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Castle Ostia





Is it true we're battling Castle Ostia? What could that fool of a marquess be thinking? Laus has no chance of defeating Lycia's most powerful territory!
— A resident of Laus

Ostia (Japanese: オスティア Ostia) is a state of the Lycian League; it is the westernmost of the Lycian territories, close to the border of Etruria to the west, and bordered to the south and east by the territories of Thria and Worde.[1] As the largest and most powerful of the states of Lycia, Ostia and its marquess are the traditional leaders of the Lycian League as a whole.

Known rulers of Ostia are Roland, after The Scouring; Uther, during The Blazing Blade; Hector, after The Blazing Blade, and Lilina, after the events of The Binding Blade.


In the era of The Scouring, Ostia was a humble village and the birthplace and home of the warrior Roland, who went on to become one of the Eight Legends and the wielder of the Blazing Blade Durandal. At the Scouring's conclusion, Roland returned to Ostia and used Durandal's power to restore life to the ravaged land.[2] From the town, Roland founded the modern state of Ostia and Lycia as a whole, reigning as the first Marquess Ostia.

Throughout the intervening years, Ostia remained the powerhouse of the Lycian League, economically and politically, and its marquesses consistently ruled as the leader of the Lycian League for a thousand years. Its military, the largest in Lycia, came to be primarily comprised of heavily armored knights, for which it became famous. Between its military might and its own structure, Castle Ostia has long held a reptuation as an impregnable fortress.[3] Ostia also became renowned as a center of education among the Lycian states, with the nobility of Lycia's other houses frequently coming to Ostia to study in their youth.[4][5]

During the year 981, in the midst of the mysterious disappearance of Lord Elbert of Pherae, Ostia's Lord Uther refused to directly involve Ostia in the search for Elbert or in the subsequent conflict with Nergal, instead leaving the task to his younger brother Hector, a friend of Elbert's son Eliwood; Uther died of illness late in the conflict, and following it rule of Ostia was succeeded by Hector. At some point later, following the death of Lord Hausen of Caelin, Hausen's granddaughter Lyndis abdicated from Caelin's rule and ceded the territory to Ostia, and Caelin was assimilated into Ostia's territorial holdings and placed under the administration of the Caelin knight Kent.

In the onset of the Disturbance of Bern in 999, Lord Hector was killed by the Bern army at Araphen, destabilizing the Lycian League. Two Ostian knights—Legance and Debias—initiated a rebellion and, with the support of the vast majority of Ostia's army, seized control of Ostia, took Hector's daughter Lilina as a hostage, and declared an alliance with Bern. A small number of Ostian knights mercenaries loyal to Hector continued to resist the Ostian rebellion with little success. However, the Lycian League army—lead by Roy of Pherae following Hector's demise—travelled to Ostia and defeated the coup. Following the battle, after driving off an attempt by Bern's General Narcian to capture Ostia, the city and Lycia as a whole was placed under the protection of General Cecilia of Etruria.

Following Hector's death, Pherae becomes the dominant Lycian power.[6]

The fate of Ostia depends on Lilina's survival in the war. If Lilina survived the war, she assumes the throne of Ostia and unites Lycia in a single kingdom.[7] However, if Lilina was killed in battle, Pherae remains the greatest power of Lycia and therefore, Roy becomes the new marquess and leader of the entire Lycian League.[citation needed]

Notable locations in Ostia

The Durandal cave

Castle Ostia

The capital of the Ostian territory, Castle Ostia is renowned as an impregnable fortress, a reputation proven wrong twice: first in 980 when Nergal warped a morph army in to kill Eliwood, Hector and Lyn, and again in 999 when Roy led the Lycian League's army on an assault of the castle to reclaim it from the traitors Legance and Debias. Surrounding the castle is a major city and hub of commerce.

Durandal cave

At some point after the Scouring, Roland erected a small shrine deep within a cave at the foot of a volcano in Ostia's outskirts, and enshrined Durandal within it. The cave's lava pools and fiery terrain provided natural defenses against invaders, in addition to the magical seal placed upon it by Bramimond and the lingering spirits of Roland's former Scouring allies, led by Georg.

In the year 980, under Athos's direction and following Bramimond undoing the seal, Eliwood fought Georg's spirits to obtain Durandal for use against Nergal, after which Durandal was left unguarded. Twenty years later, a bandit group led by Henning occupied the cave as a hideout, and was driven out by Roy and Lilina in their quest to obtain Durandal for use against Bern's army.

