“Huh? You lost me. You're (yawn...) putting me to sleep. Anyway, we don't got time for that stuff. We gotta get moving!”
—Tailtiu, in a conversation with Claud
Tailtiu (ティルテュ Tirutyu, Tiltyu in the Japanese version, fan translated as Taillte) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. She is a noble of House Freege, one of the dukedoms of Grannvale. She is the first daughter of Reptor, the younger sister of Bloom, and the older sister of Ethnia. If she is paired up, her children will be Arthur and Tine. She is also the aunt of Amid and Linda, who happen to be her children's substitute characters.
Tailtiu makes her first appearance in Chapter 3 when she accompanies Claud to the Tower of Blaggi after Sigurd's army seizes Madino Castle. She does not reveal very much about her reasons are for doing so, apart from claiming to be Claud's bodyguard, to which the latter makes a failed attempt to deny.
After surviving the horrific Battle of Belhalla, Tailtiu and her young children, Arthur and Tine, spend a certain number of years hiding in Silesse. This false sense of security is quickly broken, however, when Bloom shows up there. While Arthur manages to evade capture, Tailtiu and Tine are forcefully separated from him and thereafter imprisoned by House Freege. Tailtiu then withstands years of abuse from her cruel sister-in-law Hilda to protect her daughter, eventually succumbing to depression and death.
At the time of her introduction, Tailtiu appears as a rather bright and bubbly girl with no wish to mingle with complicated politics, especially if they involve her father. She developed a crush on Claud prior to her introduction and claims to be his bodyguard. However, after Reptor turns hostile against Sigurd's army, Tailtiu begins to display her true personality, one which is of a concerned and insecure nature, as she fears that her relationship with Reptor will strain her bonds with her allies.
Tailtiu suffers greatly after the Battle of Belhalla, where she quickly becomes depressed as a result of the stress she endures from surviving and losing contact with her husband and son. This depression of hers ultimately leads to her eventual death. Even at her lowest point, she is still extremely protective towards Tine, willingly standing up for her and taking on the tortures meant for her daughter whenever she could. Even after her death, Tine still looks up at Tailtiu as an inspirative figure, wondering on what she would do when the former steps onto the battlefield.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
Thunder - A
|C B B B|
Tailtiu joins at a very late point of the first half of the game, and at a low level at that. She is not a particularly remarkable character statistic-wise, and coupled with the fact that she does not possess the Pursuit skill, it is thus slightly challenging to train her to her promotional level. However, Tailtiu's Wrath skill can potentially make her fairly powerful, as it allows her to exploit her fragility by performing critical attacks rather frequently.
Giving Tailtiu the Prayer Ring obtained in chapter 4 helps her exploit her fragility even more by giving her extra evasion when at 10 health or lower, and due to her low defenses, she'll reach that area quite quickly. This will also allow her to pass this down to Tine, who can have skills such as Ambush (if paired with Arden or Lex) and Pursuit (If paired with Azelle, Alec, Beowolf, Midayle or Finn). Tine and Arthur can also inherit the Prayer skill, should their father be Finn, but this pairing is incredibly hard to get, due to Tailtiu's starting position, Tailtiu being recruited late into chapter 3, love points only accumulating until turn 50 and Finn leaving at the end of chapter 3.
- If Tailtiu is paired with Lewyn, Arthur will be able to receive the Forseti tome much earlier than either Ced or Coirpre will, making the fights against Ishtore and Bloom much easier. At the same time, Tine will be able to inherit the Elwind tome, alongside being able to handle the Tornado tome after promotion. The only real downside to this pairing is that neither child will be able to inherit the Pursuit skill.
- If Tailtiu is paired with Lex, Arthur and Tine will be able to inherit the Wrath and Ambush skills.
- If Tailtiu is paired with Azelle, both Arthur and Tine will have high Magic, Skill and Speed, as well as being able to inherit the Pursuit skill.
In Chapter 4, Tailtiu may speak to Azelle, resulting in her gaining five points of HP and 100 love points with him.
In Chapter 5, after Phinora Castle is captured, if Tailtiu is in love with either Claud, Azelle, or Lex, she may speak to her lover, but nothing will result of it.
- Sigurd: N/A
- Quan: N/A
- Finn: 180+10
- Naoise: 120+3
- Alec: 120+3
- Arden: 120+3
- Lex: 120+3
- Azelle: 120+3
- Midayle: 120+3
- Dew: 120+3
- Jamke: 120+3
- Chulainn: 120+3
- Lewyn: 120+3
- Beowolf: 120+3
- Claud: 120+3
“Stop! I can't take any more...!”
—Tailtiu's death quote in Genealogy of the Holy War
“Stop! I can't take any more...! [lover], you idiot!”
—Tailtiu's death quote in Genealogy of the Holy War, if she has a lover
Tailtiu is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Tailtiu is a goddess from Irish mythology; the confusion stems from ティル ("tiru", with the standard modified "chi" as a "ti") being used to represent the Irish "talʲ". The exact pronunciation is closer to "tell" (as in the modern "Telltown" in County Meath).
- In the original plans of Genealogy of the Holy War, it appears that the 1st Generation pairings were divided into various patterns of at least 0, 1 and 2. For instance, Pattern (1) included Ayra x Lex and Briggid x Jamke. Under the Pattern (1) pairing system, all the female Generation 1 characters survive, with Tailto, encased in an ice box by Bloom after her death and buried in Silesse, being brought back to life by Claud in exchange for his own life and the usability of the Valkyrie Staff.