(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)
Height: 175cm (5’9”)
First-person pronoun: Ore
True name: —
Weapon: one-handed ceremonial sword
Hometown: Elysia, village of the seraphim
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.
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.
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.
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!”
Translated by Jay
Height: 160 cm (5’3”)
First-person pronoun: Atashi
True name: Wilkis Wilk
Weapon: Twin daggers
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
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
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.”
Quote: “I’ll work it out somehow! That’s what I promised!”
Height: 161cm (5’3”)
First-person pronoun: Watashi
True name: Melphis Amekia / Isylvia Amekia
Weapon: Long spear
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?”
Quote: “I realized I don’t need to throw away any part of myself!”
Height: 165cm (5’5”)
First-person pronoun: Boku
True name: Luzrov Rulay
Weapon: Long staff
Hometown: Elysia, village of the seraphim
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Height: 172 cm (5’8”)
First-person pronoun: Watashi
True name: Fethmus Mioma
Weapon: Paper slips
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
Quote: “Just hearing those words is enough. That’s what a friend is.”
Translated by Jay
Height: 145cm (4’9”)
First-person pronoun: Watashi
True name: Hephsin Yulind
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.
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.
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
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
Quote: “Please do it for me ♪ I was so scared ♥ Hu~rry~ ♥”
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.”
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
Quote: “That’s impossible. Maltran is a hellion.”
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
Quote: “…How gracious of you. I can tell you’ve decided.”
Quote: “See you around, brother.”
Height: 185 cm (6’1”)
First-person pronoun: Ore
True name: Lukeim Yurlin
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.
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.”
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
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
Quote: “It was… my fault? All of it was… my…?”
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
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)
Height: 187cm (6’2”)
First-person pronoun: Ore
True name: Fylk Zahdeya
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.
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.
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
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.”)
Quote: “That’s why I end it for them. For the sake of their pride.”