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Toval Randonneur (トヴァル・ランドナー), also known as Zero Artisan (零駆動), is a B-rank bracer[Note 2] (he was offered promotion to A-rank, though he rejected it, stating he feels more comfortable at B-rank) affiliated with the branches in Erebonia. He himself modifies his combat orbment for faster casting speeds, which earned him the alias of Zero Artisan (literally, "Zero Drive").

Profile

Toval is really a 'go with the flow' kind of guy. He acts kind to others, however, he does have a serious side. He is also very mysterious because of his habit of creating various false identities and can be an effective liar. He was very lonely when he was little due to not having anyone that cared for him.

He is highly sociable, allowing him to speak freely to pretty much everyone, and built up a broad network of personal connections thanks to his work for the guild both within and outside Erebonia. During the Erebonian Civil War, he fought all over the empire alongside fellow bracer Sara Valestein.

Childhood

Toval grew up in solitude until he ran into Micht, who offered him jobs as an intermediary. From about S.1197 to S.1199,[Note 3][Note 4] he assumed numerous identities, including "Phil, the frivolous", "Rooney, the trickster", and "Kris, the coward", and made in a specialist in delivering of stolen goods.[6]

Meeting with Ein

Through these jobs he met Ein Selnate, who inspired him to become a bracer. Unbeknown to him, Micht had given him an artifact to deliver in Liberl, which he would reach by travelling from Heimdallr to Parm by train and then take the airliner to City of Grancel.[7] Loathing the smell of tabacco of the next train carriage, Ein, who introduced herself as Sister Carnelia, asked if she could sit next to him and informed him she was on her way to Parm for a mission.[7]

When the train came to a stop at the station and they disembarked, Ein pretended to trip, stealing the orbment out of Toval's pocket and twisted his arm behind his back.[7] When they approached the jaeger corps waiting near for Toval the exit, she shove him forward into the mud; before he got back to his sense, she had taken out two of the thugs and lobbed the third one over her shoulder on the railroad tracks.[7][8]

Ein returned Toval's orbment before leaving the restaurant they had dinner with when the bracers Clayton and Pavel came in and demanded Toval to come along with them to the second floor for interrogations.[8][9] They ask Toval about Ein's whereabouts and in return, inform him of her real name and that she was previously affiliated with the jaeger corps Toval had just faced.[9]

The next morning, Toval woke up early and continue his trip to Liberl when he found two of the jaegers roaming through the inn he slept in.[9] Wondering where the third one might have been, the maid who had come to change his linnen reveals herself as the third jaeger by wrapping a sheet around his neck.[9] Half-asphyxiated, Toval fired off a powerful wind orbal art strong enough to cause a gaping hole in the timber door, but enough enough to stop his opponent.[9]

As the jaeger launched her counter-attack, Ein jumped in through the hole and kicked the woman to the floor, crushing her throat beneath her heel.[10] Toval jumped out of the window, where Ein waited for him with a new train ticket, this time back to Heimdallr.[10]

Onboard, she wiped the blood from the wound caused the orbal art off his leg and told him he was too reckless.[10] She reveals that the artifact he is carrying is still functional and that after its discovery in the S.1160s, it disappeared for decades until now, which is why jaeger corps were sent to retrieve it from Toval.[10] She also reveals that her true mission was to protect it from falling into the hands of jaegers.[10]

With an even larger group of jaegers waiting for Toval near Heimdallr's exit, they jumped on the rails and took a back exit, convincing the worker that he was a manager travelling with a celebrity.[11] His skillset was best suited for the Bracer Guild, which Ein recommended him to join.[11] Toval decided to head to the Heimdallr Cathedral through the city's sewers until they reached the Sankt District.[12]

Realizing they had been surrounded in the sewers, they prepared for a joined attack.[13] Ein, however, outspeed him as if running across the sewer water and took out the jaegers before Toval could even arrive at the scene.[13] Another orbal art attack from behind, however, made its way to Toval until Ein stopped it with her body before it could hit Toval.[13] Heavily injured, Toval closely held Ein as he fired off the last art his orbment was capable off, and closed his eyes.[14]

Surrounded by a miraculous light, Toval woke up in the plaza in front of Heimdallr Cathedral.[14] He handed over the artifact to the cardinal of the cathedral while Ein was being treated by sister, who were surprised at her wearing a chainmail underneath her clothes.[14] Toval's next destination was a high-class resort in Calvard, to which he was being accompanied by the bracers Clayton and Pavel.

