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Ouroboros, also known as The Society, is a mysterious organization responsible for several incidents occurring throughout the whole series. Their final objective is shrouded in mystery, but they are known to search for the Sept-Terrion and intent to use their power to launch the Orpheus Final Plan. Despite being discreet from the public eye, they possess a lot of influence and connections to many powerful individuals and politcal powers, with seemingly unlimited resources coming from their Thirteen Factories. As for their military, they mainly use the services of Jaeger Corps and numerous Archaisms of their own creation.
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The organization is directed by a council of seven powerful and extraordinary individuals named Anguis, who all swore allegiance to its leader, a woman only known as Grandmaster. Each of the Anguis are selected for their power and/or vast knowledge of the Zemurian history, regardless of their morality. Finally, whenever Ouroboros enacts a Plan, an Anguis will be deployed along with Enforcers, who serve as the main commanding force, to ensure its success.

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    Grandmaster 
Voiced by: Miwa Yasuda (Japanese, drama CD), Yuki Nagaku (Japanese, Sky the 3rd Evolution), Kanae Ito (Japanese, Cold Steel IV)
Appearances: The 3rd | Cold Steel IV | Origins

The overall leader of the Ouroboros Society, she aims to complete the Orpheus Final Plan by any means necessary.


  • All According to Plan: Despite not physically obtaining the Earth, Fire, and Mirage Sept-Terrion, she declares that the Phantasmal Blaze Plan is a success and the losses that the society had were within expectations.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First shows up in The 3rd as a voice only.
  • The Faceless: Her face isn't revealed in Cold Steel IV though observant players can somehow make out the rest of her face. For the most part, only her mouth is shown in the reveal.
  • She Is the King: The overall leader of the society.
  • The Unseen: Until Cold Steel IV, the Grandmaster has not made any appearance whatsoever. She's finally revealed for the first time at the end of the Golden Ending of Cold Steel IV, although her face isn't fully shown (though an observant player can somewhat see the color of her eyes being red).
  • Wham Episode: The declaration that the Phantasmal Blaze Plan is finished and the third phase of the plan, the "Eternal Regression Plan" is about to commence despite not obtaining the Earth, Fire,note  and Miragenote  Sept-Terrion is one to fans as everyone thought that the Orpheus Final Plan requires that Ouroboros and the Society obtain all seven of the Sept-Terrion.
    • Also states that the world is going to end in 3 years, and that they only managed to delay its destruction by averting the Great Twilight.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: When she finally makes an appearance, she has a long flowing hair.

The Seven Anguis

    First Anguis 

    Second Anguis - The Azure Abyss 

Vita "Misty" Clothilde

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Vita as she appears in Cold Steel III note 
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English)

