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This motley crew is a list of characters from the Atelier series' Arland trilogy who made their first appearance in Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland. For characters who debuted in Atelier Totori or Atelier Meruru visit those pages. There is also a characters page for the much later released Atelier Lulua that handles characters from that game as well as including tropes unique to the incarnations seen in Lulua.

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


Playable Characters

Rorolina "Rorona" Frixell

Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (JP), Julie Maddalena (EN)

"I can do this! Master, I will do my best to carry on your legacy!"

The protagonist of the game. Rorona is a 14-year-old alchemist-in-training left to oversee the workshop by Astrid. She's cheerful and outgoing, but also quite clumsy, even by her own admission.

  • Age Lift: The English localization changes her from 14 to 17, and retains the three-year age up into Atelier Totori as well... until they completely forget about it in Atelier Meruru and frequently refer to her age in the first game as 14. Atelier Lulua forgets as well and Rorona's age is presented as what it would be if she were 14 in the first game as well.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Comes naturally with being the Cute Clumsy Girl.
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  • Beleaguered Assistant: Technically to Astrid, except that she's more of Astrid's slave.
  • Berserk Button: She really won't appreciate it if she finds you picking on her beloved apprentice in front of her in Atelier Totori. Even Cordelia and Sterk wouldn't hear the end of it if they so much as shout at Totori while in Rorona's presence.
  • But Now I Must Go: In the Normal Ending, as Rorona's relationship with the people wasn't high enough to get enough jobs for the workshop to turn a profit. Lionela or Tantris can join her.
  • The Chew Toy: And to quote Astrid, a pretty durable one.
  • Childhood Friends: With Cordelia and Iksel.
  • Christmas Cake: Astrid's fear (and apparently the developer's fear) of Rorona's fate in her 30s. She messes up and accidentally regresses Rorona to a child instead.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: It's part of her charm.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly only around Astrid, though this side of her also popped out once towards Gio in one of his endings.
  • Dude Magnet: Mainly in the first game. Sterk, Iksel, and Tantris are all heavily implied to be in love with her. Tantris disappears after the first game, Iksel after the second, and while Sterk is still clearly close to Rorona, the romantic aspects largely drop off.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Downplayed example, but thanks to her ditzy nature, she serves as one to Totori in the sequel. Doesn't really stop Totori from admiring her however.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As nice and ditzy as she is and no matter how much she respects her, even Rorona will be exasperated at someone like Astrid. Heck, she even snarks about her regardless of whether she's around to hear it or not! Notably, the child version of Rorona in Meruru is the only person that can actually make Astrid give up and leave because she's incapable of being cowed by her.
  • Famed in Story: If you play your cards right in her game, she'll be this at the end of the story. This carries over in to the rest of the Arland series, where Rorona is a famous alchemist that is constantly busy with work.
  • Fountain of Youth: Turns into her 9-year old self by accident in Atelier Meruru. Since she lost most of her memories, she's not aware of the change and is thus even more happy-go-lucky and bold as a child. She also still seems to have some understanding of alchemy though she's not entirely aware of it.
  • Genius Ditz: Rorona may have some weird moments, but remember, she's the one keeping the workshop in one piece, not Astrid. It even gets lampshaded when she's called that she's "dumb but in a good way". In the sequel, Totori borderline reveres her for being a really skilled Alchemist.
