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    Ryudo 
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"These guys were no real challenge!"
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Cam Clarke (English)

The main character and a Geohound, a vagrant willing to do any job for gold, along with his partner Skye. Originally hired to escort Elena to Garmia Tower (a job outside of his normal duties), Ryudo stays on as her bodyguard during her pilgrimage to see the Pope.


  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Ryudo is a pariah in his native town of Garlan, where he was scapegoated for a massacre apparently caused by a Horns of Valmar-possessed Melfice, and basically ran out of town.
    • The whole world (particularly followers of Granas) is openly prejudiced against Geohounds. It's never really explained why, save for the implication that Geohounds have the reputation of accepting all kinds of dirty work.
  • All a Part of the Job: Uses this to explain some of his actions a lot in the beginning. It frustrates Elena quite a bit.
  • Adventure Duo: With Skye.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: His first client all but spits in his face during the prologue, so you can see why Ryudo acts all-business.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Elena, right off the bat.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Unapologetically acts like a total Jerkass to everyone, especially Elena. However, when the life of a little girl possessed by the Eyes of Valmar is threatened, he gets pissed. Especially when said girl's own mother begs him to "put her out of her misery".
    • To a lesser extent, there's religion and women. At the very least, they annoy the living crap out of him, and he tends to be extremely impatient regarding either one. He gets over this during the course of the game, though.
  • Book Dumb:
    St. Heim holy Text: Does not the light of the sun shine even now? Does not the land await the return of its True God? May the light come quickly.
    Ryudo: Does not Ryudo tire of this? Does not he want to put his fist through this book? May his suffering end quickly.
  • Broken Pedestal: Witnessed a double-whammy when Melfice stole a sacred sword from Grail Mountain and used it to murder his girlfriend Reena, thinking lust for power corrupted his soul, unaware of the Horns of Valmar possessing him.
  • Captain Crash: Hardly his own fault, though. The Skyway is torn apart by an evil wind from Valmar's Moon, and the Granasaber lacks the fuel to make a soft landing.
  • Chest Insignia: A butterfly. The significance of it isn't explained, it's just there.
  • Child Hater: A vocal one, though he warms up to Roan. A turning point for him occurs when Selene arrives to burn Aira at the stake; Ryudo sides with the girl against the entire town, including some of his teammates.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Ryudo acts more or less asexual throughout the game, unlike the horny adolescent Justin. It takes some prodding, but he eventually does succumb to Millenia's advances.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not only did Ryudo relinquish his ancestral duty to watch over Garlan, he traveled to the opposite side of the globe. Melfice is ultimately responsible for this, running away after killing Reena while also taking the village's sacred sword with him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Par excellence. Always count on Ryudo to put the damper on tender moments between his teammates.
  • Determinator: In the hellacious aftermath of Mareg's death.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Does not respond well to being called "son" or "sir", and insists on being referred to by first name only. Only Roan gets away with calling him "Mister Ryudo", but then the kid attaches a suffix to everybody.
  • Everyone Can See It: Skye immediately picks up on his unspoken feelings for Elena, and Roan soon ribs him about this, particularly when she briefly leaves the party in St. Heim. When she rejoins, Ryudo pretends he doesn't care one way or the other, but his Freudian Slips say otherwise.
  • Evil Hand: The Horns of Valmar. He very nearly cleaves Elena in two. In the end this turns out to be a good thing, as possessing the Horns of Valmar (and, with great difficulty, sealing them into controllable form) leaves Zera one MacGuffin short of the full set when tries to absorb all the parts of Valmar.
  • Facepalm: One of his more frequent expression portraits.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ryudo has had to develop a hard shell to survive.
  • The Hero: And a rather anti-heroic one.
