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Ostia

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Ostia

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Capital

Castle Ostia

Demonym

Ostian

Government

Duchy; part of the Lycian League

Continent

Elibe

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 (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.

History

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 Generals 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. As a result of this turmoil, 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 and a troupe of mercenaries previously hired by Hector continued to resist the Ostian rebellion with little success, until the arrival of Roy of Pherae, leader of the Lycian League army following Hector's demise. With the assistance of the Ilian mercenaries, Roy and the army broke into Castle Ostia and defeated Legance, reclaiming it. 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.

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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Roland
One of the Eight Generals. Hailing from the then-village of Ostia, he went on to found Lycia. Blazing Sword
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Uther
The marquess of Ostia as of the year 980. Blazing Sword
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Hector
Uther's brother, and successor as Marquess Ostia until his death in the Disturbance of Bern. The Binding Blade, Blazing Sword
Portrait lilina fe06.png
Lilina
Hector's daughter. The Binding Blade, Blazing Sword
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Oswin
A knight of Ostia, assigned as the young Hector's aide. Blazing Sword
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Matthew
A spy in Ostia's service. Blazing Sword
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Leila
A spy in Ostia's service. Blazing Sword
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Serra
An Elimine Church cleric in Ostia's service. Blazing Sword
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Bors
A knight of Ostia. The Binding Blade
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Bath
A knight of Ostia. The Binding Blade
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Gwendolyn
A knight of Ostia. The Binding Blade
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Astore
A spy in Ostia's service. Blazing Sword
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Debias
A former lieutenant of the Ostia knights, who assisted a coup against Lilina. The Binding Blade
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Legance
A former general of the Ostia knights, who led a coup against Lilina. The Binding Blade
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Georg
The spirit of one of Roland's warriors, guarding the Durandal cave. Blazing Sword

Gameplay

Ostia is the subject of a small few chapters of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and Fire Emblem. 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 the sidequest Chapter 8x has Roy challenge bandits in the Durandal cave to obtain Durandal for himself. In Blazing Sword, Chapter 11 of Hector's Story has Hector confront a small Black Fang squad while trying to sneak out of Castle Ostia's back door, Chapter 28 of Eliwood's Story 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 the sidequest Chapter 29xE/31xH gives the three lords a relaxed opportunity to stock up on supplies before the final confrontation with Nergal.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Ostia 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.
English
(PAL)
• Ositia
• Ostia
• A minor variation to differentiate it from the real Ostia, a location in proximity to European audiences. This name is used only in Blazing Sword.
• Used only in Awakening; the PAL English version calls it "Ostia", even though all other European name variations are retained and all other European translations keep "Ositia".
Japanese オスティア Officially romanized as Ostia.
Spanish Ositia As above.
French Ositia As above.
German Ositia As above.
Italian Ositia As above.

References

  1. Serenes Forest: Blazing Sword World map
  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
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDekeDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutogaSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Bosses ArcardoBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdennKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
The Eight Generals AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMurgleisRapierSaint's Staff
Chapters 1: Dawn of Destiny • 2: The 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 Blizzard Spear • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Law of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Tempest Bow • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: 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 Death • Final: 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 Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Related topics List of regional version differencesName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Prototype build 0205Prototype build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline