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Joshua Corrinne Bardorba (ジョシュア・バルドルバ, Joshua Barudoruba?) is the four-year-old son of Duke Aldous Byron Bardorba in Vagrant Story. The Duke sired the boy at an old age, but considers the child to be his "soul", threatening to kill anyone who harms his Joshua. Interestingly, Joshua looks nearly identical to his elder brother, Sydney Losstarot, when he was about his age.


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Joshua tearfully begs Hardin not to die.

The cult, Müllenkamp captures the boy with the purpose of passing the city's dark powers to him as per the Duke's wishes. The timid boy remains mute out of fear. The Müllenkamp leader, Sydney Losstarot, places Joshua in the hands of his second-in-command, John Hardin. Hardin, out of love for his long-lost little brother, shows Joshua much affection despite their situation. When Hardin dies Joshua finally speaks, begging Hardin not to leave him, and goes with Callo Merlose though what becomes of them is unknown.

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Musical themes[]

Joshua has two character theme, "Joshua" and "Joshua 2"; the former is much more solemn than the latter.


Joshua is a Biblical given name derived from the Hebrew Yehoshua (יהושע), meaning "God is salvation". The name was a common alternative form of the name יֵשׁוּעַ – yēšūă, which corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus.

Joshua is a figure in the Torah, being one of the spies for Israel (Num 13–14) and identified in several passages as Moses' assistant. He was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan and after Moses' death Joshua led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan and allocated the land to the tribes. Another book in the Old Testament, the Book of Joshua, is a chronicle of Joshua's exploits as written from an author who stresses the importance of Mosaic law in Jewish life.