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





Grannvalean (Chalphy)

Starting class
And I know you, Sigurd. You are always jumping into this kind of stuff without thinking. Especially with Father being away… I knew I had to come.
— Ethlyn, to Sigurd

Ethlyn (Japanese: エスリン Ethlin) was a member of the Chalphy nobility of Grannvale, and the wife of Prince Quan of Leonster. She was an ally of her elder brother, Sigurd of Chalphy, in his battles with Verdane and Agustria and after he was deemed a traitor. Her children, Altena and Leif, would later play pivotal roles in assisting Sigurd's son Seliph in his liberation war against the Grannvale Empire.


Early life

Ethlyn and her husband Quan, with their young children Altena and Leif.

Ethlyn is the youngest of the two children of Duke Vylon. Her mother died during her youth, and for several years she took over taking care of her father and brother in her mother's place, which earned her a joking reputation as a nag according to Sigurd.[1] She appears to have been a friend of Adean of Jungby during her time in Grannvale.[2] She eventually married Sigurd's longtime friend Quan and moved to Leonster with him, where she eventually gave birth to a daughter, Altena. The couple once visited Miletos, where Quan purchased a pearl tiara for Ethlyn as a gift; her son Leif would later hear this story and want to do the same for his own fiancée, Nanna.[3] During her time in Leonster, Ethlyn became close to the young Leonster knight Selfina and even treated her like a younger sister.[4]

Sigurd's campaign

In the year 757, Ethlyn learned of an attempted invasion of Grannvale by Verdane, and of how only Sigurd remained to defend her home. Ethlyn and Quan immediately departed for Chalphy to come to his aid, taking only Finn with them; before they left, Quan's father Calf left Gáe Bolg with Ethlyn just in case the conflict escalated, although after he told her the legend associated to it, Ethlyn was reluctant to give it to Quan.[5] Though Ethlyn apologized for dragging Quan into it, he remarked that he had just as much of an interest in helping Sigurd as she did.

Ethlyn and Quan remained with Sigurd's army through the wars with Verdane and Agustria. In the final battle with Agustria, following Deirdre's disappearance, Ethlyn finally gave Gáe Bolg to Quan; despite how she still feared its legend, Quan promised her it would not affect him. Ethlyn and Quan fled with Sigurd to Silesse after he was branded as a traitor and Reptor and Langobalt came to arrest him, but she, Quan and Finn left soon after they arrived, returning to Leonster with the promise that they would come back with reinforcements to help clear Sigurd's name. While they were back in Leonster, Ethlyn gave birth to their second child, Leif. Although their time together after his birth was relatively brief, Ethlyn had a particularly close and happy motherly bond with Leif, to the point that Altena was jealous of her brother.[6]


In the spring of 760, Ethlyn and Quan set out with the Lanze Ritter to rejoin Sigurd and fight for his liberty. Despite Quan's insistence otherwise, Ethlyn took the infant Altena with her because she would not stop crying. Quan expected Ethlyn and Altena to leave partway through, once they reached the Yied Desert, but she insisted on staying "a little longer".

Neither of them had any idea that King Travant and a brigade of Thracian wyvern knights had been stalking them the entire time, following a tip from Veld.[7] The group was caught by the Thracians in the south of the Yied Desert, where none of them stood a chance of escaping through the thick sand. Despite her confidence that she and Quan could win if they fought together, both Ethlyn and Quan died to the Thracians. Of the Leonster party, Altena was the only survivor, and Travant took her from Ethlyn's corpse and raised her as his own daughter. This battle became known as the Yied Massacre, and led directly to the Fall of Leonster several years later.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War


Ethlyn is a playable character in the game's first generation. If either Quan or Ethlyn are defeated in battle while playable, both will leave the player's party. Both will leave the party, along with Finn, before the beginning of Chapter 4.

In Chapter 5, after Lubeck Castle has been seized, Ethlyn, Quan and a squad of Leonster knights will appear as partner units in the map's south-east corner. Her stats and class here are the same as they were when she left in Chapter 4, except for her items - she instead possesses an Iron Sword and Mend. As part of the map's story, she is expected to die to the Thracian army.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait ethlyn fe04.png
Level 1
Holy Blood SNESHolyBloodBaldur.png
Movement 8
Recruitment: Prologue, automatically on turn 2.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is snes02 slim sword.png Slim Sword
Is snes02 heal.png Heal
4,000 Gold
Is snes02 critical.png Critical
Weapon Ranks
SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png -- SNESRankAxe.png -- SNESRankBow.png -- SNESRankStaff.png C
SNESRankFire.png -- SNESRankThunder.png -- SNESRankWind.png -- SNESRankLight.png -- SNESRankDark.png --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Luck Def Res Move Weapon level
Paladin +0 +6 +2 +3 +3 +0 +6 +2 +1 SNESRankLance.png C

Fire Emblem Awakening

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

Ethlyn also appears as an enemy unit in two DLC episodes - Lost Bloodlines 1 and Lost Bloodlines 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 ethlyn fe13.png
Level 5
Movement 8
Recruitment: SpotPass, hire her for 10,300 G or defeat her in a skirmish.

