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FESK Deirdre 01.png
Artwork of Deirdre from Genealogy of the Holy War.





Approx. 17-18[1]



Starting class
I'll be fine... as long as I have Sigurd at my side.
— Deirdre, to Ethlyn

Deirdre (Japanese: ディアドラ Diadora) was the daughter of Cigyun and Prince Kurth of Grannvale, possessing her father's full Naga Holy Blood as well as the minor Loptyr holy blood of her mother. As a living descendant of Saint Maira and a bearer of the Loptyr bloodline, Deirdre lived much of her life secluded in the Spirit Forest of Verdane under close observation, to try and prevent the bloodline's spread to the outside world; nonetheless, she eventually left the forest and met Sigurd, the man who would become her first husband. She was later brainwashed and manipulated into marrying Lord Arvis of Velthomer as part of Manfroy's plot to resurrect the dark god Loptyr. She had three children: Seliph with Sigurd, and Julius and Julia with Arvis.


Early life

Deirdre was conceived by Cigyun and Kurth during their brief affair, although Kurth was never made aware of this. She was born when Cigyun returned to the Verdane Spirit Forest village, but Cigyun did not survive her birth. Deirdre was raised in the care of the village's prophet for most of her life.[1] As with Cigyun and her ancestors, Deirdre was confined to live within the Spirit Forest village, forbidden to leave and forbidden to liase with men, in efforts to prevent the birth of more Loptyrian blood bearers.[2]

Meeting Sigurd

In Grann 757, during the Verdane conflict with Grannvale, Deirdre nonetheless strayed from the Spirit Forest village and arrived at Marpha Castle, where she met Adean - then held captive by Prince Gandolf - and learned from her about Sigurd. After the two parted, she was accosted by a ruffian within the castle grounds, whereupon Sigurd found her and drove the thug away. Though instantly stricken with an interest in Sigurd, Deirdre fled Marpha to return to the Spirit Forest, heeding the warnings given to her throughout her life. Later, as Sigurd's army marched into the Spirit Forest toward Verdane Castle, now controlled by Sandima of the Loptyrian Order, she appeared before him to offer her Silence staff in order to counter Sandima's powerful dark magic, and to confess her strong love for him. The two married after Sandima's defeat and the reclamation of Verdane.

Deirdre stayed with her husband through his skirmish with Agustria, aiding him in battle and subsequently living with him in Agusty Castle for a year, during which she gave birth to her first child and her only one with Sigurd: Seliph Baldos Chalphy. Some time after Seliph's birth, while Sigurd's army departed to combat the sudden violence from Agustria's King Chagall, Deirdre stayed behind in Agusty Castle to take care of Seliph. Some time into the conflict, she felt suddenly compelled to leave Agusty and see Sigurd, and departed to do so, entrusting Seliph to Shanan; however, she was intercepted by Manfroy, who hypnotised and abducted her.

Abduction, Arvis and death

Devoid of all of her memories, Deirdre was left in the grounds of Belhalla, where she was eventually found and taken in by Arvis. While at first Arvis sought only to take care of her, the two soon become romantically involved, but her true identity as Kurth's daughter and heir was not confirmed until Arvis introduced her as his wife-to-be to King Azmur, who instantly recognized her as a member of House Belhalla.[3] The two were soon married, and neither were aware of their status as half-siblings or, until their children were born, that they were playing into Manfroy's hands.

