Lest | Frey
- "A boy who lost his memory when he fell from the sky, and became an acting prince by order of the holy dragon Ventuswill. He possesses the qualities of an "Earthmate," allowing him to communicate with nature and monsters. At first, he has no idea what to do as a prince, but gradually he learns to develop the country in his own way."
- ―Official Website
Lest (レスト, Rest) is the male protagonist of Rune Factory 4. Rune Factory 4 begins with Lest falling out of the sky and developing amnesia after falling out of the sky and landing on Ventuswill, who is then kind enough to let Lest live in her castle.
From then on, Lest leads the the life of royalty. One of the new features Rune Factory 4 introduces in this role is the ability to help develop the town, according to older details from Marvelous. This is done via the Prince System, which allow you to construct buildings using Prince Points. You’ll be able to create a blacksmith workshop, a pharmacy, and so on. Prince Points can also be used to hold festivals. Rune Factory 4 also has another special feature: you can play as any human character once you beat the game, if you order it with Prince Points.
On the first day of Spring, the player will be given two options on what they can say while riding an airship. Choosing "I'm flyin' high, baby!" will ends as Lest. Lest seems to be heading to Selphia to deliver a 'gift' to a person (female).
Lest was growing impatient, he asks the joyful captain how close they are to Selphia. The captain reassured him that they are almost there, then asks if Lest wanted to do some sight-seeing. Lest just answered it timidly. The captain tells him that Lest will really enjoy his stay at the town, with its beautiful air and scenery, got great atmosphere and he can feel the "protection of them god when standing on them roads." Lest replied by hoping he would do so. He continue to look out the airship.
In two of the barrels on the airship, there are two rogue soldiers attempting to take over the airship and the 'thing' of Lest's. Both of them break out from the barrels and ambushes Lest and the airship's crews. One of them forced him to hand over the 'thing' that Lest was about to give to the Native Dragon. The soldiers seems to have been 'researching' Lest, and try to take the 'thing' by force. Lest engaged them in battle, knowing that he had trained for such emergency, he managed to defeat them easily. After knocking the soldiers down, Lest feared that the 'thing' would not be any safer, he holds it out while thinking that he must make haste. Suddenly, one of the soldiers sneaked up and strike him from the back, knocking Lest unconscious and the things Lest was holding to be tossed away from the airship.
Upon regaining his consciousness, Lest was confused when asked by the soldiers about his 'things', later revealed that he has amnesia. The two soldiers deny to believe it, only to think that Lest was playing dumb, so one of them carried him to the edge of the airship. At first, he was just trying to threaten Lest to spill the beans, but he actually kicked Lest to fall of the airship due to his naivety.
Lest falls down at incredible height, until he came crashing down to fell onto Ventuswill. Ventuswill was very surprised to see that Lest was unhurt, just having back pain. Ventuswill introduced herself, a few seconds after that, Volkanon came in, shocked of Lest being in the castle. Ventuswill told him to stand down, then she asks of Lest's name. Lest explained that he only knows about his name, and he has forgotten everything else. Volkanon burst into tears, he hugged Lest while crying for his 'confusion' to the world. Volkanon suddenly remembered something, and then implied Lest to be the prince they've been waiting for. Ventuswill sense an 'air of nobility' about Lest, and asked him how did he arrived there. Lest explained all the things he can possibly recall when he was attacked on the airship. Ventuswill tells Volkanon to prepare a room for their 'prince', Lest was confused at first, until Ventuswill assured him that the room is for him, the 'prince'. Ventuswill tells Lest to live in the town, and says; "in doing so, you may find clues leading to your identity." Later, Ventuswill asked Lest if he only heard of what she sounded like(presently), Lest remembered when she self-procliamed herself, and says that she sounded quite arrogant. Ventuswill click her tongue(Tsk) derisively, much to Lest's notification. Lest later calls her "Lady Ventuswill", but corrected by her as she asks him to call her simply as "Venti". She also asks(order) Lest to tell no one about her actually being informal, soon Volkanon enters the room to tell her that the room is ready. Volkanon asks to show Lest to his room by calling him 'Lord Arthur'. Lest was bewildered upon hearing it, still defiant enough to say that his name really is 'Lest'. Volkanon and him goes to his already prepared room. Knowing that Lest is very tired, Volkanon tells him to sleep, not given much choice, Lest went to sleep until morning.
