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 Historie" 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 multiple targets
- Wildfire: Deals fire damage to all targets
- Fireball: Charges for one turn, deals fire damage to all targets
- After completing Cyrus's third chapter, Russell can be found in Stonegard for an optional sidequest.
- Russell is the only boss in Cyrus's story to be left alive.