Stats Growth Rates Stat Modifiers

Inventory Skills
Is 3ds arcthunder.png Arcthunder*
Is 3ds physic.png Physic*
Is 3ds resistance +2.png Resistance +2
Is 3ds demoiselle.png Demoiselle
Is 3ds rally resistance.png Rally Resistance
Is 3ds focus.png Focus
Weapon Ranks
3DSRankSword.png -- 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png --
3DSRankBow.png -- 3DSRankTome.png C 3DSRankStaff.png B

Reclassing options

Small portrait spotpass ethlyn fe13.png
Base classes:*
Troubadour Valkyrie
War Cleric
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, Ethlyn has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard female units.

Personality and character

Ethlyn is very level-headed, in contrast to her brother's more reckless ways. During their childhood, she assumed the role of the mother figure of the Chalphy family after their mother's death, taking care of her father and Sigurd; this led to her never really being particularly "lady-like", even after she married Quan and became a princess.[1] Sigurd claims that she was rather harsh and naggy about it, which she retorts was out of necessity from how sloppy Sigurd and Vylon were.[8] She is considered something of a role model by the Leonster knight Selfina, and the two used to be rather close.[9]

Love growths and events

Genealogy of the Holy War

When recruited, Ethlyn already has full love growth with Quan; should Quan be killed, Ethlyn will leave the party too and as such cannot be re-paired with another character.


Battle quotes

I'll protect you, Altena!
— Ethlyn, as a NPC in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War.
For my husband, my brother, and my children, I must stand my ground!
— Ethlyn, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
Please, my lady, stand down. This battlefield is no place for you.
— Ethlyn, when fighting Lissa, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
I will stand strong as long as my brother and the others need me!
— Ethlyn, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.

Death quotes

Quan, I'm sorry...
— Ethlyn, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Ahh, Altena... forgive me... Quan, I'm sorry...
— Ethlyn, as a NPC in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War.
I am sorry, Quan... I should have been stronger...
— Ethlyn, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
My family still needs me... I have to get away...
— Ethlyn, as a NPC in Lost Bloodlines 2 in Awakening.
As long as my defeat...brings my brother victory...
— Ethlyn, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Trading Card Game

Ethlyn was featured on three TCG cards.



Etymology and other languages


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Heh heh... you've always had your head on straight, haven't you... You know you did a great job filling mum's shoes after she passed away. When you married into Lenster’s royal family, I swore we had a lady on our hands. But you’re still the same old Ethlyn. Poor Quan! Hahaha!" - Sigurd, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  2. "Ethlyn: Adean, are you alright!? I heard that you’d been kidnapped… I was so worried!
    Adean: Oh, Ethlyn! You were out here fighting for me too, were you… Thank you so much. I’m ever so grateful. Here, please have this staff. I’m sure you’ll get more use out of it than I.
    Ethlyn: This a Return Staff, isn’t it? Thank you, Adean! I’ll put it to good use.
    " - Ethlyn and Adean, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  3. "Leif: I was told my parents once came to Miletos, and my father picked out a beautiful pearl tiara for my mother.
    Nanna: How nice...
    Leif: I'd like to do the same for you someday.
    " - Leif and Nanna, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  4. "No, they come from Lady Ethlyn! She used to look after me like a little sister, so I remember very well!" - Selfina, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
  5. "Quan: Ah! The Gáe Bolg? How did you get it!?
    Ethlyn: Your father gave it to me. He wanted me to give it to you if things got too out of hand.
    Quan: Boy, I’m going to clean up shop with this! So… why did you wait until now?
    Ethlyn: Well, your father told me a bit about its history. I’m sorry, Quan…
    " - Quan and Ethlyn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  6. "Glade: ...... She must have regretted leaving her son behind...
    Selfina: Yes... Back then...Lady Altena used to be jealous of little Lord Leif and Lady Ethlyn. They seemed so happy together... I hoped to become a good mother like Lady Ethlin when I grew up. But then...that nightmarish incident at Yied...
    " - Glade and Selfina, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
  7. "Manfroy: Make sure that you kill him. If you don't, our efforts of assassinating Quan would be for nought.
    Veld: ...They still think Travant is the man responsible for Quan's death...
    Manfroy: Hahaha...pathetic fools. Thracia doesn't have the means of getting accurate information on Leonster... Taking advantage of Travant's ambitions to make Northern and Southern Thracia kill each other... Your plan has been a marvelous success.
    " - Manfroy and Veld, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
  8. "Sigurd! If I'm a nag, it's because of you and dad!If both of you weren't such slobs!" - Ethlyn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  9. "I hoped to become a good mother like Lady Ethlyn when I grew up." - Selfina, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
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