Dana Original
Artwork of Dana from Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana




Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana


Crescent Moon Blades

Attack Attribute


Exclusive Skill

Ice Edge

Extra Skill

Glacial Blade Dance
Destruction Glimmer
Lightning Fang Flash


Maiden of the Great Tree (Eternian Era)
Warden of Evolution
Goddess of Evolution (present)

First Appearance

Chapter 1

Voice Actress (JP)

Saori Onishi

Voice Actress (EN)

Brianna Knickerbocker

Dana Iclucia (ダーナ・イルクルシア) is the main female protagonist in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and is first introduced as the mysterious blue-haired girl who appears in Adol’s dreams.

Dana comes from the Eternian era, an extinct civilization who had previously lived on the Isle of Seiren. She is considered to be pretty small comparatively to her species despite of her blood as an Eternian. She succeeded the post of Maiden of the Great Tree, a position of the highest order of Eternia's Religion, and serves the Great Tree of Origins.

She became one the Wardens of Evolution after defeating the Ancient Beast of Mist. However, she later sealed herself at the base of the Great Tree in order to avoid that role, to reawaken in Adol's era, and to stop the Lacrimosa.

In the Epilogue, it was said that Dana's existence was erased from the memories of the Castaways except Adol who wanted to find her. However, in the True Ending, her memories with everyone were recovered thanks to the Earth Goddess Maia. She soon takes over the Great Tree of Beginning and the Providence of Evolution's (Theos de Endrogram) task and became the new Goddess of Evolution; together with the four Wardens of Evolution as her cohorts.

Gameplay Edit

In battle, Dana uses her Crescent Moon Blades while rotating her body to pull off speedy attacks one after an other.

Storyline Edit

Most of Dana's memories were dreamed by Adol on his arrival at the Isle of Seiren, and some were narrated by Dana herself.

Dana's childhood started as a villager on a far distant area of the Isle of Seiren living with her parents. Even in her days as a child, her potential power of Essence was great. She was terrified by the visions she had, every time it activated. Her mother gave her an accessory that suppressed her Essence power allowing Dana to live as a normal girl.

But her mother died, trapped within their burning home. Dana blamed herself for being a coward, believing her mother's death could have been prevented if only she did not fear her own powers.

Dana wanted to prevent future tragedies from occurring, thus accepting her own powers. She then accepted the Great Tree Priests' proposal. They took her to the Temple of the Great Tree as a candidate to be the next Maiden. Even though her father wasn't happy with her decision, he accepted it eventually. Their house would be given blessings and the proposal cannot be denied as a decree of their law anyway. She met several candidates, including her best friends, Olga and Sarai. This is the first dream Adol witnessed on his first night at the Castaway Village.

On Adol's next dream, he felt as if he were Dana, standing at the base of the Great Tree, wandering around like she always did. She accidentally saw a person sleeping inside the tree, a woman with blue hair and brown skin, holding an orb that shines with every pulse. Behind the person is a knitted-wooden like hoop with ivies clinging to it. Dana eventually met the Maiden and told her about what she saw. The Old Maiden suggested Dana to keep her vision a secret. She later went off, but was caught by Sarai and Olga, who were searching for her. Sarai was worried because Dana ditched the meditation ritual she should have attended, while Olga sermonized Dana's behavior even though she too felt the same way as Sarai.

On the next dream, Dana saw an unfortunate premonition where their Temple has been engulfed in flames. She later met with Sarai and Olga in order to save the Temple from the devastation. They ran to a reservoir, the water reserve the Temple had for a very long time. Dana asked the two to release their Essence in order to collapse the foundation of the reservoir and stop the Temple from burning. The three later faced detention for their actions, but the Old Maiden lifted it. After that, the Maiden saw great potential in Dana, regardless of her recklessness.

Since that event, Dana made significant growth; taking the post of the next Maiden of the Great Tree. Her position is equal to that of the Aegian Queen and the ruler of their civilization. The Arboreal Awakening was her first trial as the new Maiden. Before she had gone into the Great Valley, she has a bit of walk inside the temple only to find out that her two best friends are not around. Dana felt down, she wanted to talk to them beforehand and ask them what they plan to do next. As they are no longer candidates to be the next Maiden, their choices were to continue serving, or to go back to their own lives.

