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The Empire

The Empire is one of two functioning bodies of power in the world of Terca Lumeries, although as a whole, it considers itself as the only true power in the world despite the Guild Union's thoughts. The power within The Empire is split among three different branches, the Council, which acts as a parliamentary house made up of the nobility; the Knights, which act as the law enforcement body and the Throne. During the Great War ten years before the start of the game, the previous emperor died and for some reason, no new emperor has ascended to the throne, instead, leaving two Imperial Candidates, Ioder Algios Heurassien and Estellise Sidos Heurassien.


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     In General 
  • Succession Crisis: Despite the death of the Emperor ten years prior, no one has yet to ascend the throne with the reason being a state secret. This is due to Dein Nomos, the sword that is used in the coronation and symbol of the promise that the Child of the Full Moon made with the Entelexia, vanished during the War.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: While in the public view, the Empire looks to be functioning normally, the Council has become this with powerplays and blatant abuse of power.
  • The Empire: Zigzagged. Unlike the usual evilness expected of something called an empire, this example has its ups and downs due to there not being a true leader. However, the citizens agree that the Imperial Knights - the driving force of the Empire - are at best controversial and at worst useless. It very quickly turns out corruption is very prevalent behind the scenes, which extends all the way to Alexei, the boss of all the knights.

     Alexei Dinoia 
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), D.C. Douglas (EN)

The Commandant of the Imperial Knights. He leads the Royal Guard and acts as one of the main leaders of the Empire on a whole.

