“Hey, come on. My old man aside, I’m actually kind of excited, you know? I probably said this before, but my dream is to travel the world as an adventurer. Now that my old man let us go, I can make that dream come true.”
—Holmes, in a conversation with Runan
Holmes (ホームズ Hōmuzu) is a playable character and one of the two protagonists of TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the captain of the Sea Lion Pirates, which consists of Shigen, Xeno, Yuni, and Garo. He and Runan are best friends and view each other as brothers. Infamous for his piracy, he is known as the Conqueror of the Sene Sea.
Holmes is the first son of Captain General Vals of Granada. His mother is Queen Liza of Wellt, who was once Vals's wife. He is the older half-brother of both Attrom and Sasha. He is also the cousin of Renee, Rishel, Meriah, Verna, Mahter, and Frau, the nephew of Andre, Rose, and Clarice, and one of the grandsons of Octavas.
During his childhood, Holmes frequently spent time with Runan in order to avoid Vals, whom he saw as a bad influence. He and Richard also knew each other when they were young and even fought several times. When the reborn Zoa Empire invades Reeve, Holmes and Runan fight to defend Granada for one year. After their efforts prove to be useless, they escape to the Kingdom of Wellt, where they part ways. While Runan seeks aid from Wellt and assists Sasha in liberating her kingdom from Codha, Holmes pursues his dream of being an adventurer and travels around the world in search of treasure.
After the first segment of the story, Holmes rescues Katri from the Isla Pirates led by Maerhen. Some time later, he discovers that she is the Shaman of Fire who can transform into Neuron. During his search for treasure, he defeats the Isla Pirates and meets with Richard and Tia at Marl Castle. Eventually, he liberates the Kingdom of Salia from Ahab and learns that Katri is Princess Maria. After they find King Dagnell and Queen Maria with the help of Zachariah, Holmes and Katri part ways, as she decides to stay her parents.
Following this, Holmes begins his liberation of Granada from the Zoa Empire. Afterwards, he is chosen by Vals to succeed him. Later in the game, Holmes discovers that Katri has been abducted by Gwenchaos and begins a mission to rescue her. Despite his best efforts, he is ultimately unable to save her because she is sacrificed to Gerxel alongside Enteh and Neyfa. During the final battle, he works with Runan, Sennet, and Tia to slay Gerxel with a combined attack. When Katri is revived by Miradona alongside the other fallen shamans and Richard, he starts crying and quickly becomes embarrassed.
In the epilogue, Holmes and Runan part ways with most of their comrades. Afterwards, they board the Sea Lion to travel the world alongside Enteh, Katri, and Shigen.
Holmes is mostly a very abrasive man, although he does have a softer side that he rarely shows to others. He wears a special pendant made of jade around his neck and becomes annoyed when other characters notice it. He often becomes drunk from wine during the story intermissions. While he deeply hates his father for being a shameless womanizer, he simply feels sympathy for his mother and wonders how she could have willingly lived with Vals for five years. Due to his negative experiences with his parents, he dislikes talking about the topic and becomes annoyed when others do so. He also dislikes responsibility and therefore does not want to be named as the successor of Granada, instead preferring to travel the world in search of treasure.
As the story progresses, he falls in love with Katri, but he refuses to admit it to any of the other characters. He also has a tendency to become angry and embarrassed when others assume it. He frequently insults Katri and speaks very harshly to her, but his true thoughts occasionally slip out, as seen when he compliments her at one point during the story and mentions that she is precious to him in a conversation with Clarice.
Automatically from the start of Map 11.
Clear Map 29 to activate the promotion event.
Holmes is the second lord in the game, and despite being forced to use bows before promotion, he is a quite useful unit with good bases and decent growths to back them up. His skillset is okay at first, but he learns some very good skills later on. Since there are some ridiculously useful bows in this game, he is average at worst and incredibly good at best. Upon promotion, his stats improve and he gains the ability to use swords, which greatly helps his offense on the enemy's phase. It is recommended to train him both for these reasons and the fact that he is required for the final boss.