“We may not be related, but I've always thought of you as my true sister these five years. And I'd like to keep it that way from now on... ...Is there something wrong with that?”
—Raffin, in a conversation with Estelle
Raffin (ラフィン Rafin) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the adopted son of Merlon and a brother figure to Estelle. He was once a Dragon Knight of the Kingdom of Barge. His wyvern steed is named Garuda.
When Raffin was a knight of Barge, he and Sharon were lovers. When their homeland was invaded by the restored Zoa Empire, he escaped alone, which resulted in them breaking up and her cutting her hair short. Afterwards, he arrived in Verge and was taken in by Count Merlon, who was his father's good friend. He became a knight in service to Wellt and swore loyalty to Sasha. He also became a brother figure to Estelle and supported her when she decided to become a knight in order to help Merlon.
Raffin is introduced when he and Merlon are discussing Runan. Around the same time, he also scolds Estelle for teasing him about Sasha instead of training. When Runan arrives in Verge seeking aid from Merlon, he and Estelle agree to help him by joining his army.
If Raffin is in Runan's army, he can reunite with Sharon, who is angered by his actions in the past. At the end of the chapter, she offers to give a Dragon Flute to him so that he can summon Garuda. If he accepts the flute, he becomes a Dragon Knight once again. The two of them also drink wine together to celebrate their reunion. If he refuses to accept it, he will remain as a horseback fighter and keep his distance from Sharon.
If Raffin accepts the Dragon Flute from Sharon, he returns to Barge with her in the ending. However, if he does not accept it, he returns to Verge instead and continues living with Estelle and Merlon.
Raffin is a calm, collected, and serious man who seems to become uncomfortable when he is teased by others. He loves both Barge and Verge and shows regret for leaving behind either Sharon or Estelle, depending on his choice. He is protective of Estelle and views her as his true sister.
Automatically from the start of Map 2.
Clear Map 10 to activate the promotion event.
Raffin is a unique unit in the sense that he starts as a Commando Knight who can promote into a Dragon Knight after Map 10 is cleared. He is a powerful unit with decent bases, solid growths, and the ability to wield lances whenever the player wishes. His luck is rather low, but his good defense helps lessen the risk of dying from a critical hit. He is a recommended character to use, being quite good from the start and remaining solid throughout the game, with potential flying utility for a large portion of it.
Take care, of yourself...”
—Raffin's death quote
- Raffin is one of the two characters in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga whose dismounted map sprite and battle model does not change after promotion, the other being Sasha.