Bracer Guild

In S.1200, Toval followed Ein's advice and joined the Bracer Guild as a B-rank Bracer.[6][14] Although he was proficient enough to become an A-rank Bracer, Toval declined the promotion and canceled all talks regarding it.

In S.1202, the Assault on the Imperial Guilds caused the majority of the branches to shut down. Toval persevered, but his friends Sara Valestein and Wenzel were out of a job and caused the latter to move to the branch in Crossbell.

Alster

Toval is first introduced in Ring of Judgment, in which he's been travelling across Erebonia with Estelle and Joshua Bright, who in turn have been looking for Renne. As their experienced guide within the Imperial Guilds, they are being led to the Alster Branch in eastern Erebonia. While discussing missions, receptionist Miles gets a phone call for Toval. The caller, later revealed as Ein Selnate, demands Toval to take the mission regarding the remnants of the Jesters and promises him information on Renne in return.

They discover that the eponymous Ring of Judgment confronts its wearer with the sins from their consciousness. Alster mayor's grandson, Kai, is found possessed by the ring, which Joshua manages to steal from his finger with Toval's orbal art as his back-up. After Estelle pulls Joshua out of his depression caused by the ring, Ein shows up to retrieve the artifact. Toval introduces her as their contractor and she reveals that Renne can be found in Crossbell.

After Estelle and Joshua have left for Crossbell, Toval pays a visit to Kai and his sister, Tilia. While Ein entertains Tilia by reading Carnelia aloud, Toval waits for Kai to come home from work. When he does, he hands them a cheque given by Ein to treat Tilia's eyes. Toval praises Kai's ability to take care of Tilia while making a honest living. Meanwhile Tilia realised that the book is modelled after Toval and Ein, which makes her burst out in laughter.

Trails of Cold Steel

The first time Toval appears in a game is during the second chapter of Trails of Cold Steel, May S.1204. Per Sara Valestein's request, he kept an eye on Class VII in Bareahard in case they end up in trouble. After Machias Regnitz is being arrested by the Kreuzen Provincial Army, Toval informs the remaining members of a secret entrance through the sewers of the city. Toval informed Sara about the situation and she hurried alongside Rufus Albarea to find her students in another predicament.

After Class VII leaves Bareahard, Toval is approached by Bleublanc who introduces himself as a low-ranking baron. Toval parries with the description of him he received from acquaintances, which in return is specified by Blueblanc as "a certain innocent couple from a foreign land," referring to Joshua and Estelle.[15]

Toval's duties soon have him return to Legram. The neutrality of Victor S. Arseid meant that its Bracer Guild is still operational, but just as understaffed as any other branch in Erebonia. There, he runs into Class VII once again in late August S.1204. Toval is concerned about the monster that appeared on the Ebel Highway, which turns out to be one of Ouroboros's archaisms. Its appearance coincides with the visit of Duke Cayenne and Rufus Albarea to persuade Victor S. Arseid to pledge his support for the Noble Alliance. Afterwards, Toval boards a train together with him.

With Victor's endorsement Toval boards the newly built Courageous to gather intelligence. After picking up Class VII to bring them to their next field studies, Toval and Sara exchange intelligence on the deck when Rean Schwarzer stops by to join them. They discuss the Eight Leaves One Blade school and Toval casually asks Rean whether he would be interested to join the Bracer Guild after graduating.

Trails of Cold Steel II

In November S.1204, Toval's work led him to the Eisengard Range to investigate the Magic Knights. While on his investigation, he found Rean, who had been missing for a month. Rean was battling the Magic Knight Ortheim, but he was still weakened from his fight with Crow. Toval narrowly saved Rean by casting some arts to send Ortheim plunging down a cliff.

