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Rufus is a character mentioned in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is the regent of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus in Imperial Year 1180, Grand Duke of Itha, elder brother of the late King Lambert, and uncle to Crown Prince Dimitri.

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Rufus was the firstborn son of a previous king of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, but as he lacked his family's Crest of Blaiddyd, he was passed over in the line of succession. Rufus was given the title of Grand Duke of Itha, while his younger brother, Lambert, inherited the crown instead.

When King Lambert, Queen Consort Patricia, and various other Faerghus nobles were killed in the Tragedy of Duscur in Imperial Year 1176, Grand Duke Rufus assumed regency over the Kingdom since Crown Prince Dimitri was too young to succeed to the throne. During his regency, however, Rufus was quietly dogged by unproven rumors that he had been involved in the assassination of his brother. The Kingdom has declined under his reign, it is rumored that his negligent governance is due to his womanizing.

Rufus continued to serve as regent through 1180, when Dimitri enrolled at Garreg Mach Monastery's Officers Academy to complete his education. He is not close to the Crown Prince and avoids being involved in his nephew's life.

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After the fall of Garreg Mach Monastery and Byleth's disappearance, Rufus is murdered by the Court Mage Cornelia. She then uses this to frame Dimitri for Rufus' death (claiming that he killed his uncle over the rumors about his supposed part in Lambert's death), brand him as a traitor, have him imprisoned and slated for execution for alleged regicide, and then declare Faerghus a vassal state of the Adrestian Empire. This plan fails, however, as Dedue breaks Dimitri out of prison, seemingly at the expense of his own life, and Dimitri flees the nation. Subsequently, the western half of Faerghus submits to Cornelia's will, while the eastern lords of Gautier, Fraldarius, Charon, and Galatea continue to resist Cornelia over the course of the war.

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Unlike in the above three routes, in Edelgard's route, the Church is driven away from Garreg Mach and takes refuge in Faerghus. As a result, Cornelia does not get the opportunity to kill Rufus and frame Dimitri. Rufus steps down as regent and Dimitri steps up to inherit the throne after the Battle of Garreg Mach. What becomes of Rufus afterwards is unknown, however, it is implied that he is still alive in this route, as Dimitri states that even if he dies, his bloodline will live on, indirectly suggesting that Rufus is still very much alive.

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