- "This game's heroine. She runs an atelier on the outskirts of the town of Kirchen Bell. She has a bright and cheerful personality, calming everyone around her, but she's also a slacker when it comes to keeping time, among other things. She loves alchemy, and feels happy when she's able to help others with it. While she's unmatched when it comes to curiosity and effort relating to alchemy, she doesn't do any housework, and specially leaves cleaning up to other people."
- — Official description from Atelier Sophie.
Sophie Neuenmuller is the protagonist of Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book and a character in Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings.
After her parents' death, Sophie lived together with her grandmother who was an alchemist and learned very basic alchemic skills from her. After the death of her grandmother, Sophie makes it her goal to become an alchemist who can be relied upon just as her grandmother was, yet at the start of Atelier Sophie is relatively inexperienced and without any renown as an alchemist.
After creating her first batch of a common medicine in the beginning of the game, Sophie writes down the recipe in an empty reference book left behind by her grandmother. When she returns to the Atelier, the book has come to life and introduces itself as Plachta. Plachta becomes Sophie's mentor, and the player has to discover and write down various ideas the player collects into the book to restore Plachta's lost memories of the secrets of alchemy.
Sophie eventually develops the ability to hear the wishes of alchemy materials.
- Main article: Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Sophie is the player character in Atelier Sophie, and as such, she cannot be removed from the party. In addition to having an infinite equipment cost, Sophie is the only character able to equip accessories that change field conditions, such as items that influence gathering rates or enemy aggression. Sophie has to fight Luard because he’s using a kind of harmful alchemy called Ablation Alchemy which cause damage to environment.
In the DLC episode, Sophie realizes that she and Plachta don't experience the world the same way because of Plachta's body being that of a doll. Because of this, Sophie reassumes her once failed plans to turn Plachta human. She also decides that she take on the alchemist exam in order to walk in the footsteps of her grandmother. The journey to where the exam is held is very long, but she takes it as an opportunity to collect the materials needed to create a fully human body for Plachta.
- Main article: Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
Sophie is now in the middle of her journey to take the alchemist exam.
She visits Firis Mistlud's hometown Ertona during the journey, blasting the gate open with a bomb. This is how she first meets Firis. Hearing about Firis' special power, Sophie comes to believe that she has a talent for alchemy and becomes Firis' alchemy teacher. They soon part ways once Firis begins her journey, but Sophie leaves her with the Atelier tent.
She can be faced in battle during the alchemist exam, and later joins the party after the player has passed said exam. Despite the years that has passed, Sophie is still often very childish or irresponsible, something that Plachta scolds her for. Plachta is always keeping Sophie in check and can be stern, but the two are still very close. Sophie describes their relationship as a mix of family, friendship and master and student.
Sophie misses Firis very much during their separation. The reason she joins Firis on her journey to find her path in life is because she wants to be a proper teacher to her student, as well as she simply wants to travel together with Firis. She's also very protective of her status as Firis' teacher.
In Sophie's character events, Firis learns about the voices of materials but doesn't seem to be able to quite grasp this concept. Firis also synthesizes items for Sophie at several times, who is very busy from accepting too many quests. One time when looking for materials together, the ground collapses beneath Firis and Sophie and they are trapped undergound. Sophie gets badly hurt from the fall, but Firis hears the voice of a plant wanting to become medicine for her. After this incident it seems that Firis' special ability has been fully awakened and that she can now hear the voices of any material. Eventually, Sophie tells Firis that they might soon part ways. When Firis refuses to leave Sophie's side, Sophie instead proposes that they travel together forever and work towards her and Plachta's shared dream of using alchemy to make the entire world happy.
In her character ending she sets out on another journey together with Firis and Plachta in order to fulfill their dream. In the true ending she travels aside Firis as well, together with Plachta and Liane.
Atelier Lydie & SuelleEdit
Sophie continues to travel with Plachta, having been separated from Firis and Liane. The pair arrives in Merveille as the thunder god Falgior is approaching the city. Liane meets Sophie at the town gates and informs her of the situation. She hurries to Braisewest to find Lydie, Suelle, and Firis making a last stand against the advancing Falgior. She forces him into retreat, buying the group more time. After introductions, she returns to Braisewest to keep Falgior busy while the twins find out how Neige defeated him in the past.
After Falgior is defeated, she joins the party and lives with Firis in her atelier. She acts as a mentor to Lydie and Suelle, identifying the former's ability to hear the voices of materials. She also meets many of her companions from her previous journeys.
Sophie's dream to make Plachta human again becomes reality thanks to materials only found in the mysterious paintings. The two have a brief argument over their futures but later Sophie expresses she wishes to continue to live with Plachta. Her experience with moving Plachta's soul plays a key part in helping Lydie and Suelle make the Pastels of Unity.
In the true ending, A year after the events of the game Sophie, Plachta, Firis, Liane, Lydie, and Suelle leave on a journey to help everyone with alchemy. History records their adventures as bringing about "The Age of Mysterious." A time of miracles and happiness.
All of the items in the game can be equipped by Sophie, and she is the only character in the game who can equip items regardless of equipment cost. Later in the game, there are healing and offensive items that can only be equipped by Sophie.
Active skills Edit
|Skill||Learning condition||MP cost||Description||Target|
|Attack||Default||0 MP||Normal attack. Physical damage. Chance to chain attack (up with speed).||Single enemy|
|Aura Blitz||Default||7 MP||Launches a magical projectile at the enemy, dealing low damage.||Single enemy|
|Force Blitz||3 ability points||Magic damage. Replaces Aura Blitz.||Single enemy|
|Aura Field||Level 5||20 MP||Reduces status ailments for up to three turns and increases defense.||All allies|
|Aegis Field||5 ability points||Reduce status ailments to 2 turns. Defense up. Replaces Aura Field.||All allies|
|Aura Break||Level 10||20 MP||High chance of Breaking enemy. Low damage.||Small enemy area|
|Force Break||7 ability points||Magic damage + high break. Replaces Aura Break.||Small enemy area|
|Twin Action||Level 15||Increases chain attack chance.||Self|
|Cross Action||5 ability points||Increases chain attack chance. Attack, defense and speed up. Replaces Twin Action.||Self|
Passive skills Edit
|Big Eater||Enhances effect when using (Food) (Sweets) category items.|
|Alchemist's Wisdom||Increases item power.|
|Perseverance||Increases Break resistance. Unaffected by revival after effects.|
|Proficiency||Reduces wait time after using items.|
|Iron Will||5 ability points||Chance to avoid KO. Reduces status ailment turns.|
|Capable Alchemist||5 ability points||Increases item power.|
|Top Gourmet||5 ability points||Increases attack power (+50). Increases base damage (+10 minimum, +20 maximum).|
|Bonds of Childhood Friends||5 ability points||Greatly increases stats when Monika or Oskar have low HP.|
Chain skills Edit
|Charge Command||Offense||> 200%||Offense Act. Chain attack + restrains enemy Burst.|
|Law of Profusion||Offense||300%||Special Attack. Chain attack and restrain enemy Burst.|
|Instinct Shield||Defense||> 200%||Defense Act. Reduces all damage taken.|
|Positive Release||Defense||300%||Special Guard. Reduces status ailments, critical rate up.|
Active skills Edit
|Skill||Learning condition||MP cost||Description||Target||Attribute|
|Aura Blow||Default||0 MP||Staff normal attack.||Single enemy||Impact|
|Aura Blitz||Default||12 MP||Shoots magic bullets, dealing magic attribute damage to the target.||Single enemy||Magic|
|Aura Field||Default||20 MP||Erects magical barrier, reducing damage taken by all allies, and reducing turns that status ailments last.||All allies||None|
|Aura Break||Default||25 MP||Generates a magic shock wave, dealing magic attribute damage to targets in the area.||Medium enemy area||Magic|
|Twin Action||Default||33 MP||Optimizes actions to the utmost level, allowing consecutive turns to be taken.||Self||None|
Passive skills Edit
|Big Eater||Default||Increases the effect of (Sweet) and (Food) category items by 25%.|
|Alchemist's Wisdom||Default||Increases the power of all items by 33%.|
|Perseverance||Default||Increases Break gauge by 100%. Is not affected by after effects when revived.|
|Proficiency||Default||Reduces wait time after using all items by 33%.|
Chain skills Edit
|Support Guard||Defense||Shield Firis, taking damage in her place. Reduces the damage taken by 50%.|
|Charge Command||120%||Deals magic attribute damage to the target, and delays their activation of powerful attacks a little.|
|Law of Profusion||150%||Deals very powerful magic attribute damage to the target, and delays their activation of powerful attacks.|
Active skills Edit
- Aura Cannon - Costs 10 MP. Offensive. Light Damage. Single Enemy.
- Cause light damage to a single enemy and stagger them.
- Aura Record - Costs 15 MP. Offensive. Light Damage. All Enemies.
- Slow and cause light damage to all enemies.
- Aura Bind - Costs 25 MP. Offensive. Medium Damage. Single Enemy.
- Cause medium damage to a single enemy and lower their ATK, DEF, and SPD.
- Down Sphere - Costs 35 MP. Offensive. Single Enemy.
- Reduce the target's level by 5.
Follow-up skills Edit
- Mysterious Capsule
- Randomly apply one ailment to a single enemy after an ally uses an offensive item. The stun level is high.
- Transmigration Elixir
- Apply poison to all enemies after an ally uses a recovery item. The stun level is high.
- Cast Bomb
- Cause medium damage to all enemies and apply poison after an ally uses an item that causes fire damage. The stun level is high.
- Blast Symbol
- Cause heavy damage to all enemies with a small chance of applying mortal poison after an ally uses a magic item. The stun level is high.
- True Law of Profusion
- Cause massive damage to all enemies after an ally uses an elixir. The stun level is very high.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
On September 26 it was announced that Koei Tecmo would be creating a massive crossover Warriors game featuring 10+ of their IP's, from classic Koei Games, to Tecmo IPs, and even Gust IP's. Sophie Neuenmuller was one of the characters shown in the initial announcement trailer.
The story takes place in an alternate world that relies on a miraculous spring to sustain itself. The King who could control the spring's powers suddenly perished, leaving the world in turmoil. The Queen told her daughter to summon otherworldly heroes to save their land, with Sophie being one of them, but the attempted summoning malfunctioned and left them scattered in different areas. Eventually, other members of this royal family are deemed eligible for the throne, dividing all the heroes into three warring factions; Sophie joins Tamaki's faction, hoping to help the young princess make peace with her brothers. At one point in Tamaki's story, Sophie is surrounded by enemy soldiers while seeking out alchemy ingredients and is rescued by Zhao Yun from the Dynasty Warriors series.
- The Japanese Premium Box version of Atelier Shallie Plus came with a costume for Shallistera based on Sophie's second outfit.