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Sorey

(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)



“I want to explore the world’s ruins, because I believe the answer to humans and seraphim happily coexisting can be found in ancient times.”

Stats

Sex: Male

Height: 175cm (5’9”)

First-person pronoun: Ore

True name: —

Race: human

Weapon: one-handed ceremonial sword

Hometown: Elysia, village of the seraphim


Bio

A young man raised by seraphim, beings who govern nature. He’s been familiar with the archaeological book "the Celestial Record” from an early age, and desires to explore ancient ruins and the history behind them. In the wake of an archaeological expedition, he travels in search of a world in which humans and seraphim can live together, and becomes the Shepherd depicted in the legends of the Celestial Record. He ultimately overcomes the obstacles presented by the country’s people and becomes their unifying force.


Concept art notes

Under the Mantle: Inner Garments

Beneath the Shepherd’s costume are Sorey’s everyday clothes, including his familiar blue dress shirt. His cuffs are integrated with a belt for attaching gloves, making it perfectly suited for a long trip.


Ceremonial Sword
It was said he discovered it in the Mabinogio Ruins, a ceremonial sword left behind by a previous Shepherd. The blade’s beautiful pattern is known as the Shepherd’s trademark. The hilt’s accent is the same as the one on his ears, a favorite feather decoration used as an ornament.


Timeline

Encounter in the ruins: Protected beneath the forest of the seraphim are the Mabinogio Ruins, where Sorey rescued a female knight named Alisha. He was delighted and excited to meet a human like himself for the first time in his life, who also happened to be familiar with the Celestial Record. Having seraphim as his foster parents, he dreamed of seraphim and humans coexisting as they did in ancient times. He would later aim to save Alisha’s life once again by journeying to the world below.

Quote: “I can’t turn away a person in need. That’s all!”


Birth of the Shepherd: In the royal capital of Ladylake, the church held a ceremony known as the Sacred Blade Festival that imitated the legend of the Shepherd. However, a riot broke out among the people as part of a conspiracy against Alisha, and hellions materialized and filled the place. Sorey, who happened to be present, wanted wholeheartedly to protect the people, and so he became the vessel of Lailah, the seraph dwelling in the sacred sword, and commendably quelled the hellions as the Shepherd.

Quote: “I offer this body as your vessel, and accept fate’s burden!”


On my own two feet: Bartlow, a councilor of the Kingdom of Hyland, sought to weaken Alisha’s influence by winning Sorey over to his political party. Outwardly, he asked Sorey to dine with him, but in reality it was a means of coercing him. Bartlow selfishly saw the Shepherd’s existence as a playing piece for politics and made light of his own country’s princess, but Sorey saw through his plan and turned his back on the palace with a calm farewell.

Quote: “I’ll fulfill my dreams myself. Mine, and Alisha’s.”


Fated to be shunned: Famine and natural disaster. As a means of helping the people, who were unaware that these were the effects of hellions or how to solve them, Sorey built a bridge foundation in the raging river. But the source of his power were the seraphim, who couldn’t be seen by normal humans, and his strange abilities were seen as nothing more than heresy. However, Sorey did his best to help and to face the situation cheerfully.

Quote: “I have to get used to it from now on. I’ll use this power, even in the eyes of the people.”


The one who tears up the battlefield: “Conspiring with the Shepherd and the enemy nation of Rolance to incite the people” – to set his trap, Bartlow had Alisha arrested under these charges. Using her as a shield, he forced Sorey to take part in a military conflict. Should the mighty power of the Shepherd be used for war, it would surely lead to calamity, but for the sake of his dear friend, Sorey stifled his anger and distress and used his power.

Quote: "What I need to do hasn’t changed. No matter whose battlefield this is!”


Determined to save: During Sorey’s journey as the Shepherd, the wandering seraph Zaveid stood in his way multiple times. He denied the Shepherd’s mission to purify hellions, and sought to kill them in retaliation for harming humans and seraphim. As if to crush Sorey’s spirit, Zaveid challenged him to battle again. But Sorey said with confidence that he wouldn’t give up on his path, because he wanted to save the souls of the humans and seraphim who turned into hellions.

Quote: “You don’t need to kill hellions when we can purify them! That’s why…!”


Shedding light on the past: The relationship between the previous Shepherd, who died around 20 years ago, and Heldalf, a victim of the calamity. Discovering that the present calamity’s origin was tied to the tragic meeting of those two, Sorey wished not to destroy calamity, but to save Heldalf. His dream of seeing humans and seraphim coexist as in the days of the Celestial Record would never come true as long as despair and ruin threatened the world.

Quote: “…I want to save Heldalf.”


