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Heron

FEPR Heron.png
Artwork of a transformed heron, from Tellius Recollection: vol. 1.

A princess of the herons whose beautiful white plumage and soaring voice inspire her allies.

Weapon(s)

None

Skill(s)

Shove, Blessing, Galdrar, Canto

The herons (Japanese: 白鷺イーグレット egret) are a laguz clan of Tellius and one of the bird tribes, along with the hawks and ravens. They once dwelled in the fallen Kingdom of Serenes, located in the Serenes Forest, but were driven to the point of extinction by the people of Begnion.

History

Like both the beorc and the other laguz clans, the heron tribe is descended from the Zunanma. Lehran, a companion of the goddess Ashera who played a pivotal role in the confinement of the "dark god" in a medallion, was a heron laguz and is the direct ancestor of the modern heron royal family.

The heron tribe historically called the Serenes Forest home, and as a result of their presence the forest took on something of a sacred significance to the people of Tellius.[1] However, unlike most people of Tellius, the herons questioned the role of Begnion's apostle as the true voice of the goddess. In the year 470, Begnion's war against the rest of Tellius led them to oppose the Begnion senate and declare their independence, forming the Kingdom of Serenes in the forest. However, their kingdom survived for only 155 years, as after the assassination of the apostle Misaha in 625, the senate spread a false rumor that the herons had been responsible for the crime. This sparked a violent mob of Begnion citizens to launch a mob attack on the forest. Within a matter of two days, the forest had been severely burned and the heron laguz had been driven to extinction.

Not counting Lehran, only five herons are known to have survived the Serenes Massacre, all of them members of the royal family. The king, Lorazieh, and his son Reyson were rescued by King Tibarn of Phoenicis and lived with him for the following twenty-three years, although the genocide left Lorazieh completely bed-ridden. The eldest prince, Rafiel, had been abducted by slavers some time before the massacre and only found out about it later. The princess Leanne was left in hiding by her sisters and spent twenty years sleeping under the forest's protection, while another princess, Lillia, was abducted by King Ashnard of Daein and eventually died in his custody. For a long time after the massacre, Reyson and Lorazieh were believed to be the last surviving herons, and Reyson had sworn vengeance on Begnion and the beorc for the extinction of his tribe, although he later reconsidered after the rediscovery of Leanne.

Characteristics

Rafiel is described as being an archetypical heron.

Physical appearance

I was born this way, and mere birth is not praiseworthy. Praise me instead for my strength. What I look like is irrelevant, so long as I have the power to protect my friends.
— Reyson

In their humanoid forms, the herons have historically been regarded by both laguz and beorc as pinnacles of beauty and grace. The majority of known herons have long, flowing blond hair, white feathered wings, green eyes, and pointed ears; they also typically wear white robes. There also exist herons who have black hair and wing feathers, although the only known black heron is Lehran.

Herons are very frail, and in the event that one attempts to physically attack another, odds are they will cause much more damage to themself than they do to their target, with a simple punch being likely to break their hand.[2] Similarly, they are very prone to sickness and poison and will often die very quickly to these without proper treatment.[3][4] If a heron is cut off from the natural world - for instance, if they are imprisoned in a windowless chamber - then this can worsen their condition.[5] They also weigh very little.[6] On the other hand, herons have the second-longest life spans of any living creature on Tellius, surpassed only by the dragons.[7]

Powers

While herons completely lack the raw physical power found in other laguz tribes, they make up for it with their innate aptitude for many arcane powers. Herons inherently have a deep attunement to the energies of order and balance. This also ensures that all known herons are capable of handling Lehran's Medallion without being driven berserk by its power. However, their sense of order also makes them extremely vulnerable to its power when it reacts to a severe state of chaos, at which point they will be debilitated and will pass out. One of the powers herons have as a result of their sense of balance is the ability to read the thoughts of others. However, this ability is distorted and blocked by chaotic energies, meaning the ability can only be properly used in peaceful, calm times and environments.[8] They are also the most widespread users of galdrar. Every heron has the ability to perform galdrar, but royal herons are the most powerful and can perform galdrar with the most potent results of all.[9]

Herons have an extremely attuned ability to sense the presence of others of their kind, likely the strongest of any laguz clan aside from the dragon tribe.[10] This also means that heron laguz can make effective use of sending stones to communicate across long distances.

