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|“||Ha ha...You're quite honest. However, if actually faced with such a choice, a man such as yourself would not hesitate. If faced with an individual in pain, you would act instinctively. Your body would not wait for the command.||”|
— Sephiran, to Ike
Sephiran (Japanese: セフェラン Cepheran) is a Begnion politician and nobleman, the Prime Minister of Begnion and the Duke of Persis. He has long served as an ally and aide to the Apostle Sanaki, and commands the loyalty of General Zelgius of Begnion's Central Army. Renowned as both a knowledgeable and honest man, Sephiran is considered by much of the Senate of Begnion to be a threat to their exploitative practices.
Sephiran's true identity is Lehran (Japanese: エルラン Erlan), an ancient heron laguz who once served as a companion to the goddess Ashera, and was responsible for sealing Yune in what later became known as Lehran's Medallion following her defeat. He was the first husband of Altina, the founder of Begnion, and the father of the first Branded and ancestor of Begnion's lineage of apostles. His experiences following his retreat into seclusion deeply embittered him against humanity and provoked him into orchestrating the rise of conflicts across Tellius in a bid to hasten Ashera's awakening and the judgement of humanity.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- 3 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- 4 Fire Emblem Awakening
- 5 Personality and character
- 6 Supports
- 7 Endings
- 8 Quotes
- 9 Other appearances
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Etymology and other languages
- 12 Gallery
- 13 References
History of Tellius
Lehran was a companion and advisor to the Goddess of Dawn Ashunera, and was blessed with the ability to hear her voice and that of her later incarnations, an ability shared by his descendants. Following the Great Flood, it was Lehran's idea for Ashunera to strip herself of her inner chaos and split herself into the order goddess Ashera and the chaos goddess Yune, although he later regretted suggesting this and the subsequent war between Yune and the Three Heroes of Ashera. As an alternative to destroying Yune, Lehran proposed that he would seal Yune within a medallion with his magic to contain her, in the hope that one day Ashera would wish to reunite with her, to which Ashera consented; he promised to protect Yune and keep her company with his galdrar. Along with the Three Heroes, he shortly after pledged a covenant with Ashera that the people of the world would live in peace for a thousand years: the success of the beorc and laguz to coexist would cause Ashera to agree to reunite with Yune, whereas their failure would result in the punishment of both races. As part of the covenant, she entrusted Lehran and his heirs with the ability to sing the galdr of release and awaken the two prematurely, should they wish to bring her judgement early.
In the following years, Lehran married Altina, one of the Three Heroes and the founder of Begnion. The two had a child, the first child of both a beorc and a laguz, who was hailed by their friends and fellow heroes Soan and Dheginsea as a herald of peace between the two races. Not long after the child's birth, it became apparent that Lehran had lost his laguz ability to transform and sing galdrar. He recognized that this news would not go over well with the people of Tellius, and went into hiding to find a solution to the problem. When he emerged, he told Altina to tell the people he died in an accident, and that the birth of their child was a false rumor. Lehran went to Goldoa and lived in secret with Dheginsea for the following centuries, disappearing from the broader world, while Altina re-married a beorc and raised her child with Lehran as a normal beorc born of her second husband.
For over seven hundred years afterward, Lehran lived in hiding in Goldoa, and was kept in hiding throughout his time there. On a small few occasions he met the infant prince Kurthnaga and sang to him; Kurthnaga later said he had fond memories of meeting Lehran, whom he knew only as a "mysterious man with black wings", and that he was fascinated by his singing. During his time in Goldoa, Lehran came into conflict with Dheginsea's insistence on neutrality and uninvolvement with the outside world, objecting to the dragon king's refusal to aid the many laguz suffering in slavery in Begnion; less than one hundred and fifty years into the covenant, Lehran departed for Begnion, seeking to work on his own if necessary to help his brethren.
Emergence and quest for revenge
Near the year 625, Lehran held a secret visit with his descendant, Empress Misaha, at the Begnion capital Sienne. She recognized him as her ancestor and trusted his word, revealed to him the Branded heritage he started eons before, and told him that knowing of him reassured her of her identity. She told him of her plan to reveal herself as a Branded to the world, in a bid to help free it of the prejudice against other Branded, despite the danger doing so would pose to her. Inspired by her courage, Lehran intended to return to Goldoa to tell them of this new hope. Shortly after, he learned of Misaha's assassination from a group of Begnion peasants, of the senate's claims the herons of the Serenes Forest were responsible, and of the people's lust for revenge against them; he accidentally revealed his wings out of his anger at their claims, raising their ire too. By the time he reached Serenes, the Serenes Massacre had already occurred, and he found his medallion abandoned on an altar. In his anger and sorrow, he resolved to awaken Ashera prematurely and condemn the people of the world to her judgement for their crimes.
Having lost his powers long ago, Lehran was incapable of using the galdr of release to awaken the goddesses and so resolved to awaken them through a continent-spanning war. He returned to Begnion and adopted the identity of Sephiran, and in this identity he was said to be a member of a family of great mages. He took on the title of Duke of Persis and joined the Begnion senate; according to Lekain, Sephiran was the youngest senator in the nation's history. In 640, fifteen years after the Serenes Massacre, Misaha's granddaughter Sanaki ascended to the throne, but was unable to be controlled by the Senate until Sephiran intervened. As a result of Sanaki trusting and behaving around Sephiran, the other senators elevated him to the rank of prime minister, intending to use him and Sanaki as puppet rulers; instead, however, the two worked directly in opposition to the senators and fought for civil liberties, opposing and condemning numerous abuses thereof on the part of the senate where possible.
