@af1899 does a mini review for Sigurd+Deirdre! 🧑‍🤝‍🧑

Hello everyone, a second mini review has been on the making with the announcement of the latest banner: [To Stay Dreaming].
(With a “little” delay as usual due to my procrastination habits :feh_bylethconfused:).

There, chararacters from the first half of the Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War game are getting their first seasonal variants while also being the first banner of said game with all the characters coming from the same game.
But there was not only one, but two Heroes calling my attention:

And… well… do you remember this?:

Well, it’s a sweet surprise to see them sooner than expected, while it’s not the most fitting thematic for the couple IMO, I still think it suits them about as well, and they’ve got their long deserved alts so I’m content!.

In any case, let’s get down to business as usual:


EPITHET Destined Duo
DESCRIPTION «The duo of Sigurd, heir to Chalphy, and the devoted Deirdre. This happily married couple radiates joy.»
ORIGIN GAME Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
AKA Deirdre: Diadora

Sigurd: Grant George | Deirdre: Erica Mendez

FEH info | GamePress page | Gamepedia
BST INCREASE 147 → 185
(Enlarge | Official info)
PREV. RELEASES Sigurd got 1 (Original)
Deirdre got 1 (Original)
DEBUT BANNER DURATION Sep. 8th, 2020 — 4 a.m. ▸ Oct. 8th, 2020 — 3:59 a.m.

Timezone: UTC-3 or America/Montevideo



:lock: ☆[Gilt Goblet]: :crossed_swords: Might = 14 | :sparkles: Base stat boost = Attack+3.
It gives them attack and resistance +6 during any battle that a foe initiates on them (or if the foe has full health at the start of a battle, regardless of aggressor).
And if the foe uses any kind of tome, the damage their first attack deals will be cut in half, this also applies to all {area-of-effect} specials, with the exception of {Umbra} ones that Røkkrs possess

:lock: [Dance]:
It grants an ally another action on the same turn.
It doesn’t work on units that have [Sing], [Dance] or any other skill that’s treated as either of the two aforementioned assist type skills (such as [Gray Waves]).
It also prevents the unit from getting “refreshed” (i.e.: said assists can’t also be used on holder).
But those restrinctions only apply on a unit equipped with such skills.

[Atk/Res Bond 4]: :feh_inherit: All | :rewind: 1 | :crown: High cost
It’ll give them attack and resistance +7 during any battle they participate in with an ally next to them (i.e. adjacent tile), if the condition is met, penalties to said stats are also neutralized

[Lull Atk/Res 3]: :feh_inherit: Infantry, Cavalry | :rewind: 2
It reduces the attack and resistance of any foe they face by -3 during battles on top of disabling visible buffs on said stats (only for the battle as well)

☆[Joint Hone Res]: :feh_inherit: All | :rewind: 0 | :crown: High cost
This skill completes the {joint hone} family.
It behaves like the other three, if there’s at least one ally next to the holder, both the holder and adjacent ally/allies will get a visible stat buff of resistance


This is their statline, their scope is magical tanking, further accentuated with their superboons on their key stats: attack and resistance — but that’s not where it ends, they also sport a kit focused around that with a form of damage mitigation that synergy with their relatively low speed, magically they’ll be tough to take down, specially if they met all the conditions and are being attacked with a tome user, this makes several physical units viable to counter them as they’re physically weak.
Seeing that they’re already strongly resilient against magic, go for the attack asset to raise their damage output, they’ll appreciate it the most overall.

For the stat comparison, I thought of HS!Micaiah as she possesses a similar statline but functionally different gameplay-wise:

:arrow_double_up: HP | :star: Added: 8/8/2018

Inheritance options

:warning: Reminder: at the very least, obtain their [Dragonflowers (C)]

RECOMMENDED [Lull Atk/Res 3] + ☆[Joint Hone Res]

[Fortify Res 3] (the prerequisite for ☆[Joint Hone Res]) is available on two 4★ units of the regular pool, is significantly easier to attain than [Atk/Res Bond 3] and because [Atk/Res Unity] is expected to be added in the future, which would end up being relatively better overall.

NOT RECOMMENDED [Atk/Res Bond 4] + [Lull Atk/Res 3]

If you manage to get one of the seasonals with [Atk/Res Bond 3] (or Yune or W!Cecilia at 4★) then first take and proceed to take [Atk/Res Bond 4] along with [Lull Atk/Res 3].
This skill can be fully obtained along with its Lv.4 upgrade from Brave Micaiah, but that’s only if you’re willing to let go of [Ground Orders 3] which… isn’t great.

