“Mighty Cadros, the first King of Valla, was a staunch friend to the dragon. I never knew him except through the songs and portraits. But you have much in common with him... both in appearance and power.”
—Azura in Heirs of Fate 3
Cadros (リュウレイ, Ryuurei in the Japanese Version) is an unseen character from Fire Emblem Fates, first mentioned Heirs of Fate 3. According to Azura, he was a friend of Anankos and the first king of Valla, and could sing the 4th verse of Lost in Thoughts All Alone. His descendant Shigure is said to have a resemblance to him, and Anankos repeatedly mistakes Shigure for Cadros in the later stages of his insanity.
Cadros could come from Belatucadros, a god who was worshiped by people in Celtic northern Britain, and was identified with the god Mars in Roman mythology. Belatucadros means 'fair shining one' or 'fair slayer'. In Galician cadro can also mean 'painting,' possibly referencing his similarities to Shigure. The Latin root "cad" means 'to fall', and the Latin word "ros" means 'moisture' or things having to relate to the sea and water. As such, Cadros can mean "falling moisture," referring to rain.
His Japanese name Ryuurei (流麗) is a Japanese adjective meaning "elegant".
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