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Rufus

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Rufus Thierry Blaiddyd

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Artwork of Rufus from Three Hopes.

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Family
Nationality

Faerghus

Title(s)

Grand Duke of Itha

Voiced by

Appearance(s)

Rufus Thierry Blaiddyd (pronounced /ˈɹufəs/[key]; Japanese: リュファス Rufus) is a non-playable character from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is the elder brother of Lambert and the Regent of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus.

Biography

Pre-games

Rufus was the firstborn son of House Blaiddyd in Faerghus and older brother of Lambert. As Lambert possessed a Crest that Rufus did not, his younger brother was preferred in the line of succession; Rufus was granted the title of Grand Duke of Itha, and Lambert inherited the crown of the kingdom.[1]

In Imperial year 1176, Rufus conspired with Cleobulus (posing as Faerghus's court mage Cornelia Arnim), Patricia, and other kingdom nobles unhappy with Lambert's reforms to cause the Tragedy of Duscur, which seemingly left his nephew and Faerghus's crown prince Dimitri as the sole survivor, much to his chagrin.[2] After his brother's death, Rufus assumed the role of the Kingdom's regent, as Dimitri was too young to assume the throne.[3] His temporary rule was jeopardized by rumors the he was complicit with the tragedy in order to claim the throne for himself,[4] as well by the rampant thievery that affected the Kingdom, to the extent many subjects asked Dimitri to claim the throne before he reached adulthood, but refrained in fear his ascension would divide the kingdom.[5] In 1178, Rufus also encouraged Dimitri to suppress a rebellion in Western Kingdom territory in another failed attempt to get him killed, and it's also suspected that prior assassination attempts that affected Dimitri[6] were his doing.[7]

Three Houses

In 1181 of non-Crimson Flower routes, Rufus is murdered by Cleobulus, who framed Dimitri for his murder as means of destabilizing the Kingdom.[8] Though in the Verdant Wind, it's reported outside of the Kingdom that both Rufus and Dimitri were killed in a coup.[9]

In Crimson Flower, Rufus ultimately becomes the last living scion of the Blaiddyd bloodline,[10] as Dimitri is slain in combat against the Imperial Army at Tailtean Plains.

Warriors: Three Hopes

In early 1180, once Cleobulus is informed by Thales of the recent events in the Empire's capital, he manipulates Rufus into starting a coup of his own in Fhirdiad under the pretext the Kingdom's House Fraldarius is trying to install his nephew as a puppet ruler. News of his uncle's actions reach Dimitri, forcing him to leave the Officer's Academy along with some Knights of Seiros to topple down Rufus' coup, and upon succeeding, Dimitri has Rufus sentenced and executed for treason.

Role

Three Houses

Rufus is a non-playable character who gets mentioned during the game's story.

Warriors: Three Houses

Rufus is a non-playable character who appears in Chapter 3 of the Blue Lion route as one of the bosses.

Starting stats and growth rates


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Personality and character

While Rufus never appears in Three Houses in person, he is rumored to be a womanizer and a poor ruler.[11]

In Three Hopes, Rufus' shown to be an ambitious yet paranoid man afraid of his nephew's desire for revenge, to the extent he assigned Dimitri an "escort" that watched every one of his moves, and had recurring nightmares of a "lion ripping out his throat" after the Tragedy of Duscur. Scholars also consider Rufus a very intelligent political figure who's the polar opposite of his brother Lambert in both nature and temperament.

Etymology and other languages

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

Rufus

Roman cognomen meaning "red-haired" in Latin.[12]

Japanese

リュファス

Rufus

Spanish

Rufus

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French

Rufus

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German

Rufus

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Italian

Rufus

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Korean

루퍼스

Rufus

Simplified Chinese

琉法司

Rufus

Traditional Chinese

琉法司

Rufus

References

  1. "It happened to my uncle as well. The eldest child of the king, and yet he never ascended to the throne." — Dimitri, in "Crests: The Good and the Bad (Blue Lions)" in Blue Lions Chapter 5, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  2. "Cornelia: You shouldn't have missed your chance four years ago in Duscur—or two years during the suppression of the rebellion. That's twice you failed to kill him.
    Rufus: I've learned my lesson: A lion's cub is still a lion, and one cannot slay a lion with a clumsy scheme.
    " — Chapter 3 of Blue Lions, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
  3. "With the passing of King Lambert in 1176, his older brother, Grand Duke Rufus of Itha, assumed the burden of ruling the Kingdom in the young crown prince's stead." — "Register of Kingdom Nobles" page 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  4. "There are even rumors that Rufus was originally involved in the Tragedy of Duscur..." — Cornelia in "Five Years Lost" in Azure Moon Chapter 13, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  5. "Dimitri: Did you know they asked me to assume the throne before my time at the academy? They said only a king could undo Rufus' misrule.
    Shez: So why didn't you?
    Dimitri: Because it would have divided the Kingdom—just as it's doing now.
    " — Chapter 3 of Blue Lions, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
  6. "All this talk of assassination plots... It brings back dark memories I prefer to keep buried. Ah, it is nothing. I am sorry for allowing my mind to wander. My focus should be solely on guarding the monastery right now." — Dimitri while exploring Chapter 4 in non-Blue Lion routes, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  7. "Assassination attempts continued uncreasingly in the palace afterwards as well. And given what happened with King Lambert in Duscur... His highness must be aware of the man's ill intent." — Dedue while exploring Chapter 3 of Blue Lions, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
  8. "Dimitri: How shameless. I bet it was you who killed my uncle and set me up. Am I right?
    Cornelia: Hah! Too true! I'd already forgotten about all that loveliness.
    " — Dimitri and Cleobulus in the Azure Moon Chapter 18 mission, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  9. "After losing King Lambert during the Tragedy of Duscur, a Regent had been handling its politics. But then... There was a bloody coup. The Regent and Prince Dimitri both... Apparently the whole family was killed." — Claude in the Verdant Wind's Chapter 14, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  10. "No need to worry yourself. Even if I am defeated, the Blaiddyd bloodline will live on." — Dimitri in "Preparing for the Final Battle" in Crimson Flower Chapter 17, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  11. "And there are those rumors of the current regent being too busy chasing the ladies to bother with governing. Don't worry, I get the irony." — Sylvain in The Forgotten, Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  12. Meaning, origin and history of the name Rufus, Behind the Name
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