|Birth Date||c.1914 (Aged 23 by 1937)|
|Role||Gallian Army personnel|
|Valkyria Chronicles 3|
- "There was one person who told me I'm not the Grim Reaper."
- —Riela Marcellis, Valkyria Chronicles 3
Riela Marcellis (リエラ・マルセリス Riera Maruserisu?) is a Gallian soldier assigned to Squad 422 and is one of the main characters in Valkyria Chronicles 3. She is a Valkyria, a descendant of the ancient race known as the Valkyrur.
Riela has red eyes and long and two-toned flowing red hair fringed with silver near her hairtips. Her hair is tied with a black ribbon. She differentiates her appearance by wearing the Nameless Jacket and wearing a collared white shirt, a black corset and a red skirt. She also wears a belt with a pack fastened to it. She wears brown gloves, leggings with the Nameless colors emblazoned on them and long brown boots. She is noted by other Nameless members as having well-endowed breasts. Her concept art depicts her to have worn the standard apparel for female members of Nameless which retains the black motif of the squad.
In her beach outfit, she wears a pink two-piece swimsuit and retains the black ribbon to hold her long flowing hair.
In her wedding outfit, she ties her long hair back into a bun which emphasizes the silver half of her hair and wears a veil on her head accompanied by a tiara. She wears heart-shaped earrings. She also wears a pearl necklace. She wears a strapless wedding dress and while also wearing long, white sleeves.
In her Valkyrur form, her hair turns completely silver, her eyes turn a glowing red and she emits a radiant blue aura. Her alter-ego depicts her in the standard apparel for traditional and ancient Valkyrur.
- Valkyria Chronicles 3
|An innately kind and supportive young woman, Riela Marcellis's peculiar circumstances unfortunately pushed those positive traits into the background for much of her life. Riela was raised by her grandmother, who instilled in her a sense of pride regarding her ability to heal quickly from accidental injuries and resistance to illness. While her grandmother taught her that these special traits were thanks to Riela drinking milk every day to grow up strong, the reality of the situation was that Riela was a modern inheritor of the Valkyrur bloodline. Unlike other examples of modern Valkyrur, however, Riela exhibited a mix of outward traits, most notably her two-toned red and silver hair, making her an oddity to others and difficult to approach. Unfortunately, her appearance would not be the only cause for her infamy after the Empire began its incursion into Gallia. Taking on the duties of a Scout in the Gallian army, Riela was repeatedly involved in squads that were wiped out by the enemy, herself spared thanks to her body's enhanced ability to heal. As word of these incidents spread other soldiers began to refer to her as the "Grim Reaper," a jinx that cursed whoever she fought alongside to an untimely death. In order to prevent her from affecting morale any further, her superiors forcefully transferred Riela into Squad 422.|
- Expanded Biography (VC3)
- "A kind-hearted Valkyria plagued by the nickname "Grim Reaper""
- —VC3 COMPLETE ARTWORKS Description
|Riela was found abandoned in a tiny Gallian village when she was just a baby, and therefore has to no recollection of her biological parents. She was raised by an elderly couple, but became an orphan again last year when her adoptive mother, Riela's only surviving parent, passed away. It was around that time that the Gallian war broke out, and Riela enlisted in the Gallian Militia when she realized that her unusual appearance (silver hair and red eyes) made her an unwanted presence in the small village where she grew up. After only one month in the militia, Riela had gone through five different squads. Each squad had been wiped out during a failed mission, with Riela being the only survivor in each case. These events earned Riela the nickname "Grim Reaper", and she was transferred to Nameless as a way of getting rid of her.
Cheerful and deeply compassionate, Riela had stayed on the battlefield for as long as possible and made every attempt to save her squadmates during their missions, but failure and death proved to be unavoidable. Rumors about her eerie tendency to survive when others didn't made Riela infamous within the Nameless, and few wished to interact with her. Kurt was the first person to point out that there was no real evidence to suggest that Riela caused the demise of her fellow soldiers, and that a nickname like "Grim Reaper" was therefore unreasonable. Riela appreciated Kurt's efforts to free her of the stigma brought about by her nickname, and has since devoted herself to him unconditionally. Riela worked hard to be useful to Kurt and Nameless, and eventually came to be accepted by her squadmates.