  • I Gave My Word: Always sees his job through, no matter what. This later becomes Ryudo's pretext for behaving like a do-gooder all of a sudden.
  • I Have No Son!: Ryudo explicitly says that as far as he's concerned, Melfice is no brother of his.
  • I Work Alone: "I work best alone." So much for that.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: His eyes are either green, blue, or brown, depending on which art is referenced. His in-game model has blue eyes, but his portraits' are green.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His stats are high all-around with a slight edge towards Attack.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts off as a jerkass who only sees Elena as a client to protect for money, who has a devil-may-care attitude, is a foul-mouthed jerk who seems to be Only in It for the Money but becomes much nicer as the game progresses. It is later revealed, however, that his snarky attitude is a coping mechanism of a Stepford Snarker and his way to deal with low public opinion of his job, as well as his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Seemingly everybody on the planet annoys him for some reason or another.
  • Leaving You to Find Myself: In the game's ending, he leaves both of his admirers hanging.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Will become one.
  • Magic Knight: Hits reasonably hard with his blade. While he is inferior as a mage to Roan and Millenia, his Magic is still quite high.
  • Nay-Theist: One explanation for the anathema toward Geohounds is that they're considered a blasphemous profession. For his part, Ryudo has little patience for faith of any kind.
  • Nice Hat: His "hat", which only covers his ears.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Averted with regards to Millenia. It's not that he dislikes her advances, it's that he doesn't notice them.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Until Elena's influence rubs off on him. Though he starts out by divorcing himself from the world, Ryudo gradually develops into a noble character who is sick of seeing people suffer.
  • Odd Couple: With Elena.
  • Oh My Gods!: Ryudo actually exclaims "Oh for the love of Granas" at one point, though it's done ironically. He later yells "Thank the blade!" when Elena survives the Skyway crash, and "By the blood!" during his argument with Selene, both times with sincerity.
  • Parental Substitute: Ryudo and Melfice were orphaned as children and raised by the village elder. When Melfice razed the town, it caused the chief and his wife to disown Ryudo and thus defying this trope.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Ryudo gets one when Cyrum is overrun by demons. Having endured a trip to the moon, the deaths of two of his buddies, and a rough landing, he's not in a great mood at the moment.
    Ryudo: (to Roan) You might want to start a bonfire, though. Going to be a lot of bodies when I'm done.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: (do)
  • Resigned to the Call: He keep getting roped into bigger and bigger jobs. He was first contacted by Father Carius to oversee a ritual at Garlam Tower — that's all. This escalates to accompanying Elena to see the Pope, who then railroads him into finding Granas' sword.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Elena is frequently mistaken for his ladyfriend, causing no end of embarrassment for both.
  • Shock and Awe: Purple Lightning.
  • Stepford Snarker: There is quite a reservoir of righteous anger buried inside Ryudo, but it takes him an eternity to show it.
  • Sword Beam: How he dispels the Darkness and weakens Valmar.
  • Sword Plant: His Victory Pose, and also his Sky Dragon Slash move.
  • Too Many Belts: He almost squeaks by, seeing as two of them are attached to his knapsack. But the boots put him over the top.
  • Tsundere: A male example, especially towards Elena.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ryudo was sent to find the Granasaber not for the sword itself, but to unseal the Body of Valmar.
  • UST: With Elena and Millenia.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Skye.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: With Elena at first; they eventually get past this.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Ryudo tracking his hated brother back to Garlan Island. The villagers don't exactly throw a ticker tape parade for him, let's just leave it at that. He returns home in the epilogue to lay his brother to rest, implying that he's finally been welcomed back.
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    Skye 
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (Japanese) and Paul Eiding (English)

