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"These guys were no real challenge!"
The main character and a Geohound, a vagrant willing to do any job for gold
, along with his partner Skye. Originally hired to escort Elena to Garmia Tower (a job outside of his normal duties), Ryudo stays on as her bodyguard during her pilgrimage to see the Pope.
- All of the Other Reindeer: A pariah in his native Garlan, where he was scapegoated for massacred apparently caused by a Horns of Valmar-possessed Melfice and basically ran out of town.
- The whole world (particularly followers of Granas) is openly prejudiced against Geohounds. It's never really explained why, save for the implication that Geohounds have the reputation of accepting all kinds of dirty work.
- All a Part of the Job: Uses this to explain some of his actions a lot in the beginning. It frustrates Elena quite a bit.
- Adventure Duo: With Skye.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: His first client all but spits in his face during the prologue, so you can see why Ryudo acts all-business.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Elena, right off the bat.
- Berserk Button: Unapologetically acts like a total Jerkass to everyone, especially Elena. However, when the life of a little girl possessed by the Eyes of Valmar is threatened, he gets pissed. Especially when said girl's own mother begs him to "put her out of her misery".
- To a lesser extent, there's religion and women. At the very least, they annoy the living crap out of him, and he tends to be extremely impatient regarding either one. He gets over this during the course of the game, though.
- Book Dumb:
St. Heim holy Text:"Does not the light of the sun shine even now? Does not the land await the return of its True God, May the light come quickly.''"
- Broken Pedestal: Witnessed a double-whammy when Melfice stole a sacred sword from Grail Mountain and used it to murder his girlfriend Reena, thinking lust for power corrupted his soul, unaware of the Horns of Valmar possessing him.
- Captain Crash: Hardly his own fault, though. The Skyway is torn apart by an evil wind from Valmar's Moon, and the Granasaber lacks the fuel to make a soft landing.
- Chest Insignia: A butterfly. The significance of it isn't explained, it's just there.
- Child Hater: A vocal one, though he warms up to Roan. A turning point for him occurs when Selene arrives to burn Aira at the stake; Ryudo sides with the girl against the entire town, including some of his teammates.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Ryudo acts more or less assexual throughout the game, unlike the horny adolescent Justin. It takes some prodding, but he eventually does succumb to Millenia's advances.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Not only did Ryudo relinquish his ancestral duty to watch over Garland, he traveled to the opposite side of the globe.
- Deadpan Snarker: Par excellance, Always count on Ryudo to put the damper on tender moments between his teammates.
- Determinator: In the hellacious aftermath of Mareg's death.
- Don't Call Me Sir: Does not respond well to being called "son" or "sir", and insists on being referred to by first name only. Only Roan gets away with calling him "Mister Ryudo", but then the kid attaches a suffix to everybody.
- Everyone Can See It: Skye immediately picks up on his unspoken feelings for Elena, and Roan soon ribs him about this, particularly when she briefly leaves the party in St. Heim. When she rejoins, Ryudo pretends he doesn't care one way or the other, but his Freudian Slips say otherwise.
- Evil Hand: The Horns of Valmar. He very nearly cleaves Elena in two.
- Facepalm: One of his more frequent expression portraits.
- Good Is Not Nice: Ryudo has had to develop a hard shell to survive.
- The Hero: And a rather anti-heroic one.
- I Gave My Word: Always sees his job through, no matter what. This later becomes Ryudo's pretext for behaving like a do-gooder all of a sudden.
- I Have No Brother: Ryudo explicitly says that as far as he's concerned, Melfice is no brother of his.
- I Work Alone: "I work best alone." So much for that.
- Jerkass/Jerkass Façade/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially starts off as a devil-may-care, foul-mouthed jerk who seems to be Only in It for the Money. It is later revealed, however, that his attitude is but a coping mechanism to deal with low public opinion of his job, as well as his Dark and Troubled Past. By the end of the game, he's mellowed out a bit, and became more friendly as time passed.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Seemingly everybody on the planet annoys him for some reason or another.
- Leaving You to Find Myself: In the game's ending, he leaves both of his admirers hanging.
- Marry Them All: The ending implies that Ryudo is together with both Elena and Millenia.
- Nay-Theist: One explanation for the anathema toward Geohounds is that they're considered a blasphemous profession. For his part, Ryudo has little patience for faith of any kind.
- Nice Earflaps
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Averted with regards to Millenia. It's not that he dislikes her advances, it's that he doesn't notice them.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Until Elena's influence rubs off on him. Though he starts out by divorcing himself from the world, Ryudo gradually develops into a noble character who is sick of seeing people suffer.
- Odd Couple: With Elena.
- Oh My Gods!: Ryudo actually exclaims "Oh for the love of Granas" at one point, though it's done ironically.
