Full Name: Serge
Occupation: Silent Protagonist
Home Time: 1020 A.D.
Home Area: Arni
Weight: 128 lbs.
Weapon Type: Swallow
Innate Element: White
- Dash&Slash - 3 Stars
- Luminaire - 15 Stars
- FlyingArrow - 35 Stars
- X-Strike - Dash&Slash ,Dash&Gash (Glenn)
- DeltaForce - Luminaire, Raz-Flower (Razzly), MaidenHeart (Leena)
- Z-Slash - FlyingArrow, DashSlash (Slash, doppelganged by Sprigg, RedPin (Kid)
Serge's existence is a contradiction between the dimensions the basis for much of the philosophical discourse in Chrono Cross. Born to Marge and Wazuki of the fishing village of Arni in the El Nido Archipelago, Serge had a storied history with the world since before he knew how to write. At the tender age of three years old, he came into contact with the Frozen Flame as a result of his father Wazuki's desperation to heal his son after he had been mauled by a panther demon. The contact healed him and designated him as its Arbiter, or controller; this caused the Frozen Flame to be unusable by the supercomputer FATE due to the Prometheus Circuit. Due to its obviously advanced technology, it had no problem binding both Miguel, a friend of Serge's father, and eventually Wazuki himself into cruel servitude. For the time being, however, Serge escaped unharmed with Wazuki, who was only mildly corrupted by the computer. Back in Arni, Serge became good friends with Leena, Miguel's daughter, and the other inhabitants of the village, who took interest in watching him grow. Forces beyond his control would soon threaten his life again, however.
Four years later, Serge nearly drowned at Opassa Beach. His father, whose mind was forfeited to FATE completely, was instructed to drown Serge to release the lock on the Flame. Wazuki attempted to accomplish the feat, but Kid traveled back in time to 1010 A.D. and stopped him. The attempt on his own son's life corrupted Wazuki fully; he was recalled to Chronopolis and reshaped as Lynx. Serge only caught a glimpse of his savior before returning to the village. In time traveling, Kid effectively split the dimensions; the one in which Serge lived came to be known as the Home World. As a result of the destruction of Home World's version of Chronopolis, the Record of Fate terminals in that dimension ceased to function, which was something FATE could not allow. Therefore, the computer concocted an elaborate plan to get Serge to unlock the Flame by stealing his body and fooling the Flame into thinking that the Serge facing it was genuine, using Lynx to carry this plan out. The computer predicted that Serge would one day use the split he had created to cross the dimensions. This was fulfilled ten years later in 1020 A.D.; Serge began the fateful day by collecting Komodo Scales for Leena. After a talk with her on the beach about old times and a promise they made to each other, a huge wave rolled in and crashed upon the boy. He had successfully crossed over to Another World. When this occurred, Serge was confronted by a squad of Acacia Dragoons under Deva Karsh, but was saved by Kid. He managed to discover his death in this world, so he set out to figure out why this was true, and why the Dragoons were trying to capture him.
Kid had befriended Serge on Cape Howl, and the two traveled to Termina, where they found a third person willing to infiltrate Viper Manor with them. During the night's events, Lynx confronted Serge, calling him the Chrono Trigger and attempting to capture him. Serge dove over the balcony to teh sea with the others, and was taken to Guldove for treatment. There, Kid's illness caused him to make a decision -- whether to look for Hydra Humour, the required panacea, or simply continue on his journey. Whatever the case, he soon discovered that the Acacia Dragoons were amassing at Fort Dragonia. He consulted old man Radius for advice, and found that to cross Mount Pyre, he required the Ice Breath of the Water Dragon. While attempting to dock at the bank of Pyre, he was captured by Fargo and thrown in the hold of the S.S. Invincible. He later won the pirate's respect by defeating the Ghost Ship invaders, and sojounred to the top of Fort Dragonia. However, Lynx initated a Dragonian ritual with the Dragon Tear and switched bodies with Serge, leaving him in the body of a panther. He was then banished to the Temporal Vortex, only escaping with Harle's help.
Left with no option but to seek out Lynx, who was on his way to Chronopolis, Serge explored his options and made new friends as his former party members dispersed throughout El Nido. He concluded that he would need to go to the Dead Sea to regain the power to cross the dimensions and reach Another World; to this end, he sought out the Sage of Marbule, who awarded him the Fiddler Crab upon being defeated. There, Serge met Miguel, who revealed much about his history and also challenged him. Serge reluctantly finished off Leena's father; the Dead Sea then collapsed in an attempt to destroy Home World's Frozen Flame and kill Serge in one fell swoop. The Sky Dragon saved Serge, who soon learned that to enter the Sea of Eden in Another World, he would need to regain his body. He borrowed the Dragon Tear of Home World and defeated the six Dragons to obtain their blessings to allow passage into the Sea of Eden. With his real body returned to him, Serge used his endowed power to break into Chronopolis and confront Lynx, who explained why he needed Serge's body. He defeated the supercomputer in mortal combat, only to discover that he'd been duped by the Dragon Gods, who took the Flame for themselves. Upon chasing them, he learned of Lavos' new form, the Time Devourer. Using an anti-gravity device, he used Korcha's Boat to rise to Terra Tower and defeat the Dragon God. He then returned to Opassa Beach, where the Ghost Children revealed his unknown history.
