Bartholomew (バーソロミュー, Bāsoromyū) is a supporting character in Suikoden IV. Bartholomew is a fugitive on the run from the Kooluk Empire.
Bartholomew“ I doubt my pursuers will chase me on board this ship, but I will try not to be too conspicuous. I don't want to cause any trouble. ”
Bartholomew was a man on the run for attacking and slaying a number of Kooluk soldiers in the early stages of the Island Liberation War. Fearing that being a wanted man would mark as a risk to any surrounding people, he would go on the run, eventually hiding out in the Nay-Kobold Settlement on Nay Island. With his large build and sharp eyes, Bartholomew radiated an intimidating presence but, in reality, he was a calm, polite man.
When the leader of the Headquarters Ship discovered who Bartholomew was, he invited him aboard the Headquarters Ship. Bartholomew would eventually agree to the proposition, joining the crew. As a member of the ship's crew, he would talk with both Tov and Gareth, eventually discovering an interest in wood-carving, creating small carvings of birds and animals.
Once the Island Liberation War ended, Bartholomew set out on a journey to the Queendom of Falena in search of battle.
- Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, page 457