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Voiced By: Takashi Nagasako (JP), Chris Cason (EN)

Dyle is a sailor from Hellawes, originally born in Beardsley. He was part of the Flamestone Ore smuggling operation, but the shipguild framed him as the sole responsible party. When the guild tried to kill him, he turned into a lizard demon and left Hellawes. He wants revenge on the guild, and gets recruited as an experienced sailor for Velvet's group.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Velvet cuts his tail off and provides it as evidence that Dyle is dead. It's mentioned multiple times that he regrows his tail, being a lizard daemon, but his in-game model never changes. It's explained in-game by his tail constantly being scared off. Note that this likely isn't lazy writing on the part of the artists and writers; when you first meet him, he still has a tail on his model, so the dev team could have added it back at anytime; they just didn't for Rule of Funny.
  • Degraded Boss: After defeating Dyle in the Hadlow Hollow, Lizardman enemies resembling Dyle begin to show up.
  • Frame-Up: Framed by his guild as being the sole smuggler of their little coup.
  • Happily Married: The World Guidance Book reveals that he married Medissa.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was quite handsome before turning into a daemon. He reverts back to his human form because of the Silver Flame during the ending.
  • Lizard Folk: He's a Lizard Daemon.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: He wonders if dinosaurs were his ancestors, before being reminded that he used to be human. He claims that he has been a lizard daemon for so long, it feels natural to him now.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Turned into a Lizardman Daemon.
  • Punny Name: His name is Dyle, like "crocodile," and he becomes a Lizardman Daemon.
  • Running Gag: His tail is subjected to jokes a lot, with a running gag that he regrows it, but it keeps getting scared off by a very curious and energetic Kamoana.
  • Starter Villain: Velvet offers to kill Dyle, so that the shipguild will fix her broken vessel. When she meets Dyle and realizes he is focused on revenge like she is, she sides with him because she knows he'll be useful and helps him take out his former guild.



Voiced by: Takuya Sato (JP), Ben Lepley (EN)

The younger brother of Van Aifread acting as temporary leader of Aifread's pirates alongside first mate Eizen.

  • Head Pet: He's never seen without his pudgy bird nesting on his head.
  • Hot-Blooded: He gets riled up much more easily than Eizen or Aifread do.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a very long, curved, green-tipped strand of hair sticking up.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: He has the same Idiot Hair and hair color as his bird.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears a short red jacket that covers very little of his chest and shows off his abdomen.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He doesn't like dogs, as one bit him when he was a child. Taking in Orthie and Russ reveals this side of him.

     Tabatha Baskerville 
Voiced by: Mari Yokoo (JP)

The leader of the shadow guild Bloodwing Butterflies hidden in Midgand's capital.

  • Badass Normal: She might be old, but she's not one to be underestimated when it comes to willpower, information, and cunning. She even manages to retain her will after Innominat's domain rises and avoid both his sub lords and exorcists by herself.
  • Heroic Willpower: Well, "heroic" may be a bit of a stretch, but once Innominat unleashes his Domain, she's one of the few people who manages to retain her emotions.
  • Odd Friendship: After the Suppression is lifted by the Empyreans awakening, talking to the Bloodwing guard standing by the secret entrance to the villa reveals she's become drinking buddies with Prince Percival and some people in her tavern reveal they are teaming up in regards to an information network.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: As she runs a shadow guild and deals in fishy business, her group tend to partake in pragmatic actions when it comes to obtaining profit and keeping things running in a way they like. She even sends a request to Velvet and the crew to stop Zaveid as he makes spying on the exorcists even more difficult than it already is, despite being an ally of theirs.
  • Quest Giver: Gave Velvet several tasks involving the stop of the addictive and poisonous medicine Nectar spread by the church. Later giving her the task to kill the High Priest Gideon behind it.
  • Secret Test of Character: Wanted to see if Velvet realizes her tasks were related before trusting her.


Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), Kaiji Tang (EN)

A blacksmith that became a Daemon ages ago in his attempt to surpass the god blade Stormhowl, forging countless blades he dubbed Stormquell to one day surpass it.

  • The Aloner: Spent hundreds of years isolated from the world to hone his craft. He admits he doesn't mind being depended on by kids now that he's interacting with people again.
  • Animated Armor: Appears as a sinister suit of red and black armor with darkness in place of a human body. The substance doesn't stop people from fitting inside him, as Kamoana once hid away in him.
  • The Blacksmith: Was famed for one as a normal human. He continues his craft as he forges new Stormquells.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In an optional conversation, Kurogane mentions that he made an autonomous hunter-killer anti-personnel spinning blade engine.
  • Human Resources: He uses his own head as material to forge Rokurou's daggers. His final and strongest blade forged for Rokurou is made using his entire body, giving his life for his craft.
  • Human Sacrifice: If he's no longer alive in his current state, then he sacrificed his life to become Rokurou's blade that can truly match Shigure's Stormhowl.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Gets mad at Rokurou when he insults Dullahan by calling him a "headless lump of armor".
  • Losing Your Head: Cuts his head off to use the resentment that flows through it.
  • Luminescent Blush: Manages to blush even without a head.
  • The Power of Hate: Uses his own hatred infused body to forge Rokurou new dual swords.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Wanted to best Stormhowl to the point he lost his humanity in the process.
  • Red Baron: Known as the Swordbreaker due to breaking countless blades.

     Kamoana (Moana) 
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa (JP), Bonnie Gordon (EN)

A young girl that turned into a tree Therion daemon. She regains her reason thanks to the party.

