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Ruca Milda (ルカ・ミルダ Ruka Miruda?) is the main protagonist of Tales of Innocence. He is the reincarnation of the Sensus general Asura. Ruca is the son of a merchant and lives in Regnum's capital city that shares its name. He is a shy honors student who is constantly picked on by his classmates. On his way back from a shop, he meets a hungry Illia Animi, and later, he and Illia encounter a couple of Reborn hunters who attempt to capture the two.
Appearance and Personality
Being the son of a rich merchant, Ruca dresses in a rather formal manner. He wears a yellow muffler stuffed into his blue suit, with dark blue trousers and a pair of brown boots. When he obtains a broadsword, he has brown suspenders around his chest to hold the sheath on his back. As he is an honor student, he is intelligent and able to observe and understand situations quickly. However, because of his shyness, he is constantly bullied by his classmates.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2
Ruca appears as playable character in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, alongside Illia and Spada Belforma. Ruca and Illia are seen at the very beginning of the game since they are residents on the Van Eltia. Ruca accompanies the Protagonist and Annie Barrs during the ninth story mission when they travel into the snow passage to find Veigue Lungberg and the others.
When they arrive at the inner levels of the dungeon, they find Veigue fighting with the Craymel Celsius to save Claire Bennett. After fighting Celsius and saving Claire, he returns to the ship with the others. Ruca and Illia then go on another mission to the canyon with the player, where they find a flower that is used in one of Raine Sage's experiments. Ruca's job class in the game is a Magic Knight, and the weapon he uses throughout the entire game is the average "Broad Sword".
Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave
Ruca appears in Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave as a playable character in the comical scenario, in which he continues to run errands for other Tales characters. In the serious scenario, he and Spada travel to the World Tree to investigate the disease that attacked his town.
Tales of the Rays
Taking place after the ending of Tales of Innocence R, Ruca is one of the many nexuses summoned to Tir Na Nog during Phantom's mass exoflection of worlds. Separated from his friends, he wanders until he meets Veigue and Claire but soon ends up captured by the Salvation Front due to his status as an omega nexus. He is later seen imprisoned within Phantom's mirrage array along with Illia.
After the Mirrorshift, Ruca and Illia were captured again by the Asgard Empire which has taken an interest in their unique anima type caused by their nature as Reborn. Before they can experiment on him, Ruca escapes with Rubia's help and discovers that he regained his lost Reborn powers. Eventually he meets up with Kongwai and the rest of the party and together they rescue Illia. The two Reborn then agree to join the party as they work to rescue Rubia and her friends, discover what makes Reborn important to Asgard, and identify the unknown third Reborn still in the Empire's custody.
Ruca is frequently seen assisting Jude in his clinic, having become an apprentice to learn everything he can about becoming a doctor.
- Ruca appears in Tales of Hearts as a cameo support arte, using Houshoushuuzan when summoned.
- In Tales of Xillia 2, Ruca is mentioned in the job, "Fruit n' Cheese? Yes, Please!", in which he rewards the player with the "Sealed Innocence" weapon in exchange for "Fruit n' Cheese (Small)".