A stunning woman who is the top star of the Heimdallr Opera House and known as the Azure Diva. She also has another job at Radio Trista where she goes by the alias "Misty" and serves as the hostess of show Abend Time. She is later revealed to be the Second Anguis of Ouroboros whose title is Azure Abyss.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her default dress in Cold Steel I and II shows off plenty. Averted with her outfit in Cold Steel III.
  • Affably Evil: Played with. Perhaps the worst acts that she's done so far is kidnapping Alfin and Elise early on in Cold Steel II, and her role in triggering the Erebonian Civil War, considering the other villains in the game have done even more terrible things that even she sometimes disapproves of. Her earlier Bitch in Sheep's Clothing role as well as her tendency to taunt the protagnosists early on in II make it ambiguous whether her politeness throughout the games is genuine or an act, but by the end she proves to be a Graceful Loser with some very clear scruples of her own, making her a genuine example.
  • An Ice Person: One of her Crafts, Eternal Winter. Her primary element of her orbment is also water.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one beneath her left eye.
  • Big Bad: Of Cold Steel II overall.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially acts friendly towards Rean and the members of Class VII when she first meets them before her true allegiance is revealed. Downplayed in that she's not exactly all that bad compared to the other villains in Cold Steel II and by III, she drops the "bitch" part.
  • Broken Pedestal: For Machias and Eliot after finding out that she's part of Ouroboros. For Emma as well for breaking an unknown taboo of their clan.
  • The Cast Showoff: In-universe, she shows off her singing voice by performing an impromptu rendition of Whereabouts of the Stars during a broadcast. Then she gets called out for it.
  • Clark Kenting: Her disguise as Misty consists of glasses, a hat, and simpler and more conservative casual clothing. No one, could tell who she was, not even people who were fans of both her personas such as Machias and Elliot.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Uses one in Cold Steel III after she loses her staff in Cold Steel II thanks to Rufus.
  • Contralto of Danger: A low regal voice befitting her abilities, mysterious nature as a witch, and former occupation as an operra singer.
  • Cool Big Sis: She was this towards Emma when they were younger. Even now, though they're on opposing sides, it's clear that Vita still cares for the former in her own way and is willing to give her advice too.
  • Death Glare: Gives a FRIGHTENING one to Duke Cayenne after insults the recently killed Crow while holding Prince Cedric at blade point, complete with glowing Battle Aura and booming voice.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: In Cold Steel II. Although she's ostensibly subservient to Duke Cayenne for a majority of the game, she's not particularly interested in his goals and is merely pursuing her own aims irrespective of the Noble Alliance's well-being.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In an interview with Kondo, she was the woman flirting with Kevin at the beginning of The Third.
  • Easy Amnesia: She has a form of memory-manipulating ability. If you speak to Trista Radio's manager before the final battle, he'll tell you that he honestly doesn't remember ever hiring 'Misty'. She also performs it on the Jaegers who were hired by Duke Albarea in the prologue, making them forget about what they saw in addition to having them leave Ymir.
  • Enemy Mine: In Cold Steel II, She and Crow team up with Class VII to defeat the out-of-control Vermillion Apocalypse.
    • And then in Cold Steel III she lends her assistance to the heroes when they go up against Osborne and the other members of Ouroboros. What prevents it from being a full Heel-Face Turn is that she's still loyal to the society - she just disapproves of their current operation.
    • Carries on in Cold Steel IV as well. She is even invited to the Imperial Wedding.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When the Anguis discuss Weissman's death, she, Arianrhod, and the 1st Anguis consider him an Asshole Victim. And then there's Ymir where she thinks it was too much for Duke Albarea to raze Ymir just to grab Princess Alfin.
    • Happens in Cold Steel III as well. The whole reason she teams up with the heroes in it's climax is that she finds the Great Twilight plan to be way too dangerous to enact. As the ending shows, she was absolutely right.
  • Familiar: Grianos, a blue-feathered bird capable of transforming into Eldritch Abomination to attack enemies. It later died at Rufus' hand during the finale of Cold Steel II.
  • Fan Nickname: In-universe. Her fans call her the Azure Diva.
  • Genki Girl: When she's hosting Abend Time as Misty.
