Characters / Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland

This motley crew is a list of characters from the Atelier series' Arland trilogy who made their first appearance in Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland. For characters who debuted in Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru, visit those pages.

(Names in parentheses are Rorona's nicknames for the other characters.)

Playable Characters

Rorolina "Rorona" Frixell

Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (JP), Julie Maddalena (EN)
The protagonist of the game. Rorona is a 17-year-old (14 in the JP release) alchemist-in-training left to oversee the workshop by Astrid. She's cheerful and outgoing, but also quite clumsy, even by her own admission.

  • Apologizes a Lot: Comes naturally with being the Cute Clumsy Girl.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Astrid.
  • Berserk Button: She really won't appreciate it if she finds you picking on her beloved apprentice in front of her in Atelier Totori. Even Cordelia and Sterk wouldn't hear the end of it if they so much as shout at Totori while in Rorona's presence.
  • But Now I Must Go: In the Normal Ending, as Rorona's relationship with the people wasn't high enough to get enough jobs for the workshop to turn a profit. Lionela or Tantris can join her.
  • The Chew Toy: And to quote Astrid, a pretty durable one.
  • Childhood Friends: With Cordelia and Iksel.
  • Christmas Cake: in Atelier Meruru. Well, she's supposed to be one, if it weren't for Astrid.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: It's part of her charm.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly only around Astrid, though this side of her also popped out once towards Gio in one of his endings.
  • The Ditz
    • Genius Ditz: Remember, she's the one keeping the workshop in one piece, not Astrid. It even gets lampshaded when she's called that she's "dumb but in a good way". In the sequel, Totori borderline reveres her for being a really skilled Alchemist.
  • Dude Magnet: Sterk, Iksel, and Tantris are all heavily implied to be in love with her.
  • Genki Girl: Pretty cheerful and optimistic, though even she has her limits.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Downplayed example, but thanks to her ditzy nature, she serves as one to Totori in the sequel. Doesn't really stop Totori from admiring her however.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As nice and ditzy as she is and no matter how much she respects her, even Rorona will be exasperated at someone like Astrid. Heck, she even snarks about her regardless of whether she's around to hear it or not!
  • Famed In-Story: If you play your cards right in her game, she'll be this at the end of the story. This carries over in Atelier Totori, where Rorona becomes a celebrity of sorts to the people of Arland.
  • Fountain of Youth: Turns into her 9-year old self by accident in Atelier Meruru. She's still useful as ever, though, and is actually rather happy about it.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: While she has yet to reach Astrid's level of skill and fame (or infamy), she does get to become really well known among the populace in Atelier Totori for her Alchemy Skills and her penchant for helping people.
  • Mama Bear: While she still acts as young and childish as ever even as an adult in the sequel, she develops a somewhat maternal instinct towards Totori and dotes on her like a mother would a daughter.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet and kind to a fault.
  • Nice Hat
  • The Nicknamer: Has a habit of brainstorm nicknames within moments of meeting someone.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: This is probably going to be her fate, thanks to Astrid.
    • This is averted in Atelier Meruru Plus, where one of the endings has her revert to her real age.
  • Oblivious to Love: Rorona's pretty dense, so even the smallest of hints of romantic advances towards her by any of the boys in her party fly high above her radar.
  • Pie in the Face: Turned Up to Eleven with her Limit Break in Plus: in the attack's finishing variation, she drops several huge pies on the enemies.
  • Simple Staff: Uses nicely decorated ones as her weapons of choice, Also serves as her symbol as an alchemist (Her original staff was a feature on the sign for her Atelier).
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: She never returns to her normal age in any of the endings of Atelier Meruru, even the ones that involve her growing back up, as she only returns to being 14 years old. The Plus version fixed this by adding a new ending where Rorona returns to her normal age, however.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In Atelier Totori, she has grown into a beautiful young woman. In Atelier Meruru, however, not so much, until Meruru Plus that is.
  • Supreme Chef: She has a real talent for baking pies. One ending even has her become the best pie chef in Arland.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she inevitably becomes stronger in the game if you grind her hard enough, her skills in Alchemy improve vastly by the end of her game's story, and by the time of the sequels, she's become skilled enough to be a well-known name in and out of Arland, to the point where Totori greatly respects her regardless of her faults for her experience and expertise.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pies: For her, it's Serious Business.
  • Twice Shy: With Sterk, assuming you aim for his flag of course.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Ghosts?
  • You Remind Me of X: According to Astrid, Rorona reminds her of her deceased mentor.
  • Younger Than They Look: She's 14 in the original Japanese version.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in the outfit she wears in the original game's pie ending.

