“People of Crimea... Behold a true queen! YOUR queen! Long live Queen Elincia!”
—Lucia, before she was to be hanged in Radiant Dawn.
Lucia (ルキノ Rukino, Luchino in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She is a young lady descending from the house of Count Delbray, the older sister of Geoffrey and the milk sister of Elincia. Lucia commands the Royal Guards with Geoffrey, and spearheads a clandestine network of spies to monitor the internal affairs of Crimea.
Path of RadianceEdit
Lucia, like her younger brother Geoffrey, were born into the house of Count Delbray of Crimea. While details of her early years remain unknown, it is known that she and her sibling were raised with the recently-born princess of Crimea, Elincia, at the royal family’s villa. As the three shared their childhood, they grew very close. As she grew older, Lucia became a soldier as did her brother.
When Crimea is defeated during the Daein invasion, Lucia, alongside Geoffrey, Bastian and other Crimean retainers, continue to lurk in the shadows of the country. She makes her first appearance in Chapter 23, where she appears with a group of retainers as reinforcements to the Crimean Liberation Army.
After reuniting with Elincia, Lucia and Bastian proceed to lead the army to Delbray Castle to celebrate her return to Crimea. However, when she learns that the castle is under siege from Daein forces, she advises Elincia to abandon Geoffrey and flee to safer grounds. Ike then proceeds to step in and denounce her plans, choosing to fulfill Elincia's wishes by going to Geoffrey's aid.
Despite being shocked by Ike's impertinence and daring, this incident serves as an eye-opener to Lucia, where she learns the importance of staying alive for Elincia's sake. Taking this into mind, she proceeds to assist Ike's forces in Chapter 24, fighting to save her brother from his untimely end.
Lucia then remains with Ike's forces until the game reaches its conclusion, whereupon she serves the newly-crowned Queen Elincia as her loyal advisor.
Lucia continued to support and aid Elincia as best she could, as her advisor. Her ties with the queen granted her a seat on the royal council, though the nobles prevented her from offering her input. When news of a possible revolution reached Elincia’s ears, Lucia offered to go and investigate the reported ringleader of the rebellion, where she infiltrates Duke Ludveck’s castle to unearth evidence of his plot to overthrow Elincia and her pacifist rule over Crimea. During her stay at the duke’s castle, she was treated well by her host, thought it was likely because the duke desired her. One night, Lucia snuck out of the castle hoping to discover some piece of evidence of treason, and she found her answer in a nearby cave. She discovered a document with Ludveck’s name and seal which was more than enough evidence to prove him a rebel. As she tried to leave the cave, she was met by one of the duke’s men whom she was forced to kill.
Once safe in Melior, Lucia watched as her brother departed for Felirae to seize Ludveck. She waited for news of the battle to relay to Elincia who had fled Melior for her safety. The sighting of a lit beacon alerted Lucia to the end of the fighting in Felirae, though she guessed the battle was a diversion. At nightfall, she left Crimea Castle to deliver a message to one of her many spies so that Elincia could be alerted to the coming danger. To her shock, she found her agent dead and Ludveck himself waiting for her. The rebels then proceed to hack off a lock of her hair, using it as a means to blackmail Elincia to force her to give up her throne.
When Elincia refuses to abide by their demands, the rebels place Lucia on the gallows in front of Fort Alpea, intending to execute her under the watchful eye of the Crimean public. This plan of theirs is foiled, as the Greil Mercenaries later step in to interrupt the proceedings and rescue Lucia.
Later, Lucia marched with her queen and the rest of the army to enforce Crimea’s neutral stance in the ongoing war between the Laguz Alliance and the Begnion Empire. When Elincia pledged her support to aid Sanaki, Empress of Begnion, in reclaiming her empire, Lucia was among the troops as they marched from battle to battle across the border with Daein and eventually into Begnion itself. She aided her queen and King Tibarn of the Hawk’s as they clashed with the armies of the Begnion Senator, Valtome, and later as they tracked down the madman Izuka in the swamps of Begnion.
After the defeat of the goddess Ashera, Lucia returned to Crimea where she remained ever by Elincia’s side. In her life, the love between her and the queen was said to grow stronger than that of most blood sisters. Though Bastian, the Count of Fayre, held affections for her and often attempted to woo her, Lucia never married making her the first of the queen’s retainers to do so.
Lucia is a wise and rational individual, and treats practically everyone she meets with the utmost respect. She holds absolute loyalty to Elincia, and is more than willing to undertake any tasks on her behalf, regardless of how difficult or unreasonable they may seem.
Lucia is often the subject of long rambling love declarations from Bastian, a court official who appears to be smitten with her. She has been shown to respond to his advances with a nonchalant attitude, where he is often rejected.
