well, in suikoden tactics, she is definitely not what i call intimidating and strong
weak: she could not defend the nest of pirates from Roget's attack. in her last spoken dialogue, lino said to her " I am glad, you got out of there alive". it's contrast to suikoden 4 where she was in control of the situation and was key ally in turning the tide of the battle.
soft: the only time she sounds intimidating was when she warns Dario not to steal diner ration again. though despite of her warning, dario keeps stealing everyone's diner. in talk no 5 with sigurd. . dialogue 3: I am sorry I always bother with my personal problems. dialogue 5: well thanks i don't want to be a barnacle, but you are a better listener than say, Dario...
speaking of her death. their Suikoden 4 characters ending panel make it sounds that Sigurd and Hervey outlived her. Dario seems to pass away at the same time or before her death . his suikoden 4 panel says "..............he dedicates the rest of his life at Kika's service".