  • Grand Staircase Entrance: Her first appearance during Rean's field study in Heimdallr is this. There are only members of Class VII (and front desk) down there and clearly, two of them are awed by her appearance.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the Erebonia arc as a whole, but particularly the first game and much of the second, when she's pulling the strings behind the scenes to enact the Phantasmal Blaze Plan, but does not get directly involved until her proxy, Crow, is in danger. It's hinted she may also have been heading up operations in Crossbell around the same time, making her this to Zero and Ao as well.
  • Hot Witch: Very beautiful and is a witch just like Emma.
  • Instant Fanclub: She's a famous opera singer. Well, famous in Erebonia at least and the idol of the capital. Machias and Eliot are huge fans. Goes double for her when she's also Misty.
  • Limit Break: Her S-Craft is "Aria of the Abyss."
  • Magic Staff: She fights with one in Cold Steel II but later loses it thanks to Rufus.
  • Master of None: Not as extreme as Emma, Eliot and Alfin but she has rank for all attack type with relatively lower individual rank than most fighters. The difference is that unlike 3 other Magic Staff users, she manages to score B on "thrust" and "pierce" type.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's very beautiful, something several characters (both male and female) comment on, and her default dress in the first two games is a Sexy Backless Outfit that shows plenty of her ample cleavage and long, shapely legs.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Much like the other members of Ouroboros joined with the Noble Alliance, Vita has no interest in their goals and says as much towards Duke Cayenne during the finale of Cold Steel II.
  • Noodle Incident: Was apparently banished from the Hexen Clan after breaking an unknown taboo seven years ago. What the taboo was and her motives for doing so and her reasons for joining Ouroboros remain a mystery.
  • Opera Gloves: Wears these in her outfit in the third game onward. Fitting considering her former occupation.
  • Optional Party Member: You can make her playable in Cold Steel II using DLC item in Japan. For the rest, all players just need to do is to buy a Phantasmal Mirror for 200,000 mira.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Osborne at the end of Cold Steel II.
  • Pet the Dog: Seems to have genuinely cared for Crow and is clearly upset over his death. She even apologizes to Class VII and asks them to take care of him. Partnering them up at the Reverie Corridor and she refers to him as an ideal knight in their victory quote.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: When not disguising herself as Misty, her main outfit is a flowing blue dress befitting her status as an opera singer. She eventually trades it in for a somewhat more practical yet still just as fancy outfit in Cold Steel III.
  • Promoted to Playable: While Cold Steel II allows players to use her via Phantasmal Mirrors, she isn't physically present herself. Cold Steel IV finally allows her to be playable once again alongside a lot of characters.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Justified because it's part of her double identity as Misty. Only Rean sees through it and this is because of his powers being able to detect through her illusion.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her eyes are purple denoting her status as a powerful witch.
  • Purposely Overpowered: While she's decently strong on her own, her Brave Order in Cold Steel IV, "Secret Art - Azure Peacock", allows all characters a flat 100% increase in damage for eight turns, effectively doubling their attack power. She's only available for her dungeon's boss and the True Final Boss fight. It's balanced by the fact that it costs 5 Brave Points to cast but at that point, players already have ways to regain BP pretty quickly.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes to her thigh.
  • Red Baron: Nicknamed as the "Azure Diva" among her fans. Her her title as an Anguis on the other hand is "Azure Abyss".
  • Secret Identity: In addition to being an opera singer she took on the Misty persona and a job at Radio Trista for fun. Rean is the first person to find out about it and rewards him with a Misty sticker when she drops it off at his mailbox.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her default blue outfit
  • Show Some Leg: Her usual dress.
  • Signature Scent: Lavender
  • Token Good Teammate: In Cold Steel III, all the other Anguis were willing to side with the gnomes in order to reclaim the Phantasmal Blaze Plan. Vita disapproves and goes independent.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Cayenne is holding Prince Cedric hostage and calling a dying Crow a worthless wretch from a destroyed country, Vita stands, closes her eyes, and calmly orders him to unhand the prince before she makes him do it by force which is punctuated by her opening her eyes in her extremely creepy, shrunken-iris spell-casting expression.
  • Villainous Friendship: Despite Crow not being an Ouroboros member, her friendship with him is genuine, as shown by their Combat Link and when she mourns his death.
  • The Unfought: In the first game. She's also this in the third game, but that's because she and Class VII technically aren't enemies since Vita is currently opposing the current operations of Ouroboros.

