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Inheritance

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Inheritance is a game mechanic that appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. These games feature two generations of playable characters; if the characters in the parents' generation are paired up with each other, they can have children, who will inherit various attributes from their parents when they join the player's party as playable units. Usually, the children characters will only appear if their mothers are married, and, in Genealogy of the Holy War, survive to the end of Chapter 5, though there are exceptions.

Genealogy of the Holy War

The first generation of Genealogy of the Holy War features nine playable female characters. With the exception of Deirdre, who is automatically bound to Sigurd upon her recruitment, and Ethlyn, who is married to Quan prior to the game's events, the female characters must fall in love, and survive to the end of Chapter 5, in order for their children to appear in the second generation. If they are not married, or are killed, their children will be replaced by substitute characters, who will inherit nothing from the first generation. The following table shows the mothers, their children and their respective substitute characters:

Mother Children Substitutes
Portrait deirdre fe04.png
Deirdre
Portrait seliph fe04.png Portrait julia fe04.png
Seliph and Julia
N/A
Portrait ethlyn fe04.png
Ethlyn
Portrait altena fe04.png Portrait leif fe04.png
Altena and Leif
N/A
Portrait adean fe04.png
Adean
Portrait lester fe04.png Portrait lana fe04.png
Lester and Lana
Portrait dimna fe04.png Portrait mana fe04.png
Dimna and Mana
Portrait ayra fe04.png
Ayra
Portrait ulster fe04.png Portrait larcei fe04.png
Ulster and Larcei
Portrait roddlevan fe04.png Portrait radney fe04.png
Roddlevan and Radney
Portrait lachesis fe04.png
Lachesis
Portrait delmud fe04.png Portrait nanna fe04.png
Delmud and Nanna
Portrait tristan fe04.png Portrait janne fe04.png
Tristan and Janne
Portrait sylvia fe04.png
Sylvia
Portrait leen fe04.png Portrait corpul fe04.png
Leen and Corpul
Portrait laylea fe04.png Portrait sharlow fe04.png
Laylea and Sharlow
Portrait ferry fe04.png
Ferry
Portrait ced fe04.png Portrait fee fe04.png
Ced and Fee
Portrait hawk fe04.png Portrait femina fe04.png
Hawk and Femina
Portrait tailtiu fe04.png
Tailtiu
Portrait arthur fe04.png Portrait teeny fe04.png
Arthur and Teeny
Portrait amid fe04.png Portrait linda fe04.png
Amid and Linda
Portrait briggid fe04.png
Briggid
Portrait faval fe04.png Portrait patty fe04.png
Faval and Patty
Portrait asaello fe04.png Portrait daisy fe04.png
Asaello and Daisy

The following attributes are affected by inheritance:

  • Base stats: Children will inherit a small portion of their parents' stats as of the end of Chapter 5.[1] The stats of the same-gendered parent affect the child's base stats twice as much as those of the other parent.[2]
  • Growth rates: Children will inherit their same-gendered parent's base growth rates, plus half of the other parent's base growth rates, in addition to their own Holy Blood bonuses.[1]
  • Holy Blood: Children will inherit all types of Holy Blood held by their parents. Where one parent has major Holy Blood, the child with the same gender as the major-blooded parent will inherit the major blood, and the other will inherit minor blood. The exceptions are Faval and Altena, who inherit the major blood of their mother and father, respectively. If both parents have minor Holy Blood (e.g. if Ayra married Holyn), both children will inherit major Holy Blood.
  • Skills: Children will inherit all personal skills held by both parents. Sol, Luna, and Astra will only be inherited if the children can use swords, and are not mounted units.
  • Gold: Children will inherit one-tenth of their parents' combined gold totals at the end of Chapter 5, plus 2,000 gold.
  • Inventory: Children will inherit all items held by their same-gender parent, that they can use in their starting class. They will also inherit any usable items that parent has in storage. There are some exceptions:
    • Seliph will never inherit the Tyrfing directly from Sigurd; he does not receive it until an event in Chapter 10.
    • Faval and Leif will inherit their mothers' items, and their sisters, Patty and Altena respectively, will inherit their fathers' items.
    • If Lewyn is Corpul's father, he will still pass down Forseti, even though Corpul cannot use it before promotion.

Despite being the child of a playable character, Julia is not affected by the inheritance system; her base stats, growth rates and skills are fixed.

