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“Oh, sorry... That probably sounds weird. I've always been sickly. When I was little, I spent a lot of time in bed. So... I used to gaze out the window and see all the little birds flying around the sky... It must be fantastic! Flying wherever you want, whenever you want?!”
—Rhys talking to Ulki in a support conversation

Rhys (キルロイ Kiruroi, Kilroy in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is a Priest who is playable from Chapter 2 of Path of Radiance and from Part 3 of Radiant Dawn onwards.

Biography

Joining the Greil Mercenaries a year prior to the events of Path of Radiance when he nursed a severely injured Titania back to health, he assumes the role of a healer in the group. However, Rhys is physically frail himself, and is constantly bedridden with fevers brought about by him overworking. Prior to joining the mercenaries, he stayed at home with his parents and was unable to find work due to his weak constitution.

Personality

Rhys is a man of unfulfilled dreams. On several occasions, he has spoken with people regarding his various dreams and the activities he wishes he could partake in. Rhys' incapability to take part in such activities stems from his weak constitution, which serves as a barrier that prevents him from fulfilling his dreams.

In a Support Conversation with Mia in Path of Radiance, Rhys reveals that he has always wanted to be a swordfighter but isn't strong enough. Mia, sympathizing with Rhys, vows to help him strive for this dream of his while convinced that he will become her ultimate rival due to a fortune reading she got earlier. Unfortunately enough, after a few training sessions, Rhys is observed to be unable to cope with the strict training, whereupon he falls terribly ill, resulting in the pair being forced to abandon their plan.

In yet another Support Conversation Rhys shares with Ulki, he gushes about another dream of his, specifically that of wanting to soar through the skies with the birds he could see outside his window. Rhys reveals that he has always been fascinated by the Bird Laguz due to their ability to take to the skies, to which Ulki responds by claiming that flying is only natural to him and not particularly thrilling. Ulki then allows Rhys to ride on his back, giving him the opportunity to briefly experience flight.

His inability to defend himself and the frequency of his sickness incapacitating him leaves him feeling guilty from time to time, as shown in his Support Conversations with Titania and Rolf. He tries asking Titania if he can join her in her training, much to her surprise, and when asked about it, Rhys explains that he wished he could fend off enemies rather than force everyone else to look after him. He expresses a similar worry to Rolf when he tried concealing his sickness from him but ultimately fails in keeping his secret, going so far as to proclaim that he should pack his bags and leave so as not to be a burden on everyone. Both Titania and Rolf reassure him that he is an indispensable part of their mercenary group and that they love having him around, much to his joy and relief.

On the whole, Rhys is a very gentle and caring person who had been sheltered from the outside world for most of his life, resulting in a naive personality. He has an optimistic outlook on life and often prays for the well-being of his friends, offering assurance and pieces of advice to them when the going gets tough. Rhys sends most of his income home to his elderly parents and is revealed to be an only child.

Character Data

Path of Radiance

Recruitment

  • Chapter 2: Automatically from the start.

Base Statistics

Starting Class
FE9 Rhys Priest Sprite Priest
Affinity Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Wt Move
FE9Fire Fire 4 22 0 10 8 5 8 0 14 8 8 5
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Serenity Serenity FE9 Staff Staff - D FE9heal Heal
FE9Vulnerary Vulnerary


Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
40% 5% 60% 50% 40% 50% 25% 55%

Support Conversations

See also: Rhys/Supports

Promotional Gains

Promotion to FE9 Rhys Bishop SpriteBishop

  • HP: +3
  • Strength: +1
  • Magic: +3
  • Skill: +2
  • Speed: +2
  • Defense: +2
  • Resistance: +3
  • Con: +1
  • Move: +1
  • Cap: +5
  • Lumina Skill
  • C FE9 Staff Rank*

* Only if Staff mastery rank is at D or lower.

Overall

Rhys is an extremely valuable unit, as he is the primary healer for the first few chapters of the game. When promoted, he will become the only playable unit capable of wielding Light Magic.

Rhys will require protection from physical attacks due to his low HP, Defense and Speed stats. He will easily maximize his Resistance cap of 30 if leveled up, and may be used to shrug off magic attacks with relative ease. Rhys' Speed is average at best, and his Strength is poor. This essentially means that he will hardly be able to perform Double Attacks, a negative trait that may be countered by forging a low-Weight Tome for him. As Rhys is blessed with a decent Skill growth rate, Adept will most probably be a useful skill to assign to him.

Radiant Dawn

Availability

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected △=Reinforcement

Base Statistics

Starting Class
FE10 Rhys Bishop Sprite Bishop
Affinity Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Wt Move
FE10Fire Fire 3 27 8 23 16 14 21 7 24 9 9 6
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Shove Shove FE10 Light Magic Light - C
FE10 Staff Staff - A
FE10ellight Ellight
FE10heal Heal
FE10mend Mend
FE10concoction Concoction


Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
40% 25% 65% 35% 35% 60% 20% 75%

Biorhythm

RD Biorhythm B

Bond Support

Promotional Gains

Promotion to FE10 Rhys Saint Sprite Saint

  • HP: +4
  • Strength: +4
  • Magic: +2
  • Skill: +2
  • Speed: +2
  • Defense: +4
  • Resistance: +2
  • Con: +0
  • Move: +0
  • C FE10 Light Magic Rank*
  • A FE10 Staff Rank**

* Only if Light mastery rank is at D or lower.
** Only if Staff mastery rank is at B or lower.

Overall

Rhys will become playable as a 2nd Tier Bishop Class, and once he is promoted, he can potentially be one of three possible Saint class characters the player may obtain. Although there are several characters in Radiant Dawn who can utilise Light Magic, Rhys is still valuable as both a healer and a Light user.

Quotes

“O blessed goddess... Please... Look after these courageous warriors...”
—Rhys's Death Quote in Path of Radiance

“Oh, Goddess... Take pity...on soldiers such as we...”
—Rhys's Death Quote in Radiant Dawn

Epilogue

Radiant Dawn

  • Gentle Saint - Rhys (穏やかなる聖人 Odayakanaru seijin)

Rhys served as healer and opened a small chapel in a corner of their old keep. He taught school there.

Etymology

The name 'Rhys' means 'ardor' in Welsh. His Japanese name, 'Kiruroi,' is a derivation of the Gaelic name 'Kilroy'. Just like the name Roy, Kilroy probably originates from the Gaelic element 'ruagh' which means 'red,' as well as 'caol' which means 'narrows, channel, or strait.'

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