“No, I’ve only been a mercenary for half a year. This is only my third battle. But I do have confidence in my sword arm. My father drilled it into me since I was a little girl. My father was... Oh, this isn’t the time for flashbacks, is it? Alright, you seem like a nice person. You can hire me.”
—Julia, to Runan in her recruitment conversation
Julia (ジュリア Juria) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. She is the daughter of Yoda and the adopted younger sister of Shigen. She is also a descendant of the ancient Zoan people. Without her father's permission, she left their home and became a mercenary to improve her skills with the sword.
As a child, Julia often climbed into Shigen's bed and asked him to read stories and sing to her. Many nights, she was too afraid to sleep and relied on Shigen to look out for her. When she first began her training as a swordfighter, Julia could not even bring herself to kill insects. She frequently lost her nerve from stress and drank wine to keep herself going. Without Yoda's approval, she left their home on Il Island in order to become a mercenary and improve her skill with the blade. Eventually, she was hired in Reeve and witnessed Rentzen's murder of his own mother. When Rentzen pinned the blame on her and attempted to kill her, she managed to escape, but he later hired Vega to hunt her down. Some time afterwards, she was hired to protect the village of Taurus from bandits.
She is first seen when she is working as a mercenary in Taurus. When Runan comes to defend Taurus from the bandits led by Yazam, she joins his army and tells him that she will not ask for payment as long as she is fed. At the end of Map 3, she begins a conversation with Garo. In this scene, she reveals that she was almost killed by pirates about fifteen years prior to the storyline. She also mentions that a man working under Captain General Vals of Granada appeared and protected her from the bandits, but received a deep scar on his face as a result. Julia asks Garo if he knows anything about the man, who is actually him, but he tells her that he does not.
During Map 4, Julia encounters Vega, who has arrived in Wellt in search of her. After he bests her in a duel, he notices that she lacks the will to kill and begins to believe that she did not kill Rentzen's mother. He also gives a Healing Fruit to her so that she can heal her wounds. At the banquet after Map 7, she observes Vega's actions with the intention of learning from him. Once he mentions that she is a fool for being deceived by Rentzen, she points out that he was also tricked, which is an embarrassment for a famous swordmaster like him. She claims that his fighting skills are mediocre and that Yoda and Shigen would best him easily. He responds by telling her that she should drop her blade before she stains her father's name with shame. When she asks him about why she is not fit to be a swordmaster, he points out her lack of malice and says that a swordmaster who is unwilling to kill has no reason to even carry a sword.
During the first intermission, Julia reunites with Shigen, who is very surprised to see her in Runan's army. If she is sent with Runan after the first route split, she will claim the ☆Rukuud from Rentzen if she defeats him in Map 26. If she is sent with Holmes instead, she will become drunk at the end of Map 29. Once Holmes criticizes her by claiming that she smells like blood, she starts crying and eventually passes out. Afterwards, Shigen lifts Julia up and takes her to a room so that she can rest. Once she wakes up, she asks him to remain with her until she falls asleep, which he agrees to. She also asks him if she actually smells like blood, and he responds by telling that it was a joke. Once she protests, he tells her to go to sleep. While she is on this team, she will be bested by Yoda in a duel and learn the Dragon Saint skill at the end of Map 30.
If the aforementioned event between Shigen and Julia occurred, she will remain at his side in the ending. Once Holmes points out that Julia has been more feminine recently, Shigen states that he prefers her this way. When Holmes mentions that nobody would approve of their relationship even if he did, Julia reminds him that she and Shigen are not related by blood. In this version of her ending, she will also accompany Shigen when he boards the Sea Lion to travel around the world with Runan, Holmes, Enteh, and Katri.
Since her childhood, Julia has been a softhearted and somewhat shy woman as a result of being scared by the stories about the horrible things that happen to people of Zoan descent. She wants to become strong like Yoda and Shigen, both of whom she sees as superior swordfighters. Due to her hesitation with her blade and lack of willingness to needlessly take lives, she often wonders if she is truly fit to be a swordmaster.
Automatically from the start of Map 2.
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Out of the four swordfighters recruited, Julia has the lowest strength and ties for the highest skill and speed growths. While she is a mixed bag statistically, she has excellent skills. However, so do Vega and Shigen, and they possess very powerful personal swords while she does not. Using her may not be worth the trouble, as she is outclassed by Vega and Shigen in terms of physical power. Regardless, she can still be a valuable part of the player's team if she is trained up.
—Julia's death quote
“Kuh... How can Yoda's daughter... Lose to this kind of enemy...”
—Julia's second death quote