The Longinus Dreizehn Orden is an organization formed in 1939 from members of the Gestapo, lead by the infamous hangman Reinhard Heydrich and the mysterious Karl Krafft. They were all former humans who were ascended as "Einherjar" thanks to Karl Krafft and became immortal warriors, forced to do his bidding and unable to die a "true death" as long as Reinhard keeps their souls in his castle.
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LDO in general
- Action Girl: Every female member to some extent.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Usually played straight.
- Back from the Dead: They are all parts of Reinhard's Gladsheim, so they can be revived by him even after being erased from history.
- Badass Longcoat: One noticeable change to their uniforms when compared to the standard SS uniform is that it replaces the jacket with a longcoat in matching style following each members ascent to power.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: All members need to have blood on their hands in order to be part of the LDO, either before or during its inception. Reinhard was a ruthless Hanging Judge. Spinne and Rusalka murdered their spouses. Wolfgang and Wilhelm murdered their parents. Machina murdered his friend. Trifa and Lisa killed their children. Despite being overall nice people, Beatrice, Kei, Kai, are no exceptions.
- Colonel Badass: Reinhard and his Three Commanders.
- Dragged Off to Hell: In the anime, instead of turning into ash when they die, they are instead grabbed and dragged underground by loads of skeletal arms.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Reinhard and his Battalion of Three can't fight in their full power without having all eight Swastikas open.
- The Dreaded: Despite being mostly in the shadows in the years following WWII, The LDO are an internationally wanted organization. The lower echelons alone fetch exorbitant bounties. While most LDO members being already very powerful, Mercurius, Reinhard and his Three Commanders scare even other LDO members.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Arguably, Reinhard's Three Commanders. Göetz von Berlichingen, who fights with his own fists, is the Fighter, Eleonore von Wittenburg, who uses long-range attacks, is the Mage, and Wolfgang Schreiber, who is specialized in speed, is the Thief.
- Genius Bruiser: Don't even think about outsmarting them. Most of the members have over sixty years of combat and war experince letting them know every strategy that could be used to try and hopelessely beat them.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Inverted. They are Nazis In Name Only. Hitler is hardly ever mentioned, though their leader, Reinhard, was the head of the Gestapo and one of the most brutally efficient enforcers of the regime.
- No Body Left Behind: When killed their bodies turn to ash.
- One-Man Army: Even the weakest LDO members can withstand a nuke without getting a single scratch.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: They rarely use their actual names.
- Really 700 Years Old: Since abilities provided by Die Ewigkeit include immortality, most of them look younger than they actually are. Most of them are over 80 years old.
- Restraining Bolt: The Stigmata.
- Tactical RockPaperScissors: The three commanders each beat one of the others but is in turn bested by the other. Machina beats Eleonore, Eleonore beats Schreiber and Schreiber beats Machina.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The three commanders are able to fight together in perfect unison, however this stems more from extensive knowledge about the way each one of them fights than any sort of cooperation. They have battled each-other so many times that they know their fighting-styles by instinct.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Die Ewigkeit allows them to absorb souls to become stronger. Additionally, anyone branded with the stigmata will become one of Reinhards Einherjar upon death.
LDO I - Mephistopheles / Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Dave Trosko (English)
Name: Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich
Rune: ᚺ (hagall)
Major Arcana: The Emperor
Zodiac Sign: ♈ (Aries)
Ewigkeit Degree: Atziluth
Ahnenerbe: Longinuslanze Testament: Covenant - The Holy Spear of Destiny
The leader of the Longinus Dreizehn Orden. Originally a high-ranking official in Germany, regarded as highly dangerous due to his seemingly boundless talent in all fields. Later, he bowed out of the public eye through the guise of a staged assassination, and formed the Obsidian Round Table alongside Mercurius.
Their subordinate members acted behind the scenes of WW2 and kept on destroying friend and foe alike. His acts of destruction reached their climax during the fall of Berlin. However, he and his three direct subordinates disappeared shortly afterwards, leaving their current whereabouts a mystery.
He wields the Longinuslanze Testament, the holy spear said to have pierced Christ on the cross. A weapon of unlimited speed, perfect accuracy and an all ending strike. It burns the minds and erodes the souls of all those unworthy to look upon it, with only the most charismatic being in the world being allowed to wield it. A criteria Reinhard meets.
- The Ace: Even back when he was a normal human he was absurdly good at everything he did.
- A Father to His Men: Though his love of them isn't really what an average person would call normal, he's fond of the LDO and considers them his "irreplaceable shining stars" due to the beautiful and tragic stories that their lives are.
- Affably Evil: He's very charming and civilized, and is totally sincere when he says he loves everyone equally. Too bad his definition of "love" is very different from normal meanings of the word.
- All-Loving Hero: A possibly unique villainous example - he loves everything in existence equally, but love means destruction to him. Rea calls him out on this saying that, him loving everything equally without exception is the same as not loving anything at all.
- All Your Powers Combined: He is able to freely use the powers of all of his Einherjar as the need arises.
- Animal Motifs: Lions
- Always Accurate Attack: His Ahnenerbe, Longinuslanze Testament, has the properties of his Three Commanders' Beri'ah: it is always faster than its target, never loses, and always kills it.
- As Long as There is Evil: He spouts some variation of either this or We Will Meet Again after he's thwarted or defeated in every route other than Rea's. In the epilogue of Marie's route, he's implied to have reincarnated as a priest with his beastly nature completely suppressed and forgotten, but capable of rising up again should the power of the Goddess weaken sufficiently.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: He is Mercurius's Apoptosis, which means he is the embodiment of his desire to die.
- Badass Normal: Even back when he was a regular human he was not to be trifled with, easily beating those who dared challenge him.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The infamous man behind the Holocaust is in this story the superhuman leader of a group of mass murderers and war criminals, seeking an opponent worthy to fight him and to ascend to godhood, wielding the holy lance that pierced Christ.
- Beyond the Impossible: Under ideal circumstances someone would perhaps only be able to keep their Creation Figment active for a maximum of six hours, and the Emanation type tend to be able to stay active for even less time. Reinhard has kept his active for over 60 years at the start of the story thanks to using Isaak to help support it, something that would for any normal person be considered impossible. And even before Isaak was added to it he was able to keep his active for up to two months at a time.
- Big Bad: Of the visual novel as a whole. He shares this role with Mercurius.
- Bigger on the Inside: His Gladsheim.
- Blood Knight: His secondary objective besides creating his warmonger's paradise is finding someone who can finally fight him on his own level. When Ren (and Mercurius, in Rea's route) finally meet this criteria, he is downright ecstatic, laughing aloud in joy even when he begins to be at a disadvantage.
- Born Winner: From the day he was born he was destined for greatness. I just took some prodding by Mercurius to make him realize it.
- Bring It: As Methuselah is thanking Mercurius for his help and threatening the L.D.O. of what would happen if they where to interfere with his plans, Reinhard's response? Shift Gladsheim into combat mode and readying his troops for battle.
- Character Filibuster: Though not nearly to the extend of Mercurius, he loves discussing hypothetics and philosophical problems just as much, and subjects Ren to a couple of them after Ren's capture in the start of Marie's route.
- Charm Person: He is able to get people to do pretty much anything he wants by virtue of just simply being that charismatic.
- Coat Cape: Wears his uniform this way.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Has amber eyes to go with his blond hair.
- Die Laughing: At the end of Marie's route, he can't help but break out into joyful laughter as the Bois de Justice is digging itself into his neck, content with his final battle and finally being able to experience the unknown.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: When he was younger he used to destroy whatever he interacted with by accident regardless of how careful he was. As he grew up he had to basically seal himself within his own body just to be able to function in society. His fateful encounter with Mercurius lead him to basically stop trying to hide it anymore and fully embrace his strength and all that came with it.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: He want to turn the world into eternal battlefield. A paradise for blood knights, hell for anyone else.
- Evil Virtues: Subverted. He is more than capable of displaying virtuous traits such as honor, honesty and love among others, and yet he manages to twist and distort them so thoroughly through his own bizarre morals that most of them end up as far removed from any semblance of virtue as someone can get.
- Exactly What I Aimed At: After Ren and Rea manage to escape Gladsheim after their battle with the commanders, Reinhard fires a blast from his lance against them only for them to barely get hurt by it. Turns out he was not even aiming at them, he was aiming at the church where Rusalka lay dying, killing her and opening the sixth Swastika.
- Final Boss: Of Kei and Marie's routes.
- Forever War: In his Gladsheim, the Einherjar fight for eternity and revive after being killed.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: He's the strongest in LDO (except for Mercurius, although in his peak, apoptosis form he's equal).
- Graceful Loser: Upon his defeat in Marie's route, he wholeheartedly praises Ren for his victory and tells him that he should live and hold his head high. He departs with no regrets and gives Ren his blessing.
- Hair Antennae: Has a pair of strands sticking out from the rest of his hair. This is made even more pronounced in the anime adaptation.
- Hell Is War: Gladsheim for anyone who isn't a Blood Knight.
- HeelFace Turn: Somewhat. In the good endings to Rea's route, he renounces his beastly ambitions and chooses to live and die as a man. Additionally, he also gives Lotus Reichhart, the original incarnation of Ren Fujii, a brief nudge in order to remind him of the promise he made to Rea, but other than that he remains the same Reinhard that he was throughout the story.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He essentially becomes the protagonist during the finale of Rea's route, realizing his true purpose and battling Mercurius in the route's climax.
- Historical Beauty Upgrade: While the real Reinhard was rather attractive, being one of the few members of the Third Reich's upper echelons to ascribe to the purported Aryan ideal beauty with being tall, blond haired and blue eyed, he was also known for a lanky build, and high-pitched pitched voice with laugh that was stated to be reminiscent of a braying goat which made him refuse to ever attempt public speaking. A stark contrast to the charismatic long haired Hunk with Junichi Suwabe's deep sexy voice and laugh shown here.
- Historical Domain Character: Unlike most of the other members of the L.D.O, who were either soldiers lower on the hierarchy, civilians, or criminals apprehended by the Gestapo, Reinhard Heydrich was a prominent authority figure and one of the most brutal enforcers of the Nazi regime. While the rest of the L.D.O could be considered Nazis In Name Only due to not being directly involved with Hitler or his genocidal ambitions, the same cannot be said for Heydrich, who was an active participant and orchestrator for the regime's pogroms and massacres.
