|“||The silver haired Lloyd is a magnificent swordsman. He hungers for a world|
that has long since passed for he is one of the last surviving Winglies.
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Lloyd (ロイド, Roido) is the Dragoons' main adversary for most of the game, traveling throughout the Continent of Endiness and causing all sorts of disasters in the name of a utopia promised to him by the mysterious Emperor Diaz. He is one of the few surviving Winglies, and indeed, following the death of Lenus and until the existence of the Forest of Winglies is revealed, the player can only assume he is the last one of all.
Lloyd is an anti-villain: "a villain with heroic goals", and one whose plan is grand indeed. And his story is the more tragic, or the more comic, depending on the viewer, for how far removed the true outcome of his actions might have been, from the Utopia he had envisioned.
Lloyd assumes that the last fruit of the Divine Tree, the Final Species of Creator Soa, must be superior to the penultimate one, Winglies, in the same way that Winglies have more innate magic power, can fly, have inhuman agility, etc, making them in these ways superior to the fruit preceding them, Humans. This species must be able to wield their power on behalf of all, to unite all in a world of greatness, justice and plenty. Well, how very wrong he was, we might say, and this is true, but the fact remains that he was motivated solely by that end.
Lloyd is no Emperor Doel, who thought King Carlo weak, so he murdered him. He is no Greham, who hated Servi for his greatness, betrayed him unto death, and then betrays Basil by defecting to Sandora and laying bloody smoking waste to all of Basil with Feyrbrand. Doel and Greham's plans are motivated by selfishness, serve their selves, and anyone else only by mistake; Lloyd's plan is motivated by the good of all and, in a better world, would have benefited all, except for his mistake.
It almost goes without saying, but none of the villains compare with Melbu Frahma, who is at complicit with Greham's plans as well as Doel's, who kidnaps Shana, deceives everyone by pretending to be Emperor Diaz, deceives everyone again by pretending to be Zieg, prepares to sacrifice Shana to the God of Destruction, and none of that even really matters since he wants to destroy the entire universe. This is nothing more than a career move by Frahma, who is arguably the sole cause of the ancient subjugation of Humans Gigantos and Minintos alike, the blood spilled in the Dragon Campaign, and the innocents slaughtered for 11,000 years to prevent the development Virage Embryo. Only the Bardel brother Wingly even exhibits any violent behaviour, and Lenus is no more than a kidnapper and thief; clearly Melbu Frahma is a villain among Winglies too.
Lloyd is quite correct when in the Tower of Flanvel he says he "will use every conceivable means", though. Not only does Lloyd's end fall shorter of justifying his means by being only in his mind, but the means he uses are also complicit in wholesale murder. Lloyd never killed anyone and he never gave orders to kill anyone, but he was thigh-deep in Doel's massacres nonetheless. This is the greatest of his crimes, and it is fitting that it comes at the beginning of the story, when we are to understand him to be a villain through and through, and before we know anything of his real motivations. After that, he barely commits more than a misdemeanor, becoming more the daring thief, suave conman and charming kidnapper, than a bloodstained collaborator.
Chapter 1: The Serdian War
Lloyd makes his first appearance in the fighting competition in Lohan. Dart can't wait to fight his old friend Haschel in the Finals, but Haschel is beaten with ease by a mysterious silver-haired stranger.Haschel warns Dart to be careful with him, but to no avail. None of Dart's attacks can come close to Lloyd, and the stranger's attacks are a whirlwind of battery. Afterwards, Dart compliments his opponent; Lloyd similarly wishes Dart well, but in a distant, cryptic way, telling Dart that soon he will be stronger, but also that he will need to be. Dart gets confused and asks what that is supposed to mean. Lloyd doesn't respond. Lavitz says he would like to fight Lloyd sometime, but Lloyd says he's too good for Lavitz.
The group takes off from Lohan once they hear King Albert has been taken to Hellena Prison. The group enters and fights Fruegel. Lavitz watches on as the Man in Hood takes the Moon Gem from him. This, in turn, angers Lavitz so he transforms into a dragoon. The Man in Hood grins and takes out a legendary ancient sword, known as the Dragon Buster. Rose recognizes the sword and says "that sword." Lavitz charges with his harpoon at the Man in Hood. The Man in Hood stabs Lavitz's dragoon armor through the chest fatally wounding him. As he finished attacking the hood comes off revealing the one behind it all, Lloyd. Dart gets angered by this but Lloyd takes off in the direction of Kazas. Dart and Lavitz share their last moments together as Lavitz tells Dart to end this pointless war and stop Lloyd. The group heads for Seles and then to Kazas. Here they fight Emperor Doel, Doel loses the fight and is fatally injured. He tells the group that Lloyd is heading for Tiberoa. Albert says they should trust him for these are words of a dying man. The group heads for the land of Tiberoa.
