This is the character list for Ys III: Wanderers of Ys and for the remake, Ys: The Oath in Felghana. For Adol Christin, Dogi and characters from other games, see here.
Some spoilers are unmarked.
A blond kind-hearted girl from the village of Redmont who gets saved by Adol at the beginning of the third game, she is a childhood friend of Dogi. She is worried about her brother Chester, who has gone missing for past few months.
- Distressed Damsel: She gets kidnapped by Garland and Dularn close to the end of the game.
- Heroic Lineage: She and her brother Chester are the descendants of the warrior Genos.
- Morality Pet: When Chester realizes how much his vengeance crusade is hurting her, he pulls a HeelFace Turn.
- She's All Grown Up: Dogi didn't even recognize her because she used to be a Tomboy eight years ago.
- Take Me Instead: Near the end of the game, she offers to be the sacrifice for the revival of Galbalan in place of her brother Chester.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her new look in Alternative Saga.
Elena's brother and Dogi's friend who has gone missing for past few months. He later shows up and reveals that he has become the Count McGuire's knight in order to make a name for himself. He quickly becomes a menace to Adol as he is also looking for statues that house the power of the ancient demon Galbalan by the order of his master. It turns out that he is actually trying to get revenge on the Count McGuire for destroying his hometown. While his plan for the revenge is successful, he does not realize that he has been used as a pawn by the real mastermind - Bishop Nikolas - for the complete revival of Galbalan.
- Adaptational Heroism: Zigzagged. In the original, Chester intended to unseal Galbalan while in Oath, he was unaware that the demon was still alive. On the other hand, he stabs Dogi in the Oath version, but not the original.
- Ancestral Weapon: The blade of Genos. He dual-wields it with another blade, which shows that he means business.
- Anti-Magic: Downplayed. He's immune to Adol's magic damage in both of his boss fights, though Terra Bracelet will still block his attacks. This is possibly due to him being a descendent of Genos. However, he's still vulnerable to Dularn's magic.
- Anti-Villain: Despite his horrific actions, he's the survivor of the Genos Island massacre and he still cares for his sister enough to eventually seek redemption.
- Climax Boss: Combined with Disc-One Final Boss. He is fought some time after his true agenda is revealed and Valestein Castle is turned into a monster-infested dungeon. After his defeat, the true mastermind behind Galbalan's revival is revealed, setting the stage for the final dungeon of the game.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He serves McGuire in the hopes of destroying everything he's built.
- Heroic Lineage: Of the hero Genos, just like Elena
- Heroic Sacrifice: After Adol saves Elena and knocks out the local Galbalan, Chester blows himself up and Genos Island in order to kill the Galbalan.
- Flash Step: In his boss fights, he will start dashing across the field after enough damage has been dealt, all while attacking from multiple sides with projectiles.
- Ignored Epiphany: Dogi briefly gets him to falter and consider dropping his revenge scheme, but Chester decides to go through with it anyways, and then stabs his childhood friend.
- Jerkass: He's incredibly abrasive to all his old friends and townsfolk. While part of it is a facade to keep them from getting tied up in his revenge, he still counts as this trope due to his lack of concern about collateral damage.
- Kick the Dog:
- He stabs Dogi when the latter tries to get him to pull a HeelFace Turn.
- Corrupting the residents of Valestein Castle was a low blow considering not all the soldiers were around for the Genos massacre and the maids almost certainly weren't involved.
- Love Redeems: Elena eventually gets him to realize that their people wouldn't want him to seek revenge.
- Pet the Dog: He spared Bob and merely locked him up in the dungeon even though Bob witnessed Chester and the Count's soldiers' searching for the statues of Galbalan at the mine.
- Master Swordsman: He is skilled at both wielding one blade and wielding two.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Garland plays him like a fiddle in awakening Galbalan, and that's not to mention all the lives he killed just for a chance to kill Count McGuire.
- The Starscream: Purposely joined Count McGuire's knights in order to eventually kill him for revenge.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He wants revenge on McGuire for the genocide of his people, and uses the statues to destroy Valestein Castle from within to accomplish this.
- Unwitting Pawn: Garland misleads him about the true nature of the statues, causing Chester to unwittingly revive Galbalan.
- You Killed My Father: Garland wants revenge against the Count McGuire for murdering his parents and razing his town.
