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 and Atelier Meruru, visit those pages.
(Names in parentheses are Rorona's nicknames for the other characters.)
Rorolina "Rorona" Frixell
- Apologizes a Lot: Comes naturally with being the Cute Clumsy Girl.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Astrid.
- 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: in Atelier Meruru. Well, she's supposed to be one, if it weren't for Astrid.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: It's part of her charm.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly only around Astrid, though this side of her also popped out once towards Gio in one of his endings.
- Dude Magnet: Sterk, Iksel, and Tantris are all heavily implied to be in love with her.
- 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!
- 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 Atelier Totori, where Rorona becomes a celebrity of sorts to the people of Arland.
- Fountain of Youth: Turns into her 9-year old self by accident in Atelier Meruru. She's still useful as ever, though, and is actually rather happy about 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Mentor: Totori's in the sequel, though whether she did a good job at being one or not is all up in the air note .
- Never Grew Up: After getting turned into a kid in Atelier Meruru, she stays stuck at that age forever unless you get the "About Time" ending in Plus.
- Nice Girl: Sweet and kind to a fault.
- 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.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in the outfit she wears in the original game's pie ending.
Cordelia von Feuerbach (Cory)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: She's 16 in the first game and in her early 20's in the sequel (21 in Japan and 22 in NA). Not the case in the original Japanese version as her appearance and height are rather suitable for a 13 year old, at least for the first game.
- 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)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supreme Chef: As expected, given his profession.
Sterkenburg Cranach (Sterk)
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: In Atelier Rorona.
- Badass Longcoat: In Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru.
- 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.
- 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!
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: In his special attack in Atelier Meruru. No, really.
- Implied Love Interest: to Rorona
- Knight in Shining Armor: Well, it's what he WANTED to be at least. Turns out knights don't really do so much these days. He does eventually get his chance to play the part.
- 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.
- Perpetual Frowner: Spend most of the game wearing this expression, which understandably tends to scare Rorona. The remake depicts this perfectly.◊
- Put on a Bus: An optional one happens after defeating Suni Sterm, in which he will be out of commission for 80 days.
- 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: Poor Sterk. By the end of Atelier Meruru's True Ending, Rorona is never cured and he'll get older and older...and there's no sign he'll going for Astrid or Esty...at least before that additional ending in Meruru Plus where Rorona finally reverts back to her true age.
- 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 even comments that he has a nice smile after she meets him a second time.
Lionela Heinze (Liona)
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.
- Put on a Bus: She never appears again in the sequels aside from a quick mention in Atelier Totori and background cameo in Atelier Meruru's opening.
- 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)
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.
- 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 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.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Meredith. Astrid calls him out on this several times.
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 Atelier Meruru. Somehow, everyone is fooled.
- Sword Cane: His weapon of choice.
Astrid Zexis (Master)
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!
- 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.
- 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: In New Atelier Rorona.
- 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.
- 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)
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 remake, 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: Oh boy. She's 45 by the end of Atelier Meruru and still doesn't have a husband!
- 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.
- 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: Esty Dee. Just say it out loud. With a name like that, no wonder she can't find a man.
- The Ageless: Aside from the wardrobe change, they appear to have not changed at all in Atelier Meruru.
- Artificial Human: S/he is a homunculus after all.
- 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
- 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)
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 learnt 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.
Hagel Baldness (Pops)
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.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He doesn't like being called by his last name due to it's similarity the word "bald".
- Large Ham: And the people in town love him for it.
Pamela Ibis (Pamela)
A ghost that emerges from a possessed teddy bear. She later opens a magical items store.
- Absolute Cleavage: In the event scene where she first appears.
Cole Durer (Cole)
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: And unlike Lionela and Tantris, he doesn't even get mentioned once in the sequels!
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He's only eight, but runs his own business and collects goods in dangerous areas.
Aranya and Horoholo (Ranya and Holo)
Lionela's puppets. Aranya is polite and strong, while Horoholo is snotty and has a bit of a mean streak.
Minister of the kingdom of Arland, and the one who came up with the idea of destroying Rorona's workshop. Tantris is his son.
- 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.
- 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.