Characters: Tactics Ogre
A list of characters from Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Character names from the Atlus translation by Gail Salamanca will be next to their name in parentheses.
Denam Pavel (Denim Powell)
Catiua Pavel (Kachua Powell) Versalia Oberyth
Vyce Bozeck (Vice Bozeg)
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Denam Pavel (Denim Powell)
“There is blood on my hands, how long till it lies on my heart?”The Hero of the story, his hometown was ransacked by the Dark Knights a year prior to the game’s beginning. Since then, he and his sister Catiua along with his best friend Vyce had been living as partisan fighters in order to free their people and eventually strike back at their oppressors. After encountering a group of mercenaries led by Lanselot Hamilton and using their help to liberate Duke Ronwey, Denam steadily becomes embroiled in the power struggle consuming Valeria.
- A Commander Is You
- Action Survivor - Denam was this at first during the attack on his hometown.
- Adaptation Dye-Job - His in-game sprite has blond hair whereas his portrait (especially in the PSP remake) depicts it as either dark brown or auburn.
- Cutscene Incompetence: In one possible ending, he is one-shot-killed by a handgun.
- Dynamic Character - As the main character of the story, Denam is subjected to this trope.
- Easily Forgiven - Partially subverted on the lawful route in that Vyce never fully forgives Denam for joining the massacre at Balmamusa until the game ends.
- Embarrassing First Name - In the original game, Denam shares his old name with a type of fabric (intentional by the writer). Some fans either hate the old name or the current one.
- Fallen Hero - Denam obtains this title at the beginning of the chaotic route.
- The Fettered - Played straight in the chaotic route when Denam rejects the Duke’s offer to rejoin him. Otherwise, accepting it causes this trope to be subverted.
- The Hero - His supporters refer to him as the Hero of Golyat. In contrast, he’s labeled a butcher by those who vilify him.
- Hero with Bad Publicity - Denam can be given this treatment by disobeying the Duke’s orders near the end of the first chapter. Then there's the ending where he's assassinated.
- Heroes Prefer Swords - During certain event scenes, he always draw out a sword regardless of what weapon he has equipped.
- Heroic BSOD - Near the start of the final chapter, Denam is given the standard Heroic BSOD upon hearing about his true heritage, made worse when Olivya confronts him with more revelations even though his father just died. Fortunately, he quickly snaps out of it to further uphold his beliefs.
- I Did What I Had to Do - In the lawful route, Denam justifies his involvement in the slaughter of Balmamusa to unite the Walister under the Duke’s banner.
- Improbable Age: Noted by many NPCs as looking scarcely old enough to shave.
- Knight in Shining Armor - Denam literally becomes one in the beginning of the fourth chapter due to his change in wardrobe.
- In the original game, it also provides him with enhanced stat growth upon leveling up.
- Like Father, Like Son
- Little Hero, Big War - He starts out as a little hero who only encounters small parts of the big war, much like Ramza in Final Fantasy Tactics, but becomes a much bigger hero by Chapter 4.
- Magic Knight - The Lord class in the original game allows Denam to cast healing magic while kicking ass at the same time. The remake turns this Up to Eleven by enabling him to use almost all of the abilities already learned from other classes, including magic.
- Nice Guy - It sometimes leads him to being a Dogged Nice Guy to Catiua and Vyce on the neutral and chaotic routes.
- Not So Different - Used against Denam by Xaebos and Balxephon in the lawful route.
- A more optimistic version of this trope can be used by Denam to recruit certain characters in the same route.
- Not So Stoic - Although Denam may come across as stoic and calm to some people (particularly Deneb), he does have his moments of being emotional from time to time. Most notably when his father dies, where even in the first version of the game, there was a portrait for Denim crying just for that one scene. Then in the second version, the portrait of him crying is even more detailed.
- These Hands Have Killed - While killing Galgastani troops never seemed to bother Denam, he immediately invokes this trope right after slaughtering the civilians of Balmamusa or killing his own compatriots to hold off the massacre.
- Think Nothing of It
- Underdogs Never Lose
- Walking the Earth - In the ending where Catiua becomes Queen of Valeria, he goes to Xenobia where Lanselot originally came from.
- We Cannot Go On Without You
- What the Hell, Hero? - Denam gets plenty of this especially on the lawful route.
- It’s also invoked when Denam ends up killing members of the Order of Philaha in self-defense. Fortunately, this can be avoided by removing his equipment and sending him alone to the south gate.
- Diego states that Denam is the cause of all the hungry war orphans hanging around Port Omish.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist - He starts out as a naïve idealist, but his views may vary depending on the choices he makes.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- Young and in Charge - Though it initially starts off as a publicity stunt to draw in new recruits, Denam along with his friends are made official knights after rescuing the leader of the Resistance. Many NPCs comment on how Denam looks far too young to be in charge as well. He eventually comes to lead the Resistance after Ronwey (and anyone else with the reputation and rank to lead) ends up dead.
Catiua Pavel (Kachua Powell) Versalia Oberyth
“Promise you’ll never leave your sister.”Denam’s sister and Team Mom of the Golyat Trio, Catiua fights only to keep her brother safe from harm even if it means willing to break her normally pacifistic nature just to stay by his side in the war. Upon the death of their mother, Catiua took it upon herself to fill the void left behind and raise her only sibling. She is also a priestess, trained in the ways of the divine by her father.
- Badass Preacher - Catiua’s exclusive starting class, Priest, is one of the few classes that can use offensive divine magic.
- Badass Princess: Her Princess class is comparable to both advanced magic users and advanced fighters.
- Beauty Equals Goodness - Partially subverted by Catiua who doesn’t seem to care much about anything other than Denam and herself.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing - Vyce chastises her for sweet-talking the Xenobians into helping them out. In the first version of the game, Vice even shouts at Kachua, "What a bitch!!"
