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“This... This is the child hunting? I heard rumors, but I never thought they were actually doing it... This is terrible... Is this... Is this what my country has been doing!?”
—Olwen in Chapter 11x of Thracia 776
Olwen (オルエン Oruen) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. She is the eighteen-year-old younger sister of Reinhardt, whom she admires. She is an honorable woman who initially follows in Reinhardt's footsteps. She leads a reconnaissance squad in the Freege army.
She first appears in Chapter 10 of Thracia 776 when she and her subordinate, Fred, are working on surveillance duty at Noel Canyon. In their scene with Largo, it is revealed that Olwen has a strong dislike for Kempf, who despises her because he is jealous of her brother. When Noel Canyon is attacked by Leif's army, Olwen and Fred fight against them for a short while, but decide to leave in order to ask Kempf for reinforcements.
At the start of Chapter 11, Olwen is requesting reinforcements from Kempf, who points out that she has not even identified the enemy army that attacked Noel Canyon. Once Kempf openly shows his disregard for Largo's life by saying that he would have died soon anyway, she speaks out against him in shock. When he taunts her and claims that Reinhardt's greatest skill is seducing women, Olwen becomes very angry and attacks Kempf, which causes him to label her a traitor for attempting to kill one of her superiors. After she is imprisoned within Dandrum Fortress, Kempf reveals that he provoked her in an attempt to remove Reinhardt from his position. He also uses her as a hostage to force Fred to fight Leif's army to the death.
In her cell, Olwen finds several children who were captured in the child hunts. Upon learning the reason as to why they are imprisoned, she becomes horrified by the actions of her country. Soon afterwards, she is rescued by Fred and reveals to him that she doubts the cause that they have been fighting for. He advises her to join Leif's army alongside him, and she agrees after he tells her that Leif's ideals are similar to their own.
In Chapter 16A, Olwen asks Leif to allow her to approach Kempf so that she can provoke him. If she speaks to Kempf, she will point out his cowardice and his inability to compare to her brother. Her words deeply anger him and cause him to abandon his strategic position of defense that he has been ordered to remain at.
During the battle against Reinhardt, Saias, and Cowen in Chapter 22, Olwen can speak to her brother. In their conversation, she reveals that she has chosen her own path of standing against the Grannvale Empire, with her reason being that she is opposed to the child hunts. She also receives the Holy Sword as a parting gift.
After the war, Olwen returns to her homeland of Freege and contributed in its reconstruction. It is stated that whenever she remembers Reinhardt, she becomes infuriated by how pitiful he was. She also marries Fred, who is surprisingly ordinary, much unlike her brother.
Olwen has below average stats especially for a second tier unit. However, this is partially balanced out by her good growths, in addition to the personal weapons she receives throughout the game, Dime Thunder and the Holy Sword. Compared to Eyrios, Olwen loses in every single survivability category: He has higher average HP, Speed, Luck, and Defense. Couple this with two powerful skills for surviving, Sol and Prayer, he proves to most definitely be the tougher of the two. He also, usually, has both higher Skill and Strength compared to Olwen, yet, because of the existence of her personal weapons, she is still arguably a better fighter, due to the Brave-weapon like effect that is on each of them. She also has a Pursuit Coefficient of 4, the second highest available in the game, as compared to Eyrios's 0, making it impossible for him to ever score a critical hit on his second attack without Wrath, however her mediocre speed, and Dime Thunder means she has less chance to score a second attack, even against the underpowered enemies in this game. She has two supports options, compared to Eyrios's zero. Though, she starts out with lower weapon ranks, this is somewhat made up for by her two personal weapons, which she will always be able to wield.
In order to make full use of Olwen, you need to spend a few resources on her. Ambush has a solid synergy with Dime Thunder and you can give her some Holy Water to temporarily patch up her offense if she is not in a position to kill any given enemy with the first two hits of Dime Thunder. Due to her natural frailty and middling accuracy, she is a natural candidate for the Dain and Odo scrolls, and is actually among the best candidates for the later. The Hezul and Heim scrolls can be useful as well, because the former boosts her durability and the latter helps her consistently level her magic stat. She can also make decent use of the Fala scroll, as all of its boosts will help her, if only marginally. Should the player choose to Olwen, it would be a good idea to give her the Skill Ring from Chapter 15 so she can hit reliably with Dime Thunder. Few units could benefit from its effects more than the fragile but powerful Olwen.
Ultimately, Olwen and Eyrios are somewhere near each other in usability on average, with the player's preference for a more offensive unit in Olwen, as compared to a more safe one like Eyrios, being the deciding factor. Also note, it is slightly easier to remedy many of Olwen's weaknesses due to being available for more levels before her cap, due to the Crusader Scrolls being usable for more levels. Remember, you have to pick between Olwen and Eyrios, so choose carefully.
Olwen's support rating with Reinhardt is a bit of an anomaly. Though Reinhardt (in classic Camus Archetype fashion) is unrecruitable, they still give one another +10% to hit and evade.
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
“Not...in a place like...this... Rein...hardt...”
—Olwen's death quote in Thracia 776.
Olwen - The Azure Mage Knight (青の魔道騎士 Ao no madō kishi)
After the war, Olwen returned to the Freeges' land and contributed to its reconstruction. Whenever she remembered her brother Reinhardt, she burned with anger at his pitifulness. Perhaps because of that, the man whom she married was surprisingly ordinary.