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“Until I became 15 years old, I was raised by Yoda and didn’t know anything about the Zoans' suffering. Thinking that my parents were from the Gerxel priesthood, I left Il Island on nothing but a whim. But in Gerxel I witnessed the Zoans’ tragic reality with my own eyes and changed my mind. In every country, innocent people get captured and put to death only because they’re Zoans. I wanted to save such people and became a warrior for the Zoans.”
—Shigen, in a conversation with Sierra
Shigen (シゲン) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is the right-hand man of Holmes and a member of the Sea Lion Pirates. He is the adopted son of Yoda who was raised as an older brother to Julia. He is also the only character who is capable of wielding the ☆Dullahan.
Shigen is the son of a dark swordsman of Zoa and Karla, which makes him the nephew of Zeek. He was born in the Theocracy of Gerxel and given the name "Theo" by his parents. When he was one year old, he and his father were abandoned by Karla, who became a concubine of King Bahanuke of Canaan for the purpose of Gwenchaos's scheme. After he and his father were separated, he was adopted by Yoda and given the name "Shigen" by Captain General Vals of Granada. While he always knew that he was not Yoda's son by blood, he was unaware of his true heritage until he decided to ask Yoda about it when he was fifteen years old. When he discovered his parents' identities, he was also bluntly told that they are how evil they are. Some time afterwards, he left Il Island alone and traveled to Gerxel, where he witnessed the tragic situation of the Zoans.
During his time there, he became a mercenary and thought about nothing except praying to Gerxel. However, he eventually realized that Gwenchaos has no intention of freeing the Zoans from oppression and prepared to leave Gerxel. Around this time, Shigen saved Sierra from her execution and soon asked her to leave with him, but she refused and called him a traitor. Therefore, he returned to Il Island alone.
Shigen is first seen after Holmes and the Sea Lion Pirates win a battle against the Isla Pirates led by Maerhen. If Vega is sent with Holmes's army, Krisheenu approaches Shigen and asks him to kill Vega for her. He refuses to do it until she reveals that her lover was murdered by Vega seven years prior to the story. Before they enter a battle against bandits, Shigen challenges Vega to a duel. The two of them become increasingly determined to kill each other and ignore Krisheenu when she tries to stop them. Eventually, Holmes tells them to end the duel at Krisheenu's request.
If Shigen is defeated at the Sealed Bridge, he will be saved by Sierra, who feels the need to repay him. Both of them will join Holmes's army at the end of the chapter. After Katri leaves the group to stay with her parents, he becomes a mandatory character who will trigger a Game Over if defeated.
In the epilogue, Shigen boards the Sea Lion and travels around the world alongside Holmes, Katri, Runan, and Enteh. Depending on events triggered during the story, he can be accompanied by Julia, Sierra, or Krisheenu.
Shigen serves the role of an advisor to Holmes and often makes sarcastic comments about the events ocurring around him. Unlike many of his allies, he understands the situation of the Zoans and became a warrior for their sake. He does not feel any love for Karla and instead despises her for her actions.
Automatically from the start of Map 11.
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