Cordelia von Feuerbach (Cory)

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

Rorona's closest friend. She comes from a rich family, but doesn't like it when others bring that fact up. Cory also doesn't like it when she's teased about her short stature. She is the first one to join Rorona on her adventures.

  • Becoming the Mask: In her ending when she becomes the workshop's manager and Rorona declares she isn't much different from Astrid.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't ever mention her short height to her face. Ever. Also, don't make Rorona cry. Astrid exploits the former by deliberately making Hom's height two inches taller than her and making fun of her for it, even letting Hom in on the fun. Cordelia was not amused.
    • In the sequel, she has a new one in the form of Gisela Helmold who screws things up for her in her new job.
  • Childhood Friends: With Rorona and possibly Iksel.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name in the JP version was originally romanized as Kudelia, while Rorona's nickname for her was Kuu-chan instead.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Her normal attack, sort of. More like wild arm flailing.
  • The Gunslinger: For some special attacks. And finally becomes one for real in Atelier Totori.
  • Hair Decorations: Two blue ribbons on her pigtails.
    • She wears a red ribbon to tie her hair up in a ponytail in the sequel.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sure she's brash most of the time, but she's actually one of the nicest and most considerate characters in the game if you go past that tsun demeanor of hers.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take too much to rile her up in a fiery burst. Mention her height for one thing and she's sure to lash out at you immediately.
  • Height Angst: Hates her short height and even once asked Rorona if she could make her a potion that would help her grow taller. Rorona's only response was to feel sorry for her for it, annoying Cordelia and embarrassing her into leaving.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may have a short fuse and may be prone to yelling at Rorona nearly all the time, but it's made very clear that she cares deeply for her, even if she doesn't fully admit it. She even extends this kindness to Totori after she learns, in her first meeting with her, that she's Rorona's personal pupil, giving her her adventurer's license with some benefits without much of a fuss.
  • Little Miss Snarker: When you've got a ditzy best friend and a cast full of weirdoes surrounding her, you'd definitely become this.
  • Motor Mouth
  • The Napoleon
  • Ojou: It's not mentioned often though. When it's brought up in the sequel, it's revealed that she thinks little about her title and even considers it worthless, in contrast to Mimi who believes aristocratic family names are important.
  • Older Than They Look: She's 16 in the first game and in her early 20's in the sequel (21 in Japan and 22 in NA).
    • Subverted in the original Japanese version as her appearance and height are rather suitable for a 13 year old, at least for the first game.
  • Put on a Bus: Only gets mentioned a few times in Atelier Meruru, but otherwise, doesn't appear at all.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Subverted. Unlike Rorona and Iksel, despite being much older, she hasn't grown at all. In fact, 13-year old Totori is taller than her!
  • Quest Giver: Her role in Atelier Totori
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being incredibly wealthy, she doesn't think much of it. In fact, her character events revolve around her giving out easy requests for Rorona and granting her large sums of money as a reward.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's pretty bossy for someone with such a short stature. Even more pronounced in the sequel where she's Filly's boss and the one who hands out the missions to you. It's a pretty bad idea to make her lose her temper in work, as both Filly and Totori learn the hard way.
  • Tsundere: Truly cares for Rorona's well-being but would rather die than admit it.

Iksel Jahnn (Iksy)

A chef who works at the Sunrise Cafe. He's usually a courteous young lad, but he becomes Hot-Blooded whenever cooking is involved. After Rorona goes out on her first adventure with Cordelia, Iksel decides to help Rorona out with her assignments, as well.

Sterkenburg Cranach (Sterk)

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)

A knight who works at the palace, and is responsible for giving Rorona her assignments. He tries to act serious most of the time because he believes it's how a knight should behave. Sterk joins Rorona after she successfully completes her first assignment.