- I Need You Stronger: Frequently let's Ren get away in order to allow him to grow stronger and become a more worthy adversary.
- Inn Between the Worlds: His Gladsheim is not part of the multiverse and has to be summoned back into the world through the ritual in Suwahara City.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: While he looks down on others in general, he doesn't even acknowledge Isaak as a living being, simply referring to him as a "thing". This changes in Rea's route however where Trifa managed to convince Reinhard to speak with Isaak. While a small gesture, it was enough to change their relationship and to prevent Isaak's complete breakdown like with what happened to him in Marie's route.
- Killing Intent: His presence, even when he appears as a mere hologram-like shade of himself, is so intense and overwhelming that he makes people like Bey and Schreiber, who have never experienced fear in their lives, shake at their knees. When he first appears in person like this in the common route, both Ren and Kei freeze up like someone hit an off-switch on them.
- Leitmotif: Götterdämmerung, Dies irae Mephistopheles.
- Light Is Not Good: One of his titles is the Harbinger of Beguiling Light.
- Living Is More Than Surviving: Prior to meeting Mercurius, he was living a pretty dull and monotone life as a Nazi official, just doing what he was told to, acting as a sort of problem solver to whatever issues the Reich had. Back then he considered it the proper life. After some prodding by Mercurius he finally decides to accept himself and his power, wanting to feel properly alive. And as shown in Rea's route, in one timeline Mercurius didn't even bother being subtle and just stabbed him in the chest to force him to remember the prior timelines. This leads him to reflect on just how empty his life had been and just how suddenly it could have been ended, once again leading to his awakening.
- More Than Mind Control: He's extremely charismatic, to the point where he can make other people kill themselves and join his Legion just by speech.
- Mundane Utility: His Legion substitutes as an experienced orchestra, as he shows off when he invites Marie for a dance in his Gladsheimr after stealing her from Ren briefly.
- Night of the Living Mooks: The core of his power is the undead legion under his command which not only number in the millions, but can also be revived endlessly. On top of that, Reinhard is also able to channel the powers and desires of his followers, further strengthening him. Even his golden castle of bone, Gladsheim, is part of his legion and can fight on its own if necessary.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: He is extremely powerful, so he wants to fight someone who is at least comparable to him.
- One-Hit Kill: His Ahnenerbe is able to instantly kill whatever it hits as he is able to invoke the powers of his followers, including Machina's all ending attack.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: His Ahnenerbe can only be used by him, as it works only for the most charismatic being in the world, which happens to be him.
- Perpetual Frowner: Back when he was still a regular Nazi officer he practically never broke from his constant frown. Then he met a man named Karl Krafft and things kinda changed.
- Perpetual Smiler: Following his meeting with Mercurius and his subsequent boost in power, he practically never loses his smile.
- Red Baron: The Hangman of Prague, The Golden Beast, The Black Prince, The Harbinger of the Beguiling Light and The Monarch of Destruction are just some of his titles.
- Satanic Archetype: His title is Mephistopheles for a reason. In true Faustian fashion he offers deals of either immortality or resurrection of the dead, making those who enter the deals to commit endless atrocities and will still be the end winner regardless of whether those taking the deals succeeds, fails or tries to get away.
- The Southpaw: Wields his lance in the left hand. An important little detail as Shirou who fills the same role to Ren as Reinhard does to Mercurius is also left handed.
- Story-Breaker Power: Back before he become the man he is today, he could casually knock out superhumans like Bey in a single blow and send Beatrice flying with what might be roughly described as a gentle pat on the back. After his transformation, he's so ludicrously powerful that he can fight Kei and easily beat her with one finger, without the full extent of his power at his disposal. In the climax of Marie's route, every strike of his that Ren doesn't tank implodes the city and landscape behind him for dozens of miles.
- Super Empowering: If he wants, he can empower any LDO member. For example, he made Wilhelm comparable to Methuselah, despite Methuselah being stronger than Reinhard's Three Commanders, who are in turn much stronger than Wilhelm.
- Title Drop: Dies Irae is the name of his Atziluth.
- The Unfought: In Kasumi's route, he never materializes into the real world, and thus never faces off against Ren. Instead, he taunts Ren and Kasumi from his sealed-off castle in the route epilogue.
- Unblockable Attack: When invoking the powers of Machina he is able to ignore any defense with his attacks.
- Walking Spoiler
- Walking Wasteland: The anime portrays him as causing flowers and other greenery to wilt in his presence.
- Warrior Heaven: Gladsheim is a giant castle where warriors of all kinds can battle to their hearts content for eternity. And should his Dies Irae ever be fully completed he would then be able to emanate a Law of his own that would turn all of Creation into Gladsheim, a realm of eternal massacre.
- We Will Meet Again: At the end of Kei's route, after his resurrection is foiled, he mock the fleeing Ren, Shirou and Kei by telling them it is but a minor setback.You can run but never truly escape. [...] The world shall never be free from the fire and brimstone of my ambition.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: At the end of Rea's Route, Lotus tells him that urges are just a part of being human and that there is nothing wrong for a person like him to have them.
LDO II (third generation) - Tubal Cain / Kai Sakurai
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (as Tubal Cain), Takuma Terashima (as Kai Sakurai)
Name: Musashi Sakurai (I), Rei Sakurai (II), Kai Sakurai (III), Beatrice Waltrud von Kirscheisen (IV)
Rune: ᚢ (Uruz)
Zodiac Sign: ♉ (Taurus)
Major Arcana: The Hierophant
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Wewelsburg Longinus: The Holy Lance of the Obsidian Round Table
A series of wielders of the cursed Wewelsburg Longinus designed as a copy of Reinhard's Longinuslanze Testament and passed down by the Sakurai clan.
- All There in the Manual: Any info regarding Rei is sparse within the game itself. Most info about her is from some side info released at a later date relating to Dies Irae Pantheon. The info reveals that she was an Action Girl, contrasting with Kei who is more of the Graceful Warrior kind, Rei was more of the Gritty Solider kind. Additionally, for her the Wewelsburg Longinus took the shape of a enormous bayonet at the end of an equally massive rifle.
- The Berserker: While normally calm due to being a hollow corpse, his fighting style is a brutal flurry of attacks with zero regard for self preservation. In Kei's route it becomes even more noticeable when part of the souls absorbed by the false lance start to surface and are hungry for vengeance.
- BFS: The Wewelsburg Longinus, unlike the lance that it was based on, is one huge slab of metal vaguely shaped like a sword.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Under Lisa's Ahnenerbe.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins Ren's Legion for the Final Battle in Rea's route.
- Gone Horribly Right: Wewelsburg Longinus was an exact perfect copy of Reinhard's which included all of its abilities. However, the abilities came with a curse. Because it copied Reinhard's Ahnenerbe so well it copied Legion related characteristic, which gradually turning the wielder into a living, zombified Legion in itself. Only a member of the Sakurai Clan could wield the replica, and the wielder's soul became bound to the Spear, eventually reaching a point when he or she zombifies into a mindless state.
- Hereditary Curse: The third of his family to become Tubal Cain.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Kai holds a very low opinion on himself, viewing himself as rotten to the core. This in turn influences his Beri'ah which causes everything around him to rot.
- Hold the Line: Kai himself holds Reinhard as Kei, Ren and Shirou flee from the castle at end of Kei's route.
- Infinity -1 Sword: Wewelsburg Longinus is designed as a replica to the real Longinus and includes the ability to wield multiple Beri'ah's due to its curse
- Lightning Bruiser: No pun intended. The Wewelsburg Longinus gives him incredible striking power and being an undead makes him extremely resilient to damage. And when factoring in his lightning speed and ability to become lightning itself, it's clear that he is an all around powerhouse.
- Make Them Rot: One of the Creation Figments Cain can use causes basically everything within close proximity to start to rot.
- Morph Weapon: The Wewelsburg Longinus is able to change form depending on its user, it is a BFS for Kai and a katana for Kei.
- Name of Cain: Specifically, the Biblical Tubal-Cain who's said to be the first blacksmith.
- Nice Guy: Kai's a decent, upstanding man who's only really involved with the LDO because of his family connection.
- Poisonous Person: The Sakurai's Creation Fragments all involve some sort of poisonous infection but Kai's allowing him to decompose anything he strikes while also having anything that touches him rot to dust (even attacks such as Wilhelm's stakes are unable to pierce through him while this is active).
- Promotion to Parent: Kai, even though he was her older brother, acted more as a parent for his younger sister Kei alongside Beatrice.
- Ride the Lightning: Able to use his lightning abilities to turn into lightning and move around blazingly fast.
- Shock and Awe: His perhaps most recognizable form of attack is his black lightning as well as having the ability to turn into lightning itself making him unreasonably fast. This ability stems from the false lance having absorbed the soul of Beatrice.
- Your Soul Is Mine: The Wewelsburg Longinus captures the souls of the members of the Sakurai family. It considers consorts of the Sakurai family members of the family, as we can see with Beatrice & Ren in Kei's route.
- Walking Wasteland
LDO III - Kristoff Lohengrin / Valerian Trifa
Voice by: Ken Narita (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
Name: Valerian Trifa
Rune: ᛉ (Algiz)
Major Arcana: The Lovers
Zodiac Sign: ♊ (Gemini)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Heilige Eohl: Golden Divine Vessel
In the absence of the LDO's top members, this holy man acts as its temporary leader, as well as the one to govern the ritual serving their ultimate goal.
As a priest in command of their crusade, Trifa is an apostle not of charity, but of fanaticism. Behind his gentle smile, he formulates cruel and callous plans as he both leads and incites his subordinates to action.
His Ahnenerbe is the Heilige Eohl, the Divine Vessel, the physical body of Reinhard Heydrich. Acting as its caretaker, it contains all the souls that Reinhard once absorbed, a number so vast that they collectively become so dense it is like comparing regular carbon to diamonds. This gives the body nearly impenetrable defenses, leaving any attacker with very limited options of which to hurt him.
