“That technique is called Dragon Saint. It's been passed down in our clan for centuries, ever since we lived in the Zoa Valley. It's what sets our swordsmanship a step above the rest of the world's. Any child of mine would be able to do it.”
—Yoda, in a conversation with Julia
Yoda (ヨーダ Yōda) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is known as the Dark Swordmaster of Zoa (ゾーアの暗黒剣士 Zōa no ankokukenshi, fan translated as Runeblade). He is also one of the Twelve Heroes who fought in the Leda Liberation War.
Thirty-five years prior to the game's events, Yoda became the leader of the oppressed Zoans on Il Island and revolted against Reeve. He and his swordsmen defeated most of the soldiers from Reeve who came to stop them. However, he and the Zoans under his command were eventually taken into custody by Duke Glamdr of Razelia and Admiral Vals of Granada. After Glamdr and Vals pleaded to the king of Reeve to grant freedom to the Zoans on Il, Yoda befriended both of them. Later, he fought alongside them in the Leda Liberation War as one of the Twelve Heroes.
At some point, Yoda married a woman named Verturia (ベルトリア Berutoria) and had a daughter, Julia. He also adopted the infant Shigen, who had been abandoned by Karla, and raised him alongside his daughter. When Shigen asked him about the identities of his birth parents, Yoda bluntly told him that both of them were servants of Gerxel.
During the game, Yoda and his followers drive off the attempted invasion by Imperial forces. He is first seen in-person when Holmes's army arrives on Il Island. If Julia is in that army, Yoda teaches her the Dragon Saint skill after besting her in a duel. Afterwards, he decides to travel with Holmes, as the island no longer needs his protection from the Empire.
Automatically from the start of Map 31.
Yoda begins at a functionally capped level with stats that match it. While none of his stats are capped, Yoda is formidable in a fight with abilities that are decent in all places. When compared to Vega, Shigen and Julia, Yoda is likely to be outclassed by them in their specialties. His decent stats are coupled by one of the best skillsets in the game, allowing him to survive the harder late-game maps and dominate end-game foes. Yoda is definitely a recommended unit and serves well as another Swordmaster on the player's team. On a side note, there is an item that can give Yoda an extra 10 levels to gain, but it is not worth it since his growths are not strong enough to push up his stats much, if at all.
“Guh... I'm really... such a fool...”
—Yoda's death quote on Runan's route
“Hah... I'm really... such a fool...”
—Yoda's death quote on Holmes's route