- Black Mage - Catiua’s final class allows her to make full use of every elemental magic available (including the powerful draconic spells).
- Brother-Sister Incest - Heavily implied on Catiua's part in the first version of the game, but made less-emotional and more passive-aggressive in the second version. In general, her motivation for doing all that crazy stuff like betraying Denam and joining the Dark Knights is linked to her wanting to be with him.
- Cry Cute: If Denam succeeds in talking her out of her Face-Heel Turn, complete with running make-up and falling to her knees. She's been your haughty, possessive older sister for the whole game and she suddenly transforms into this vulnerable little girl who is sincerely regretful about what she has done and begs for forgiveness.
- Despair Event Horizon - Once she thinks that Denam has abandoned her in favor of pursuing revolution, she becomes desperate and ends up joining the Dark Knights.
- Distressed Damsel - In the Chaos route, when Xapan kidnaps her at Rhime. This condition only lasts for a few missions, though.
- Driven to Suicide - Not everyone can handle the burden of being an important character in a Yasumi Matsuno game
- Evil Makeover - During her time with the Dark Knights, she dons a new black outfit, puts on a darker shade of lip color, and changes to an evil version of her original class.
- Faux Action Girl - Some of the promo artworks depict Catiua holding a sword, but her in-game class forces her to wield staves and cudgels instead.
- Guide Dang It - How to stop her from committing suicide, as well as keeping her out of the preceding battle against Lanselot Tartaros in Barnicia Castle. While initially she would only join the battle if you went neutral [due to different circumstances surrounding her fight with Denam], it's possible for her to join the battle under any circumstance.
- The Heretic - Becomes a Dark Priest during her short-lived stint with the Dark Knights.
- Heroic Bastard - Catiua is the illegitimate daughter of King Dorgalua and the Queen’s most trusted handmaiden, Mannaflora. Being the only surviving heir of Dorgalua, she is the only one who can unite the kingdom without any unfortunate repercussions.
- The High Queen - Becomes this at the end of the game if she is still alive.
- Holy Hand Grenade - In the PSP version of the game, Catiua’s the only playable healer who can cast offensive holy magic in battle.
- If I Can't Have You
- I Have Nothing to Say to That - Invoked in the remake’s chaotic route when Vyce accuses Catiua for standing by Denam regardless of his decision at Balmamusa.
- The Medic - This is her primary role at first.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket - Catiua’s necklace is actually proof of her being the illegitimate daughter of King Dorgalua. The blue one was in the event that the baby was a boy.
- Promotion to Parent - Catiua pretty much raised Denam after their mother died.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something - Catiua becomes this once she joins you permanently.
- Technical Pacifist
- Thicker Than Water - Catiua is a staunch believer of this trope and the acknowledgement that she had been taking the idea too far is a major part of her development as a character.
- White Mage
Vyce Bozeck (Vice Bozeg)
"I have no love of war. But I'd sooner die on my feet than on my knees."The last of the Golyat Trio, Vyce is Denam's closest friend. He is the more impulsive and head strong of the three, but also shows shades of being the most clever and politically minded.
- Abusive Parents: His father was a drunkard who beat him.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the Law route, where he helps Denam defeat Leonar.
- Came Back Wrong: In the Chaos route, thanks to Nybeth.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In the Chaos & Neutral routes.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: He fatally wounds Ravness with a single crossbow shot. Typical crossbows available in Chapter 1 generally do not mortally wound much of anything in one shot.
- Disc One Final Boss: Becomes one in the Chaotic route, even having Zapan/Xapan as The Dragon.
- Dynamic Character: He's as noble or as evil as the route needs him to be. His character portraits reflect this!
- Duel Boss: In the Chaos route.
- Evil Makeover: In the Chaos and Neutral routes, in addition to getting a sadistic look on his face, his hair also inexplicably becomes more evil. He is often referred to as "Sadistic Vyce" in this form. In the PSP version, his appearance changes even more drastically, making him look like some kind of beast or demon.
- In the second version of the game, this is inverted on the Law route where he suddenly sticks his head up in a heroic way and his chin becomes more well-defined.
- Expy: In the second version of the game, he becomes this to Algus/Argath in the Chaotic route. Ironically, Argath's nemesis Delita is an expy of Vyce, himself, bringing it full circle.
- Face-Heel Turn: In the Chaos and Neutral routes
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Both for the same character! His scars represent good in the Law route but evil in the Chaos & Neutral routes.
- Foil: Mainly to Denam, though he contrasts in some ways to Leonar as well.
- Freudian Excuse / Green-Eyed Monster: He brought this up in Chaos Route when he fought Denam. "You... you vex me!"
- Ranger: His unique class.
- Rival Turned Evil: In the Chaos & Neutral routes
- Spell My Name with an "S": Vice or Vyce?
- Schrödinger's Gun: His entire personality changes to either Heroic or Sadistic; whichever is the opposite of the decision Denam make at the end of the first chapter.
- Taking You with Me: He kills Duke Ronwey in the Neutral route, knowing full well that he will be cut down as soon as he does so.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In the Law route
- Unwitting Pawn: In the Chaos route, he tries to play Ronwey, Brantyn, and the Lodissians to gain power, but ends up as the fall-guy for a plot gone wrong and is hanged.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He does this to Xapan. Later in the Chaos route, this happens to him.
The Walister Resistance
Duke Juda Ronwey (Judah Ronway)The leader of the Walister Resistance. After the onset of war, he led the beleaguered Walister people in their resistance of the Galgastani. The Duke was held prisoner in his own castle at Almorica.
- Bad Boss: Especially in the Law route, in which he tries to micromanage the war
- Jigsaw Plot: Depending on your choices, Ronwey can become a pathetic Bad Boss (Law), or an actually competent leader that ousted Balbatos (Chaos). Then when the plot branches again, Ronwey can either become a Reasonable Authority Figure that always opposes the Losrolien (Neutral) or ends up bargaining an alliance with the Losrolien ASAP (Chaos).