- What Were You Thinking?: Gets this a lot.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was one of the survivors of a genocide. He wants revenge against Count McGuire and was willing to get it at all costs including killing many innocent people.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite holding back in his first boss fight, he's pleasantly surprised when Adol manages to hold his own. After kicking Adol into the Zone of Lava, he waits at the exit, correctly anticipating Adol's successful acquisition of the Sunset Statue.
A legendary ex-mercenary who lives in a cabin in Elderm Mountains, where he secludes himself from society while researching the secrets of Genos.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Subverted. While he doesn't participate in the final dungeon, he does lead the town's defense.
- The Atoner: He tries to learn more about McGuire's plans and the legends of Genos to atone for his role in Genos Island.
- Broken Ace: He's one of the strongest mercenaries in the world, as his Bonus Boss battle shows, but he's carrying a lot of guilt over serving McGuire during the Genos Island massacre, causing him to become The Hermit.
- Handicapped Badass: His left eye was cut at some point in his career, though it doesn't hinder him at all.
- The Mentor: He taught Dogi and Chester their respective fighting styles.
- Multi-Melee Master: Given that he's the mentor to both Dogi and Chester, he's well-versed in pugilism and swordsmanship. In his Bonus Boss battle, he fights Adol with an axe.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He and his fellow Valestein knights were supposed to kill any villager who tried to escape, but when he saw the Stoddart children, he decided to save them and defect from McGuire.
Head of the Felghana diocese. Once served at Redmont's church, but now focuses his efforts on trying to keep relations between the count and the townsfolk as smooth as possible.In reality, he is the mastermind behind Chester's Roaring Rampage of Revenge and the Count McGuire's more vicious actions. After making contact with Galbalan at the Illburns Ruins some point before the game, he became convinced that Galbalan is the true god and did everything in his power to bring Galbalan's revival to completion. After revealing his true colors and his real name of Nikolas Garland near the end of the game, he kidnaps Elena in order to use her as a final sacrifice to Galbalan. The dark bishop is ultimately defeated by Adol, who proceeded to destroy his "god" Galbalan as well.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He acts like a reasonable clergyman who acts as the sole voice of reason to Count McGuire. In reality, he's an insane worshiper of a local Galbalan and is actually manipulating the Count and Chester.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike many of the other main antagonists of the series, Garland wants to serve what he perceives as a god rather than become one himself.
- Dramatic Irony: Those who played Napishtim know his "god" is really a man-made monster rather than an truly divine being, but he's unaware of this.
- Evil Is Hammy: Once he reveals his true colors, he becomes much hammier.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He was once a perfectly sane priest before learning of Galbalan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Sister Nell states that he once saved her, making him seem to have a soft spot despite his loyalty to Galbalan. Once Adol confronts him in the final dungeon, he insults Nell for failing him, showing that his prior benevolence is no more.
- Kaizo Trap: See Taking You with Me below.
- Knight Templar: The Oath version has deluded himself into thinking Galbalan is a true god, and that any crime he commits is justified for the sake of his "god."
- The Man Behind the Man: He is the one who manipulated McGuire into evil.
- Playing Both Sides: He acts as a Dragon with an Agenda to both McGuire and Chester, manipulating the former into destroying the latter's home, and then manipulating the latter into taking revenge via the statues, all while pretending to advise and assist them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he reveals that he is evil, his eyes turn red.
- Sinister Minister: He is an evil priest.
- The Social Darwinist: It's subtle compared to other examples, but he believes that Galbalan's overwhelming power qualifies it as a deity, who should be allowed to do as it sees fit with lower lifeforms.
- Taking You with Me: He attempts this at the end of his boss fight.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He has a fairly normal face and his priest hat hides his hair, which only serves to reinforce his nondescript appearance. This makes his status as Galbalan's Dragon much more surprising to those who didn't play the original game.
- Would Hurt a Child: Chester witnessed his village become a victim to genocide when he was a boy and became a victim of this trope. This is his motive. McGuire is the one who ordered this genocide. Garland is the one who manipulated McGuire into ordering this massacre.
The feudal lord of Valestein Castle, and a materialistic nobleman from the Romun Empire. Levied heavy taxes on the people of Redmont for many years, and is regarded as a despot. In the game proper, he seems to be looking for the statues that house the power of the ancient demon Galbalan...
- The Atoner: Deeply regrets his actions and vows to work with the people of Redmont to make Felghana a better place at the end of the game.
