“As fellow Thors graduates, let’s overcome it together!
- —Towa's intro quote, Trails of Cold Steel III
I’ve… I’ve been worried sick about you, you know!?
Ahaah. I am, but there’s no need for formatilites with me.
Towa Herschel (トワ・ハーシェル) is a major character in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel trilogy. She is a Thors Military Academy student and a support character to Class VII. She was first introduced as the student council president until later on, where she becomes the current instructor of the “Accounting Division”, Class IX of Thors Military Academy Leeves II Campus.
Towa is a somewhat rather petite young woman, who wears her long brown hair tied in a ponytail and accented with a blue ribbon. In Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II, she wears the standard green Thors uniform for commoners, while wearing the student council armband on her left arm. Her uniform is a green blazer with a large white horizontal stripe down the middle when buttoned with a bow-tie on the collar. On the bottom half, she wears a light brown plaid skirt, black tights, and brown shoes.
After returning to Thors in Trails of Cold Steel III, she wears the Thors white instructors' uniform with a short military cadet cap and black gloves.
Towa is universally liked by both students and faculty. She is friendly, kind-hearted, and generous with her time, even though she often finds herself swamped with tasks. Many regard her as a workaholic, and her friends often express concern for her. She is modest and humble despite her academic success and invaluable work ethic.
A brilliant hard worker who’s won the esteem of aristocrats and commoners alike as a star student and someone with stellar conduct. Towa serves as Thors's student council president and is perpetually busy on one task or another. In spite of her student status, she displayed much resourcefulness when she dealt with the disorder at the Imperial Summer Solstice Festival. At the West Zemuria Trade Conference in Crossbell, she was invited as a staff member, which earned her a highly favorable reputation with the imperial government. During the intensifying civil war, she becomes the acting captain of the Courageous flagship where she displayed her superior commanding capability during the Imperial Capital Liberation.
In Trails of Cold Steel III, many months after the civil war, Towa's past contributions become impressive of great service and demand, but remains ascertained for the "Empire's future". She participated in various non-governmental organization (NGO) activities all around the Empire for enlightenment, to sense that the Empire will soon walk an even turbulent path ahead than before. With her Thors honor, she precedes every little step to improve the Empire’s situation and Thors itself, by choosing the path of education and becoming Class IX's instructor at the Leeves Campus.
- She resembles Towa Kokonose and was chosen due to her intellect and popularity among fans.
- She shares the last name as Nayuta and Eartha Herschel from Nayuta no Kiseki.
- A different version of Towa appears in the Falcom title Tokyo Xanadu, with the family name Kokonoe. She is the main protagonist's cousin, and also serves as his homeroom teacher at school. Rather than simply appearing as a cameo, she plays an important role in the story as events transpire.