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|“||Hey! Heeey! You there! The boss said not to let anybody suspicious-looking through here. You ain't gonna get past me.||”|
—Murala, blocking Rance's way.
|Affiliation||Endless Tomorrow Gang, Leazas|
|Skill levels||Sword Combat Lv1 (?), Hammer Combat Lv1 (?)|
|Appeared in||Rance I, Rance 01|
About[edit | edit source]
Originally from the eastern nation of JAPAN, Murala was scouted by Reichardt, the bandits' leader, due to his considerable strength. Unfit for sneaking and stealing, Murala was instead assigned the duty of serving as Reichardt's personal bodyguard, fighting off enemies aiming for his employer's life.
During the events of Rance 01, Murala was charged with guarding the entrance hall of the group's hideout along the outskirts of Leazas Castle Town while Reichardt had his way with Pulptenks Flanders, the young daughter of bar owner Bobza Flanders that the group had recently kidnapped. He was encountered by the warrior Rance, who had infiltrated the bandits' base to rescue Pulptenks, while he was enjoying a large spread of various Foods. With the large bandit refusing to allow him past, Rance was forced to eliminate Murala to complete his mission.
Rance has the options of either fighting against Murala, killing him in the process, or bribing him with 100 GOLD to leave his post and buy dessert for himself. As Murala is listed as being deceased in his Rance World Notes profile, it can be assumed that Rance canonically fought and killed him.
Murala's role was largely the same in the original release of Rance I, though he demanded that Rance give him a bribe of 200 GOLD to avoid fighting him rather than Rance offering him GOLD by his own volition.
Personality and Appearance[edit | edit source]
Murala was a hulking dark-skinned man with an enormous and exaggeratedly-muscular body, long white hair that was pulled back behind his head and a small black mustache. He was also missing his left eye, and covered the empty socket with a small belt that he wrapped around his his head. Murala's clothing consisted of a pair of iron plates wrapped around his pectoral muscles by a pair of belts, a spiked shoulder guard on his right shoulder, a large circular neck guard, a gold-lined leather skirt worn over black tights and a single black sleeve along his left arm.
In the original Rance I, Murala's design was slightly different, sporting paler skin, a large white beard and much less distinct armor. This design was not unique to him, and was used by all lesser members of the thieves' group.
A gluttonous man, Murala ate constantly and was rarely seen without large quantities of food close by. He was shown to be quite crass and have very poor table manners, and frequently created large messes of partially-finished food around himself while dining. Murala would continue to gorge himself even while on duty, choosing to simply yell at Rance with his mouth still full of food when the adventurer attempted to enter Reichardt's quarters, prompting Rance to describe him as "gross". Murala's love of food was also his greatest weakness, as Rance was able to convince him to abandon his post by enticing him with the promise of dessert.
Murala seemed to possess a moderate amount of loyalty towards his leader Reichardt, referring to him as "boss" and taking pride in his position as his personal bodyguard. Despite this, however, his loyalty was not at all comparable to his appetite, as he abandoned his duties guarding Reichardt without a second thought when sidetracked by the offer of obtaining more food for himself.
In the original Rance I, Murala lacked his voracious appetite and was instead portrayed as simply being a rowdy and dangerous thief. He was also shown to be much less loyal to Reichardt, and openly offered to allow Rance to get past him in exchange for money.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
As Reichardt's personal bodyguard, Murala was considered to be one of the strongest members of the Endless Tomorrow Gang, and was recruited exclusively for his combat abilities. He possessed a relatively average Level Cap of 15 which he had reached by the end of his life, granting him a moderate amount of fighting potential. Despite his unimpressive level cap, Murala's large and powerful body bolstered both his offensive and defensive strength considerably, making him substantially stronger than others of a similar level.
Along with his great strength, Murala possessed both the Sword Combat Lv1 and Hammer Combat Lv1 Skill Levels, granting him a significant amount of potential as a warrior. In combat, Murala utilized a large two-handed battle axe with a great amount of proficiency, which, when combined with his sizable attack power, made him a formidable opponent. Upon his defeat, Murala was described by Rance as having been an annoying opponent, suggesting that he provided the warrior with a somewhat difficult fight.
Outside of his fighting ability, Murala contributed very little to his bandit group. Due to his large and clumsy physique, he was entirely unfit for stealth operations, causing him to only participate in the group's activities when combat was required.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Of the various foods he is shown eating, Murala claims to enjoy roasted Ham Bambara the most.
- Murala's design in Rance 01 is derived from the design used for generic bandits in the original Rance I, which Murala himself also used.
- Due to an error in the programming of the original Rance I, Murala would not allow Rance to get past him even when payed a sufficient amount of GOLD, requiring him to be fought and killed in order to progress. Murala being listed as having been killed in his Rance World Notes profile despite Rance having the option of sparing him in Rance 01 is likely in reference to this fact.
- Murala is chronologically the first named character to be killed in the entire Rance Series.
- Murala does not appear at all in Rance 01: Hikari wo Motomete The Animation, making him the only unique member of the Endless Tomorrow Gang to be cut from the story.