Her death would cause Trace to attempt to bring her back by using black magic, which ends in disaster and almost destroys his mind.
Trace was about 18, he saw Saria for the first time and became smitten, trying to win her attention by going on foolish, usually dangerous quests.
He fought a dragon in her honor, though Saria took no notice.
Lady Nora, noticing this would usually tell him to just go and talk to her, in attempts to stop him from injuring himself or others with more pointlessly dangerous displays of power, and after the previous Grand Templar found Nora and Trace fighting on her courtyard, Trace was made to promise not to destroy the academy for a third time, and to pay for the damages already caused in the skirmish between himself and Lady Nora at that time.
Afterwards, Trace gathered himself and went to talk to Saria, (Nora mentions this being far more effective instead of fighting) and afterwards, Trace and Saria become very close.
On the first winter after they struck up a relationship, they chose to get married, and Trace bought their very first home together.
Trace also bought a slave, a female Keidran canid, which Saria was more than happy to voice her displeasure about. (Nora again mentions that the entire town probably heard the entire argument)
Trace and Saria decided then on to travel only as a couple, and on their journey Saria happens to notice Flora, four years previous to Flora meeting Trace.
She points this out to Trace, calling her cute, and Flora waves to them.
It's possible that this is the reason Trace spared Laura when he found the village where she was kept, as he mentioned Laura "looks like her."
In the afternoon of May 9th, 477, after Trace had experimented with Dark Mana, the young couple retired to their cabin in the woods. When they (Trace and Saria) arrived at their home, a male Keidran thief from the wolf clan shoots a couple of poisoned arrows at them, attempting to rob them.
The first arrow, intended for Saria, barely managed to hit her, leaving an open wound on her left arm.
The second, aimed for Trace was deflected by way of a shield spell, after which the Keidran thief fled.
Trace asked Saria if she was okay, to which she replied she'd be fine.
He then tells her to lock the door, and begins to chase the Keidran, though it's not mentioned whether or not he actually succeeds in catching him.
He returns eventually, to find Saria dead, long before he arrived, as the two of them were unaware that the arrows were poisoned. Trace attempted to resurrect her by way of magic, which ends in disaster.
The resulting spell created makes use of both natural and black magic, and ends up nearly killing Trace in the process.
He's found, half dead, by Saria's body, his mind corrupted by the very magic he used in trying to save her, and in the years to come that corruption set into madness.
He spent the next two years in his room studying, gathering his strength in an effort to challenge the Grand Templar herself, and succeeds, cursing her in the process of doing so by imperfectly transforming her into a Keidran.
The current inner-circle council is killed shortly thereafter, replaced by another of his own choosing; Euchre takes the place of Master Strategist.
Trace's mind is still twisted in trying to resurrect Saria, and as a result the Templar's focus is redirected to that of an army, rather than a mage guild, though he also came up with the idea of building Mana towers.
SPOILER WARNING: PLOT DETAILS FOLLOW
Around two years after Trace became Grand Templar, he was attacked whilst hunting Flora, his memories sealed away by the mask known as Ephemural/Neutral, just as he nearly succeeded. This is where the story begins.
During the battle with Ephemural, Trace hears a voice, presumably of Saria's which tells him "I don't have much time" and that "If she truly loves you, she will hear it".
Saria later met with Trace in what appears to be a very powerful illusion manifested by Ephemural. A whole city, in fact.
Trace finds out that Saria is his wife, but retains no memory of her, and once Ephemural is defeated after possessing Flora, the illusory city fades.
Keith notifies Trace of this, and the two of them exit through the back of the cabin they'd been staying in, to find themselves surrounded by forests, and a stream.
Saria speaks to Trace once more, asking him if they remembered this place, as they used to visit it all the time, before Saria died, and Trace became power hungry.
Trace admits he has no memory of the place, and Saria decides that it's best he doesn't remember after all.
Saria then lies that they were not married after all, and instead says that they once knew each other, a long time ago, and her only reason for returning was because of Ephemural bringing her - She had to see Trace one last time.
She's later seen fading away as a spirit above her grave, with the markings returning, detailing the following
449 - 477
Loving wife of an honorable Templar, Killed by Keidran.
May your soul rest, and your death one day be avenged.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Saria is soft-spoken and usually shy, but not afraid to speak out when she needs to. She holds Keidran to a much more equal status than most other humans of the series, such as when she comforts Roselyn before her bearing at the Dragon Masquerade. Despite this, she holds a certain view that courtship should be of the same race and around the same age, as she finds Lady Nora inappropriate for "hanging off" of Trace.
Saria also holds a certain amount of mistrust to the Templars, as she says that despite liking Trace, she can't be with him due to the orders mistreatment of the Keidran.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=222
- ↑ http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=183