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Towa Herschel (トワ・ハーシェル, towa haasheru) is a student of Class IV, as well as Thors Military Academy's student council president. During the events of Trails of Cold Steel II, she takes on the role of the Courageous' captain.

In Sen no Kiseki III she takes the role as instructor for Class IX of Thors Military Academy - Branch Campus Leeves.

Personality

Towa is a kind, cheerful, yet serious hard-working girl. She takes her role as Student Council President very seriously and is not afraid to chide others when she thinks they are doing the wrong thing. However, Towa also shows an independent streak and has the habit of over-working herself and taking on more jobs than a ordinary person can do by herself to the point that she sometimes forgoes sleep to do it.

Towa cares a lot about her friends. She concerns over Angelica when she is suddenly pulled from the academy and is worried about how Angelica is coping before they are reunited. She also shows concern over Crow and while she is still shocked in his betrayal, she also has faith that he will return. She is also deeply saddened by Crow's death.

In Trails of Cold Steel II, Towa shows exemplary leadership skills as captain of the Courageous. However, during the course of her Bonding Events in Sen no Kiseki II, Towa also shows doubts about whether she could be a good captain or not, as well as, concerns over her own lack of combat ability and power. Rean though cheers her up.

Background

In Trails of Cold Steel, Towa initially serves as the Student Council President and one of Class VII's upperclassmen. She has been friends with George Nome, Crow Armbrust and Angelica Rogner since their first year and was one of the members of the prototype class for Class VII. During the game, Towa enlists Rean Schwarzer as a helper for the Student Council and gets him to do chores for Thors Military Academy and the town of Trista.

Heimdallr Summer Festival

During the Summer Festival in Heimdallr, Towa and Angelica arrive to check out the festival. When monsters appear from the river, Towa and Angelica help evacuate the townspeople, which earns Towa a commendation.

West Zemuria Trade Conference

As a result of her exemplary service, Towa reveals to Rean that she has been asked to help out with the first West Zemuria Trade Conference in Crossbell. She also reveals to Rean that she had also helped out with other major government and business projects before. Towa is then later seen seated in the Royal Imperial Family's train heading to Crossbell.

During the terrorist attacks on Crossbell and Garrelia Fortress, Towa helps out with the evacuation at the conference.

School Festival

Later in the game, Towa is responsible for organizing the Thors school festival. When Class VII has trouble deciding on what to do, Towa shows Rean a video clip of what she and her friends did for the festival the previous year - a rock concert. During the school festival preparations, Towa later becomes shocked when a barrier suddenly erupts around the Old Schoolhouse and waits while Class VII deal with it. She then becomes one of the few privy to see the Divine Knight, Valimar. After the events with Valimar's discovery, Towa is seen as one of the audience members at Class VII's live concert and can even be one of Rean's dance partners, if the player so chooses.

Invasion of Trista

During Giliath Osborne's speech, Towa along with the rest of the school watch on as Crow assassinates Osborne. She then becomes shocked as she sees that Crow had been working for the Independent Liberation Front this whole time. When Trista is about to be invaded by the Liberation Front's new Panzer Soldat unit, Towa and George help in gathering and evacuating everyone in the town into the main school building. She is then last seen wishing Class VII good luck as they run off to help save the town.

Reuniting with Class VII

In Trails of Cold Steel II, Towa is first seen hugging Rean after his rescue from the Pantagruel. During the briefing, she reveals to Rean that right before Trista was occupied by the Liberation Front, she had managed to escape with George and was rescued by Prince Olivert and Victor S. Arseid. She then reveals that she had serving as a crew member on the Courageous ever since until she reunited with Class VII who told her what had happened to him.

After the briefing, Prince Olivert announces his intentions to go help out in Western Erebonia, Victor relinquishes control of the Courageous to Towa and makes her the new captain. Towa then serves as the Captain of the Courageous for the rest of game and becomes a recruitable party member in the battle to reclaim Trista and Thors Military Academy.

After the Civil War is over, Towa meets with Rean and has a talk with him about Crow's death. She then comforts and consoles Rean as he finally cries and lets out all of the pain and sorrow that he had been holding back since Crow's death; and also forgives Rean for not being able to save Crow. Towa then cheers him by offering him helpful advice that allows Rean to get over his problems.

After Rean calms down, Towa reveals to Rean that while she has been given many wonderful opportunities as a result of her role in the Civil War, she wants to take a year to explore her options before picking a permanent career. Towa then becomes a recruitable party member for the final dungeon and graduates from Thors at the end of the game.

After the Civil War

After the Erebonian Civil War and having worked for several NGOs, the political unrest of Erebonia motivated her to continue her professional career as the Instructor of Class IX at Thors Military Academy - Branch Campus Leeves, where she wishes to spread the original spirit of her own alma mater, Thors Military Academy.[1]

Similarities with other games

Towa first appeared in Trails of Cold Steel, but striking similarities with elements in games not part of the mainline Kiseki series are common.

  • Towa bears the same last name as the protagonist of Nayuta no Kiseki, Nayuta Herschel.
  • During the school festival in Trails of Cold Steel, Towa states that "[stargazing] was one of [her] grandpa's hobbies, so [she] kind of picked it up from him." It is also one of Nayuta's favourite hobbies; the game even starts with him peering through a telescope at the sky.
  • Towa's ultimate weapon in Trails of Cold Steel II is called 'Boundless Trails'; in the Japanse version, the weapon's name is literally 'Nayuta' (星霊銃「那由多」).
  • Towa means 'eternity; perpetuity; immortality' in Japanese (永遠); the Buddhist term nayuta (那由他, means literally a numeral, meaning one hundred thousand, one million, or ten million) holds the same meaning conceptually.
  • In Tokyo Xanadu, the cousin of protagonist Kou Tokisaka is called Towa Kokonoe and looks identical. In Japanese her name is written as 永遠 (see above).

Character Notes

Trivia

  • Towa's bonding trophy in Trails of Cold Steel is titled "Mentorship".
  • Towa's bonding trophy in Trails of Cold Steel is titled "You're Atowable".

References

  1. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III introduces devilish girl Musse, delinquent boy Ash, more

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