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Cidolfus Orlandeau

Count Cidolfus Orlandeau, also known as Cidolfas Orlandu, is a respected leader in Ivalice in Final Fantasy Tactics. He is a Holy Swordsman or Sword Saint and a phenomenally strong character. He is given the epithet Thunder God Cid, abbreviated to T.G. Cid.



Orlandeau has short brown and gray hair and brown eyes. He wears a brown hood and jacket, along with dark armor, light purple pants with a matching purple belt and brown boots. His in-game sprite's armor is purple.


Cidolfus is a loyal general in the Order of the Southern Sky, serving the group bravely in the Fifty Years' War.

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Cidolfus is a general in the Order of the Southern Sky, serving valiantly in the Fifty Years' War, but as the War of the Lions begins, he falls out of favor with Duke Goltanna. Ramza Beoulve saves Cid's stepson, Orran Durai, from a gang of thieves, and later helps Orran destroy a group of defectors. After defeating Belias at Riovanes Castle Ramza decides to search for Orlandeau.

He learns the Order of the Northern Sky is marching on the Southern Sky's stronghold of Fort Besselat and sets out to stop the battle. Agents of the Church of Glabados falsely inform Goltanna that Orlandeau is a traitor, and Orlandeau is arrested, but Ramza fights his way inside Besselat, and springs Orlandeau from prison. The count recounts his memory of meeting a young Ramza when he rescues him from Fort Besselat, which Orlandeau finds ironic. Ramza first met Count Orlandeau as a toddler, accompanied by his late father Lord Barbaneth. During that time little Ramza picked up and handled the count's sword, scaring everyone and causing Barbaneth to scold Ramza, who burst into tears.

Goltanna is assassinated by his vassal, Delita Heiral, who allows Orlandeau to escape. Delita's plan was to help Ramza in his quest to destroy the Lucavi demons whose human hosts are in many covered positions in Ivalice, including the upper echelons of the church's Knights Templar. Delita kills a decoy Orlandeau while the real Orlandeau joins forces with Ramza (in the Japanese version the decoy is addressed as a Church of Glabados follower disguised as Orlandeau). When he joins Ramza's party, Cid brings the Libra auracite with him.

In an additional event in the War of the Lions remake, Cid will comment during a confrontation with a former knight of the Order of the Northern Sky turned bandit at the Brigands' Den, but only if he is in the party. He does not approve of their actions.

Orlandeau's ultimate fate is unknown, but Orran presumes his death prior to witnessing the apparent survival of Ramza and Alma after Ramza's party fells the Lucavi's leader.

Delita's plot framed Orlandeau as Goltanna's killer, destroying his name and reputation. Orran knew of the truth, but was imprisoned by Delita until Ramza and Alma's funeral. It can be assumed that Orlandeau's name is cleared because of the Durai Papers made public many years later by Arazlam Durai.

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Orlandeau's default and exclusive job is the Sword Saint, one of the "special Knight" jobs, that has a combination of abilities from the Holy Knight, Fell Knight, and Divine Knight. Orlandeau's sword techniques are so powerful they can defeat most standard enemies in one or two hits; thus he can render most subsequent story battles easy.


Orlandeau joins the party with 77 Bravery, 65 Faith, and his level depends on the party's levels. He comes equipped with a full set of Crystal equipment, as well as the powerful Excalibur Knight Sword and the Bracer accessory.

Alongside Meliadoul Tengille and Beowulf Cadmus, Orlandeau is one of three characters to bring a Zodiac Stone into the party upon joining.


When fought in the eleventh Rendezvous battle: All-Star Melee, he is two levels higher than the highest level deployed unit. He starts with 77 Bravery and 65 Faith. He is in his default Sword Saint class, and is equipped with the Excalibur, a full set of Crystal equipment, and a Japa Mala. He has access to the Swordplay and Iaido commands, as well as to the abilities Safeguard, Manafont, and Mana Shield.

When fought in the fourteenth Rendezvous battle: Brave Story, he is level 99 and starts with 77 Bravery and 65 Faith. He comes equipped with the Excalibur, Crystal Helm, Crystal Mail, and his other equipment is randomized. He has access to Swordplay, Iaido, Bonecrusher, Doublehand, and Move +2.

Musical themes[]


"Theme of Thunder God Cid" (雷神シドのテーマ, Raijin Shido no Tēma?) employs bell chimes, strings, horns and percussion to give it a majestic, honorable tune. It incorporates leitmotifs from the track "Brave Story" and "Epilogue". The track is 21st in the original soundtrack and composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. Cid's motif is reprised in the unreleased track played during the High Confessor Marcel Funebris' last moment.

Other appearances[]

Orlandeau has appeared in the following games throughout the Final Fantasy series:

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Orlandeau has made key guest appearances in the following non-Final Fantasy media:

Other media[]

In Vagrant Story, fragments of Orlandeau's skeleton were said to be contained in the Orlandu gem held in the city of Leá Monde.

"Orlandeau" is listed as an answer to a Brain Blast question in Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Behind the scenes[]

Orlandeau is the first "Cid" in Final Fantasy history who is not an engineer, a pilot or a captain of an airship. Orlandeau can be compared to Hobyrim van Rahms from Tactics Ogre, the spiritual predecessor of Final Fantasy Tactics by the same director. Their job classes are similar: Sword Saint for Orlandeau and Swordmaster for Hobyrim. They don brown outfits and their glory and nobility are stripped for someone's ambition. A "Count Orlandeau" is mentioned in the Warren Reports of the PlayStation Portable remake of Tactics Ogre, naming this figure as the ancestor to Leundar Balbatos's puppet lord and figurehead leader of the Galgastani.


Cid is a recurring name in the Final Fantasy series. Cid is derived from the dialectal Arabic word سيد (sîdi or sayyid), which means "lord" or "master".

Orlandeau is derived from Orlando, the Italian name for Roland, a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who was depicted as a legendary paladin of Charlemagne's court in medieval European literary works. Such works include The Song of Roland, in which he is depicted wielding an unbreakable sword named Durandal to single-handedly defend himself from thousands of Saracens.