—Deirdre talking to Sigurd in Genealogy of the Holy War
Deirdre is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. She is a descendant of Heim through her father Prince Kurth and Maera through her mother Cigyun. She is also the half-sister of Arvis.
She becomes the wife of Sigurd with whom she becomes the mother of Seliph. After the capture of Madino Castle, her memories are erased by Manfroy and she becomes the wife of Arvis, resulting in the birth of her twin children, Julius and Julia.
Deirdre initially lives in a small village in the Spirit Forest of Verdane where she was raised by an old woman after the death of her mother. Despite being forbidden to come into contact with people from outside the village itself, one day she finds herself in Marpha Castle. There she met another young woman named Edain who was being held prisoner. Edain tells Deirdre about a friend of hers, a man named Sigurd. After Edain is released she falls in love with Sigurd when they meet in Marpha, and later marries him after the end of Chapter 1. She gives birth to Seliph between Chapters 2 and 3, with Seliph inheriting minor Naga blood from her.
After Sigurd captures Madino Castle in Chapter 3, Deirdre attempts to join him and the others in battle, but as soon as she leaves the castle, Manfroy warps in front of her path and erases her memories. He then warps her into a convenient location for Arvis to find, intending for him to fall for her. This is done to have the duo bear a child, who will as serve a vessel of Loptous. Some time after Arvis finds her, he falls in love with her due to her resemblance to their mother and the two are married.
After Sigurd's death, Deirdre bears Arvis's two children, the twins Julius and Julia. Several years later, Deirdre is slain by Julius after he receives the tome of Loptous from Manfroy, which essentially causes him to lose his mind as Loptous possesses his body. With the last of her strength, Deirdre is able to prevent Julius from killing Julia by warping Julia away to safety.
After Seliph defeats Arvis in the penultimate chapter, Deirdre's spirit appears alongside Sigurd's, and she reminds Seliph to always treasure the people around him. She is also shown to not bear hatred to Arvis for what he did to her, as evidenced by the fact that she does not express joy for the Emperor's death despite Seliph proclaiming to her that he avenged Sigurd's death.
If Verdane is not inherited by Jamke's children, Deirdre is reputed to have become a legendary and saint-like figure in said location, referred to as the "Holy Maiden". Upon learning that Seliph is her child, the populace requests for the kingdom to be annexed into Grannvale, which Seliph gladly accepts.
Deirdre is humble, kind-hearted, shy and naive young woman. She is described as not being exactly sophisticated due to her upbringing in the forest. This unassuming personality of Deirdre's is due to the isolation she has been put through for the entirety of her life before meeting Sigurd, an safety precaution that was put into place to prevent her from being influenced by the outside world. Due to the warnings from the old fortune-teller who raised her and her own power as a Shaman, she was always aware of Loptous’ presence inside of her blood and as a result, she was told not to associate with others to in order to avoid the Loptr Church, and not get caught in their efforts to revive the Dark God Loptous.
But despite her efforts, she fall in love with Sigurd at first sight, and eventually left the Spirit Forest to be with him, after he promised to always love and protect her, even if the gods would consider it a crime, Her love story with Sigurd is stated to be somewhat naive, based on physical attraction, and one of Sigurd's flaws as it was one of the reasons of his downfall.
Certain authors' notes state that Deirdre, despite never fully recovering her memories, eventually discovers that she was once married to Sigurd years after his death. She keeps her thoughts and self-guilt about this fact a secret, but never could bring herself to hate Arvis for executing her first husband. When Julius attacks her under Loptous's influence, Deirdre does not put up any resistance, as she wants to repent for her sins. In the afterlife, when she appears to Seliph with Sigurd, she laments of Arvis's death.
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Staff - B
*Due to equipped Circlet
(With Holy Blood Bonuses)
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.
Deirdre joins Sigurd's army near the end of Chapter 1, and the two of them instantly become lovers as soon as she is recruited. She starts with some pretty good stats: Her Magic, Resistance, and even Speed are amazing for a Level 3 unit. She can immediately be of use by using the Silence Staff on the Boss of Chapter 1, making him harmless. She can similarly silence most any troublesome Magic units on the maps she is available.
However, despite her seemingly strong starting potential, Deirdre is a poor combat unit and she comes with quite a few problems. Despite higher than average overall growth, she has extremely lopsided growths that will not benefit her much in the long run. She will be nearly as useful to you at level 3 as she will be at Level 20 aside from her improved Magic allowing her to silence better Mage units. She is the most fragile unit in the entire game due to her extremely low HP, Defense, and Evasion. She can never Promote. She has no skills aside from Nihil, which is essentially useless to her. She can only ever wield her Aura tome as a weapon, which has an abysmal Weight of 20 and ruins her Evasion. Her low Movement makes it difficult for her to even engage in combat. All of these problems make it very difficult for her to engage in a combat role.
