“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!”
Areone (アリオーン Ariōn, translated as Arion or Arione in fan translations) is an antagonist 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 and an inheritor of the Gungnir. Despite being the fiancé of Linoan, he appears to be in love with his adopted sister, Altena, whom he constantly coddles, much to Travant's annoyance.
He is introduced in a conversation with Travant in which they discuss their ambitions of bringing prosperity to Thracia. Later in Chapter 8, he advises Altena to obey Travant's orders rather than argue against them. Areone pleads for Travant to forgive Altena's behavior, claiming that she is a child who is frightened by actual warfare.
After Altena discovers the truth about her past from Travant, Areone knocks her out in order to trick his father into thinking that she has been killed to save her life. Soon after Travant dies in battle against Seliph's army, he advises Altena to reunite with Leif and reminds her that they will be enemies when they meet again. He faces the Liberation Army at the end of Chapter 9 and ends up defeated, but he is saved by Julius, who takes him back to Grannvale.
In the Final Chapter, Areone appears once again under orders to retake Chalphy Castle from the Liberation Army. However, if Altena speaks to him, she will convince him to betray Julius and the Grannvale Empire. This will result in him becoming a non-playable allied unit alongside his team of Dragon Knights. At this moment, he proclaims that he fights for only Altena's sake and not for the Liberation Army.
In Thracia 776, it is revealed that Areone 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 protect Linoan. He is first seen alongside Travant during their attack on Tahra. Wishing to spare civilian lives, he decides to meet with Linoan, who agrees to surrender Tahra to Thracia. However, she refuses to accept his offer to protect her and instead escapes with Leif.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
*Dropped when defeated (Chapter 9 only).
Areone 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, Areone 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 Areone 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 Areone, followed by using Altena's leftover movement from Continue to reach Areone and speak to him.
- The second choice is to go around the Dragon Knights and speak to Areone 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 Areone and his squad neutral, the player may choose to either do nothing with Altena, or have her lead Areone's squad to combat Julius and the Deadlords. Note that this may risk Areone getting killed, which negatively impacts the ending, but not the player's combat ranking.
Areone: 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!?
Areone: 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!!
Areone: You're the Imperial Prince Seliph, aren't you? Hm, you should make an admirable adversary. Care for a match?
Seliph: Prince Areone! We can still work this out!!
Areone: I have nothing else to say! Let's do this, Seliph. Have a taste of my Gungnir!
“Wha, what…? How…? Guh, how regretful… …Altena…”
—Areone's defeat quote in Chapter 9
—Areone's death quote in the Final Chapter