During the events of Octopath Traveler, Russell, who had recently acquired a frightful gambling debt, sought to steal a rare and valuable tome in Atlasdam's library entitled "The Church of the Sacred Flame: A Complete Histore" by stealing a key to the archives from a sleeping guard. He was interrogated by Cyrus about its theft, and fearing he would be turned in, retreated into his study, only to be found and confronted by Cyrus. Upon refusing Cyrus's offer to accompany him back to the academy for further inquiry, he engaged him in battle, only to be defeated and turned in. He later confessed his crimes and his business associates before being expelled from the academy. His defeat and Cyrus' words caused him to re-evaluate himself and he became determined to start over.
Russell is a scholar wearing a black robe, much like Cyrus. He has blonde hair.
Russell will begin the battle with two Water Wisps
Tome Toss: Deals damage to a single target
Tome Tempest: Deals damage to a single target
Wildfire: Deals fire damage to all targets
Fireball: Charges for one turn, deals fire damage to a single target
Water Wisp Edit
Icicle: Deals ice damage to a single target
Icewind: Deals ice damage to all targets
Icicle Storm: Deals ice damage to a single target three times
- After completing Cyrus's third chapter, Russell can be found in Stonegard for an optional sidequest.