  • Genki Girl: Pretty cheerful and optimistic, though even she has her limits. Cranked up to the max in her age-regressed form.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: While she has yet to reach Astrid's level of skill and fame (or infamy), she does get to become really well known among the populace in Atelier Totori for her Alchemy Skills and her penchant for helping people. By Atelier Lulua, Rorona is so well known she's frequently travelling the country to solve problems.
  • Mama Bear: While she still acts as young and childish as ever even as an adult in the sequel, she develops a somewhat maternal instinct towards Totori and dotes on her like a mother would a daughter. She retains this aspect when she actually becomes a mother to Lulua.
  • The Mentor: Totori's in the sequel, though it's established that some of this was Totori's natural talent as she is the only student who seems to be able to interpret Rorona's confusing lessons into useful information. In one of the endings, Rorona thinks she's done so well with Totori that she tries to open her own alchemy school, only for the students to fail utterly with Rorona's instruction and instead seeking out the much younger Totori for advice.
  • Never Grew Up: After getting turned into a kid in Atelier Meruru, this appears to be the case due to the potion's effects and the difficulty in creating a new one. However, the Rorona Plus Overtime missions as well as the two bonus movies in Atelier Meruru DX that bookend it reveal that she was still restored to her correct age at some point after the events of Meruru. That plus a clearly 30-plus Rorona appears in Atelier Lulua and is now raising a fourteen-year-old of her own.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet and kind to a fault.
  • Nice Hat: Rorona's feathered hat is her signature character element and carries over into every new outfit she gets with the progressing series.
  • The Nicknamer: Has a habit of brainstorm nicknames within moments of meeting someone.
  • Oblivious to Love: Rorona's pretty dense, so even the smallest of hints of romantic advances towards her by any of the boys in her party fly high above her radar.
  • Pie in the Face: Turned Up to Eleven with her Limit Break in Plus: in the attack's finishing variation, she drops several huge pies on the enemies.
  • Plucky Girl: Her Workshop's current poor condition and her alchemy constantly literally blowing up in her face aren't enough to faze her so to speak and she just tries harder every time.
  • Simple Staff: Uses nicely decorated ones as her weapons of choice, Also serves as her symbol as an alchemist (Her original staff was a feature on the sign for her Atelier).
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: She never returns to her normal age in any of the endings of Atelier Meruru, even the ones that involve her growing back up, as she only returns to being 14 years old. The Plus version fixed this by adding a new ending where Rorona returns to her normal age, however.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In Atelier Totori, she has grown into a beautiful young woman. In Atelier Meruru, however, not so much, until Meruru Plus that is.
  • Supreme Chef: She has a real talent for baking pies. One ending even has her become the best pie chef in Arland.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she inevitably becomes stronger in the game if you grind her hard enough, her skills in Alchemy improve vastly by the end of her game's story, and by the time of the sequels, she's become skilled enough to be a well-known name in and out of Arland, to the point where Totori greatly respects her regardless of her faults for her experience and expertise.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pies: For her, it's Serious Business.
  • Twice Shy: With Sterk, assuming you aim for his flag of course.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Terrified of ghosts. For this reason, it takes a while for her to warm up to Pamela.
  • You Remind Me of X: According to Astrid, Rorona reminds her of her deceased mentor.
  • Younger Than They Look: She's 14 in the original Japanese version.

