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|“||Each time we find the light in the dark, we grow, bit by bit. And without growth, what's the point in carrying on?||”|
— Lysithea to Marianne
Lysithea von Ordelia (pronounced /laɪ'sɪθiə vɒn ɔɹ'diliə/[key]; Japanese: リシテア＝フォン＝コーデリア Lysithea von Cordelia) is a playable character appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. She is a member of the Golden Deer house at the Officers Academy.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Supports
- 5 Endings
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Other appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Etymology and other languages
- 10 Gallery
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Lysithea is the eldest daughter of the house of Count Ordelia and a prodigy in magic. As a punishment to her house for having part in a revolution against the Empire, those who slither in the dark were sent by the Empire to experiment on a young Lysithea and other children from her house. The goal of this experiment was to implant two Crests into a single person. She was the only survivor and success of the experiment, which resulted in her having white hair and a drastically shortened lifespan. To bring peace to her parents, she rushed her studies to enter the Officer's Academy early, and graduate to save her house. According to herself, she was given 5 years, maximum, to live.
If Lysithea is a member of Byleth's class, she returns to Garreg Mach Monastery on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies them throughout the war. Otherwise, she returns to the Alliance. On the Crimson Flower route, she is encountered during the Imperial invasion of Derdriu and is defeated. Byleth can either execute her or spare her; in the latter case, she joins the Black Eagle Strike Force and fights directly under their command for the rest of the war. On the Azure Moon route, she is a member of the Alliance forces fighting at the Battle of Gronder, and is slain by either Imperial or Kingdom forces.
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Starting stats and growth rates
Part I Part II: Crimson Flower
Enemy - Chapter 7
Normal Hard Maddening
Enemy - Crimson Flower Chapter 14
Normal Hard Maddening
Enemy - Azure Moon Chapter 17
Normal Hard Maddening
|Mastermind||Personal ability, innate and unremovable|
|Sword Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Sword Crit +10||S|
|Lance Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Lance Crit +10||S|
|Axe Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Axe Crit +10||S|
|Bow Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bow Crit +10||S|
|Brawling Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Brawl Crit +10||S|
|Reason||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Dark Magic Range +1||S|
|Faith||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|White Magic Range +1||S|
|Authority||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Armored Effect Null||S+|
|Cavalry Effect Null||S+|
|Flying Effect Null||S+|
|The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.|
|Dark Spikes Τ||B|
Lysithea has the highest magical damage output in the game, boasting the highest magic growth in the game and very high speed and dexterity growths. Despite the weight of her spells oftentimes preventing her from doubling enemies, the high might of her excellent dark magic spells will often enable her to kill enemies in one shot—or deal heavy damage if playing maddening—throughout the majority of the game. Lysithea's personal ability, Mastermind grants double skill experience earned in battle, allowing her to reach high weapon ranks much quicker than her other allies and granting her incredible spells very early. It additionally doubles her class experience, allowing her to gain mastery abilities such as Fiendish Blow even earlier. Thanks to her stellar magic and potential for early access to Dark Spikes Τ, she can one-shot the Death Knight as early as his first appearance in Chapter 4 and throughout the rest of the game even on the highest difficulty. However, Lysithea does have three major weaknesses in her poor defensive growths which prevent her from defeating large amounts of enemies on the enemy phase, a lack of three range spells in her spell list, and in the poor movement of classes that can use magic. As the rest of your units get access to mounts and flying classes, being limited to four movement per turn will cause Lysithea to lag behind the rest of the army and struggle to utilize her destructive potential. These weaknesses are somewhat undermined by the incredible utility of the Warp spell, which will benefit from an enhanced range thanks to Lysithea's amazing magic growth, and by the Thyrsus which grants her plus two to her magic range. Additionally, as long as the enemy does not double her or kill her in one hit, Lysithea can tank a limited number of enemies with low resistance on the enemy phase by equipping Nosferatu.
Lysithea also possesses a Budding Talent for Swords. If trained she gets access to Soulblade, a magical sword combat art that increases in damage output based on her Resistance. With the right sword and a high Resistance stat, this art can deal more damage than her most powerful spells, however, it is an art locked at one-range, thus, potentially exposing her to counterattacks and attacks on the enemy phase she will not take if she attacks at four-range with Thyrsus. Her low strength and defense otherwise make her sword rank irrelevant—as she would almost certainly deal no damage with non-magical swords—unless you are aiming to promote her into a Mortal Savant.
Lysithea has the Crests of Gloucester and Charon, the former of which occasionally boosts her magical damage potentially netting her more kills, while the latter occasionally boosts her damage with Combat Arts. Unless trained in weapons outside of Reason and Faith, Lysithea will never have use of her Crest of Charon. This crest can also allow her to use Thunderbrand's Foudroyant Strike but her low strength generally makes using it with her a bad idea.