- Not So Different: At first he's presented as the "good" leader in the war, but once he orders the slaughter of his own people he's cast in a much less flattering light and is shown to be little different from the other leaders.
Leonar Reci Rimon (Leonard Leci Limon)A Walister who captains the Knights of Almorica. He serves as the right hand of Duke Ronwey, and is a vital member of the Resistance. His mother was killed by the Galgastani.
- Came Back Wrong: Courtesy of Nybeth, in all routes.
- I Did What I Had to Do
- Jigsaw Plot: Depending on what route you take, he either becomes a nice guy who tries to betray you at the end, is a nice guy regardless, or fights you anyways. Some considered it a letdown that he didn't join in Neutral, where he's always a nice guy.
- The Starscream: In the Law route
- Suicide by Cop: Implied in the Chaos route where it's revealed that he purposely put all the dark-hearted resistance members in the path of Denam, and admits that Denam was right after he is mortally wounded.
- Subverted in the Law route where after you mortally wound him, he tells Denam to blame all the atrocities they have committed on him so he looks like a villain and Denam look like a hero who everyone will follow. Denam asks if this was his plan all along. He replies he would prefered Denam died instead but since he is dying, might as well help unify the kingdom under Denam who is capable enough to lead them to freedom.
- You Killed My Mother
A new character added to the PSP version of the game. She is a Walister who serves with the Knights of Almorica and is a close confidant of Duke Ronwey, second only to Sir Leonar in rank. She is the opposite of Leonar, always sticking with the side that refuses to take part in the massacre of Balmamusa.
- Cutscene Incompetence: Despite her combat abilities, it takes a single crossbow bolt from Vyce to fatally wound her.
- Expy: She’s Tactics Ogre’s answer to Agrias Oaks of Final Fantasy Tactics fame in almost every way.
- Guide Dang It: How do you recruit her?
- Looking her name up on any search engine will give you links to about a dozen different threads involving the very complicated steps the player must take to get her.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: She's of mixed race Walister and Bakram; if she survives in a Law playthrough; both ethnic groups mistrust her.
- Lady of War
- Noble Fugitive: Ravness becomes a fine example of this trope in later chapters (provided if she’s still alive in each hostile encounter).
- Ship Tease: Her and Canopus.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Her dilemma in the Law Route
- Zettai Ryouiki
Donnalto Presance (Donald Presance)A Walister who fights for the Resistance and serves the Order of Philaha. He once cared for orphans at a church in Almorica, but it was razed to the ground by the Galgastani after war broke out, and he lost all that he held dear. He now devotes his life to seeking vengeance. He is friends with Leonar and Arycelle as well.
- Church Militant
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His original name and physical appearance was clearly intended to be Donald Pleasance.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the PSP version, he tries to use Exorcism on a standing undead and it doesn't work, saying that it had been fifteen years since he last fought undead and got rusty. Conveniently, fifteen years ago, his undead fighting tactic DID work because in the first version of the game Exorcism could insta-kill standing undead. This also serves as a clue as to how Exorcism works in the PSP version.
FeliciaA Walister serving in Denam's unit. She was raised at an abbey on the outskirts of Almorica, eventually becoming a sibyl of Philaha. Her parents also served the order, but were slain by the Galgastani while en route to provide aid to those suffering in Krysaro. Hearing of Duke Ronwey's liberation, she defied the opposition of her superiors and joined the Walister Resistance. She first served under Sir Leonar's command, but then joined Denam's unit after Denam went to her aid at Krysaro.
- The Generic Guy
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The only way to get her is to let Donnalto die in the battle.
Sara Ostvald (Sara)A Walister and archer with the Knights of Almorica. Her father and brothers were also bowmen with the knights, but all perished in the early days of the war. Her pinpoint accuracy with the bow more than compensates for her lack of brute strength. She returned to her mother's side after the defeat of the Walister and the captuer of Duke Ronwey. However, she returned to her post as soon as she received word of the Duke's rescue. Once back in service, she initially served with Leonar's troops, but was trapped with him after an attack by a Galgastani Necroprentice.
Voltare Montrose (Voltel)A walister hailing from the town of Sezhun in Almorica. House Montrose is a noble family that has produced a great many knights over the years, and they are known for their loyalty to the duke. They live by the motto, "Serve with each sweep of the blade." When Leonar was made leader of the duke's personal troops, Voltare was appointed his second in command. His steadfast nature and closeness in age to Leonar forged a strong bond between them. Following the recapture of Almorica Castle, he met with ambush while pursuing the Necromancer Nybeth with Leonar, trapped in the same place as Sara.
Arycelle Dania (Aloser Danya)Leonar's ex-girlfriend from Balmamusa, pissed off at the massacre. At first she opposes Denam greatly. In the Law route, she is a complete bitch and gets killed for it when she and Vyce attacks Denam in Rhime although not so much in the PSP version where she can avoid getting killed, sees the truth with Vyce and joins Denam's batallion along with him and the Holy Knights. In Chaos route, she mellows down and eventually learns the truth, now directing her anger to the right side.
- Badass: She's seriously one of the best units in the game thanks to how broken the Archer class is. Would be pretty humiliating for those mooks that when all said in done, they just got curb-stomped by A loser...
- Informed Ability: Said to have killed 600 men when you meet her.
- Somewhat justified as she is considered the best archer in the game, and one of the strongest characters overall.
- Red Baron: The PSP remake gives her the title "Thunder Maiden" and she's usually hailed as Walister's best archer ever.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She is nonplussed about the Balmamusa Massacre
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: If you recruit her, then start the Neutral path, her loyalty level plummets since you are being wishy washy in her eyes. Unless you manage to raise her loyalty back up very fast (which can be hard to do), she will leave your party permanently. Hope you aren't in New Game Plus!
