“It does my heart good to see you all here safely within our castle walls. ...Would that we had more time for pleasantries, but...let us hear your news.”
Hayden (ヘイデン, Heiden) is a supporting character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the king of Frelia and the father of Innes and Tana. He can be unlocked and playable through the Creature Campaign.
Described as the venerable Sage King, Hayden is a wise and honorable king who values his friendship with King Fado as shown in the early chapter. After the fall of Renais, he offers Princess Eirika shelter in Frelia's capital, but is refused and ends up lending her some help instead, Vanessa, Gilliam and Moulder are added to the ranks to help her on the way to find her brother Ephraim. Sometime during the war, Hayden sent his elder son, Innes, to lead the fight against Grado. After the twins of Renais are reunited and Grado's true goal is revealed, he is last seen giving the party advice and supplies, then sends Innes and Eirika to warn Jehanna and Rausten, while Ephraim plans to march towards Grado's capital directly.
*40% in the Japanese version
Hayden's stats will not be too shabby once he starts leveling up, though his Skill and Speed appear to be a bit low for a Ranger. However, these low stats are offset by good Luck and Constitution ratings, allowing him to avoid being weighed down by heavy weapons. His stats, in the end, are nothing special; but they are not that bad either. Chances are, in the Creature Campaign, other bow and sword users are already well-trained, but after leveling, Hayden should be up to par.
- No supports
The name 'Hayden' means 'hay valley', coming from the Old English words 'heg' meaning 'hay' and 'denu' meaning 'valley'.
- He is the only unlockable character who did not die during the story.
- The Sacred Stones official website's description for Frelia spelled his name "Haydn".
- The "Choose Your Legends" event of Fire Emblem Heroes revealed that he was 775 out of 791, making him the lowest scoring character of the Sacred Stones portion with 30 votes.