Confronting a dragon: In a battlefield filled with malevolence and negativity, a dragon was born as part of Heldalf’s scheme. Humans have never been able to contend with such overwhelming power, and yet Sorey’s group endlessly fought on. Their spirit moved the hearts of the quarreling Hyland and Rolance soldiers, and was successful in connecting the people through hope.

Quote: “We’re going to live!”


To save the world: Symmone identified with Heldalf and worked as his subordinate from the shadows. She suffered from her work and said that a life that endangered others meant nothing in the world, and that such an existence could have no redemption except through death. She used illusions to hurt and manipulate people’s hearts, but Sorey defeated them and reached out to her, saying that happiness isn’t limited to certain people, or to good or evil.

Quote: “I’ll definitely find a way for everyone to be happy!”


The pure one free of malevolence: With Maotelus, one of the Five Lords, transformed into a hellion and under his control, Heldalf attempted to corrupt Sorey with malevolence by harming his foster parent, Zenrus. Believing that death was the only way to save him, Sorey thrust his sword into his own parent. Even as he wailed, he took up his sword again. The Shepherd’s desire to purify the world was a force stronger than malevolence.
Quote: “This… this is just… something I must do!”

Translated by Jay

Rose
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

“Bet you’re sorry you saved me now.”

Stats

Sex: Female

Height: 160 cm (5’3”)

First-person pronoun: Atashi

True name: Wilkis Wilk

Race: Human

Weapon: Twin daggers

Hometown: Unknown


Bio

A young woman who wanders the continent as a member of the merchant’s guild “the Sparrow Feathers” and also holds a secret identity as the leader of an assassin’s guild, “the Scattered Bones.” Although she sets her sights on Sorey’s life for a time, before long she’s moved by his character and accompanies him on his journey.


Concept Art Notes
Rose’s traveling clothes vary greatly from the clothes she wears as a member of the Sparrow Feathers. In the “traveling girl” outfit on the left page, she wears a cute scarf over a short, wind-jacket style bolero, but she also has daggers on her back and spaces for concealing knives around her chest. On the other hand, her merchant appearance consists of a frilly shirt and pants with a more innocent style.
Timeline

Evaluation: As a member of the Sparrow Feathers, Rose showed up everywhere Sorey went. She asked him why he seemed so eager to take on the Shepherd’s responsibilities when it meant risking his life and suffering the gossip and disdain of others, to which he answered, “Because I can’t ignore someone in trouble.” When she heard this too-simple answer, she realized that the rumors of a fake Shepherd taking advantage of the people’s hearts were false. With a hidden smile, she departed.
Quote: “Yeah, I get it. You’re a strange guy.”


The Scattered Bones’ principles: In the midst of the chaos on the battlefield, Rose contradicted her position as head of the Scattered Bones to rescue Sorey, who had been attacked by the Lord of Calamity. When the Shepherd said he expected nothing in return for wanting to save people, Rose decided to turn down the requests for his assassination. Even so, she wanted to determine his true character for herself, and told him–who had carried her on his back–to remember that she was watching him.
Quote: “Should someone lose their way and turn to evil, I won’t hesitate to kill them–even if that person is the Shepherd.”


Her gifted qualities: While Rose possessed a resonance strong enough to rival Sorey’s, she denied the existence of the seraphim and even rejected Lailah’s and Mikleo’s voices because of her fear of ghosts. When her own mistake dragged everyone into danger, however, she took responsibility and chose to help Sorey fight. Her decisive will and impressive disposition flourished, allowing her to wield the power of the Armatus on the same level as Sorey.
Quote: “We can do it!”


The dignity of one clad in darkness: Despite her occupation as an assassin, Rose generated no malevolence. This was because she believed wholeheartedly that her actions–identifying and condemning evil that deserved to be judged–were necessary and couldn’t be called “good” or “evil” in themselves. She would accept assassination requests that targeted even high-profile people, and she went so far as to accept a request for the assassination of the one responsible for pushing Rolance to war. The strength of Rose’s conviction left a deep impression on her comrades.
Quote: “If it’s evil, we kill it. That’s the way of the Scattered Bones. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Pope, the emperor, or even the Shepherd.”


The one who performs the rite of death: As a result of influencing the war, Cardinal Forton became a hellion. However, she did not see her blind belief in the people’s salvation as selfish, and claimed she had no malevolence. Her so-called “justice” was evil in itself, and for these reasons she was beyond the reach of Sorey’s powers of purification. Since the Shepherd couldn’t save her warped soul, Rose decided killing her was the answer. From Rose’s perspective, it was all that could be done, and death was her way of providing salvation.
Quote: “May these weary bones find peaceful rest.”