  • All There in the Manual: A lot of Alexei's backstory and motivations are explored in-depth in supplementary material that never made it out of Japan.
  • Anti-Villain: A complex case. Alexei's motives are far from evil and largely motivated against those of most of the other villains in the story. His horrible actions and jaded personality would disqualify him from this trope, but Alexei truly believes it is all a means to a noble end. He promptly crumbles when it's clear where it all led to and surrenders to despair.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The English localization removes his genuine desire to improve the world by removing Blastia as well as his complex, tragic backstory that prompted him to begin his plan, turning him into a deranged, power-hungry dictator.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: It's stated in his backstory he entered a gladiatorial contest and won, earning him a place in the Knights. Numerous characters even vouch for his supreme swordsmanship.
    Yuri: Damn, he may be crazy, but he still fights like a Commandant.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In a way. Alexei's ultimate goals were to get the world to give up Blastia and rid the Empire of its aristocratic corruption. Through the heroes cleaning up the messes of his misguided actions, this all ends up being the ultimate outcome through positive means.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Flynn and the Empire as a whole. He was a trusted hero but his sudden betrayal shocks everyone into being unsure what to do for a bit.
  • Big Bad: Narratively-wise Alexei is the games main antagonist, as all of the plot is linked to his plans and efforts to create a new world. Interestingly, he gets defeated after the second act. The last act is, essentially, cleaning up the mess he left. (The "mess" in question is an Eldritch Abomination threatening to devour the entire planet.)
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's mentioned a few times and makes brief appearances during the first arc. Ultimately turns out to be the one behind pretty much everything and the Big Bad.
  • Climax Boss: Beating him just clears the way to dealing with the Adephagos.
  • Cool Sword: He has a replica Dein Nomos.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His Mystic Arte and ultimate attack, Brilliant Cataclysm, leaves him badly winded after he uses it, which progressively gets much worse as he keeps spamming it.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Alexei used to be a hero, but the Great War nearly broke him, and so he tried to find a way to stop such an event from happening again. However, he lost sight of his ideals and things got increasingly worse from there.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Happened to him before the game's events and more than likely led to his Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. When tasked with protecting the world as Commandant, he realised the impossibility of the task due to the blastia culture that was slowly killing it.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's definitely the Big Bad but ends up as this as his actions unleash the Adephagos upon the world.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: After crossing the Despair Event Horizon, he began plotting to unite the whole world under a single, united order. His order. At any cost.
  • Driven to Suicide: Granted, Yuri does wound him on him beforehand, but Alexei makes absolutely no attempt to avoid Zaude's barrier blastia as it begins to fall, tearfully musing of how much of a fool he was instead.
  • Evil Is Petty: After The Reveal, he more or less stops trying to be subtle about anything and starts acting like a massive tool, even when it benefits him in no way to do so.
  • Evil Laugh: Just in case you had any doubts he was a villain.
  • Evil Plan: Alexei's goal is to destroy the Empire and the Union so he can create a world where people stop relying on Blastia. To do so, he looks for every weapon he can find to do so.
  • Expy: Of Vaclav Bolud. Both share the same means of reaching their goals, voice actor, and similar positions in their respective stories. However, while Vaclav had no depth past using the Nerifes Cannon to take over the world "because," and is killed off barely a quarterway into that game, Alexei has sympathetic and fleshed out reasons for his actions. He also survives until near the end of the game.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: He shows signs of regret in his last moments, and he might have been offered a chance at atonement had Flynn been the only guy there. However, when the crystal begins falling, he makes no effort to dodge and gets killed by it.
  • Irony: Lampshaded by Alexei himself. He truly believed all the evil he masterminded was for the greater good of saving the planet, but Alexei personally hastened the apocalypse instead.
    Alexei: And to think, I caused it all! The ultimate irony! Hah hah hah!
  • Kick the Dog: Does this often, but a stand out example is when he discovers Yeager's better interests under his nose and orders him to fight Brave Vesperia to the death or he will kill his adoptive daughters and destroy the orphanage he was donating toward. Then, after he fails, he mocks his "uselessness." Much to Judith's disgust.
  • Knight Templar: At his best, he's this; believing he has to Take Over the World to save the world.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He puts years of effort into uncovering and controlling Zaude, which he believes to be an ultimate weapon which he can use to force the general populace to give up blastia. When he activates it, he realizes that it is actually a barrier sealing an Eldritch Abomination. Upon learning that his efforts only hastened the death of the world, Alexei literally snaps and begins raving about how humans are doomed.
  • Large Ham: In retrospect, a character voiced by D.C. Douglas really had no choice but to be one.
  • Last-Second Chance: Much of the party sympathize with his plight and try talking him into standing down before the fight with him. To no avail.
  • Laughing Mad: At the end when he realizes everything he did was for nothing.
  • Limit Break: His Mystic Arte, Brilliant Cataclysm, which has him send his sword flying in perpendicular directions before crashing it down into the ground to create a giant sigil that devastates everyone standing on it. His constant spamming of it in his boss fight at the end of Part 2 has left a lasting impression on just about anyone who's played the game.
  • Mad Scientist: Has shades of this. When trying to make his replica of Dein Nomos, before the events of the game, he used a ship's passengers as guinea pigs to test its control of aer. It not only failed but turned all but two of its crew into mindless monsters, forcing one of the two survivors to mercy kill them. He feels no guilt for all of it, as it was just a simple mistake.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Alexei is behind almost everything in the first two acts and the actual culprit behind the Black Hope Massacre.
  • Magic Knight: Has one spell of each element in his moveset, and his sword permits him to enhance his artes with magic as well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he accidentally released the Adephagos.
  • Necromancy: He's the one who raised Schwann and Yeager from the dead, via heart blastias.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Through his activation of Zaude, Alexei unintentionally revealed the Adephagos to the world—thus making its destruction a priority now that everyone could see it.
  • Old Soldier: He's probably in his forties at least but it's Depending on the Artist. In the main game, he's a White Hair, Black Heart pretty boy who are usually young. He's several years older than any of the main characters. In the game's anime cutscenes, the bags and lines on his face make him look like he's in his late forties and, on a few rare occasions, extremely aged and ugly. The First Strike struck a balance between the two.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zigzagged. It's not clear as to whether he's one or another corrupt knight for the first part of the game. Then he tells Yuri to keep protecting Estelle. Then he more or less screws the peace pooch between the Guilds and the Empire by attacking Phareoh with Heracles. Then he reveals that he was the Big Bad all along.
  • Tears of Remorse: Sheds tears of sheer regret before he is crushed to death.
  • Übermensch: Believes that a world under his command will be better for it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After inadvertently bringing back the Adephagos.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Surprisingly averted. Although Alexei is a hero who is beloved by the Empire, when he shows his true colors, only the Leviathan's Claw Guild (under Yeager) and his personal Brigade continue to support him. His brigade, also known as the Royal Guard, is highly numerous though, meaning he still has tons of devoted followers, but there's a lot of discussion about how he basically cultivated them into a cult-like group that hung on his every word. Even then you can find some elite guards in other locations, indicating that not all of them were loyal to him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Pretty much everything about him beyond his minor role in the first act.
  • We Can Rule Together: He tries this with Brave Vesperia before their fight, reasoning they are not so different with their views on the Empire. On top of what he did to Estelle, when the party sees him struggling to even decode Zaude, they deem him a childish madman and utterly refuse.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite his abuse of Estelle and her powers, he was trying to reform the corrupt Empire and Guilds by enacting a military dictatorship under his personal guidance.

     Ioder Algios Heurassein
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Bryce Papenbrook (EN)

Estelle's distant cousin, and another member of the Imperial Family. He too was drawn into the succession crisis as a potential Imperial Candidate. He spends most of his time traveling and meeting with Guild leaders to improve the relationship between the Guilds and Empire.

