RudyThe hero of the story and, since the game is an H-game, your character, as well as the only male member of the party. However, the game is also an Eastern RPG, so he also fits into the sword-and-shield hero role. Actually, he doesn't use shields (they don't even show up in this game), but he does use swords. Big swords, in fact. He can also equip all kinds of heavy armors as well as some of the lighter ones, as well as equip a variety of gloves and gauntlets to raise his attack power even higher. He can use some magic, but is not suited to be a caster, so you're better off fighting up close or using Wind Slash and Star Blade if you need to keep your distance.
Since you can change his name, every voiced character has their own nickname for him.
Tropes associated with Rudy:
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Memorizes trap locations by seeing Ruby avoid them, memorizes the Explosion incantation after seeing a bunch of goblins roasted by Caroll, and learns Star Blade after his dad hurls one in his face.
- Beam Spam: Shooting Ray, offered by the Shining Ring. If you can afford it.
- BFS: Wields one in his official artwork, and some of his weapons (Titan Sword, Excalibur) qualify.
- Bishounen: Played With. While not exactly a Biseinen either, Rudy belongs to a rather peculiar of variant of this trope which occurs upon combining the Pretty Boy with a Heroic Build.
- Bound and Gagged: The game literally begins with him waking up in the middle of a forest—tied up by his father.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite of what his father thinks about him at the beggining of the story, Rudy is proven himself to be surprisingly inteligent and very talented in mastering new combat techniques. Despite of being unemployed, Rudy still worked out a lot, as evidenced by his muscular build. It was really his lack of a goal in life, rather than a lack of willingness to work at all, that held him back from reaching his full potential.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: The arguably best sword for Rudy, aptly named The Fastest, significantly lowers Rudy's hit and damage parameters, but gives him an incredible increase in attack rate.
- Even the Guys Want Him: In Karen's ending, Rudy kidnaps her from her unwanted wedding wearing an incredibly Paper-Thin Disguise. He manages to get away with it because her would-be husband doesn't have a problem with it- he's gay, and prefers Rudy instead.
- The Faceless: Surprisingly averted as far as H-games go; Rudy's face is always clearly visible, even in H-scenes.
- Genius Bruiser: Downplayed a bit, but he is definitely too intelligent to ever qualify for Dumb Muscle. See Awesomeness by Analysis above.
- Heavyworlder: It is somewhat Implied to be the reason for him growing up to be so tall and ripped in the first place.
- Heroic Build: Despite of his father complaining about his son being useless and unemployed, by the start of the story Rudy is incredibly well-built and fairly tall.
- Hidden Depths: In spite of having a bodybuilder tier physique and a BFS at his disposal, Rudy is shown to be able to process whatever information about the situation at hand fairly well, rather than just abusing his physical strength for Cutting the Knot. He is also an extremely fast learner.
- Hot Men at Work: In one of Marin's scenes he is seen working on a field without his armor on. Not that his tight clothes leave much of his upper body to imagination, not to mention he has no sleeves.
- Hunk: His face, height and muscles makes him quite attractive to both genders.
- Idiot Hero: Oddly semi-inverted; Rudy himself is quite intelligent, perceptive, and clever, but whenever one of his party members catches the Idiot Ball he's the one that takes the heat.
- Large and in Charge: The leader and the biggest member of his team. Also a semi-rare heroic case.
- Lightning Bruiser: Speed Sword, Light Saber and The Fastest come to mind.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Well, more likely to be in his early twenties, but still fits.
- Magic Knight: With the Fire, Ice, or Thunder Swords (his magic still sucks, though)
- Mighty Glacier: Most of his normal weapons leave him as this, as he has the highest physical attack power, but lower on the speed end.
- Mr. Fanservice: Rudy is very ripped and still menages to be a Bishounen.
- The H-scenes often show of his naked body just as much as the girls, and even when the main focus of the scene in question is one of the girls, chances are that the part of his body that is shown still menages the display his muscles (most often his back muscles, his biceps and/or his abs) in all their glory.
- Seriously, even the 'tamer' scenes are occasionally more dominated by Rudy's physique than the (half-)naked girls in his party. For example, in this image it is easy to ignore Alicia next to Rudy's large, muscular arm which almost looks like its the size of her head or even bigger.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Rudy has the big muscles strong enough to carry his BFS, as well as wear his armor.
- One Head Taller: Than any of the girls. In certain shots it actually looks like that some of the girls are shorter than even his shoulders.
- Razor Wind: His basic ranged attack, Wind Slash. Doubles as Blow You Away.
- Shirtless Scene: Frequently happens in H-scenes to the point where he often doesn't wear anything, but not to the exent of becoming a Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Short Hair with Tail: Played With a bit. The tail isn't that long, while the rest of his hair itself is otherwise medium-sized. Also a Rare Male Example.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Not even when wearing armor does he wear any sleeves. Not that they could contain his huge arms without much difficulty even if he wore them.
- Sword Beam: Star Blade, which can One-Hit Polykill.
- The Big Guy: Biggest and physically fittest member of his party. Lacks most of the typical personality traits of one though.
- The One Guy: Of his team.
- Toplessness from the Back: Another Rare Male Example. It happens in some of the more intense H-scenes.
- With This Herring: Slightly averted: of the "basic" equipment Gale leaves you with at the beginning of the game, you have a Long Sword (better than the Short and Dull Swords), Leather Armor (better than the Traveller's Clothes), Leather Boots (better than Leather Shoes), and Leather Gloves (better than nothing).
A miniature dragon, and Rudy's close companion. Ten years before, Rudy found her injured and nursed her back to health, dubbing her "Shell" since he found her in front of the statue of Gwen Reinhardt Shell, one of the heroes who defeated the Dark Lord. Shell is quite intelligent and perceptive, and in battle adds her fire breath to the mix; her real bonus, however, is as the only party member other than Rudy that uses Health and Magic Potions (and automatically, at that), though she won't use Elixirs. Shell can't speak, but Rudy can usually understand what she is trying to say. Though she doesn't get along well with people she doesn't know, she instantly takes a liking to Alicia.
Tropes associated with Shell:
- Badass Adorable: Very adorable indeed. It also directly supports the group in battle.
- Baleful Polymorph: This ain't her true form.
- Breath Weapon: Appropriately enough for a dragon.
- Cute Mute: Not that it disturbs her communication with Rudy too much.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A traditional Western dragon minus her backstory.
- Playing with Fire: A classic element for a dragon to have.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Natch.
- Team Pet: Not that it makes her any less relevant for the plot.
- Undying Loyalty: Shell will never leave your party. She may assume another form, though.
A girl Rudy saves from goblins at the outset of his adventure. A gentle and dedicated healer, Alicia joins Rudy through his trials to become a Hunter. As the game's designated healer, Alicia sports a variety of curative magics, from simple single-target healing to the ever-useful Resurrection spell; though she can't attack physically, she possesses some offensive ability in Attack Force and Magic Lance, but she's better suited to healing.
Despite her gentle nature, Alicia is incredibly clumsy, and develops a severe dislike of traps after accidentally triggering four in a row during a trial mission. She'll show up to join you on missions of an idealist or romantic nature, but leaves for any missions involving traps.
Her special ability allows the player to read the many otherwise-unreadable tablets in the game, as she understands the ancient languages they are written in. Reading these tablets often activate portals that lead to otherwise-unreachable areas containing rare items, and in one special case opens a door.
Alicia's events involve Rudy investigating her physical resemblance to his "Moon Goddess", during which you learn that her past is a lot more troubled than her demeanor would suggest. In her ending she and Rudy meet with Gale to inform him of their engagement.
Calls Rudy "Mr. Swordsman".
Tropes associated with Alicia:
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Contributes to her fear of traps.
- Idiot Hair: Alicia is reasonably smart, but she's pretty naive and innocent. Probably her ahoge reflects that.
- Never Gets Drunk: Can drink down enough alcohol to poison a city with no ill effects.
- The Medic: The only party member with healing magics, and this combined with her lack of offensive abilities all but relegates to this role.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother died when she was young, her brother got himself possessed by the Dark Lord while trying to cheer her up, and her father and older sister went to stop him, in which said father and brother died, and her sister disappeared.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Alicia fears traps and will refuse to go on a mission if the dungeon is known to have them.
A fiery young witch with a penchant for setting things on fire. Always on the lookout for rare new spells, she often proves more than capable of handling herself. In a departure from the staff-wielding norm, Caroll uses magic orbs that increase the potency of her spells as a weapon, and otherwise wears mage robes and magic capes like Alicia. She specializes in offensive magic, boasting a number of fire and ice-elemental spells, though the spells she acquires on her path tend to be more fire-aligned, ranging from simple Fireballs and Ice Bolts to her trademark Explosion.
For all of her magical prowess and strong will, Caroll possesses a crippling fear of the dead, undead, and dearly departed. Even the mere mentioning of one is enough to give her the jitters, and any convincing actor in a ghost costume can make her faint with a whisper in the ear or a tap on the shoulder. She'll back out of any missions involving deadies of the un-nature, but if rare spells or magic items are involved she'll be guaranteed to show up.
Unlike most of the girls, Caroll possesses two special abilities; the first is in the form of the Unlock magic, which allows the player to open magically-locked doors (which there aren't very many of). The second comes as a boost to the party's movement and action speed when in combat.
Caroll's path involves her trying to show Rudy that she's better than him (or at least, that he's not better than her), which leads to some rather hilarious (and fanservice-y) moments (*cough*spelltocontrolmen*cough). In her ending she and Rudy are arguing over whether to pick between a powerful sword and a legendary spell, but when a zombie shows up she lets Rudy take the sword in exchange for defeating the monster.
Tropes associated with Caroll:
- Badass Bookworm: When you give the party time off, she hangs out at the library.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rudy, even after they hook up (if so you choose).
- Break the Haughty: The later events in her path seem to play like this.
- Expy: Of Lina Inverse, though unlike Lina, she's rather well-endowed.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Caroll very much fears undead. In cutscenes she's almost paralyzed with fear at the sight of a single zombie. Indeed, in the gameplay she'll refuse to go on a mission if the dungeon is known to have undead... but if somehow she encounters undead in a fight, she'll readily go all Buffy on them.
- Hot Witch: In more ways than one.
- Fiery Redhead: More of a pinkish-red than full-on red like Ruby, but she's still fiery.
- The Nudifier: In one of her events Caroll finds the Anti-Male spell, which, according to its description, makes the male opponents of a female caster spellbound, with success chance depending on the caster's beauty. It turns out that the spell simply renders the caster's clothes invisible to everyone except the caster herself (so it's not immediately obvious to her what's going on). Hilarity Ensues.
- Running Gag: Has argument with Rudy -> overhears rumor -> challenges Rudy -> gets humiliated -> Rudy is nearby -> sets Rudy on fire.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Caroll vs. Carol vs. Carroll. The official translation uses Caroll.
- Squishy Wizard: Again, in more ways than one.
- Tsundere: Textbook Harsh (Tsun) personality, though she lacks the twintails and Zettai Ryouiki.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Caroll has paralyzing fear of the undead, and refuses to go on a mission if the dungeon is known to have them.
MarinA member of the "Elder Race" — which seems to consist of animal-people. Marin herself is a catgirl, and possesses a playful, childlike mentality. Marin is the only one of the girls that can equip heavy armor like Rudy, though she still is locked out of the absolute heaviest. She fights with a variety of polearms, and backs up the party with the elementals she summons. Marin is the only one who can wear the "Cat" equipment, which provide massive boosts if all three are on at once; she can also boost her elemental defenses with a variety of Spirit Stones, and having her along on some quests will result in greater rewards.
Despite her cleverness and her adult body, Marin's mental maturity is that of a child's, and she is also not very intelligent. She'll opt out of missions that seem too confusing, but will often be waiting for you if you take an honest request.
Marin's special ability allows her to converse with fairies and elementals you may find in certain areas, who often give you advice on things that might come later in the dungeon.
Marin's route is the longest in terms of the number of events, and at first deals with her playfulness and dragging Rudy out to see things that seem interesting; after Rudy gets mad and yells at her, though, she becomes worried that Rudy doesn't like her based on her physical appearance, and subsequent events deal as such. In her ending she and Rudy sneak aboard a ship that they thought was heading to her homeland, but instead led to an island dumping ground for cursed tools (like a fishing rod that you can't put down until you catch one, and a hoe that makes you plow until sundown).
Marin views Rudy like an older brother, and as such calls him "Oniichan".
Tropes associated with Marin:
- Artificial Stupidity: Not so much her, but her summons tend to get in the way of auto-fight.
- Blade on a Stick: Uses spears, halberds, lances, and the occasional pole.
- Fridge Logic: Why would a catgirl need to equip a pair of fake cat ears? Also, why is she the only one that can? Both of these are referenced in-game.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: It's an H-game, mind you, but her personality and a scene from one of her events suggests this.
- Manchild: The mind (and intelligence) of a child, but the body of a grown adult.
- Summon Magic: Can summon Elementals to help fight
- Verbal Tic: Standard Cat Girl fare, which includes "nya" and "meow".
RubyA beautiful master of acquisition whose breasts say hello to Rudy before she does. At first she seems to be like any other thief, only caring when the "treasure" has a sizeable monetary value instead of just sentimentality, but this is soon given a good reason. Not physically suited for close-in combat, Ruby prefers to fight from a distance with her throwing knives. She can keep the enemies at bay by summoning golems made of sturdy materials, and can summon a body double of herself with Mirage to provide a distraction; if the enemy gets too close, she can teleport to safety with Escape. As both her job and method of fighting require agility and dexterity, Ruby sticks to lighter, leather armors as the heavier ones make it difficult to move quickly, and can also wear a variety of earrings to boost magic resistance.
Like Robin Hood, Ruby steals from the rich (nobles) and gives to the poor (not-nobles), and absolutely adores the shiny and/or priceless. However, this adoration is completely superceded by her disdain of nobles, and she'll walk out on you should you accept a request from them, in addition to a few missions in which the pay is too low compared to the amount of work required. However, if there's treasure to be found, it's a safe bet she's willing to team up.
Like Caroll, Ruby possesses the ability to unlock locked doors with her leet-stealing skillz, though she can only work her magic on doors locked by conventional means (unlike Caroll, whose Unlock works on magically-sealed doors as well). Her second and far-more useful ability is to be able to sense and disable any and all traps before you even walk into one (Magician's Cave, anyone?), which is a great way around those damn pitfalls.
In Ruby's route, she takes Rudy on as hired muscle for her acquisitive adventures as the phantom thief Rose, stealing pricey shineys from fat, greedy nobles. It turns out that she donates most of the money she makes from selling her ill-gotten gains to struggling orphanages, having grown up in one, and she steals from nobles as a way of getting back at them for growing fat off of their wealth while turning a deaf ear toward the starving and underpriveleged. In her ending she and Rudy have become partners in life and stealing, and she is seen having just lifted a rather exquisite veil.
Doesn't have a discernible nickname for Rudy, as she always seems to have his attention.
Tropes associated with Ruby:
- Christmas Cake: Her interactions with Rudy give the impression that she's older than him (or at least more "mature"). She appears to be the only one of the companions who is not a virgin.
- Clothing Damage: During the "Vine Lady" incident; Rudy can't cut the vines away from Ruby, so he has to pull them off—which has the added bonus of tearing her clothes. In a twist, he worries more about Ruby being okay with letting everyone see than the fact that they're there.
- Doppelgänger: Ruby's Mirage-clone looks exactly like her, but with slightly lighter skin and purple hair. Maybe the only reason Ruby can walk around in broad daylight without suspicion is that everyone thinks "Rose" has purple hair.
- Funbag Airbag: How she and Rudy meet. Doubles as Crash-Into Hello.
- Knife Nut: Her thrown weapon of choice, though she also tosses in a couple of shuriken, a throwing needle, and a moon-emblazoned fan.
- Mundane Utility: She originally used her Golems as muscle while stealing (before dragging Rudy into things), and pops a Mirage clone as a distraction while she escapes at the close of every job.
- Not What It Looks Like: An early event on her route has Rudy hearing her moaning from behind a locked door, and busts it down, thinking she's being attacked or raped. Turns out, she was just getting a massage. Naked, but still.
- Permanently Missable Content: Accessing Ruby's later events and clearing her route require Rudy to have acheived S-Rank Hunter, as in one of the events a guard of the noble Ruby plans to steal from seeks you out expressly because you're an S-Rank Hunter. Needless to say, if you take too long on the missions or let Cobden get away with the hair tonic, better wait till next playthrough.
- Punny Name: "Call me Ruby, like the gem." Also, if you follow her route, you learn that her real name is Dia. As in "Diamond". Makes you wonder why she went with "Ruby" instead (maybe it's her red hair).
KarenThe daughter of the King of Minstrel, effectively making her the princess. Karen escapes the castle in order to become more world-wise, which leads her to meet Rudy. Ever cheerful and perhaps more curious of things than Marin, Karen fights with a magic-powered gun as well as throwing a variety of things that she gets from god-knows-where; she can remove her gun's limiter to fire a more powerful shot, and equips a variety of focusing crystals to power up her weapon. She is also able to inflict a variety of effects with her thrown items, depending on what she tosses, and her insanely-high luck allows her to do things from finding rare items in piles of garbage to actually completing missions that you could only get a "meh" on otherwise.
Karen is pretty much guaranteed to show up for nearly any mission for which you have an open space and another character isn't supposed to show up instead. Like Ruby, though, she'll turn away from any mission involving nobles, though more due to the fear that they'll recognize her and force her to return to the castle than just dislike of nobility.
Karen's route involves Rudy trying to show her life's more cynical side, hiring her out for jobs she has no experience in (expecting her to screw up), but her naive optimism and insane luck tend to work out in her favor (like finding a buried treasure after accidentally digging a hole in a field when she was supposed to be plowing). Her ending has her back in the castle, only to slip off again—this time with Rudy waiting for her, and the two run off and elope. Her route isn't available until the second playthrough or later.
Tropes associated with Karen:
- Born Lucky: Both in gameplay (she has insanely high luck attribute) and in story.
- Idiot Hair: Karen is naive and quite ditzy, and her ahoge reflects that.
- Joke Character: Due to the AI she tends to constantly rapid-fire Limiter Removal (leading Shell to go through Magic Potions like wildfire, and god help you if you give her the Gatling Crystal), or spend all her time tossing out useless junk...
- Lethal Joke Character: ...until she gets into the higher levels, where she starts tossing scythes. The scythe has the effect of instantly killing anything it hits (including the final boss), but the occurrence of it is rare.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her dress is also pretty damn flashy.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: The dress her sprite wears is pink.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Her magic gun is shown to be a revolver in a scene early on. Initially subverted: until Rudy teaches her to use the limiter, the blasts are always too much for her to handle.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ironically left the castle to try to get rid of this, but her luck gets in the way of her actually learning anything.
The true form of Shell Alicia's older sister, and Rudy's "Moon Goddess", Clare is the final possible member of your party. A physical fighter like Rudy, Clare equips heavy armors but eschews the heavy swords in favor of smaller, lighter rapiers. She also uses hand armor like Rudy, but cannot equip the Final Guard gauntlet. She is a highly capable physical fighter, but also gains a wide variety of lightning spells as well as a few supportive buffs (namely physical attack), and has the ability to use potions. Clare remains a solid member of the party through the end of the game.
