The third of the great city states of The Alliance to form. Bastok was founded when a large Hume population, who where drawn to the territory due to the a wealth of materials discovered in the mines, and the Galka population that had fled their homeland after it was invaded by beastmen, united and defied the Elvaan Kingdom of San d'Oria. After years of bloody war, San d'Oria was beaten back and the Republic of Bastok was formed
Bastok enjoys a position of dominance in the present due to its strong emphasis on technology and the abundance of resources and materials found within the mines across its territories. But all is not well in the Republic. Tensions between the Hume population, who make up the majority of the ruling class, and the Galka, who are used for manual labor, have cast a shadow over the Republic for all of its history and the Republics reliance on its mines have brought it in conflict with the Quadav and the Moblins, species of beastmen that make their homes deep underground
The Current President of Bastok. He has a cold and abrasive personality but has the best interests of his country and his people at heart.
- Disappeared Dad: His father was killed during The Crystal War.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: He tries to comfort Cornelia by giving her a speech about how hypocrisy is born out of good intentions .
- Insistent Terminology: He is President Karst, not Sir Karst
- Jerkass: Can easily come across as this, especially if your character is a Galka.
- Lying to Protect Your Feelings He lies about Ulrich in order to spare Volker's sense of self worth.
- Reasonable Authority Figure - Even if his delivery comes off as cold and dismissive, he cares very much for the well-being of his country. During the Crystal War, he was the only Senator who expressed concern over the living conditions of the poorer residents affected by the war. The Galka make up the vast majority and are treated as second class citizens, and most Humes are completely apathetic to their suffering and needs.
- Treachery Cover Up He hid Ulrich's attack on Raogrimm for fear on what it would do to both the Galka population and Volker personally.
- Action Politician: Unlike the other leaders, Prien joins his men on the warzone.
- Assassination Attempt: At the hands of Klara and Marquis Amon several times. Lucky Volker saves his life.
- Assassin Outclassin': Thanks to Volker.
- Badass in Distress: He is the subject to numerous assassination attempts throughout the story.
- Dead Gal Junior: She is named after the original Cornelia, a Mythril Musketeer went to great lengths to repair the relationships between the Hume and Galka populations.
- The Heart: This is what she aspires to be.
- Jumped at the Call: She skips her homework in order to go out and look for problems to solve.
- The Idealist: Compared to her pragmatic father.
- Interclass Friendship: With Gumbah.
- Odd Friendship: The presidents daughter and the the Galka child and Talekeeper Gumbah form a bit of a strange friendship.
- Rebellious Spirit: She has a tendency to ignore her studies in order to help the people of Bastok.
- Stop Helping Me!: She gets this reaction from a few of the very Galka she tries to help.
- Stuck in Their Shadow: She feels trapped in the shadow of the original Cornelia, who tried to mend the rift between the Galka and the Hume.
- Temporary Online Content: Her alter-ego was only available for a year.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As always.
- Hot-Blooded: He has somewhat of a temper on him.
- Hyper Competent Side Kick: To whomever the current president is at the time. Cid has arguably had more influence on Bastok than any other living person.
- I Have No Son!: After he finds out that Midras has been stealing secrets from The Inventor's Coalition.
- Legacy Character: The one legacy character that is in almost all Final Fantasys.
- My Greatest Failure: The Palborough Mines Incident. An explosion that happened during The Crystal War that killed several miners. It was apparently caused by faulty explosives provided by Cid.
- Scary Teeth: A completely unintentional example, but his teeth are infamous among the fanbase, easily crossing the line into the Uncanny Valley.
- Treachery Cover Up: He is part of the conspiracy to hide Ulrich's actions from the rest of Bastok.
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- All the Other Reindeer: He felt ostracized by the other engineers due to being a Galka.
- Becoming the Mask: He originally became Cid's assistant in order to avenge the men lost in the The Palborough Mines Incident. He gives up this plan after getting to know Cid.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Gets most of brunt of Cid's temper.