  • Badass Cape: In Atelier Rorona.
  • Badass Longcoat: In Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru.
  • BFS: It's still pretty realistic compared to other examples, though.
  • The Cameo: A sign of Gust being owned by Koei Tecmo, Sterk appears as a playable character in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate.
  • Darker and Edgier: Substantially more so in appearance in Atelier Totori.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He tends to dislike it when people call him by his name... especially Astrid.
  • Face of a Thug: Much to his chagrin, his face and demeanor, especially in Atelier Totori frighten people away from him. He even made three children cry just by looking at them!
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In his special attack in Atelier Meruru. No, really.
  • Implied Love Interest: to Rorona
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Well, it's what he WANTED to be at least. Turns out knights don't really do so much these days. He does eventually get his chance to play the part.
  • Lolicon: some players accused Sterk as this, for the amount of Ship Tease he gets with Rorona and the fact that they're the closest thing to the series' Official Couple.
  • Older Than They Look: He's only a year younger than Esty and Astrid. That said, he doesn't look much older than Iksel or Tantris.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Spend most of the game wearing this expression, which understandably tends to scare Rorona. The remake depicts this perfectly.
  • Put on a Bus: An optional one happens after defeating Suni Sterm, in which he will be out of commission for 80 days.
  • Ship Tease: Out of all the guys in games, he gets the most with Rorona.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: For Gino in Atelier Totori once he agrees to be his Master. He goes as far as to perform his Limit Break on the poor kid when he realizes that Gino's improving in one of their training sessions.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He comes across as quite cold (something, Esty berates him about), but is a decent guy, who is genuinely concerned about the future of workshop (and Rorona).
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Took a Level in Badass: Seems to get progressively more badass in every installment. Taken up a notch with his finisher. Also, according to an event in the third game, he's shown to have become badass enough to nearly become Gio's equal (if Gio's comments after the fight are anything to go by).
  • Twice Shy: With Rorona, assuming you aim for his flag of course.
  • UST: Poor Sterk. By the end of Atelier Meruru's True Ending, Rorona is never cured and he'll get older and older...and there's no sign he'll going for Astrid or Esty...at least before that additional ending in Merurur Plus where Rorona finally reverts back to her true age.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Astrid for making Rorona do all of the work on the assignments the king had intended for her.
  • When He Smiles: Totori even comments that he has a nice smile after she meets him a second time.

Lionela Heinze (Liona)

Voiced by: Kei Shindou (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

A traveling dancer who arrives in Arland with her two cat-like living puppets. She's extremely shy, but still manages to strike up a friendship with Rorona.

Tantris Tristan Alcock (Tant)

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondou (JP)

A traveling musician that loves to flirt with Rorona.

Gio (Gio)

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP)

A self-proclaimed retiree, who secretly hones his sword skills outside of town. Courteous and honorable to a fault, he tries his hardest to do the right thing.

Non-Playable Characters

Astrid Zexis (Master)

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)

Rorona's alchemy master. She is quite capable of doing almost anything, but doesn't because she finds most work boring.

Esty Dee (JP: Esty Erhard)

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)

The secretary at Arland Castle. She's easy-going, and loves to pick on Sterk. She supplies Rorona with requests from the townsfolk.

Hom (Homhom)

Voiced by: Nana Inoue (JP, Male Hom), Ui Miyazaki (JP, Female Hom)
A homunculous Astrid makes to assist Rorona. Hom's gender can be selected by the player.

Tiffani Hildebrand (Ms. Tiffani)

Voiced by: Rika Oogaki (JP)

Tiffani is the proprietor of the sundries store behind Rorona's workshop.

Hagel Baldness (Pops)

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP)

An energetic blacksmith who works next door to Rorona's workshop at the Beefy Weapon Shop. He primarily makes weapons and tools for men, so he teaches Rorona how to craft her own after she completes her first assignment.

Pamela Ibis (Pamela)

Voiced by: Asuka Tanii (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN)

A ghost that emerges from a possessed teddy bear. She later opens a magical items store.

Cole Durer (Cole)

A very young traveling merchant who visits Rorona's shop once per month.

Aranya and Horoholo (Ranya and Holo)

Voiced by: Carrie Savage (EN, Aranya)

Lionela's puppets. Aranya is polite and strong, while Horoholo is snotty and has a bit of a mean streak.

Meredith Alcock

Voiced by: Koji Ishii (JP)

Minister of the kingdom of Arland, and the one who came up with the idea of destroying Rorona's workshop. Tantris is his son.

Ryan and Laura Frixell

Rorona's parents. Every now and then they go on adventures and give Rorona any excess ingredients they find along the way.

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