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Saleh (サレフ, Sarefu) is a sage who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the protector of the Great Dragon Myrrh, the teacher of Ewan, and a friend of Gerik. He first appears in Chapter 5, and joins in Chapter 12 of Eirika's route and Chapter 15 of Ephraim's route.
Saleh first appears in Chapter 5 briefly, asking Eirika if she has seen a girl with indigo hair. She declines, and he leaves. Later, in Another Journey, between Chapters 8 and 9, Myrrh mentions Saleh's name, stating that they went to investigate an evil force coming from the direction of Grado.
In Chapter 10, Ewan mentions Saleh when talking about an overland route to Rausten. Innes recognizes the name from the Frelian spy network, describing him as a master of magic who fights off monsters. Eirika decides to travel to Caer Pelyn and this teacher.
Next, in Chapter 11, after the battle is over, Ewan finds Saleh at his house. Eirika recognizes him from Serafew, and he agrees to help her army across the mountains to the village of Caer Pelyn.
In Chapter 12, he helps Eirika fight off monsters at Caer Pelyn. Ewan is cornered in a house, hiding from a monster; either Saleh or Eirika finds him there. After the battle, he leads the group to Dara, the elder of Caer Pelyn. She explains the tale of the Great Dragon to Eirika. When Eirika mentions that she has seen Myrrh, the Great Dragon, with Ephraim, Dara tells Saleh that he must find her. With a common goal and the same route, Saleh joins Eirika. They set out to Jehanna.
Saleh appears in Chapter 12, talking to Ewan, who seems to be looking for Marisa. Saleh states that he has been unable to find the Great Dragon, and heads back to the village. He warns Ewan not to be reckless with magic.
In Chapter 15, Ephraim arrives at Jehanna Hall to help Eirika. In the beginning of the battle, she exits the castle along with Saleh and Innes. Saleh is determined to fight for Myrrh. Ewan can talk to Saleh; Saleh thanks Ewan for coming to save Eirika and him and promises to teach him more powerful magic. After the chapter is over, he is able to meet with Myrrh privately, glad that she is safe. He joins Ephraim's army and continues to fight for him for the rest of the story.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Note: These are Saleh's stats for his appearance in Eirika's route. In Ephraim's route, he appears at Level 4 with stats raised accordingly, and therefore slightly higher.
Personality and character
Saleh is a very calm, kind, and peaceful character. He is very dedicated to his cause, to protect the Great Dragon, which is his life's mission. He is very wise and skilled in magic, qualified as Ewan's teacher. Sometimes he can be stern or scolding; Ewan had originally been intimidated by him as a teacher. He practices some sort of traditional religion or meditation called "Valega", which seems to involve great harmony and contemplation, even meditating on the battlefield. He is sage and at peace, a mentor that many look up to.
Saleh lives in the mountain village of Caer Pelyn, taking care of the elder Dara and aiming to protect Myrrh, the Great Dragon. He had taken in Ewan as a student a few years ago, when he had gone to visit Gerik. He sees Ewan as a troublesome, but potentially successful and very sweet student. He and Gerik seem to be good friends; however, Saleh still feels regret over killing Gerik's friend Zabba long ago. However, Gerik forgives him for this.
Saleh, the Well of Wisdom
Saleh returned to Caer Pelyn, where he remained a faithful servant of the Manakete. His days were not spent in isolation, though. Many of the friends he met during the War of the Stones came to visit his village.
Eirika and Saleh
After the war, Eirika and Saleh returned to their respective homes. Eirika visited Caer Pelyn when she could. Eventually, she left Renais in the care of her brother and wed Saleh. Their daughter resembles the legendary Nada Kuya.
Saleh and Myrrh
Myrrh returned to Darkling Woods, but at Saleh's request, she eventually moved to Caer Pelyn. In time, the townsfolk learned to treat her not as the Great Dragon but rather as a normal girl, and she was happy.
Saleh and Ewan
Master and student returned to Caer Pelyn to study in peace. Ewan worked hard, and in time, his power grew to rival Saleh's. As equals, the two continued their studies together and expanded their knowledge ever more.
|“||I'm sorry, Grandmother... My duty...||”|
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Saleh||An Arabic name meaning "pious" or "straight".|
|Japanese||サレフ||Officially romanized as Saleh.|
Artwork of Saleh from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Myrrh: Saleh, wherever we go, you're always at my side. Don't you ever do anything YOU want to do?
Saleh: I came from Caer Pelyn. I have been entrusted with the honor of being your escort. Protecting you, Great Dragon, gives my life meaning." - Saleh and Myrrh's C support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: I'll train even harder, then! Back when I first started, I... thought you were kinda scary." - Saleh and Ewan's B support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: You were practicing Valega, weren't you? "To know the harmony of heaven and earth, body and spirit"...right?
Saleh: Yes, you are correct.
Ewan: Um..."To contemplate oneself"... And...what was the rest?" - Saleh and Ewan's C support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: Do you remember a few years ago when you went to visit Commander Gerik? That was when I met you and followed you back to Caer Pelyn. I never said thank you for taking me in, Teacher. I've never regretted it.
Saleh: I remember it clearly. I kept thinking, "What have I gotten myself into"?" - Saleh and Ewan's B support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Saleh: Your friend, I...
Gerik: Don't say it, Saleh! That was an act of fate. Right? All you did was brush those sparks away from yourself.
Gerik: Listen, we're mercenaries. We end up working together with old foes, and crossing blades with former allies. It's just part of the job. My friend Zabba died by your act. That much is true. And at that moment, I could think of nothing but avenging him! But after that, you saved my life... We became friends. That's the truth of it, isn't it?" - Saleh and Gerik's A support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|