Master of The Sword
Posted December 29, 2007on:
All right, its time for the article I wrote based off of the request article 😀 ! A lot of the ideas caught my attention, but ultimately I chose to write about Karel. To make things a bit more interesting though, I will include both the sword demon Karels story from FE7 and the sword saint Karels story from FE6. Should be interesting 😛 !
Appearing relatively late (and swift at that!) , Karel is the epitome of mystery in Blazing Sword (aside from maybe Bramimond and Renault 😛 ), having no clear motives then to destroy those who have power. You, the tactician, meet him almost 3/4ths of the way into FE7, but Karels really been on the move for quite some time.
Karel comes from a nameless clan of Sacae. The clan is a very hostile one, earning its location the name “Scarlet plains” . this is because the clan is fated to destroy itself to see who is the strongest, all but one member will fall to the blade. This clan was most likely once a part of the Kutolah tribe that stood out from the rest, do to there immense power and bloodlust. The difference in hair and eye color being a genetic inheritance.
Karel is the strongest of his family. Heaving defeated both of his parents, and Karla being much to young to be worth anything to him at the time, Karel set out on a quest to destroy the strongest warriors in Elibe. Karla, Karel’s younger sister, eventually set out on a journey of her own. one in which she would become as strong as she could to impress her brother…and find her brother for that matter, because by the time Karla started her journey, Karel was well into his own.
Karel, having an insane interest in destroying those who are strong, defeated several of Elibe’s strongest fighters. among them, a mage whose ancient ice magic was said to turn the victims blood to ice, and a stone giant named Kelles, said to be three times the size of a normal man and able to swallow you whole. Karel is also rumored to have destroyed army’s made up of 100 men, and laughed as he took their swords.
In time Karel’s attention is drawn to the black fang…a group of assassins who target power hungry nobles who abuse their power. Though one would think Karel would think lowly of them for targeting nobles, Karel actually had a very good reason for his actions. Hector tells Eliwood that the black fang have been targeting anyone they are hired to silence, among them very famous mercenaries and bounty hunters. this is most likely what perked Karel’s attention.
When Karel meets up with Eliwoods group, he decides to join because either 1.) Eliwood will someday become a great fighter, 2.) Hector would someday become a famous general, or 3.) Lyns swordplay was so beautiful. however, even when he enters Eliwood’s army, he by no means looses his…distinctive personality.
Karel asks Dart who the strongest fighter in Elibe is. Dart says that its Fargus and his crew, but Karel, perhaps sensing Darts bloated ego, asks who the strongest fighter at land is. After naming a few that Karel personally defeated, Dart mentions the sword princess (Karla), said to show up at tournaments and slice through all her opponents. Karel seems interested, but nothing more then “hmm” . Dart also tells of a fourth of the three wyvern riders of Bern (Vaida) . he says she is supposed to be stronger then the other three.
in time Karla does find Karel, and Karel reveals that he has been looking for her for some time as well. he says
“Of the six of us, four are gone. You and I are all that remain.”
a shocked Karla simply says “Brother…our parents…” , telling me atleast that the other two members of the family died some time ago. Karel says that in time he would fight her, as it was their clans destiny. When the time for the fight finally does come Karla says that she always hated the sword, and that she wishes things could be how they once were. Karel, obviously overcome from hearing this, is unable to start the fight, and so Karla leaves. when they finally resume the fight, Karel says that he must have changed…that when he’s by Karla he remembers the past. He tells Karla that he will not fight her, but when asked what he would do, he has no response. Karla indicates that she thought he would someday come back to fight her, though it is more likely that Karel continued his journey of death around Elibe.
In time Karla settles down, having both a husband (Bartre) and a daughter (Fir) . However this peace would not last, for over time Karla developed a sickness, a sickness which would take her life. This event changed Karels life forever. Suffering from the loss of his sister, Karel was never quite the same…instead of being filled with bloodlust and malice, he instead became filled with sorrow and regret. purged of his anger and hatred, people began to refer to him as the “Sword Saint” as opposed to the “Sword Demon” . Karel says that the title “Sword Saint” was a title people forced on him however, and that he did not agree with it. upon being asked about his past, and why he changed, Karel says
“…Some things you will realize only after you have lost something else. However, by the time my foolishness had left me…it was already too late.” This obviously refers to Karla’s death, meaning he realized his mistakes only after losing her. Karel always says that he fights only for his family, and that people must carve their own paths.
by Saint of Swords
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