Heldalf

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Information
Game Tales of Zestiria
Hometown Rolance
Race •Human (formerly)
Hellion (currently)
Occupation •General of Rolance (formerly)
Lord of Calamity (currently)
Weapon Sword (formerly)
Japanese Voice Actor Takayuki Sugou
English Voice Actor Patrick Seitz
Character Designer Miyuki Kobayashi

Heldalf (ヘルダルフ Herudarufu?) is the Lord of Calamity in Tales of Zestiria who serves as the primary antagonist and final boss of the game. Formerly a human named Georg Heldalf (ゲオルグ・ヘルダルフ Georugu Herudarufu?), he is now the most powerful hellion and only seeks to create more malevolence and hellions by initiating a war between Hyland and Rolance.

History

Artwork for Tales of Asteria.

Heldalf's backstory is central to the game's plot. During his journey, Sorey gathers iris gems, which contain part of Heldalf's past, in order to understand how he became the Lord of Calamity, as well as how the Age of Chaos began. When Heldalf was human, he was a general in the Rolance army. Several years prior to the events of the story, Heldalf seized control of Camlann, the Origin Village, for its geographic position. When Hyland attacked the village, Heldalf decided to flee to avoid losses, leaving the village unprotected. Dying, Michael, the previous Shepherd, cursed Heldalf to a life of eternal solitude by sacrificing his nephew, Mikleo, at Maotelus's altar. Seeing his family dying, Heldalf attempted to end his life. However, due to the curse, he became immortal. Heldalf slowly accepted the malevolence and became the Lord of Calamity. He then decided to end all sorrow by killing all humans and seraphim in the world.

In the game's final fight, Heldalf reveals to have attacked Sorey and reborn Mikleo's foster father, Zenrus, and infused his soul into his hand. When Sorey musters the resolve to end Zenrus's misery, Heldalf quickly fuses with Maotelus and becomes a dragon-like hellion. During the fight, Sorey uses all of his seraph companions as Siegfried's bullets to sever Heldalf's link with Maotelus. Sorey breaks the platform, allowing the two to fight alone while Rose escapes. During the battle, Sorey and Heldalf both perform Lion's Howl. Seeing an opening, Sorey performs another Lion's Howl from his right hand and sends Heldalf careening to the stone throne behind him.

Heldalf, having returned to his human form, watches as Sorey slowly walks up to him, warning the boy that though he avenged his comrades, a new Lord of Calamity will be born. Sorey kills Heldalf to release him and Maotelus from the curse. Even in the end, Heldalf, despises the Sorey's resistance. Heldalf's death releases all of Sorey's seraph companions.

Appearance and Personality

Heldalf's hellion form resembles a lion with a brown beard, claws, and dark skin. Corrupted by the malevolence, he only seeks destruction and the expansion of malevolence in the hearts of humans and seraphim. Seeing malevolence as a natural thing, he means to tempt Sorey into becoming a hellion. Within his heart, Heldalf desires to be free from the curse of solitude placed upon him by Michael.

Fighting Style

Cut-in image for Tales of Zestiria.

Heldalf fights open-handed, and can use elemental attacks. He can use Karmic Stance as a counter attack to send his opponents flying. Heldalf possesses the arte Lion's Howl from his time as Georg, which is a secret technique belonging to the Platinum Knights, of which Georg was once captain, and can even use the mystic arte version called True Lion's Howl.

Armatized with Maotelus, Heldalf stays permanently on the side of the arena, unable to move around due to the sizes of himself and the platform. Heldalf uses his hands to slap the enemy away, or squish them against the ground. His able to use an altered version of Indignation, which is a charged arte that draws an elaborate crest in the air, unleashing a maelstrom of lightning that guarantees the party's defeat. However, if the party manages to deal enough damage while he is charging, Heldalf is stunned and open for Sorey to use a mystic arte that allows the current seraph he is currently armatized with to enter Siegfried and fire into Heldalf.

Other Appearances

Tales of Zestiria the X

In Tales of Zestiria the X, Heldalf's role in starting the Age of Chaos is slightly different. Instead of unknowingly bringing it about as he did in the game, by occupying the then abandoning Camlann, Heldalf betrayed the Shepherd Michael's trust, who even revealed Maotelus to him and asked for his help in keeping the peace.

In the present, his curse of solitude literally takes over his mind during his fight with Sorey, who seals the both of them away where Sorey manages to purify him. Afterward, Sorey drops Heldalf in a town where no one knows him, as a means to have a fresh start.

Trivia

  • A running gag throughout the English-language version of Tales of Zestiria is for certain seraphim, mainly Edna, to refer to Heldalf as "Kittybeard".


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