|Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear|
|Game||Tales of the Abyss|
|Weight||117 lbs / 53 kg|
|Height||5'6" / 168 cm|
|Occupation||Princess of Kimlasca|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Michiko Neya|
Natalia is initially bossy to the entire party, even forcing Luke fon Fabre to let her join him on their trip to Akzeriuth by blackmailing him. Throughout the party's time in the Abandoned Factory, Natalia is rather haughty to the party and a constant annoyance, frequently berating Luke on how he should not be mixing with "commoners" and even taking over Luke's position as leader of the group. Her attitude only truly changes when Tear Grants saves her from being crushed beneath a monster. Later in the story, Natalia is shocked to find that Asch is her true fiance, and that the Luke she had known for the last several years is his replica. Despite Asch's claims of not being the same person he once was, Natalia claims she still loves him. These feelings are not unrequited, as Asch shows he still cares for Natalia on multiple occasions. It is at this point that Natalia becomes heavily dependent on Asch's support, causing future problems for the party later.
When the party arrives in Chesedonia in their attempt to end war between Malkuth and Kimlasca, Grand Maestro Mohs reveals to Natalia that she is not truly of noble blood. He claims the true princess was stillborn and Natalia was taken from the daughter of her wet nurse to replace the princess. Natalia is taken aback by the accusations and remains affected by them for a large portion of the story. When the party returns to Baticul to confront King Ingobert VI, she and Luke are declared impostors to the throne, as she is not of royal blood and Luke is a replica. King Ingobert sentences the two to death, intending to wage war against Malkuth once more. However, the two are saved by the rest of the party and escape with the help of Asch, Pere, the "White Knights", the Dark Wings, and Baticul's civilians. The civilians claim they do not care if Natalia is not of royal blood and that she is their princess because of the kind things she has done for them. The group later returns to Baticul, and Ingobert accepts Natalia as his daughter, commenting that being related by years of memories is more important than being related by blood.
It is later revealed that Natalia's real mother was a woman named Sylvia Oakland and her father is Badaq Oakland, also known as God-General Largo the Black Lion. The name given to her by her true parents was Meryl Oakland (メリル・オークランド Meril Ookurando?), though she continues to go by "Natalia". After discovering this revelation, Natalia goes into denial and goes to confront Largo. Largo states that both his wife and daughter died years ago, indicating he no longer thinks of Natalia as his daughter. The second time the party visits the Absorption Gate, Largo is waiting for them, and they battle. Natalia delivers the finishing blow to Largo, finally acknowledging him as her father.
Asch's death prompts Natalia to stop relying solely on the strength and words of others. When Luke tells the party that Asch has died, Natalia is broken and becomes unstable, and the group is nearly killed by Sync's trap as a result. Jade Curtiss helps Natalia finally realize how dependent she has been on Asch, and Natalia then apologizes to the party for her actions that nearly killed them. Natalia becomes able to overcome her shock of Asch's death, marking the end of her over-reliance on others. From this moment forward, Natalia no longer sees Luke and Asch as the same person, finally understanding they are two different people. She realizes that her promises made to Asch are no longer valid, that it is time to let them go, and that she must now move on with her life.
Appearance and Personality
Natalia dresses in a sophisticated manner, demonstrating her grace and refinement. While in the castle, she wears an aqua blue dress and is adorned with fine jewelry. Outside the castle, Natalia dons an adventure-style outfit consisting of a blue and white top with loose, white sleeves that trail down into matching white gloves and blue bandannas around her wrists. The collar of her top is ruffled and fitted around her neck with an orange bandanna. She wears thigh-high white boots that extend down to brown, heel-shaped boots. She has golden hair, which she keeps in place with a simple, brown headband, and carries a quiver for her arrows around her torso.
Natalia maintains a calm and mature attitude, which stems from her royal upbringing. Although she may seem demanding and somewhat harsh, she cares deeply for her kingdom and its people, and is strongly devoted to them. Her promise with Asch to change her country so that "no one has to be poor" and that "war never happens" is just one example of her love for Kimlasca. She is sometimes among her people as well, rather than just hearing about them from the castle, and it is obvious the people of Kimlasca love her dearly in return. When Natalia and Luke are declared impostors and sentenced to death, the civilians aid their escape by standing in the way of their pursuers, risking their lives in the process. To the people of Baticul, all that matters is that their princess, royal blood or not, is safe because of things she has done for them. She is a strong leader and passionate humanitarian. After the events of the Absorption Gate, she travels Auldrant to ensure that peace is kept between Malkuth and Kimlasca, as well as to help cities in need.
Natalia is a Seventh Fonist and archer who trained at the Lanvaldear School of Archery, providing her with the skills to attack targets from a safe range. As a Seventh Fonist, she can heal and support her allies with spells similar to the abilities of Tear. Unlike Tear, however, Natalia focuses on single-target healing with artes like Heal and Cure, as well as Revive being a similar counterpart to Tear's Resurrection. This makes her spells more potent and effective for individual allies. The only way she can provide area-based healing is through the use of the FOF Changes Healing Wind and Angel's Breath from the original artes Heal and Revive, respectively. She is also the only character who can learn Recover, allowing her to purge ailments without the use of an item or FOF Change.
Also, unlike other spellcasters, none of Natalia's fonic artes can be used offensively to damage enemies. Her spells primarily consist of support abilities that increase the statistics of her allies, such as Sharpness and Barrier. She also possesses unique, defense-altering artes that can affect an ally, Resist, or enemy, Scare Shot. Natalia is very capable at supporting a close-ranged ally. She can create arte chains that cause enemies to stagger and is able to hit several enemies at a time, all while maintaining a careful distance. Her arcane artes, Star Stroke, Star Embrace, and Gallant Barrage, all fire multiple arrows for an effective amount of damage. She also has the arte Cavalry, which prevents staggering for a short period, generally enough time for her to cast a spell without being interrupted.
Tales of Hearts
- Natalia is a female given name with the original Late Latin meaning of "Christmas Day".
- Natalia has a Kimlascan cruise liner named after her, the Princess Natalia, which is mentioned in Anise Tatlin's letter to Luke after the party defeats Van Grants the first time.
- In Tales of Vesperia, there is a letter in Nam Cobanda Isle that reads, "Natalia to Asch".
- Natalia's outfit appears as a DLC costume for Cheria Barnes in Tales of Graces.