Lyon rem Helsos is a character from 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.

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Lyon's Profile.

Lyon is a highlander hyur with brown skin and white hair. Lyon keeps his hair in a long messy style with a white headband holding it up, and a a braid on the left side of his head. He has light blue face paint over his face as well as a few scars and has a full beard and mustache. Lyon is often seen 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.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Yet as often as he has proven his worth to the IVth, Lyon also has a notorious reputation for being unpredictable. A warrior through and through, he relishes battle for its own sake, and is known to seek 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 is often heard to say: “A warrior lets his weapon do the talking.”[1]

Story[edit | edit source]

The indomitable Lyon has faithfully served two generations of Gabranth legatuses─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, he forgoes protocol and refers to his commander as his “dear boy” as he always has.

Since the beginning of his military career, he has exhibited tremendous 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, it would seem that Lyon's best days are far behind him, but his vaunted skill at arms betray no signs of decline; on the contrary, 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.[1]

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[edit | edit source]

Lyon meeting with Menenius, and Sadr.

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. Here he 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 Dalmsasca decides to rebel as well. Menenius and Lyon argue more about their plans until Lyon states he will return to the battlefield while the two continue scheming in the castrum.

Lyon appears at the raid on the castrum in the Majesty's Auspice where he faces the resistance with his beast Dawon. Lyon is fended off and his beast is slain in battle 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 makes a remark about how she should learn to let go, likely referencing her mistreatment as a low born Bozjan and the grudge she holds for the resistance. He then reports to Menenius about the IIIrd legion requesting them to return to the capital, believing Nerva to be a coward unfit to be a leader. 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 again 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 is seen alongside Menenius as they witness reinforcements arrive to the southern front.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Depending on the player's performance during "The Hunt for Red Choctober" Crital Engagement, the player can fought Lyon in a duel in "Beast of Man" Solo Engagement.

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 has succeeded and will be launched back into the arena with Dawon, if his health does not fall in time it will result in wipe.

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

When the story "Save the Queen" was introduced in patch 5.25, when asking about the IVth Legion the 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 and the name was replaced by "Lyon".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Notes, 17. Lyon rem Helsos
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