  • Apocalypse Maiden: Like Estelle and any other imperial of the royal family, he also has the blood of the Children of the Full Moon in his veins. However, unlike hers, his potential is a lot weaker as he cannot use healing artes, and so he isn't a threat to the planet.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Asking Yuri if he realizes he may have to kill Estelle to stop her out of control power. Yuri - who has been privately dreading such a possibility for a while - is so shaken he threatens to kill Ioder unless he drops the subject.
  • Big Good: He basically becomes this for the Empire by the end of the story.
  • Distressed Dude: He's introduced by Yuri rescuing him from a sinking ship. Such tendencies must run in the family...
  • Expy: Looks an awful lot like Flynn, who himself looks an awful lot like Guy.
  • Nice Guy: Is unfailingly polite and kind to everyone.
  • Non-Action Guy: Doesn't fight and in the PS3/Definitive Edition versions in fact reveals he has no talent with a sword when he gives up his sword to form Vesperia No. 2 to defeat the Adephagos.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: First as a noble who's willing to listen to commoners and form treaties with the Guilds, and then as Emperor.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Is very active in the background in making sure the Empire is running smoothly and that negotiations with the Guild Union is also going well.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He truly believes that cooperation between the Empire and the Guilds is possible. Like Flynn though, he's reasonable about it.
  • The Wise Prince: Calm and diplomatic as well.

     Magistrate Ragou 
Voiced by: Takashi Taguchi (JP) and Dino Andrade (EN)

"It's the privilege of my exalted station to dispel such boredom with of the common people."

An Imperial Council member tasked with governing the port town of Nor Harbor. He is corrupt and depraved; feeding his own people to his pet monsters if they cannot pay his obscenely high taxes. He openly despises Flynn for being a commoner and does his best to make his life difficult.

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's an upper class Council Member who's meant to show how corrupt the Empire is.
  • Asshole Victim: He is the first major villain in the game to be murdered by Yuri. Needless to say, he had it coming and draws no sympathy in-universe or out.

     Alexander von Cumore 
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (JP) and Liam O'Brien (EN)

An Imperial Knight Captain of noble birth. Like Ragou, he also openly despises the commonly-born, especially those who have made a name for themselves in the Knights: namely, Flynn, Schwann, and Alexei. He is the appointed governor of Mantaic, a desert town, and has been tasked by a mysterious benefactor to find the creature Phaeroh.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Screams out his lungs begging, bargaining, and crying for Yuri to spare his life, but Yuri has none of it.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He is a noble who was placed into the Knights. He is just as evil as you would expect.
  • Asshole Victim: He is shown to be a truly corrupt and evil person. As a result, it's hard to feel any sympathy for him when Yuri knocks him into quicksand. In fact, the only sympathy you can give is that his way of dying was horrific for any normal person.
  • Bad Boss: He sends one of his men on a suicide mission just for not doing his job fast enough.
  • The Dark Chick: To Alexei.
  • Hate Sink: He's just as vile as Ragou, and meets a similar fate at Yuri's hands. Yuri even kills Cumore somewhat more readily than Ragou, possibly because he knows that Cumore will escape justice.
  • Just Following Orders: He tries to claim that he was ordered to do the things he did. Yuri tells him that he should hate those who gave him those orders, before killing him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Zigzagged. When first encountered, he seriously does make a gesture at fighting the party and only relents considering the circumstances. Later on though, when Yuri is not playing around, he has none of the same bravado and tries to flee and bargain for his life.
  • Quicksand Sucks: How he meets his end.
  • Sissy Villain: Just... look at him. Loads of makeup, namely the blue lipstick, the loads of pink on his outfit, the fact that his outfit makes the shape of a heart twice (in the front and the back)... ...Look at him.
  • Smug Snake: He seems like one at first, but we soon learn he's much worse.
  • The Starscream: To Alexei.
  • Undignified Death: What he remarks about his impending doom, but Yuri couldn't care less.
  • You Have Failed Me: As mentioned in Bad Boss, he forces one of his men to go with the citizens on the search for Phaeroh because he didn't round up the pressganged citizens quickly enough. Considering how dangerous the desert was, his subordinate would most likely have died if the party hadn't sabotaged the coach.

