Characters / Lighter Than Heir

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Trainees from Steinbech Military Camp

     Zeppelin Von Schultheiss
"What happens today will determine where my future lies!"

Self centered and conceited, Zeppelin's the story's "protagonist" who wants to claim her father's title as her country's greatest hero. Be afraid.

     Emmerich Hertz
"Oh, for god's sake..."

Cold and introverted, Hertz is one of Zeppelin's "comrades" she first meets in boot camp, who surprisingly hates her already. What's his problem?

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Possibly with Zeppelin. Unless they really do just hate each other, of course.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Grunwald is about to finish off both Austerlitz and Zeppelin. Cue Hertz firing a shot in his arm with a gun he repaired.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Due to the Von Schultheiss reputation it's hinted that Hertz was viewed as a disappointment. It's also heavily implied and eventually outright stated that a Zamoran Mad Scientist experimented on him at some point before the comic to try and turn him into a Volant.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Good at repairing guns. Very important since it's what helps him catch Grunwald off guard.
  • The Leader: An impromptu one after the Volant attack.

     Fritz Roth
"You can't just hold someone up with just any pistol! You gotta ensure it has the best shot!"

Without a proper family or home, Roth is a slick talking con-man who figured joining the military would be an improvement over a life on the streets.

  • Berserk Button: Don't make Fleischer cry.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Gradually, but best exemplified when he didn't take well to Zeppelin's berating of Fleischer.
  • Con Man: His back story. He plays Schultz for his cigars and rum and wins - subverted because he didn't really do anything; Schultz is just a terrible card player.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was living on the streets for a period of time. In his flash back he's depicted being ganged up by two men and beaten.

     Ria Klein
"Now, it's been a while but we talked on the bus! Ria Klein? I was the model!"

Originally a fashion model, Klein's been molded into quite a fine soldier, while still retaining her sweet and caring attitude.

  • Cold Sniper: after some character development, she goes from a soft-hearted girl playing at soldiers to a dead-eyed killing machine. She laughs again for the first time on Schweinefleisch, having begun to come to terms with how she's changed.
  • Ditzy Genius: Acknowledged in universe as flightly and a bit absentminded but a great marksman.
  • It Gets Easier: She breaks down after her first kill, even though it was to save a teammate. The next time we see her in combat, she calmly snipes multiple enemies in a row.
  • The Pollyanna: Starts out as a Perpetual Smiler who tries to keep everyone in good spirits. A combination of Zep's rejection toward teamwork and her first kill in battle result in her going dark for quite a while.

     Ada Fleischer
"Oh my gosh! So flippin' stellar!"

A rabid fangirl and lover for all things stellar, Fleischer mostly joined the military to be around her idol, Zeppelin. Hopefully she has her own special talents.

  • Bi the Way: Said Margot was hot and wanted to see the nude picture Mathis got in his care package after finding out about it. She was pretty drunk at the time.
  • Ditzy Genius: A bit clumsy and accident prone, but is capable of creating and piloting a mech suit.
  • Its Pronounced Tropay: In the cast page it states Fleischer is pronounced "FLYSH-er".
  • Wham Line: And here's the encore!

     Mathis Schultz
"We got really close, but you can't live on happiness alone."

Schultz is a former actor, and since joining the military, has become a nervous wreck. He joined the military to provide for him and his girlfriend. At least, that what she was before he ran off without consulting her first.

  • Butt Monkey: The most high strung of the group, he picked on by the rest of the group the most often.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Constantly complaining about how insane most of the exploits of the group are.