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“I can fight... I'm...very angry... The food here... It was terrible, and...they gave us hardly any... I... will have vengeance.”
—Ilyana in Radiant Dawn

Ilyana (イレース Irēsu, Elaice in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She is a Mage who joins the Greil Mercenaries in Chapter 8 of Path of Radiance.

ProfileEdit

Ilyana was born and raised in a town in Daein where she was well-liked. However, she eventually decided to become a mage and left the town to seek employment. This time in her life was very difficult and she often collapsed from hunger. During one of these fainting-spells, she was found by a merchant caravan and was nursed back to health. As repayment, she decided to stay with the merchants and guard them with her magic. Prior to the events of Path of Radiance, Ilyana got separated from her group due to a Daein invasion. She was then forced into helping the Daein forces fight Ike and his friends. When she met Ike during the ensuing battle, she learned that the mercenaries were guarding her caravan friends. Upon learning this, she immediately defects from the Daein army to help Ike. Ilyana then remains with the Greil Mercenaries until the Mad King Ashnard is defeated.

A few years later in Radiant Dawn, Ilyana and the others of the merchant convoy were captured and held at Gribe Prison by Begnion’s occupying force in Daein. She then joins the Dawn Brigade after Sothe rescues her, Aimee, and Micaiah from a Daein prison, assisting Micaiah in her quest to liberate Daein from Begnion's rule. After the last victory at Nevassa, Ilyana leaves Daein with the rest of the caravan. Ilyana later joins Ike's group when her merchant convoy arrives in Begnion. As the war continues, she fights in the Apostle's Army under Ike, along with the rest of the Greil Mercenaries. When Daein's army relentlessly tries to stop them, Ilyana is forced to confront her old friends from Daein on the battlefield. After the war, Ilyana continues to travel around the continent of Tellius with the merchant convoy.

PersonalityEdit

Ilyana's most noticeable trait comes in the form of her unusually voracious metabolism. This often causes her to remain ravenous no matter how much she eats, to the point that she may be on the verge of collapse right after having consuming large meals. Such an obsession affects her mentality as well, as though she is terrible in remembering people’s names and faces, she has perfect memory regarding names of people who have treated her to delicious meals or are good at cooking, such as Heather, Zihark, and Gatrie. And when first encountered in Radiant Dawn, Ilyana is observed to express her anger over being served inferior-quality food in meager quantities while in prison. Furthermore, during her support conversations with Mia in Path of Radiance, Ilyana is presented as getting hungry to the point that after she collapses onto the floor, she begins to nibble Mia's boots.

Despite she may always seem to be thinking about food, she is a good person at heart and she has incredible insight into the hearts of others, especially against people she considers to be friends.

Ilyana shares a unique relationship with Zihark. This may be observed when she meets him in Chapter 1-5 of Radiant Dawn, where she comments that it has been "too long" since she last met him, and remarks that she often thinks of him. This relationship may also be observed in Chapter 3-7 when she speaks to Zihark, where he refuses to attack her, claiming that he has known her for a longer time than the other members of their armies. If the pair share a transferred A support from Path of Radiance, Ilyana will be able to recruit him, making him defect from the Daein Army.

In-GameEdit

Fire Emblem: Path of RadianceEdit

RecruitmentEdit

  • Chapter 8: Ilyana appears as an enemy unit in this chapter. Have Ike speak to her to get her to defect from the Daein army.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE9 Ilyana Mage Sprite Mage FE9Light Light
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Wt Mov
6 20 1 8 10 9 6 3 10 5 5 5
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Shade (FE9) Shade

FE9 Thunder Thunder - D
FE9 Fire Fire - E
FE9 Wind Wind - E

FE9thunder Thunder
FE9elthunder Elthunder
FE9Vulnerary Vulnerary

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
45% 25% 50% 45% 30% 45% 15% 50%

Support ConversationsEdit

See also: Ilyana/Supports

Promotion GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE9masterseal Master Seal) FE9 Ilyana Sage Sprite Sage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +4 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1
Skills Weapon Ranks
FE9 Knife Skill Knife* FE9 StaffE* FE9 FireD** FE9 WindD**

* Depends on player's choice.
** If her weapon rank is still at E before promotion.

