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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (Japanese) and Paul Eiding (English)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Combat Stilettos: Literally and figuratively. She has a Limit Break attack called "Heel Crush", wherein she walks up to an enemy, uses a platform of Hard Light to lift herself over their head, then stomps upon him/her/it thrice.
Dark Is Not Evil: It is retroactively revealed that Millenia has been absorbing the souls of Valmar's hosts in addition to the pieces of Valmar. This explains the gradual softening of her personality as the story progresses.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Millenia magically binds Ryudo to the bed and seems about to all sorts of colorful things before they're interrupted by a knock at the door. This is well before she starts to soften up, and when later presented with a somewhat similar opportunity, she can't do it.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
No-One Could Have Survived That: As told in flashback, Melfice seemingly died when the Grail Mountain shrine collapsed from under him. Ryudo isn't even aware he survived until Mareg shows up, out for blood.
Not So Different: Ryudo comments on this after narrowly avoiding his brother's fate.
The Paragon Always Rebels: He was considered the best swordsman ever produced by the Garlan warriors. At least until the Horns of Valmar possessed him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Dark Messiah: Foreshadowed by his popular nickname, "The Priest Who Will Save the World".
Drunk on the Dark Side: He goes absolutely bananas after spilling his plan to Elena. It really is something to watch.
Faith Heel Turn: To hear him tell it, Zera spent years staring up at Valmar's Moon from his cell at Granas Cathedral, alone in his knowledge that the church is a sham and there's no deity coming to save them all.
Immortality Immorality: With the Day of Darkness fast approaching, Zera panicked and cashed in his chips with Valmar, in a bid to merge with 'God' himself. The rest of the world will just be destroyed.
Meet the New Boss: To General Baal from the first game. Both are introduced as benevolent (if somewhat shady) father-figures to their two favorite subordinates, and promptly transform into hammy villains the moment their jig is up. Their ultimate goals are also pretty similar: Baal wants to merge with Gaia, essentially ascending to godhood; Zera wants to merge with Valmar, becoming the closest thing to "God" that exists in the world. The main difference is that were Baal seemed to be a puppet with delusions of grandeur, Zera took on Valmar and actually came out on top. This is reflected in Baal bullying the party right before the true final boss, whereas Zera is the final boss.
There is another, subtler comparison. After plowing through Zera's various boss forms, the final bout is... a big moth wearing Zera's face. He continues to trash-talk you throughout the fight (GOD IS OMNIPOTENT!), despite obviously being at a disadvantage. When Baal completely loses his human form, he confronts you as a big monster; he shrivels up into a small worm once defeated, squealing about his 'superiority' before scurrying off.
Misanthrope Supreme: By this point, he's become so cynical that he scorns mankind for buying into his giant scam religion.
Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Zera goes even further (if that's possible) off the deep end when you defeat Valmar's Core a second time. He decides that if the age of gods is over, then there's no need for man — and without any need for man, there is no need for the world.
Villainous BSOD: When Zera finds he cannot reconcile his supposed "godhood" with his ultimate defeat by the heroes, he spends his last moments quietly lamenting his flawed humanity.
"Was it Valmar's Moon that led me to this cold, dead place? Or was it always...only...me?"
We Can Rule Together: Of all the people opposing Valmar's revival, Zera wasn't expecting any complaints from Millenia, of all people. He reminds Millenia that this is "unbecoming" behavior for a demon, especially since they're about to rule the world together. Her rejoinder is one for the ages.