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|“||On that day so long ago, he shielded us from evil. He is our true savior. However, mankind has forgotten that most sacred debt we owe him. I do, as we all must, what I can to atone for that crime of neglect.||”|
— Saleh about Morva
Saleh (Japanese: サレフ Saleh) is a sage who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the protector of the Great Dragon Myrrh, the teacher of Ewan, and a friend of Gerik. He first appears in Chapter 5, and joins in Chapter 12 of Eirika's route and Chapter 15 of Ephraim's route.
Saleh first appears in Chapter 5 briefly, asking Eirika if she has seen a girl with indigo hair. She declines, and he leaves. Later, in A New Journey, after Chapter 8, Myrrh mentions Saleh's name, stating that they went to investigate an evil force coming from the direction of Grado.
In Chapter 10, Ewan mentions Saleh when talking about an overland route to Rausten. Innes recognizes the name from the Frelian spy network, describing him as a master of magic who fights off monsters. Eirika decides to travel to Caer Pelyn and this teacher.
Next, in Chapter 11, after the battle is over, Ewan finds Saleh at his house. Eirika recognizes him from Serafew, and he agrees to help her army across the mountains to the village of Caer Pelyn.
In Chapter 12, he helps Eirika fight off monsters at Caer Pelyn. Ewan is cornered in a house, hiding from a revenant; either Saleh or Eirika finds him there. After the battle, he leads the group to Dara, the elder of Caer Pelyn. She explains the tale of the Great Dragon to Eirika. When Eirika mentions that she has seen Myrrh, the Great Dragon, with Ephraim, Dara tells Saleh that he must find her. With a common goal and the same route, Saleh joins Eirika. They set out to Jehanna.
Saleh appears in Chapter 12, talking to Ewan, who seems to be looking for Marisa. Saleh states that he has been unable to find the Great Dragon, and heads back to the village. He warns Ewan not to be reckless with magic.
In Chapter 15, Ephraim arrives at Jehanna Hall to help Eirika. In the beginning of the battle, she exits the castle along with Saleh and Innes. Saleh is determined to fight for Myrrh. Ewan can talk to Saleh; Saleh thanks Ewan for coming to save Eirika and him and promises to teach him more powerful magic. After the chapter is over, he is able to meet with Myrrh privately, glad that she is safe. He joins Ephraim's army and continues to fight for him for the rest of the conflict.
Starting stats and growth rates
Eirika's route Ephraim's route
In Eirika's route, Saleh joins in Chapter 12 as a level 1 Sage. In Ephraim's route, Saleh joins in Chapter 15 as a level 4 Sage. His base stats and weapon ranks are all incredibly good, making Saleh a valuable unit.
Saleh's base level performance is especially impressive in Eirika's route since he joins earlier there. However, he is still good in Ephraim's route. Saleh has an A-rank in anima magic and a B-rank in light magic at base level, letting him use many weapons. The more notable tomes he can use include Purge, a great long-range option for taking down monsters from afar. Saleh can also use simpler combat tomes like Elfire to great effect. His offensive stats (magic and speed) are so good he doubles and one-rounds most enemies with no investment.
Saleh's durability is quite good as well, especially for a magical unit. He can take two hits from most enemies, sometimes even three hits. Since he has perpetual 1-2 range thanks to being a magic user, he can kill entire swaths of enemies on the enemy phase without any trouble. Because magic is accurate and Saleh's skill is high, low hit rates will never be an issue for Saleh, either.
Saleh's other selling point is his base C-rank in staves. He can use Mend and Heal staves to restore the HP of other units, but he can also use Barrier and Restore staves for utility. Since it requires no investment, Saleh can be deployed and help the player without ever gaining levels. Getting Saleh to A-rank staves is not difficult if the player focuses on it. Once he reaches B-rank, he can use Physic, and at A-rank, he can use the Warp staff. This allows Saleh to contribute to Sacred Stones late-game chapters, which are notorious for their difficult terrain.
Saleh joins three chapters later in Ephraim's route, making it more difficult to raise his staff rank and improve his utility. However, his base performance is still good there. Regardless of the route, Saleh is a good combat unit AND a good utility unit, making him one of the better performers in The Sacred Stones. While he shines more in Eirika's route, he is still helpful in Ephraim's.
Saleh was first added to the game in a special spring variation as part of the Willful Rabbits update, and was made available to players in the thirty-eighth edition of the Tempest Trials+, "Familiar Stranger", which initially ran from March 18, 2021 through March 29, 2021. The aforementioned spring variation of Saleh is the only one currently available in Heroes, and is based on his The Sacred Stones incarnation.