A talking falcon who took it upon himself to accompany Ryudo three years ago. At 58 years old, Skye is ironically something of a paternal figure to the hotheaded Geohound. He knows more about Ryudo than anyone else in the group.


  • Assist Character: Ryudo's "Flying Tenseiken" as Skye come in and grab the enemy before dropping them from a great height.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Ryudo makes use of him in one of his special attacks.
  • Older Sidekick: Skye's a senior citizen. Show some respect.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Skye usually rests on Ryudo's shoulder, even indoors. In open field areas, he takes off into the air to scout around.
  • This Is My Human: Shifted to Millenia in the ending. Somebody's gotta hold her leash, after all.
  • Throwing the Distraction: In the opening scene, Skye drops a lit bomb to lure a pack of mooks away from their money.

    Elena 
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"I pray that we shall be safe ahead."
Voiced by: Hiroko Konishi (Japanese) and Jennifer Hale (English)

A songstress of Granas, Elena is the sole survivor of a ceremony to reinforce the seal on the evil god Valmar in Garmia Tower. When the ceremony fails, Elena is infected by a Fragment of Valmar. Her only hope lies in journeying to St. Heim and meeting with Pope Zera. Her temperament and manners are the polar opposite of Ryudo's, and the duo form a uneasy alliance.


  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Millenia's Veronica
  • Big Eater: Only Mareg rivals her in appetite. Once Ryudo points this out, she's careful not to overeat again in public; but that doesn't stop Ryudo from ribbing her about it constantly.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Gives one to Ryudo at the Birthplace of the God when he goes on to unseal the Horns of Valmar that he absorbed.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Ryudo may act like a boor, but it's clear by the end that he would rather keep traveling with Elena.
  • Break the Cutie: She's a sweet, plucky teenage girl who wants nothing more than to help people and make the world a better place, so naturally all of her friends are slaughtered by the devil, she's possessed, every town she visits is suffering in some way, she has to absorb the souls of anyone else possessed by Valmar so that the pope can kill her and destroy the devil once and for all, including the soul of an innocent child and then her love interest becomes possessed as well. Despite obviously taking its toll, she manages to hold on through all of this, but once it's revealed that Granas is dead, her life is a lie, and she's actually been tricked into reviving Valmar, she has an understandable breakdown. She gets better in time for the finale, with some help from Ryudo.
  • Broken Pedestal: She's horrified to find that High Priestess Selene's methods of "purification" are little more than burning to death anyone she suspects of being evil, with or without any real evidence. A more horrific one occurs later, when she learns that Granas is dead and the pope himself is serving Valmar.
  • Catapult Nightmare: She sits up in horror after dreaming about being eaten by a mysterious "tongue".
  • The Chick: The emotional center of the team.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Much of the game's missions could be sidetracks if Elena would only keep her gob shut.
    Tio: Songstress? What is a songstress?
    Ryudo: Someone who meddles in the affairs of others without considering the consequences.
  • Cooldown Hug: Tries to give one to Aira when the latter has a breakdown over the villagers and her own mother calling her a monster.
  • Distressed Damsel: Upon the party's return to St. Heim, the Pope abducts her to Valmar's Moon. Zera isn't interested in Elena, herself, but rather the piece of Valmar hiding inside of her.
  • Forced Sleep: One of her special moves, Nightmare Ball, casts sleep on the enemy while also doing decent damage.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Elena becomes aware of her split-personality after the team gets separated in the Skyway crash. Though they start off hating each other, the duo eventually form a grudging alliance.
  • Good Shepherd: Elena may be just a middling Songstress, but she's the hardest-working evangelist in the entire Church.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: In the ending, she gains a pair of Angel wings in contrast with Elena's bat wings.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: White Apocalypse, her ultimate attack. During the attack, a tremendous amount of divine power gathers into one place from all over the planet into a fixed location. Elena then puts her hands together in prayer and the divine energy is unleashed in a single beam that shoots into outer space, obliterating her enemies. Her starting move, Impact Bomb, is a weaker but more literal version, being described in-game as a "ball of light (that) pounds the enemy".
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She desperately tries to be this, and there may be some truth to it, as unlike most of Valmar's other hosts, she is virtually unchanged by her possession, nor does it affect those around her, and she is apparently the only member of the clergy to learn of Granas's death and not (completely) give in to despair or join Valmar.
  • The Ingenue: She tries her best to help everyone, and sometimes it leaves her vulnerable to attacks.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for being duped into lying to Ryudo and cooperating in Valmar's revival, causing an attack of the evil god's minions on the site of the "sealing" ceremony.
  • Light 'em Up: Her starting and final special moves, Impact Bomb and White Apocalypse, are light based.
  • Magic Staff: Her weapons vary between ordinary staffs and ones that have certain spells built in, which she can cast without using MP while equipped with.
  • The Medic: Starts with the Holy Egg, and learns a special healing move late in the game.
  • Morality Chain: To Ryudo, whether he wants to admit it or not.
  • Plucky Girl: After every horrific thing that happens to her, from losing all of her friends to becoming possessed to taking on a suicide mission, she puts on a brave, cheerful face and does everything in her power to help people, ever optimistic that with hard work things will turn out alright in the end.
  • The Power of Rock:
    • Elena's singing helps Ryudo recover from the corruption of the Horn of Valmar inside him.
    • At the game's conclusion, she leads the survivor of Cyrum in singing a hymn to Granas, in defiance of Valmar's advancing troops.
  • Power of Trust: When Ryudo is possessed by the Horns and attacks her, she makes no attempt to defend herself, and instead calmly closes her eyes and waits for him to either attack her or stop. Her trust is rewarded, as that act allows Ryudo to regain enough control to lose consciousness instead of going on a rampage.
  • You Didn't Ask: Starting from her meeting with Pope Zera, Elena's unspoken mission has been to absorb all of Valmar's parts and then allow herself to be killed. The reason she didn't tell Ryudo is because he holds the Horns of Valmar, and she cannot bring herself to kill him, too.

