“With the battle with Istoria fast approaching, we have no men to spare to combat the Empire. An alliance with your army would be exactly what we need. However, I have been betrayed both in Balt and in Marl. Many of our precious troops were lost, and I have been cursing my foolishness ever since. Thus, I felt the need to test your trustworthiness. I shall apologize for my prior insults. Forgive me, Sir Runan.”
—Richard, apologizing to Runan in their first meeting
Richard (リチャード Richādo) is a non-playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. The Lion Prince of Marl, he is the leader of the Leda Alliance Army alongside his betrothed, Tia. He is an ambitious man with a high opinion of himself and a life-long dream of ruling all of Lieberia. He and Holmes have known each other since they were children.
During his childhood, Richard told Holmes that he would unite the territories in Leda and become the king. He also said that he would rule the entire continent and become a great emperor like Garlon himself. Prior to the story, he and Holmes had drinks together and even fought several times. When Marl fell to Istoria, he abandoned his father and thereafter formed the Leda Alliance Army. After Tia was saved from Istoria and allied with Richard, the Leda Alliance Army became much more powerful.
Richard is introduced when he is leading the Leda Alliance Army to retake his homeland from the Istorian army led by Prince Ronald. In his first scene with Tia, he tells her to wait until Marl Castle is secured before entering because he wants to invite her as a guest. When Ronald and the Istorian soldiers escape, Richard decides not to pursue them. In a later scene, Richard claims that Runan is a naive fool and feels annoyed that he will have to pay his respects to him. When Tia disagrees with his views, Richard says that they are unaware of Runan's motives and points out that she might be betrayed someday if she trusts others too much. Once she declares that she would not regret it, he points out that she is naive. He also says that is what he likes about her, which causes her to become upset.
Afterwards, Richard has a meeting with Runan, whom he is immediately aggressive towards. He mentions that seeing someone as young as Runan acting like a hero makes him sick to his stomach. When Runan reacts in a calm manner, Richard says that he expected him to run to his adviser and cry. Eventually, he apologizes for his behavior, but Runan says that it only proved him to be sincere. He also introduces Tia to Runan and demands that he treats her with respect. Once Tia is asked for her motivations, Richard interrupts their conversation and claims that Runan is exhausting Tia and being disrespectful. Later in the game, he has a meeting with Holmes in which they express their mutual dislike of each other.
In Map 21, Richard comes to the aid of Holmes alongside the Leda Alliance Army and the Arial Mercenaries. At the end of the battle, he claims that the Zoa Empire is too weak to stand in his way. When Alfred warns him not to underestimate Gwenchaos, Richard criticizes Alfred's actions and points out his wife's inability to defeat their enemy. When Sennet asks Tia if she has agreed to travel to the base of the Gerxel Church, Richard tells him to stop interfering. After Tia shows her support for Richard's plan, the two armies depart from the battlefield.
At the end of Map 38, Richard and Tia are abandoned by the Leda Alliance Army when they fall into a trap set by Gwenchaos. At this time, he hands Tia over to Gwenchaos, with his reason that he is deeply angered by her rejection of their marriage. When she says that she only rejected him because his proposal was too sudden, he demands for her to confess her love for him immediately and says that he will die with her if she agrees to do it. However, she refuses to give him an answer, so he allows Gwenchaos to capture her in exchange for control of Leda.
During the final chapter, Richard realizes that he is still in love with Tia and his heart would not accept any other woman. He orders Alfred to send him to the altar of Gerxel, despite knowing that he would definitely die. When Gwenchaos demands for Tia to become a replacement for his lost wife, Richard tells him that it will not happen because Tia belongs to him. When Tia reacts with surprise at his actions, he tells her that she should be happy because sorrow hides her beauty. Immediately, Gwenchaos challenges Richard to a battle and gives him fatal wounds. Before Richard dies, he returns the ☆Seiken Leda to Tia and declares his love for her.
After Gerxel's defeat, Richard is revived by Miradona. Upon reuniting with Tia, he says that he will only forgive her if she confesses to loving him. He also tells her that they will rule all of Lieberia together. In the ending, he agrees to invite Runan and Holmes to his wedding with Tia.
Richard means "Brave Power", coming directly from the Germanic elements -ric "power, rule" and -hard "brave, hardy".