“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, which was invaded by the Zoa Empire five years prior to the storyline. His wyvern steed is named Garuda.
During his days as a knight of Barge, Raffin and Sharon were lovers. However, when their homeland fell, he escaped alone, leaving Sharon behind. This resulted in them breaking up and Sharon cutting her once long hair short. Eventually, he arrived in Verge, where he was adopted by his father's friend, Merlon. He has always viewed Estelle as his true sister, although he is willing to leave her behind if he were to get a change to return to Barge.
He is introduced alongside Merlon when they are discussing Runan. In this scene, he scolds Estelle for teasing him about Sasha instead of training. He reminds her that he cannot always be there to protect her because he will return to Barge someday. After she leaves, Merlon reminds Raffin that he must not pamper Estelle because the other knights might begin spreading rumors about them being lovers because they are not related to each other by blood. When Sasha arrives at Verge, she begins to tease him, which makes him uncomfortable. At this time, Runan arrives in Verge seeking aid, and Raffin and Estelle agree to help him by joining his army.
At the banquet after Map 7, Raffin approaches Estelle and questions her decision to fight alongside Runan. He also notices that she seems to be rebelling against him at every opportunity. In this scene, she accuses him of not caring about her because she is not from Barge, which he quickly denies.
In the event that he is sent with Runan after the first route split, Raffin can recruit Sharon during Map 10. At the end of the chapter, she will offer him a Dragon Flute to summon Garuda. If he accepts the flute, he will become a Dragon Knight once again and Sharon will reveal that it was his look as one that caused her to fall in love with him. They will also drink wine together to celebrate their reunion. However, if Raffin refuses to accept it, he will remain as a horseback fighter and keep his distance from Sharon.
If Raffin accepted the Dragon Flute from Sharon, he will return to Barge with her in the ending. However, if he refused to accept it, he will return to Verge instead and continue living with Estelle and Merlon.
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.