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Flora Reinhold (アロマ / Aroma Rhineford in Japan) is the tritagonist of the first trilogy of the Professor Layton series. She is the only child of the late Baron Augustus Reinhold and the late Lady Violet Reinhold, as well as the heiress to the family fortune and the town of St. Mystere.
As a child, Flora wore a plain white dress with a little red ribbon on it, and either white shoes, which also had red ribbons or just plain red shoes.
In Curious Village, she wears a white dress with red trimming, white gloves, and black shoes. After the first game, Flora wears a coral dress with a red sash and white sleeves and trimming that goes down to her knees. She also wears gray almost-knee-high boots. She has also worn disguises in Curious Village and Diabolical Box, which do not differ that much from her orthodox look. Her disguises usually consist of a simple headscarf and glasses of some sort, making it so that if you've ever met her before, you can easily tell it's her; Flora herself, however, thinks that her disguises are spot on.
She has big black eyes and bright rosy cheeks. Her hair is always tied back in a ponytail with a red ribbon, with her bangs hanging in front, in a single curl. One defining characteristic is that when she is happy, an apple-shaped birthmark appears on her neck.
Flora is a sweet, curious individual. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads her into trouble, such as her kidnapping by Don Paolo in Diabolical Box. Because she spent so many years in a village populated entirely by robots, she has difficulty relating to new people, and will often either hide from them or overshare details (as shown in Unwound Future).
She is devotedly fond of both Professor Layton and Luke, and gets very upset when they go away on investigations without her. Her relationship with Luke is mostly good-natured; they have a great time together at the fair in Dropstone during Diabolical Box, and he is very angry on both occasions when she gets kidnapped. The scenes in which they rescue her in Unwound Future make it very clear that they love her as much as she loves them.
Flora continued to travel together with Layton and Luke. Her Unwound Future profile in Western localisations notes her as a "protégé and devoted follower" of Layton. However, in the Japanese version (the original version, which Western localisations are adapted from) she is noted as "self-proclaimed Layton's bride candidate". In either way, she is very close to him and is visibly upset at being left behind, to the point she tries to follow him even if the situation is dangerous.
Early lifeEditBruno, a close friend of Flora's father Baron Augustus Reinhold, built a robotic replica of Violet to be a mother for Flora, but the baron was very distressed at how similar the robot was to his real wife. The robot's personality and memory was wiped clean and replaced, becoming Lady Dahlia instead. Augustus was more comfortable with the robot's new personality, but it frightened Flora quite a lot. The young girl spent most of her time playing alone in the garden surrounding her mother's grave, so to cheer her up, her father arranged to have an amusement park built just for her.
When the baron was told that he was terminally ill, he had Bruno construct the village and robotic villagers of St. Mystere. The robots and Bruno would care for and protect Flora until the time came for Flora to leave the village. Augustus wrote in his will that anyone who could find the "Golden Apple" hidden in St Mystere would receive the entire Reinhold fortune. He designed a mystery that would challenge any investigator to prove their intelligence and kindness in order to become the caretaker of the Golden Apple, which was actually Flora herself.
After the baron's death, Flora left Reinhold Manor to live in a tower on the edge of the village. Bruno's workshop was in the basement of the tower, while Flora lived in the rooms at the very top. Ingrid, Flora's childhood caretaker, also left the manor.
Flora sometimes visited the village in one of her simple disguises. The villagers could always tell it was her, but pretended to be fooled for her sake.
The news of Augustus's death was withheld from the public for years (not two months, as Layton and Luke initially believed) so that Flora would have grown past childhood by the time the mystery was solved.
At some time, a regal portrait of Flora was painted and displayed in Reinhold Manor.
When the time came for the baron's will to be shared with the public, Dahlia wrote a letter to Professor Hershel Layton, a famous puzzle-solver, asking him to come to St Mystere and find the Golden Apple for her. Layton and his assistant, Luke Triton, arrived soon after.
Layton's investigation led him to the wall hiding the entrance to the tower. Layton spotted a disguised Flora as she watched him and Luke. Layton tried to ask who she was, but she ran away after hearing Don Paolo, a villain who had snuck into the village, lurking nearby. Layton recovered a ticket from Flora's amusement park which she had dropped and took his investigation to the park.
Flora appeared to Layton and Luke once more after the investigators recovered the key to the tower, warning them not to interfere with the tower's workings, before she retreated back up to the top floor.
After Layton and Luke reached the top floor of the tower they discovered the cottage where Flora resided. Flora removed her disguise and Layton revealed that she was the Golden Apple. Before the matter could be discussed further, Don Paolo arrived with the flying machine he used to enter St Mystere and began to demolish the tower.
They tried to escape the tower by climbing back down the stairs, but Flora and Layton were trapped near the top when falling debris destroyed the stairs below them. Sending Luke on to the base of the tower, Layton took Flora back to her living quarters and improvised a glider from objects therein as well as a lace from Flora's dress. After they jumped from the tower with the glider, Don Paolo purposely collided with the glider, damaging it and his own flying machine. Layton and Flora crash-landed. Flora fell unconscious, but she and Layton were otherwise unharmed.