At Lucia Schwarzer's request, Rean and Toval looked for her lost wedding ring. Although they managed to retrieve the ring, the cold weather in Ymir stiffened their bodies and they decided to warm up again in the Phoenix Wings' hot springs. During their bonding moment, Toval advised Rean not to worry so much and told him about his background, how a certain encounter led him onto the path of a bracer.

After Class VII comes together and their efforts lead them to the Infernal Castle, Toval and Olivert Reise Arnor help them out by keeping Bleublanc and Duvalie at bay with their fast arts.

Trails of Cold Steel III

Toval continues his duties to gather intelligence aboard the Courageous. When Class VII struggles to retrieve the stolen railway guns from Ouroboros in the Languedoc Valle, Toval and Agate come to their rescue. Toval faces off against Campanella.

During the summoning of the Gral of Erebos, the crew of the Courageous speeds to the Karel Imperial Villa to help out their friends. Sadly, the ship explodes in front of everyone's eyes and Toval goes missing alongside Olivert and Victor.

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Believed to be dead, Toval had been saved alongside Olivert and Victor by Bleublanc. Unlike the other two men, Toval miraculously escaped with no severe injuries. He was still haunted by the fact that he could not help Victor in maintaining the barrier with his arts. Toval miraculously shows up alongside Olivert's Courageous II to turn the tables during the battle aboard the Pantagruel on 26 August, S.1206. He continues to support Radiant Wings by invading the Salt Pales and lending his aid in the battle against Ishmelga.

The infiltration of the Salt Pales split the combined forces into five parties. Toval was teamed up with Aurelia Le Guin, Victor S. Arseid, and Vita Clotilde. The overwhelming strength of Toval's team completely pulverised enemy forces, leaving Toval to wonder why he wound up in a team with "three Ein-tier monsters".[16] During the infiltration, Victor asks why he turned down the promotion to A-rank Bracer, with Toval stating he feels more comfortable at the B-rank.

When the Great War ended, Toval was seen working with Anelace Elfead to deal with the aftermath of the war.

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Character Notes

Trails of Cold Steel II

Toval Randonneur
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Bracer Guild
A caring bracer belonging to the Erebonian Bracer Guild. Modifies his orbments for faster casting speed.
Skilled Bracer
Demonstrated his skill in fields outside of combat by pretending to be a merchant to deceive the provincial army.
Goddesses
He became a bracer thanks to a woman he met when involved in some trouble regarding an artifact.
Carnelia
He seems to be deeply connected to someone known as 'Carnelia.' Further details are in a book, says Sara.

トヴァル・ランドナー
Toval Randonneur Note (Sen II).png
遊撃士協会
帝国ギルドに所属する面倒見の良い遊撃士。戦術オーブメントの裏技的なカスタマイズで圧倒的な早さでアーツを繰り出す使い手。
熟練の遊撃士
商人を装って状況を切り抜けるなど、戦闘以外の腕も確かなようだ。
もう一人の女神
昔、古代遺物に関わる事件に巻き込まれ、その時に出会った“ある女性”のおかげで遊撃士の道を見出せたという。
紅耀石
“紅耀石”と呼ばれる人物と何かしら深い関係があるようだ。詳しくはとある小説をチェック(サラ談)。

Trails of Cold Steel III

Toval Randonneur
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Bracer Guild
An A-rank bracer skilled with orbal arts. Works for one of the few branches left in Erebonia and often helps Prince Olivert.
Round of VII
Using Prince Olivert's artifact, he helped develop a long-distance comm app called the Round of VII.
Zero Artisan
Has become known as the Zero Artisan for his extremely fast and powerful arts, which barely take any time to cast at all.

