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A young vagabond, self-described as an "adventurer" - in truth, he's a rogue, thief, and grave robber. During one his escapades, he got lost in a sandstorm looking for his donkey Farah, and happened to find himself in the ancient land of the Ahura, meeting the young princess Elika in the process. Before he knew it, much to his dismay he found himself by her side facing the corrupted horde of the god of darkness, Ahriman.May or may not be an actual prince - he's very good at keeping his past under wraps, but certain hints throughout the game indicate that he may in fact be royalty. Other hints exist that he just likes the nickname or could be considered a 'prince of thieves'. He'll give a different answer every time you ask.
Anti-Hero: A self-admitted thief who really has no interest in any of the supernatural/religious weirdness going on. He's in it because a pretty girl fell out of the sky onto his head and dragged him into it.
Handsome Lech: He's been with plenty of women all across Persia. Additionally, if Elika attempts to jump to a ledge he's already on, he'll turn around and grab her hand when she slips. One of his quotes in this situation, when he's looking straight down her blouse, is, "This isn't such a bad view."
Nay-Theist: Although when entering the temple at the beginning of the game, it sounds like he's skeptical of Ahriman's existence, he accepts it quickly enough that he was probably skeptical that Ahriman was imprisoned there. As for Ormazd, the Prince doesn't exactly have a high opinion of him. Later on, he states that he doesn't believe in either Ahriman or Ormazd and wonders why it's him in this mess.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He didn't like the idea that Elika had to die again to seal Ahriman. At all. What does he do? Why, frees him - again - to revive her - again. He justifies this in the hopes of looking for a morepermanent solution.
No Name Given: True of all the Princes, but this game is the first to lampshade it.
The young barefoot princess of the Ahura and a servant of Ormazd, the god of light. The Ahura have been protectors of the Tree of Life for thousands of years, but slowly the people left the grounds to seek out a life outside. She and her father were essentially the last, and due to this she feels an overwhelming sense of duty to protect what her people have abandoned.She ran into the Prince one day by literally dropping onto his head as she was attempting to run away from her father. As it turns out, her father made a pact with Ahriman, the god of darkness, to free him in exchange for bringing her back to life. Having no other choice, she teams up with the Prince to stop the Corruption and seal Ahriman once again.
Back from the Dead: Twice. The first time, she fell to her death sometime before the game, and the Mourning King made a deal with Ahriman to revive her. The second time, the Prince makes the same choice.
Deadpan Snarker: This role initially belongs to the Prince, but as the game continues she more or less ends up trumping him in this regard.
Death Seeker: Careful listening to her dialog will make her sacrifice no surprise.
Does Not Like Shoes: Elika is perpetually barefoot, her only "footwear" being a single gold anklet. Somewhat averted in two of her alternate costumes (Jade and Prototype Elika) in where she wears boots and a pair of thin sandals though her feet still make an audible "slap" when running on the ground. Played straight with her Farah costume where she is again barefoot and only wearing anklets (despite Farah wearing sandals in her first appearance). This is significant in where she lives, a place covered in hot sands, steep cliffs, and sharp rocks. Her feet are so toughened and calloused that she never gets injured from this, or even bring it up. A little logic plays its part as well, considering what kind of shoes ancient Persian and Arabic royalty wore.◊ It is considerably more practical for her to just toughen up her feet than even attempt to climb or jump anything in those.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Besides helping the Prince save the world, it's implied that this is her general view of royalty; when the Prince asks her what being a princess is like, her answer is, "Tiring."
Ahriman - The God of Darkness
"IF YOU WOULD HAVE YOUR WISH... THEN GIVE ME... MINE."
Voiced by Catherine Kidd, Kwasi Songui
The ancient god of darkness, and brother of Ormazd, the ancient god of light. He was sealed thousands of years ago by his brother within the Tree of Life, and the Ahura were charged to keep him from escaping. To escape his prison, he made a deal with the Mourning King to resurrect Elika in exchange for releasing him. The moment the Tree was cut down, he immediately began to infest the land with the Corruption, and scattered his minions to guard the fertile grounds - the same that could destroy the Corruption.
Foregone Conclusion: He will escape. It's just a matter of when. The Tree of Life holding him at bay is fading. The civilization that guarded him long gone. Even if the Prince had allowed Elika to sacrifice herself, her death would only serve to delay the inevitable.
Voice of the Legion: Speaks with two voices, one male and one female. His voice also has a rumbling echo.
Voiced by Sebastien Croteau
One of Ahriman's minion Generals. He was once a very wealthy prince and a skilled hunter. In fact, he became so skilled in the hunt that he found nothing that could evade him, no hunt that would last long enough to sate his boredom. He made a pact with Ahriman for "a hunt without end". And so together with Ahriman's forces, he began to delight in the hunt again as he ruthlessly stalked and killed the enemies of the dark god.
An Ahura who had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, he sought to learn all that life had to offer - save for death, which he desperately sought the means to avoid. As he continued to gain more knowledge, he in turn began to lose his morality and sense of ethics, doing all sorts of ghastly things to his fellow Ahura, all in the name of science. He grew old, weak and ill, and went to Ahriman for the time to find a formula that would grant him eternal youth, in exchange for his servitude. Immortality now secured, he continued his experiments completely free of morality.
Badass: Considered to be the most dangerous of the Corrupted.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He attempts to destroy one of the Fertile Grounds to prematurely free Ahriman. The Prince and Elika purify it before he can, but points for trying.
"Welcome to the ball, honored guests. ...Shall we begin the dance?"
Voiced by Lucinda Davis
A beautiful and successful politician who tilted the status quo in her favor by manipulating the men around her. At one point however, she truly fell in love with a man who was immune to her charms. Time and time again she tried to woo him, but the man finally, bluntly rejected her. She became devastated, and eagerly accepted Ahriman's offer to be able to cast illusions, allowing her to be anyone she - or anyone else - desired. She used this ability to such a point that she eventually forgot who she was entirely, and now serves Ahriman wholly.She seems fixated on the Prince. And Elika does not like her. At all.
A wise and gentle king who once reigned over a peaceful land, until his kingdom was mercilessly attacked by a powerful and cruel enemy. Having no other choice, the Warrior made a deal with Ahriman to obtain great power so he could protect his people. After he drove away the attackers, he realized that he was tainted by war and could no longer return to his peaceful people, so he devoted himself to Ahriman. He has been a servant for so long that he retains none of his originally kind nature, but Elika still believes that there is goodness left inside him somewhere.
Anti-Villain: The only reason he accepted Ahriman's offer was to save his people. And even after that, he's still not exactly evil.
The last ruler of the Ahura, and Elika's father. After Elika died, he made a deal with Ahriman to resurrect her in exchange for freeing him. He also tries to justify this by explaining that the Tree of Life has grown very weak over the millennia, and that Ahriman would've escaped on his own anyway.Over the course of the adventure, he tries to explain his actions to Elika to no avail, and continues to grow more corrupted with time. In the end, he loses all sense of self.