|Game||Tales of the Abyss|
|Height||5'4" / 162 cm|
|Weight||110 lbs / 50 kg|
|Occupation||Locrian Sergeant in the Order of Lorelei|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Yukana|
|English Voice Actor||Nicole Balick|
|Character Designer||Kousuke Fujishima|
Tear Grants (ティア・グランツ Tia Gurantsu?), birth name Mystearica Aura Fende (メシュティアリカ・アウラ・フェンデ Meshutiarika Aura Fende?), is the main female protagonist in Tales of the Abyss. She is a Seventh Fonist in the military wing of the Order of Lorelei, the religion overseeing Yulia Jue's Score. She lost both parents when she was still an infant, and has been raised as a warrior ever since. Tear is staid and reserved, giving her a cold air, but when not chastising Luke, she is polite and respectful to all, particularly to those in positions of authority. She also has a secret weak spot for cute things. A certain incident leads to her joining with Luke on his adventure.
The Fende family was originally from the island of Hod which was destroyed in the Hod War that left a large portion of the continent devastated by its effects. The island fell into the Qliphoth, taking both Tear's mother who was pregnant with her at the time and Van Grants, her older brother, into the miasma-filled world under Auldrant's crust. The only reason they were not killed from the miasma is because Van sang one of Yulia Jue's Fonic Hymns, which saved them from the poisonous gas. Raised by Van, the Commandant of the God-Generals, and her adopted grandfather, Mayor Teodoro of Yulia City. She quickly joined the Order of Lorelei when she was of age. She is a Locrian Sergeant in the Oracle Knights "Intelligence Division", a section of the Oracle of Lorelei that presides over the Score. Tear's detached demeanor came from her mentor, Legretta, Van's assistant and one of the six God-Generals. To this day Tear considers Legretta the reason why she became so cold, concise and calculating, as well as wanting Van's approval.
It has been said that Tear and her family are the descendants of Yulia, the original fonist who discovered the Seventh Fonon and as a result, Tear is able to use it. However, unlike those that are able to use the Seventh Fonon, she is currently the only one to date save for Yulia that is able to use the Grand Fonic Hymn, a compilation of seven Fonic hymns, that provide its recipient with increased statistics which makes them more or less invincible for a time.
At the beginning of the story, Tear discovers that Van is determined to destroy the main world, and takes an assignment from Grand Maestro Mohs to locate the Seventh Fonstone in order to get to the Outer Lands. Along the way, she crosses through a portal and breaks into the Fabre manor where she finds Van, feigning as young Luke fon Fabre's swordmaster and mentor, and proceeds to attack him but Luke steps in the way, blocking her assault. Without either Tear or Luke knowing that he possesses the power of the Seventh Fonon, a hyperresonance occurs between them and sends the two into the Malkuth Empire. Once realizing that they are no longer in Baticul, Tear promises to get Luke back home and they set out not knowing that they are in enemy territory.
Just as they make it out of Tataroo Valley and hitch a ride on a passing wagon, they see a Colonel Jade Curtiss's dreadnought chasing another coach across toward the Rotelro Bridge. The coach tosses out some explosive barrels which destroys their quickest way out, forcing Tear and Luke to take shelter in a nearby town known as Engeve, the main farming town of the Malkuth Empire. Once they pass the threshold of the city they find themselves drawn deeper into the plot that threatens to leave Auldrant in its wake.
Appearance and Personality
Despite a usually cold demeanor, Tear actually loves anything "cute", including Mieu, the bearer of the Sorcerer's Ring. But despite this, she is oddly afraid of ghosts, which was shown in the Abandoned Factory in the animation, where she screamed when Jade, noticing her sudden cautiousness, called her, and when Anise brought up the probability of ghosts, she hastily moved forward, claiming that the probability won't occur, and she hit her head on loose wires, she panicked and shrieked loudly, and at Mt. Roneal in the game, where Jade brought up a ghost story of a woman who died there, she quickly moved forward, trying to avoid hearing the story. She is modest about her own body and avoids revealing too much whenever possible. For instance when the Malkuth emperor, Peony IX, gives her a bikini that is too risque for her, she opts out for a rented one piece with a garter belt for her throwing daggers thus giving her the title Rental Beauty. She also gets angry when her body becomes a subject of jokes, for instance, in a skit where Anise Tatlin says she dreams of having grown-up body as well developed as Tear's, Luke blurts out that there is no way Anise could develop "melons", referring to her breasts, as big as hers, and Tear gets embarrassed and immediately scolds the two, forgetting their current situation.