  • Adorable Abomination: The therion form she takes when not a tree looks extremely adorable for a daemonic figure. She's a small child with cute horns, mismatched eyes, and a tan-on-black color scheme.
  • Barrier Maiden: Being made a therion sort of makes her this.
  • Children Are Innocent: The hardened pirates and daemons around Kamoana go out of their way to treat her nicely, with Medissa and Dyle in particular becoming substitute parents for Kamoana.
  • Doomed Hometown: After being removed from Palamedes. Since there was no therion to consume their malevolence, her entire village quickly turned into daemons as soon as the party arrives back. It later turns out the same thing happened at Titania when Velvet left.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name was changed from Moana to Kamoana in the English version, most likely to avoid copyright issues with a certain movie.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: As a Therion, her left eye has a cross-shaped pupil. Her eye turns back into normal when she's purified back into a human by the silver flames at the end of the game.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Devours her Werewolf Daemon mother in her berserk state.
  • I Am a Monster: She was horrified to find she turned into a therion when looking into Eleanor's pocket mirror and broke down crying.
  • Happily Adopted: In the ending, the World Guidance Book reveals she got adopted by Medissa and Dyle.
  • Horror Hunger: Her hunger for Daemons drove her temporarily mad.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Everyone in Velvet's group and those around her go out of their way to make sure she doesn't know what actually happened to her mother, for very good reasons. Eleanor points out that if Kamoana knew that the party killed Kamoana's mother — Eleanor in particular, since she delivered the final blow — along with Kamoana unknowingly eating her own mother to gain power, it would probably cause Kamoana to lash out.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Hawaiian-sounding name relates to where she grew up at a beach village. In the original, her name flat out means "ocean".
  • Morality Pet: What the Abbey did to her and her mother is the catalyst that causes Eleanor and Medissa to change sides.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. While Kamoana regained her sanity after eating her mother, but she doesn't realize or remember doing that. The group decides to it would be for the best not to tell her this to avoid this trope from happening.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She is a Therion class Daemon like Velvet.
  • Plant Person: Her humanoid form is a plant girl. The boss fight form she takes is a girl trapped inside of a giant monstrous tree trunk.
  • Prone to Tears: It's pretty easy to make her cry. She's crying after the boss fight against her, after seeing her own reflection, and after tripping and falling. Though considering the trauma, lies, and deceit she went through by the Abbey, it's understandable.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Exorcists trick her into becoming a Therion by saying it would make her strong, trapping her in Palamedes.
  • When Trees Attack: Her form as a boss is a tree with her inside it.

     Grimoirh (Ms. Grimoire)

Voiced by: Fumi Hirano (JP), Elizabeth Maxwell (EN)

A gray Normin Malak who the party meet and journeys with them on the Van Eltia.

  • Berserk Button: Don't ask how old she is. Her anger is terrifying enough to get Rokurou to apologize.
    Grimoirh: (Angry) Ask me again and you'll get a firework in the tush.
  • Character Tic: Prone to sighing a lot, which is also her first known trait.
  • Cunning Linguist: She's able to speak and read several languages, though the ancient Avarost language periodically stumps her to its extremely esoteric grammar rules.
  • Friend to All Children: Has a soft spot for polite kids like Laphicet.
  • God Guise: Unintentional on her part- a shopkeeper in Yseult firmly believes that she's the Empyrean Amenoch and sells figurines in her image. She's tried to set him straight, but it hasn't been working.
  • Ma'am Shock: She doesn't like being called ma'am.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Normin name is Theruhpist, and she proves herself worthy of that name when she encourages Bienfu to face his fears and help the party.
  • The Mentor: Teaches Laphicet how to read the Avarost language.
  • Ms. Exposition: She can reveal the basics of Magilou's backstory if talked to at a later point of the story.
  • Nerves of Steel: Velvet threatening her life doesn't even make her flinch.
  • Not So Stoic: The normally nonchalant Normin loses her cool when she learns the full scope of who Innominat was. It was bad enough she wanted the Van Eltia to sail back to the Abbey-invaded Titania to rescue Velvet's group.
  • Really 700 Years Old: An extra skit has Magilou comment she's 5017 years old! Episode 23 of Tales of Zestiria the X reveals that she's still alive and well even though over 1000 years have passed since the events of Tales of Berseria.


Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

A wind Malak formerly enslaved by the Abbey until Van Aifread freed him. He travels around opposing the Exorcists while trying to free Aifread.

  • Badass Boast: When preparing to take on Innominat, he gives us this one...
    Zaveid: I’m sick of murdering scum like you. I know no limits! FOR I AM ZAVEID!
  • Berserk Button: Killing people is a sore spot with him alone, but calling Theodora a dragon or even fighting her is enough to prompt him to get physical.
  • Blood Knight: Loves a good fight against people he considers worthy opponents like Eizen and Aifread.
  • Blow You Away: As a wind Malak, he specializes in wind artes.
  • Cool Gun: He carries Siegfried, the gun he had in Zestiria. The gun used to belong to Aifread, who retakes it temporarily for his boss fight.
  • Friend to All Children: Spares Laphicet from his ire when he gets angry with the party and is nicer to him too, even showing gratitude for his healing aid. According to the humans he lives with, he is held in high regard by the children.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Opposes the Abbey as strongly as Velvet's group but refuses to join them on grounds that they are willing to kill people to get what they want.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was formerly enslaved by the Abbey until he attempted to capture Aifread, who used Siegfried to free him.
  • Irony: Siegfried can fire bullets made of strength and sever bonds such as malevolence or the connection between Heldalf and Maotelus that allows them to be armatized. In Berseria, it turns out the armatization arte owes its existence thanks to the very same gun.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: After the death of the dragon Shenlong, Zaveid fights against the corruption of the Abbey, taking their gald to give to Ben and Saliph.
  • The Kindnapper: Kidnapped the chef couple Ben and Saliph to help feed the human kids him and Theodora were taking care of. The two came to befriend Zaveid and Theodora.
  • Leitmotif: His theme "Zaveid the Exile" from Zestiria returns in this game.
  • The Lost Lenore: His girlfriend Theodora, who became the dragon Shenlong and was killed by Eizen.
  • MacGuffin: Siegfried is highly sought after by the Abbey due to its unique nature. Unlike other examples, they didn't need to outright steal it but just scan the properties of the gun to get what they want.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He wears an unzipped black jacket.
  • Parental Substitute: Zaveid along with his girlfriend Theodora took in human orphans Arwell, Burd, and Foo. Theodora's disappearance lead Zaveid to leave the kids with Ben and Saliph, who adopt them.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    "Let's pick up the pace! OUTLAW BARRAGE!"
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: At one point, he shuts up Melchior by shooting him into an Earthpulse rift with Siegfried.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: He's firmly against killing and doesn't join the party due to them being too quick to kill others.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Averted as this game makes him wear a shirt. He still shows a fair bit of chest however and has mentioned preferring to go shirtless.
  • Whip It Good: Just like in Zestiria, he uses his pendulums like whips.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Is far less cynical than his Zestiria self.
  • The Worf Effect: He's defeated by Innominat and Daemon Aifread to show how dangerous they are. In the case of the former, he powered himself up with Siegfried three times before fighting him while in the case of the later, his refusal to kill meant he couldn't go all out to try and stop him.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He loses to Aifread because he was unwilling to resort to killing him.