- Affably Evil: His cordial attitude isn't really a facade and he seems to be respectful to Ren such as congratulating him on keeping himself together when he met Reinhard by himself for the first time in Marie's and Rea's route.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Well Godfather, but early on in the story he comes across as a real goof who loves to talk about how it was when Rea was little and when he cared for her, much to her constant annoyance. Due to his deceptive nature however, it is unclear how much of this is genuine.
- The Atoner: A twisted example. His end goal is to, at the end of the day, atone for the children he killed. However he plans to do so by effectively recreating the Golden Alchemy on a smaller scale over and over again.
- Badass Preacher
- Berserk Button: Bringing up his past of killing the children he was supposed to protect is generally a good way to get on his nerves.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While a capable schemer, he is just far to outmatched when up against the likes of Reinhard and Mercurius.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be just a harmless priest to Ren, despite being the Commander-in-Chief of the LDO.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Get's very easily drunk as demonstrated when Ren first visited him at the church. Though given that Ahnenerbe users are immune to things such as drugs and alcohol its clear that this is just an act.
- Casual Danger Dialog: He is prone of just talking casually and calmly as enemies wail on him. Happens most notably when Cain goes postal on him all while he casually asks for Ren's and Kei's assistance in stopping him.
- The Chessmaster: A low key example given that he is up against the likes of Mercurius, but he plans and manipulates almost everyone in ways that are to further his goals. Unfortunately for him, he is often Out-Gambitted.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Variation, but the fact that he managed to escape from Reinhard is treated by his followers as an outright impossibility that they just can't wrap their heads around how it could even have happened.
- Discard and Draw: He gets reverted back to his old body in Rea's route, meaning he loses all the power Divine Vessel provides, and regains his mind reading powers.
- Deadly Hug: He crushes Siegelinde in a deadly embrace.
- The Empath: In his original body, he can read other people's minds.
- Eyes Always Shut: He only opens his eyes when he's serious.
- False Reassurance: He promised Kai that he wouldn't make Kei into the next Tubal Cain. He never said anything about not making her a member of the L.D.O.
- Final Boss: In Kasumi's route, he's the final opponent Ren faces, with Reinhard and his Battalion Commanders never showing up.
- Foreshadowing: The fact that Trifa is able to kill Spinne by simply crushing his head under his heel might seem like a small moment but as the narration points out, it is very unusual. This is of course a small nod to the fact that his whole body is a relic.
- Glass Cannon: His Beri'ah allows him to use Reinhard's Ahnenerbe, which is the strongest Ahnenerbe in the entire novel, but it also brings his defense down to normal human.
- Gradual Grinder: While he might have a near impenetrable defense, his offense leaves a lot to be desired. As such he often instead relies on the opponent tiring themselves out futilely smashing against his armor and then sneak in the occasional counter-strike, slowly wearing them down.
- HeelFace Turn: In Rea's route, he decides to abandon his deranged obsession with repenting his sins for all eternity, choosing to take the fight straight to Reinhard and his Legion in order to permanently erase the threat of Dies Irae.
- Historical Domain Character: Valerian Trifa.
- Leitmotif: Lohengrin.
- Manipulative Bastard: He easily manipulated everyone in the LDO, except for Mercurius, Reinhard and his Three Commanders.
- Mind Rape: In Rea's route, after having gotten back his old body, he uses his telecentic powers to wreck Schreibers mind.
- Mundane Wish: Upon finally making it through a gauntlet to reach Reinhard, he stays true to his word and let Trifa state one wish. All Trifa wishes for is for Reinhard to talk to Isaak. Suffice to say, this leaves him momentarily dumbfounded over the wish's sheer banality. Unbeknownst to him however was that this was one final gambit by Trifa to throw of their plans and save Rea.
- Not So Different: Points out to Schreiber that in the end, they might not be so different from each other as they are both walking contradictions, whose desires just lead them further and further away from their own ultimate goal.
- Official Couple: With Lisa in the epilogue of Marie's route.
- Sinister Minister: He's a priest that is the commander-in-chief for the LDO. And while he acts like a kindhearted priest, he can be quite nasty at times especially whenever his own views are challenged.
- The Starscream: Is constantly working behind the scenes to try and derail Reinhard's and Mercurius' plans for his own benefit despite appearing loyal to them.
- Stealth Expert: Is extremely capable of concealing his own existence when skulking about, allowing him to get the jump on pretty much anyone.
- Stone Wall: Reinhard's body gives him excellent defense (there are only 3 known ways to harm him), but he doesn't have any particular attack force in his base form.
- Wild Card: To Reinhard and his legion, his ultimate plan involves sabotaging Reinhard's summoning without getting the three commanders involved. His real goal is keeping Rea alive and in Kei's and Kasumi's route, uses Kasumi instead as the Sonnenkind.
LDO IV - Kaziklu Bey / Wilhelm Ehrenburg
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)
Name: Wilhelm Ehrenburg
Rune: ᚦ (Thurisaz)
Zodiac Sign: ♋ (Cancer)
Major Arcana: The Chariot
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Qliphoth Bacikal: The Dark Gift
A man with a long criminal record who served as a First Lieutenant for the infamous 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS. An albino, he shuns all light, especially that of the sun. In return, all of his senses magnify in the darkness, almost as if he was a vampire. Having embraced that nature of his as part of his identity. Wilhelm's designation and fondness for vampiric characteristics is no coincidence.
His Ahnenerbe is Qliphoth Bacikal, the crystallized blood of Vlad the Impaler, which he manifests as an endless number of stakes to skewer his enemies, use as projectiles, or as spears or stilts. Additionally they drain the life out of anyone unfortunate to become impaled.
- Accidental Hero: Ends up saving Claudia from falling debris purely by accident while he was trying to vent some frustration.
- Anti-Hero / Villain Protagonist: In Interview with Kaziklu Bey.
- Arch-Enemy: Schreiber, despite the similarities, Wilhelm finds Schreiber disgusting and desires to kill him to achieve the Albedo knight status in Reinhard's commanders.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Delivers a question to Ludwig that makes him realize just how broken and one-sided his love for Claudia really was.
- Ax-Crazy: Goes without saying."He was indeed a "monster". Sanity was no friend of his."
- Bad Moon Rising: His Creation Figment creates a blood red fake Moon.
- Berserk Button: Pretty much anything relating to Ludwig is enough to get under his skin. Also, saying that nature is a nice place is another way to anger him.
- Birds of a Feather: Expresses interest in Claudia, who's also an albino like him and the first person to try interacting with him in a non-violent manner.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: In his Creation Figment, his sclerae become black.
- Blood Knight: The reason why he joined LDO is because he wants to fight anyone.
- BrotherSister Incest: With his sister Helga.
- Brought Down to Badass: After his battle with Methuselah, he is cut off from Gladsheim's souls supply and spent pretty much all of his own. And what little he had left he ended up using to protect Claudia from being smashed against the arctic ice. Yet despite being on the level of a normal human, he is still capable enough to engage in a final duel with Ludwig.
- Casting a Shadow: His Creation Figment, among other things, creates darkness in its range, which provides him some defense against the searing light of Claudia's.
- Character Development: Shown to have become significantly more patient, less impulsive and just more in control of his emotions in the main story when comparing him to how he was back in 1944.
- Child by Rape: The result of his father/grandfather raping his sister/mother.
- Cool Shades: Has to wear shades due to his albinism, but he also wears them simply cause he despises the light.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: His battle with Schreiber was pretty much a one sided beat-down in Schreiber's favor. Despite this he managed to keep getting back up to try and land a hit and eventually managed to pin him for the briefest of moments despite him losing pretty badly.
- Desperation Attack: When facing down against Claudia's Creation Figment, he is forced to use his own soul as fuel for the strongest version of Der Rosenkavalier Schwarzwald that he has ever used. A move used in pure desperation due to being left drained after his prior battle with Methuselah.
- Eureka Moment: Has a small moment in Interview with Kaziklu Bey where he manages to figure the potential true purpose of Die Ewigkeit, namely to overwrite the law of the olden world and become a god.
- First-Person Smartass: Even as a protagonist in Interview with Kaziklu Bey, he spends most of his time mocking and deriding every people he's acquainted with.
- Flower Motifs: Roses.
- Freudian Excuse: Wilhelm did not have a happy childhood to put it bluntly. First being born as the son to his sister Helga, and due to inbreeding he also ended up as an albino, and then forced to basically seek shelter in a box due to being unable to cope with the sunlight all while seeing his father either wasting away due to alcohol or constantly raping his sister/mother while he watched. His mother/sister wasn't much help either as she was kinda off in her own world. It all culminating with him both killing his father and raping then killing Helga. Despite this, he never uses his background as an excuse and only as a possible explanation if the topic comes up.
- Graceful Loser: In Kasumi's route he ends up saying some genuine praise to Shirou after being beaten by him.
- Hidden Depths: Interview with Kaziklu Bey shows that in his more lucid moments he can be surprisingly introspective.
- Holy Burns Evil: When he activate his Beri'ah, he gains a weakness to holy objects.
- Inbred and Evil: Born as a result of his father raping his daughter, Wilhelm loathes his origins and murdered his parents to escape his origins.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Heavily downplayed towards Claudia, the first person who cared for him and also a fellow albino.
- Leitmotif: Rozen Vamp. Interview with Kaziklu Bey adds Kiss In The Dark.
- Life Drain: In his Creation Figment he starts to drain the life-force and abilities of everyone and everything caught within it.
- Mirthless Laughter: At the end of Interview with Kaziklu Bey after the death of Claudia, Wilhelm can't help but engage in a bitter laugh.
- More Dakka: Is able to spam his stake projectiles to an absurd degree. At one point in his battle with Schreiber, he is firing so many of them so densely that it would be physically impossible for Schreiber to squeeze in between them.
- Nazi Protagonist: He is the protagonist of his own prequel story Interview with Kaziklu Bey where he ping-pongs between being a Villain Protagonist and a really dark Anti-Hero. It is played with however as, while he is technically a Nazi, he is also really just a serial killer picked up from the street. While definitely on the racist side, he seems to hold none of the core values of the Nazi's.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He delivers one to Ren at their first meeting.