The person who was always beside her: Rose had lived with conviction as the leader of the Scattered Bones. However, that life was not one she had achieved by her own power, but as a result of Dezel secretly protecting and making use of her. Although he was the one responsible for the downfall of the Wind Riders, whom she had loved as family, this time he chose to protect Rose and sacrificed his life to do so. Recognizing his secret devotion to her, she shed tears of gratitude.
Quote: “I should have… talked to him more.”


A Squire’s decision: It was said that a Squire who followed the Shepherd served as a supporting role on his journey, and at times supported him emotionally as well. Keeping with that tradition, Rose chose to bear the weight of sorrow and negativity in Sorey’s place, and became his bloodstained blade as befitting of the meaning of her name (“one who makes the bloodflower bloom”). As Sorey became determined to confront Heldalf, the Lord of Calamity, Rose vowed once again to support and guard him.
Quote: “So, that’s why I want everyone to rest easy.”


Shouldering a friend’s burden: In an attempt to corrupt Sorey with as much malevolence as possible, Heldalf made a show of the cruel state he had inflicted on Zenrus. As the situation became hopeless and death proved to be the only means of saving him, Rose pushed Sorey aside and declared that she would do it herself. She acted not as a Squire obeying the Shepherd, but as Sorey’s friend.
Quote: “I’ll work it out somehow! That’s what I promised!”
Translated by Jay
Alisha
(Tales of Zesitira Perfect Guide)

“Because I want to see my hometown free of malevolence!”

Stats

Sex: Female

Height: 161cm (5’3”)

First-person pronoun: Watashi

True name: Melphis Amekia / Isylvia Amekia

Race: Human

Weapon: Long spear

Hometown: Ladylake


Bio

A young woman who belongs to the order of knights in the kingdom of Hyland. Although she is a princess in the lowest position of the royal family, she sees herself less as royalty and more as a knight devoted to her country. She is determined to restore the world plagued by war and calamity, and stands firm against political pressure. While naturally kind and sincere, she is also stout-hearted and often behaves in ways that go beyond what’s called for by her position.


Concept Art Notes

Full body - front: The personal appearance of this knight, who often risked her way of life, is not the typical blue of the Hyland Knights, but a lovely pink. Parts of her armor are composed of beautiful crystal and have been handed down in the Diphda family.


Full body - back: The back is dyed with the bright coat of arms of the Diphda family. Befitting a knight’s lineage, the crest traditionally features two dragon-like creatures facing each other and protecting the Sacred Blade atop a gallant design depicting different pieces of armor.


Timeline

The Princess Knight concerned for her country: In the hopes of revitalizing the country and helping the people, Alisha clung to ancient legends and one day found herself lost in Elysia, the village of the seraphim. By chance she met Sorey, whose rustic simplicity, cheerful personality, and tendency to speak fondly of seraphim–as though they existed–reminded her of the Shepherd of legend. Before she departed to return home, she invited him to the Sacred Blade Festival, which imitated the legend of the Shepherd.
Quote: “Because when I picture the Shepherd of legend… I imagine someone a lot like you.”


Experiencing the legends firsthand: Sorey, who had forged a pact with Lailah, was able to use his own body as a conduit and granted Alisha the miraculous ability to speak with seraphim through him. Although humanity’s faith in the seraphim had dimmed, their favor could still be earned as long as there were some humans who could sense them and remained faithful. Although everyone had laughed at Alisha’s beliefs, she remained devout and honored the seraphim from the bottom of her heart, and this experience strengthened her conviction.
Quote: “I know that the seraphim are most certainly among us. That alone is…”


To be together with the Shepherd: Besides speaking to seraphim, the Shepherd also battled the malevolence that was on the rise in the world. For Alisha, Sorey was the embodiment of hope and she wanted to share in his role. By forging a contract with him, she could become his support–but she would also be a target of constant political scrutiny and face danger in battling hellions. Even knowing this, she wholeheartedly begged him to take her as his Squire.
Quote: “Please, Sorey. I want to become your Squire.”


Parting: As Sorey continued to bestow his power on Alisha, her naturally low resonance caused his body to suffer. When she realized that he was on the verge of losing his sight, Alisha made the decision to step down as his Squire. With stout-hearted determination, she smothered her true desire–to continue journeying with him–and put her all into reassuring the group that she would continue to support them, now merely as a knight of the kingdom.
Quote: “I won’t give up–for the sake of creating a Hyland free of malevolence.”


A lonely struggle: Alisha’s fastidious behavior continued to earn the animosity of Bartlow and his men. While she escaped his assassination attempt on her life, she was still subjected to unfair treatment unbefitting of her status. Despite being worked to death and unable to return to the capital, day after day she still sought to prevent the war. The pride of a knight that had been imparted to her by her teacher, Maltran, was the only thing supporting her as she struggled alone.
Quote: “The strength of a knight exists to protect, and their kindness serves the people.”


