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The Bracer Guild

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A peace-keeping non-governmental organization based in Leman whose main purpose is to protect civilians all around Zemuria. Their members, the Bracers, are investigative and combat specialists who help people in numerous ways, be it finding lost items, escorting people or eliminating monsters.They often act as a neutral faction in conflicts around Zemuria, but are limited by the Bracer Code which prevents them to intervene in political affairs.
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S-Rank Bracers

    Cassius Bright 
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Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (game), Leraldo Anzaldua (anime) (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd | Cold Steel IV

Estelle's father, and a former member of the Liberl Army


  • The Ace: One of four S Rank Bracers in all of Zemuria.
  • Action Dad: He's the protagonist's father and he kicks so much ass that the entire world knows and either fears or respects his prowess.
  • Always Someone Better: He is this to Estelle, to the point of becoming a Running Gag.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Ouroboros sent an assassin to kill him. Cassius handily beat the assassin and his backup, then adopted the assassin. Granted, this was all part of Weissmann's plan but it says something that nobody has since tried to have Cassius assassinated even though he's only become a more tempting target since then.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: He's one of the most famous Bracers/officers in the Trails universe and a jovial father who wouldn't be out of place in a family sitcom, which is why Estelle initially had a hard time believing his Memetic Badass status.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Three instances:
    • Early in FC he saves Estelle, Joshua and two children from Rolent from a losing battle.
    • At the end of FC, he ends up saving Richard and the heroes from the Reverie.
    • At the end of SC, he rides Ragnard who catches Joshua and Estelle as they're falling from the collapsing Liber Ark.
  • The Bus Came Back: He finally make his return in Cold Steel IV
  • Brought Down to Badass: He was a Master Swordsman before switching to a Bo Staff, requiring him to learn a whole new martial arts style. He's still one of the best fighters on the continent.
  • The Chessmaster : Even though he means well, he can get very manipulative at times.
  • Colonel Badass: Retired Colonel, anyway. At the end of FC he rejoins the Army.
    • Four-Star Badass: Upon rejoining the Army, he is promptly promoted to Chief of Staff.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Ouroboros caused an international incident for the sole purpose of removing Cassius from Liberl because just like everyone else in universe they believed that if he was present he could have singlehandedly thwarted their plans. In SC he does this to himself, as part of an elaborate Batman Gambit to trick Weissmann (knowing he would fixate on him) and allow everyone else to take him out
  • The Dreaded: A heroic example. It's telling that Weissmann had to get Cassius out of the country to ensure he didn't get in the way of his plans.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Subverted. Is apparently killed at the end of the prologue. Never Found the Body, combined with the sheer number of tropes, makes it clear he isn't dead.
  • Dual Boss: A copy of him forms a tag-team with a copy of Loewe in the Nightmare Arena.
  • Failure Knight: How he sees himself. After his plan turned the tide of the Hundred Days War, Erebonian forces launched a last spiteful attack on Rolent in which Lena was killed. Cassius has never forgiven himself for not being able to protect her.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: He invented his own, Mu ni shite Rasen, incorporating elements of the style he used to use when he carried a sword. As a Eight Leaves One Blade practitioner Cassius specialized in (and eventually mastered) the Helix form.
  • Genius Bruiser: He combines an almost unparalleled level of martial skill with a borderline-precognitive grasp of tactics.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Great Twilight breaking out in Erebonia seems to cross it for him.
    • Despite being banned from the Empire for being a national security risk, he still enters Erebonia along with his children.
    • Despite previously vowing to never pick up a sword again, a promotional screenshot shows him drawing one during what appears to be duel with Rean. Thankfully, this was something he does as a test for Rean to become a Divine Blade.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • An entire story was created for him to be the hero of in order to keep him from becoming a Spanner in the Works to Weissmann's plans. The events in question are revealed in detail in Star Door 13 in The 3rd, in which he had to deal with the destruction of the Imperial Bracer Guilds in Erebonia.
    • Zero no Kiseki gives us another example of this. He was one of the leaders in the operation to supress the D∴G Cult]] a fact alluded to in the very first game.
  • Hyper-Awareness: It's implied that Cassius is so powerful in a fight because he doesn't miss anything.