During this time, Sephiran continued to work on his plans to awaken Ashera. He learned of Ashnard, the young Daein prince, and informed him of the existence of the medallion, causing Ashnard to seek it out and desire the "dark god's" release, inciting the Mad King's War of 645. He also paid a visit to the Daein barracks and encountered Zelgius, a Branded serving under Gawain, and convinced him to come to Begnion and serve him in his cause once he abandoned Daein.
Prime Minister of Begnion and Yune's awakening
At the onset of the Mad King's War, Sephiran set out to observe the state of affairs in Crimea, in the guise of a simple monk. During his travels he arrived in a small village and found Brom and Nephenee, who had been injured in combat, and worked to heal their injuries, but for doing so he was captured by Daein forces and imprisoned in Canteus Castle. He was scheduled for execution by the Daein forces, but was released a day before his execution date when Ike and the Greil Mercenaries led an assault on the castle to free its prisoners. After a conversation with Ike he left, and it was not until his arrival in Begnion that Ike learned from Sanaki of his identity as the prime minister. At the conclusion of the war, Sephiran arrived in Melior and met with Ike following Ashnard's defeat, where Ike told him of his (erroneous) findings about Ashnard's role in assassinating Misaha and causing the Serenes Massacre, had Mist pass on the galdr of release to convey to Sanaki, and in return Sephiran informed him of the identity of the "Altina" he sought, Sanaki.
Three years later, when word reached Sanaki of the abuses of Begnion's occupational army in Daein, she dispatched Sephiran to lead an investigation team to Daein to identify the nature of the conflict, and in doing so derailed Lekain's plan to lead the team himself and obscure the true extent of the problem; however, the army was defeated by Micaiah and the Daein liberation army before he could arrive. Later, when Begnion went to war with the Laguz Alliance, Sanaki and Sephiran received a letter from the Alliance telling them of the role of the Senate in perpetrating the Serenes Massacre and the assassination of Misaha, and sought to investigate and prosecute them for their crimes; before they could do anything, at the height of the war Sephiran was subjected to a coup d'etat by the rest of the Senate, arrested and stripped of his rank, thus removing him as an obstacle to the Senate's wish to continue the war. Following Sanaki's re-emergence and the unification of Zelgius's faction of the Begnion army with the Laguz Alliance, Zelgius returned to Begnion and released Sephiran from jail, allowing them to take the next steps in fulfilling Sephiran's plan. When the two goddesses were awakened by Micaiah performing the galdr of release of Lehran's Medallion, Sephiran was in the Tower of Guidance and greeted Ashera upon her awakening, then delivered his condemnation of the two races' failure to resist war, prompting her to cast judgement upon the world.
Sephiran remained in the upper levels of the Tower of Guidance, having sealed the doorway to Ashera with magic tied to his own life in preparation for the arrival of Ike, Micaiah and Sanaki. When the group arrived, Sephiran initially acted friendly and loyal to Sanaki, but as soon as Ike challenged him on his words and actions he revealed to them group his plan and servitude to Ashera, and that to proceed to Ashera herself they would have to kill him. He was mortally wounded in the ensuing battle, and with his dying breath he gave his Rudol Gem to Sanaki as a final gift. Before he could die properly, however, Micaiah used the full extent of her magic to revive and heal him, timed perfectly to trick the doorway into thinking Sephiran had died. Ike invited him to accompany his group in fighting Ashera to rectify his mistakes, an offer he eventually reluctantly accepted, arriving just as Ike's group began the battle.
In the aftermath of Ashera's defeat, Sephiran returned to the Serenes Forest at the request of King Lorazieh, and had his emotional wounds healed by the songs of his fellow herons. He continued to live as Lehran for at least one millennium further, and was present to greet the newly-reunified and awoken Ashunera 1,200 years after Ashera's defeat, resuming his role as her companion.
Sephiran appears as a NPC in Chapter 10, imprisoned in one of the jail cells. Although unarmed and defenseless, owing to his Mantle skill he cannot be killed at all. Releasing him and letting him escape is optional, and his appearances in the game's later plot are unchanged by the player's choices here.
Sephiran is the boss of the fourth segment of the Part 4 Endgame, and the penultimate boss of the game. He is incapable of attacking Micaiah, Sanaki, Leanne, Reyson or Rafiel, and Sanaki is in turn incapable of attacking him.
From the second playthrough onward, Sephiran is a playable character (using the name Lehran), unlocked if certain criteria are met beforehand. He is playable only in the final segment of the Part 4 Endgame. None of the enemies in the chapter (Fire Spirits, Thunder Spirits, Wind Spirits and Ashera) are able to attack him, but he can attack any of them back if he is given a weapon.
Starting stats and growth rates
Boss, Part 4 Endgame-4 ("Sephiran") Playable ("Lehran")
Lehran is available for the final battle of the game, and he delivers as a Gotoh archetype by being far and away the most powerful magic unit in the game. His magic, skill, speed, luck, and resistance are all capped at 40, and his strength is just high enough to allow him to wield both Rexaura and Balberith and still double the Spirits and Auras on his own and Ashera with White Pool support. His high stats allow him to make mincemeat of the Auras on the Cover tiles, especially if he procs his Corona skill. While Ashera herself has an absurd 50 resistance, he can still do major burst damage to her if he procs Corona.
