“You've got some serious spirit in your attack. Obviously you're not here for the money. Cash has been my motivator all these years... But after seeing you it kinda loses its meaning. You mind if I tag along? It'd be nice to fight for something real for a change.”
Holyn (ホリン Horin) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the son of the Lord of Sophara Castle in southern Isaach, and is a former gladiator and descendant of Odo. He will join Sigurd's army after being defeated in the arena present in Chapter 2.
Holyn is distantly related to Ayra, who is five years his junior and arguably his best suitor. He is essentially Ayra's male counterpart and bodyguard. According to Holyn, he developed a crush on Ayra at first sight, having met her when they were adolescents, an event portrayed in the Nattsu Fujimori manga adaptation.
Holyn will fall in the Battle of Belhalla, alongside several of his fellow comrades.
According to unofficial manga-based sources, Holyn was born in the Gran Calender year 733 and stands at 185 centimeters in height. He weighs 80 kilograms, and his blood type is A.
To recruit Holyn, the player is required to clear the arena in Chapter 2 with any given character. Holyn will be the final enemy in the arena and will join the army upon defeat.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
|Sword - A||Iron Blade|
(With Holy Blood Bonuses)
Holyn is the second on-foot Sword wielding unit that you obtain in Genealogy of the Holy War, and like Ayra he is a very competent boss killer and 1-on-1 combatant. He should wind up killing most units he engages in combat within one round other than units with particularly high durability, though for those types of units he may activate his Moonlight Sword and make short work of them. However, like Ayra, he comes with a major problem: his low Movement. In Genealogy of the Holy War, maps are very large and half of your army is made up of mounted units that have twice as much mobility as your foot units. Although you can choose to have your mounted units wait for your foot units, this can result in items being lost to burnt villages and recruitable characters dying. Holyn, as with other foot units, will have trouble reaching the action in time to have a noticeable effect and will usually just wind up cleaning up stragglers until later parts of the map when you're given a chance to position your army before continuing.
Should Holyn be used on the frontline, he will do quite well. Although Holyn may not be as deadly as Ayra on offense since she has the Shooting Star sword skill, he is a more reliable frontline fighter as he will wind up with better durability than Ayra. While Ayra generally has a few more points of Speed than Holyn, he winds up with a lot more HP and a few more points of Defense. So while her offense is significantly better and her Evasion is slightly better, Holyn has similar Evasion levels while being significantly better at actually taking hits. It's worth noting that Holyn has strictly superior growths to Ayra, but taking base stats and starting level into account, they wind up pretty statistically similar aside from the differences mentioned above. Ayra is given access to a Hero Sword, but it's not really a strict advantage for her since the item can be bought from her cheaply by Holyn or anyone else.
All things considered, Holyn is a dangerous and solid foot unit. However, durability aside, he is outclassed by Ayra. The main thing that separates Ayra and Holyn is their skills, where Ayra's Nihil and Shooting Star sword are clearly superior to Holyn's Moonlight Sword. Even though he's outclassed, Holyn is still very strong and there's really no reason not to use him.
Holyn makes a pretty good father as he has above average overall stat growths and Holy Blood. He does, however, come with two notable flaws: his Pursuit skill cannot be passed to his children as it is a class skill and not an innate skill, and his Moonlight Sword can only be passed on to children who are infantry-type classes(those children being Larcei, Ulster, Leen, and Patty). This means that most pairings don't pan out very well for him, but those that do, he will make an excellent father for.
With Ayra, he passes on great stat growths, Holy Blood, and his Moonlight Sword skill to both children make both of them monsters. Ulster will receive weapons that are perfectly suited for him.
With Briggid, Patty will have an easier time leveling since having Holyn as a father gives her access to B-level Swords, and thus access to specialty weapons(and in particular, the Hero Sword). She will still lag behind a bit until she promotes and obtains Pursuit, but will become fairly dangerous at that point since she can inherit Moonlight Sword. Faval merely gets decent stats from Holyn.
Sylvia is an okay pairing, as her children are support-oriented units that mostly care about inheriting good defensive growths. Leen can also inherit the Moonlight Sword which is nice, but doesn't really improve her overall usefulness much.
The rest of the pairings should be avoided either because: the children focus on Magic, Holyn can't pass any weaponry or skills to them, or the children will lack Pursuit.
In Chapter 3, if neither Ayra nor Holyn has a lover, Holyn may speak to her, resulting in her receiving a Brave Sword and 100 love points with him.
In Chapter 5, after Phinora Castle is captured, if Holyn and Ayra are lovers, Ayra may speak to Holyn, but nothing will result of it. He reveals that he is from Sophara Castle in Isaach and that they had first met as children, with him being in love with her ever since.
- Deirdre: N/A
- Ethlyn: N/A
- Adean: 0+2
- Ayra: 0+2
- Raquesis: 50+2
- Ferry: 50+2
- Sylvia: 0+3
- Briggid: 150+3
- Tailto: 120+3
“Heh... I`m such a fool...”
—Holyn's death quote
Holyn is a corruption of Chulainn, as in Cú Chulainn, a legendary hero in Irish mythology.