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|“||Assigning someone a task they do not excel at is a waste of ability. You must never think that everyone works in the same way.||”|
— Cecilia, to Lilina about Roy's ill suit for magic
Cecilia (Japanese: セシリア Secilia) is the Mage General of Etruria in the era of the Disturbance of Bern, succeeding the title from Lord Pent of Reglay following his retirement. A teacher and mentor to Roy and Lilina during their studies in Ostia, she alone of the three Etrurian generals escaped from the coup d'état of the Revolutionaries and led a resistance against the traitors Roartz and Arcardo, later allying with Roy to liberate Etruria and beyond.
Following Roy's recapture of Ostia from Legance, Cecilia and Perceval arrived there in response to an earlier request by Roy for Etrurian assistance and protection in Ostia; there, they confronted Narcian and his forces, who were attempting to threaten Roy into surrendering Ostia, and drove them away. Afterward, Cecilia and her army took over the defense of Ostia from future Bern aggression, and Roy left Guinivere with Cecilia while he was deployed to the Western Isles.
When Roartz and Arcardo initiated their coup d'état, Cecilia was the only Etrurian general to escape their grasp and avoid being cowed into their service, taking Guinivere with her. She founded the Loyalists, a resistance faction, and successfully led them in fighting the Revolutionaries across Etruria, until the combined efforts of the Etrurian generals serving the Revolutionaries and their Bernese allies drove Cecilia out of Etruria and cornered her in a castle in Missur. She and the surviving Loyalists successfully defended against a joint Bern/Revolutionaries siege for a time, until King Zephiel himself arrived and effortlessly defeated her, seizing the castle and leaving it in Narcian's care.
Following her defeat, Cecilia was imprisoned within the castle on Narcian's orders, his intent being to avenge his "humiliation" in Ostia at her hands. In the prison, her wounds were healed by fellow captive Sophia, who told her of Arcadia and that she knew Roy would be coming to help them. When Roy recaptured the castle from Bern, Cecilia introduced him to Sophia and the two joined his army, travelling first to Nabata to defeat the Bern forces hunting for Arcadia.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Note: Cecilia is present as a NPC at the beginning of Chapter 13, guarding the chapter's gate. As part of the chapter's story she is unavoidably defeated by Zephiel during the first enemy phase.
Base level performance
Cecilia joins as a level 1 Valkyrie in Chapter 14 of The Binding Blade and makes a poor first impression. Not only is her mounted movement severely handicapped by the desert terrain, but her base stats are poor for a promoted unit. None of them are terrible, but they are mediocre overall, making Cecilia seem underwhelming at first glance. Not only that – enemy status staff users in the chapter will prioritize targeting her. Status staff targeting in The Binding Blade depends on the deployment order – units last on the list tend to get targeted first. Cecilia will always be the last unit since she joins during the chapter.
That said, Cecilia's first impression is far worse than her actual performance. Despite her mediocre stats, she has many positive traits and can contribute without any investment. Most importantly, she is a mounted unit with 8 movement. This trait only hinders her in the chapter she joins; in every other future chapter, having 8 movement and Canto is amazing. The only other high-movement healer in The Binding Blade is Clarine, who joins earlier. Still, Clarine will have 7 movement before promotion, giving Cecilia an advantage. Cecilia also has significantly better bulk than Clarine. 37 physical bulk (30 HP + 7 defense) and 43 magical bulk (30 HP + 13 resistance) are enough to survive at least one hit and usually two hits. Cecilia's 10 speed is not great, but it allows her to avoid getting doubled by many enemies. Considering this, Cecilia is a great frontline healer – she can keep up with the other units there, and while her combat is poor, she can at least take a hit or two. Being a mounted unit also allows her to rescue-drop other units, further increasing Cecilia's utility.
Cecilia's magic is not remarkably high, but she still restores 21 HP with a Heal staff and 31 HP with a Mend staff without any investment or level-ups. These values are usually enough to help another unit survive. Her base C-rank in staves is also sufficient to use Barrier and Restore staves. While the player may have other staff users with C-rank staves or higher when Cecilia joins, Clarine is the only one mounted. Cecilia also requires no investment to reach C-rank staves and 8 movement, unlike Clarine. Having several competent staff users is a good thing.