    Third Anguis 

Georg Weissmann, "The Faceless"/Professor Alba

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Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

An archaeologist whom Estelle and Joshua meet in the Prologue of FC and appears several times since. He is researching relics of ancient Zemuria. At least, that's what he claims. He is in fact a high-ranking member of the secret society Ouroboros.


  • Absent-Minded Professor: Has shades of this as Professor Alba.
  • Adapted Out: Does not appear in the OVA.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Double Subverted. In FC, he appears to be a weak archaeologist who explores the Tetracyclic towers regardless of the risks, only to be revealed as the Big Bad. Then SC reveals that despite his false name and persona, he actually is a certified archaeologist.
  • Asshole Victim: As cruel as his method of execution was, it's hard to feel the slightest bit of pity for him.
  • Barrier Change Boss: The first half of fight with him at his second transformed form after merging with Aureole, thanks to the mooks around him. The vulnerability exist even after the mooks were defeated and he can summon those indefinitely.
  • Big Bad: Of FC and SC
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Zigzagged. He's a proud Sadist, yet he still views himself as the savior of humanity.
  • The Chessmaster: Combined with Manipulative Bastard. He was playing Cassius, Joshua, and the Bracer Guild since the opening cutscene of the first game by making Joshua a Manchurian Agent. Years later, he brainwashes Richard into starting a coup that allows Ouroboros to further undo the seals on the Aureole.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Very very cruel. He is shot with a Salt Bolt, a 'cursed' weapon that slowly transforms the victim into salt from the inside out. Weissmann is fully aware what is happening to him as his body succumbs to the effect, cursing his killer with his last breath. After his whole body was turned into salt, Campanella shattered his salt body to pieces.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: His True Evil Eye outright traps the party in cutscenes. In battle, it simply deals AOE damage while inflicting confusion and AT Delay.
  • Dark Messiah: This is essentially how he sees himself. Not for nothing is the final battle BGM of SC called The Merciless Savior. Though this might be a subversion because he seems to be the only one who believes he's doing any "saving." The Enforcers working under him all have their own agendas and consider their teamwork with him to be a matter of convenience.
  • Deader Than Dead: As a consequence of being killed with a Salt Bolt
  • Death Glare: His Evil Eye craft is far stronger than Joshua's.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: His last words before dying are used to insult his killer.
  • Eternal Recurrence: His view of human nature is such that he is convinced that humanity can't be trusted to not make disastrous decisions over and over. The fact that about half of the known issues with the modern world are Weissmann's fault or are otherwise attributable to Ouroboros seems to have passed him by.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the Evolution remakes, when his voice sounds basically really deep, especially when he is gloating about his plans.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: He used to be an academic priest after being taken in by the Septian Church, but his fascination with the Aureole and meeting with the Grandmaster led to him discarding the path of faith, in his own words.
  • Faux Affably Evil: After his cover is revealed in FC, he tries to come off as an affable ex-boss to Joshua, while still planning on making his life miserable and turning him into a puppet again. At the end of SC, he even gives the party a historical lecture before forcing Joshua to kill Estelle in order to break him.
  • Flaw Exploitation: He pulls this on Estelle, knowing that if some of her comrades are put in danger she'll charge in to rescue them. Cassius and Kevin pull this on him at the end of the game, knowing that he won't possibly be able to resist the temptation to be a completely sadistic asshole once he regains control over Joshua. They're right.
  • For the Evulz: Subverted for the most part. While he's a card-carrying sadist, his acts of cruelty are usually related to advancing his agenda in some way, with everyone's suffering being treated as the cherry-on-top. Even the trauma he puts Joshua through is supposedly part of an experiment for brainwashing humanity.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses before and after the reveal. He's also the most evil character in the trilogy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: A Type 4 for the Anguis. No one in Ouroboros likes him but they are forced to put up with him, as he is the only one who knows how to find the Aureole.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A series of coincidences turned an ordinary young man into one of the most dangerous people in Zemuria. First, the Salt Pillar Incident devastated his homeland and led to him being taken in by the Church. Then, his curiosity led to his desire to study the Sept-Terion and the Stigma phenomenon, which is forbidden. His desire caught the attention of Rufina Argent, who informed higher authorities about it. Weissmann was eventually excommunicated, but not before making a great deal of progress studying Stigmas... and not before he was approached by Ouroboros.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His eyes are mostly shut as Professor Alba. As Weissmann, however...
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Probably more so than any other members of Ouroboros as a lot of tragic events can be traced back to him. He was involved with the Hamel incident that does change the lives of Joshua, Loewe, Rean, Osborne, Lechter and Ash which then spiraled with Osborne becoming the chancellor and started conquering other countries, Joshua and Loewe becoming Enforcers, Rean having a Superpowered Evil Side because Osborne had to transplant his heart to Rean, Lechter joining the Ironbloods to atone for his father's sins, and Ash carrying an Erebonian curse with the activation that he has "shoot the ones responsible for the incident", culminating with Ash shooting the emperor (who was innocent but offered his life to cure Ash of the curse) with a gun from Calvard and allow Osborne to declare war on Calvard. In short, the entire series can be blamed on him for pulling the metaphorical trigger!