    Millenia 
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Voiced by: Mai Hoshikawa (Japanese) and Jodi Benson (English)

A physical manifestation of the Wings of Valmar, which were mistakingly sealed inside Elena. Millenia also functions as the alternate personality of Elena — wild, fun-loving and violent. She takes an instant liking to Ryudo and decides to help him, though her ultimate goal is to reassemble Valmar. In the beginning, Millenia secretly takes control over Elena's body whenever she is asleep or unconscious. Over time, Elena becomes aware of her alter-ego and a psychological tug-of-war ensues.


  • Automatic Crossbow: Her weapon of choice.
  • Become a Real Boy: At first, she's just an aspect of Valmar possessing Elena's body, but right before the final boss she becomes a distinct person, marking the first and only time where she and Elena are both in your party at the same time.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Elena's Betty.
  • Body Snatcher: Aside from sharing a body with Elena, she absorbs the body parts of Valmar to complete it within herself.
  • Bond One-Liner: Millenia upon defeating Valmar's Tongue.
  • Catchphrase: "I'll make you mine."
  • Cleavage Window: Her jacket overlaps with her bustier to make one.
  • Combat Stilettos: Literally and figuratively. She has a Limit Break attack called "Heel Crush", wherein she walks up to an enemy, uses a platform of Hard Light to lift herself over their head, then stomps upon him/her/it thrice.
  • Cuddle Bug: To Roan and Ryudo, in particular.
  • Dark Magical Girl: The game suggests that you play her as a perky example, as she starts with the Chaos Egg, which is full of attack magic, and she has good magical stats.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: It is retroactively revealed that Millenia has been absorbing the souls of Valmar's hosts in addition to the pieces of Valmar. This explains the gradual softening of her personality as the story progresses.
  • Disney Death: Even though she gets devoured alive by Valmar, she comes back for the Final Boss. Possibly spoiled by the fact that you don't get an item that refunds all her Special Coins, unlike the other playable character who suffers a Plotline Death.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Millenia magically binds Ryudo to the bed and seems about to do all sorts of colorful things before they're interrupted by a knock at the door. This is well before she starts to soften up, and when later presented with a somewhat similar opportunity, she can't do it.
  • Enemy Within: She and Elena share a body after the latter accidentally absorbs the Wings of Valmar.
  • Evil Redhead: Yep. She's got red hair, and is a part of Valmar.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The mere glimpse of Millenia is enough to make Valmar's Tongue run its ass off.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Fiery Redhead: She's quite enthusiastic, especially when violence is involved.
  • Forceful Kiss: Millenia plants one on Ryudo before abruptly reverting back to Elena — effectively killing the mood between him and her alter-ego.
  • Friend to All Children: Children inexplicably seem to flock to her, Roan included.
    Millenia: Kids today. So much energy. All of it used for evil.
  • Good Costume Switch: Parodied. Her "school" wardrobe is just as revealing and leggy as her old one, apart from a lack of visible panties. Also, her boots are painted white.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: When she enters berserker mode, Millenia sends everyone flying backward with a kinetic discharge (friend and foe alike) and snarls "KISS OFF!!"
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Used as a gameplay mechanic. Hit her enough and she goes berserk.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted: She is the one who wants Ryudo.
    Ryudo: Huh. She has a fair hand with magic.
    Millenia: And other "fair parts" besides.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With the last of her energy, Millenia sends the party to safety moments before she's devuored by Valmar's innards.
  • Horny Devils: Takes an immediate fancy to Ryudo, even trying to molest him magically.
  • Large Ham: Jodi Benson has the time of her life chewing the scenery.
  • Love Redeems: Her attachment to Ryudo is ultimately what persuades Millenia to renounce her mission.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Initially encourages Elena to reveal her true feelings to Ryudo. Later on, though, it becomes a full-fledged tug of war between the two personalities.
  • Panty Shot: Her transparent miniskirt lets the player get a peek at what's under it, especially during the ending where you have a good shot at her rear when she and Elena debate how society should be then ask Ryudo's opinion.
  • Power Echoes: When calling her special attacks (each based on Valmar's body parts), her voice dips into an echo.

