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A terrorist group active in the Empire whose stated goal is nothing less than the death of Giliath Osborne. They have far greater money and resources than their size would suggest, leading many to conclude that they must have a wealthy backer, later on confirmed to be the Noble Alliance.


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    Comrade <C> 

The leader of the Imperial Liberation Front, with a mask to hide his face and a synthesizer to hide his voice, not even his companions know him as anything but 'Comrade <C>'.

His true identity is later revealed to be Crow Armbrust. To learn more, see here.


    Comrade <G> 

Mikhail Gideon

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Voiced by: Kohei Matsumoto (Japanese), Xander Mobus (English)
Appearances: Cold Steel

The cold sub-commander of the ILF who spearheads their plans. He is normally addressed as 'Comrade <G>'.


  • Bad Boss: He leaves his wannabe-Jaeger catspaws behind to be eaten by a gigantic spider. He's better about taking care of his own people.
  • Bus Crash: Killed offscreen during the terrorist attack on Orchis Tower at the hands of The Red Constellation.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Players can find books about his researches in Cold Steel III and it turns out that he knew that Osborne would put out a national mobilization law in one of his books.
  • Foregone Conclusion: His eventual fate. Anybody who has played the Crossbell games would know that he dies during the terrorist attack on Orchis Tower.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He doesn't have much in the way of redeeming qualities aside from the fact that the person he's opposing is even worse.
  • Hand Cannon: His pistol is very large and allows him to hit multiple targets at once with explosive ammunition. Claire uses the same model of gun so it's presumably military-issue.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Manipulated the mercenary group Bugbear into launching attacks on Imperial and Republican bases, then left them to be killed by a monster he unleashed after they outlived their usefulness to him. His ILF detachment was manipulated into attacking Orchis Tower, then they were hunted down by Red Constellation after having outlived their usefulness to the conspirators. He even knows he wasn't going to make it out alive.
  • Musical Assassin: He has an Artifact called the Devilbinding Flute which enables him to control monsters, up to and including summoning an ancient spider-demon and resurrecting a dead dragon to fight your party. That nonsense ends after Rean destroys it before he can use it again.
  • Politically Motivated Teacher: He used to be an assistant professor at Heimdallr's Imperial Academy, but was fired for constantly speaking out against Osborne and distributing tracts and fliers in public.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After his plans fall through, he has no problem putting a knife to Alfin's neck in order to ensure his escape.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: He sees himself as the latter, naturally.

    Comrade <S> 

Scarlet

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Voiced by: Hiromi Nishikawa (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)

Another leader of the ILF, wielding a Temple Sword and Arts with equal skill. She is normally addressed as 'Comrade <S>'.


