|Game||Tales of the Abyss|
|Height||6'9" / 211 cm|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Tessho Genda|
|Character Designer||Kousuke Fujishima|
Largo the Black Lion (黒獅子ラルゴ Kurojishi Rarugo?), once known as Badaq Oakland, the Lion of the Desert (バダック・オークランド、砂漠の獅子王 Badakku Okurando, Sabaku no Shishiou?), is a major antagonist in Tales of the Abyss and one of the six God-Generals. He is the 1st Division Commander and leader of the shock troops in the Oracle Knights.
Largo was born in Baticul as Badaq Oakland in N.D. 1969 and eventually became a mercenary guarding caravans traveling to the merchant city of Chesedonia. In N.D. 1997, he married Sylvia Oakland, who later took his name, on Gnome-Redecan 35. Two years later, in N.D. 1999, Sylvia gave birth to Meryl Oakland, who was later swapped with the princess of Kimlasca, Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear, daughter of King Ingobert VI and Olivia Kimlasca-Lanvaldear. Sylvia's mother, Maggie, performed the replacement, which took place due to the true princess being stillborn, and afterward, Meryl would be known as "Natalia". This change was foretold in the Score. Distraught, Sylvia threw herself in Baticul's harbor and drowned. A few days later, Largo barged into the castle in an attempt to take his daughter back, but he was arrested and exiled. He wandered Auldrant until he met Van Grants, who convinced him to join forces by denouncing the Score.
Role in the Plot
Largo first appears during the assault on the Tartarus, where he is nearly killed by Jade Curtiss, miraculously surviving a grave spear wound after inflicting Jade with a Fon Slot Seal. Largo fights the group alongside Sync at the Zao Ruins and with Legretta and Arietta on Mt. Roneal. An avalanche occurs due to the fight on Mt. Roneal, and the Oracle trio falls into the ravine, but saved by Arietta's monsters. During the fall, Largo loses a locket, which Luke fon Fabre later finds. Afterward, Largo serves as the mediator in the duel between Arietta and Anise Tatlin in the Cheagle Woods. When Arietta dies, Largo carries her body away, telling Anise not to mourn for her enemies and that he enact revenge for Arietta's sake. Luke then throws the locket he found on Mt. Roneal to Largo, beckoning him to reveal his true identity. However, Largo declines and retreats.
Largo reappears as the emissary of the New Order of Lorelei to the Kingdom of Kimlasca, attempting to persuade the King Ingobert VI to join the New Order. He also confirms that he is Natalia's true father, but that he has lost faith in having any sort of paternal relationship. The group fights Largo one last time at the Absorption Gate after he allows the revived Van to escape. Upon defeat, Largo rushes to take Luke with him, but he is fatally wounded by one of Natalia's arrows. Luke then asks Largo why the God-Generals are cooperating with Van when they both want the same thing: a world free from the Score's influence.
Largo tells Luke that, despite their goal being the same, their beliefs on how to achieve this goal are different. Van believes the world should be destroyed and replaced by one with replicas, while Luke and his companions believe people can begin anew, and that there is no need for a replica world. Afterward, Largo warns Luke not to show mercy to his enemies or else he will never defeat Van. He bids farewell to his daughter as he dies, calling her by her real name, which causes Natalia to acknowledge him as her father. Largo's body is then engulfed in light, and he vanishes as his fonons separate.
- Most of the God-Generals' assumed names derive from musical terms. Largo derives from the musical term of the same spelling, which is a very broad and slow tempo, a reference to Largo's stature and lack of mobility in battle.
- A retrospective hint that Natalia is Largo's daughter comes with the remark that she has the stamina of a farmhand, indicating that he has passed his great physical strength on to his daughter.
- In the Abyss Replica Facility, the group finds replicas of Arietta, Largo, Legretta, and Sync created by Dist, who the group suspects trained and sealed the replicas in the facility. The replicas engage the group in battle and are killed.