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Voiced by: Jonathan Michael Cooke (EN)
The protagonist, he has been the captain of the Sunrider for less than a day when PACT invades, forcing him to become a figure of the resistance.
Tropes associated with Kayto Shields:
- Arch-Enemy: He comes to see the Legion as this during Mask Of Arcadius, because it has taken so much from him over the course of the game: his home, his sister, the lives of his crew, his potential victories... By the end of the game he's determined to sink that ship, no matter the cost.
- Ass Kicking Pose: "Fire the Vanguard Cannon!"
- Bad Dreams: After getting captured by Cosette on Ongess and seeing Alliance soldiers gun down a little girl during his rescue, he starts having nightmares in which the child blames him for her death before morphing into his dead sister Maray.
- The Captain: Captains the Sunrider, and is in charge of commanding all attached forces and the Vanguard Cannon.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: He's not completely oblivious to the various girls crushing on him, but to the very least, he seems to underestimate the effect his kind words can have.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: He notices something off about PACT’s tactics during the Second Battle of Cera, questioning why their fleet would try to close with the Alliance fleetnote instead of hunkering down and blasting the unshielded Alliance ships from afar with lasers. When Ava explains that the Alliance has brought in shield cruisers to protect their fleet, he suddenly realizes what the enemy is planning:Kayto: But if all our shields are generated by cruisers, a fleet of smaller craft can… Relay a message to the Alliance fleet. Prepare for Anti-ryder combat.
Kayto: Do it now. (…) Form a defensive line in front of the shield cruisers! The prototypes intend to sacrifice all their ryders to take them out!
- A Father to His Men: Do not threaten the people under Kayto's command. It will not end well for you.
- The Fettered: If the player keeps making this sort of decisions.
- The Good Captain: Can be played as this.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Can dip into this. Depending on player choices, he can make a series of moral compromises, prioritizing military targets over civilian lives.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Liberation Day, he rams the Sunrider into an enemy superweapon to save his homeworld. He survives.
- I Hate Past Me: In [RE]turn, he quickly grows exasperated with how his past self refuses to even consider the possibility that Chigara is a Prototype spy, and apologizes to Ava for his past bullheadedness.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Chigara is possessed by Alice and slaughters the people attending the Liberation Day ceremony, he tries his hardest to break through to her by reminding her of everything they shared. He succeeds, only for Fontana to gun her down.
- Official Couple: He enters a romantic relationship with Chigara in Liberation Day, regardless of the player's prior choices.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is usually this to his crew.
- Ret Gone: Almost every ending in [RE]turn has his time-travelling future self be erased from existence.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Can dip into this depending on player choices. When Ava tries to dissuade him from joining a rescue team by quoting regulations from a rulebook, he has the option to yank it out of her hands and rip it apart. There is no option to agree with her and sit the rescue out.
- The Strategist: An understated example, but his tactical acumen ends up saving the day more than once in cutscenes; of course, whether his tactics are as brilliant during gameplay will depend on the player's skill.
- He practically saves the Alliance during the battle of Far Port, realizing that Cullen is used to relying on overwhelming force and unprepared to deal with a decapitating strike. He then does it again at the battle of Cera, cluing in to the enemy fleet's plan to destroy the shield generators using a wave of ryders.
- Survivor Guilt: Though Kayto does a good job of hiding it, he feels immense guilt for abandoning Cera to PACT at the start of the story (even though he knows there was nothing his one ship could do to stop the Legion) and is haunted by the ghost of his sister Maray, who was in Cera's capital when the Legion nuked it from orbit.
- Tragic Keepsake: The tea set he keeps in his quarters was a gift from his sister Maray. Finding it shattered after yet another attack from the Legion causes him to break down crying.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has pure white hair. His sister Maray has it too, suggesting that it runs in the family.
Voiced by: Amber Lee Connors (EN), Kisumi Aoi (JP)
A childhood friend of the captain and one year his senior, Ava Crescentia served as an older sister figure to Kayto for much of his early life. Reunited after eight years of separation as her superior officer, Kaytos new relationship with Ava can only be called awkward. Ava’s uncompromising professionalism is matched only by her cold willingness to do whatever is necessary to win the war.
Tropes associated with Ava Crescentia:
- Abusive Parents: Her father was rarely home during Ava’s teenage years, leaving her to fend for herself. And when he was home, he showed her little affection and would discipline her for her shortcomings. Sunrider Academy shows that this discipline sometimes involved handcuffing Ava and beating her with a rod. Despite this, Ava bears him no ill will.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, beautiful, has waist-length brown hair, and maintains a professional distance from the rest of the crew.
- An Arm and a Leg: If she goes through with the below-mentioned Heroic Sacrifice, her right arm gets blown off when a console explodes next to her. The Sunrider's medical suite is able to regenerate her arm by Liberation Day, but she'll wear a glove until the new arm's skin tone matches the rest of her body.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Following the Liberation Day massacre, she tearfully admits to Kayto that she lied about not remembering their promise to sail the stars together and that she should have been more honest with her feelings. While she stops short of actually saying that she loves him, Kayto recognizes her intent.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: She does this to Kayto toward the end of Mask of Arcadius in an effort to snap him out of his funk after a disastrous run-in with the Legion leaves him maudlin and yearning for the love they once shared. Specifically, she tells him that she doesn’t remember the promise they made to sail the stars together back in high school. It’s not until the very end of Liberation Day that she can admit she was lying about that.
- The Captain: While Kayto is captain of the Sunrider as a military unit, Ava is the flag captain of the ship itself and commands it in battle.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Sergeant Rough. She admits to being a poor leader who's never been able to make friends easily, something that clearly bugs her. The crew still looks up to her, however, even if they think she could loosen up a little.
- Catch-Phrase:Absolutely unbelievable...
- Childhood Friend Romance: She grew up with Kayto and the two of them started a relationship in high school, but eight years of separation and military regulations against fraternization keep them from resuming it. She can become a Victorious Childhood Friend in Sunrider Academy and in the [RE]turn scenario.
- Da Chief : She even firmly reprimands Kayto on several occasions, despite him outranking her. The others get even less consideration.
- Dead Sparks: Ava and Kayto had a close relationship before she left for the navy, but they drifted apart from a lack of contact.
- Eye Scream: If she goes through with the below-mentioned Heroic Sacrifice, she’ll lose her right eye when a console blows up in her face.
- Facepalm: Whenever she utters her Catch-Phrase.