Considering her strengths and growths, the best class progression for Lysithea is to start as a Monk; then promote into a Mage and master the class to gain Fiendish Blow; and for the advanced tier, promote into either a Warlock or a Bishop. Warlock will enhance her offensive capabilities further, while Bishop will allow her to cast Warp twice per map, along with increasing the uses of her other white magic spells; bear in mind that Warlock's class abilities, Black Tomefaire and Black Magic Uses x2, will not help Lysithea, as she uses dark magic and not black magic. The best master class for Lysithea depends on what role Lysithea is best suited to fill in the your army. If you want to double her spell uses or use Warp two times per map, Gremory will be her best class. If you want Lysithea to keep pace with the rest of the army and get Dark Tomefaire, promote her into a Dark Knight. She may have a weakness in Lances but she should still be able to reach a C-rank for the promotion.
Recruiting for other routes
Lysithea is a valuable addition to your team on any route by virtue of her access to Warp alone, a spell which only Lysithea and two other units can even learn. Even if she is recruited fairly late into Part 1, thanks to Mastermind, she can quickly get her weapon ranks up to access promotions and her powerful spells and will likely perform the same for the player as she would in the Golden Deer route. If you recruit Lysithea, it is also recommended that you recruit Lorenz so that you gain access to his corresponding paralogue which earns you Thyrsus upon clearing it. As mentioned above, Lysithea performs much better with the additional two range for all of her magic and unlocking the paralogue only requires you to recruit Lorenz, after which he can be benched for the rest of the game at no additional cost to the player.
The only route in which it is possible to recruit Lysithea post-timeskip is the Crimson Flower route*. If spared, Lysithea starts off with much lower stats and weapon proficiencies than when you fought her in the previous chapter and her starting class is Mage instead of Gremory. These starting conditions mean that she has a limited spell list and stats that leave her susceptible to death from nearly every enemy that attacks physically. Additionally, when recruited at this point in the game she cannot obtain Thyrsus if it was not already obtained and there are only four more mainline chapters left. Nevertheless, you can increase her proficiency in Faith magic to a least a B-rank to unlock Warp by giving her some preference in Instruction sessions and deploying her in Auxiliary battles and Paralogues. Even if deployed as an adjutant equipped with faith magic, she will still net her the boosted weapon experience she obtains from her personal skill. You can then reclass her to a Bishop or Gremory to double her uses of Warp. The late game maps of the Crimson Flower route are filled with terrain with heavy movement penalties for all non-fliers. Having as many as three users of Warp in those maps in Lysithea, Linhardt, and Manuela will enable easier movement about the map.
Personality and character
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Lysithea does not like when people credit her abilities to her two Crests, and she works very hard in order for people to consider her talents to be gained by her own merit. Although she hates being treated like a child, she is also afraid of monsters.
- Main article: Lysithea/Supports
Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Lysithea returned home to help her parents restore their family land. Years later, when the end to their hard work was finally in sight, she relinquished House Ordelia's claim to nobility, ceding the territory to a nearby lord. Shortly thereafter, she and her family disappeared into obscurity.
Byleth, Ruler of Dawn & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Byleth announced his engagement to Lysithea shortly after becoming leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan. Before they were officially wed, she returned home, helped her father to restore Ordelia territory, and offered the land up to be governed directly by the new kingdom. Once the affairs of House Ordelia were in order, Lysithea finally married and became queen. Even without her Crests, she proved more than capable in the role, applying her great insight and intelligence toward a better Fódlan. When the rebuilding effort was complete, the couple and their children enjoyed long and peaceful lives.
Claude, King of Unification & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to reclaim his place as heir to the throne. When he became king, he asked Lysithea to be his queen with a heart full of love, and with the hope of fostering friendly diplomatic relations with Fódlan. Due to her shortened lifespan, Lysithea declined. Claude, unable to abandon his love for her, gave up the throne to go on a quest for a means to save her. Years later, he appeared suddenly before her, claiming to have found a cure. With her trust and love to guide him, he whisked her away, across the sea. It is unknown where they went.
Hanneman, Father of Crestology & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
After the war, Lysithea returned to her parents in Ordelia territory. She was joined by Hanneman, and together the two worked to research a method by which to extend her lifespan. Some years later, their efforts bore fruit, and they devised a procedure to remove her Crests. Afterward, Lysithea renounced her noble claim and continued to assist Hanneman with his research. When he passed, she took up his mantle, and by the great discoveries she made, came to be called the Golden Child of Crestology.
Felix, Meandering Sword & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune (Crimson Flower, Silver Snow, Verdant Wind)
After the war, Felix abandoned his noble title and chose to make a living with his sword. He traveled the land, seeking battle as if he had a death wish, but his violent path came to an end when he happened upon Lysithea, who had been living in a small house in the middle of nowhere with her parents. Seeing her--condemned to live a shortened life, but smiling and making the most of every day with her family--convinced Felix that life was precious. He gave up his sword to join her, and the two spent their lives baking sweets. Lysithea's recipe became known far and wide, and the treat became a tradition for the people of that region.
Ignatz, Worldly Artist & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Lysithea returned home to help her parents restore their family land. Years later, when the end to their hard work was finally in sight, she relinquished House Ordelia's claim to nobility, and the family retreated from the public eye. In her new life as a commoner, she had a chance reunion with Ignatz, who had persuaded his family to allow him to travel the world as an artist. Lysithea became enchanted by his determination, and by the landscapes and portraits he painted of all he had seen in his travels. She offered the remainder of her short life in support of his work. It is said that Ignatz's most famous piece, Portrait of a Goddess, used Lysithea's face as a reference.