The imperial command thrust upon her: Alisha continued to advocate peace with Rolance, but the conflicts between the countries didn’t stop. Eventually she found herself appointed as the imperial messenger tasked with delivering the royal proclamation for war, a harsh role that Bartlow had spitefully commanded be given to her. With the king’s personal decree in hand, Alisha fully realized her powerlessness and feebly admitted defeat to Sorey’s group.
Quote: “It’s as you heard. The war can’t be stopped.”


Loss: Maltran, the one Alisha had looked up to and idolized as she would her own mother, was revealed to be a hellion. Her kind behavior was actually an act to use Alisha to her advantage, and as a means of denying her pupil entirely, she savagely took her own life on Alisha’s lance. Having lost the last person she depended on and trusted, Alisha’s heart broke. The tears and words that the lonely princess had always held back were finally too much to bear.
Quote: “I can’t take it anymore! I can’t! I want to go home! I don’t care about the war or the country or the people, any of it!”


The smiling imperial messenger: With the help of Sorey’s group, Hyland and Rolance started down the road to peace. The first step was to have a conference discussing the terms of a cease-fire, and Alisha was entrusted with full authority over the matter. As the Shepherd, whose battle was not over, Sorey could no longer walk beside her. However, the face she made now was befitting of the true name he had given her–Melphis Amekia, “Alisha the Smiling.”
Quote: “I pray for your safe journey.”


Friends: Following the disappearance of the Lord of Calamity, Alisha met Rose again by chance. While initially delighted by their reunion, Alisha was perplexed by Rose’s unexpected behavior and the way she evaded questions about Sorey’s well-being. Stubbornly denying her comrade with whom she once shared a similar vision, Rose even went so far as to tell Alisha “we aren’t friends.” Hearing this, the princess-knight lost her composure in an exchange of blows.
Quote: “I’ve always thought of you as my friend! How can you say such cruel things?”


A cry of thanks: Before long, Alisha’s quarrel with Rose turned into true friendship, and she was guided to the place where Sorey slept. Politician, princess, knight, young woman, and friend to the Shepherd, who had nurtured strong bonds within her–instead of giving up any of these things, Alisha discovered on her journey with Rose that she wanted to live as all of them. She cried out her heartfelt gratitude to Sorey, who had given her such a precious opportunity.
Quote: “I realized I don’t need to throw away any part of myself!”
Translated by Jay
Mikleo
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

“I need to think about this? I don’t recall a whole lot of thinking when you decided to become a Shepherd!”

Stats

Sex: Male

Height: 165cm (5’5”)

First-person pronoun: Boku

True name: Luzrov Rulay

Race: Seraph

Weapon: Long staff

Hometown: Elysia, village of the seraphim


Bio

A young water seraph, he and Sorey were raised as brothers. Being the same age, they were never apart while growing up and encouraged one another’s dreams and enthusiasm for ancient ruins. When Sorey decides to leave home because of his sense of justice and adventurous spirit, Mikleo accompanies him as both his friend and rival. While Mikleo always supports his friend, who’s ignorant of the ways of the world, he still strives to be better than him. Even though his appearance gives a childish impression, his speech and conduct are calm and collected–however, he’s very sensitive to teasing.


Concept art notes

The white tones in his [early concept] clothing give Mikleo a slightly more mature look than his final design. The pattern on his clothes, as well as the circlet that serves as a memento of his mother, have an elegant design that imitates the flow of running water.

His clothes resemble those of a knight, with puffed sleeves, a thin waist, and a long, hanging cloak. We wanted a design indicative of the nobility of the seraphim, who provide divine protection to humans.


Timeline

Journeying together to the world below: Concerned for Alisha, the knight he had rescued in the ruins, Sorey intended to travel to the world below. Mikleo guessed his plan, however, and went ahead to wait for him. For the sake of his childhood friend who had been raised away from the strife and malevolence of human society, Mikleo knew he had to help. So it was that Sorey’s sarcastic friend chose to lend a hand rather than hold him back.
Quote: “You couldn’t lie to save your life. You’d never get by in human society.”


The Sub Lord’s pact: Sorey became the Shepherd and took the burden of that fate upon himself, but he refused to let Mikleo become his supporting Sub Lord. Sorey was steadfast in his wish to protect his friend from the same harsh fate, but Mikleo continued to argue with him. In perusing history together as Shepherd and Sub Lord, they would surely find a means of unraveling the past and discovering the secret to coexistence between humans and seraphim, the dream they had shared since childhood.
Quote: “Get over yourself. Do you really think this is your dream alone?”