Cordelia von Feuerbach (Cory)

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

"I wasn't expecting her to, anyway. I just stopped by to say hi."

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

  • Age Lift: Cory is 13 in the Japanese version of Atelier Rorona, but aged up to 16 in the English version. This gap was kept for Totori, after which point Cory stopped appearing so it becomes irrelevant that the later games dropped the age alterations.
  • Becoming the Mask: In her ending when she becomes the workshop's manager and Rorona declares she isn't much different from Astrid.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't ever mention her short height to her face. Ever. Also, don't make Rorona cry. Astrid exploits the former by deliberately making Hom's height two inches taller than her and making fun of her for it, even letting Hom in on the fun. Cordelia was not amused.
    • In the sequel, she has a new one in the form of Gisela Helmold who screws things up for her in her new job.
  • Butt-Monkey: Whenever Astrid is concerned.
  • Childhood Friends: With Rorona and possibly Iksel.
  • Downloadable Content: Cordelia was originally sold as bonus DLC in Atelier Totori and included in the base game for the Plus and DX versions.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name in the JP version was originally romanized as Kudelia, while Rorona's nickname for her was Kuu-chan instead.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Her normal attack, sort of. More like wild arm flailing.
  • The Gunslinger: For some special attacks. And finally becomes one for real in Atelier Totori.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sure she's brash most of the time, but she's actually one of the nicest and most considerate characters in the game if you go past that tsun demeanor of hers.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take too much to rile her up in a fiery burst. Mention her height for one thing and she's sure to lash out at you immediately.
  • Height Angst: Hates her short height and even once asked Rorona if she could make her a potion that would help her grow taller. Rorona's only response was to feel sorry for her for it, annoying Cordelia and embarrassing her into leaving.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may have a short fuse and may be prone to yelling at Rorona nearly all the time, but it's made very clear that she cares deeply for her, even if she doesn't fully admit it. She even extends this kindness to Totori after she learns, in her first meeting with her, that she's Rorona's personal pupil, giving her her adventurer's license with some benefits without much of a fuss.
  • Little Miss Snarker: When you've got a ditzy best friend and a cast full of weirdoes surrounding her, you'd definitely become this.
  • The Napoleon: Cordelia's short stature is a frequent trigger for her. Astrid in particular needles her about it, deliberately creating her first Hom to be exactly one centimeter taller than Cordelia.
  • Ojou: It's not mentioned often though. When it's brought up in the sequel, it's revealed that she thinks little about her title and even considers it worthless, in contrast to Mimi who believes aristocratic family names are important.
  • Older Than They Look: While some of this is down to the English version inexplicably raising her age by three years (her height is appropriate for a 13 year old, but not a 16 year old), she's still in her early 20s by the time of Totori and still hasn't had a growth spurt, making her look like she's still a 13-year-old.
  • Precocious Crush: On Gio. Less so in the localized version, due to her increase in age making it come off as somewhat creepy.
  • Put on a Bus: Only gets mentioned a few times in Atelier Meruru, but otherwise, doesn't appear at all.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Subverted. Unlike Rorona and Iksel, despite being much older, she hasn't grown at all. In fact, 13-year old Totori is taller than her!
  • Quest Giver: Her role in Atelier Totori
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's pretty bossy for someone with such a short stature. Even more pronounced in the sequel where she's Filly's boss and the one who hands out the missions to you. It's a pretty bad idea to make her lose her temper in work, as both Filly and Totori learn the hard way.
  • Tsundere: Truly cares for Rorona's well-being but would rather die than admit it.

Iksel Jahnn (Iksy)

"I've always wanted to go outside of town. I want to find my own ingredients."

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

  • Chef of Iron: Iksel is determined to get the best ingredients that he happily joins Rorona (and later Totori) in gathering missions, fighting monsters with his frying pan.
  • Childhood Friends: With Rorona and possibly Cordelia.
  • Combat Medic: He can cook up meals to recover HP during battle.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dislikes mushrooms.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: If he loses the Cabbage Festival to you.
  • Downloadable Content: Iksel was originally sold as bonus DLC in Atelier Totori and included in the base game for the Plus and DX versions.
  • Fiery Redhead: Iksel has a very hot-blooded, competitive personality to match his flaming red hair.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: In Plus, if his Limit Break is used to end a fight, he will eat a super-spicy piece of meat and destroy the enemy with a giant fireball.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: His weapon of choice.
  • Hot-Blooded: It even says in his official game profile.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Rorona. He's her Childhood Friend, the first male party member, and a year older than her, something he has in common with the implied love interests in the two games that follow. However, despite being hinted at having feelings for Rorona in a few of his events and ending, Sterk is ultimately the preferred Love Interest; and any signs of his having feelings for Rorona are more or less gone in Atelier Totori.
  • Put on a Bus: Only makes a brief cameo in Atelier Meruru.
  • Serious Business: Cooking contests. Though he does try to skew things to his favor when against Totori in the sequel.
  • Ship Tease: Has some with Rorona in his endings and some of his events. It gets lampshaded by Hom in one of the endings, where he/she comments that they act like a married couple. This thread drops in the rest of the Arland series.
  • Supreme Chef: As expected, given his profession.