  • Hate Sink: He has absolutely no redeeming qualities. Not even his fellow Ouroboros members seem to like him all that much: His treatment of Joshua earned scorn even from the other Anguis, such as Vita and Arianrhod. To top it all off, after Kevin shoots him with a salt arrow, Campanella makes sure he'll stay dead, by smashing him to pieces.
  • Holier Than Thou: Estelle calls him out for acting this, complete with outright telling the trope name. Made ironic and somehow an inversion since he was excommunicated from Septian Church due to his heresy act.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He "cured" Joshua of his catatonic state, but only because he wanted to use the boy as a brainwashed pawn. Not to mention he was behind the tragedy that caused the latter's trauma in the first place.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: At the start of The 3rd, most of the party thinks Weissmann escaped and became a Karma Houdini for all his atrocities. They have no idea that Kevin delivered karma in the form of a Salt Bolt.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His reveal as the Big Bad establishes that the lighthearted mood of FC isn't going to last.
  • Knight Templar: A completely unsympathetic example. He insists that humanity is hopelessly flawed and is doomed to either constant warfare or complacent hedonism, so he wants to use the Aureole to brainwash them via Stigmas like he did to Joshua. He also likes to conveniently ignore his own role in actively causing conflict between Liberl and Erebonia and insists that the fact that he easily manipulated these conflicts is proof that humans are sinful. He sees himself so far above humanity that he thinks his sadism is justified.
  • Light Is Not Good: His name certainly indicates this and even his One-Winged Angel form actually looks angelic in a way.
  • Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Another Dimension."
  • Magic Staff: Uses one in combat, one given by the Grandmaster along with Loewe's Kernviter.
  • Meaningful Name: His fake and real name mean "white" and "white man" respectively, which is the color he dresses in after The Reveal. His real name could also be considered a pun on "wise man", which fits as he is a scientist.
  • Never My Fault: Even when Loewe gets him to admit to starting the 100 Days War, Weissmann has the audacity to claim that it was humanity's fault for being so easy to manipulate.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: The ultimate explanation for his Gospel Plan and why his final battle BGM is called The Merciless Savior: He believes humanity is doomed to continually repeat the mistakes of the past and that everything will be pointless unless he forces the species into a new direction. Other characters (namely Estelle) are only too happy to point out that part of the problems are ones he caused and get a few points for thinking more like Nietzsche had in mind when they tell him that they don't think humanity is hopeless and are working to overcome their flaws.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be fixing humanity's flaws by using the Stigma to make them perfect, thus preventing their Vicious Cycle of complacency, regression, and violence. Given that he constantly instigates human conflict and enjoys the suffering caused by his schemes, it becomes obvious he's a misanthrope who cares more about controlling and toying with humanity than actually saving them. This is further shown in his interactions with Joshua and Kevin. He claims the Stigma can save them from their tragic pasts, but is angered when their friends help them overcome their issues with their own free will, since that robs him of the opportunity to experiment on them and mold them to his liking.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Downplayed. He actually does own his archeology credentials, but he pretends to be ditzy in order to hide his role as the Big Bad.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twice, as a result of his merging with Aureole. His first transformation is into a gigantic white monster with what look like wings folded over the front of his body, no legs and too many eyes. When Aureole forcibly transforms him further, the 'wings' unfold to reveal enormous arms, a serpent-like tail attaches to his lower body and actual glowing wings sprout from his back with a halo completing the angelic imagery.
  • People Puppets: His specialty, and it's implied his plan for "evolving" humanity is going to involve brainwashing.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Professor Alba's excuse for never hiring Bracers.
  • Psychotic Smirk: His default expression after The Reveal.
  • Red Baron: Weissmann the Faceless.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes glow bright red when he finds opportunities to engage in sadism.
  • Sadist: Ragnard accuses him of being unable to feel joy unless he's making his fellow humans suffer, which Weissmann takes as a compliment.
  • Simple Staff: His weapon is a staff given to him by the Grandmasterwhich like Kernviter is described as being connected to the 'Divergent Laws' and was apparently given to Weissmann as a test and failsafe in case he went rogue
  • Sinister Minister: SC reveals that Weissmann was once a member of the Septian Church who was excommunicated for unspecified reasons. He certainly dresses the part. Outside material explains in more detail that he wanted to conduct research the church considered to be tampering in the Goddess' domain, particularly concerning the Sept-Terion and the Stigma phenomenon.
  • The Sociopath: He feels no guilt for the lives he ruined, acts charming to manipulate others, can only feel joy from tormenting others, and believes he's superior to the rest of humanity.
  • Squishy Wizard: His human form has less HP than all the Axis Pillar Enforcers while having the highest ATS, though he still has high DEF thanks to being about 5 levels higher than all of them except Loewe.
  • Taken for Granite: His death at the hands of Kevin is essentially this.
  • Übermensch: He sees himself as this. The fact that his ideal is a new kind of human who will always make the 'right' decisions (as determined by Weissmann) should let you know how far off the mark he is.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • He tries to convince Estelle to join Ouroboros under the rationale that she can reunite with Joshua this way. Though this is a ruse because he only kidnapped her to lure Joshua out of hiding.
    • In Phantasma, a copy of him tries to convince Kevin to throw away his humanity to control the Stigma and be free from his grief. When Kevin refuses, the professor sics two devils, Rostrum and Astarte, on him to force him to change his mind.

