“Then you should know that some women don't take kindly to quipping. If you don't want to talk, then let me sit by your side in silence. I just want you to keep an open heart, Zeek...”
—Kate, in a conversation with Zeek
Kate (ケイト Keito) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. She is a loyal knight of Wellt who is assigned to be the bodyguard of Princess Sasha. She deeply respects her deceased father, who was a knight like her.
Kate is introduced alongside Sasha when they are fleeing from Duke Codha's soldiers at the beginning of the story. The two of them join Runan's army after he comes to their aid. Early in the game, she makes a promise to never leave Sasha's side. After Zeek is recruited into the army, she meets him for the first time. She is suspicious of him until he reveals that he was enslaved and forced to serve the Gerxel Church. Despite his attempts to remain distant from her, she insists on staying by his side.
Over time, Kate and Zeek fall in love with each other. Believing that Zeek is misunderstood by the others in Runan's army, she ignores Norton's warnings that Zeek is very likely to be a traitor. When Zeek disappears, Kate immediately assumes that he has been captured by the Gerxel Church and asks Runan to rescue him.
Regardless of which army Kate is in, she will eventually reunite with Zeek. If she is in Holmes's army, she provides Zeek an opportunity to escape from her allies. Before Zeek can reveal the truth about himself, Nefka appears before the two of them and informs her that Zeek has always been loyal to Gerxel. Afterwards, Kate is kidnapped by Nefka and imprisoned in the Gerxel Church's temple.
When Runan and Holmes invade the temple, Kate can be found by Sasha if the two of them were sent with the same army. If she is recruited back into Runan's army, she will be present in the final battle against Zeek.
In the epilogue, Kate refuses to accompany Sasha back to Wellt Castle and instead decides to visit her father's grave. She tells Sasha that her father would not forgive her for her mistakes and she lacks the qualifications to continue on as a knight.
Due to a promise that Kate made to her father before he died, she aspires to live as a fine knight. Initially, Kate is confident in her combat abilities. She is very loyal to Sasha and determined to protect her from harm. Unlike her allies, she is quickly convinced to believe Zeek's claims and deeply trusts him. After Zeek vanishes, she is always in low spirits and behaves strangely according to Sasha. When she rejoins Runan and Holmes towards the end of the story, she feels deeply ashamed of herself and believes that her allies would not forgive her for her actions.
If she is kidnapped from Holmes's army (at the start of Map 32), she will appear in a cell in Map 38. If she is kidnapped from Runan's army (at the end of Map 36), she will appear in Map 39. She can be re-recruited by having Sasha speak to her in either scenario.
|Lady Knight||Foot Soldier|
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Arrow Knight|
Kate is a decent unit, starting with good bases and average growth rates, but rather poor movement that can cause her to be left behind by the other characters. She will be a useful fighter who doubles as both a sword-user and an archer, and her support with Sasha will prove to be useful, especially early in the game. She also receives good support bonuses from Zeek, but since he is not playable for very long, it is limited in usefulness. Regardless, it helps her offense and defenses in the early stages of the game, making her easier to train. Her promotion gives her a mount, which fixes her movement problems, but also rather poor stat gains. Statistically, she is very similar to the other Lady Knight, Sharon, although Sharon has superior agility. Nothing in particular makes her stand out, but she is among the better half of the playable mounted units.
If the player wants to keep all of the playable characters alive for the ending, it is noteworthy that it is helpful to train Kate, as she is auto-fielded in a chapter near the end of the game and thus will be placed in the middle of the battle. Although, Sierra and Renee have some tricks that can be used to ease the situation if Kate ends up being under-trained.
“Father... Do I die as a good knight?”
—Kate's death quote