Saleh: Vernal Sage
|Springy Axe+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|A||Resistance +1||★★★★||30 SP|
|A||HP/Res 1||★★★★||100 SP|
|A||HP/Res 2||★★★★||200 SP|
|C||Rouse Atk/Res 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|C||Rouse Atk/Res 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Rouse Atk/Res 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Saleh is a very calm, kind, and peaceful character. He is very dedicated to his cause, to protect the Great Dragon, which is his life's mission. He is very wise and skilled in magic, qualified as Ewan's teacher. Sometimes he can be stern or scolding; Ewan had originally been intimidated by him as a teacher. He practices some sort of traditional religion or meditation called "Valega", which seems to involve great harmony and contemplation, even meditating on the battlefield. He is sage and at peace, a mentor that many look up to.
Saleh lives in the mountain village of Caer Pelyn, taking care of the elder Dara and aiming to protect Myrrh, the Great Dragon. He had taken in Ewan as a student a few years ago, when he had gone to visit Gerik. He sees Ewan as a troublesome, but potentially successful and very sweet student. He and Gerik seem to be good friends; however, Saleh still feels regret over killing Gerik's friend Zabba long ago. However, Gerik forgives him for this.
- Main article: Saleh/Supports
Saleh, the Well of Wisdom
Saleh returned to Caer Pelyn, where he remained a faithful servant of the Manakete. His days were not spent in isolation, though. Many of the friends he met during the War of the Stones came to visit his village.
Eirika and Saleh
After the war, Eirika and Saleh returned to their respective homes. Eirika visited Caer Pelyn when she could. Eventually, she left Renais in the care of her brother and wed Saleh. Their daughter resembles the legendary Nada Kuya.
Saleh and Myrrh
Myrrh returned to Darkling Woods, but at Saleh's request, she eventually moved to Caer Pelyn. In time, the townsfolk learned to treat her not as the Great Dragon but rather as a normal girl, and she was happy.
Saleh and Ewan
Master and student returned to Caer Pelyn to study in peace. Ewan worked hard, and in time, his power grew to rival Saleh's. As equals, the two continued their studies together and expanded their knowledge ever more.
|“||I'm sorry, Grandmother... My duty...||”|
|“||Hm... Can my magic prevail?||”|
— Saleh in the final chapter.
- Main article: Saleh/Quotes (Heroes)
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Saleh is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Saleh|
|Well of Wisdom, Saleh|
|"It is my duty to protect Lady Myrrh. I will not die without having fulfilled my obligation to her."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Sage||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Sage of the Frontier Ville: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Draw a card.|
Defender of the Dragonkin: [Always] While you have an ally , this unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B11-039HN • Artist: Tomohide Takaya|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Saleh .
- In the leaked prototype of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, dialogue said by Saleh implies that Morva originally was going to travel alongside Myrrh on her journey to Grado, instead of remaining in Darkling Woods. Saleh states that he is looking for "a father and daughter", in the final release he instead says he is searching for a lone indigo haired girl.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Saleh.
Artwork of Saleh from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
Artwork of Saleh from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "Myrrh: Saleh, wherever we go, you're always at my side. Don't you ever do anything YOU want to do?
Saleh: I came from Caer Pelyn. I have been entrusted with the honor of being your escort. Protecting you, Great Dragon, gives my life meaning." — Saleh and Myrrh's C support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: I'll train even harder, then! Back when I first started, I... thought you were kinda scary." — Saleh and Ewan's B support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: You were practicing Valega, weren't you? "To know the harmony of heaven and earth, body and spirit"...right?
Saleh: Yes, you are correct.
Ewan: Um..."To contemplate oneself"... And...what was the rest?" — Saleh and Ewan's C support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: Do you remember a few years ago when you went to visit Commander Gerik? That was when I met you and followed you back to Caer Pelyn. I never said thank you for taking me in, Teacher. I've never regretted it.
Saleh: I remember it clearly. I kept thinking, "What have I gotten myself into"?" — Saleh and Ewan's B support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Saleh: Your friend, I...
Gerik: Don't say it, Saleh! That was an act of fate. Right? All you did was brush those sparks away from yourself.
Gerik: Listen, we're mercenaries. We end up working together with old foes, and crossing blades with former allies. It's just part of the job. My friend Zabba died by your act. That much is true. And at that moment, I could think of nothing but avenging him! But after that, you saved my life... We became friends. That's the truth of it, isn't it?" — Saleh and Gerik's A support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Saleh: If you find that father and daughter, tell them the villagers are looking for them..." — Vicent ASM, FE7/8 prototype dialogue - Updated II, Serenesforest.net, Published: 6th December 2009, Retrieved: 20th November 2015
- Meaning, origin and history of the name Salih, Behind the Name, Retrieved: May 15, 2018
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