|Japanese Voice Actor||Aya Hirano|
|English Voice Actor||Erin Fitzgerald|
|Eternal Sonata Character|
- "...you didn't read my mind earlier. You were wrong. I was thinking about leaving Tenuto. I want to go out into the world and live my own life. Even if that life only exists inside your dream. I don't know how much time I have left to live, but I want to live what's left of my life in a positive way, bringing happiness to others. I just want to help people somehow. Like these flowers. Even though people call them Death Lights, they still blossom and struggle to live on."
- —Polka expresses her desire to help people.
Polka (ポルカ Poruka?) is one of the main protagonists from Eternal Sonata. A young floral powder saleswoman from the quiet village of Tenuto, she is often viewed with fear and suspicion due to her ability to use magic. Polka befriends Frédéric François Chopin and journeys to Forte in an attempt to lower down the shipment of mineral powder.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Polka is fourteen years old. She has long, pale blond hair in pigtails and sky blue eyes. Her outfit consists of a burnt-orange dress with matching shoes, white sleeves, white bloomers, knee-high white socks, and a flower on her left wrist. She enjoys being around others and she has a crush on Allegretto, though at first she finds herself annoyed or confused by his behavior. She has a strong will, but at times she doesn't feel too confident with herself. As such, she has a tendency to apologize for her actions, even when she hasn't done anything wrong that anyone would really blame her for. Although she is reviled and shunned because of her illness, she holds within her a burning desire to save the people she loves. She maintains a somewhat cheery outward personality, and her outlook in life improves through her journeys with the party, but she can still sometimes be very sad at times.
- See also: List of Parasols.
- "Even I get angry sometimes! Shooting Star!"
- —Polka uses her Shooting Star Special Attack.
In battle Polka wields a parasol and dons light armor for defense. She and Frederic are the only members in the party able to use magic. In addition, she has long range attacks like Shade Comet and Shooting Star. Polka can fight at close range though it is recommended to keep her out of the fray due to her lower HP and defense stats. She swings her parasol around like a sword, but does so at an average rate so building Echoes is not really something she can be counted on to do. Despite this, her Nether Wave and Disruption Wave attacks are "power" moves and she can actually inflict a great deal of damage early on with them (especially due to the finishing hit), but these tend to get overshadowed as the playable roster expands. Her real strength lies in her long distance attack capabilities and her unmatched healing capacity. She should occupy the role of healer for any boss battles. Surprisingly, her attack parameter is sufficient due to frequent weapon upgrades throughout the story, so she doesn't suffer from low strength like typical healer characters in RPGs.
Polka does have some unique magic attacks that can turn out to be handy depending on how things go. Her Roundel and Zodiac are purely situational, but inflict damage in a decent area around her position, making them good crowd control should the enemies decide to swarm around her. Her two big magic attacks, Pure Geyser and Terra Externa, hit every target regardless of their position for a large amount of damage, allowing Polka to serve as a great supporting attacker while staying safely away on the most distant part of the field (though due to their long animation time, she is unlikely to unleash more than two per round).
Polka has great potential as a healer at later levels. She begins with Orange Glow, which is a healing skill on only one person, and not that strong. It is comparable to Frederic's Sacred Signature, but takes longer to cast. At level 15 (16 for Xbox 360), however, she learns Earth Heal. While this skill cannot heal herself, it heals all other party members within range and carries far greater power than Viola's Heal Arrow, even without Echoes built up. Polka's ultimate healing skill is Blossom Shower. Learned at level 48 in the Xbox 360 version (40 for PlayStation 3), this move heals the entire party for a large amount of HP. In the PlayStation 3 version, Serenade's dark L'energie du Vent is comparable, but only with a high Echo count, as the power of Serenade's Specials is highly dependent on the Echo count.
There is a small beneficial glitch involving the use of Earth Heal in conjunction with Harmony Chains. While this move is not supposed to heal Polka, if used as part of a Harmony Chain sequence (other than the first turn), it may heal Polka if the other two characters in the party are already fully healed.
