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|“||My family has served in the Altean knights for generations. In other words... I was forced to volunteer as my brother's substitute, to protect my family's honor. But you see... I'm me. I'm not my brother-- I'm not some stinking substitute!||„|
Luke is a supporting protagonist from Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and its remake Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. Forced to join the Altean army to uphold his family name, Luke refused to be seen as a mere substitute for his older brother. He successfully completed his training and became a knight of the 7th Platoon.
In Japanese, Luke is voiced by Yūichirō Umehara, who also voices Raven. In English, he is voiced by Edward Bosco, who also voices Klein.
Luke is triangular-jawed young man with short, squarish green hair. He wears upper blue armor with gold accents over a darker blue coat with matching gold trim. He also wears dark brown pants and blue armored boots with gold accents.
Luke is a carefree individual who enjoys gambling and womanizing. When forced into knighthood by his family, he resented being seen as a replacement for his older brother, which manifested as a cocky demeanor. While Luke was not passionate about knighthood, he bonded with other members of the 7th Platoon, particularly Roderick, who also served as a friendly rival. Furthermore, while disappointed that not enough of his type of girl was in the knighthood, Luke came to respect the abilities of Platoon members Kris (if female) and Cecil.
The 7th Platoon
Descended from a long line of Altean knights, Luke spent his life gambling and skirt-chasing. His older brother was expected to continue the family line, but became seriously ill when Altea castle began recruiting the next generation of potential knights. Luke was ordered to enlist in his brother's place, much to his dismay. After successfully completing his first trial, Luke was assigned to the 7th Platoon, which also consisted of Kris, Roderick, Ryan, and Katarina. When told to select the platoon's leader, Luke immediately nominated himself, but was challenged by Katarina, who completed her first trial with Kris and believed they were the best fit as leader. Annoyed, Luke challenged Kris to a duel with the position of platoon leader as the prize; Roderick and Ryan served as their respective backup units. Ultimately, Kris and Ryan defeated Luke and Roderick due to their superior teamwork.
Later, Kris' poor sense of direction resulted in the 7th Platoon becoming lost during march duty. While they tried to find their way back, Katarina pointed out a village besieged by bandits. Luke assisted the rest of his teammates as they successfully routed the marauders. Afterwards, they managed to make their way back to Altea castle. Over the next three months, the hundreds of recruits dwindled down to 20. Some that failed included all but one of the 9th Platoon, leading Katarina to recruit its sole holdout, Cecil, into the 7th Platoon. While their tests continued, Luke repeatedly tried and failed to pick up girls. He contemplated getting a more attractive haircut, but Kris pointed out that they (regardless of gender), Roderick, and Ryan had no trouble with the ladies, and bluntly claimed that Luke's real problem was his attitude. Chagrined, Luke helped his team defeat the veteran knight Jagen, completing their latest test. Ultimately, the 7th Platoon passed their last test and received their final score, which varied depending on their performance in each mock battle. Regardless of their exact score, the 7th Platoon did well enough for all members to graduate to full knighthood.
An unknown number of assailants besieged Altea castle on the day of the 7th Platoon's graduation ceremony. It was then that Katarina revealed her true identity as Reese, an assassin sent to kill Marth. Stunned, the other platoon members, including Luke, rallied to defend their liege's life. All succeeded in fending off Reese's attack, forcing her to retreat.
War of Heroes
After officially becoming an Altean knight, Luke first experienced real combat in Grust, which was occupied by the newly formed Archanean Empire. Archanea's first Emperor and Marth's good friend, Hardin, requested that Marth help quell an uprising against Grust's occupying leader, General Lang. As the Holy Empire of Archanea was a more powerful country than Altea, Marth was obligated to obey Hardin's request; he departed with Jagen, seasoned knights Arran, Gordin and Draug, and the 7th Platoon. In Grust, Marth, Luke, and the rest of Marth's army grew to despise Lang for his cruel nature. Furthermore, the leader of the rebellion was General Lorenz, a great ally of Marth, which stoked his suspicions about the whole affair. Luke assisted Marth in confronting Lorenz, who revealed that the Archanean Empire's treatment of the region was abhorrent, and he launched the rebellion to protect Grust's heirs Yubello and Yumina. Lorenz succumbed to wounds he received in a previous fight, his last words warning Marth of Hardin's corruption.
After taking Yubello and Yumina into custody, Lang demanded that Marth stop a coup in Macedon. Luke accompanied Marth as he fought to save Macedon's ruler, Princess Minerva. While Marth's army was successful at suppressing that coup, they could not find Minerva, as she was previously rescued by her brother Michalis. Returning to General Lang, Marth was instructed to retrieve the royal heirs, who were rescued by the mercenary Ogma while the Altean army was in Macedon. Having enough of Lang, Marth declared that he would no longer follow any more of the general's orders. Lang considered Marth's defiance an act of war, but fled when Jagen challenged him. Jagen then notified Marth that his sources found assassins connected to the attempt on Marth's life in Macedon's northern mountains. Luke was among those in Marth's army who help prevent the slaying of the cleric Wrys. After Wrys' rescue, Luke helped Marth search for Ogma, Yubello, and Yumina; the three were found surrounded by bandits. Marth's forces successfully rescued the three, but were interrupted by the arrival of Caeda, who claimed that the Archanean Empire launched a surprise attack on Altea, and she only escaped thanks to Marth's sister Princess Elice staying behind to fend them off.