- Unfortunate Names: Her name in the original is Aloser after all.
The Kingdom of Galgastani
Hierophant Leundar Balbatos (Cardinal Rayunder Barbatos)Leader of the Kingdom of Galgastan. After war broke out, he established a realm ruled by the descendant of Count Orlandeau, a former lord of Coritanae. He installed himself as regent under the pretense of guiding the young lord. He started the blood war to suppress the Walister and take the southern half of Valeria for his own. Within a few months he crushed the Walister forces and captured their leader, Duke Ronwey. He was content to leave a simple garrison to keep Ronwey in captivity at Almorica.In the first version of the game, he was explicitly stated to be carrying out ethnic cleansing, massacring any village that dared oppose him and turning others into concentration camps. Yes, that's right, the exact words "ethnic cleansing" and "concentration camp" were used just in case that wasn't clear. In the second version of the game, this is toned down and he instead engages in a "blood war" involving forced labor camps and much bloodshed.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: In the Law route.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: In the first version of the game, he instituted Baramus as a concentration camp. In the PSP version, he is instead a Soviet by any other name, as he institutes Balmamusa as a forced labor camp. These are merely the biggest examples, as ten other concentration camps / forced labor camps similar to Baramus/Balmamusa are noted to have been established by him.
- Not So Different: While in the guillotine, he rants about how the same thing will probably happen to Ronwey.
- Off with His Head!: This happens to him in the Chaos route.
- The Unfought: Either is executed by guillotine in the Chaotic route or commits suicide in the Law route.
- 0% Approval Rating: He is hated by many Galgastani in all routes.
Xaebos Ronsenbach (Zaebos Rozenbach)A Galgastani who leads the Knights of Galgastan. He served directly under Balbatos, hunting down the Hierophant's enemies at home and suppressing the Walister.
- The Dragon: To Balbatos/Barbatos.
- Dragon His Feet: He never quits, even after Balbatos is defeated.
- Hannibal Lecture : Gives this to Denam on pretty much every route
Pavan Bapal (Bapalu)A Galgastani who served his clan in battle. At the start of the war he led a group of bandits based in the Phorampa Wildwood, but a desire to defend his homeland prompted him to enlist as a man-at-arms. Though an experienced fighter, he lacked an understand of the art of warfare, and was often mocked by other soldiers. In an attempt to prove himself he led an offensive against partisans at Almorica Castle in order to make sure that Duke Ronwey stayed imprisoned. However, his poor reputation was only compounded when he was slain by those he sought to bring to justice.
Sir Agares Bazin (Agres)A Galgastani who served his clan in battle. He was brother to Baronet Bazin of Auslan, a town in the Coritanae marches. Sir Agares was sent to reinforce the Almorica garrison, who were struggling to hold off attacks by the Duke's men. Despite his noble upbringing he was an approachable and well-respected commander. He led the defense of Almorica Castle in place of the absent Consul Obdilord, but was slain by Denam and his Xenobian allies.
Orba Brondel (Oruba)A Galgastani who served his clan in battle. He was the son of renowned architect Selba Brondel. Selba created many famed buildings, such as Heilingham Palace, also known as the Hanging Gardens. Orba taught at the Coritanae Academy of Arts while painting numerous works in his spare time. One of these, named "Opalescent Clouds," was presented to the late King Dorgalua, and now hangs in Heim Castle. Orba was a major proponent of the nationalism espoused by Hierophant Balbatos, and he volunteered to take up arms soon after the war broke out. He encountered Resistance forces at Tynemouth while en route to Almorica, and was slain by Denam's unit.
Garba Brondel (Galva)A Galgastani who served his clan in battle. He was the son of renowned architect Selba Brondel. His twin brother Orba was slain by Denam at Tynemouth. Garba had won fame as a political philosopher, penning works such as "The Creed of the Self-Deceived" and "Failings of Present-Day Doctrine." Though initially an advocate of progressive politics, he took a more nationalistic tone after hearing the words of Hierophant Balbatos. He stated in one address, "Nothing can assuage the resentment we harbor toward the Walister, though we may know it unjust." The way he calmly vanquished his opponents in argument earned him the name "Garba the Silver-Tongued." He was slain by Denam Pavel on the Xeod Moors while marching to engage Resistance forces at Balmamusa.
Hektor Didarro (Didario)A Galgastani who served his clan in battle. He was a knight of House Didarro, a family of note in Coritanae. They have served the Lord of Coritanae for many generations, and are fiercely loyal to the Kingdom of Galgastan. Hektor was to wed Moldova until she fell in battle at krysaro. He was garrisoned at Brigantys Castle under High Commander Xaebos, but later set off for the Bahanna Highlands to aid Moldova's sister, Cressida. He escorted Cressida to Brigantys Castle safely, but was then killed by Denam's unit. The necromancer Nybeth later resurrected him and Moldova, but they were defeated by Denam once more, setting their souls free at last.
- Honor Before Reason: In the Law route
Jeunan Avertif (Jenounes Apatizer)
- The Atoner
- Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice in the remake is the spear. In the original version, it was a sword.
Ganpp Vochstein (Ganb Backstein)A Galgastania who once served his clan in battle. His coarse demeanor and haughty bearing rankle all those he meets, and he is not well-liked as a result. He has taken to avoiding contact with others, preferring the company of beasts. He has two pet gryphons named Obda and Berda.
The Kingdom of Bakram
Exarch Brantyn Morne (Bishop Branta Mown)A Bakram who serves as regent to the Bakram-Valerian Kingdom. Following the death of King Dorgalua, he aspired to rule Valeria himself. Though once a mere abuna in the Order of Philaha, he used his growing power in the church to intervene in the power struggle caused by the lack of a successor. He consolidated his political power by courting the favor of the noble and wealthy. Backed by the military might of Lodis to the north, he established the Bakram-Valerian Kingdom and installed himself as regent. The kingdom is headed by the heir of House Eltynaha due to their blood ties with Queen Vernotta, but it is Brantyn who rules.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Is often mentioned offhand early in the game a couple times.