Behavior

I don’t know. I worry that I might kill you if I shout too loud or something.
— Ike, to Rafiel

As a result of their high attunement to the spirit of order, the heron clan was a pacifistic one which, in addition to being physically incapable of violence, also morally refused to do so. They lived peaceful and pious lives in Serenes, making no attempt to hone their powers for use in combat,[11] and they tended to be quiet, delicate, demure, and passive, avoiding anything resembling confrontation. This sometimes results in compulsive apologizing even where it isn't needed.[12] Similarly, they also had something of a passive, accepting approach to life, allowing change to happen around them without resistance even if that change resulted in their demise.[13]

After the Serenes Massacre, however, this changed significantly. Of the four known surviving herons, only Rafiel continued to behave much like a traditional heron. Reyson adopted a harsher, more resilient persona after years of living with the hawks of Phoenicis, while Leanne's twenty-year sleep left her with a more youthful and innocent persona.

Unlike most other laguz, herons adhere to a vegetarian diet, and strictly forbid hunting the animals of Serenes for food on moral grounds. The primary diet for herons is berries and nuts.[14] Consuming meat makes herons violently, physically ill.[15]

Because of their long life spans, the herons are one of the few societies which still primarily speak in the ancient language, in addition to their use of it for galdrar.[7]

Notable herons

Character Description Appears in
--
Lorazieh
The king of Serenes, and father of Rafiel, Reyson, and Leanne. He and Reyson were rescued by Tibarn after the Serenes Massacre, but he has been bed-ridden for over twenty years. --
Portrait reyson fe10.png
Reyson
A heron prince whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. He is known as the White Prince. After the massacre of his people, he spent twenty years living in Phoenicis. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Portrait leanne fe10.png
Leanne
A heron princess whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. She survived the massacre, but slept for long years hidden in the forest. She speaks the modern tongue poorly. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Portrait rafiel fe10.png
Rafiel
A heron prince whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. He was rescued while wandering in the Desert of Death by Queen Nailah. He possesses wings, but cannot fly. Radiant Dawn
--
Lillia
A heron princess whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. She and Lehran's Medallion were captured and imprisoned by Ashnard of Daein. She entrusted the medallion and the galdr of release to her caretaker, Elena. She passed away after Elena fled with Gawain. --
Portrait lehran fe10.png
Lehran
An ancient heron laguz who was a companion to the goddess. Ancestor of the Serenes royals. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn

Class data

Herons are present as a class in both Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. They are a support class with no combat ability of their own, and instead they are the equivalent of Dancers from other parts of the series, using their Canto/Galdrar skill to refresh allies who have already moved to let them move again. Radiant Dawn expands on this by giving Herons access to new chants with a variety of useful powers as they gain levels. While unlike other laguz units, Herons are capable of performing their role in battle without needing to shift, their shifted state improves their utility by increasing their movement and, in the case of Reyson, increasing the number of allies his chants can affect at once.

Statistically, Herons are extremely frail. Although they share the high HP stat of all laguz classes and have respectable resistance, their defense stat is among the worst of any class in either game, to the point that not even shifting does much to improve the stat at all. Additionally, their mediocre speed leaves them very easily double-attacked. Leaving Herons within the range of enemies is extremely risky and foolish, although at the very least their highest stat - luck - helps to give them decent, if unreliable, avoid.

Herons have no natural means of attack available to them and are the only laguz class to not have a strike weapon of their own. However, in Radiant Dawn they are capable of using the Spectre Card, Reaper Card, and Daemon Card items to launch magical attacks.

In Path of Radiance, unshifted Herons are known by the class name Bird Tribe (Japanese: 鳥翼族 Bird-Wing Tribe). In the localized versions of Radiant Dawn, they are called Herons in both shifted and unshifted states.

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Level
Path of Radiance
(Reyson)
18 » 18 0 » 0 5 » 10 3 » 6 7 » 11 0 » 0 2 » 3 20 » 25 5 » 8 8 » 14 5 » 9 --
Path of Radiance
(Leanne)
18 » 18 0 » 0 5 » 10 3 » 6 8 » 12 0 » 0 1 » 2 20 » 25 5 » 8 5 » 11 2 » 6 --
Radiant Dawn
(Rafiel)
31 » 31 1 » 2 6 » 12 1 » 2 6 » 12 0 » 0 3 » 6 13 » 26 5 » 5 8 » 14 5 » 9 --
Radiant Dawn
(Reyson)
40 » 40 3 » 6 5 » 10 5 » 10 11 » 22 0 » 0 6 » 6 17 » 34 5 » 8 8 » 14 5 » 9 --
Radiant Dawn
(Leanne)
25 » 25 0 » 0 3 » 6 1 » 2 6 » 12 0 » 0 2 » 4 11 » 22 5 » 6 5 » 11 2 » 6 --

