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Ganer Bateson
ガナー Ganaa (Ganer)
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Sprite Father Ganer

Ganer Bateson is a non-playable character who appears in Breath of Fire II. He is the father of Ryu and Yua Bateson and the husband of Valerie McCarran. He serves as the religious and spiritual leader to the rural community of Gate until he is abducted by the demon Habaruku. Despite being a member of the St. Eva Church, Ganer is shown to be very open-minded to other religious ideas and philosophies, as evidenced when he prays at the dragon god altar with Valerie. He is depicted as genuinely believing in and striving to live the principles he preaches, in stark contrast to the the false priests that take over the religion after the passageway to Infinity is opened and Habaruku emerges into the surface world.

Role in Breath of Fire II[]

Ganer meets Valerie several years before the events of the game when she mysteriously arrives in the small community of Gate. Unbeknownst to Ganer, Valeria is actually a member of the Dragon Clan sent to spy on the activities of the St. Eva Church, as her people suspect the church may be connected to the strengthening of the demon Deathevan. Despite their different backgrounds, the couple quickly falls in love, marries, and has two children. Shortly after Yua's birth, the town of Gate is attacked by demons due to the weakening of the magic seal at cave to Infinity. During the chaos, Ganer is distracted in battle with the demons and loses sight of Valerie, who ends up sacrificing her human form to reinforce the seals and stop the demons from coming through. Ganer believes Valerie to have died in the attack and blames a perceived lack of strength for not being able to save her. Following her disappearamce, he raises Ryu and Yua on his own.

At the start of the game, Yua runs off to see the dragon at the cave. Ganer sends Ryu after her, but follows behind and saves him when he is overwhelmed by a monster. Afterwards, he tells Ryu to return home soon and takes Yua back with him to town.

When they arrive back to town, they discover that the townsfolk have been attacked by the demon Aruhamel. Ganer tells Yua to run while he fights the demon. Unfortunately, he is defeated and captured, and all of the villagers memories of Ganer and his family are erased. Only Ryu (and presumably Yua) were spared from the mind erasing effects. This incident is also the event which ultimately sets Ryu on his path to leave Gate and investigate the strange happenings on the world.

Ryu and his friends encounter Ganer much later in the game at the Grand Church. The demons have forcibly connected Ganer to a machine that sends the prayers to Deathevan in the form of energy. If the player manages to destroy the Guardeye without harming Ganer, then he will be released from the machine and helps the party escape Grand Church before it explodes. However, if the player causes too much damage to Ganer during the battle, he will instead die.

Should Ganer be rescued, he will be taken to Township where he will volunteer to become the energy source to allow the town to fly. This will also determine which ending the player will receive after defeating the final boss.

Playable Characters
Ryu · Nina · Bow · Rand · Katt · Sten · Jean · Spar · Bleu
Non-Playable Characters
Augus · Baba · Barubary · Claris · Daisy · Deathevan · Eichichi · Elforan · Ganer · Gandaroof · Gedd · Gigli Ziz · Grandpa · Granny · Habaruku · Joker · King Kenny · Ladon · Mina · Nimufu Mani · Niro · Queen Hina · Queen Poporo · Petape · Potopo · Ray · Suzy · Tiga · Trubo · Valerie · Wildcat · Yua · Yoji
Algernon · Archer · Aruhamel · Augus · Baba · Barubary · Chiroru · Creon · Danielle · Dir.HR · GoldFly · Grizzly · Hood · J.Worm · Jailer · Joker · Katt · Kuwadora · M.C.Tusk · Munmar · Nimufu · P.Spider · Paladin · Palo · Peach · Pest · Puti · Ray · Roach · S.Golem · Stone · Stump · Terapin · Tiga · Villagrs · Wildcat · Witch · Zombie
Bando · Capitan · CotLnd · Coursair · Dologany · Dream · Evrai · FarmTown · Fog Valley · Gate · Guntz · HomeTown · Highfort · Namanda · SimaFort · SkyTower · TagWoods · ThvsTomd · Township · Tunlan · WildCat · WitchTwr · Whale Cape · Wyndia · Arad Desert · M.School · Wisdon
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