|“||Your strength really inspired me back at the mine. I thought to myself; I want to be just like you.||„|
|~ Leia Rolando to Milla Maxwell|
Leia Rolando is one of the six playable characters in the 2011 video game Tales of Xillia, as well as a playable character in Tales of Xillia 2. She's also the childhood friend of lead male protagonist Jude Mathis. She first appears when Jude and Milla Maxwell arrive in Jude's hometown Leronde, which they come to in the hopes of treating Milla's legs. After helping Jude recover an aspyrixis to heal Milla, she stows away on the ship that Milla, Jude, Alvin, Elize Lutus and Rowen J. Ilbert were on and insists on coming with them. She is the last main character to be introduced and join the party.
Leia is a young, 15-year-old girl with short brown hair, covered by a white headband(which she describes as her 'number-one favourite'), and green eyes. Her outfit consists of a white dress with yellow markings and two pieces of fabric hanging from the shoulders, as well as small brown boots. In Tales of Xillia 2, she wears a white shirt covered by a yellow coat with a blue scarf around her neck. She also wears a black cap on her head, brown shorts and black and white tights that stop about halfway above her thighs.
Leia is bright in her appearance and personality, striving to please everyone around her with her positive attitude. Her kind demeanor and cute appearance contrasts sharply with her rabid love of sports and fighting competitions, though she values effort over victory. Like Jude, she was inspired by Milla's great strength and becomes driven by a desire to become as strong as her. She is also quite sarcastic at times, especially to Jude—a trait she is implied to have had since she was young.
She was sick and frail when she was younger, and her mother proposed she spar with Jude to gain back some of her strength, which Milla originally misinterprets as "bullying". Later, it is shown that Leia is quite insecure due to being weak when she was younger, which is why she trains so hard with her staff.
She decided to become a nurse at the Mathis family's clinic to become closer to Jude. In Tales of Xillia 2, Leia discontinues her job as a nurse and instead works as a newspaper journalist in Elympios. In a skit, Alvin states that Leia likes to use emoticons and smileys in her messages, which make her messages seem more like codes.