Lehran has a light affinity which gives a light defense and accuracy boost. Due to joining in the very final chapter of the game, it is impossible for him to support anyone.
Sephiran is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the Radiant Dawn character set. Sephiran is also present as an enemy in the first and third installments of the Smash Brethren DLC series, as well as all three installments of Rogues & Redeemers.
Starting stats and growth rates
Growth rates when reclassed
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Promotion stat gains
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Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Sephiran has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.
Personality and character
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Sanaki describes Sephiran as an enigma with a knack for passing himself off in unusual disguises, while Sigrun attests that Sephiran tends toward making jokes and providing sarcastic and false information.
Light of Creation - Lehran
At Lorazieh's urging, Sephiran lay himself down within Serenes, and was healed by the songs of the herons.
|“||Sephiran: Mortals cannot stand against gods! Don't you see the futility of what you're doing?Sephiran: You are all so very flawed... Flaws must be corrected!Sephiran: Can you feel your judgment, hanging in the air? Can you see that your time has come?Sephiran: The laguz and beorc have doomed each other with their mutual hatred. You have brought extinction on yourselves!||”|
— Sephiran, as the boss of Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Ike: You can try to complicate things, Sephiran, but it comes to this... You are my enemy. Nothing more, nothing less.
Sephiran: So be it.
— Sephiran, when fighting Ike in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn, if the additional scene of Ike's memory in Part 4 Endgame-2 was not seen.
|“||Ike: I have to ask, Sephiran. What are you after? What's this all about?
Sephiran: Why do you wish to know? You would achieve nothing by learning my reasons. You would help no one. I lost faith in lesser beings, and desire an end to them. That’s all.
Ike: So why did you save me on that day?
Sephiran: May I ask you a favor, Ike? Tell me how you feel about it now. Can you bear recalling those horrific memories?
Ike: Yes... I'm fine, now. But I suppose at the time, I wouldn't have been able to take it.
Sephiran: All beings endure tragedies for as long as they continue to live. It has always been the case that suffering is unavoidable. And this grim reality plays out over and over, in every country, under every ruler... As long as there are beings who feel, they will feel pain.
Ike: So what? We should all just give in and die? Put it behind you. Deal with it.
Sephiran: Do not make light of this...
Ike: I'm not. Sephiran, I'm extrenely grateful that you once helped me through a terrible time. But I have accepted that occasionally we all have to deal with hard times. I've had pain, I've had suffering, and I have gotten up and moved on. I don't try to forget what happened that day. I just accept it... And neither that or anything else will ever stop me.
Sephiran: You are a strong man, Ike, son of Gawain. But not everyone is as strong as you...
— Sephiran, when fighting Ike in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn, if the additional scene of Ike's memory in Part 4 Endgame-2 was seen.
|“||Micaiah You... I've heard about you. Have we...met before?
Sephiran The Silver-Haired Maiden. It’s taken so long to finally meet you. If I had known you still lived, I.. I... No, it’s too late. This changes nothing. I cannot falter.
Micaiah What is the matter with you?
Sephiran I’m just overly sensitive. Don’t feign concern over me.
— Sephiran, when fighting Micaiah in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sanaki ...Sephiran... Everything you've ever told me, every time you gave your hand to me, every time you smiled... They were all lies? ...You're the most appalling fraud I've ever known!
Sephiran No, Lady Sanaki... I've actually lied to you very little. What I have done is hold things back. I've also twisted the truth from time to time... But I have only told you one blatant falsehood. That one lie has weighed heavily on me. It makes me hate myself sometimes.
Sephiran I'll always care deeply for you, my little Lady Sanaki... You are my sun and my moon. I never wished to harm you. Please... You must understand...
Sanaki ...No! Sephiran, no!
— Sephiran, when fighting Sanaki in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sothe: Here goes...
Sephiran: Hello, child... I’m a little surprised to see an ordinary boy like you, fighting for the world. This day is full of surprises!
Sothe: No one’s more surprised than me. I can’t read people’s feelings like Micaiah... I’m not invincible in battle like Ike... Between all these laguz kings and great beorc heroes, I don’t really belong here.
Sephiran: Then why are you here?
Sothe: Because there’s one thing I can’t afford to lose. Micaiah. I’ve come all this way just to protect her... I won’t lose her now.
Sephiran: The depth of your feelings... Might I ask your name?
Sothe: Sothe. Now if you want to stand in our way, I’m prepared to cut you down.
— Sephiran, when fighting Sothe in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sephiran: King Pelleas, correct? Aren’t you brave, coming all this way!
Pelleas: If you're the one who's been pulling the strings behind all this, please tell me... Who... Who am I?
Sephiran: ...I don’t know. All I know is that you are a powerful practitioner of magic... I know that you were an orphan born and raised in Daein. But that is all Izuka ever told me.
Pelleas: So... I'm not Ashnard's true son?
Sephiran: No, you’re not. Ashnard’s son is of dragon tribe blood and is thus Branded.
Pelleas: I think I'm going to be ill...
Sephiran: Be assured that you were essential to Daein’s reconstruction, which was a vital step toward waking the goddess. Fortunately, Izuka was able to use you to execute my plan.
Pelleas: You are going to pay! You are going to... BLAAARRRGH!
— Sephiran, when fighting Pelleas in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sephiran: King Naesala, it seems as if everything went well with the pact.
Naesala: Yes, for which I am thankful. The blood pact yoked Kilvas to your country's control... But we no longer suffer the curse for opposing the tyrannical editcs of your corrupt, bloated senators. Present company excepted, of course.