     Prince Percival Yil Mid Asgard 
Voiced by: Ryo Iwasaki (JP), Greg Chun (EN)

The prince of Midgand, who fled the capital after releasing his pet bird turned Therion.

  • Broken Ace: He is considered the most competent of his siblings, but he gained his political skills through an outright abusive study regimen. As a result, he only knows how to use his political power for whatever causes his family claims is for the good of the country, regardless if he personally agrees with those causes.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Abbey merely captures him and tries to subject him to the Suppression despite his betrayal, since he's still popular among the citizens and is therefore needed to maintain the Abbey's public image.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was physically abused in his childhood to the point he bled if he didn't obediently slave away for the country.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: During his time as a member of royalty, if he even so much as yawned, he would be severely punished for it.
  • Generation Xerox: The Hyland royal family is supposedly descended from the Asgard family. As such, Percival is an inverted example of this trope to Alisha from Tales of Zestiria. Alisha is ineligible to take the throne of Ladylake and was taught politically ineffective methods by her mentor, but she has a good idea of what she wants to accomplish. In contrast, Percival is the first in line for the throne and received thorough political tutoring, but that same tutoring resulted in him not knowing what he personally wants to accomplish, making him nothing but a cog in Midgand and the Abbey's machine. Alisha eventually becomes more politically effective thanks to her experiences as the Shepherd's ally while Percival eventually gains his own political ambitions thanks to his experiences as the Lord of Calamity's ally.
  • Heroic Willpower: He manages to resist the Suppression, even when Innominant is trying to directly sap his will he manages to resist long enough for Velvet's crew to rescue him. This incident also wakes up in him the will to actually get out and do things and live.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Given his backstory...
  • Irony: He finally obtains freedom after taking up residence in a former prison.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Griffin is loyal to him even after becoming a Therion Daemon.
  • Morality Pet: His pet hawk, Griffin, who was the only thing capable of making him defy the Abbey.
  • Mundane Luxury: A variation; due to his strict upbringing, he cheerfully pitches in on chores and the like in Titania and honestly enjoys it.
  • Odd Friendship: After the Suppression, Percival befriended Tabatha and they are now working together.
  • Prince Charming: A Decon-Recon Switch. Though he's genuinely a Nice Guy, Percival is so restricted by his family it's only when Griffin is in danger that he does something. It's after the Suppression that he starts turning his good traits into good actions.
  • Puppet King: When he first appears, he seems like he's going to be a figurehead whose only function is to promote the Abbey to his people. This is subverted when he allies with the party instead.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Deconstructed. He was taught to follow the imperial family's Totalitarian Utilitarian ideology so that he'd be a good emperor for the people, but he never had a chance to think about what he personally wants to accomplish for his people. As a result, his main role before joining Velvet was to run PR for the Abbey, since the imperial family is on board with the Abbey's ideals. However, during his time helping Aifread's crew maintain Titania, the pirates note that he has the potential to be a good leader because he interacts with the common people and respects their freedom. After the Suppression, he starts playing it straight and works to better his people's lives.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He fled the capital after Griffin killed his exorcist guards, knowing they'd execute him.
  • The Unfought: Thanks to him, the party doesn't have to fight Griffin like they did with most of the other Therions.

Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP)

A devout lady in Hellawes who condemned the Abbey for killing her Daemon turned daughter.

  • Anti-Villain: Became a Therion by choice and sided with the Abbey with very sympathetic reasons.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the largest chest in the game by a significant margin. She's also considered That One Boss when you fight her, and once on your side she becomes The Big Guy of Titania's team.
  • Bring It: She more-or-less does this a lot with Velvet whenever Kamoana's well-being is at stake, though there's always a reason the two don't end up fighting.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: As a Therion, her left eye has a Hellish Pupil in the shape of a yellow diamond. It turns back to normal when she's purified back into a human by the silver flames at the end of the game.
  • Good Counterpart: To Cardinal Forton from Tales of Zestiria, who also transformed into a Medusa and has a Knight Templar mindset that causes her to oppose the protagonists. Forton is is denial over her status as a Hellion and refuses to admit that her actions cause more problems and Malevolence than they solve. In contrast, Medissa willingly becomes a Therion to remove Malevolence from the world and atone for unwittingly causing her daughter to become a Daemon, only to abandon the Abbey once she learns that they tricked Kamoana into becoming a Therion.
  • Happily Married: The World Guidance book reveals she marries Dyle and adopts Kamoana after Berseria.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sides with Velvet after becoming attached to Kamoana.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Sided with the Abbey after learning the truth about the world and Artorius' ideals, wishing to prevent tragedies like her own from ever happening again.
  • Irony: Killed her fiancé after he sold out her Daemon turned daughter, who had been against her marrying.
  • It's All My Fault: Blamed herself for her daughters transformation, knowing her daughter thought she loved her fiancé more.
  • Mama Bear: Tried to hide her daughter, killed the man who sold her out, and tried to defy the Abbey out of her love. She is also willing to confront Velvet if Kamoana's well-being is in danger.
    • She also fought off Armatized Exorcists while escaping from the Abbey attack on Titania.
  • Medusa: Became a Medusa Daemon.
  • Most Common Superpower: Medissa has the biggest breasts of the cast, and despite having been a mother they sit high and firm on her chest.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has the largest breasts of any character in the game, and her outfit highlights them. Add in some Zettai Ryouiki and presto. Even her snake-like hair and mismatched eyes are attractive in their own right.
  • Naughty Nuns: After becoming a therion, her costume becomes a lot more complimentary to her...assets.
  • Nun Too Holy: Subverted. She looks like a nun (fed through a fetish catalogue) and works for the Abbey, but she's not, and never has been, an official member.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She became a Therion Medusa.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her daughter was killed after becoming a daemon.
  • Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Kamoana, who reminds her of her own daughter. Medissa then adopts her in the ending.
  • Punny Name: Her name already sounded too close to "Medusa."
  • Shock and Awe: She specializes in lightning-based Artes in battle.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Her human form as a Daemon is attractive, with snake tails for hair and reptilian eyes.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Became a Therion willingly to prevent tragedies like her daughter from ever happening again.