    Roan 
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"Ah, that was a breeze."
Voiced by: Tomoko Ishimura (Japanese) and BJ Ward (English)

A bright and well-mannered young boy who is journeying with a circus troupe. He chooses to join Ryudo's party after the latter helps him retrieve a treasured medal.


  • Drop the Hammer: "Golden Hammer... CRASH!!"
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Millenia develops a fondness for him right away.
  • An Ice Person: Two of his specials are ice-based.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Though he sacrifices a little bit of Defence and Speed in favor of Magic and Mentality.
  • King Incognito: Does this to keep his mother's medallion away from his father. In the epilogue, he plays the trope straight when he ventures out of his kingdom to visit his old friends.
  • Knife Nut: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Eventually becomes one. His offensive and defensive capabilities marginally increase, allowing him to be an excellent frontliner.
  • Magic Knight: Roan is capable of dishing out some serious damage with physical and magical attacks.
  • Missing Mom: Roan's mother died when he was still young. He has a bit of a mommy complex, as exhibited by his behavior around Millenia and Tio.
  • Modest Royalty: Justified, as he's trying to keep his royal blood a secret from the party. Averted once he rejoins the party near the end of the game, and he's become king of Cyrum.
  • Mr. Exposition: Roan knows a lot about Silesia and shares trivia about its natives. He also spills the beans about Cyrum's secret pact with Valmar.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: His medal, the last memento of his late mother. It turns out to be important for opening the Door of Doom under the Cyrum castle, and accessing the Birthplace of the Gods underneath the royal mausoleum.
  • Tag Along Kid: The youngest of all party members.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When you recruit him, he tries (and fails) to fend off a group of Troglodytes. When you re-recruit him, he stands his ground against two Young Valmars. Also reflected in his special attacks: look at his Dragon Rise and True Dragon Rise. Notice the difference?
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He's 13 and later inherits his father's throne.
  • You Are in Command Now: Elevates himself to King after his father's soul is taken by Melfice.

    Mareg 
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Hah, Hardly worthy of my notice.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (Japanese) and Peter Lurie (English)

The biggest, fiercest, and most respected warrior of his clan. After his home was attacked by Melfice, Mareg set out from his island village to hunt him down. Though merciless toward his opponents, Mareg is soft-hearted and genial toward strangers.


  • Big Eater: While the other characters are shown having a loaf of bread during the dinner conversations, he has a plate full of large pieces of meat.
  • The Big Guy: We don't meet the rest of his clan until late in the game. Even by beastman standards, though, he's really big.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He dies on Valmar's Moon fighting against Valmar's minions.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon is a halberd.
  • Blood from the Mouth: During his Heroic Sacrifice, while he prays for his friends' safety.
  • Blood Oath: Swore to avenge his village's destrution at the hands of Melfice.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Beneath that smelly exterior, Mareg is a soft-spoken and contemplative guy.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Briefly mistakes Ryudo for his brother, as they share the same SMELL.
  • Famous Last Words
    "Hey Granas, are you listening? If you really are a god, this is my first and final prayer. Take them [Ryudo, Elena and Tio] away. AWAY TO SAFETY!!!"
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to distract Valmar's minions and give the rest of the party enough time to escape Valmar's Moon.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Against Ryudo's protests, Mareg scoops Tio up in her arms and runs out of the exploding robot facility with her.
  • The Nose Knows: His sense of smell is what allows the party to find Melfice.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Gives his first and final prayer to Granas, which seemingly charges up the Granasaber and flies the party to safety. Down on the ground, Mareg spreads his arms and is swarmed by Valmar's spawn, who devour him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tio.
  • Prepare to Die: Mareg, when he finally catches up to Melfice.
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    Tio 
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You picked on the wrong people.
Voiced by: Junko Iwao (Japanese) and Kim Mai Guest (English)

An automaton from the time of the war between Granas and Valmar. Tio is programmed to serve the Army of Darkness, but with her master long dead, she finds that she cannot act without orders. Mareg, who is mistakingly designated as her new "Master", encourages Tio to serve her own ends and discover her feelings.


