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Koinzell / AscheritThe 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.
- Anti-Hero: 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 its citizens as he did twenty years ago. 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 the kind of people they are, 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 conveniently left them in charge. (For the worse, as well.)
- Back from the Dead: Koinzell is actually Ascherit, who survived his fatal wounds by devouring a fairy at the bottom of the ravine Glenn pushed him into.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: He invokes and lampshades this trope with Ato.
- Blessed with Suck: 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.
- The Chosen One: 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.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: For all his protests and claims that he's a bad person, Koinzell sure does help a lot of people.
- Combat Tentacles: He has four of them in the shape of his Black Swords. They're sealed away into his right arm, and he can only use them at night; however, each one has the right to be called a "claymore" given how massive they are.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: 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.
- Dark Messiah
- Disguised in Drag: He can easily disguise himself as a girl due to his long hair and small stature. Adding make-up helps.
- The Dreaded: Koinzell eventually acquires the title of 'Hero-Killing Rebel' or simply 'Hero Killer'.
- Emergency Transformation: 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has sex with two girls in the first two chapters, that should tell you something. Later on he also has some with Altea.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: 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.
- Eye Scream: 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.
- Healing Factor: Is shown to possess a very strong one late in the series, capable of regrowing lost limbs.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Koinzell completely breaks down after his first attempt to kill the Seven ends in failure, especially when he realizes how well-loved and protected by the people they are.
- Hero Killer: From the perspective of the Seven Heroes and the general population of the empire. 'Hero Killer' is what people eventually come to call him.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: 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.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Master Swordsman: Both before and after his transformation.
- Mercy Kill: Sadly ends up doing this a lot.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: 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.
- Older Than They Look: He's in his mid-thirties, despite what his appearance would suggest.
- One-Man Army: Poor mooks should learn to just stay away.
- One-Winged Angel: 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.
- Pointy Ears: Very long ones, which is often noted as a rare trait even among half-elves.
- Rapunzel Hair: His long hair is tied into two braids. With daggers hanging from them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Right Hand: Under the light of the two moons, Koinzell can summon four massive prehensile black swords from his right arm.
- Revenge Before Reason: 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.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The entire series is Koinzell's.
- So Last Season: His Black Wings technique loses its effectiveness as the series goes on. Although zigzagged in that the ineffectiveness mainly applies to those who can counter the technique directly, have extreme resilience, or unnaturally fast regeneration. On anyone else, the Black Wing is a One-Hit Kill.
- Stealth Mentor: To Ikfes.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ato, with the two sharing several intimate moments together and of course the, ugh... 'suggestive' way he transforms her into a Half-Human Hybrid like himself.
- Worthy Opponent: Again, to Ikfes.
AtoThe princess of a frontier barbarian tribe who initially pursued Koinzell out of revenge for him killing her brother. Eventually she learns the truth about why he did so and since then has become one of his most important allies.
- A-Cup Angst: Is very sensitive about her lack of assets.
- Artifact of Doom: 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.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Koinzell, later on in the series after he turns her into a half-elf like himself.
- Double Weapon: Koinzell forges for her one that is identical to the one that her brother used to wield.
- Dual Wielding
- Wyvern Rider
- Emergency Transformation: Koinzell turns Ato into a hybrid like himself after she is nearly killed by shrapnel during Barestar's invasion.
- Fatal Flaw: 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.
- Locked into Strangeness: Her hair turns white after the aforementioned Emergency Transformation. After the Time Skip in volume 15 however, her hair has gotten black again, with redisual white bangs.
- Magic Knight: Ato is proficient with lances, swords and explosive magical tags.
- Purple Eyes: Used to actually be blue prior to her Emergency Transformation, but now is just on this side of Violet.
- Samus Is a Girl: She was mistaken for a boy in early chapters.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ascheriit. She seems to have feelings for him, at any rate.
- The Worf Effect: Sadly seems to succumb to this, usually losing her fights to show off how strong the next enemy is.