     Orthie & Russ 
The two pet dogs of Niko, who can fuse together into a single Therion Daemon.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: They're described as being friendly to everyone except for Velvet, who killed Niko. As a result, they have to be defeated in a boss fight before they go to Titania.
  • Blow You Away: Use wind in several attacks like Elemental Breath.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They show up early in the game as Niko's pets and the player is led to believe they died like everyone else.
  • Cowardly Lion: According to Velvet and Niko, both Orthie and Russ are cowards who are afraid to face a Daemon. However, this changes when they become Therions, and when the Exorcists invade Titania, the dogs are shown protecting Grimoirh from them without fear or even the need to transform.
  • Fusion Dance: They become a single massive Daemon when fused together.
  • Hellhound: Therion Orthrus invokes one.
  • Playing with Fire: Uses fire breath as a boss.
  • Revenge: The two hate Velvet for killing Niko, though she talks them down from seeking it until Artorius is dealt with.
  • Smarter Than You Look: They're intelligent enough to understand Velvet's request for a truce. In a lategame sidequest, they also recognize that she wants to posthumously keep her promise to Niko to teach her the Crowe quiche recipe.

     Silva (Silver) 

A Malak formerly enslaved by the Abbey. Silva travels with Velvet's group for a time.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Initially appears as a mook serving Teresa, but eventually becomes important later, as the one who becomes the Bonus Boss in Zestiria.
  • Dem Bones: Upon killing Silva's dragon form the body dissolves until only bones remain. These bones become the Dragon Zombie seen in Zestiria.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: Became the Hellkite dragon Daemon.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from being an ordinary Slave Mook to a fearsome dragon who even is the Bonus Boss in Zestiria centuries later.
  • Healing Factor: His body has a strong healing factor, to the point he even revives as a zombie years after Berseria.
  • Mercy Kill: Gets subjected to this after becoming a dragon. Unbeknownst to the group, he would come back as a zombie dragon in Zestiria.
  • Not Quite Dead: His skeleton is a bonus boss in Zesteria hundreds of years after he's seen dying in Berseria.
  • Playing with Fire: Mainly uses fire attacks in battle, with three different flame based breath attacks.
  • Tragic Monster: Silva is turned into a dragon against his will by Innominat on Calix. Velvet and the group eventually kill him to end his suffering.
  • Slave Mook: Formerly served under Teresa alongside Laphicet before being used by Melchior. He gets his freedom thanks to the heroes, though it was sadly brief.
  • Walking Spoiler: His eventual change to a dragon explains a lot of stuff later on.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He spends the majority of the game tethered to Teresa, and then gets taken away by Melchior. By the time the party frees him in Hexen Isle, Innominat turns him into a dragon, shattering any hope of Character Development similar to Laphicet. He is then killed off by the party and his bony remains become the Bonus Boss in Tales of Zestiria.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He is finally freed from the Abbey's abuse but gets turned into a dragon not long after by Innominat.
  • You Are Number 6: Was Number 1 when serving under Teresa.

     White Turtlez 
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (JP)

A Turtlez the party keeps bumping into when traveling inside long dungeons.

  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: He is constantly trying to cheat the party by increasing his prices. None of them will have any of it from him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every time he tries to increase his prices, the party denies him.
  • Bonus Boss: He can be fought in the Katz Corner as Dark Turtlez after he gets into financial debt as a result of his failures to cheat the party with his high prices.
  • Counter-Attack: As Dark Turtlez, his second Mystic Arte has him attack a party member the moment he/she uses an item, not unlike a certain axe-wielding warrior before him.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Played for laughs. The party constantly makes him sell at market prices, causing him to go into debt and become Dark Turtlez.
  • Improbable Weapon User: As Dark Turtlez, he fights by Dual Wielding fishes.
  • Morality Pet: Despite his body and soul being stained by soy sauce, he appreciates the Katz for reaching out to him. Unfortunately, in Tales of Zestiria, this causes him to embezzle funds from the other Turtlez in order to support the Katz.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    "A flurry of a thousand fishes! Carp! Butterflyfish! Gobi! Flounder! This is my FINAL FURY!"
    "Who told you... you could use... ITEMS?!"
  • Running Gag: Just about every time he gets a skit to justify any spike in his prices, one of the party members reprimands him, ending with Velvet saying he will get his smile.
  • Start of Darkness: His constant failures to raise his prices for the party ends up getting him deep into debt, which forces him to sell himself as a meal. He survives, but becomes everyone's favorite Bonus Boss, Dark Turtlez!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes Dark Turtlez.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Like with many Turtlez in other Talez gamez, he speakz with a weird dialect that putz emphaziz on the Zz.

Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (JP)

A Normin who intrudes into Eizen's and Edna's personal lives and takes it upon himself to rectify Eizen's apparent mistreatment of his sister.

  • All Your Powers Combined: ...which is clearly Chewing the Scenery.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a cute and cuddly Normin, and he will kick your nuts out through your nose if you cross him. Bonus points for how insanely powerful he is relative to how easy it is to access him.
  • Badass Baritone: He has an unusually deep voice for a Normin, and is truly a formidable fighter.
  • Badass Boast: After Bienfu describes his claim of being strong as "self-styled," he declares "I am man among men. The strongest of all Normin. I am Phoenix."
    Velvet: Yeah, yeah. We covered that already.
  • Bonus Boss: He can be fought in Titania prison after collecting the Nor dolls.
  • Born Lucky: His blessing has the opposite effect of the Reaper's Curse, which is why Eizen asks him to protect Edna.
  • The Dreaded: His explosive personality aside, he does have the strength to back it up.
  • Elemental Powers: He uses artes that have both the fire and wind elements, and he resists these two elements. Although he looks similar to a fire Normin, his color is more orange than red, which is implied to be due to his alignment with two elements. Additionally, his namesake skill is listed in the Wind row in Tales of Zestiria's skill grid.
  • For Great Justice: Truly believes himself to be working for this.
  • Large Ham: Grimoirh and Beinfu can't stand the guy all because "when worked too hard, he's starts rambling about uprisings and insurrections and all that stuff..."
  • Manly Tears: He is stuck up enough to believe he's manly.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite his small size, Phoenix is a really powerful Normin who can go toe-to-toe with a group of Daemons, Malakhim, a witch, and an Exorcist all by himself, and is one of the hardest bosses in the game.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His hamminess and inability to listen causes him to intrude on Eizen and Edna's lives without understanding the actual reason for the distance.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    "And you cannot bear the might of my glory for I am the wings of heaven!"
    "I cannot fall here... I refuse to! Now bear witness to the rising of the phoenix!"

Velvet's Deceased Loved Ones

     Laphicet Crowe

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Abby Trott (EN)

The younger brother of Velvet and Celica. His tragic death marks the start of Velvet's quest for vengeance.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Velvet calls him "Laphi" which he doesn't like.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It's ambiguous how much control he has in his actions as Innominat's vessel.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The book he copies in the prologue is used much later in the game when the party needs information from it.
  • Child Prodigy: He's only a child, but he was able to fabricate an exact copy of one of Artorius's books. He also has high resonance, which made him suitable to be sacrificed. Finally, he's the first person to understand the meaning behind Artorious's question.
  • Convenient Coma: Has been in a coma since the Scarlet Night according to Niko and the villagers. Not the case, as Velvet realizes they're all illusions and he's a fake.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He isn't a fan of spinach.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Both as a kid and especially when Velvet meets him again three years later, after he becomes part of Innominat. Laphicet makes Mithos look manly.
  • Face–Heel Turn: His time as part of Innominat hasn't been good on his psyche.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During the prologue, Laphicet acts in such a way that, on second look reveals he knew that his days were numbered. He asks Velvet go with him to the coast after she finds him already trying to go to it, requests she make food a certain way, and brings up her needing to find love soon, all things that seem innocent at first, but indicate he was hoping to try and make his last day with her special.
    • The day of the Scarlet Night, Laphicet makes a point of buying Velvet a comb and has a speech on the cape about how he wishes to explore the world which ends in such a way that suggests he already knows this is his last day of life.
    • His actions just before Artorius kills him are truly odd; in that he gives the impression of resignation and acceptance, not even struggling. Turns out he volunteered as a Human Sacrifice.
    • When he buys Velvet the comb, the merchant mentions he was interested in buying the compass but decided against it, even noting that the book he copied for him easily was worth the comb and compass. Given he knew he was going to die, he likely didn't want to waste such an item.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: It's not exactly likely his mortal self would be happy with what he became as Innominat; it's very certain that Innominat did the exact opposite of making Velvet happy.
  • Ironic Name: Laphicet means "The one who lives". Not only was Laphicet born sickly and in fact terminally ill, he was also murdered as a child. Velvet makes a comment about another character with the same disease as him having a name similar to that, suggesting he was named such as a prayer so that he would live despite being born weak in body.
  • Irony: A double helping of situational irony. In trying to create a world where Velvet could be happy he instead creates a world where she is a walking wellspring of hatred and despair who brings suffering to almost everyone around her, and even had she not been Innominat would have removed her ability to feel anything at all.
  • Mercy Kill: Artorius sacrificing Laphicet was partially this when it comes to light Laphicet was doomed to die soon in a less than pleasant manner.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Him being a willing sacrifice for Artorius and keeping it a secret from Velvet. Artorius and Innominat exploit this to amplify Velvet's malevolences of hatred and despair, pushing her over the Despair Event Horizon when Innominat hammers in just how pointless her quest for vengeance is, along with all the chaos she had caused up to that point in his name.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Him being used as a Human Sacrifice fuels Velvet's quest for Revenge.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Suffers from the 12 Year Disease, which is known to increase the severity of fevers until the host dies at their twelfth birthday, which is what convinced him to be sacrificed to make a better world for Velvet to live in.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Although he and Velvet look a bit different, he looks quite similar to Celica and to his unborn nephew who is reborn as the malak Laphicet. Even Velvet mistakes the malak for Laphi because they look so similar.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He's apparently quite fond of curry.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He only partially translated the book about Innominat and he doesn't fully understand what his sacrifice will do for the world beyond getting rid of Daemons. Insisting that Arthur keep it a secret he was both terminally ill and volunteering for the sacrifice also turned out to be a really bad idea. Instead of making a world where his sister could be happy it wound up making her the first Lord of Calamity.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was willingly sacrificed because A) he was already dying from an incurable disease, and B) he wanted to create a world free of Malevolence, for the sake of Velvet's happiness. Unfortunately, becoming Innominat's vessel seriously twisted his original personality.
  • Wham Line: "Arthur, I must ask... Can't I be the sacrifice?", revealing in a memory Innominat shows Velvet that his being sacrificed by Artorius was his own idea.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: He's dying from an incurable disease, which is why he volunteered to be Innominat's sacrifice, as he knew that he will not live long enough until the next Scarlet Night.

     Celica Crowe

Voiced by: Satomi Arai (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

The older sister of Velvet and Laphicet, and the wife of Artorius. Her death on the first Scarlet Night sets in motion the tragedy of the second Scarlet Night.

  • The Lost Lenore: For Artorius.
  • Meaningful Name: Celica comes from the latin word coelica which means "heavenly" or "celestial", befitting her reincarnation into Seres, a malak.
  • Nice Girl: One of the very nicest.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for years by the time the game begins.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Her dying during the Opening 10 years ago is what made Artorius into the Big Bad.
  • Promotion to Parent: Her parents died sometime in the distant past, leaving her to raise her much younger siblings Velvet and Laphicet. Velvet especially treats Celica as she would her actual mother, seeing her as an ideal feminine role model and citing the wisdom her older sister imparted on her while growing up.
  • Pungeon Master: According to Velvet, Celica had quite the knack for coming up with puns.
    Velvet: "I have a secret to tell you," she'd say. Then she'd hand me a flower and add, "Take it to the grave."
  • Reincarnation: Was reincarnated as the Malak Seres shortly after her death.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Meeting Artorius had such an influence on him that he fell into despair when she died and became the Big Bad to "save" the world in her name.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With Velvet and Laphicet, but mainly with the younger Laphicet. This sibling resemblance is also a reason why the malak Laphicet (who is Celica's unborn child reborn) reminds Velvet of her brother Laphi.
  • Supreme Chef: Velvet learned to cook from her and claims she was very good at it.


Voiced by: Manami Numakura (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

The childhood friend of Velvet. She transformed into a werewolf daemon and died on the Scarlet Night.

  • Ambiguously Bi: At the beginning of the game, she is apparently romantically involved with a guy, but she has a bit of Ship Tease with Velvet in her first scene. She comments on how much she admires Velvet's strength, and she jokingly states that if she were a man she would fall in love with Velvet. However, it is unknown if that was entirely a joke. When she appears in Velvet's dream, she is depicted as holding off on her engagement until Velvet returned to Aball, and she shows strong affection for Velvet.
  • Childhood Friends: Is this to Velvet in the prologue, as they've known each other since they were kids.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Velvet before her death, considering their Pseudo-Romantic Friendship bordered on Homoerotic Subtext.
  • Not Quite Dead: Velvet believes she killed her and the other villagers on the Scarlet Night, only to find her and the other villagers alive on a visit to Eastgand. Subverted. She's a Daemon disguised as Niko via illusions.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Though the entire village of Aball other than Velvet perish on the Crimson Night, Niko's death is the most impactful, since she has the most original looking character model of the villagers, and gets the most character development and screen time among them. One could be forgiven for thinking she would play a role later on.
  • Tragic Monster: Turned into a mindless Daemon on the Scarlet Night and was unknowingly killed by Velvet.

Spoiler Characters

WARNING: Each of these characters is a Walking Spoiler.

    The Fifth Empyrean 

Innominat the Suppressor

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Abby Trott (EN)