Sephiran: I’m quite glad to hear it.
Naesala: You shouldn't be. You're not like the other senators, but your insane agenda has turned my nation to stone! Freedom means nothing to a statue.
Sephiran: My goal was simply to save Sanaki. With your help, she is safe. The mutual benefit of your country was a happy accident, so don’t feel indebted to me.
Naesala: So you won't object when I tear your lungs out here and now?
Sephiran: By all means. Be my guest.
— Sephiran, when fighting Naesala in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Nailah: Who would’ve guessed that a madman on the other side of the desert would somehow threaten Hatari?
Sephiran: Hatari. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to see it. The wolf tribe has survived all this time in the far corner of the world. Only the goddess could have known that.
Nailah: Perhaps even she didn't know it. Your goddess isn't perfect, you know. Does an imperfect goddess have the right to judge imperfect beings?
Sephiran: I see your point. Does the creator retain the right to destroy her creations when they are no longer what she envisioned? I imagine we could discuss this sometime... if only we had more time. I believe you alone might be able to sway my opinion on this, Lady Nailah, Queen of Wolves.
Nailah: You have too many opinions. I’m done talking.
— Sephiran, when fighting Nailah in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sephiran: Hello, King Tibarn. I thought I might see you. Only the strongest reach the top. It’s only natural that you would be among them.
Tibarn: You know what? I don’t believe you’re the big, bad, evil guy you want us all to think you are.
Sephiran: What could you be talking about?
Tibarn: Ah, I was right! I see it in your eyes. I’ve been around for a while, and learned a bit about spotting fakes. So now that your secret’s out, maybe you’d like to open up and tell me: Who are you really?
— Sephiran, when fighting Tibarn in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sephiran: Duke of Tanas, imagine seeing you here!
Oliver: Lord Sephiran, as lovely as always. But has it come to this? Must we fight to the death, and deprive the world of one of our beautiful countenances? Can other lovers of beauty endure such a loss?
Sephiran: I confess that your presence has me bewildered. Could this be part of Yune’s plan? I simply never would have imagined you here. Your presence proves that Tellius is unravelling at the seams. Judgement cannot come soon enough.
— Sephiran, when fighting Oliver in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sigrun: Lord Sephiran, explain yourself! Your reasons for deceiving our empress may prevent me from striking you down as an enemy to the crown!
Sephiran: I have nothing to say to you. I am merely an obstacle. Do what you must do.
Sigrun: Sanaki trusted you! And so did I. You’ve turned your back on us, and the empire. How is that even possible?
Sephiran: Sigrun, do with me what you will. Promise me that you will look after Lady Sanaki from now on.
Sigrun: I will. I will protect her from the likes of you.
— Sephiran, when fighting Sigrun in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Tanith: So as long as you're alive, the doors don't open? I've got an easy solution to that problem.
Sephiran: Tanith, you are a kind woman.
Tanith: Don't flatter yourself. I do this only for Lady Sanaki.
— Sephiran, when fighting Tanith in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Haar: We never spent much time together when I was in Begnion. But, Sephiran... I think I know you pretty well.
Sephiran: I haven’t forgotten you, Haar. Shiharam’s hotshot young protege. You were both exemplary soldiers. Your defection from the Begnion dracoknights was a huge loss.
Haar: Hmmm... Sort of like the huge loss when the senators managed to defeat all those great changes you proposed?
Haar: I suppose if any of those changes had happened, we wouldn’t be here now. Am I wrong?
Sephiran: An interesting question... I’m honestly not sure, but that’s all I can say about that.
Haar: Too bad. For you, and for me.
— Sephiran, when fighting Haar in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Jill: It’s your fault what happened in Daein! Every pointless death in this war is on your head! Sephiran, Duke of Persis... History will remember you as the worst kind of man.
Sephiran: Everything. It’s all been my fault. You should know one more thing, however. I also had a hand in the death of your father.
Jill: ... Die, monster!
— Sephiran, when fighting Jill in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Astrid: Lord Sephiran, your every action in office earned you the trust of millions of Begnion citizens. I can’t believe that you could stab every one of them in the back like that.
Sephiran: Young lady... Actually, I should address you properly... Astrid of the Crimean Royal Knights. Did you happen to stop by your home on the way here?
Astrid: No, I didn’t.
Sephiran: Aren’t you worried about your family? Perhaps you should check on them...
Astrid: No. Everyone’s fine. Even if they’re frozen solid, I’m going to save them. I have nothing at all to worry about.
Sephiran: You’ve grown stronger. But your heart hasn’t changed. Good.
— Sephiran, when fighting Astrid in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Rafiel: It is you... Now that I've seen your face... I know that you once went by another name.
Sephiran: Ýou are mistaken. I am known as Sephiran, and nothing else.
Rafiel: You have closed your heart. Why?
Sephiran: ...I have nothing more to say. Nothing...
— Sephiran, when fighting Rafiel in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Sephiran: Go back to your forest, heron. You are like me, an avatar of order. You understand what I must do. Bask in the light of Ashera's judgement. It holds no fear for you!
Reyson: I refuse to save only myself. Such an act would be an unforgivable betrayal. I will stand by my companions, and fight to the end.
Sephiran: Are you sure you're of the heron tribe? I've never met a heron like you... Your will is extraordinary strong.
— Sephiran, when fighting Reyson in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Leanne: You... It.. it can't be...
Sephiran: Go back to the forest. This is not where you should be.