  • Limit Break: As a boss in The 3rd, his S-Craft is "Phoenix Wave."
  • Living Legend:
    • Virtually everyone on the continent knows who he is and gushes constantly about him (much to Estelle's annoyance).
    • When he's mentioned in games from the other series in the Trails universe, everyone pretty much acknowledges he's the greatest warrior alive. In a World of Badass, this is nothing to scoff at.
  • Master Swordsman: He holds the title Divine Blade (Kensei aka Sword Saint in Japanese) and is said to have been the finest swordsman in Liberl until he put aside his sword and took up the staff. Only four other people on the continent possess this title. Despite not holding the sword for years, he's still good at it, enough that he's able to pull off the Eight Leaves One Blade forms when he duels Rean as a test for Rean to become a Divine Blade (though Rean, and the player, only sees Cassius as Rean's ogre form and not as Cassius.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • In-Universe. During the tournament at Grancel, Anelace comments that if he and Zin were to team up they would probably be disqualified for cheating. As events will show, this is not exaggeration. The Big Bad of FC believed that him staying in the Army would have been a deterrent to foreign invasion equivalent to militarizing the entire country.
    • Weaponized in SC knowing that Weissmann would be paying close attention to everything he did, he basically acted as a massive decoy so everyone else could maneuver and ultimately catch Weissmann, while making sure behind the scenes that everything got pulled off properly.
  • My Greatest Failure: Cassius's failure to [[The Lost Lenore save his wife Lena during the hundred days war completely reshaped his philosophy on life, right down to the weapon he used, and led him to take up the path of the bracer.
  • Noodle Incident: He challenged Ragnard, a Holy Beast to a duel 20 years before the start of the story. While the result of the duel is unknown, it was enough to earn Mutual Respect. This would become handy in saving his kids in SC.
  • Not So Different: Estelle is more like her father than she's willing to admit at first.
  • One-Man Army: During his offscreen adventures in Erebonia during FC, the Society threw an entire jaeger corps at him, and he broke it.
  • Red Baron: The Divine Blade, though later games imply that this title is not held by him alone, but is granted by everyone who has mastered one of the forms of the Eight Leaves One Blade style (Not that there are many of those).
  • Senpai Kouhai: Ends up having this relationship with Rean in Cold Steel IV when they finally meet, complete with Cassius dueling Rean on behalf of Yun Ka-Fai to see if Rean's ready to become a Divine Blade.
  • Simple Staff: After putting away his sword, he took up the staff. This in no way makes him less badass than he was previously.He didn't get to be one of only four S-Ranked Bracers on the continent for nothing and he's able to use some of his old Eight Leaves One Blade techniques despite the change in weapon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He barely appears in cutscenes but everytime he does, major things happen that change the plot as a whole. Like his Big Damn Heroes moments in the Sky series or testing Rean to see if he's ready to become a Divine Blade.
  • Spam Attack: His Hundred Blows craft has him thrust repeatedly with his staff before swinging it at the target. Yes, one of his regular crafts is essentially Estelle's first S-Craft.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • He's viewed as having this in-universe to the point that large chunks of the plot of the first two games revolve around the villains keeping him either too busy or in another country so he can't interfere with their plans, a fact which he exploits in SC.
    • He's also physically powerful enough to demolish Reverie in a matter of seconds with no apparent effort, this being the Final Boss that your party fought twice and couldn't beat.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Estelle only knew him as her skilled but bumbling dad, not knowing that he's one of the most powerful person of Western Zemuria, and a S-Rank bracer. He somewhat drops the facade in succeeding games however.
  • The Dreaded: He is considered this in Erebonia. When he entered the country to solve the case of the destruction of the Imperial Bracer Guilds during FC, he is regarded as a L4 Threat, the second highest level possible. Because of the sheer effectiveness of his tactics to catch and dismantle the attackers, he ended up as a L5 Threat, which is a rank given to people considered as a severe threat to National Security.
  • The Strategist:
    • Colonel Cassius Bright was the brains behind the operation that saved Liberl from defeat in the Hundred Days War, though characters who don't put him on a pedestal are quick to acknowledge that it was the work of many people together that made it possible it's a fact that Estelle uses in her Kirk Summation to Colonel Richard at the end of FC.
    • Word of God states that Cassius' problem-solving and tactical abilities far outstrip that of some of the franchises other memetic badassses, so while he's not quite as good at fighting (anymore), he's 'stronger' in an overall sense.