- Main article: Hero Competition
- Main attack: Lloyd slashes Dart with his sword.
- Phantom Charge: Lloyd hits Dart six times inhumanly fast with his sword.
- Final Strike: Lloyd hits Dart three times across his chest in a final Phantom Slash.
Chapter 2: The Platinum Shadow
Lloyd appears at the entrance to the tranquil city of Fletz; time mysteriously halts. He fades into a silhouette and disappears.
Lloyd is waiting for the Dragoons on Prison Island. He anticipates their frustration and muses that they must hate him for thwarting them. Lenus blocks their pursuit and he escapes with both Moon Objects.
Chapter 3: Fate and Soul
Mountain of Mortal Dragon
Lloyd was not recognized by the Divine Dragoon Spirit. Although Lloyd obtained from the Divine Dragon the Divine Spirit Stone, it did not react to him: Lloyd says as much: "This is the soul of the Divine Dragon. The flame of a soul that sparkles only at the last moment of a dragon's life...its crystal is the Dragoon Spirit! As I expected, it doesn't sparkle in my hands."
Tower of Flanvel
Lloyd's Wingly armor has been confused for the Divine Dragoon armor, but even if that were possible, it has noticeable differences, including the lack of the iconic wings of a Dragoon that even fellow Winglies Lenus and Meru display.
Besides his master swordsmanship and magical arsenal, Lloyd possesses a few signature magical attacks that are unique to him.
His first, one that he automatically uses at the beginning of a fight, involves summoning four large pillars that create a platform with a large circle on it. Lloyd and his enemies stand inside of this circle and a large black dome adorned with Wingly symbols forms around them and Lloyd glows with golden energy. Eventually, the energy is too much and the dome explodes along with Dart and his party.
Lloyd's ultimate attack starts by sending out damaging spherical shockwaves until the residual energy forms a blue barrier around him. He punches the barrier several times sending small comets of violet magic into his enemy. As a finisher, Lloyd exits the barrier and fills it with white energy and uses all four limbs to hurl it at his target.
Turns out low magic attack doesn't matter if your spell does enough base damage. Lloyd's spells are cause for concern. Kongol could prove a liability; even Dart will miss more than he hits, and Kongol's MDF is very low.
Lloyd's defense really is that low, though, and with enough Healing Breezes, the fight will be short; about ten minutes without the cutscenes, even with Lloyd taking a lot of turns, and magic animations.
The Dragoons encounter Lloyd many times but only have a full-on battle with him twice, and some might say the Hero Competition is more plot device than fight in any case. The Tower of Flanvel is the first time a full party gets to test Lloyd's abilities, and he does not disappoint. Lloyd uses various attacks during each fight; the attacks he uses are listed below. As Lloyd himself admits, when he obtains the Divine Dragoon Spirit, it does not choose him as its master. Therefore, the armor he wears is not the Divine Dragoon Armor, but another, possibly a Wingly artifact he found in his travels.
Dragon Impale is Instant Death, even though it has the other distinction of only being used on Dragoon form; with a Talisman equipped, Lloyd cannot instantly kill you with the Dragon Buster. The Talisman is found in the Valley of Corrupted Gravity and in the combination lock chest in the Phantom Ship.
Once again, the ritual of the final strike being delivered by Dart's is elaborated on, as Lloyd flits away, dodging Dart twice, before Lloyd finally admits that more than just his blade must "say the rest".
Wingly Armor Form
- Multi-Strike: Lloyd hits a party member five times.
- Dragon Impale: Lloyd uses the Dragon Buster to remove a Dragoon from combat, instantly killing them.
- Wingly Magic: Lloyd draws a rune in the air and performs one of several elemental magic attacks.
- Wingly Purification: Lloyd creates a platform with a large black dome that traps the party as Lloyd explodes with golden energy.
- Energy Barrage: Lloyd creates a gigantic spherical barrier and fills it with energy and hurls it at a party member.
In the "Battle Scene" against Melbu Frahma Lloyd used his Energy Barrage to attack him.
