Defense +10%, Self, 30%
[Chain: Boost DEF by 10% for 2 turns.]
[Pincer: Inflict x1 bow damage.]
Confusion Guard, Equip
[Passive: +50% resistance to confusion.]
[Pincer: Inflict x2 bow damage.]
Attack +10%, Self, 30%
[Chain: Boost ATK by 10% for 2 turns.]
[Passive: Deal 50% more damage to completely surrounded enemies (unstackable).]
HP +10%, Equip
[Passive: Boost HP by 10%.]
Thousand Arrows, 30%
[Pincer: Inflict 1000 damage.]
Defense +10%, Equip
[Passive: Boost DEF by 10%.]
Attack +10%, Equip
[Passive: Boost ATK by 10%.]
Gigabow, Area (1), 30%
[Chain: Inflict x2 bow damage.]
[Pincer: Inflict x3 bow damage.]
Harold makes a living as a roughrider. His age is unknown.
He resides in a frontier town some distance from the capital.
He claims that in his hands, the wildest horse grows as docile as a lamb--an open challenge that helps bring in business.
The capital is crawling with profiteers with too much money and free time on their hands. They catch wind of Harold's reputed skill and bring him wild horses for fun.
But merely proving he can ride these horses is no challenge, so Harold teaches them a trick or two on the spot before returning them to their masters.The amused profiteers then toss him a few coins for his trouble and go on their way.
One day, a millionaire from the west presented Harold with a wild stallion and a new proposition.
Just riding a wild horse is nothing exciting, she said. If Harold could transform the animal beyond recognition, however, she would make it doubly worth his while.
Harold readily accepted. He then demonstrated a technique he had long kept locked away.
Taking up his bow, he began to strum a stately march that swept over the area with the force of a tidal wave. With gaze fixed in fierce concentration, he issued a command without uttering a word.
Hearing that command, the stallion trembled as though struck by lightning. The next moment, he bowed his head reverently in Harold's direction with all the elegance and poise of an imperial show horse trained to perform at court.Upon returning to his master's homeland, the stallion gained widespread renown for his dignity and grace. It's said the royal family selected him personally for their stables.
In a town that boasted little in the way of entertainment, Harold's sole source of recreation was shopping.
He particularly loved clothes. Dressing up always raised his spirits.
His favorite shop dealt primarily in used goods from the capital. Although secondhand, they fully retained their exotic flavor and charm.
The proprietor approached Harold with a recommendation one day. Harold was somewhat diffident at first, as it was the first time the old man had ever spoken to him. Once he set eyes on the merchandise offered, however, all other thoughts scattered.
This was how Harold found the device he uses today.He has no memory of returning home afterward. It seems he was too captivated by his new acquisition to notice anything else.
"No way! You shop there too?" said Ra'prow, eyeing Harold's outfit.
The design of their clothes did share a certain flair. Ra'prow gushed on, ecstatic to find someone with such similar taste.
"The old man who runs the place is kinda loony, though, ain't he? Recommends all kinds of weird stuff, you know?"
Leaning in close, Ra'prow gestured grandly at the wired earmuffs on his head, which were blaring music as usual. "Actually," he whispered conspiratorially, "I got these at that very shop!"The old shopkeeper had apparently said something odd at the time--something like, "How do you like him?" But Ra'prow couldn't recall what followed. It seems he'd been so enthralled by his new musical earmuffs that the rest of the conversation had gone over his head.
- After Chapter 23
"I'm finally convinced, Harold." Narrowing his eyes, Olber gazed off into the distance. "Or should I say, Harold IV, captain of the Royal Cavalry Music Corps?"
Harold didn't bat an eye.
"If I recall correctly," Olber continued, "you mentioned having family back in the countryside?"
"I'm impressed you remember that much, Captain Olber."
Harold and Olber had once served the same king as royal officers. But Harold had abandoned that position and returned to his hometown.
"If the end of the world is here, what should I be protecting? I asked myself that and then did what I had to. Nothing more."
Rolling some tobacco leaf as he spoke, Harold lit it and offered it to Olber. Olber declined, stung to the heart by his words. Harold had succeeded where he had failed. He was a hero.
Harold sensed his mood immediately and shook his head in denial.
"I'm a loser. You served your sworn liege loyally to the end. You're a man to be commended. Me, on the other hand? I'm a laughingstock, a faithless fool cast off by my king. My family is gone, scattered. I failed to protect them, too. See? Cheer up. You're the better man."The two men evidently had more than just a king in common. They stood in silence together for some time, lost in memories of home.
- Harold (Japanese: ハロルド Harorudo)
- Harold was created by Kimihiko Fujisaka to commemorate the 600,000th download of the game. Unlike early Download Starter additions, he cannot be obtained from the Pact of Fellowship.
- Hiso Alien is featured in his character art.