She later decided to get on a ride into the Great Valley to announce the start of the Arboreal Awakening and to plant a prayer tree on a designated garden. She held a prayer to the tree and saw a vision of blue starry night sky with the two moons illuminating the blue ocean. However, her premonition changed as thunderclouds and rain started with the increasing heights and waves from the ocean. She then felt as if she drowned. Even though it was only a premonition, she felt that she was being sucked up, unable to breathe. When one of the priestess asked Dana about the premonition, she only mentioned a calm ocean. The priestess accepted her words, yet Olga didn't seem to accept it after noticing Dana behaving wearisomely. Dana was confused on what she saw and started to worry about the future of their civilization.

Although her vision was precise, what she saw was actually the drowning of the Lombardia ship. The calm seas and unnatural weather matches the scenario.

Sarai later left the temple on her choice to return home which in true account the next heir of Aegian City. Olga accepted the post of Chief Priestess and watched Dana's movements. While Dana is now also having weird dreams of Adol's adventure on the future. Their first interaction is on the Aegian City outskirts where Adol and Company is searching for a way to enter the city. Their mission: is to search for Ricotta's father, Thanatos, who is probably inside the city ruins.

Adol and his companions found no way to enter the ruins so they decided to camp on the nearby cliffs emanating the city. But this time he have no trouble experiencing dreams of being as Dana. The company continued their search in the next day but something was amiss on the Essence Crystal near their camp site. Adol held the pulsing Essence Crystal without clear intent and created an interaction to the past-Dana. She later saw on Adol's vision the image of their city, destroyed and left out. Dana was confused on who it is and she's intigued by Adol's red hair. She told Olga about her visions and decided to help Adol in return she can find out the reason of their civilization's extinction. She planted a prayer tree on the cliff where Adol and others stands on in the future. The tree will grow into a large one in the future and will guide Adol into a new path to the city.

Adol communicated to past-Dana at the then-bridge heading to the then-Temple of the Great Tree. Dana in turn, planted a prayer tree in the same spot Adol and others are in the future. The company ventured the temple and fought a guardian statue on their way to the base of the Great Tree. More than shocked, they found Dana on the base of the Great Tree of Origins, unconscious but managed to say a bit of words before getting unconscious again. Adol and the others then decided to return to the Castaway Village following Little Paro's message about another beast raid.

Unconscious from her state Adol took her on the cavern with many questions to who she really is, and mostly why is she there to begin with. Time ran out and their group decided to confront the raiding beasts accompanied by Primordials. The group almost lost the fight but with Dana's interruption gave them a higher chance to survive. Dana though greeted Adol and others after the fight and asked to join the Castaways for the time being. A big feast was arrange after the raid to commemorate their victory.

Later on Dana told the crew she had no recollection of her memories even as the insignia on her left shoulder. She wanted to rely on Adol's dreams and gladly like to help them on their escape from the island. Dana mentioned the kraken-like beast and the castaway's nemesis whose names is Oceanus (probably depicted in Greek Mythology as Oceanus, the Titan God of the Sea and Poseidon's Nemesis). She also tipped them that information pertaining to the creature is archived on Baja Tower. So the expedition group together with Dana went on to this library she mentioned. On their way, the expedition group stopped on the cliff emanating the chasm in the city ruins. Dana felt confused especially with her memories gone as she tries to remember a structure stood on that place before the appearance of the chasm. Adol and the others decided to take her away from that and proceeded into the library.

They arrived to the library however the entrance was destroyed. Then again they interacted with the past. Dana casts a magic that made the others see the past like Adol does.

The future interacted on Dana visions. She started asking herself why is she with Adol in the future, which in term their civilization would be extinct in the near event. She decided to help the group by planting another prayer tree in the base of the library where in the future will give a path for them to explore the inside. Dana travelled the library to the topmost floor and activated the archives to search for information about Oceanus. They found out that the beast has a lair and it will return everytime.

They returned once again returned to the village via teleportion with the use of the Essence Crystals. Dana helped them created a teleportation ring with Euron as the craftsman. The crew assembled on the meeting hall to assess the information they've got and find a way to locate Oceanus' lair. They decided to explore the city ruins once again and into the great hole. However to have a path leading into the great hole, Aegian Castle must be there, which in turn the structure itself was destroyed by something massive. Adol decided to interact to the past Dana at the nearby Essence Crystal and to plant a prayer tree in the base of the Aegian Castle. The tree grew into a splendid tree and also saved the temple from collapsing. With the problem automatically solved, the crew journeyed the depths of the castle and to the rift heading to the beast's lair.