- Chapter 24: Automatically from the start of Turn 2.
Sword - A
- See also: Lucia/Supports
Lucia joins as a Pre-Promoted later in the game. Her stats are about the same as Mia's, except for slightly lower strength, speed, and defense, and higher magic. Lucia also joins with the Parity skill, which helps against the skills that the enemies in the final chapter tend to carry, but in exchange of the ability to use skills like Adept and Wrath herself. Her strength and defense tend to be a little lackluster, but she tends to compensate this with a high avoid and critical rate.
|Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Part 4||Endgame|
◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected ╳=Not allowed
Sword - A
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|( Master Crown)||Trueblade|
While there are several other choices for Trueblades that have more availability, and thus more room for growth, Lucia is still by no means a bad character to invest effort into. She will cap her HP, skill, speed, and resistance rather quickly, making her well suited to take on the high amount of magic that gets shot around in the endgame, and she usually gets very high magic, generally over 15, making the Imbue skill ideal to increase her longevity. This also helps patch up her subtle physical defense, which can be a bit of a liability if Lucia gets hit. However, Lucia's biggest flaw is not defense, but strength: by the time she is re-usable in Part 4, she will have difficulties one-rounding durable opponents, though a high critical rate rate will help compensate for this, as well as the ability Astra once she promotes to a Trueblade. Pairing her up with offensive support affinities, such as Brom, Calill, and Reyson (should they be well-leveled) is also very helpful to boost her lackluster power.
Using the Blossom skill on Lucia in Part 4-5: Unforgivable Sin is an ideal way to prepare Lucia for Part 4 Endgame and max her stats with the many laguz available to train her on.
In contrast to her fellow female Swordmaster, Mia, Lucia has higher magic and resistance, but lower strength, defense, and luck. The same applies to Lucia with Zihark, except Zihark will have slightly higher HP rather than luck. In contrast to Edward, Lucia has lower HP, strength, luck, and defense, but higher magic and much higher resistance. Lucia has less HP, strength, and defense than Stefan, but higher magic, luck, and resistance. Overall, Lucia is not the best character in the bag, but if her qualities of high magic and resistance are needed in a Trueblade, then she may be the right choice.
Sword - A
*Enemy only; joins unequipped
Path of RadianceEdit
“I will not die... I must not cause the lady Elincia any more grief... I must not! Live... No matter the pain... I will live!”
—Lucia's death quote in Path of Radiance.
“I...cannot die... Elincia... I cannot leave her to mourn... Geoffrey... Bas...ti...an...”
—Lucia's death quote in Part 4: Endgame.
Path of RadianceEdit
"Thank you, General Ike. Because of you, I believe we better understand how best to serve Princess Elincia."
- Tireless Advisor (女王の姉妹 Joō no shimai, lit. Sister of the Queen)
Where the queen went, Lucia followed. Their love was fabled to be stronger than even most blood sisters.
- (A Support with Bastian)
First among the ministers to support her queen, Lucia never married. However, her affair with Count Bastian continues.
Lucia is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
'Lucia' is the feminine form of the name Lucius in Italian, German, and English. Her name is pronounced 'Lu-CHEE-ah' in Italian, corresponding to her Japanese name 'Luchino'. Despite this, however, Mist calls her Lu-SEE-ah in the cutscene at the end of part 2.
In Christian tradition, Saint Lucia was a martyr from Syracuse in the 4th Century, and had her eyes gouged out. Thereafter, she became the patron saint of the blind, gathering a strong following in medieval Europe.
- It is possible for the player to only use Lucia to clear Chapter 2-2 of Radiant Dawn on easy mode. With added BEXP, it is possible to have her promote.
- When she undergoes a Class Change, her battle model as a Trueblade will feature her with her hair cut. This alludes to the developers not having created a battle model of Lucia as a Trueblade with long hair. This is most likely due to the fact that characters may only undergo Class Changes to their third-tier classes with Master Crowns in the Japanese version, and the first one is not available until Part 3 of the game.
- In a support conversation with Janaff in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, it is stated that she is not old enough to be without a chaperone. This is a stark contrast to what her apparent age are in the Path of Radiance (Tellius Recollection) artbook, which is 22 (A).
- In her SpotPass battle in Fire Emblem Awakening, her team includes Heroes, Snipers, but more importantly one Sage with the Rexcalibur tome, in reference to Bastian.
- Lucia is capable of achieving the highest avoid for a beorc unit and second highest overall behind Ulki if she is partnered with an Earth affinity unit and with maxed stats. She can also achieve the second highest critical rate behind Rolf if she has included bond supports with Bastian and Janaff carried over from Path of Radiance.