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.
In March of S.1207, the existence of a group known as the "New Imperial Liberation Front" was announced by a figure known as <C>, the same moniker used by the original group's leader.
Original Imperial Liberation Front
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>'.
To learn more about his true identity, see here.
- Voiced by: Kohei Matsumoto (Japanese, Cold Steel), Kenji Akabane (Japanese, Ao), 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: Played with; from the perspective of the Cold Steel arc, he is killed offscreen during the terrorist attack on Orchis Tower at the hands of The Red Constellation. However, the added portraits in the PS4 version of Ao establishes that he was leader fought by the SSS, meaning the player can actually see the moment he dies.
- 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.
- Lesser of Two Evils: In his book, "Marching Towards Dystopia," he admits he doesn't agree with the Noble Faction on all issues, but he believes Osborne and the Reformist Faction are worse because of all the unrest they cause with their expansionist policies, which they will take advantage of to seize power and turn Erebonia into a military dictatorship. It's implied that others in the ILF share the same mindset, since many members are commoners too.
- 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.
- Starter Villain: Out of the many conspiracies and organizations lurking in Erebonia, Gideon is the weakest member of the weakest group, and is fittingly both the first actual villain faced by Class VII and the only one of the four ILF leaders who doesn't make it to Could Steel II.
- 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.
- Voiced by: Hiromi Nishikawa (Japanese, Cold Steel series), Naoko Komatsu (Japanese, Hajimari), 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.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord:In Hajimari she's begun wielding a bowgun in her off hand in addition to her templar sword similar to Rufina Argent
- The Bus Came Back: After not being seen onscreen since Cold Steel II, she makes her return in Hajimari, assisting in Crossbell's liberation.
- 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.
- Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
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.
New Imperial Liberation Front
A masked man in black who serves the leader of New Imperial Liberation Front. He is the third protagonist of Hajimari, together with Lloyd and Rean.
For information on his true identity, see Rufus Albarea.
- Voiced by: Azumi Waki
A living doll made by Rosenberg Studios. She was found in a trunk that Swin and Nadia were tasked to deliver to <C>. With no memories barring her name and her status as a Rosenberg doll, she decides to join <C> in hopes of finding out her identity.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Her linked victory quote with Rufus after he takes off the C mask and they grow closer at the end of chapter 3 is Rufus patting her head.
- Affectionate Nickname: Nadia calls her "La-chan."
- Benevolent A.I.: She is the administrator of Elysium, a powerful AI that developed itself after the war of Cold Steel IV and gained autonomy. At some point in time, the Elysium system separated itself from the autonomous existence. The separated entity with a free will is Lapis.
- Birds of a Feather: Once she knows C's true identity, they hit off it off quite well, as they find out that they're similar to each other, trying to find out the meaning of their existence in life. It's because of her that Rufus manages to finally move on and cut his old self in half.
- Distinction Without a Difference: From her perspective, she's not gonna help out Lloyd and everyone else on dealing with the Tower of Babel, even stating that she wouldn't do it if Rufus asked. They're not asking help from her; rather she's asking help from them as she's the main party responsible for the Elysium System.
- Enemy Scan: Her "Emerald Eye" Craft works just like Detector.
- The Glomp: Does this to C a lot.
- Limit Break: Her S-Craft is "Lapis in the Mirror."
- Me's a Crowd: When Rufus and Lapis get separated from Swin, Nadia, and Renne near the climax of chapter 3, Lapis encounters a whole bunch of dolls that look like her. She ends up getting dogpiled by the dolls with her wondering if she's just like them until Rufus pulls her out and tells her she's her own being.
- Morality Pet: Goes both ways for Rufus and her as she sees Rufus being the one who reached to her at her time of need. Meanwhile, Rufus sees Lapis as this and is the reason why he can finally move on as he tells the fake Rufus that a few days ago, he would have taken up the fake Rufus' offer of being the one who would unite all of Zemuria to surpass Osborne.
- Phrase Catcher: A couple:
Nadia: Rosenberg technology is to be feared.
- When she does something a doll shouldn't be able to do:
- Whenever she awards "points" within earshot of Swin, he'll likely comment on how he doesn't understand her criteria.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's a small doll, yet her strength stat is through the roof.
- Running Gag: She likes rating people's names based on how "cute" she finds them.
- Say My Name: Constantly screams Rufus' name whenever something happens to him.
- Token Mini-Moe: To the group and to the entire cast as she's actually the shortest playable character in the game. Even Altina, Millium, and KeA are taller than her.
- Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara
A boy who once worked as a killer for a group known only as the "Organization," he left the group behind alongside his partner Nadia. In Hajimari, they were tasked with delivering a trunk to <C>, who then asked them to lend their services to him. While initially reluctant, Swin eventually accepts.
- Affectionate Nickname: Nadia always refers to him as "Su-chan."
- Dual Wielding: He uses two swords that can be combined into one.