  • Do-Anything Robot: Her automata nature allows her power over any Granas-era technology, including scanning the memories of older, dismantled automatas.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Melfice sics her on the party in order to buy himself some time to escape.
  • Emotionless Girl: She's an automaton and thus she doesn't have them initially.
  • Extreme Doormat: At first she is this, always asking for commands from others and she'll obey with no hesitation. In fact, she tags along with the party simply because she doesn't know what to do on her own.
  • First-Name Basis: Following an extended period of calling him "Master", Tio accepts Mareg's first name. This happens as a result of Mareg declaring Tio to be her own master.
  • Fragile Speedster: She is very fast, but has low defenses.
  • Hospital Hottie In the epilogue. This is even lampshaded in the game; Tio is very popular with the local men.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: Does not require "foreign substances", and drinks only water at mealtime. If you look carefully, she mimics chugging her water and slamming it on the table like Mareg does with his grog.
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: Mareg sacrifices himself to get the party off the Moon of Valmar. After trying to teach Tio what freedom and emotions are, it takes his death to actually give her emotions and free will.
  • Item Caddy: The best candidate for this role.
  • Not So Stoic: Tio has quite a few of these moments, particularly after the loss of Mareg.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Zigged-zagged. Tio is an automaton with essentially no free will and no emotions. When she is told that she is free to go wherever she pleases, she doesn't understand the concept and tags along with the group. Of course, this all changes when Mareg dies. Conveniently, this also gives her a new special move in combat.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Claws of Valmar first appear in a miniaturized form, munching on her head to form a "helmet" of sorts. It is apparently trying to possess her without much success. However, it can control Tio to the extent of making her hostile.
  • Rings of Death: Her weapon is a pair of chakrams.
  • Robot Names: Her name is derived from her serial number, TIO-124.
  • Robo Speak: When casting magic spells, she says out a color of the respective spell followed by some numbers.
  • Robosexual: Hinted at toward Mareg, though it goes reciprocated.
  • Sixth Ranger: Replaces the empty slot left by Roan, after he leaves to govern Cyrum as its King. And then when he returns, she sticks around and takes over Mareg's spot
  • The Stoic: At first she is this, thinking that she has no purpose but to obey others, but grows out of it by the end.
  • Tears from a Stone: Tio weeps with joy at having saved Roan in the game's ending.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Notes with a serene expression that there was an "increase in heat production" (basically, she was feeling the warm glow of happiness) after her conversation with Mareg in Nanan.

Villains

    Melfice 
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Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (Japanese) and John Cygan (English)

The initial antagonist of the game. Once a promising swordsman, Melfice unexpectedly went mad and became a bloodthirsty killer. His only family is Ryudo, who believes him to be dead.


  • Blood from the Mouth: After being defeated on Grail Mountain.
  • Blood Knight: Melfice lives for two things: to free Valmar from his seals, and to destroy everything within view.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Hope"? "Justice"? Psshaw!
  • Cursed with Awesome: He is the bearer of the Horns of Valmar.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Aside from the body parts of Valmar, Melfice is the first climactic boss you face.
  • Duel Boss: Played with, the boss fight against him has all the party members with you, however the Steam re-release has an achievement where only Ryudo must deal damage to him, making it this.
  • Dying as Yourself: Breaks free from the Horns of Valmar's influence once defeated.
  • Evil Laugh: Laughs constantly during combat.
  • No-One Could Have Survived That: As told in flashback, Melfice seemingly died when the Grail Mountain shrine collapsed from under him. Ryudo isn't even aware he survived until Mareg shows up, out for blood.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: With a name like Melfice, one would not expect a good guy. Mareg lampshades this at one point, saying that "Even his name smells like evil".
  • Not Blood Siblings: Him and Ryudo, they were both orphans raised by the village chief.
  • Not So Different: Ryudo comments on this after narrowly avoiding his brother's fate.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was considered the best swordsman ever produced by the Garlan warriors. At least until the Horns of Valmar possessed him.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: Carries what looks like a two-handed greatsword but with one hand.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Glued to his face.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Melfice appears as this in his introductory cutscene.
  • Turns Red: Defeating his other components (Sword, Regenerator) causes Melfice to cut loose with Evil Horn.
  • Unholy Holy Sword: Melfice's sword. It even behaves as an independent enemy in a fight.