- Disc One Final Boss: Although his defeat ends the war, there is more to be done afterwards.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Or rather, your uncle.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Unlike opposing faction leaders Duke Ronwey and Hierophant Balbatos, Abuna Brantyn is more than capable of defending himself, and wields some of the most powerful spells in the game.
- Especially in the PSP version where he has more to his arsenal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Sherri Phoraena (Shelley Foriner)A magus who once served the Bakram hosts. Once a missionary for the Order of Philaha, she left for a different calling upon the death of her mother. She eventually became a high-ranking member of the Bakram army. She sought to take Archiereus Mreuva captive at the Hagia Banhamuba, but was routed by Resistance forces. Fearing punishment for her failure she went to ground in Balmamusa, but was discovered there by the Resistance. Her sister Olivya then persuaded her to join Denam's unit.
The Valeria Liberation Front
Cerya Phoraena (Selye Foriner)Leader of the Valeria Liberation Front. Used to be a priestess, but got fed up with the politics and once her mother died, she left the Philaha Order and formed Valeria Liberation Front, with Cistina as the vice-leader, to oppose Brantyn. Tough and a realist, she's more than willing to use bloodshed as a means to reach her goal.In the Law route, she ends up having her front completely obliterated by the Dark Knights and is slain. In the Chaos route, she attempts to assassinate Ronwey to make an opening to assassinate Brantyn in the ensuing war, this will cause Cistina (and Folcurt and Bayin, if they live) to oppose her idea and joins Denam instead. Later on, the Dark Knights wiped out her Front, but she managed to survive. In Chaos route, she joined Denam right off bat, but in the Neutral route, she went to rejoin the Front's survivor and went under the guise of pirates, until Denam finds her and recruits her.The eldest daughter of Mreuva with the affinity of fire element.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the past, she did one, when both Olivya and Denam were about to drown.
- Blade on a Stick: Defaults on Valkyrie class, and if recruited at Neutral route, comes with a fire-elemental spear
- Defiant to the End, "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: In the default game, Lawful route, she didn't take her death well and begs for the Loslorien to stay away from her, implying that she's raped to death. In the remake, that implication is gone, when Cerya instead beckons them with "Go ahead... and try...!" meaning she tells the Loslorien to suck it and died being attacked from multiple sides while staying defiant.
- Foreshadowing: If Cistina dies in the PSP version during the battle in chapter one, she calls out Cerya. Denam then says, "Where have I heard that name before?" Because Denam actually knew the four sisters when he was younger.
- Jerkass Façade: She's actually gentle-hearted, but had to put up a tough bitch persona as the leader of the Liberation Front (she actually asked Denam to take care of Cistina after the latter stormed off in disagreement). And when confronting Sherri, she's the only one who has nothing but rough words.
- Playing with Fire
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She's more than willing to stain her hand to achieve her goals.
Cistina Phoraena (Sisteena Foriner)Vice-leader of the Valeria Liberation Front and seems to have a knack for trouble. She is first encountered in Rhime being attacked by Galgastan, in which Denam rescues her... and then is never heard again in the Law route.In the Chaos route, on the other hand, she gets kidnapped by pirates and had to be rescued (providing that Denam got the Wizard Bayin on his battalion). She ends up confronting her sister Cerya about her plan to assassinate the leaders of the factions, opposes it and joins Denam's battalion instead.She's also one of the daughters of Mreuva, the 3rd daughter and she's associated with the Wind Elemental.
- Blow You Away
- Breast Plate: Her PSP remake portrait seems to have her wear one along with her normal yellow clothes.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears in chapter one.
- Jack of All Stats: Starting out as a Warrior/Amazon, Cistina can grow into any classes just fine.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: She may look fine and normal, but you could go out of your way to make her miserable, which includes getting Folcurt killed before he could rescue her, or taking the Neutral route and let her see Cerya die. Or not recruiting Sherri and kill her...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Is not heard of again in the Law Route. Not even during the scene when Cerya gets killed by the Dark Knights. Could've had an offscreen death though
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Unlike Cerya, she doesn't like staining her hands with blood to achieve her goal.
Folcurt Reeda Lynde (Forcas Lida Rhende)
Bayin Rosen Orne (Byan Rozen Ohwn)
The Xenobian Exiles
A group of characters who were banished from Xenobia and reduced to mercenaries. Actually on a secret mission to retrieve the holy sword Brynhildr.
Lanselot Hamilton (Lans Hamilton)A Xenobian born in the city of Valna in Charlom who formerly captained the Holy Knights of the Kingdom of New Xenobia. He came to Valeria to recover the sword Brynhildr at the behest of King Tristan of Xenobia. He joined the Walister Resistance after aiding Denam in freeing Duke Ronwey. He was garrisoned in Rhime when the Bakram invaded, and went missing thereafter.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Player Punch: in the end of the game it is revealed that he was tortured physically and mentally, to the point of being disfigured and entering a catatonic state. He only reacts to the music box of his dead wife - and by screaming with agony when hearing the song, sice it was used to torture him by Tartaros.
- The Obi-Wan: to Denam.
- What If? : what if Denam wasn't so powerless at Rhime, and could have actually saved Lans from his inevitable fate? This is explored further in Coda.
Warren Omon (Warren Moon)
Canopus Wolph (Canopus Wolff)A Xenobian from the city of Peshaval in Chariom who once captained the Beast Legion of the Kingdom of New Xenobia. He came to Valeria with the Holy Knight Lanselot to recover the sword Brynhildr at the behest of King Tristan of Xenobia. He joined the Walister Resistance after aiding Denam in freeing Duke Ronwey from his imprisonment at Almorica Castle. Since then he has accompanied Denam. He appears young in years, as winged folk live to thrice the age of men.
