According to Designer's notes:
Edward had no family, and he lived on the streets. He managed to keep his sunny disposition despite his status, but he would leave that lifestyle whenever he had the chance. He started training with a sword hoping to participate in the Mad King's war and possibly move up in the world. However, Ashnard had died and the opportunity went with him. Then the Begnion Occupational Army began terrorizing the people of Daein and did whatever they wanted, so Edward escaped from town to town managing to survive. It was then that he found Leonardo cornered by the Occupational Army and rescued him from being captured. Edward then taught Leonardo some survival basics, and Leonardo taught him some fighting basics. Naturally, the two ended up being best friends. The two eventually ran into Micaiah, Nolan, and Sothe and the five formed the Dawn Brigade in hopes that they could fight for a better future for Daein.
"Absolutely! Let's stay together--forever and ever. I am so in!" -- Edward, in his A support conversation (with anyone if they start the conversation)
Reckless and easily excitable; he is the opposite of his best friend, Leonardo. He is very cheery and thinks very highly of himself, always saying that his swordsmanship has "improved tenfold!" He is also very naive as revealed in the base conversation when he receives the sword, Caladbolg, from Pelleas and believes that if someone tells him to do something, it is probably the right thing to do. Despite the fact that he loves improving his sword skills, he actually hates the wars that occur after Daein's liberation. It only proves how naive he is when he thinks that if he could convince the other Daein soldiers to quit the army with him, then the war would end. Edward also thinks "Leonardo nags too much". He also appears to look up to Nolan for saving him and Leonardo when they were pursued by the Occupational Army. He also, humorously, thinks Nolan must be very old to have so much fighting experience. Nolan answers that by asking, "How old do you think I am, anyway?"
He is one of the first characters available in the Part One Chapter Prologue. Therefore, he is a part of the Dawn Brigade and sides with Micaiah. Since he is one of the new characters introduced in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, he does not know anyone from the Greil Mercenaries and will not be recruited into their team by anyone until Part Four when all sides are on equal terms, and the player can opt to place him in one of three armies.
Since the support system in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is less detailed and more simplified, Edward can have a support with anyone he spends a lot of time with. In the C support conversation, he says hi, reflecting his cheeriness, and tells the unit to stay sharp because the enemy fights dirty. In the B support conversation, he offers to team up with the unit because they would fight well together. In the A support conversation, he tells the unit to not die because they inspire him and that he wants to stay together forever and ever, which reflects his childishness.
On another note, in his A support conversation with Tibarn, Edward mentions that he has a little brother.
In Fire Emblem games, two characters that are very close to each other tend to have bond supports. An example would be that Shinon has one with his student, Rolf, to reflect how close they are. Edward and Leonardo being best friends would lead one to think they would have a bond support, but for whatever reason, they do not.
As it turns out, there is some unused content on the support system for Radiant Dawn. If Edward were to have a support with certain characters, then he would have a full-length support conversation in the A support conversation only. Of course, the full-length support conversation for the A support was cut out. This may be due to Ike and Micaiah having an immense amount of potential A support conversations...and either of them alone would be too many.
The characters that were planned to have the special support conversation with (and the possible reasons) were:
- Leonardo (Edward saved his life. They're best friends. Obvious)
- Leanne (Leonardo was also planned to have a special support with her)
- Micaiah, Sothe, and Nolan (Edward is part of the Dawn Brigade)
- Stefan (Stefan is a skilled swordsmaster. Edward aspires to be a swordsmaster. Potential teacher?)
- Sanaki (She is royalty. He is a commoner.)
Edward starts as a level 4 Myrmidon. When he reaches level 21, or uses a Master Seal when he reaches level 10, then he can promote to the second tier Swordmaster class and gains the Critical 10 skill. When he reaches level 21 in the Swordmaster class, or uses a Master Crown when he reaches level 10, then he can promote to the third and final tier Trueblade class and gains the Critical 20 skill and the master skill, Astra.
Another note on his class, Edward can reach an SS weapon grade in swords in his second tier Swordmaster class. He and Zihark are the only two swordmasters in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn to do that. Interestingly enough, he and Zihark are also both the only playable male Daein sword users in the game.
He joins as a level 4 Myrmidon and comes with the preassigned skills: Avoid +10 and Zeal.
- Affinity: Light
- HP: 19
- Strength: 7
- Magic: 0
- Skill: 11
- Speed: 12
- Luck: 8
- Defense: 5
- Resistance: 0
- Constitution/Build: 7
- Weight: 7
- Movement: 6
- Weapon Grade: Swords - D
- HP: 20
- Strength: 7
- Magic: 1
- Skill: 11
- Speed: 12
- Luck: 8
- Defense: 6
- Resistance: 2
- Move: 5
- Weapon Grade: Sword - D
- Health: 85%
- Strength: 60%
- Magic: 5%
- Skill: 65%
- Speed: 60%
- Luck: 50%
- Defense: 35%
- Resistance: 20%
Edward has one ending at the end of the game. It is as follows:
Blade of Justice - Edward
Edward lived as a common townsman, despite the queen's wishes. He would often visit the keep to bring good news.