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A-Rank Bracers

    Arios MacLaine 
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Appearances: Zero | Ao | Origins

The top-ranked Bracer of the Crossbell Branch of the Guild, known by moniker "Divine Blade of Wind" and someone believed to be worthy of promotion to S-Rank. As the games begin, he is considered the hero of Crossbell, able to succeed wherever the ineffective police fail.


  • The Atoner: Why he really looks after the SSS, his guilt over (indrectly) causing Guy's death. Of course, this only lasts until looking after Lloyd and completing the Azure-Zero Plan come into conflict...
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: When you face him as a boss, he uses the craft 'Arcane Gale', which attack twice and nullifies your buffs.
  • BFS: His katana is rather long, though not absurdly so.
  • Blow You Away: It's right there in his title and his S-Craft Fuujin Reppanote 
  • Commonality Connection: With Ian, as both lost loved ones because of Calvard & Erebonia's interventions in Crossbell.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Reveal himself as one of the conspirators of the Azure-Zero Project during the Wham Episode.
  • Flash Step: He isn't called the Divine Blade of Wind for nothing.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In Ao.Before he becomes an antagonist, that is.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Was very close with Guy.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Among other things, he also assisted in the Azure-Zero Project in order for his daughter to get her eyesight back.
  • Limit Break: For S-Crafts, he has "Aeolus's Fury" as both a party member. As a boss, he also gains "Termination Slash: Black Emperor."
  • Master Swordsman: He is a Divine Blade of the Eight Leaves One Blade, specializing in the Second Form Hayate (Gale).
  • Stealth Mentor: To Lloyd in particular and the rest of the SSS by extension. This reaches its crux in the Azure Tree with a duel between him and Lloyd.
  • Taking the Heat: When Lloyd confronts him about Guy's death, he tells him that he is the one who killed Guy when it is later revealed it was Ian.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Assisted in the Azure-Zero Project in order to rewrite the reality, making Crossbell a better place in the process.

    Scherazard Harvey 
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Click here to see Schera as she appears in Cold Steel IV 
Voiced by: Yuko Shioyama (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (game), Shelley Calene-Black (anime) (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd | Cold Steel IV

An experienced Bracer at Liberl's Rolent region and an older sister figure to Estelle and Joshua.


  • The Alcoholic: Schera loves her drinking, and practically forces others at whip-point to join in.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one to Luciola atop the Saphirl Tower when the Enforcer tells her to show what she's learned since they parted.
    Scherazard: Don't look away then! Or you'll miss the Silver Streak!
  • Bare Your Midriff and Show Some Leg: Her outfits.
  • Big Damn Heroine: During the rescue mission in the final chapter of FC, she saves General Morgan's granddaughter from a Special Ops officer.
  • Braids of Action: Her long braid which she cuts after the events of SC.
  • Blow You Away and Shock and Awe: Her orbment affinity.
  • The Bus Came Back: Comes back in Cold Steel IV and is one of the first characters to be shown in video previews.
  • Circus Brat: She grew up in the Harvey Troupe which she took her name from after first growing up on the streets.
  • Cleavage Window: Very prominent in her Cold Steel IV outfit.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Estelle, and to a slightly less extent Joshua. The relationship is there in the first game and only gets stronger in the second. She explicitly calls herself Estelle big sister in a touching scene in SC.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The reason she drinks so heavily. She grew up homeless in a slum and never knew her parents. She was taken in by a traveling circus and learned everything she knows from its members, particularly her Cool Big Sis figure. Then her new life fell apart when the manager died, her big sister figure deserted her with barely a word and she had nowhere to go.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has dark skin and a long silver hair.
  • Death Dealer: One of her S-Crafts, "Judgement Card."
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite her billing in Cold Steel IV, her role in the game is to just be a Support Party Member with her Brave Orders and to dance at Arc-En-Ciel to distract the Crossbell guards so Rean and his team can sneak at Orchis Tower.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Scherazard has no qualms about using her looks to manipulate people. Her Victory Pose even plays on this.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: She has shades of a dominatrix, despite not being one. Her first S-Crafts is called "Sadist Whip", which she precedes with "Someone's been naughty." Olivier comments that some masochist somewhere is dying to meet her, to which she offers to let him meet her whip.
  • The Ghost: According to her friends, she's spotted at eastern Heimdallr in Cold Steel III alongside Olivert. It's implied that the two have started dating and is the person Olivert apologizes to when the Courageous explodes.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She really likes her booze. And not just because she likes drinking, either.
  • Happily Married: At the end of Cold Steel IV, she marries Olivert.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In Cold Steel IV, she's heartbroken by the fact that she saw the Courageous blown up in the sky. Quickly subverted however when it turns out that Olivert turned out to be alive.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Naturally. Dark skin, very revealing outfit relative to most of the cast, generally exotic-looking clothes and no problems exploiting her looks to manipulate people...
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Survived in the slums by any means necessary. Her backstory doesn't get as dark as some characters but she does mention eating garbage to survive.
  • Important Haircut: Adopts a short style after the events of SC. When asked about it, she simply says that a lot of things have happened recently.
  • Limit Break: In FC, her S-Craft is "Sadist Whip." SC and The 3rd also gives her "Judgement Card."
  • Number Two: She acts as this to Olivert's captain in the Courageous 2 during the final battle of Cold Steel IV.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Scherazard's country of origin is unknown to the player, though not to her.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was an unwanted child dumped in a slum.
  • Razor Wind: Used in her Sylphen Whip skill.
  • Rags to Royalty: From a street urchin that Harvey and Luciola took care of when they found her on the streets to becoming a bracer, and finally the wife of Olivert, prince of Erebonia and second in line to the throne in Cold Steel IV.
  • Red Baron: "The Silver Streak."
  • Spam Attack: "Sadist Whip."
  • Street Urchin: Before she became part of the Harvey troupe, she was an orphan living alone on the streets.
  • Tarot Motifs: She reads them and occasionally does readings for the characters or herself. Unsurprisingly these tend to be significant. As with most of her skills, she learned it from Luciola
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Cold Steel III, it's mentioned that she's become an A-Rank Bracer.
  • Whip It Good: Schera can sometimes be very enthusiastic about that whip...
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Schera is pretty knowledgable for a 23 year old. She also talks like a middle aged woman at times, complaining about aching joints and bones (albeit with a bit of farce).

    Agate Crosner 
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Click here to see Agate as he appears in Cold Steel III 
Voiced by: Takayuki Kondo (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English, Sky games), Corey Hartzog (English, Sky anime), Ben Pronsky (English, Cold Steel III)

A grumpy Bracer from Liberl's Bose region with a very big sword.


