|“||Merely serving me must be the greatest pleasure man can know.||”|
— L'Arachel to Rennac in a support conversation.
L'Arachel, known as Larchel (ラーチェル, Raacheru) in Japan, is a character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. She is the princess of Rausten and Pontifex Mansel's niece. She longs to be famous throughout Magvel, and to do this, she sets out with her vassal Dozla and her hired hand Rennac to rid the continent of monsters.
L'Arachel first appears in Chapter 4, where she, Dozla, and Rennac witness Eirika and company as they fight off the monsters in the Za'ha Woods. Seeing the action, L'Arachel wishes to engage in battle with the monsters herself, but Rennac stops her from running down the mountain. The three take a different path, and by the time they arrive on the scene, Eirika has defeated all the monsters. L'Arachel is disappointed that she was unable to show off her monster-felling capabilities, but glad that the monsters were defeated anyway. Eirika asks L'Arachel who she is, and L'Arachel begins to introduce herself when Dozla stops her, reminding her to remain anonymous (though addressing her by name). The three then ride off, with L'Arachel leading the way.
L'Arachel appears again in Chapter 9 of Eirika's route, where she and her companions are in Port Kiris. L'Arachel is occupied enjoying a sugar pastry when Eirika approaches her about a ship that would take them to Rausten. L'Arachel reports that sadly no ship will leave port for fear of being destroyed by a supposed ghost ship ruling the waters north of Magvel. Instead, she and her companions planned to head to their home through the overland route, and she suggests that Eirika do the same. L'Arachel and her companions then leave the port, though Rennac escapes from her and hides in a nearby village.
L'Arachel and Dozla are next seen in Chapter 11, where they arrive at the same building in which Eirika and her companions fight more monsters. L'Arachel was intending to spend the night in this building, but upon discovering the monsters populating it, she and Dozla take the opportunity to fight the monsters as well. If Eirika talks to L'Arachel during the battle, she will suggest that L'Arachel find a save place elsewhere, but L'Arachel insists on showing Eirika her skills in battle, and joins the party. L'Arachel can then recruit Dozla by talking to him, informing him of their company. After the battle, Eirika finally introduces herself to L'Arachel and explains her situation. L'Arachel, thinking it must be destiny, joins Eirika for the rest of the game, and rides of to share her news with Dozla.
As the journey continues and the party heads toward Jehanna, L'Arachel claims that the Knights of Rausten are on their way to aid the party. Eirika is at first confused as to how L'Arachel knows this, and L'Arachel, still hiding her identity as Rausten's Princess, claims the wind told her. Once the Knights of Rausten arrive, they address their princess by her title, and L'Arachel explains to Eirika that she traveled anonymously to seek a path of justice. Having brought troops and funds, L'Arachel continues to be a supportive influence of Eirika on her way.
In Chapter 14, L'Arachel can recruit Rennac if she talks to him during the battle. Though Rennac had been hired by the Grado Empire, L'Arachel's strong personality brings Rennac back into her company, and therefore also Eirika's. L'Arachel then participates in the search for Ismaire and Jehanna's Sacred Stone, as well as the four-nation alliance formed at the end of the chapter between Eirika of Renais, Innes of Frelia, Joshua of Jehanna and L'Arachel herself of Rausten.
After Eirika and Ephraim reunite, L'Arachel participates in the sharing of information between the twins and their companions. She comes to the conclusion that the Sacred Stones are their best option for defeating the Dark Stone, and accompanies the party to retrieve Renais's Sacred Stone. With one stone in hand, L'Arachel leads the party to Rausten, to retrieve the other remaining stone, held in the palace reliquary. Along the way, Eirika asks L'Arachel if the legends of Rausten tell of any way to shake the Demon King out of a person. L'Arachel explains that the only person to ever do so was Saint Latona, whose strong will drove the demon out of him, and that Lyon was long lost to the Demon King. After Lyon destroys the Sacred Stone of Renais, L'Arachel leads the party on to Rausten, to retrieve the last remaining stone.
L'Arachel arrives in Rausten with the rest of the party, and her uncle greets her with open arms. The group takes a night to recover from the stresses of travel, and L'Arachel invites Eirika to stay in her private quarters. That night, L'Arachel consoles Eirika about the loss of her friend, Lyon, and asks her what Lyon would want her to do if he were still alive. L'Arachel tells Eirika to think about things, and not to rush to any conclusions too quickly. The palace then falls under attack, and Eirika and her companions drive the attacking Grado army away. L'Arachel then retrieves the Sacred Stone from the palace, and bids her uncle farewell as he gives Eirika the Sacred Twins Ivaldi and Latona. The party heads out to Darkling Woods to confront the Demon King.