Aesthetics reference

Original art:

Their artwork in FEH

Sample quote — Sigurd:

Sample quote — Deirdre:

(Click/tap for quotes)


After checking their aesthetics and statline, I can say they’re a teensy bit away from perfection, with only the statline being a major enigma: it’s rather… intriguing, not exactly fitting for Sigurd but more akin to what Deirdre would have, but she’s not the lead of the Duo Hero, seeing that’s the case, I would’ve gone differently with them, and make of them a good mixed tank.
On the plus side of things, it’s an alt with no [Tyrfing] for either father or son, but in this case we’re talking about the father so…
But still, this statline makes of them a potent magic sponge while allowing one to redirect strong attack(s).

In terms of aesthetics, I tend to have more to say for the #art than the VAing, the former is so beautiful, it captivates the bond of this lovey-dovey couple and Deirdre looks so lovely as ever, better than the OG’s but still great.
Similar things can be said about the quotes and VAing.

As for the banner itself, it would’ve been my pleasure to had the time to spare for covering all the five units, but the circumstances don’t allow me to cover more than 1 Hero per banner.
In any case, I’m just going to say that this batch of units is so perfect, 3 female characters and 3 male characters and all of them from Jugdral, once again I’m super glad for this milestone, and look forward to more banners from said continent.
As usual, I gave some thoughts on different threads about the new additions, like the banner discussion thread linked below the ratings:


ARTWORK 10 / 10
VOICE 10 / 10
STATS 9 / 10
OVERALL ~9.67 / 10

:bookmark_tabs: Temporary central glossary/symbology (will be replaced later on here and the other reviews)
:speech_balloon: Discussion thread
:envelope_with_arrow: Third feedback round
:clock230: Click/tap here to check my other reviews
:film_strip: Associated banner’s trailer: EN | JP
:high_brightness: Associated banner’s {Tips & Tricks} video
:notes: Trailer’s background music
:cd: Datamine

The End

(I was going to make this animated like in a Minecraft splash but I didn’t have the time for it)

Thanks everyone for reading my second mini review! Remember you can subscribe to get notified of future releases and provide feedback to improve future work.

The biographies for both characters this time, were an amalgamation of checking the FE FANDOM Wiki for inspiration, watching a YouTube video to remember the more fine-grained details and recalling my playthroughs on the game…using the latest translation from Dark Twilkitri (version 0.87d, which can be checked on this site).
Naturally, Sigurd’s bio had to be longer because it’s from his side where most of the story originates anyway, I felt like I had to cover until the part he meets Deirdre to avoid major spoilers and preventing this goes on for long, but if you want to learn more, the links to the wikis are provided as always for your convenience.

I failed to get them within less than 100 [Orbs], after a M!Byleth broke my pityrate, I decided to move on and focus on another banner, currently looking forward to summon for Lene and Ishtar, the latter of which is missing in my barracks.

There’s less stuff to be said than in the last review but to make up for it, here are two themes from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War I extended not too recently, Deirdre’s theme and Grannvale’s castle theme, the latter was recorded in conmemoration of the Special Heroes banner we got with a full FE4 selection (for the first time!) — it’s the theme used in the trailer (linked above) in case you were wondering:




Thanks af! :feh_flaynsmile:

procrastination you say? join the club I guess :catroll:


Sign me up on it, please :fgo_buster:



Thanks for the mini review! :feh_birbpeek: This banner would’ve great for us if only we had spare orbs. :feh_sharenacry: Always next time though. :feh_altinawink:

Don’t worry. Everyone’s procrastinating something this year which means no one is really procrastinating :feh_thinkinglikelukas:


Great review as always :feh_nino:

They look so adorable in this alt, I love it. Keep up the good work!


I’d like to subscribe if thats okay.


I even procrastinate in the game that I use to procrastinate on other things :catroll:
I have projects that I want to do for AR Offense/Defense, and Arena, but I just keep putting it off :catroll::catroll::catroll:


Sure :+1: just added


Yay ! Another review ! :feh_birbpeek:

It was worth the waiting. It was great, as always !


Procrastinateception. Procrastinate inside a procrastination :fgo_ereshdistress: