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Karen Erra

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Story

Karen Erra.
Karen aboard the Landeel.
Karen as shown in a flashback.
Ethan & Karen in the ending.

Profile

Name Karen Erra Affiliation GUARDIANS
Gender Female Race Newman
Age 17 Height 165cm
JP Voice Rie Tanaka
(田中 理恵)
EN Voice Erin Cahill (credited Erin Beers in PSP)

Story

After three years of experience with the GUARDIANS, Karen was assigned as Ethan's instructor. As a girl, her mother was killed by native creatures, and although she is a newman, she is unable to use TECHNICs for some reason. To compensate for this deficiency, Karen pushes herself to do her best, sometimes overly hard.

Episode 1

Karen Erra was an orphan from a young age, suffering due to her mother being killed by a Tengohg, a resident gargoyle-esque creature native to Neudaiz (this, however, is not revealed until Chapter 5). This has made her seem quite stern at times. She's dedicated to what she does, and is seen through most of the game supporting Ethan up to the final Magashi fight. She's first seen in Chapter 2 where she comes and tells Ethan how to make and dissolve a party, and then sets off to help out the local farm, Green Green Farm, in which the animals have become unruly due to SEED influence. She's a general support character until Chapter 5, where she collapses twice at the sight of a Tengohg (it is here that the player finds out how her mother died); her role then elevates slightly.

She then leaves for a while, and is thought to be seen in Chapter 7; however, this is Mirei. The two are twins, who share a special bond which makes them share each other's pain (Karen doesn't know this, though - she forgot who exactly she was, due to the trauma at an early age). She's then seen at the center of the temple on top of a pink rune floating slightly off the ground in stasis, while being watched by Dohgi. He apparently wanted to finish what he started earlier (he attempted to kill Karen while she was young to be able to pass all her powers to Mirei; this led to her mother running away with her and the events that followed). Mirei "takes the hit" for Karen, as Dohgi lashes out at her and hits her with a fatal blast of energy as she attempts to stop him from killing her. Ethan then fights Dohgi. After the fight, Karen wakes up from the stasis above the rune and speaks to Mirei before she dies. As Mirei is gone, and was the only hope for the people of Neudaiz (and Gurhal itself), she takes her place, and is able to imitate Mirei in all but eye color (Mirei has purple eyes; Karen's are blue). She then leaves Ethan's group temporarily to get used to Mirei's position.

Later, in Chapter 10 (Still being referred to as Mirei or "Miko-sama" - Divine Maiden in the localization) she goes to a temple in the forests of Neudaiz with Ethan, Lou and Dr. Kanal Tomrain to perform a divination necesarry to find the confinement system on Neudaiz. Before this, she and Ethan have a conversation; as they started laughing, a creature burst out of the soil, forcing the two to attack. After, Karen and Kanal start the divination ritual; she changes into Mirei's ceremonial robes and starts harnessing the power given to her when the original Mirei died. During this, SEED attack the local area; Ethan and Lou go off to cut the threat while Karen continues. After this, they come back, and the ritual itself has been a success; Karen then collapses (and is thought to be dead by Ethan), and is taken away by Izuma Rutsu and Communion of Gurhal operatives.

She reappears in Chapter 12, disguised as a COG armed servant on board Tylor's ship. Ethan goes up and thanks her (not knowing that it's her), at which point she reveals herself, and is thanked by Ethan for coming (earlier in the chapter he seems rather depressed as Izuma said he couldn't see her, or come). Upon entering the SEED Hive, Karen and Ethan split off from Leo's group and explore the Hive alone. They both later find Hyuga Ryght and Maya Shidow in a state of suspended animation in a SEED pod, and release them. The four exchange greetings and continue going deeper into the until they find Kou Taragi, also in suspended animation. However, upon release, he has been exposed to far too much SEED inside the pod (he was in there since chapter 8, whereas Maya and Hyuga had only been in there for a short time) and mutates, resulting in a fight between him and the group erupting. After, he is returned to normal, but in a critical state; he dies while talking to Maya, who immediately breaks into hysterics due to the loss of a good friend. Hyuga takes Maya back to the Landeel, and Ethan and Karen continue to press on. Karen gets trapped just before reaching the core in a door trap, unable to help Ethan with the upcoming fight; Ethan heads off alone. She is released, however, when Magashi "dies", and comes to congratulate Ethan on what seems like a victory. Unfortunately, it isn't, but she, Leo and Tonnio fight the SEED-core version of Magashi (Dulk Falkis) along with Ethan. Upon victory, they run back to the Landeel. After, all the living story characters are seen onboard the Landeel during celebration, except Karen, who's on the observation deck. Ethan goes to find her, and they talk; she then hugs Ethan tearfully for saying that he'll protect the world because she's in it, and the credits roll.