- First Love: Ava was the first person Kayto loved, though twelve years of separation and the fact that they’re now officers aboard a military starship has made resuming their relationship unlikely. At first…
- Heroic Sacrifice: Depending on her choices, you can inspire her to do this to allow the Sunrider to destroy the Legion.
- Hime Cut
- Inappropriately Close Comrades: She refuses to renew her past relationship with Kayto in part because of this, fearing that to do so would compromise his judgment. She's proven right if you refuse to let her go through with the above Heroic Sacrifice, sacrificing your one chance to finally destroy the Legion because Kayto can't bear to lose her.
- Mission Control
- Number Two: As the Sunrider's XO, she's in charge of managing the crew's day-to-day operations and keeping discipline tight. In battle, she controls the Sunrider directly to leave the Captain free to direct the overall battle plan.
- Only Sane WomanI swear, why do all the ryder pilots in the galaxy have to have such crippling personality defects! I honestly can't believe we're entrusting fusion powered weapons of mass destruction to these people!
- Pragmatic Hero: A downplayed example. While Ava is focused on reclaiming Cera from PACT and advocates missions that will further the war effort over general heroics like freeing slaves and busting pirates, she respects Kayto's decisions and will go along with whatever mission he chooses without complaint.
- Student Council President: She was this in high school. She wanted to bring about change for the student body, but her strict and uncompromising leadership only alienated the rest of the council (except for Kayto) and she failed to achieve anything during her tenure. The experience made her realize that she's not cut out for leadership.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Workaholic: As a teenager and Student Council President, she once brought paperwork to an outing at the beach. As an adult and the Sunrider’s Number Two, she is so much of a workaholic that not being able to work due to shore leave causes her to have a minor breakdown and Kayto has to order her to relax during their leave. Justified, as her father was a strict military man who constantly pushed her to work harder.
Asaga Oakrun Asaga di Ryuvia
Voiced by: Kira Buckland (EN), Sakura Matsuri (JP)
A self declared hero of justice, Asaga wanders the galaxy doing oddjobs for the cause of freedom, justice, and a little money on the side. Despite her apparent lack of maturity, she is an ace pilot and can fly as easily as she walks. She possesses an eternally optimistic disposition and has a strong “can do” attitude.
Tropes associated with Asaga Oakrun:
- Ace Pilot: She's even referred to as such in-universe. She fits the Steamroller type, able to take out almost any enemy in a head-on engagement.
- Cast from Hit Points: Her Awaken Super Mode costs 100 hit points to activate, and consumes an increasing amount of Asaga's HP for every turn that it stays on.
- 11th Hour Superpower: She unlocks the same Awaken skill as Sola during the final battle in Mask of Arcadius. Becomes a Second Hour Superpower in Liberation Day, where she gets the ability during the game's second mission.
- Fiery Redhead: She's red-haired, outspoken, tomboyish, and a self-proclaimed Hero of Justice as well as an ace mecha pilot. For bonus points, her best friend Chigara is a Shy Blue-Haired Girl.
- Genki Girl: She's the most energetic Ryder pilot in your team, a self-styled "hero of justice" prone to spouting off lines like "I'ma firin' mah lazors!" in the middle of combat, and a constant annoyance to your Ava because of her lack of discipline and her attempts to gamble with the crew during her downtime.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She starts developing a resentment toward Chigara during Liberation Day, both because her heroics are starting to overshadow Asaga's own and because of how close Chigara and Kayto are becoming. When she catches the two of them having sex, she starts to snap.
- The Hero: What she thinks she is.
- An argument can be made for her being this, if not for the player character being The Captain. She's the one who tends to do flashy, heroic things in battle, and she serves as flight leader for your squadron.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: Like Sola, tapping into her latent Sharr abilities will boost her strength, reflexes and piloting skills to superhuman levels, while placing great strain on her body and mind. This is demonstrated in-game with how her Super Mode works.
- Idiot Hair: Has a large ahoge in Sunrider Academy, emphasizing her ditzy Genki Girl personality. Her main universe counterpart gains one in Liberation Day thanks to Art Evolution, though it’s inconsistently appliednote .
- King Incognito: This freelance Ryder pilot and self-proclaimed hero of justice is really the crown princess of Ryuvia.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Tends to come across as an Idiot Hero off duty, but during actual combat remains remarkably professional bar her silly catchphrases.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Her sanity faces a major test in Liberation Day, thanks to her unrequited feelings for Shields. What makes it worse is that her paranoia is not entirely unfounded...
- Love Triangle: Ends up in a Type 4 during Liberation Day. She and Chigara both end up falling for Kayto, but Kayto only has eyes for Chigara. This puts strain on both the two girls' friendship and Asaga's sanity.
- Magical Eye: Just like Sola, Asaga's eyes begin to glow when she taps into her Sharr powers.
- Mildly Military: Which gets her in constant trouble with Ava. Who you support is up to you.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: She attempts to kill Chigara in a fit of jealousy and paranoia toward the end of Liberation Day, only for Claude to talk her out of it.
- Rebellious Princess: Runs away to avoid Arranged Marriage with the Big Bad.
- Rescue Romance: She develops feelings for Kayto after he rescues her from her wedding ceremony to Arcadius.
- Split Personality: Develops one as a consequence of overusing her Super Mode in Liberation Day. While the normal Asaga is a cheerful Genki Girl, this new personality is a merciless Knight Templar obsessed with meting out “justice” to the entire galaxy, and when not in control it will push Asaga to kill anyone it considers to be evil.
- Super Mode: Her Awaken skill, which works a bit differently from Sola's version. Instead of increasing her stats by a flat amount for a set duration, Asaga's version of Awaken lasts indefinitely and the effect gets stronger with every turn that it's active, while also draining an increasing amount of her hit points every turn.
- Taking You with Me: If you choose to let her kill Chigara in [RE]turn mode, Asaga will ram her crippled Black Jack into the Liberty, killing them both.
- Walking Armory: The Black Jack is armed with almost every type of weapon in the game; it only lacks Kinetics and Rockets, and in Liberation Day you can add Kinetics to the Black Jack by purchasing them from the Mining Union.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Downplayed, but she really isn't cool with letting the children on the Agamemnon die, since she signed up to protect people, not just fight PACT.
- You Are the Translated Foreign Word: She's the Sharr of Ryuvia.
Voiced by: Mary Morgan (EN), Yomogi Kasumi (JP)
Shy and bookish, Chigara prefers tinkering with gadgets over most forms of human interaction. She has a bashful but cute personality and prefers to avoid the spotlight if at all possible. However, Chigara’s savant level intelligence and her innate talent with technology places her at the center of attention. Notwithstanding her talents, Chigara’s dream in life is to open a bakery shop and assume a life of normalcy… far away from any galactic heroics.
