“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. She commands the Royal Guards with Geoffrey and spearheads a clandestine network of spies to monitor the internal affairs of Crimea.
Path of RadianceEdit
Lucia and Geoffrey were born into the house of Count Delbray of Crimea. While details of her early years remain unknown, it is known that they 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. Once Lucia grew older, she became a soldier in service to Crimea.
When Crimea is defeated during Daein's invasion, Lucia continues to lurk in the shadows of her homeland alongside Geoffrey, Bastian and some other Crimean retainers. She first appears in Chapter 23, in which she arrives alongside a group of retainers as reinforcements for the Crimean Liberation Army.
After reuniting with Elincia, Lucia and Bastian proceed to lead Ike's 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 responds by denouncing her plans and choosing to fulfill Elincia's wishes by rushing to Geoffrey's aid.
Despite being shocked by Ike's actions, this incident serves as an eye-opener for Lucia and she learns about the importance of staying alive for Elincia's sake. Taking this in mind, she proceeds to assist Ike's forces in Chapter 24, fighting to save her brother from his untimely end.
Lucia remains with Ike's forces until the game reaches its conclusion, whereupon she serves the newly-crowned Queen Elincia as her loyal adviser.
Lucia continues to support Elincia as her adviser. Her close bond with the queen grants her a seat on the royal council, although the nobles prevent her from offering input. When news of a possible revolution reach Elincia’s ears, Lucia offers to go and investigate the reported ringleader of the rebellion. She infiltrates Duke Ludveck’s castle to unearth evidence of his plot to overthrow Elincia and her pacifistic rule over Crimea. During her stay at the duke’s castle, she is treated well by him, althought it was likely because the duke desires her. One night, Lucia sneaks out of the castle, hoping to discover some piece of evidence of treason. In a nearby cave, she discovers a document with Ludveck’s name and seal which was more than enough evidence to prove him a rebel. However, when she tries to leave the cave, she is attacked by the duke's men.
Once she arrives in Melior, Lucia watches as Geoffrey departs for Felirae to put an end to Ludveck's rebellion. She waits for news of the battle to relay to Elincia, who flees Melior for her safety. The sighting of a lit beacon alerts Lucia about the end of the fighting in Felirae, although she guesses the battle was a diversion. At nightfall, she leaves 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 finds her agent dead and Ludveck himself waiting for her inside of a house. The rebels proceed to cut off a lock of her hair and use it as a means to blackmail Elincia into surrendering her throne to Ludveck.
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. However, this plan is foiled because the Greil Mercenaries interrupt the proceedings and rescue Lucia.
Later in the game, Lucia marches with Elincia and the rest of their army to enforce Crimea’s neutral stance in the ongoing war between the Laguz Alliance and the Begnion Empire. When Elincia pledges her support to aid Empress Sanaki of Begnion in reclaiming her empire, Lucia is joins the troops who march from one battle to another across the border with Daein and eventually into Begnion itself. She aids Elincia and King Tibarn of Phoenicis as they clash with the army of Senator Valtome and track down Izuka in the swamps of Begnion.
After the defeat of Ashera, Lucia returns to Crimea and remains at Elincia’s side. The love between the two of them is said to grow stronger than that of most blood sisters. Although Bastian attempts to woo her, Lucia never marries, which makes her the first of the queen’s retainers to do so. However, she will continue to have an affair with Bastian if they share an A support level.
Lucia is a wise and rational individual who treats almost 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, who appears to be smitten with her. She usually responds with a nonchalant attitude and quietly rejects his advances.
- Chapter 24: Automatically from the start of Turn 2.
Sword - A
- See also: Lucia/Supports
Lucia joins late into the game with generally worse stats than both Stefan at base as well as a level 20/12 Mia. Even if she compared well to the other swordmasters, the swordmaster class in general is very bad and is generally considered not worth using. She will struggle to ever ORKO things on Hard Mode, has very poor bulk, and can not retaliate on anything that attacks her from range. She's a filler unit that you'll really only find use for if you like her as a character, or if most of your other options are dead. Stat boosters can cover up many of her biggest flaws, but there are many other units who make better use of those than her.
If you decide to use Lucia despite her flaws, there are a few ways to mitigate those flaws. To improve her offense, removing Parity will enable her to use offensive skills and skill combinations, such as Vantage + Wrath or Resolve, both of which are combinations that exploit her meager durability to improve her damage output. Forging weapons for her can also help greatly in this regard. Her high weapon rank will allow her to utilize effective weaponry against more bulky foes such as Generals and Laguz.
|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.