Episode 2

Karen Erra is still pretending to be Mirei Mikuna, and some missions have you protecting her from danger.

Episode 3

Random facts

  • Her original name before fleeing Neudaiz was Kuyuh Mikuna; Karen Erra is presumably the name her mother gave to her.
  • Ethan and Karen talk after the credits about network mode. (Quote: "Go play network mode and make a character!" - Karen "Hey, I thought I was the main character?" - Ethan)
  • Karen has a few random voice shots after chapter ending sequences if you do the chapter in question twice (on a different save each time). In one such case, she asks Ethan if he finds her attractive; in another, she tells Ethan and Hyuga she won't date them because their work ethic is not good enough.
  • Karen is voiced by Rie Tanaka, a famous female voice actor with a very large fanbase (extending to outside Japan). Tanaka herself apparently plays the online mode (she says this in her blog on [1]), though it's unknown what character she is.
  • Karen is highly afraid of Tengohgs, as they are the cause of her mother's death; she faints half of the time whenever one appears, and entirely blacks out when Onmagoug attacks the party.
  • "Karen" in Chapter 7 is Mirei disguised as her (which a few people never actually realized), where it's commonly believed she isn't.

Partner character

Partner Card

Karen Erra (guardian)
Gender Female Race Newman
Type Hunter (1) Level +3
Card requirements
Episode 3 Chapter 6,
subplot
Card comment
I may not be
around much.
Card image
Karen Erra

Equipment

Weapon Name Linked Effect Used during
2★
Twin daggers
G.R.M. Ice Twin Knife Renkai Buyou-zan Level 11 to 20 Skill Levels 1+
7★
Twin daggers
Yohmei Neutral Shintsuki-zashi Renga Chujin-shou Level 21 to 30 Skill Levels 25+
10★
Twin daggers
Kubara Product Fire Dagger of Serafi Moubu Seiren-zan Level 21 to 30 Skill Levels 50+
4★
Wands
G.R.M. Light Scepter
Resta Level 11 to 20 TECHNIC Levels 1+
Reverser Level 11 to 20 TECHNIC Levels 1+
Equipment Name Effect Used during
 ?★
Line shields
G.R.M. Fire  ?line - Levels 1+

Comments

  • These stats apply to both Karen Erra (Guardian) and Karen Erra (Maiden) during Episode 3 Chapter 6. Both forms have the same stats.

Chat

Voice Karen Erra's voice (unique)
Combat
*phew*
A-ha!
Bring them down one at a time!
Disperse and move in to attack!
Don't be fooled by their appearances!
Haa!
Haaa!
I'll get this one!
This won't be easy! Keep your focus!
We can do this!
Their guard is down!
Whew!
Wonderful! Let's go!
Yaa!
I'm moving in! Cover me, [player]!
Leave the leader to me!
There are so many of them!
Lost Where did [player] go?
Found [Player]! Is this where you've been?
Boost stats Excellent!
Lower stats My strength... is waning!
Burn It burns!
Freeze Brr! I can't... move.
Shock Ow!
Confuse What? Who am I?
Poison Ohh... Poisoned...
Silence Ack!
Paralysis What the!?
Low HP I need help!

Alternate partner character

Partner Card

Mirei Mikuna (Karen Erra)
Gender Female Race Newman
Type Wartecher (1) Level +3
Card requirements
unobtainable
Card comment
Call me Karen--
I'll always be a
Guardian at heart.
Card image
Karen Erra (as Mirei Mikuna)

Equipment

Weapon Name Linked Effect Used during
2★
Twin daggers
G.R.M. Ice Twin Knife Renkai Buyou-zan Level 11 to 20 Skill Levels 1+
10★
Twin daggers
Yohmei Neutral Gizaha-zashi Moubu Seiren-zan Level 11 to 20 Skill Levels 25+
5★
Wands
Yohmei Lightning Canara
Razonde Level 21 to 30 TECHNIC Levels 1+
Gizonde Level 21 to 30 TECHNIC Levels 1+
6★
Wands
Yohmei Light Crozara
Resta Level 11 to 20 TECHNIC Levels 1+
Equipment Name Effect Used during
 ?★
Line shields
G.R.M. Fire  ?line - Levels 1+

Comments

  • These stats apply only to Mirei Mikuna during Deadly Brilliance. Karen Erra (Guardian) had separate stats.

Chat

Voice Mirei Mikuna's voice (unique)
Combat I can sense the presence of powerful photons...
Haa!
*phew*
*sigh*
Let's do our very best!
*gasp*
 ?
 ?
 ?
 ?
Lost  ?
Found  ?
Boost stats My body is filled with photon energy!
Lower stats My body is being stripped of its photons...
Burn I've been burned!
Freeze I've been frozen...
Shock  ?
Confuse  ?
Poison  ?
Silence  ?
Paralysis  ?
Low HP  ?

Partner character (offline)

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