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“I... I don't regret leaving Bern with Princess Guinivere. But Bern is still my home... It is painful to fight against my former allies.”
—Melady in a support conversation with Yoder

Melady is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. She is a renowned knight of Bern and captain of Princess Guinivere's guards. She has a younger brother, Zeiss.

She is willing to follow Guinivere and join the Lycian Army despite the risk of being labeled a traitor and leaving her country, family and lover, Galle, behind.

After the war, Melady helped Queen Guinivere rebuild Bern.

Her wyvern is named Trifinne.

In GameEdit

Description: The leader of Guinivere's personal guard. Unbendingly loyal.

Base StatsEdit

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Wyvern Rider Map Sprite Wyvern RiderGBADark Dark
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
1030121110513397
WeaponStarting Items
Lance Lance - CSteelLanceSteel Lance

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Wyvern Rider Map Sprite Wyvern RiderGBADark Dark
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
1038171513816497
WeaponStarting Items
Lance Lance - CSteelLanceSteel Lance

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 50% 50% 45% 25% 20% 5%

Promotional GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
Elysianwhip Elysian Whip FE8 Wyvern Lord Map Sprite Wyvern Lord
1 +5 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Sword E Lance +1

SupportsEdit

See also: Melady/Supports

OverallEdit

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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.

Melady has the potential to be your best unit. All of her stats save for Luck and Resistance are well above average, her growths are good in all the right areas, and she has the perks of being a flier. Her decent Constitution also allows her to use the heavier lances with less effort than Shanna and Thea, and with a C-rank, she can use the Killer Lance, which is conveniently buyable in her joining chapter. She can easily hold her own while unpromoted, and her flying utility will be very useful for the next few chapters after you get her. Many of the later maps in Binding Blade rely on terrain or impassable obstacles like mountains and water, which Melady can freely trivialize, with her high durability enabling her to face foes that Shanna and Thea struggle with.

In Hard Mode, Melady is arguably the largest beneficiary of its bonuses of any recruitable unit. She has the equivalent of ten extra levels in Wyvern Rider class growths added onto her already above-average stats, and the result is a combat juggernaut. Even the exceptionally powerful enemies of Hard Mode struggle to do significant damage to her, and when equipped with a Killer Lance, or in some cases even an Iron Lance or Javelin, she is one of the only characters who reliably one-rounds. When leveled to any degree and/or promoted, Melady is capable of charging on ahead of the rest of the army and wiping out entire formations of enemies solo.

Melady's weaknesses on Hard Mode are minor, but still worth considering. She has very low Resistance and is weak to bows, though her sheer bulk and solid Speed should still let her dodge or survive most hits. Aircalibur is by far her biggest bane, as it hits on Resistance and has anti-flier properties. This can be alleviated through the Delphi Shield in Retaking the Capital, which will make Aircalibur mostly a nonissue. While her Speed is good, it is often a point or two away from doubling faster enemies in the following chapters (and she shouldn't even bother with the overly-heavy Steel Lances), which means she may need an early promotion, a Speedwings, or some luck with her 45% growth to reach her full potential. Lastly, low Resistance will make her a target for status staves, and curing her can be problematic when she is usually off on her own.

Promotion can be done at any time, with a relatively uncontested item in the Elysian Whip, and it will push her limits even further, with its well-rounded stat gains (most notably HP) and the addition of the high-accuracy swords to her arsenal making her all the more untouchable and pushing her past certain doubling thresholds. Melady is at the perfect level, as well: she has enough in her stats to be promoted immediately and stay viable, but is low enough level and has good enough growths that her gaining another few levels isn't difficult. She will usually cap HP, Strength, Speed, and Skill, and her Defense will be among the best in the army.

Her brother will usually pale in comparison as he joins later and weaker and only has slightly better Strength and Defense in return. Zeiss is one of Melady's few support partners that can keep up with her, however. Both Zeiss and Trec will give Melady a good boost to her critical rate.

EndingEdit

Melady - Crimson Rider (紅蓮の竜騎士 Guren no ryū kishi, Crimson Knight)
"Melady returned home with Guinivere to help rebuild Bern. Her unbending will and hard work earned Guinivere due respect, and Bern began to regain its former prosperity."

QuotesEdit

Vs. Narcian Edit

Narcian: You're Melady... Hah! You betray your home and join the enemy. You are a disgrace!
Melady:
My loyalty has always lied with the princess. And so it shall remain!

“Princess Guinivere... Please...follow your heart... Galle... I’m sorry…”
—Melady's Death Quote in The Binding Blade
“For everyone back in Bern…and for Galle…”
—Melady's Final Battle Quote in The Binding Blade

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Melady is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

EtymologyEdit

'Melady' may take its reference from the character 'Milady de Winter' of The Three Muskateers. She was the wife of Athos and one of the chief antagonists.

TriviaEdit

  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Melady won 27th place  out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 2:1. The voter comments seem to mostly focus on her strong sense of loyalty to Guinevere despite her hardships and her relationships with her lover Galle and her brother Zeiss.
  • Melady's battle conversation with Brunya is switched with her brother Zeiss'.

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