“I’m an orphan. This man took me in when I was real little, an’ raised me to be a dancer. But he was really mean! He would hit me when I didn’t even do anythin’. Anyway, I had enough, and I left him last year for good!”
—Sylvia, revealing her past to Claud
Sylvia (シルヴィア Shiruvia) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. She is a traveling dancer who follows Lewyn and aids the war-suffering civilians. If she is paired up, her children will be Lene and Coirpre.
As a child, Sylvia was orphaned and adopted by a cruel man, who raised her to become a dancer. It is stated that her adoptive father often hit her, even when she did not do anything wrong. She eventually fled from him and met Lewyn, whom she developed a crush on.
Claud mentions that Sylvia reminds him of his younger sister, who disappeared at a very young age. Alongside the fact that she possesses minor Blaggi blood, this has led some to believe that the two of them are siblings. Two notable books published after the game's release suggest that they are cousins instead.
In the manga adaptation by Mitsuki Oosawa, Sylvia's relationship with Lewyn is expanded on. It is revealed that during her first years as a dancer, the general populace shunned her because of her unknown origins, despite her great beauty and talent. However, Lewyn treated her with kindness and took her in as his traveling companion. Erinys expresses some envy towards Sylvia's free-spirited dancer lifestyle, and to her immense surprise, Sylvia bitterly refutes this view and reveals her miserable past before running away in tears.
After the fateful Battle of Belhalla, Sylvia leaves her two children, Lene and Coirpre, in an orphanage located in Darna. Her fate thereafter is not revealed and it is not made clear as to whether or not she manages to live into the time of Seliph's tale.
Sylvia has a cheerful, headstrong, and friendly personality. For someone of her age, she is very flirtatious, as seen in her first conversation with Sigurd, in which she indignantly points out the size of her breasts. This can also be observed in her first conversation with Alec. Despite this, she seems to be rather insecure in matters relating to romance, particularly if she is paired up with Lewyn. In this case, she is shown to question his feelings for her in Chapter 5.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
Sword - C
(With Holy Blood Bonuses)
Sylvia fills an important role in Sigurd's army, being able to refresh any units adjacent to her (so up to 4 per turn), giving them an additional chance to act. She is not suited for combat, having poor base stats in everything other than Speed, and the worst overall growths in the entire game. Nor can she ever Promote to improve her stats. This isn't particularly noteworthy, though, as her role is entirely supportive and she should never be attacking enemy units. Arguably, since she is the equivalent of 4 of your units taking an action(your best units if you strategize well), she is actually one of the best units in the entire game in terms of value that she brings.
Sylvia is only truly limited by two problems: her low durability and her low Movement. Maps in Genealogy of the Holy War are huge, and Sylvia will have trouble keeping up with your strongest and fastest units in order to refresh them. It is thus highly recommended that Sylvia is given the Leg Ring from Chapter 3, as it will eliminate her largest problem. However, the Leg Ring is highly contested and many players may opt to give the item to Sigurd, Erinys, their favorite foot unit, or their favorite mounted unit. Despite this, Sylvia is generally considered the highest priority for the item. Similarly, the Knight Ring can improve her mobility and make her more useful.
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Sylvia's children, Lene and Coirpre, are a unique case in that some players actually prefer their replacements, Charlot and Laylea, owing to the fact that Charlot comes with the Elite skill and is able to receive the Berserk, while and Laylea comes with the Charisma skill and is able to receive a Barrier Sword. Despite this, Sylvia's children will always outshine their replacements stat-wise, even if there are some advantages to their replacements.
Sylvia is best paired with either Claud or Lewyn. Azelle is a safe pairing. While Chulainn and Dew can pass their sword skills on to Lene and allow her to equip better Swords, there's really very little point in those pairings since Lene is a support unit and she will still be a poor overall combatant even with either of them as her father. Thus, pairings outside of Claud, Lewyn, or Azelle should generally be avoided since they are a somewhat weak fit, pass no items to Coirpre, or the children don't benefit much from their skills since they're support units.
- Claud: Coirpre will reach his maximum potential as a healer with this pairing, and is just one of two units capable of inheriting Claud's powerful Valkyrie Staff. Claud's stats perfectly suit Coirpre, and Lene will get some nice Resistance growth. Though Claud doesn't give the children any skills, they're support type units that aren't reliant on skills for relevance.
- Lewyn: This pairing has Coirpre reach his maximum potential as a combat unit. Both children inherit Critical and Adept and excellent growths. The primary benefit of this pairing is that Coirpre will inherit Forseti, one of the best weapons in the game, and Coirpre is one of only three units that can inherit it. Unfortunately, Coirpre is probably the weakest overall candidate of those three due to his general combat inferiority compared to the other two, his inability to use the tome until he promotes, as well as his extremely late recruitment and low level. Regardless, he will wind up extremely powerful in this pairing after he promotes.
- Azelle: This pairing is more conservative than Claud or Lewyn, as Azelle only really provides Pursuit and stats that properly suit Coirpre. With Azelle as a father, Coirpre will eventually be quite good at fighting due to having high Magic and Speed, as well as Pursuit, and Adept. The growths he inherits are a perfect hit for his healer role in the meantime.
In Chapter 2, after Amphony Castle is captured, Alec may speak to Sylvia, resulting in her gaining 100 love points with him.
In Chapter 2, after Amphony Castle is captured, Sylvia may speak to Sigurd, but nothing will result of it.
In Chapter 4, before Thove Castle is captured, if neither Lewyn, Erinys, nor Sylvia has a lover, position Sylvia adjacent to Erinys. This will result in a conversation to be initiated, in which Sylvia will gain 50 love points with Lewyn, and Erinys gaining 25 love points with him instead.
In Chapter 4, if Sylvia visits a certain village up north near Thove Castle, she will trigger an event, in which she will receive the Defense Sword.
In Chapter 4, after Thove Castle is captured, Sylvia may speak to Claud, resulting in her gaining 100 love points with him.
In Chapter 5, after Phinora Castle is captured, if Sylvia is in love with either Claud, Lewyn, or Alec, she may speak to her lover, but nothing will result of it.
- Sigurd: N/A
- Quan: N/A
- Finn: 0+3
- Naoise: 0+3
- Alec: 0+3
- Arden: 0+3
- Lex: 0+3
- Azelle: 0+3
- Midayle: 0+3
- Dew: 0+3
- Jamke: 0+3
- Chulainn: 0+3
- Lewyn: 200+2
- Beowolf: 0+3
- Claud: 190+1
“Why... why am I...”
—Sylvia's death quote.
“Why... why am I... <Sylvia's lover>, what are you going to do about this!?”
— If Sylvia dies and has a lover.
Sylvia is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards: