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The followers of Giliath Osborne, serving as his eyes and ears throughout the Empire. They can be found in all walks of life but particularly in the Railway Military Police, which Osborne founded in part to break the monopoly on power held by the Army.

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    Claire Rieveldt
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese), Ami Koshimizu (Japanese, Cold Steel III), Rachel Kimsey (English)

A Captain in the Railway Military Police, known as the Icy Maiden. She first appears to assist Rean's group during their field study in Celdic. She has a close sisterly relationship with Millium. In the third game, it's revealed that she and Michael Irving are cousins.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Her fighting style, overall. In a bonding event with Rean, she reveals that her S-Craft is a result of her performing on-the-fly calculations to fire her orbal gun at the exact angle and time to cause the perfect reflections off of the mirror devices she throws out.
  • Broken Pedestal: Subverted with Juna. Juna held great respect for her for reccomending her for the Branch Campus despite her status as an Ironblood making her a fervant follower of the man who annexed her home. Juna's admiration doesn't dissipate much even when she learns of Claire's involvement with keeping her heroes in the SSS imprisoned in the Birdcage.
  • Cold Sniper: Her reintroduction in Cold Steel II shows her disabling a Panzer Soldat with a single shot and with all the emotion of ordering a cup of coffee.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Her Undying Loyalty towards Osborne ends up pitting her against the combined Class VII, and she is clearly struggling with it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards a few characters: Millium, Rean (enough that Sara expresses jealousy at her playing the role if she has the highest link level with him out of Class VII's supporters in Cold Steel II), Juna (whom she acted as an instructor towards prior to Cold Steel III) and Altina.
    • On Rean's end, she partially does it because she's using him as a replacement for her dead brother Emil, something Michael can see and calls her out on. She decides to stop this as of Cold Steel III as it is disrespectful to both her brother and Rean. On Altina's end, she kind of loses points when she goes along with sacrificing her. Though at the very least, she is very uncomfortable with doing it.
  • Crutch Character: In Cold Steel III where she temporarily joins Rean and the new Class VII in chapter 1 on their way to Saint-Arkh and her Brave Order ends up being miles better than almost everyone in the cast. Of course she's only available sporadically.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her entire family died thanks to her uncle sabotaging the vehicle she and her family were on after her uncle was found guilty of making cheap instruments instead of high quality ones. Turns out said uncle is also afflicted by the curse of Erebonia.
  • Driven to Suicide: Ends up pointing a gun to herself for all the things she's committed in Cold Steel IV. Musse disarms her by shooting at her gun before Claire can pull the trigger.
  • Fighting Your Friend: During the final boss gauntlet of Cold Steel III and throughout Cold Steel IV, she and the Ironbloods have to face off against the party in one of the most emotional fights of the entire game.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her second outfit in Cold Steel IV is quite formfitting. Rean lampshades it when the two are alone.
  • Geometric Magic: She uses her shot laser to create one during her S-Craft.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Among the first things Falcom revealed about Cold Steel II was that Claire was going to be playable.
  • The Gunslinger: She uses an orbal Hand Cannon and sniper rifle as her weapons.
  • Hand Cannon: Her large military-issue pistol.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: She's the frequent cause of it, using her authority to intervene in matters concerning the railway system.
  • Kill It with Ice: Frigid Rain.
  • Limit Break: Her S-Craft from Cold Steel II onwards is "Kaleido Force."
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In Cold Steel IV, she has been kept in the dark about the fact that Millium was still alive.
  • Majorly Awesome: Is promoted to major by the time of the third game.
  • Mysterious Past: Until Cold Steel III, her past before joining the Ironbloods is left mostly a mystery.
  • The Needs of the Many: While she smiles when she sees both hostages were rescued safely, she was perfectly willing to sacrifice Elise if doing so made it more likely to safely rescue Princess Alfin.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Has helped and supported Class VII on regular occasions and doesn't hesitate to give them praise, advice and assistance to their endeavors despite them technically not being on the same side as Olivert brought them together and (mostly Jusis and Sara) not having the highest opinion of her superior Osborne.
  • Reflecting Laser: Her S-Craft Kaleido Force, in which she bounces an Orbal Laser off a number of scattered mirrors.
  • Reporting Name: Known as the "Icy Maiden".
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Not that she's unattractive in-uniform but when Rean meets her casually so she can talk to him off the record, he's floored by how good she looks in a dress. Happens again when he along with Elliot and Machias see her in her casual clothes for the first time in Cold Steel II.
  • Ship Tease: In Cold Steel II, there's some notable tension when she's speaking with Rean right before the epilogue's dungeon, which doesn't escape the eyes of Alfin, Elise, and Toval. Cold Steel III ups the ante, with her declaring she's going to stop looking at Rean as a replacement for her dead little brother, right after kissing him on the cheek.
  • Sole Survivor: Her immediate family is dead thanks to a vehicular accident.
  • Spread Shot: Her Mortal Mirage craft animation.
  • State Sec: She's introduced as one of the Ironblood, Osborne's loyal followers. She's also a Captain in the Railway Military Police.
  • The Stoic: Her Ironblood callsign is "Icy Maiden" for a reason.
    • Not So Stoic: In the epilogue of Cold Steel II, she's noticeably uncomfortable in her conversation with Rean, and she wants to assure him that her suspicion of him being related to Osborne was not the only reason she watched over him, but feels that she's in no position to do so.
    • A decent fraction of her screen-time in Cold Steel III actually has her pretty emotionally vulnerable, from her somewhat awkward reunion with Rean, her strained relationship with her cousin Michael, to her having to fight the party during the finale. The biggest moment was when Millium flies down to sacrifice herself instead of Altina, as she sounded notably distraught.
  • The Strategist: Her ability to put together information quickly and predict the actions of others is what makes her invaluable to Osborne.
  • Team Mom: Of sorts, she acts as a surrogate sibling/parental figure to Millium and later Altina.
  • Unflinching Walk: The conclusion of her S-Craft with an addition of a Hair Flip.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Icy blue to go with her name.

    Lechter Arundel
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English, Cold Steel)

Initially appearing as the slack-happy Student Council President at Jenis, he is in fact an agent in the Imperial Security Services and is Osborne's confidential secretary, spy and field agent.

  • Ambiguous Allegiance: After appearing in four games, we still don't know whose side he's really on. He openly works for Osborne but he privately meets with and has friendly conversations with Olivier (one of the biggest obstacles to Osborne's ambitions) and Kloe and it's not clear who he would support at the end of the day. The fact that he actively helps the SSS in Ao in the company of an agent from Calvard fuels further speculation, though given the timing that might have had to do with Osborne getting shot at around that time, leaving the Ironblood on their own. His allegiance is fully revealed in Cold Steel III and it's towards Osborne, to atone for his father's sins for what happened at Hamel.
  • The Atoner: The reason why he works for Osborne is because his father is one of the people who allowed the Hamel incident to happen and he's working for Osborne to atone for his crimes.
  • Blatant Lies: About half of what he says.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The teachers at Jenis note that he's constantly truant, but he still performs well academically, much to their chagrin.
  • Code Name: Identifies himself to the other Ironblood as "Scarecrow."
  • Deadpan Snarker: The other half of what he says.
  • Driven to Suicide: After his and Claire's final defeat in Cold Steel IV, he points a knife to himself for the things that he's done. Ash ends up disarming him before he could kill himself.
  • The Gadfly: More than anyone else in the series, he loves messing with everyone because he can. He's not even subtle about it.
  • The Gambling Addict: He spends most of his free time while at Jenis in Ruan, at the casino and would rather stare at a slot machine than at Kloe, though he may have been doing it just to mess with her. When he appears in Crossbell, guess where he's most likely to be found on any given day?
    • This translates into his craft in Sen III where he either can heal one ally, give one ally a lot of buffs, give one enemy many debuffs, or instantly kill one enemy if not immune through a randomized card like Crow's.
  • Gut Feeling: Has extremely good intuition, which was why Osborne recruited him to the Ironbloods.
  • Hypocrite: For all his talk about trying to atone for his father's sins, Lechter, whether he realizes it or not, is actually committing sins just as worse, if not more so, than what his father has done by the finale of Cold Steel III.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Came from a family of petty nobility that had a title and not much else. His father was a major backer of the Hamel incident and the subsequent invasion of Liberl in the hopes of conquering himself some family lands.
  • Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Knights of Rubrum."
  • Magic Knight: While he doesn't appear directly in battle as of Cold Steel II, in cutscenes we see him use strong Arts and an impressive-looking Craft with his sword, strongly suggesting this. When he's finally playable for a brief time in Cold Steel III, his stat is geared more toward the "knight" in magic knight.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: While playing a high-stakes poker game with wild cards, his opponent gets a Royal Flush. Lechter reveals that his own hand was a superior five Aces. Just to make this even more improbable his opponent was literally endowed with supernatural luck at that point and Lechter still won.
  • Not So Stoic: Throughout most of his appearances, he's been totally in control. However, in the last chapter of Cold Steel III, he notably panics when he realizes that Millium was going to sacrifice herself in place of Altina, showing him truly vulnerable for the first time, as well as proving how much he cares about Millium.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Was this back in his school days - despite somehow ending up as Student Council President, he was so bad at the job that the primary duty of the rest of the council was to track him down and force him to do his work. This went away after he graduated and started doing his real job (spy) full-time.
  • Playing with Fire: His primary element-restricted slot is fire, and his default Master Quartz is a fire-elemental Chevalier Ex.
  • Professional Gambler: His cover identity in Crossbell.
  • Promoted to Playable: Lechter is playable for a small section of Cold Steel III to the surprise of many as he was not announced before the game came out; and he just didn't seem to be the type to be playable.
  • Red Herring: The Ambiguous Allegiance listed above, and the fact that his speech mannerisms match those of the Fourth Anguis are this, as he really is loyal to Osborne.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He lives here in Chapter 3 of Zero.
  • Royal Rapier: Fights with one.
  • Ship Tease: Metric tons of it with Kloe. To a lesser extent, his fellow student council member Lucy Seiland punches him a lot for slacking off, but she also seems to express some regret over it.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: His dad is one of the people who ordered the Hamel incident to happen. He then works for Osborne to atone for those crimes.
  • The Slacker: While at Jenis Royal Academy.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Kloe.
  • Student Council President: While he was at Jenis he somehow managed to get this job despite having no interest in doing any of the work required of the position.
  • Try Not to Die: Expresses this to both Kloe and Lucy in Cold Steel IV at Pantagruel just before he leaves.