Layton and the villagers waited anxiously for Flora to wake up for an instant. Finally she came to and joyfully embraced Layton. Her laughter caused her unique apple-shaped birthmark to appear.
Having seen Flora's birthmark for the first time, Layton worked out where the baron's fortune was hidden, and headed back to Reinhold Manor with Luke and Flora. Once there, he directed Luke to touch the portrait of Flora where Flora's birthmark would be. This unlocked a hidden door to a room filled with gold: the Reinhold fortune.
A tape recording of the baron asked Layton to look after Flora and take the treasure. Once someone touched the treasure, the robotic residents of St. Mystere would shut down. Layton refused to make the decision, saying that the gold belongs to Flora. She chose to leave it and let the village live on, and she became Layton's ward. She left St. Mystere with the professor and Luke, giving one last farewell to the village as they drove away in Layton's car.
Flora lived together with Layton in London, often spending time with Luke as well. She became very fond of them.
Layton and Luke, following a clue found in their investigation of the death of Layton's mentor, Dr. Andrew Schrader, planned to board the famous passenger train, the Molentary Express. Flora followed them onto the train in disguise, not wanting to be left behind.
While riding on the train, Flora befriended a small dog named Tom. Tom was the pet of a wealthy and self-entitled woman named Babette, who, realizing that her beloved dog had disappeared, demanded that Layton find him. Layton and Luke finally discovered Flora holding the dog on the train's rear viewing deck. Since she was already along on the journey, Layton allowed Flora to join the investigation, much to Luke's relief.
The Molentary Express's first stop, a village called Dropstone, was celebrating the anniversary of its founding with a festival. Flora and Luke were excited to explore, but Layton urged Flora to be careful and stay near him. As the trio walked through the festival, Flora stopped for a moment, distracted by the sights. Don Paolo, also searching for the artifact that killed Schrader, took the opportunity to seize Flora and trap her in a barn. He then disguised himself as Flora and joined Layton and Luke.
Layton soon realized that Flora had been replaced and exposed Don Paolo's deception. He determined to solve the mystery quickly and return to Dropstone to pick her up. When Layton and Luke found her, Flora was sleeping peacefully on a haystack. She rode the Molentary Express back to London with them as Layton read in the newspaper that Schrader was actually still alive, having recovered from his supposed death.
Flora makes a cameo at the beginning of the movie, just as Layton reveals Don Paolo, on Tower Bridge.
In Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, when Layton and Luke travel back to the present to meet Inspector Chelmey, they encounter Flora in the professor's office. Flora is very distressed that they had left her again and makes them promise to bring her along. However, Layton decides to leave without her as he reasons that it would be too dangerous for her, and that she would eventually understand. Flora follows them back to the clock shop (like Inspector Chelmey and Barton) and goes to Future London with them. The professor constantly frets over Flora's safety for the rest of the game, but she herself is excited of the whole situation. She even has a go at a few puzzles.
Flora remains brave and calm throughout the twists and turns of the game. Later during the game, when Clive's cover is blown at the Thames Arms, she is kidnapped by him and held in the ventilation room in the fortress. Layton and Luke are eventually able to rescue her and she remains with them until Layton is able to fly everyone down in the modified Laytonmobile. She, Luke, and Bill Hawks stay on the ground with Inspector Chelmey, Barton, and London citizens as Layton goes back for Claire and Clive.
Clark, Brenda, Arianna and Tony a few years later. The picture refers to Flora in the caption: "But wait! Who is that in the back?"
Lady Dahlia's "Queen's Blood" was stolen by The Family and, upon discovering it's curse, worries that Flora's life is in danger. However, this curse was just a rumor; Don Paolo spread it around so he could claim the underground ruins for himself. In the credits, she is seen with Lady Dahlia in Sasha Park, presumably waiting for the 'comet'.
- When Flora smiles, an apple-shaped birthmark appears on her neck. This is likely why her father called her "the Golden Apple."
- Despite this, the birthmark is not shown later in the series, even when she is expressing happiness. This may be because it is covered by her dress.
- The localisation of Flora from Japan to Western audiences changed her being the "self-proclaimed" "Layton's bride candidate" to "Layton's protégé and devoted follower". As the Japanese version is the original, this would reflect in the anime and the series as a whole, despite the localisation change; possibly leading to "plotholes" for localized versions. This is also the case for recent (as of 2018) "Layton's Mystery Journey" related Japanese promotional articles. She is also referred to as a "woman"; and not necessarily as a "young woman". (The text from the article translates similar to, '"Aroma" [Flora's Japanese first name] is a self-styled "Layton Bride Candidate" woman who appeared in the 3rd work' [...] [referring to her status as of the 3rd game in the main series; "Unwound Future"].)
- Flora's official age is actually "Unknown", as no official materials have given her exact age. However, she appears to be slightly older than Luke (often estimated to be around 12-14 during the original trilogy, based on his age of 10 given in Last Specter, 11 in Miracle Mask, and 12 in Azran Legacy in the prequels trilogy).
- Her Japanese status of "self-proclaimed" "Layton's bride candidate" indicates her being around "marrying age" (or, an Age of Consent) and that she is somewhat older than Luke, but this could be because of the legal age being different in Japan as well. (The age of consent in Japan is generally 18 for most prefectures, while the age of adulthood in Japan was 20 at the time the series began; only recently lowering by 2018. In comparison, as the story is set in the UK, the legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, there is provision for marriage with parental consent between the ages of 16 and 18.) Regardless of all of this, her official age remains "Unknown". Despite this, +21 years have since passed in the anime, implying Flora as well would be +21 years, and a fully grown adult.
- Also in relation, though the US localization implied Flora to possibly be closer to Luke's age, the UK version nor Japanese version did not contain the lines in question which implied that. It should be noted the US version (and UK version) are both based on the Japanese version, the original; and the games take place in the UK, not US. It is also possible localization production on both could have started around the same time, thus leading to such conflicting script issues. Regardless, the Japanese version is the original.
- According to Hino in the "World of Professor Layton" guide and artbook, Flora may have found a job or such and left Layton.
- In the UK (where the series takes place), during term time children can only work a maximum of 12 hours a week. This includes: a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays, a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays for 13 to 14-year-olds, or 8 hours for 15 to 16-year-olds. Once someone reaches 18, adult employment rights and rules then apply.
- In Japan (where the series is produced), children under 15 full years of age shall not be employed as workers. When the Professor Layton series first began, the age of majority in Japan (for adulthood) was 20; this definition of adulthood also dates back to 1898. In comparison, however, statutes such as the Child Welfare Law and Labor Standards Law effectively recognize 18- and 19-year-olds as adults in terms of employment and thus pave the way for them to work, for example, as public servants.
- With both of these facts in mind, should Flora be of an age to hold a serious job and leave the household by Unwound Future, the median age appears to be 16-20 (at lowest), or around 18-20 (at highest, including in both Japan and the UK).
- Flora does not offer any puzzles until the second game, and she doesn't solve any until the third.
- As shown in the credits of the first and third games, Flora loves to cook, but the results are not appetizing.
- Flora is sensitive about her cooking, as shown in the third game. She asks Luke if he loves someone else's sandwich more than hers, to which he doesn't answer.
- Flora appears in another game called Inazuma Eleven (which is another different game franchise of Level-5), and appears on a team called the Layton Team, but it is only a brief appearance and the team may not be even challenged. This team includes Professor Layton, Luke, Flora, Don Paolo, Inspector Chelmey and Anton Herzen.
- It is said in London Life that she likes a Natural room with at least 101 Decor.
- It is shown in Unwound Future that she likes murder mystery novels.
- Flora gives the quest "The Local Flora" in London Life.
- In Unwound Future, it is revealed that Flora and Luke share a love for stuffed animals.
- In Azran Legacy, she appears as the 'Puzzle Addict' trophy. This is awarded to the player when they solve every Daily Puzzle + in The Hidden Door.
- Flora does not appear and is not even mentioned in Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy despite even a post-game passing mention of Alfendi Layton and Lucy Baker (US/UK version). It is currently unknown what has happened to her in the future of the games or anime.
- In the first two episodes where Layton's story is shown, and Katrielle's backstory (where Luke also appears) is revealed; Flora is not seen anywhere around them or in Layton's household, indicating she too may have become independant for the 21 years since Luke left at the end of Unwound Future. (Katrielle is 21 years old, and is shown growing up with Layton.)
- Layton is also seen visibly signing an adoption form for Katrielle; whose surname changes to Layton's, possibly shown more significantly because of per required legal rule in Japan (when adopted in Japan; you are legally required to change your surname - this may sometimes reflect in series that also do not take place in Japan to indicate adoption to Japanese viewers). In comparison, Flora's Japanese surname appears to remain officially Rhineford, likely indicating (to Japanese viewers) she was never legally adopted (or even considered it). Japanese promotional materials also do not describe her in any sort of familial connection to Layton, only ever indicating her as the aforementioned "bride candidate" or similar. Despite this, it appears like Layton (in the Japanese version) himself never entertained the thought; and during the 21 years timeskipping since, he is not yet seen pictured with any partner, much less Flora.
- However, in the tenth episode of Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery-Solving Files, Flora's red bow is seen as one of the accessories on Marina's handbag.
Name Origin Edit
- 'Flora' and 'Aroma' both relate to flowers, which connect her to her mother and stepmother.
As HerselfEditvillage. She lost her mother as a small child and was raised by her father, Baron Augustus Reinhold.
As HerselfEditLuke and Layton onto the Molentary Express. In her free time, she likes cooking, though most of her efforts in the kitchen have the unfortunate event of turning stomachs.
While DisguisedEditLayton nor Luke saw through her disguise.
Unwound FutureEditLayton's protégée and devoted follower, Flora refuses to be left behind on the professor and Luke's expeditions. Her cooking has been known to turn stomachs, but it seems to have improved a bit recently.
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