Mariabell Crois, "The Primordial Alchemist"

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    Fourth Anguis - The Thousand Oathbreaker 

    Fifth Anguis 

    Sixth Anguis 

Professor F. Novartis

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono
Appearances: The 3rd | Ao

Sixth Anguis of Ouroboros and leader of the Thirteen Factories, appearing in Ao.


  • Early-Bird Cameo: Namedropped as early as the Second Chapter, and had spoken lines in The 3rd's Star Door 14.
  • For Science!: His motivation for doing just about anything is to satisfy his scientific curiosity.
  • Gonk: A creepy-looking man with Scary Shiny Glasses, a bowl-cut and a hunched back. His hair colour and wrinkly face make his age quite cryptic.

    Seventh Anguis - The Steel Maiden 

Arianrhod

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Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa

Seventh Anguis of Ouroboros known as the "Steel Maiden". First appearing in Ao, she makes a cameo appearance in Cold Steel I and later makes a full return as an antagonist in Cold Steel III and IV. Due to the sheer number similarities between her and the legendary "Lance Maiden" of Erebonian history, many assume her true identity to be Lianne Sandlot herself. It's later confirmed in Cold Steel III that she truly is Lianne Sandlot, having survived her historical death through mysterious means.


  • The Ace: Easily one of the strongest fighters on Zemuria.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Averted with Dreichels himself as her feelings were reciprocated but circumstances prevented them from getting together. Once Dreichels had reincarnated as Osborne, a part of her had hoped that this time she would have been able to get together with him. Unfortunately for her, by the time that she found him, Osborne had already fallen in love with Kasia and started a family with her that resulted in Rean. Lianne, for her part, muses that so long as he was happy then it was alright.
  • Anti-Villain: Easily one of the least villainous members of Ouroboros.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Stahlritter are Arianrhod's bodyguards (not like she needs them) and they are exclusively female.
  • Archenemy: Ever since she learned about Ishmelga from Dreichels, she has made her number 1 goal to destroy him.
  • Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: Guess which side of the spectrum she's on.
  • Back from the Dead: Cold Steel III reveals that she did die as Lianne Sandlot, but she mysteriously came back to life. It's because as an Awakener, her life is tethered to her Divine Knight.
  • Badass Boast: In Cold Steel III she delivers one towards McBurn when he asks for a fight.
    "I, too, shall enjoy the night breeze if you break my helm."
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Cold Steel I she appears in time to rescue Rean's field study group in Lohengrin Castle. It's revealed retroactively in Cold Steel IV that the reason she rescued him and his group is because he's the son of the reincarnation of the man who she once loved.
  • Blue Blood: As Lianne Sandlot, she was a Countess who ruled Lohengrin Castle and Legram, which were then taken over by her retainers of the Arseid Family.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She is able to crush a truck engine simply by throwing her spear from faraway.
  • Contralto of Danger: One of the most powerful women in all of Zemuria with a suitably low voice.
  • Dual Boss: In Cold Steel III, you actually fight her and all 3 members of the Stahlritter at the same time in Chapter 3. And then in the final chapter, you have to fight against her and Demon McBurn. Then in Cold Steel IV, she ends up fighting alongside Osborne and this time, they're ARCUS linked.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Along with the other Anguis, she made a voiced appearance in The 3rd.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She steps in to prevent a swindler from fleeing to Calvard with stolen medicals goods following Crossbell's raid by the Red Constellation because she can't stand such a distasteful behavior towards civilians.
  • Fallen Hero: Once she was Lianne Sandlot, a heroic legend of Erebonian history who joined forces with Dreichels the Lionheart to put an end to the "War of the Lions". Over 250 years later however, she joined Ouroboros (a terrorist organization) and becomes one of the highest ranking members of the Society in addition to being one of its two strongest fighters.
