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Welch Vineyard is one of the most recurring characters in the Star Ocean series, first appearing in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time as a non-player character, then making appearances in Star Ocean: First Departure and Star Ocean: Second Evolution as a playable character, reappearing in Star Ocean: The Last Hope as a non-playable character, and again in Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness as a non-playable character offering a series of sidequests.

Of unknown nature, Welch always appears as an eccentric youth, normally blonde and dressed with blue garments (Star Ocean: The Last Hope being the exception, where she exchanges blue and blonde for purple). She is always friendly and helpful to the party, in opposition to the arrogant Puffy, of similar mysterious origin. She often flirts and spends time looking for single men, due to her obsession with love. In First Departure, she flirts with both Roddick and Ronyx to annoy Millie, possibly Pericci, and Ilia the most. In Second Evolution, she does the same to Ernest, Dias, and Claude, annoying Opera and Rena the most.

It is never directly confirmed, but strongly implied, that the entity known as Welch is controlled by a Fourth-Dimensional Being. This is alluded to both by her recurrence and knowledge extending beyond the game settings she is found in, though perhaps the most telling is her status as a Roddick "fangirl". Her entire reason for joining the party in First Departure is to get closer to him, and during a private action in Second Evolution she can be found in Fun City shopping for doujinshi that he stars in. Given her anomalous presence in the games compared to other 4Ders, should this be the case she is likely operating in a capacity that other 4Ders are forbidden to. (i.e. "hacking")

Story

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Welch appears as the head of Item Creation, working as a support member for the Calnus crew at the SRF base back on Earth. She communicates with the crew via a holographic chamber in the Calnus, which she uses to great effect to mess with the others with things such as appearing to fly or utilizing the transparent nature of her projection. She also has a touch of a romantic interest in her, convinced that Edge and Reimi are a couple and showing interest when Lymle and Faize accidentally share a kiss in one P.A. She is very tomboyish but she does not seem to mind this and that much and loves getting into other's business. She is very kind at heart and wiling to help out the crew of the Calnus even when the USTA abandoned them.

Star Ocean: First Departure

Welch is found by the party in a remote hut, working on her inventions. Ronyx notes that most of her inventions are far more advanced than anything they have found on Roak, making him wonder who she is, exactly. Welch doesn't care to give any details, and asks Roddick if she can travel with him. Roddick agrees, and Welch is more than happy to tag along. This is the first game where she starts showing a change in personality that differed from her Till The End of Time counterpart.

In the end, Welch is back in her hut, busy working on her inventions, where she says that her work is now done. She then laments letting Roddick get away from her, and gets angry at the thought of him getting "busy" with Millie. She then wonders how Ronyx and Ilia are doing, thinking about what would happen if they had a child, and commenting on how tough that kid would have it with Ronyx as his dad. She is often creating potions, including one that makes people fall head over heels for the user. She accidentally spills it on Roddick, causing strange side effects, annoying Roddick greatly.

Star Ocean: Second Evolution

"A young girl with a peculiar sense of style who always carries around a big pointer. A self-designated creator, she claims that she builds various useful items, but the details are unknown. She semi-forcefully decides to join Claude and the others on their venture."
—STAR OCEAN:Second Evolution Official Website.

Welch can be recruited in a PA in Lacuer Castle, immediately after the Lacuer Armory Contest. You must have a total of 4 members in your party. She does not have a significant role in the story, mainly speaking in private actions and random events.

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

Welch is found working in the Craftsman Guild in the Trading Town of Peterny. She is found sleeping at her desk, but is thrilled when Fayt asks to sign up to be an inventor. She gives Fayt a run down on how to be an inventor, and then hands him the Compact Communicator, a device far more advanced than anything found on Elicoor II.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Welch appears in the town of Myiddok where she works as an aspiring inventor in a tiny workshop. Each time Fidel visits her she has an interesting PA introducing a sidequest where he must gather materials or defeat enemies to save her shop and allow her to invent new things. Her quests grant the party all of the various item creation skills available in the game. She refers to Fidel and friends as Assistant #1 (and up to #6) as she meets them in various PAs.

