“Saving your family but leaving the other civilians to the mercy of Empire? Such selfishness would be shameful to us knights of Razelia. Look, Arkis. She's my sister. I worry about her every day. But we are, first and foremost, knights of Razelia. Right now all we can do is have faith in Lord Runan...”
—Kreiss, in a conversation with Arkis
Kreiss (クライス Kuraisu) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is a knight of Razelia who accompanies Runan. He is the older brother of Rina, as well as the partner of her fiancé, Arkis.
When Razelia falls to the revived Zoa Empire, Kreiss escapes alongside Runan and several of the other knights. Early in the game, he attempts to calm down Arkis when the latter becomes upset and doubts Runan's cause out of worry for Rina. If Kreiss and Arkis are in Holmes's army, they can encounter Leteena at Verge. In the series of events triggered by this, he visits Verge multiple times to see Leteena and bring her gifts. Although she initially thinks that he is acting out of pity, his actions are driven by his romantic feelings for her.
During one of his visits, he brings a Healing Drop for Leteena, thinking that it can be used to cure her blindness. After Kreiss leaves his latest gift of flowers and an Amulet, Leteena realizes that she is in love with him. Later, he discovers that she has left Verge alone to search for him. If Kreiss is sent with Runan after the next story intermission, he can reunite with Leteena. To do this, he must defeat Marco and thereafter visit the village in which she is residing.
Later in the game, Leteena asks Kreiss to abandon the army with her, as she does not wish for him to die like Marco. If he refuses, she will leave alone. If he agrees while Ezekiel is not in the army, they will leave together. However, if he agrees while Ezekiel is present, both of them will stay.
In contrast to Arkis, Kreiss is an honorable and just knight who is calm in most situations. He values his loyalty to Razelia over his loved ones, although he can be convinced to abandon his knighthood for Leteena. While he is deeply concerned about Rina, he considers her safety to be second to his loyalty to Runan. He believes that he and Arkis should not enjoy eating good food because there are people in Razelia who are probably starving. He is caring towards Leteena and often brings her gifts.
Automatically from the start of Map 1.
|Item Required||Promoted Class|
|Knight Proof||Commando Knight|
Kreiss first joins as an average unit whose performance is about equal to Arkis. He specializes in strength and skill, so he will be able to land powerful hits while having a low chance to double-attack or dodge. Like Arkis, he is outclassed by many of the other horseback units in the game, several of which join only a few chapters later. His promotion to Commando Knight is quite average in comparison to Gold Knight, Paladin, and Black Knight, which further increases his issues with being outclassed and competition for a Knight Proof. When he is trained to a high level, he will still be a rather average fighter due to his low agility. However, if the player is seeking to activate the Leteena Event, it is recommended to use him.