  • Ace Custom: Two of them, her reactive armor equipped Spiegel in Cold Steel I and her Kestrel in Cold Steel II.
  • The Atoner: In Cold Steel IV, she's revealed to have rejoined the Gralsritter and is working to atone for her actions as a terrorist.
  • BFS: Her Spiegel wields a sword which is huge by definition. She laments that Reinford hasn't yet managed to make a mecha-scaled version of her templar sword. Cold Steel II gave her the Kestrel Soldat and a soldat-sized templar sword.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Death Seeker: In Cold Steel II. With the Chancellor presumed dead and thus her only goal in life fulfilled, she finds no more value in life and wishes to have one last battle before she dies so she can be reunited with her lost friends. Fortunately, Rean is able to save her before that happens.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She may be a terrorist who would point a gun at Crossbell, but even she's appalled at Duke Albarea burning down one of his own territories for no reason other than the Imperial Army was using it as a base for some time. The only reason why she's fighting Rean is because she wants to die and meet up with Vulcan and Gideon.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Whether it's cosmetic or not is unknown, but she does wear one.
  • Flechette Storm: Her S-Craft, Bloody Storm.
  • Freudian Excuse: Osborne's aggressive plans to modernize the empire via the railway system caused the destruction of her hometown. While they were paid a fair price for the loss of their land after Osborne's eminent domain seizure, they weren't able to find a replacement farm, her dad was drowning in his sorrows, and died. She was still training when it all happened and she has no idea where her family is anymore.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: In the finale of the first game you can't defeat her Spiegel while on foot because she's effectively invincible.
  • Limit Break: Her S-Craft is "Bloody Storm."
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has quite the large bust, not to mention all the listed traits.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Her Spiegel has an ability called Reactive Armor which she will use the first turn she gets. It grants her infinite Craft Guard and Arts Reflection. That means every single attack you land will either be useless or actively harmful to you.
  • Mysterious Past: When the developers revealed her name, they also indicated that Scarlet's past would be of interest to fans. Given that she's using a weapon exclusively belonging to the Gralsritter and her Crafts all have similar names or appearances to Ries' abilities...
    • In Cold Steel II, Scarlet drops some hints but refrains from giving the full story. She hailed from a family of wealthy farmers and was studying in the city of Arteria to be a sister but she had to return to Erebonia before she could complete her training. They were left with a lot of mira but nothing to use it on as their farm was their entire life. Her dad got was drowning in his sorrows and died in an accident and her entire family has scattered.
  • Not So Different: The main reason why she sympathizes with Crow is that his past is similar to hers.
  • Playing with Fire: All of her Crafts have a fire theme and when swung, her Templar Sword appears to catch fire.
  • Sigil Spam: Her tattoo is the symbol of the Imperial Liberation Front.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only major female figure of the Imperial Liberation Front.
  • Sole Survivor: The last member of the Imperial Liberation Front that is still alive. Also, if she got the news, then the only one of them to ever find out that their nemesis, Giliath Osborne, remains alive. Subverted when Crow comes Back from the Dead.
  • Super Prototype: The Kestrel unit she fights Rean with in Cold Steel 2. It has a mech-scaled version of her Templar Sword and is alightly armoured but very fast model that can dodge most attacks easily and can outright blitz regular units. However, similar to V's Goliath, its great speed and maneuverability places a great strain on it's Orbal engine. Also just like V's Goliath it was probably intentional since she's a Death Seeker at that point.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's nowhere to be seen in Cold Steel III, only getting a single brief mention, and it's not known what happened to her after the civil war. In Cold Steel III, while she doesn't appear in person, one of Crow's bonding events reveals she went back to the Gralsritter, and is now working under Wazy.
  • Whip Sword: She uses a Templar Sword, the magazine where Falcom revealed this even dared readers to start engaging in Wild Mass Guessing over this fact. Cold Steel does not reveal the reason she uses one, though Cold Steel II does. She was in the middle of her training and was about to go on her first mission for the church when the stuff that had happened in her hometown made her abandon it.

     Comrade <V> 

Vulcan

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Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Appearances: Cold Steel | Cold Steel II

An enormous man and the last of the leaders of the ILF. He is normally addressed as 'Comrade <V>'.


  • Benevolent Boss: Despite enjoying the thrill of battle like most Jaegers, his unit switches to easy missions whenever many greenhorns join. Unfortunately, he wrongly assumed that the request to intimidate Osborne was going to be one of those easy jobs, resulting in everyone except for himself being killed.
  • BFG: He uses a massive, err, vulcan cannon. One-handed.
  • The Brute: The biggest guy among the Imperial Liberation Front.
  • Death Seeker: In Cold Steel II. Like with Scarlet, with the Chancellor presumed dead and thus his only goal in life fulfilled, he finds no more value in life and wishes to have one last battle before he dies so he can be reunited with his lost friends. He eventually gets his wish, much to the dismay of Rean and everyone else present.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His reason for hating Osborne. When he was still the leader of Arngarmr, the group was hired by a Noble to give Osborne 'a warning' shortly after the man came into power. Osborne predicted such a thing will happen and had a trap waiting. Then, Osborne proceed to annihilate every Arngarmr members, with Vulcan being the only survivor. Now It's Personal.
  • Dual Wielding: His Spiegel uses a pair of massive hammers.
  • Gatling Good: With a central barrel that functions as a minature Wave Motion Gun.
  • Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Destruction Cannon."
  • Private Military Contractors: A former Jaeger, once the leader of a group called Arngarmr, of which he is the only surviving member.
  • Sole Survivor: Of his previous Jaeger Corps Arngarmr, who were wiped out by Osborne.
  • Super Prototype: The Goliath he uses to fight Rean in Cold Steel II. It's huge enough to pick up or swat away other regular Soldats with it's hands, has wrist-mounted flamethrowers, and a HUGE scaled up version of his Vulcan Cannon mounted over it's right shoulder. It's biggest problem is that it taxes the orbal engine to compensate for its massive weight. This was deliberate as Vulcan's a Death Seeker.

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