[[folder: Koinzell's Companions]]

!'''Koinzell / Ascherit'''
The protagonist of the series, Koinzell is a mysterious half-breed swordsman from the Empire's distant frontier. He quickly reveals that he is one of the "Lances of Betrayal", the legendary swordsman Ascherit, and makes it clear that his main goal is to kill the Seven Heroes of the Empire as revenge for their craven and cowardly killing of him and the three other Lances twenty years ago.
* AntiHero: Played with. Koinzell himself fully admits that killing the Seven Heroes would bring chaos and confusion to the Empire, but presses on with it anyway, in order to avenge his friendís murders at their hands. On the other hand, Koinzell always stops to help those in need, even when it interferes with his quest for revenge.
** Also, despite his thirst for revenge, he clearly still cares as deeply for the empire and it's citizens as he did twenty years ago. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre Ato and Elsaria repeatedly point out to him that he's not nearly so bad as he makes himself out to be]], and even killing the Seven Heroes is doing the empire a service given [[AssholeVictim the kind of people they are]], [[KickTheSonOfABitch the fact that they deserve it]], and the fact the peace they brought to the empire was all based on a big fat lie that convienently left them in charge. ([[TyrantTakesTheHelm For the worse, as well]])
* BackFromTheDead: Koinzell is actually Ascherit, who survived his fatal wounds by devouring a fairy at the bottom of the ravine Glenn pushed him into.
* BackToBackBadasses: He invokes and lampshades this trope with Ato.
* BadAss
* BerserkButton: Harming innocent people in front of him is a bad idea. So is mentioning how great the Seven Heroes are, or slandering the Lances of Betrayal.
* BlessedWithSuck: Koinzell's elven body has many advantages: The Black Sword, his one winged angel form, and the fact that it makes him almost unkillable (If he is hurt badly, he is almost always completely healed the next time he is seen). However, at times, it seems like the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. First, his body weakens without a source of moonlight, and he cannot even use the Black Sword without one. Second, he is not able to use his signature technique Black Wing with his new body without severely weakening himself. Third, his enemies have been able to incapacitate him with magic on occasion by taking advantage of the elfish nature of his body.
* TheChosenOne: The Imperial astrologers predicted that a hero would arise in the frontiers and save the Empire from a dark catastrophe. Koinzell doesn't believe it, and claims that he's more likely to be the catastrophe itself.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: For all his protests and claims that he's a bad person, Koinzell sure does help a lot of people.
* CombatTentacles: He has [[FourIsDeath four]] of them in the shape of his Black Swords. They're sealed away into his right arm, and he can only use them when it's at night; however, each one has the right to be called a [[{{BFS}} "claymore"]] given how massive they are.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Black Wing, a devastating sword strike that uses killing intent to strike a fatal blow. Using it takes a toll on Koinzell's body, however. Also a subversion that as a human he had no problems using it, and that it's his current fairy body that's too fragile to handle it.
* DarkMessiah
* {{Determinator}}
* DisguisedInDrag: He can easily disguise himself as a girl due to his long hair and small stature. Adding make-up helps.
* TheDreaded: Koinzell eventually acquires the title of 'Hero-Killing Rebel' or simply 'Hero Killer'.
* EmergencyTransformation: Covering another person's wounds with his own blood can revive them, turning them into a hybrid in the process. Also happened to Koinzell in the past, who ate a fairy after being left for dead by the Seven after their betrayal.
* MrFanservice: He has sex with two girls ''in the first two chapters'', that should tell you something. Later on he also has some with Altea.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Ascherit himself subverts this, as Kfer, Gustav, Klentel, Elgunaha, Lanbard, and Ediem remain close to his heart even long after their deaths, as he saw them as friends for life.
* EyeScream: Has a large scar over one of his eyes, though he still has both of them. It's from when Glenn gouged out his eye when he was Ascherit.
* HealingFactor: Is shown to possess a very strong one late in the series, capable of regrowing lost limbs.
* HeroicBSOD: Koinzell completely breaks down after his first attempt to kill the Seven ends in failure, especially when he realizes how [[VillainWithGoodPublicity well-loved and protected by the people]] they are.
* HeroKiller: From the perspective of the Seven Heroes and the general population of the empire. 'Hero Killer' is what people eventually come to call him.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Played straight at first, but increasingly averted as the series continues and people slowly realize that the Seven Heroes aren't actually all that heroic.
* LightningBruiser
* MasterSwordsman: Both before and after his transformation.
* MercyKill: Sadly ends up doing this a lot.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Killing Glenn before Lebellond was a bad move on Koinzell's part, since it allowed the far more belligerent Lebellond to essentially usurp control of the Empire.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's in his mid-thirties, despite what his appearance would suggest.
* OneManArmy: Poor mooks should learn to just stay away.
* OneWingedAngel: When things become dire and there is no option left, Koinzell can assume the form of a gigantic fairy with bladed wings. In this form he is essentially unstoppable, but using it takes an even bigger toll on his body than the Black Wing.
* PointyEars: Very long ones, which is often noted as a rare trait even among half-elves.
* RapunzelHair: His long hair is tied into two braids. [[RuleOfCool With daggers hanging from them]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedRightHand: Under the light of the two moons, Koinzell can summon four massive prehensile black swords from his right arm.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Surprisingly averted. Although revenge is a big motivator for Koinzell, he never fails to help anyone who needs it and is perfectly fine from running from a battle with the Seven if things aren't going his way.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The entire series is Koinzell's.
* StealthMentor: To Ikfes.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Ato, with the two sharing several intimate moments together and of course the, ugh... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything 'suggestive']] [[LecherousLicking way he transforms her]] into a HalfHumanHybrid like himself.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
* WorthyOpponent: Again, to Ikfes.

