Dryden Fassa
Age 21
Birthday May 25 (Yellow 25th Moon)
Father Meiden Fassa
Mother Unnamed
Siblings Unnamed
Issues None
Love Interest Millerna Aston (Married)
Affiliations Asturia
Kingdom Asturia
Height 189 cm (6'2)
Weight 75 kg (165 lbs)
First Appearance Dangerous Wounds
Voice Jūrota Kosugi (Japanese)

Michael Dobson (English, Bandai dub)
Eric Vale (Funimation dub)

Dryden is the son of one of the oldest – and richest – noble merchant families of Asturia. His father, Meiden, is one of King Aston's most trusted advisors. 

Dryden is mentioned early on in the series when Hitomi first reaches Palas. It is at this point that King Aston reveals (perhaps merely to spite Allen) that he has arranged the betrothal of his daughter, Princess Millerna, to Dryden.

As not much is mentioned of Dryden early on, it is a surprise to discover during his first appearance in Episode 14 (Dangerous Wounds) that he is not at all like his father. While he uses his wealth for frivolous reasons or unusual acts of charity (such as buying a captive mermaid for the sole purpose of setting her free), he is quite interested in the lost city of  Atlantis, as well as Leon Schezar's research, much to Allen's dismay. He quickly warms to the cause of the motley crew, and becomes a instrument in allowing their journey to continue with both his extensive knowledge and wealth.



Dryden Fassa - Character design artwork

Dryden has dark brown hair and green eyes. He wears glasses and has a rather bohemian appearance. His hair is long, wavy and unkempt, tied at the top of his head with a band.

He wears a long brown coat over a white shirt and a second black Hakama (usually worn over a kimono) tied at the waist with a pink and black striped sash, and also a long blue scarf wrapped loosely around his neck. His shoes are fold sandals with socks.

For his wedding to Millerna, he dons a more elaborate ensemble, consisting of formal blue Asturian merchant lord robes with white turn-up cuffs and lapels, worn over a white shirt and a lighter layered, purple and gold brocade waistcoat and blue bloomer pants. He also wears black opera slippers with white socks, and a high-crowned blue hat with an enclosing brim that slants to one side which is decorated with a red feather.

Life on GaeaEdit

"The Atlanteans were people from the Mystic Moon?" - Dryden Fassa

The first mention of Dryden in the story is the revelation that he has been betrothed to Princess Millerna. He is first seen with the mermaid, Sylphy, that he bought so that she could go free, foreshadowing his charity to save Van and Escaflowne. Escaflowne is heavily damaged from battle, and Van, as a result of having fused with Escaflowne has severe wounds. Dryden recognizes that the only way to fix this problem would be to fix Escaflowne itself, so he calls the Ispano to repair it. When they demand a repair cost in the millions, Dryden offers to pay it. Despite the reluctance of the rest of the group, he has no problem covering the cost.

At first, Millerna is apprehensive of Dryden because of her feelings for Allen. Dryden however believes he can make her fall in love with him, and develops feelings for her over the course of the series. He sometimes teases Millerna for responses that he apparently deems too kind or subservient, at which she retorts.

Due to his interest in the Mystic Valley and the Atlanteans, Dryden asks to borrow the diary of Allen Schezar's father, Leon. He reads entries from the diary to the group, which frustrates Allen and leads Hitomi to have a vision of what happened to Leon; she realizes that the girl Leon wanted to see again was her grandmother.

On the day of Dryden and Millerna's wedding, Zaibach attacks and Dryden is left injured, with Millerna tending to his wounds. Before the final battle, he tells Millerna that he wants to go back to his merchant life, but that he will come back to find her because he fell in love with her.

In the final scene, Dryden is seen with Meiden watching Hitomi return to Earth.

Musical themes Edit

Dryden shares his musical theme, "Perfect World," with Leon Schezar.

An instrumental version of "Perfect World" plays in both the first and last scene in which Dryden appears, first with Sylphy and in his final scene with Millerna.



Dryden's Escaflowne movie redesign

  • Dryden first appeared in episode 14 but was talked about in episode 7.

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