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“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 one of the two protagonists of TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the son of Captain General Vals of Granada and Liza. He leads his personal fleet known the Sea Lion Pirates, which consists of Shigen, Xeno, Yuni, and Garo. He is the best friend of Runan, whom he sees as a younger brother. Infamous for his piracy, Holmes is known as the Conqueror of the Sene Sea.
During his childhood, Holmes often 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 younger and fought several times.
When the reborn Zoa Empire invades Reeve, Holmes and Runan fight to defend Granada for one year. Once their efforts are proven to be useless, they escape to the Kingdom of Wellt, where they go their separate ways. While Runan seeks aid from Wellt and liberates it from Duke Codha, Holmes pursues his dream of being an adventurer and travels around the world in search of treasure.
Early in the game, Holmes rescues Katri from the Isla Pirates led by Maerhen. His harsh behavior causes her to flee from his crew. When Katri suddenly transforms into Neuron in the midst of a battle, he realizes that she is the Shaman of Fire. During their reunion, he takes her under his protection. After a brief meeting with Runan, Holmes continues his adventures, during which he defeats the Isla Pirates. Eventually, he meets Richard and Tia in Marl.
If Sasha is sent with his army after the first route split, she recognizes the jade pendant around Holmes's neck, but cannot remember where she saw it. In a series of events triggered by this, it is revealed that they are half-siblings, due to both of them being Liza's children.
After meeting with Lionheart in Blood, Holmes becomes involved in the Kingdom of Salia's internal conflict. He eventually liberates Salia from its ruler, Ahab, and discovers Katri's true identity as Princess Maria. After King Dagnell and Queen Maria are rescued with the help of Zachariah, Holmes and Katri part ways, as she decides to stay with her parents.
Afterwards, Holmes begins his liberation of Granada from the Zoa Empire. Upon freeing his homeland, he is chosen by Vals to be succeed him as the Captain General. He also discovers that Attrom is his half-brother, being another son of Vals. Before the third route split, he learns that Katri has been abducted by Gwenchaos and embarks on a mission to rescue her. He also travels to the Temple of Fire and unseals the ☆Seiken Salia using the Ring of Salia. Despite his best efforts to save Katri, she is ultimately sacrificed to Gerxel alongside Enteh and Neyfa. After Gwenchaos's transformation into Gerxel, Holmes teams up with Runan, Sennet, and Tia to slay Gerxel with a combined attack. Once Katri is resurrected by Miradona alongside the other fallen shamans and Richard, Holmes begins to cry.
In the ending, Holmes and Runan 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 attention is drawn to it. He is shown to become drunk from wine during some of the story scenes. He also dislikes responsibility and does not want to become the successor of Granada, instead preferring to travel around the world as an adventurer and engage in piracy.
Holmes despises his father for being a shameless womanizer and wonders how his mother could have willingly lived with him for five years. His dislike for his father is shown during his speech to his soldiers after Granada's liberation, in which he tells them that they should hate Vals. He is unable to forget his mother, despite having been only three years old when she left him, and simply feels sympathy for her. He also assumes that she is probably remarried and hopes that she is happy. Due to his negative experiences with his parents, he dislikes hearing about the subject.
Holmes is initially irritated by Katri's behavior and frequently insults her, mostly by claiming that she is an idiot. As the story progresses, it is strongly implied that he falls in love with her, although he refuses to admit it. He also has a tendency to become angry and embarrassed when others assume it. 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.