- Break the Haughty: After realizing he was just a pawn for Galbalan's resurrection and losing many of his knights and maids to the corrupting miasma, he becomes despondent.
- Disc-One Final Boss: heavily played up to be the Big Bad for roughly half of the game.
- Dirty Coward: This Evil Overlord was quick to surrender to Chester and Adol when both start hunting him down.
- Evil Overlord: He levies insane taxes and shuts down the raval mine for reasons that at the time did not include an unsafe mine. (The mine became unsafe after its closure because there were no miners around who could kill monsters to prevent the monster population from getting out of control. The monsters therefore took over the mine.) Raval mining is the main source of income for the local economy.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts disturbingly polite and cheerful when ordering Chester to kick Adol into the Zone of Lava.
- The Heavy: Due to his oppression of the people of Redmont and his genocide of Genos Island, he's the most active villain until Garland reveals his true colors.
- Jerkass: He has Adol kicked into a lava-filled dungeon and has Father Pierre imprisoned because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Love Makes You Evil: His lust for power started from the desire to be a man worthy of his wife, who comes from the family of much higher social status than him.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted. While he has no combat ability, he's just a Red Herring for the real Big Bad, Garland.
- Pet the Dog: He sincerely loves his family.
- Smug Snake: He believes he's certain to accomplish his ambitions due to his powerful army of mercenaries. This falls apart when his strongest enforcer, Chester, mutates most of the castle staff and nearly kills him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Bishop Nikolas
- Would Hurt a Child: Chester witnessed his village become a victim to genocide when he was a boy and became a victim of this trope. This is his motive. McGuire is the one who ordered this genocide.
A Evil Sorceror who stalks Adol during his travels in Felghana.
- Alien Blood: Dularn's blood is revealed to be dark blue when you defeat her.
- Anti-Villain: Sister Nell follows Garland's orders out of gratitude for saving her life and genuinely feels remorse for her actions. After being defeated by Adol for the last time, she even thanks him and asks him to save Elena before dying.
- Disappears into Light: Dularn's corpse vanish after being defeated at Genos Island.
- The Dragon: Dularn is a warlock working directly for McGuire. In truth, her real master is Garland.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dularn has red eyes. And so does Sister Nell.
- Samus Is a Girl: Dularn is actually Sister Nell; her ambiguous character design due to being covered in bandages and rags makes The Reveal unexpected.
- Storm of Blades: Dularn's prefered method of attack is to lauch magic swords at Adol. He also has a Beam Spam move.
- Summon Magic: Dularn summons a fire dragon at the lava area of the ruins and three harpies at the icy mountain.
An ancient demon from the legend. Supposedly, it was slain by the warrior Genos with the blessing of the winged ones. However, it turns out that even Genos could not defeat the beast completely so he divided its powers into the four statues and sealed each statue at different regions across Felghana. Somehow, it managed to get in contact with the bishop Nikolas at Illburns ruin, turning the once devout priest into the fanatical madman who would stop at nothing to revive his true god. Through Nikolas, Galbalan was able to destroy most of the descendants of Genos and regain his powers. After receiving Elena's energy, Galbalan starts to awaken and declares his intention to destroy everything and spread terror across the world. Fortunately, Adol manages to arrive just in time to face the would-be destroyer. Although Adol manages to critically weaken the monster, it starts to regenerate rapidly. Ultimately, Chester, in his moment of redemption, sacrifices himself to blow up the whole island, destroying the demon for good in the process.
It is implied that Galbalan is an artificial creation from Ash Emelas that was created by the Clan of Darkness long time ago as a weapon of mass destruction. It somehow managed to gain sentience and went on a rampage before getting sealed in Felghana by Genos.
There are other Galbalans in other games like Memories of Celceta and The Ark of Napishtim.
- A God Am I: In the voiced versions, it refers to itself as the "Alpha and Omega."
- Call-Forward: One of its goals is to take control of the Ark of Napishtim.
- Enemy to All Living Things: It is so evil that just getting in touch with its power/essence is enough to turn people and spirits into monsters.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Nikolas.
- Omnicidal Maniac: It wishes to kill all humans and Eldeen.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He's sealed by the four statues and placed underneath Genos Island.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: In all three phases, the boss fight would be impossible to win if Galbalan does not do attacks that leave its vulnerable parts exposed.
- Tennis Boss: The final phase of the boss fight.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Galbalan seeks to destroy everything, including humans who are responsible for its creation.