“To beat your enemy, know your allies. Without knowing the skills of your own men, you can never win a war. I don't want to die just because I didn't know what to expect from my troops.”
—Syrene in a support conversation with Moulder
Syrene (シレーネ, Shirēne) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. She is the only pre-promoted Falcon Knight as well as the last recruitable character available in the main game.
Syrene is a famous pegasus knight of Frelia, and the older sister of Vanessa. She is the commander of their third battalion, and is widely renowned for her beauty, skill, and courage. She acts as an "older sister" figure to Tana, whom she trained along with Vanessa.
In Vanessa and Syrene's support conversations, it is revealed that Vanessa looked up to Syrene for her ability to be "both a person and a soldier" while Syrene looked up to Vanessa for her calm and clear-headed manner even when under great pressure. Once, when their father got sick and they had no money, Syrene and her mother panicked while Vanessa gathered nuts, sold them, and bought medicine.
Kyle and Syrene's supports reveal that they met once as pre-teens, when Kyle was a squire and messenger and Syrene was a trainee. Kyle was sent from Renais to deliver messages to King Hayden. Syrene was amused with his serious behavior; once they were done, she managed to rope him into going to the seaside with her, which Kyle had never seen while growing up in landlocked Renais. Later she helped him fight some bandits, and gave him a small wooden figure in the form of a pegasus, which he kept.
Syrene's supports with Gilliam show a somewhat more hotblooded and teasing side to her. She teases him by telling him she thinks he's very handsome and enjoying how flustered he is at that. In their A support they acknowledge their mutual feelings, with Gilliam proposing to Syrene.
- Chapter 17: NPC, talk with Innes, Tana, or Vanessa, or let her survive until the end of the chapter.
*35% in the Japanese version
- See also: Syrene/Supports
As the last joining unit in the game, Syrene has a very hard time contributing due to her very low availability. Despite this, her decent bases and flying utility allow her to contribute in ferrying and rescuing in the few chapters left while filling minor combat roles as she can, such as defeating unhatched Gorgon eggs and helping units maneuver in the later chapters.
When combined with the other two Falcon Knights, Vanessa and Tana, she can perform the Triangle Attack for massive damage. It is hard to make use of however, thanks to its difficulty in setting up all three of the fliers.
- Graceful Syrene (秀麗の緑翼 Shūrei no Midori Tsubasa)
Syrene continued as commander of Frelia's Pegasus knights. Her grace and beauty in fight were the subject of many songs and paintings, and her popularity soared.
- (A Support with Kyle)
After the war, Kyle visited Frelia, where he was greeted with a warm reception by Syrene. After the two retired, they were wed. They raised a daughter whose skill in martial arts and etiquette excelled.
- (A Support with Gilliam)
Gilliam and Syrene returned to Frelia, where they were married. All agreed they were a perfect match, and their union was blessed by the crown and the order of knight. The two continued their unwavering service together.
- (A Support with Vanessa)
Sisters Syrene and Vanessa returned to Frelia after the war for a long-overdue talk. They talked of love and war, of friends now gone. Together, they renewed their bond as siblings and vowed never to let that bond fail.
In Greek mythology, 'Cyrene' was a princess of the Lapiths who, when her father's sheep was attacked by a lion, wrestled with the lion and killed it. The god Apollo was so impressed that he fell in love with her and whisked her off to present-day Libya, where the city of Cyrene was founded in her honor. 'Syrene' could also refer to sirens, which in Greek mythology were maidens whose song caused sailors to go mad and jump overboard in an attempt to reach them.