    Selene 
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Voiced by: Misa Watanabe (Japanese) and Kim Mai Guest (English)

A High Priestess of Granas and the church's lead inquisitor. At first appearing cooperative and helpful, she soon reveals himself to be blood-thirsty and slightly insane, cordoning off Mirumu and later threatening to burn the village for harboring evil. After a time the characters learn that to get anything out of the Church it's much wiser to go through her boss, Pope Zera. Selene is constantly accompanied by her Cathedral Knights, a ruthless brigade of soldiers who do the Lord's work.


  • The Baroness: Selene sits on the right hand of Pope Zera, and frequently embarrasses him with her antics.
  • Black Blood: For some reason, her blood is bright blue when she uses it to summon Valmar's body and heart, but an FMV shows it as red.
  • Black and White Insanity: Selene travels through the world, accompanied by a battalion of knights, to purify the world of ambiguously-termed "darkness." (Essentially a Witch Hunt.) Selene is also bloodthirsty, expressing disappointment at not having been able to carry out the burning of Mirumu or participate in the St. Heim bloodbath.
  • Blood Magic: Selene slits her wrist as an offering to Valmar, releasing the Granas Seal on his body. Despite seemingly losing a few pints, she walks it off. She also boots one of her Knights into the pit to hurry Valmar along.
  • Bloody Murder: Valmar's Heart has a special attack (Black Fog Spew) in which it twirls around while gushing blood from its open "arteries".
  • Burn the Witch!: Her job is to root out darkness, even if it means cordoning off an entire village and breaking out the torches.
  • Church Militant: Among the church parishioners, she is nicknamed "The Hammer of Granas".
  • Combat Stilettos: What is the lead inquisitor dong wearing high heeled boots, anyway?
    • A satirical churchgoer can be found in St. Heim: one of Selene's groupies, turning red at the thought of her 'chastising' him.
  • Dark Chick: Just as Elena represents the good of the church, Selene is an embodiment of the bad.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Selene carries out her duties with steely determination and a creepy, fixed smile.
  • The Dragon: To Pope Zera.
  • Final Solution: During the St. Heim massacre she reveals it was not by her order, "unfortunately", that her Knights turned their swords on the citizenry. She laments the people praying in the Cathedral like rats on a sinking ship, and explains death as the way to end suffering.
  • The Fundamentalist: Selene is a devoted individual, ready to do anything to appease the Church. She is even prepared to sacrifice her own life, calling it nothing more than a "sad test."
  • Fusion Dance: Leaps from a high perch onto the upturned swords of the Cathedral Knights. Cut to a Gory Discretion Shot of blood seeping down from the staircase, followed by the guardsmen becoming a repugnant, writhing mass that turns into Valmar's Heart.
  • Hanging Judge: Known for her tough stance on heresy.
  • Hime Cut: The hairstyle looks the part of the trope and is a priestess besides but she too insane to carry the associated character traits.
  • Hitler Cam: Selene delivers her last sermon on a podium overlooking St. Heim, watching as her troops hack the citizens to pieces.
  • Lady of War: As leader of the Cathedral Knights, she traverses the globe in order to purify it for Granas' arrival.
  • Light Is Not Good: She's a devout of Granas... however she doesn't shy away from resorting to genocide to purify a village.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Her boss form resembles a giant piranha fish, with fang-covered ventricles for a mouth and broadswords for fins.
  • Motive Rant: Selene gives one before transforming into Valmar's Heart.
  • Obstructive Zealot: Selene only spares Mirumu because the people begin to wake from their sleep. She reports back to Zera and is publicly denounced, though it's doubtful Zera actually gave a toss about the village and was merely keeping up appearances.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Note than unlike the game's other, more animated characters, Selene's change of expression is barely perceptible. This is not an accident: Her idea of showing anger is, literally, slightly narrowing her eyes and smiling a centimer wider.
  • "Psycho" Strings: Her theme music, which can be heard at the end of "The Broken Seal". (OST)
  • Sound-Only Death
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She seems to be this at first, "purifying" people for their own good, but in her final moments it becomes apparent that she has no particular goodwill toward humanity.
  • We Will Meet Again: Selene promises she "shall not forget" Ryudo after he puts a damper on her mother-and-daughter barbecue. However, she only makes three more appearances in total.