Some time later, when Sigurd's army returned to Belhalla expecting to be welcomed, Arvis had Deirdre brought out after revealing his intent to execute Sigurd. With Arvis telling her that Sigurd was the man responsible for her father's death, Deirdre was confused by a strange feeling of familiarity with the man, but was taken away by Arvis's men before she could do anything about it. At some point in the intervening years, she had twin children with Arvis: Julia, who inherited her Naga blood, and Julius who, exactly as Manfroy had schemed, now possessed full Loptyr holy blood and could function as a vessel for the revival of Loptyr himself. She eventually did learn of her former marriage to Sigurd, though she never recovered her memories; even so, she didn't hate Arvis for his role in killing Sigurd.[4]

Years later, when Manfroy presented Julius with the Loptyr tome and subsequently attempted to kill Julia, Deirdre attempted to protect Julia from Julius. With the last of her strength, she warped Julia as far away from Julius as possible, but was herself killed by Julius, putting up no resistance.[5]


After her demise Deirdre became a legendary figure in Verdane folklore, and began to be regarded by Verdane's people as a saint.[6] Years later, after Arvis's death, the ghosts of Deirdre and Sigurd appeared before a now-adult Seliph at a lake to Chalphy's south. Deirdre's ghost said she was proud of how Seliph had grown up, but worried about Julia and Julius.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War


In gameplay, Deirdre is the only character of the first generation who does not permanently die when defeated in battle; if this happens, she is found captured upon the seizing of the chapter's final castle and returns to be playable in the next chapter as if nothing ever happened, stating she was merely captured by the enemy. She cannot leave the home castle at all in Chapter 3, but after Madino has been seized she permanently leaves the party in an event.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait deirdre fe04.png
Level 3
Holy Blood SNESHolyBloodNaga.gif SNESHolyBloodLoptyr.png
Movement 5
Recruitment: Chapter 1, automatically when Sigurd enters the Spirit Forest.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is snes02 silence.png Silence
Is snes02 aura.png Aura
Is snes02 circlet.png Circlet
1,000 Gold
Is snes02 nihil.png Nihil
Weapon Ranks
SNESRankSword.png -- SNESRankLance.png -- SNESRankAxe.png -- SNESRankBow.png -- SNESRankStaff.png B
SNESRankFire.png -- SNESRankThunder.png -- SNESRankWind.png -- SNESRankLight.png SNESRankDark.png --

Promotion gains

Deirdre cannot promote at all, even though the Shaman class is otherwise capable of doing so.

Fire Emblem Awakening

Deirdre is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the Genealogy of the Holy War first-generation character set.

Deirdre also appears as an enemy unit in five DLC episodes - Champions of Yore 1, Lost Bloodlines 1 and 3, and Rogues & Redeemers 2 and 3 - and as a NPC in a further one episode, Lost Bloodlines 2.

Starting stats and growth rates

This section is missing stats or growth rates which may be currently unknown. When this information becomes available, please help improve the page by adding it.

Small portrait spotpass deirdre fe13.png
Dark Mage
Level 7
Movement 5
Recruitment: SpotPass, hire her for 4,200 G or defeat her in a skirmish.

Stats Growth Rates Stat Modifiers

Inventory Skills
Is 3ds nosferatu.png Nosferatu* Is 3ds hex.png Hex
Is 3ds miracle.png Miracle
Weapon Ranks
3DSRankSword.png -- 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png --
3DSRankBow.png -- 3DSRankTome.png D 3DSRankStaff.png --

Reclassing options

Small portrait spotpass deirdre fe13.png
Base classes:*
Dark Mage Sorcerer
Dark Knight
Reclass options:
This unit can reclass to any female class available through reclassing.
Click here for more details on the reclassing system.

Growth rates when reclassed

Growth rates for all SpotPass bonus units are unknown at this time.

Promotion stat gains

Archer Cavalier Cleric Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Pegasus Knight Tactician Thief Troubadour

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Luck Def Res Move Weapon level
Sniper +4 +2 +1 +4 +3 +0 +5 +3 +1 --
Bow Knight +8 +3 +0 +2 +4 +0 +1 +2 +3 3DSRankSword.png E

Skill set

Like all female bonus units in Awakening, Deirdre has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard female units.

Personality and character

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Love growths and events

When recruited, Deirdre already has full love growth with Sigurd, and is incapable of getting love growths with any other character.


