- "If you try and go against réalité... Réalité will surely crush you. Réalité will kill you. And réalité will continue to go on az if not'ing ever happened... From yesterday to today, and from today to tomorrow. Réalité marchez on... Leaving your crushed body behind..."
- — Harle to Serge
Harle (ツクヨミ , Tsukuyomi?) is a mysterious harlequin aiding Lynx in Chrono Cross. Harle speaks with an interlanguage called Franglais, which is a blend of English and French, similar to Pierre. In her vocabulary of French words, she most often uses the words "moi" and "oui". Unlike Pierre, Harle uses more complex French phrases, such as Je m'apelle.
Story[edit | edit source]
Created in 1006 A.D., Harle is the enigmatic seventh Dragon. Controlled by the will of the Time Devourer and housed in Chronopolis, the Dragon God is tended to by the citizens of the city. Her birth occurs during the magnetic storm that temporarily flatlines the power sources of Chronopolis, which allows the Dragon God to create a life form that could go undetected and act as an agent in El Nido. When created, she bears the resemblance of an eighteen year old girl, dressed in colorful garments resembling those typically worn by clowns. From her inception, Harle is ordered to retrieve the Frozen Flame and return it to the Dragon God; to this end, she befriends Lynx, feigning obedience to his cause when her loyalties lay elsewhere. In 1015 A.D., she accompanies him to Lucca's house, where they set fire and abduct Lucca in hopes of disengaging the Prometheus Circuit, a protectorate of the illustrious relic. When this effort fails, Harle and Lynx resign to wait for Serge to cross dimensions and retrieve the Flame for them.
Biding until the moment in which she can execute her plan, Harle takes up residence in Viper Manor's parlor. Serge finds her sleeping on a sofa, while infiltrating the Manor in search of the Flame. In 1020 A.D., she meets Serge for the first time, flirtatiously teasing him. This act angers Kid, who develops affections for him as well. Soon after, Harle developed an admiration and romantic affection for Serge and shamelessly displays it several times -- even going so far as to warn him against entering Fort Dragonia to hunt down Lynx. Before this event, she resides on Hermit's Hideaway, having burned the tree-stump cottage of Radius, betrayer of the Acacia Dragoons in which Harle serves as both spy for the Dragon God, under the guise of a faithful member. Should Serge seek the man, hoping to find the whereabouts of Lynx, she engages him in battle, fleeing before being seriously wounded.
After Serge adopts Lynx's body through the power of the Dragon Tear, Harle personally helps him exit the Temporal Vortex and regain his footing in the world, employing several philosophical questions concerning reality to make him ponder the recent turn of events. Harle soon becomes despondent, as any relationship with Serge would be precluded by her mission to retrieve the Frozen Flame. As time continues, this became too painful for her; after the party's visit to the Pearly Gates, she cries aboard the S.S. Invincible, torn between her mission and her now-sincere romantic feelings.
Though Starky ponders why she is sad, she soon leaves the party, waiting to seize the Frozen Flame. When at last Serge reachs Chronopolis, she reappears to prevent Kid from obtaining the Flame and allow the Dragon God enough time to fuse with the other Dragons and claim it. As the Dragon God arrives, she bids Serge farewell and presumably disappears into the newly reformed monstrosity.
Harle bears a strong resemblance to Kid in facial and physical features. She also shares the same fortune as given by the Fortune Teller of Termina. Many attribute this to the fact that if the Dragon God were to create a human being, the closest set of genetics would be Schala trapped within the Time Devourer. Kid and Harle could thus conceivably come from Schala's genotype.
How to Recruit[edit | edit source]
Harle joins the party in the Dimensional Vortex.
Harle also joins when Serge uses the Chrono Cross in a New Game+ if the player defeats the Time Devourer anytime between escaping from Sprigg's dimension, as Lynx, and saving Riddel from Another World's Viper Manor. Harle though, is not required to be in your party when you face the Time Devourer, as you will get the same ending either way.
Boss[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Harle (Boss)
Harle is fought as an optional boss at Hermit's Hideaway. To avoid battling her, simply board the S.S. Invincible and assist Fargo with fending off the Ghost Ship. Very rarely, a rare accessory called Moonglasses can be stolen or dropped from her in this battle. The item reduces all damage dealt to a single character by 25% and is arguably one of the most useful accessories in Chrono Cross.
Strengths[edit | edit source]
- High Stats
- Large Element Grid
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Tech Skills[edit | edit source]
Name origin and trivia[edit | edit source]
- Harle is a condensed form of harlequin, a jester or clown-like figure. Alternatively, the name Harley, which this woman's name strongly resembles, means hare or rabbit hunter in Old English.
- Her Japanese name, Tsukuyomi, is a Japanese word which can refer to the moon, which comes from the moon god Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto in Shinto and Japanese mythology. This is presumably also why her techs (both their name and visual appearance) reference the moon. It is also appropirate given her true identity as the Moon Dragon (月龍?)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Kid and Harle, by Nobuteru Yuuki after Chrono Cross's completion
|Doc - Pip - Riddel - Serge - Starky - Steena|
|Grobyc - Guile - Harle - Luccia - Lynx - Mojo - Skelly|
|Draggy - Greco - Janice - Kid - Macha - Miki - Orcha - Zappa|
|Fargo - Irenes - Korcha - Leena - Marcy - Nikki - Orlha - Pierre|
|Funguy - Leah - Mel - Norris - Poshul - Sneff - Viper - Zoah|
|Glenn - Karsh - NeoFio - Radius - Razzly - Sprigg - Turnip - Van|