A comrade for his friend: Having been raised by seraphim, Sorey was unfamiliar with the ways and values of humans. Concerned about this, Mikleo felt that Rose, with her high resonance as well as her natural disposition that allowed her to perceive seraphim, would do well in standing at Sorey’s side as his comrade and helping him bear the difficult fate of the Shepherd. Mikleo hoped that she would support Sorey in the ways he couldn’t.
Quote: “Is it enough to understand the Shepherd’s mission? What about our dream?”


A shared journey: While pursuing their dream of deciphering the world as Shepherd and Sub Lord, Mikleo personally witnessed the tragedy and contradiction that were a part of the Shepherd’s fate. With Dezel’s death, his opposition to Sorey’s work was replaced with a renewed determination to find the correct path and avoid the same mistakes. Since it was a harsh road to walk, they would face it together.
Quote: “It’s not just the Shepherd’s mission. This journey is our journey.”


For the mother who gambled her life: The actions and despair of the previous Shepherd beckoned calamity. Mikleo’s mother, Muse, had continually sealed Maotelus–the source of calamity. She now sought to sacrifice herself as a means of suppressing the malevolence in the Origin Village, and Mikleo bid her farewell without revealing his identity. He was reincarnated as a seraph because of her prayers, and now, to fulfill her dream, he would make sure to find a means of coexistence for everyone in the world.
Quote: “Farewell, Muse. I also believe that your dream will most certainly come true.”


Overcoming destiny: Heldalf set a trap to corrupt Sorey by playing with Zenrus’ life. While the pain of a family member would normally be enough to throw one’s heart into disarray, Sorey refused to be consumed by his anger and stood firmly before his friends. Naturally, Mikleo likewise stood beside him, the friend who had shared in the same joys and sorrows. Using the Armatus, the two became one in body and soul: together they took the life of their parent, and together they shed their tears.
Quote: “I won’t let you carry this by yourself.”
Translated by Jay
Lailah
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

“Long have I awaited a pure heart free of malevolence, the arrival of one whom my voice could reach.”

Stats

Sex: Female

Height: 172 cm (5’8”)

First-person pronoun: Watashi

True name: Fethmus Mioma

Race: Seraph

Weapon: Paper slips

Hometown: Unknown


Bio

A fire seraph who dwells in the Sacred Blade depicted in the legend of the Shepherd. She detects Sorey’s pure nature when they meet and becomes his Prime Lord, blessing him with the power of the Shepherd and dwelling in his body, which serves as her vessel. Her role is to guide the Shepherd and support him in whatever situations arise during his journey, but at the same time she pushes Sorey to think for himself and to find his own answer for resolving the Shepherd’s conflicts. While she’s open-minded and dependable, at times she behaves in an oddly playful manner and displays a strange aversion to certain topics.


Concept art notes

Her dress resembles a flower bud, expanding bustle-style at the waist. Both her collar and the hem of her bolero are lined with a dainty design, making her even more glamorous to look at. She wears stilettos that are laced up to just below her knees.

Under her bolero and blouse is a corset-style dress with an open back. The hem of her dress is full of frills, which are all gracefully arranged in a symmetrical line.


Timeline

The Lady of the Lake: Dwelling in the Sacred Blade enshrined in Ladylake, Lailah had continued to wait for the appearance of a new Shepherd. Sorey took up her sword, and although she could tell that he had both a malevolence-free heart and the intense desire to become the Shepherd, she firmly warned him about the lonely road and harsh fate that awaited him. While concerned for his well-being, her words were also a warning to herself, for she had lost the previous Shepherd to tragedy.
Quote: “You would serve as my vessel, and accept the Shepherd’s fate.”


The Prime Lord’s guidance: When Sorey became the Shepherd, he tried to distance himself from Mikleo, who understood him better than anyone. Sorey said he didn’t want to involve his friend in the Shepherd’s fate, but Lailah saw through his fear and playfully admonished him, aware that friendship between men–who have a hard time putting their thoughts into words–was a more temperamental and volatile matter than women realized.
Quote: “So this is youth! The brotherhood between men!”


Painful decisions: The road the Shepherd walked was not filled with hopes and dreams, but the constant struggle of being ostracized just as often as he was abused. Lailah feared that Sorey would be crushed by that sad reality and corrupted with malevolence, and so she urged him to give in to Hyland’s cruel means of blackmail and support its army. For her, protecting Sorey and his honest, earnest heart was her most important obligation of all.
Quote: “Sorey, let’s accept their terms.”


