Official artwork of the Prayer Sword from the TCG.
The Prayer Sword (祈りの剣 Inori no ken) is a special Sword that appears exclusively in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. In a manner reminiscent to the Lady Sword, this sword is one that can only be used by female characters, where, when equipped, bestows upon its wielder the Prayer skill. Bypassing the strict shackles that bind the sword solely to females is possible, however; This may be done through expiring the sword's Durability to contrive a Broken Sword, before selling it off and getting a male character to purchase and repair it.
|Prayer Sword||Sword||C||50||12||70%||1||3||8,000||Grants Prayer skill, females only.|
|Dropped||Generation 2: Ch. 8|
The binding of the Prayer Sword to naught but female characters may be explained through the preconceived social stereotype of women as individuals who are hapless and physically weak, making them wholly unsuited to enduring the harsh chaos that are characteristic of many a battlefield. Times of warfare thenceforth see women (in general) being compelled to remain behind while the males set out to pit their lives against the odds; Incapable of doing much to alleviate the suffering of their male counterparts, these women thus turn towards the hallowed powers of divinity, engaging in prayers that involve them beseeching the deities to protect their loved ones from fatal harm. Although this stereotype is absent from the context of Genealogy of the Holy War, the notion of calling upon the revered powers of sacredness still hold true through the fact that the Prayer Sword is imbued with the Prayer skill, where, instead of praying for their male counterparts to be protected from harm, the women instead plead for their safety on the battlefield.