- Not So Different: He notes that he and Schreiber are quite a bit alike when they first meet. This is also a big reason to why he hates the guy so much. Also present with Beatrice, with both of them sharing the same "recklessness" and imprudence on the battlefield.
- Offhand Backhand: He tried to offhand Schrieber. It simply earned him a kick to the face followed by getting backhanded himself by Machina.
- Only a Flesh Wound: At one point he gets half his face blown off. It ends up not bothering him at all.
- Our Vampires Are Different: His Beri'ah, Der Rosenkavalier Schwarzwald, allows him to absorb energy from everything, including souls and non-animate things in the range of hundreds of meters.
- Pet the Dog: Overlaps with Pragmatic Villainy.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He allowed Claudia to live with him until she would be good enough to be killed and consumed by him. Not that she minds, since her terminal illness would kill her anyway.
- Psycho for Hire: When not in official missions for the LDO, he spends most of his free time in wars for the thrill of fighting.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning In his Creation Figment, his irises turn red.
- Red Sky, Take Warning: In the range of his Creation Figment, the sky becomes red.
- The Rival: He and Schrieber have always been clashing before even the creation of the LDO since they were both serial killers at large at the same time.
- Say My Name: In Interview with Kaziklu Bey as Claudia dies:"CLAUDIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!"
- Self-Made Orphan: He burned his own family alive in order to "free himself" from the curse of his blood, which he considered filthy.
- Serial Killer: What he was prior to joining the LDO.
- Sex Is Violence: Thrives on this. When fighting Kei in her route, He describes his fight with her, using sexual terminology. When in the heat of battle, it goes to the point that his voice actor is orgasming as he does his lines.
- Sir Swearsalot: By far the biggest pottymouth of the cast.
- Spikes of Doom: His Ahnenerbe, Qliphoth Bacikal.
- Super Senses: In his Beri'ah, he can sense everything in its range.
- Theme Music Power-Up: In Interview with Kaziklu Bey, after having nearly been killed by Ludwig, him eventually rejoining the fight after being empowered by Reinhard is heralded by sound of "Kiss in the Dark".
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After getting Mutual Killed by Shirou in Kasumi's route, and getting killed in the middle of two exhausting fights in Marie and Kei's route, Rea's route has Wilhelm become the last LDO member with the exception of Reinhard, Mercurius, and the Three Commanders, he finally gets his long awaited fight with Schreiber, and dies satisfied knowing he beat him.
- Touché: When confronting Jane Doe, he notes that she looks far to young to have faced him in Vietnam. She then retorts by the fact that he is in his seventies and still looks like he did fifty years prior. He couldn't help but respond with a quick "Ya got me there".
- Tsundere: Around Claudia. He ends up growing feelings for her but would never openly admit it. While incredibly abrasive most of the time, he does show a softer side when around her in private.
- Undying Loyalty: He's devoted to Reinhard's cause, primarily because Gladsheim is an absolute paradise for someone like him.
- Vampire Vannabe: His defining trait is his desire to become a true vampire, something that manifests with his Beri'ah.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In his Beri'ah, he is vulnerable to crosses and silver, and his heart is his weak point.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Worthy Opponent:
- Views Shirou as an opponent worth his time due to him being the only normal human Wilhelm has ever met that actually could put up a fight.
- Before that, he pledged his loyalty to Reinhard after being the first person to ever beat him in combat. Even going so far as to view as Reinhard The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
LDO V - Leonhart August / Kei Sakurai
Voiced by: Kei Mizusawa (Japanese), Brittany Lauda (English)
Name: Kei Sakurai
Rune: ᛏ (Tiwaz)
Major Arcana: Strength
Zodiac Sign: ♌ (Leo)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Hihiirokane: Scharlachrot, Wewelsburg Longinus (Marie route)
The descendant of a bloodline that allied with the Obsidian Round Table during World War II. She joined the Table to fill the spot left by a member who died eleven years prior. Furthermore, as her age - contrary to the other members - does actually match her appearance, she is too young to have met the five highest-ranking members of the Table.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She manages to kill Eleonore in Marie's route but not without being horribly injured and succumbing to the deadly effects of the Wewelsburg Longinus.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: With Ren in her route.
- Combat Pragmatist: She is not above fighting dirty to get what she wants. Best exemplified in her fight against Ren at the end of Kasumi's route where she lights the church on fire in order to deprive Ren of oxygen. Since she is much more experienced with Die Ewigkeit than he is, she is able to fight just fine in an oxygen deprived environment while Ren, who has just barely begun to understand it, is struggling to fight back.
- Deadly Upgrade: Eventually in Marie's route she decides to wield the Wewelsburg Longinus which slowly but surely starts to eat away at both her body and mind.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has quite the sharp tongue and is quite good at getting under Ren's skin especially.
- Driven to Suicide: Kills herself on top of the hospital at the end of Kasumi's route.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gets killed off fairly early in Rea's route.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Her Creation Figment converts her into fire.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: She sides with Ren and Shirou at the end of Marie's route and joins Ren's Legion for the Final Battle in Rea's route.
- Emergency Transformation: In Marie's route, when Hihiirokane is destroyed, she is left with no choice but to wield the Wewelsburg Longinus.
- Flaming Sword: Hihi'irokane.
- Hot-Blooded: Normally she is fairly calm, however her Creation Figment is based on her belief that she is burning with passion which, due to how they work, leads to her becoming more and more hotheaded when she uses it.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She admits that she loves doing things girls of her age enjoyed like gossip.
- It's All About Me: While all of the L.D.O. members qualify to some extent, they at least don't try to hide it. Kei meanwhile is in constant denial about her selfishness, something that almost everyone calls her out on. Her Character Development in her own route involves realizing this and using it as determination for her goals.
- Lady of War: Her looks and fighting style are graceful.
- Leitmotif: Krieg.
- Mutual Kill: Manages to kill Eleonore in Marie's route yet ends up dying from her wounds and the effects of the Wewelsburg Longinus.
- Playing with Fire: Her creation figment causes her to become completely made of fire, giving her attacks additional strength and making any non conceptual attack against her useless.
- Sarcastic Confession: When Ren questions her about why she keep on hanging around the school, she answers in a somewhat mocking manner that she simply want's to enjoy what normal students does. And as her own route makes clear, she was telling the truth.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: When she is commissioned by the rest of the LDO to get Ren into gear and teach him about the basics of Die Ewigkeit, after having gone over the theoretical stuff, she then pulls out a gun and starts to continuously shoot Ren in the hand at point blank until he subconsciously cleaves the bench she was pinning him to.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Throws her sword at Rusalka in Kasumi's route impaling her and giving Ren an opening to behead her. She does it again in Marie's route with the Wewelsburg Longinus, impaling Eleonore through the neck.
- Token Good Teammate: As a result of joining the L.D.O at a young age, her body count is by far the lowest of the group, and even then she at least makes an effort to avoid killing those she deems innocent. However, this doesn't stop her from being complicit in the carnage her teammates commit, and she's perfectly willing to enact a massacre if the stakes are high enough. Nonetheless, she undergoes a HeelFace Turn in Marie's route and her own.
- Too Much Alike: A lot of people like to point out to her how she and Ren are very much alike and how they are perfect for each-other. Both will frequently deny it, when they aren't too busy butting heads.
- Tragic Dream: All she wanted was to live out her days at peace with her brother, Kai, and Beatrice.
- Tragic Villain: Played with. She is indeed a villain who has ended up in her less than savory position due to circumstances outside her control. However, she has a really bad habit of playing up the tragedy surrounding her in order to justify her actions and all the lives she has taken.
- Tsundere: Often trades barbs with the snarky Ren.
- Tyke-Bomb: Trained to fight since she was 6.
- The Unfettered: She's a self admitted "sore loser" who won't let anything stop her from reaching her goal. It's what fuels her Beri'ah, becoming a force of pure fire to blaze through anyone who gets in her way.
LDO V (former) - Valkyria / Beatrice Waltrud von Kirscheisen
Voiced by: Kei Mizusawa (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
Name: Beatrice Waltrud von Kirscheisen
Rune: ᛏ (Tiwaz)
Major Arcana: Strength
Zodiac Sign: ♌ (Leo)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Thrud Walküre: Blessed Blade of Blitzkrieg
Born into a family with a history of knighthood, Beatrice was raised to believe in honor and valor. As such, she dedicated her blade to her Fatherland and was a member of the German army in the midst of World War II. She fought as a skilled soldier under Eleonore von Wittenburg until they both were recruited into the LDO. However, Beatrice quickly became disgusted with the methods the group employed and began to plot to destroy them from within while hoping to free her former commander and best friend from the thrall of its leader, Reinhard Heydrich. She is presumably dead before the novel starts as her position was taken over by Kei, however it's a lot more complicated than that.
Her Beri'ah is Donner Totentanz, Walküre. Fueled by the desire to save her comrades and Eleonore, she becomes a being of pure lightning, gaining its speed and characteristics and making it difficult to attack her physically as she is as intangible and ephemeral as real lightning.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's featured in four of the five side stories in Amantes Amentes usually as the protagonist or at least, important to the story.
- Befriending the Enemy: The reason why she joined LDO is that she wanted to save Eleonore from Reinhard's influence.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While she may come across as a preachy goofball half the time, as soon things turn serious she shifts into the cold and calculating rationale of a true solider.
- Christmas Cake: At the end of Rea's route, when Marie resets the universe. She laments being this on being without a man on Christmas of all days.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: In her Beri'ah, she becomes pure lightning, strong enough to split aircraft carries in half with her blade.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: She appeared in to Gladsheim to fight Eleonore at the climax of Kei's route and joins Ren's Legion for the Final Battle in Rea's route.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She really dislikes her title of Valkyria as comparisons can be drawn between the mythical Valkyries and the Grim Reaper.
- Foreign Exchange Student: She joins Eleonore in Berlin's university in the epilogue of Marie's route.
- Good Is Not Soft: While unfailingly good, she is not above doing what is necessary at times. While she only kills the bare minimum, she is not afraid of killing innocents to maintain her powers.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde hair, and is easily the most moral member of LDO.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She muses that despite her young looks, she's really just an old lady on the inside.
