Come to threaten me with a good time, have you? Well, lets be about it!Lyon, before his second duel
Lyon rem Helsos is a character in Final Fantasy XIV. He is a Pilus prior of the IVth Imperial Legion introduced during the "Save the Queen" story. Lyon is a strategist whose cunning is matched only by his renown as a tamer of beasts, and it is rumored that he alone is worth more than a thousand rank-and-file troops.
The indomitable Lyon has faithfully served two generations of Gabranth Legati─first the father, Basch van Gabranth, with whom he shares a homeland, and now the son, Noah van Gabranth. Having known the latter as an infant, Lyon forgoes protocol and refers to his commander as his "dear boy". Since the beginning of his military career, he has exhibited talent for warcraft, swiftly rising through the ranks to become a centurion and distinguishing himself during the invasion of Bozja well before his twentieth nameday. Now a grizzled soldier of eight and sixty, his vaunted skill at arms betray no signs of decline; his wealth of combat experience makes him all the more fearsome as he charges into battle at the head of his beast contingent in clashes against the Bozjan Resistance.
Once the Bozjan Resistance makes it to the southern front, Lyon leads soldiers into battle against orders from his superiors. He engages the resistance on the field until Menenius returns to Castrum Lacus Litore and gets into an argument with his superior demanding they commit to a full assault and crush the resistance. Albelo reminds him that the Bozjans aren't their main goal and they can't fight on both fronts if Dalmasca decides to rebel as well. Menenius and Lyon argue more about their plans until Lyon proclaims to return to the battlefield while the two continue scheming.
At the raid on the castrum in the Majesty's Auspice Lyon faces the resistance with his beast Dawon. He is fended off and his beast is slain, forcing him to retreat. He is seen again with Menenius and Misija, who is impressed by her ability to summon and control the primal, Gunnhildr. As Misija leaves to tend to her wounds, Lyon remarks she should learn to let go, referencing her mistreatment as a low born Bozjan and the grudge she holds for the resistance. He reports to Menenius about the IIIrd legion, requesting them to return to the capital, believing Nerva to be a coward unfit to a leadership position. Lyon talks to Menenius about his schemes in a playful banter, before saying that his plan to enthrall the soldiers was a fantastic idea.
Lyon appears at the southern front when Misija tempers another resistance member. He questions why she hasn't slain her captors, only for the enthralled to kill them for her. As she leaves, Lyon notices the Warrior of Light and Mikoto spying on him, and speaks loudly about how the eikon under her control is all they have left until reinforcements arrive, and announces he is forbidden from helping her before walking away.
After Misija's defeat, Lyon and Menenius witness reinforcements arrive to the southern front.
Lyon is a highlander Hyur with brown skin and white hair. Lyon keeps his hair long and messy with a white headband holding it up, and a a braid on the left side of his head. He has light blue face paint as well as a few scars and has a full beard and mustache. Lyon is often shirtless, wearing only a South Seas Talisman. He wears High Steel Armguards of Maiming, Ala Mhigan bottoms of Striking, and Gazelleskin Open-toed Boots of Striking. Lyon wields a green axe with the same model as the Shinryu War Axe, and has a Lionsmane Shield for protection. During the events at Zadnor, he uses Ifrit's Battleaxe and The Wall of Crags instead.
Lyon has a notorious reputation for being unpredictable. A warrior through and through, he relishes battle for its own sake, and seeks out worthy foes against whom to test his mettle, mission be damned. Not even strategies of his own conception are exempt from his impulses, and his comrades are no longer surprised when they discover that he has abruptly sallied forth on his own.
His conduct has garnered him the ire of his superior, Tribunus Menenius sas Lanatus, but not even demotion seems to faze the old Hyur. Having no patience for Menenius's love of machination and maneuvering, Lyon often comments: "A warrior lets his weapon do the talking."
Depending on the player's performance during The Hunt for Red Choctober and Feeling the Burn Critical Engagements, they can fight Lyon in a duel in Beast of Man and Taking the Lyon's Share solo engagements in The Bozjan Southern Front and Zadnor, respectively.
Lyon is fought as the Castrum Lacus Litore final boss. During most of the battle he will command his beast Dawon to face the raid. Midway through the fight, a glowing area appears called "Passage to Majesty's Place", allowing up to eight people to jump to the northern arena to directly fight Lyon while the rest of the raid continues fighting Dawon and adds in the main arena. Once Lyon's health reaches 49%, the party will be launched back into the arena with Dawon. If his health does not fall in time, it will result in wipe.
Lyon is fought once more in the The Dalriada Critical Engagement. He will spawn once Menenius either drops to <35% HP, or when 1 minute 30 seconds have passed after the boss has been pulled. He will ride Dawon the Younger, with similar mechanics as the boss from Castrum Lacus Litore. Menenius and Lyon share a health pool and one will heal the other when their HP difference is 10% or more, and will tether each other if too close, giving both a buff to defense and damage dealt.
Behind the scenes
When the story "Save the Queen" was introduced in patch 5.25, when asking about the IVth Legion, Lyon's name was mistranslated as "Lion". In patch 5.35, when Bozjan Southern Front was introduced and Lyon appeared in-game, the dialogue was fixed.
- Field Notes, 17. Lyon rem Helsos