|“||But why? I see no hatred in your eyes. Only sorrow.||”|
— Elen to Chad in a support conversation.
Elen (Japanese: エレン Elen) is a priest in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and the first playable healer in the game. She first appears and becomes playable in Chapter 2, where she is escaping from a castle to get help. She is a vassal of Guinivere.
Elen and the princess Guinivere are on their way to Lycia to meet with the heads of the league and find a peaceful way to resolve the invasions. When they arrive at the border of Bern and Lycia, they are taken hostage by the leader of the fort, Ruud, who plans to sell Guinivere to Bern's enemies. Elen manages to escape from the fort, but she is attacked. At this time, Roy and his small group had arranged to meet a group of mercenaries at this location, and Elen happens to run into them before the castle guards catch up to her. She helps Roy defeat Ruud and free Guinivere. She then accompanies Roy throughout the rest of the story.
Once Bern is defeated and the war is over, she returned to her homeland to work on its restoration. Due to her hard work, she is given the title of "The Saint of Bern".
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Elen is the first healer you get in The Binding Blade and as such is very useful in the first few chapters because the only other way to heal your units is through the use of vulneraries. Elen joins with low bases, but high growths in every area besides speed, skill, defense and HP. Elen's main flaw is her pathetic magic base of 1, which will plague her despite her very high magic growth and as such she will need to use mend to compensate later in the game. Another problem for her is how staff rank is built in The Binding Blade. It is fairly slow and requires a lot of time for her to even get to C rank staves and will lock her out of higher ranks staves for quite some time. Another problem for Elen is how after promotion she will not be a particularly good combat unit as her speed is too low to double the majority of enemies and Elen will likely get doubled as well. All of these flaws would not be so bad if Elen did not get outclassed very quickly. In chapter 4 you get Clarine, a unit who is very similar statwise to Elen and has the same staff rank, but has a mount to compensate and in chapter 6 Saul joins, who has better bases, a higher base level and a higher staff rank. Elen does have the benefit of great availability and not taking up a deployment slot in the first few chapters, but after chapter 6 there are not too many reasons to deploy her alongside your other two healers, as she has a hard time competing against them, let alone the powerful staffbots in the later parts of the game. This is not to say that Elen is a bad unit overall, as staves are very useful in The Binding Blade, but she is simply outclassed.
Personality and character
Elen is a very pious and good-willed lady. She is slightly shy, and is scared of men. Still, she is very friendly, often trying to help others as well as she can, and concerned about the safety of both those in the army and non-fighters in need. When talking to Lugh, she expresses her concern over seeing a child fighting in a war. She truly believes in the good in people, seeing Saul not as a womanizer but as a priest trying to show the freedom of the Elimine Church. As a priestess of Bern's Elimine Church, she is very religious and is eager to talk with Saul about the subject. Elen is also a skilled healer, even having knowledge with medicinal herbs.
Elen comes from Bern, having lived in the same hometown as Zeiss, and is very loyal to her mistress Guinivere, the princess of Bern. She also seems to know Melady, as both are from Bern and serve under Princess Guinivere. She knows that Bern started the war and understands when Chad is angry at her for being from the country.
- Main article: Elen/Supports
Elen, Saint of Bern
Short: Worked to help rebuild Bern.
Long: Elen returned to Bern with Guinivere to rebuild a land ravaged by war, and to reunite a people devastated by defeat. Her hard work and kind-hearted nature earned her the title, "The Saint of Bern."
|“||Aren't you...a priest? The things you've done... [...] There is no salvation for you...||”|
— Against Orlo.
|“||Saint Elimine... Give us strength!||”|
— In the final chapter.
|“||Princess Guinivere... Please... Don't give up...||”|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Elen is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Elen|
|Saint of Bern, Elen|
|"God, Saint Elimine, lend us your strength ..."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Fortify: [Activate]   Choose 2 cards with different unit names in your Retreat Area, except "Elen" cards, and add them to your hand.|
|Card #B05-015HN • Artist: Tamago no Kimi|
|Cleric Serving the Princess, Elen|
|"I cannot fight, but I can save the injured."|
|Attack: 20||Support: 20||Range: -||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cleric||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Heal: [Activate]   Choose a card in your Retreat Area except "Elen" and add that card to your hand.|
"Blessings of the Saint": [Always] While this unit being attacked by a enemy, this unit gains +20 attack.
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your opponent’s attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
|Card #B05-016N, B05-016ST • Artist: Tamago no Kimi|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Elen .
|The Binding Blade||A young cleric serving Guinivere.
Serene and gracious.*
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Unofficial romanization; see the Japanese name. Used in older versions of the fan translation patch; more recent versions use the official NoJ romanization.
Elen Luyddog (Helen of the Hosts), also known as Saint Helen of Caernarfon, was a Welsh saint who is said to have introduced into Wales the Celtic form of monasticism. She received the title of Helen of the Hosts after having ordered to build roads across her country in order to improve their defenses.
Another Welsh woman with that name is Elen ferch Llywelyn, daughter of the Welsh ruler Llywelyn the Great, and granddaughter of King John of England.
- "Zeiss: You're still scared of men? I remember it was years before you would speak to me normally like this." — Elen and Zeiss' B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Elen: Is someone hurt?
Chad: Yeah, a traveler was hit by a stray arrow. It's not a large wound, but the bleeding won't stop.
Elen: My healing staff will be more effective than the herb. Can you show me to this traveler?" — Elen and Chad's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lugh: I may be a kid, but I'm pretty handy with my magic!
Elen: No, I don't doubt your ability... It's just...children shouldn't be on the battlefield." — Elen and Lugh's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Elen: Oh, yes. You appear to be an impious womanizer. Hardly someone I would call a priest.
Elen: But I finally realized that there is a reason for that. It is a character act. It is to show that the St. Elimine Church accepts even the lowest of men.
Saul: Ah... I, uh... Hmm. OK.
Elen: Acting as you do ruins your reputation and image... Everyone thinks you're lazy and only interested in women...
Elen: But the truth is that you do it for the church. I could not sacrifice myself as you do. You have my respect, Brother Saul." — Elen and Saul's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: OK, well, unless I'm wrong, one of these herbs is medicinal, right? Vulneraries are made from one of these, aren't they?
Elen: Yes, this one has medicinal properties. I'm surprised you knew that." — Elen and Chad's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zeiss: Eh? Ah, er, well... We come from the same town, and, uh..." — Elen and Zeiss' A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Elen: My country started this war. So I understand...if you resent a person of Bern like me..." — Elen and Chad's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Melady and Elen are the best retainers a princess could ask for." — Guinivere on her status page, Fire Emblem Heroes
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|