- Gentle Giant: Compared to a lot of the other Galka in the game, Raibaht is very polite, well mannered and has no interest in battle or violence.
- Friendless Background: Being a Galka in a industry dominated by Humes, he tends to get little respect from either race.
- Trade Mark Favorite Food: Rolanberries.
- Worthy Opponent: Being a Galka, when he first got into engineering he wasn't respect at all by his peers save for one that viewed him as this. Despite not being friends by any stretch of the word, Raibaht was still driven to try and avenge his death in the Palborough Mine Incident.
The Mythril MusketeersThe elite unit that answers directly to the President of Bastok. Unlike the other Musketeer units in the Bastok army, there are only ever five members of the Mythril Musketeers.
The current leader of Bastoks Mythril Musketeers. He traveled out with a small unit to attack The Shadow Lord during the final days of the war. There, Volkers good friend Zeid killed the Shadow Lord, but since tensions between Humes and Galka where tense at the time, Volker got all the credit.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Although through no fault of his own Zeid was the one that defeated the Shadow Lord in the war, but perhaps due to the tense relationships between Humes and Galka, Volker was credited with the victory, though he's not comfortable with it and doesn't make the claim himself.
- Fighting the Lancer: The Bastok storyline ends with Zeid testing Volker by challenging him to a fight.
- Heroic Breakdown: After finding out what his uncle did. What particularly gets under his skin is its another example of the powers that be throwing a Galka hero under the bus to save the reputation of a hume hero, like how Volker was credited for Zeid killing The Shadow Lord.
- Knight In Shining Armour: His attire in Wings of The Goddess.
- The Leader: Of the Mythril Musketeers in the current day.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being seen as the hero who ended the war, Volker feels completely over shadowed by Zeid.
- Scars Are Forever: The scar he receives during The Wing of The Goddess is still around in the present day 20 years later.
The mysterious dark knight who ended The Crystal War by killing The Shadow Lord. Although he is officially the second in command of the Mythril Musketeers, he left Bastok shortly after the end of the war and has since been traveling Vana'Diel, looking for answers to the history of his people.
- The Aloner: In contrast with Volker. While Zeid is the stronger of the two, his anti social nature means he would be a terrible leader, where as Volker's ability to encourage Undying Loyalty among his fellow Musketeers makes him a natural born leader.
- The Atoner: For the men he killed while being manipulated by one of the Shadow Lords demons
- Black Knight
- Blood Knight: As the above quote indicates, anger is one of the keys to his combat style.
- Dangerous Deserter: He seemingly turns on Bastok at the end of the original story. It turns out to be Secret Test of Character.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his appearance, he is one of the good guys. Having said that, he still uses his intimidating appearance to get what he wants.
- The Dreaded: Under his other moniker - Darksteel Hurricane.
- Final Boss: Of the Bastok mission line.
- It Never Gets Any Easier: Zeid is a strange combination between this and the Blood Knight. While he trains The Adventurer in the way of the dark knight, he mentions the importance of using hate and anger in battle, but also emphasizes the weight of those you have killed. It's summed up in the twin emotions of anger and sorrow that lie at the heart of his style.
- The Lancer: He is this to both Volker in the present and Klara during The Crystal War.
- Mentor Archetype - Guides you on the path to becoming a Dark Knight. He also helps Volker get over his Heroic BSoD, guides Gumbah to the point that he is able to accept his responsibilities as the new Talekeeper and helps Raogrimm find a Redemption in Death.
- Nice Helmet: It covers up the scar on his forehead.
- Not So Different: To The Shadow Lord. Both are Galka who are driven to kill after their anger is exploited by a dark god/demon. Zeid is well aware of this, which is why he tries to save Raogrimm from Odin's influence.
- Only One Name - As is standard for true Galka names.
- Secret Test of Character: Sets one up for Volker at the end of the Bastok mission
- The Powerof Hate: One of the sources for his battle style.
