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The ground of Ilia is covered year-round in the whitest snow, he said, and it is a harsh life for the people who live there. Yet because many Ilians turn to being mercenaries, they are looked down upon– without reason– by other lands.
— Eliwood recounting Elbert's description of Ilia

Ilia (Japanese: イリア Ilia) is a territory occupying the north-eastern forests and peaks of Elibe. It is defined by its frigid, perpetually snow-bound lands, which leave the land unable to be farmed, so many of its people turn to mercenary work to survive. Ilia is also the native land of pegasi, and as a result is the only nation with Pegasus Knights as part of its armed forces.


Ilia was founded by Barigan of the Eight Legends. Prior to the Scouring, an ice dragon who inhabited the region's tallest peak taught the human population how to survive living in the frigid conditions.[1] Following the Scouring, the people of Ilia turned to mercenary work in order to earn the money needed to survive, as very little of Ilia's own terrain was arable and permitted the growth of vegetables.[2]

Over the centuries, the mercenaries of Ilia developed a strict code of absolute loyalty to their employers, even in the face of fighting their own family.[3] They developed a reputation for this code among the rest of the world, notably to the point of refusing to break incomplete contracts even after the death of their employer.[4] Such was their renown that even lofty Etrurian noblemen such as Pent and Klein would commission them on missions, although it was common for such nobles to be dismissive of their needs and treat them as common pawns.[5] When the Disturbance of Bern erupted a millennium after the Scouring, Ilia was conquered by a Bern legion led by Murdock, fragmenting the mercenaries; many, such as those serving Sigune, allied with Bern, while others defied Bern and worked with its enemies Lycia and Etruria. At the war's end, Ilia was united into a single kingdom under the rule of Zelot, while his wife Juno and her sister Thea worked to reunite the scattered pegasus knights.

Notable locations in Ilia


Edessa is a castle city in Ilia's north-east which, until the Disturbance of Bern, acted as the headquarters of the Ilian mercenary knights and pegasus knights. Its lord is Zelot, the leader of the Ilian mercenary corps. The city's outskirts also house a set of ancient ruins in which Maltet, Barigan's weapon, is enshrined.


Castle Remi is situated near the Ilian border with Etruria, overlooking a bay dividing the two countries. Although the coastline around the bay can be followed to take a long way around to Remi, at a certain time of day the tide lowers to reveal a spit of land that can be crossed as a shortcut to the castle.[6]


Carrhae is a castle in central Ilia. It was used by the traitorous knight Sigune to ambush Roy and the Etrurian army during a blizzard.

Mountain of the Ice Dragon

According to Ilian folklore, the tallest mountain in Ilia was once home to a friendly ice dragon in the era before the Scouring, who taught the people of Ilia how to cope with the endless winter weather. This dragon was driven away in the Scouring. The mountain is also the birthplace of Ninian.[1]

Characters from Ilia

Character Description Appears in
Barigan One of the Eight Legends and the original wielder of Maltet. None
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Commander of the 5th wing of Ilia's pegasus knights. The Blazing Blade
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A member of the 3rd wing of Ilia's pegasus knights. The Blazing Blade
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A pegasus knight earning her title. A friend of Lyn's. The Blazing Blade
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The Mountain Hermit. Has devoted her life to research and study. The Binding Blade
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A scholar, and a novice student of ancient magics. The Blazing Blade
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A mage hired by Etruria. Desperate for money. The Binding Blade
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A somber girl. Quiet, but filled with a solemn energy. The Blazing Blade
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A bard possessing arcane powers. Brother of Ninian. The Blazing Blade
Aenir An ice dragon who went missing during the Scouring. The Blazing Blade
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The lord of Edessa. Leads the Ilian mercenary knights. The Binding Blade
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A retired squad leader of the Ilian pegasus knights. Zelot's wife. The Binding Blade
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A mercenary knight from Ilia. Lacks social skills. The Binding Blade
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A mercenary knight from Ilia. Sleeping is his passion. The Binding Blade
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The leader of a pegasus knight unit from Ilia. The Binding Blade
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A pegasus knight in training. Traveling the world to hone her skills. The Binding Blade
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A unit leader of the Ilian pegasus knights. The Binding Blade