Mistakes of the past: The previous Shepherd, Michael, had been a gentle man with a strong sense of duty, but he fell to madness when he cursed Heldalf into the role of Lord of Calamity. Ever since then, Lailah–his Prime Lord at the time–regretted her inability to stop his tragedy from unfolding, which would have prevented everything that came after. As she grasped Sorey’s burning blade, she quietly said that she couldn’t bear to lose her Shepherd again, and her words embodied her fierce determination: she would risk her life to help Sorey carry his burden.
Quote: “I… the same mistake…”


Even if they fall: As Storyteller of Time, Mayvin was the person tasked with maintaining knowledge of the world’s affairs and was even able to perceive the seraphim. A man who transcended death, he challenged Sorey to battle and instructed him all the while, attempting to impress upon him the necessity of his conviction. Lailah told him that the strength of everyone’s determination and their purity of heart were proof of their dedication–for even as they recognized their own powerlessness and faced the constant threat of being overtaken by malevolence, they continued to come together and support one another as friends. So it was that the flowers Lailah had been continually tending were finally ready to bloom.
Quote: “They’ve come this far, uncorrupted even when confronted by tragedy.”


The road walked with friends: The night before facing Heldalf, everyone came together to confirm their resolve. Lailah spoke secretly with Rose, comparing Sorey’s situation to that of the previous Shepherds. Despite walking a painful road and seeing the same extent of tragedy as Michael, Sorey was able to keep going with his friends. When asked how long that would last, Lailah’s expression answered for her.
Quote: “Just hearing those words is enough. That’s what a friend is.”

Translated by Jay

Edna
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

“I hate humans. They’re selfish and emotional. They only come to us when they want something. Such a pain.”

Stats

Sex: Female

Height: 145cm (4’9”)

First-person pronoun: Watashi

True name: Hephsin Yulind

Race: Seraph

Weapon: Umbrella

Hometown: Unknown


Bio

A female earth seraph known for her hatred of humans. In contrast to her cute appearance, she has an apathetic attitude and a sharp, prideful tongue, and tends to patronize her companions. When Sorey offers to help her brother, the one person she trusts, she agrees to accompany him on his journey. Although she displays little concern, she comes to trust Sorey’s earnestness. She loves putting others in their place, and the naive Mikleo is her favorite target.


Concept art notes

Edna’s contrasting combination of a thin camisole with boots and a glove was something we were asked to do from the beginning. During early concepts, the ribbon on her back was slightly different, as was the Normin on her parasol, which was a more mysterious-looking creature than it is now.


Timeline

Departure: Edna was a seraph who had chosen to remain on Rayfalke, the sacred but dangerous mountain on which a dragon lived, to apparently avoid the humans she despised. In truth, she refused to abandon her brother Eizen, whom she still called her family despite his dragon transformation. In exchange for her help, she wanted to find a way to cure him. Sorey was enthusiastic about helping her, and so she finally descended to the world below.
Quote: “Well, take me along, then.”


A brief parting: Although Alisha was once Sorey’s Squire, she became concerned about the burden he was forced to bear on her behalf and chose to step down. As the like-minded pair bid farewell to one another, Edna ruined their moment with her umbrella, telling them there was no reason to be upset since they wouldn’t be apart forever. Although she couldn’t be honest with her feelings, it seemed as though she was giving comfort and encouragement to them both in her own way.
Quote: “You’re making too much of a scene.”


Spoiled, flattering(?) Edna: At the sacred temple of the Earth Shrine, Edna ignored Sorey and began coaxing the protector seraph, Pawan, stationed there. Although she resembled a young, innocent girl, she tried to appeal to the skirt-chaser by flirting with him. The speed with which she put on this performance shocked the party, who were aware of how apathetic she actually was.
Quote: “Please do it for me ♪ I was so scared ♥ Hu~rry~ ♥”


Edna’s intensity: Successfully flirting to get her way was the only means by which a woman could prove her market value–however, the protector seraph couldn’t be swayed before the end of the trial. Realizing her efforts were useless, Edna went “angry mode” on the temple’s boss, the Minotauros, and threatened it. The hellion immediately lost face and fled, stunning the party into silence.
Quote: “Get. Lost.”


A reason for death: The loss of their friend, Dezel–his death was a release that freed him of his fate, and so Edna once again thought of her brother. Once a seraph became a dragon, even the Shepherd couldn’t purify him, and death was the only way to save him. Even though she had known this for a long time, she had refused to accept it. In explaining her way of thinking to Sorey, she was also trying to persuade herself.
Quote: “An existence that only hurt people–maybe it can be said that death was a release for him, too.”


Merciless kindness: Although she had been appointed as the imperial messenger tasked with delivering the declaration of war on Rolance, Alisha continued to trust in her teacher, Maltran. Her friends hesitated to inform her about Maltran’s character, but Edna unabashedly told her the truth. It was a thankless role to volunteer for, but it was necessary. Unlike the others, she was looking at the situation logically, and did what had to be done.
Quote: “That’s impossible. Maltran is a hellion.”