     The Schwann Brigade 
Adecor voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN)
Boccos voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai (JP), Roger Craig Smith (EN)
Leblanc voiced by: Masashi Hirose (JP), JB Blanc (EN), David Vincent (Definitive Edition content) (EN)
Boccos, Leblanc, and Adecor
A trio of bumbling knights serving under the perpetually-absent Captain Schwann. They are dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and are determined to get the fugitive Yuri back behind bars.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Schwann is a hero of the Great War and a hell of a fighter, but he's also a recluse who leaves everything up to Leblanc. He also likes to sleep in prison cells and has grown far too attached to being Raven.
  • Butt-Monkey: They tend to be on the receiving end of Yuri's various jabs.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They manage to match and beat back the Elite Mooks that are the Royal Guard, as well as successfully evacuate everyone in the lower quarter. Between their quirks and Yuri poking at them, their incompetence seems to be mainly a matter of perspective; rather similar to how Dist is viewed by the party as utterly pathetic thanks to Jade's poking at him when he's anything but.
  • Expy: Adecor and Boccos bear an uncanny resemblance to Solt and Peppor from Chrono Cross: A pair of Fat and Skinny knights that antagonize the heroes and whose fights mostly serve as tutorials to introduce new game play elements.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Adeccor and Boccos serve as tutorial bosses throughout Part I.
  • Hero Antagonist: For most of act one. They are knights that are pursuing a "criminal" in Yuri after all.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yuri seems to prefer "Tweedle A and Tweedle B" to Adeccor and Boccos' real names.
  • Inspector Javert: Very determined to pursue Yuri for a good chunk of the first act, which he lampshades.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: They risk life and limb during the Zaphias crisis to evacuate the Lower Quarter when it was given up for lost. And keep them safe in the castle, while fending off attacks from the elite Royal Guard.
  • No Indoor Voice: Leblanc.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Well, of course.
  • Shout Out: "Tweedle A" and "Tweedle B" ("Just what IS a Tweedle, anyway?!") are obvious references to Alice in Wonderland.
  • Those Two Guys: Adeccor and Boccos. The first moment you see them, you immediately know their only purpose in the game.
  • Token Good Teammate: After the events of Baction, the Schwann Brigade assists Brave Vesperia indirectly by keeping watch on Heracles under Raven's orders, provide provisional items on their infiltration mission, and help the citizens of Zaphias' Lower Quarter evacuate into the castle when Alexei takes it over. They're willing to put aside Yuri's transgressions for the time being until Alexei, Duke, and the Adephagos are taken care of.
  • Undying Loyalty: They show so much loyalty to Schwann that long after it is revealed that he is Raven and he tried to put that persona behind, the three knights still view him as their one and only captain.
  • The Unfought: Leblanc is the only member of the Schwann Brigade who is never fought directly by Yuri and his group. Instead, he acts as second-in-command and gives orders to Adecor and Boccos whenever Raven is not around. He does show up alongside the rest of his brigade in the optional Team Battle mode of the coliseum, though.
  • Verbal Tic: Adecor has a tendency to speak the words "I say" ("de arimasu" in Japanese) in his speech.
  • Worthy Opponent: Leblanc actually seems to enjoy their cat-and-mouse relationship with Yuri and admits he wouldn't have it any other way.

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

A young female knight, who serves as vice-captain of the Flynn Brigade. She firmly believes in adhering to the rule of law and will not abide anyone who doesn't. This puts her at odds with Yuri.

