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Anselma von Arundel, also known as Lady Patricia in the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, is a non-playable character mentioned in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. She's Edelgard's biological mother and Dimitri's stepmother.
Anselma was one of the scions of House Arundel in the Adrestian Empire, a minor noble house. In an Adrestian tale, it is said that one day, a young Anselma who had just enrolled in Garreg Mach Monastery met the future Adrestian Emperor Ionius IX in the Goddess Tower, who happened to visit the monastery in secret out of nostalgia. There, they fell in love, Anselma became one of Ionius's consorts and eventually, in Imperial Year 1162, beared a child together named Edelgard von Hresvelg.
In year 1171, the Insurrection of the Seven took place in which Adrestia's corrupt nobility captured Emperor Ionius IX and rendered him politically impotent. During this struggle, her brother Volkhard von Arundel took Anselma's daughter and fled to the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus in order to ensure her safety, just as Anselma herself sought asylum in the Kingdom as well. There, Faerghus's Court mage and fellow Adrestian Cornelia welcomed her to the Kingdom and eventually introduced her to King Lambert, who quickly fell in love with her and made Anselma his wife in secret due to the delicate political climate of the time. That way, Anselma assumed the name of Lady Patricia for those few who knew of her presence, with the visits she could receive and their timing being regulated by Cornelia.
During her time in the Kingdom, in spite of being essentially cut off from the rest of the world, Patricia assumed the role of a caring stepmother to Lambert's son and Faerghus's crown prince Dimitri, all while never mentioning the existence of her biological daughter who she didn't know her whereabouts. Patricia also met Hapi during her visits to Cornelia's residence, helping her as she could as the young girl was trapped and being being experimented upon in her friend's house, much to her indignation.
When her brother and daughter eventually arrived in Faerghus concealed from the public, Cornelia informed Anselma of the news while claiming Lambert had been deliberately keeping her away from Edelgard all this time, which broke Patricia's heart. In year 1176, two years after Edelgard and Arundel returned to the Empire, Cornelia persuaded Anselma into taking part on the Tragedy of Duscur by promising her she would be able to see her daughter again. Cornelia and the noble houses involved with the upcoming tragedy then coordinated Patricia's secret escape from Duscur as the slaughter would take place, with the involved receiving direct orders to not get closer to Patricia's carriage. In spite of this, as the Tragedy finally took place, Lady Patricia and her carriage vanished, never to be seen again.
Patricia is a non-playable character mentioned in the Blue Lions route and in Edelgard's Goddess Tower scene.
During Dimitri's supports with Hapi, it is said he and Patricia shared multiple mannerisms, such as the way the hold books and greet people.
Etymology and other languages
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• Lady Patricia
- "As she was seeking asylum from the Empire in the Kingdom, Lord Arundel was obligated to hide the Imperial princess's whereabouts. If her location had gone public, the Empire would have demanded her return. She would undoubtedly have become a political pawn in the Kingdom as well." — Dimitri in his A-support with Hapi, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- "But for now, what's truly baffling is the identity of that lady you mentioned. She welcomed my stepmother into the Kingdom as she fled home due to political strife... Hm." — Dimitri in his B-support with Hapi, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- "Amist the turmoil of the Tragedy, Lady Patricia was supposed to be the only one who was unharmed. We had been given orders ahead of time to not approach her carriage..." — Prisoner from House Kleiman in Azure Moon Chapter 21, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- "Come to think of it, you greet people in the same way... Hold a book in the same way..." — Hapi in her B-support with Dimitri, Fire Emblem: Three Houses