- Hope Bringer: Her Beri'ah is based on her wish of being a ray of hope for those on the battlefield and will constantly try to live up to that ideal.
- Intangibility: In her Beri'ah, she is untangible even to Ahnenerbe attacks, which inflict both physical and spiritual damage.
- Knight In Sour Armor: While she kept her idealism and kindhearted nature, she became much more serious and ruthless following her experiences in the L.D.O.
- Lady of War: She has an elegant fighting style, as opposed to characters like Wilhelm and Wolfgang.
- Leitmotif: Thrud Walküre.
- Motor Mouth: Get her drunk and she will ramble on, fast.
- Mutual Kill: In her battle with Eleonore, she manages to kill her, but dies herself soon after due to having to force herself through Muspellsheim Lævateinn.
- My Greatest Failure: She loathed herself for having been entranced by Reinhard at one point and loathed herself even more for failing to protect Eleonore from him.
- Nazi Protagonist: She is the protagonist for three of the various side stories, most notably one that covers events before the L.D.O. had formed, taking on a heroic role. As to why she were a part of the Nazi party, despite her never being shown to hold any of the Nazi's ideologies and being such a kindhearted woman, is never elaborated on. Though it is implied that she simply wanted to help restore the country out of misplaced idealism due to it being left in shambles after the prior war. The fact that her family is of nobility might have also played a role.
- Nice Girl: Possibly the nicest character in the LDO.
- Official Couple: With Kai.
- Parental Substitute: Acted as a sort of mother figure for Kei alongside Kai. And in Rea's epilogue, she is one to Ren instead.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Eleonore's Blue Oni. Amusingly, when things turn serious their roles shifts around with Beatrice becoming the Blue Oni to Eleonore's Red Oni.
- Ride the Lightning: She uses lighting as her element and is also the second fastest of all the L.D.O. members, something she achieves by using said lightning to move about.
- Royal Rapier: She is of noble birth and her Ahnenerbe takes the form of a rapier.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Her soul is sealed inside the Wewelsburg Longinus and is the reason to why Tubal Cain can use her lightning abilities.
- Shock and Awe
- Shipper on Deck: Frequently tries to ship Wilhelm with Claudia, much to his chagrin.
- Super Speed: In her Beri'ah, she is stated to be the second-fastest member of the LDO after Schreiber.
- Token Good Teammate: She's an unfailingly idealistic woman who wants to ensure a brighter future for everyone who comes after her. Her decision to stick with the L.D.O even after their Jumping Off the Slippery Slope is so that she can destroy it from the inside and liberate her former commander Eleonore.
- The Von Trope Family: Fittingly of being descendant of German nobility, she has Von as part of her name.
- What Does She See in Him?: She is never able to wrap her head around just what Claudia sees in a jerk such as Wilhelm.
LDO VI - Sonnenkind / Isaak Eins Sonnenkind
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame
Rune: ᛇ (Eihwaz)
Major Arcana: The Hermit
Zodiac Sign: ♍ (Virgo)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Son of Reinhard and Lisa as well as Rea's grandfather. He acts as the core of Gladsheim and stabilizes its existence.
- Bastard Bastard: He's even referred to as the bastard of the castle in-text.
- Emotionless Boy: He was basically meant as a core for Gladsheim, and as a result, emotions where pointless. A big part of his arc is awakening to them.
- Guardian Entity: He controls Gladsheim to protect Reinhard.
- Hair Antennae: Just like his father he has a pair of strands sticking out from the rest of his hair.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Reinhard didn't know he existed.
- Spanner in the Works: While there are quite a lot of spanners in Rea's route, Isaak is perhaps the biggest one due to his decision to brute-force the summoning of Gladsheim which allowed all the other spanners to go off.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like a younger, androgynous version of his father.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: Is Rea's grandfather yet looks barely older than her.
- Super-Power Meltdown: During the final battle of Marie's route, Reinhard ends up fighting Ren with such fervor that he forces more and more power to flow through the Swastika, and in turn Isaak, faster than it was meant to until the whole thing just bursts.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to be acknowledge by his father, Reinhard, who did not even know he existed.
- When He Smiles: Finally smiles at the end of Rea's route.
LDO VII - Götz von Berlichingen / Machina / Michael Wittmann
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto
Name: Michael Wittmann
Rune: ᛚ (Laguz)
Major Arcana: Justice
Zodiac Sign: ♎ (Libra)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Deus Ex Machina: A God from the Machine - A Hero Borne of Iron
One of Reinhard's Three Commanders. While almost all the members of the L.D.O. have a background before joining, Machina seemingly dosen't as not even he knows his real name. It's later revealed that he was the real life Michael Wittmann, a soldier from World War II who was forced into Reinhard's Gladsheim to fight to the death with other soldiers, ultimately he was forced to kill his best friend, Lotus Reichhart and had his soul split by Mercurius, one half desiring the beginning, the other desiring the end. Machina represents the end while the beginning eventually formed to become Ren. He serves as the Nigredo (Black) of Reinhard's Pentachroma.
He uses the Ahnenerbe Deus Ex Machina, a relic that is part of his very body and that was born from the Tiger II that he and Lotus burned to death inside. A passive Ahnenerbe, it allows Machina to bring whatever is hit by his fists to an end, canceling out whatever abilities the target might be using including defensive ones, resulting in him having some of the most hard hitting attacks of the L.D.O., attacks comparable to those of an artillery strike.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the anime, we get to see how his backstory in greater detail including his soul splitting to form Ren's.
- Ambiguously Human: While none of the L.D.O. members can really be called human, Machina is a special case in that he has fused with his Ahnenerbe to the point that it is impossible to tell where he ends and the weapon starts. In fact, when Ren managed a strike against him, all that was visible under his skin was machinery. This is also the cause of his unusually strong defense.
- Anti-Magic: Deus Ex Machina is able to cancel almost any ability that is hit by it by "bringing them to an end". This includes those that are normally intangible or have absurdly high defenses.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His Ahnenerbe allows him, among other things, to ignore an enemies defenses. The lone exception to this is Ren's Time Armor.
- Badass Baritone: Considering who voices him, its no surprise.
- Big Damn Heroes: Makes a rather sudden appearance in the prequel manga to save Lotus from Wilhelm and Schreiber.
- Close-Range Combatant: Fights exclusively with his fists and lacks any sort of long range option.
- Death Seeker: He is tired of battles and wants to die, but, since he is a part of Reinhard's Gladsheim, he can't.
- Deus Exit Machina: In the battle against Methuselah, Machina get's trapped in a multilayered sphere of thousands of nights by the later and tossed out of the battle as he was viewed as the sole serious threat.
- The Dreaded: The other L.D.O. members generally keep their distance from this guy as his nature is such a counter to everyone else's that they feel a strong instinctive fear of him.
- Dynamic Entry: Shows up to Lotus's aid in the prequel manga by caving in Wilhelm's face straight through a wall, sending him flying straight across the street.
- The Eeyore: In general he comes off as a person that just has grown tired of everything, and as such, always seems to carry an air of melancholy and depression.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins Ren's Legion for the Final Battle in Rea's route.
- Empty Eyes: Often described as having the eyes of a dead fish.
- Evil Former Friend: He used to be the best friend of Ren's original incarnation, Lotus Reichhart.
- Forced into Evil: He would have been content to die a warrior's death as his tank burst into flames during the war, but Reinhard had other plans for him.
- His spot in the round table is directly opposite of where Reinhard is. In Marie and Rea's route, during his first meeting with Reinhard, Ren decides to sit there, as an act of defiance, not knowing that he and Machina share a very big connection to one another.
- All but one of his fights in the novel are against Ren and in Rea's route, he also faces off against Rusalka. This is seemingly a coincidence until the end of Rea's route reveals that all three are all connected in Marie's new universe.
- HeelFace Turn: In the true ending of Rea's route, he breaks away from Reinhard's legion and joins Ren's, after Ren realizes his true identity and acknowledges him as a friend and comrade.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lotus.
- Historical Domain Character: Michael Wittmann
- Human Shield: Variation. When fighting Trifa he constantly makes sure that he has Kasumi behind himself, thus preventing Trifa from using his Beri'ah lest he wants Kasumi to be caught in the crossfire.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: See 'Death Seeker' above.
- Leitmotif: Einherjar Nigredo.
- Man of Kryptonite: The way his powers work makes him a natural enemy of Reinhard, hence why at the round table, Machina's seat is placed facing opposite of him to symbolize this. Despite having this power, he refuses to use it on Reinhard due to his own views on what a proper death should be like.
- Mighty Glacier: While he is lacking in speed compared to the other commanders, he more than makes up for it with his unrivaled striking power and impressive defenses.
- One-Hit Kill: His Beri'ah causes whoever hit by his fists to be brought to their conclusive end.
- Perma-Stubble: Has a short and unkempt beard, signifying of his depressed nature.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a speech to Wilhelm as they are fighting about how he is doubting whether his actions are worth it."Lukewarm. It's a pain? Not 'you'? Annoying and stupid? You only think that because you lack resolve. Deep inside, you're actually doubting the value of what you seek. You're only dissatisfied because you're questioning whether it's truly worth it. Surely you don't think that you are doing anyone a favor, do you? Then I have only one thing to say to you - don't get conceited. No matter what you say with your mouth, your heart doesn't acknowledge any deficiencies within yourself. If you truly believe that it's a half of you that you simply must have, you won't hesitate no matter how difficult the process. You find it annoying just because something didn't go well? What a joke. It's unpleasant to have you act like you understand me when you're so pitiful. I have never, not once, doubted my supreme moment in the slightest. I belive in its value more than anyone else."
- Ret-Gone: Not himself, but his Beri'ah allows him to erase the history of anything he hits.
- The Stoic: Never really emotes. Even in combat he remains calm.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Even in his backstory he was a very troubled veteran who doubted his ability to carry on after the war, making Lotus a bit of a Living Emotional Crutch for him. After having his soul robbed by Heydrich and being forced to participate in the deadly battles of Gladsheim, Michael ends up fighting his own friend to the death and crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
- Unblockable Attack: Trying to block his Beri'ah is nothing short of suicidal. Trying to dodge it is the only option while it is active.
