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Will honor save one from the knife in the dark? Virtue from the poisoned wine? I think not.

Ser Paulecrain

Ser Paulecrain de Fanouilley is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. He is a member of the Heavens' Ward.


Early life[]

Paulecrain rose from poverty by his skill with the lance alone. Although he was taken into the service of House Fortemps for his talented spearwork, he was dismissed after assaulting a lady of the House.[2]

Some time later, he crossed paths with Ser Grinnaux at the Forgotten Knight, and traded barbs over drinks until their heated conversation escalated into a brawl. An unusual kinship arose between them and the dishonored Paulecrain was taken in by House Dzemael, who found him an invaluable addition for his willingness to carry out questionable tasks others would not. For his loyalty, he was granted a knighthood, and he remains close friends with Ser Grinnaux.[1][2]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

Ser Paulecrain and Ser Grinnaux de Dzemael arrest Alphinaud Leveilleur and Tataru Taru, accusing them of heresy. As the Warrior of Light cannot call upon the Lord Commander in saving those accused by the Heavens' Ward, they challenge both Ser Grinnaux and Ser Paulecrain to a trial by combat to rescue the Scions.

Ser Paulecrain, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, join Thordan VII in the Singularity Reactor after the Warrior of Light defeats Lahabrea and Igeyorhm. The knights transform into the Knights of the Round and assist King Thordan in combat against the Warrior of Light. Upon defeat, Paulecrain and the other knights fall to the ground, and are encompassed in a swell of aetherical light.



Paulecrain is a Wildwood Elezen with brown skin, white hair kept in a short ponytail, and hazel eyes. He has a scar over his left eye, which is covered with a white eyepatch. He wears Ward Knight's attire, a form of pure white Adamantite armor with dark blue trimmings and bears his order's crest. In battle he wields the polearm Winter, an all-white spear of silver with blue steel accents.


Ser Paulecrain is regarded as dangerous and unkind, and as one who revels in fights and conflict. His belief in Halone is whole, yet he is not above using his religious authority to treat both guilty criminals and framed innocents roughly. He enjoys the freedom given to him both by House Dzemael and the Heavens' Ward, and works closely with his brother-in-arms, Grinnaux de Dzemael.

He named his weapon "Winter" from a past lover who once declared "[his] heart is as cold as winter", which he was quite fond of. It is possible his title "Coldfire" comes from a similar insult.[2]


Ser Paulecrain Coldfire is fought during the special instance in Main Scenario Quest Divine Intervention Divine Intervention. Later Ser Paulecrain is fought once more as one of King Thordan's knights in The Singularity Reactor The Singularity Reactor.

In Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Ser Paulecrain is fought as a simulacrum of memory, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, in the Dark Knight level 70 duty Our Compromise Our Compromise.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopædia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy XIV, pag. 154
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andrew "Fusionx" Copeland (April 8, 2016). The Lore Train – Duty Commenced Heavens' Ward and Temple Knights Lore Lowdown. Gamerescape. Archived from the original on 9 May, 2021.