In the morning, a girl butler greet him to wake up while sleep-standing. Lest rose, he swore that the girl as just looking at him, but she continues to sleep involuntarily. Lest woke her up, asking her how does she even sleep while standing, she by saying; "I don't really know myself." She tried to recall what her purpose was to come to Lest's room. She remembered that Volkanon told her to wake him up. Then, she asks Lest sarcastically if he has already woken up, then she introduced herself as Clorica, a butler in training. Lest tells her his name, but Clorica thought that it was Arthur, as she was told by Volkanon. Lest rather that Clorica calls him by 'Lest' instead, and she honored it. Clorica then serve Lest an Apple Pie, Lest said that it look really delicious, Clorica also said that Apple Pie is her favourite. Just before Clorica is about to take her leave, she tells Lest to go out via the back door to go to the field. She said that he must learn how to till, and grow food, specifically to 'work'. She said that Ventuswill said; "Those who do not work shall not eat." Recalling his 'assumed' title as a Prince, Lest asks why should a prince do such labour, Clorica replied by saying; "Of course, who else would?". He thought that princes was suppose to live an elegant lifestyle, Clorica responded by saying that he can 'till elegantly'. Lest then went out to check out the field.
There, another butler was standing in the middle of the field, he saw Lest, and came rushing towards him and calls him 'Prince'. He introduced himself as Vishnal, he is training to be a full-fledged butler. He began teaching him about growing crops, giving presents to friends and befriended monsters, crops as cooking ingredients, crops that may grows into dungeons and runes. Lest then began working on the field for a bit.
Vishnal said that Ventuswill was looking for him, Lest then went to her and asks a few question. Ventuswill said that Lest is an Earthmate, an individual that enriches and communicates with the land by doing farm works. Then, Ventuswill said that she might be able to restore Lest's memory with her power. She tried, but it was unsuccessful. She said that cannot restore one's "memory unless she was involved in it." She then tells Lest to walk around town to see if anyone can help him to remember anything. He goes around the town meeting and asking people they know about him, but to no avail. He returned to Ventuswill, Ventuswill sympathize with his failure.
A person then came addressing Ventuswill, he said that he is Prince Arthur D. Lawrence, the 13th Prince of Norad. Both of them starts to argue due to previous misconception. Arthur suddenly offered to trade position with Lest, Lest was quite bewildered, but he later agrees after reassured by Ventuswill. Soon after that, Arthur began teaching Lest about being a Prince and a leader.
Later, Lest head to the Yokmir Forest to check it out. Inside, he saw a swarm of butterflies, seem to leading him deeper into the heart of the forest. When Lest had followed them into the end of the trail, he saw a very large pupa, he fear it may be a ferocious monster, he began to attack it, only to see a humanoid butterfly monster emerges from it. Lest fought with the monster, and defeated it. The monster suddenly changed into a little girl, Lest was shocked by it. Doug suddenly arrived, asking Lest of who the girl is, but left to a wonder. Both of them brought the girl back to the town's clinic for Jones and Nancy to take care of her. Lest went back to Ventuswill to tell her about Amber. Ventuswill was surprised about Amber previously being a monster. Ventuswill starts to think that Lest really is an Earthmate, for Earthmate are responsible for such monster-human related occurrence.
The next day, Lest went to visit the girl at the clinic. She finally woke up, unable to remember anything except her name. Illuminata storms in the clinic to see the mysterious girl. The girl said; "It's Amber", Illuminata mistaken the name for 'Itsamber', she also wanted Amber to stay with her instead. Amber was so happy that her wings 'flare' out. Only Lest notice it, but everybody else couldn't seem to notice it. Lest went back to see Ventuswill, both of them talked about Ventuswill godhood. Ventuswill said that she was to be too close with humans, they would depend on her too much. She's glad that she's able to be casual with Lest, and says that he is a fun person to be with. Both of them ends their talk before anybody sees them. Before he went to sleep, he heard Ventuswill muttering in her sleep, then says good night to her.
