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Barkhorn (バルクホルン), also known under his alias as Roaring Lion (吼天獅子(ほえてんじし)), is a knight of the Gralsritter of the Septian Church and occupies the seat of 8th Dominion.

Background

Salt Pale

Main article: North Ambrian Disaster
Barkhorn and a Squire were requested to investigate the Salt Pale incident in North Ambria in S.1178.
Barkhorn (Sen)

Barkhorn teaching a young Gaius Worzel.

Wandering priest

Part of Barkhorn's duties consist of weekly visits to the Nord Highlands and holding a Sunday School for the children of the Nomadic Settlement.

In Trails of Cold Steel, Gaius Worzel remembers how Barkhorn's teachings learnt him about Zemurian history, warfare and the Orbal Revolution.

Personality

As one of the twelve Dominions, Barkhorn ranks among the elite of the Gralsritter.

His quirky sense of humour stems from the hidden quest "Absentee Father" in Trails of Cold Steel II, where he had Class VII desperately pursue him in their Courageous. Unbeknown to them, he was using the Merkabah.

History

During the hidden quest "Absentee Father" in the Finale of Trails of Cold Steel II, Class VII had to chase a travelling priest all throughout Eastern Erebonia.

However, each time they come close to finding him, they find that he has left each church before the party is able to arrive. Ultimately, the party is handed a letter that makes Gaius realise that the priest was his former mentor from the Septian Church, Barkhorn whom Sara Valestein recognises by his alias. Here is an excerpt of the letter:

Greetings, students of Class VII.
You have my apologies for not taking the time to speak to you after you've come all this way in pursuit of me. I did very much enjoy our little game, however.
While it may not have been able to catch up in the end, that Courageous of yours is quite an impressive ship. I hope you'll make good use of it in the future.
I also hear that you are working to improve the lives of this country's people and better the current situation. An honorable goal, if I may say so.
This is an old nation, but change is always possible. With youngsters like all of you striving to improve it, it may have a bright future indeed.
Regardless, I will now be departing for western Erebonia. These are dangerous times, and I have duties as a clergyman to fulfill--and fulfill them I shall.
Good luck to all of you in the future, wherever your travels may lead you.
- Barkhorn, the traveling priest
If Gaius is active in the party, the following is added:
P.S. I was pleased to hear that you're still well, Gaius. Say we meet again one day under the beautiful skies of Nord.
The following P.S. is added to all party formations:
While it was not my intention, I seem to have caused a lot of concern to poor Father Paulo. Please do pass on to him that I'm alive and well.
I also seem to have wasted quite a lot of your time by making you pursue me from place to place. It's not much, but please accept the attached as an apology.

Trivia

  • Barkhorn's decision to stay in close contact with Gaius Worzel may indicate that he recognises the potential within Gaius to manifest a Stigma.

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