“No, I would never have survived without him. After my father was killed, our mansion was taken away, and for two years I was unable to even go outdoors freely. The cruel surrogate would constantly threaten me to tell him where the prince was. The thought of that abuse still sends shivers down my spine... But then...Dean rescued me from that nightmare. He protected me from assassins from the Empire, and always cheered me up when I was about to break down. He always laughed it off, but I was sure he was a well-known mercenary. I never knew he was working under Lord Arion...”
—Linoan referring to Dean in a conversation with Eda
Linoan (リノアン Rinoan) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. She is the duchess of Tahra and the fiancée of Arion. She is around fifteen years of age. She is also a carrier of Heim blood, although she is initially unaware of it. She develops romantic feelings for Dean.
After the Grannvale Empire invaded Tahra in search of Leif, her father was executed, and their family's mansion was taken away. Linoan was imprisoned by a cruel surrogate, who constantly threatened her while interrogating her about Leif's whereabouts. It is mentioned that she forced to remain indoors during these two years in the captivity of the Empire. She was eventually rescued by Dean, who also protected her from the Empire's assassins. Dean always cheered Linoan up whenever she was about to break down. While she was certain that Dean was a well-known mercenary, she was not aware that he was actually working for Arion.
Some time before the game's events, the citizens of Tahra began a revolt against the Empire in response to the child hunts, and chose Linoan to be their new leader. However, King Bloom of the Manster District had no tolerate for this and ordered the Freege army to lay siege to Tahra. After all of her mercenaries fled out of fear, Linoan sent her trusted servant, Safy, to search for aid. When Leif eventually arrives in Tahra at Safy's request, Linoan is surprised, but nonetheless grateful for his help. At the beginning of Chapter 14, she learns from Eda that Areone has made many sacrifices to protect her.
When the Thracian army and the Schwarze Rosen arrive in Tahra to capture it, Linoan and the rest of Leif's army are forced to flee. Before they leave, she meets with Arion, who asks her to hand Tahra over to Thracia in hopes of preventing the civilians from being massacred. While Linoan agrees to this and asks to regain possession of Tahra upon her eventual return, she declines his offer to take her under his protection. In Chapter 21, she can visit a church and meet an elderly priest, who once knew her parents. At this time, is revealed that she heavily resembles her mother. She also learns about her heritage as a descendant of Heim and accepts his offer to awaken her power, triggering her promotion to Sage.
After Manster is liberated by Leif, Linoan learns about Dean's plans to return to Thracia and makes an attempt to stop him. She declares that she would rather give up Tahra than him and says that she cannot live without him. Although Dean sees her behavior as childish, he continues to stay by her side for the duration of the war. In the ending, Linoan returns to a war-torn Tahra and dedicates her life to rebuilding it. It is stated that she never marries, despite her beauty.
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Surprisingly, Linoan is actually the first Anima Magic user to automatically join the party. Asvel, Olwen, Salem, and Homer are all useful mages, but all of them are locked behind fairly arcane recruitment methods. To many players electing to play the game blindly, Linoan will immediately gain an extremely strong niche as the party's only spellcaster, though this is hampered by her extremely disappointing Fire, Thunder and Wind ranks. She has solid growths that can be greatly augmented through the use of Crusader Scrolls thanks to her low starting level, a perfect PC of 5, and access to Thracia 776's notoriously useful Staves. She will almost certainly see use, especially if the player did not recruit any of the other mages.
Linoan is similar to Julia of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War in that they both can use the Resire tome, which means they can do battle with most enemies and still come out alive. This of course requires her to have the tome in the first place. It can (and should) be obtained from the bottom-right village in Chapter 14 if the player wishes to use her. It would be to the player's advantage to keep her by Dean's side since Linoan gets a support boost from him, and vice versa. Also, Linoan comes with a C in Staves, so after promotion she will have a B in Staves, meaning it will not be hard for her to get to an A and have her use the Warp and Rewarp Staves. Remember to get her to the Church in Chapter 21 to promote her (but be sure nobody else does beforehand).
Linoan - The Lone Flower of Tahra (ターラに咲く花 Tāra ni saku hana)
Linoan returned to Tahra and dedicated her life to rebuilding her trampled hometown. Tahra eventually found prosperity greater than ever before, and also served to aid Leif in his development of the New Kingdom of Thracia. Linoan never married despite her beauty.
—Linoan's Death Quote in Thracia 776.