Resolve: A self-proclaimed hellion hunter, Zaveid had been fighting alone for a long time. Edna recognized his strong desire to free his friend Eizen from suffering, and how he had dirtied his hands in order to protect the pride of his kinsmen. With the weight of his choice in mind, Edna also made her decision: for the sake of both Sorey and Eizen, she hardened her resolve.
Quote: “…How gracious of you. I can tell you’ve decided.”


True departure: Edna had only ever known one person as family: her irreplaceable brother, Eizen. In his kindness, Sorey tried to spare Edna the pain of killing Eizen and do it himself–but even as she cried, she fought alongside him and struck her brother down, finally freeing him from his pain. Before a grave on the mountaintop, she murmured words of apology–and the promise to continue walking together with her friends.
Quote: “See you around, brother.”
Translated by Jay
Dezel
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

“Criticize me if you want. It’s not as though it affects my goal.”

Stats

Sex: Male

Height: 185 cm (6’1”)

First-person pronoun: Ore

True name: Lukeim Yurlin

Race: Seraph

Weapon: Pendulum

Hometown: Unknown


Bio

A lone wolf wind seraph who likes to wander. He possessed Rose, the head of the Scattered Bones, and supported her secret lifestyle. His true motive is to find the hellion who killed his friend, and he dedicates his entire being to the task and will do anything to accomplish his revenge. A man of few words, he bottles up his anger and doesn’t display much emotion. Sometimes, while interacting with Sorey’s group, he reveals a gentler side.


Concept Art Notes

The green outline on his model isn’t expressed in the opening animation except in close-ups.

Dezel’s trademark is his hat, which he wears low over his eyes to hide his expression. He wears a thick, formal-looking jacket that creates a mysterious air around him. He has many small details, such as his waist holster and asymmetric gloves.

Overall straps hang down behind him, over casual-style pants. He adopted his wardrobe from his deceased friend, Lafarga, who liked to be well-dressed.


Timeline

The reason for his vessel: Over a period of five years, Dezel possessed and manipulated Rose. He sought to get his hands on the power of the Armatus that she obtained as Squire and became Lailah’s Sub-Lord. It was not sympathy for Sorey’s cause, nor to protect Rose, but for the sake of achieving revenge. Despite displaying awkward concern for Rose, he was ultimately spurred on by hatred and the desire for revenge, and he denounced notions of friendship with his new allies.
Quote: “I told you, my goal is revenge.”


A light lost in the past: Because of her blind belief in her ideals, Cardinal Forton fell to malevolence and became a hellion. Her terrible power turned those who made eye contact with her to stone, but didn’t affect Dezel. He lost his sight in a past battle, and now, with eyes that couldn’t see, he used his disability to turn the tables. Cornered, the religious fanatic declared “I myself am justice,” and her words guided Rose’s attack.
Quote: “Convenient, isn’t it?”


A desperate life: At the Shrine of the Wind Trial, Dezel saw a woman looking to throw herself off of the summit. She had murdered someone for the sake of her family, and clung to the idea that death would cleanse her of her disgrace. Dezel rescued her from a close call, and even though she couldn’t hear him, he couldn’t help but share a piece of his knowledge with her: Dying wouldn’t cleanse dishonor, only walking forward and carrying her shame. Those were the shackles one had to carry.
Quote: “Struggling no matter how bad it gets… that is the path of one who dirties his hands.”


Revenge: In the imperial capital of Pendrago, Heldalf’s subordinate Symonne awaited the party. When Dezel caught sight of the foe who had harmed his friend Lafarga and the Wind Riders–the predecessor organization to the Scattered Bones–he broke his Sub-Lord contract with Lailah and possessed Rose in order to attack. However, his attack brought back the memory that he himself was the cause of his misery, and opened the curtain on tragedy.
Quote: “At last! At last I can kill you, you wretch!”


Angel of Death: In order to protect his friend Lafarga, five years ago Dezel bestowed his blessing on the Wind Riders, the group his friend loved, in order to protect them, but this caused an incident in which Rolance’s imperial prince was stained by malevolence. The prince intended to kill Rose, and as a result of the malevolence he generated Lafarga was transformed into a hellion. This was how Dezel’s grudge came to be. A blessing that beckoned unhappiness to one’s companions–Symonne’s words that spoke of an “Angel of Death” rung with self-deprecation as they pained Dezel’s heart.
Quote: “It was… my fault? All of it was… my…?”


