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"Forgive me Clive, I can't die by your hand."

Elza is a mysterious young woman in Suikoden II who is being sought after by Clive, for unknown circumstances. She also appears in Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1.



When Elza encounters Nash during the events of Suikogaiden I, Nash asks about the incident. Elza begans to tell her story.

Elza was born from a poor family in Sajah, and was sold at the age of 5. A group known as the Howling Voice Guild saw that she had the ability and requirements to join their league and purchased her. The training that she endured was rigorous and challenging, but it did pay off. She was one of three candidates that survived the "day of adulthood", an event that occurs once the member turns 15. The remaining people were Clive and Kelley. The three became best friends, during their time training. Elza, however was a bit different. Clive and Kelly, were born and spent their whole lives in "The Tower" of the Howling Voice Guild, while she was not. She was a little bit jealous that they did not have any knowledge of a loving family, and on occasion would remember hers.

The three became great friends, despite the dangers and death all around them. Even though they went through extreme training, they still made it through the trials. Most members of the Howling Voice Guild become lunatics or mute, however this was not the case for them. Their bonds of friendship and love were very strong. When they all took an assessment to become "Knight Class Gunners", they all passed. Which was a surprise to high officials, as it was incredibly rare for just one person to pass the exam for that year. This time, three had passed and they were all trained under their master, Sauro, who was one of the elders in the guild.

The elders, afraid of disrupting the balance of power, appointed Kelley as the Guildmaster. It was custom in the guild to appoint a new Knight Class Gunner as guild master and later accept them into the ranks of the Elders. The Elders chose Kelley because he probably seemed the easiest to manipulate, and indeed he changed. Clive and Elza became increasingly wary of the changes happening to Kelley as he turned into a powermonger.

One day Kelley called Elza to the deepest chambers within the Tower. Elza was taken to the guild's holy of holies. There Kelley told Elza to hold a long barreled "gun" (Sturm) and pull the trigger. Elza did this with no trouble, and Elza recalls the sad face Kelley showed when she did this. A few days later Elza was asked by Kelley for a duel. This was apparently set up by the elders. Although Kelley was the Guild Master, the guild's coveted gun, Sturm, refused him, but allowed Elza to hold it. Thus, the two had to fight a duel. Mond and Stern were brought forth, and Kelley chose Mond and Elza chose Stern. After the ritual prayers of dueling were said by both of them, shots were exchanged... or actually, only Elza's gun was fired. Kelley's gun, Mond was loaded with blanks. Elza immediately rushed to Kelley. He said, "I loved you and Clive from the bottom of my heart." and died. Elza took both guns and escaped because she figured out what the Elders were up to. They were planning to blame her for tampering with Mond and "purge" her.

As she ran away, she realized that all the doors were unlocked, even the main gate from the tower was opened. Apparently Kelley ordered his men to keep the doors unlocked. "He knew what was going to happen," Elza says. Since then, Elza has been running away, but she lives in comfort knowing that Clive will always be a certainty in her life. He will someday end her life for her, she says.

Before parting ways she told Nash "My journey will eventually end in my death, but you must strive to live."

Clive joined the New State Army and was able to trace Elza with the help of Riou.

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