トヴァル・ランドナー
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遊撃士協会
オーブメントの裏技的な改造に長ける帝国ギルド所属の遊撃士。度々オリヴァルト皇子に協力している。
“Ⅶ組の輪”
オリヴァルト皇子の持つ古代遺物を活用して中継器を介さず遠距離通信できる特殊アプリ“Ⅶ組の輪”の開発を提案した。
《零駆動》
駆動時間を感じさせない程の早さで強力なアーツを放つ事から《零駆動》と呼ばれるようになった。

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Trails of Cold Steel IV

Toval Randonneur
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Bracer Guild
A bracer highly skilled with orbal arts. Works for one of the few branches left in Erebonia and often helps Prince Olivert.
Solidarity
Toval and Michael bonded over the... difficult people in each of their lives. At least they know they aren't alone.
Holy Beast's Trial
Toval stood with Class VII against Argres. Emerging victorious, they were granted the last vestige of its power, the Earthen Prison.

トヴァル・ランドナー
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遊撃士協会
オーブメントの裏技的な改造に長ける帝国ギルド所属の遊撃士。度々オリヴァルト皇子に協力している。
苦労性
苦労させられている者同士で意気投合したトヴァルとミハイル。互いの苦労をねぎらった。
聖獣の試練
アルグレスの試練を乗り越えたリィンとトヴァルたち。かの聖獣の残滓である“大地の枷”を授かった。

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Gameplay

Weapons

Trails of Cold Steel II

Name Cost Upgrade materials Acquired
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Smash Rod
スマッシュロッド
Initial gear (11/30)
[STR+360/RNG+1]
A stun rod for close-range combat that can expand and contract.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Twister
ツイスター
960 Stores (12/1)
[STR+405/RNG+1]
A stun rod with a helical groove that draws in wind.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Cyclone
サイクロン
Twister x1
U-Material x1
Upgrade
[STR+450/RNG+1/Crit+5%]
A customized stun rod with deep grooves. Creates wind currents.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Spark Rod
スパークロッド
1920 Zender Gate (12/15)
[STR+495/RNG+1]
A powerful stun rod with increased output and higher pressure.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Rumble Beat
ランブルビート
Spark Rod x1
U-Material x2
Upgrade
[STR+540/RNG+1/Crit+5%]
A customized stun rod fitted with a small vibration unit.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Battle Rod
バトルロッド
2880 Legram (12/19)
[STR+585/RNG+1]
A powerful stun rod designed for base-defense battles.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Destructive Rod
クウェルスター
Battle Rod x1
U-Material x2
Upgrade
[STR+630/RNG+1/Crit+5%]
An improved stun rod with added destructive power.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Smash Rod +1
スマッシュロッド+1
Initial gear (3/13)
[STR+1035/RNG+1/Crit+5%]
A stun rod for close-range combat that can expand and contract.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Excluder
エクスクルージョン
Purchase (3/13)
[STR+1125/RNG+1/Crit+5%]
A stun rod of unknown origin to banish sworn enemies.
Stun Rod (Sen Weapon).png Lethal Breaker
リーサルブレイカー
Zemurian Ore x1 Upgrade
[STR+1215/RNG+1/Crit+10%]
A stun rod made with a strange ore that shakes the air itself.
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Name Cost Upgrade materials Acquired
32px Executor
エグゼクター
Finale: "Scattered Petals, Dying Flames"
[STR+1435/RNG+1/Critical rate+2%]
A stun rod that is able to banish and ultimately exterminate evil.
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Hajimari no Kiseki

Name Cost Upgrade materials Acquired

エグゼクター
[STR+1145 ATS+160 RNG+1]

エグゼクター+1
[STR+1245 ATS+170 RNG+1]

エグゼクター+2
[STR+1345 ATS+180 RNG+1]

エグゼクター+3
[STR+1445 ATS+190 RNG+1]

リベラシオン
Black Zemurian Ore x1 Upgrade
[STR+1595 ATS+205 RNG+1 必殺2%]
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Crafts