Awakening

Like in Genealogy of the Holy War, the children are completely optional, with one exception; however, no replacement characters exist. The children are mostly attached to their mothers, with the exceptions of Lucina and female Morgan, who are attached to their fathers. Children become recruitable after Lucina joins the Shepherds, but there is no specific chapter before which the parents must marry. The exception is Chrom, who automatically marries whoever he has the highest support level with at the end of Chapter 11, if he has not already done so; if he has not gained enough support points with any of his potential brides, or they are already married, he will instead marry an un-named village maiden. Each parent only has one child; siblings will only exist if Chrom marries someone other than the Maiden, or Robin marries someone from the below table. The following table shows the parents and their respective children:

Parent Child
Small portrait chrom fe13.png
Chrom
Small portrait lucina fe13.png
Lucina
Small portrait avatar m-default fe13.png
Robin (M)
Small portrait morgan f fe13.png
Morgan (F)
Small portrait avatar f-default fe13.png
Robin (F)
Small portrait morgan m fe13.png
Morgan (M)
Small portrait lissa fe13.png
Lissa
Small portrait owain fe13.png
Owain
Small portrait sully fe13.png
Sully
Small portrait kjelle fe13.png
Kjelle
Small portrait miriel fe13.png
Miriel
Small portrait laurent fe13.png
Laurent
Small portrait sumia fe13.png
Sumia
Small portrait cynthia fe13.png
Cynthia
Small portrait maribelle fe13.png
Maribelle
Small portrait brady fe13.png
Brady
Small portrait panne fe13.png
Panne
Small portrait yarne fe13.png
Yarne
Small portrait cordelia fe13.png
Cordelia
Small portrait severa fe13.png
Severa
Small portrait nowi fe13.png
Nowi
Small portrait nah fe13.png
Nah
Small portrait tharja fe13.png
Tharja
Small portrait noire fe13.png
Noire
Small portrait olivia fe13.png
Olivia
Small portrait inigo fe13.png
Inigo
Small portrait cherche fe13.png
Cherche
Small portrait gerome fe13.png
Gerome

The following attributes are affected by inheritance:

  • Base stats: The child's base stats at recruitment are determined by how much his/her parents have grown from their base stats.
  • Maximum stat modifiers: Children will inherit the sum of their parents' modifiers, +1. If Morgan is the son/daughter of a child character, he/she does not receive the extra +1.[3]
  • Growth rates: The child's growth rates will be equal to one-third of the sum of their parents' growth rates and their own absolute growth rates.[4]
  • Skills: Children will inherit the most recently activated skills known by each parent, regardless of whether or not the child can access the class that learns the inherited skill (i.e. it is possible for male children to inherit skills like Demoiselle and Galeforce). These exceptions apply:
    • Chrom will always pass down Aether to Lucina, even if he hasn't learnt it when she joins the party. Likewise, if Chrom's wife has a son, he will always inherit Rightful King from Chrom, or if she bears Chrom another daughter, she will always inherit Aether.
    • If Robin marries Lucina or her sister (if Chrom married Sumia or Sully), Morgan will always inherit Aether from her.
    • If Robin marries Chrom or his son (if Chrom married Maribelle or Olivia), Morgan will always inherit Rightful King from him.
    • If Robin marries Aversa or Walhart, Morgan will always inherit their personal skills, Shadowgift and Conquest, respectively.
    • Olivia's child(ren) can never inherit Special Dance, as the Dancer class cannot be inherited.
    • Skills obtained from DLC can never be inherited.
  • Reclassing options: Children will inherit all of their parents' reclassing options, gender permitting. Robin's child(ren) can access almost all classes, gender permitting. Conqueror and Dancer can never be inherited. Only Lucina can inherit Lord from Chrom. In situations where a parent passes down a class that their child's gender prevents them from accessing, the following changes apply:[5]
Female parents Male parents
Usual classes for female children Altered classes for male children Usual classes for male children Altered classes for female children
Lissa Pegasus Knight, Troubadour Myrmidon, Barbarian Vaike Fighter, Barbarian Knight, Mercenary
Miriel Troubadour Barbarian Gaius Fighter Pegasus Knight
Maribelle Pegasus Knight, Troubadour Cavalier, Priest Donnel Fighter, Villager Pegasus Knight, Troubadour
Panne Wyvern Rider Barbarian Gregor Barbarian Troubadour
Cherche Troubadour, Cleric Fighter, Priest Henry Barbarian Troubadour
Olivia Pegasus Knight, Dancer* Mercenary, Barbarian

Inherited attributes are determined when the player begins the paralogue in which the child is recruited. For Lucina, this occurs at the end of Chapter 13. The inheritance system similarly affects the NPC children's stats and skills in the Future Past DLC chapters.