- Disc One Nuke: He's going to be one of the most powerful characters early game, but unlike a lot of others, he remains useful all the way to the end of the game.
- Older Than They Look
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Winged Humanoid
Mirdyn Walhorn (Mildain Walhorn)
- Knight in Shining Armor: His appearance and inital class is that of a White Knight.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue for Gildas.
Gildas W. Byrne (Guildus W. Burn)Another Holy Knight from Xenobia (precisely, Highlands), who sticks around with him. Likes drinking and women. He usually survives the attack on Rhime and joins Denam's battalion... Except in the Neutral route where he's killed and zombified by Nybeth Obilord, forcing Denam to kill him.
The Dark Knights Loslorien (Roslolian Templars)
Lanselot Tartaros (Lans Tatare)High champion of the Dark Knights Loslorien. He was sent to Valeria when a secret treaty was forged between the Holy Lodissian Empire and the Bakram leader Brantyn. The Dark Knights report directly to High Priest Sardian, and Lanselot is thought to be his top lieutenant.
- Affably Evil: He's not that bad of a person. He demonstrates obsequiousness to Denam when they first meet, tries to keep Brantyn in line with the peace treaty with the Walister, and barely puts any effort into killing Denam.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Good Powers, Bad People: Despite being the leader of the dreaded Dark Knights and a major antagonist for most of the game, he focuses on Divine Magic and his signature weapon, taken from a fallen archangel, can only do Light based damage.
- Hobbes Was Right: His comments on humanity echo many points of this.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Nay-Theist: Though he is the High Champion of a religious empire and personally defeated a Fallen Angel in his own game, he still believes it's foolish for people to rely on divine providence in order to obtain what can be achieved by their own will.
- Rogue Protagonist: Rather, Knight of Lodis was a prequel about his Start of Darkness. The canon ending, that is. You'll notice that when you fight him, he has the sword from Shaher.
Balxephon V. Rahms (Balzepho Van Rams)Second-in-command of the Dark Knights Loslorien, hailing from Gallius, seat of the Holy Lodissian Empire. He is the son of Stratarchis Vogras, who commanded five of the orders of knighthood in Lodis. Loslorien enjoys independence from the Senate thanks to the influence of Vogras. Balxephon is a firm believer in discipline and following orders.
- Self-Made Orphan: Okay, he was already pretty old when he killed his father...it's also implied he was behind his mother's poisoning.
- The Unfought: In the SNES and PS1 versions.
Volaq Windsalf (Volac Winzalf)A Loslorien commander. Little is known of his past, or how he came to join the Dark Knights. His loyalty to Lodis is unquestionable, and he has earned a great deal of respect from those serving under him. A career soldier, he never lets personal matters interfere with his duties.
- Mysterious Past: His past is unknown, but his last name has been used in March of the Black Queen, belonging to both Highlanders Hikash and Rauny. This generates guessing if Volaq used to be a member of the Highland nobility that defected to the Loslorien. Nothing came out from it, however.
- Skippable Boss
- The Unfought: Until the PSP Version. There actually wasn't even battle data for him!
Martym Noumous (Martym Nowmas)A Loslorien commander from Gallius, seat of the Holy Lodissian Empire. He is known for his cunning swordplay. He will stop at nothing to achieve victory, living by the motto, "It always comes to blood." Though his words lack grace, he wields a blade with great finesse. He was once of the Dark Knights who attacked Golyat.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Oh thank you, thank you, great paragon of righteousness, for showing up at the least opportune moment."
- The Dragon: To Barbas.
- Light Is Not Good: He has offensive holy magic and (possibly sarcastically) believes that Philaha tells him to kill people.
- Smug Snake: His personality and the expression he has on his face in the PSP version.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the second version of the game.
Barbas Dahd Geuse (Barbas Dud Goose)A Loslorien commander hailing from Bomouth on the borderlands of Lodis. He is a giant of a man, and the most bloodthirsty of the seven Loslorien commanders. He was put on trial for beating a superior to death, but was saved from execution by Lanselot Tartaros. He was also among the Dark Knights who attacked Golyat a year ago.
- Blood Knight: He disobeys orders just for a chance to clash swords with Lans Hamilton.
- From Nobodyto Nightmare: Barbas was originally just some axe-crazy knight; however, he was later invited by Tartaros himself to serve as a Temple Commando. Near the end of the game, this buffoon actually wields the power to open up gates to the netherrealm. This essentially makes him the main antagonist, too.
- Not So Different: claims that Denam seeks the thrill of battle just as much as he.
- You Killed My Father: Vyce holds this view towards him because...well you probably don't need to guess why.
Oz Moh Glacius (Oz Mow Gracious)A Loslorien commander from Gallius, seat of the Holy Lodissian Empire, and twin brother to Dame Ozma. He was an expert swordsman, receiving top honors from the Xanam Officer's Academy. He was assigned to the Dark Knights at the recommendation of the Gallius Guild of Magi. His sadistic nature was evident in his actions on the field of battle and in his questioning of prisoners.
- Blood Knight: He really likes causing his enemies pain. "An eye or an ear?" is a frequent question that he poses to his victims. This leads him to refusing to retreat in the fight against him at the end of Chapter 3, resulting in his death.
Ozma Moh Glacius (Ozma Mow Gracious)A Loslorien commander from Gallius, seat of the Holy Lodissian Empire. She was of House Glacius, patrons of the Gallius Guild of Magic, and twin sister to the Dark Knight Oz. She wielded both spell and blade with equal skill.
- An Ice Person: Starts with ice magic.
