|Millerna Sara Aston|
|Siblings|| Marlene Aston|
|Issues||Chid Freid (Nephew)|
|Love Interest|| Dryden Fassa (Married) |
|Height||168 cm (5'6)|
|Weight||50 kg (110 lbs)|
|First Appearance||City of Intrigue|
|Voice|| Mayumi Iizuka (Japanese; anime)|
Millerna Sara Aston is a supporting character in The Vision of Escaflowne and a minor character in Escaflowne. She is the third Princess of Asturia, betrothed to the son of a rich merchant, Dryden Fassa, and daughter of Grava Aston and Therese Aston. Naive and impulsive, she rebels against the expectations of her duties as a princess. Against her family's approval, she trains as a doctor, and refuses the political marriage that her father has arranged for her.
Millerna is the spitting image of her eldest sister Marlene. She has long blonde hair and blue-violet eyes, and she is often seen wearing gowns similar to those seen in the flashbacks of her sister Marlene.
After leaving Asturia, she changes her clothes to a dark blue-green cloak while leaving in the company of the Mole Man. Later she wears black leggings and flat shoes, with her hair tied back with a ribbon.
As her appearance changes, she becomes more mature and practical.
Millerna is unafraid to pursue her passions. She can be quite stubborn, and pushes back against the burdens and tradition placed on her by her royal lineage. Millerna is not "refined" as might be expected of a princess, and as Dryden remarks could be considered a "tomboy."
She clings to her beliefs and her view on the world very strongly at first, but her journey with the others leads her to take a different perspective and understand that she cannot pass judgments on people as quickly as she is used to doing. In particular, she learns this through her relationships with Hitomi and with Dryden.
In the animeEdit
"You don't understand, I love Allen!" — Millerna Aston
Millerna being the third Princess of Asturia has lived in the lap of luxury. Having an early infatuation with the Knight Caeli Allen Schezar, she sees him as the love of her life. She continues to pursue him despite her betrothal and Allen's frequent half-hearted rebuttals.
Millerna meets Hitomi and Van when they come to Asturia with Allen. Millerna suggests that she and Hitomi should become friends, but her feelings for Allen become a source of conflict between them early on. Millerna's crush on Allen drives her to tag along with the group to Freid. While there, she visits her sister Marlene's villa, where she discovers Marlene's diary hidden behind a secret compartment in her desk. By reading the diary, Millerna finds out that Marlene was in love with Allen and Prince Chid is the result of their affair. Shocked at the revelation, Marlene consults Hitomi for advice regarding her relationship with Allen and her betrothal to Dryden in light of this fact, but doesn't reveal that she's talking about Allen or herself. Hitomi remains oblivious to Chid's true parentage.
Millerna is a talented doctor in training, a pursuit discouraged by her family, but which comes in handy when Allen is injured protecting Hitomi. She performs surgery on Allen and helps rehabilitate him while the group is in Freid. She also attempts to help Van when he is injured after fusing with Escaflowne.
Millerna is betrothed to Dryden Fassa, a merchant from Asturia, during the series. At first she feels awkward about the relationship, but she is impressed by Dryden's riches, as well as the way he treats her, not being phased by her reactions to his teasing. During a break in the fighting between Zaibach and Asturia and its allies, Millerna's wedding to Dryden is set to take place, and, anxious about the outcome of their wedding, asks Hitomi to read her fortune. Hitomi, struggling with her feelings for Allen, and weighed down by the realization that Millerna still loves Allen, gives Millerna a false reading and tells her that she will be happy. However, just as the cards predicted, Zaibach attacks and Dryden is injured.
Before the final battle, Dryden tells Millerna he loves her, but needs time on his own, and may return someday. She tells him she does not know if she will be waiting. However, it is heavily implied she has moved on from Allen in a scene with him in the same episode.
In the ending scene, Millerna is seen standing with her sister, Princess Eries, watching Hitomi returning to Earth.
In the movieEdit
In the movie, Millerna was changed drastically in both appearance and personality. She is a member of the Abaharaki, a resistance group led by Allen and composed of refugees from countries destroyed by the Black Dragon Clan.
When Hitomi wakes up after seeing Van and Allen's fight, she insists she must be dreaming. Millerna slaps her to prove that she isn't dreaming, and opens the window of the caravan so she can get a view of Gaea. Millerna asks her name, and asks her if she really thinks she's the Wing Goddess, to which Hitomi can only respond that she doesn't know.
During the final battle, when Escaflowne descends, Millerna tells Hitomi that she has to believe that Escaflowne won't destroy the world in order to prevent the prophecy that Dryden told them about. When Hitomi frees Van from being trapped inside his own mind, Millerna and Allen are seen watching Van's feathers falling from the sky.
It is unknown whether the Abaharaki disbanded after the dissolution of the Black Dragon Clan.
- Millerna is the only main character from the series to have had a different Japanese voice actor in the movie.
- In the original Japanese, Millerna shares her voice actress with Yukari Uchida.
- Although Millerna is not a princess in the movie, she is called "Princess" by one of the members of Allen's crew.