Leanne: No! I'm staying here with everyone! These people are my friends... my family! I will not leave them!
Sephiran: Has the heron clan changed so much? They've always been so passive and accepting of their natural fate...
— Sephiran, when fighting Leanne in Part 4 Endgame-4 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Ashera: Lehran, you have joined my enemies?
Lehran: My goddess... Never before have I defied you in even the least thing. But I have seen the error of my ways and wish to save the people whom I once desired to destroy. I am one man, and my life is precious. How much more precious are the lives of the countless multitudes?
— Lehran, when fighting Ashera in Part 4 Endgame-5 of Radiant Dawn.
|“||I am a man without a past.||”|
— Sephiran's SpotPass parley quote in Awakening.
|“||You insist on a fight?||”|
— Sephiran, in a SpotPass battle in Awakening.
|“||But...I know only despair...||”|
— Sephiran's SpotPass recruitment quote in Awakening.
|“||You'd do better not to fight me, but I won't stop you.||”|
— Sephiran, in Smash Brethren 1 in Awakening.
|“||Aversa: My, aren't you a fine soldier?
Sephiran: Save your breath, witch.
Aversa: So be it! I'll scar up that pretty little face of yours!
— Sephiran, when fighting Aversa in Smash Brethren 1 in Awakening.
|“||Let's see what you're capable of.||”|
— Sephiran, in Smash Brethren 3 in Awakening.
|“||Aversa: Ooh! What a man. I'll bet you're a screamer. Shall we find out?
Sephiran: Try me. You'll be surprised all right.
Aversa: Oh! And so confident, too. I'm going to enjoy this...
— Sephiran, when fighting Aversa in Smash Brethren 3 in Awakening.
|“||Why did you come to this world? That's what I want to know. But I suppose you'll be on the ground before I get my answer...||”|
— Sephiran, in Rogues & Redeemers 1 in Awakening.
|“||Anna: Hi! Want to take a look at my wares?
Sephiran: Wouldn't your comrades disapprove of you selling to the enemy, merchant?
Anna: Hey, I'm allowed to cut a profit, as long as I cut down my share of foes.
Sephiran: Let's see how good you are at the latter.
— Sephiran, when fighting Anna in Rogues & Redeemers 1 in Awakening.
|“||All actions have a motive. Yours, however, continues to elude me...||”|
— Sephiran, in Rogues & Redeemers 2 in Awakening.
|“||Sephiran: You're a merchant, are you now? How much to buy your allegiance?
Anna: Um...sorry. I'm not for sale. Money doesn't buy everything. ...Just MOST things.
Sephiran: Then we'll settle this with the oldest currency there is: violence!
— Sephiran, when fighting Anna in Rogues & Redeemers 2 in Awakening.
|“||What do you hope to gain from this fight? Will defeating you finally yield some answers?||”|
— Sephiran, in Rogues & Redeemers 3 in Awakening.
|“||Anna: It's just you and me.
Sephiran: Aren't you going to strike a bargain? You're a merchant.
Anna: True. Which is why I can tell when there's no use haggling.
Sephiran: Ah. Then you've a keen insight indeed.
— Sephiran, when fighting Anna in Rogues & Redeemers 3 in Awakening.
|“||At last... I'm dying.||”|
— Sephiran, as the boss of Part 4 Endgame (4) in Radiant Dawn.
|“||...Finally... It’s about time... I can finally rest.||”|
— An unused quote in Radiant Dawn intended to be a playable death quote for the Sephiran identity.
|“||Oh, Goddess... I...can't...||”|
— Lehran, in Radiant Dawn.
|“||Forgive me, goddess. I must end my service to you now.||”|
— Lehran, in Part 4 Endgame-5 in Radiant Dawn.
|“||I've no choice. I must withdraw...||”|
— Sephiran, in Smash Brethren 1 in Awakening.
|“||I see now why you fight... If I were that strong...I would seek battle, too...||”|
— Sephiran, in Smash Brethren 3 in Awakening.
|“||If you have that...kind of strength...why...come here...ahh...||”|
— Sephiran, in Rogues & Redeemers 1 in Awakening.
|“||What will you do...when your terrible work here is finished? Ahh...||”|
— Sephiran, in Rogues & Redeemers 2 in Awakening.
— Sephiran, in Rogues & Redeemers 3 in Awakening.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Sephiran is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher; he has yet to be featured as Lehran.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Sephiran/Lehran|
|Pilgrim of the Goddess, Sephiran|
||"You will withdraw from this place. I will not allow you to pursue that ship."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|No Mere Man: [Trigger] [Once per turn] When an other ally growths, you may choose 1 enemy in the Back Line, and move them.|
Saint of the Battlefield: [Special] When this card is sent from your hand to the Retreat Area as a result of an enemy's skill or your opponent's support skill, draw 1 card. This skill cannot activate if you have no bond cards.
|Card #B12-048HN • Artist: Tomohide Takaya|
|Prime Minister of the Begnion Empire, Sephiran|
|"My aim has always been to see the goddess pass judgment on all the people of the world. What I needed was a war that would spread all across the continent."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Chancellor||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Invoker of Ruin: [Activate] [Once per turn] Look at the three top cards of your deck. Choose 1 of those cards and place it at the top of your deck, then send the rest to the Retreat Area.|
Mantle: [Always] This unit cannot be destroyed by attacks from enemies with a deployment cost of 2 or lower.
|Card #B16-087N • Artist: Moyataro|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Sephiran .