- He later yells "By the blood!" during his argument with Selene, this time with sincerity.
- Parental Substitute: Ryudo and Melfice were orphaned as children and raised by the village elder. Subverted when Melfice razed the town, causing the chief and his wife to disown Ryudo.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Ryudo gets one when Cyrum is overrun by demons. Having endured a trip to the moon, the deaths of two of his buddies, and a rough landing, he's not in a great mood at the moment.
Ryudo: (to Roan) You might want to start a bonfire, though. Going to be a lot of bodies when I'm done.
- A Protagonist Is Ryu: (do)
- Resigned to the Call: He keep getting roped into bigger and bigger jobs. He was first contacted by Father Carius to oversee a ritual at Garlam Tower — that's all. This escalates to accompanying Elena to see the Pope, who then railroads him into finding Granas' sword.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Elena is frequently mistaken for his ladyfriend, causing no end of embarrassment for both.
- Shonen Hair
- The Snark Knight / Stepford Snarker: There is quite a reservoir of righteous anger buried inside Ryudo, but it takes him an eternity to show it.
- Sword Plant: His Victory Pose, and also his Sky Dragon Slash move.
- Too Many Belts: He almost squeaks by, seeing as two of them are attached to his knapsack. But the boots put him over the top.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Tsundere: A male example, especially towards Elena.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ryudo was sent to find the Granasaber not for the sword itself, but to unseal the Body of Valmar.
- UST: With Elena and Millenia.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Skye.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: With Elena at first; they eventually get past this.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Ryudo tracking his hated brother back to Garland Island. The villagers don't exactly throw a ticker tape parade for him, let's just leave it at that. He returns home in the epilogue to lay his brother to rest, implying that he's finally been welcomed back.
Yukitoshi Hori (Japanese) and Paul Eiding
A talking falcon who took it upon himself to accompany Ryudo three years ago. At 58 years old, Skye is ironically something of a paternal figure to the hotheaded Geohound. He knows more about Ryudo than anyone else in the group.
"I pray that we shall be safe ahead."
A songstress of Granas, Elena is the sole survivor of a ceremony to reinforce the seal on the evil god Valmar in Garmia Tower. When the ceremony fails, Elena is infected by a Fragment of Valmar. Her only hope lies in journeying to St. Heim and meeting with Pope Zera. Her temperament and manners are the polar opposite of Ryudo's, and the duo form a uneasy alliance.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Millenia's Veronica
- Big Eater: Only Mareg rivals her in appetite. Once Ryudo points this out, she's careful no to overeat again in public; but that doesn't stop Ryudo from ribbing her about it constantly.
- Bodyguard Crush: Ryudo may act like a boor, but it's clear by the end that he would rather keep traveling with Elena.
- The Chick
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Much of the game's missions could be sidetracks if Elena would only keep her gob shut.
- Distressed Damsel: Upon the party's return to St. Heim, the Pope abducts her to Valmar's Moon. Zera isn't interested in Elena, however, but rather the piece of Valmar hiding inside of her.
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Elena becomes aware of her split-personality after the team gets separated in the Skyway crash. Though they start off hating each other, the duo eventually form a grudging alliance.
- Good Shepherd: Elena may be just a middling Songstress, but she's the hardest-working evangelist in the entire Church.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Alongside Millenia in the game's ending.
- The Heart
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Subverted a bit in the last act, when Ryudo discovers she's been working as a double agent for Zera since they left St. Heim.
- The Ingenue
- It's All My Fault: Blames herself for being duped into lying to Ryudo and cooperating in Valmar's revival, causing an attack of the evil god's minions on the site of the "sealing" ceremony.
- Love Freak
- The Medic: Starts with the Holy Egg, and learns a special healing move late in the game.
- Morality Chain: To Ryudo, whether he wants to admit it or not.
- The Power of Rock: Elena's singing helps Ryudo recover from the corruption of the Horn of Valmar inside him.
- At the game's conclusion, she leads the survivor of Cyrum in singing a hymn to Granas, in defiance of Valmar's advancing troops.
- Proper Lady
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Millenia's red.
- Squishy Wizard: Has most of the stats of one; one notable subversion is that she has the second lowest magical power in the game (Mareg has the lowest), opposing Millenia having the highest. Because of this, she's restricted to being a White Magician Girl most of the time.
- Screaming Woman
- Suicide Mission: Or so she thinks.
- Token Good Teammate
- Was It All a Lie?: Elena to Pope Zera, as the latter prepares to revive Valmar using the parts that Elena has absorbed. As Zera points out, he did promise to remove Millenia from her body, so he technically kept his promise.
- White Magician Girl
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- You Didn't Ask: Starting from her meeting with Pope Zera, Elena's unspoken mission has been to absorb all of Valmar's parts and then allow herself to be killed. The reason she didn't tell Ryudo is because he holds the Horns of Valmar, and she cannot bring herself to kill him, too.
