|Game||Tales of the Abyss|
|Height||5'9" / 174 cm|
|Weight||137 lbs / 62 kg|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Kazuki Yao|
|English Voice Actor||Liam O’Brien|
|Character Designer||Kousuke Fujishima|
Dist the Reaper (死神ディスト Shinigami Disuto?), birth name Saphir Ortion Gneiss (サフィール・ワイヨン・ネイス Safiiru Waiyon Neisu?, "Saphir Wyon Gneiss"), who refers to himself as "Dist the Rose", is a God-General and major antagonist in Tales of the Abyss. He is also called "Dist the Runny", a title mockingly conferred upon him by Jade Curtiss in reference to the fact that his nose supposedly runs when he is upset. He holds the ranks of Conductor and Locrian Colonel, as well as 2nd Division Commander within the Oracle Knights.
Dist was born in Keterburg as Saphir Wyon Gneiss in N.D. 1982, the same year as Jade. He was childhood friends with Jade; Nephry Osborne, Jade's sister who was then known as Nephry Balfour; and future emperor of Malkuth, Peony IX, all of whom later attended Professor Gelda Nebilim's private school in Keterburg. Jade performed an experiment in N.D. 1994, attempting to use the Seventh Fonon, but he failed, setting the school ablaze and killing Nebilim. Afterward, on the outskirts of town, Jade attempted to revive the professor using fomicry, but he instead created a monster replica.
In N.D. 1996, Dist and Jade entered Grand Chokmah's Military Academy together, focusing on fomicry research and eventually graduating from the academy. Obsessed with fon machinery, Dist would aid Jade by building machines to create replicas. When Jade banned fomicry research in N.D. 2004, he distanced himself from Dist, who continued the experiments. Dist joined the Oracle Knights in N.D. 2009 and later served under Van Grants. Eventually, he became one of the six God-Generals and changed his name, including altering his middle name to Ortion, by which the Ortion Cavern would later be named. Unlike the other God-Generals who joined Van because of his ideals, Dist joined Van so that he could continue his research. He remodeled a mechanical doll known as Tokunaga for Anise Tatlin in N.D. 2015.
Role in the Plot
Dist longs for the resurrection of Nebilim, his former professor, doing everything in his power to revive her. He even switches alliances and works with Grand Maestro Mohs in a failed attempt to acquire Nebilim's replica data. Primarily serving as the comic relief villain, he often throws tantrums and is responsible for saying various, outrageous quotes, many of which only further expound his personal vanity. Throughout the events of the story, he proves to possess a more sinister side to him, serving the role of a mad scientist and performing immoral experiments, giving little thought to what harm they may cause. In the end after several events, Dist is arrested in Grand Chokmah.
Appearance and Personality
Dist is a narcissist with a flamboyant sense of style, as shown by his ostentatious, flying chair and unique collar, and he possesses both an affectedly soft yet haughty voice to match his vain personality. His blind dedication to the cause of reviving his childhood instructor illustrates a stubborn inability to let go of the past.
In Tales of the Rays, Dist fights in his chair. His artes are all unique, from summoning random enemies to fight for him, to launching missiles that can harm party members if hit with them, making him unpredictable on the battlefield. In this game, one of his mirrage artes features D-Buster, which was absent in Abyss.
- Most of the God-Generals' assumed names derive from musical terms. Dist derives from dissonance, which is an unstable sound, a reference to Dist's sporadic behavior.
- Dist is the only God-General who does not fight in person against the party in battle, instead using fon-tech, robotic machines. He is also the only God-General who does not use a mystic arte. Despite this, Dist has two unused cut-in images for an unused mystic arte, D-Buster.
- Dist is the only God-General who does not die during the story.
- In the Abyss Replica Facility, the group finds replicas of Arietta, Largo, Legretta, and Sync created by Dist, who the group suspects trained and sealed the replicas in the facility. The replicas engage the group in battle and are killed.