  • Foreshadowing: Unlike her Dual Boss fight with McBurn in Cold Steel III, she's ARCUS linked with Osborne in Cold Steel IV despite having no known relationship with him at the time. It's a sign that she trusts and loves Dreichels and his reincarnation.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason for her being an antagonist throughout the series? All done out of loyalty towards Dreichels, who in current times has now been reincarnated as Giliath Osborne. She feels responsible for not being there to aid him when he needed it most, aka the death of his wife and near death of Rean, which resulted in Osborne making a literal Deal with the Devil. She decided to join Ouroboros as a means to an end, and later sides with Osborne himself directly, in order to help put a stop to the curse of Erebonia once and for all.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the nicest member of Ouroboros, and has blonde hair.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After her defeat, it seems like she's going to accept Rean's offer to save her life and join the heroes' side. Then Rufus shows up...
  • History Repeats: Her final fate directly parallels Loewe's
  • Honor Before Reason: She tells Roselia the reason why Dreichels never told Rose about the curse is because it would have been a terrible and feeble life for someone who is nearly at the end of his life and the problems of man still linger on.
  • Humongous Mecha: In Cold Steel III, she appears alongside the Aion Type Alpha II. Said game also reveals that she's been the Awakener of Algreion the Silver Knight since before the War of the Lions.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: She is so strong that she was holding back every time we see her fighting. Not even Aurelia, the then strongest woman in Erebonia at the time, was enough to make her fight seriously.
  • I Let You Win: It's revealed after the fight that despite her kneeling against Rean and Crow, they both note that she threw the fight in order for Rean to absorb Algreion's essence. Unfortunately, she didn't expect Rufus to back stab her at her weakest moment.
  • Immortality : A trait common to all Awakeners as they cannot die so long as their Divine Knights remain. This is how she was able to survive her historic death.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Rufus fatally wounds her by running her through with the Gold Knight's sword.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After finding Osborne and discovering him married with a child, she finds herself content enough that he is living an happy life.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: As Lianne Sandlot she was an inspirational warrior and general who lead the Eisenritter to help Dreichels put an end to the War of the Lions and was canonized as a Saint after her purported death.
  • Jousting Lance: Her weapon of choice. Even her Divine Knight has one.
  • Lady of War: One of the most beautiful, graceful, and powerful women in the entire series.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: As it turns out, this is the reason why she left Dreichels as she was left unable to bear any children after coming back to life.
  • Leitmotif: Unfathomable Force and Aria of the Saint.
  • Like a Son to Me: How she views Rean after spending years looking out for him from afar, imagining him to be the son that she could have had with Dreichels.
  • Limit Break: Her S-Craft in both Ao and the later Cold Steel games is "Grand Cross." Also her finishing move when piloting Algreion.
  • Living Legend: As Lianne Sandlot, the Lance Maiden.
  • Mysterious Protector: Briefly plays this role in Cold Steel I during Class VII's field study in Legram for reasons unknown. Cold Steel IV reveals that this was because Rean was there. It's also revealed that she had been secretly watching over him as he grew up, to the point that Osborne actually refers to her as one of Rean's mothers alongside Kasia and Lucia.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By not telling Rose all about the curse that's stalking Dreichels, Osborne ends up making a deal with Ishmelga that nearly starts a global conflict all over the world.
  • Old Friend: To Roselia. She's the one who guided her to Algreion, her Divine Knight, a few years before the War of the Lions happened.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass : She serves as this in Ao where she tests the SSS's conviction and strength under KeA's demands.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: It's quite obvious she didn't even bother to try and disguise her identity as Lianne Sandlot. Everyone who's ever heard about Arianrhod are quick to assume that she has something to do with her past self.
