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.
Grants Prayer skill, females only.
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The binding of the Prayer Sword to just female characters alone 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 the battlefield. Times of warfare throughout the course of history thenceforth see women generally being compelled to remain behind while the men 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 deities, praying for them to protect their loved ones from coming under mortal harm. This stereotype is absent from the context of Genealogy of the Holy War, in light of the prevalence of women directly engaging in the chaos of warfare. In spite of this, the notion of seeking divine protection still holds true through the fact that the Prayer Sword is imbued with the Prayer skill, a skill that alludes to prayers being made to the deities to intervene by protecting the sword's wearer whenever they are under risk of being slain.