    Millium Orion 

See her section on Class VII's page.

    Rufus Albarea
Rufus as he appears in Cold Steel III
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), D.C. Douglas (English)

Jusis' older brother and a champion of the Noble Alliance. Also a member of the Board of Directors of Thors Military Academy. It's later revealed that he's actually an Ironblood and Osborne's right hand man. At the end of the second game he ends up serving as the Governor General of Crossbell.

  • All for Nothing: He burns every bridge he has by the end of IV, throwing away his place in the nobility, pissing off Ouroboros by killing Arianrhod (thus ruining any chance of them recruiting him) and openly speaking of his eventual plan to defeat Osborne and gain the power of all the Divine Knights and become a perfect immortal being. Then Rean and Crow crush him in their Knights and take away his Divine Knight, leaving him broken with no one to turn to and nobody to protect him from the fallout so he ends up in jail taking the full brunt of Osborne's and his own crimes. Subverted in that he willingly gave himself up though in order to protect Claire and Lechter from sharing that fate, as Erebonia would need them to stabilize in the aftermath.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Chief of Staff of the Noble Alliance, a brilliant strategist, and a master of court fencing. And later on, the first Governor-General of Crossbell.
  • Back Stab: Stabs Arianrhod in the back when she was already defeated and dying from her duel with Rean and Crow in their Divine Knights.
  • Badass Cape: His main outfits feature one combined with Badass Longcoat.
  • Barrier Warrior: El-Prado has a barrier that stops most attacks.
  • Bastard Bastard: He's actually an illegitimate child just like Jusis. In fact, unlike his "brother", he's not even Duke Albarea's son at all. He cements the first word of the trope when he back stabs Arianrhod in dishonor.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's the person Jusis gets his love for the traditions of Erebonian knighthood from and he looks after his little brother, including persuading their father to bring him into the family in the first place. He also adopts this role for all of Class VII and will drop whatever he's doing to check up on them if they get in serious trouble. And in Cold Steel III, it's revealed that Rufus and Jusis aren't even related by blood as Rufus is the son of Duke Albarea's wife who had an affair with someone else; yet Rufus takes great pains to care for his "little brother", going so far as to disown Duke Albarea in private.
  • Bishounen: Given his long hair, he's physically even more so than his brother.
  • Blue Blood: He's Duke Albarea's successor and they're one of the Four Families. Except he's not actually Duke Albarea's son by blood, though he's still a noble regardless thanks to his mother.
  • Break the Haughty: After he loses the Rivalry and Rean absorbs El-Prado, he has a break down before accepting his loss, only for him to mourn that in the end, a fake adopted son like him is no match for the biological sons of the father that he was with (Duke Albarea) and the father he wants the most (Osborne).
  • Broken Pedestal: At the end of Cold Steel II, he's this for Jusis. Less because of Rufus being a part of the Noble Alliance and more of revealing himself to be an Ironblood, one that wants to get rid of the noble system in the empire, and him governing Crossbell instead of Bareahard and also not fulfilling his duty as a board of director of Thors, waiting for Jusis to graduate. Jusis even admits to Rean in the epilogue that he doesn't even know Rufus anymore if players talk to him after school. When he kills Arianhrod after her defeat, Jusis is so disgusted he stops calling him 'brother' altogether, addressing him as simply 'Rufus Albarea'.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Jusis's Abel, even though they're not actually brothers.
  • Code Name: Much like his fellow Ironbloods, he has one. His is "Jade Rook".
  • Contrived Coincidence: In Cold Steel IV, the day that Class VII decides to visit Crossbell is the day that he obtains his Divine Knight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The fight with him in the first chapter of Cold Steel II will, no matter what, result in him defeating all of your team with his S-Craft. The goal is even reduce his HP to some extent.
  • The Dragon: Initially appears as one to Duke Cayenne, but...
    • Dragon with an Agenda: It's later revealed that he's actually working for Osborne and later helps the latter to subvert the power of the Noble Alliance after the events of the civil war.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The actions of his father disgust him and he gives the protagonists his blessing in bringing him to justice. Considering his back story, he was already long disgusted by his father's actions from the get-go.
  • Foil: To Jusis, naturally. Rufus is presented as the sort of noble that his little brother has always looked up to and always wanted to become. And then it turns out he actually suffers from the same Bastard Angst that Jusis has dealt with his whole life, making the similarities between them closer. However, while Jusis is able to forge his own identity and purpose through his friends in Class VII, Rufus instead seeks vindication through a pursuit of more and more power, and essentially latching onto Osborne as a replacement father figure.
    • By Cold Steel IV, Rean ends up being a foil to Rufus where they have almost the same circumstances but ended up very differently. Both are the adopted older brothers to their younger siblings, both are Awakeners, both are raised by a noble family, both use swords as their weapons, and both have a relationship with Osborne. The differences however are that while Rean ends up loving his adopted parents despite being of commoner birth, Rufus thinks of his relationship with Duke Albarea as a sham despite being of noble birth from his mother's side; while Rean took the trials to become a Divine Knight with his friends inadvertently, Rufus took the trial by himself and intentionally seek out the Divine Knight by his lonesome; Rean is a practitioner of the eastern style of swordsmanship while Rufus practices the western court fencing; Elise is very loyal to Rean and falls in love with him, while Jusis ends up seeing Rufus as a Broken Pedestal; finally Rean is the biological son of Osborne but at the same time is very estranged with his father while Rufus seeks approval from Osborne to be his son while knowing that in the end, Osborne still loves his real son.
  • Foreshadowing: There's a lot more to him than meets the eye but the game is very subtle at giving out the clues until The Reveal happens.
    • Never really lords his noble status too much despite being the Chief of Staff of the Noble Alliance, only gives constructive criticisms to both Carl and Claire, and even praises a minor noble like Baron Schwarzer. While at first it paints him as a Nice Guy, it also foreshadows that he's not nearly as loyal to the cause as he first may seem.
    • The biggest hint is in the second game where after Rean is taken in by the Noble Alliance, Rufus takes the time to apologize for what happened at Ymir at the beginning of the game and Baron Schwarzer demands to know why Rufus would even join the Noble Alliance in the first place.
    • And then there's him giving Class VII the go-ahead to arrest his dad with Fie claiming that Rufus would actually benefit having both Duke Albarea's forces and Class VII take each other out with Rufus claiming that is not the case. And then there's him telling Aurelia and Wallace to go back to Heimdallr after the latter two criticize Rufus as to what's happening at Eastern Erebonia with him luring the two away by making them fight against the 3rd and 4th Armored Divisions. That's because he needs Class VII to go and rescue the royal family, distract everyone else with the Infernal Castle, and secure and pick up Osborne, and destroy the credibility of the Noble Alliance from the top and within.
  • Humongous Mecha: He becomes the Awakener of the Golden Divine Knight, El-Plado.
  • Hypocrite: Despite all his talks about the grace and the courage inherent to nobility, he see no problem with backstabbing Arianrhod to steal Algreion from Rean during the 3rd Rivalry.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted in his case but still played straight. After knowing that Jusis is treated like crap despite Jusis being an illegitimate son of Duke Albarea while Rufus isn't even related to Duke Albarea by blood, he disowns him in secret and considers Osborne to be his true father.
  • In the Back: Slashes Vita from behind before killing her familiar Grianos during the climax at the Infernal Castle. Then fatally wounds Arianrhod this way when she tries to defect in Cold Steel IV.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: His issues about him not being the real son of his fathers leads him to try to better himself.
  • Instant Expert: He's able to effectively pilot his Divine Knight the moment he obtains it and curb stomps Juna, Kurt, Ash, and Musse in their soldats despite it being his first time. He even has a weapon already equipped unlike Rean who started out with nothing. Of course as seen when Rean himself was first starting out, knowing how to use a Divine Knight doesn't compare to actually being tested in battle and he's completely destroyed in his duel with Rean who has two years and several wars worth of experience piloting Valimar where as Rufus only just obtained his knight in the final game of the saga.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ends up in prison for all of the crimes he has committed.
  • Limit Break: His S-Craft in Cold Steel II is "Eternal Ruination."