A physical manifestation of the Wings of Valmar, which were mistakingly sealed inside Elena. Millenia also functions as the alternate personality of Elena — wild, fun-loving and violent. She takes an instant liking to Ryudo and decides to help him, though her ultimate goal is to reassemble Valmar. In the beginning, Millenia secretly takes control over Elena's body whenever she is asleep or unconscious. Over time, Elena becomes aware of her alter-ego and a psychological tug-of-war ensues.
"Ah, that was a breeze."
Tomoko Ishimura (Japanese) and BJ Ward
A bright and well-mannered young boy who is journeying with a circus troupe. He chooses to join Ryudo's party after the latter helps him retrieve a treasured medal.
The biggest, fiercest, and most respected warrior of his clan. After his home was attacked by Melfice, Mareg set out from his island village to hunt him down. Though merciless toward his opponents, Mareg is soft-hearted and genial toward strangers.
- Attack Hello: Introduces himself to Ryudo in this manner, having mistook him for his brother.
- Badass Armfold
- Beast Man
- Big Eater
- The Big Guy: We don't meet the rest of his clan until late in the game. Even by beastman standards, though, he's really big.
- Blade on a Stick
- Blood from the Mouth
- Blood Oath: Swore to avenge his village's destrution at the hands of Melfice.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Beneath that smelly exterior, Mareg is a soft-spoken and contemplative guy.
- Covered with Scars
- Defeat Means Playable: Briefly mistakes Ryudo for his brother, as they share the same SMELL.
- Famous Last Words
"Hey Granas, are you listening? If you really are a god, this is my first and final prayer. Take them [Ryudo, Roan, Elena and Tio] away. AWAY TO SAFETY!!!"
- Guttural Growler
- Halberd Plant
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Little Bit Beastly
- Mighty Glacier
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Mareg's sense of SMELL, which is always in capital letters.
- Nature Hero
- No One Gets Left Behind: Against Ryudo's protests, Mareg scoops Tio up in her arms and runs out of the exploding robot facility with her.
- The Nose Knows
- The Obi-Wan: To Tio, after she joins up.
- Obi-Wan Moment: Gives his first and final prayer to Granas, which seemingly charges up the Granasaber and flies the party to safety. Down on the ground, Mareg spreads his arms and is swarmed by Valmar's spawn, who devour him.).
- Odd Friendship: With Tio.
- Prepare to Die: Mareg, when he finally catches up to Melfice.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Stuck in a perpetual one directed at Melfice. It doesn't matter how tranquil Mareg happens to be at the moment; one whiff of Melfice's SMELL and he goes apeshit.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Shipper on Deck: When Mareg returns to camp after fetching water, Ryudo asks what took him so long.
- Warrior Poet
- You Shall Not Pass
- Zombie Advocate: To Tio.
An automaton from the time of the war between Granas and Valmar. Tio is programmed to serve the Army of Darkness, but with her master long dead, she finds that she cannot act without orders. Mareg, who is mistakingly designated as her new "Master", encourages Tio to serve her own ends and discover her feelings.
- Blow You Away: Her special move Tornado.
- Catchphrase: "I do not understand." [tilts head]
- Chainmail Bikini: While possessed by the Claws of Valmar.
- Deceptively Human Robots
- Do-Anything Robot: Her automata nature allows her power over any Granas-era technology, including scanning the memories of older, dismantled automatas.
- Robot Girl
- Defeat Means Playable: Melfice sics her on the party in order to buy himself some time to escape.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted as the story progresses.
- First Name Basis: Following an extended period of calling him "Master", Tio accepts Mareg's first name. This happens as a result of Mareg declaring Tio to be her own master.
- Fragile Speedster
- Hospital Hottie In the epilogue. This is even lampshaded in the game; Tio is very popular with the local men.
- I Do Not Drink Wine: Does not require "foreign substances", and drinks only water at mealtime. If you look carefully, she mimics chugging her water and slamming it on the table like Mareg does with his grog.
- I Owe You My Life
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Mareg sacrifices himself to get the party off the Moon of Valmar. After trying to teach Tio what freedom and emotions are, it takes his death to actually give her emotions and free will.
- Machine Monotone
- Mega Twintails
- Minidress of Power
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Zigged-zagged. Tio is an automaton with essentially no free will and no emotions. When she is told that she is free to go wherever she pleases, she doesn't understand the concept and tags along with the group. Of course, this all changes when Mareg dies. Conveniently, this also gives her a new special move in combat.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Claws of Valmar first appear in a miniaturized form, munching on her head to form a "helmet" of sorts. It is apparently trying to possess her without much success. However, it can control Tio to the extent of making her hostile.