Sterkenburg Cranach (Sterk)

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

"You're a resident of this town. It's a knight's duty to protect the residents."

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

  • Badass Cape: He wears one for Atelier Rorona and had another in his first concept art for Atelier Meruru though his design was instead changed to a...
  • Badass Longcoat: In Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru, where he wears a black ragged one in Totori and a uniform white one in Meruru, showing his current job status.
  • BFS: It's still pretty realistic compared to other examples, though.
  • The Cameo: A sign of Gust being owned by Koei Tecmo, Sterk appears as a playable character in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate.
  • Darker and Edgier: Substantially more so in appearance in Atelier Totori, though once the player gets to know him his personality is largely the same. Unused concept art for Meruru showed an even more advanced version of this before they switched to him wearing a uniform coat to match Esty's.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He tends to dislike it when people call him by his name... especially Astrid.
  • Face of a Thug: Much to his chagrin, his face and demeanor, especially in Atelier Totori frighten people away from him. He even made three children cry just by looking at them! By Atelier Meruru he simply accepts this reaction is always going to happen.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Worn in his original Rorona-era uniform.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In his special attack in Atelier Meruru. No, really.
  • Implied Love Interest: He's often played up like this for Rorona in the first Arland game. In Totori Hagel suddenly rants to Totori about how expected them to hook up after the dragon incident. They never actually hook up, likely due to circumstances (especially in Meruru, where Rorona is age-regressed to an 8-year-old), and also their actual age gap.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Sterk has carried a dream from childhood of being one of these, hence his motivation to join the knighthood in Arland. However, in these peaceful times, there's little for knights to do, though he does eventually get his chance in one of Rorona's character events. He's so happy to have gotten to live his dream that he's not even concerned he's in the hospital for his injuries afterward.
    • When the knighthood is abolished between Rorona and Totori, Sterk struggles to survive having it taken away from him. He becomes a mercenary during Totori so he can continue to protect people. He eventually becomes one of Meruru's escorts in Meruru, which drags up a lot of his dreams again since Meruru is actually a princess and starts causing havoc when he overdoes the role. By the time of Lulua, Sterk has basically built his own version of a knighthood with the Citizens Guard and still calls himself the Knight Supreme.
  • Older Than They Look: He's only a year younger than Esty and Astrid. That said, he doesn't look much older than Iksel or Tantris. While he is drawn older with each game, he's supposed to be 39 in Meruru and 46 in Lulua despite not appearing anywhere close to either age. Squint and you can see a line around his eyes in his Lulua design. His hair is also lighter, but it's hard to work out if its actually greying hair or just the change in artists.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Spend most of the game wearing this expression, which understandably tends to scare Rorona. The remake depicts this perfectly. It's intense enough that in Meruru Totori convinces him to take a "Make You Smile" potion... but his uncomfortable smile is actually considered more scary than his default expression.
  • Ship Tease: Out of all the guys in games, he gets the most with Rorona.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: For Gino in Atelier Totori once he agrees to be his Master. He goes as far as to perform his Limit Break on the poor kid when he realizes that Gino's improving in one of their training sessions.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He comes across as quite cold (something, Esty berates him about), but is a decent guy, who is genuinely concerned about the future of workshop (and Rorona).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Seems to get progressively more badass in every installment. Taken up a notch with his finisher. Also, according to an event in the third game, he's shown to have become badass enough to nearly become Gio's equal (if Gio's comments after the fight are anything to go by).
  • Twice Shy: With Rorona, assuming you aim for his flag of course.
  • UST: The romantic plot thread with him and Rorona is still largely unresolved even by the time period of Lulua, at which point the pair have known each other for around twenty years. By the era of Meruru, he and Astrid's failed relationship also seems to be far enough in their past that it never gets brought up again by either character either.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Astrid for making Rorona do all of the work on the assignments the king had intended for her.
  • When He Smiles: Totori comments that he has a nice smile after she meets him a second time, though she does not seem to feel this way by the time of Meruru... but this is likely because the attempt at making him smile was using a potion and it's obvious the potion's effects are quite painful.

