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Orson

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


Orson

FESS Orson.png
Artwork of Orson from The Sacred Stones.

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

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Family

Monica (wife)

Starting class

Paladin

Appearance(s)

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

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

Role

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 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 Boss, Chapter 16 Playable, Creature Campaign

Portrait orson fe08.png
Paladin
Level 3
Affinity Is gba darkaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 5x, automatically from the start

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory
Is gba silver sword.png Silver Sword
Is gba silver lance.png Silver Lance
Is gba vulnerary.png Vulnerary
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif A GBARankLance.gif A Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

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].

Death quotes

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

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

Other appearances

Trivia

  • 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.

Gallery

Small portrait orson fe08.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait orson fe08.png Paladin
File:Bs fe08 orson paladin sword.png
Sword
File:Bs fe08 orson paladin lance.png
Lance

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Orson A given name derived from the Norman French ourson, a diminuitive of ours, "bear"; itself derived from the Latin "ursus".[3]
Japanese オルソン Officially Romanized as Olsson.
Spanish Orson
French Orson
German Orson
Italian Orson

References

  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 DaraGradoKlimtLatonaManselMonicaNada Kuya
Bosses AiasBazbaBeranBinksBoneBreguetCaellachCarlyleFomortiisGhebLyonMorvaMurrayNovalaO'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!
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)
Groups, objects and concepts Five heroesGerik's MercenariesImperial ThreeLegend of the Sacred StonesMonstersSacred StonesSacred TwinsWar of the Stones
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