The next day, Arthur, Margaret and Blossom came to Ventuswill regarding the "Cursed voices" in the past few nights. Lest thought that it was Ventuswill's howling in her sleep, he also accidentally call her 'Venti', her nickname. Ventuswill promised the three of them that she'll look into the problem, Arthur, Margaret and Blossom dismiss after hearing that. Ventuswill was furious at Lest for thinking the "Cursed voices" was her howling, as she implied that Lest thought that Ventuswill howls like wolves and dogs. She punishes Lest by sending him instead to the Water Ruins in her place, then explain about her godhood and the limit she put in for a god to offer assistance to humans. Lest agreed by force, he later head to the Water Ruins to investigate.
When Lest reached the intersection with the giant logs, Volkanon came dashing through the logs to clear the path. He wishes Lest good luck in his investigation. He arrived at the Water Ruins, there, he fought with a lightning-elemental horse monster. He succeeded in defeating it, then it transformed into a man. Lest immediately send him to the town's clinic for Jones and Nancy to care.
The next day, the man has gone missing from the clinic, until Lest finds him unconscious at the castle, directly in front of Ventuswill. Ventuswill asks Lest to send the man back to the clinic, while she looks sleep-deprived. Lest managed to get the man back to the clinic. A few moments later, he woke up, giving a cold shoulder to Lest even after being saved by him. Lest asked him what he was doing at the Water Ruins, but he replied that it is none of Lest's business, but revealed that he also lost his memory. He introduced himself as 'Dylas', then leaves the clinic. He encounters Porcoline, whom offered him to stay with him rather than Dylas making the choice to just leave. Porcoline offered him a room and a job as a waiter at his place, he agreed and followed Porcoline without a moment to lose.
Later, when Lest went to the Airship Way street, he saw a ghost girl in the middle of the intersection, she walks away then suddenly disappears. Lest then found her at the southernmost part of the plaza. She plead Lest to save her master, 'Dolly'. She went to the Obsidian Mansion. When Lest is still on his way to the mansion, he encountered a path to the mansion, but there was no bridge or no other way for him to get across. Volkanon came to his aid and quickly build a very impressive bridge for him to get across. Volkanon take his leave afterwards and Lest went to meet the ghost girl in front of the Obsidian Mansion. There, she 'escorted' Lest through the haunted mysterious mansion to find 'Dolly'. Until the end of the dungeon, a human-size doll-like monster appeared and attacked Pico. Pico retreated, Lest fought the monster bravely and rose victorious in the end. The monster was defeated, and transformed into 'Dolly', then Lest carried 'Dolly' back to the town's clinic for Jones and Nancy to look after.
- "How's it going?"
- "Don't be too late!"
- "I can't remember my name..."
- Prince- by Vishnal
- Pervert- By Dolce
- You- By Leon
- Cutie- By Nancy
- Earthmate- By Ethelberd, Ventuswill, and Leon
- Inconsiderate cur- By Ventuswill
- Weirdo- By Dylas
- Watson- By Illuminata
- Sir Lest- by Volkanon
- Funny Face Person- By Amber
- Like most Rune Factory games the protagonist suffers from amnesia at the start of the game, after a skirmish that takes place on an airship, and will be mistaken for the prince/princess that was to arrive that day. However, they will not live like royalty for long. They also have the ability to communicate with dragons.
- They will also start out with a prince level, which increases through gameplay and can attract tourists and build new buildings.
- Like most other Rune Factory protagonists, Lest is an Earthmate.
- He is one the first protagonists of the main game to have his memories at the beginning.
- Lest means "for fear that."
- When at the observatory, using the telescopes will make Lest comment on several allusions to games within the series:
- The maximum level he can become is 50,000.
- At times, travelers will mistake him as being a girl by calling him "Cutie" and asking him to go on a date.
- Selphia mailbox has a voice, only Earthmate can ear. Her name: Eliza.
- Lest was originally going to have green hair just like Frey’s.