After Marth decided to liberate the Grustian people, Luke assisted with the taking of Lang's headquarters, Olbern Keep. Once Lang was finally dealt with, Marth freed his old ally Bishop Wendell from imprisonment. Wendell entreated Marth to reconstruct the mystical Starsphere, as the world risked falling into ruin with it shattered. Before Marth's army could reach Chiasmir's Fane of Raman, where the Starsphere shards were likely held, they were ambushed by mercenaries. Marth and Kris quickly realized that these mercenaries were hired by one of Reese's accomplices, the masked assassin Legion. The following battle resulted in Legion's (or rather, one of his clone's) deaths, and Marth's army journeyed to the Fane of Raman. It quickly became apparent that the Fane was plundered by a band of marauders. While attempting to return to Archanea via the Chiasmir Bridge, Marth's army was confronted by Emperor Hardin himself, who made plain his intention to punish all dissent. While Luke served as part of the rearguard, Kris attacked the deranged Emperor, discovering an impenetrable shield of dark magic that made him invincible. They told Marth that he and the vanguard must escape on a ship while the rearguard held off the Archanean army. Marth refused to leave any of his retinue behind, but Kris insisted that the rearguard would regroup with him later. Jagen insisted that Kris was more than capable, finally convincing Marth to flee Hardin. Kris, Luke, and the rest of the rearguard successfully evaded Hardin, though how easy this was depended on Kris' luck. They reunited with the vanguard in the magic city of Khadein, to Marth's joy.
Marth sought the School of Khadein, determined to find magic that could counteract Hardin's shield. He also discovers his old ally Horace in the city, threatened by Legion and a horde of his clones. Luke assisted in the ensuing battle against the clones, which resulted in the death of the true Legion. After the fight, the White Sage Gotoh magically contacted Marth, explaining that both Hardin's protection and his fall from grace were caused by the powerful Darksphere. He requested that Marth journey to the Ice Dragon Temple where he waited with the Lightsphere, which was capable of countering the Darksphere's magic. Marth's army traveled to the temple through Anri's Way, a path named for Marth's ancestor who traversed it a century ago. Luke was among those who helped collect Starsphere shards during their trek. Near the end of their journey, Marth's army was caught in a raging blizzard; Marth's ally Athena spotted enemies in the flurry, thwarting an ambush by the assassin Clarisse. The ensuing battle left Clarisse fatally wounded, and Marth's army reached the Ice Dragon Temple, where Gotoh bequeathed the Lightsphere to Marth, reconstructed the Starsphere, and magically teleported everyone back to Altea.
Luke helped his army liberate their homeland from the Archanean occupiers. After successfully reclaiming Altea castle, Kris sensed more enemies hidden within, which turned out to be a band of assassins led by none other than Reese. As Luke helped fight their assailants, Reese told Kris about wonderful dream where the two were Royal Guards who helped and were loved by the populace. For their part, Kris refused to attack Reese, despite the latter insisting she would kill them. Kris claimed that Reese belonged to them and Marth, and that they could still atone for their sins. Overwhelmed, Reese finally stopped fighting, defected to Marth's side, reuniting the 7th Platoon once more. Marth "punished" Reese by ordering her to find a path in life and thereby atone, while Reese adopted the name Katarina for good. Gotoh contacted Marth again, alerting him to the revival of his old nemesis Gharnef. The Dark Pontifex abducted Princess Elice after Altea's fall, and used the assassins dogging Marth to abduct Minerva and Michalis' sister Maria, as well as the Macedonian cleric Lena. Gotoh warned Marth that Gharnef was likely planning to kidnap Nyna as well.
Marth's army, including Luke, marched upon Archanea to prevent Nyna's capture, only to learn from the Emperor that he personally gave her away to Gharnef ages ago. After a long campaign through the Holy Empire, Hardin finally fell, but was freed from the Darksphere's influence. With his dying breath, Hardin regretted all he had done and begged Marth to save Nyna. Gotoh magically warped to Marth and revealed that Gharnef brainwashed the four maidens before taking them to the Dragon's Table to assist in the resurrection of the Earth Dragon Medeus. Marth and the 7th Platoon also learned the location of the assassins' base of operations: an orphanage in the Archanean mountains. Katarina told them of a shortcut to reach the place. Inside the orphanage, Katarina explained to Marth and her fellow platoon members of terrible upbringing at the hands of Eremiya, including confinement in darkness, but now thanks to people like Kris, she finally had a mind of her own. Together, Marth's forces mortally wounded Eremiya, thus preventing the victimization of any more orphans like Katarina.
Upon reaching The Dragon's Table, Luke helped Marth and the rest of the army defeat Gharnef. The revived Medeus, now a powerful Shadow Dragon, awaited them in the next room with the four maidens, who he intended to sacrifice should he be slain by Falchion. However, the were released from their trances by their loved ones, allowing Marth to kill him for a second time, ending the War of Heroes. Upon the conclusion of the war, Luke retired from the Altean army, choosing to return to his old, wild life of gambling and womanizing.
Fire Emblem Heroes
Luke is a playable character who was made available to summon on June 14, 2017. His outfit is based on his design in New Mystery of the Emblem.
|“||Looking at you, I figured I just couldn't allow myself to stay in your shadow. I'm Prince Marth's knight, too. For his sake, I'll become much stronger!||„|
|~ Luke to Kris|
|“||Y-you're joking, right...? All this running, carrying and swinging weapons around... Any normal person would drop dead... H-hey, why do you look just fine...?||„|
|~ Luke questioning Kris' composure during training|
|“||The "Quiet One"? No... "Stone-faced One"? Nah... Argh, it's so hard to choose.||„|
|~ Luke deciding on a nickname for Roderick|
|“||Come on, I know you actually want one; you can't fool me! So, I'll help you think of a fine nickname: one even a veteran knight of Altea would be proud of.||„|
|~ Luke after Roderick refuses to be nicknamed|
- In addition to voicing Luke and Klein, Edward Bosco also provides the English voices of Fire Emblem villains Líf and Gustav.
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