"Boring sums. Boring history. Boring geography. Boring, boring, boring Seven Strictures. Why can’t we study sword fighting? And sailing? And monsters?"
―Emily, complaining about school at the age of ten
Emily Drexel Lela Kaldwin, later known as Empress Emily Kaldwin is the heir to the throne of the Isles and Empress Jessamine Kaldwin's only child. She is kidnapped following her mother's murder by the assassin Daud, for which Royal Protector Corvo Attano is framed. The Loyalist Conspiracy seeks to recover Emily, and reinstate the royal line by seeing her crowned Empress.
Emily's personality and behavior are greatly influenced by Corvo, who has acted as Royal Protector since before her birth, and the Heart indicates that Emily sees more than she lets on. As her father figure, Corvo's approach to the elimination of his targets changes not only her behavior, but her future decisions in regard to ruling the Empire.
It is speculated by some citizens of Dunwall, including Farley Havelock and, indirectly, Treavor Pendleton, that Corvo is her father.