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Dominion of the Gralsritter

    First Dominion 

Ein Selnate

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Voiced by: Tomoko Naka (Japanese)
Appearances: The 3rd

The head of the Gralsritter and the inspiration for the fictional character Carnelia


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: According to Crossbell Archive, being the Dominion most skilled at drawing out the power of your Stigma means you get to be in charge of the other eleven and in charge of the group that wields a lot of power within the Church.
  • Combat Pragmatist: If the Carnelia books are even remotely accurate Ein has no problems kicking (or killing) an enemy when they're down, or any issues with fighting dirty generally.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Crossbell Archive implies that she plans ahead with a vengeance. She was Elie's host during the latter's eyebrow-raising time studying forbidden scriptures in Alteria and it's implied she groomed her as a future ally for the Gralsritter at the same time she was training Ries and setting up Wazy as a new Dominion
  • Deadpan Snarker: For a holy knight, she's amazingly snarky.
  • Death Glare: She delivers a couple of epic ones in Ring of Judgment.
  • Famed In-Story: Carnelia is a popular series of books, most people reading them don't know that the title character is not only real but much cooler than her fictional counterpart.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: We've yet to see her fight but she is seen in artwork wielding a sabre and she helped teach Ries how to use her Templar Sword.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She was very close to Rufina and tries to keep an eye on Kevin and Ries as a result.
  • Invented Individual: Inverted, the invented individual is a cover for the real individual, created for Plausible Deniability purposes.
  • Nun Too Holy: She snarks and she smokes and she's kind of a troll.
  • The Paladin: She's the First Dominion, making her de facto the strongest Knight sworn to the service of the Church. She is also (possibly) the most powerful character in the franchise.
  • Physical God: The only character known to have seen both fight suggests that Ein might be capable of fighting Arianrhod equally. Even if he's wrong, that still says a lot about how good Ein must be.
  • Private Military Contractors: According to the Carnelia books, she's an ex-jaeger.
  • The Red Baron: Like all the Dominions, she chose her own title: Carnelia
  • Troll: Her appearance in Ring of Judgment smacks of this. She hires Estelle and Joshua with the promise of information on Renne's whereabouts and after they complete the job, she tells them that Renne did not rejoin Ouroboros after the Liber Ark incident and that information is 100% certain. It's also 100% useless and Ein knows it.
    • She then shows her very well concealed soft side almost immediately afterwards, giving them much more helpful information that is 'only 99.9% certain'.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Her hair is a dark shade of green.

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    Second Dominion 

    Fifth Dominion 

Kevin Graham

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Kevin as he appears in Ao no Kisekinote 
Voiced by: Ryohei Nakao (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
Appearances: SC | The 3rd | Ao

A wandering priest of the Septian Church. First appears in the Second Chapter, and becomes the protagonist of The 3rd. He wields a crossbow.


