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Did that hurt?
—Noel Chandler
Noel Chandler is a zoologist in charge of the Nede Endangered Species Protection Zone who loves animals and nature. He also possesses healing symbology like Rena. Normally gentle and friendly in demeanor, Noel can get fiery when it comes to animals and the environment. He is one of the main character in Star Ocean: The Second Story and its remake, Star Ocean: Second Evolution, and later reappears in Star Ocean: Blue Sphere.

Story

Star Ocean: The Second Story/Evolution

A zoologist who works as the caretaker of a wildlife refuge, Noel is an affectionate young man who never loses his smile. He puts not only animals, but also the people around him at ease. He finds himself concerned over his appearance, which differs from those around him. He meets Claude and the others at the refuge, and decides to journey with them for the sake of the animals as well.
—STAR OCEAN:Second Evolution.

Noel is a Nedian who is in charge of the Psynard reserve. He wishes to atone for his previous affiliation with the Ten Wise Men. Following the war with the Ten Wise Men, Noel takes up residence in the abandoned cabin deep within Marze's sacred Forest of Symbols on Expel where he spends his days tending to the wildlife just as he did on Nede. At one point his friend Leon had personally reccomended Noel to the King of Lacuer to serve as the head of the Lacuer Biological Laboratory, though Noel seemed hesitant to fill this position, instead preferring to stay in the solitary woods alongside the wildlife.

Star Ocean: Blue Sphere

Immediantly after the main storyline, Chisato and Noel now find themselves homeless, and on Expel. They decide they have to live there, but both have seperate difficulties adjusting. Noel is initially frustrated with the destruction of his home, and can't seem to find a place for himself in Expel. Eventually, Noel realizes that Expel is actually perfect for him. While Nede was a dying land, no longer evolving and growing, Expel is still lush with greenery, animals, and people. He eventually comes to terms with Expel, considering it a personal paradise, and goes about discovering new species, and exploring the land.

When Precis contacts Noel about the SOS message from Opera and Ernest, Noel is a bit hard-pressed to leave his paradise. Noel, however, quickly realizes what he needs to do, and joins with Precis and their friends.

Battle

Star Ocean: Second Evolution

Noel's weapons are knuckles, much like Rena's, but often give higher attack values than hers, while also boosting his magic. Despite being mainly a Symbologist, Noel can equip some armors worn only by melee characters.

However, just like Rena, he is not a primary fighter and much rather relies on his wide range of healing and Wind and Earth-elemental Symbology. Noel could be considered a jack-of-all-trades, being a little versatile on every aspect, but not excelling in any. All his stats are very balanced, but he lacks STR and Special Arts to make him a fighter, and doesn't have enough INT to make him stand out as a mage.

Parameters

Name Starting Gain
Level 40 NA
HP 2700 NA
MP 340 NA
STR 61 1-2
CON 55 0-2
DEX 50 1-2
AGL 5 NA
INT 80 1-3
LUC 87 NA
STM 30 0
GUTS 28 0
SP 290 NA


Symbology

Name MP Cost Attribute Base Level Learned Effect
Heal 3 Recovery 100 Default Restores HP for a single party member.
Cure Light 11 Recovery 800 Default Restores HP for a single party member.
Silence 14 Support Inflicts Silence Default Halts the flow of air and prevents spell casting for all enemies on-screen.
Wind Blade 2 Wind 25 Default A turbulent tornado is summoned, hitting a single enemy.
Magnum Tornado 18 Wind 400 Default A giant tornado is conjured, hitting all enemies in the area.
Glaive 45 Earth 45 Default Earthen blades slice upwards, hitting a single enemy.
Crushing Earth 16 Earth 350 Default Sharp rock formations rise up, hitting all enemies on-screen.
Tetanus Wind 10 Inflicts Poison 280 Default A poisonous gale is summoned, hitting a single enemy.
Energy Arrow 17 NA 440 Default An arrow imbued with energy is conjured and launched at a single enemy.
Mental Drain 1 Support 50 Default The MP of an enemy is sucked out and absorbed by the spellcaster.
Cure All 18 Recovery 1200 41 Restores HP for all party members.
Neutralize 17 Recovery Cancels Power Up or Reflection 45 Cancels all spell effects on a single party member.
Blood Scylla 12 Recovery 300 49 The HP of an enemy is sucked out and absorbed by the spellcaster.
Fohn Wind 25 Wind 750 52 A hot, dusty wind blows through, hitting all enemies.
Faerie Healing 30 Recovery 2800 55 Restores a significant amount of HP for a single party member.
Condition Cure 24 Recovery Removes condition 60 Cancels all status ailments and spell effects on a single party member.
Curse 20 Support Cancels Power Up, Guard, and Reflection 66 Cancels all spell effects on a single enemy.
Bless 18 Support Hit Rate Up 72 Conjures a shroud of light to raise the hit accuracy of a single party member.
Faerie Light 40 Recovery 2200 77 Restores a significant amount of Hp for all party members.
Stone Rain 65 Earth 2300 82 Large rock clusters rain down, hitting all enemies on-screen.


Trivia

  • Noel's favorite food is Big Tuna, while is favorite instrument is the Illusive Shamisen.
  • In Second Evolution only, if you somehow have 8 members before reaching Energy Nede (example, if you recruited Welch, Celine, Dias or Leon, Precis or Bowman, Opera, and Ernest), Noel will accompany your party as an NPC throughout the Cave of Crimson Crystals since all your party slots are full.
  • Noel's sprites in The Second Story/Evolution was a Fellpool sprite like Leon, yet he was listed as a Nedian. This might mean that the creators of The Second Story meant for Noel to originally be a Fellpool. However, if you go by speculations such as this, it should imply that by their sprites ears they were both lesser Fellpool, which are not as rationally developed as modern Fellpool.
  • Noel is one of three characters capable of acquiring all talents (the others are Leon and Celine, the latter of which can only truly obtain all talents under certain conditions).
  • Noel, like Celine and Chisato and later Welch, does not bar recruitment from any character, despite popular belief. Chisato and Noel can both be recruited although most players will have 7 party members forcing the choice between these 2.
  • Noel's name backwards is ironically Leon.
  • In Second Evolution, Noel's spell-casting sprite has been slightly altered. While in Second Story he would swing his arms up and down the entire time he casts a spell, in Second Evolution, he lifts them in the air, and they remain there until the spell is completed.
  • An Expelian NPC encountered early in the third game not only has a face identical to Noel's, but an innate ability to use healing symbology.
  • Noel in the original version of Star Ocean 2 shares voice actors with two different party members. He shares his Japanese voice with Asthon, and shares his English voice with Claude.
    • This also parallels Celine, who too also has both her Japanese and English voice actresses shared with two other party members.

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