|“||Hero... There is a word that takes me back.||”|
— Wandering Beast
Maurice (pronounced /moɹˈis/[key]; Japanese: モーリス Maurice) is a character who appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Historically, Maurice was one of the 10 Elites who fought in the War of Heroes. By the time of Three Houses, he has been erased from history due to transforming into a demonic beast. His monstrous form is known to mankind as the Wandering Beast (Japanese: 彷徨えし獣 Wandering beast).
Maurice was one of the Elites who aided Nemesis in his slaughter of the children of the goddess at Zanado. Like the other Elites, he consumed the blood of one of these victims, which manifested as a Crest; he also took that victim's bones and heart to fashion a Hero's Relic, the magical sword Blutgang. During the War of Heroes, he presumably fought alongside Nemesis against Seiros and her army, but lost. Despite losing, he and the other Elites were allowed to maintain power in Fódlan so that the truth of the Crests would not be known. Like the other Elites, he presumably started a family, which led to his bloodline, and thus his Crest, to continue persisting through Fódlan's history.
At some point, the power of his relic transformed him into a hideous monster, and he began attacking and eating innocent people. As the Church of Seiros feared these incidents would reveal the true nature of Crests to Fódlan, they erased nearly all traces of Maurice and his life from historical texts, leading to Maurice being forgotten. Maurice's Crest, however, still persisted through his bloodline, and would become known as the "Crest of the Beast", a cursed Crest that would transform its bearers into demonic beasts.
By Imperial Year 1185, Maurice, now known as the "Wandering Beast", would continue stalking Edmund territory to slaughter innocent people during the night. One Crest scholar would soon theorize that the identity of this monster is Marianne, though Byleth quickly drives him off. Later on, the two would venture into Edmund territory to find Maurice himself, and they subsequently kill him. Thanking them for putting an end to his suffering, he then relinquishes Blutgang to Marianne before finally passing on.
- Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range. The figures to the left of the ~ are taken from a chapter 15 playthrough, the earliest possible point where this chapter may be undertaken; the figures to the right of the ~ are taken from a chapter 18 playthrough, the point where this boss hits level 40 and stops scaling from there.
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Personality and character
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Maurice seems to have little control of his monster's bloodthirsty instincts, and holds a great disdain for the form, describing it as a "nightmare of a thousand years", and wishing to be liberated from it.
|“||My beastly blood is roused... You will not be able to stop me!||”|
— The Wandering Beast, as the boss of Forgotten Hero
|“||That sword... It's the sword of the king! Are you the one who can liberate me?!||”|
— The Wandering Beast against Byleth in The Sleeping Sand Legend
|“||Claude: That looks just like Miklan's Black Beast... Could a Hero's Relic be at fault?
Wandering Beast: Hero... There is a word that takes me back.
Claude: Takes you back? You... Are you...
Wandering Beast: After so long, I cannot speak of it.
— The Wandering Beast against Claude in Forgotten Hero
|“||Wandering Beast: Nothing will stop me...from feasting upon your flesh and blood!
Marianne: No! I won't let you!
— The Wandering Beast against Marianne in Forgotten Hero
|“||Well done... Finally, this nightmare of a thousand years is at its end. Oh, inheritor of my Crest...if this body is to decay, then the sword... I leave it to you...||”|
— Maurice, as the boss of Forgotten Hero
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
- Marianne in Three Houses
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|