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The country of Begnion is run by an Empress, and a Senate. The Empress herself is kind, but most of the senators plot to usurp and kill her for their own benefit. They appear in the game Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
He is a fervent partisan of total extermination of the Laguz, a species of people that can transform into animals.
Hetzel is a senior member of the Begnion Senate who appears as a faint-hearted old man that, despite his opposition to the Empress Sanaki, does not appear to be an entirely antagonistic character. As the purchaser of the heron prince Rafiel, Hetzel pays an exorbitant price only to return the heron to Serenes Forest following the recovery of his health.
In Path of Radiance, he appears in the court game of "wit and words" that the Apostle plays with Ike upon his arrival in the Manal Cathedral of Sienne. He makes no further appearance, though secretly he saves Oliver following his defeat at the hands of the Greil Mercenaries.
Commander Jarod in his stead.
"Zelgius... Where is Zelgius?! Do you think you can hide him? That man...must be...uwee hee hee...punished!"Valtome, is Duke of Culbert and a high-ranking member of the Begnion Senate serving during the events of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
Senator Valtome is given command of the Begnion Central Army in the stead of General Zelgius sometime after the beginning of the war between the Begnion Empire and the Laguz Alliance by order of the Begnion Senate. At this time, the Apostle Sanaki and Chancellor Sephiran have already been dethroned and imprisoned, respectively, and are powerless to halt this action.
His weapon of choice is the twisted light magic Valaura, which he has presumably named after himself, and which poisons anyone unfortunate enough to come under its glare on contact.
Valtome is greedy, arrogant, and has a strange reoccurring laugh, transcribed as 'uwee hee hee!', and he claims to be 'divinity itself' upon engaging party members in battle. He is, however, shown to be a coward when he runs from the combined forces of the Greil Mercenaries and the Crimean Royal Knights.
Oliver is a senior member of the Begnion Senate who was believed to have been executed for crimes against the state following his defeat at the hands of the Greil Mercenaries in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. He was deeply involved in the Laguz slave trade prior to his defeat in Serenes Forest, having purchased Prince Reyson for an exorbitant fee from King Naesala of Kilvas as though he were but another art treasure for his vast collections.
During the events of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn it is discovered he was rescued by Duke Hetzel and that he has since been recovering at his estate in the Dukedom of Tanas. He is a researcher, and self-proclaimed protector, of beauty, and has amassed an enormous collection of art treasures, the likes of which he appears to believe only himself capable of appreciating. Despite being old, bald and possessing an unsightly amount of weight, he is also quite vain, once commenting that Reyson struck his 'beautiful' nose.
He is one of few Fire Emblem boss characters that is recruitable (though only in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn). Oliver will act the turncoat upon encountering Rafiel, claiming that it is his duty as a defender of beauty to guard the heron prince. At the end of the game, he becomes a benefactor of artists - especially those who paint him, further showing his lust after art and egocentricism.