Ilia is visited in a stretch of five chapters in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, comprising "Route A" of the alternate route split after the recapture of Etruria in Chapter 16. The successive five chapters chart Roy's invasion of Ilia: Chapter 17A is set on the border near Castle Remi, Chapter 18A is set in the forests of Ilia, Chapter 19A is set on the approach to Castle Carrhae, Chapter 20A takes place in Castle Edessa, and Chapter 20xA is set in the Maltet ruins near Edessa.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes


Derived from Ἴλιον Ilion, the Greek name for the ancient city of Troy.



Officially romanized as Ilia; as above.



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Used in Heroes as an option for the player's location in their profile card.



Ilia; Used in Fates and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, among the choices for the player's country in their profile card.

Traditional Chinese


Ilia; used in Heroes as an option for the player's location in their profile card.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ninian: I... I am not so good at geography... But it was near the tallest mountain in Ilia.
    Florina: You mean the mountain of the Ice Dragon?
    Ninian: ...Ice Dragon?
    Florina: Yes. A long time ago, there was a tall mountain where an ice dragon lived. Don’t you know the story?
    Ninian: I’m sorry, I don’t... I’ve been traveling for a long time with my brother, and...
    Florina: Oh...I see... Well, a long time ago, there was an ice dragon in Ilia. And this kind dragon helped the people of Ilia, who had trouble living in snow year round. But a war broke out between dragons and people... And the kind dragons, not wanting to hurt the humans, went off to a faraway place.
    Ninian: ......
    Florina: My sister first told me that story as a child to make me go to bed... Even now, every year, the people in that area make an offering to the mountain... When I was little, I so wanted to meet the ice dragon that I braved the cold and waited all night next to the place of offering... But I saw dawn the next morning, and the dragon never came... Then I caught a cold and my sister got very upset with me...
    " — Ninian and Florina, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  2. "Ilia, the frozen highlands, is a land with short summers and long winters. With so little arable land, the nation's main source of income is mercenary contracts." — Opening narration of Chapter 17A, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Thea: ...Shanna, you know the code of the Ilian mercenaries.
    Shanna: ...Never betray your employer...
    Thea: Precisely. And we must follow that code, even if it means we must fight our own kin.
    " — Thea and Shanna, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Ilian mercenaries are said to never betray their employers, no matter what." — Merlinus, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "Lord Pent... Lord Pent, you are too kind... The other nobles think of us as pawns in their game... No one concerns himself with the death of a pawn... And that is to be expected. We are, after all, mercenaries." — Fiora, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  6. "Yoder: ...Oh yes, I have some information that may be of use. At a certain time of day, the sea level drops, exposing a crossable sandbar.
    Roy: A sandbar?
    Yoder: It would take much time to make your way around the bay to the castle. However, crossing the sandbar would be a direct journey.
    " — Yoder and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstolfoBartheBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEchidnaElenElffinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJunoKarelKleinLanceLarumLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMeladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWardWoltYoderZelotZeiss
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Bosses ArcardoBorsBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdunnKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
Background characters AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMulagirRapierStaff of the Saint
Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: Unattained Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and LiesF: Beyond Darkness
Trial Maps Valley of DeathRainy IslandSnowy DefensivePirate's ChallengeRoy's Trial
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon TempleShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
Lists ChaptersCharactersClasses (Class change) • Hidden treasureItemsScriptsSupportsWeapons
Related topics Elibe DisturbanceHasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (The Blazing Blade) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters BramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHausenHelleneHelmanIgorJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMarkMurdockNatalieReissmannRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Background characters AenirAeshaAthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutHassarKellesMadelynRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale P: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate • 20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or DeathF: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of LifeF: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPheraeSantaruz) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Lists ChaptersCharactersClasses (Class change) • Hidden treasureItemsScriptsSupportsWeapons
Related topics List of version differencesMario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus discName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Pre-release build 0206Pre-release build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline