“Grandfather told me to run, but I... I wish I'd stayed and fought. Even though I couldn't have done anything, I should've faced them like a man. Why should I have survived, when so many of our friends were killed...?”
—Maruju, in a conversation with Enteh
Maruju (マルジュ, fan translated as Maruj) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the fifteen-year-old son of Alfred and Sylpheeze, as well as the younger brother of Mel. He is also the only character who is capable of wielding ☆Wundergust.
Maruju is first seen when he is residing with Sylpheeze and his grandfather, Ezenbah, in the Temple of Mars. When Gwenchaos attacks the temple and fatally wounds Ezenbah, Sylpheeze orders Maruju to flee and find Enteh, whom he has been tasked with protecting. While the temple mages are fighting against Gwenchaos's forces, he encounters Enteh and joins Runan's army. After the battle, Maruju reunites with Sylpheeze and receives ☆Wundergust as a gift. In his next conversation with Enteh, he reveals that he is ashamed of himself for fleeing from the battle and thinks that he should have fought "like a man." He also expresses anger towards Enteh for being distant and refuses to continue protecting her.
If Maruju is sent with Runan's army after the first route split, he immediately begins a quarrel with Meriah during their first meeting. After Map 17, he can receive the ☆Tome of Reeve from Enteh in Free City Sene. If he is sent with Holmes's army instead, he meets Alicia, who angers him for her own amusement. He can also visit the Temple of Mars to speak with his mother, who gives ☆Sylpheed to him.
Later in the game, Maruju is approached by Narsus disguised as Meriah. After correctly assuming that Maruju has romantic feelings for Enteh, "Meriah" confesses to loving him, and he runs away in shock. Some time later, Maruju approaches the real Meriah and apologizes for his behavior, which quickly confuses her.
In the ending, Maruju and Mel meet their cousins, Sennet and Neyfa, before the latter two return to their homeland, Canaan. During his last scene, he declares that he will continue to protect Enteh, now on Runan's behalf.
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Maruju is the first mage to join your team and specializes in Wind magic. He obtains the unique tome Wundergust which has great hit and low weight, which will allow Maruju to pack a good punch early on. Of the four mages you obtain, Mauju averages with the lowest Magic. The rest of his stats are mostly on par with the other mages, and has no stand out qualities making him significantly better than the others. He will still make a good Sage and a worthy ally.
“I am to... die here? In such a place...?”
—Maruju's death quote on Runan's route
“Enteh... I'm sorry...”
—Maruju's death quote on Holmes's route