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|“||If we can live together with Dragons, there should be no reason why the outsiders can't...||”|
— Igrene to Sophia in a support conversation.
Igrene (Japanese: イグレーヌ Igrene) is a character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. She first appears in Chapter 14. Igrene is a sniper deemed as the Guardian of Nabata, a title previously granted to her father Hawkeye. She was married to a man named Gorlois, who is implied to be the Ostian spy Astolfo, and had a daughter who died of unknown causes.
Igrene was born in Arcadia, a village hidden in the Nabata desert, as the daughter of Hawkeye, the Guardian of Nabata, and an unknown mother. When Hawkeye had returned from his journey with Eliwood's army back to the village, he trained Igrene to become the next Guardian of the desert. Overtime, Igrene attained mastery of the bow, and took upon her father's title as the village's gatekeeper. It can also be implied that during this time, she became friends with the Nabatan priestess Sophia and the Dragon girl Fae.
Years later, when in the middle of the desert, Igrene came across a man named Gorlois, who was unconscious because he had sustained many blade wounds and had no memory of the events that resulted in his condition. She took him back to the village Arcadia, where she tended to his wounds and, overtime, grew closer towards each other. At the same time, Gorlois began to recall some of his memories, a circumstance that Igrene reacted to in both joy and fear. They became married and had a daughter together. However, their happy lives together came to a halt when a horde of bandits attacked the village, where Gorlois left to fight them off. Afterwards, Igrene never saw him again, and sometime before or after this event, her daughter tragically passed away of unknown causes.
During the war of Bern, Arcadia was under attack of the Bernite forces led by Randy, who have discovered that Dragons reside there. Meanwhile Igrene tries to protect the village, and especially Fae, who is a Dragon herself and whose existence must not be exposed to the enemy. After the battle is over, Igrene joins Roy and the Lycian League to assist in defeating Bern so that the Nabatan village will not have to worry about them attacking again. However, shortly after she and the army depart the village, Fae is captured by Bern's forces, but is luckily rescued soon afterwards, and she and Igrene continue with the group.
After the war finally came to an end, Igrene stated that she would return to her home in the Nabata desert, just like Sophia and Fae have. However, it has been reported that she has been seen in different parts of the Elibian continent, and it is unknown how Igrene lived the remainder of her life. It is possible that she left to search for her husband, who disappeared after the village excursion, but her future is unclear.
Starting stats and growth rates
Igrene is the second pre-promoted sniper you get in The Binding Blade. She joins somewhat late and as such, her bases are fairly high in most areas. While she does suffer from low growths as with most pre-promotes in the game, her bases more than make up for it. While her B rank in bows might seem like a weakness, due to the Killer and Brave Bows being superior to the Silver Bow, she can use every relevant bow at base, though she will need quite a bit of training to reach S rank if the player wants her to wield the Mulagir.
As a sniper, Igrene suffers from not having a proper enemy phase. However, unlike in other GBA games, physical 1-2 range is fairly unreliable and the enemies are bulkier. As such, the game is more player phase-oriented, which benefits Igrene greatly. Another point in her favor is the high amount of powerful enemy fliers, notably Wyvern Riders and Wyvern Lords, though the enemy wyvern lords are generally too bulky for Igrene to dispatch without a crit. All this gives Igrene a fairly valuable niche for weakening enemies without needing to face a counterattack and being great against the many dangerous fliers in The Binding Blade.
However, Igrene has a fair amount of flaws. While he lack of 1 range is not that bad, it still makes her enemy phase suffer. She is also not particularly bulky and she faces competition from other bow users, notably the Nomads Sin and Sue, who also offer mounted utility.
Overall, Igrene is a fairly solid unit and can make for a decent filler unit on most teams, particularly in chapter 21, but she still has her fair amount of flaws which hold her back from being a notable unit on most teams.
