Escad is a character from the game Legend of Mana.
Born into the Liotte family of Holy Knights, he fights for the cause of justice with an overbearing sense of righteousness.
Escad is a major character in the Fairies Quest of Legend of Mana but unlike the rest of the subplots his and Daena's roles and goals despite similar at the begining may lead to a tragic fate that seems to be mandatory in the story of Escad, Matilda, Daena and Irwin.
Escad was a young warrior and in his youth befriended Matilda and Daena, but much to his dismay Matilda fancied Irwin, a demon, it seemed that despite the age diferences Escad loved Matilda and grew bitter when Irwin planned to help her escape the temple at Gato Grottoes, he tracked them to the Ulkan Mines and although very young he caught them just as Irwin absorbed Matilda's Wisp elemental powers, Escad fought him but it is unknown how it resulted.
In present days, Escad became an aquaintance of one of the Seven Wisdoms, Rosiotti, a former hero. Escad resides in the Jungle where most fairies live and he claims something odd is happening in the world and blames Irwin for it.
After the hero/heroine finds Daena in Lake Kilma, Daena claims she doesn't know where Irwin went but it is clear that he has taken control of the Fairies, and may take Matilda to live with him in their world, much to Escad's disapproval.
The player may come in contact with Escad, and may even fight him at the Ulkan Mines if they tell him that they choose to ally with Daena, whom Escad claims is just helping a demon and doesn't deserve forgiveness.
Once the player reunites with Daena and Matilda at the Gato Grottoes, Escad arrives and refuses to let Matilda go to the Land of the Fairies with Irwin. Despite Daena's explanations, Escad fervently lunges at her for even wanting to help Irwin - a demon - then Matilda in despair teleports to the Mindas ruins where Irwin awaits.
Once Daena, Escad and the hero/heroine arrive, the player is forced to make a choice, help Escad by killing Daena, or help Daena killing Escad.
If the player helps Escad once in the Pyramid of the ruins he claims it would be a miracle if Daena were still alive, and that if Matilda wishes to hate him he will accept it. Afterwards, Matilda explains to him and the player that Irwin is summoning the corpse of an ancient Dragon named Lucemia to revive it and destroy the world. Escad leaves soon after that, disappointed at Matilda, even after she asked him to stay since it may be their last chance.
Then again, depending on how the players actions are taken, Escad may die at Lucemia or join him/her in the fight against Irwin. If Escad is not recruited and the hero/heroine finds Irwin at Lucemia Escad will be hit and ask the player to be strong and fight to be a hero before being incinerated by Irwin. However, if Escad comes with the player he will help in the fight. After the events when the nuns reveal the death of Matilda, he will remain silent without much interest in the matter.
An interesting fact of the Fairies subplot is the roles each character takes, Escad is the oposite of Irwin, in that he is a heir to a line of holy knights, and as such must fight for justice and will be expected to save the princess/priestess from evil. However the events lead to a different result. Matilda was blinded by love for Irwin and for that matter never saw Escad as a love partner and instead ran away. Even though Escad saved her and protected her, the one she truly loved was a demon, something that makes Escad bitter and resentful, eventually taking the best of him to the point that everyone who chooses a different path from just killing Irwin, would be a de facto enemy (the hero/heroine or Daena).
- Escad's design might have been an influence for the redesign of the male Hero (Sumo) from the remake, Sword of Mana, since it is more than clear in his attire, hair and overall appearance.
- Escad is the least developed hero among the recruitable party members of the game, in that his past is only explained by an NPC, Pokiehl, and his personality is more ruthless and cruel than caring and fair.
- He along with Daena are the only party members who can die and therefore never be recruitable.