  • Badass Biker: At the climax of Cold Steel III, he rides a bike with Tio on board towards the entrance of the final dungeon.
  • BFS: His sword is as tall as he is, and he's one of the tallest party members.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He gets very protective of the younger members of the group, especially Tita.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His new art in Cold Steel III and is his default stance in said game.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is teased a lot for his relationship with Tita. In case of Tita's parents, it can get more than just teasing. In Cold Steel III, even Tio and Randy join in on the teasing.
  • Cast from Hit Points: "Wild Rage" and its enhanced form sacrifice a percentage of Agate's HP (based on the maximum, not the current) in return for CP.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He lost his sister during the 100 days war. This led to strong resentment towards the army.
  • Death from Above: His final S-Craft, "Dragon Dive." In Cold Steel III, his S-Craft is an upgraded version called "Dragon Fall."
  • Declaration of Protection: Repeatedly gives this to Tita which is why Tita has a crush on him. Agate's too dense to figure out what comes out of his mouth.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When he trains the Ravens to become Bracers, he is very strict with them. He also has no qualms about sending them into a dungeon far above their level, though he makes sure to tail them just in case.
  • Fiery Redhead: He's quite Hot-Blooded.
  • Friendly Enemy : Following his Character Development, Loewe kinda become this.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In Cold Steel III, he is playable in both the last half of chapter 1 and the last half of chapter 4, alongside the other guest characters. He's far more available in Cold Steel IV.
  • I Let You Win: During his boss battle in Star Door 6, he holds back against the Ravens to the point where he's barely beatable.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He keeps telling rookies like Joshua and Estelle to sit back and let him handle things, but only because he's worried for them.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Less so to Tita, but to everyone else, he starts out pretty grouchy. His reasons for this aren't so far out there, either.
  • Limit Break: In FC, his S-Crafts are "Beat Down"note  and "Final Break." SC and The 3rd also give him "Dragon Dive," which would later evolve into his Cold Steel III and IV S-Craft, "Dragon Fall."
  • Older and Wiser: His appearance in Cold Steel III.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: His normal attack in Cold Steel III has him drop his sword one handed. He does swing his sword with both hands if he's using his crafts.
  • Playing with Fire: His orbment has fire slots so he can focus on STR. Also, many of his crafts utilize fire visually, though they have no inherent element unless talismans are equipped.
  • Red Baron: "Heavy Blade" Agate.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He sees his dead little sister in Tita even though she may harbor deeper feelings. In one of the Drama CDs, he actually starts thinking about how he should treat her.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Repeatedly insists that he only treats Tita as a little sister. Unfortunately, people see Tita's reactions to the contrary and continue to ship them.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Out of all party members, he's perhaps the most foul-mouthed one.
  • Spam Attack: His first S-Craft (turned regular Craft in Cold Steel III) "Beatdown." note 
    • Also, Agate's play style boils down to abusing "Wild Rage" and spamming Crafts like there's no tomorrow.
  • Survivor Guilt: He survived the Hundred Days War. His little sister didn't.
  • Sword Beam: "Draguna Edge" and his second S-Craft "Final Break."
  • Sword Pointing: In Cold Steel III, he does this to the Back from the Dead leader of Zephyr.
  • The Bus Came Back: After years of not knowing what happened to the rest of the Liberl characters, Agate makes an appearance in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III.
  • This Cannot Be!: After seeing the Courageous explode with Olivert, Toval, and Victor still inside in Cold Steel III, this is all he can utter.
  • They Call Him "Sword": His nickname among Bracers is the Heavy Blade, which is what he calls his large sword.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Cold Steel III, he's now an A-Ranked Bracer. Also, what used to be his first S-Craft is now one of his normal Crafts.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His stone pendant was made by his little sister as a birthday present, shortly before her death during the Hundred Day War
  • Tsundere: A Rare Male Example. He cares a lot for people, but he covers it with being aggressive.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Tita once, when she screws up badly once.

    Zin Vathek 
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Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

A calm and reliable Bracer from the Republic of Calvard. An expert in martial arts.


