|Birth Date||c.1920 (Aged 17 by 1937)|
|Affiliation||Lanseal Military Academy|
|Role||Lanseal cadet (former)|
Army squad commander
|Unit Class|| Shocktrooper|
|Valkyria Chronicles 2|
Valkyria Chronicles 3
- "I'm going to become a hero and change the way people look at Darcsens...!"
- —Zeri, Valkyria Chronicles 3
- Valkyria Chronicles 2
|A highly intelligent young man, Zeri enrolled at the Lanseal Military Academy to prove himself and help his people overcome the prejudice they faced everyday. Placed into Class G alongside Avan Hardins and Cosette Coalhearth, Zeri remained aloof from his class' antics but was quick to react to insults from Class A chair Juliana Everhart. After Class G's first engagement under Avan's leadership, the two young men developed a rivalry that slowly grew into mutual respect and friendship. Though Avan was officially Class G's chair, Zeri was often the voice of reason and proposed many of the strategies the class employed.|
- Freshmen Cadet Guide
|A top notch scholar who can be reliable in making rational decisions. His combat abilities are exceptional too, and having him present in the middle of the field can offensively and defensively stabilize any squad. He brings competitiveness and honor to Class G which will resonate to many cadets in our academy, especially because of his Darcsen background.|
- Expanded Biography (VC2)
- "My intention was to communicate your incompetence."
- Intelligent Young Darcsen who excels at both Academic and Martial Training
| Zeri was born to Darcsen parents living in the capital city of Randgriz. When the Empire invaded Gallia, Zeri was not victimized by the Darcsen hunting or the forced labor that was inflicted upon many Darcsens in Fouzen and the Gallian borderlands. Still, he suffered his fair share of prejudice and persecution just for being a Darcsen.
All of the hatred Zeri had to put up with while growing up left him with a strong desire to make the world respect Darcsens as equals. This desire was so strong that Zeri started to question the wisdom of what he perceived to be the passive stance of tolerance practiced by most Darcsens.
As he grew older, Zeri's desire to have Darcsens respected gradually turned into a desire to be respected as an individual. Knowing how difficult it would be to gain the respect he wanted, Zeri took to learning and improving his skills from a young age. Keeping up with the political and economical climate of the country became a daily ritual for Zeri. He also spent some time exploring the academic studies and leisurely activities favored by the nobles. Of all the different skills Zeri came to acquire, he felt that fencing and chess in particular had helped to hone his physical finesse, focus, and ability to make split-second decisions. Zeri continues to practice fencing and chess as hobbies. Having established himself as a bright young scholar and athlete, Zeri was accepted into one of the more famous high schools in Randgriz.
At the conclusion of Gallia's intense struggle against the Empire, it was revealed that the members of the royal Randgriz family were of Darcsen descent. With the support of her countrymen, Cordelia went on to accept the title of Archduchess, which shocked and encouraged Zeri in equal measure.
It was around this time that Zeri was scouted by Lanseal Royal Military Academy. Everyone knew Lanseal to be a gateway for the future military elite, and Zeri was not about to let this opportunity pass him by. By enrolling in this prestigious academy, Zeri hoped to gain the respect he had been striving for since childhood.
- Longing to be a Hero for his People
|The Darcsens had long been the targets of unjust persecution. Even after Cordelia revealed the truth behind the conspiracy against Darcsens, the prejudices that had been ingrained in the people for so many generations did not simply evaporate. The Darcsen motto instructs Darcsens not to retaliate against acts of hatred, but Zeri is convinced that it will take more than mere patience to rid the world of the prejudices plauging his people. If only a Darcsen could become an undeniable "hero," someone who people of every race would respect and admire, then Darcsens would have a real chance of reclaiming their place as fellow human beings. Zeri has sworn an oath to himself that he will become that hero.|
- Calm, Cool, and Collected
|Zeri is a very quick thinker but would never speak kind words simply to appease someone. Even if he knows his words will upset someone, Zeri can't help but point out flaws he notices in a person or their actions.|
- Zeri's Return
|When it comes to emotions, Zeri thinks it is "embarrassing" to express how one feels. Contrary to this belief, however, Zeri revealed a more passionate side of himself through his reckless actions at Anthold.|
- Risky Rescue
|"I told you, I'm becoming a hero. I need to keep you alive to see that." With these words, Zeri reached his hand out to Avan. In response, Avan grabbed Zeri's hand, and the two were pulled to safety.|
- Lesser-known Sides of Zeri
|Despite the fact that Zeri is a Darcsen, his sharp intelligence and handsome appearance have earned him a fan club on campus. What these starry-eyed Zeri fans don't know is that he has slightly less mature qualities to him as well. Zeri's competitive and, at times, childish sides can be seen in events such as the one where Avan steals Zeri's snack during lunch and is subsequently chased by an angry, fork-wielding Zeri. The usually calm Zeri has also been known to lose his cool when teased by Avan.|
- Expanded Biography (VC3)
- "An intense young man who plans to become a hero in order to change society's view of Darcsens."
- —VC3 COMPLETE ARTWORKS Description
| Zeri is a mature, young Darcsen living in Randgriz City. Growing up in the capital city as a Darcsen was never easy for Zeri, but the endless persecution and abuse he suffered taught him to remain calm at all times. Whenever Zeri was accused of theft merely because he was a Darcsen, Zeri would coolly stand his ground and discuss the flaws in the logic of the people accusing him until they had no choice but to admit they were mistaken.