- Warrior Poet: By far the most introspective of all the combatants in the novel, often musing about the nature of combat.
LDO VIII - Malleus Maleficarum / Rusalka Schwägelin
Voiced by: Yuka Inokuchi (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)
Name: Rusalka Schwägelin
Rune: ᚾ (Naudiz)
Major Arcana: Death
Zodiac Sign: ♏ (Scorpio)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Die Blutgräfin: The Maddened Countess
An early member of the Deutsches Ahnenerbe - Nazi Germany's institute of archaeological and occult research - and a genuine witch who had stepped into the realm of sorcery even before joining the LDO. Her youthful appearance shelters one of the most ancient souls to have sworn loyalty to the Obsidian Round Table.
Despite being cunning and crafty at her core, she is playful and flirtatious on the outside, making her a very dangerous individual to associate with. She also has a fondness for torture and is known to be extremely moody. Though essentially not a fighter, her cruelty rivals even Wilhelm's.
- An Arm and a Leg: Ends up losing both her legs in the battle against Methuselah when she get's partially caught in his bubble of accelerated time.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Was tortured by her superstitious neighbors. She notes that rather than the torture being used as a way to out her as a witch, the torture itself is what made her into one.
- Broken Bird
- The Bully: She really likes to use her powers to pick on those weaker than her and is really quick to anger when people stand up to her. This stems from her own insecurities of being unable to catch up to others and finding vindication of dragging others down.
- Can't Catch Up: Machina notes that the reason she constantly tries to drag others down is because she feels like she will be left behind, that while everyone else are growing, she has stagnated. This revelation ends up completely shattering her will to fight.
- Casting a Shadow: Her Nachtzehrer, which can immobilize and absorb her opponents.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Hit by this in the first three routes. Impaled by Kei's sword, then beheaded by Ren, in Kasumi's route. Offed by Cain under Trifa's orders in Kei's route. Ripped apart from the inside by Shirou, with Schreiber sadistically prolonging her suffering afterwards, in Marie's route.
- Custom Uniform: Wears a more stylized version of the standard uniform compared to her peers.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Get's killed of-screen in Kei's route without much fanfare.
- Dual Age Modes: She is able to shift between her young form seen throughout most of the novel to a more physically mature form seen mostly in flashbacks.
- Dying Alone: After being bested in combat against Machina in Rea's route, she is simply dumped in front of the church to slowly die alone as the effects of Machina's Creation Figment slowly destroys her body, though she ends up dying due to a blast from Reinhard before that could happen.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins Ren's Legion for the Final Battle in Rea's route.
- Evil Redhead: An Ax-Crazy Witch who serves as one of the main villains and possesses red hair.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a smile on her face, with Tears of Joy in her eyes, in Rea's route.
- Half the Woman She Used to Be: Get's effectively bisected after Shirou burst out of her gut and claims her Ahnenerbe for himself. She manages to use magic to stay alive but she makes the mistake of trying to plead help from Schrieber which only ends up making her situation worse.
- Historical Domain Character: Anna Maria Schwägelin
- HeelFace Turn: The closest she gets to one is in the Rea route, but her reincarnations in the aftermath of both Marie's and Rea's endings are nice people who care deeply about their comrades.
- Hot Witch: Especially in her adult form.
- Immortality Seeker: While she is effectively physically immortal, her soul is not and it is still aging. And it is reaching its limit. As such she is desperately looking for a way to allow her soul to endure, leading her to become a member of the L.D.O.
- Lady of Black Magic: On top of using Die Ewigkeit she also supplements it with a range of different unrelated magic spells to make her already dangerous spells all the more deadly.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Upon her confrontation with Volker:"Schreiber was quite a piece of work, but... what the hell? Our audience must be seriously creeped out."
- Leitmotif: Deus Vult.
- Loophole Abuse: Normally, destroying someones Ahnenerbe will kill the user. Rusalka however is able to get around this since hers is made up of several distinct parts, thus the only way to kill her with that method is to destroy all of them. This is something Shirou ends up milking for all it's worth after he get's hold of it.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Puts Ren in one in Rea's Route during an attempt to find the root of Ren's existence.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Marie's world created at the end of Rea's Route, her reincarnation turns out to be Ren's great-grandmother, though she never reveals this to him.
- Really 700 Years Old: Even compared to other LDO members (except Mercurius). She is over 200 years old.
- The Scapegoat: Was scapegoated by her neighbors as a Witch, erroneously blaming her for all of the misfortunes in their village.
- Shadow Pin: Her Beri'ah allows her to lock down anyone else's movement in what is essentially a shadow swamp.
- Someone to Remember Him By: In Rea's epilogue, she bears Lotus's child before he dies during World War II with Machina.
- Torture Technician: Her Ahnenerbe, Die Blutgräfin, allows her to summon torture devices.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: In her backstory, with the encouragements of a Mysterious Benefactor (Mercurius under a different identity). She accepts her nature as one who drags those above her down to the mud.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After receiving brutal ends in the past three routes, she gets a bone thrown in Rea's route. Due to how instantaneous Machina's powers work, she gets a relatively painless death, with Machina expressing genuine sympathy, if not envy for her case. Later note , realizing she actually managed to catch up to Lotus, she dies happy and content.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Lotus.
- Villain Protagonist: She is the lead protagonist of the Song to the Witch spin-off novel.
- Wicked Witch: After accepting her nature after being persecuted, she becomes a Torture Technician and evil spell user of the LDO.
- Witch Hunt: A victim of one. Specifically it was used as pretext for excessive torture, public humiliation, and unjust imprisonment at the hands of her superstitious, envious neighbors.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has red hair.
- Your Days Are Numbered: While she is physically immortal, her soul is still aging. And being the oldest member of the entire L.D.O. by a wide margin, discounting Mercurius, means that she is approaching the end of her life despite her efforts to avert it.
LDO IX - Samiel Zentaur / Eleonore von Wittenburg
Voiced by: Asami Yaguchi (Japanese), Alex Moore (English)
Name: Eleonore von Wittenburg
Rune: ᛋ (Sowilo)
Major Arcana: Temperance
Zodiac Sign: ♐ (Sagittarius)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Der Freiscütz Samiel: The Colossal Artillery, Queen of the Hunt
A soldier, first and foremost. Eleonore acted as a Lieutenant for Berlin and was Beatrice's superior for when they were both recruited by the LDO. While all the members had given their loyalty to Reinhard, Eleonore stood out as being especially loyal to his cause. Anything he says will be carried out by her to the best of her ability, no exceptions. She holds a very high standard and if her opponent doesn't come up to it, she'll consider them fodder and won't even form her Yetzirah to fight them.
One of Reinhard's Three Commanders. She serves as the Rubedo (Red) of Reinhard's Pentachroma.
- Always Accurate Attack: The true form of her Beri'ah.
- Berserk Button: Never insult Reinhard or her loyalty to him.
- BFG: Her Ahnenerbe is Dora, the monstrously big railway cannon made by the Germans during the second world war.
- Blood Knight: Her desire is to fight for Reinhard's glory for eternity.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Her battle experience is so high that she can predict Beatrice's movements with her eyes closed.
- Contralto of Danger: Has the deepest voice among the female LDO, and one of the most dangerous.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Has red eyes to go with her red hair.
- Evil Redhead: A very nasty member of the L.D.O. and the only one that is blatantly racist and also happens to have red hair.
- Fastball Special: In the battle with Methuselah, she fires a Beri'ah infused Beatrice out of her cannon straight at him.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. She looks down on almost everyone not named Reinhard and as a result, rarely fights seriously, something that Kei tries to capitalize on in her fight against Eleonore.
- Female Misogynist: Despises other women apart from a select few, especially those that try to fight, due to viewing them as not understanding the nature of war. When Kei point's out the inherent contradiction of her statement, Eleonore simply scoffs at her, telling her to not lump each-other together and that as one of Reinhard's Einherjar she is something more. This misogyny is also a source of her hatred for Lisa, viewing her as a disgrace.
- The Fettered: As she admits, the source of her power is her loyalty to Reinhard.
- The Fundamentalist: Suffice to say, not only does she view everyone who don't view Reinhard with the same loyalty and fervor as she does with scorn, she outright thinks that everyone who don't are close to insane for not doing so.
- Having a Blast: Fights mostly using explosives, be it from the troops she commands or just from her various fireballs.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Beatrice thought she couldn't use her Beri'ah in Gladsheim; she later proves it wrong by releasing its true form.
- In the Blood: She comes from the family of hereditary knights for whom fighting was everything.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Beatrice.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out she's quite the tease and enjoys messing with Beatrice when their simply normal people. Beatrice is also only person Eleonore can talk to mutually (her relationship with Lisa is... complicated).
- Leitmotif: Einherjar Rubedo.
- Long-Range Fighter: Fights exclusively using ranged weaponry or traps and will often retreat backwards to maintain distance between herself and her opponent.
- More Dakka: Any opponent she deems unworthy, she simply mows down with machine-gun fire, lots and lots of machine-gun fire.
- Not So Stoic: Normally calm and collected, after Kei manages to land a solid hit on her in Marie's route, she completely looses it and summons Der Freiscütz Samiel despite it being more than overkill at that point in the fight.
- Only a Flesh Wound: At one point she get's to experience Marie's curse firsthand after touching her while Ren was unconscious. She simply scoffs at Marie after which she puts her head back into place.
- Playing with Fire: The shots of her Ahnenerbe generate explosions which temperature exceeds tens of thousands degrees.
- Patriotic Fervor: Beatrice describes her as "more German than the most Germanest German to ever German".
- Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail now reaches her hips.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Beatrice's Red Oni.
- Scars Are Forever: Even though, like all Die Ewigkeit users, she has Healing Factor, her face burn hasn't healed even in 60 years.
- Smoking Is Cool: Considering that tobacco (just like alcohol and poison) is stated to not have any effect on Ewigkeit users, it's likely she has no reason to smoke except to look cool.
- Smoky Voice: She is quite the smoker, and has the voice to match.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: While almost all characters create weapons out of thin air, Eleonore fights almost exclusively by generating weapons of all kinds to mow down her opposition, everything from machine-guns, landmines and panzerfaust's.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 1.80m tall, easily the tallest female character, and without the scars she would be pretty attractive.