The princess of a frontier barbarian tribe who initially pursued Koinzell out of revenge for him killing her brother. Eventually she learns [[MercyKill the truth]] about why he did so and since then has become one of his most important allies.
* ActionGirl
* ACupAngst: Is very sensitive about her lack of assets.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The crown of vengeance she wears in her fight against Koinzell increases her strength but suppresses her mind. Smashing it is the key to winning the battle.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Koinzell, later on in the series after he turns her into a half-elf like himself.
* {{Badass}}: Not that she was incapable to start with, but Koinzell takes her on as a pupil and she is more and more able to to keep up with him as the series goes on, which is one ''hell'' of an accomplishment.
* DoubleWeapon: Koinzell forges for her one that is identical to the one that her brother used to wield.
* DualWielding
* [[DragonRider Wyvern Rider]]
* EmergencyTransformation: Koinzell turns Ato into a hybrid like himself after she is nearly killed by shrapnel during Barestar's invasion.
* FatalFlaw: Develops a desire for Koinzell's approval later in the series that nearly gets her killed when she rushes into a fight with a much stronger opponent.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Her hair turns white after the aforementioned EmergencyTransformation. After the TimeSkip in volume 15 however, her hair has gotten black again, with redisual white bangs.
* MagicKnight: Ato is proficient with lances, swords and explosive magical tags.
* PurpleEyes: Used to actually be blue prior to her EmergencyTransformation, but now is just on this side of Violet.
* SamusIsAGirl: She was mistaken for a boy in early chapters.
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Ascheriit. She seems to have feelings for him, at any rate.
* TheWorfEffect: Sadly seems to succumb to this, usually losing her fights to show off how strong the next enemy is.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]: Goes after Koinzell after he gives her brother a much-needed MercyKill. Once everything is explained she gives up trying to kill him and develops an UndyingLoyalty for him.

A small child who tried to smuggle herself into the central Empire to escape the war-torn frontier. The attempt fails but she is rescued by Koinzell and spends most of the series following after him.
* AccidentalMisnaming: 'Peepi' isn't her real name, but one Koinzell made up on the spot so that he could pose as her brother and save her from some corrupt guards. The name sticks and after a while she no longer even bothers to complain about it.
* ChekovsGun: [[{{Foreshadowing}} It mentioned that the names that are given to Peepi's people at birth hold power of some sort]], so presumably her hitherto unmentioned actual name may end up this.
* TheLoad: Sadly she's just a normal child caught up in a war-torn world, though after Barestarís invasion of Jullas-Abllas she begins to learn some summoning magic.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Peepi's made it into the Empire, met people of her own race, is preparing to be relocated to a new settlement with a surrogate family and is just about to part ways with Koinzell peacefully. Then Pago kills her adoptive parents out of pure spite and everything goes to hell again. Luckily Koinzell was there to save her.
* PluckyGirl: Surprisingly, despite all the death and suffering she's seen.
* PointyEars: As a member of the Miruel Mirael race, this is expected.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Peepi often ends up in revealing outfits, much to her chagrin.
* SummonMagic: She becomes adept at summoning later on, giving her some use in combat to assist the others.
* TagalongKid
* TokenMiniMoe

A man from the border town of Rielde-Venem, Vid is heavily involved in the smuggling trade. As such, he knows how to cross the border into the Empire and ends up aiding both Peepi and Koinzell in doing so. However, his motives for helping go much deeper than they first appear...
* BadAss: Was able to hold his own against a subterranean giant that even Koinzell had trouble with.
* EyepatchOfPower
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Vid uses wire chakrams anchored to his bracers.
* PutOnABus: He leaves the group after rescuing Sharon, but promises to return at some point in the future.

The head of the smuggling operation in Rielde-Venem, who arranges for people to cross the border for a price. At first she is reluctant to help Koinzell and his group, but a crackdown on smugglers endangers her position and forces her hand.
* ActionGirl: Not on Ato's level, but as the siege of the city of Jullas-Abllas showed Altea can more than just handle herself in a fight.
* BoobsOfSteel: Altea is really well-stacked.
* InItsHourOfNeed: Rallies the people of Jullas-Abllas when it comes under siege from Barestar. Particularly moving since many of the people there were those she smuggled over the border and owed her their gratitude.
* PurpleEyes
* PutOnABus: Stays behind in Jullas-Abllas, and becomes the leader of the civilian militia there.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Altea offers to help Koinzell across the border if he agrees to pay the fee with his body. Amusingly it turns out that Altea is actually a virgin and it's the first time she's asked it of anyone.
* {{Shotacon}}: She's attracted to Koinzell from the moment she sees him, and offers him passage in exchange for sleeping with her. While they're interrupted the first time, chapter 9 has her asking him to "Finish what (he) started", which he does.
* TeamMom: Particularly to Peepi.