  • Abusive Parents: Although his mother used to be nice, she tried to kill herself and him out of despair when things got bad.
  • Adapted Out: Does not appear in the OVA.
  • Ascended Extra: From an Sixth Ranger to the main character of The 3rd.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is actually one of the highest ranking knights in the Septian Church who is sent to assassinate Weissmann.
  • Badass Preacher: He's a wandering priest who is quite capable of defending himself from monsters and bandits. Actually, he's the Fifth Dominion, one of the twelve most powerful Knights who protect the Church and as a result, very high up in the hierarchy of badassdom.
  • Bad Habits: Kevin is a good person but he does sometimes take advantage of the automatic respect his priestly outfit gets him. He's also a shameless flirt.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't let the smile and goofy demeanor fool you, he's able and willing to defend himself and anyone in his charge.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed but it's there: he won't hesitate to murder if it comes to that (granted, Weissmann was an Asshole Victim). And as we learn from 3rd, he considered using Estelle and Joshua to get to Weissmann, even if it meant getting them hurt. He gets better.
  • Breakout Character: Goes from a supporting party member in the second game to the protagonist of the third game.
  • The Cameo: Makes an appearance in Cold Steel IV, attending Olivert's wedding and reeling Ries from eating more.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Sacrifice Arrow gives up some of Kevin's CP in order to restore it to an ally.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ries and Rufina.
  • Church Militant: He's part of the Gralsritter
  • Darker and Edgier: Is this in The 3rd even before everything comes out, signified by his portrait showing him without his white outer jacket, his rerecorded lines and his new move Death Punisher.
  • Death Seeker: His title "The Heresy Punisher" isn't a boast, it's a reminder. He wants to be punished for his perceived failure to prevent his mother's suicide and his accidental killing of Rufina and he willingly takes on all the worst jobs because of it.
    • Becomes The Atoner over the course of The 3rd, to the extent that his first appearance in Ao no Kiseki (he succeeds in saving someone from a situation where in the past he failed).
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Isn't that right, Weissmann?
  • Experienced Protagonist: The protagonist of Sky The 3rd and already having so many accomplishments under his belt as the Heretic Hunter.
  • Failure Knight: He was determined to become a Knight so he could protect Rufina and then that had to happen. He didn't take it well.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: He sees himself as being responsible for his mother's death because he ran away when it was obvious what she was planning rather than trying to stop her (or get help to stop her). Of course, he was six at the time but that doesn't stop him from blaming himself.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Played with in that it's somewhat out of his control, but Kevin himself, or rather his own self-loathing, is technically responsible for the events of The Third, creating the copy of Gehanna in Phantasma and in turn the Lord of Phantasma.
  • Hell Seeker: He sort of gets his wish, because he was trying to rescue Ries after the latter took the bullet for him and they two both wound up in Gehenna. Of course, by this point he now wants to atone in a healthier way. Good thing it wasn't really hell.
  • Heroic RRoD: After he used his stigma power at the end of Chapter 4 boss, he's too tired to go on and needs to rest for the entirety of Chapter 5, entrusting the artifact to Ries.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Deliberately does this to himself and asks to fight monsters because he believes he deserves it. He's stopped before he can go completely off the slippery slope.
  • Holy Hitman: Kevin's special duties for the Church include assassinating particularly vile heretics. He doesn't quote scripture that frequently though. That's what Ries is for.
  • Idiot Ball: He just had to hold it in SC when he lets Campanella escape with the staff Weissman owned, being unaware that it was the Aureole. He literally hands Ouroboros their first victory and the first phase of their plan finished just by letting Campanella get away with the staff. He doesn't even pull out his crossbow and fire a regular arrow or cast an art at Campanella. Admittedly, he had no idea that it was the Sept-Terrion but still.
  • Laughing Mad: You'd react the same way if you were told that you were getting a promotion after you just killed your big sister figure and superior.
  • Limit Break: In SC, his S-Craft is "Grail Sphere." The 3rd as gives him "Spear of Loa" and "Spear of Ur."
  • Manipulative Bastard: Throughout all of SC and half of The 3rd, almost everything he says and does is in some way a lie calculated to advance his agenda
  • Meaningful Rename: Kevin's decision to change his Dominion title at the end of The 3rd is meaningful on its own, and not only because it's the first time in the entire history of the Gralsritter than anyone has done that. What he changes it to is even more meaningful as his new title is adapted from Rufina's own.
  • My Greatest Failure: He unintentionally caused the death of his parent-surrogate Rufina.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His entirely understandable reaction to the aftermath of his Stigma manifesting.
  • Nice Guy: His flirtarious behavior aside, Kevin is a pretty friendly man when you get to talk to him. Turns out, most of it is an act. In reality he can be quite cold and calculating, as his murder of Weissmann showed. By the end of the 3rd, he's starting to become this for real.
  • Not So Different: With Weissmann, surprisingly. Both are clergymen who lost their family at a young age, both also put on a quirky and friendly facade in the present. Even one of Kevin's crafts, "Mortal Punishment" has spears similar to those from Weissmann's S-Craft. Almost makes you wonder what would happen if he didn't meet Rufina...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Kevin asks Ein to kill him following the Aster House incident. She gives him a What the Hell, Hero? speech and tells him that he's pledged himself to the Septian Church and he's not going to get to take the easy way out.
  • Power Incontinence: Kevin suffers from this in the most tragic way possible when his Stigma fully awakens. The combination of the fact that he's a novice Squire and the Artifact his Stigma just absorbed was known to transform the bearer into a demon did not do anyone any favors.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: After he reveals his stigma in The 3rd, his voice becomes deeper, darker, and more menacing.
  • Rain of Arrows: His second and third S-Crafts, Demon Lance Loa and Holy Lance Ur, summon an enormous number of arrows to follow the one launched from Kevin's bowgun. The latter combines this trope with Pillar of Light
  • Red Baron: Known as "Heretic Hunter". After Event of the 3rd, he changed his alias into "Thousand-Hand Guardian"
  • Sexy Priest: He's good looking and he doesn't mind taking advantage of it to flirt a bit.
  • Sixth Ranger: While he is playable at the start of SC, it isn't until the second half of the game he fully joins the party.
  • Single-Use Shield: Grail Sphere grants all allies within its huge reach Max Guard. At 200 CP, it grants a double-use effect.
  • Tsurime Eyes: He has them. They get more pronounced in The 3rd.
  • Two First Names
  • Walking Spoiler: The ending of the game reveals there's more to him than being a Gralsritter squire.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Asked in-universe where Kevin's Japanese speech is distinguished by his use of full-on Kansai-ben. Dorothy wonders if that's how people from Alteria speak, though Kevin reveals that while he works there, it's not his actual home. There's a certain level of Obfuscating Stupidity involved in his use of it.
  • Willfully Weak: Kevin could have revealed the full extent of his powers at any time before Chapter 4 of The 3rd but aside from blocking Weissmann's mental manipulation he keeps his skills in general and his Stigma in particular a secret until Ries' life is on the line. There's a couple of in-universe reasons for this, including not wanting to put Weissmann on his guard, the strain involved in using his full powers and the fact that he's afraid what might happen if he loses control again.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: His hair is a very pronounced shade of green, which is the origin of a joke in The 3rd that really only makes sense in Japanese.

