Characters / Rondo of Swords


The crown prince of Bretwalde and hero of the game. With his loyal allies, he aims to restore the kingdom.

  • A God Am I: Crowns himself 'Divine Emperor of Bretwalde' after Stage 20 if choosing Path B.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Spanta can circumvent Darkness-based protections, even while still cursed; this manifests as the ability to ignore damage penalties for attacking certain units.
  • Artificial Human: A homunculus of the real Prince Serdic, created with Dark magic.
  • Break the Cutie: Killing Marie to purify Spanta on Path B has this effect on him, arguably to the point of being a Start of Darkness.
  • Captain Ersatz: Serdic/Altrius is a pretty obvious shout out to Fate/stay night's Saber. Both are unwillingly the King of their respective country, they have the EXACT same outfit, carries a holy blade, use their swords as a Wave Motion Gun, both are arguably a one man army, although in Serdic's case he needs to level up a bit first, both are blonde, both have storyline branches that may lead them to release their Super-Powered Evil Side, and whereas Saber is really an obvious woman that everyone mistakes for a man, Serdic/Altrius is a boy that just happens to look really feminine.
    • In Path B, his coloration changes to mimic Gilgamesh, coinciding with his ascension as Divine Emperor and change of personality. Arguably an Evil Costume Switch.
    • Not to mention that the holy sword itself is uncannily similar to the Gran Centurio as far as its role in the plot goes...
  • Chick Magnet: At least three love interests pine for him.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Of the original Serdic.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Throughout the main game, and in Path A.
  • The Hero: Obviously.
  • Heroic Fatigue: In Path B, as part of his status as The Unfettered. He collapses from exhaustion later in the route.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Very similar in appearance to the real Prince Serdic, serving as his double. Forced to take up the role permanently after Serdic's death.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Path B, he refuses to apologize or show remorse for killing Marie, despite his own guilt.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In his Prince class. His stats are mediocre, but he has a very powerful set of skills for a first-tier class.
    • Master of None: Route A's Arch Paladin class. It has strong defensive growths, but takes a long time to gain a better weapon or OverBreak, and his skill set lacks focus or strong trump cards.
    • Master of All: Route B's Cold Monarch class. It has the strongest player-usable weapon, the strongest OverBreak, the strongest offensive growths, skills that further improve his offense and make him a defensive juggernaut, and the Holy Blade also ignores enemy Darkness-based protections. He is undeniably the strongest character in the game.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Serdic's OverBreak attack, combining this with Sword Beam.
  • Light Is Not Good/Good Is Not Nice: On the Darker and Edgier path.
  • Love Triangle: Aegil and Igraine spend a lot of time competing for his attention in Path B. Ultimately subverted: Igraine may be possessive, but that's because she thinks of him as family (for reasons he doesn't remember). Averted in Path A, where he is much closer to Marie than to either.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Path A, once his true identity comes to light, Marie names him Altrius.
  • No Name Given: It is stated at the beginning that the protagonist is an impostor, but on path A, it is later revealed that he could not even remember his own name (or perhaps have one to begin with), so Marie gave him a name.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: It's revealed late in Path B that only those with the blood of the hero Altrius may wield the Holy Blade... And that this is part of why no one ever questioned the identity of "Serdic."
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Gauss during Path B.
  • The Unfettered: On Route B, he absolutely will not stop until Grand Meir is crushed under his heel. He conquers the continent in record time, in part because he pushes his army to the limits of their endurance, to the point where he collapses of exhaustion late in the route.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The main character did not have a name because he is a homunculus of the real Serdic.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As 'Divine Emperor Serdic.'
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Contains strong traces of both the Light and the Darkness, due to being a Dark magic homunculus of a descendant of Altrius.


Serdic's younger sister, the Princess of Bretwalde. She has lived in a monastery in Verona ever since she was a child.

  • Crutch Character: The only healer who doesn't have to worry about MP, thanks to her innate MP regeneration. In return, she has a much smaller skill list and lower raw stats. Taken to an extreme in Path B—she dies at the branching point, forcing you to use the other options or else forgo a healer entirely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She attempts to convince Serdic to kill her to purify the Holy Blade. The story branches depending on whether or not Serdic goes through with it.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die/Cynicism Catalyst: In Path B, she becomes this to Serdic.
  • I Will Wait for You: Altrius goes to wander the world at the end of Path A, and Marie promises to wait for him in Bretwalde until he returns.
  • Light Is Good
  • Light 'em Up
  • Plucky Girl
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She realizes that "Serdic" isn't the real prince of Bretwalde almost immediately, but doesn't reveal the truth.
  • White Mage


A young knight with a passion for justice. He is skilled at hit-and-run tactics, using his mobility to the fullest.


A heavily armored knight with high defensive power. He knows a little about everything and considers himself a ladies' man.

  • Big Brother Mentor: To Kay.
  • Blade on a Stick
  • Crutch Character: Begins the game as the strongest physical attacker as well as the strongest defensively, and he learns the incredibly powerful ZOC skill very early on... However, as the game goes on, his offense drops further and further until he reaches Cherry Tapping status, even as magic becomes a greater and greater threat and his physical durability becomes less useful. Especially notable on Path B, where Serdic gains ZOC.
  • Handsome Lech: Margus seems like a Chivalrous Pervert at first, but it becomes apparent that "chivalrous" is giving him a bit too much credit.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The only other party member (besides Serdic) to use a shield, and by extension, the ZOC skill.



