“Zeek, I also can’t forget the absolute hatred I felt in that execution tower. Just because we were born as Zoans, we were despised and treated as mere insects. If the Supreme God Gerxel is revived, the Zoans will finally be liberated. For that day I’ve sworn to become a martyr. To protect the children of Zoa... For that reason, I threw away my husband and son...”
—Karla, in a conversation with Zeek
Karla (カルラ Karura, fan translated as Carla) is an enemy character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. She is the older sister of Zeek and the mother of Shigen. She is also a witch of the Zoa Empire who harbors undying loyalty to Gwenchaos.
If Zeek is defeated during the time that he is playable, Karla will appear and save him.
Karla was born into a family of nobles and lived a comfortable life until she was seven years old, when the people of Reeve attacked her home because of her mother's Zoan heritage. While her parents and three eldest sisters were burned at the stake after being forced to confess that they were servants of Gerxel, Karla and Zeek were enslaved instead due to being children. On the day of her execution, she was saved by Gwenchaos. After pledging her loyalty to him, she began her training as a witch. At the age of fifteen, she fell in love with a dark swordsman and gave birth to their son, whom they named "Theo".
One year later, Karla received orders from Gwenchaos to become a concubine for King Bahanuke of Canaan as a part of the Gerxel Church's scheme. Although following these orders meant leaving her husband and son, she obeyed out of loyalty and her dream of freeing Zeek from the captivity of Reeve. During her years as a concubine, she made an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap Neyfa and murdered Serene in the process. She framed Eisenbaha for it, which caused him to be exiled from Canaan. She also killed Bahanuke's former consort, which he refused to believe and instead passed off as Reshe's childish tale. Eventually, Karla manipulated Bahanuke into restoring the Zoa Empire and invading Reeve. Three years prior to the game's events, she reunited with Zeek, who had been freed from slavery after enduring it for twenty-five years.
Before the second route split, Karla becomes concerned about Zeek because he has not recently reported back to her and visits him while he is in Runan's army. After he reassures her that he has not forgotten his mission, she orders him to defect back to the Zoa Empire and accompany her on a new mission. Following Bahanuke's death, she reveals herself as a witch of Zoa and kills his second son, Barker. Towards the end of the game, she commands Zeek to stop Runan's army from interfering with the resurrection ritual of Gerxel.
During the final chapter, Karla witnesses the mostly successful outcome of the ritual and prepares to return to Zeek's side, unaware that he has been slain by Runan's army. She dies in her attempt to stop Runan, Holmes, and Sennet from interrupting the final part of the ritual.
“Very soon...this filthy world will be purified...and you all...will repent for your sins and die...”
—Karla's default death quote