“Ooooh... I've only... (pant..) a little strength left in me. Sigurd... I must get the Holy Tyrfing to you!”
Byron (バイロン Bairon, Vylon in the Japanese version) is a character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the Duke of Chalphy and commander of the Gruenen Ritter in the First Generation of the game, and the father of Sigurd and Ethlyn. He is a close adviser of Prince Kurth, and is often counseled by King Mananan of Isaach. Byron joins Prince Kurth during the Isaachian-Grannvaleian War, but when Prince Kurth is assassinated, he is blamed for said death by Lords Reptor and Lombard. In Chapter 5, he appears as an NPC unit, managing to evade arrest after suffering heavy injuries. With the last of his strength, Byron manages to bestow the Tyrfing sword on Sigurd before succumbing to his injuries.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
In order to receive the Tyrfing from Byron, time is of the essence. Sylvia should be used to move the player's strongest units to the northeastern corner of Zaxon Castle in order to clear out the enemies blocking Sigurd's path to Byron. When this is done, Sigurd should be close enough to ensure that Byron will be able to reach him on the second turn. Nothing can be done to save Byron's life even if a healer manages to heal him, as the game is programmed in such a way that he will always die after speaking to Sigurd and passing on the Tyrfing sword.
“Damn... so close...”
—Byron's battle quote
“Sigurd... Sor.. ry...”
—Byron's death quote
Byron is a name derived from biron. It is often associated with the famous English poet Lord Byron.
- If the player is fast enough, it is possible to heal Byron with any one of the available healers. If battle animations are turned on when this is done, his in-battle sprite can be seen, which is observed to possess blue hair, much like Sigurd does.