|Game||Tales of Berseria|
Claudin Asgard (クローディン・アスガード Kuroodin Asugaado?) is known to have been one of the earliest Shepherds, as well as an exorcist, who used his powers to end the Era of Darkness, unite the central continent to form the Holy Midgand Empire, and usher in the Era of Asgard. Claudin was the mentor of Artorius Collbrande, the primary antagonist of Tales of Berseria.
In Tales of Berseria, it is said that Claudin took an oath not to kill that extended his life for hundreds of years. Claudin was forced to break his oath in order to save Artorius's life at Lothringen, resulting in his own death. The royal family in Tales of Berseria claims to trace their lineage back to Claudin, which correlates with his surname. In a book titled, Words and Deeds of the Hero King, Claudin is stated to have said, "My people, you must always live with great vigor and hold hope for the world and for our future. Man can turn reason into disorder, but also can we surpass it. Our true power is in transcending the possible to achieve the ideal. My people, you must live without hesitation. Hold hope in your hearts. Hold hope for tomorrow."
This statement is later misrepresented by Melchior Mayvin during the events of the story. Claiming to follow the ideals of Claudin, he states, "Man can turn reason into disorder, but also can we surpass it. Our true power is in transcending the possible to achieve the ideal," which is why he follows "reason". This seemingly infers that Melchior either misinterpreted Claudin's words or ignored the true meaning of them, as Claudin never mentioned completely ignoring one's emotions and simply following reason.