  • Adapted Out: Does not appear in the OVA at all.
  • Always Second Best: According to his master, this is actually self-imposed on Zin's part. He always views Walter as more talented, thus keeping him from realizing his own potential to surpass his senior. Averted at the climax of SC where he defeats Walter one-on-one.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He deduces Olivier's weapon of choice by observing how his eyes move.
  • The Big Guy: Shares this role with Agate and Mueller. Even moreso as his in-game model absolutely towers over the other characters' and is DOUBLE Tita's height - he's probably close to being 8 feet tall!
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Giving him a laidback but powerful look.
  • The Cameo: Is shown in the ending of Cold Steel IV, training Fie. He's also attending Olivert's wedding as well.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Goes out of his way to compliment young women that he finds attractive. Estelle notes that he's a sucker for a pretty face, and Joshua muses that all of the flattery that he lays down on the ladies may be equal parts flirting and extreme politeness.
    • In the final chapter of FC, he makes a Dynamic Entry by saving Estelle, Joshua, and a wayward nun from being overwhelmed by a swarm of monsters. After taking one look at the nun, he immediately turns to Joshua and asks if she's single.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: The tank to Tita's damager and Kloe's healer.
  • Dirty Old Man: He's only 30, but at one point Estelle calls him this, word-for-word, to his face. Zin is absolutely aghast.
    Zin: OH, MY HONOR!
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His orbment has earth slots to build him defensively.
  • Draw Aggro: Like Estelle, he can taunt enemies into attacking him. Unlike Estelle, his taunt has an infinite area of effect.
  • Genius Bruiser: He did not gain the A rank in the Bracer's Guild with just brawns.
  • Gentle Giant: While he still loves things like martial arts tournaments, he's disarmingly friendly and sincere to everyone else. It isn't even an act, either - he's just a nice guy!
  • Hero of Another Story: Revealed in Zero no Kiseki to have been Cassius' second-in-command during the D∴G Cult Extermination.
  • Hyper-Awareness / Sherlock Scan: He can make an accurate assessment of a person's fighting style, overall skill level, and what weapons they specialize in by watching how they carry themselves (or in Olivier's case, just by watching how his eyes move.)
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite having a crush on Kilika, he initially shipped her and Walter until their breakup. Though this is partially because of his self-imposed Always Second Best status towards Walter.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His Aura Blast S-Craft, which is his strongest move in the first game. It gets outclassed later on.
  • Ki Attacks: His S-Craft Aura Blast. In cutscenes we sometimes see him using smaller-scale versions of it though he doesn't have any lesser Crafts with the effect in gameplay.
  • Limit Break: In FC, his S-Crafts are "Disable" and "Aural Blast". SC and The 3rd also give him "Wrath of Genbu."
  • Mighty Glacier: It's right there in his nickname. Averted in the original trilogy, where every playable character except Joshua, Richard, Renne, and Mueller has the same SPD growth. Though with Distend and Clock Up EX, he can temporarily become a physical Lightning Bruiser.
  • The Not Secret: Estelle and Joshua try to keep their real motivations for wanting to get to Grancel Castle hidden because they don't want to burden Zin with their problems. As it turns out, they needn't have bothered because he knew about them before he even met them in Zeiss and figured out their real objective beforehand. In fact, his real reason for being in Liberl is that Cassius asked him to help his kids out, using the tournament as a handy excuse. Learning this solves one quandary, though Estelle is still irked that her 'delinquent dad' is five steps ahead of her again.
  • Perma-Stubble: A few hairs on his chin.
  • Playing Drunk: Via breath control he fakes the appearance of being very drunk in order to distract Kanone and allay her suspicions when she comes across Estelle and Joshua in Grancel Castle and wonders where they've been.Joshua sees through it and afterwards compliments Zin on his technique.
  • Red Baron: "Zin the Immovable."
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Out of the eight playable characters in First Chapter, he and Kloe are the only ones to not appear on HACCAN's cover.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Early translations has his first name as Zane.
  • Wutai: His home in eastern Calvard is an ambiguously asian land where people enjoy eating sushi, drinking sake, and taking open-air baths. During the royal feast, Mayor Maybelle even asks him if he's uncomfortable with using forks and knives, since his people traditionally eat with chopsticks.

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    Kurt Nardin 
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Voiced by: Hidehiko Kaneto (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

He's one of only twenty or so A-Rank Bracers and the only one permanently stationed in Liberl.


  • Bad "Bad Acting": He disguises himself as a Jaeger for a surprise training drill, but he's so over-the-top about it and he still uses his signature crafts, making the disguise fairly obvious. Despite that, he's never found out until after the drill is over because Estelle and Anelace are the only ones taking the drill.
  • Badass Crew: 'Team Kurt' is a powerful Wolfpack Boss in FC. In SC, they take on Ouroboros mooks in the Ruan region.
  • Blade on a Stick: His long spear Fuujin Raijin.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: The ultimate effect of his S-Craft Summon Lightning is to invoke this.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Weissmann brainwashes him to remove his memory of the incident where he obtained the Gospel and later to lure Estelle and company into a trap
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He's playable only once in the series, in a hidden quest in SC where he helps liberate Jenis from Ouroboros' control.
  • Hero of Another Story: In SC, he and his Bracer group protect civilians from Ouroboros's mooks offscreen.
  • Interface Spoiler: In the English translation only. Kurt is one of the few Non Player Characters in FC to have voice acting, even when two of his fellow bracers did not; this is an early tipoff that he's going to be Promoted to Playable in the sequel.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lost his memory of the mission involving the Black Orbment.
  • The Leader: He leads an unofficial team of four Bracers, first in the Grancel Tournament and later in SC.
  • Limit Break: In SC, his S-Craft is "Summon Lightning."
  • Magic by Any Other Name: His Fangshu techniques are the result of a great deal of study and some of them produce effects very similar to Orbal Arts. That said, he has high ATS and a good Orbment setup in the brief time that he's playable, making him no slouch in the more common form of magic.
  • Spear Plant His S-Craft has him perform one of these before calling lightning down on the spear.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