Clare's route is the shortest (event-wise), but takes the longest to complete (Due to being started in the early game as Shell and finished at the end as Clare). Clare struggles with her obligation to Rudy for saving her life, and is willing to to do anything to protect him or keep him safe, even trying to strike off to defeat the Dark Lord on her own; on the other side, Rudy is slowly dealing with his "Moon Goddess" being a real person, and spends time (and 5050G) trying to get her to show her feminine side once in a while.
In her ending, she and Rudy marry under a full moon, not unlike the one under which they first met. Hers is considered by many to be the "truest" ending.
Tropes associated with Clare:
- Armor Is Useless: Sort of; her best "armor" is a fancy dress Rudy buys for her during one of her events. It has high defense like medium armors, and contrary to what the event in which she wears it shows, boosts her evasion and accuracy. One of her best accessories is a simple ring gotten in a similar event.
- Bodyguard Crush/Rescue Romance: If you think about it. Though the line kinda blurs between who's the bodyguard, the charge, the rescuer, and the rescuee.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: In one event, she passes out after one sip of an alcoholic drink, and realizes she forgot she can't handle alcohol.
- Magic Knight: The third-best physical fighter of the party (Rudy sits at first, and Marin beats her out in damage-per-hit and defense), and has decent magic power and a good MP pool, making her lightning magic fairly strong as well.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: A lightning-user named Clare. This is a bilingual pun; Eclair is French for "lightning."
- Naked First Impression: She first met Rudy as the "Moon Goddess" while naked in a lake, and when her curse was lifted she was also naked.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Thinks and worries about this sometimes (the guy in question being Rudy)
- Older Than They Look: Due to her real body not aging while she was a dragon, Clare looks the same age as her younger sister Alicia, but is technically ten years older than that.
Frederick Ampholtes Cobden
A strange man who considers himself Rudy's main rival, despite all evidence to the contrary.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the final dungeon, Rudy's party encounters a golem programmed to counter all weapon and magic blocking their path. Cue Cobden and his Epic Flail, which confused the golem and enables Rudy and his party to go on.
- Demonic Possession: For a short time.
- Epic Flail: His weapon is a big ball at the end of a chain.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's Cobden who accidentally frees the Dark Lord.
- No Indoor Voice: Cobden always shouts.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He insists he is a famous warrior, but at least Rudy has never heard of the guy. Frederick is quite insulted by this.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Frederick with his flail is the only one who can deal with the guardian golem right before the big boss since the guardian golem is immune to swords, magic, summons, and projectiles. Even after analyzing Frederick's weapon, it still can't understand the moves or what they do.
- Unknown Rival: He considers himself Rudy's main rival and nemesis. Rudy knows about that, but for him Cobden is a minor annoyance at best.
The guildmaster of the adventurer's guild where Rudy takes missions.
- Retired Badass: He used to be an adventurer himself, but now is content to just hand out missions.
Hunter Master G/Gale
A retired hunt master content to just live on his farm.
- Retired Badass: Gale in his prime was a legendary Hunter and quite a hero overall. Now he's mostly retired and lives on his farm. Near the end of the game he again adopts his "Hunter Master G" persona to check Rudy's progress.
Dark Lord Cariale
A demonic entity who was resealed in the past.
- Body Surf: In the backstory. On each release from his magical prison, the Dark Lord immediately possessed the nearest human.
- Demonic Possession: Can possess people and take total control of their bodies.
- Grand Theft Me: On release, the Dark Lord tries the nearest body and likes it... but, when defeated, he decides to find his original body.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His original body. That's the reason he was imprisoned, and not just destroyed: ancient heroes managed to separate his body and soul, but couldn't destroy either.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Long ago his body and soul were separated, and the soul was imprisoned in a magical pot. He broke free several times already, but was re-sealed every time.