- Sephiran is the only full-blooded laguz to appear as a bonus unit in Awakening; this is helped by the fact that he has always made use of classes and weapons typically used by beorc units.
- While Sephiran is unplayable in Path of Radiance, Sephiran can learn the Vigilance skill in the Japanese release but not in the international versions.
- Sephiran has the worst availability in the series, only being playable for a single chapter. If the separate incarnations of Chosen by Fate appearing in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remake Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon are counted as a single chapter, he shares this status with Gotoh; if the two parts of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade's endgame are counted as a single chapter, he shares this status with Athos; if the Creature Campaign in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is discounted, he shares this status with Orson.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Japanese||セフェラン||Officially romanized as Cepheran.|
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Japanese||エルラン||Officially romanized as Erlan.|
Artwork of Sephiran from Radiant Dawn.
Sephiran's portrait in Path of Radiance.
Sephrian's cloaked portrait in Path of Radiance.
Sephiran's portrait in Radiant Dawn.
Lehran's portrait in Radiant Dawn.
- "We, that is, the descendants of Lehran, we have a gift..." — Reyson, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Lehran was one of the heron clan, an ancestor of our Prince Reyson." — Volke, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Generation after generation, each apostle has been blessed to hear the voice of the goddess. We know of impending disasters, how crops will fare... All revelations originally intended for you." — Misaha, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "But...to nullify half of your being... We were terribly, monstrously wrong to suggest it. You shouldn't have to bear the weight of our foolish ideas." — Lehran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran: In that case, Goddess... Would you consider an alternative to such drastic measures? We shall use the power of seid magic to seal Yune in this medallion. Someday...and it may be in the far, distant future... Someday we may be able to earn your trust, Goddess. In the hope of that day arriving, refrain from annihilating Yune, please.
Ashera: In my eyes, imprisoning Yune and destroying her are the same thing. ...If the chaos and disaster that Yune begets can be averted, I have no objection. I do not know, however, if Yune will submit to such confinement.
Lehran: Goddess Yune? Please hear me. I will never give up. Someday, I will see you restored to yourself. Please...
Lehran: Do not look so sad. I will always be with you. I will sing to you. You will not be lonely. I promise." — Lehran, Ashera and Yune, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Ashera: Lehran, you have ever been a wise and kind- hearted child. In deference to you, I will place my faith in your kind one last time. For the next thousand years, I shall sleep as well. When I wake again, I hope it is to a world of peace and order, where all prosper as equals. If I do, then I will know that you have advised me well. I will reward your counsel. I will also allow Yune to return to me. I will once again be the goddess of creation, whole and complete. Ashunera, the Dawn Goddess... The name your ancestors gave me so long ago. I should like to hear it again. However, during this thousand years, if the chaos of war should arise and awaken Yune from her slumber in the medallion... I will know that you have strayed from your path, and I will punish your failure as I would reward your success. And then you will know my judgment. You will pay for your sins, each of you to the last.
Lehran: In the names of our people, we vow to keep this covenant. There will be no great war between laguz and beorc for a thousand years. So pledge Altina of the beorc, Dheginsea of the dragon tribes, Soan of the beast tribes, and I, Lehran, of the bird tribes.
Ashera: If you believe during this thousand years that you have created a world that has outgrown the atrocities of war... Or if you feel the world has fallen beyond hope of redemption, you may sing the galdr of release and awaken us both. Your heirs will possess that ability as well... Sing to awaken us, and tell us your tale. Tell us of the world your two kinds have built in our absence. We will listen, and we will judge fairly and impartially. This is our covenant with you." — Ashera and Lehran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "There had been other unions between beorc and laguz, but until Altina's pregnancy, no children had ever been conceived. Indeed, hers was the first child ever to be born of beorc and laguz." — Nasir, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "As close friends of both Altina and Lehran, both King Dheginsea and Soan rejoiced at the news. The child would be the first to carry the joined blood of both laguz and beorc. The king said that the baby would become a symbol of peace between the two peoples." — Gareth, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- " Soon after the child was born, Lehran lost all the powers of the laguz. He could not transform any longer, nor could he sing galdrar." — Nasir, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran was forced to make a very difficult decision to protect the peace between beorc and laguz. He decided to retreat into seclusion and consider the problem." — Nasir, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran was forced to ask the unthinkable of his wife, his aides, and close friends: "For the sake of Begnion, you must tell the people that I died in an accident. Tell them the birth was merely a false rumor."" — Gareth, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran left the medallion to his tribe, moving to Goldoa under King Dheginsea's protection. He simply disappeared from history after that. Altina eventually welcomed a beorc husband. She raised the child she'd had with Lehran as though it were an ordinary beorc child, born of her new husband." — Gareth, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran: Prince Kurthnaga... How you've grown.
Kurthnaga: You know who I am?
Lehran: I resided in Goldoa for more than seven hundred years.
Kurthnaga: I... I had no idea.
Lehran:That's because I was kept in hiding. But I did meet you several times, when you were just an infant.
Kurthnaga: I remember a...a mysterious man with black wings. Was that you? I always thought it was a dream...
Kurthnaga: I was always so fascinated by that man and his songs... I remember him well, and fondly." — Lehran and Kurthnaga, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran: We must save them. Even now, as we speak, countless laguz slaves endure Begnion chains. They suffer terribly.
Dheginsea: We have done all that we will do.
Lehran: Admonitions and censures change nothing! Now is the time for the dragon tribes to use their strength to save the oppressed laguz!
Dheginsea: Goldoa does not interfere with the outside world. As king of dragons, I will not allow my people to fan the flames of war. Conflict on the scale you describe will wake the goddess and call down her judgment upon us all. This is the path to destruction. A thousand years... That is how long we swore to the goddess that there would be no war. Have you forgotten our covenant?
Lehran: Of course not. Yet...there are laguz who are treated as less than livestock. I cannot believe that this is what the goddess wants.
Dheginsea: Goldoa will not move. This decree stands from the time our nations were formed. The goddess has not yet slept one hundred and fifty years. Would you see the laguz and beorc destroyed? Would you see all of Tellius awash in blood? No, unless destruction comes to seek us at our door, Goldoa will not move, for the sake of future generations.
Lehran: Tell me, do you care nothing for the laguz who suffer in the current generation? Do you think it would comfort them to know that you condone their misery?
Dheginsea: All things require sacrifice.
Dheginsea: Where are you going?
Lehran: To Begnion. I will find a solution without you.
Dheginsea: You, who have lost your birthright? All you will accomplish is your own destruction. Hold...hold, I say!" — Lehran and Dheginsea, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Misaha: So, you were companion to the very first empress, Altina.
Lehran: I am honored that you have chosen to speak with me. You would trust in the word of a stranger?
Misaha:Yes. I can see inside you. I know you cannot speak lies.
Lehran: Is it possible? Do you share some aspect of my power?
Misaha: I do, as did my mother... Generation after generation, each apostle has been blessed to hear the voice of the goddess. We know of impending disasters, how crops will fare... All revelations originally intended for you.
Lehran: The children of my union with Altina... I had no idea...
Misaha: Please look at this.
Lehran: That mark...
Misaha: All of the apostles have borne this brand. It is our greatest secret. The senators must never know. Because of this brand, I thought that I had been born of some great sin. It plagued me always. Guilt tore at me every day as I hid my mark from my people, deceiving them constantly about my true nature.
Lehran: Oh, child...how can I apologize to you?
Misaha: And yet, now that I've met you, I understand. There is no shame in my heritage. None at all. I will not live in hiding. I will reveal to the world that I am one of the Branded. They must see there is no shame in who I am.
Lehran: No! You mustn't! You don't understand the danger you will be placing yourself in!
Misaha: Oh, but I do. The senators will do their utmost to rally the people against me, as they did when I freed the laguz from slavery. But I will not be deterred. If I am to lead this nation, I cannot allow it to be corrupted by prejudice and hatred. I can put the life the goddess has given me to no greater good than this.
Lehran: ...Such determination. Your eyes... They very much resemble Altina's.
Misaha: I will stand before my people and proudly proclaim the truth. And then I will guide them to a just and honest future. This is my promise to you.
Lehran: Thank you. Your strength of will, the truth that guides your life... You have shown me the way back to myself. I shall return to Goldoa and tell my friends of you and your actions. I will tell them that laguz and beorc may once again live together in peace. I will tell them that there is hope.
Misaha: Thank you, father of my mothers. I strive to be worthy of the gift of life you have granted me." — Misaha and Lehran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "The medallion must be quelled. I cannot allow this madness to come to pass! Judgment...the goddess's judgment... NO! What have they done? The forest... the trees... The herons were innocent... Why? The medallion... I must quell the chaotic energies! Must...calm them... Ungh! NO! Chaos...madness... So much...anger...so much...pain... Why? Why was my family taken? Why? Why was my forest destroyed? The apostle did not deserve this fate... Killed by her innocence...her murderers free to seize power... This is monstrous! This world does not need beorc. And the laguz...are deeply flawed. There is no need to wait for the covenant's thousand years. Awaken! Oh, Goddess. Awaken...and judge." — Lehran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Sanaki: Ah, Sephiran... I wonder what he and Zelgius are doing right now?
Sigrun: They’re awaiting your return, of course.
Sanaki: You don’t have any doubt about that?
Sigrun: Of course not. Duke Persis comes from a family of great mages." — Sanaki and Sigrun, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "The year was 640, Begnion era... The empire had been without an apostle for 15 long years. The senators were being constantly harassed with complaints from the people. There had been nothing like it in history. The voices calling for young Sanaki to be crowned grew louder every day... You had just turned five years old when the senate welcomed you to the throne as the new apostle. Ah, but my young mistress Sanaki, what a difficult child you were. You threw tantrums, you screamed and cried constantly. Your conduct was hardly befitting an empress of Begnion! Everyone was at a loss... You wouldn't even stop mewling and crying during official proceedings. But then along came our youngest senator ever, Sephiran, Duke of Persis. When he took you in his arms, you immediately stopped crying. You even smiled. We had to take advantage of this obvious miracle. In an unprecedented move by the senators, we elevated Sephiran to prime minister, keeping him serving as close to you as possible. This plan, radical as it was, proved far more effective than we dared dream. A young, handsome prime minister and an adorable moppet of an apostle brought the people's support to incredible new heights. Apparently the common citizenry is gullible enough to blindly follow any leader who is sufficiently attractive. Enamored as they were, no one ever seemed to care whether or not you could hear the voice of the goddess. With the new apostle and prime minister, the political landscape became unrecognizable. Even in the face of overtly unreasonable legislation, the two of you would stand on the balcony... A smile and a wave later, the people would cheer and go on with their happy lives. [...] It was too good to be true, however. Both of you were only meant to be puppets! Each year you interfered with our government more and more, imposing your soft-hearted ideals over our sovereign rights. Were such trivialities as laguz slavery and the Daein occupation worth making issues of? The pair of you were becoming an increasingly bothersome thorn in our side. And then this war against the laguz forces... You went so far as to expose our previous indiscretions and demand reparations for the sub-humans. This was unforgivable. Clearly you both had to be removed." — Lekain, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "My aim has always been to wake Ashera so that she might pass judgment on all the people of the world. What I needed was a war that would spread all across the continent. How could I achieve this? My attention turned to the young Daein prince... I could use the fiery Ashnard for my purposes. He was ambitious, a fierce warrior, and more than anything, he had an earnest desire to change the world. When I allowed him to know of the goddess sealed inside the medallion, he became determined to set her free. We could use heron galdrar or a massive, continent-spanning war to throw the world into chaos." — Sephiran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Sephiran: When the time comes for you to leave, will you come to me, perhaps?