Lionela Heinze (Liona)

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

"No, I like it! I'm just not used to people calling me nicknames..."

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

  • Beware the Nice Ones: According to her puppets, she used to impulsively attack any stranger who tried to talk to her.
  • Boobs of Steel: Inverted-she's physically one of the weakest fighters in the game and her best battle skills are devoted to healing.
  • Burn the Witch!: The reason she can't stay in one place for very long as this tends to be the reaction once people realize she uses magic. Her own parents were a part of the first mob.
  • The Bus Came Back: After getting dropped from the series after the first game, Lionela makes a surprise return in Atelier Lulua as a bartender.
  • Gainaxing: Her dancer costume seems designed to facilitate this.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Liona's pigtails highlight her naive and innocent nature in the first game. Notably, they're gone in Lulua when she's a more confident adult.
  • The Medic: Liona's skills lean towards support.
  • Put on a Bus: She disappears from the original trilogy after Rorona, aside from a quick mention in Atelier Totori and a background cameo in Atelier Meruru's opening. She wouldn't reappear until Lulua, a game released ten years after the original release of Rorona.
  • Shrinking Violet: Despite being a street performer.
  • Split Personality: Her puppets are actually two parts of her personality that she subconsciously gave to her dolls. "They" are aware of it, she is not.

Tantris/Tristan Alcock (Tant)

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondou (JP), Grant George (EN)

"What an honor to be asked out on a date with you."

A traveling musician that loves to flirt with Rorona.

  • The Bard: Not only does he play the lute outside of combat, he also uses it to buff Rorona and friends.
  • Bishōnen: And very self-conscious of it.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The reason why he doesn't make a physical appearance in Atelier Totori? Cordelia explains that he's holed up in his office because his father shaved his head in his sleep.
  • The Dandy: A straight-forward one, paying exceptional attention to his appearance and obsessed with wooing young women... especially the extremely oblivious Rorona.
  • The Mole: A very half-hearted one who quickly starts to help Rorona for real.
  • Power Fist: His weapons of choice include a variety of punching weapons, including brass knuckles.
  • Put on a Bus: He never appears again in the sequels aside from a quick mention in Atelier Totori.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: Doesn't even try too hard to hide his real name: Tristan.
  • Ship Tease: Heavily implied to have feelings for Rorona. Too bad she's Oblivious to Love.
  • The Power of Rock: Can be used to buff the party.
  • Wandering Minstrel: He presents himself as one to Rorona and apparently actually does live as one most of the time... because he's trying to get out of his duties to his father. He is finally convinced to leave this behind in the true ending, though Meredith apparently still has to resort to extreme measures to keep him focused.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Meredith. Astrid calls him out on this several times.

Gio

Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (JP)

"Brace yourself now. Being the strongest means to be prepared to take on any challenges."

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

  • Badass Baritone: He's voiced by Solid Fucking Snake in the Japanese version. The English VA doesn't exactly do a shabby job either.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: "Masked G" in both Atelier Rorona and Atelier Meruru, who only changes his appearance by putting on a mask and otherwise wears the same clothes. Somehow, everyone is fooled including people who should really know better.
  • Sword Cane: His weapon of choice.

Astrid Zexis

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

"Of course. I'm sure I can do anything if I put my mind to it."