Deirdre does have some good points to her. Despite her limited combat capacity, she is capable of dealing enormous single-cast damage. Her Circlet is unique to her (and her daughter Julia) and bestows the Prayer and Renewal skills to her, meaning she won't be easy to take out of the fight when she is attacked. She also cannot permanently die like your other units, presumably because the antagonists of the story need her alive as part of their plan: if she is defeated in battle, she will be captured by the enemy and will return to Sigurd's army after their castle is seized. A savvy player may, then, want to use her as a decoy to drive enemies away to others.
Despite her limited usability, it can still be a good idea to try and gain her some levels to improve Seliph's Base Stats. She will be abducted during Chapter 3, and she is not deployable from the beginning to the chapter up until she is taken: this leaves little more than a full chapter to use and level her if you wish to. It is recommended that you sell her Silence Staff to Edain at some point and transfer her Gold to Sigurd before she is abducted in Chapter 3. While you can also sell her Aura tome for some Gold to transfer to Sigurd, nobody else in Sigurd's army can wield the tome.
Deirdre is bound to Sigurd, thus she does not possess any love growths with any other male character in the game.
|Tome - D||Nosferatu|
- Lady of the Forest
- She lives hidden away in the Spirit Forest. She lost the memories of her past. Appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
|Lady of the Forest|
| Divine Naga|
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|Spd Ploy 3||Spd Ploy 2|
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.
Deirdre is a Green Tome Infantry unit with similar to her daughter Julia in terms of stats and function. She has a solid magical bulk scoring 71 and has a neutral 33 Atk that is solid enough to deal moderate damage, especially when dueling mages due to her bulk. Her middling Spd is a little bit of an issue as it makes her susceptible to fast units, many of which are red but her kit does have a means to secure follow-up attacks in certain situations. Her physical bulk is extremely low, scoring a measly 52 and will likely go down to any unit who attacks her at melee range. Overall, Deirdre is a decent magic baiting unit, but she is far more than that.
Deirdre has Divine Naga, an upgraded version of Julia's regular Naga tome at least until both versions of the Book of Naga received unique refines. Divine Naga deals effective damage against dragons as its most notable effect, allowing her to slay problematic dragon units, especially the likes of blue dragons like Nowi, female Corrin, and Legendary Tiki which some of the Falchion users have difficulty slaying due to their color disadvantage. In addtion, even if the enemy is not a dragon unit, Divine Naga nullifies any visible buff to their stats, leaving only in-combat bonuses as their sole means of boosting their stats. Its later refine, even if only taking the flat stat increases, granted her the ability to stop her Dragon foes from dealing adaptive damage against her, forcing them to target her much higher magical bulk. The unique effect also adds a +3 buff to her four core stats if she has at least 3 more Res than her foes, giving her a much needed boost that is not too difficult to acheive on a decent portion of the cast.
Ardent Sacrifice allows Deirde to give 10 of her HP to an ally. Unfortunately for Deirdre, she has no means of self recovery and the skill does not mesh well with her base kit or even her desired ending kit. Quick Riposte addresses her low Spd by granting her a follow-up attack if her foe initiates combat. Speed Ploy inflicts a Spd-5 debuff on all foes within the cardinal directions of her if she has more Res than they do.
Deirdre's low physical bulk means that she will fall to most melee units and Bow/Dagger ranged units who can exploit this lower defensive stat. If she is not combating dragons, Deirdre is significantly weaker when dealing with enemies on her turn due to her mediocre Spd with will only allow her to deal with the lower end of the Spd spectrum. As such, players can take advantage of this by using their own baiting units to have Deirdre attack them such as Zelgius and Ryoma.
Skill Inheritance Options
Deirdre is best off focusing on what she does best in slaying dragons and baiting mages. Luckily, aside from her Assist skill, the rest of her kit works perfectly as is. Draw Back is a far better skill as being able to pull allies out of enemy range is far more useful and keeps her ally in front of her to protect her. Iceberg is a solid special to build off of her high Res. Fury will provide her with a flat stat increase to her stats, though the recoil after battle will push her out of Quick Riposte range if she is not careful. She can also replace her Ploy skill with other ones to target other stats such as Attack Ploy to "increase" her bulk or Resistance Ploy to reduce her enemy's magical bulk, thus improving her damage against them.
