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You wake up in an unfamiliar place. It seems you lost your way in this dead forest. You also think you hit your head pretty hard. You can't seem to remember anything about yourself, not even your name! You're pretty sure you have a name, but it's slipping from your mind.

Are you going insane? Probably.

But nonetheless, you figure you will try to retain some of your lost sanity and remember at least a few details about yourself.

What was your name again?

Nino is the main character, and the first character to be introduced. He is an amnesiac human boy who is a little wary of monsters. He can't recall why he woke up in the forest, or how he got to the monster world from the human world at all. His ability is Healing Hands, and chooses to fight with a sword.

His Mastery Level is Novice.

His Unique Stat is Charm.

Appearance[]

Nino has short chestnut brown hair, which comes down to slightly spiky ends that poke out around the sides, and folds up to two hair intakes above his bangs. Atop his head is a single cowlick, always isolated from the rest of his hair, giving him a semi-chaotic semi-combed hairstyle overall. His eyes are blue, which he personally describes as "very clear blue eyes, as clear as the shimmering ocean itself." [1] His outfit consists of a green shirt with brown short sleeves and a brown high collar, and two belts atop it, one across his waist and one wrapped around his torso like a shoulder sash. He wears brown shorts over white tights, and brown boots covering up to his ankles. It is stated that this outfit must come from money as seen from heavenly treats dialogue in Red tulip Town and further implied through comparing Nino's clothing to other people's outfits.

His looks have been described as "positively noble" by Kaji[2].

As a child[3], Nino's hair was more properly combed, and lacked the spiked ends he now has. He wore a white shirt with orange sleeves.

In the flashback he has to the orphanage in the human world[4], it is shown that he wore clothing resembling the children around him. It consisted of a baggy long sleeved white shirt, and a baggy pair of loose sky blue pants, which he was later shown changing from to his current outfit.

History[]

Early Life[]

Nino and his childhood guardians

Little is known about Nino's life prior to awakening in the monster world, though the few flashbacks that are shown indicate that as a child he lived a happy life with two adult guardians with whom he liked to garden. He seems to have been a curious young boy with a social outlook on life, learning how people work and learning surface level knowledge on many things.

Then in 4526, the War of the Barrier Breach occurred, with the fifteen-year-old Nino becoming caught in the conflict.[5] In that brief and turbulent period, it appears that Nino's guardians had died in Corona's torment, leading to him being admitted into an orphanage some time later. However, the orphanage would be very neglectful, leading to Nino taking charge of many of the younger children there.

Three years later, an accident befell the orphanage. One of the younger children, while playing alone near the Barrier, was caught in a rift and disappeared. Days later, her brutally mutilated corpse was found, with a bloody red spade carved through her chest and the words 'Don't mess with us' scratched into her arms. This incident would become the talk of the town, driving Nino to set out for the monster world seeking vengeance as well as an unspecified 'destiny.'

Waking up in the Monster World[]

One day, Nino awoke in the Forest of Illusions with no memory of who he was, where he was, or how he got there, only knowing that he came there for a purpose. Shortly afterwards he found, healed, and befriended the banished monster Five, and got a lantern which helped him navigate the dark forest, and a note which has proven to be useless. After heading deeper into the forest, they found flowers, which glowed a similar green to Nino's healing hands and took him to a flashback of his childhood guardians, and made him stand in place during the memory, Five unable to get Nino to respond, when he eventually came to he comforted Five and assured her that he was alright, as well as giving Five a flower crown to replace her old purple ones. The memory from the flower however, may just have been a mere haze. Nonetheless, after Nino touched the flowers he regained +1 remedy for his healing hands ability. Some time later on, the duo came across Ludwig. While the ghost-dog was initially hostile to the two, Nino was successfully able to calm him down and get him to tag along.

After some traveling, the group then encountered a disguised Aria Elwyn, who had ran into them whilst looking for Ludwig. Initially mistaking her for a monster, Nino led them on a chase through the forest while Aria followed. This would eventually be cut short however, by the appearance of two spears heading straight for them. Luckily Nino, Five, and Ludwig were able to stop running just before the first spear hit as Aria proceeded to shoot the second spear out of the way in a show of solidarity. 

Nino and Five meeting Aria for the first time

Having proven herself to be trustworthy, Aria joined the group, disguising Nino as a monster using her ability and helping to come up with an alibi to slip the two past the spear-wielding Royal Guard Kotori.




Personality[]

Nino's personality seems to shift between the start of Oceanfalls, and after the events of {s} Decimate. In the time he spent in the monster world, Nino was wary of monsters and danger in the foreign unusual environment he entered, but still was open to working together with others as seen with Aria, becoming friendly enough to even want to reassure her when she's feeling upset. He was also kind to Five and repeatedly tried to ease her worries, something that seems still consistent even after {s} Decimate. In the monster world, Nino was more trusting and friendly all around to people he didn't perceive as a threat, and was willing to risk his life to defend Aria and Five when it came down to it.

