“Surrender? I'm the prince of Frelia. I don't know the meaning of the word. The fate of the world rides on my shoulders, and I'll make it to Jehanna. Even if I have to crawl to do it.”
—Innes being attacked in Carcino in The Sacred Stones
Innes (ヒーニアス Hīniasu, translated Heanius in Japan), is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the arrogant prince of Frelia and brother of Tana, famed for his immense skill with a bow and his tactical prowess. The Pegasus Knight Vanessa has feelings for him.
In B support conversation of Moulder and Vanessa, Moulder tells her that ten years ago, when Innes was still a young prince, a foreign archer of great renown came to the palace to display his skills. Innes demanded to match his own skills to the foreigner's and they both scored perfect hit after hit, moving the target farther and farther back. Eventually the foreigner became tired and offered to place farther back then Innes could reach for one last shot, he aimed and just barely made the target. Innes however, simply tilted his bow upward and fired again, an extremely difficult shot to make but he achieved another perfect hit. The foreign archer finally gave up and the prince won the contest.
Innes is extremely brash, arrogant, proud, and harbors an intense, yet semi-friendly rivalry with Ephraim. At heart, however, he is a good and just person. He's also a very capable (if not necessarily charismatic) leader, handling the Frelia information network via a convoy of highly-trained and efficient messengers with pegasus mounts.
Innes's analytical and critical mindset are both his greatest asset and his worst flaw. His skills are very useful in times of crisis, but his interpersonal relationships suffer badly and as such, it takes him a long time to build meaningful bonds with other members of the cast, as well as keeping his pre-existent relationships in good shape. For example, he can be very harsh and severe with his sister, Tana, whom he wants to spare from the horrors of war; several times he tries to convince her to return to Frelia, but is unsuccessful; she tells him that she is ready for war because she "Trained with Syrene and Vanessa, two of Frelia's finest." However, it is shown he really only wants to help her in their A support, but expresses it badly due to his huge pride and thus he must first stop seeing her as a little girl who needs protection, before he can tell her what he truly thinks of her.
Bow - A
*60% in the Japanese version
- See also: Innes/Supports
As a pre-promoted Sniper with high bases and weapon ranks, Innes' most noteworthy trait is his immediate and very powerful player phase offense. Thanks to his notable Speed, Strength, and Skill bases, he has very little difficulty one rounding the majority of enemies he will encounter from the moment he joins. His high A rank in bows also allows him to use silver bows immediately from the start, and he is the fastest unit to achieve the S rank in bows needed to use the powerful Nidhogg. His decent growths will also allow him to keep this powerful offense up even in lategame.
Innes' main weaknesses are tied to the limitations of his Sniper class. He lacks a close quarters option for combat and will not be able to deliver counter attacks as a result. His foot movement may also give him difficulty in keeping up with the movement of mounted and flying units. Compared to Neimi, Innes has significantly higher bases and will be more powerful when acquired, however, her higher offensive stat growths tend to make her slightly stronger than Innes at a maxed level, and she can also become a ranger for the improved movement and option to use swords. Despite this, Innes' much lower investment cost and very strong performance allow him to remain a strong contender for the whole game.
Bow - A
*Enemy only; joins unequipped
“I won't give up... Not here... Not in this place... I'll keep going, even if I have to crawl...”
—Retreat Quote in The Sacred Stones
- Innes, King and Tactician (策謀の王子 Sakubō no ōji)
As time went on, he succeeded his father, Hayden, as King of Frelia. His resourcefulness and tactical prowess helped him build a court of loyal vassals that served to lead his country to greater prosperity.
- (A Support with L'Arachel)
Stories tell of the sparks that flew between L'Arachel and Innes when they first met. As the love between them flourished, so too did the bond that united their two nations.
- (A Support with Eirika)
After the reconstruction of Renais, Innes challenged Ephraim to a duel. The match ended in a tie. After the fight, Eirika acknowledged her love for Innes, and the two were wed with Ephraim's blessings.
- (A Support with Vanessa)
At Innes's request, Vanessa moved into Castle Frelia where she continued her duties as a knight of the realm. Thereafter, they had a child and lived happily with the blessings of all around them.
Innes is the Celtic word for "Island" or "From the Island".
Innes is also the name of a Scottish Clan: the clan is without a chief recognized by the Lord Lyon, King of Arms.
- In the prototype version, Innes was a Monk instead of a Sniper.
- In the Spanish translation of the game, Innes is called James.