Cecilia's combat should not be underestimated, either. While her offensive stats are subpar, she still has an A-rank in anima magic, granting her perpetual 1-2 range. She also hits on resistance, the lower defensive stat for most enemies, increasing her damage output. Thanks to her high anima rank, she can use Aircalibur and Bolting tomes. The former lets her deal large chunks of damage to enemy fliers, particularly Wyvern Riders and Wyvern Lords. The latter is useful as a long-range chip damage option. However, Cecilia's accuracy with it leaves something to be desired.
It should be noted that the ability to whittle down foes is especially useful in Hard Mode. The enemies there are durable and require more than one unit's attacks to kill. Cecilia can help with that. Since she can keep up with the frontline, it is easy for the player to make Cecilia contribute.
In some cases, enemies who can attack Cecilia may attack another unit instead, simply because she can counter at 1-2 range. The mere fact Cecilia uses magic can deter enemies from attacking her, making her safer to use.
Long-term performance and options
Cecilia's base performance is already quite good, but there are some ways to improve her. Her staff rank can be raised to B quite easily if she is used full-time. Upon reaching B-rank in staves, Cecilia can use the Physic staff, letting her heal allies from afar. This makes positioning her even easier. She also gains the ability to use status staves, like Sleep and Berserk, as well as the Rescue staff, magnifying her utility. The player could even get Cecilia to A-rank staves, thus giving her access to Warp and Fortify. While Cecilia is not the best Warp user in the game, she is certainly not the worst, and having multiple Warp users is good.
If the player is willing to grind supports, they can also help Cecilia a lot. She has the excellent Anima affinity, granting her attack, defense, avoidance, and crit avoidance bonuses. Her best support partner is Perceval, who joins soon after she does and shares movement with her, making it easier to build the support between them. It gives Cecilia a full avoid bonus, improving her survivability. Another good partner is Douglas, since he gives her full avoid and defense, and he also joins soon after she does. However, supporting Douglas is more difficult because Cecilia is much more mobile than he is. This will make it harder for either of them to benefit from the bonuses in practice.
Overall, while Cecilia makes a terrible first impression on most players, she is one of the best performers in The Binding Blade. Her class and base weapon ranks alone make her an excellent utility unit, and she can even contribute with chip damage. Her survivability is good enough to avoid dying in one or two hits, and her speed is good enough to avoid doubling by all but the fastest foes. Considering all this, Cecilia is a great support unit and worth using in every chapter after joining.
Cecilia is playable as a SpotPass bonus character, released in the The Binding Blade character set. She also appears in Awakening's DLC chapters, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 and 3 and as an NPC in Smash Brethren 1.
Starting stats and growth rates
Playable (SpotPass) NPC (DLC SB1) Enemy (DLC SB2&3)
Growth rates when reclassed
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Promotion stat gains
Archer Cavalier Cleric Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Pegasus Knight Tactician Thief Troubadour
Like all female bonus units in Awakening, Cecilia has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard female units.
There are two variations of Cecilia available to Heroes, all of which are tied to her storyline appearance in The Binding Blade. The normal variation of Cecilia was one of the characters available to be summoned by players from the game's initial launch, and is also the eighth of twelve characters that are part of the game's Hero Battle rotation. She was first made available via Hero Battle at 7:00 AM UTC on February 9, 2017 through 6:59 AM UTC on Feburary 10, 2017, and her Hero Battle has been available during the same time period every twelve days thereafter. A winter variation of Cecilia was added to the game alongside the Gifts of Winter update and made available to players in the twenty-first edition of the Tempest Trials, "Life is But Fleeting", which initially ran from December 18, 2018 through December 28, 2018.
The normal variation of Cecilia is one of a select few characters to have been inherently available at all five rarities, although inherent availability at five-star rarity has been limited to summoning focuses.
Cecilia: Etrurian General
★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Tome of Order||★★★★★||400 SP|
|Rally Resistance||★★★||150 SP|
|A||Attack +1||★★★||30 SP|
|A||Attack +2||★★★★||60 SP|
|A||Attack +3||★★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Escape Route 1||★||60 SP|
|B||Escape Route 2||★★||120 SP|
|B||Escape Route 3||★★★★||240 SP|
Cecilia: Festive Instructor
|Goodie Boot+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|A||Atk/Res Bond 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|A||Atk/Res Bond 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Atk/Res Bond 3||★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Def Ploy 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|C||Def Ploy 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Def Ploy 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
As a teacher, Cecilia is a believer in the importance of talent in learning magic, and so refrained from teaching Roy magic on the grounds that his lack of talent for it compared to Lilina would cause him distress when his efforts to keep up yielded no results. She is persistent and stubborn, particularly when someone is attempting to deceive her, as with her attempts to convince Elffin to stop lying about his true identity; her insistence on explanations from him was observed by Elffin as being "intimidating". She tends to put too much focus on the individual battles and sometimes fails to see the broader picture, such as forgetting that keeping a slower pace on the battlefield is to the detriment of helping those in need further down the line.
Cecilia was specifically nominated by Pent for the Mage General post following his retirement, but when she first took over the role she had to contend with sexism in the army, as many of her competitors and subordinates doubted her aptitude for the role solely based on her gender. In response to this mistreatment, she spent all of her spare time studying in a bid to prove her worth to those who doubted her, and eventually won everyone's trust and support.
- Main article: Cecilia/Supports
Cecilia - Daughter of Etruria
Short: Worked to rebuild Etruria.
Long: Cecilia returned home and helped rebuild Etruria. Her calm judgment and leadership played a major role in directing Etruria to prosperity once again. Her hard work earned her the title of the "Maiden of Etruria" after her death.
Roy and Cecilia (paired ending)
Cecilia accompanied Roy to Pherae, where she helped rebuild the battered land. She eventually married Roy, continuing to offer him close support and aid as the marchioness of Pherae.
|“||Narcian: Cecilia... Back for more, are you?
Cecilia: It was Zephiel to whom I lost. Not you.
Narcian: Fair enough, but now you will know my true strength!
— Cecilia, when fighting Narcian in Chapter 16 of The Binding Blade.
— Cecilia, in the Final Chapter of The Binding Blade.
|“||I am Cecilia of Etruria.||”|
— SpotPass parley in Fire Emblem Awakening
|“||I will face this crucial test.||”|
— SpotPass battle quote in Awakening
|“||Ah. There's an interesting idea.||”|
— SpotPass recruitment quote in Awakening
|“||Now the enemy is summoning forces from the other worlds? Ill tidings...||”|
— Cecilia, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 in Awakening.
|“||I have! My allegiance is sworn to the Kingdom of Etruria!||”|
— Cecilia, when fighting Flavia as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 in Awakening.
|“||This is our land, our kingdom! You can return to your own.||”|
— Cecilia, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 3 in Awakening.
|“||Etruria... Be a beacon... for the future...||”|
— Cecilia, in The Binding Blade.
|“||It seems I'm a better teacher than I am a warrior...||”|
— Cecilia, as a NPC in Smash Brethren 1 in Awakening.
|“||You've tested...the limits of one...but you will learn...the potential of many...||”|
— Cecilia, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 in Awakening.
|“||It's not fair... This is our land... Why can we not defend it?||”|
— Cecilia, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 3 in Awakening.
- Main article: Cecilia/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Cecilia is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- The below card's quote is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Cecilia|
|Mage General of Etruria, Cecilia|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Valkyrie||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Lesson in Tactics: [Activate] [Once per turn] [ ] Move an enemy.|
Master of Magic: [Always] While this unit is being supported by a card, this unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B05-041HN • Artist: Misei Ito|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Cecilia .
- Cherami Leigh, Cecilia's English voice actress in Heroes, also voices Caeda, Mae, and Gwendolyn in the same game as well as Caeda in Warriors and both Mae and Emma in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
- Toa Yukinari, Cecilia's Japanese voice actress in Heroes, also voices Gwendolyn and Lucius in the same game.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Used in the The Binding Blade fan translation; as above.
Officially romanized as Secilia on the official The Binding Blade website and in the art gallery of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Romanized instead as Cecilia Fire Emblem Characters: The Sword of Seal & The Sword of Flame and the now defunct Fire Emblem Museum website.
