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“It’s all coming back to me now. It was only for a short time, but you were an important friend. When you suddenly disappeared, Father went to the royal palace and didn’t return. I later learned that he had been put into jail. At that moment I had lost everything, and I felt like it was all your fault, Enteh. That’s why I wanted to forget all about you. Enteh... I was still young back then... the sorrow was too much for one person to handle...”
—Runan to Enteh
Runan (リュナン Ryunan) is one of the two protagonists of TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the seventeen-year-old heir of Razelia and the son of Lord Glamdr. He is known as the Hero of Granada for defending it from the Zoa Empire for one year. He is also the best friend of Holmes, who views him as a younger brother.
During his childhood, Runan was introduced to Enteh by his father and quickly became a close friend to her. During one of their three days together, Enteh began crying out of fear that she would transform into a dragon and kill many people, and Runan comforted her by making a promise to always protect her. However, she later vanished for reasons unknown to him, making him unable to fulfill his promise.
When the reborn Zoa Empire invades Reeve, Runan and Holmes fight to defend Granada for one year. Once their efforts are proven to be useless, they escape to the Kingdom of Wellt, where they go their separate ways. While Holmes travels around the world as an adventurer, Runan seeks out assistance from Wellt in hopes of eventually retaking Razelia. In the first chapter of the game, he saves Sasha from the pursuing army of Duke Codha and escorts her to Verge to seek aid from Duke Merlon. During his battle against the Taurus Bandits, Runan reunites with Enteh, but does not remember her, although she immediately recognizes him and decides not to reveal her identity.
Eventually, Runan successfully liberates Wellt and thereafter travels to Marl, where he meets Richard and Tia, the leaders of the Leda Alliance Army. Following this, Runan begins his quest to liberate his homeland from the Zoa Empire.
After defeating Prince Julius of Canaan and liberating Reeve, Runan discovers Enteh's true identity as Princess Maeve and the friend from his past. He becomes angry towards Enteh for refusing to reveal herself earlier and accepting her betrothal to Duke Tatus. As a result, the two of them part ways, as Runan travels to Nolzeria to meet with Prince Sennet of Canaan. However, Enteh follows him in secret and transforms into Muse to protect him when he is attacked by Rakis, who is being controlled by Gwenchaos. Afterwards, he and Enteh separate once again, as she embarks on a solo mission to rescue Neyfa.
Once Runan discovers that Enteh has been abducted by the Gerxel Church, he travels to the Temple of Water, where he unseals the ☆Seiken Reeve using the Ring of Reeve. Despite his best efforts to rescue Enteh, she is ultimately sacrificed to Gerxel alongside Katri and Neyfa. After Gwenchaos's transformation into Gerxel, Runan teams up with Holmes, Sennet, and Tia to slay Gerxel with a combined attack. Once Enteh is resurrected by Miradona alongside the other fallen shamans and Richard, Runan confesses his love for her.
In the ending, Runan refuses to allow Tatus to take Enteh's hand in marriage and successfully stops him with the support of his allies. After parting ways with most of his allies, Runan boards the Sea Lion to travel around the world alongside Holmes, Enteh, Katri, and Shigen.
Runan has a formal, calm, and serious personality. He actively suppresses his emotions because he thinks that he must do so in order to win the war. However, his emotions slip out whenever Enteh is in danger. He initially does not concern himself with women and romance, instead focusing solely on the war.
Over the course of the story, Runan learns to accept that deaths will inevitably happen in a war, although he does not seem to like having to kill others. He is also taught to never be concerned with the personal problems of his enemies and instead simply kill them for being on the opposite side of the conflict. He credits everything that he learns from experience to his adviser, Eugen.
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Runan is the first lord in the game and thus he is required to be fielded in every chapter in his route. He usually has average offense, although his Rapier is quite useful against heavy-armored enemies in the early stages of the game. His growths are also well-balanced, so he is not likely to fall behind or excel in any particular stat. He has somewhat low Movement prior to his promotion, which can cause him to be left behind by characters who have superior Movement and stats such as Narron. After his promotion, he will be above average due to his improved Movement and stats. It is recommended to train him because he is a lord and required for the final boss.
“...Kuh...So my journey ends here huh...”
—Runan's death quote
“Clear your mind of distractions, lord Runan...You will collapse if you aren't completely focused...!”
- Runan originally had blue hair, in line with early Lords such as Marth and Sigurd. After the game was renamed from Emblem Saga to avoid copyright issues, his hair color was changed to brown, although this made him resemble Leif more.