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This article is about the Renais Paladin. For the Thracian Axe Fighter, see Osian.


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Artwork of Orson from The Sacred Stones.

A former cavalier now serving Grado in hopes of restoring his dead wife.






Monica (wife)

Starting class



Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

My fondest wish will be granted... To spend the rest of my days in the embrace of my loving wife once more...
— Orson, to Seth

Orson (Japanese: オルソン Olsson) is a former knight of Renais, once held in high esteem by his fellow knights. He was part of the small group of knights led by Prince Ephraim in guerrilla warfare against Grado's army following its conquering of Renais, but was lured to betray Renais following the death of his wife Monica.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones


During his time on the run with Ephraim, Orson allegedly sustained a wound of some severity but nonetheless kept fighting. He abandoned Ephraim's group following their successful capture of Renvall, presumably remaining at the castle while Ephraim, Forde and Kyle fled. From there, he used Eirika's trust in him as a knight of Renais to lure her into Tirado's trap at Renvall, after which he returned to Renais, not participating in the battle.

Orson was appointed the guard of Castle Renais by the occupying Grado forces, but instead locked himself in the royal bed-chambers with the reanimated Monica, ignoring the outside world and making no effort to govern the ruined Renais. He only emerged upon being informed by Riev or Lyon that Eirika and Ephraim were marching on Castle Renais, prompting him to emerge to defend the castle so as to preserve his peace with Monica. He was killed in the battle and Renais was freed from Grado occupation.

Following his short time as a playable character in Chapter 5x, Orson disappears and does not show up again until Chapter 16, of which he is the boss. He can later be unlocked as a playable character again in the Creature Campaign mode.

Starting stats and growth rates


Playable, Chapter 5x Playable, Creature Campaign

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Level 3
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Recruitment: Chapter 5x, automatically from the start

Stats Growth Rates

Silver Sword
Silver Lance
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif A GBARankLance.gif A Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --


Boss, Chapter 16 (Easy/Normal) Boss, Chapter 16 (Hard)

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Level 13
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Max HP 48 Luck 6
Strength 18 Defense 14
Skill 15 Resistance 11
Speed 14 Constitution 12
Movement 8 Aid 13
Eirika's route:
Silver Sword
Ephraim's route:
Silver Lance
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif A GBARankLance.gif A Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --


This character analysis section may not be accurate to every player's experience.

Orson is only available in Chapter 5x, but he is the best unit in that chapter. He has good base stats across the board, and an A rank in swords and lances, allowing him to use the Silver Sword and Silver Lance he joins with. As the unit with the highest movement and the best combat in Chapter 5x, he makes clearing the map much more effortless. Rescuing Ephraim with Orson and rushing to the seize point is the fastest way to complete the chapter.

Orson is no longer available after Chapter 5x, so his items should be traded to another unit before Ephraim seizes the throne. The Silver Sword and Silver Lance are both valuable weapons worth keeping around.

Personality and character

Before his descent into madness, Orson was widely seen as a quiet but kind man. He was well known for his devotion to his wife, Monica, which was ultimately his undoing[1]. Her death had a massive impact on him, leaving him severely depressed, and so he leapt at the opportunity offered to him by Lyon to revive her, even if it meant betraying Renais; his desperation to have Monica back led him to obsess over his love for her and completely ignore that she was a rotting corpse and barely coherent[2].


Battle quotes

...I won't let you come between us. Monica and I will live here happily together. Forever...
— Orson, as the boss of Chapter 16
...Princess Eirika. If anyone could understand my feelings it might be you. For the one I love... I betrayed everything. My country, my lord and master... Everything...
— Orson, when challenged by Eirika in Chapter 16
Prince Ephraim... You never did know when to quit. Renais is already lost. It's too late...
— Orson, when challenged by Ephraim in Chapter 16
You're an impressive knight, Seth. You would sacrifice your life for king and country. Not even a moment's pause. It's a pitiful, unrewarding life, through and through.
— Orson, when challenged by Seth in Chapter 16
You're wrong, Forde. My wife is happy. We are so very happy.
— Orson, when challenged by Forde in Chapter 16
Kyle... You know nothing... I am happy now.
— Orson, when challenged by Kyle in Chapter 16

Death quotes

This wound... It will slow me down. I must retreat.
— Orson, as an ally in Chapter 5x
— Orson, as the boss of Chapter 16

Other appearances


  • Foreshadowing his defection to enemy forces, Orson cannot be selected for use in the Link Arena if a save of Chapter 5x is used to build a team.
  • Orson's Japanese name is the same as the name which, in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Karin tells Ilios that he should change his name to.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes


A given name derived from the Norman French ourson, a diminuitive of ours, "bear"; itself derived from the Latin "ursus".[3]



Officially romanized as Olsson.



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  1. "His wife passed away some six months back. The loss may have been too much for his mind to bear. His love and devotion for his wife were well known among the knights." — Seth, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  2. "This same magic was used to control Emperor Vigarde. She's already dead, and her corpse was used to..." — Ephraim, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  3. Online Etymology Dictionary: Orson
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
Creature Campaign characters CaellachFadoGlenHaydenIsmaireLyonOrsonRievSelenaValter
Non-playable characters DaraGradoKlimtLatonaMacGregorManselMonicaNada Kuya
Bosses AiasBanditBazbaBeranBinksBoneBreguetCaellachCarlyleFomortiisGhebLyonMorvaMurrayNovalaO'NeillOrsonPabloRievSaarSelenaTiradoValterVigardeZonta
Sacred Twins and Personal Weapons AudhulmaExcaliburGarmGleipnirIvaldiLatonaNidhoggRapierReginleifSieglindeSiegmundVidofnir
Chapters Pre-split P: The Fall of Renais • 1: Escape! • 2: The Protected • 3: The Bandits of Borgo • 4: Ancient Horrors • 5: The Empire's Reach • 5x: Unbroken Heart • 6: Victims of War • 7: Waterside Renvall • 8: It's a Trap!A New Journey
Eirika's Route 9: Distant Blade • 10: Revolt at Carcino • 11: Creeping Darkness • 12: Village of Silence • 13: Hamill Canyon • 14: Queen of White Dunes
Ephraim's Route 9: Fort Rigwald • 10: Turning Traitor • 11: Phantom Ship • 12: Landing at Taizel • 13: Fluorspar's Oath • 14: Father and Son
Post-split 15: Scorched Sand • 16: Ruled by Madness • 17: River of Regrets • 18: Two Faces of Evil • 19: Last Hope • 20: Darkling Woods • Final: Sacred Stone (part 1part 2)
Locations MagvelCarcino (Caer Pelyn) • Darkling WoodsFrelia (Tower of Valni) • Grado (Renvall) • Jehanna (Jehanna HallLagdou Ruins) • Rausten (Melkaen Coast) • Renais (Za'ha Woods)
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