- Quizzical Tilt
- Rings of Death
- Robot Names: Her name is derived from her serial number, TIO-124.
- Robo Speak
- Robosexual: Hinted at toward Mareg, though it goes reciprocated.
- Sixth Ranger: Replaces the empty slot left by Roan, after he leaves to govern Cyrum as its King.
- Some Call Me Tim
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Tio has quite a few of these moments, particularly after the loss of Mareg.
- Tears from a Stone: Tio weeps with joy at having saved Roan in the game's ending.
- What Is This Feeling?: Notes with a serene expression that there was an "increase in heat production" (basically, she was feeling the warm glow of happiness) after her conversation with Mareg in Nanan.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Do robots have a heart? Mareg says they assuredly do.
The initial antagonist of the game. Once a promising swordsman, Melfice unexpectedly went mad and became a bloodthirsty killer. His only family is Ryudo, who believes him to be dead.
A High Priestess of Granas and the church's lead inquisitor. She is uncompromising in her efforts to stamp out heretics, and is notorious for burning down entire villages suspected of harboring evil. Selene is constantly accompanied by her Cathedral Knights, a ruthless brigade of soldiers who work for the church.
- The Baroness: Selene sits on the right hand of Pope Zera, and frequently embarrasses him with her antics.
- Beat Still, My Heart
- Black and White Insanity: Selene travels through the world, accompanied by a battalion of knights, to purify the world of ambiguously-termed "darkness." (Essentially a Witch Hunt.) Selene is also bloodthirsty, expressing disappointment at not having been able to carry out the burning of Mirumu or participate in the St. Heim bloodbath.
- Blood Magic: Selene slits her wrist as an offering to Valmar, releasing the Granas Seal on his body. Despite seemingly losing a few pints, she walks it off. She also boots one of her Knights into the pit to hurry Valmar along.
- Bloody Murder: Valmar's Heart has a special attack (Black Fog Spew) in which it twirls around while gushing blood from its open 'arteries'.
- Burn the Witch!: Her job is to root out darkness, even if it means cordoning off an entire village and breaking out the torches.
- Church Militant: Among the church parishioners, she is nicknamed "The Hammer of Granas".
- Combat Stilettos: What is the lead inquisitor dong wearing high heeled boots, anyway?
- A satirical churchgoer can be found in St. Heim: one of Selene's groupies, turning red at the thought of her 'chastising' him.
- Dark Chick: Just as Elena represents the good of the church, Selene is an embodiment of the bad.
- Dissonant Serenity: Selene carries out her duties with steely determination and a creepy, fixed smile.
- The Dragon: To Pope Zera.
- Final Solution: During the St. Heim massacre she reveals it was not by her order, "unfortunately", that her Knights turned their swords on the citizenry. She laments the people praying in the Cathedral like rats on a sinking ship, and explains death as the way to end suffering.
- The Fundamentalist: Selene is a devoted individual, ready to do anything to appease the Church. She is even prepared to sacrifice her own life, calling it nothing more than a "sad test."
- Fusion Dance: Leaps from a high perch onto the upturned swords of the Cathedral Knights. Cut to a Gory Discretion Shot of blood seeping down from the staircase, followed by the guardsmen becoming a repugnant, writhing mass that turns into Valmar's Heart.
- Hanging Judge: Known for her tough stance on heresy.
- Hime Cut
- Hitler Cam: Selene delivers her last sermon on a podium overlooking St. Heim, watching as her troops hack the citizens to pieces.
- Holier Than Thou
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Of her voltion.
- Iron Lady
- Lady of War: As leader of the Cathedral Knights, she traverses the globe in order to purify it for Granas' arrival. Subverted - she's actually preparing the world for Valmar's arrival, as he is the only existing god.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Her boss form resembles a giant piranha fish, with fang-covered ventricles for a mouth and broadswords for fins.
- Motive Rant: Selene gives one before transforming into Valmar's Heart.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning
- Nun Too Holy
- Obstructive Zealot: Selene only spares Mirumu because the people begin to wake from their sleep. She reports back to Zera and is publicly denounced, though it's doubtful Zera actually gave a toss about the village and was merely keeping up appearances.
- Perpetual Smiler: Note than unlike the game's other, more animated characters, Selene's change of expression is barely perceptible. This is not an accident: Her idea of showing anger is, literally, slightly narrowing her eyes and smiling a centimer wider.
- Psycho Strings: Her theme music, which can be heard at the end of "The Broken Seal". (OST)
- Sound-Only Death
- We Will Meet Again: Selene promises she "shall not forget" Ryudo after he puts a damper on her mother-and-daughter barbecue. However, she only makes three more appearances in total.
- Woman in White
Pope Zera Innocentius
Voiced by: Osamu Saka (Japanese) and Richard Doyle (English)
Pieces of Valmar and their hosts