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Claris Sinclair (クラリス・シンクレア) is a young teenager whose favorite hobby is singing. She is one of two Visitors that possesses the Red Ideya of Courage as well as one of the two main deuteragonists in NiGHTS into Dreams, thus allowing her to venture through Nightopia to help NiGHTS defeat Wizeman the Wicked and overcome her stage fright.

Story

Claris auditioned for the first general invitation of the headlining musical made for Twin Seeds centennial commemoration celebrations. She had passed a brilliant primary examination. The second audition came that day. Claris was completely spun by the width of the stage and the force of the hot spotlight in which she stood for the first time. Her knees began to wobble, her throat became dry, her voice becoming husky. In fact, the spotlight was so bright it had become impossible to see the very judges watching her. Although she would have to wait until the evening for the audition results, poor Claris had already lost all self-belief and hope completely. She felt that she had lost her dream.

"It’s not for me, something just wasn’t there…" She murmurs into a deep sleep from the tiredness of daytime. Trying to forget the importance of what she had wanted so much. However, it became obvious it mattered a lot in her subconscious and soon her fears were being played out at the hands of the evil spirits of Nightmare, pouncing mercilessly full of sin on even the good heart of Claris. The intense spotlight burned down strongly making her suddenly aware of all her physical flaws and her inexperience. Claris devoid of any hope in her voice runs from the stage trying to find an escape from her tormentors. Finding a wonderful shrine she soon discovers the creature NiGHTS who is being held captive within.

Descriptions

The official U.S.

Today is Claris' chance to show her family she has stage talent. The stage light flares on, and her heart starts racing. The directors are out there, watching. Claris approaches the microphone, but something's not right. A small voice inside tells her that everyone will laugh. A few seconds pass, and the voice grows louder. No longer able to bear it, Claris runs off the stage.

Official JP

A 15-year old girl who lives in the suburb of Twin Seeds city. Since Claris was born and grew up in an artist's home, being creatively gifted was something expected of her. Continuously looking up at her dream of standing on a stage in a musical, it has always been her childhood ambition. However, Claris always stood in the shadows of other spoiled children, far too shy to prove herself on stage. Although one day her big chance to fulfill her dream became more than a dream...

Gameplay

After selecting Claris, she'll fall into her selected world where she'll be attacked by Nightmaren minions who'll take all her Ideya away except the red Ideya of Courage. In order to process further in the game, you should merge with NiGHTS by walking up to the Ideya Palace NiGHTS is stuck in.

However, if you chose to, you can complete the level without NiGHTS at all, unlike in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. This opens up possible level exploring that is otherwise not available as NiGHTS, such as special chips platforms in Mystic Forest or the bouncy ground in Soft Museum. However, should you stay out too long, an Alarm Egg will be sent out after you, so be careful to avoid it or it'll be Night Over for Claris.

Twin Seeds

In Claris' last dream, she falls down onto a cloud that floats around the Twin Seeds Tower. NiGHTS can be seen flailing for attention but if you try to help NiGHTS then Wizeman will send a powerful wave, sending Claris flying off into the sky. She'll land onto a broken floating piece of asphalt and from here she jumps off the side into the city lights below. Claris overcomes her fears and shoots back up with her red Ideya following her, enabling her to rescue NiGHTS. The only difference is that there is no Alarm Egg and if you run out of time before collecting Claris' Ideya and freeing NiGHTS, then it is instant Night Over.

Appearances

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Claris and Elliot in Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen.

Aside from NiGHTS into Dreams and Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Claris has appeared in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams as an unlockable character though with no major role to the game. [1]

Claris also starred in Archie's 6 mini-comic adaptation of NiGHTS into Dreams and made a cameo in the NiGHTS storybook, NiGHTS: Flying Through the Sky Without Wings. [2] She is also one of the NiGHTS characters to appear in Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen, a Japanese Gag Comic dedicated to SEGA games.

Outside of NiGHTS, Claris also appeared in Burning Rangers, along with Elliot, as a special side quest. [3][4] She also made a cameo appearance in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX as a card in the NiGHTS pinball table from Casinopolis and in Sonic Pinball Party on the Mystic Forest and Twin Seeds tables, in Sonic Runners, Claris was indirectly mentioned in the NiGHTS' notification, being addressed by the name "Brave young girl".

Claris, like Elliot, Will and Helen, was also considered to make an appearance as a racer in Sonic & All Star Racing Transformed, where she'd drive NiGHTS shapeshifted as the car, [5] however a Nightopian was selected to be the driver over her and the other visitors, a Claris sticker was also planned to appear in the game, but it got disconsidered along with an Elliot and other NiGHTS stickers. [6]

Gallery

Claris Sinclair/Gallery

Trivia

  • In Japan, Claris is listed as 15 years old. However, in all other regions of the world, she is listed as 14 years old. The reason for the difference is unknown.
  • UlalaRender

    Ulala from Space Channel 5.

    Fans have noticed that the character Ulala, the main protagonist from the 1999 Dreamcast rhythm game, Space Channel 5, is similar to Claris both design and concept wise, they both have pink hair, wear orange clothes and they both are releated to music and sing, Space Channel 5 was released three years after NiGHTS into Dreams and was also produced by SEGA, however, it's unknown if Claris was an inspiration for Ulala's design.
    • Additionally, one of Claris concept arts reveals that she was going to wear an orange skirt just like Ulala does. [7]
    • A few fans even speculate if Ulala could potentially be Claris as an adult due to these similarities, however, this theory is most likely wrong, because Ulala became orphan when she was 12 years old and she was in space at that same age, meanwhile Claris was on Earth when she was 14/15 and she still had parents at that age, they both also have different career interest (Ulala in particular, was already interested in becoming a reporter since she was 12) as well as different eye colors.
    • It should be noted that Ulala hasn't appeared wearing her orange outfit very often ever since Space Channel 5 Part 2 (with Sega Superstars Tennis being some of the few exceptions), instead, she has appeared wearing a white outfit, despite that, Ulala made her debut wearing the orange outfit.
  • Claris was voiced by Lynn Harris, who was also the voice of Amy Rose in Sonic CD and Sarah Bryant in Virtua Fighters 1 and 2.
    • Claris' singing voice was Jasmine Allen.
  • Out of the four main visitors, Claris is the one who differs the most.
    • Claris doesn't have any friends shown in the game, besides Elliot, who she befriends at the end of NiGHTS into dreams.
      • However, She does have two friends called Tessa and Kelly in the Archie Comics, she also befriends Roger Wilkeah there.
    • Claris is the only visitor who doesn't have blue eyes.
    • Claris never met Reala, at least, not in the game's canon.
    • Out of all the Visitors, her name is the only one that might be a play word, being a play word of the name "Clarice".
    • Twin Seeds was originally going to be an Elliot exclusive level and Claris was going to have her own unique final level, which is called "#P8:SPIRAL-CLARIS" in the game files, if the level had made into the game, Claris would be the only visitor to not have the city where she lives as her final level.

See also

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD3EAq4nazQ
  2. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/NiD/violet/NiGHTSSB/28.htm
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKvZJXbwuxw&t=1243s
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra409U0kgI0
  5. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1837
  6. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhSpzvlXUAIhcyO.jpg
  7. https://nid.fandom.com/wiki/Visitor?file=ClaConcept-0.jpg
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