Nash Latkje (ナッシュ・ラトキエ, Nasshu Ratokie), also known by the alias Nash Clovis (ナッシュ・クロービス, Nasshu Kurōbisu), is the main character of Gensosuikogaiden Volume 1 and Gensosuikogaiden Volume 2 who also appears in Suikoden III. A Harmonian noble fallen from grace, Nash is a member of the Harmonian Southern Frontier Defense Force.
Nash was born the eldest son of the Latkje household, which held considerable influence in the People's Faction in Harmonia. In his youth, he spent two years in the Howling Voice Guild as part of his education, learning knowledge of explosives, but not receiving formal training as a gunner. There, he developed something of a rivalry with Elza, despite their differing roles and background. It was said Nash was never able to defeat Elza, although she was still impressed with his abilities.
Nash's life changed when Zaj Quiroz, a tutor to Nash's sister, Julie, poisoned their father to take over the family estate on the eve of his wedding to Julie. In retaliation, Nash attacked Zaj with the Twin Snake Sword Großer Fluss, severely wounding him. Thinking Zaj dead, Nash fled the household, unwilling to reveal the truth for fearing of hurting Julie further.
Nash joined the Harmonian Southern Frontier Defense Force and was stationed at Caleria, near the Grassland. On a covert mission to find information regarding the 27 True Runes, he sneaked into the City-State of Jowston during the Dunan Unification War. Entering from Highland, he ended up travelling with Sierra Mikain on his journey to Muse City. The two continued their respective journeys individually after the defeat of the vampire Rein Penenberg. When Nash arrived in Muse City, he shared a room in the local inn with Templeton. During his stay, he not only met Clive, an old acquintance from his Howling Voice Guild training, but also several other people who would later form the New State Army. He overheard how Jowy and his friend were trying to infiltrate a Highland camp enar the border and decided to follow them. He stole the uniform of a Highland soldier and investigated the camp. He also met Jillia Blight and her brother, Luca Blight, as they had an argument. Eventually, he freed the captured Jowy and left the camp. He then journeyed to Greenhill City where he encountered Zaj. He also played a crucial role in the defense of the city against the Highland forces under the command of Rowd, his military training being of great use. Hoping to gain revenge with his own hands on Zaj, he then abandoned his mission and returned to Crystal Valley.
Realising that Zaj was trying to regain power in Harmonia, Nash began his journey back home only to be attacked by agents of Zaj and the techniques of the Howling Voice Guild. He was captured in Caleria and imprisoned by Barge but was rescued by his aunt, Lena Suphina. He eventually made it back to Crystal Valley and confronted Zaj. The two dulled atop Klotzeo Church in the Harmonian capital, putting an end to the feud. Nash then left once again, despite Lena's attempts to reunite the fractured family, journeying towards the Grassland.
Nash would eventually end up in the employ of Sasarai and was assigned to infiltrate the Grassland just prior to the outbreak of the War of the Champions. Although he still maintains his light air, his past with the Harmonian Southern Frontier Defense Force and the Howling Voice Guild makes him a very talented shadow operative.
Investigating the conflict between the Grassland clans and the Zexen Federation, he would eventually meet up with Chris Lightfellow, following the trail of Jimba and the True Water Rune. He used the last name "Clovis" around Chris, but it was an alias in use for this particular mission only. Once Luc's plans were revealed, he would align himself with the Fire Bringer.
As soon as the war ended, he had disappeared, leaving no trail behind.
Personality and Traits
Nash was said to have an unsoldierly personality and strived to avoid fights. However, when pushed he showed his true power and strength. He was considered to be a handsome man.
His loose clothes are worn in order to conceal the equipment he frequently carries. Many of skills were learned from the Howling Voice Guild and Nash's talents were well regarded even there.
He wields the Twin Snake Sword Großer Fluss.
Name and Weapon
Nash's last name has never been localised or romanised in any Suikoden game or publication. The localisation "Latkje" comes from box text on the Japanese Gensosuikoden figurine set.
He shares the same last name (in Japanese katakana) as Miharu Ratokie from Mobile Suit Gundam.
His weapon upgrades as Leenier (リーニエ, Rīnie), Gerarde (ゲラーデ, Gerāde), and Courve (クルヴェ, Kuruve), failed transcriptions of the German words Linie (meaning line), Gerade (meaning straight or straight line), and Kurve (meaning curve).
- In Suikoden III, Nash uses a nasel bird named Dominguez Junior, named after the original bird he worked with in Gensosuikogaiden Volume 1.
- In Suikoden III, Nash mentions several times that he has a "missus", but it is unknown as to whether or not this is true or part of his cover.
- Gensosuikoden Encyclopaedia (ISBN 4-575-16297-3), pages 197-8
- Gensosuikoden Kiwami Encyclopedia, pages 260-1, 333-4