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

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She refuses to do just about anything unless it involves Rorona, even if it's against her pupil's will.
  • But Now I Must Go: She comes back in her ending, though, complete with declaring herself as Rorona's rival!
  • Christmas Cake: Something she is extremely aware of and was a motivation for her developing the Potion of Youth, which she uses to turn her age back so she still appears about the same age in Meruru as she does in Rorona.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Near the end of the game, she starts to drink a lot.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Rorona's, much to her exasperation.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Well, since she spends most of her time napping...
  • Hidden Depths: She goes to some lengths to help Rorona without her finding out, at least in the first game.
  • Meganekko: Including the typical "touching glasses" poses.
  • Mooching Master: Oh, is she ever. She will not lift a finger if she can get Rorona to do something instead. And if she can bust her chops while she does it, all the better. She's basically an internet troll turned into a game character.
  • Mundane Utility: She can bend the laws of physics via alchemy to make... a bathing suit for a ghost. Lampshaded by Rorona, of course.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Congrats Astrid for turning Rorona into a little girl in ''Atelier Meruru!''
  • Promoted to Playable: The Plus and DX versions make her recruitable for an extremely high sum, though she's also a very powerful character with a lot of use in the endgame content. The Japanese-only 3DS remake, also called Atelier Rorona Plus, includes an additional Atelier Astrid side-story set with Astrid as the playable protagonist.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She effectively shunned the townsfolk and ruined the reputation of the workshop due to how poorly the people of Arland treated her master.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She admits this straight to Cordelia that forcing Rorona to have to save the workshop is the best way to force her to get better.
  • Troll: Astrid is constantly pulling pranks, making lewd and inappropriate comments, stealing people's food and valuables, and tormenting everyone around her for her own amusement.
  • Trickster Mentor: Astrid is frequently lusting over Rorona and in Meruru she regularly breaks into Meruru's workshop to take her belongings and taunt her. Eventually both girls realize Astrid is actually teaching them something, in her own crazy ways.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The only person capable of stopping Astrid in her tracks? The child Rorona, who constantly makes demands of her and ignores Astrid's requests. Astrid admits she can't bring herself to punish a cute child, often causing her to flee when forced to talk to child!Rorona.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: The finishing variation of her Limit Break in Plus: She traps the enemy in an orb of pure darkness, which is then infused with light, tearing it (and the target) apart.

Esty Dee (JP: Esty Erhard)

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)

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

  • Ascended Extra: In addition to being Promoted to Playable, she also gets a bunch of new events in the Plus and DX versions, including her own ending!
  • Big Sister Bully: Forced her shy and insecure sister Filly into taking her place as a receptionist under Cordelia of all people so she could go out and try to find a date of her own in Atelier Totori.
  • Christmas Cake: She's 45 by the end of Atelier Meruru and still doesn't have a husband, a problem that haunts her to this day.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Rorona and Sterk. Towards her real sister, not so much.
  • Cool Old Lady: Officially qualifies as this in the third game at the age of 40. Just don't say it to her face.
  • Drunk Personality Change: While nowhere near as bad as Tiffani, Esty becomes extremely handsy with Meruru and Filly after getting drunk.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two swords.
  • Promoted to Playable: In New Atelier Rorona
  • Quest Giver: In the first game, she's the one who gives requests.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Sterk/Rorona.
  • The Tease: She loves pushing Rorona's buttons.
  • Took a Level in Badass - From quest giver in Rorona to this in Meruru.
  • Unfortunate Names: The English version changed her name to "Esty Dee"... STD. It seems to be a reference to her man troubles, but having her name changed to a sex joke is actually out of place with the Atelier series, which generally limits its sexual content to some innuendo in the dialog and fanservice.

Hom (Homhom)

Voiced by: Nana Inoue (JP, Male Hom), Ui Miyazaki (JP, Female Hom), Brianne Siddall (EN, Female Hom)

"My purpose for existing is to work for my master. Please, give me an order."

A homunculous Astrid makes to assist Rorona. Hom's gender can be selected by the player.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Both Homs appear as adorable children.
  • The Ageless: Aside from the wardrobe change, they appear to have not changed at all in Atelier Meruru.
  • Artificial Human: They are homunculi, and they will always tell you this.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The female Hom adopts this look in Meruru.
  • Emotionless Girl: Or boy for that matter. Or is (s)he ?
  • Extreme Doormat
    "Rorona's and Astrid's orders (requests) are absolute to Hom and it would do anything for them without complaining. Leave it alone without orders and it might throw a tantrum."
  • Girlish Pigtails: Female Hom
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Both Homs in Rorona have sleeves that hang well over their hands. In their Meruru designs, the sleeves are shorter, allowing their fingers to be visible.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Hom tries to adopt a cat in Atelier Rorona, which Astrid forbids. The Hom then starts spending time with the cat on its own without Astrid's permission, the only order it's shown to disobey.
  • Nice Hat: Male Hom wears a nice small top hat.
  • The One Guy: Male Hom, who's the only male presence in the workshop as well as the beach event. Taken Up to Eleven in Atelier Meruru, where he's the only male residing in a workshop alongside four other girls.