- 24-Hour Armor - Then again, we practically never see him in a relaxing situation where he'd actually take it off — that includes a secret meeting between high Bastokan officials in Wot G cutscenes, where even President Prien himself is always seen wearing armor.
- Walking Vana'diel.
- Hes Back: The end credits show his return to Bastok.
The current third highest ranked member of the Mythril Musketeers, although with Zeid absent Iron Eater is for all practical purposes second in command. A serious Galka, he acts as a personal body guard to President Karst.
- Ascended Fanboy: As a kid, Pagdako was a big fanboy of The Mythril Musketeers, going so far as to get nervous when talking Klara.
- An Axe to Grind: He is capable in most weapons, but prefers to use an axe as suggested by his mentor.
- The Big Guy: Of the Mythril Musketeers.
- Clear Their Name: He attempts to clear the accusations put against Werei.
- The Comically Serious: When compared with Naji.
- Manipulative Bastard: He shows signs of this during the Warrior side quest. After been given instructions to locate and hand over Raogrimms old armor, he made sure Deidogg, an old childhood friend of Raogrimm's overheard the details of the mission, knowing he would try steal the armor first, which would keep it in use like Raogrimm would have wanted. To top things of, Deidogg had very conflicted emotions about his friendship with Raogrimm. It was only thanks to Iron Eater that he was able to come to terms with his past with Raogrimm, which is what lead him to try and get the armor away from the Elvaan.
- No Need for Names: A more downplayed version of this trope, he really doesn't care about what he is called.
- Retcon: In the Vana'diel Tribune interviews with The Mythril Musketeers he claim to have been in The Iron Musketeers during The Crystal War. But in Wings of the Goddess, he is still only a youth.
- Snooping Little Kid: He is caught trying to investigate the murder of a Bastok politician during The Crystal War.
- Stealth Mentor: He helps Deidogg, a childhood friend of Raogrimm, come to terms with his friendship with him.
- Ambadassador: Being both one of Bastoks most commonly use.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Her weapon of choice.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died giving birth to her younger sister.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: After having repeated run-ins with an old friend of hers, Viresefilant, he leaves a final message with her about an old promise they made as he leaves Bastok.
- Samurai: She became one after taking up an apprenticeship under Gilgamesh.
- The Smart Guy: Her role involves intelligence gathering.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his personality, he is still a Mythril Musketeers.
- The Chick: He fulfills this role in the Mythril Musketeers.
- Combat Medic: During the end of Treaures.
- The Heart: Most prominently during the end of Treasures, where he convinces The Alliance of the need to fight against Razfahd.
- No Respect Guy: He feels he gets no respect from his mentors.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He believes that since Iron Eater gave him a Curb Stomp Battle, that me must be the strongest in the unit. Both Iron Eater and Volker agree Zeid is much stronger.
The Multinational Expedition
- The Atoner: After he is killed by The Shadow Lord, he aids The Adventurer in order to help Raogrimm.
- Death Equals Redemption He finds redemption after he dies by helping Raogrimm watch over the dream world of Dynamis.
- Jerkass Victim: He is murdered sometime after the expedition.
- Posthumous Character: He has been dead for decades during the start of the story.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Why he tries to kill Raogrimm.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing in a few scenes part way through the main story, he is responsible for Raogrimms transformation into The Shadow Lord. And since The Shadow Lord woke up the Zilart princes and lead Lady Lilith to make her pact with Odin, three of the games Big Bad wouldn't have been around without Ulrich
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In attacking Raogrimm, he gave birth to The Shadow Lord.
- Villain with Good Publicity
For more information,see The Shadow Lord
- Barehanded Monk: Her job.
- Best Served Cold: The monk sidequests is about her training up in the ways of the monk in order to avenge her brother.
- Determinator: She spent three days and nights mining enough ore to trade for a miners pedant in or order to get Oggbi to train her.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: After Taking the Bullet (or, rather blade) for Raogrimm, she tells him that his life is more important and he is still needed (by his fellow Galka).