    • In Cold Steel III and IV, his S-Craft is "Agrios Calibur," whilst his finishing move when piloting El-Plado is "Goldion Calibur."
  • Magic Knight: Just like his little brother, but better.
  • Man in White: Wears a decorated, all white version of his wardrobe upon being made the Governor-General of Crossbell.
  • Master Swordsman: We don't see it in Cold Steel but it's strongly implied. In Cold Steel II he gets a chance to show it off by singlehandedly taking on most of Class VII and winning at Ymir and later killing Grianos with a single blow.
  • Mole in Charge: Is one to the Noble Alliance, acting as it's Chief of Staff for most of the second game before revealing himself to be an Ironblood working for Chancellor Osborne tasked with weakening it from within.
  • One-Man Army: Kicks the ass of all of Class VII when he's fought in Cold Steel II.
  • Princely Young Man: Kindly in manner, noble in bearing and birth, and one of two most gossiped-about men in the Empire (and the other is Olivert). Though the "birth" part is subverted in that he's not the son of Duke Albarea, but rather Duke Albarea's wife who had an affair with someone else.
  • Quest Giver: In the first game he's the one who gives task to Rean's field study group in Bareahard.
  • Reality Ensues: It doesn't matter how smart or strong you are, you can't rise above everyone in Zemuria on your own, and even Osborne, Cayenne, and the Society have people they could depend on to help them out. When his attempt to take Rean's power and the sword fails he's totally screwed because he burned all his bridges before that.
  • The Reveal: He's the one who sent Vulcan and Armgarmr to go after Osborne to "rough him up". That failed but he ended up being impressed by Osborne, plus his apathy towards his father and the nobility, and ends up being the primary member of the Ironbloods in secret.
  • Secret Keeper: He's one of the few who truly know who Rean's father is.
  • Status-Buff Dispel: In Cold Steel III, his S-Craft has the ability to do this. Which makes it particularly deadly, as the dispel effect occurs before it does damage, and reflectors and Adamantine Shield are considered buffs...
  • This Cannot Be!: He's in disbelief that he lost in his duel against Rean in Cold Steel IV despite pointing out that he should have been able to come out on top due to the preparations that he has done.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's shown to be very polite and respectful throughout the first two games, and even when fighting on the opposite side of the heroes he's an Anti-Villain at worst, who shows distaste at the Noble Alliance's more evil actions. Starting from the end of the second game though, when it's revealed he was on Osborne's side all along, he becomes much more cruel and has a lot more Kick the Dog moments, which reaches its peak in the fourth game when he kills Arianhrod.
  • Undying Loyalty: As far as he's concerned, Osborne is his true father.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His biggest issue is that ultimately, he felt like he should prove himself worthy as try as he might, he's not the real son of either of his "dads". Duke Albarea's relationship with him is a sham and while Osborne does love the kid, he ultimately thinks that Osborne couldn't love him like his real son despite Osborne and Rean being estranged with one another.
  • Wham Episode: Really, he might as well be bunking with this trope as he has done a lot of whammies throughout the Erebonia arc.
  • Wham Line: He's a master of this, starting in Cold Steel II.
    • Whose side is he really on?
    Cayenne: Y-You... You did come to help me, didn't you?
    Rufus: As a commoner might put it... "In your dreams."
    • Although he doesn't deliver the line, he does confirm something that Osborne mention in Cold Steel while talking with Karl:
    Jusis: All this time, you were an Ironblood!?
    Rufus: The group's primary member, in fact.
    • After Rean rants to Osborne as to why the guy is still alive after being shot by Crow:
    Rufus: (puts his hand on Rean's shoulder) That's enough. Just as you have your reasons that guide your actions, so, too, does His Excellency. And I believe you factor into those reasons more than you might think.
    Rean: Wha...?
    • Cold Steel III ramps this up in one sentence when Jusis asks why he's going so far for Osborne's plans and that their father might be foolish, but Rufus should know better about what's going on especially since Rufus could rival Osborne himself:
    Rufus: It's simple really... It's because I'm not my father's son. Put plainly, Helmut Albarea is not my father.
    • Cold Steel IV has him pull off one of the most shocking moments of the game before he back stabs Arianrhod:
    Rufus: (in his Divine Knight) No, let us end the "legend" here.


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