“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 Shigen) 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 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 Theocratic State of Gerxel and given the name "Theo". When he was only one year old, he and his father were abandoned by Karla, who became a concubine of King Bahanuke of Canaan as a part of Gwenchaos's scheme. Eventually, he was adopted by Yoda and given the name "Shigen" by Captain General Vals of Granada. While Shigen always knew that he was not Yoda's biological son, 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. Shortly 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 had 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 Sealion Pirates win a battle against the Isla Pirates led by Maerhen. In this scene, he remarks that Maerhen should have done a more original comeback. In a later scene, he appears again when he informs Holmes that they are now in a complicated situation because Katri has used the Zombie Staff to summon hundreds of monsters. When Xeno and Yuni enter a battle against the monsters to bring Katri back to the group, Shigen waits inside of their fort with Holmes. During the second intermission, he meets Julia and expresses his surprise about her being in Runan's army. He also has a sarcastic reaction to the reunion of Holmes and Runan.
If Vega is sent with Holmes after the first route split, Shigen will be approached by Krisheenu, who asks him to kill Vega for her. Initially, he thinks that Krisheenu will attempt to seduce him into carrying out her request until she starts crying and reveals that her lover was murdered by Vega. This convinces Shigen to agree to fulfill her wishes, as he wants her to feel better. At the start of Map 14, he approaches Vega and begins a duel with him that becomes increasingly intense. Once Krisheenu realizes that her actions are not what her lover would have wanted, she tries to stop the duel, but Shigen and Vega ignore her and proceed with their attempts to kill each other. However, the duel is forcibly ended when Holmes orders them to stop as a request from Krisheenu.
If he is defeated at the Sealed Bridge in Map 24, he will be saved by Sierra, who wishes to repay him for saving her before. Both of them will join Holmes's army at the end of the chapter. After Katri leaves at the beginning of the second route split, Shigen becomes a mandatory character who will trigger a Game Over if defeated.
In the epilogue, he boards the Sealion to travel around the world alongside Holmes, Katri, Runan, and Enteh. Depending on events triggered during the story, Shigen can be accompanied by Julia, Sierra, or Krisheenu.
Automatically from the start of Map 11.
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