Dana, Adol, together with the others returned to the Castaway Village to create a plan to kill the beast once and for all. The expedition group were assigned to kill the beast inside its lair, while the remaining villagers will help them lure it back by injuring it. When the time came, Oceanus revealed itself at the nearby seas just at the sight where the villagers donned the catapults. Their offense started however Primordials interrupted. Dogi alongside Euron intercepted the beasts while the others opened fire into the beast ultimately sending it back wounded into its lair. The expedition group started to fight the now injured Oceanus on its lair and succeeded on their mission with the same style in battle raids. The beast's massive form brought difficulty into Adol's group however they managed to kill it in the end. Yet Dana received a premonition but she promised it to tell Adol later.

The village celebrated their victory against their nemesis where they feasted more than they could in one night. Their morale are at a boost and now their only problem is to build their ship to escape the Isle. Dana isolated herself after the feast to the cliffs at the nearby shore. Adol came for her which she was grateful their problem is now solved. Adol however wanted to help Dana but she doesn't want her to get involved. On that night, Adol experienced once again a dream of being Dana.

Dana got a vision of meteor strike that will ravage their city. She assembled to the Castle with Queen Sarai and Olga to create preventive measures. Dana gave the two the contents of her premonition, a series of waves of meteorites striking into their lands and devastating their civilization. She recommended to use the city tower's Essence Crystals as a means to create a much powerful barrier. With their preparations complete, the barrier was spread throughout the capital vast enough that nothing may pierce it.

The series of meteorite struck the barrier. Dana's calculation was not enough and one of the meteorites struck the capital. Dana and Olga rushed into the tower to help but was interrupted by thick mist. The two ladies got separated and Dana faced a Primordial she had not fought before, the Ancient Beast of Mist. . She succeeded to defeat it single handed and the mist dissipated while Olga shouts out her name, looking for her. Yet it was too late to do their initial goal as a meteorite struck the castle. Fumes of smoke surrounded the area creating powerful winds and creating the great hole on the capital. The castle however survived because of the prayer tree's power that grew into a larger one clinging onto the walls of the structure.

Dana's memories of her mother's death filled her head and blamed herself once again. Her despair instigated, a symbol on her left shoulder glowed giving enough pain for her to kneel. An odd female figure showed up on front of the castle bridge as if she clamors for Dana's victory against the beast. The woman asked or ordered her to head into the Valley of Kings. However the valley itself is forbidden even with her position as a Maiden adding only the Royal Bloods are ones allowed to get in the sacred place. With that, Adol's dreams stopped.

With the meteor strike ended, their civilization is on a dire situation. The clouds created by the strike created thick layers of clouds denying passage for the sunlight. In turn their irrigation was affected by debris that collapsed on the rivers and waterways. Crops withered by lack of water as also with the decreasing temperature. The citizens started to leave the capital and flee their once wealthy civilization to what it is.

Her best friend Sarai was missing after the incident. Dana was suspected with witchcraft by the citizens, even more of being the one who orchestrated Sarai's disappearance. However the politicians were in doubt the ones created the rumor to ease up the citizens and to blame someone who has a bigger responsibility to the people. She was hated, wanted to be killed yet she still stayed in the capital. There are still remained loyal to her especially her Priests whom decided to help the suffering citizens and sheltered those who are wounded.

Dana had a hard time to decide what to do; will she head into the Valley of the Kings? Yet the answers to her questions were there and still the problem still remains, she is not qualified to enter it.

Adol headed into the Valley of the Kings to help Dana yet it seems like she had proceeded further. They interacted with past-Dana again for a prayer tree into the entrance of the Rodania Marsh and as it is complete, Dana appeared in front of them and regrets her actions of leaving them. She reunited with Adol's group and now committed to their help for her sake.

The crew were able to arrive at the entrance of the Valley of Kings. They assembled their camp on the front as the light starts to fade into darkness and will continue their expedition the next day. The morrow came but an emergency message came from Little Paro as for another series of waves will come into their village. The raid was dangerous enough with all the Primordials present but another more ancient than those appeared. Grasping their own breath the crew was puzzled with the formations of the beasts that raid them. It's as if they were really been organized by some and particularly peculiar to begin with.

Adol, Dana and the others got assigned to check the abnormality at the Gendarme's Summit. Peculiar as what it is like what is said back then, the beasts came from the Great Tree. The tree is entirely covered by thick clouds so they decided to get a closer look to it.

