“After the battle with the Empire, the Razelian Knights were decimated, leaving only the youngest soldiers. Eugen went through hardship after hardship to protect us, and now he can't even hold a sword any more after all the wounds he's suffered. The young knights all know his pain... That's why they do their best to repay him.”
Runan (リュナン Ryunan) is a playable character and one of the two protagonists of TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the seventeen-year-old heir of the Dukedom 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 entire year. He is also the best friend of Holmes, and the two of them view each other as brothers.
Runan is formal, honorable, and heroic, as befitting for a prince like him. He is actively suppressing his emotions, as he thinks that he must do so in order to win the war. Initially, he does not concern himself with women and romance, instead choosing to focus on his battles. Over the course of the game, he learns to accept that tragedies will inevitably happen in a war. He credits everything that he learns from experience to his advisor, Eugen.
As a young boy, he was introduced to Enteh by his father and soon 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 people, and Runan comforted her by making a promise that he would always protect her. However, they separated for reasons unknown to Runan, and as a result, he could not fulfill his promise.
At the beginning of the game, Runan and Holmes arrive in the kingdom of Wellt, and at this time, they go on their separate ways. While Holmes travels across the world as an adventurer, Runan rescues Sasha from the pursuing army of Duke Codha and makes an agreement to help her retake Wellt. Early in the game, he arrives in the village of Taurus, where he meets Enteh once again. While Enteh instantly knows who he is, he does not recognize her as quickly and instead comes to realize that she is his childhood friend as the story progresses.
Later in the game, Runan invades the kingdom of Canaan, taking Princess Estofarne as a hostage and killing Prince Julius in the process. Eventually, he liberates the kingdom of Reeve and discovers Enteh's true identity as Princess Maeve. This causes a fight between them as he knew who she was and became angered by both her refusal to reveal herself and her sudden disappearance years before. As the result, the two part ways as Runan marches to Nolzeria to meet with Canaan's Prince Sennet.
When Runan is attacked by Rakis, Enteh comes to his aid and protects him in the form of Muse. Afterwards, he receives the Ring of Reeve from Enteh before they part ways, as she returns to the Temple of Water and soon begins a solo mission to rescue Neyfa from Gwenchaos. Once he learns that she was captured in the process, Runan invades the Temple of Gerxel in order to save her. In Map 37, he obtains the ☆Seiken Reeve. However, he is ultimately unable to rescue Enteh, as she is sacrificed at the altar of Gerxel alongside Katri and Neyfa. In the final battle, Runan teams up with Holmes, Sennet, and Tia to defeat the resurrected Gerxel. Following this, Enteh is revived by Miradona, and he confesses his love for her upon their reunion.
In the epilogue, Runan elopes with Enteh in secret, and they board the Sea Lion to begin a journey across the world alongside Holmes, Katri, and Shigen.
Automatically from the start of Map 1.
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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.