- You Killed My Brother: Goes after Koinzell after he gives her brother a much-needed Mercy Kill. Once everything is explained she gives up trying to kill him and develops an Undying Loyalty for him.
PeepiA 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.
- Accidental Misnaming: '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.
- Berserker Tears: Sheds tears as she and Zephy, a friend who she met in the Empire until Pago killed her surrogate family, end up on opposite sides of the final battle. Since he sided with Glenn and she sided with Koinzell, they're enemies.
- Chekov's Gun: 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.
- The Load: 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.
- Plucky Girl: Surprisingly, despite all the death and suffering she's seen.
- Pointy Ears: As a member of the Miruel Mirael race, this is expected.
- Stripperiffic: Peepi often ends up in revealing outfits, much to her chagrin.
- Summon Magic: She becomes adept at summoning later on, giving her some use in combat to assist the others.
- Tagalong Kid: At first.
- Token Mini-Moe: By the virtue of being the youngest.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: 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.
VidA 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...
- Eyepatch of Power
- Improbable Weapon User: Vid uses wire chakrams anchored to his bracers.
- Put on a Bus: He leaves the group after rescuing Sharon, but promises to return at some point in the future.
- The Bus Came Back: Rejoins the main forces with his own during the siege of Glenn's castle in 151.
AlteaThe 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.
- Boobs of Steel: Altea is really well-stacked. 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.
- In Its Hour of Need: 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.
- Purple Eyes
- Put on a Bus: Stays behind in Jullas-Abllas, and becomes the leader of the civilian militia there.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns during the siege of Glenn's castle in 151.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: 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.
- Team Mom: Particularly to Peepi.
GeranpenA 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.
- Badass Mustache
- Bald of Awesome
- Bait the Dog: 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.
- Berserk Button: Calling him 'Octopus Head' or any variation of 'Octopus'.
- Combat Tentacles: Inherited them from Pago when the latter's parasite latched onto him during the collapse of Schtemwolech's castle.
- Defector from Decadence
- Face of a Thug
- Facial Markings: The tattoos on his head, which look vaguely like an octopus. Don't say it to his face, though.
- Gentle Giant
- Good Is Dumb: 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.
- Nice Guy
- Expy: Gentle Giant with a Bald of Awesome, Face of a Thug and Badass Mustache has a very sensual person and very cares about the main characters. Hello Alex Louis Armstrong!
- Never Found the Body: Which ultimately leads to...
- Not Quite Dead
- Bad Powers, Good People: The tentacles used by his brother before his death.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: It saved his life, but he is ashamed and afraid of this force.
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 GlennThe 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.He is the third Hero to be killed by Koinzell. However, he reappeared alive at the end of chapter 105.
- Ambitionis Evil: The reason for his turning to Wischtech magic and pursuing a civil war against his own father is all to fulfill his goals. Before that, he killed Ascherit because the latter was more competent to the point where he would probably be considered for the throne before Glenn.
- The Atoner: Does his best to hold the realm together to atone for his past crimes. Given his behavior after his return, it is debatable as to how sincere he was.
- Back from the Dead: At the end of Chapter 105, in seemingly younger body.
- Body Backup Drive: Glenn figured that someone would come to kill him and made arrangements to resurrect himself using a parasite in his original body. Upon death, it ate the corpse and used it to form a second body with his soul, memories, and ambition.
- Bishōnen: Once upon a time, although he's still quite handsome as an older man. And once again, after his resurrection.
- Came Back Wrong: Implied to one degree or another.
- The Chessmaster: Seems to have designs for this fairly early on. His Unexplained Recovery and reintroduction later in the series dominating his own and Dragon Chief Ischudien's forces confirms it.
- Counter Attack: Develops the "Divine Illusion" solely to do this to the "Black Wings" technique.
- Dirty Coward: In the past. Nowadays, not so much.
- Disc-One Final Boss: 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. Though when he's back from the dead, he apparently reclaims the Big Bad position.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He came up with the plan to murder the 'Lances of Betrayal' 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, Glenn looks extremely disturbed by what he's doing.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: 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.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Ascherit, due to him being so much better at swordfighting despite Glenn training for longer than him.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He could never beat Ascherit in a sword fight despite training harder, acknowledging that even after he killed him.
- Hypocrite: With the revelation that he's using the dark sorcereries the stranded, remnant Wischtech troops taught him to try to break down the barrier and conquer Wischtech. Essentially, he's become the aggressor in an an entirely avoidable conflict.
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Subverted, as Glenn's claims that 'The Seven Heroes' seeing to the peace and stability of the empire and the future prosperity of its citizens as a means of atonement makes sense on the surface... but he only ever uses it in a context which seems to justify Ascherit not (rightfully) murdering them all, or as a justification for not manning up and coming clean, forfeiting everything in the process. Ascherit sees the logic of the argument and even agrees with it, but several other character repeatedly point out to him that there wouldn't be any war or turmoil in the empire if it wasn't for 'The Seven Heroes' themselves, whether through blatantly incompetent leadership, outright corruption, or having caused that instability in the first place. (i.e. murdering Kfer, labeling him a traitor, and delegitimizing the House of Jebnaress, directly inciting all the violence in the region that came afterwards) He really just seems to be using it as a convenient argument.
- Kick the Dog: 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 Ascherit, 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 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 dead father, who he never knew because Glenn and the other heroes murdered him, to try and take advantage of the kid's 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 his father's best friend.
- Lack of Empathy: After he Came Back Wrong. 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.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Starts giving his subordinates this upon his return. It's also the reason he survived and appears younger in the first place.
- My God, What Have I Done?: 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 he built four monuments to them as atonement.
- Pet the Dog: 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.
- Really Gets Around: enjoys the company of beautiful women. Goes through 'em quite quickly after his revival.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pre-resurrection.
- Seven Deadly Sins: 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.
- The Sociopath: 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.
- Tragic Villain: Seemingly...though given his past actions, as well as the debatable sincerity of his 'atonement', it's very hard to classify him as such.
- The Unfettered: Becomes this after his return to the point where he no longer shows remorse over his past actions, surprise upon realizing Koinzell's true identity, or really much emotion over anything anymore.
- Worthy Opponent: 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 Counter Attack just for them. However, he considers them both a non-issue afterwards.
Regional Count SchtemwolechA 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.He is the first Hero to be killed by Koinzell.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Has the nerve to beg Koinzell for mercy after repeatedly trying to murder his former comrade without a shred of remorse.
- Amazon Brigade: His personal guard, which consists of several Mind Raped elven girls who are trapped in a state of constant agony.
- Bishōnen: He used to be one twenty years ago during the war with Wisstech.
- The Corrupter: 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.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: 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 Jerk with a Heart of Gold 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.
- Dirty Coward: When presented with any real danger, his Smug Snake attitude drops and he becomes a trembling, wretch of a man.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: When he is confronted by Koinzell's true identity, 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.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Unlike Glenn, he did buy into his own hype and believed he could act however he liked.
- Fallen Hero: 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.
- Fatal Flaw: 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.
- Genre Blind: On the other hand, not killing Ascheriit the moment the opportunity presents itself works out about as well as you'd expect...
- Genre Savvy: Had the good sense to have his subordinates summon his Amazon Brigade 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. Ascheriit rather frankly disabuses him of these notions.
- Immortality Immorality: See above.
- Jerkass: The fact that he's a massive prick is probably the nicest thing that can be said about him.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: 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.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: His method of immortality, which requires regularly injecting himself with the blood of elven maidens.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, specifically his all-consuming lust for eternal life.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's ultimately rather unimpressive.
- Smug Snake: His default state, or when he has the present advantage. When things aren't going his way, however...
Fort Chief BarestarThe 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.He is the second Hero to be killed by Koinzell.
- Bad Boss: He was already clearly losing it by this point, and manages to thwart his own army's counter-offensive by just firing his floating castle's cannon randomly into the city.
- Fake Ultimate Hero
- Heel Realization: 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.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Other than maybe Glenn and Ischüdien, he seems to be the only hero who feels guilty about what he did. Deconstructed when, instead of becoming The Atoner, his guilt drives him to soulless hedonism and paranoid madness.
- Nervous Wreck: At all times after Schtemwolech buys it and he realizes he's next on the hit list.
- Properly Paranoid: Barestar is terrified by Schtemwolech's murder and is utterly convinced that he is next. And he's absolutely right.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: His army is infamous for this.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He thinks Koinzell is Ascheriit because he's having a mental breakdown. Except he's right.
- Sanity Slippage: 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.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Greed, which was the main motivator for his attack on Jullas-Abllas.
- Tragic Villain: 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.
- Undignified Death: Goes out a sobbing, raving lunatic sputtering on about how he never even wanted to 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a truly epic one when Koinzell finally confronts him.
Marquis LebellondThe 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.Lebellond is the sixth hero Koinzell kills.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Arch-Enemy: Sees himself as this to Glenn.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He really didn't take his son's death well and challenged Koinzell alone.
- He reassures his wife when she frets over their son's safety, and comforts her when they learn that he has indeed been killed.
- Dirty Coward: 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.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Like Schtemwolech, the fact that he cowered in fear at the thought of entering the Forest of Death seems to have slipped his mind to the extent that he now wants to invade Wischtech itself to gain more personal glory.
- Foil: To Glenn.
- General Failure: In most every battle he fights he has overwhelming military superiority, and yet he still manages to lose them all.
- Glory Hound
- Green-Eyed Monster: To Glenn, to the point of attempting to take everything he held after death.
- Heel Realization/Karmic Nod: Once he realizes Koinzell is Ascheritt, he admits that his epic downfall is entirely deserved and doesn't even resist when Koinzell kills him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Whilst he currently has great support, Lebellond has also made a lot of enemies since Glenn's death. It remains to be seen how this will come back to bite him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Though Lebellond said it mainly just to spite him, he is correct when he tells Glenn that, for all his posturing of being The Atoner, 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.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a truly epic moment when he receives word that Koinzell is still alive.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He rapes numerous women as he begins to spiral more and more into madness, trying to 'conceive an heir' after most of his children are killed or presumed killed.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Pride. Everything Lebellond does is to satisfy his own ego.
- Too Dumb to Live: 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.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After Glenn's death, the checks on Lebellond's power are removed and he assumes control of the Empire's entire military forces.
- Villainous Breakdown: His mind utterly collapses at the end when Glenn revives and crushes his army, leaving him to frantically concoct ways to triumph that have zero basis in reality
- Villainous Valor: Despite his many, many flaws, intentionally using himself as bait so his massive army could smash Koinzell was pretty ballsy.
Dragon Chief IschudienThe 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. Seemingly has been working under Lord Glenn's command for a while. Unlike the other heroes who were directly killed by Koinzell, he dies after taking a hit meant for Glenn's fortress.
- Anti-Villain: Subverted, he seems like one at first, but once he reveals the real reasoning behind why he betrayed Ascherit and the others, he arguably comes of as one of the worst of the seven.
- Affably Evil: He's the most polite of the "heroes" and seems to bear little malice towards Koinzell, to the point of crying while trying to kill the latter. Koinzell himself admits that Ischudien's betrayal was less expected than the others.
- The Atoner: If his support of Glenn is anything to go by. Subverted in that he's willing to kill Ascherit again for the sake of Glenn's ambitions.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Mustache
- Determinator: Takes a full Black Wing attack head on, and remains standing to land a blow on Ascherit in return.
- The Dragon: He works directly under Glenn and encourages his Ambition Is Evil tendencies.
- Evil Virtues: Invoked, as Ischudien notes that Glenn's envy of Ascherit drove him to excel for the first time in his life. He also praises Glenn's decision to murder Ascherit and the others, as he could have been a possible threat to his rule, viewing this as the moment he himself started seeing Glenn as a master worthy of the crown.
- Fake Ultimate Hero
- Hidden Depths: More than any of the other Heroes, Ascherit did not see his betrayal coming.
- Just Following Orders: Tells Ascherit that this is the long and short of why he betrayed him, and why he's going to try and kill him again.
- Kick the Dog: Tells Ascherit to his face that he was proud of Glenn when he lead The Heroes in murdering him and the other Lances of Betrayal.
- Manly Tears: He cries when attempting to kill Ascherit.
- Only Sane Man: 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 he is the only hero Ascherit hasn't been able to take a shot at yet. This is subverted when he reveals that he sees Glenn's increasingly ambitious nature as a good thing, to the point where he's proud of Glenn for being willing to sacrifice Ascherit for his own gain.
- The Plan: 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 Second in Command.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Much like Lord Glenn.
- Seven Deadly Sins: 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. Is revealed during his fight with Ascherit that he absolutely hates weaklings like how Glenn used to be in his younger days, and thus supported Glenn's murder of Ascherit and the others as the moment he became "strong." He's still remarkably composed about it all.
- Skewed Priorities: When he first started out as Glenn's retainer, he hated the latter for being a spoiled Lazy Bum. After he sees how Glenn's envy of Ascherit drove him to improve himself, he considered his master's ruthless ambition to be a good thing rather than something that could negatively affect his future rule.
- Tranquil Fury: Has this look on his face during the flashback sequence to when Kfer threatens Glenn.
- Undying Loyalty: To Glenn. He supported him in the murder of Ascherit, aides in his secret plans to transform the Empire, and sacrificed his ship to shield Glenn's fortress from an attack.
Citadel Earl GullengurvHe is the fifth Hero to be killed by Koinzell.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: It's rather pitiful to watch, actually.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not really a surprise, although he and Nirgenfeled stuck with Lebellond for a while.
- Dirty Coward
- Fat Bastard
- Hypocrite: Tries to state that Koinzell is Not So Different 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.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Likely Gluttony, given his position as the Fat Bastard.
- Those Two Guys: With Nirgenfeled
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Barely anything is know about him, his position or how he was during the quest.
Lunar Earl NirgenfeledHe is the fourth Hero to be killed by Koinzell.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Not that it saves him.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not really a surprise, although he and Gullengurv stuck with Lebellond for a while.
- Dirty Coward: To the point that he'd try to ask Koinzell to kill Gullengurv first.
- Losing Your Head: His fate at Koinzell's hands.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Very likely Sloth.
- Sinister Scythe: Wields one when he and Gullengurv decide to betray Lebellond.
- Those Two Guys: With Gullengurv
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Like Gullengurv, we don't have much on him other then he seems to be the keeper of the Lunar Priestess' Airship.
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 Seven Deadly Sins with the Seven Heroes, each one of them represents one of the Four Cardinal Virtues
AscheritThe 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.
- The Ace: In a fight he was virtually invincible, and had other talents as seen below.
- All-Loving Hero: He's kind, friendly and trusting to a fault. Deconstructed when the people he trusts betray him and his companions in the worst manner possible.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Ascherit's main power is in imitation. This extends to non-martial abilities like blacksmithing.
- Back from the Dead: As Koinzell, after eating a fairy.
- Break the Cutie: The ravages of the viscerally violent war he partook in, having to watch three of his close comrades sacrifice themselves, and finally the betrayal of the 'Seven Heroes,' who treacherously (and graphically) murder him and his friends to promote themselves as the heroes, all while blackening Ascherit, Kfer, Klentel, and Gustav's names as the 'Lances of Betrayal...' he basically lives for revenge and nothing else.
- Cynicism Catalyst: 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 Wide-Eyed Idealist into a revenge driven killer.
- Doorstop Baby
- Four Cardinal Virtues: He represents Justice, as emphasized by his actions as Koinzell.
- The Gift: He had it.
- Happily Adopted: By his father, a blacksmith.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Wielded the Fairy Stone Sword, a blade he forged himself.
- Master Swordsman
- Nice Guy: 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.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: At least, this is what the people have come think of him given the news of his 'betrayal.' Of course, it's actually subverted, as he was one of the four heroes who saw the mission through to the end.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted, he's the nicest person you could hope to meet.
- This Is Unforgivable!: What he screams as the seven cut him to pieces.
- Tragic Bromance: With Kfer, the two were extremely close friends even before becoming two of the Fourteen Lances together.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
KferThe 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.
- Defeat Means Friendship: How he and Ascherit first met and bonded.
- Determinator: Constantly challenged Ascherit to fights, despite being totally outmatched. His son Ikfes seems to have inherited this trait.
- Good Counterpart: To Glenn, as he proves himself in most every regard Glenn comes up short.
- Hunk: Kfer sure was dreamy.
- Master Swordsman: Though not to the same degree as Ascherit.
- Nice Guy: Probably why him and Ascheriit got on so well.
- Nice Hat
- Posthumous Character
- Four Cardinal Virtues: Presumably represents Courage or Fortitude, as shown by how he is described by the people in Jebr who knew him personally.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: 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.
- The Rival: To Ascherit, in a friendly manner.
- Tragic Bromance: With Ascherit, who is still considerably distraught over his death even twenty years after the fact.
- What the Hell, Hero?: 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.
GustavThe 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.
- Amazonian Beauty: Gustav had long, flowing blonde locks, looked to be in excellent shape, and was undoubtedly a proficient asskicker.
- Boobs of Steel: As one of the Lances of Betrayal, perhaps the definitive example in this series.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Which sets her apart from her fellow Lances.
- Gender-Blender Name
- Lady of War
- Ms. Fanservice: Even though she hasn't gotten much screen time, 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?
- Posthumous Character
- Four Cardinal Virtues: Presumably represents either Temperance or Prudence.
KlentelA 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.
The Precious Departed
The three Lances who died on the journey to Wisstech. Presumably, each of them represents one of the Three Theological Virtues.
ElgunahaElgunaha 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.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A minor example, as he appeared as early as chapter three as a side character in a flashback to Ascherit's youth.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Posthumous Character
- Three Theological Virtues: He represents charity.
EdiemAnother of the Fourteen Lances who was killed in the quest to halt Wischtech.
- Badass Beard: Had quite a commanding one.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted, Ascherit's never forgotten him.
- The Ghost: Has made a single appearance in the manga, alongside Lanbard when Ascherit is reflecting on his fallen comrades.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Posthumous Character
- Three Theological Virtues: Represents either faith or hope.
LanbardAnother of the Fourteen Lances who was killed in the quest to halt Wischtech.
RozenThe 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.
- Apologetic Attacker
- Broken Pedestal: It begins when Ascherit reveals who he really is and what Glenn did to him and the others, and finally comes full circle when Glenn tells Rozen that it's all true.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- My Master, Right or Wrong: 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.
- This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction when Koinzell kills Glenn.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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 RahnclaveA 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.
- Bathing Beauty
- Black and White Morality: Believes that the Seven Heroes are absolutely good, and that Koinzell is absolutely evil for trying to kill them. Blows up rather brutally in her face when Barestar orders his army to raze Jullas-Abllas to the ground.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After being forced to watch whilst Barestar's army pillaged Jullas-Abllas with impunity.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Politically Active Princess: She mostly plays this role after the Jullas-Abllas arc, notably using her influence to prevent a civil war in Glenn's territory which all comes to naught when Lebellond launches an attack on it.
- The Rival: She ends up fighting Ato a lot.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is the daughter of an imperial elector, so it's essentially a straight example.