Chapter 4: Moon and Fate
Moon That Never Sets
Lloyd rages at Melbu Frahma for his betrayal of Lloyd's utopia, but his attacks on Frahma mean as little as his remorse to the impending doom that the Wingly dictator has wrought. It remains to the Dragoons to end Melbu Frahma's decidedly more malevolent ambitions.
The Man in Hood
|“||He is a mysterious figure quietly giving orders from the shadows. He commends the respect of even the most brutal men. He overseas the kidnapping and imprisonment of Shana but is surely connected to even darker deeds.||”|
The Man in Hood, also known as the Man in Black, is first seen during the attack on Seles. Using a mysterious gem that resonates with the moon's power, the Man in Hood confirms that Shana is the one they've been looking for. The Great Commander questions the destruction of an entire neutral village all just to abduct one girl but is curtly told by the Man in Hood that it is His Majesty's, Emperor Doel's, command. After that, he is seen in Hellena Prison talking to and later threatening Fruegel for losing Shana.
The Man in Hood is later seen in the Kingdom of Basil as King Albert's left-hand man, opposite of Minister Noish. He was chosen by King Albert to help him out with a few things, not knowing he was a danger to Serdio. However, a few knights in Indels Castle had their suspicions and thought the Man in Black was a Sandoran spy. Their doubt was correct because the Man in Black, posing as a tactician, made a "miscalculation" which ended up costing the lives of nearly the entire First Knighthood of Basil. He is later found in King Albert's chamber and recognizes Dart as the man from Seles, though he tells him not to intrude in the king's chamber.
The "Last" Surviving Wingly
Lloyd is the primary antagonist of The Legend of Dragoon during Chapter 2: Platinum Shadow and onward until the end of Chapter 3: Fate and Soul. First introduced in Lohan's Battle Competition, he appears as a mysterious and powerful fighter of unknown origin. He is then revealed in Hellena Prison to be the Man in the Hood who had manipulated King Albert and caused Basil untold hardships in the war.
Protagonist Dart pursues him after the closing of Chapter 1: The Serdian War both for having stolen Albert's Moon Gem, as well as for having killed Lavitz in Hellena Prison, where he is revealed to wield the Dragon Buster an Ancient Weapon from the Dragon Campaign. After stealing the Moon Dagger with the help of a Wingly named Lenus, he beckons the party to follow him to Mille Sesseau where he later forces Queen Theresa to show him where the Moon Mirror is kept. First, on the Mountain of Mortal Dragon, he steals the Spirit of the Divine Dragon from the freshly defeated corpse and rushes off leaving Dart and company in pursuit, while escaping Dart's Party, he activates his wings of light and uses magic on the party, revealing he too is a Wingly.
Lloyd is not the LAST Wingly, but he is the last to carry on a dark name, other than the Bardel Brothers. According to a Wingly in the Forest of Winglies, Lenus did not come from their forest. It seems likely that Lloyd found Lenus elsewhere, and went on to hatch their plan to obtain the Moon Objects and the Dragon Buster.
Lloyd is also an excellent swordsman and a very powerful Wingly. He is betrayed by Emperor Diaz; when Diaz tells him that a new Utopia will come after they destroy the world and restart it, this angers Lloyd, who says he did not want a Utopia to come at the expense of the present world. He takes out the Dragon Buster and is ready to charge towards Diaz; Diaz penetrates him first with his attack and hurls him downward in a seemingly bottomless pit.
Lloyd is seen later on by the party as they go through the Moon to stop the Birth of the God of Destruction only to find out that this was Melbu Frahma's plan all along for 11,000 years. Lloyd does not accept this and fights alongside Dart and uses his powerful magic against Melbu. Lloyd is severely hurt and gives Dart the Divine Dragoon spirit and gives Rose the powerful Dragon Buster. Lloyd fades away a few seconds later, implying that he dies.
- Like Lenus, Lloyd is one of the few Winglies who neither came from the Forest of Winglies nor Ulara.
- Not only does the Talisman protect Dragoons from the Dragon Buster, but it also protects the party from any attacks; Lloyd will attack only a Dragoon, unless there is no one in Dragoon form.
|Dart Feld · Lavitz Slambert · Shana · Rose · Haschel · Albert · Meru · Kongol · Miranda|
|Melbu Frahma · Zieg · Emperor Diaz · Lloyd · Lenus · Doel · Fruegel · Virage · Black Monster|
|Martel · Fester · Princess Emille · Charle Frahma|