Class: Thunder Mage
Games where she appeared: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn
I was struck as odd when I saw her as an enemy unit because it was really bizarre to see someone that looked so frail and sad to fight against you. The moment I saw she could join your party I was kinda happy I didn't have to kill her, and from that moment on she simply became awesome. Lightning has always been my favorite element, and seeing she was the only mage in both games to focus on these type of magic, I had no doubts I wanted to train her. Despite what naysayers may say about her growths, she always ends up being beastly in my parties, ranking among the units with the most kills by the end-game. She also has some of the most hilarious support conversations due to her hunger issues that always draw her to eat nearly anything. She may be a bit goofy while in base, but when it comes to combat, Illy is one of my favorite units to take in my team. Did I mention she also looks absolutely adorable?
Fun Facts: Ilyana is a corruption of Iliyana, a name that has been changed and altered throughout cultures in this order: Iliana (Spanish), Ileana (Spanish and Romanian), and finally Ileana-. In Roman folklore, she was kidnapped by monsters and rescued by a heroic knight, which is very similar to her situation in Path of Radiance.
It's also worth remarking that if you attempt attacking Zihark with Ilyana during Part 3 Chapter 7 of Radiant Dawn, he'll never retaliate her, regardless of wether you started a support with him or not, possible hidden romance there?