A former bandit who was recruited by Pago many years ago to serve as his lieutenant. Witnessing his superior's atrocities firsthand forces him to re-evaluate his loyalties, however.
* BadassMustache
* BaldOfAwesome
* BaitTheDog: Inverted. When first introduced he acts suspiciously and makes some potentially threatening remarks and facial expressions, but it later turns out that he's a really nice guy.
* BerserkButton: Calling him 'Octopus Head' or any variation of 'Octopus'.
* CombatTentacles: Inherited them from Pago when the latter's parasite latched onto him during the collapse of Schtemwolech's castle.
* DefectorFromDecadence
* FaceOfAThug
* FacialMarkings: The tattoos on his head, which look vaguely like an octopus. [[BerserkButton Don't say it to his face, though]].
* GentleGiant
* GoodIsDumb: Genuinely believed that the girls who he took the castle (and who never came out again) were living in paradise rather than being used in horrific immortality experiments.
* NiceGuy
* Expy: GentleGiant with a BaldOfAwesome, FaceOfAThug and BadassMustache has a very sensual person and very cares about the main characters. Hello [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Alex Louis Armstrong]]!
* NeverFoundTheBody: Which ultimately leads to...
* NotQuiteDead
* BadPowersGoodPeople: The tentacles used by his brother before his death.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: It saved his life, but he is ashamed and afraid of this force.


[[folder: The Seven Heroes]]

During the war with Wischtech twenty years ago, fourteen heroes were sent to the Forest of Death to seal the route used by the invading armies. Three died along the way, becoming known as the 'Precious Departed.' Four betrayed the group and were killed, earning the title of 'Lances of Betrayal'. The remaining seven completed their mission and returned home, where they were hailed as heroes and given everything they could possibly desire by the grateful empire. Or so the story goes.

In reality, things were more complicated. The truth is that those known as the Seven Heroes were dirty cowards who never got past the Forest of Death. The other four who would become known as the 'Lances of Betrayal' pressed on and completed their mission, but were ambushed by the seven on their way back. The four were killed and the seven returned home, claiming that they were the true heroes.

!'''Lord Glenn'''

The son of the current Emperor, Glenn studied swordsmanship at the same school as Ascherit, though he was never any better than average at swordplay. Twenty years ago he was selected as one of the fourteen heroes. The plan to ambush and kill the four real heroes was mainly his idea.

[[spoiler:He is the third Hero to be killed by Koinzell. However, he reappeared alive at the end of chapter 105.]]

* AmbitionisEvil: [[spoiler:The reason for his turning to [[LovecraftianSuperpower Wischtech]] magic and pursuing a civil war against his own father is all to fulfill his goals.]]
* TheAtoner: Does his best to hold the realm together to atone for his past crimes. [[spoiler:Given his behavior after his return, it is debatable as to how sincere he was.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:At the end of Chapter 105, in seemingly younger body.]]
** BodyBackupDrive: [[spoiler:Glenn figured that someone would come to kill him and made arrangements to resurrect himself using a parasite in his first body. Upon death, it ate everything and used it to form a second body with his soul, memories, and ambition.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Once upon a time, although he's still quite handsome as an older man.
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Implied to one degree or another.]]
* TheChessmaster: Seems to have designs for this fairly early on. [[spoiler: His UnexplainedRecovery and reintroduction later in the series dominating his own and Dragon Chief Ischudien's forces confirms it.]]
* CounterAttack: Develops the "Divine Illusion" solely to do this to the "Black Wings" technique.
* DirtyCoward: In the past. Nowadays, not so much.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: As the man who masterminded the plot to kill Ascherit, you'd expect him to be among the final villains, but his death occurs less than halfway through the story. [[spoiler: Though when he's back from the dead, he apparently reclaims the BigBad position.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He came up with the plan to murder the 'Lances of Betrayal' [[KickTheDog and even taunted them about how they were going to kill them all and take all the credit for their deeds]], but when Schtemwolech eggs him on to continue actually stabbing Ascherit, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Glenn looks extremely disturbed by what he's doing.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: Is fully aware of this and hasn't bought into his own propaganda like some of the other heroes have. He even admits that despite his constant sword practice he's still only above average.
* GreenEyedMonster: Towards Ascherit, due to him being so much better at swordfighting despite Glenn training for longer than him.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: He could never beat Ascherit in a sword fight despite training harder, acknowledging that even after he killed him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Flashbacks show he was a presumptuous tool when he was younger. He's matured somewhat since then, while still be every bit the bastard that he is. He's just less 'superficially' unpleasant.
* KickTheDog: He was a jerk when he was younger, but convincing the other 'heroes' to murder the Lances of Betrayal, (which included Kfer, who had a pregnant wife back home, and Klentel and Archeriit, who were about maybe about twelve and fifteen, respectively) was when he ''really'' showed the kind of man he is. Even worse, this was right after the lances had saved the country, after Glenn and the other heroes had abandoned them. Also, he could have just said the four of them were killed fighting Wischtech. He and the other heroes really didn't ''need'' to brand them traitors to the empire, implying this was done purely out of spite.
** He also has another moment of this in the present when he manipulates Ikfes using [[spoiler: his father Kfer's legacy as one of the Lances of Betrayal]] to try and have him kill Ascherit. So, he uses the kid's [[spoiler: dead father, who he never knew because Glenn and the other heroes murdered him,]] to try and take advantage of the kid's [[spoiler: tainted view of his own heritage (after the actions of Glenn and the other heroes' indirectly destroyed it and his life)]] so he could trick him into murdering [[spoiler: his father's best friend.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler: After he CameBackWrong. [[EvenEvilHasStandards In contrast to how he was before]], the new Glenn murders countless people via starting a massive civil war against his father, (who he ultimately personally slays himself) and he fully intends to keep going until he's crowned emperor. Why? Because, like everything with Glenn, he feels he's entitled to it.]]
* LovecraftianSuperpower: [[spoiler:Starts giving his subordinates this upon his [[BackFromTheDead return.]] It's also the reason he survived and appears younger in the first place.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Presumably had a moment like this off-screen. He sincerely regrets murdering Ascherit and the others and fully admits it was the result of his own selfish envy, to the extent that [[PetTheDog he built four monuments to them as atonement]].
* PetTheDog: He had four obelisks built honoring the memory of the Lances of Betrayal. Given how those four are completely despised throughout the empire, there was absolutely no reason to do this other than genuine remorse.
* ReallyGetsAround: enjoys the company of beautiful women. [[spoiler: Goes through 'em quite quickly after his revival.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Pre-resurrection.
* SevenDeadlySins: Most likely Envy. However, the fact that he is pretty much the most powerful man in the series bar the emperor himself politically means that his envy just may not have had much of a setting in which to express itself in the present. In the past though, it was a completely different matter.
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: Post-resurrection, as he seems completely devoid of any real feelings, mass-murders his people and also murders his own father in the pursuit of power, seems to have developed a grossly overblown ego, and most any redeemable qualities he may have had once have mostly gone straight out the window.]]
* TragicVillain: Seemingly...though given his past actions, as well as the debatable sincerity of his 'atonement', it's very hard to classify him as such.
* TheUnfettered: Becomes this [[spoiler:after his return]] to the point where he no longer shows remorse over his past actions, [[spoiler:surprise upon realizing Koinzell's true identity,]] or really much emotion over anything anymore.
* WorthyOpponent: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] States that Ifkes and Ascheriit were the only ones he could see defeating him in his new body, so he came up with a CounterAttack just for them. However, he considers them both a non-issue afterwards.

!'''Regional Count Schtemwolech'''

A former thief who was pardoned by the Emperor in exchange for becoming one of the fourteen heroes. After returning to the Empire Schtemwolech became obsessed with obtaining eternal life, conducting numerous horrific experiments as a result.

[[spoiler:He is the first Hero to be killed by Koinzell.]]

* AintTooProudToBeg: Has the nerve to beg Koinzell for mercy after repeatedly trying to murder his former comrade without a shred of remorse.
* AmazonBrigade: His personal guard, which consists of several [[MindRape Mind Raped]] elven girls who are trapped in a state of constant agony.
* {{Bishonen}}: He used to be one twenty years ago during the war with Wisstech.
* TheCorrupter: Seems to be his modus operandi when it comes to accumulating followers, as made especially clear by his remark about using the parasite on Pago.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Ascheriit graphically slices him apart after his fairy powers go into overdrive.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the whole 'rogue joins the heroes on their quest' archetype. Normally, this character would be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who proves heroic at heart and dedicated to his friends. Here, that character turns out to be a murderous scumbag who lusts after the rewards succeeding in heroes' world-saving quest can grant him.
* DirtyCoward: When presented with any real danger, his SmugSnake attitude drops and he becomes a trembling, wretch of a man.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: When he is confronted by Koinzell's true identity, [[DirtyCoward as soon as any immediate danger to his life has passed]], he fixates on how Ascheriit has managed to stay so young and what species of fairy he has merged with. Ascheriit is livid that after all this time, this is really all he can think to say to him.
* FakeUltimateHero: Unlike Glenn, he did buy into his own hype and believed he could act however he liked.
* FallenHero: Ascheriit notes that at one time at least, he did genuinely want to protect the empire, but also that any good in him has been dead a ''long'' time.
* FatalFlaw: His desire for eternal life ends up doing him in. Trying to use Koinzell as a blood sacrifice rather than just killing him wasn't such a great idea.
* GenreBlind: On the other hand, not killing Ascheriit the moment the opportunity presents itself works out about as well as you'd expect...
* GenreSavvy: Had the good sense to have his subordinates summon his AmazonBrigade just in case his fight with Koinzell ended poorly.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Demands respect and obedience based on the fact that he is one of the seven great heroes of the realm. The way he says it, it seems that the truth of the matter, that he's ''not'' a hero and is in reality nothing more than a fraud and a murderer, is entirely lost on him, like he's actually come to believe it himself. [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech Ascheriit rather frankly disabuses him of these notions.]]
* ImmortalityImmorality: See above.
* {{Jerkass}}: The fact that he's a massive prick is probably the ''nicest'' thing that can be said about him.
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He admired and was on good terms with Ascheriit in their youth. Then he, you know, ''murdered him'' (quite gleefully) in the pursuit of glory he didn't earn.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: His method of immortality, which requires regularly injecting himself with the blood of elven maidens.
* SevenDeadlySins: Lust, specifically his all-consuming lust for eternal life.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He's ultimately rather unimpressive.
* SmugSnake: His default state, or when he has the present advantage. [[DirtyCoward When things aren't going his way, however...]]

!'''Fort Chief Barestar'''

The son of a merchant who joined the fourteen heroes partially out of a desire to help his father's business. As such he's not really much of a fighter. The appearance of Koinzell and the realisation that his life is in danger severely unnerves him, eventually affecting his sanity.

[[spoiler:He is the second Hero to be killed by Koinzell.]]

* BadBoss: He was already clearly losing it by this point, and manages to thwart his ''own army's'' counter-offensive [[EpicFail by just firing his floating castle's cannon randomly into the city]].
* FakeUltimateHero
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Realizes at the end he never even wanted what he took from Ascheritt and the other Lances of Betrayal, and seems to desperately wish he had lived his life as a simpler man.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Other than ''maybe'' Glenn [[spoiler: and Ischüdien]], he seems to be the only hero who feels guilty about what he did. Deconstructed when, instead of becoming TheAtoner, his guilt drives him to soulless hedonism and paranoid madness.
* NervousWreck: At all times after [[spoiler: Schtemwolech buys it and he realizes he's next on the hit list.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Barestar is terrified by [[spoiler:Schtemwolech's murder]] and is utterly convinced that he is next. And he's absolutely right.
* RapePillageAndBurn: His army is infamous for this.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: He thinks Koinzell is Ascheriit because he's having a mental breakdown. Except he's right.
* SanitySlippage: Barestar slowly goes more and more insane as his plans implode and his armies collapse around him. The knowledge that someone was gunning for him pushed him off the deep end.
* SevenDeadlySins: Greed, which was the main motivator for his attack on Jullas-Abllas.
* TragicVillain: He ends up as this. While the other treacherous heroes were nobles, Barestar was the child of a simple merchant who dearly wanted his friends to come see his homeland one day. At the end, he loses his mind and has no idea that any of the events of the past twenty years have transpired.
* UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler: Goes out a sobbing, raving lunatic sputtering on about how he never even wanted to ''[[HeelRealization be]]'' a hero as his mind finally simply collapses under the guilt of it all. Ascheritt just kind of half-heartedly slices him with a completely unfulfilled expression on his face.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a truly epic one when Koinzell finally confronts him.

!'''Marquis Lebellond'''

The son of a noble who joined the fourteen heroes at the Emperor's request. Along with Glenn, Lebellond was the other mastermind behind the murder of the four real heroes. Over the last twenty years Lebellont has become increasingly prideful and warlike, though Glenn's influence with the Emperor managed to keep his ambitions in check.

[[spoiler:Lebellond is the sixth hero Koinzell kills.]]

* AmbitionIsEvil
* ArchEnemy: Sees himself as this to Glenn.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He really didn't take [[spoiler: his son's]] death well and [[TooDumbToLive challenged Koinzell alone.]]
** He reassures his wife when she frets over their son's safety, and comforts her when [[spoiler: they learn that he has indeed been killed.]]
* DirtyCoward: Ironically, he was the one who let his fear get the better of him in the Forest of Death and managed to freak out the other Heroes enough for them all to abandon the mission and the other Lances.
* FakeUltimateHero: Like Schtemwolech, the fact that he cowered in fear at the thought of entering the Forest of Death seems to have slipped his mind [[spoiler:to the extent that he now wants to invade Wischtech itself to gain more personal glory.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Glenn.
* GeneralFailure: In most every battle he fights he has overwhelming military superiority, and yet he ''still'' manages to lose them all.
* GloryHound
* GreenEyedMonster: To Glenn, to the point of attempting to take everything he held after death.
* HeelRealization[=/=]KarmicNod: [[spoiler:Once he realizes Koinzell is Ascheritt, he admits that his epic downfall is entirely deserved and doesn't even resist when Koinzell kills him.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Whilst he currently has great support, Lebellond has also made a lot of enemies since [[spoiler:Glenn's death]]. It remains to be seen how this will come back to bite him.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Though Lebellond said it mainly just to spite him, he is correct when he tells Glenn that, for all his posturing of being TheAtoner, he really ''isn't'' any better than the rest of the 'heroes.' After all, if Glenn really felt that bad about what he had done, he would come clean and not let the real heroes' memories be disgraced. Ms. Glea, Glenn and Ascheriit's old mentor, even tells him that ''twenty years later'' is a little late to actually start feeling bad over whatever he may have done.
* OhCrap: Has a truly epic moment when he receives word that [[spoiler:Koinzell is still alive]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: He rapes numerous women as he begins to spiral more and more into madness, trying to 'conceive an heir' [[spoiler: after most of his children are killed or presumed killed.]]
* SevenDeadlySins: Pride. Everything Lebellond does is to satisfy his own ego.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:After taking control he decides to invade Wischtech. You know, the same country that royally kicked the Empire's collective ass twenty years ago and would probably have won if not for Ascherit's group.]]
* [[spoiler:TyrantTakesTheHelm: After Glenn's death, the checks on Lebellond's power are removed and he assumes control of the Empire's entire military forces.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: His mind utterly ''collapses'' at the end when [[spoiler: Glenn revives and crushes his army]], leaving him to frantically concoct ways to triumph that have zero basis in reality
* VillainousValor: Despite his many, many flaws, intentionally using himself as bait so his massive army could smash Koinzell was pretty ballsy.

!'''Dragon Chief Ischudien'''

The Lord who rules over the Dragon Earldom and a strong supporter of Lord Glenn. Ischudien appears to be a level-headed planner with similar views on the Empire as Glenn. He deeply disapproves of Lebellond's current warmongering attitude. [[spoiler: Seemingly has been working under Lord Glenn's command for a while. ]]

* TheAtoner: If his support of Glenn is anything to go by.
* BadassBeard
* BadassMustache
* [[spoiler:TheDragon: He's Glenn's.]]
* FakeUltimateHero
* OnlySaneMan: At least from what we've seen of him so far, he's ''waaaay'' more put together than the rest of the heroes sans perhaps Glenn. This is probably one of the main reasons why [[spoiler: he is the only hero Ascherit hasn't been able to take a shot at yet.]]
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:Frees the Seven Lances from jail in order to gain their support against Lebellond, built a massive flying fortress in his territory and is currently serving as Glenn's [[NumberTwo Second in Command]].]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Much like Lord Glenn.
* SevenDeadlySins: Presumably Wrath, by process of elimination, though he has not shown too many signs of it so far. However, dragons are creatures that are often associated with wrath, so it is quite possible that he has a hidden side to him.

!'''Citadel Earl Gullengurv'''

[[spoiler:He is the fifth Hero to be killed by Koinzell.]]
* AintTooProudToBeg: [[spoiler: It's rather pitiful to watch, actually.]]
* [[spoiler:ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Not really a surprise, although he and Nirgenfeled stuck with Lebellond for a while.]]
* DirtyCoward
* FatBastard
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler: Tries to state that Koinzell is NotSoDifferent from Glenn and Lebellond cause he was going to kill his "brothers", despite both him and the other six killing their three comrades and nearly killing Koinzell all those years ago.]]
* SevenDeadlySins: Likely Gluttony, given his position as the FatBastard.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Nirgenfeled
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe: Barely anything is know about him, his position or how he was during the quest. ]]
!'''Lunar Earl Nirgenfeled'''

[[spoiler:He is the fourth Hero to be killed by Koinzell.]]
* AintTooProudToBeg: [[spoiler: Not that it saves him.]]
* [[spoiler:ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Not really a surprise, although he and Gullengurv stuck with Lebellond for a while. ]]
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: To the point that he'd try to ask Koinzell to kill Gullengurv first.]]
* [[spoiler:LosingYourHead: His fate at Koinzell's hands.]]
* SevenDeadlySins: Very likely Sloth.
* SinisterScythe: Wields one [[spoiler:when he and Gullengurv decide to betray Lebellond. ]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Gullengurv
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe: Like Gullengurv, we don't have much on him other then he seems to be the keeper of the Lunar Priestess' Airship. ]]


[[folder:The Lances of Betrayal]]

The four real heroes who pushed on through the Forest of Death and succeeded in stopping Wischtech's invasion. Their names were later blackened and used as scapegoats so the seven deserters could paint themselves as the real heroes. Keeping with the symbolism of the SevenDeadlySins with the Seven Heroes, each one of them represents one of the [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Four Cardinal Virtues]]

The young master swordsman who earned the title of Blatt Maester at an unprecedented young age. Ascherit was a true prodigy and turned the tide of many battles. See Koinzell above.
* TheAce: In a fight he was virtually invincible, and had other talents as seen below.
* AllLovingHero: He's kind, friendly and trusting to a fault. [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] when the people he trusts betray him and his companions in the worst manner possible.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Ascheit's main power is in imitation. This extends to non-martial abilities like blacksmithing.
* BackFromTheDead: As Koinzell, after eating a fairy.
* {{Bishonen}}
* CynicismCatalyst: Being abandoned and then brutally murdered by people he thought were his friends so they could take all the credit and brand the real heroes as traitors turned him from a WideEyedIdealist into a revenge driven killer.
* DoorstopBaby
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Four Cardinal Virtues]]: He represents Justice, as emphasized by his actions as Koinzell.
* TheGift: He had it.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Wielded the Fairy Stone Sword, a blade he forged himself.
* MasterSwordsman
* NiceGuy: Very humble, sweet-natured, and courageous. It probably wasn't just his skills that made him so widely admired in the empire back in the day.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: At least, this is what the people have come think of him given the news of his 'betrayal.' Of course, it's actually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], as he was one of the four heroes who saw the mission through to the end.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted, he's the nicest person you could hope to meet.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: What he screams as the seven cut him to pieces.
* TragicBromance: With Kfer, the two were extremely close friends even before becoming two of the Fourteen Lances together.
* WideEyedIdealist


The son of the Noble House of Jebnares, Kfer was Ascherit's closest friend, always capable of reeling him in whenever he tried to do something foolish.

* {{Badass}}
* BerserkButton: Kfer ''loses it'' when Glenn tries to convince him to abandon the other lances by telling him that Gustav and Klentel are low-born and therefore have no responsibilities to live for, and that Ascheriit is just some nobody who would always overshadow him.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How he and Ascherit first met and bonded.
* {{Determinator}}: Constantly challenged Ascherit to fights, despite being totally outmatched. [[spoiler:His son Ikfes seems to have inherited this trait.]]
* GoodCounterpart: To Glenn, as he proves himself in most every regard Glenn comes up short.
* {{Hunk}}: Kfer sure was dreamy.
* MasterSwordsman: Though not to the same degree as Ascherit.
* NiceGuy: [[BirdsOfAFeather Probably why him and Ascheriit got on so well.]]
* NiceHat
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Four Cardinal Virtues]]: Presumably represents Courage or Fortitude, as shown by how he is described by the people in Jebr who knew him personally.
* ShutUpHannibal: When Glenn tries to convince him to abandon the other lances, Kfer can barely contain his disgust, losing his temper, grabbing Glenn by the collar, and threatening him to keep his mouth shut.
* TheRival: To Ascherit, [[FriendlyRivalry in a friendly manner]].
* TragicBromance: With Ascherit, who is still considerably distraught over his death even twenty years after the fact.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives it to the 'seven heroes' when they tell him they are abandoning the mission and their comrades, forsaking the sacrifices of everyone who died taking them this far.


The only female in the group, and also one of the oldest by a fair margin. Not much is known about her other than Kfer's claim that she had more experience of war than anyone else.

* ActionGirl: As one of the Lances of Betrayal, perhaps '''the''' definitive example in this series.
* AmazonianBeauty: Gustav had long, flowing blonde locks, looked to be in excellent shape, and was undoubtedly a proficient asskicker.
* {{Badass}}
* BoobsOfSteel
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Which sets her apart from her fellow Lances.
* GenderBlenderName
* LadyOfWar
* MsFanservice: Even though she hasn't gotten much screen time, [[PosthumousCharacter naturally.]] Her outfit beneath the white overcoat of the Lances looks decidedly tribal in design, and leaves little to the imagination. Have we mentioned she's ''gorgeous?''
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Four Cardinal Virtues]]: Presumably represents either Temperance or Prudence.


A young boy who appears to be even younger than Ascherit. As with Gustav, not much is known about him apart from Kfer's statement that he had supreme knowledge of magic.

* {{Badass}}
* BlackMage
* FacialMarkings
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Four Cardinal Virtues]]: Presumably represents either Temperance or Prudence.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Despite being seemingly the youngest lance, Klentel had a grounded and rational mindset.


[[folder: The Precious Departed]]

The three Lances who died on the journey to Wisstech. Presumably, each of them represents one of the [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Three Theological Virtues]].


Elgunaha was a close friend of Ascherit, and was the first of the fourteen Lances to be sacrificed. He cast a spell that creates a gigantic wall separating part of the world from the other. However, the spell's side effect turned him into stone. The wall, called the "Heaven's Lance" was eventually destroyed by Koinzell, after he made his final peace with Elgunaha.

* EarlyBirdCameo: A minor example, as he appeared as early as chapter three as a side character in a flashback to Ascherit's youth.
* HeroicSacrifice
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Three Theological Virtues]]: He represents charity.


Another of the Fourteen Lances who was killed in the quest to halt Wischtech.

* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted, Ascherit's never forgotten him.
* TheGhost: Has made a single appearance in the manga, alongside Lanbard when Ascherit is reflecting on his fallen comrades.
* HeroicSacrifice
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Three Theological Virtues]]: Represents either faith or hope.


Another of the Fourteen Lances who was killed in the quest to halt Wischtech.

* ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted, Ascherit's never forgotten him.
* TheGhost: Has made a single appearance in the manga, alongside Ediem when Ascherit is reflecting on his fallen comrades.
* HeroicSacrifice
* PosthumousCharacter
* [[SevenHeavenlyVirtues Three Theological Virtues]]: Represents either faith or hope.


[[folder:Glenn's Subordinates]]


The leader of the 'Seven Lances', an elite force who serve directly under Glenn. At the beginning of the story Rozen is sent to the frontiers to retrieve the prophecised hero who was predicted to arise there.

* ApologeticAttacker
* BadAss: Although nowhere near Koinzell's level.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Whilst at first Rozen completely opposes Koinzell's plans to kill all Seven Heroes, as their corruption and cowardice becomes abundantly clear he finds himself becoming increasingly torn.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: His reaction when [[spoiler:Koinzell kills Glenn]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Tries to kill Koinzell when he finds out that he intends to harm the Seven Heroes, since doing so would throw the Empire into chaos.

!'''Elsaria Rahnclave'''
A member of the 'Seven Lances' who leads her own division of knights. Elsaria is also the daughter of an imperial elector and thus carries enormous political clout equaling that of the Seven Heroes.
* ActionGirl: Though past the Jullas-Abllas arc [[FauxActionGirl her fighting skills are almost never seen,]] as she rather walks the empire to negociate with various influencial people.
* BadassPrincess: She is the daughter of an imperial elector, so it's essentially a straight example.
* BathingBeauty
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Believes that the Seven Heroes are absolutely good, and that Koinzell is absolutely evil for trying to kill them. [[spoiler:Blows up rather brutally in her face when Barestar orders his army to raze Jullas-Abllas to the ground.]]
* HeroicBSOD: After being forced to watch whilst Barestar's army pillaged Jullas-Abllas with impunity.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: She mostly plays this role after the Jullas-Abllas arc, notably using her influence to prevent a civil war in Glenn's territory [[spoiler:which all comes to naught when Lebellond launches an attack on it.]]
* TheRival: She ends up fighting Ato a lot.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: She faces this dilemma during the attack on Jullas-Abllas
* {{Tsundere}}: Towards Koinzell, particularly after she is forced to re-evaluate her ideals.
* WideEyedIdealist: Played straight at first, but all her preconceptions are mercilessly destroyed in the face of Barestar's invasion. Her idealism was also the reason she was sent after Koinzell in the first place, since it made her less likely to listen to anything he said.


A slave knight who was originally in Glenn's service. Ikfes is the son of Kfer, one of the Lances of Betrayal, and seeks to throw off the stigma of his father and become the next Blatt Maester, Ascherit's former title.