Zelgius: My lord?
Sephiran: We share a...similar condition. I see something familiar within you. I can... understand your pain and isolation.
Zelgius: But why me?
Sephiran: I have a task that I must accomplish. With you at my side, I would feel more confident of my success.
Zelgius: If I join you, will I be redeemed?
Sephiran: I cannot say. At the very least, however, you will no longer be alone. And neither will I.
Zelgius: That is enough, then. You have made my decision simple. When I leave here I will find you. I am a soldier in the Daein army. I serve under the command of General Gawain. My name is Zelgius." — Sephiran and Zelgius, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Master Sephiran! You live!
Sephiran: Brom, Nephenee...Are either of you wounded?
Brom: We're fine, but what about you? You were jailed for helping us...I'm so sorry! Oh, I hope they didn't hurt you!
Sephiran: It is nothing to fret about. Everyone is safe, and that is what matters." — Brom and Sephiran, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "I received no trial but taken prisoner nevertheless. I was scheduled to be executed on the morrow. I owe you my life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart." — Sephiran, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Sanaki: That is unacceptable. I will decide the soldiers' punishment only after hearing their side. And I have chosen to appoint Sephiran, Duke Persis, to lead the investigation team. Is that acceptable, Sephiran?
Sephiran: I hear and I obey, my empress.
Lekain: What?! But, but, Apostle Sanaki...
Sanaki: This is a dire situation. Accordingly, I judge the prime minister, Duke Persis, to be more suited to the role than you, Vice-Minister Lekain. That is all." — Sanaki, Sephiran and Lekain, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Before we begin, allow me to make a few things clear about the recent war between Begnion and the Laguz Alliance. When we received your letter stating that the senate had made scapegoats of the herons for the previous apostle's assassination, Prime Minister Sephiran and I decided to investigate the senate and prosecute them if needed. Then the senators made their move." — Sanaki, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Sigrun: General Zelgius, I... I carry an order from the senate. The cease-fire has been repealed. You are ordered to destroy the Laguz Alliance, and their allies as well.
Zelgius: What?! The enemy has already lost the will to fight! The apostle and Lord Sephiran would never agree to such a terrible plan!
Zelgius: General Sigrun?
Sigrun: Lord Sephiran of Persis has been stripped of his titles as prime minister and head of the senate. He is currently under arrest and is charged with...committing high treason and fomenting rebellion.
Zelgius: No! Impossible! This is madness!
Sigrun: It doesn't end there. The apostle has gone into seclusion, with illness as the stated reason.
Zelgius: Damn it! They've been captured!
Sigrun: I've ordered my subordinates to find out where the apostle is, but I have yet to hear any word. General Zelgius, I beg of you, follow the senate's orders. Our friends' lives are at risk." — Sigrun and Zelgius, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Zelgius: My apologies for the long wait.
Sephiran: Is the apostle safe?
Zelgius: She fled to Crimea, then exposed the senate's plots to the world. Currently, she leads the apostle's army through Daein and is preparing to storm the empire.
Sephiran: I see. Very well... It's time for us to make our move.
Zelgius: As you wish, my master." — Zelgius and Sephiran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Lehran: Good morning to you, my goddess.
Ashera: What has happened? A thousand years have not passed. Why am I awoken early?
Lehran: Indeed, my goddess. You have been asleep for 780 years. During that time, the world kept its promise to you for a mere two hundred years, at best. It was as you said. Neither the laguz nor beorc could resist the urge to fight. They are too weak. Though there are 220 years left until the thousandth year, there is no longer any need to wait.
Ashera: Is that so? That is your analysis? Then I shall pass down my judgment. I will save them from themselves." — Lehran and Ashera, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "At Lorazieh's urging, Sephiran lay himself down within Serenes, and was healed by the songs of the herons." — Ending, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Ashunera: How long has it been? A hundred years? Five hundred?
Lehran: About twelve hundred years." — Ashunera and Lehran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- "Ike: Sephiran? That monk we rescued from the prisons?
Sanaki: A monk, was it? His disguises are always so clever. It never ceases to amaze me. As always, he remains an enigma." — Ike and Sanaki, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- "Sigrun: I once heard an explanation from a magic user that I know...He claimed that the spirits he employed flew before him and cleared the sand from his path. However, considering the source, I'm not sure how much of that is truth.
Ike: Who was the source?
Sigrun: Prime Minister Sephiran.
Ike: Would he play a joke like that?
Sigrun: Ha ha! Well, the prime minister is a very amusing man." — Sigrun and Ike, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|
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