“I would have endured it if I was the only one who had to suffer. But my young siblings went through the same torture because of me. After hearing their screams, I couldn't take it any more... I begged forgiveness and became a dark knight of Gerxel to save them. Laugh at me all you want... My loyalty, my pride as a knight... I lost it all on that fateful day...”
—Zeek, in a conversation with Kate
Zeek (ジーク Jīku, fan translated as Zieg or Sieg) is a playable character from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. He is a dark knight of the Zoa Empire who accompanies Gwenchaos during his attack on the Temple of Mars. During the resulting battle, he defects to Runan's army, claiming to be a knight of Barge.
If Zeek is defeated during the time that he is playable, he will be saved by Karla.
Zeek is the younger brother of Karla and the uncle of Shigen. He was born into a family of nobles and lived a comfortable life until he was four years old, when the people of Reeve attacked his home because of his mother's Zoan heritage. While his parents and three eldest sisters were burned at the stake after being forced to confess that they were servants of Gerxel, Zeek and Karla were enslaved instead due to being children. Although Karla was saved by Gwenchaos on the day of her execution, Zeek remained in slavery for twenty-five years. During this time, he was brutally tortured and received scars as a result, but managed to survive because of his anger towards Reeve and prayers to Gerxel. Three years prior to the game's events, he was freed and joined the Zoa Empire as a dark knight.
In his first conversation with Kate, Zeek reveals his scars to her and professes that he was enslaved by the Zoa Empire, where he eventually became a dark knight in order to protect his family. Despite his attempts to keep his distance from Kate, he allows her to stay by his side at her insistence. Over time, the two of them fall in love, which causes him to become distracted from his mission of spying on Enteh.
Eventually, Zeek betrays Runan and reunites with his sister in the Zoa Empire. Later in the game, he leads an army of dark knights into a battle against Holmes's army and ends up being captured. Before Holmes can punish him for his betrayal, Zeek escapes with either Karla's or Kate's help, depending on which army that the latter is in.
Regardless of which army that Kate is sent with after the third route split, she eventually reunites with Zeek. When they meet again, he asks her to join him in the Zoa Empire, which confuses her because she is unaware that he betrayed her allies earlier. Before Zeek can reveal the truth about himself, Nefka appears and informs Kate about it first. Afterwards, Nefka kidnaps Kate and tells Zeek that he should not object because doing so would be a traitorous act.
Towards the end of the game, Zeek receives orders from Karla to stop Runan's army from interrupting the resurrection ritual of Gerxel. He ultimately dies in the resulting battle. If he is defeated by Kate, he will ask her to forgive him as he dies.
Zeek is very loyal to the Zoa Empire and follows the teachings of Gerxel, whom he worships. He always obeys the commands of his sister and other members of the Gerxel Church with higher positions than him. Unlike many of the others in the church, he believes that the Zoans and the descendants of the Jugdian settlers could co-exist if the latter would stop persecuting the former. He also thinks that the Gerxel Church's actions are done solely for self-defense. He strongly disagrees with Nefka's views regarding the ordinary dark knights and compares him to their enemies for discriminating. Due to his dark past, he harbors a deep hatred of Reeve and wishes to have his revenge by killing its people one by one.
During his time in Runan's army, Zeek keeps his distance from everyone except Kate and tends to avoid events such as banquets. He is widely suspected to be a traitor, which is only furthered by Raffin not recognizing him from Barge. After he defects back to the Zoa Empire, he is torn between his loyalty to his country and love for Kate, as he never truly comes to terms with either.
He first appears as an enemy unit in Map 5 (wearing a helmet that hides his face). To recruit him, have Runan speak to him or allow him to speak to Runan. However, he later leaves the player's army before Map 24, and will appear again as a non-recruitable enemy unit in Map 31 and the boss of Map 39.
Zeek is a very powerful unit, combining high Movement, some of the best growths in the game, and a class that makes him immune to the backfiring effect of the Devil Spear. He also possesses a large collection of powerful skills and support bonuses with Kate that are quite useful for her, although they only slightly benefit him. Since he is stronger than most of the other units at base level, he can be used as a crutch in the earlier stages of the game. However, he is not available for much of the game and appears as an enemy boss later that the player must kill, so it is recommended not to rely too heavily on him.
“Even if it costs me my life, I shall not let you obstruct the ceremony!”
—Zeek's default battle quote in Map 39
Defeat Quote as an ally:
Zeek: Ugh... How could I...
Karla: Zeek, what are you doing...? You cannot fall in a place like this.