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Laura (Japanese: ローラ Laura) is a priestess in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and the first healer to appear as a playable character in the game. After asking for their aid in retrieving the medicine for the abbot that Begnion soldiers had stolen, she is recruited into the Dawn Brigade. Her first appearance is in Chapter 2 of Part 1.
Laura is first introduced right as the Dawn Brigade are fleeng Nevassa. She asks them for help in retrieving medicine for a sick abbot that Begnion soldiers stole. She joins the Dawn Brigade to support them as a healer. After retrieving the medicine, Laura is taken hostage by Jarod, who uses her to capture Micaiah before releasing her. Laura then aids in helping Micaiah escape from Glaive Prison, during which she meets Aran and convinces him to defect. Laura plays no major role in the story after this, but continues to serve as a healer for the Dawn Brigade. In part 4, she can be allocated to any of the three armies.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
(x to C)
|Saint||+5||+2||+2||+2||+2||+0||+5||+2||+0||+0||Corona|| (x to C)|
(x to A)
Laura is the first and only staff user in part 1. As the only reliable healer of the Dawn Brigade, she is very useful for supporting combat units in part 1, to ensure they do not use their player phases to consume healing items to restore their HP. Her base magic is decent enough to perform her healing duties. She has terrible base physical durability and base speed, so she often dies in one hit and cannot dodge very well; she is frequently doubled as well. Thus it is vital to keep her away from combat as much as possible.
Laura has amazing offensive growths, with 70% in magic, skill, and speed. However, her only means of gaining experience are healing and BEXP, since she cannot fight until she promotes to a Bishop to start wielding Light magic, so her rate of experience gain is among the lowest in the party, and in addition to her low bases, it is extremely difficult to raise her stats and level overall. Furthermore, if a player invests in training Laura, by the time she likely promotes to tier 2 in early part 3, Micaiah can also use staves. Micaiah has better magic than Laura and can wield Physic immediately upon promotion, making Micaiah a better staff user than Laura with less investment. However, having two healers through midgame and onwards is nevertheless useful, especially given the difficulties of Micaiah's playable chapters. If Laura is promoted, she does gain a niche in Part 3 chapter 13, where she becomes the only magic user (Micaiah is restricted to a specific area on the map) who can get close enough to the boss of said chapter, Ike, to use magic to bypass his high defense or use the Sleep staff to make it easier for him to be defeated. Despite Laura's excellent speed growth, her speed cap severely limits her so she is very unlikely to double units through midgame, and she cannot use Thani either. This, combined with the very weak light magic, severely limits Laura's capabilities as a long-term combat unit. By the time the endgame rolls around, she will almost certainly be inferior to Rhys and Oliver as a backup light mage.
Laura starts with no skills. The only skill she would benefit from through part 1 is Shade (albeit unreliable), as she cannot offensively contribute unless the player gives her an early promotion, and needs to be kept safe. Miracle can help too, though it will not be available to Laura until part 4.
Laura has a wind affinity which gives accuracy and avoid, and her most useful boost is avoid to help her dodge. Micaiah herself is a similar backline magic support unit who has a dark affinity, giving attack and more avoid. Otherwise Laura is a unit that benefits the least from supports overall, as supporting her with a combat unit requires keeping that combat unit near her as opposed to more exposed to combat.
Personality and character
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Laura is a very positive person, being a girl of devotion to the goddess Ashera. She is also very kind and gentle and goes to great lengths to help others wherever she can.
Laura, Carefree Saint
Laura returned to her home's church and became a mother to many orphans, all of whom loved her gentleness.
|“||Zaitan: And what do we have here? A decent lady like you mixed up in such scurrilous company?!
Laura: You’re a fine one to talk! You Begnion mock the will of the goddess! Repent your sins!
Zaitan: How dare you preach at me, you ignorant little girl! Soon, you’ll be naught but rust on my lance!
— Laura, when fighting Zaitan in Part I, Chapter 2 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Laura: You have caused more suffering than any being I’ve ever met. Did you not learn that the goddess will someday punish those who harm others?
Numida: Peasant! How dare you preach to me!
— Laura, when fighting Numida in Part IV, Chapter 3 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||To die here... If this is the will of the goddess... So be it... Farewell...everyone... F-Father...||”|
— Laura, in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Goddess... I beg thee... protect...the abbot...||”|
— Laura, in Part I, Chapter 2 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Oh no, is this... blood? I’m sorry, Lady Micaiah. I must heal my wounds.||”|
— Laura's retreat quote in Part III, Chapter 7 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Oh no... The enemies have come this far already? Sorry, Micaiah. I’ll have to turn back for now.||”|
— Laura's retreat quote in Part III, Endgame of Radiant Dawn.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Laura is featured on four cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Laura|
|Deeply Devoted Priestess, Laura|
|"You people... you go against the Goddess's will!"|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Natural Saint: [Activate]   Choose 2 cards with different names, except "Laura", from your Retreat Area and add them to your hand. Afterwards, your opponent must randomly discard a card from your hand.|
|Card #B05-062HN • Artist: cuboon|
|Carefree Saint, Laura|
|"If anyone is left behind, even if I'm alone I won't leave!"|
|Attack: 10||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cleric||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Heal: [Activate]   Choose a card in your Retreat Area except "Laura" and add that card to your hand.|
Staff Strike: [Always] During your turn, all allies gain +10 attack and gain a range of 1.
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your opponent’s attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
|Card #B05-063N • Artist: cuboon|
|Devout Holy Girl, Laura|
|"Did you not learn that the goddess will someday punish those who harm others?"|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Saint||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Agent of Divine Punishment: [Trigger]  When this unit Class Changes, you may pay the cost and if you do: Choose 1 non-Main Character enemy, and destroy them.|
Tranquil Staff User: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Choose 1 other ally. Choose 1 card with the same Unit Name as that ally from your hand, then stack it under that unit to Growth them. Once you do, draw 2 cards. (A Growthed unit is treated as if they are Leveled Up. If they possess a , they are able to use it.)
|Card #B20-062R • Artist: Sakura Miwabe|
|Simple Priestess, Laura|
|"We must strive above all else to be honorable bandits. For the future of Daein."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: -||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Priest||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Heal: [Activate]   Choose 1 non-"Laura" card from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.|
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your opponent's attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
|Card #B20-063N • Artist: Sakura Miwabe|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Laura .
|Radiant Dawn||A simple priestess from Daein. She joins Micaiah and company after they come to her aid, helping her retrieve medicine for her abbot.||デインの純朴なシスター。|
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Laura.
Artwork of Laura from Radiant Dawn.
- FE RD: Laura Character Profile (P. 47) Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 2 March 2022
- Laura - Name Meaning, What does Laura mean?, thinkbabynames.com, Retrieved: June 2, 2011
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused on writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|