Edge (エッジ Ejji ) was a mercenary who befriended the Heresy Dragon. He is the protagonist of Panzer Dragoon Saga, the conclusion to the Sega Saturn Panzer Dragoon trilogy, serving as the chronological fourth dragon rider.
Hired to protect Excavation Site #74 in the Frontier, Edge discovered a drone named Azel, who was later forcibly taken by defected Black Fleet commander K. F. Craymen. Craymen's group killed most of the mercenaries, with Edge, the only survivor, swearing revenge.
Edge was saved from certain death by the Divine Visitor and a dragon, the latter of which he befriended and rode after Craymen. He aided the Seekers and his friend, leader Skiad Ops Gash, in their struggle against Ancient technology. He also bonded with Azel, despite her loyalty to Craymen.
He and Craymen later allied to protect a dormant Tower located north of Uru from being weaponized by the Empire. While Azel was forced at gunpoint to activate the Tower, Edge and his dragon helped her access the Tower's systems, destroying the Sestren network and saving civilization from extinction by pure-type creatures. Despite vowing to return for Azel, Edge disappeared, prompting Azel to search for him.
- Main article: Panzer Dragoon Saga
Edge was an orphaned fifteen-year-old who was raised by the captain of Excavation Site #74, an Imperial dig site, like a son. Influenced by the captain's lifestyle, Edge became a mercenary. However, he longed for a life of excitement beyond guarding the Excavation Site, which he called a "dump".
His wish came to him in the form of Azel, a hibernating drone who was unearthed from the Ancient ruins. Upon seeing her for the first time, Edge thought that Azel was beautiful.[note 1] Shortly after, she was forcibly taken by the the Black Fleet, a group of rebels led by the Imperial traitor K. F. Craymen, after an attack on Excavation Site #74. Craymen's psychotic henchman, Zastava slaughtered the captain and other mercenaries; Edge sought revenge, but was shot by Zastava and fell into the Ruins Bottom Floor.
While Edge was either unconscious or dead (this is left ambiguous), the Divine Visitor's white orb entered his body and revived him. Surprised to be alive, Edge attempted to escape from the ruin, but was trapped by a pack of hostile pure-type monsters. Suddenly, the Heresy Dragon rescued him After sharing a vision of his mission with Edge, the dragon lifted him into the air and they departed on their journey together.
Conflict with Azel
Edge was confronted by Azel, who loyally defended Craymen, several times during his journey. During their second fight, both of their dragons lost consciousness and plunged into the ruins of Uru. Edge freed her from fallen debris, and with her help, escaped the ruins on a floater. However, before returning to Craymen on her dragon, Azel warned Edge that she would kill him if he crossed Craymen's path again.
Edge ignored Azel's warning, ultimately fighting her a third time at the Tower in Uru; her dragon was destroyed, and Azel fell into a coma-like state. He brought her to his campsite, but was unable to revive her.
Alliance against the Empire
Edge received a letter from Craymen inviting him to meet at the Uru Tower. He urged Edge to make peace with him, form an alliance to prevent the Tower from being weaponized by the Empire, and return Azel or else she would never regain consciousness. During this time, Edge witnessed the Empire's flagship, Grig Orig, destroy the village of Zoah. Realizing his need to choose between helping those who were trying to save the world and those who were destroying it, Edge agreed to help Craymen, but told him "I haven't forgiven you yet."
One of the first characters Edge encountered after his friends were killed was Skiad Ops Gash, a character who was later confirmed to be the leader of the Seekers. Edge became deeply involved in the Seekers’ purpose and their struggle against the Ancient technology. This showed that Edge was willing to revise his outlook, as he had been brought up to believe that they were just a group of uncivilized tomb raiders. It was by meeting with Gash and the Seekers that Edge learnt much of the truth surrounding the Ancient Age. At the end of Panzer Dragoon Saga, Gash used Edge and his dragon as a weapon against Sestren, but it was Edge who chose to risk his life by entering the astral passages to face the unseen terror that lurked within.
Like Lundi before him, Edge’s quest was one of vengeance but soon became bound to the dragon’s goal of reaching the Tower. Edge formed a close bond with his dragon, perhaps more so than previous dragon riders. Kyle and Lundi were both parted from the dragon once their missions had come to an end, but this is questionable whether this would have happened to Edge should there have been a choice. The bond between Edge and his dragon was so great that even after the dragon had fulfilled his mission, he returned to the mortal world to protect Edge’s child, Orta, something that he chose of his own accord. Although Edge was chosen by the dragon because of his link to the Divine Visitor, it could be argued that Edge was important to the dragon due to their bond as well.
In the English version of Panzer Dragoon Saga, Edge was attracted to the drone Azel and she had feelings for him in return although it was tragically too late before she had a chance to properly explore them. In their final encounter, Azel told Edge that she loved him. Edge promised to come back for Azel, but the epilogue to Panzer Dragoon Saga suggests that this never happened.
Edge’s Role After Panzer Dragoon Saga
- Main article: Panzer Dragoon Orta
Edge’s fate after his encounter with Sestren still remains unclear, even after the release of Panzer Dragoon Orta. In Panzer Dragoon Orta, a recording from Azel explains that she used a human’s DNA combined with her own to create a human/drone hybrid named Orta. Azel’s message tells Orta, “My child… you carry my spirit. And his spirit, as well…”. It is strongly implied that this human was Edge, although it is not explicitly confirmed, which has caused fans to speculate that the father might have been someone other than Edge.
Azel’s fate was not revealed in Panzer Dragoon Orta but judging from the recording that she left Orta it is unlikely that her search for Edge had a happy ending. Azel told Orta that her search was “fruitless”, but it is unclear if she meant that she never found Edge or that she had found him, but he was dead. Fans have speculated that Edge died or would have died from Zastava’s gunshot and that the Divine Visitor’s orb only revived or kept him alive long enough to complete the dragon’s mission, however this is not confirmed in either Panzer Dragoon Saga or Panzer Dragoon Orta. The drone Abadd stated that Orta was “created from her genes and the human’s gene data within Sestren” but made no mention of whether Edge was actually present during Orta’s creation, or merely his gene data.
- Edge finding Azel to be attractive was added to Panzer Dragoon Saga's English language translation.
|Protagonists||Edge • Jean Jacque Lundi • Kyle Fluge • Orta|
|Drones||Abadd • Azel • Prototype Dragon's rider • Sky Rider|
|Mercenaries||Edge • Edge's Captain • Rhua|
|Black Fleet||Arwen • K. F. Craymen • Zastava|
|Empire||Evren • Iva Demilcol • Letral Naus Demilcol • Seventh Emperor • Sixth Emperor • Stratei Uramis|
|Caravan||An'jou • Baicah • Enkak • Fei • Kou • Raul|
|Zoah||Abner • Aldo • Bezer • Boaz • Edna • Jael • Juba • Paet • Quitor • Quitor's wife • Radgam • Rhoda • Siffle • Viaman|
|Seekers||Damad • Emid • Jared • Jean Jacque Lundi • Jephthah • Ladha • Noof • Paet • Perez • Reuben • Rhagg • Shella • Simeon • Skiad Ops Gash • Zadoc|
|Wormriders||Mobo • Ponta|