- Tanks, but No Tanks: Her Ahnenerbe, Der Freiscutz Samiel, is not a tank, but a railway gun.
- Tsundere: She is a Type II with Beatrice in the epilogue of Marie's route. Lampshaded by Rusalka.
- Undying Loyalty: Unquestionably loyal to Reinhard and looks down on all who don't do the same.
- The Von Trope Family: As with Beatrice, she is of noble birth and as a result, has Von as part of her name.
- Weaponized Teleportation: The true form of her Beri'ah teleports her target to the interior of her cannon, a dimension of scorching flames.
LDO X - Rote Spinne
Voiced by: Kouki Harasawa (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)
Rune: ᛟ (Odal)
Major Arcana: The Devil
Zodiac Sign: ♑ (Capricorn)
Ewigkeit Degree: Yetzirah
Ahnenerbe: Warsaw Ghetto: The Asphyxiating Cord of Limbo
Number 10 of the Obsidian Table. As his forte lies in intelligence, he hasn't revealed his true name to any of his comrades, so he goes exclusively by Spinne.
A realist who possesses relatively commonplace values (in a different sense from Beatrice), he is quick-witted and possess a great knowledge for wordly matters.
His Ahnenerbe is Warsaw Ghetto: The Asphyxiating Cord of Limbo, a series of garrote wires that as the name implies, where used liberally by Spinne in Warsaw and are comparably young when put against other relics. Spinne uses it primarily to trap and restrain his opponents while choking the life out of them, though it can also be used offensively to cut through flesh as well.
- Adaptational Wimp: While always a wimp regardless of medium, in the visual novel he at least put up something resembling a fight against Ren while he went down with little effort in the anime adaptation.
- Adaptation Expansion: Downplayed. In the anime he gets a few extra scenes showing him and Ren's father together as Ren is being created, but other than that he ends up as early fodder all the same.
- All Webbed Up: His Ahnenerbe is a web which allows him to bound humans and choke them to death.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spider, obviously.
- Dance Battler: Somewhat, when he is evasive then his movement is described as that of a tap-dancer and all-in-all being very graceful when he fights properly.
- Dirty Coward: Acts like a big shot when Ren is trapped in his strings, but as soon as Ren gains the upper hand, he quickly screams for mercy. Neither Ren nor Trifa grant him any.
- Faux Affably Evil: While he appears polite and friendly at first glance, all that is just skin deep.
- Flat "What": In the middle of their battle, Ren suddenly starts talking about tits. Spinne is understandably bewildered and can't help but respond with a "...Come again?"
- Jerkass Has a Point: At one point in the story, Ren notes that Spinne's offer to join forces suddenly sounds a lot more appealing upon witnessing just what kind of monstrous beings the top brass of the L.D.O. really are. At the very least he admits that Spinne's fear of them was well justified.
- Lean and Mean: Tall, skinny, and thoroughly unpleasant.
- Miles Gloriosus: Talks big, but is at the end of the day the wimp of the group.
- Motivated by Fear: He is absolutely terrified of the prospect of Reinhard and his commanders returning to the mortal realm and it serves as his core motivation for going against the Order.
- Mysterious Past: Not much is known about his background other than at one point he was in charge of one of the infamous concentration camps that existed during the Nazi regime.
- No Name Given: His real name is unknown. He himself claims that he got rid of his real name a long time ago.
- Not Quite Dead: Survives his bout with Ren, noting that Ren should have made sure he was dead. Unfortunately for Spinne, Father Trifa has other plans and kills him soon afterwards.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this trope on Ren. He doesn't buy it for a second.
- Razor Floss: His strings can also slice humans and even buildings.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He's the first L.D.O member to get incapacitated by Ren, dying very early into the Common Route long before any divergence occurs. It turns out that Valeria Trifa quite literally intended for him to be the sacrifice for the second Swastika.
- Tactical Withdrawal: In one of the sidestories, his cowardice is described in a more favorable light. Since he is so weak and cowardly, he has developed sharp instincts to danger and is far less overconfident than his comrades. All this proves quite useful when Doppeladler manages to disable all of their defenses.
- Unsexy Sadist: Has a real sadistic streak and is about as unpleasant, both in personality and looks, as they come.
- Villains Want Mercy: Is left begging for mercy after Ren free's himself from his Ahnenerbe. He get's none.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries to convince Ren to join his cause in rebelling against the LDO. Given that he does this while the corpses of dead women he sliced up dangle behind him, Ren's responce ends up being quite to the point with a headbutt.
LDO XI - Babylon Magdalena / Lisa Brenner
Voiced by: Risato Habuki (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
Name: Lisa Brenner
Rune: ᛒ (Berkanan)
Major Arcana: The Star
Zodiac Sign: ♒ (Aquarius)
Ewigkeit Degree: Yetzirah
Ahnenerbe: Pallida Mors: The Mask of Pale Death
Number 11 of the Obsidian Table. A lady who always exhibits impeccable virtue and sagacity, yet in reality killed thousands of children through human experimentation in the name of her career.
Though she and Eleonore were old friends from their time in the BDM, the vast gap between their own values causes them to get along like cats and dogs.
Her Ahnenerbe is Pallida Mors, the Mask of Pale Death. It's comprised of two forms, a shroud made from the skin of children she once cared for that allows her to seize control of any number of undead in range, and a mask that she can put on a corpse to exert greater control over it and prevent its decay.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives one to Eleonore in Rea's Route.
- Aroused by Their Voice:
- The Beastmaster: She never fights herself, instead relying on Tubal Cain and various undead which she controls to fight for her.
- Beauty Mark: Has one beneath her left eye.
- Custom Uniform: Downplayed. The top half of her uniform is standard, while she replaced the pants and boots with a side slit skirt instead.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins Ren's Legion for the Final Battle in Rea's route.
- The Glasses Come Off: After she reveals herself as a member of the L.D.O. she ditches her glasses and becomes more serious.
- Mask of Power: Her Ahnenerbe, Pallida Mors, is a mask that she can use to resurrect whatever corpse she puts it on. Additionally, it also keeps the corpse from rotting.
- Mind-Control Device: Her Ahnenerbe allows her to control Cain.
- Nerves of Steel: Despite being shot repeatedly by Samiel's guns, she manages to give one slap to her assailant, without losing her conviction.
- Necromancer: Her Ahnenerbe allows her to control the undead, including maintaining control of the undead Cain.
- Nun Too Holy: While she acts as a nun at the church, it's just a front and is in actuality a necromancer and carries the nickname of the Whore of Lebensborn.
- Official Couple: With Trifa in the epilogue of Marie's route.
- Parental Favoritism: She loathed Isaak due to just how similar he was to his father, and as a result she worked hard to conceal the existence of Johan to protect him. This extends to their grandchildren where she hates Rea for sharing Isaak's blood while wanting for Kasumi to survive. This puts her at odds with Trifa who wants to sacrifice Kasumi to save Rea.
- Parental Substitute: To Rea, her great-granddaughter.
- Power Tattoo: When she uses Pallida Mors in its shroud form she gains a tattoo on her left shoulder.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to reach past her waist.
- Slut-Shaming: Samiel berates her for admitting to have used Reinhard's corpse, in order to give birth to Isaak.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair.
LDO XII - Hrozvitnir / Wolfgang Schreiber
Voiced by: Yuuki Tamaki (Japanese), Mikaela Krantz (English)
Name: Wolfgang Schreiber, Anna Schreiber
Major Arcana: The Moon
Zodiac Sign: ♓ (Pisces)
Ewigkeit Degree: Beri'ah
Ahnenerbe: Lyngvi Vanargand: Tornado of Carnage
One of Reinhard's Three Commanders. Serves as the Albedo (White) of Reinhard's Pentachroma.
Though an affable boy with cherubic features, he is a murderer prone to haphazard mood swings and wields carnage like a tornado. He wishes to kill everyone in the world apart from Reinhard.
- Ambiguous Gender: Biologically, he was born as a male but raised as both male and female. He also has the name of "Anna". In Marie's ending however, Schreiber was born and raised female from the beginning.
- Abusive Parents: He was castrated and sent to a public house to serve as a prostitute by his own parents. Then his mother still beat him up as she was jealous of him being more popular, including gouging his eye out.
- Ax-Crazy: One of the most insane members of the LDO. Even Rusalka and Wilhelm look sane compared to him.
- The Berserker: Whenever he looses it and goes more insane than usual he fights with a reckless fervor driven by a maddened blood-lust with zero consideration for anything.
- Breaking Speech: Gives one to Valeria in Rea's Route, only to be given one in return by Valeria.
- Blood Knight: "Hmmm? Do I need a reason? I'm here because I'm a soldier, much like yourself. War is our profession, murder our currency."
- Bottomless Magazines: His guns are able to never run dry on ammo. And this mixed with an abnormally high rate of fire allows him to pump his poor victims full with bullets.
- Cross-Dressing Voices
- Custom Uniform: Downplayed and played with. When compared to his peers, he ditches the longcoat in favor of a regular jacket. Which basically means that he is wearing a more standard SS uniform than the rest of the order.
- Dark and Troubled Past: See 'Abusive parents' above.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Despite his utter disdain for physical contact, deep down all he really wants is to be loved and embraced.
- Eunuchs Are Evil: Deconstructed, since his brutal mistreatment and castration is precisely why he tips over the edge and becomes Ax-Crazy. In the epilogue of Marie's route, Schreiber is reincarnated as a woman in future-day Germany and is a perfectly affable Genki Girl.
- Eyepatch of Power: His eyepatch covers the eyesocket which holds the many souls he had absorbed.
- For the Evulz: Often commits atrocities on whatever whim comes over him without rhyme or reason.
- Faux Affably Evil: Conducts brutal massacres all the while reciting poetry with a smile on his face. This is most apparent in Sakurai's route, wherein a he decides to comply with a curious public's desire to have him dance with Rusalka, only to kill them all seconds later.
- Foreign-Language Tirade: Whenever he starts to become more wild and deranged than normal he often reverts back to his native German.
- Freudian Excuse: Being castrated and abused by his mother, including her gouging his eye out, as well as being a sex-worker since a young age certainly didn't do his sanity any favors.
