|Home||St. Heim Papal State|
|English Voice Artist||Richard Doyle|
|Japanese Voice Artist||Osamu Saka|
|Grandia II Character|
- "Bring to this world Light, Peace and Harmony."
His Holiness, Pope Zera, is the leader of the Church of Granas and the main antagonist in Grandia II. He preaches the second coming of Lord Granas and constantly prays for the happiness and prosperity of mankind. It is said that his kind and benevolent heart touches anyone who meets him. The recent disasters that are occurring worldwide seem to trouble him deeply. But he has a greater part in these events than anyone knows.
Once Elena is tainted by Valmar, he is sought out by her and Ryudo for help. He sends them to find the Granasaber, which leads the group to various locations and even crossing continents, in order to exorcise the Wings of Valmar within her.
When the party returns to St Heim Papal State, it is attacked by the Cathedral Knights, with Valmar's Moon overshadowing the city. After defeating the religious soldiers, their black blood reveals them to be not human. Encountering the fanatical Selene, it is revealed that she is possessed by Valmar's Heart and has been following the instructions of Zera. Selene defeated, Elena reveals to Ryudo that she has been collecting pieces of Valmar as part of Zera's assignment to her. Elena meets with His Holiness Zera and asks him if he really did implant Valmar's Heart into Selene. Zera doesn't deny it. Before he finishes, Ryudo and the other protagonists appear. Demanding answers from the suspected Pope, Zera agrees to answer their inquiries, as well as the reward he promised to Ryudo. He asks them to come inside the next room. Inside this room, Zera reveals to the party the truth of the aftermath of "The Battle Of Good And Evil" via astral projections of the past: In summary, Granas was defeated and killed, and Valmar was the victorious one. Mareg, in anger, protests at the pointlessness of acquiring the Granasaber. Zera casually responds that it is futile to use the sword of a dead god to defeat Valmar, who is about to be newly reborn. Elena, who is shocked by this, cannot believe these are the words of Pope Zera. Zera laughs and curses the now dead Melfice for not finding the Granasaber first, revealing the possessed Melfice to be an associate of Zera. His purpose was to free Valmar's Body from the Granasaber; if he had fulfilled his task, Zera wouldn't have needed Ryudo and Elena. His true goal was to collect Valmar's body parts to bring upon his revival, revealing Zera to be the true main antagonist of the story. Ryudo calls him a fool because the devil's trade lies within damnation. Zera doesn't deny Ryudo's words, but with Granas dead he has no choice but to use Valmar's power. Amidst the confusion, Zera captures Elena and teleports to Valmar's Moon, laughing manically.
After travelling to the inner depths of the organic Valmar's Moon, the party fights with the Egg Guardian and defeats it. Zera notices the commotion and welcomes them to the ceremony of Valmar's rebirth. Zera exorcises Millenia from Elena, who is encapsulated within the core of Valmar's Moon, with his powers. Zera greets the Wings of Valmar who is inside the core's nucleus. Despite his confusion of Millenia's reluctance to become the completed Valmar, Zera laughs and begins the ceremony regardless. During the ceremony, Zera reveals that he will discard his mortal body and allow his spirit to possess the newly-revived Valmar and become the perfect God. With the last of her strength, Millenia releases Elena from her confinement and transports the party outside of the Moon. Zera notices the Horns of Valmar are missing from the ceremony. Regardless, he proceeds with Valmar's revival, allowing himself to be consumed to become Valmar's will.
A benevolent and kind leader of the Granas Religion, everyone appears to be in awe by the Pope's charisma, including the cold and detached High Priestess Selene. In reality, however, his benevolence serves as a mask to hide his manipulative and dangerous nature. He has a god complex and views everyone, including his most devout followers, as pawns for his grand designs. His true objective is to gather all of Valmar's body parts to revive him so that he will become the Will of Valmar in the process, becoming the absolute, perfect God he envisions.
Abilities and WeaponryEdit
It can be assumed that his possession by Valmar has given Zera abilities beyond most humans. However, he is not seen in combat until he is completely absorbed by Valmar. The Brain of Valmar would have given Zera great power of manipulation and intelligence, which is the major weapon he uses throughout the game to deceive even those closest to him.
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