Beginning the JourneyEdit
Polka is first seen in the beginning of the game when she is returning from a depressing day at Ritardando. That night, Polka goes to flower fields, where she meets Chopin and takes him to the Heaven's Mirror blooming area. That night she decides to go to Forte with Chopin, but this causes Polka and her mother to argue. Polka and her mother reach an agreement, the next morning both her and Frederic head out to Agogo Forest. While out in the forest, it begins to rain. They encounter Fugue, one of Count Waltz's henchmen, who attacks them and knocks them unconscious, March finds them and takes them back to Agogo Village to heal. The next morning Polka and Frederic meet Allegretto, but when Allegretto tries to talk to her, she runs away and gets attacked by a monster. Allegretto and the others manage to defeat it and save her. In March's house the group decides to adventure to Forte with each other, since all four have a business in the city.
After leaving the forest, Polka and the others find a sheep herder named, Viola being attack by monster like humanoids. After defeating the monsters, Polka and the others are educated on the negative side effects of Mineral Powder on humans. Viola joins them on the journey to Forte, and the group passes through Fort Fermata to Forte Castle. When Polka and the others arrive, they are confronted by Tuba, another of Count Waltz's henchmen; he seems to be anticipating the arrival of a rebel group and they are consequently thrown in prison. In the Forte Dungeon, the party meets March's older twin Salsa, who had also been imprisoned for requesting to speak to Count Waltz, and everyone eventually manage to escape through Andantino's secret passage. Outside the passage the group meets Jazz, Falsetto and Claves, members of the resistant group Andantino. The entire party heads out to the Cabasa Bridge, but they are ambushed by Tuba and forced to fight him once again. Defeated again, Tuba destroys the bridge and the party to falls into the Fusion River. Polka sinks to the bottom and gets stuck in the riverbed; Allegretto attempts to save Polka, but fails and is dragged away in the rivers current.
The Power AstraEdit
The party is separated into two halves after the destruction of Cabasa bridge; Polka, Frederic, Beat, and Salsa are saved by Prince Crescendo and take refuge on his ship. While on the boat to Baroque, the ship is attacked by pirates and Polka and the others board the other ship to stop them. While on the ship, Polka reveals her special rock to the group; she's had it since she can remember, and says that she received it from the one she loved. After defeating the pirate's leader, the group finally arrives in Baroque and stays there for a couple of days. While in Baroque, Prince Crescendo and Princess Serenade tell them to meet with Jazz, by passing through the icy Sharp Mountains. While passing through the mountains, Polka has a sudden vision about her mother talking about her "astra," the jewel in her heart, but quickly puts the vision aside before they continue on to the Wah Lava Caves. They emerge in Agogo Forest, where they encounter Fugue once again as he searches for the glowing agogos. The party defeats Fugue and he escapes; the agogos in the forest then begin to glow, and March determines that it must be Polka's strong astra that causes the agogos to glow. Hiding in the trees nearby, Rondo overhears this and returns to Forte to tell Count Waltz, causing Polka to become the Count's next target.
Frederic, Beat, Salsa and March head on to Ritardando to look for Allegretto; Polka leaves to visit her mother in Tenuto for a few days. The group decides to take the next ship out to Baroque, now that the pirate threat at sea has been quelled. Allegretto travels to Tenuto to tell Polka of their plan; on the way, he finds a small, strangely shaped rock on the seashore. He then finds Polka in the flower fields, where they talk for a time and begin to develop their relationship. Polka explain if she was not ill, she might have never gone on the journey. Polka jokes about jumping off of the cliff, so that she would be reborn, but instead throws her rock into the ocean. This reminds Allegretto of the rock he found on the beach, and he gives it to Polka before he leaves. It is revealed that it is the exact same rock as the one Polka just threw away.
The next day Polka and the others head to Baroque to speak with Prince Crescendo about the situation with Count Waltz. After spending a week in Baroque waiting for the Prince's decision, Polka and the others head to Aria Temple to learn about secrets of the astra. They are attacked by Rondo, but defeat her with the help of Falsetto. The group then heads back to Baroque, but Polka faints in front of the gates. Allegretto is desperate to help her; he and the group return to Agogo Forest to find the Agogo Queen Mother, to see if she can help Polka. Deep in the forest, they encounter Fugue once more, threatening the life of the Queen Mother. After defeating him for good, they return to Baroque with the Queen Mother and heal Polka, but another situation arises: Prince Crescendo and Princess Serenade have gone to Forte, to turn themselves over in hope for peace. The groups uses Crescendo's Warp Room and travel to the sacred Cello Tree, at the base of Mount Rock. An old woman waits there for the party at her fortune-telling tent, telling them that she has been waiting for Polka's "return." She predicts that Polka will draw a bad fortune and tie it to the tree. Polka draws a fortune and she and Frederic go to the tree to open it--only to reveal that the fortune is completely blank. The group leaves, journeys through Mount Rock and catches up with Crescendo and Serenade, only to be ambushed by Count Waltz, his advisor Legato and his fleet of dragons. Polka and the others are forced to battle with Count Waltz himself and manage to defeat him. Polka and the others then witness the transformation of Legato after he drinks advanced mineral powder containing a glowing agogo.
Legato then tears open a hole in time and space and he and Count Waltz escape through it; the party has no other choice but to follow them into the Elegy of the Moon, a city of souls lost to the negative effects of mineral powder, unable to move on to the afterlife. The party passes through Xylophone Tower to open the gate into the Noise Dunes of Fantasy, and conquer the beast guardians of the Double Reed Tower of Sand. At the top of the tower, Polka and the others find Count Waltz and Legato and a fight ensues. Although the Count is defeated, Waltz commands Legato to destroy the world itself. Polka and the others pass through another portal and arrive in a barren, burnt wasteland; it is the Tenuto flower field, completely destroyed. Frederic decides he wants to leave the dream and move onto the afterlife, and forces the others to fight him in battle, to destroy the "imaginary characters" he's created. Frederic is defeated; Polka, realizing that it is the world's end, jumps off the cliff and commits suicide, thinking that she is the only one that can save their world. Allegretto bursts into tears, blaming himself and raging at Frederic's body. As Polka falls through space, she is reborn and falls into her mother's arms as a child. Days later, she and her mother walk through the flower fields, having the exact same conversation as they did at the start of the story; the cycle of the dream is repeating itself. Only this time, Polka hears Frederic's voice calling to her, telling her she deserves to live her life. The child Polka tells her mother that someone is calling her; the glowing agogos take Polka back to the present as her former teenage self and she restores the world to its former beauty. Allegretto runs to her as she appears in the flower field and they hugged and kissed for the first time.
This is complete list of Polka's special attacks. Some of Polka's moves were altered in the Playstation 3 port, so she learns some abilities at different levels.
(View detailed descriptions of Polka's Special Attacks)
|Attack Name||Type||Hits||Xbox 360 Level||Playstation 3 Level||Knockdown Chances||Time|
Polka's name originates from the Central European dance called polka, which originated in the 19th century on the Czech Islands; the name comes from the Czech word pulka which literally means, little half, which is a reference the short half-steps featured in the dance.
Polka is also the singular feminine form of the Polish word meaning "a Pole," as in a citizen of Poland. This may or may not have been an intentional double meaning on the part of the game's creators.
Behind the scenesEdit
- In the original Xbox 360 version of Eternal Sonata, the fortune that Polka draws at the Cello Tree is not blank, but is a bad fortune, just as predicted.
- The PlayStation 3 version of Eternal Sonata includes two alternate costumes for Polka. The first can be found in a treasure chest at the end of a long a stairway in the mirror Lament, which is exclusive the game's PS3 version. The second can be found in Polka's bedroom in her and Solfege's house in Tenuto Village. It can only be found in Encore Mode.
- The PlayStation 3 version of Eternal Sonata includes many new and altered scenes that help to cement Polka's relationship with Allegretto.
- The ending sequence of Eternal Sonata shows that each time the loop of the world repeats, Polka materializes before Solfege at around the age of four. It is never stated whom, if anyone, is her biological mother.
- Polka is one of only two characters who have more light special attacks than dark ones.
Notes and referencesEdit