Battle quotes

I seek no quarrel with you. But if you will not leave this land in peace...
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Champions of Yore 1 in Awakening.
Must another battle field run red with blood and sorrow?
— Deirdre, when fighting Henry as an enemy in Champions of Yore 1 in Awakening.
I stand by Lord Sigurd, now and always!
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Champions of Yore 3 in Awakening.
I do not. Such things bring only sorrow to the world.
— Deirdre, when fighting Henry as an enemy in Champions of Yore 3 in Awakening.
Are we doomed to fight this war forever?
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
I sense something unearthly about you. Who are you?
— Deirdre, when fighting Tharja as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
I must cling to hope. Let this be the last day blood must be spilt...
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.
Begone, ill creature!
— Deirdre, when fighting Tharja as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.

Death quotes

Stop! Where are you taking me?!
— Deirdre, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
How... absurdly strong... What hope did I ever...
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Champions of Yore 1 in Awakening
I must...return to Lord Sigurd while I still have the strength...
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Champions of Yore 3 in Awakening
Nngh...what skill. I must stand down while I still have strength. While I still have hope of returning to my love...
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
What are do?
— Deirdre, as a NPC in Lost Bloodlines 2 in Awakening.
It is perhaps it should be... Fight for peace...please...
— Deirdre, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Trading Card Game

Deirdre was featured on three TCG cards.


  • Deirdre's Naga Brand is situated on her forehead, normally covered by her circlet.[3]


Etymology and other languages


  1. 1.0 1.1 "But Cigyun grew tired of th' forest life. She up and left thus breaking village law. She returned several years later expectin' a child. She gave birth to a little girl, but tragically didn't survive. Apparently, the village fortune-teller took after raising the child. I wonder where the child is now... If she's livin' she'd be around 17 or 18 I imagine." - A Verdane villager, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  2. "That might be a tad difficult. You see, the villagers of the Spirit Forest do not involve themselves with the outside world. Moreover, that girl you're so fond of is strictly forbidden from associating with men. The villagers believe a great catastrophe will befall us if that were ever violated. I'll get right to the point, Sigurd. Resign yourself of that girl." - Marpha elder, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Azmur: Ahh, Deirdre. You’re such a sweet child. I’m… wheeze… not long for this world, but you give me hope for the kingdom’s future. I don’t know when or how Kurth could have acquired himself such a wonderful daughter, but the Brand on your brow clearly identify you as a direct descendant of the Royal Family. Where in heavens have you been living all this time?
    Deirdre: I’m sorry. I don’t know. I don’t remember anything from my past. Not a single memory I can speak of…
    Azmur: Ahh, forgive me. You’ve gone through more hardship than the lot of us.
    Arvis: She had no recollections from the moment we found her near the castle grounds. Aside from her name she doesn’t remember a thing. I was simply looking after her out of sympathy, but then I fell deeply in love with her. With all due respect, I never in a million years would have suspected she was of royalty.
    Azmur: The day you brought her in to the Royal Palace to announce your wedding intentions, I tell you… I could have swore my eyes were playing tricks on me! I don’t know. Call it a family’s intuition, but somehow I knew. And sure enough under her circlet was the Brand of Naga.
    " - Azmur, Deirdre and Arvis, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  4. "In the end, although Deirdre never recovered her memory, she did discover that Sigurd was her husband, but she didn't hate Arvis at all. When her own son Julius was about to kill her, she didn't show any resistance, which is due to her subconsciously trying to repent for her crime. Regarding Deirdre's character, there are many ways one could judge her, but as for this issue, it is still too early to draw a conclusion." - Designers' notes from a Genealogy of the Holy War playing guide, as translated by Serenes Forest
  5. "Hmph... Yeah, Deirdre just sort of accepted the idea of being killed by her own son. But she did manage to muster enough power to save Julia before I could finish her off." - Julius, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  6. "For the people of Verdane, Deirdre was a legendary person, and was now called "the Saint"." - Epilogue, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
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