Zeri believes that the quickest way to change the common Gallian's perception of Darcsens is to make them acknowledge a Darcsen's true worth. To this end, Zeri has always worked harder than everyone else to improve himself, which forged him into a particularly competitive individual.
After the Gallian Campaign, Zeri's excellent academic achievements and physical aptitude got him into Lanseal Royal Military Academy. Zeri studies hard at the academy in hopes of becoming a great military hero, a feat he believes will change society's opinion of Darcsens.
Valkyria Chronicles 2
During his time at the academy, Zeri drew both admirers and detractors. Quite a few of the female student body were drawn to him and even formed a fan club. Others were slower to warm up to the Darcsen cadet, not least because of his heritage. However, as Class G continued its string of successes against the other classes at Lanseal and on the battlefield against the rebels, Zeri earned the grudging respect of his peers. As the war took an ever greater toll on the Darcsen population, Zeri revealed to his friends his desire to become a hero that all would have to acknowledge despite his heritage.
Dedication to that goal however put Zeri at odds with Avan when the latter was prepared to defy orders in order to participate in the defense of Yuell. Zeri initially refused to even consider the notion, citing breach of military protocol. Enraged, Avan proceeded anyway, taking Cosette with him when the rebels struck the city. Zeri however proved true to his friends and convinced the headmaster to authorize the deployment of Class G outside of Lanseal's jurisdiction. Their timely arrival ultimately foiled Audrey Gassenarl's attempt to seize the city and prevented Randgriz's encirclement. Following Class G's return, Zeri joined the rest of his class in pleading for clemency for their class chair. Their efforts ultimately succeeded and Avan was sentenced to a few days of solitary confinement instead of being court martialed.
These events solidified the friendship between Zeri, Avan, and Cosette, and Zeri even took the time to tutor Avan to help raise the latter's abysmal academic record. In the meantime, the frosty antagonism between Zeri and Julianna softened after Zeri defended her after Class A's defeat in the Lanseal Laevatein competition. The two soon found several common interests and could often be seen discussing, or rather debating, matters ranging from politics to engineering. Through her interaction with Zeri, Julianna's attitude toward Darcsens in general began to soften and her respect for the talented young man grew into attraction. Zeri however remained oblivious of this until tragedy struck.
When rebel forces struck Lanseal, Zeri joined his classmates in defending their home. However, as they were being overpowered by the V2's, Julianna appeared, having been transformed into an Artificial Valkyria. Though Julianna was successful in defending her friends and defeat several V2's, she was mortally wounded after engaging Dirk Gassenarl. As Zeri held her, Julianna confessed to Zeri and called him by his name, the first time she had done so. Julianna ultimately succumbed to her wounds, leaving a grief-stricken Zeri cradling her.
After the rebel's withdrawal, Zeri remained at Lanseal and participated in further operations against the rebels. As the rebel leadership attempted to flee to the Federation from the port city of Anthold, Lanseal's surviving classes worked together to slow them down. To break through the rebel defenses and reach the harbor, Avan devised a plan to destroy Anthold's aqueduct and flood rebel positions. Zeri volunteered for the task and while his fellow students distracted the GRA with a frontal assault, he infiltrated rebel lines to plant the charges. After setting the timer however, Zeri was discovered by a rebel patrol and was unable to escape the blast. Despite the odds, Zeri survived the collapse of the aqueduct and rejoined Class G for their final assault.
Once on board the battleship Dandarius, Zeri pointed out that the warship's main gun needed to be disabled if the Gallian navy was to stand any chance against it. Following his instructions, Class G succeeded in crippling the Dandarius before confronting Baldren Gassenarl himself. Despite being transformed into an Artificial Valkyria, Baldren was defeated by Zeri and his classmates. With the arrival of the Gallian navy, the Dandarius began sinking and the Lanseal cadets evacuated. Avan and Zeri were the last two off, barely making it as the battleship exploded around them.
After graduating from Lanseal, Zeri joined the regular army. Despite continued prejudice against Darcsens, Zeri impressed his superiors with his brilliance and skill and was granted command of a squad.
Valkyria Chronicles 3
Zeri is first seen in Valkyria Chronicles 3 being accosted by a male who is accusing him of stealing his golden pocket watch, to which Zeri proclaims that he had no partaking in the theft. Kurt intervenes, telling Zeri to chew on a piece of candy while he defuses the situation with logic and reasoning. Afterwards the two talk briefly, with Zeri initially believing that Kurt dislikes Darcsens, only to be told by Kurt that he was grateful for Darcsens, and that he could not be in the position he was today without the aid of a Darcsen. The two part afterwards, with Zeri evacuating the town with the rest of the citizens.
Later, Zeri aids Nameless in taking back a town after it comes under fire from Imperial soldiers.
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- Main article: Zeri/Other appearances
Zeri has appeared as a character in the following spin-off titles:
- Valkyria Chronicles Duel as a playable character.
Zeri has appeared as a guest character in the following titles:
- Samurai & Dragons as a playable character.
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- It is possible that Competitive potential is activated more than once on his turn. The potential's effect seems to wear off when Zeri left an enemy and get reactivated when he approach another enemy.
- A second version of Zeri exists, available via password. "Zeri" is an Armored Tech, told apart from Zeri proper by his lack of glasses. Personality wise, "Zeri" takes the Darcsen Pride potential, and skews it - he loses combat ability when a non-Darcsen unit present nearby.
- Zeri makes a cameo in Valkyria Chronicles 3 and is a playable character for one mission.