Project Kid's entire purpose was to endow Serge with the necessary artifact, the Chrono Cross, and the required power to free Schala from the Time Devourer. Everything, including the split of the dimensions, was predestined to bring Serge to that one point in time. The decision to save the world was then ultimately left in Serge's hands, along with a Time Egg that could take him to the Darkness Beyond Time. In the end, with Belthasar's aid, Serge was victorious over the monster, restoring the two divergent timelines into one unified timeline where Serge lived, Schala was rescued, and Lavos was destroyed. Serge supposedly lost his entire memory of the ordeal, but upon waking up on Opassa Beach at a point in time immediately before he traversed to the other world, he said something to Leena about Terra Tower and FATE. It is thus uncertain how much of his memory truly remains, or what the fate of the other characters in Serge's party turned out to be -- or certain characters from the original game, for that matter.
Chrono Cross HD Remaster Twitter bio: Serge - "The protagonist on a journey to solve his own mystery" A boy living in the village of Arni. He is a cheerful, gentle, and ordinary boy, but he gradually comes to face the mysteries hidden in himself and the world. He is not the type of boy who runs wild, and tends to be troubled by anything that comes his way. However, he is basically an optimist, so he often acts as if "whatever will be, will be" in the end. Because he grew up by the sea, he uses a "swallow," an oar used to paddle a boat, as his weapon of choice.
- Missing Piece translations (see images below)
- This Serge is equipped in a fairly wild style. Odds are this guy would probably be scolded by Leena or Kid for trying dirty things.
- This rugged looking Serge emanates an aura from his whole body of a fearless drifter. Completely different from the normal Serge.
- Formal wear Serge. Lightly studded with accessories.
- There was also a test Serge that wore a green and purple vest.
Masato Kato specified in May 2022 - Chrono Cross Radical Dreamers Edition Questions and Answers that Serge carries the swallow on his back (not depicted in game), and wears a vest made of silvery Komodo dragon scales. Nobuteru Yuuki elaborated that his bandana is a "bandana cap, which is very useful. I think it is what is called a pirate's roll. You fold a square piece of cloth into a triangle and tie the long side in front of you while twisting both ends. Fold the remaining tail inside and you're done." Kato also noted that the cutscene depicting Serge running with the Mastermune was not intended for the actual story at any point.
Age: Indefinite; late teens
In Radical Dreamers, Serge began his free life as a traveling musician who wandered city to city in a nomadic lifestyle. He wrote a song (implied to be Far Promise) that was one of Lucca's favorites. (This makes him probably a few years older than Kid.) Eventually, he happened upon Kid and Magil, and joined their troupe to become the third Radical Dreamer. As he developed a proficiency for thievery, he developed a sort of romantic admiration of Kid and a deep respect for Magil. Serge's personality was happy-go-lucky; he noted that his life hadn't gone as planned, and throughout the infiltration of the manor, he jokes and takes things lightheartedly. At times, he seems to be the only sane member of the group, and often records Kid's delusions of granduer and Magil's strange behavior. In addition to his blue garment, he keeps a knife on him, and has an extremely rudimentary grasp of basic magic; at times, his incantations simply fail. His physical combat often consists of dodging with a quick slashes; he does not directly engage enemies. During Le Trésor Interdit, Magil saved his life many times as he struggled to keep a cool head; he also tried to impress Kid and win her affections, though he always maintained an interest in her measurements (and interestingly maintained a secret collection of photographs of her). At the final battle, he was foiled by Lynx and temporarily thrust into a temporal distortion when Kid shattered the Chrono Trigger; after returning to normal time, he escaped with the other Radical Dreamers, but was eventually abandoned in the forest as Kid and Magil fled.
His fate after the events of that night is only partly known; he married, eventually fathering another family who would provide a grandson that read his chronicling of the events. It is unknown whether Kid returned to him and the two eventually married; the manner of speaking Serge uses in his diary's opening comments seems to suggest that Kid was present when he recorded the night's occurrences. He may simply be wistfully addressing Kid as if she were there, unfortunately. Interestingly, in the scenario The Shadow Realm and the Goddess of Death, Serge and Kid eventually live together and set out on new adventures. Sadly, this scenario is unique in that Magil does not survive the events of the night, suggesting that Kid and Serge may only come to be together if he is absent.
It's been something like three years since Kid and I met. Back then I was a drifter, wandering wherever my music led me. During my stay in the remote town of Regiorra, I ended up running into a girl who later joined me, leading to the beginning of all this. You might be wondering, how did I end up where I am now? Well, there's a lot of reasons, I suppose... I guess you could say that life doesn't always go how you plan. My life definitely hasn't turned out the way I thought it would... not that it's been a terribly bad life, at least not so far, but still... Remembering back to when Kid and I first met, my face breaks into a wry smile.
Theory and Analysis
- Chrono Cross Resolutions
- Dead Sea (How does Serge's existence spell future destruction in Home World?)
- Kid and Schala (What happened to them following Chrono Cross?)