Fates

Children once again appear in Fates, being functionally similar to Awakening and are completely optional. This time, however, the children are attached to their fathers, except for Shigure and male Kana, who are attached to their mothers. Each parent has one child, but siblings can exist if Azura or Corrin marries someone in the below table. Unlike Awakening, exiting a paralogue and reentering it later does change inheritance. The following table shows the parents and their respective children:

Parent Child
Small portrait avatar m-default fe14.png
Corrin (M)
Small portrait kana f fe14.png
Kana (F)
Small portrait avatar f-default fe14.png
Corrin (F)
Small portrait kana m fe14.png
Kana (M)
Small portrait azura fe14.png
Azura
Small portrait shigure fe14.png
Shigure
Small portrait jakob fe14.png
Jakob
Small portrait dwyer fe14.png
Dwyer
Small portrait kaze fe14.png
Kaze
Small portrait midori fe14.png
Midori
Small portrait silas fe14.png
Silas
Small portrait sophie fe14.png
Sophie
Small portrait ryoma fe14.png
Ryoma
Small portrait shiro fe14.png
Shiro
Small portrait takumi fe14.png
Takumi
Small portrait kiragi fe14.png
Kiragi
Small portrait saizo fe14.png
Saizo
Small portrait asugi fe14.png
Asugi
Small portrait kaden fe14.png
Kaden
Small portrait selkie fe14.png
Selkie
Small portrait hinata fe14.png
Hinata
Small portrait hisame fe14.png
Hisame
Small portrait azama fe14.png
Azama
Small portrait mitama fe14.png
Mitama
Small portrait subaki fe14.png
Subaki
Small portrait caeldori fe14.png
Caeldori
Small portrait hayato fe14.png
Hayato
Small portrait rhajat fe14.png
Rhajat
Small portrait xander fe14.png
Xander
Small portrait siegbert fe14.png
Siegbert
Small portrait leo fe14.png
Leo
Small portrait forrest fe14.png
Forrest
Small portrait benny fe14.png
Benny
Small portrait ignatius fe14.png
Ignatius
Small portrait keaton fe14.png
Keaton
Small portrait velouria fe14.png
Velouria
Small portrait arthur fe14.png
Arthur
Small portrait percy fe14.png
Percy
Small portrait odin fe14.png
Odin
Small portrait ophelia fe14.png
Ophelia
Small portrait laslow fe14.png
Laslow
Small portrait soleil fe14.png
Soleil
Small portrait niles fe14.png
Niles
Small portrait nina fe14.png
Nina

The following attributes are affected by inheritance:

  • Base stats: The child's base stats at recruitment are determined by how much his/her parents have grown from their base stats.
  • Maximum stat modifiers: Children will inherit the sum of their parents' modifiers, +1. If Kana is the son/daughter of a child character, he/she does not receive the extra +1.
  • Growth rates: The child's growth rates will be equal to one-half of the sum of their variable parent's growth rates and their own absolute growth rates.[6]
  • Skills: Children will inherit the last equipped skills known by each parent, regardless of whether or not the child can access the class that learns the inherited skill. These exceptions apply:
  • Reclassing options: Children will inherit one class from each of their parents. It follows these set of rules:
    • Songstress can never be inherited.
    • If the child's class does not match their father's default class, they inherit his default class; otherwise they inherit the father's alternate class.
    • If the child does not have the mother's default class, they inherit it; otherwise they inherit her alternate class.
    • Should the child have both the mother's default and alternate class in their class set, they instead inherit the following parallel class set based on the mother's default from the chart below:[7]
Original Class Set Parallel Class Set
Songstress Troubadour
Cavalier Ninja
Ninja Cavalier
Knight Spear Fighter
Spear Fighter Knight
Fighter Oni Savage
Oni Savage Fighter
Mercenary Samurai
Samurai Mercenary
Outlaw Archer
Archer Outlaw
Dark Mage Diviner
Diviner Dark Mage
Wyvern Rider Sky Knight
Sky Knight Wyvern Rider
Apothecary None
Troubadour None
Monk/Shrine Maiden None
  • Hair color: Children's hair color depends on parents combination (example: a Jakob/Mozu couple can produce a dark-haired Dwyer, while this child is white-haired in his default portrait).

Inherited attributes are determined when the player begins the paralogue in which the child is recruited and how far into the story the player is.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Genealogy of the Holy War - Inheritance, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 09 July, 2013
  2. Genealogy of the Holy War - Calculations, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 09 July, 2013
  3. Fire Emblem Awakening - Character maximum stat modifiers, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 09 July, 2013
  4. Fire Emblem Awakening - Character growth rates (base), Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 09 July, 2013
  5. Fire Emblem Awakening - Children characters & inheritance, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 09 July, 2013
  6. Fire Emblem Fates - Character growth rates, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 16 May, 2017
  7. Fire Emblem Fates - Character class sets, Serenes Forest, Retrieved: 16 May, 2017
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