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|Dragon Quest VII|
|Race(s)||White Wolf, Human|
|Family||Woodcutter (Adoptive Father)|
A boy raised in the wild, full of innocence and warmth. Despite his youth, he has incredible survival instincts, and can run circles around the fiercest of monsters. Little is known about his background.— Dragon Quest VII game manual
Ruff is a small, young boy with long unkempt hair. He wears a blue cloth that is fixed like a cape and sackcloth shorts held together by a rope.
When the player gains Ruff as a party member in the beginning, he is unable to communicate because he was originally a white wolf. However, due to a spell by Hackrobat, he is able to speak. Maribel says that he is "quite the talker".
Ruff carries over traits from being a White Wolf, including agility and enhanced senses. He is a fast runner on two feet. He can also bite an enemy and paralyze them, however this was only shown after the battle against Hackrobat and not since.
He is constantly looking to eat. Should the Hero talk with him, Ruff asks about food. He also loves competition and fighting. He looks for any chance to prove himself.
Ruff doesn't understand human behavior such as love and tact. During the quest in Verdham, Ruff speaks his confusion to the situation between Pepe and Linda. In Dharma, Ruff asks Kasim why legs are so short.
Ruff was born to a white wolf who just finished fighting Hackrobat. The fight injured her to the point where after she gave birth to her, she died.
Ruff was taken in by a farmer in the town of L’Arca and was chained to the wall for both the farmer's protection and the comfort of Ruff. However, Hackrobat came to the town. To spite the White Wolves, he turned all of the residents of L’Arca into animals and vice versa. Ruff is transformed into a human. The chain, which was probably comfortable in his wolf form, was now choking him.
After getting the woodcutter from the present, he frees Ruff and he runs out of the town.
As the party begin to fight Hackrobat, Ruff arrives and bites the monster. The party, along with the woodcutter, engage the monster in combat. The party defeats Hackrobat and Ruff bites him again. With this bite, Hackrobat is paralyzed. He realizes that Ruff is actually a white wolf who was caught in the spell that he cast in L’Arca. As a final spite, Hackrobat casts his final spell on him. This spell curses him to remain in human form forever. The party reseals Hackrobat in the coffin again, undoing the spell in L’Arca.
After the battle is finished, the party thanks the boy, who identifies himself as Ruff. They are surprised that he is able to speak but he can only communicate in simple sentences like "Gabo go" and growling.
The party returns to L’Arca to see the spell undone. They visit the farmer who took care of Ruff to find his disbelief that the wolf had disappeared. Leaving the shack, they see Ruff and his wolf friend outside the building. The woodcutter understands that he wanted to thank the man for his kindness. It is in this moment that the woodcutter decides to adopt Ruff.
They party, along with the white wolf, the woodcutter and Ruff, return to the portal and step through it, finding themselves back in the Estard Ruins. The woodcutter tries to bring Ruff with him but he refuses, saying that the seal on Hackrobat could have only been broken on the outside and that whomever broke the seal was very powerful. Therefore, he wanted to defeat the evil that broke the seal in Grotta del Sigillo. The woodcutter acknowledges this requests and allows Ruff to go with the party.
The party goes to Grotta del Sigillo in the present and return to the place where the monster was previously sealed. They hear a voice telling them to run away or face the consequences. Instead, they opened up the coffin once more. Hackrobat is revealed to be in a human form now. He figures that it is punishment for what he did before. He recognizes the party and wants to make up what he did to Ruff in the past. He tries using magic to return Ruff to his wolf form but he fails. Instead, he makes him more human and gives Ruff the power to speak the human language. Ruff is ecstatic that he is finally able to communicate with the party. Hackrobat also gives the party a Blue Fragment to the party. The party leaves Grotta del Sigillo to continue on their adventure.
Ruff learns the following abilities naturally.
|2||Bark||0||One Group||If successful, prevents one group of enemies from acting for one turn.||No|
|2||Bite||0||One Enemy||Physical Damage to enemy||N/A|
|6||Tackle||0||One Enemy||If successful, both Gabo and target are reduced to ~20% HP||No|
|8||Rip||0||One Group||Damages one group of enemies. Successive hits do less damage.||N/A|
|13||Howl||0||Random Enemies||Summons wolves to attack enemies four times. Player doesn't have control over which enemy is hit. Chance it might fail.||N/A|