OverallEdit

Ilyana has a higher Strength growth than Soren and Tormod, which means she loses less attack speed from wielding tomes, a trait that may be able to compensate for her relatively low Speed growth. Despite her higher Strength growth, giving Ilyana staves instead of knives upon promotion is helpful, as knives require very high Strength to be powerful in this game, and Ilyana usually will hit harder with magic anyways. Pairing her up with someone will fully utilize her useful Shade skill, especially support options like Mia and Gatrie. Her average magic rating among the playable Sages is compensated with her excelling in thunder magic, the strongest tome type in the game; though thunder magic is the least accurate among the usable magic types, she has a decent skill growth rate to balance it out.

Fire Emblem: Radiant DawnEdit

AvailabilityEdit

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected △=Reinforcement

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE10 Ilyana Thunder Mage Sprite Thunder Mage FE10Light Light
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Wt Mov
12 22 6 12 12 13 6 3 9 5 5 5
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Shove Shove
Shade Shade

FE10 Thunder Magic Thunder - C

FE10thunder Thunder
FE10elthunder Elthunder

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55% 45% 50% 60% 30% 40% 30% 50%

BiorhythmEdit

RD Biorhythm G

Promotional GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10masterseal Master Seal) FE10 Ilyana Thunder Sage Sprite Thunder Sage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +2 +3 +1 +1 +1 +3 +1 +1 +1
Weapon Ranks
FE10 Fire Magic E FE10 Wind Magic E

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10mastercrown Master Crown) FE10 Ilyana Arch Sage Sprite Archsage
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +4 +5 +2 +2 +2 +5 +2 +0 +0
Skills Weapon Ranks
Flare Flare FE10 Thunder Magic A* FE10 Fire Magic D** FE10 Wind Magic D** FE10 Staff E

* Only if Thunder mastery rank is at B or lower.
** Only if Fire/Wind mastery rank is at E.

OverviewEdit

In Radiant Dawn, Ilyana returns as the only playable Thunder Mage. With her improved growths in Magic and Skill, the offensive problems associated with Thunder magic in Radiant Dawn may be considered to be compensated for to an extent. Ilyana can be a useful backline attacker (and later healer), but her Shade skill greatly improves her survival ability around other units, so she can be used in less defensive formations as well.

Ilyana is recruited in Part I, but then leaves the Daein Liberation Army to join the Greil Mercenaries for the most part of Part III. As this gives her arguably the best availability of any unit in the game, over-using her in Part I is not recommended, as the Daein Liberation Army needs all the experience possible to reduce the difficulty level of Chapters 3-6, 3-12, and 3-13. If Ilyana is trained to a reasonable level and is chosen to be an Endgame character, she will potentially be able to reduce the difficulty level of Chapter 4-E, as she is capable of exploiting the blessed Rexbolt tome's ability to deal large amounts of damage to the Dragon Laguz. This will essentially allow her to assist in the fight against Dheginsea, assuming her speed does not fall behind.

If given the proper training in Path of Radiance, Ilyana will receive data transfer bonuses.

QuotesEdit

Battle QuotesEdit

Against Sothe in Part 3 Chapter 7Edit

Ilyana: Hello, Sothe...
Sothe: If you’re here with the Greil Mercenaries, does that mean the caravan is with you, too?
Ilyana: Yes. Everyone is back together. Why don’t you join us? You should bring Micaiah, of course. Everyone is worried about you two...
Sothe: I’m sorry, I can’t...
Ilyana: I see... I’m sorry, Sothe.

Against Zihark in Part 3 Chapter 7Edit

Ilyana: Hello, Sir Zihark.
Zihark: Ilyana... You’re on their side, too?
Ilyana: And you stand with the enemy...
Zihark: I don’t know why, but it feels like you’ve been in my life longer than the others. I couldn’t handle it if you got hurt. Ilyana, please pull back before something awful happens. I beg of you.
Ilyana: Oh, Zihark...