Artwork of Cecilia from The Binding Blade.
Cecilia performing a critical hit.
Artwork of Cecilia from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Fire Emblem 6: Cecilia Artbook Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 7 February 2018
- Voice Of Cecilia - Fire Emblem Heroes | Behind The Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com, Retrieved: 7 February 2018
- "I am Perceval, Knight General of Etruria. Yesterday, we were informed by Mage General Cecilia that Ostia had requested Etruria's protection. Therefore, Ostia is to become a protectorate of Etruria, as of now." — Perceval, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Cecilia escaped from Aquileia with Guinivere. Forming an anti-coup d'etat militia called the Loyalists, she traveled around Etruria, fighting the Revolutionaries. However, the Revolutionaries had Bern on their side. With King Mordred taken hostage, Great General Douglas and Knight General Perceval were also forced to join the Revolutionaries. With these powerful allies, the Revolutionaries slowly began to push the Loyalists out of Etruria. Eventually, the Loyalists were driven into an old castle on the Missur Peninsula." — Opening narration of Chapter 13, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Cecilia: You see, practice isn't enough to master a school of magic. You need talent, and that can't be obtained through practice. With another person of such talent so close to him, what would he think? He'd work as hard--maybe even harder than her, but he would still lag far behind. What would that do to his confidence?
Lilina: That person of talent... Do you mean me?
Cecilia: Everyone has things they excel at naturally. It was clear that Roy wouldn't excel at magic, so I decided he would be better off learning the sword instead.
Cecilia: Lilina, you will lead Ostia someday. You should remember this... Assigning someone a task they do not excel at is a waste of ability. You must never think that everyone works in the same way." — Cecilia and Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Cecilia: ...... You insist on continuing this farce, don't you? Then I have an idea.
Cecilia: Show me your right shoulder that you are conveniently hiding with your hair. If you are but a simple bard as you say, then there won't be a scar from a magic attack. May I have a look...?
Elffin: ...... ...Persistent, aren't you, Cecilia?" — Cecilia and Elffin, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Elffin: Cecilia... How much longer are you going to stay mad?
Cecilia: I understand why you were hiding your identity from me, my prince.
Elffin: Thank you, Cecilia.
Cecilia: But Your Highness, you told General Douglas. Did you lack trust in me?
Elffin: That's not why...
Cecilia: I'll let it go for now, Your Highness. Though I expect an explanation after the war is over.
Elffin: ...As intimidating as always.
Cecilia: In this situation, yes. You have brought grief not just to me, but to your people as well. Please show our people that you live, Your Highness. Please..." — Elffin and Cecilia, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Cecilia: Rushing forward will only lead us to failure.
Roy: I'm not rushing, but we must move as quickly as possible.
Roy: The quicker we move, the more lives will be saved.
Cecilia: ...Yes, that's true.
Roy: We fight to win this war. But how can we call it a victory with the deaths of so many innocents?
Roy: Oh, I'm sorry... I didn't mean to talk back to you. Are you cross with me?
Cecilia: Not at all. I was too focused on a simple victory. You are already becoming a worthy leader." — Cecilia and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Douglas: The former Mage General appointed you as his successor... But many were opposed to you taking the position at first.
Cecilia: Yes, that is true. A female officer was enough to incite the rage of some. I spent most of my earlier days fighting against prejudice.
Douglas: To be honest, I doubted your abilities at first, too.
Cecilia: Yes, I know. Every time you told me I was too weak for the job, I would bury myself in spell tomes and work even harder.
Douglas: That's just like you. I expect you must have resented me quite a bit.
Cecilia: Oh? I never resented you, General. Do you know why?
Douglas: No. Please tell me.
Cecilia: The day I enlisted, the other young officers gave me a hard time for being a woman. But you defended me. You said that I was stronger than any of them.
Douglas: ...I'm afraid I don't remember.
Cecilia: That's all right. I remember it perfectly." — Douglas and Cecilia, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Cherami Leigh | Behind The Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com, Retrieved: 7 February 2018
- Toa Yukinari | Behind The Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com, Retrieved: 7 February 2018
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Cecilia, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 7 February 2018
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