Trails of Cold Steel II

Name Effect Class Cast Cost Acquire
Craft (Sen Skill).png Double Strike
二段突き
Attack - One - Impede - Seal (100%)
Two rapid strikes that seal movement. Unbalance+30%.
B 20 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill).png Dizzying Blow
エクセルヒット
Attack - One - Faint (30%) - Balance Down (3 turns)
Knocks unconscious with great force. Unbalance+50%.
S 30 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill).png Sphere Break
スフィアブレイク
Magic Attack (Set) - Area (M) - Mute (100%) - ADF-50% (3 turns)
A special field that seals arts. Can't unbalance.
A 40 CP Initial
S Craft (Sen Skill).png Rebellion Storm
リベリオンストーム
Magic Attack - All
Fuses spheres of compressed wind and drops them.
SSS 100+ CP Initial
S Craft (Sen Skill).png Rebellion Storm 2
リベリオンストームII
Magic Attack - All
A special art with more power than the original.
SSS+ 100+ CP Level 137
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Name Power Break Unbalance Cost Acquire
Craft (Sen III Skill).png Double Strike
二段突き
C D 20% 20 CP Initial
Physical - One - Impede (100%) Seal (20%)
Two rapid strikes that seal movement.
Craft (Sen III Skill).png Dizzying Blow
エクセルヒット
B B Yes 40 CP Initial
Physical - One - Faint (20%) Balance Down (2 turns)
Knocks unconscious with great force.
Craft (Sen III Skill).png Sphere Break
スフィアブレイク
A D Yes 60 CP Initial
Magical - Area M (Set) - Mute (100%) - ADF ↓ (M) (4 turns)
A special field that seals arts.
S Craft (Sen III Skill).png Rebellion Storm
リベリオンストーム
4S A No 100+ CP Initial
Magical - All
Fuses spheres of compressed wind and drops them.
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Hajimari no Kiseki

Name Power Break Unbalance Cost Acquire
Craft (Sen III Skill).png
二段突き
20 CP Initial
攻撃(威力C ブレイクD 崩しB):
単体:駆動解除100% 封技20%
Craft (Sen III Skill).png
エクセルヒットII
40 CP Initial
攻撃(威力B+ ブレイクB+ 崩しD):
単体:気絶40% 3ターン「バランスダウン100%」
Craft (Sen III Skill).png
スフィアブレイク
60 CP Initial
魔法攻撃(威力A ブレイクD 崩しD):
円M(地点指定):封魔100% 4ターンADF↓(中)
Craft (Sen III Skill).png
スフィアブレイクII
60 CP 試練の扉
魔法攻撃(威力S ブレイクC 崩しC):
円M(地点指定):封魔150% 4ターンADF↓(大)
S Craft (Sen III Skill).png
リベリオンストームII
100+ CP Initial
魔法攻撃(威力4S+ ブレイクD 崩し無効):全体:4ターンATS↓(中)
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Brave Order

Trails of Cold Steel IV

Name BP Effect
Spiral Arts
スパイラルアーツ
5 No Casting time (4 turns)
Restores All EP
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Gallery

Trails of Cold Steel I and II

Trails of Cold Steel III

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References

Notes

  1. Toval's age as of Trails of Cold Steel IV is listed as 28 in the Sen no Kiseki Character Maniacs [2] and as 30 in Sen no Kiseki IV Official Visual Collection.[3]
  2. In the English version of Trails of Cold Steel III, it is mentioned Toval is an A-rank bracer.[4] This, however, is an incorrect translation of a line that argues he is competent enough to rival an A-rank bracer. Toval himself is a B-rank bracer.[5]
  3. In the first volume of Carnelia, Toby says "he first began receiving jobs from Micht about the time when dissension began to occur in society over the Hundred Days War. It was during this period that relations between the Liberl Kingdom and the Empire were at their worst and the importation of orbments had become almost non-existent". It is difficult to deduce a date from this, but it corresponds with the general distrust toward Erebonia found in Moon Door 2 in Trails in the Sky the 3rd, which took place in S.1197.
  4. In the Finale of Carnelia, Toval says the incident with Ein Selnate was three years ago and it had been two years since he started working as a bracer. In the first volume of Carnelia, he says he was 22-years-old when he started the mission. Toval is 27-years-old in Trails of Cold Steel II, meaning he was 23 (in S.1200) when he started working for the Bracer Guild.

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