Maximum stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Path of Radiance
(Reyson)
60 » 60 10 » 10 20 » 25 17 » 20 26 » 30 40 » 40 15 » 16 35 » 40 20 » 20 99 » 99 --
Path of Radiance
(Leanne)
60 » 60 10 » 10 20 » 25 17 » 20 25 » 30 40 » 40 15 » 16 35 » 40 20 » 20 99 » 99 --
Radiant Dawn
(Rafiel)
60 » 60 5 » 10 15 » 30 10 » 20 15 » 30 50 » 50 10 » 20 25 » 50  ?? » ??  ?? » ?? --
Radiant Dawn
(Reyson)
60 » 60 5 » 10 13 » 26 10 » 20 16 » 32 50 » 50 12 » 24 24 » 48  ?? » ??  ?? » ?? --
Radiant Dawn
(Leanne)
60 » 60 5 » 10 15 » 30 10 » 20 15 » 30 50 » 50 10 » 20 25 » 50  ?? » ??  ?? » ?? --

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Path of Radiance
(Reyson and Leanne)
50% 20% 55% 50% 40% 40% 15% 50% -- --
Radiant Dawn
(Rafiel)
60% 0% 40% 10% 20% 60% 10% 50% -- --
Radiant Dawn
(Reyson)
65% 5% 30% 20% 20% 60% 20% 20% -- --
Radiant Dawn
(Leanne)
60% 0% 40% 10% 20% 80% 10% 40% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii galdrar.png Canto/Galdrar Innate.
Path of Radiance Is wii blessing.png Blessing Occult skill.
Radiant Dawn Is wii canto.png Canto Innate (Reyson and Leanne variants only).


Class change

Path of Radiance

Unshifted class Transformation method Shifted class

Bird Tribe
Gaining 20 transformation gauge points. →
Transformation gauge reaching 0 points.

Heron

Radiant Dawn

Unshifted class Transformation method Shifted class

Heron
Gaining 30 transformation gauge points. →
Transformation gauge reaching 0 points.

Heron

Playable Herons

Playable Characters
Name Game
Reyson Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Rafiel Radiant Dawn
Leanne Radiant Dawn
Playable Heron units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Herons

Other Units
Name Game
Leanne Path of Radiance
Neutral Heron units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

  • Path of Radiance has unused stat data for generic, non-royal Heron classes in both shifted and unshifted states.
  • Since they cannot fight aside from using spell cards, the Heron is the only playable class in Radiant Dawn to not have a mastery skill. This is because unlike in Path of Radiance, where Herons did have one, all mastery skills in Radiant Dawn involve attacking.

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Heron Herons (Ardeidae) are a family of coastal wading birds who typically feature long necks and legs. Of the various real-life heron species, the herons of Fire Emblem bear the strongest resemblance to the snowy egret.
Japanese サギ

白鷺イーグレット

• Romanized as HERON in its internal file names. This is a katakana spelling of the kanji heron. The class is known by this name in Path of Radiance only.
• Officially romanized as Egret; literally, "white heron/egret". Several heron subspecies are known as egrets. The class is known by this name in Radiant Dawn only; in that game, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 白鷺), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. イーグレット) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
Spanish Garza Heron
French Héron Heron
German Reiher Heron
Italian Airone Heron

