Renning, Elincia's uncle, was thought to be dead after Daien's invasion in the first game. However, Ashnards obsession with powerful fighters got the better of him, and had Renning controled by the same power that controls Laguz into feral ones. Later in the game you discover that Bastian went on a mission to discover this, and attempt to cure it. He succeeds, and you are later able to use the brother of the dead king of Crimea.
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