip Elysian Whip FE8 Wyvern Lord Map Sprite Wyvern Lord
1 +5 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Sword E Lance +1

SupportsEdit

See also: Zeiss/Supports

OverallEdit

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.

Zeiss joins in a complicated Chapter in an area easy to recruit him in, however his stats on Normal Mode, though by no means awful, leave something to be desired. His hard mode bonuses, however, are as beneficial to him as Melady's are, starting with a whopping 19 strength at level 7, as well as 39 HP and 15 defense. He joins a good bit under leveled, but can easily catch up if fed enough. In Hard Mode, if the player doesn't want to get him to Level 20, Level 10/1 Zeiss will still be strong, and therefore should suffice, but he'll be downright explosive if trained to Level 20 (but given how he'll almost definitely have 20 strength at Level 10, the benefits will be in other stats). Luckily, the player can stop at the secret shop in his join chapter to get a spare Elysian Whip if they need one, so he won't have to worry about when he can promote.

His Strength, Skill, and HP will develop quickly, with his Speed generally following somewhat close behind. His Defense growth is quite low, like his sister, but his base Defense is high enough to work with. Pair that with the +2 promotion bonus, and Zeiss will be able to manage getting the occasional Defense level up.

In contrast to Melady, Zeiss's growths are a bit unbalanced, granting him higher strength, but lower speed. This is slightly unfortunate, as his Strength advantage over Melady tends to be over kill, as he'll probably have 20 strength at Level 8 unpromoted, making the growth useless for at least another 2 levels until potential promotion, and he will get to the moderate cap within a few levels of being a Wyvern Lord, but his speed, in contrast, may lag more than his strength will shine, relative to Melady, that is. Luckily, even if he feels lopsided compared to her, his HP and Defense are slightly higher than hers, and his con is one higher than hers, letting him lose less speed from anything heavier than a Silver Lance (Killer Lances before their promotions), allowing him to wield heavier lances with impunity, unlike Shanna and Thea, but since he is a male mounted unit, his aid is still higher, letting him rescue anyone with 15 or less con (14 after promotion). Essentially, he has the benefits of having Shanna and Thea's lower con while also having the benefits of Melady's higher con, giving him a niche among the fliers. This gives him more ferrying potential than his sister. His luck and resistance are low, just like Melady's are, and they could end up higher or lower than her's, but the difference won't make or break him in any way.

Zeiss also has good support options with Melady, as the two can keep up with each other, and their being the same class makes their role similar enough that they'll often be near each other. Sin can also help him out with accuracy, should that be an issue, but if it isn't, which is likely due to his good skill, it'll just boost it, which is always helpful given the moderate accuracy of lances. With well above average stats, save Luck and Resistance, that give him good durability as well as serviceable offensive parameters, and the flier utility of his class, Zeiss has the potential to develop into a very useful unit on par with Melady, and his supports with her allow them to bolster each other.

Death QuoteEdit

“Melady... sister... I...”
—Zeiss's death quote in The Binding Blade.

EndingEdit

Zeiss - Black Lightning
"Zeiss aided Guinevere to build the new Kingdom of Bern, and he took various leadership positions in the military. Although at first he suffered much criticism from siding with Etruria during the war, his loyalty coupled with Guinevere's assistance gradually earned him respect from his colleagues."

TriviaEdit

  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Zeiss won 15th 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 generally focus on his strong personality and his relationships with Galle and Elen.
  • Zeiss uses the generic palette for a Wyvern Rider.

GalleryEdit

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