Against Jill in Part 3 Chapter 7Edit

Jill: Ilyana? You’re with the Laguz Alliance? No, I mean the Greil Mercenaries?
Ilyana: Yes. Muston and the others are with me, too.
Jill: I see... We fought together in Ashnard’s War, and in the war to liberate Daein. We didn’t spend much time together, but you were a trustworthy comrade.
Ilyana: Thank you... I wonder why we’re here. Why is Daein attacking us?
Jill: I don’t know. The occupation soldiers left Daein. But Daein still cannot refuse a request from Begnion. Liberation was only a dream.
Ilyana: Yet you continue to stay with the Daein army? Why do you do that to yourself?
Jill: Because I can’t abandon my comrades.

Against Sothe in the Part 3 EndgameEdit

Ilyana: Hello, Sothe. Shall we get started?
Sothe: Uh, I thought you’d hesitate to fight me. I’m... a little surprised.
Ilyana: You’ve made your choice, Sothe, and I’ve made mine. It’s really that simple, isn’t it? Anyway, I’m starving. If I don’t eat something soon, I think I’ll pass out...
Sothe: Well, we can’t have that. Ready when you are, Ilyana.

Against Tauroneo in the Part 3 EndgameEdit

Ilyana: ...Sigh.
Tauroneo: Taking a break on the battlefield? Things don’t seem to rattle you, Ilyana.
Ilyana: I’m not taking a break. I’m just sad I have to fight against you, General. Well, that, and I’m really, really hungry right now...
Tauroneo: I should’ve known. Let’s get this over with so you can get back and have something to eat.
Ilyana: ...General Tauroneo, I hope we can meet again under different circumstances.
Tauroneo: I hope so as well, Ilyana. We’ll have to see what happens.

Against Nailah in the Part 3 EndgameEdit

Ilyana: Wolf Queen...
Nailah: Ilyana. I am not familiar with beorc magic. You might actually stand a chance, if you strike quickly.
Ilyana: Um, OK... But... Queen Nailah? Would you promise me something? If we both live through this, will you take me for some good Hatari cooking?

Against Pelleas in the Part 3 EndgameEdit

Pelleas: Ilyana... I’m sorry. If I were a better king, this wouldn’t have happened. I’m sorry...
Ilyana: Your Majesty, I don’t know what’s happened. All I know is that my friends are hurting each other. If that means I have to stop you to save them, then I’m going to try. I’m sorry...

Against Zihark in the Part 3 EndgameEdit

Zihark: Ilyana, we’ve no time for doubts now. This mess has to finish its course. Let’s get this over with.
Ilyana: Sir Zihark... I wish it didn’t have to be this way...

Against Jill in the Part 3 EndgameEdit

Ilyana: War is always sad. It never changes. It is always cruel. Can’t we just pretend that it’s all over?
Jill: I know. No matter how many times you experience it, you can never get used to it. But no, Ilyana, we can’t. I’m sorry.

Death QuotesEdit

“Ah...”
—Death quote in Path of Radiance

“Oh...”
—Ilyana, as an enemy in Chapter 8 of Path of Radiance.

“No! Ahh... I'm dying... on an empty stomach...”
—Death quote in Radiant Dawn

EpilogueEdit

Path of RadianceEdit

'Muston and the others are going to Daein, and I think I'm going to go with them. Thank you for everything, General Ike. Hmm... I hope they packed enough food... I'm pretty hungry...'

Radiant DawnEdit

  • Wandering Sage (放浪の賢者 Hōrō no kenja)

Ilyana returned to travel with the merchant caravan as she had before. Somewhere, right now, she is hungry.

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Ilyana is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Edit

A character based on Ilyana appears in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE as a staff member of Cafe Seiren. She offers a few sidequests to gather ingredients for new menu items that the player can order once they are completed.

EtymologyEdit

Ilyana is a corruption of Iliyana, a name that has been changed and altered throughout cultures; Iliana (Spanish) and Ileana (Spanish and Romanian). In Roman folklore, she was kidnapped by monsters and rescued by a heroic knight, which is rather similar to Ilyana's situation in Path of Radiance.

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