- "Oh, the tragedy! It moves me to the depths of my soul!" —Simeon, revealing his true colors
Simeon is a character in Octopath Traveler. He is a poet and playwright who is known for his dramas and tragedies, but is also secretly the leader of the criminal organization known as the Obsidians, and orchestrated the murder of Geoffrey Azelhart. As such, he is the main antagonist and final boss of Primrose's story.
Simeon has long silver hair tied in a braid and wears a coat and black cape. The mark of the crow is on his neck, which he conceals with a cravat.
Simeon initially appears to be a considerate gentleman that Primrose has had affection for since childhood, but is later revealed to be a scheming sociopath who uses his charisma as a façade to mask his true personality: an extremely sadistic man who enjoys using other humans as his playthings, claiming to derive pleasure from watching their lives fall apart. He adores art and theatre for this reason, is a passionate poet and playwright himself with a specialty in writing tragedies, and even went as far as to refurbish the castle of his former kingdom into a massive amphitheatre. He seems to enjoy the challenge of psychologically breaking those with strong wills, one reason for his unhealthy obsession with Primrose.
Simeon has an eloquent manner of speaking, which he retains even after his true colors are revealed. However, during Primrose's final confrontation with him, Simeon's polite façade eventually collapses completely in his sheer joy in psychologically tormenting her, questioning her motives and attempting to pressure her to resign herself to a life of loneliness and despair, sounding increasingly melodramatic as he does so.
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The following section contains potential story spoilers!
126 years prior to the events of Octopath Traveler, the Ventus Dynasty, a kingdom in Everhold in the Highlands, fell into civil war after the death of Ventus the Third's son. The younger brother, son of the queen, battled for the throne with his older half-brother, the bastard son of the king's mistress. Simeon, the younger brother, emerged victorious, but he would later go missing that same year. It is implied that Simeon received the blessing of no aging from Lyblac, or is long-living through some other means.
Simeon would meet Mattias 11 years later (115 years prior to Octopath Traveler), a former priest who had lost his faith after his loved ones perished in a fire started by a lightning-strike, despite his prayers for the gods to save them. Mattias had also met Lyblac and was bestowed with the power of no aging from her. Together, he and Simeon co-established the criminal organization known as the Obsidians, of which Simeon became the leader.
11 years prior to the events of Octopath Traveler, Simeon was employed as a gardener for the Azelhart family in Noblecourt, where he met Primrose. Primrose grew attached to Simeon, often wishing to spend time with him and listen to his poems. Unbeknownst to Primrose however, Simeon was secretly the leader of the Obsidians.
Ten years later, he returns to Noblecourt in order to meet Primrose, expressing his delight that she has become such a beautiful young woman. However, following Albus' death at the hands of Primrose and her comrades, Simeon appears in the room after Revello walks out, supposedly by a secret entrance. He stabs Primrose and delivers the truth to her, revealing his role in her father's death as "the head of the Crows" before leaving her to die.
Simeon returns to Everhold and prepares a play that is a mockery of Primrose's life down to the last detail, as an attempt to distract her from exacting her vengeance. When she confronts him on the balcony, he pressures her further and attempts to convince her that vengeance would not make her father proud. Primrose overcomes his words and exacts her revenge, recognizing that his words are spoken out of a desire to gain a psychological advantage over her rather than any concern for her well-being. Simeon, in his mad quest for drama, sees this as a perfect end to her story, seeing it as a beautiful tragedy, and welcomes Primrose's dagger into his heart.
Simeon will begin battle with 3 shields, but will increase them by 2 after recovering from a break, up to a maximum of 7 shields. He occasionally will not act during his turn.
When a marionette drops below 50% health, Simeon will activate an aura that powers up its moves and increases its actions per turn to 2. This effect can be applied to both marionettes and cannot be removed.
- Simeon strikes a pose...: Used when Simeon recovers from the first two breaks. Each recovery increases Simeon's shields by 2, up to a maximum of 7.
- Attack: Physical attack, single target.
- Dramatic Build: Elemental damage, . Single target.
- Rondo of Stillness: Elemental damage, . Single target. Chance to inflict Silence for 2-5 turns.
- Simeon sits back and enjoys the show...: Simeon does nothing.
- Well...shall we dance? // Dark shadows surround Simeon...: Simeon enters boost mode for 1 turn. Uses Serenade to the Darkness if not broken before Simeon's next action.
- Come, my shadowy friends!: Used when a marionette is at XX% of its maximum HP. Increases the actions per turn of a marionette to two. Unlocks additional abilities for the marionette for the remainder of the battle.
- AttA!cK: Physical attack, single target.
- ??Sw3Ep: Physical attack, targets entire party.
- Sl1cE---!: Physical attack, single target.
- ArM0r??CrUSh: Physical attack, single target. Chance to inflict Decreased Physical Defense for 3 turns.
Father Marionette will uses the following abilities once the effects of Simeon's Come, my shadowy friends! has been applied:
- AttAcKKKK: Physical attack, single target.
- CruSH?: Physical attack, single target. Chance to inflict Unconsciousness for 2-3 turns.
- CraZeD StRike!: Heavy physical attack, single target.
- Atttck: Physical attack, single target
- SiCKenING OdE: Elemental damage, . Targets entire party.
- LioN D3ATH!!!: Augments single foe with Increased Physical Attack for 3 turns.