After {s} Decimate, Nino lost some part of his memories of the monster world, specifically his time with Five and Aria. From here on, he became more concerned with using others as means to an end to a degree, rather than completely treating them as individuals or as friends. Nino does not appear to think of himself as someone other people would actually want to be friends with, as he expresses in his thoughts when Meimona says that he is her first human friend. Although he's still open to working together with others, he's more wary and it takes situations like shared circumstances or common threats for him to agree to work together with Meimona, and later with Reed. He stays generally skeptical of his party members to a degree, and it doesn't seem to be entirely a healthy one. Five may be an exception to this treatment, since a child wouldn't pose a threat of turning on him, but so far they haven't interacted much. Despite his skepticism, Nino brings himself to believe in Meimona's luck, despite how illogical it feels to him.

Nino likes asserting his position as a party leader, so far taking charge of every encounter he's been in that involved other party members. He also usually places himself as the one to directly address or taunt their opponents, such as the encounter with Corona, and later with Kaji, despite Kaji's initial criminal target being Meimona and not Nino himself.

Nino has a rather childishly rude side to him, most prominently seen in his time with Meimona. Nino is not difficult to offend, and doesn't let it go easily if someone says something that undermines him in his eyes. Mei's frequent teasing leads the two to bicker back and forth quite a bit throughout many parts of {s} Icicle Bay Getaway, but ultimately, it is not unfriendly in nature.

Relationships[]

Five[]

Five hugs Nino in return for her yellow flower crown

Nino was initially alarmed by Five's transformed shape, but quickly realized that she wasn't a threat and took pity on the child, healing her back to an ordinary monster. Nino treated her very kindly, and promised to help find her friend and guide her to her home eventually. After the events with Corona transpired in {s} Decimate, he no longer has any memories of the time he spent with Five and Aria. Yet when the three are reunited later, Nino still responds kindly to Five's worries, and tries to reassure her when the party comes face to face with Kaji, even making sure she could get away safely before any dangerous combat starts. Five seems to trust Nino's promises very easily, much more than she does with Aria's, though she still likes both of them a lot. In the time he spent with Five, Nino was generally protective of the young monster, something that still seems to be a part of Nino as he currently is.

Aria[]

During Aria's first meeting with Nino, she was disguised as a monster, which caused Nino to panic. It took Aria protecting Nino from Kotori's spears for him to actually listen to her words, and realize that she wasn't a threat. Aria is the first person Nino accepted as a party member, and the two were quite friendly. Nino was rather protective of Aria, and tried to convince her to let go of her attachment to Kotori after the latter's betrayal. In {s} Decimate, Nino risks his life to save Aria's without hesitation. Currently, he shows no memories of their previous meeting, and thus is somewhat wary of Aria's excitement to see him again, although he still trusts her to remain a member of his party alongside Meimona and Reed.

Meimona[]

Nino's first meeting with Meimona was a little chaotic and puzzling for him. The two argued over who gets to keep Boyfriend, and Nino agreed to let her have the cat if she could help him with his amnesia. When faced by Kaji, he initially refuses working together with Mei, and tries to get away alone by using her as a scape-goat, seeing that she is a wanted criminal. However thanks to the circumstances of both being guilty of different crimes, he eventually agrees to work with the angel in order to escape their common threat. Meimona assists Nino in escaping from the Sea Patrol, and the two begin working together to find a way off of Icicle Bay and away from Kaji's watch. Nino comes to trust Meimona more than before, although the two often argue and poke fun at each another throughout their progress in Icicle Bay. Meimona becomes the third person to join Nino's party, after Aria did.

Nino struggles to fully comprehend Meimona's luck and belief power initially, but does bring himself around to believe in her later. Meimona states that it means a lot to her for someone to believe in her, and that she regards Nino as her first human friend. Nino himself is hesitant to think of her in the same way, figuring that it might be troublesome to be thought of in such a way. Nino seems to go back and forth on his mind on whether he can trust Meimona, or if he should keep her at arm's length since she might cause him to fall into more trouble, despite her good intentions. He doesn't think she's fully capable of turning on him, although he seems to stay wary of such a possibility. When the party prepares to face off against Kaji, Nino seems to trust Mei's judgement in Aria, and in her combat capabilities.

Reed[]

Little is seen in the relationship between the two, as they have just met, but Reed quickly became the fourth and final person to join Nino's party after Meimona. Nino was initially alarmed by Reed's demeanor in their first meeting, but the two had an off-screen conversation where they came to understand each other's position better. Nino sees Reed as a useful source of information and a dependable new ally, and he quickly become used to Reed's blunt and rude speech. So far, the two seem to generally get along thanks to their shared circumstances, but Reed does not hesitate to call Nino out to his face when he sees fit, to Nino's annoyance.

