“What's wrong with wanting to know the people in your army? I may still be new, but this is my seventeenth battle. I've seen over a hundred of my comrades die in battle, but I remember all of their names. They were all precious companions to me. But fine, if you're that opposed, then I won't twist your arm. It's just one less name that I have to memorize.”
—Arkis, in a conversation with Estelle
Arkis (アーキス Ākisu) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is a knight of Razelia who fights alongside Runan. He is the arranged fiancé of Rina, as well as the partner of her brother, Kreiss.
When Razelia falls to the revived Zoa Empire, Arkis escapes alongside Runan and several of the other knights. Early in the game, he meets Estelle for the first time and offers to become her bodyguard, which she declines. In one of his conversations with Kreiss, he becomes upset and doubts Runan's cause out of worry for Rina. If he and Kreiss are sent with Holmes's army, they can meet Leteena at Verge.
In a series of events that can occur depending on the player's actions, Arkis betrays Razelia to protect Rina, whom Rentzen uses as his hostage against him. In this scenario, Arkis is forced to disguise himself as a dark knight and fight against Runan's army. If Rina talks to him after she is rescued, he defects back to Runan's side. After Rentzen is killed by Runan's army, Eugen summons Arkis to be punished for his betrayal. However, Runan and Eugen decide to forgive Arkis once Rina takes responsibility for his actions.
In the ending, Arkis returns to Razelia and continues to serve as a knight. He entrusts Rina to care of his uncle.
Despite being betrothed, Arkis flirts with the majority of women whom he meets. While he does deeply care for Rina, he does not love her romantically, with one of his major reasons being her youth. In contrast to Kreiss, he values his loved ones above his loyalty to Razelia and thus is willing to sacrifice countless civilians to save Rina. He also becomes rather embarrassed whenever Rina is kind to him. Arkis honors all of his comrades, even the ones who have fallen in battle, by remembering their names.
Automatically from the start of Map 1. If the player goes to Map 26B, he leaves the player's army and appears as an enemy dark knight. To re-recruit him, have Rina speak to him after opening her cell.
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Commando Knight|
Of the two starting Cavaliers, Arkis is the one that focuses more on Speed and Luck, with barely average growths in Strength, Skill and Defense hampering his combat ability. Arkis' promotion, the Commando Knight, allows him to fight just as well on Foot as he can on horseback. However, other Cavaliers can hit harder and faster. In the long-term, Arkis is an average unit, not terrible, but not the best choice.
“So the end, of one's life...Is like this, huh...”
—Arkis' death quote