- "I saw someone in a bind, and I helped them out. Simple as that." —Graham Crossford
Graham Crossford is a character in Octopath Traveler. He is a major character in Tressa and Alfyn's stories as well as being the main antagonist of H'aanit's story (by forced transformation into Redeye), and is largely influential on many of the game’s events.
At some point, Graham, alongside Sazantos were tasked with retrieving and protecting the rings.
In a final meeting, he admitted that while he was aware of his duties, he also couldn't leave his family matters behind. His wife had fallen victim to an apparently incurable disease and he didn't know what to do. Sazantos suggested Graham to follow his own heart since the knight could carry the duties about the rings on his own. For that, Sazantos would use the power of the sacred flame to erase Graham's memory and release him from the duty of his bloodline. Graham asks him for what he is fighting for, to which Sazantos evades the question and bids him farewell moments before wiping his memories out.
12 years before the events of Octopath Traveler, as an apothecary, he left Bolderfall in order to search for a cure to his wife’s illness. That same year, he landed in Grandport and received a notebook, which he would fill with records of his travels throughout the realm.
2 years later, during his travels, Graham meets Ogen. Having found the ingredients to cure his wife’s illness, including the feather of an Ogre Eagle, Graham seeks passage home as quickly as possible. In desperation, he asks to board Captain Leon Bastralle’s merchant ship. Leon accepts after Graham offers up his notebook. He would leave this notebook on the ship, where it would be picked up by Tressa.
However, Graham was too late, as his wife was dead by the time he arrived home. Grief-stricken, Graham is soon approached by Lyblac, who lures him into her clutches under the pretense of bringing his wife back to life. Graham uses the elixir originally intended for his wife to save a young Alfyn’s life.
2 years later, Lyblac and Graham arrive at The Gate of Finis. As Graham was a descendant of the sorcerer Odin Crossford, who had used the Dragonstones to seal Galdera away in the gate, Lyblac intended to use him as a vessel to bring Galdera back to the world. However during the rite, Graham resisted and attacked Lyblac. Unfortunately, before he could finish her off, being exposed to Galdera caused him to morph into the mindless abomination, Redeye.
Redeye would go on to terrorize the Highlands for years until it turned the hunter Z'aanta to stone, which in turn would lead to its destruction at the hands of his apprentice, H'aanit, freeing Z'aanta and many others from Redeye’s curse and unknowingly putting Graham’s spirit to rest.
At the Gate of Finis, three journals chronicle his journey from boarding Leon's ship to becoming Redeye. After Galdera is defeated, Graham's spirit appears before his son and the travelers. He tells Kit to live on and thanks the party for not only saving all of Orsterra, but for showing him that his own journey had not been a futile one.
- "I saw someone in a bind and I helped them out, simple as that." —