Characters from Ostia

Character Description Appears in
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One of the Eight Legends. Hailing from the then-village of Ostia, he went on to found Lycia. The Blazing Blade
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The marquess of Ostia as of the year 980. The Blazing Blade
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Uther's brother, and successor as Marquess Ostia until his death in the Disturbance of Bern. The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade
Portrait lilina fe06.png
Hector's daughter. The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade
Portrait oswin fe07.png
A knight of Ostia, assigned as the young Hector's aide. The Blazing Blade
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A spy in Ostia's service. The Blazing Blade
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A spy in Ostia's service. The Blazing Blade
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An Elimine Church cleric in Ostia's service. The Blazing Blade
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A knight of Ostia. The Binding Blade
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A knight of Ostia. The Binding Blade
Portrait gwendolyn fe06.png
A knight of Ostia. The Binding Blade
Portrait astolfo fe06.png
A spy in Ostia's service. The Binding Blade
Portrait debias fe06.png
A former lieutenant of the Ostia knights, who assisted a coup against Lilina. The Binding Blade
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A former general of the Ostia knights, who led a coup against Lilina. The Binding Blade
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The spirit of one of Roland's warriors, guarding the Durandal cave. The Blazing Blade


Ostia is the subject of a small few chapters of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade. In The Binding Blade, Chapter 7 depicts Roy's battle in the city of Ostia to recapture it from Debias, Chapter 8 has Roy invade Castle Ostia itself to defeat Legance and rescue Lilina, and Chapter 8x has Roy challenge bandits in the Durandal cave to obtain Durandal for himself. In The Blazing Blade, Chapter 11 of Hector's Tale has Hector confront a small Black Fang squad while trying to sneak out of Castle Ostia's back door, Chapter 28 of Eliwood's Tale has Eliwood challenge phantom soldiers in the Durandal cave to obtain Durandal, Chapter 29E/31H has Eliwood, Hector and Lyn work to defend Ostia from a morph invasion sent by Nergal, and Chapter 29xE/31xH gives the three lords a relaxed opportunity to stock up on supplies before the final confrontation with Nergal.


  • Ostia is the only region that is seen to go through a longest state of anarchy than others in all Elibe, as upon Hector's death, Ostia has no ruler until Lilina takes this position after the events in The Binding Blade. (Bearing in mind that Eliwood is only a provisional marquess of Lycia being from Pherae).

Etymology and other languages

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


From Ostia, a neighborhood of Rome, the capital city of Italy. The neighborhood was constructed near the remnants of Ostia Antica, a major ancient Roman port city.



A minor variation to differentiate it from the real Ostia, a location in proximity to European audiences. This name is used only in The Blazing Blade; the PAL English versions of Awakening and Heroes both use "Ostia".



Officially romanized as Ostia.
















Traditional Chinese


Ostia; from 奧斯提亞的勇將, the Chinese translation of Hector: General of Ostia's epithet in Heroes.



  1. The Blazing Blade world map, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: August 1, 2013
  2. "There's also another story behind the Durandal. After the Scouring ended, Roland returned to his hometown of Ostia. He then raised Durandal high above his head, and the land that had been trampled upon during the war suddenly bloomed with life again." — Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Boasting the largest standing force in Lycia, Ostia's military primarily consisted of heavily armored soldiers. With them stalwartly defending Castle Ostia's gates, the castle had long held the reputation of being impregnable." — Opening narration of Chapter 8, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Roy, son of Lord Eliwood, Marquess Pherae, was studying to become the region's next leader in the great Lycian city of Ostia." — Opening narration of Chapter 1, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "That clod Eliwood and I studied together in Ostia." — Erik, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  6. "With Hector gone, Pherae is now the greatest power in Lycia." — Opening narration of Chapter 9, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  7. "After returning home, Lilina became the marquess of Ostia and dedicated her time to rebuilding her land. She later rebuilt and led the Lycian League to create the Kingdom of Lycia, a peaceful nation blessed with prosperity and harmony." — Lilina's ending, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstolfoBartheBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEchidnaElenElffinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJunoKarelKleinLanceLarumLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMeladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWardWoltYoderZelotZeiss
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Bosses ArcardoBorsBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdunnKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
Background characters AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMulagirRapierStaff of the Saint
Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: Unattained Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and LiesF: Beyond Darkness
Trial Maps Valley of DeathRainy IslandSnowy DefensivePirate's ChallengeRoy's Trial
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon TempleShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
Lists ChaptersCharactersClasses (Class change) • Hidden treasureItemsScriptsSupportsWeapons
Related topics Elibe DisturbanceHasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (The Blazing Blade) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters BramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHausenHelleneHelmanIgorJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMarkMurdockNatalieReissmannRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Background characters AenirAeshaAthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutHassarKellesMadelynRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale P: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate • 20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or DeathF: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of LifeF: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPheraeSantaruz) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Lists ChaptersCharactersClasses (Class change) • Hidden treasureItemsScriptsSupportsWeapons
Related topics List of version differencesMario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus discName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Pre-release build 0206Pre-release build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline