“They reached Grutia, did they... Alright, we'll employ the 'Three-Headed Dragon' assault. All reserve battalions to the battlefront! This is our last chance. This battle shall decide the fate of Thracia!”
Arion (アリオーン Ariōn lit. Aion in the Japanese version; romanized as Areone in the Fire Emblem Museum) is an enemy character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War who makes a minor appearance in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He is the son of King Travant of Thracia. He is also a direct descendant of Crusader Dain who inherited the ability to wield the Gungnir. Despite being the fiancé of Linoan, he appears to be in love with his adopted sister, Altena.
Arion makes his first appearance when he and Travant are discussing their ambitions of bringing prosperity to Thracia. In Chapter 8, he advises Altena to obey Travant's orders, rather than argue against them. After her failure to seize Manster, he pleads for Travant to forgive Altena, claiming that she is a child who is frightened by actual warfare.
When Altena attempts to kill Travant upon discovering the truth about her heritage, Arion knocks her out in order to trick his father into thinking that she is dead. After Travant's death at the hands of Seliph's army, Arion advises Altena to reunite with her younger brother, Leif, and reminds her that they will be enemies when they meet again. At the end of Chapter 9, he fights against Seliph's army and ends up defeated. Afterwards, he is taken by Julius, who brings him to Grannvale.
In the final chapter, Arion appears once again, under orders from Julius to retake Chalphy from the Liberation Army. However, if Altena speaks to him, he defects from the Grannvale Empire and declares that he fights for only Altena's sake, not for the Liberation Army.
In Thracia 776, it is revealed that Arion sent Dean to Tahra so that he could protect Linoan in his place. He also asks Altena to deliver the Dragonpike to Dean so that he could more easily defend Linoan. He is first seen during Thracia's attack on Tahra at the end of Chapter 14. Wishing to spare civilian lives, he meets with Linoan, who agrees to surrender Tahra to Thracia. However, she refuses to accept his offer to protect her and instead escapes with Leif. In his last scene, Arion openly wonders whether or not Leif will be an enemy to Thracia and expresses his desire to meet him.
It is revealed in Thracia 776 that Arion suffered wounds as a result of the war and was escorted back to Thracia by Dean after it ended.
Arion is very loyal to Travant and would not hesitate to carry out his will. He often makes attempts to excuse Altena's actions to Travant, who claims that he is coddling her. He seems to be aware of Altena's true heritage before she discovers it, since Travant makes comments about it in front of him. After Travant's death, he decides to oppose the Liberation Army because of Travant's dying words. Altena interprets Arion's choice as a result of him as being too focused on his ego to tell right from wrong, while others believe it to be pride.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
*Dropped when defeated (Chapter 9 only).
Arion is fought twice, once in Chapter 9, and once in the Final Chapter. He possesses the same stats in both instances, although he comes with a Prayer Ring, which will be dropped upon his defeat in the former chapter.
In Chapter 9, Arion appears near Thracia Castle with a large squad of strong Dragon Knights wielding Sleep Swords and Slim Lances surrounding him. His Attack and Defense stats are sky-high, and he comes with the Holy Lance Gungnir and 5-star leadership. Furthermore, he possesses the Pursuit and Continue skills, allowing him to attack more than once in a single round, alongside the Awareness skill, which nullifies all other special skills and prevents Critical Hits (such as from bows). It is thus recommended to attack him with magic from two spaces away, preferably with the Forseti user.
In the Final Chapter, he appears with a small squad of five Dragon Knights with Brave Lances over the lake in the southwest corner of the map, flying west directly towards Chalphy. If the player opts to defeat him, it will be the same as the last encounter, with the exception that he lacks the Prayer Ring, and the player's army should be stronger by then. If the player chooses not to defeat him, have Altena in a position just outside the range of the Dragon Knight in front of Arion before his squad approaches Chalphy. By doing so, the player will have two different plans to undertake:
- The first is to kill the Dragon Knight in front of Arion, followed by using Altena's leftover movement from Continue to reach Arion and speak to him.
- The second choice is to go around the Dragon Knights and speak to Arion without killing any units. Since it only takes 7-8 spaces to do so, it is much easier than carrying out the first plan.
After making Arion and his squad neutral, the player may choose to either do nothing with Altena, or have her lead his squad to combat Julius and the Deadlords. Note that this may risk Arion getting killed, which negatively impacts the ending, but not the player's combat ranking.
Arion: Hmph... you fools... Clearly you haven’t noticed the Lance of the Heavens, Gungnir, in my grasp.
Altena: Brother, please stop. What is the point in fighting like this!?
Arion: Altena... you look well. I’ve wanted to fight you for a long time. I won’t go easy on you. Now bring it on!!
Arion: You're the Imperial Prince Seliph, aren't you? Hm, you should make an admirable adversary. Care for a match?
Seliph: Prince Arion! We can still work this out!!
Arion: I have nothing else to say! Let's do this, Seliph. Have a taste of my Gungnir!
“Wha, what…? How…? Guh, how regretful… …Altena…”
—Arion's defeat quote in Chapter 9
—Arion's death quote in the Final Chapter