A member of Class Fifth, Ryid's most notable attribute is his enormous size. He has a strong body as his mother was a Lorican. According to the Rubicus, Ryid is 25 years old and 220cm tall.
A man if few words, Ryid diligently trains with his enormous lance every day--not for his own benefit, but for the sake of protecting other people. This gentle giant is firm in his convictions, and he would gladly give his own life to save others. He inherited his mother's sizeable stature, and her Lorican blood runs thick through his veins.
Ryid trains hard every day to use his strength to protect others. He is calm and composed and not easily angered, and is used to people outside Lorica being impressed by his height. Despite the loss of his motherland to the empire, Ryid doesn't harbor revenge.
Ryid attends the Akademeia in hopes of using his strength to protect others around him. During their first encounter with him, Cinque and Trey comment on his massive size, which he does not mind. He explains his size is due to his Lorican blood. Cinque points out that Lorica was annihilated by the empire, and Trey says they will avenge the fallen, but Ryid is uninterested in revenge, impressing Cinque with his demeanor.
After Class Zero is blamed for Queen Andoria's assassination, Ryid remains positive the cadets are innocent despite the aggressive rumor mill. He is unhappy of the way the Consortium of Eight is handling the incident by distancing themselves from the class, as Ryid believes that during troubled times people must protect their own. He implores the cadets to ignore the rumors and trust in their friends, saying he believes in them.
Because of his half-Lorican ancestry, the Crystal no longer grants Ryid the ability to use magic when he reaches a certain age. Thus he is required to leave Akademeia and given a post outside the war effort. When he expresses his desire to continue protecting people as best he can, Trey suggests that instead of fighting, he can help others by training candidates at Akademeia and passing on his skills. Accepting this new outlook will result in him joining Class Zero as an ally.
When Tempus Finis commences Ryid is not ready to give up, saying he has already lost one home and has no intention of losing another. He says he doesn't fight for revenge, but for those who stand beside him in defiance.
Ryid is voiced by Masahiro Kobayashi in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy Type-0. He shares his Japanese voice actor with Barret Wallace from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. In the English version, Ryid is voiced by Travis Willingham, who also voiced Volg from Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.
Ryid appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.