Tropes associated with Chigara Ashada:
- A-Cup Angst: At one point, she worries about having to compete for the Captain's attention with Claude's boobs.
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- Demonic Possession: She's taken over by Arcadius/Alice during the Liberation Day ceremony, causing her to massacre the assembled delegates.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Because of the above, Fontana shoots her and she dies in Kayto's arms.
- Dying as Yourself: Thanks to Kayto's efforts, she dies free of Alice's control.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She built the Black Jack and the Liberty herself, and quickly establishes herself as the Sunrider's Chief Engineer.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a red bow in her hair. It sometimes acts as Expressive Hair when Chigara gets flustered. It’s not just for show, either, as it can be used to shock people like a taser. The bow also serves as an Identical Twin ID Tag to distinguish Chigara from her twin sister Lynn in Sunrider Academy.
- Honey Trap: The Prototypes want Chigara and Shields to fall in love so that they can maneuver him into a position of power and manipulate him through her. Chigara herself knows nothing of this.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: A downplayed example. Chigara is both a skilled Ryder pilot and a brilliant scientist whose inventions could be worth a fortune if she sold them, but all she really wants is to open a bakery and raise a family.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She becomes this for Kayto toward the end of Mask of Arcadius, giving him the emotional support he needs to keep going after the Legion's latest attack brings him to the brink of despair.
- Love Triangle: Ends up in a Type 4 during Liberation Day. She and Asaga both end up falling for Kayto, but Kayto only has eyes for Chigara. This places strain on both the two girls' friendship and Asaga's sanity.
- Manchurian Agent: She’s an unwitting Prototype spy. And unlike most Manchurian Agents, Chigara doesn’t require a code phrase to be activated since the other Prototypes can take control of her at any time through their shared Hive Mind.
- The Mole: Ava and Asaga begin to suspect that Chigara is this during Liberation Day, given her striking resemblance to the Prototypes and the fact that PACT has been able to anticipate the Sunrider's every move for much of the story. Played straight in that she was planted by the Prototypes, but also subverted as she wasn't feeding them information on the Sunrider's movements: Claude was.
- Official Couple: Despite the above Love Triangle, she and Kayto have become this by Liberation Day.
- Second Love: Chigara becomes this for Kayto after Ava rejects him toward the end of Mask of Arcadius.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She's shy, blue-haired, smart enough to build two Ryders by herself and singlehandedly maintain and upgrade an entire squadron of them, and would rather be running a bakery than fighting in a war. For bonus points, her best friend Asaga is a Fiery Redhead.
- Sole Survivor: Chigara is the only person to survive the Diode Catastrophe, in which most of her home planet was swallowed up by a black hole. Except she's not.
- Third-Person Person: Chigara occasionally slips into this.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She's one of the Prototypes, a realization she does not take well.
- True Neutral: While the others will approve or disapprove of your moral stance, Chigara is always reluctant to state a firm opinion and will generally happily go along with whatever Kayto decides. Of course, her infatuation with him might be the reason for suppressing her distaste for certain ideas.
- Verbal Tic: Her constant nervous laughter when making small talk highlights her lack of social skills.
- White Mage: Her combat skills focus mainly on repair abilities and ally Status Buffs.
- You Are Number 6: Alpha refers to her as Prototype C8 during their chat in the mind stream.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has periwinkle blue hair, and is a Shy Blue-Haired Girl.
Voiced by:Jill Harris (EN), Hayase Yayoi (JP)
A feared space pirate, Cosette’s name is reviled through most of civilized space. She entered the life of crime starting at birth and now assumes control of much of the galaxy’s marauding pirate gangs. Despite her infamy, she is a folk hero among the poor for her brazen attacks on the richest nations in the galaxy. However, her brutal methods of retaining power and her merciless attacks on civilian vessels make her an unquestionable villain to most of civilized society.
Tropes associated with Cosette Cosmos:
- Ax-Crazy: As the story progresses and she keeps racking up defeats at the hands of Sunrider, she grows increasingly unhinged.
- Berserk Button: She does not enjoy being called little.
- Chainsaw Good: The Havoc is armed with a gigantic chainsaw for melee combat.
- Compensating for Something: Her Ryder, Havoc, is bigger and more heavily armored than any of the player's, and all of its weapons are noticeably larger than those of most other Ryders.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The Havoc relies heavily on its missiles and antimatter rockets in battle. Assuming they aren’t shot down by enemy flak, they can do a fair bit of damage—but it only has a limited supply of them. Once it runs out, it has to fall back on its chainsaw and gatling gun, which both have limited range and aren’t much good against armoured targets.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She suffered Ongessite poisoning that stunted her growth, and was forcibly prostituted by her mother.
- Gatling Good: The Havoc is also armed with a gatling cannon that’s just as long as the aforementioned chainsaw.
- The Napoleon: She has a massive complex about her height and apparent age, and is quite a violent individual.
- Older Than They Look: It's not clear how old she really is, but the Ongessite poisoning has stunted her growth to the point that she basically stopped aging when she was 11 years old.
- Optional Party Member: Depending on choices made in the first game, she can be captured and pressganged into the Sunrider’s crew during Liberation Day.
- Space Pirate: The leader of a group of them.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She can die at the end of Liberation Day’s opening mission, depending on the player’s decisions in Mask of Arcadius.
- Revenge Before Reason: When posed with a chance for revenge against the Alliance, Cosette is more than willing to let Grey detonate Ongess and kill millions.
Voiced by: Aimee Smith (EN), Haruna Ren (JP)
A tough mercenary from the rough quarters of the galaxy, Icari has a no-nonsense attitude about life. Icari was thrust into the harsh world of piracy when her parents were murdered by a PACT captain in her childhood. She developed a proficiency for close quarters combat and became one of the most formidable assassins in the galaxy. Her services are now sought by crime lords and world leaders alike. Icari handles the dirty business of the galaxy’s nations with a hardened heart. Deep down, she regrets the life she now leads and lives only for one purpose: to find her parents’ murderers and avenge their deaths.
Tropes associated with Icari Isidolde:
- Ambiguously Bi: Icari is indisputably attracted to Kayto (much as she might try to deny it), but there’s also enough Homoerotic Subtext between her and Kryska that other characters will comment on it in order to get under her skin.
- Close-Range Combatant: In battle, her strengths lie in quickly closing with an enemy ryder and delivering a devastating melee attack, then fading back into cover.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The developers designed the Phoenix to be this way; able to cut a wide swathe through enemy ryders but nigh-useless against heavily armored ships (since you can't melee ships and her assault guns only do Scratch Damage against any level of armor).
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was orphaned when a PACT patrol blew up her family's spaceship, leaving her trapped in an escape pod for five days before anyone found her.
- Fragile Speedster: The Phoenix takes a mere 10 energy to move one tile, and can do up to 600 base damage with its melee attack, but has the least health of any of the team's ryders.
- Freudian Slip: She blurts out that she likes Kayto while questioning what the rest of the crew sees in him after all the screw-ups that he’s made.
- Heel–Face Turn: She starts out as an enemy before getting shot down and captured by the Sunrider, and will turn against you if you decide to spare the Alliance diplomats, attempting to off them herself... only to rejoin you when she realizes that she was about to kill helpless children.
- Hitman with a Heart: She might be an amoral mercenary and assassin, but she draws the line at killing children.
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Kryska. The two of them quickly form a close friendship, leading some members of the crew to speculate that their relationship isn't strictly platonic. Icari denies the idea that there's anything between them vociferously, much like she denies her attraction to Kayto.
- Lame Excuse: When Kayto confronts her about accidentally killing children on the Agamemnon (if you go that route), and mentions her long face, she responds with "I keep onions in my cockpit!"
- The Lancer : Serves as this to Asaga, being the cynical, pragmatic ice to her fire. Naturally they both quickly learn to respect each other for their skills, despite their contrasting personalities.
- Meaningful Name: Her name might be derived from the Japanese word Ikari, which can mean "anger". This would fit both her hatred of PACT and her nature as a Tsundere.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Has a very soft one if you let the alliance diplomats and the children die. Though she rationalizes it pretty quickly, it's telling that calling off the mission once you learn about the children earns you an affection point with her.
- The Nicknamer: She refers to Kryska as "soldier boy" and Claude as "Chest Rockets."
- Odd Friendship: With Kryska. Despite one being a disciplined, professional soldier and the other being an easily-flustered, emotional mercenary, the two of them get along very well both on and off the battlefield.
- Tsundere: Fairly extreme Type A.I'm not doing this because I like you!
- Unscrupulous Hero: She's not evil by any means, but she's extremely bloodthirsty and openly out to kill her enemies. Out of battle she's normally the one championing the more pragmatic course of action.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kryska. Though the two of them may lock horns over every conceivable topic, it's clear that they have considerable respect for each other and when push comes to shove they have each other's backs.
- What Does She See in Him?: Thanks to the above Freudian Slip, she ends up doing this to herself:Icari: Aah, what is this stupid love fest… Hmph! I can’t believe you guys still even like this guy! Just look at him! Totally got backstabbed by his new girlfriend, like literally just days after going out! Totally ruined everything we fought for the past year! And on top of that, completely vaporized our ship! Ah, the most unreliable space captain in the history of space captains! I can’t believe I like a guy like him! (realizes what she just said) U-uck… I-I-I-I-I MEAN… I-i-i-i-it… IT’S NOT LIKE I LIKE YOU OR ANYTHING!!! (runs off screaming in embarrassment)
Voiced by: Sydney P. (EN), Murasaki Nina (JP)
The acting medical officer on board the Sunrider. Her medical credentials seem questionable, but seeing how the Sunrider had to leave port without a doctor, she’s the best the Sunrider has. Has a few screws loose in her head, and prone to forgetting things. It seems like the only reason she’s on board is to get into the captain's pants, err... medical examinations. She’s an ostensible ryder pilot, but has issues with motion sickness and reaction times. Generally unreliable, but has insanely good luck.
Tropes associated with Claude Triello:
- Buxom Is Better: While it's not particularly obvious from her sprites, other characters occasionally comment on her having a large bust. Her Liberation Day sprites make it more readily apparent.
- Game-Over Man: She takes this role in the [RE]turn scenario, where she’ll chew Kayto out for his mistakes if he gets a bad ending and offer tips on how to get a better outcome.
- God Was My Copilot: The end of Liberation Day reveals that your bumbling, sex-crazed medic has been an omnipotent, time-traveling god all along.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Claude can’t use her powers to their fullest potential because recklessly messing with time will cause universe-destroying time paradoxes. This forces her to use her abilities in more subtle, carefully planned-out ways. As shown in [RE]turn’s secret ending, she could make a complete joke out of the villains if she ever cut loose, but the resulting paradox could potentially destroy reality itself.
- Gravity Master: The Bianca has a built-in gravity gun that lets her move enemy Ryders one space in any direction. It can also be used to immobilize Ryders or tear out their reactors… in cutscenes, anyway.
- Great Gazoo: She’s very much a Trickster God. While she’s powerful enough to end all conflict in the plot with a snap of her fingers, she doesn’t, and while there are legitimate reasons for why she can’t do that, the main reason she won’t is because it amuses and arouses her to watch Kayto try to overcome the challenges set before him through his own merits. Because of this, she limits herself to messing with the Sunrider’s crew in more mundane ways and gives Kayto little assistance during the [RE]turn scenario.
- Hospital Hottie: Subverted; she's an unlicensed quack. (She later gets her license reinstated, but Kayto actually asks who she had to bribe to do it.)
- Lovable Sex Maniac: She makes no secret of her wanting to get in Kayto’s pants. She flirts with him right from the get-go, drools over him while giving him an examination, and even tries to molest him during it. And Kayto is far from the first person she’s done this to, as Ava discovers when doing a background check on Claude. While Claude’s behavior does lead to her losing her medical license and getting arrested by Ava, it’s still Played for Laughs.
- Mildly Military: She has even less discipline than Asaga.
- Mechanically Unusual Class: She's a sort of support/debuffer hybrid who basically does everything Chigara doesn't; she can't repair damage but she can remove debuffs, she debuffs enemy accuracy rather than defences, she also has a shield but it starts out smaller than Chigara's until upgraded and she has the unusual and unique Gravity Gun which allows her to forcibly move enemy ryders around the field. When part 1 of the game was released her Restore ability was effectively useless since enemy ewar ryders didn't appear until part 2. And finally, unlike Chigara who has a weak but moderately accurate long-ranged laser, Claude is packing an outrageously powerful but hilariously inaccurate ballistic cannon similar to a Short-Range Shotgun.
- The Mole: Claude has been working for the Prototypes since she first joined the Sunrider's crew, sending them regular updates on the ship's activities and falsifying medical records to make it seem like Chigara isn't a Prototype.