    SPOILER CHARACTER 

Pope Zera Innocentius

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Voiced by: Osamu Saka (Japanese) and Richard Doyle (English)

  • After Action, Villain Analysis: Defied by Millenia, cutting off Elena's soliloquy to announce Zera is "just a FOOL!"
  • Beneath the Mask: He's very convincing in the role of a kind-hearted philanthropist. When he chides Selene for her overzealousness, you almost believe he's the sane one.
  • Big Bad: Hiding under the veneer of a Big Good.
  • Dark Messiah: Foreshadowed by his popular nickname, "The Priest Who Will Save the World".
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: He goes absolutely bananas after spilling his plan to Elena. It really is something to watch.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: To hear him tell it, Zera spent years staring up at Valmar's Moon from his cell at Granas Cathedral, alone in his knowledge that the church is a sham and there's no deity coming to save them all.
  • Fat Bastard: His final boss form has animated jowls.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Arguably given that learning the truth about the Battle of Good and Evil saw him not only turn against his god, but actively trying to revive this world's devil and fuse with it.
  • A God Am I: This is his goal, to reunite Valmar and be reborn as Valmar's Will.
  • High Collar of Doom
  • Immortality Immorality: With the Day of Darkness fast approaching, Zera panicked and cashed in his chips with Valmar, in a bid to merge with 'God' himself. The rest of the world will just be destroyed.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Admits to originally hiring Melfice to find the Granasaber first.
  • Meet the New Boss:
    • To General Baal from the first game. Both are introduced as benevolent (if somewhat shady) father-figures to their two favorite subordinates, and promptly transform into hammy villains the moment their jig is up. Their ultimate goals are also pretty similar: Baal wants to merge with Gaia, essentially ascending to godhood; Zera wants to merge with Valmar, becoming the closest thing to "God" that exists in the world. The main difference is that were Baal seemed to be a puppet with delusions of grandeur, Zera took on Valmar and actually came out on top. This is reflected in Baal bullying the party right before the true final boss, whereas Zera is the final boss.
    • There is another, subtler comparison. After plowing through Zera's various boss forms, the final bout is... a big moth wearing Zera's face. He continues to trash-talk you throughout the fight (GOD IS OMNIPOTENT!), despite obviously being at a disadvantage. When Baal completely loses his human form, he confronts you as a big monster; he shrivels up into a small worm once defeated, squealing about his 'superiority' before scurrying off.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: By this point, he's become so cynical that he scorns mankind for buying into his giant scam religion.
  • Villainous BSoD: When Zera finds he cannot reconcile his supposed "godhood" with his ultimate defeat by the heroes, he spends his last moments quietly lamenting his flawed humanity.
    "Was it Valmar's Moon that led me to this cold, dead place? Or was it always...only...me?"
  • We Can Rule Together: Of all the people opposing Valmar's revival, Zera wasn't expecting any complaints from Millenia, of all people. He reminds Millenia that this is "unbecoming" behavior for a demon, especially since they're about to rule the world together. Her rejoinder is one for the ages.
    Millenia: I don't wanna!
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Granas and Valmar

    Lord Granas 
  • God Is Dead: Despite what the scriptures say, he was killed during the Battle of Good and Evil, while Valmar survived.

    Valmar and his hosts 

Other

    Carro 
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  • Fetch Quest: Carro's only involvement in the game is getting you to collect Poff Nuts for it.
  • Light 'em Up: Literally. When given three Poff Nuts, its tail lights up and you use it as a flashlight.

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