References

  1. "Reyson: Do you intend to return the Serenes Forest to the herons when you take back the throne?
    Sanaki: Of course. The goddess loved the forest because the herons made their homes there. I will see to it that you can return home.
    " - Reyson and Sanaki, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  2. "Ike: And hey… I didn’t think that herons could attack.
    Reyson: …I know how to punch! Although…
    Ike: Yes?
    Reyson: I suffer more damage than my target.
    Ike: What?!
    Reyson: When I bashed Duke Tanas’s face, he only suffered a bloody nose, but it cracked the bones in the back of my hand.
    Ike: Holy…
    Reyson: Indeed.
    Ike: …But it felt good, right?
    Reyson: Oh, yeah.
    " - Ike and Reyson, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  3. "Yes, I tried to get her to free the dark god from the medallion, but all she did was get sick and die. Pah! They're ridiculously frail creatures. I should have just killed her in the first place and saved some time." - Ashnard, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  4. "Izuka: Hm, a heron. I was disappointed with the results of my heron trials. Your frail bodies succumb to the poisons too quickly.
    Reyson: Despicable butcher! This forsaken place will be your tomb, and it won’t be soon enough.
    " - Izuka and Reyson, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  5. "Shortly after she was brought here, Lillia fell ill and collapsed. I'm not surprised...it was a terrible time... She was imprisoned in that tiny room with no view of earth or sky..." - Reyson, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  6. "Soren: I understand, but shouldn't we at least let someone else carry the heron?
    Ike: Truth be told, she's unbelievably light. I barely know she's there.
    " - Soren and Ike, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  7. 7.0 7.1 Well, the laguz who live a long time, such as dragons and herons, have all the time in the world to learn it. Beorc probably left the ancient speech behind in favor of a newer and improved language, with the exception of spells.|Nailah|Radiant Dawn}}
  8. "Reyson: We of the heron clan...If we choose to, we can read the thoughts of others.
    Ike: Seriously?
    Reyson: However, this power is only available to us in a calm and peaceful environment. Here, in this desperate maelstrom of chaotic emotion, it avails me not. Energy here is warped and distorted.
    " - Reyson and Ike, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  9. "It involves arcane songs known as galdrar. The effects of galdrar on the listener depend on the lyrics and melody. For example, a galdr can restore lost strength and vitality to those who hear it. And if the singer is of royal blood, the galdr may be powerful enough to move its listener to extraordinary feats. I've even heard tales of a galdr that could give one the speed to do the work of two men. The galdrar grant many powers." - Nasir, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  10. "Reyson: It's not your fault. Please don't apologize. I know Leanne is alive. These battlefields are filled with chaotic energy, but I can still sense her...It's faint, but I know it's Leanne.
    Tibarn: Which is all the more reason for us to hurry. There may be other ways to finish this, but crushing Daein is the surest.
    Reyson: Agreed.
    Ike: Reyson, is this mysterious power that you use to sense Leanne something only herons possess?
    Tibarn: It's not something any of the hawk clans have! That is a certainty!
    Reyson: That's not true, Tibarn. The power may differ in potency between us, but all laguz possess it to some degree.
    Tibarn: Ah, so it's just that my sense isn't developed, is that it?
    Reyson: The power is distributed something like this...Among the bird tribes, it's very strong in the heron clan. Among the beast tribes, I've heard it's most developed in the cat clan, though not as strongly as in the herons. As for the dragon tribes... It's said they may be equal to, or even surpass, the strength of the herons.
    " - Reyson, Tibarn, and Ike, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  11. "The heron clan possess no fighting skills. Their tribe survived by living a life of peace and piety within their forest. Unlike other laguz, they never focused on developing their strength for the purposes of combat. Anyone with any knowledge of laguz would have known such a thing." - Nasir, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  12. "Ike: …You’re a real puzzle, you know that?
    Rafiel: Why do you say that?
    Ike: You look a lot like your brother Reyson, but you’re nothing like him. Reyson looks delicate, but on the inside he’s all iron. You, on the other hand… I don’t know. I worry that I might kill you if I shout too loud or something.
    Rafiel: …I’m sorry.
    Ike: See? That’s exactly what I mean! You should get mad at me for saying that, not say “I’m sorry.” I mean, come on!
    Rafiel: I-I apologize.
    Ike: There you go again! What I mean is that–
    Nailah: That’s enough, Ike. Rafiel is everything that herons are expected to be: quiet, elegant, and delicate. Those are words people use to describe herons, and he fits all three.
    Ike: Yeah, well… None of those words fit Reyson.
    Nailah: True. Maybe Princess Leanne is only so innocent and sweet because she was asleep for twenty years. Prince Reyson certainly doesn’t seem to have any of the characteristics herons are known for.
    Ike: King Tibarn did mention that “real” herons are more like Prince Rafiel.
    " - Ike, Rafiel, and Nailah, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  13. "Leanne: (You… It… it can’t be…)
    Sephiran: (Go back to the forest. This is not where you should be.)
    Leanne: (No! I’m staying here with everyone! These people are my friends… my family! I will not leave them!
    Sephiran: Has the heron clan changed so much? They’ve always been so passive and accepting of their natural fate…
    " - Leanne and Sephiran, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  14. "Reyson: You should know that hunting animals for food is forbidden in the sacred forest.
    Tormod: It is? Then how will we eat?
    Reyson: Fresh stream water is plentiful, and there are more than enough nuts and berries.
    Tormod: But many of my friends are from the great beast tribes–they eat meat!
    Reyson: They’ll have to get used to it.
    " - Reyson and Tormod, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  15. "Ike: But isn’t there anything I can do to help? Maybe we could have a special supper. Certain foods tend to restore energy.
    Reyson: That’s very kind, but my diet… Heh. It’s fairly limited. You know, I used to be disgusted by my thin, frail body. So one time I performed a little experiment. I got all the foods that Tibarn likes– raw meat, cold fish, insects–and ate them. I ate them all.
    Ike: That doesn’t sound good. What happened?
    Reyson: I stared death in the face for ten days. You’ve never seen a laguz so green! I guess we herons are just meant to eat fruits and nuts for our entire lives.
    " - Ike and Reyson, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
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