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Though Linhardt researched vigorously for a method by which to remover the Crests from Lysithea and save her life, the war ended before he could reach any conclusions. Lysithea, deciding she should return home to her parents, thanked Linhardt and took her leave of Garreg Mach. Not to be deterred, Linhardt set his affairs in in order, renounced his noble title, and followed Lysithea to Ordelia territory to continue his research. Years later, his efforts bore fruit, and Lysithea's Crests were successfully removed. With a new future ahead of her, Lysithea, too, renounced her noble claim, and the couple married as commoners. It is said they raised a very happy family.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Raphael returned to his hometown to serve his liege lord as a knight, and spent his spare time helping out at the inn that his family had opened during his time away. Due to his grandfather's age, he was compelled before long to give up knighthood and manage the inn full-time. Soon after that, the inn began to be frequented by Lysithea and her family, who had renounced all claim to nobility and begun a life as commoners. Lysithea found a kindred spirit in Raphael's sister, Maya, and before long, found herself helping out around the place too. Eventually she was put in charge of the kitchen, where it is said she spent the rest of her days happily working.
Lorenz, Noble of the Red Rose & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
As the new head of House Gloucester, Lorenz first worked to restore his own territory, and then expanded his vision to include reforms for all Fódlan. At the height of his storied political career, he announced his marriage to Lysithea. Though the only daughter of Count Ordelia had already renounced all claim to nobility, the people happily accepted their union. She rarely appeared in public, due to health concerns, but it is said that a great many policies credited to Lorenz were actually her ideas.
|“||You are here as well, Professor? That is a shame...||”|
— Lysithea, as an enemy when fighting against Byleth in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.
|“||Edelgard: Lysithea. How unfortunate that a talented woman like you should throw her life away on a pointless battle.
Lysithea: Ha, do not underestimate me. The fight is far from over, Edelgard!
— Lysithea, as an enemy fighting Edelgard in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.
|“||Don't expect me to go easy on you. Because I won't.||”|
— Lysithea, as an enemy in Crimson Flower Chapter 14/Azure Moon Chapter 17.
|“||Edelgard: Lysithea. You and I are so alike. We could have walked the same path.
Lysithea: We're alike? You don't mean to tell me... It can't be!
Edelgard: Yet now, we are at a crossroads. There's no turning back. Must we fight each other for the things we believe in?
Lysithea: That's exactly what's going to happen. And I will defeat you, Edelgard!
— Lysithea, fighting Edelgard in Silver Snow Chapter 19/Verdant Wind Chapter 20.
|“||How vexing... This isn't what I wanted.||”|
— Lysithea's retreat quote as a playable character in Part I.
|“||If only I'd lived...just a little longer.||”|
— Lysithea's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II.
|“||Seems...I may have...underestimated the enemy.||”|
— Lysithea's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II.
|“||That's the last of my energy... If you're gonna kill me, make it quick. Fair warning though, I'll likely come back to haunt you. It's not like I've had an easy time of it, after all...
If spared: You...want me to join you? The Alliance is over no matter what. The only thing left is to place faith in you and Edelgard. There's still so much I have to accomplish. Thank you for the second chance, Professor.
If killed: Father, Mother... I'm sorry I didn't listen to you...
— Lysithea as an enemy in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.
- Main article: Lysithea/Quotes
Fire Emblem Cipher
Lysithea is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Both of the below cards' epithets are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these need translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Lysithea|
||"So help me, if you continue treating me like a child, I'll--!"|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Warlock||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Peerless Toil: [Trigger] [Flip 1 Bond card face-down] At the end of each player's turn, you may pay the cost and if you do: Draw 1 card.|
Lifeburning Magic Talent: [Hand] [Activate] [Send this card to the Retreat Area] If you have an allied "Lysithea", choose 1 non-Main Character enemy, and destroy them. ([Hand] is only usable while this card is in your hand.)
|Card #B18-039SR • Artist: Kawasumi|
|"The monastery grounds are far too spread out. That's not because I'm getting lost. I'm a fully capable, mature person! Who never gets lost."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Noble||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Precocious Prodigy: [Trigger] When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, draw 1 card. Choose 1 card from your hand, and send it to the Retreat Area.|
Magic Emblem: [Support] Draw 1 card. Choose 1 card in your hand, and send it to the Retreat Area.
|Card #B18-040N, B18-040ST • Artist: Kawasumi|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Lysithea .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Lysithea von Ordelia||Full name, known by just Lysithea in most menus. Lysithea is a figure in Greek mythology; the daughter of Evenus and mother of Helenus.
Ordelia is an alteration of Cordelia, a Celtic name theorized by some scholars to be based on the Latin cor, "heart", and a character from William Shakespeare's King Lear. It was probably altered due to the character of the same name from Awakening.
|Japanese||リシテア＝フォン＝コーデリア||Lysithea von Cordelia|
High quality portrait artwork of Lysithea from Three Houses.
Portrait of Lysithea from Three Houses.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|