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    Rufina Argent 
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese)
Appearances: The 3rd

A Knight of the Gralsritter and Ries' older sister.


  • The Ace: Ein viewed her as one, and when the First Dominion says you're good...
  • Badass Normal: Described as being as good as a Dominion even though she doesn't have any of the powers associated with them, by the First Dominion herself.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Fought with a Templar Sword in one hand and a Bowgun in the other. This inspired Ries and Kevin's respective choice of arms.
  • Cool Big Sis: Was this to both Ries (her actual younger sister) and Kevin.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: If you fight Loewe with Kevin in your party in SC, after the battle concludes he will ask about a Gralsritter he once knew named Rufina Argent and questions Kevin if she is still well; Kevin is shocked for a moment before solemnly explaining that she had passed away, to which Loewe offers his condolences. Rufina is just a name at that point, but The 3rd fully introduces her (and provides a few more details under the circumstances under which she and Loewe crossed paths).
  • Named Weapons: Her two weapons are distinguished from most others by having names and titles, Magic Bow "Aion" and Spirit Sword "Silbern". Ries and Kevin can find copies of Rufina's old weapons in the Third Plane of Phantasma.
  • Nun Too Holy: As with her little sister, very lightly toyed with. She flirts a bit and has an unconventional approach to making Kevin eat.

    Guy Bannings 
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Appearances: Zero | Ao

Lloyd's older brother, an investigator for the Crossbell Police who died in the line of duty three years ago.


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    Dreichels Reise Arnor 
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese)

"Arise, O youth, and become the foundation of the world."

Known as Dreichels the Lionheart to many, he was the 73rd emperor of the Erebonian Empire who was responsible for ending the civil war known as the "War of the Lions" that took place over 250 years prior to the events of Cold Steel. In the later years of his life, he founded Thors Military Academy with the intent to shape future generations of Erebonians into capable members of society as dictated by his famous mandate: "Arise, O youth, and become the foundation of the world."

In Cold Steel II it's revealed that Dreichels was once the Awakener of Valimar. Discovering him in the building that would be known as the Old Schoolhouse, the two forged a contract with each other and through Valimar's power was Dreichels able to end the civil war. Afterwards, he ended his contract with Valimar and returned him to his place of rest once more.


  • Blue Blood: Comes with the territory of being an Arnor. However, much like his future descendant Olivert, he's also half-commoner due to being born to a common born mother.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel towards several of his brother's Cain, but most notably Orthros who was the ancestor of the Cayenne family and Dreichels' final opponent for the throne.
  • Childhood Friends: With Roland Vander. Their friendship would set the basis for the close relationship between the Arnor and Vander families for centuries to come.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Basically his mandate for Thors Military Academy: "Arise, O youth, and become the foundation of the world."
  • The Faceless: We never actually get to see what his face looks like even during flashbacks that show him.
  • The Gadfly: Apparently a bit as according to Roselia, she assumes that if he were still alive Dreichels would have likely teased her about her current child form.
  • Generation Xerox: Not him specifically, but his descendant Olivert ends up taking after Dreichels in a number of ways. Both are best friends with a Vander, have half-commoner blood running through their veins and thus considered unfit to inherit the throne, ended up travelling throughout the empire and beyond as result, yet still have strong sense of duty to their nation regardless.
    • It's also revealed that Rean, Dreichels' successor as Valimar's Awakener, is one as well. Not only do they end up walking similar paths during their respective civil wars, but when taking time to describe him to Rean, the way Valimar describes Dreichels makes it seem as though he's talking about Rean as well. Perhaps unsurprising considering that Rean's biological father is in fact a reincarnated Dreichels.
  • Going Native: Prior to the civil war that would make him famous, he lived as a nomad together with the people of the Nord Highlands. It's because of this that he formed close bond with them and that they eventually became his first real allies in the War of the Lions.
  • The Good King: Is remembered fondly as a great Emperor who ended a bloody Civil War and as Father of the Renaissance.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: To the modern day Erebonian Empire. Long dead that he is, his ideals are what sets the standard for the students at Thors Military Academy as exemplified by the members of Class VII, and also in his descendant Olivert, who continuously strive to make the empire a better place for all.
  • Heroic Bastard: Was the born out of wedlock to a commoner mother, just like his descendant Olivert.
  • Heroic Willpower: He was able to keep Ishmelga at bay for decades till his death.
  • Honor Before Reason: Doesn't tell his best friend witch that he's been stalked by the curse of Erebonia, or even revealing that there's such a thing as a curse looming in Erebonia because he felt that the curse is an issue that only man has to deal with it and not bother Roselia with those issues. Unfortunately, this ends up endangering Erebonia as a whole.
  • The Magnificent: Dreichels the Lionheart.
  • Our Founder: A statue of him can be found in Dreichels Plaza.
  • Parental Substitute: Raised the children of his dead best friend Roland as if they were his own. Considering the Vander family's long Legacy of Service since then, its safe to say they appreciated it.
  • Precursor Hero: To Rean as Valimar's Awakener.
  • Reincarnation: It's eventually revealed that Dreichels had reincarnated as a new person by the time the main story takes place. That person? None other than Giliath Osborne.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: After seeing the devastation wrought by the conflict first hand, he fought in the War of the Lions for the sole purpose of restoring order to the Empire.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Lianne Sandlot. Both fell in love and had sworn to live with each other after the war ended, but Lianne's death and subsequent departure after her resurrection prevented any hope of that ever happening.
  • Unexpected Successor: As the 3rd born son, one born out of wedlock to a commoner mother at that, he wouldn't have gotten the throne under normal circumstances. Only gained to throne by winning the War of the Lions.
  • Warrior Prince: Fought directly in the War of the Lions as Valimar's Awakener.
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