Fire Bringer

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The Fire Bringer (炎の運び手, Honō no Hakobi-te), localised in Suikoden II as the Keepers of the Flame, were a bandit and resistance group which struggled against invasion by the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia on two separate occasions.

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Original Fire Bringer

The bandit Clant attempted to use the name of the Fire Bringer for intimidation purposes.
The Fire Bringer were originally a small band of thieves, led by the Flame Champion that operated in the Grassland during the 420s. When this group began to resist the Harmonian invasion of the Grassland, other groups and rebels began to gather under its banner. The Duck Clan is noted in history for being the first of the Grassland clans to join the Fire Bringer and other clans would soon follow suit increasing the groups size with each new clan added. This would eventually make the Fire Bringer the grand allied force that united the Grassland against their common foe.

Following the final battle against the Harmonian army, in which the Flame Champion's True Fire Rune went out of control, decimating both armies and forcing a truce between the two powers, the Flame Champion disappeared and the Fire Bringer was dissolved.

Since then, the Fire Bringer passed into legend, known for their fight against Harmonia and their stealing of a True Rune from the One Temple in Crystal Valley. Groups of bandits that plague the Grassland since have occasionally taken up the name of the Fire Bringer but these groups of thieves are generally considered as fakes, unworthy of the title.

Once such band of outlaws attacked Milit Village shortly after the end of the Dunan Unification War in 460 but were exposed and thwarted by Nash Latkje, Camus and Miklotov among others.

Second Fire Bringer

The Harmonian invasion of Grassland would spark a revival of the Fire Bringer.
In 475, when the War of the Champions broke out between the Grassland clans and the Zexen Federation, rumours of a resurgent Fire Bringer and the return of the Flame Champion would spread. Many people tried to trace the trail of the Flame Champion but it was not until the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia began their renewed invasion of the Grassland that someone would inherit the Flame Champion's True Fire Rune.

With True Fire Rune in hand, the new Flame Champion was able to unite the disparate forces of the region against Harmonian invasion once, reforming the group and instilling new confidence and belief after the individual components of the new force had been defeated time and again by the Harmonian Army. This new Fire Bringer was not only made up of the Six Clans of the Grassland but also of Zexen, forces from the Tinto Republic, the Kamaro Alliance of Free Knights and others.

After stopping the invasion by repelling the Harmonian advance at Brass Castle and, more importantly, thwarting the Destroyers plans that would have decimated the region, the new Fire Bringer would disperse.

References

  1. Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 266, 357