In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Igrene does not make an appearance. However, she is mentioned a few times in the game. In Chapter 30 of Eliwood's route and Chapter 32 of Hector's route, Hawkeye can talk to Sophia in the temple at the bottom right of the battle map. There, Hawkeye tells her to inform his daughter, Igrene, that he will be returning home soon. Also, in Hawkeye's support conversation with his friend Louise, Louise tells him that she bought two bows, one for herself, and one as a gift for Igrene, and urges him to return home soon so his daughter won't be lonely. Later on, in return, Hawkeye gives Louise a beautiful necklace that once belonged to his wife, and tells her to give it to Igrene if he were to die in battle.
Igrene is one of the characters added to the game in the Heavenly Witness update, and became available for summoning by players on November 19, 2019. Only one variation of Igrene is currently available in Heroes, based on her The Binding Blade incarnation.
Igrene is notably the first playable character to wield a red bow, a weapon type that had been added to the game more than a year and a half earlier in the Snow and Ash update, which had remained completely unused until the Book III launch more than eleven months prior to Igrene's addition to the game and enemy-exclusive from that point until Igrene's addition to the game.
- Igrene: Nabata Protector is only available at 5★ rarity.
|Blazing Wind||★★★★★||200 SP|
|A||Life and Death 1||★★★★★||50 SP|
|A||Life and Death 2||★★★★★||100 SP|
|A||Life and Death 3||★★★★★||200 SP|
|A||Life and Death 4||★★★★★||300 SP|
|B||Special Spiral 1||★★★★★||60 SP|
|B||Special Spiral 2||★★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Special Spiral 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Pulse Smoke 1||★★★★★||60 SP|
|C||Pulse Smoke 2||★★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Pulse Smoke 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Igrene has an overall rather solemn but very just and loyal personality. As the Guardian of Nabata, she takes her role very seriously, doing everything she can to protect her homeland, whether it be with her bow and arrow or through diplomacy, such as when she requests to Etrurian general Douglas to not have his fellow comrades attack the village. However, outside of this demeanor, she has a very soft side to her. She is in deep pain and sorrow of the downfall of her family. She holds back her emotions when talking with Fae, even though it is clear she is pained by these thoughts. However, when she tries to convince Astolfo that he is indeed her husband Gorlois, she is much more emotional about the situation, especially at its conclusion. It also turns out that she was a fairly religious individual, until her husband disappeared and her daughter passed on.
Through support conversations, it is shown that Igrene is very good friends with Sophia and Fae, backed by the fact that she is their sole protector. In fact, to the both of them, she acts as sort of a kind and gentle mother figure, having had a child in the past. This is especially the case with the little girl Fae, to which Igrene treats much like her daughter. She speaks to and treats her much like a mother would, and they both share a very close bond, such as when Igrene scolds Fae about keeping her promises or offering to braid her hair. The same can somewhat be said for the relationship between Igrene and Sophia, as Igrene acts as a guide for Sophia, who has not been exposed to the outside world until recently.
- Main article: Igrene/Supports
Igrene, Guardian of Nabata
Long: After saying that she would return to Nabata, Igrene disappeared. There are records of people seeing her in various places around the continent, but no one knows where or how she led the rest of her life.
|“||I... fought hard... didn't I...? Can I go back to the place where I was...||”|
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- Main article: Igrene/Quotes (Heroes)
Igrene appears in the manga Hasha no Tsurugi, starting at Chapter 26. She first appears after Al and Tiena, both unconscious, were taken into Arcadia. Through Fae, Athos called Igrene to take the two protagonists to an altar to try to resurrect Al from his disabled state. In the meantime, a messenger reports that the Nabata village is under siege by a horde of extremely deadly members of the Black Bone Clan. Seeing that one of the bandits has stolen the Forblaze tome, Igrene, with the help of Fae, tries to stop him, but the efforts prove to not be very effective against the villain. Later on, after Al, who has been resurrected, joins the fight, the villain tries to cast some powerful Dark spell against him, but Igrene pushes Al out of the attack's range, but in doing so, takes the hit herself, and is knocked unconscious for the rest of the battle. However, as soon as the excursion ends and the vicious bandit is finally defeated, she and Fae recover quickly, and they join the Lycian League army from that point onward.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Igrene is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Igrene|
|Guardian Goddess of Nabata, Igrene|
|"I am the Guardian of Nabata. I fend off invaders in the desert heat."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Sniper||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Guardian Bow: [Trigger] When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, you may move an ally in the Front Line.|
Anti-Fliers: [Always] If this unit is attacking a unit, this unit gains +30 attack.