Genealogy of the Holy War
—Deirdre's capture quote
—Deirdre's battle quote as an enemy, in Champions of Yore 1
—Deirdre's battle quote versus Henry in Champions of Yore 1
—Deirdre's battle quote as an enemy, in Champions of Yore 3
—Deirdre's battle quote versus Henry in Champions of Yore 3
—Deirdre's battle quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 1
—Deirdre's battle quote versus Tharja in Lost Bloodlines 1
—Deirdre's battle quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 3
—Deirdre's battle quote versus Tharja in Lost Bloodlines 3
—Deirdre's death quote as an enemy, in Champions of Yore 1
—Deirdre's death quote as an enemy, in Champions of Yore 3
—Deirdre's death quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 1
—Deirdre's death quote as an NPC, in Lost Bloodlines 2
—Deirdre's death quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 3
The Oosawa manga adaptation puts quite a bit of focus on Deirdre, depicting her as a more romanticized heroine: kind, gentle, understanding, emotional, and preferring peace over warfare. She is very confident in her magical abilities. When Sigurd informs her about Sandima's terrifying Fenrir spell, she is shown to immediately perk up in interest, and immediately offers to provide assistance by Silencing him—which she is quite capable of doing. She's later vital to defeat Clement without fighting: she arranges an audience with him, then silences him and getting him and Mackily to surrender. She also puts up more of a fight against Manfroy, who gains the upper hand when a young Shannan is beaten while trying to back her up; that disrupts her fighting focus and allows Manfroy to brainwash her.
In the same manga adaptation, while Deirdre recalls her life in the forest as being a rather peaceful one, her childhood memories reveal that she had always harbored a curiosity about the outside world and wondered what life is like beyond the boundaries of the Spirit Forest. While Deirdre is blissfully unaware of her mother's tragic life and her Loptous heritage, she recalls being discriminated by the villagers after the Mark of Naga appeared on her forehead when she was seven years old, with only her grandmother being consistently kind to her.
After being captured and mindwiped, Deirdre is taken to Grannvale and acknowledged as its Princess. She becomes very popular due to her kindness to the citizens, and ultimately she gets engaged to Arvis while neither of them know that they're half-siblings. But during the Battle of Belhalla, she encounters Sigurd and recovers her memories and her love for him. Arvis finds the two and has an emotional breakdown, begging Deirdre not to leave him... and when Sigurd tries to snap him out of this he kills him, which causes Deirdre to collapse as well.
At the time of her death, Deirdre had found out about her and Arvis' blood relation, but she never hated him and kept the secret to herself. She sent Julia to safety before Julius attacked her and Arvis, then told him about their family (even calling him "Brother"), and died holding off Julius' attacks to save her husband. Her last thoughts are of her long-dead first love, Sigurd.
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|•Palutena||Grab||3,700 / ★★☆☆ (Advanced)||Temple||•Attack Power ↓||•You have reduced attack power||"Edge of Adversity"|
Deirdre is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
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Deirdre is an an Irish mythological heroine who was destined to bring war and disaster. She is known by the epithet "Deirdre of the Sorrows". To avoid this, she was imprisoned. Deirdre fell in love with Naoise, a knight, but the king later executes him. Deirdre either commits suicide or dies in grief.
The story of Deirdre parallels her mythological counterpart in many ways. The Deirdre from Irish Mythology was prophesied to bring war, and was raised in isolation in a forest in an attempt to avoid that. Deirdre eventually meets Naoise, her future husband, and they fall in love instantly, similar to how Deirdre and Sigurd fall in love at first sight. Naoise, along with his two brothers and his wife would live happily for a while until the king finds them, killing Naoise and his brothers who tried to defend Deirdre, and taking her as his wife. Deirdre dies shortly after. This also parallels Arvis executing Sigurd and taking Deirdre for his wife, shortly after which she dies. In the Oosawa manga Deirdre tells Arvis that she has realized their true relation (even calling him "Brother") and covers for his escape, and her last thoughts as Julius fatally strikes her down are of Sigurd.
- Deirdre possesses many similarities with Emmeryn from Awakening. They both have kind, gentle personalities, are skilled healers, and they both possess the Mark of Naga on their foreheads, indicating the Naga Holy Blood within them. They also both suffer from amnesia at some point in their respective games.
- Although Deirdre doesn't wield the Book of Naga in Genealogy of the Holy War, she wields it in Fire Emblem Heroes.
- In Fire Emblem Heroes, Deirdre shares her English VA, Erica Mendez, with Warriors' Lianna, as well as Three Houses' Bernadetta.
- Deirdre is the winner of the 24th Voting Gauntlet (Marital Bonds) in Fire Emblem Heroes and the first character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War to win a voting gauntlet.
- Deirdre becomes the aunt to any children Azelle may have, due to her marriage to Arvis.
- See main article: Deirdre/Gallery.