- Ascended Extra: In the PSP version, it's possible to recruit her. Good luck finding out how to do that without a guide, though.
- Heel-Face Turn: She makes one of these on the lawful route.
- I Hate Past Me: Has some...interesting conversations with her past self in the final bonus battle. Before killing her.
- Weapon of Choice: Already proficient in whips and one handed swords. She even has a unique finisher with the former.
Andoras Gaffryn (Andoras Gafrun)A Loslorien commander from Niemaran, a small town in the borderlands of Lodis. He is of Bolmoccan descent. He is last born of the former Nildahme royal house, which once wielded great power throughout the Sea of Lhai region. The Holy Lodissian Empire saw the bountiful lands of the Kingdom of Nildahme as ripe for the taking. They staged an uprising among the enslaved mass from which the ruling house had fattened their purse, then sent in their armies. Fearing for his life, the King hastily abandoned all resistance, and yielded to the Lodissians. Since then the Bolmoccans have endured lives of servitude. He prefers hand-to-hand combat to swordplay, and is a masterful strategist.
- Ascended Extra: Was originally a mini-boss with an optional story.
- Ambiguously Brown: Well, chances are, his ethnicity is the equivalent of Africa or Jamaica.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Stated to prefer fists over swords. He does equip fist-based weaponry though.
- Fallen Prince
- Foreshadowing: He warns Denam to Make Valeria as strong as a rock - because had that happened to his homeland, they wouldn't have been taken over.
- Took A Level In Jerk Ass: In the PSP version, he taunts you quite a bit when you fight him.
Nybeth Obidlord (Nybbas Obderhode)A Galgastani necromancer who serves the Kingdom of Galgastan. He was consul to Almorica while it was under Galgastani control.
Cassandra ObdilordA Galgastani who once fought for the armies of Galgastan. She was wife to the Necromancer Nybeth. Cassandra also practiced the dark art of necromancy, and together they instructed their daughters Moldova and Cressida in its ways. They believed that necromancy allowed those who died before their time a chance to fulfill their ambitions. Cassandra battled Denam to avenger her daughter Moldova's killing, but was slain. Nybeth later raised her as a zombie, but she fell in battle with Denam's unit once more, and was finally put to rest.
Moldova ObdilordA Galgastani who once fought for the armies of Galgastan. She was the daughter of the Necromancer Nybeth, and studied necromancy under him together with her mother, Cassandra, and sister, Cressida. By studying death in all its forms, she believed it would one day be possible to cheat death entirely. She was betrothed to Hektor, head of House Didarro of Coritanae, and their wedding was close at hand. She was killed in a battle against the Walister Resistance at Krysaro. Her father Nybeth later resurrected her, but failed to restore her memory, and she attacked her sister Cressida. Her soul was finally set to rest after Resistance forces defeated her once more.
Cressida ObdilordAnother new character added to the PSP version. A Galgastani who once her served her clan in battle. She is the daughter of the Necromander Nybeth. Together with mother, Cassandra, and sister, Moldova, she practices necromancy under her father.
- Bad Powers, Good People: She became a necromancer for the sole purpose of helping the dead achieve peace by fulfilling their dying wishes. However, you only see this side of hers in Chaos route. In Neutral route, she remains a staunch supporter of Nybbeth and Denam called her foul.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her personality depends on what chapter you take, but only if you're on Chaos route. Stay in Chaos route and she remains sympathetic as more of her struggles are shown. Take Neutral route and she became a typical evil necromancer much like her relatives.
- Guide Dang It: Don't lie - nobody recruited her without consulting a guide.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Mythology Gag: Her first name is the same as that of a minor boss in Knight of Lodis, whose motivation for fighting you was revenge for the death of her parents.
- Undying Loyalty: Is so loyal to the Galgastan Kingdom that you need to be in good standing with them to recruit her.
Reymos CavourA Bakram who served his clan from the shadows. He was tasked with locating an artifact said to be hidden at Lhazan Fortress. While passing near Vasque he was set upon by Ocionne, but he repelled her attack. Learning that Ocionne was a survivor from Vasque, he forced her to lead him to the fortress. He later perished in an engagement with Resistance forces there. Reymos was dedicated to the dark art of necromancy. This is rare for one serving the Bakram army, where the Order of Philaha holds much sway. A man of cruel and callous nature, he sought to bolster the army by reviving the fallen as undead under his command.
Prancet Pavel (Plancy Powell)
Olivya Phoraena (Olivia Foriner)Last daughter of Mreuva Phoraena, and stuck with him in the Philaha Order. She used to be Denam's childhood friend and grew up together. Later, she took over Brigantys Castle to protect Denam's father Prancet, but failed to save him. She ends up leading Denam to Mreuva.
- Odd Name Out: In the first version of the game, she was the only sister to not have a "S" at the start of her name. In the second version of the game, she is still the only sister to lack a soft consonant at the start of her name.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: It's heavily implied she goes off to be with Denam.
Archiereus Mreuva Phoraena (Moruba Foriner)A Bakram from Heim who was once Archiereus of the Order of Philaha in the Kingdom of Valeria. He left Heim after being ousted by Exarch Brantyn. He continued to travel the lands spreading the word of Philaha, but went missing at the outbreak of war.
Oelias Melandyl Obdilord (Orias Obderhode)A Galgastani from Brigantys. She is the daughter of the Necromancer Nybeth. She resented her father's debasement of humanh life, and sought solace in the Order. When her brother Dievold fell victim to Nybeth's necromancy, she resolved to confront him. Together with Dievold she set off to locate their father. She is fiercely protective of her brother, who is now cut off from the world of the living.
- I Hate You, Necromancer Dad
- Tomato in the Mirror: The body she is inhabiting actually belonged to Nybeth's deceased daughter, Amala. Oelias was Amala's mother who died along with her. In other words, she's Nybeth's wife.
