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Wren
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Game: Phantasy Star IV:
The End of the Millennium
Race: Android
Gender: Male
Hometown: Zelan
"The current crisis was brought about by my lack of power. I must take responsibility."
— Wren

Wren (Japanese: フォーレン, "Forren/Fouren") is a playable character in Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium.

A similar cyborg appears in Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, and, while they are both Wren-type models, the two are completely different characters.

A number of enemies in the game(Warren 286, Siren 386, Browren 486) also appear to be Wren-type Androids.

Biography

Wren is the android custodian of the space station Zelan, a surviving control complex and current center of Algol's remaining support systems, as well as Demi's master.

He is driven by a responsibility of maintaining the environmental controls of Algo, and therefore goes to great lengths to ensure safety of the system. Despite his many physical similarities to Wren from Phantasy Star III, they are separate characters, unrelated to each other save that they share a model type; the presence of random-encounter humanoid AI enemies with names that end in "-ren" imply that Wren is at least modeled after a preexisting series of android. He is also very tall.

Wren functions much like Demi in battle, using heavy guns as his weapons while being loaded with a number of devices to assist him in combat; he is very strong against physical damage, but is especially weak against magic. Unsurprisingly, this leads him to ignore problems (and solutions) that focus on the magical and supernatural aspects of Algo's existence. He is not strictly a skeptic, but he rarely ventures an opinion on anything unrelated to technology. He is one of Rika's teachers, though he seems to regard her as a friend more than a student by the time they meet in person.

Wren is 998 years old, which puts him just short of being alive (or in existence, at least) for the entire thousand-year cycle between the emanations of Dark Force in Phantasy Stars II and IV. Very little about his life before Rika's birth is ever stated, but it is implied that he has gained true sentience over the course of that time; although he remains very straightforward and logical in his behavior, he shows understanding and respect of humans and their ability to persevere and survive against all expectations by machine intellect. His interactions with Daughter, the unused prototype installation designed as a backup to Mother Brain, indicate that he takes his responsibilities to the system very seriously, but recognizes that the system is designed to support human life in Algo, not to rule it. At the end of the game, he returns to Zelan with Demi to maintain the environmental control system as long as possible, confident that even if it finally fails, life in Algo will continue.

Abilities

As an android, Wren is immune to poison, sleep, and paralysis. In addition, he automatically regenerates HP while walking outside battle, and automatically revives himself after every battle if defeated, as long as any other party member survived. He has no TP, mental stat, or techniques, however.

Stats

HP
447
940
TP
0
Strength
84
99
Mental
0
Agility
58
99
Dexterity
64
99

Wren, like Demi, has high HP and strength to compensate for the lack of any TP or mental stat. His dexterity is not quite as high as Demi's, but his HP and strength are higher, giving him the fastest HP growth in the game, and making his attacks highly damaging.

Skills

Wren's skills all depend on his strength stat, and can deal damage, paralyze or instantly defeat enemies, increase the party's mental defense, or heal himself. None of Wren's skills require him to be wielding a gun.

Skill Obtained Uses Power Defense Element Effect
Recover already known 17-56 240 + strength n/a n/a heal self
can use outside combat
Flare already known 12-51 128 + strength mdfs energy damage to one enemy
Spark already known 8-34 32 + strength strength mech chance to defeat one enemy
Barrier already known 4-30 strength n/a n/a +mdfs to all allies
Hyper jammer Kuran 1-38 32 + strength strength mech chance to paralyze all enemies
Burst rockets Weapons Plant 1-35 144 + strength dfs physical damage to all enemies
Positron bolt Vahal Fortress 1-21 240 + strength mdfs energy damage to all enemies

Combos

  • Shooting star: Wrenburst rockets, followed by RuneKyrafoi/gifoi/nafoi/flaeli; fire damage to all enemies
  • Circuit break: Wrenhyper jammer and RuneKyratandle in any order; chance to instantly defeat all enemies with mech element
  • Destruct: Rikadeban, followed by Wrenpositron bolt Chazmegid and Runelegeon in any order; light damage to all enemies

Equipment

Wren can only equip guns as weapons. Guns are two handed weapons with high attack power, some of which attack all enemies at the same time instead of just one. Wren can wear gear and armor.

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