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For the continent known by this name in Fire Emblem Awakening, see Archanea (continent).

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Ylisse (pronounced /⁠ɪˈlis⁠/[key][1]; Japanese: イーリス Iris) is a kingdom located in the south-east of the continent of the same name. It borders the Theocracy of Plegia to the west, and Regna Ferox to the north. In the distant past, the territory now comprising Ylisse was part of the Holy Kingdom of Archanea, and the island kingdom of Talys. The ruler of Ylisse is the Exalt, who, at the beginning of the events of Fire Emblem Awakening, is Emmeryn.

Prior to the events of Awakening, the previous Exalt, Chrom's father, waged a terrible war on Plegia, with the intent of wiping out the Grimleal, a cult seeking to resurrect the Fell Dragon Grima. The war ended with his death, and ever since then, his daughter Emmeryn had sought to repair relations between her nation and Plegia. Unfortunately, Gangrel, the king of Plegia, sought only to conquer Ylisse, a desire that led both him and Emmeryn to their downfalls.

Characters from Ylisse

Character Description Appears in
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The middle child of the Ylissean royal family, and leader of a small militia called the Shepherds. Succeeds as Exalt following his sister's suicide. Awakening, Heroes, Engage
Small portrait lissa fe13.png
The youngest child of the Ylissean royal family; a tomboyish but likeable princess. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait emmeryn fe13.png
The Exalt of Ylisse for most of the war against Plegia; a kind ruler who desires peaceful relations between Ylisse and Plegia. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait lucina fe13.png
Chrom's daughter from the future who wishes to avert the future of despair she hails from. Awakening, Heroes, Engage
Small portrait frederick fe13.png
The vice-captain of the Shepherds who goes to tremendous lengths to protect his liege. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait sully fe13.png
One of the Shepherds who is known equally for her strength and her foul mouth. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait stahl fe13.png
A kind-hearted Shepherd with a considerable appetite for food. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait miriel fe13.png
An intelligent and grandiloquent Shepherd who is frequently absorbed by her theories. Awakening, Heroes
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A loudmouthed Shepherd who sees himself as the perfect role model. Awakening
Small portrait sumia fe13.png
A clumsy Shepherd with a tendency to trip over thin air. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait ricken fe13.png
A young Shepherd who hates being treated like a child. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait maribelle fe13.png
An Ylissean noblewoman, and Lissa's best friend. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait gaius fe13.png
A sticky-fingered Ylissean thief who is obsessed with sweets. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait cordelia fe13.png
A member of Ylisse's pegasus knights, a genius with a deep unrequited crush on Chrom. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait libra fe13.png
A kind Ylissean priest who is frequently mistaken for a woman. Awakening, Heroes
Small portrait donnel fe13.png
A farmer from a remote Ylissean village who joins the Shepherds to help defend his home. Awakening, Heroes
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Lissa's future son; a theatrical swordsman who aspires to claim his place among the legends. Awakening, Fates, Heroes
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The Hierarch that helped Emmeryn during her youthful years. Awakening
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The Shepherd whom everyone forgets is there. Awakening


  • Nino's mother shares her name with the Japanese name of Ylisse, Iris.[2]
  • The term "Halidom" is a reference to Archanea, though this was muddled in the localization. The Japanese term for "Halidom" is "Holy Kingdom" (聖王国), the same as the Holy Kingdom of Archanea, the nation Ylisse is a successor to.
    • Similarly, Exalt is "Holy King" (聖王) in Japanese, and is not related at all to Exalted Falchion, which is "divine sword Falchion" (神剣ファルシオン) in Japanese, a term used in dialogue of the Archanea games that was translated as "the divine blade Falchion" in Shadow Dragon.
      • Holy King also referred to Seliph at the end of Genealogy of the Holy War, and Alm at the end of Gaiden and its remake (translated as "Exalted King" for Alm's DLC Einherjar card in Awakening, and "Saint-King" in Shadows of Valentia).

Etymology and other languages

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


An interpretation of the Japanese name. Potentially from the Finnish ylistys "praise" or ylistää "to praise", or from Ylistaro, a former municipality of Finland.



Officially romanized as Iris. A feminine given name from the Greek ἶρις meaning "rainbow". Iris is a genus of flowering plants and was the name of the Greek goddess who served as a messenger of the gods.



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Used in Heroes.[3]

Traditional Chinese


Iris; used in Heroes.[4]



  1. Sumia in Fire Emblem Awakening
  2. "Yeah. And their names are printed there, see? My father’s name is Juge, and my mother's name is Iris." — Nino, to Canas in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  3. "Príncipe de Ylisse e descendente do rei heroico. [...]" — Chrom: Exalted Prince's help text description, Fire Emblem Heroes
  4. "伊里斯聖王國的王子,【英雄王】的後裔。[...]" — Chrom: Exalted Prince's helpt text description, Fire Emblem Heroes
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