Recruitment

First Departure:

To recruit Welch, you must make sure you have the Silvant Emblem, which you acquire during the Emblem Quest. Then, from the town of Ionis, go in the direction of Van City. Eventually, you will reach an area on the world map with two bridges. Head to the forested area to the west between the two bridges and navigate through it to find a house; Welch's hut.

Choose the first option to get Welch. She will only join if you have 7 or fewer characters.

Battle

"Nibelung-something or other!"
—Welch, upon performing Nibelungaling

Welch's weapons are "handy sticks", which are exactly as the name implies. It should also be noted that none of her handy sticks have elemental affinities or special powers. Unlike other melee female characters, Welch can actually wear heavy armor that many of the male characters do, making her quite resilient. None of her Special Arts are really notable, however her true power lies in her normal attacks, being very fast, making her excel against single targets.

Special Arts

Star Ocean: First Departure

Name MP Cost Level/SFT Learned
Slap 6 Default
Flick 6 Default
Left Hand Rule 10 Default
Spinning Finger 10 Default
Distraction 12 Default
Iron Fist 16 Default
Mithril Fist 28 (Iron Fist + Omega SFT)
Rapid Flick 28 (Flick + Omega SFT)
Slappity Slap 28 (Slap + Omega SFT)
Nibelungaling! 55 (Symbol of the Gods item)

Star Ocean: Second Evolution

Name MP Cost Level/Item Learned
Slap 6 0
Flick 6 0
Left Hand Rule 10 0
Spinning Finger 10 0
Distraction 12 0
Iron Fist 16 37
Slappity Slap 28 53
Rapid Flick 28 73
Mithril Fist 28 (PA in Armlock with Precis in the party;
Welch must know Iron Fist)
Nibelungaling! 55 (Symbol of the Gods item)

The Symbol of the Gods item, which teaches Welch the Nibelungaling move, can be acquired by having Welch use Crafting on the Smooth Crystal. In First Departure, the Smooth Crystal is obtained at the lowermost level of the Cave of the Seven Stars; in Second Evolution, the item is obtained in Eluria Tower (via VR Expel only).

Dictionary Entry

A young woman who runs the Craftsman's Guild in Peterny. This working woman is smart, good-looking, has a good personality, and even the Guild Master who leads the Craftsman's Guild is no match for her.

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Trivia

  • At the end of Star Ocean: First Departure, Welch has what appears to be the Eye of Truth, an OPA that was found during the main story, that possesses the ability to open portals to different locations. In Star Ocean: Second Evolution, she appears falling from the sky in Lacuer. It could be a possibility that she used the Eye of Truth to move around in the Galaxy. She could possibly be a 4D being, since only 4D beings can use this OPAs. This would also explain how she can appear in every entry in the series despite the entries being hundreds of years apart.
  • Welch's favorite food is Chocolate Banana.
  • Welch's ultimate skill, Nibelungaling!, is a reference to the recurring Purify Weird Soul/Soul Crush, Nibelung Valesti, belonging to Lenneth and the other Valkyrie characters in the Valkyrie Profile series, another game developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix. It is not uncommon for both game series to contain references to one another. 
  • Welch is the only character in Second Evolution to have a special recruitment requirement having to do with how many party members you have. Every other character has to do with the scenario or PA's. Welch requires four party members to have her recruited.
  • It is interesting to note that her full name reminds one of the company Welch's, who are known for their grape juices, among other items. This amusing connection is reinforced by the fact that grapes come from vineyards.
  • To a certain degree, her look in Star Ocean: The Last Hope is similar to the character Kei from the H-manga Take On Me.
  • Welch could be traveling between worlds looking for her "perfect man". She said this during the ending scene of Star Ocean: Second Evolution if she is present in your party.
  • In Star Ocean: Second Evolution, Welch alludes to events that happened in both Star Ocean: First Departure and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, meaning that her time spent in Second Evolution happened after she traversed the timeline into S.D. 46 and SD. 772.
  • While Welch seemed to have been in First Departure, Till the End of Time, The Last Hope, and Integrity and Faithlessness for a short amount of time before the party meets her, it's not the case in Second Evolution, as the party meets her right after she travels to S.D. 366.
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