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See Łazy Hemisphere's section under Saber Viper and Testaments.

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Squires and Knights of the Gralsritter

    Ries Argent 
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Ries as she appears in Trails to Azure note 
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese) , Michelle Ruff (English)
Appearances: The 3rd | Ao

A Squire of the Gralsritter. She wields a Templar Sword in battle.


  • Badass Normal: Between challenging extremely powerful devils by herself, or willingly allowing herself to go to hell (because in her words, she'll come back) despite the fact that she's a simple squire with no special powers, she's this in spades.
  • Berserk Button: Do not get between this girl and a meal.
    • On a more serious note, she does not appreciate it when she's lied to. Especially from Kevin.
  • Big Eater: She spends her entire salary on food. In her defense, she does have an eye for sales and cost-performance.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's really blunt when it comes to describing unpleasant traits in people directly to their faces like when she says how Gilbert is so full of himself and how Renne is being a self-centered child despite her evident high intelligence.
    Ries: (to Gilbert) You couldn't look more like a nobody if you tried. You're the kind of person who constantly throws himself into things too big to handle and ends up sabotaging himself without anyone lifting a finger. And you refuse to learn from any of your failures too.
  • The Cameo: In Cold Steel IV, eating as usual at Olivert's wedding.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kevin.
  • Comfort Food: After running off because she doesn't want to put up with Kevin obviously lying to her about his past during the events of Chapter 4 in The 3rd, Ries can be seen for most of the rest of the Chapter sitting in a corner of the Garden, eating.
  • The Comically Serious: Has shades of this, especially when proposing to solve a problem by destroying whatever is in front of her.
  • Church Militant: Like Kevin, she's a member of the Gralsritter.
  • Family Abandonment: Her sister died and Kevin vanished five years prior to the start of the series and she doesn't understand why. This led to a 'now what do I do?' crisis before she decided to join the Gralsritter.
  • The Determinator: Her determination in the face of impossible odds is notable, even for a series filled with people with immense willpower. Nothing will stop her from helping Kevin. She dares the Lord of Phantasma to send her to hell because in her words, she'll just come back.
  • Deuteragonist: Of The 3rd.
  • Flechette Storm: Ries' Thousand Sparrows and its upgrade Infinite Sparrows, which launches the segments of her Templar Sword to attack the enemy from all directions.
  • Food as Bribe: Kevin has learned that bribing Ries with food is a pretty effective technique.
  • The Lancer: As a Squire, it's her job to be this to Kevin.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Kevin. While she claims that it's just in the past, and they're not close any more, Estelle claims that, while there might not necessarily be romance between them, they're still important to each other. Eventually, Ries admits this to be the truth.
    Ries:: We're FAMILY, Kevin.
  • Light Is Good: Has Mirage-aligned slots and her S-Crafts summon angelic creatures. She's also one of the main protagonists in The 3rd.
  • Limit Break: Her S-Crafts are "Heavenly Strike" and "Heavenly Sphere".
  • Non Standard Skill Learning: She learns her first S-Craft after deating the first chapter's boss in The 3rd.
  • Nuns Are Mikos: Actually justified, she swears an entirely different set of vows from ordinary nuns.
  • Nun Too Holy: Very lightly toyed with, she's a bit of a glutton and prefers to resort to violent solutions but she's definitely a good person and very sincere in her faith. Also, she's part of the Church Militant wing of the Septian Church so she probably gets a bit of a pass doctrinally.
  • The Paladin: She's a nun who likes to quote scripture, wields a Templar Sword, has the Orbment setup to be a decent caster, has Mirage-aligned Slots which are the closest the series gets to a 'light' element, good strength, a useful support craft and her S-Crafts summon angelic guardians.
  • Serious Business: Food. Even as a little girl she could tell you which brand of chocolate had the best ratio of taste to cost... and yes, that can totally be calculated mathematically.
  • Ship Tease: At the same time her relationship with Kevin can be seen as family, there's still some amount of this between them, especially at the ending of the game.
  • Summon Magic: Both of her S-Crafts summon angelic guardians to smite enemies.
  • The All-Solving Hammer: Her preferred method of solving all problems is to hit them with her Templar Sword until they go away. When Kevin calls her out on this she usually replies that she was only joking. Kevin doesn't buy it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: As a child, Quincybell chocolate. As an adult, egg sandwiches and bread generally.
  • Training Montage: Narrated actually, as Ries describes her Squire training in one of the drama cds.
  • Whip Sword: Her Templar Sword is one.

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