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  • Rudy Roughnight
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  • Rudy Roughnight is a young Wanderer (Dream Chaser in the original) who is making a living doing odd jobs at various towns around the world. Rudy was orphaned with the death of his adopted 'grandfather', Zepet. He came under the care of Mayor Pifer of Surf Village for several years until during one of his jobs, one of the village children Tony enters the dangerous Berry Cave in search of a holy berry, which can heal any wound, to save his injured father. When Rudy goes to find the child, he is forced to use his ARM, the Hand Cannon in order to save him. But in doing so reveals that he has one of the ancient weapons from the wars, an ARM which however scares the villagers even more than the monster he had defeated. The villagers immediately vote to banish him. He happens to drift to the city
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  • Rudy Roughnight is a young Wanderer (Dream Chaser in the original) who is making a living doing odd jobs at various towns around the world. Rudy was orphaned with the death of his adopted 'grandfather', Zepet. He came under the care of Mayor Pifer of Surf Village for several years until during one of his jobs, one of the village children Tony enters the dangerous Berry Cave in search of a holy berry, which can heal any wound, to save his injured father. When Rudy goes to find the child, he is forced to use his ARM, the Hand Cannon in order to save him. But in doing so reveals that he has one of the ancient weapons from the wars, an ARM which however scares the villagers even more than the monster he had defeated. The villagers immediately vote to banish him. He happens to drift to the city of Adelhyde and falls quickly under the employ of Emma Hetfield in clearing out Lolitha's Tomb, along with Cecilia Lynne Adelhyde the Princess of Adlehyde and Jack Van Burace the Treasure Hunter. Once their mission is complete, however, demons invade the town of Adlehyde and his real adventure begins. Rudy's story is that of an outsider desperately wanting to be accepted. He has always shown unique abilities, such as using ARMs or having abnormally high strength, and this has alienated him from the rest of society more than once. This emotional scar even causes him to falter in using his ARM at one point! Despite this emotional issue, Rudy is brave, noble, and selfless. When forced to sever his own arm to defeat Zeikfried, it is revealed that he is an artificial lifeform, reconstructed from the legendary Holmcross weapon. The pain of this realization is so great that Rudy slips into emotional despair until freed by Cecilia. Rudy's affections are sought by both Cecilia and Jane Maxwell, and it's more than a hinted that he returns their affections, but hasn't probably truly addressed his feelings for either of them. Indeed, when the love triangle is openly exposed, Rudy seems oblivious as to what the implications of it would mean. Both Hanpan and Jack, however, express their sympathy for his upcoming plight. In Wild Arms 5, however, Mariel is also pushed into the triangle, making it a quadrangle of sorts. Though Rudy is, probably, the most in-depth character of the main group, he actually has very few lines, fulfilling his role of 'silent protagonist'. In the Alter Code version of the game, this is played up for laughs more than once, particularly in the final confrontation with Zed (who accuses him of constantly making jokes at Zed's expense). Rudy is not mute, however, as he does have some exposition lines to other characters, but they are told in a third-person style, unlike the rest of the game's narrative. The character of Rudy represents 'Hope' in the game's narrative. In Alter Code, this is extended with a sequence in Surf Village where he finds acceptance from the very people who shunned him at the beginning of the game.