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|“||Goldoa will not move.||”|
— Dheginsea, in a flashback
Dheginsea, also known as Deghinsea in Path of Radiance and PAL regions of Radiant Dawn, is the king of Goldoa, land of the dragon laguz. He is one of Ashera's Three Heroes who deafeated the Dark God Yune. He has three children: Almedha, Rajaion, and Kurthnaga. He has two grandchildren: Soren and another from Rajaion. He wishes to live in peace and tries to prevent the other laguz tribes from fighting.
Dheginsea's only formal appearance in the events of this story is in a cutscene, which takes place shortly after the Greil Mercenaries arrive in Begnion. In the cutscene, he arranges a meeting between all of the laguz kings, in order to discuss the ongoing conflict spurred by Mad King Ashnard. There, he advises the other kings on how to proceed, stressing that they keep in mind Lehran's Medallion and the dark god trapped within, which could be freed if the war engulfs the entire continent of Tellius.
Dheginsea never gets involved directly in the war, for the sake of preserving the seal on the medallion. However, it is implied that he was strongly tempted by Ashnard to join the fray, when the Mad King enslaved his son, Rajaion and used the feral dragon as his personal mount.
Dheginsea first appears at the ending cutscene of Part 3, Chapter 8: Incandescent Glow. After the Laguz Alliance emerges from Kauku Caves, entering Goldoa by mistake, they are taken to the King to be held trail for their trespass, however unintentional. It is only through the wishes of his subjects Nasir and Ena that the alliance is spared, and allowed to return by land to Gallia, rather than be forced to return via the fiery caves.
Later on, after Ashera's judgement turns almost everyone on Tellius to stone, it is revealed that Dheginsea, along with most of his people, were called to side with Ashera, and prevent Yune's army from reaching her in the Tower of Guidance. In Endgame Rebirth (part 3), the dragon prince and Dheginsea's last surviving son, prince Kurthnaga, faces off against his father, along with Ike and his party. Because Dheginsea refuses to believe that Yune was released from Lehran's Medallion by means of the Galdr of Release, he stands fast, along with most of his dragon subjects, and fights them. Despite his immense power, being far and away the strongest non-divine being in the world, and his lingering blessing from Ashera many centuries ago, he is defeated by Yune's army. With his last breath, he passes on his crown to Kurthnaga, and makes amends with Yune, despite having rewritten history against her. After giving his final regards to his people, he succumbs to his wounds in the tower and dies.
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|“||Fools! By denying your judgment, you merely rush to your death.||”|
— Dheginsea in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Feel the power of Ashera's faithful!||”|
— Dheginsea in Radiant Dawn.
|“||You...you're one of the parentless... [...] Yes. I knew the first of your kind. I have been alive for a very long time... Perhaps too long. But soon it will all be over.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Micaiah in Radiant Dawn.
|“||In my eyes, the mightiest of you looks no different than an infant. Can you hope to stand a chance? [...] All right, then, child. Fulfill your duty.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Sanaki in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Have at you, follower of Yune.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Sothe in Radiant Dawn.
|“||I follow my goddess's decrees. My will is unwavering. [...] Very well, beorc general. Our blessings may be equal and opposite, but your strength is a mere fraction of mine. Show me your best!||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Ike in Radiant Dawn.
|“||You, too, deign to oppose the goddess Ashera? [...] It is too late. People, in our weakness, betray the gods, and are meant to be punished for it. [...] If I am defeated today, that may convince me that I am wrong. Come... I’m waiting.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Elincia in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Naesala, you dare challenge me? [...] You are a true king, Naesala. I am ready when you are.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Naesala in Radiant Dawn.
|“||You...are of the wolf people? [...] ...So we weren't the only ones to survive... [...] In your country, are there only people of the wolf tribe?[...] Is that so? [...] ...I will not deny my goddess.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Nailah in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Caineghis, king of beasts. I regret that we must stand on opposing sides. Now we must determine which one of us is in the right.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Caineghis in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Even you, Tibarn? Don't make me kill you. You haven't got a chance. [...] You shortsighted fool, you still don't understand... All right, I'm waiting. Show me what you've got.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Tibarn in Radiant Dawn.
|“||The time for words has passed. The only option remaining is to stop you with brute force. [...] That is enough! No more sniveling! You, Kurthnaga, were to rule the dragon tribe in years to come. Show me that you would have been capable!||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Kurthnaga in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Come now, Ena. Fight. [...] Then as your king, I order you. I order you to fight for Kurthnaga's life. [...] You and he need each other. You are different from other dragons.||”|
— Dheginsea when fighting Ena in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Hello, Princess Leanne. You can't fight me... I advise you to stand down. [...] I have nothing more to say to you. This is the way it has to be. My feelings do not matter.||”|
— Dheginsea, if spoken to with Leanne in Radiant Dawn.
|“||...You remind me of a friend from long ago. He was the kindest soul I've known, but he was so terribly weak. You've moved me more than you'll ever know... But I will not budge. I await my judgment.||”|
— Dheginsea, if spoken to with Rafiel in Radiant Dawn.
|“||You are not the first to make such a request. But my answer is the same now as it was before. I will not change my mind. I have no choice but to follow the will of our goddess.||”|
— Dheginsea, if spoken to with Reyson in Radiant Dawn.
|“||No...unh... Has my body grown old? Or is it...my heart...||”|
— Dheginsea in Radiant Dawn.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|In the North American English version of the games, the character's name was "Deghinsea" in Path of Radiance, and updated to "Dheginsea" in Radiant Dawn to be more in line with, and closer in accuracy to, the character's official Japanese romanization.|
|Deghinsea||The PAL region English version of the games use "Deghinsea" for both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, opting in the latter to maintain consistency with the former rather than becoming more accurate to the Japanese romanization as in the North American approach.|
|Japanese||デギンハンザー||Officially romanized as Dheginhansea.|
|Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn|