The Hero of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is the protagonist of the game. The player can choose the character's gender and name. In the game, the hero was originally a celestrian before he or she became a human after a terrible disaster. The player is given free control over how the hero looks. There are twelve different classes that the hero can be a part of, each one aiding in him or her in battle in a different way. Once the player changes to a new class, the hero will start back at level one and will have to gradually increase his or her level.