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“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) is an antagonist from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. She is the older sister of Zeek and the mother of Shigen. She is a witch of the Zoa Empire who harbors undying loyalty to Gwenchaos. As a part of Gwenchaos's scheme, she poses as a concubine to King Bahanuke of Canaan.
If Zeek is defeated during the time that he is playable, Karla will appear and save him from death.
Karla was born into a family of nobles and lived a comfortable life until she was seven years old. After her home was attacked by Reeve's people because her mother was descended from the ancient Zoans, she and the rest of her family were enslaved by Reeve, set to be publicly executed once they become of age. While her parents and three elder sisters were burned at the stake after being forced to confess to that they served Gerxel, Karla was saved by Gwenchaos on the day of her execution. After pledging her loyalty to him, she began her training as a witch of the Gerxel Church. At the age of fifteen, Karla fell in love with a dark swordsman and gave birth to their son, whom they named Theo.
One year later, Karla was ordered by Gwenchaos to become a concubine for Bahanuke as a part of the Gerxel Church's scheme. Although following these orders meant leaving behind her husband and son, she obeyed out of loyalty to and her dream of freeing Zeek from the captivity of Reeve. During her years as a concubine, Karla made an attempt to kidnap Neyfa and murdered Serene. She framed Eisenbaha for her actions, which caused him to be exiled from Canaan. She also murdered Bahanuke's former consort, which he refused to believe and instead passed off as Reshe's childish tale. Eventually, Karla successfully manipulated Bahanuke into restoring the Zoa Empire and invading Reeve. Three years prior to the storyline, she reunited with Zeek, who had been freed from slavery after enduring it for twenty-five years.
Eventually, Karla becomes worried about Zeek and decides to visit him while he is in Runan's army. After being reassured that Zeek has not forgotten his mission, she orders him to return to the Zoa Empire. After Bahanuke is slain by his second eldest son, Barker, Karla reveals herself as a witch of Zoa and kills Barker. Near the end of the game, she commands Zeek to stop Runan from interfering with the resurrection ritual of Gerxel.
During the final chapter, Karla witnesses the primarily successful outcome of the ritual and prepares to return to Zeek's side, unaware that he has been killed by Runan's army. She dies in her attempt to stop Runan, Holmes, and Sennet from trying to stop 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