- Evil Knockoff: In Hajimari, he has a Hollow copy that serves as a boss in the True Reverie Corridor, most notably when it fights alongside Nadia and the Emperor's on the sixth floor.
- Hero of Another Story: He's the protagonist of "Three & Nine," a book series obtainable in Cold Steel IV.
- Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Three of Swords."
- Morality Pet: For Nadia. When the two get forcefully separated at the final dungeon, the two start worrying for the other and Nadia starts wondering what she should do now that Swin isn't with her. Lloyd and Rufus tell Nadia to calm down and on Rean's end, he tells both Lapis and Swin that the other group will be fine.
- Mythology Gag: Let's see: a boy with dual-wielding swords, who was forced to be an assassin for a shadowy organization with a tarot motif, was the underling of a sadistic and manipulative man wielding a supernatural staff, ultimately escapes said organization, and forms a strong bond with a similiarly aged girl. Are we talking about Swin Abel, or Joshua Bright? Even Joshua lampshades it a little bit in their linked victory quote in Hajimari where he's reminded of his younger self when looking at Swin.
- Oblivious to Love: He generally thinks of Nadia like a little sister he has to take care of, unaware that she's in love with him even though she glomps at him constantly. That or he really just sees her as a little sister.
- Only Sane Man: Among the New ILF, he's the only member who seems to consistently have his head on straight, leaving him to react to the other members' antics.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: He wears a blue jacket in contrast to Nadia's primarily pink outfit.
- Reverse Grip: He wields one of his swords like this on his left hand. He also sheathes his swords in this manner.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Swin is often shown as serious and stoic, but just as often shows a kind, gentler side.
- Survivor's Guilt: His backstory in the "Three & Nine" books has him killing his old partner, Ace due to the two of them failing to escape the Organization. His guilt from this is why he's dedicated himself to take care of Nadia, Ace's little sister.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: He only agrees to work for <C> so long as he's fine with him and Nadia not killing people. Emperor Dogma is the exception to this rule however as he and Nadia made sure that the out of control Heavenly Regalia is destroyed to kill off the Emperor.
- Tyke Bomb: He was raised by the "Organization" since age 7 to kill people, often for the amusement of their master, the "Emperor."
- Voiced by: Manaka Iwami
A girl serving as the partner of Swin in the "Organization," she joined him in escaping from their masters to lead new lives for themselves. After fulfilling a request to deliver a trunk to <C>, she accepts his offer to work for him.
- Battle Couple: She wants to be one with Swin, and they've got the "work great as a team" part down pat. Sadly for her, he's Oblivious to Love, so it's still a work in progress.
- Birds of a Feather: She shares her analyzation skills and mischievous streak with Renne and Musse, and they seem to get along quite well whenever they're seen interacting. Hajimari even has a group victory quote showing Towa being less than thrilled at the three teasing the idea of using their skills for world domination.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as a teasing older sister figure towards Lapis.
- Evil Knockoff: In Hajimari, she has a Hollow copy that serves as a boss in the True Reverie Corridor, most notably when it fights alongside Swin and Emperor's on the sixth floor.
- Hero of Another Story: She's the heroine of "Three & Nine," a book series obtainable in Cold Steel IV.
- Limit Break: Her S-Craft is "Na-chan Special."
- The Nicknamer: She sometimes gives people she likes nicknames by taking the first syllable of their name* and adding "-chan" to the end. She doesn't do this with everyone she likes, though, as she just gives Renne the "-chan" honorific, while she refers to Rufus with just his name.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Her outfit is primarily pink, while her partner Swin has a blue jacket.
- Purposely Overpowered: At the climax of chapter 3's fight in C's route, she gains a Brave Order so powerful, it would have snapped the game in half. For only two Brave Points, she can give the whole party five turns of level 3 status buffs across the board and a 700% increase in break damage. It makes sense, however, as it's to show how she's completely analyzed Emperor's capabilities, leaving him with no chance of winning. And given the fact that the boss has a turn limit, players will need it. In any case, she loses the order permenantly after the fight is over.
- Skewed Priorities: Rather than contemplate the implications of "Three & Nine," the story of how she and Swin escaped, becoming a best seller, she'd rather complain about how they didn't get any money out it. Royalties are apparently Serious Business for Nadia.
- Teen Genius: Considered by the Organization as one of their best assassins, and she's barely a teenager even after ditching. She can also analyze things very easily.
- Third-Person Person: Almost always refers to herself as "Na-chan."
- Tyke Bomb: As with Swin, she's been raised as an assassin from a young age. The training seems to have left a bigger impact on her psyche than her partner's, as even after leaving that life, she shows signs of slipping into assassin mode from time to time, forcing him to snap her out of it.
- Younger Than They Look: In Hajimari, she looks around the same age as the 16-year old Tita. However, she's officially stated as being a year younger than Swin, which, combined with Lloyd's estimate of their general age, means that she's 14 at most. Meanwhile, the collaboration event with Brave Nine states that she's 13 years old.