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Starts off this way, but slowly grows out of it after his battles with Koinzell reveal how far he still has to go.
* CharacterDevelopment: At first Ikfes believes that he could easily defeat the 'Hero Killing Rebel'. Koinzell beating him in combat causes him to realise how inexperienced he truly is.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Played with. After [[spoiler:Glenn's death]], Ikfes jumps ship to Lebellond suspiciously quickly. He also claims not to care whether or not Koinzell kills all the heroes, as long as he can accomplish his own goals of restoring his family honor.
* DontYouDarePityMe: His reaction to Koinzell sparing his life after their first battle.
* GenerationXerox: To Ascherit more than to his own father. To list the ways: he [[spoiler:wields Ascherit's old sword, he inherits the title of Blatt Meister, after 'killing' Koinzell, a title which Ascherit himself used to hold, and other than Ascherit/Koinzell himself, he is the only person who is capable of using 'Black Wing' in the entire world. Hell, Ikfes even LOOKS almost identical to how Ascherit did twenty years ago.]]
* IdenticalStranger: My, a lot of readers wondered why Ascheriit was suddenly back to his old appearance when he first appeared.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Fairy Stone Sword, which used to belong to Ascherit.
* MasterSwordsman: He has the skill, but not the experience.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Has a breakdown when he finally learns the truth. He's horrified that he served the very same people who murdered his father.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Towards Lebellond's planned invasion of Wischtech.
* OrderReborn: His main motivation is to restore the prestige of both his own family and that of the title of 'Blatt Maester', both of which are seen as tainted by the common people.
* TookALevelInBadass: He learns how to parry Black Wing and after Koinzell tells to accept his father's swordsmanship, [[spoiler: he manages to beat Koinzell with his own Black Wing.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Koinzell, to the extent that after he finally manages to perform the Black Wing he asks Koinzell to become his mentor.


[[folder:Other Villains]]

!'''The False Lances of Betrayal'''

The main villains from Volume 0. The false Lances are actually minor frontier nobles who fought on the side of Wischtech to protect their own lands during the great war, since the Empire could not spare the resources to aid them. After the war ended the frontiers were thrown into chaos and civil war, prompting the four to take up the names of the 'Lances of Betrayal' to rally their cause and unify the frontiers once again.

* AxeCrazy: The fake Kfer, and also the fake Gustav once her BerserkButton is pushed.
* BerserkButton: The fake Gustav goes absolutely insane with rage when Koinzell cuts her face.
* BlackMagic: Their powers come from the use of Wischtech magic, which could be [[TheCorruption why they perform so many monstrous]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget actions despite claiming to have good intentions]].
* BodyHorror: The fake Gustav enjoys making 'modifications' to her slaves.
* TheCaligula: The fake Kfer. Right down to [[CaligulasHorse his rather disturbing love for his horse]].
* TheEvilGenius: The fake Klentel has shades of this.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What inevitably happens to anyone who is captured by the fake Gustav.
* HellishHorse: The fake Kfer's horse, Xylus, which shares his rider's [[{{Squick}} penchant for rape]].
* KarmicDeath: All four of them.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Their main MO.
* {{Shotacon}}: The fake Gustav. Played for {{Squick}} rather than arousal though.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Invoked. The main reason they took up the names of the Lances of Betrayal was to boost their own influence and give the people of the frontier names to fear and/or rally around.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: What they claimed to be. In light of their actions it's very difficult to swallow.

!'''Chief Warrior Monk Lacheb'''

The head of the warrior-monks at the fortress monastery of Rielde-Venem. Both he and the monastery are corrupt and demand extortionate donations from anyone wishing to cross the 'Thousand Lances' mountains into the Empire proper. Lacheb's main task is the capture and execution of smugglers and their human cargo, a task he performs with relish.

* CatchPhrase: "[[BlatantLies This is so very, very regrettable!]]"
* CorruptChurch: Occupies a high position within one.
* DirtyCoward
* HangingJudge
* HumiliationConga: Loses his position after the monastery is destroyed, is beaten half to death by a furious mob, manages to escape into the Empire only to find himself embroiled in Barestar's war with Jullas-Abllas. He is forced to pretend to be a demon summoner, only to be casually flicked aside by Geranpen.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Lacheb himself regularly collects bribes from smugglers.
* KnightTemplar
* SmugSnake

!'''Vice Admiral Pago'''

Pago is Schtemwolech's main vassal and chief supporter. Along with an unwitting Geranpen he was responsible for kidnapping multiple young girls for use in Schtemwolech's immortality experiments. He is also shown to be proficient in Wichtech magic.

* BodyHorror: After losing his arm to Koinzell, Schtemwolech powers him up [[spoiler:by grafting two female elves to his body to augment his CombatTentacles.]]
* CombatTentacles
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: Horribly averted. He tries to kill Geranpen without a moments hesitation when Geranpen brings Koinzell into the castle. ]]
* EvilIsPetty: The only reason he killed Zeppy's parents was because he was the one who discovered the kidnapped girls.
* ForTheEvulz: Why he brought back Zeppy's parents as zombies and ordered them to kill him.
* KarmicDeath
* LovecraftianSuperpower
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Nice job snapping Koinzell out of his HeroicBSOD, Pago.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: His Wischtech magic is essentially high-powered necromancy.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: According to Geranpen's flashback. [[spoiler: Comments by Schtemwolech seem to back this up.]]


One of Lebellond's sons who is in charge of the detachment of airships sent to subjugate the castle of the Imperial Elector.

* AttackAttackAttack: He really should have listened to his subordinates instead of trying to act tough.
* GeneralFailure: Meeting Köinzell and being under Gerold's command are the two worst things that can happen to a soldier's safety.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* SanitySlippage: Gerold doesn't take having half his fleet destroyed and then being ordered to retreat very well at all.
* VillainousBreakdown
* WellDoneSonGuy: His attempts to impress his father by taking down Koinzell wound up getting him killed.