The reason Riela had been able to survive where others had not was because her Valkyria healing ability was already active and had been for awhile, although Riela was not even aware of her special heritage. She eventually learned of her unique abilities from Förster, but Riela was afraid she would end up harming her allies and once again be the lone survivor if she tried to use her Valkyria powers, which she was not comfortable with or used to. Kurt reassured Riela that they would work through both the powers and responsibilities of her heritage together, and this gave Riela the confidence she needed to become a full Valkyria. Riela lived through the Gallian war and used her powers to protect her allies on many occasions. After the war, Riela was happily wedded to the love of her life.
Off the battlefield, Riela is a considerate and friendly girl. She is troubled by the fact that she gains weight easily, and she often has to buy new clothes because her breasts grow faster than any other part of her body. Riela has tried to lose weight through rigorous exercise, but such efforts have proven ineffective. She has a big appetite but dull taste buds, so she always gives strange feedback when Kurt asks her to try something he cooked. Riela's favorite beverage is milk, and though some might suggest that is what causes her breasts to grow rapidly, Riela insists that milk is the best source of calcium. As a collector of good luck charms, Riela has lots of strange items in her possession, but has yet to see a four-leaf clover or a shooting star.
Riela remained something of an outcast among outcasts early into her stint in the Nameless, as rumors of her had reached the squad's ears prior to her transfer and the death of their commander seemed to lend some credence to those rumors. Kurt Irving's timely arrival as replacement, however, gave her some new hope as to her future. She worked hard to be a boon to her comrades, at one point insisting on performing reconnaissance alone in order to protect her squad mates and prove that her "Grim Reaper" alias was undeserved. Riela's sincerity won over the other Nameless members, and she became a core member of the squad. At the same time, she began to nurture romantic feelings for Kurt thanks to his influence in her accomplishments. She took an aggressive stance in their relationship to try and bring Kurt out of his shell, but was often exasperated by his personality quirks. This new-found confidence would be turned on its head, however, after the Nameless's failed assault on Ghirlandaio. After Selvaria Bles scattered the 422nd with her show of force, Riela encountered Clementia Förster, who had taken notice of her during the battle. The professor presented Riela with a ragnite relic that could transform into a Valkyria lance and shield, with Riela's body suddenly reacting to its presence. In Förster's keen observation of Riela's reaction she noted some negative traits, and pronounced her "defective" before leaving. While Riela kept the Valkyrur weapon, the sudden revelation of her powers left her shaken.
It was not until the Nameless found themselves on the run from the Gallian army that Riela made the decision to use her Valkyria abilities. Her transformation bewildered the attacking troops, followed by a blast from her lance at a nearby canyon wall that scattered and demoralized them enough to give the 422nd a chance to escape. Förster's words proved true in that Riela's Valkyria transformation places a much heavier strain on her body compared to someone of Selvaria's strength and cannot maintain her powers for long periods of time, a fact that nearly spelled her death when Imca attacked her. With Kurt's support, though, she began to regain her spirit and used her powers at key moments when her squad mates were in desperate straits. Her powers also made her a target of Cardinal Gennaro Borgia, unable to allow the existence a Valkyria that did not live up to the godly perfection demanded by his faith. Despite the mounting threats to both Gallia and herself, Riela found strength in the bonds between her and her friends to go on fighting, staying by Kurt's side through the Nameless's many battles until the defeat of Dahau. Should the player choose to pursue a relationship with her, Riela continues to remain by Kurt's side following the Gallian War as his bride following a ceremony that reunited the members of the 422nd.
For information regarding Riela's stats, potentials and overall gameplay, please refer to:
For information regarding Riela's quotes, please refer to:
- Main article: Riela Marcellis/Other appearances
Riela has appeared as a character in the following spin-off titles:
- Valkyria Chronicles Duel as a playable character.
Riela has appeared as a guest character in the following titles:
- Project X Zone as a playable character.
- Lord of Knights as a playable character.
- Sangokushi Taisen as a playable character.
- Samurai & Dragons as a playable character.
- Chain Chronicle as a playable character.
For information regarding Riela's merchandise, please refer to:
- Riela's grounds for Namelessness was five failed missions (of which she was the only survivor in each case).
- Kurt, Imca, and Riela are playable characters in the 3DS game, Project X Zone from Namco Bandai Games, A Sega, Namco and Capcom character crossover strategy game.
- The Japanese voice actors for Kurt and Riela, Nakamura Yuuichi and Aya Endō, have both voiced the main characters Alto and Sheryl from the anime Macross Frontier, with May'n as the official singer for Sheryl Nome (as well as the singer for the second opening and endings of the anime).
- Riela Marcellis on the Heroes wiki.