- To Be Lawful or Good: She faces this dilemma during the attack on Jullas-Abllas
- Tsundere: Towards Koinzell, particularly after she is forced to re-evaluate her ideals.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: 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.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She views the stories of the war with Wischtech and the journey of The Fourteen Lances to be romantic tales of epic heroism. Any of the people who were actually there can attest to the brutal reality of it all.
IkfesA 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.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Starts off this way, but slowly grows out of it after his battles with Koinzell reveal how far he still has to go.
- Character Development: 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.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Played with. After 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.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: His reaction to Koinzell sparing his life after their first battle.
- Generation Xerox: To Ascherit more than to his own father. To list the ways: he 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. That said, his personality is shown to be a lot like Kfer's who did not look dissimilar to Ascherit.
- Identical Stranger: My, a lot of readers wondered why Ascheriit was suddenly back to his old appearance when he first appeared.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The Fairy Stone Sword, which used to belong to Ascherit.
- Master Swordsman: He has the skill, but not the experience.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Has a breakdown when he finally learns the truth. He's horrified that he served the very same people who murdered his father.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Towards Lebellond's planned invasion of Wischtech.
- Order Reborn: 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: He learns how to parry Black Wing and after Koinzell tells to accept his father's swordsmanship, he manages to beat Koinzell with his own Black Wing.
- Worthy Opponent: Koinzell, to the extent that after he finally manages to perform the Black Wing he asks Koinzell to become his mentor.
The False Lances of BetrayalThe 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.
- Axe-Crazy: The fake Kfer, and also the fake Gustav once her Berserk Button is pushed.
- Berserk Button: The fake Gustav goes absolutely insane with rage when Koinzell cuts her face.
- Black Magic: Their powers come from the use of Wischtech magic, which could be why they perform so many monstrous actions despite claiming to have good intentions.
- Body Horror: The fake Gustav enjoys making 'modifications' to her slaves.
- The Caligula: The fake Kfer. Right down to his rather disturbing love for his horse.
- The Evil Genius: The fake Klentel has shades of this.
- Fate Worse than Death: What inevitably happens to anyone who is captured by the fake Gustav.
- Hellish Horse: The fake Kfer's horse, Xylus, which shares his rider's penchant for rape.
- Karmic Death: All four of them.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Their main MO.
- Villain with Good Publicity: 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What they claimed to be. In light of their actions it's very difficult to swallow.
Chief Warrior Monk LachebThe 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.
- Catch-Phrase: "This is so very, very regrettable!"
- Corrupt Church: Occupies a high position within one.
- Dirty Coward
- Hanging Judge
- Humiliation Conga: 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.
- Knight Templar
- Smug Snake
Vice Admiral PagoPago 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.
- Body Horror: After losing his arm to Koinzell, Schtemwolech powers him up by grafting two female elves to his body to augment his Combat Tentacles.
- Combat Tentacles
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Horribly averted. He tries to kill Geranpen without a moments hesitation when Geranpen brings Koinzell into the castle.
- Evil Is Petty: The only reason he killed Zeppy's parents was because he was the one who discovered the kidnapped girls.
- For the Evulz: Why he brought back Zeppy's parents as zombies and ordered them to kill him.
- Karmic Death
- Lovecraftian Superpower
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Nice job snapping Koinzell out of his Heroic B.S.O.D., Pago.
- Night of the Living Mooks: His Wischtech magic is essentially high-powered necromancy.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Geranpen's flashback. Comments by Schtemwolech seem to back this up.
GeroldOne of Lebellond's sons who is in charge of the detachment of airships sent to subjugate the castle of the Imperial Elector.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: He really should have listened to his subordinates instead of trying to act tough.
- General Failure: Meeting Köinzell and being under Gerold's command are the two worst things that can happen to a soldier's safety.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Sanity Slippage: Gerold doesn't take having half his fleet destroyed and then being ordered to retreat very well at all.
- Villainous Breakdown
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His attempts to impress his father by taking down Koinzell wound up getting him killed.