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: She wears this when she's working in sickbay.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: She's in it to get into the captain's pants! She'll actually pretend to fall asleep if you try and talk to her about the fate of the galaxy.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has the largest bust of the female crew, is the only one to wear her uniform in a way that bares her cleavage, wears a Naughty Nurse Outfit when working in sickbay, peppers her dialogue and battle quotes with sexual innuendo, and in Liberation Day her sprites are frequently posed in ways that emphasize her figure.
- Physical God: Of the Trickster God variant.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Claude Trilleo, or Claude Triello? The games consistently use one spelling, and the promotional materials (like the image above) consistently use the other.
- Time Master: Thanks to possessing a time machine, Claude is able to: travel through time; teleport at will; speed up or slow down the flow of time, or stop it altogether; create thousands of duplicates of herself; create pocket dimensions within subspace; create and destroy alternate timelines and universes; and even open rifts in space-time through which she can summon meteors. The only thing limiting her is that drawing too heavily on her powers can create reality-destroying paradoxes, and even these can be undone as shown in the secret ending.
- Time Travel: Claude is able to do this through unknown means, which effectively makes her omnipotent by this setting's rules.
- Wingding Eyes: Gets hearts in her eyes whenever she’s feeling amorous towards Kayto.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is bubblegum pink, matching the rest of her colour scheme.
Voiced by:Cayla Martin (EN), Yumeno Usagi (JP)
A young lieutenant in the Solar Alliance Fleet, Kryska is the Alliance’s liaison officer on board the Sunrider. As an Alliance citizen, Kryska’s presence is generally unwelcome on board the Sunrider. Groomed to be an Alliance officer from childhood, Kryska is fiercely proud of the Alliance and believes it to be the greatest nation on galaxy. Kryska is highly idealistic about the Alliance and is eager to share the Alliance’s democratic ideals and technical know-how with the “lesser” nations of the galaxy. The rest of the crew eye her with suspicion, but the Captain is generally appreciative of Kryska, and the Alliance’s, support.
Tropes associated with Kryska Stares:
- Aggressive Negotiations: Several of her battle quotes reference this trope, particularly the ones that play when she hits an enemy."Weaponized diplomacy was successful!""Surrender, or I will resume hostilities.""Do you still refuse to negotiate?"
- Ambiguously Gay: Apart from her close friendship with Icari, Kryska mentions at one point that she previously served in an all-female crew, as the Solar Alliance believes that segregating their soldiers into single-sex crews will prevent fraternization. When asked if these measures actually worked, Kryska responds with a smirk and a brief chuckle. Tellingly, she’s the only member of the crewnote who can’t be romanced by Kayto in the [RE]turn scenario.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kryska grew up in poverty on a Neutral Rim world whose corrupt government terrorized the populace while never lifting a finger to protect them from pirate raids. When the Alliance liberated her world, she embraced its culture and became fervently dedicated to its ideals.
- Do-Anything Soldier: Kryska has shades of this, being both an elite gunnery pilot and a special operations soldier who excels in espionage, martial arts, and escape techniques.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Her close friendship with Icari leads several members of the crew to speculate that something more may be going on between them. Kryska neither confirms nor denies the idea that she and Icari are a couple.
- Mighty Glacier: The Paladin has the highest base health of the player ryders, and its kinetic weaponry matches that of the Sunrider, a capital ship, but it's also the slowest player unit in the game, requiring 40 energy just to move a single tile.
- The Mole: The crew quickly figures out that she's an Alliance spy, sent to keep tabs on the Sunrider as much as to help them fight the PACT.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She invites Kayto to tour Ongess with her, so that he can see how the Alliance's relief efforts are helping the people and to show him that the Alliance can be trusted. Not only does this get the two of them captured by Cosette, but the Alliance's heavy-handed response during the rescue—namely, to indiscriminately gun down civilians, including a little girl whose only crime was to pick up a knife—can convince Kayto that the Alliance is not to be trusted.
- Odd Friendship: With Icari. Despite one being a disciplined, professional soldier and the other being an easily-flustered, emotional mercenary, the two of them get along very well both on and off the battlefield.
- Patriotic Fervor: She takes every opportunity to extol the virtues of the Solar Alliance and its technology, and is also willing to overlook some of the more questionable things her country does in the name of defeating PACT.I'll show you the might of the Solar Alliance!
- Practical Taunt: The Paladin's Drawfire skill, which makes enemy units more likely to target the Paladin and also drastically increases its armour.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Has standing orders to execute Shields at the end of Liberation Day, but renounces her allegiance to the Alliance after Icari intervenes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has indigo blue hair.
Sola vi Ryuvia
Voiced by: Tina Kim (EN), Nakase Hina (JP)
Silent, yet deadly. When the going gets tough and the Sunrider gets trapped in moments of peril, the team can always count on the soft spoken Sola to turn the tide of battle with a few well placed sniper shots - probably from behind an asteroid over 100 000 kilometers away from the action. Her accomplishments include once sniping the wings off a Ryuvian sparrow from Ryuvia’s second moon. A girl of few words, Sola keeps her distance from everyone but the captain. In battle, her aim is unparalleled by anyone on the team.
Tropes associated with Sola vi Ryuvia:
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Silent, yet exceedingly deadly.
- Cast from Hit Points: Her Awaken Super Mode consumes 75 hit points upon activation.
- Cold Sniper
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was born when a Ryuvian prince had an affair with a farm girl, then dumped her. Later, the royal family came back and took Sola away when they needed a princess to fight their civil war for them.
- Glass Cannon: Very squishy if she attracts enemy fire (although her tendency to sit at the back of your formation picking enemies off at long range generally protects her from everything except missiles) but when using Awakening her rifle is THE most powerful weapon available to you outside of rockets and the Vanguard Cannon.
- Good Feels Good: She states that she can't feel too bitter about being used as a disposable pawn by the Ryuvian Royal Family, as protecting the people of the Empire and hearing their cheers made her the happiest she's ever been.
- Heroic Bastard: She was born from the affair of a Ryuvian prince with a farm girl.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: By tapping into her bloodline's innate abilities, Sola can increase her visual perception and reflexes to superhuman levels, but doing so places a great strain on her body as seen under Super Mode.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Apart from being able to shoot the wings off a sparrow while standing on a different celestial body from her target, her sniper rifle has the best range and accuracy of any weapon in the game. When she goes into her Super Mode, she can hit any enemy unit from any distance with 100% accuracy.
- Living Relic: The Empire she almost died to protect has crumbled, and nobody even remembers the war she fought in or whether it was remotely important in the long run.
- Magical Eye: When tapping her Ryuvian Bloodline's innate abilities, Sola's right eye begins glowing unnaturally, the iris turning a vibrant light blue/blue-green and the pupil turning silver-white.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "lonely" or "alone" in Spanish, befitting her solitary nature and status as a Living Relic.
- Miko: She's a shrine maiden in the Sunrider Academy spinoff game.
- Mystical White Hair: Her snow-white hair hints at her origins as the princess of an ancient kingdom.
- The Quiet One: She's a girl of few words.
- Paradox Person: Her Sunrider Academy counterpart is a "fragment" of the main universe's Sola, and should not exist.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Short white hair, golden eyes, supernatural origins and a stoic and quiet personality. Bonus points for being described as "The Ayanami" by the developers.
- Ret Gone: Her Sunrider Academy version suffers from "distortions", episodes where parts of her body will randomly (and painfully) fade out of existence. The people who know Sola lose some of their memories of her whenever a distortion happens, and if she were to disappear entirely, everyone would forget her and it would be like she never existed at all. Finding out why this is happening and how to stop it is the crux of her route.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: She's very disdainful if you try and give her a heroic speech about how evil your enemies are, as she's heard it all before.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Mask of Arcadius, the game itself and its promotional materials disagreed on whether the nobilary particle in her name should be “di” or “vi”, respectively. Come Liberation Day, they seem to have agreed on it being Sola di Ryuvia.
- The Stoic: Very stone-faced and reserved in both words and expressiveness.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's stoic, reserved, distant and slow to trust, but loyal to a fault and a kind-natured person at heart.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has amber-gold eyes and she's a descendant of the royal Ryuvian Bloodline.
- Super Mode: Her Awaken skill, which increases Sola's accuracy and damage output for three turns at the cost of a few hit points.
- Warrior Princess: She's the Sharr of Ryuvia, a princess required to fight and die if necessary in the Holy Ryuvian Empire's defense.
The commander of the Alliance Fleets, Admiral Grey is your main contact within the Alliance and a sworn enemy of PACT.
- Badass Boast: "Sit down son, and let me show you war!"
- Character Death: He gets fatally shot by Chigara at the end of Liberation Day.
- The Chessmaster
- Chest of Medals: The left breast of his uniform is almost entirely covered with medals.
- Frontline General: It’s explicitly mentioned that he commands his battles personally.
- Generation Xerox: Comes from a long line of fleet officers.
- Meaningful Name: He has more than a few shades of it in his character.
- Southern Gentleman: His character design and manner of speaking resemble this archetype, appropriately enough given that the Alliance is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of America.
- War Is Hell: Disapproves of idealistic choices, arguing that they have no place in war.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist/Unscrupulous Hero: Grey may be your ally, but he’s aware war is a Dirty Business and will do anything to secure victory.
- Even though he's willing to cover up the deaths of civilians in the rescue of Kayto Shields, if Kayto presses him about it, he admits that doing so is against everything he and his family stands for and will open a public investigation.
- Whether it was a bluff or not, he took an entire planet hostage to save his fleet during Battle of Ongess. Ongess was a neutral, not a PACT affiliated planet, mind you, and currently occupied by Alliance forces.
- He had odered the creation of a planet killer missile, as a contingency. His final order was to use it on Cera, after what he'd perceived to be PACT treachery.
People's Alliance For Common Treatment
Veniczar B. Cullen
A corpulent admiral within the PACT forces, spearheading their invasion of the Neutral Rim alongside Veniczar Fontana.
- Berserk Button: Being called "Veniczar Porkchops" infuriates him.
- Character Death: He's killed halfway into Mask of Arcadius when Asaga vaporizes his flagship.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Cullen excels at fighting aggressively and overwhelming an enemy's defenses, but he has no idea how to fight a defensive battle himself. Kayto realizes this during the battle of Far Port and goes straight for Cullen, quickly overwhelming him.
- Decapitated Army: His death sends the forces under his command into disarray, leaving them easy pickings for the Alliance fleet.
- Dirty Old Man: He's not above trying to molest Asaga when he has her at his mercy, even though she's betrothed to his boss.
- Fat Bastard: He's obese, a hedonist, and is fond of nuking cities from orbit.
- Former Regime Personnel: He originally worked for the New Empire, but defected to PACT to save his own skin.
- General Failure: Cullen may be one of the PACT's highest-ranking admirals, but he's a terrible strategist and most of his victories come down to brute force and overwhelming numbers. When confronted with enemy commanders who are actually competent, he's quickly out of his depth.
- Starter Villain: He's the first real threat the Sunrider goes up against, but he's quickly replaced by the far more competent Fontana.
Veniczar B. Fontana
A high ranking admiral within the PACT forces, he is considered to be Arcadius’ right hand man.
- Always Someone Better: Finds himself superior to Kayto as commander.
- The Chessmaster
- Everyone Has Standards: He's not too blind over his obedience to Arcadius. Knowing the true Arcadius, he is disheartened over PACT's path of bloodshed and the current Arcadius's Sanity Slippage. When Arcadius goes too far, he exposes the one behind the mask and seizes control PACT.
- To Grey, high-ranking admirals with a decent reputation as commanders. Fontana uses Honor Before Reason and clear use of wits, whereas Grey is willing to use dirty, underhanded methods.
- to Kayto, young commanders who were caught in the middle of a warzone, growing up to be legendary commanders
- to Kryska, both suffered oppression from the New Empire and related Neutral Rim worlds until they were saved. Kryska believes in the Solar Alliance an it's ideals of freedom, whereas Fontana believes in the communist ideals of equality.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- Noble Top Enforcer: He believes quite strongly in PACT's communist creed, and privately expresses concern at how brutal towards civilians/commoners it has been, as well as Arcadius' increasing megalomania.
- During Battle of Ongess, he breaks the attack to spare the population of Ongess. Again, he threw away an opportunity to end the Alliance military to spare some random hellhole of a planet that he or his faction has no connection to whatsoever.
- Not So Different : He is explicitly compared to Admiral Grey, and isn't too dissimilar from Kayto either.
- Pet the Dog: He's introduced saving Asaga from the unwanted advances of the loathsome Veniczar Cullen (and insulting him for good measure), indicating right away his noble qualities.
- Pretty Boy: Several characters comment on his attractive looks. Played for Laughs in Sunrider Academy, where he initially gets the entire female student body's vote simply because of his good looks, and the "secret weapon" he employs during the final campaign speech is simply him ripping off his shirt to let the ladies have their fill of the eye candy.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He's this in story, proving to be a lot more cunning and effective than Veniczar Cullen was.
- You Fool!: Calls Kayto out on his naivety after he let Chigara end up killing everyone during the Liberation Day ceremony.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark purple hair.
Veniczar Arcadius/Prototype Alice
The leader of PACT, a masked former revolutionary who aspires to conquer the galaxy.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Tries to force Asaga to marry him to gain control of the secrets of ancient Ryuvia.
- Artificial Human: the current Arcadius is one of the Prototypes.
- Attack Drones: The Nightmare Ascendant can deploy dozens of Funnel-like flier drones that provide shielding for her underlings and can tear apart a small fleet of Alliance ships in the blink of an eye.
- Beta Test Baddie: She was the first Prototype, with all other Prototypes except Alpha being made in her image. [RE]turn suggests that her creators meant to discard her once Alpha was completed, and that she did not take it well (see Tomato in the Mirror, below).
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- Body Surf: Thanks to the Prototypes' Hive Mind, killing her off for good is nearly impossible: even if her original body is destroyed, she can just take control of another Prototype.
- Char Clone: Wears a mask, pilots an Ace Custom Ryder, is searching for ancient Ryuvian Lost Technology for unknown reasons, and is effectively Chigara’s “sister”, due to them both being Prototypes. As a charismatic dictator, she fits the Big Bad type of Char Clone. Between her being a Beta Test Baddie and an Omnicidal Maniac, Alice is practically a female Rau le Creuset.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The real Arcadius has been dead since the end of the PACT Revolution that had toppled the New Empire. The "Arcadius" that you fight is actually Alice Ashada and her proxies.
- Final Boss: In both games, piloting the Legion in Mask of Arcadius and the Nightmare Ascendant in Liberation Day.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She's the only character in the game to have facial scars, and she is unquestionably a villain.
- Humans Are Bastards: She came to this conclusion after watching the original Arcadius get torn to shreds by the very people he’d championed. [RE]turn suggests that she already felt this way due to being exploited by her creators, and that Arcadius’ death merely reinforced it.
- Hypocrite: He talks a lot about freeing the people, but shows all the signs of being an Evil Overlord, including being an unrepentant genocidal butcher.
- That is the current Arcadius. The actual Arcadius was a lot more divine, who wanted to reform the New Empire. Unfortunately, the people preferred Torches and Pitchforks.
- I Am Legion: she has an army of Expendable Clones of herself, all of whom share a single mind.
- Legacy Character: The original Arcadius died some time before the story begins, with Alice (and her proxies) having taken up his mantle.
- Love Makes You Evil: She loved the original Arcadius, but his death at the hands of the people he'd liberated convinced her that Humans Are Bastards and should be wiped out.
- Magical Eye: she has the same glowing eyes and Sharr powers as Asaga and Sola, due to "Sharr Myrren's ghost coursing through her veins".
- Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a creepy mask with pointed ears at all times. She ditches it in Liberation Day.
- Nigh Invulnerable: The Nightmare Ascendant can shrug off a direct hit from the Sunrider's Vanguard Cannon with no damage, and it takes the firepower of a combined Alliance-PACT fleet plus another shot from the Vanguard to finally destroy it. In gameplay terms, it actually has more health than the Legion.
- Omnicidal Maniac: After Arcadius was been killed by the same people he'd just liberated, Alice decided to wipe out all humans.
- Royal "We": Refers to himself with plurals like “we”, “us” or "ours", foreshadowing his true nature as a collective rather than an individual.
- Samus Is a Girl: "He" is revealed to be a woman under that mask.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The [RE]turn scenario suggests that Alice was raised to believe she was an ordinary human and the daughter of Project Paradox’s director. When she discovered the truth (and learned that she was going to be replaced), she lost her mind and killed her “father” with her bare hands.
- Villain Override: Assumes direct control of Chigara at the end of Liberation Day, leading to a massacre.
- You Are Number 6: Her designation is Prototype 4L1C3.
The Prototypes are a race of identical vat-grown women with genetically-enhanced intelligence and a Hive Mind. They view themselves as superior to humanity and seek to control mankind from the shadows.The following tropes apply to the Prototypes as a whole:
- Artificial Human: They’re churned out in bulk at a secret cloning facility.
- Clone Army: L7 models like L7NN are meant to carry out the will of their leaders in battle. The numerous “Arcadiuses” fought at the end of Mask of Arcadius were L7 Prototypes, and they continue to harass the Sunrider throughout Liberation Day.
- Hive Mind: They are linked together by one called the mind stream. Alpha is the source of it, and high-ranking Prototypes like Alpha and Alice use the mind stream to send a constant stream of telepathic commands to the lesser Prototypes.
- Honey Trap: L7NN claims that this is the entire purpose of C8 models like Chigara. They’re sent out to seduce specific individuals and are “personalized” in accordance with the targets tastes, which may explain why Kayto and Chigara fell for each other so quickly.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Apart from their clothing, all of the plot-relevant Prototypes have some trait that visually distinguishes them from the lesser Prototypes. Chigara has her hair ribbon, Alice keeps her hair swept up and slicked back and also has a prominent facial scar, and Alpha has paler hair that she keeps in curls.
- Man Behind the Man: Collectively they are this to PACT during the first game, as Veniczar Arcadius is just a persona they adopted. They stop being this once Fontana exposes Arcadius’s true nature to the galaxy, though they claim to already “own everything” regardless.
- Meaningful Name: They’re called Prototypes because they were all prototypes for Alpha, the culmination of their creator’s efforts.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: The rank-and-file Prototypes all have this hairstyle.
- Telepathy: They are able to communicate with each other through “hyper brain waves”.
- Turned Against Their Masters: They were originally created by scientists on the planet Diode for an unknown purpose. Once Alpha was created and their Hive Mind formed, they decided they didn’t need to take orders and caused the Diode Catastrophe, wiping out their makers.
- Uterine Replicator: They’re grown in nutrient-filled tubes.
- Villain Override: Higher-ranked Prototypes like Alpha and Alice can take control of the lesser Prototypes whenever they want, turning them into extensions of the higher-ranked Prototypes.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Several characters consider them to be something less than human. Grey and Fontana both call the Prototypes twisted monsters born of science. No one has any qualms about killing them, although that part is justified since there is a war going on and the Prototypes are enemy combatants.
