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|Game||Tales of Zestiria|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Satoshi Hino|
Michael (ミケル Mikeru?) was the last Shepherd in Glenwood before Sorey in Tales of Zestiria. He was the founder of Camlann, the Origin Village, and was indirectly responsible for the primary conflict in the game's plot.
At some point, Michael became a Shepherd with Lailah as his Prime Lord. During his journey, he secretly lured Maotelus from Pendrago Shrinechurch to Artorius's Throne. He then left Lailah to found Camlann, living there with his sister, Muse, and her newborn son, Mikleo. He also wrote the Celestial Record, but did not include any mention of himself in its pages; therefore, the last Shepherd is commonly believed to have lived 200 years prior to the events of the story.
However, because Camlann was strategically located, Rolancian troops occupied the village under General Georg Heldalf, under the pretense of protection from Hyland, ironically causing friction between the nations. Furthermore, the soldiers were stationed in Artorius's Throne, angering Maotelus, of whose presence they were unaware. When Hyland eventually sent forces to raid Camlann, however, Heldalf withdrew his troops and abandoned the village to its fate.
Muse escaped and went to Artorius's Throne to beg for help, and Michael followed her to find the temple set ablaze by Hylander troops. Lying on the ground, separated from her son, Muse implored Michael to save the child. Though he was able to reach Mikleo through the flames, he realized that both the baby and Maotelus had become hellions. He then approached the altar and killed his nephew as a sacrifice, cursing Heldalf with the ensuing malevolence. Shortly following this, Michael lost his life, though it is not clear how he died.
Appearance and Personality
Michael has dirty-blond hair reaching almost to his shoulders, with bangs swept to his left. His eyes are lavender. He wears a white shirt under an open, long-sleeved dark blue jacket, secured with a black belt, white leggings, and low-heeled black boots with the tops folded over at the knee. He wears a fingerless black glove emblazoned with Maotelus's crest on his left hand.
- Though Muse is stated to be Michael's sister and Mikleo his nephew, the description of one of the Iris Gems states that the previous Shepherd founded a village with his "wife and son".