Along with her interests is her romantic interest. Throughout the game, Tear develops feeling for Luke. Everyone in the group seems to notice Tear's feeling for Luke, except Luke himself. There have been many hints from the others to Luke that Tear likes him, but all of them seem to fly over Luke's head. The duo has been made fun of by the others in the group. There is a skit when the two are arguing, and Guy Cecil and Anise Tatlin tell the two to break up their "lover's quarrel", which they respond by blushing while they immediately deny it. In a scene in Nam Cobanda Isle, when the group meets another Ant Lion Man, the player is given a choice to say which character is most important to Luke. If the player picks Tear, Tear disappears and Luke starts to panic. When he meets up with her, Luke admits that he was worried about her. Tear blushes and asks if he really was which leads to Luke making up an excuse about why he was worried. This leads to Tear's disappointment, and Luke calling himself an idiot. Yet, Luke does try to express his affections for her. The night before the group's final battle, Luke seems to attempt to tell Tear something important, but, in the end, is too nervous to say it.
It also further implicated within his diary that he was going to reveal his love for Tear. However, he decided against it since he believed that announcing his feelings would cause her pain as he was unsure if he would survive past the final battle due to the continuous deterioration of his fonons. They both supported each other when the other was risking their life to save the world. At the very end of the game, after the battle with Van, each member of the party says something to Luke. When Tear's turn comes, she makes Luke promise to return home and tells him that she would continue to wait for him forever if she had to. As she turns to leave, she quietly tells Luke that she loves him. When a person who bares an appearance similar to Luke appears in Tataroo Valley on the eve of Luke's coming-of-age ceremony, she asks him why he is there. He responds that he made a promise to someone, referring to his promise to Tear to return.
Tear is a Seventh Fonist capable of casting unique spells known as Fonic Hymns. While Natalia's healing artes focus on single targets, Tears utilizes area-based healing artes such as Healing Circle and Revitalize. Apart from being one of the primary healers of the game, the aforementioned Fonic Hymns also grant powerful offensive spells such as Judgment and Grand Cross. Similar to Legretta, she can also make use of Eclair de Larmes, Holy Lance, and Resurrection. While she primarily remains a long-ranged caster, she is adept to fighting up close as well.
Tear wields various staves and wands typical of the healer class, but her regular attack is unique in that her weapon fires out small orbs of fonic light a short distance, allowing her to keep enemies away. Some of her close-ranged artes consist of Nocturnal Light, Severed Fate, and Banishing Sorrow, which can be altered via FOF Changes into Inlay Nocturne, Fatal Circle, and Searing Sorrow, respectively. Tear is the only character who possesses spells that solely create FOF Circles, namely Invoke Ground, Invoke Aqua, Invoke Flame, and Invoke Gale.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
Tear is a playable character in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, classed as a Priest with the "Mysterious Intruder" title. She appears along with Luke, having to cope with the latter's selfishness and arrogance because she feels responsible for taking him out from his safe mansion. While they use their time going around and look for a way to get home, they are in the end asked by Mormo to give them their help while they still are in Terresia.
They agree to this, and are afterward available to use as party members in the Ad Libitum chapter in Gavada. While staying there, she shows her interest for cute things, as she becomes obsessed with Mormo and the Gavada chapter's leader, Eugene Gallardo from Tales of Rebirth. It is stated that Luke and Tear reached Terresia though a hyperresonance reaction, much like what spirited them away to Malkuth in the beginning of the game. They also leave through another hyperresonance reaction, making many fans believe that, before landing in Malkuth, they came to Terresia, but forgot about it when they came back to Auldrant.
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2
Tear and most of the Tales of the Abyss characters appear as playable characters in the sequel of Radiant Mythology. Tear is first seen when the Protagonist and the guild on the Van Eltia see her ship being attacked out on sea. Tear with Luke, Guy, and Jade flee to the Amell Caves and stay in there until they manage to recover from the attack. After the player gets the story mission to go save him and along with the others, Tear is located on the deeper end of the first level on the dungeon looking for Luke and Guy as a order from Jade.
After the player defeats Guy on the second level, she and Jade show up to prevent another fight from starting. She heals Luke of his injuries and then heads to the ship with the others to report to Chat and will be available to be called out into the players party. Later Tear and the Protagonist are forced to go with Leon Magnus to the Mescal Mountains to place an object to awaken Niata. There they are stopped by Barbatos Goetia and are forced to fight him. After defeating Barbatos, they place the object on the altar in the area, she returns to the ship with the others after. The staff uses throughout the entire game is her weapon the "Fonic Staff".