  • Action Girl: She's a lieutenant of the Imperial Knights for a reason which she proves later when she leads a Big Damn Heroes after Brave Vesperia is incapacitated by the Big Bad.
  • Anger Born of Worry: For Sodia, Flynn represents the ideal that she and the rest of the Imperial Knights should aspire to. Which is why she fears his association with Yuri could potentially tarnish that image. A fact which Flynn is well aware of.
    Flynn: "She's placed me on too high a pedestal. She believes me to be the ideal knight, but the things aren't as black-and-white as she thinks. In time, I'm certain she'll realize that."
  • Beauty Mark: Possess one on her face. It adds to her appearance greatly.
  • Berserk Button: Yuri quickly becomes a walking and talking one to her. By the third arc though, this has dropped.
  • Black and White Insanity: Has this bad. She very firmly follows the law, even when she disagrees with it, and is incredibly hostile to those who act outside of it, regardless of reasons. As a result, she hates Yuri because his vigilantism is, by the Knights laws, wrong, even if he does good in spite of it. The PS3 version even has a skit where everyone discusses this and Flynn hopes she moves past it.
  • Character Development: She tries to keep Yuri away from Flynn throughout the first two acts, but her attitude towards him begins to change after the events at Zaude. Sodia is left struggling to find a way to make amends with Yuri and eventually urges Flynn to go with him to face the Adephagos, on behalf of the Imperial Knights.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong:
    • While Yuri's actions are noted as being criminal by both Flynn and Sodia, the narrative still vindicates him by making Sodia appear to be 'in the wrong' for calling Yuri out on it.
    • This also extends to how the travelling party views Sodia, with Raven being the only one to empathize with hernote . A separate skit has Flynn apologize for Sodia's abrasiveness and tell the others she means well, but they remain indifferent toward her and change the subject to Witcher insteadnote .
  • Fiery Redhead: Deconstructed considering what her temper makes her do. Her inability to handle her anger towards Yuri very nearly has cross the line into being what she hates.
  • Full-Name Basis: She always addresses Yuri by his full name in a disdainful (and later angry) tone. Her intonation changes in the latter portion of the game, out of remorse for trying to kill him.
  • Hero Antagonist: Towards Yuri.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: From her point of view, Yuri's actions reflect poorly on Flynn due to their association. So she and Witcher effectively have to do cleanup work to keep Flynn's reputation from suffering. Which culminates in Sodia attempting to get rid of Yuri, while they're alone atop Zaude. But in so doing, she takes the law into her own hands and inadvertently becomes the very thing she hates about him.
  • Irony: See the He Who Fights Monsters entry.
  • It's Personal: Her attempt at reasoning with Yuri was to essentially order him to stop associating with her superior, Flynn. Yuri's response was to tell Sodia Flynn could decide that for himself and that he had no intention of changing. Suffice to say, it struck a nerve.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Yuri even admits it. His actions are wrong and cause trouble for Flynn.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. She's never charged for the murder attempt, nor is it ever divulged to anyone else. However, Yuri says he hasn't forgiven her for it. The reason he doesn't report her to Flynn is because it would be hypocritical of him and he acknowledges that Flynn benefits from having someone like Sodia under his commandnote .
  • Knight Templar: Sodia takes her duty to Zaphias and as Flynn's subordinate seriously and will not abide anything that can potentially harm either.
  • Loving a Shadow: Heavily implied to be in love with Flynn. However, she likes him as a Knight In Shining Armour and Internal Reformist. Flynn is more than that.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Her attempt to kill Yuri on top of Zaude can be read like this, either in a platonic fashion or something more as her reasons for doing so is to remove his "influence" from Flynn.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her immediate reaction upon stabbing Yuri and watching him fall from atop Zaude, seemingly to his death. Although he survives, Sodia still left aghast at her own actions.
  • Not So Different: From Yuri, which is lampshaded by the game's manga adaptation.
  • Number Two: She serves directly under Flynn as his lieutenant.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite her personal grudge against Yuri, her actions were motivated by her desire to protect Flynn. Yuri even condeeds she is completely justified in hating him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Yuri calls her out for trying to kill him on Zaude. But not for the usual reasons; it's because she could harm Flynn by her actions. In short, he's upset that she failed to take into account Flynn and his own feelings not that she almost successfully managed to kill Yuri.
    • Before the above, Sodia was the one dishing out this towards Yuri. She didn't exactly know how to handle how Yuri calmly accepted her criticism, resulting in her just getting more angry.

Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

A young mage, who serves in the Flynn Brigade along with Sodia. Witcher also knows Rita, with whom he has a one-sided rivalry.

  • Foil: To Rita. Also a child magic prodigy, his personality is in drastic contrast to Rita's bombastic outbursts. While Witcher is lawful and takes his duties as part of the empire seriously, he doesn't get as much done as Rita, who is the exact opposite.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yuri refers to him as "apple head" because of the shape of his hair. The pair of cowlicks atop his head resemble the stem.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Knights - yes, Flynn doesn't count.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's much more level-headed than Sodia, demonstrated when he stops her from lashing out at Yuri at Baction.
  • The Resenter: Downplayed. Despite his jealousy towards Rita's fame in the mage community, he doesn't obsess over it. Instead, he regards Rita with the same indifference as she does with him. Witcher is confident that his own accomplishments will speak for themselves, in due time.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Witcher is about the same height as Patty and wears wooden framed glasses.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the Flynn Brigade's chief mage and blastia expert. In the final act, Witcher devises a plan to create a networking system to link all the world's blastia to Vesperia No.2, in order to covert all the remaining blastia cores into spirits simultaneously. Even Rita admits it was a stroke of genius.
  • Unknown Rival: Though they never spoke directly, while they were in Aspio, Witcher holds Rita in mild contempt, believing Rita to be full of herself due to her achievements. The fact that she barely acknowledges him when they finally meet at Capoa Torim only reinforces his opinion of her.
    Witcher: (matter-of-factly, at Rita) "Whatever. I don't care a wit about you either."

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Voiced by: Satomi Arai (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

Alexei's aide and secretary, a mysterious Krityan woman.


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