- The Lost Lenore: To Raogrimm.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Ulrich tried to murder Raogrimm, Cornelia took the fatal blow.
- Posthumous Character: She has been dead for decades during the start of the story.
- Together in Death: She reunited with Raogrimm in Dynamis after he dies.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: She learns this once she avenges her brothers death at the hands of the Yagodo.
- Walking Spoiler: Her biggest role is in the back story to the The Shadow Lords so its hard to talk about her in detail without spoiling a big chunk of the original story.
Members during The Crystal War
The Captain of the Mythril Musketeers during The Crystal War.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: She has a crush on Zeid.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: She is one of the strongest members of The Mythril Muskteers, second to only Zeid.
- Badass in Distress: The end of the Bastok [s] story ends with The Adventurer and Zeid saving her from Marquis Amon.
- Big Damn Heroes: How she rescues Zeid from Marquis Amon.
- Boobs of Steel:
- Demonic Possession: By Marquis Amon in his plot to kill the president of Bastok
- Secret Keeper: She alone knows that Zeid is Darksteel Hurricane.
- Serial Killer She is the one responsible for the new murders that have been blamed on Darksteel Hurrican, althogh she is being possessed by Amon.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Klara is to Zeid what the older Cornelia was to Raogrimm/ The Shadow Lord. Both Klara and Cornelia are love interests who for Zeid/ Raogrimm, and both help Zeid/ Raogrimm get over their anger issues.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Zeid
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
- Unwitting Pawn: In trying to save Zeid, she gets possessed by Marquis Amon.
A Galka member of The Mythril Musketeers during The Crystal War. Being a Galka in a time where race relations where tense, he greatly resents his Hume leaders, especially as Galka leaders get arrested during the story
- Didn't Think This Through: Leading a mutiny during a war where The Beastmen could attack at any point wasn't a good idea.
- Easily Forgiven: He is forgiven relatively quickly for his mutiny.
- Foil: He is this to Iron Eater. Both of them are Galka members of The Mythril Musketeers. But where Iron Eater is happy to work with his Hume allies, to the extent that there is a portion of the Galka population that resent him for it, Five Moons rebels against his Hume allies.
- The Mutiny: Leads a rebellion of Galka part way through the story.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When his rebellion fails and he realizes that all that he's achieved is leading more Galka to be slaughtered by the Quadov.
- The Resenter: He resent his human comrades.
- Those Two Guys: With Nicolaus latter on in the story.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: He sees Darksteel Hurricane as a freedom fighter who rose up against the oppressive Hume population, and not the serial killer the Hume characters and Darksteel Hurricane himself views him as.
- Genius Bruiser: As well as being a member of the Mythril Musketeers, he is also one of Professor Schultz most gifted students.
- Satellite Character: His main purpose in the story is to complete the ranks of the Mythril Musketeers
- Those Two Guys: With Five Moons
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While he's not the only character to disappear between Wings of the Goddess and the main game without explanation, Professor Schultz's revelations during the end of the scholar quest that members of the school either fled or where arrested on suspicious charges makes his vanishing all the most sinister.
The Gunther Schultz School of Martial TheoryA school founded by the legendary Professor Schultz that focused on teaching military strategy as well as a different approach of magic that balanced both white and black magic. While the school was officially affiliated with Bastok, its members where spread across the four nations and served as strategists during The Crystal War. The school was disbanded after that war due to a string of murders of powerful mages being tied to the school.
The legendary strategists who founded the school. By the time The Adventurer joins he has little to do with the direct running of the school, and instead focuses on implementing his plans on the battlefield. He is actually over two hundred years old. When he was younger the demon Count Bifrons was so impressed with his strategies that he offered Schultz immortality so they could play against each other in a battle of wits for all of eternity.
- Ambiguously Evil: While he tried to dissuade Ulbrecht from his evil plan, he also did noting to stop him from murdering the other mages. And while he was on the side of The Alliance during The Crystal War, nothing implies that he would always side with the good side in any given conflict.