Dievold Rane Obdilord (Debordes Obderhode)A Galgastani from Brigantys. He is the son of the Necromancer Nybeth, and brother to Oelias. When war broke out he was slain for opposing Hierophant Balbatos, but his father later resurrected him through necromancy. However, his new body consists of a patchwork of corpses, and he has changed irrevocably.
Xapan Illudas (Zapan Illudus)A soldier with the Walister Resistance. He was a sellsword who traded his services for coin. Willing to take on any task for the right price, they say he would have sold his own mother to line his pockets.
Hobyrim Steelsong V. Rahms (Haborym)A blind swordsman that aids Denam. A Lodissian swordmaster who once served with the Dark Knights Loslorien. He is the second son of Stratarchis Vogras, a Lodissian of great influence, and is brother to the Dark Knight Balxephon. He bears the title "Steelsong." Accused of patricide, his eyes were gouged out, and he was banished from Lodis. Hobyrim came to Valeria seeking vengeance against the true culprit, his brother Balxephon. The Dark Knight Ozma was formerly his betrothed.
- Blind Weaponmaster
- Cutscene Power to the Max: He is introduced felling two pursuers with one stroke, but he can scarce repeat such a feat with a single foe in the following battle.
- Disability Superpower: He's blind, but is one of the most powerful units you can recruit. Lanselot even refers to him as the best swordsman in Lodis.
- The Exile: He was exiled from his homeland after being blinded.
- Older Than They Look: He's 31, according to the Warren Report. He does not look like he's in his 30s - he looks old enough to be Denam's father.
- Overrated And Underleveled: Averted - even if he was blind, he has the highest dexterity in the first version of the game (useful for the Petrify spell) and is still one of the best units ever. However, in the second version of the game it's possible for him to be dropped down a couple levels when you recruit him due to the way the leveling system works.
- You Killed My Father: Or rather, ours.
Ocionne Rabine (Oxyones Lavin)A disciple of the Sea God Vasque who survived a purge of the enemies of Hierophant Balbatos. Her village was attacked by Jeunan's wyrmknights, and now lies in ruin. A handful of survivors took shelter at Lhazan Fortress. She sought revenge and attempted to kill Jeunan when they met. However, Denam can convince her not to do it and told her to stick with Jeunan just so she had a better chance to kill him, or see how much Jeunan has changed. She stuck with the second.
- The Beast Master: She is a skilled dragon tamer.
Jonathon Torgeaux Lindl (Rendal)A young warrior hailing from the southern continent of Balboede who has trained in the use of the fusils made there. He came close to defeat at the hands of the Dark Knight Martym at Grimsby, but was saved by Denam. He journeyed to Valeria to purvey the sophisticated weaponry of his homeland. The guns made there can inflict terrible damage, but require training to use as they are vastly different to more traditional weapons. Too elaborate to make in large quantities, they are sold for princely sums.
- Optional Party Member
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Archers often deal more damage than his guns do. But in the first version of the game guns do have infinite range, which would be good if you get him out of range.
Deneb Rove (Deneb Rhobe)A Xenobian of unknown origin who once served with the Mages Regiment of the Kingdom of New Xenobia. She was a principal architect of the kingdom's establishment. Her thirst for arcane knowledge is boundless, and she has come to Valeria to gather funds to further her studies. She created a band of pumpkin servants to help with her shop, but they felt unfairly treated and rebelled against her. She brought them to heel with the help of Denam, and went on to join the Resistance.
- Bad Boss: She is very much against the idea of paying fair wages to her workers.
- Black Magician Girl
- Cute Witch: In the second version of the game.
- Fiery Redhead
- Hot Witch: In the first version of the game.
- Legacy Character
- Optional Party Member
- Say It with Hearts: In the first version of the game, but not the second.
Diego Galet AzelstanA legendary Galgastani pirate. In his younger days he was known to all who sailed the coastal waters of Valeria. He was greatly feared for the abandon with which he snatched away both cargo and lives. Then one day he took to the shore and disappeared. He is also known to have returned unscathed from the Pirate's Graveyard, a place that has claimed the lives of countless sailors.
- Death Seeker: After the above, he went to the Pirate Graveyard, but felt it was for those "who went the full distance"
- Drowning My Sorrows: The bottle seldom leaves his hand or mouth until he joins you.
- Pirate: His previous occupation.
- Red Baron: Was known as the Dread Pirate Azelstan.
- Retired Badass
Iuria WolphA songtress and sister to Canopus, she follows her brother to Valeria.
Robert Rudlum (Radlum)
- The Dragon: to Rashidi, who is the original game's Big Bad.
- Legacy Character
- Optional Party Member: You have to get him in a sidequest.
Punkin the BewitchedOne of the golems created by the Wicce Deneb to aid her in her work. Punkin soon emerged as their leader due to her aggressive nature. She started life as a pumpkind, but took on human qualities through her strong desire to be treated fairly. Blamed for the banditry carried out at an abandoned village, she fought Denam and was defeated. In the end she was allowed to take over Deneb's shop. She does brisk business, but has trouble keeping up with payments to Deneb and the other workers. She does appear to be enjoying herself, at least. Apparently she was taught the secret of becoming human by a sage she met in the Palace of the Dead, but she will say no more on the subject. In her spare time she busies herself growing pumpkins and perfecting her recipe for pumpkin pie.
King Dorgalua Oberyth Valeria (King Dolgare Overis)A Bakram who once ruled the Kingdom of Valeria. He united the scattered dominions of Valeria through his great vision and public favor. Upon becoming king he sought to end hostilities between the various factions. He left no successor, and war soon broke out in Valeria following his death.
- A God Am I
- Final Boss
- Love Makes You Crazy:
- Mirror Boss: He creates replicas of deployed party members at the start of the fight.
- One-Winged Angel: Which takes scratch damage to everything but a couple things.