The Nameless 5th Empyrean that predates Maotelus of Zestiria. He incarnated on the world after receiving two human sacrifices, with the second becoming his Malak vessel.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Conjures one that easily snaps Rokurou's new Orichalcum sword.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It’s not clear how much of the original Laphicet still exists inside him. The ending seems to imply that there is something of Laphicet left inside him, or at least that he is deceived into believing he is Laphicet, since he takes on Laphicet’s role in his and Velvet’s shared dream.
  • Ascended Extra: He got one brief mention in Zestiria when Sorey's group finds his Crest in Artorius' Throne. Here, he is one of the main antagonists.
  • Barrier Maiden: He keeps the world safe from various disasters, whether it be the other Empyreans damaging the planet, or keeping Malevolence from destroying everything.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Played with. While he's in charge of the domain to remove free will and has his fair share of manipulation, Artorius and the Abbey developed Armatization with the intent of controlling him, meaning they see him as a pawn too.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: His domain strips humans of free will and emotions for the "greater good"
  • Cain and Abel: A sorta-kinda example, as Laphicet Crowe and Celica Crowe's child (and, by extension, Celica herself technically) were sacrificed to manifest him, with him gaining Laphi's memories.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Velvet decides to seal him rather than kill him because anyone who is a part of him would die too, including Phi who was created from Innominat during the Opening.
  • Emotion Eater: Feeds on Malevolence. Even describing it as delicious. Additionally, he can eat someone's willpower to make them more obedient.
  • Eternal Recurrence: Every few thousand years he emerges to suppress the world in order to stop malevolence from destroying everything. Once the malevolence is completely gone he returns to slumber, allowing the elemental Empyreans to emerge and restore balance. The plan of the Abbey is to break the cycle by awakening him in a vessel, and then keeping special daemons around that always generate malevolence, allowing him to feed off them forever, while keeping the other Empyreans sealed away. By the end of the story the cycle is completely ended as a new Empyrean takes his place while he feeds eternally off Velvet during their sealed state.
  • Evil All Along: Played with and possibly subverted. He was revived from Velvet's brother, who willingly went along with Artorius's plan to sacrifice himself, and retains his memories. However, Innominat existed as a separate entity before he became Laphicet, and it's eventually revealed that Innominat has no emotional connection to Laphicet's memories, he's just invoking them to try and get Velvet to despair so he can eat her malevolence. It's ambiguous if there's anything that is truly a part of Laphicet's psyche at all in Innominat, or if this is a bizarre form of Demonic Possession.
  • Expy: To Mithos Yggdrasill from Tales of Symphonia. Both are pre-teen boys with older sisters with whom they share a close bond, become godlike figures, seek to turn everyone in the world into soulless drones, opposed by their older sisters (in one way or another), and are ultimately replaced as God-figure.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Combined with Soft-Spoken Sadist. He's sounds disturbingly polite, well-spoken, and innocently childish even as he guilt trips Velvet with the reveal of Laphicet's sacrifice.
  • Final Boss: The Malak that's armatized with Artorius in the final battle.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Lampshaded by Artorius. When facing Laphicet, Innominat forgot he can digest malevolence, and that Laphicet being a fragment of Innominat would possess a similar power - the silver flames that burn malevolence. So his attempt to fill Laphicet with malevolence to turn him into a dragon would backfire spectacularly. It's also implied he never knew about the power of the silver flame, as it purifies malevolence but doesn't devour it.
  • Holy Halo: His halos are also portals which can be used to summon his dragon form.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Similar to Artorius, he is also introduced this way in the first time fought.
  • Horror Hunger: He craves malevolence for sustenance and if he doesn't get what he requires for survival he will go berserk, before eventually falling into slumber.
  • Human Sacrifice: He requires two humans to be sacrificed to manifest on the earth. The first Scarlet Night was Celica's unborn child. Laphicet's sacrifice on the second completed the ritual.
  • Hypocrite: Preaches that humanity should live a life of perfect order without the burden of unnecessary emotions. He's as calm and serene as you'd expect of a god with that agenda... as long as everything is going unconditionally right for him. As soon as anyone disagrees with him, acts against his expectations, denies him malevolence to feed on, or manages to throw a Spanner in the Works that seriously threatens his plans, Innominat turns into a highly emotional and sadistic Spoiled Brat.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: He's not exactly wrong when he points out the consequences of Velvet's quest for revenge, which Velvet even acknowledges in her Heroic BSoD. But Innominat still comes off as hypocritical for turning her into a therion in the first place, which amplified her hatred and despair to fuel her vengeance. Velvet eventually comes to recognize that too, especially when Velvet's allies manage to snap her out of it.
  • Jerkass Gods: He's the Fifth Empyrean, a godlike figure that is supposed to help humanity deal with Malevolence, but he turns out to be quite a nasty character. When he reveals himself to Velvet, he uses his vessel's appearance and memories to guilt trip Velvet and call her a monster, despite how he's the one who turned her into a Therion in the first place. While part of this is pragmatism to extract despair Malevolence from her, it's clear that he enjoys psychologically tormenting her. He only gets worse when he activates the Suppression and turns humanity into empty people who reject any form of enjoyment or empathy, to the point where he convinces many that they don't deserve to live. His only sympathetic quality is that his vessel's memories occasionally make him feel guilt.
  • Knight Templar: While he's a Sadist who enjoys eating Malevolence, he also claims that he agrees with the Abbey's ideals. Many victims of his Suppression report hearing a voice in their heads that forces them to accept "Reason," indicating that he wants to control humanity's actions in addition to getting his fill of Malevolence.
  • Light Is Not Good: A Malak of light who seeks to strip the world of all emotions, individuality, and kill anyone who doesn't submit to his and the Abbey's tyrannical regime.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Exploit's Teresa's feelings for her brother by giving her the idea of armatizing with a Therion. It ends up backfiring later when her soul was one of the four needed to wake the Four Elemental Empyreans.
  • Meaningful Name: Innominat's name derives from the Latin word "innominatus", meaning "nameless". Hence why he is referred to a couple of times as "the nameless Empyrean".
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Or rather the vessel influences the Empyrean. By the end, Innominat is basically a bratty Laphi and his reaction to Velvet sacrificing the comb her brother gave her shows that Laphi's memories are affecting him a lot more than they seemed to at first.
  • Necessary Evil: In a Balance Between Good and Evil way. His power alone is what keeps the Four Elemental Empyreans' own powers from running rampant and damaging the planet, which is why they come to the party to request a replacement for Innominat since he's been permanently sealed away. Additionally, the revelation of the Heavenly Seraphim showed more light on how necessary his role was. Until Laphicet's purification powers came along, he was the best means of handling malevolence if it ever got on a large scale.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Laphicet the malak gained a fragment of Innominat's power that allows him to reduce Malevolence without taking away free will.
  • Not So Stoic: Usually not very expressive, speaking in monotone, as one would expect from someone who is trying to suppress emotions. But the moment that things start going wrong for Innominat, he does emote quite a bit. Usually by getting loud and whiny, to prove what a Spoiled Brat he really is.
  • Reset Button: His role in the Eternal Recurrence. Innominant would awaken periodically and suppress the free-will of humans and Malak's, preventing malevolence from generating while he devoured any that was left before returning to sleep.
  • Split-Personality Merge: With Laphicet, his vessel, and it appears to progress through the game until he becomes basically a brattier Laphicet by the end.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His original form is an eastern dragon of pure light made up of eight dragon heads seven of which are Daemons and his vessel a Malak.
  • Pieces of God: His power is separated among two sacrifices used to summon him. His vessel getting most of the power. He can devour the other sacrifice to regain his full power, however.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Type C. Innominat is normally calm and collected, but can turn into a sadistic, Spoiled Brat if things go wrong for him, throwing tantrums when things don't go his way and ends up sounding a lot like Kamoana, who is a young child. Sort of justified, maybe even deconstructed in that he's manifesting as Laphicet who happens to be a child and is thus influenced by him. Sort of justified because Laphicet is a lot more composed and mature than Innominat. Deconstructed since, because of his childlike qualities, Velvet ends up treating him more as a child in need of comfort than the Humanoid Abomination he happens to be in the ending.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Abbey planned on converting Hexen Isle and the Calix into a place that housed several caged Dragons as a means to assure that he can suppress the whole world while still having a reliable supply of malevolence to feed off of instead of running dry and going back to slumber.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    "The world's pain and malevolence! The culmination of true reason! PACIFY!"
  • Pure Is Not Good: He is pure compared to others, and even devours malevolence that is supposed to corrupt his kind. His domain makes others pure by devouring their malevolence as well. Even the Therions that represent his seven other heads that devour the eight types of malevolence are "a purity of impurity".
  • Reincarnation: Subverted. Though he claims to be the reincarnation of Laphicet Crowe, in reality he's only his vessel and it's merely just Innominat who, due to having him as a vessel, possesses his appearance and carries his memories. He only claims to be that to break Velvet.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A short-lived and very strange deconstruction. Strictly speaking, he's not Laphicet so much as a separate being that inherited Laphicet's memories, which both Velvet and Phi reiterate to him. Nonetheless during his endgame Villainous Breakdown Velvet comforts a crying Innominat, going out of her way to call him Laphi. Whether she's truly treating Innominat as Laphi or just trying to comfort the being he's become is open to interpretation.
  • Satanic Archetype: Ironically, he's more this than the Messianic Archetype the Abbey holds him as; an eight headed dragon of merciless light held in check by four gods who holds himself as a superior form of life but in reality is driven by nothing but a base hunger for sin.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: Sealed away by Velvet along with herself at the end of the game. He feeds off her malevolence as she converts his power into malevolence to form a eternal cycle.
  • Top God: The most powerful of the Empyreans, to the point it takes awakening all four other Empyreans and not one less to restrict Innominat's sphere of influence.
  • Tragic Monster: What he ends up as by the end. Under the Holier Than Thou persona and emotional manipulation, he's still a frightened, angry child who can't escape his hunger.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Smiles as he tortures Aifread and forces Silva to turn into a dragon.
  • Unperson: Implied to have been subjected to this in Zestiria where the only proof of his existence was in the final dungeon.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During the final battle, his "Innominat" personality cracks when he accidentally splits Velvet's comb in half. By the time Artorius dies, he's a weeping, starving, barely coherent wreck.
    Innominat: I'm hungry. I'm hungry. … hungry. I'm hungry. I'm hungry. I'm hungry… hungry… I'M SO HUNGRRYYYYYY!
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Despite being an Empyrean the therion Daemons are considered a part of him.

    King Claudin 

Claudin Asgard is known to have been one of the earliest Shepherds (in Zestiria), as well as an exorcist, who used his powers to end the Era of Darkness, unite the central continent to form the Holy Midgand Empire, and usher in the Era of Asgard. Claudin was the mentor of Artorius Collbrande.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He got his kingship and kingdom through his exorcist powers.
  • The Good King: Very much so; his rule was one of prosperity and peace.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He died to protect Artorius.
  • Ideal Hero: An inspiring heroic figure...which wasn't always a good thing as Melchior and his misinterpretation of his beliefs lead to Berseria.
  • Nice Guy: Implied to have been a very good man. His Normin traveling companions state that he felt compassion for all living beings, including Daemons and Dragons.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His Heroic Sacrifice for Artorius's sake set in motion a major Guilt Complex that led to Artorius, after failing to save his wife and unborn child, being easily manipulated by Melchior. Also, him not being more careful of Melchior's misguided hero worship lead to Melchior's "reason over emotion" driven mind-set.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Though not as much as Celica Crowe, his death definitely impacted Artorius, setting in place his guilty mindset that ate at him until he became a villain at the death of his wife and unborn child.
  • Posthumous Character: Has been dead for a long time, even before the time of the prologue.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Late in the game a sidequest reveals he took an oath to extend his lifespan. By the time he died, he didn't have much time left as he had stretched the oath to the limits.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In a very weird way; while his actions impacted the world a lot and he didn't have a small role, in regards to the events of Berseria he didn't do much. Except mentor Artorius, die to save his student's life, and inspire Melchior to take his beliefs the wrong way, all of which resulted in the goals of the Abbey and the major conflict of the game.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: His oath extended his life span on the condition that he never take a life. Claudin died after breaking this oath to save Artorius's life.

    Those Who Came Before 

The Original Seraphim

The Seraphim that reside in the heavenly realm that all earthly seraphimnote  are descended from.

  • Fixing the Game: They made a bet with the Seraphim that descended down to the earthly realm that they couldn't live peacefully with humans. The stakes were that if the original seraphim won, they would destroy both humanity and the descended seraphim; if the descended seraphim won, the original seraphim would just leave them alone. However, the originals cheated by placing a curse on the world that would cause humans who were exposed to too much malevolence to become daemons, and seraphim who were exposed to too much malevolence to become dragons. This effectively made it impossible for the descended seraphim to win the bet.
  • The Ghost: Despite being the overall villains of both games they never physically make an appearance.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: To both Berseria and Zestiria. They're the entire reason daemons and dragons exist to begin with, meaning they're also the reason Heldalf became the Lord of Calamity, and the reason Innominat needs to exist at all.
  • Hidden Villain: Their existence is hidden outside of the main story, and can only be discovered by completing the Bonus Dungeon.
  • Karma Houdini: They have yet to receive any sort of comeuppance for attempting to commit genocide on the human race, or for Fixing the Game so that the descended seraphim couldn't possibly win the bet.
  • The Lonely Door: The entrance to their realm at the end of the Bonus Dungeon is one of these. You can't go through it, but there are several others like it that you do go through to reach it.
  • Walking Spoiler: Their very existence completely alters the context to the stories of both games.
  • With Us or Against Us: While they despise humanity and earth-dwelling organisms in general, the hardliners also hate the merciful Seraphim for daring to sympathize with humans. As a result, they cursed everyone in the earthly realm, including Seraphim, into transforming into monsters if they're exposed to too much Malevolence.