|Card #B09-068HN • Artist: Suisei Sasashima|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Igrene .
- Hawkeye mistakenly calls Igrene his sister instead of his daughter in localized versions of The Blazing Blade in an alternate version of his death quote that is unlocked by beating the game a number of times.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Igrene.
Artwork of Igrene from The Binding Blade
- "Igrene: ... We lived happily together for years. Slowly, his memory started returning to him. I was happy about it, but I was also... scared." — Igrene to Astolfo in their B support., Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Hawkeye: ... My daughter... Tell her I'll be back.
Sophia: ... I will..." — Hawkeye and Sophia in Chapter 30, Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
- "Hawkeye: It belonged... to my wife.
Louise: Why are you giving it to me?
Hawkeye: If I die in battle, give it to my daughter. If you show it to her, she will understand what has happened, and there will be no need to speak." — Hawkeye and Louise's C support, Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
- "Igrene: I fend off invaders in the desert heat.
Douglas: I see. And do you need something from me?
Igrene: I wish for you to promise me never to attack Nabata." — Igrene and Douglas's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Fae: What's wrong? Do your hands hurt?
Igrene: Oh, I'm sorry... I was just remembering my daughter. She was a very attractive little girl, much like you.
Fae: What happened to her?
Igrene: She's gone... She went to a faraway place." — Fae and Igrene's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Astolfo: ... I'm sorry to say this to you, but... that guy is dead. He was devoured by the quicksand of Nabata. All this stuff about spies and whatnot... It's just your imagination. Or perhaps you saw an illusion in the desert heat.
Igrene: ...... I... see... Then... I must have been dreaming... I must have had a dream of a short period of happiness...
Astolfo: ... Igrene. ... No... Sorry, forget it.
Astolfo: Just... forget it all. ... Please." — Astolfo and Igrene's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Saul: Oh, please wait! It is a wonderful thing to believe, Igrene!
Igrene: Yes, I know. I used to believe in God as well. Although it is a different God from yours, I think I was fairly serious about it.
Saul: Really? Why did you stop believing?
Igrene: Several years ago...I stopped praying. It was after I lost a loved one in battle." — Saul and Igrene's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Igrene: Fae, you should be doing what you're told.
Fae: Aww... But Fae doesn't want to.
Fae: ... Er...
Igrene: Say you're sorry.
Fae: ... Fae's sorry.
Igrene: Look, Fae. You promised Roy you would do what he asked, right? If you make a promise, you have to keep it. Okay?
Igrene: Good girl. Well then, let's go.
Fae: Yeah." — Igrene and Fae's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Igrene: Come here, Fae. I'll braid your hair for you.
Igrene: Do you like having your hair touched, Fae?
Fae: Yes! ... Igrene, is Fae gonna get pretty?
Igrene: Yes. You have such lovely hair... You'll become very, very beautiful when you grow up.
Fae: Like you?
Igrene: Well... I suppose.
Fae: Yay!" — Igrene and Fae's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Igrene: Sophia, are you all right?
Sophia: ... Oh... Igrene... Yes... I'm fine... I'm just a little dizzy...
Igrene: Don't stress yourself if you're not feeling well.
Sophia: Yes... The outside world... It's so big... I'm a little... excited...
Igrene: Well, you've never been outside Arcadia. You can ask me anything... I know the outside world fairly well, so I can explain things to you.
Sophia: Yes..." — Igrene and Sophia's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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