Given the cloud or mist to envelope the entire area of the tree, their steps into the bridge got even harder as everybody got separated. Adol however, was the only one who fought the same beast Dana did, and also returned to the Temple entrance. Meanwhile Sahad and Ricotta retried their efforts to get on the base of the tree with loud cries but ended up returning on the same area. In an instant Adol felt pain in his body as an insignia appeared to him as it is the same as with Dana. Four figures appeared from the mist and stated their names: Hydra, Minos, Nestor, and the particular woman Ura. They are the Wardens of Evolution chosen by the Great Tree itself. The four welcomed their two new recruits: Dana and Adol, and once again asked Dana to head into Seren Garden beneath the Valley of Kings.

Later on the crew ventured into the Valley as it is infested by undead beasts. The crew however arrived into Seren Garden, their true purpose to be there. An odd silence of the place gave the crew peace at the moment. Clear wa ter flows into the place's center and debris of man made structures are scattered all over the place. They ignored the place for a while and proceeded into the room situated past the empty place they are.

A similar instrument (monolith) than the ones on the Baja Tower stands on the room they entered. Dana tried to access it but her credentials were denied in the process as she is not a royal blood. Ura appeared and gave the crew the access to the Monolith. Dana and her friends then found out the truth of the Great Tree's existence and its purpose of metempsychosis, the Lacrimosa.

Hydra, Minos, and Nestor appeared and gave them a simple explanation of who they are and also their civilization. They too tried to stop the Lacrimosa but to no avail failed to accomplish their task as they fell to their roles as Wardens and Observer. Dana meanwhile figured that the Ura standing in front of them is none other than Sarai herself, a mimicry.

Hydra mentioned a tree however, that can withstand the power of the Great Tree, the Tree of Psyches. He was the first to discover it and tried to nurture the tree with the same outcome as with every species of the Protectors era had done. Yet the four did not stop Adol and Dana's objective to stop the Lacrimosa. Instead, they gave them a much reliable force to combat it: the Tree of Psyches itself.

The expedition group started to search its whereabouts as it is the very place they had passed by. But the Tree itself was gone on that era, so they communicated with the past-Dana to protect the Tree of Psyches: plant a prayer tree inside Seren Garden.

At the past, Dana also nurtured the Tree of Psyches but her people started dying. The weather abnormalities reached the highest risk as the their tropical island was buried by snow. The atmosphere still covered by thick clouds. Her best friend Olga also died leaving her the only person alive in the island. But with hope of what she saw to the future, Dana sealed herself at the base of the Great Tree. Tree branches grew on her feet concealing her body from moving and lifting her high from the ground.

With the past Dana's task complete, Adol, Dana and their friends were invited to the inside world of the Great Tree of Origins, the Octus Overlook. They were assisted by the Wardens on how to obtain the sealed psyches of the past great civilization back into the Tree of Psyches. Their first part started with Hydra's civilization, seconded by Minos', then Nestor's and the last is the psyche of Ura's civilization. However the psyche of Dana's civilization was not sealed inside the Great Tree for her treason of her role as a warden. And when the psyches were collected, the crew returned to Seren Garden to collect the very psyches that can rival the Great Tree's power. Dana chose Adol to receive as he is the next protector and is still the one meant to save their world. Adol lifted his sword into the tree, light gathered onto his weapon as it absorbed the energy that the tree is giving and transformed to his final weapon, the Mistiltein.

Adol and his friends returned into the Octus Overlook to end the Lacrimosa's cycle once and for all. He used the power of his sword to destroy the barrier protecting the grounds where Theos de Endrogram, the Providence of Evolution itself, resides. It gave them difficulty against their opponent because of its massive body, it could also change its body attributes from slash, hit, and even pierce. Yet it prove the power of the Mistleteinn that they could defeat even an immortal being. Dana and Adol combined their Extra Skills to finish Theos de Endrogram.

Their mission was fulfilled after defeating the Providence of Evolution. Every single Primordials that came out of the Great Tree dissipates into nothing one by one. The Octus Overlook became too silent but the outside world was not. Ura/Sarai came to them and informing the group about what's happening, the world is being engulf into the light.

The group was on the verge of giving up, Laxia in particular was in doubt of their doings. She questioned the others if it is really a good thing to disrupt the Lacrimosa. Adol was given to choose one answer: This isn't over until it's over and We've done all we can.

One particular girl, Dana, knew something and used her Essence to disrupt the end of the world. The next thing happened is Adol was now at the Castaway Village. Who woke up quickly as if his dream about Dana and their adventure was just a dream. Adol although was the only remembered Dana, and everything that happened. After he talked with Ricotta, Hummel, Sahad, he proceeded to the Essence Crystal to transport into the city of Aegias.

Oblivious as it is, Aegias was no more and now the place it should have been was now a forest: no large buildings, neither its high towers, the stone streets, the Tree Temple, and ultimately the Great Tree itself. Ricotta, Laxia, Hummel, and Sahad also came to the place telling Adol they felt like something was dragging them there. The four also felt an obnoxious feeling in that place and joined Adol to unravel the mystery.

Little Paro appeared flying down the Maple tree that stands on the hill infront of a high falls. The parrot then talked into unusual words they never heard before and transformed itself into the Earth Goddess Maia. The goddess then gave the four their memories back, adding that those memories are of the past world. Adol however was unaffected of the brain wash because he was a Warden of Evolution and had preserved her memories of Dana. Lady Maia informed that she was forced to awoken after their last fight with Dana's help. She told the group that Dana sacrificed her existence to replace Theos de Endrogram by dispersing the power of Mistilteinn and her Essence on which the Goddess used to rebuild the now new world. Ultimately the Goddess was the true responsible for the Lacrimosa and Great Tree's existence adding it was needed so it will make her bored. The world, although for her, was just a dream. Everything: the life, the incidents, catastrophes are parts of her dream. Everything will collapse once she wakes up.

The group then asked the whereabouts of Dana, Lady Maia in return offered the way into the Abyss of Evolution wherein they might see her. Adol's group ventured the Abyss and approach a very light location and battled a baby like being but summons beasts for its protection. In its last breath it summoned a gigantic insect-like beast and rode on it. They succeeded defeating the beast and returned to the hill where the Goddess Maia stood.

They're confused why they returned to the then Aegian City, and felt betrayed. The Goddess however mentioned that Dana is now a concept who can be everywhere. A being slowly showed herself beside the goddess, it was Dana. Ricotta embraced her quickly as she appeared. Dana's appearance was something different as she wears white robes with see-through silk dress below her chest. Her hair is tied in a different manner with blue leaves appearing on her forehead.

The goddess Maia announced Dana as the new goddess, the Goddess of Evolution. She is now the one tasked to watch the world, use the Lacrimosa if it is now needed. She was not confident on her role especially because it was the Lacrimosa that gave her true burden. Yet she employed the ex-protectors of evolution as her cohorts to help her watch the world. Hydra mentioned that they will use the Lacrimosa if it is really needed to save the world from collapsing, while Nestor warned them if it came quick the judgement will be given fast.

Lady Maia told Dana for she must be asleep once again. Dana gave her last words to her friends. She gave her thanks for their help, grateful perhaps. Especially to Adol whom she have the best connections. Without him, the Lacrimosa would've been complete. She knew Adol before they met and was inspired by his adventures, also what he has done and his friends to the world. She gave her last thank you to Adol with a hug and tears before she faded away with her cohorts and Lady Maia.

Character Relationships Edit

Olga Edit

Dana's childhood friend. She’s a hard worker that is tough on herself and those around her. While she does often make cautious remarks towards Dana who always finds ways to get in trouble, she has acknowledged Dana’s rich imagination and decisiveness since they were kids. Olga may have a different way of thinking and living compared to Dana, but has always protected her friend since they were children and continued doing so even as they grew older.

After Dana's succession as the Maiden she served as the Chief Priestess despite her option to return home. She's one of the few Eternians to know about Dana's ability to communicate to Adol's era and helped her to reveal the reason of their civilization's extinction. She suffered her death a year after, Dana escorted some of the Eternians to the southern countries.

Sarai Edit

Dana’s childhood friend and co-candidate for the Maiden's Post. Sarai has a gentle and cheerful personality, and treats everyone equally. She loved listening to rumors as a kid, and would watch over Dana the troublemaker who caused trouble to those around her, and Olga who would scold her for it, when they were young.

Later in the story, it was revealed that the real Sarai had died when she was younger, and that the Sarai that Dana knew was a projection created by Ura, a Warden of Evolution who had to power to shape-shift and imitate others.

Adol Edit

Dana appeared in Adol's dreams in which he experiences her life as if it were his own. He is the next Warden chosen by Dana however everything turned upside down when the two rebelled on their roles and became the natural distortion of the metempsychosis or Lacrimosa. Dana knew him even before Adol's arrival and was inspired by his adventures. He was the reason of her determination to stop the next Lacrimosa.

She promised Adol she'd tell her premonition before their fight with Oceanus which she fulfilled at the true epilogue and embraced him as a sign of thanks and gratefulness. Depending on the choice, Dana responds that she's really glad she met Adol or She'll never forget him and had a very sentimental farewell with her promise.