- Gradual Grinder: While he is lacking in straight up offensive power when compared to his comrades, he more than makes up for it in the shear insistence of his attacks. When he fights, the attacks just keep on coming.
- Guns Akimbo: Uses two handguns in tandem during combat. A Luger P08 in one hand and a Mauser C96 in the other.
- Hates Being Touched: He hates being touched so much that it forms the basis for his Creation Figment where he always faster than his opponent.
- Insane Troll Logic: While a good chunk of the cast can be called insane, Schreiber is by far the worst. This is no more apparent whenever he tries to state anything even remotely resembling an argument, all that he produces is a nonsensical tirade to justify his lust for slaughter. This is made especially apparent in Marie's route where Rusalka pleads to him to save her life, only for him to twist it into killing her in the name of love in order to allow him to be able to enact a nonexistent revenge on Shirou.
- Leitmotif: Einherjar Albedo.
- Logical Weakness:
- His Creation Figment makes it so that no one can touch him. However this also goes in reverse leading to him being unable to touch anyone else. Normally he get's around this by using ranged weaponry or just the vicious gales generated by his speed, but in Rea's route where his mind is destroyed he straight up breaks his own Figments rules by using physical attacks. This leads to his limbs being destroyed just to make sure the rule he has imposed stays in effect. Good Thing You Can Heal indeed.
- Another way to cripple him is to somehow manage to pin him down so that his speed becomes useless, though that is easier said than done.
- One Steve Limit: He is the second character named "Anna" aside from Rusalka. Played for Laughs in Omnia vincit Amor, as both bore the real name of "Anna". Schreiber was referred as "White Anna"
- Oxymoronic Being: As Trifa manages to point out, Schreiber's desire to not be touched ultimately stems from a desire to be embraced and loved. The revelation of this contradiction ends up destroying what is left of Schreiber's mind.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Whenever he starts to go more insane than usual his hair will start to gain length on top of starting to glow, and usually this is accompanied with a huge boost in power as whatever restraint he had left goes down the drain.
- Psycho for Hire: Subverted, after getting consumed by Heydrich, he's his loyal servant through and through. Not to mention, slaughter and unwanton destruction are completely in line with Reinhard's 'Modus Operandi'. In Kei's route, however, Trifa, does not condone him squandering potential sacrifices, eliminates him from the ritual as a result.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: He was castrated at a young age by his mother and then raised as a girl under the name Anna.
- Serial Killer: Was a regular serial killer prior to joining the L.D.O. Even after he joined he remained one of the most prolific murderers in the group with the highest face-to-face murder count out of any of the other members.
- Split Personality
- Super Power Lottery: Him being faster than any opponent might seem simple but it is absolutely deadly. He can outspeed even Eine Faust Finale Ren who slows down time while also speeding himself up due to his Beri'ah.
- Super Speed: His Beri'ah allows him to be always faster than his opponent (it also includes his reflexes).
- Tears of Blood: Whenever he get's sufficiently agitated, blood will start to stream out of his eye socket, providing an effect similar to tears.
- Undying Loyalty: He was the first one to swear loyalty to Reinhard and he is the only one who can command him.
- Unstoppable Rage: In his Beri'ah, he can only be calmed down by Reinhard.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: His mother wanted a daughter in order to help continue the family business. As Wolfgang was a boy however, she ended up castrating him and raised him as a girl under the new name of Anna. Suffice to say, this is a major contributing factor to his gender confusion.
LDO XIII - Mercurius
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)
Name: Karl Erst Krafft
Rune: ᛞ (Dagaz)
Major Arcana: The Magician
Zodiac Sign: None. Represented by ☿ (Mercury)
Ewigkeit Degree: Atziluth
Ahnenerbe: Ren Fujii/Zarathustra
An ominous magician and alchemist who created Ewigkeit and established the Obsidian Round Table. He was the one responsible for turning the LDO from a clique of elite army officers merely dabbling in the occult into a den of genuine demons. Not only is Mercurius the one sworn friend of the Table's leader, he also stands as the only being capable of matching his sublime prowess.
Although his position could be considered that of a mentor and a father, the other LDO members - with the exception of their master - shun him as a hateful taboo. His whereabouts have remained a mystery for the past six decades.
- 0% Approval Rating: He is hated by all characters of the novel except for Reinhard and Marie. Kei initially doesn't hate him simply due to the fact that she doesn't know what kind of person he is. This changes over the course of the story.
- Abstract Apotheosis: As a Hegemonic God, he is the personification of his Law.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes.
- Archnemesis Dad: He is Ren's true father and the leading cause of everything that has gone wrong in his life.
- Big Bad: Shares this role with Reinhard, being responsible for all the conflicts of the novel.
- Black Speech: The (Latin) language he uses for his attacks.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In Marie's and Rea's routes, he ends up with a satisfactory outcome, while also ensuring that the destructive cycle he's been perpetuating will end for good. In Marie's route, though he survives, his world is overwritten by Marie's emanation, relieving him of the curse of foreknowledge and allowing him to experience everything anew, even if he's relegated to a mere shade who's been partially banished from the world. In Rea's route, he dies in Marie's embrace after facing off against Reinhard and (possibly) Ren.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He's implied to have originally been a being who's thirst for being all-knowing culminated in him creating a world that served this exact need. He regrets this to the point of orchestrating the world's destruction and rebirth just to free himself from his curse.
- Character Filibuster: He really likes to run his mouth for long stretches of time. At one point he even lampshades it in a prose laden tirade that can basically be summarized as "I talk too much".
- The Chessmaster: He has planned all events of the novel.
- Create Your Own Hero: Deliberatly created Ren with the intention of him being the antagonist towards Reinhard as well as the vessel to allow Marie to reach godhood.
- Death Seeker: He was born as a being who desired to know of everything. As a result, he became a god, and since a god can't experience the unknown, he wants to die, but he can't kill himself. All events of the novel are actually his plan to die at Marie's hand.
- Deity of Human Origin: As with all gods of the Throne, he was once a regular human who managed to emanate his own law across the universe.
- Evil Sorcerer: Probably the best way to describe him.
- Final Boss: Of the Rea route.
- For the Evulz: While much of what he does is for his end goal, he has a habit of making things more tragic than they need to be simply for his own amusement.
- God: Is the god of the multiverse and has complete dominion over all of creation. Additionally, due to the nature of his law, he is essentially the father of alternate dimensions and timelines.
- God in Human Form: His real body is bound to the Throne, as such he has to use a human avatar to interact with mortals.
- God Was My Co Pilot: While he tries to present himself as a simple magician, it is clear to all who meet him that something isn't right about his existence. He is eventually revealed to be the god of the multiverse acting under an alias.
- Gratuitous Latin: Whenever he invokes his powers, he makes great use of this, mainly through various Latin prases and sayings.
- Historical Domain Character: Most of his aliases refer to famous historical figures.
- Humanoid Abomination: A big reason to why so many characters dislike this guy is that there is just something wrong with this guy on a purely fundamental level. Likened to a monster on deaths door looking down on an ant. Its to the point that Wilhelm of all people instinctively jumps between Mercurius and Claudia to protect her when he enters the room.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: As a Hadou God, he can do almost anything except for killing himself.
- I Have Many Names: Karl Ernst Krafft, Alessandro Cagliostro, Hermes Trismegistus, Count of St. Germain, Michel de Nostredame, Paracelsus, Johann Georg Faust, Christian Rosenkreuz, Albertus Magnus and many others.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: He is infatuated with Marie as she is unaffected by his eternal recurrence.
- It's All About Me: At the end of the day, his goals are entirely self serving. The fact that they might end up helping others in the process is just a bonus.
- Laughing Mad: At the end of her route, Marie acting against his predictions and not killing him causes Mercurius to break out in an uncontrollable laughter, described as sounding like the final cry of a dying man, as his corporeal body breaks down.
- Leitmotif: Ω Ewigkeit and α Ewigkeit.
- The Man Behind the Man: While Reinhard is the story's main villain, it is Mercurius that makes it all possible and guides him from behind the scenes.
- Meaningful Echo: In Marie's route, his text and dialogue during his Villainous Breakdown is nearly identical to when Ren caught Reinhard by surprise during their battle a little while earlier, signifying that both of them had hit the same point of their desires where they break out in full on laughter. But while Reinhards laughter is equaled to an infant's first cry, Mercurius' is likened "a dying man's final cry".
- The Omniscient: Deconstructed. Since he was born as a god and knows everything, he can't experience anything new, as if everything which happens had already happened and thus he can't enjoy anything, so he wants to die. See also 'Death seeker' above.
- Only Friend: To Marie at first. She eventually gains some more while Mercurius is left with Reinhard as his only friend.
- Paradox Person: Became a God in the moment of his death so that he could become a god after that.
- Prescience Is Predictable
- Reality Warper: Holds absolute dominion over all of existence and as such can manipulate time and space on a cosmic scale as freely as breathing. In the final battle he does things such as force all planets to align, creating and killing stars to create super novas, and even weaponizing the Great Attractor.
- Red Baron: His perhaps most distinct title is "The Allfather and Master of All Existence".
- Save Scumming: His Law returns Time to his very beginning allowing him to repeat events when things don't go the way he wants it to.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He's only got eyes for Marie and no one else.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Marie.
- Star Power: Several of his attacks are throwing thousands of stars at his opponents.
- Time Abyss: He is as old as the universe itself, and this is not counting the timelines.
- Time Loop Fatigue: Being a God that has experienced the lifetime of the universe over and over again, he has simply grown sick and tired of it all and is now looking for someone that can kill him and take his place.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Because of his Law and general Existence, his entire era can be described as one.
- Top God: Even though there exists, or used to rather, other gods, he is the one that all of the other gods owe their existence to as the Father of Magic.
- The Unfought: He's never fought or killed in any route other than Rea's.
- Voice of the Legion: He sounds like this when he invokes his attacks in the Final Battle.
- Walking Spoiler: Difficult to talk about this guy without revealing major late-game spoilers.
- The Watcher: After the events of Marie's route he is dethroned but not killed. As a result he wanders the world as little more than a ghost, watching how things unfold in Marie's new world.