Etymology[]

Nino is a name of multiple origins, with both Spanish and Italian-Hebrew being the most popular, in Spanish the name simply means young boy while the Italian-Hebrew meaning of the name means God is gracious or merciful.

Trivia[]

  • Nino's birthday is on 8/11. In the story that makes him a Virgo[6], but in real life that would make him a Leo.
  • The yellow flowers Nino finds in the Forest of Illusions are likely from seeds that fell out of human army rations over the course of the Human-Monster War.
  • Nino, along with Kaji, Ruit and Suvillan are implied to have parties, Nino has already proven it with Aria, Meimona, and Reed. Kaji has the 3 members of the party consisting of the Sea Patrol, Ruit is implied to have a party of Ruit, Lune, Kaji, and Selene, while Suvillan is implied to have a party of Suvillan, Kotori, Corona, and Solis. Nino's party is associated with nothing, in contrast to the other 3 parties.
  • While he seems to be not the only one checking up on other party member's descriptions and characteristics, he is the only one able to deduce stats, though not his own.
  • Nino seems to exclusively know about stats and parties, and it is possible a similar ability is present in the other "main" team leaders. Aria's reaction to the party command was confusion, later Reed experienced a similar confusion when pressed on stats. This extends to the battle screen. Only encounters where Nino was present gift him with EXP, though not always and sometimes inconsistently. So far Nino has +7 diplomacy EXP.
  • Nino has likely had 2-3 years of sword training, due to him not having a sword in the Barrier Breach flashback, and him having it in the orphanage flashback, implies him as a minor, and we can easily see how he was able to train in the timeline.
  • Nino has knowledge on a large amount of topics, presumably from him reading and interacting with others, yet there are odd things which he knows about, such as checking for forgery on the sea pass.
  • Nino seems to have a darker side to his personality when he's regaining his memories.
  • Nino is ambidextrous, although he is predominantly right-handed. Interestingly, he seems to not be aware of that fact and believes himself to be right-handed.
  • Nino has a glitching effect on his memories compared to other people, while this is interesting in and of itself, him being an amnesiac, this extends to the illusions he sees. Illusions, which are based upon memories, have a glitching effect for Nino's forgotten past. The reason for all of the blood and chaos from his illusions/memories is unknown, though a few theories have been made.
  • Nino recognizes the smell of blood.
  • Nino, unlike Aria or Meimona, has to store his ability in his inventory.
  • Nino seems to be skilled at gauging people's capabilities and situations, as seen with Kaji and Corona.
  • Nino is implied to be the former owner of the lantern, as evidenced by him having a firefly around him during a flashback sequence, him knowing how the lantern works at a precise time for the firefly to the point where he can easily estimate the firefly's lifespan, and him being the most plausible candidate for carrying the lantern in the forest, being a human who doesn't have a way to hide themselves against monsters and no one else making a reference to the lantern.
  • Nino seems to have a special capability in predicting danger.
  • There seems to have been an error with Nino's clothing as seen here, he had a hole in his shirt from Aria's arrow, yet when he used his healing hands, which had no record of anything related to clothing, he was able to repair the stitches in his shirt. The hole is seen here, having Nino's skin compared to his clothing.
  • Nino being initially afraid of a party member or a companion in their first meeting, then later getting proven wrong on his assumptions, seems to be a running theme.
    • Five's transformed state alarms Nino, before he realizes she's harmless and heals her.
    • Nino initiates a fight encounter with Ludwig, thinking of the beast as a hostile enemy, before he realizes that Ludwig was just afraid of his sword.
    • Aria's monster disguise scares Nino and kicks off a chase between the two in the forest, until she protects him and he realizes that Aria isn't actually a monster, but a real human.
    • Boyfriend's rustling in the snow scares Nino, but upon discovering that it was just a winged cat, he's quickly charmed into adoring Boyfriend.
    • Meimona's entrance includes her effortlessly lifting off a mountaintop and throwing it to the sea, shocking Nino for a good while until he learns of her abilities as a lucky winged.
    • Reed's tone when addressing Nino in their very first conversation leads the latter to think Reed was going to hurt him, until he hears Reed's explanations and realizes his position makes for a potential ally.
    • It even happens when he reunites with Aria, falsely perceiving it as their first meeting due to amnesia. Nino, perhaps reasonably, perceives Aria rushing towards him with a hatchet as a threat, until he hears more about her from Reed.

References[]

  1. https://mspfa.com/?s=14456&p=733
  2. https://mspfa.com/?s=14456&p=813
  3. https://mspfa.com/?s=14456&p=84
  4. https://mspfa.com/?s=14456&p=631
  5. Nino's flashback here shows Corona standing over a battlefield in a turtleneck. Since Corona only started wearing a turtleneck around her twenties and that she was the one to enable the War of the Barrier Breach to take place, this means that the flashback could only occur during that time.
  6. https://oceanfalls.net/p/4955
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