During the final battle, L'Arachel explains to Eirika that in order to seal the Demon King inside Rausten's Sacred Stone, they need the power of human will and desire for peace. After they successfully seal the fiend's soul away, L'Arachel tells that in order to fully defeat him, they must defeat the soulless body he left behind. Once the party is successful, L'Arachel remarks at how the actions of their ancestors have been reflected in their own, and she rides off once again with Dozla and Rennac. In the Epilogue, L'Arachel invites Eirika to join her tea club.
L'Arachel's role in Ephraim's route is very similar to her role in Eirika's, with a few changes:
- L'Arachel first appears in Ephraim's route in Chapter 10, where she warns Ephraim not to board a ship because of the phantom ship ruling the waters. She herself though, is intent on purging the seas of the ship, and runs off with Dozla and Rennac to do so.
- In the next chapter, L'Arachel and Dozla are aboard a ship without Rennac, fighting monsters. Ephraim can recruit L'Arachel, who is offended by the fact that Ephraim hasn't heard of her efforts in monster-fighting. L'Arachel can recruit Dozla. L'Arachel and Ephraim converse after the battle, and L'Arachel introduces herself as the Princess of Rausten, allying herself with Ephraim for the rest of the game.
- In Chapter 14, L'Arachel can recruit Rennac using the same tactics as in Eirika's route.
- L'Arachel converses about Lyon's fate with Ephraim instead of Eirika.
- Ephraim converses with Tana once the party reaches Rausten, rather than L'Arachel.
- In the Epilogue, L'Arachel wonders aloud what would happen if she and Ephraim were to be betrothed.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Personality and character
L'Arachel is a very optimistic, energetic princess who is always trying to save anyone she sees from evil. She is very self-confident to the point of being self-centered, even labeled so by the game script in two endings. Still, she is never mean-spirited; only slightly arrogant. She strongly believes in divine forces, asserting that they bring people together on several occasions. Very strong-willed and enthusiastic, she is always ready to heal and help allies on the battlefield. As royalty, she acts very high-class and is always wary of manners, expecting great respect from others.
The princess of Rausten, L'Arachel journeys around Magvel helping out anyone she comes across and gathering fame, along with Dozla, a boisterous berserker and Rennac, a sarcastic rogue. Her uncle Mansel is the current pontifex of Rausten, effectively its leader. Her parents died when she was at a young age fighting monsters from Darkling Woods, causing her obsession with fighting monsters. However, she remains lively despite this.
After the game's ending, L'Arachel becomes queen of Rausten.
L'Arachel, Queen of Light
She succeeded her uncle as ruler of the Rausten Theocracy several years after the war ended. She never lost her...unique perspective on life. She spent much of her rule visiting the neighboring countries.
Ephraim and L'Arachel
Ephraim and L'Arachel each returned home after the war, but L'Arachel visited Renais often. Over time, the two were wed. Their marriage threw Rausten into turmoil, but L'Arachel's self-centeredness carried the day.
L'Arachel and Innes
Stories tell of the sparks that flew between L'Arachel and Innes when they first met. As the love between them flourished, so too did the bond that united their two nations.
L'Arachel and Dozla
L'Arachel was, in time, made queen of Rausten, with Dozla at her side, as always. Later, Dozla wept like a baby when L'Arachel was wed. His emotional outburst is remembered as much as, if not more than, the ceremony itself.
|“||This will never do! I find it hard to say, but I must beg your leave...||”|
— L'Arachel's retreat quote
- Though L'Arachel often talks about how her mission is to smite all of the evil monsters plaguing Magvel, she can only use staves when recruited, and therefore cannot attack any monsters (or enemies at all, for that matter), until she is promoted.
- L'Arachel is the only character to have a support with Eirika but not have a paired ending with her.
- "Rennac, Rich "Merchant" - ... He was never able to escape his service to the self- centered princess who became queen. ..." - Rennac's normal ending, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ephraim and L'Arachel - ... Their marriage threw Rausten into turmoil, but L'Arachel's self-centeredness carried the day." - Ephraim and L'Arachel's paired ending, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Eirika: I've been curious about something, L'Arachel... Why are you so obsessed with fighting monsters?
L'Arachel: ...My parents were kind people. I would be like them if I am able. My home of Rausten is so near to Darkling Woods. We experienced many sudden raids. My parents took it upon themselves to defend our people against the monsters." - Eirika and L'Arachel's B support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|
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