- You Are Number 6: They have alphanumeric designations like L7NN and 4L1C3 instead of proper names. The only exception is their leader Alpha. The first two characters seem to be like a model number, as L7NN explains that L7 Prototypes like herself are meant to act as warriors while C8 Prototypes are meant to act as spies and Honey Traps.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They all have periwinkle blue hair.
Otherwise known as Prototype L7NN, Lynn is the only one of Arcadius’s clones to survive the Battle of Helion. She’s taken captive at the beginning of Sunrider Liberation Day, but while she proves to be a valuable source of information on the Prototypes, her insinuations and uncanny resemblance to Chigara begin to spread distrust among the Sunrider’s crew…
- Identical Stranger: To Chigara.
- Manipulative Bastard: She plays on Ava’s suspicions that Chigara is both a Prototype and the source of a vital information leak on the Sunrider’s movements, and fans the flames of Asaga’s resentment toward Chigara into paranoia and hatred.
- Mr. Exposition: She divulges a lot of information about how the Prototypes work.
- Villainous Rescue: She saves Kayto at the end of Liberation Day by dragging him to an escape pod before the Sunrider rams the Machiavelli Actual.
- Villains Never Lie: Everything she says about Chigara being a Prototype is ultimately proven true, but Ava and Asaga still took everything that came out of Lynn’s mouth at face value.
- You Are Number 6: Prototype L7NN. Kayto ends up giving her the name “Lynn” during his first interrogation of her because it’s less of a mouthful.
The speaker for the Prototypes. When Alpha was created, she spontaneously generated a Hive Mind, which resulted in the Prototypes rebelling against their creators and causing the Diode Catastrophe. She now is the center of the Prototypes, watching the hidden factories that produce hundreds of the clones.
- Big Bad: Her machinations form the crux of the series' plot.
- Didn't See That Coming: She failed to realize how all-consuming her sister's hatred of humanity was, causing her plans to fall apart.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Claude even asks her to see Shields herself as "the Sunrider needs more lolitas."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She clearly cares for her "sister" Alice and is concerned for her well-being, though this blinds her to Alice's true goals.
- Hive Queen: She is the originator of the Prototypes' Hive Mind and directs their actions in accordance with her plans.
- Man Behind the Man/Shadow Dictator: Her endgame goal is to become this, by uniting all of humanity under Kayto's rule whom she will then control through the love of his life, Chigara.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: So you entrusted The Dragon to carry out your will of uniting humanity. Well she had other ideas and it has cost you your people's reputation and dreams completely.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Alpha never gets directly involved in the fighting, instead letting Alice and their Prototype proxies fight on her behalf.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her desire to control humanity is so the Prototypes can save them from a certain doom. Said doom is Alice's corruption of the Hive Mind and the incoming Ebony Fleet.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She doesn't seem to understand the emotion, and fears that the intense love felt by Alice and Chigara will corrupt the Prototypes' mind stream.
Veniczar A. Kuushana
An elite female Veniczar who was exiled by Aracdius when she was disgusted with PACT's bloodshed. Introduced in the end of Liberation Day, she leads the PACT fleets once again to strike back against the Solar Alliance.
- Chest of Medals: She has five or six medals pinned to her uniform, rather modest in comparison to Admiral Grey.
- David Vs Goliath: If Fontana’s talk is any indication, she’s made a career out of defeating New Empire fleets using forces a fraction of their size.
- Everyone Has Standards: She really disliked how Alice did things, including the Sack of New Eden that devastated the Imperial elites and killed the first Arcadius. Upon her Rousing Speech, she declares to have the People's Alliance reformed back into La Résistance.
- The Exile: She was banished by Alice for disagreeing with her ruthless leadership and tactics. Once Alice is dead, Fontana lifts her exile and reinstates her as High Admiral of the Crimson Fleet.
- Ms. Expostition: Explains the driving force of the previous Arcadius before Fontana took the seat.
- Red Baron: Kuushana of the Many Miracles, in reference to her ability to pull off nearly impossible victories against vastly larger and better-equipped enemy forces.
- Remember the New Guy: Fontana and Kuushana are close acquaintances of one another, but she isn't even mentioned until the end of Liberation Day. Somewhat justified, as she was in exile since before the start of the first game.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: Declares to act on the savagery of PACT, reforming it into a highly disciplined army against the Solar Alliance.
Previously mentioned as Sola's uncle, who lead a civil war within the Holy Ryuvian Empire. He's also the commander of the Ebon Fleet and tried using a time device to send his forces before the battle that would result in their destruction. Now that they're sent forward in time and their time device destroyed, he decides rebuild the Holy Ryuvian Empire in the present day.
- Animal Motifs: His name is Crow and he wears a large bird skull on his left shoulder. Do the math.
- Bastard Bastard: He was the bastard son of the Ryuvian Emperor, is believed to have killed his father and one of his brothers in a bid for the thronenote , and he definitely plunged the galaxy into a civil war in order to grab the throne.
- Conqueror from the Future: Inverted. He's a conqueror from the technologically-advanced past.
- The Evil Prince: As stated above, he is believed to have killed his father and brother (though he may not have actually done this) and he plunged the galaxy into civil war in a bid for the throne.
- Evil Uncle: To Sola, as they were on opposite sides of a civil war and she was leading her father’s armies against him.
- Fantastic Racism: He previously waged his civil war to eliminate the "low bloods" from the Ryuvian bloodline, Sola included.
- Foreshadowing: He was mentioned several times as being the one to lead the Fallen, rebel forces who tried to seize the throne.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Not only does his Ebon Fleet presumably outclass everyone else in the setting by several orders of magnitude, but him just being here at this point in the timeline threatens to create a Reality-Breaking Paradox. Alpha’s entire scheme to unite humanity behind Kayto and rule them from the shadows was meant to give them a chance of winning in the fight against the Ebon Fleet, and Claude was working with the Prototypes because she thought they had the best chance of helping her resolve the paradox of Crow’s presence.
- Knight of Cerebus: His fleet being flung thousands of years into the future, appearing in an uncharted region of space- with the mighty arsenal of the Abusive Precursors to boot- really catches everyone off guard.
- Outside-Context Problem: While present day humans have encountered ancient Ryuvian weapons, they're all only old and defective due to lack of maintenance. No one expects an entire battle fleet to appear with fully operational equipment from 2,000 years ago.
- Time Travel: Used a time device to go back to the beginning of a battle and alter it into his favor. However, his device got sabotaged and his fleet flung thousands of years into the future. Unable to return to his own time, he decides to rebuild the Holy Ryuvian Empire by conquering the galaxy once more.