Tiffani Hildebrand (Ms. Tiffani)

Voiced by: Rika Oogaki (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)

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

  • Drunk Personality Change: While a proper lady when sober, once she got plastered, she is prone of groping any girl she caught and cuddle them through the night, as Rorona, and later Totori and Filly learn the hard way.
  • Dude Magnet: Her presence attracts several middle-aged men to her shop.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Several men, Rorona's father Ryan included, only go into her shop to gaze at her. Their wives aren't too happy about that.
  • Proper Lady: Tiffani's appearance during most of the game.
  • Widow Woman: Her shop, R&T's Sundries, includes her deceased husband's name and her status as a widow is apparently one of the reasons she has so many older men after her.

Hagel Baldness (Pops)

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

"What? I don't agree with having some young lady carrying around a dangerous weapon."

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

Pamela Ibis (Pamela)

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

"How rude! It's not nice to scream in someone's face."

A ghost that emerges from a possessed teddy bear. She later opens a magical items store in Arland, moves to Alanya to do the same thing, and finally moves to Arls to set up the Wholesale Shop.

  • Absolute Cleavage: In the event scene where she first appears, and played up even more in Meruru.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Pamela's unlife is full of strange musings, which are hard for the people around her to make sense of.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Pamela, as she is proud to tell you, is definitely a ghost and she loves it!
  • Downloadable Content: Pamela was originally sold as bonus DLC in Atelier Meruru and included in the base game for the Plus and DX versions.
  • Gainaxing: Pamela's ghost form causes a lot of bouncing, which the camera is always ready to show you.
  • Legacy Character: Versions of Pamela Ibis has appeared in multiple Atelier franchise games, her earliest appearance being in Atelier Judie: The Alchemist of Gramnad and her first English appearance in 'Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana''.

Cole Dueller (Cole)

Voiced by: Kaoru Akiyama (JP, Rorona), Soichiro Miwa (JP, Lulua), Mona Marshall (EN, Rorona)
A very young traveling merchant who visits Rorona's shop once per month.

  • Meaningful Name: Cole happens to be Arland's main currency, and Cole works a merchant...
  • Mysterious Past: Not much is known about him, how he manages to get rare items in monster-infested areas, or why he's working as a merchant at such a young age.
  • Nice Hat: Cole's cap, which he retains even as an adult by the time of Lulua.
  • Put on a Bus: And unlike Lionela and Tantris, he doesn't even get mentioned once in the next two games.

Aranya and Horoholo (Ranya and Holo)

Voiced by: Carrie Savage (EN, Aranya)

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

Meredith Alcock

Voiced by: Koji Ishii (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)

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

  • Gender-Blender Name: Meredith is generally considered a woman's name, but nobody remarks on this in-universe. This might be because his Japanese name, Meriodus, is made up and has no gender attached.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: His attempts to sabotage Rorona are all just practical jokes for the most part.

Ryan and Laura Frixell

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

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Laura, whose profile states that she's quite scary when angered. This is actually witnessed after Hom's creation when the both of them mistakenly believe Hom is Rorona's biological sibling, leading to each to accuse the other of cheating.
  • Good Parents: While they travel a lot without her, they constantly give Rorona souvenirs to help her in her tasks.
  • Shipper on Deck: Laura readily approves of Tantris when she mistakes him for Rorona's boyfriend.
  • Overprotective Dad: Ryan does not react well when he mistakes Tantris for Rorona's boyfriend.


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