  • Parental Substitute: She is one for the youngest members of the society and the Stahlritter. She explicitely calls Duvalie her child in Cold Steel IV.
  • Physical God: A contender for being the most powerful character in the series. Very few could hope to match her, with Ein Selnate and McBurn being such people. Lloyd and the SSS were lucky enough to break her helmet when they fought her. Even after Aurelia Le Guin (a contender for Erebonia's strongest warrior) manages to bring Arianrhod to her knees in battle, it's revealed that she was holding back and only fought with the strength she had as a human when she was Lianne Sandlot.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Because she never told Roselia about the curse and Ishmelga stalking Dreichels for 250 years, the issues with Erebonia continued on.
  • Red Baron: "The Steel Maiden." And formerly, "The Lance Maiden" when she was still Lianne Sandlot.
  • Religious Bruiser: Technically, since she was canonized as a Saint for her role in the War of the Lions.
  • Really 700 Years Old: From a chronological standpoint, she's well over 250 years old despite looking like a young woman in her early twenties.
  • The Reveal: Cold Steel IV reveals the reason why she joined with Ouroboros without saying anything to Roselia for twenty years: she's been looking out for Osborne ever since she found Dreichels' reincarnation. Then tragedy struck towards Osborne's life which she then takes it upon herself to help out Osborne get rid of the curse for good. Roselia did not take it well when she finds out about it.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: In all of her centuries-long life, she never loved anyone but Dreichels. To the point that her feelings even extend to his reincarnation in Osborne.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Awakener of the seven Awakeners. She's also the oldest of them all.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Dreichels. Both fell in love and had sworn to live with each other after the "War of the Lions" ended, but circumstances such as her "death" prevented that from ever happening. It turns out that she left him due to her inability to have children after coming back to life. She clearly regrets this however as by the time Dreichels reincarnates as Osborne she once again has a desire to be with him. Unfortunately for her she missed her chance since Osborne had already married Kasia and had a son with her (Rean) by the time Lianne finds him.
  • Take Up My Sword: Or rather her name, as Lianne asks Laura to continue the tradition of having the initial letter "S." in the Arseid line as one of her last wishes before she dies.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Laura calls her Lianne Sandlot, she describes that name as an "illusion of the past".
  • The Stoic: She is a little bit short on the emotions scale.
  • Together in Death: With Dreichels/Osborne and Rutger at the end of Cold Steel IV.
  • Turns Red: In her bossfight in Ao, when her HP reach a certain threshold, her mask will break and she will stop holding back. By the end of the fight, her mask is probably not the only thing who is broken.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Dreichels. So much so that she even ends up developing feelings towards his reincarnation in Osborne, and later joined Ouroboros out of a sense of duty towards him.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: She and McBurn serves as the first opponents guarding the Gral of Erebos.
  • Walking Spoiler: Much of the white tropes come from Cold Steel III and IV revelations.
  • Walking the Earth: After her resurrection she decides to travel around outside of Erebonia for decades until Dreichels' deathbed. Afterwards she then spends the next two centuries looking for his reincarnation out of worry that the curse that haunted him would come back to do so again. It's during this time that she meets the Grandmaster, but it's not until she finds Osborne and believes him to be safe that she decides to join Ouroboros.
  • Weapon Tombstone: After her death, the Stahlritter used her lance and helmet to make a grave in Crossbell.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: She says as much after she's defeated in Cold Steel IV...
    It's been a long journey. So long...
  • Wrecked Weapon: Her iconic lance finally breaks in Cold Steel IV while fighting Class VII. Considering what happens next...

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