|First Appearance||Shin Megami Tensei IV|
- "I will become a samurai. I am definitely going to be a samurai..."
- —Issachar, Shin Megami Tensei IV
Issachar is a character from Shin Megami Tensei IV.
Although the same age, Issachar has always acted like a big brother to the protagonist and is his best friend.
More than anything, he is determined to become a samurai not just to rise in status, but to also protect the people he holds dear.
At the start of the game, Flynn is woken up and led by Issachar to the ritual grounds of Mikado Castle, hoping to pass as a samurai and rise up from his Casualry status. Unfortunately, the results were not favorable for him and could only watch as his friend assumes the position that he was dreaming of for so long. Dejected, Issachar remains in Mikado Castle for several days.
Flynn meets him again by Lake Mikado after accompanying Jonathan and Walter to buy some bread on the next day. The encounter is awkward and brief, with Issachar trying his best to be happy for his friend while dealing with his own frustration. He declines their offer to eat together as he has to return to Kiccigiorgi and tend the fields.
During the demon attack in Kiccigiorgi in which the samurai were tasked to guide the fleeing villagers out of Kiccigiorgi Forest, Issachar is mentioned to have never returned from several rescued villagers. Issachar is seen again in the deeper section. Having read books given out by the "Black Samurai", he has developed severe contempt over the disparity between the two caste and scoffs at how the samurai are just tools for the Luxurors.
The knowledge from the book coupled with his anger over these realizations and deep-seated bitterness over failing the rite made Issachar decide to embrace the demonic. He is then fought as a boss.
During the course of the battle, the demon-possessed Issachar will ask the protagonist what the latter considers to be his current caste. Depending on the answer, Issachar's combat turn will either end instantly, increase by 2 half Press Turns, or continue on if he was ignored. When low on HP, he will implore Flynn to strike him down and end his misery. Depending on whether Flynn decides to strike him down or attempts to spare him, his comrade's reactions will change, with Walter yelling at him for his "kindness" in trying to spare someone who is suffering with Jonathan backing Flynn's choice, or leave Jonathan wondering if there was any other way to ease his pain besides death. His final words are asking Flynn to become a magnificent Samurai and change the corrupt world.
From the Book of Genesis,is the 9th son of Jacob, the ancestor of the tribes of Israel, and his first wife, Leah. Issachar succeeded part of his father's legacies and derived his own tribe of Israelite.