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Patricia, born Anselma von Arundel, was the younger sister of Volkhard, who would become the head of House Arundel, a minor noble family in the Adrestian Empire. Shortly after joining the Officers Academy, Anselma met Emperor Ionius IX, her future lover, while the latter was visiting Garreg Mach Monastery. Their encounter at the Tower of the Goddess led to Anselma becoming Ionius IX's next consort, and Anselma's relationship with the emperor significantly raised the social standing of her house and helped her brother rise in Adrestian politics. Anselma gave birth to her daughter, Edelgard, in Imperial Year 1162.
In Imperial Year 1171, a group of other prominent nobles instigated a coup against Ionius IX known as the Insurrection of the Seven. During the incident, her brother Volkhard took Anselma's daughter and fled to the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus in order to ensure her safety, just as Anselma herself sought asylum in the Kingdom as well. There, Faerghus's Court mage and fellow Adrestian Cornelia welcomed her to the Kingdom and eventually introduced her to King Lambert, who quickly fell in love with her and made Anselma his wife in secret due to the delicate political climate of the time. That way, Anselma assumed the name of Lady "Patricia" for those few who knew of her presence, with the visits she could receive and their timing being regulated by Cornelia, who obtrusively inserted herself into Patricia and Lambert's relationship, going to great lengths to ensure that the two were almost never alone together and forcing Lambert to seek Cornelia's permission to see his own wife. With Patricia becoming the king's second wife and stepmother to his son, Dimitri, Patricia lovingly raised her stepson as her own, but never told him that she had any other children. Patricia also met Hapi during her visits to Cornelia's residence, helping her as she could as the young girl was trapped and being being experimented upon in her friend's house, much to her indignation.
Meanwhile, the political volatility in the Empire following the Insurrection also caused Volkhard to relocate to Faerghus temporarily. He brought his niece Edelgard with him for her protection and kept her identity a secret. Both Volkhard and Patricia were apparently unaware of each other's presence in Fhirdiad. Even when Volkhard allowed Edelgard to attend a royal ball, where she and Dimitri first met, Patricia never knew that her daughter was within arm's reach. Volkhard returned to the Empire with his niece in Imperial Year 1174, and Patricia remained in Faerghus as Queen Consort until her death in the Tragedy of Duscur in Imperial Year 1176.
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However, Dimitri learns from Hapi that, shortly after Volkhard and Edelgard's departure from Fhirdiad, Cornelia apparently revealed to Patricia that her daughter had been in the city while claiming Lambert had been deliberately concealing that fact from her. This turned Patricia against her husband, and may have caused her to become a willing conspirator in the Tragedy. Cornelia and the noble houses implicated with the upcoming tragedy then coordinated Patricia's secret escape from Duscur as the slaughter would take place. In spite of this, as the Tragedy finally took place, Lady Patricia and her carriage vanished, never to be seen again.
Because of this, it was long believed that Patricia was another one of the Tragedy's victims, but certain details started to raise doubts about her role during it, which Rodrigue discusses with Gilbert in Azure Moon. As evidence suggested that Patricia had, in truth, completely disappeared during the Tragedy of Duscur, with no evidence that her carriage was ever attacked, and pointing out how she never resurfaced afterwards, not as a political hostage or after her daughter's ascension to the throne, suggesting that she was not kidnapped and held against her will. With this in mind, the two begin to consider the possibility that Patricia was in league with the true culprits behind the Tragedy.
Cornelia, with her dying words, confirms these suspicions, claiming that Patricia was so desperate to reunite with her daughter, she would do anything to see her again, including killing the king and his family. She further taunts Dimitri, saying Patricia never truly loved him. He initially disregards her words, but they are further cemented when a man involved with the Tragedy confesses that they had specific orders to avoid Patricia's carriage.
Patricia's fate after the Tragedy is never revealed. However, the involvement of Those Who Slither in the Dark with the Tragedy, and her brother Volkhard's identity being usurped by Thales, suggests she was abducted by them.
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Patricia is a common female given name of Latin origin. Derived from the Latin word patrician, meaning "noble", it is the feminine form of the masculine given name Patrick. Anselma is the feminine form of the masculine given name Anselm. It is germanic in origin and roughly translates to "protection of God."
Anselma is a feminine variant of Anselm, and is derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and helm "helmet, protection".