Atonement: The hellionized Lafarga attacked the dying Rose. Although Dezel was in the depths of despair, he mustered his strength despite his wounded body and spoke: he ordered Sorey to use the gun Zaveid had given him. At the cost of sacrificing himself, Dezel transferred his energy into a bullet, which was used in an attack to sever the hellion’s power. Having rescued Rose and repented for his deeds in the last five tragic years, his life faded.
Quote: “I’m counting on you. Don’t fail!”

Translated by Jay

Zaveid

(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)


“Look at it this way. Big brother Zaveid’s a role model you boys can look up to.”

Stats

Sex: Male

Height: 187cm (6’2”)

First-person pronoun: Ore

True name: Fylk Zahdeya

Race: Seraph

Weapon: Pendulum

Hometown: Unknown


Bio

A wind seraph who hunts hellions using the borrowed power of his favorite weapon, Siegfried. He puzzles Sorey’s group with frivolous talk and appears to toy with them, but just as quickly challenges them to battle with his rude, wild demeanor. He questions the Shepherd’s resolve and continues to behave elusively. His apparent character is that of a superficial ladies’ man who loves women and pushing his luck with them; on the other hand, he’s a dedicated hunter endowed with keen insight and a strong sense of determination.


Concept art notes

To say the least, Zaveid’s defining trait is his naked upper body and its tribal style decorations, which are done in a particular rather than wild fashion. His chest is generously adorned with these bold, painted markings, as are his back and upper arms.

His gun, Siegfried, is kept in the waistband of his pants rather than his holsters, which appear to be haphazardly attached. The stitches along his thighs are accented.


Timeline

The man who hunts hellions: Zaveid was a “hellion hunter” who wandered the continent with a strange weapon in hand. Although not bound to a Shepherd, he waged war on hellions–not with the powers of purification, but by ruthlessly killing them. When Sorey’s group visited the Rayfalke Spiritcrest, he suddenly attacked them. Violent and egotistical in his methods, Zaveid appeared to be overwhelmed by the Shepherd but still flaunted his own creed.
Quote: “Besides, killing these guys is also a form of salvation, don’t you think?”


Reunion at the Wind Shrine: A local legend claimed that one could receive their desire in exchange for their life. In a cycle of tragedy, those who threw themselves off of the tower of the Wind Shrine would empower the hellion that haunted it. Zaveid claimed that there was nothing to be done for such a hellion except to send it to Hell. His determination to kill hellions, as well as his refusal to reveal his true motive, encouraged Sorey all the more to succeed in purifying them.
Quote: “Killing hellions and sending ‘em to Hell is just my style.”


The man’s decision: The reason Zaveid obsessed over killing hellions was neither hatred nor pleasure, but so he could face two seraphim: Maotelus, one of the Five Lords who had bestowed divine protection on the world, and Eizen, Zaveid’s friend who had become a dragon and was now nothing more than a menace. Having resolved to put his own life on the line for their sakes, Zaveid was prepared to use his “true power”–even if it meant taking the other seraphim’s lives–and for this purpose he held Siegfried at the ready.
Quote: “I’ve still got two people I need to settle the score with, no matter what.”


A witness to death: For the sake of protecting Rose, Dezel used Siegfried–which Zaveid had lent to Sorey–to transform his life force into pure power and sacrifice himself. Zaveid spoke to the grieving party and said that while Dezel had completely discarded his past and memories, Sorey had surely inherited them. As if to shoulder the burden himself, Zaveid, the wind seraph of the raging tempest, took the hat that Dezel had left behind and placed it on his head, and became the Shepherd’s newest companion.
Quote: “If he threw them away, you should pick them up.”


Smiling at the bonds of the battlefield: When a dragon appeared on the frontlines of the battle between Hyland and Rolance, the Shepherd’s appearance inspired the two armies to join together and strike it down. While a truce had often been spoken of, it was never implemented, but the threat presented by the dragon forced the armies into a compromise and their ceasefire at last became a reality. Zaveid considered that this legend of dragon and Shepherd might unite the people in future times of crisis, and gave a broad smile.
Quote: “ ‘The dragon falls, the ground hardens,’ as they say.” (T/N: this is a play on the phrase 雨降って地固まる, “the rain falls, the ground hardens,” an idiom meaning “a relationship is stronger after conflict.”)


Respecting one’s honor: Taking a life in order to save it–that was the cruel contradiction of Zaveid’s goal, his desire to protect what pride was left to the seraphim who lost their identity and honor to malevolence. He confessed to Edna the weight he bore for dirtying his hands, but then told her with his usual flippant attitude that he would support Sorey. Despite his wild spirit, he embodied a noble strength.
Quote: “That’s why I end it for them. For the sake of their pride.”
Translated by Jay