- FuNErEAL?DanC3: Augments single foe with Increased Physical Defense for 3 turns.
Dancer Marionette will uses the following abilities once the effects of Simeon's Come, my shadowy friends! has been applied:
- !!!kcattA: Physical attack, single target
- StrANgL3: Physical attack, single target. Restores health by damage inflicted.
- ???L0Se ConTrOL???: Physical attack, targets random allies. Hits 4-6 times.
Simeon will fight alone during the second phase of his boss battle. At 50% health, he will increase his actions per turn to 3.
He will begin battle with 6 shields (4 when fought at The Gate of Finis), but will increase them by 2 after recovering from a break, for a total of 10 shields (8 when fought at The Gate of Finis). He will also change weaknesses after recovering from a break, in the pattern shown above.
Simeon will begin with all but one weakness locked. After each break, he will unlock another weakness, with Dark (the only weakness present in all sets of weaknesses) being the last weakness to unlock.
During the latter half of the battle, Simeon will use Future Denied, which conceals the party's turn order for the rest of battle. Simeon's actions will still be visible, and the amount of actions each party member receives is unaffected.
Simeon is able to inflict silence on the entire party. It is recommended to bring an Apothecary and equip at least one party member with an Articulate Stone.
- Simeon flashes a leery smile...: Used at the beginning of battle. Sets Simeon, the Puppet Master's weaknesses to the following:
- You can spot a crack in Simeon's defenses...: Used whenever Simeon, the Puppet Master recovers from a break. The following effects occur:
- Simeon changes weakness sets in the order shown below. He will not return to his original set of weaknesses.
- After each of the first two breaks, Simeon will increase his shields by 2, up to a maximum of 10.
- After each of the first three breaks, Simeon changes which weaknesses are locked in the order below. After the fourth break, all weaknesses are unlocked.
- Always followed by Master of Silence
- Attack: Physical attack, single target.
- Silence Comes: Elemental damage, . Single target. Chance to inflict Silence for 2-5 turns.
- Boiling Blood: Buff. Targets self. Simeon gains Increased Physical Attack and Increased Elemental Attack for 4 turns.
- Hushed Melody: Elemental damage, . Targets entire party.
- Give yourself to the darkness!: Used once Simeon, the Puppet Master reaches 50% of his maximum HP. Simeon increases his actions per turn to three. Unlocks use of the following abilities:
- Future Denied // There is no telling who will act when!: Used once Simeon, the Puppet Master reaches 50% of his maximum HP. Effect persists for the rest of the battle and cannot be removed. The following effects occur:
- Ally action order per turn is obscured.
- Simeon's action order remains visible.
- Quiet down! I'm trying to enjoy the show...: Simeon, the Puppet Master enters boost mode for 1 turn. Uses Master of Silence if not broken before his next turn.
- Master of Silence: Debuff. Inflicts Silence on entire party. Also used the action immediately after Simeon recovers from a break, You can spot a crack in Simeon's defenses...
- "Well...shall we dance?" —Before using Serenade to the Darkness
- "Come, my shadowy friends!" —Powering up a marionette
- "Give yourself to the darkness!" —Increasing turn actions
- "Quiet down! I'm trying to enjoy the show..." —Before using Master of Silence
- Simeon is derived from the Hebrew name Shim'on, the second son of Jacob and Leah.
- Simeon is one of only two bosses in the game to have more than one separate battle, the other being Galdera, the final boss, making Simeon very unique in that sense. However, the fight with Simeon is mandatory to complete a character's chapter, and you fight him with your selected party in both battles.
- With his battle spanning two phases, Simeon has the highest amount of HP out of all of the Chapter 4 bosses.
- The battle with Simeon during his first phase can be considered a parallel to the fight with Helgenish from earlier during Primrose's story as both bosses are seen sitting in chairs with other enemies backing them up.
- Information regarding Simeon's identity is present only in the official Japanese guidebook. It is difficult to draw the conclusion that he does not age based on game events alone.
- Despite his attempt at her life, it is implied that Simeon had feelings for Primrose, as his play ends with him convincing her to give up revenge and live together with him. When defeated, he claims that the depths of Primrose's heart are more beautiful than he could have ever imagined. However, his feelings for Primrose are warped by an unhealthy obsession and enjoyment in how much suffering he can inflict on her, rather than healthy affection and empathy.
- The English and Japanese versions of his death seems to play out rather differently. While the English version portrays him as a mad man who wants to see the conclusion of the drama he created come to an end, the Japanese version has him realize the error of his ways and the distress he caused to Primrose. Rather than encouraging her to give in to her hate, he accepted his defeat and asks Primrose to put him out of his misery for both of their sake.
- Simeon is the only boss in Primrose's story weak to Dark.
- Along with his direct role as main antagonist of Primrose's story, Simeon is an indirect antagonist in both Ophilia and Tressa's stories — he worked with Mattias to co-establish the Obsidians and supported him in his crusade against the Sacred Flame, and Esmeralda is a member of the Obsidians.
- The diary of Geoffrey Azelhart, found in the Gate of Finis and containing his thoughts post-death, implies that Simeon was a double agent from the start, taking the job of gardener at House Azelhart so that he could spy on its Lord's resistance against the Obsidians he led.
- In the post-game, it is revealed that, despite Simeon's alias as "The Puppet Master", he himself was a pawn to Lyblac.