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The Van Eltia after its first upgrade in Tales of Eternia.

The Van Eltia (バンエルティア Banerutia?, "Sign of Wealth") is a recurring ship in the Tales series.


Tales of Eternia

Manufactured during the Melnics era, the Van Eltia represents one of the "Seven Treasures" of Celestia in Tales of Eternia. It is famous for having been the great pirate Aifread's flagship and is currently owned by Chat, his great-granddaughter. According to Chat, the Van Eltia runs on an engine that is a "43 model, 12 cylinder, horizontally-aligned Craymel Engine designed by the legendary Craymel Mage, Maxton. 8,000 zaks maximum revolutions. With the super-charger, it kicks out a peak torque of 28,000 este". Upon first meeting Chat, she asks the group to become her deck hands, and they grudgingly accept due to their need of a seafaring vessel. From this point, the Van Eltia is used as the main means of transportation in the game and is necessary not only to reach many locations, but later on, to travel between Inferia and Celestia.

As the story progresses, the Van Eltia is upgraded to provide unique functions, the most notable being the Aibirds and the Aifish, along with an observation deck and customizable cabins. Each cabin can be converted into an item shop, a game room, an inn, or an infirmary. Customizing the ship can be done at either the port of Inferia or Tinnsia and costs thousands of Gald. In preparation for the attack on Balir Castle, it is also installed with the Craymel Cannon. In this game, Van Eltia is based on the Celestian word BANERUTIA, meaning "wealth".

Tales of Berseria

The Van Eltia as it appears in Tales of Berseria.

In Tales of Berseria, the Van Eltia is the name of the ship run by Van Aifread. One noticeable subordinate is Eizen, who takes over the ship in search of his lost captain. Throughout the story, Velvet Crowe and her companions use the Van Eltia ship as transport for traveling around the world.