- Badass Bookworm: As a scholar.
- Badass Teacher: He has no problem just wondering in to warzones to make his gambit.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:: Gunther usually has a friendly demeanor towards his students, when in reality he is an Empty Shell who only really sees them as puppets in his game against Bifrons.
- Blood Magic: He uses the grimoire that Ulbrecht prepares during the scholar questline by soaking it in the blood of other mages.
- Cool Hat
- Faking the Dead: He does this frequently To hide the fact that he is really 200 years old
- Friendly Rivalry: With Count Bifrons, who is about the only one he seems to really care about
- Given Name Reveal: At the end of the scholar quest he reveals that his full name is Gunther Schultz who was a legendary strategist that helped Bastok claim victory in its war of independence against San d'Oria 200 years ago.
- * Out-Gambitted: Early on in the scholar questline he falls for a beastmen trap. Bifrons out gambits him later on in their battle over Ulbrecht.
- Really 200 Years Old.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He often warns his students about trading in their humanity in the pursuit of power, which he knows about first hand. In gaining immortality he looses his emotions and is reduced to an empty husk whose only concern is besting Bifrons.
- Worthy Opponent: He has two. One is the Dark Kindred Count Bifrons. The other one is The Adventurer.
- Apathetic Teacher: Ulbrecht doesn't seem to care much about his students progress
- Assimilation Backfire: After absorbing the power of other mages into his grimoire, he himself becomes consumed by it as soon as he tries to use it.
- Big Bad Wannabe: For all he does to gain power, he turns out to be a pawn in Schultz's and Bifron's game.
- Blood Magic: He is secretly killing powerful mages to power his grimoire.
- The Lancer: To Schultz.
- Serial Killer He turns out to murdering other scholars to utilize his Blood Magic.
- The Starscream It doesn't work out well for him.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was ultimately just being used by Bifron's as a pawn in a game between him and Gunther.
- Bait the Dog: Nag'molada concludes she's innocent during the end of the Scholar Artifact Quest, only for us to find out later that after the war the school was viewed with such suspicion that most of the members either fled the continent or where arrested on trumped up charges.
- Cool Teacher: Unlike Ulbrecht, she is genuinely interested in helping The Adventurer grow and learn.
- Lifesaving Misfortune: Her inability to appear at the meeting of the scholars saves her life from being killed by Ulbrecht.
- Persecuted Intellectuals As revealed at the end of the scholar quest line.
A Galka child living in Bastok.
- A Child Shall Lead Them / The Chosen One: Becomes the next Talekeeper after Raogrimm's passing.
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Blessed with Suck: As the Talekeeper of the Gaika, he has the collective memory of the Gaika over the past 200 years. Unfortunately this includes all the anger and rage, which the Gaika have a lot of, and no Talekeeper as survived long enough to make it to his reincarnation ritual.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He spends most of the Bastok story trying to pretend that he is not the Talekeeper.
- Interclass Friendship: With Cornelia.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the Gaika Eldar, Werei.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Werei's sudden departure weighs heavily on Gumbah during the course of the Bastok story.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He ends up being an important leader for the Galka people by the end of the game.
- Foil: To Zeid. Both are Galka who are seen as leaders and mentors for the Galka in Bastok. The difference is Zeid prefers to guide the Galka from the shadows, where as Werei led from the front lines.
- The Ghost: He leaves Bastok before the events of the game to go on his reincarnation pilgrimage. He turns up at the end of the Bastok story in his reincarnated body.
- The Heart: He is this to the Bastok Galka.
- Intergenerational Friendship: To Gumbah.
- The Mentor: to Pagdako and Gumbah.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He disappears shortly before the beginning of the story.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Werei draws on real life Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr..
- Stealth Mentor: He has known Gumbah was the Tale Keeper for a while, and has been guiding him on his journey ever since
- Secret Keeper: He knew Gumbah was the new Tale keeper
- Unexpected Character: His appearance in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is somewhat unexpected.