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“You bear the brand of Fjalar, Saias—neither Prince Julius nor Princess Julia inherited her mark. That is why Manfroy fears you so. For the sake of Fjalar, for the sake of House Velthomer, you must live on to preserve that holy bloodline. The fact of the matter is this: you cannot die here, and so you must hide your true strength. More than just my life is at stake here!”
—Cowen talking to Saias

Cowen is a boss character encountered in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. Hailing from Velthomer in Grannvale, he is also Aida's father and Saias' grandfather. After Aida died protecting Saias from Manfroy, Cowen hid Saias in an isolated church in order to protect him. He is very wary of the Loptr Church's growing influence and is aware of Julius' possession by Loptous. Despite this, he is an ardent supporter of the empire, perhaps wishing to see the empire return to the way it was when Arvis had more control.

During the events of Thracia 776, Cowen appears as a boss when Leif's army attempts the crossing at the Great River of Thracia. Regardless whether he lives or dies, he does not appear again.



Starting Class
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Big shield Great ShieldFE5 Sword IconSword - D
FE5 Lance IconLance - A
FE5 Axe IconAxe - D
FE5 Bow IconBow - D
FE5 Fire IconFire - D
FE5 Thunder IconThunder - D
FE5 Wind IconWind - A
FE5 Staff IconStaff - A
MasterlanceMaster Lance


Secret Book (Artwork)
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Cowen's stats seem to reflect his old age, as his Strength, Defense, Build, and to a lesser extent his Speed are all notably subpar compared to the many monstrously powerful Barons the player has already faced, such as Paulus, Gustav, Wolff, and Baráth. Indeed, Cowen is not a particularly threatening boss should the player manage to close in on him. Unfortunately, he also possesses 4 leadership stars and a dangerous Berserk, which can force the player to sustain multiple casualties should they come into the chapter without a Restore staff or the means to kill or otherwise cripple Cowen on the first turn.

Cowen's Berserk Staff is also his greatest weakness, however. If the player can push Tina's magic stat up to 13, she will be able to use the Thief Staff to steal it from him before he can even put it to use. From there, the player can use the Barrier Staff to push a staff-user's magic over 20, allowing them to berserk Reinhardt. This will not only remove Reinhardt from the equation entirely, but will also remove his entire unit as well, as they will either kill him, forcing them to flee from the map, or be killed by him. On rare occasions, Reinhardt might even kill or capture Cowen.


“You shall go no further!”
—Cowen's battle quote
“The Empire… is undefeatable… Guhh!”
—Cowen's death quote
“…There's nothing more for me to say.”
—Cowen's release quote


  • He shared his portrait with the unused playable character Gunna (who is also Asbel's grandfather).