  • Archer Archetype
  • Game-Breaker: Due to being able to move and attack at the same turn (unlike mages), a lot of players see him as this. Coming early in the game, high damage and long range makes him especially ideal in attacking the enemy spell casters that have equally long range spells like Abyss Gate.



The leader of a group of bandits known as the The Wise Bandits.


  • Always Accurate Attack: Her first Card ability.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Serdic accepted her despite her appearance, winning her unwavering loyalty. She's one of the few characters who doesn't leave when Altrius's true identity comes out, and she supports Serdic unwaveringly even after Marie's death.
  • But Your Wings Are Beautiful: Part of her first conversation with Serdic... And Margus, but she's less flattered, considering.
  • Cat Girl
  • Crutch Character: Seemingly by design, due to her high base stats and low level growths... But ultimately averted, because stat growths don't matter very much, and she can get a higher attack multiplier than anyone except Ansom.
  • Freakiness Shame: Some other characters' comments on Alhambra's body (to start with, she does NOT like her animal features and wish them removed). But when she heard Serdic compliment on them (as he was the first out of many later), she was so touched and amused (laughing that it was the first time someone said her ears were cute) that she decided to join him.
  • Game-Breaker: Sending her on the optional Card Quests gives her an Always Accurate Attack and doubles the multiplier on her attacks before defense. She has one of the highest move stats, good base stats, and she's quite durable too. Her only weakness is an (invisible) damage penalty against armored enemies and her inability to learn Null ZOC.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Isn't above smacking Path B's Serdic out of his bad moods.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not only is she a strong attacker and one of the fastest-moving characters in the game (faster than most of the mounted units, even), she's solidly above-average in durability, especially after her second promotion.
  • Petting Zoo People


  • Companion Cube: Not really a shipping, but she joins Serdic's army solely for the chance to take his sword.
  • Critical Hit Class: Her second Card ability sets her critical hit rating to 100%.
  • Joke Character: Rukia isn't completely useless if you max out her critical hit rate, but there's not much you can do with her that can't be done better by Alhambra or Owl.
  • Meganekko


Selmer's twin brother.

  • Evil Twin: Depending on how you play the game. He joins the bad guys, and leads the city's mages against you. Gameplay wise, he can and will kill his twin brother in one hit with his own lightning. But if you manage to get Selmer to talk to him, you can get him to join you. Do note that Elmer's attack range is much higher then Selmer's movement range.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Shock and Awe
  • Tsundere
    Elmer: I didn't promote for you!




  • Ascended Extra / Demoted to Extra: Has a fairly minor role in Path A, but is central in Path B.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call her "Aegy-baby".
  • Bratty Half-Pint
  • Combat Medic: Learns Oratoriorae, the single Light-elemental attack spell, twenty levels and a promotion earlier than the other healers, and it builds her OverBreak very quickly. That OverBreak is an AOE heal, making it enormously powerful... But it's short-range, so she needs to be up front to use it. When leveled up, she's also one of the more durable healers, and her skill set makes her surprisingly good at tanking (by Rondo of Swords mage standards).
  • Happily Ever After: Marries Divine Emperor Serdic at the end of Path B.
    • Fridge Logic tells us that after this, Serdic truly does become a theocratic dictator; not only did he pretty much conquer the Evil Empire, he married the freaking Pope, and now has the complete and total endorsement and backing of the Church.
  • Light 'em Up
  • Light Is Good
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • Magikarp Power: She's the last character to join completely unpromoted (and after a substantial number of promoted characters) and has low base stats. Once promoted, though, she begins to level very quickly and her stat growths jump up dramatically, turning her into the game's only Combat Medic.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To the church as she doesn't see dark magic as purely evil (the oppression is implied to have happened under someone else's watch)
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted, she may be rather cold at times, but she's not that bad. Though she does sort of... er... enable Divine Emperor Serdic in Path B.
  • The Rival: Of Igraine. Not only because she's the Pope of the church that opposes the Order of Anrah of which Igraine is a priestess of, but also in romance.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She realizes that "Serdic" isn't the real prince of Bretwalde almost immediately, but doesn't reveal the truth.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • White Mage
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair






  • Archer Archetype: He has a longer range than Ansom, but not as strong. Plus, he's available in one of two routes, and he's hard to find/recruit.
  • Mage Killer: Has large (and invisible) bonus modifiers against enemy mages and learns Divine Seal, which decreases all incoming magical damage—at level 5, it halves it for three turns.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: With Alicia.
  • Secret Identity: Though the specifics are never revealed. Notably, he's familiar with the Grand Meir, is only recruitable on the Path dealing more heavily with Grand Meir, carries one of Grand Meir's three relic weapons (with the other two belonging to two of the Empire's generals), speaks casually about Gauss, and is about the right age and appearance to be Gauss's son.
  • The Gadfly: Towards Aegil, who he calls Aegy-baby.


Emperor of Grand Meir and a true warrior. He fights alongside his troops.


Captain of the 2nd Division and the oldest of the Grands. Known as the the Gold Lion.


The captain of the 3rd Division, a woman who started of as a bandit. Known as the Red Lion.


The captain of the 4th Division. Known as the Green Lion.


Captain of the 5th Division. Known as the Black Lion.


Bretwalde's court wizard. After Grand Meir's invasion, his whereabouts are unknown.