    Toval Randonneur 

Toval Randonneur

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Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)

A member of the Erebonian Branch of the Bracer Guild, recruited by Olivert to be a part of the Crimson Wings. Formerly a co-worker of Sara's from her bracer days, he looks out for Class VII whenever he can at her request. In Cold Steel II, he accompanies Rean in his search for his classmates. It's also revealed that the book series, Carnelia, is based on the life of Toval himself.


  • The Ace: When it comes to using arts, at least, Toval tends to be acknowledged as frighteningly good with them. Translates into gameplay by having a unique accessory that he permanently has equipped that halves his casting time, allowing him to pump them out far faster than anybody else. Ein makes fun of him for this, calling him "a hack of a bracer" though she just does it in jest.
  • Ace Custom: His Orbment.
  • Ascended Extra: First mentioned all the way back in FC, first appears in person in Ring of Judgment and finally shows up in the games in Cold Steel I. He then ends up becoming a playable character in the second game too.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Estelle and Joshua in Ring of Judgment, and later towards Rean and the members of Class VII.
  • Black Mage: He does almost all of his fighting with his Tactical Orbment and is exceptionally skilled in its use. He can use unique and powerful Arts and cast them very quickly thanks to his unique accessory.
  • Blow You Away: His S-Craft Rebellion Storm, which includes apparent Tornado Move. His primary element-restricted slot in his orbment is also wind.
  • Crutch Character: In Cold Steel II where he first joins up with Rean and his levels are far higher than Rean's. It doesn't last long and Rean will catch up to his levels quickly, plus he leaves just before Act 2 starts. He does join in the Epilogue however.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Cold Steel III he's back to being an NPC again much like in Cold Steel I. He's playable again in Cold Steel IV.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He would prefer not having people call him Toby, likely since it's also the name used for the protagonist of the book series Carnelia that's based on him and his life.
  • Fiction As Coverup: The character of Toby was based on him, though the cover-up is more for Ein's sake than his.
  • Hero of Another Story: Given that what we know of Toval's adventures we also know are heavily embellished thanks to Micht, much of what he's done in the past is simply left up in the air. All we really know for sure is that he, Ein and Micht seem to be good friends.
  • I Have Many Names: Before meeting somebody (implied to be Ein), Toval used many, many nicknames, aliases and some full-on alter-egos when doing what he did (which is unspecified, though it seems he was just an unaffiliated adventurer). He only uses them when needed nowadays and just goes by Toval. It's likely "Toby" was based on one of said identities.
  • Lawman Baton: His primary melee weapon.
  • Limit Break: His S-Craft is "Rebellion Storm."
  • Noodle Incident: The "incident involving an artifact" which led to him meeting Ein and becoming a Bracer is currently unexplained, though the novel "Carnelia" is allegedly loosely based on what happened.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In Cold Steel IV, his team's dungeon consists of him, Victor, Aurelia, and Vita. He notes that in their team's boss fight at how he drew the short end of the stick considering they're facing off an Aion class boss when the three of them think of it as a weak enemy.
  • Pals with Jesus: His best friend is the First Dominion of the Gralsritter, who is about as close to the Powers That Be as this series gets.
  • Red Baron: "Artful Caster"/"Zero Drive" in Japanese due to how fast he can cast his arts compared to the rest. The English localization gives him the nickname "Zero Artisan".
  • The Remnant: Thanks to the Jesters incident, the Erebonian Branch of the Bracer Guild is in a severe state of decline by the time the first game begins. As such, he's also overworked.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: In the finale of Cold Steel III he apologizes to Ein that he's about to die in an explosion. Subverted as he lives.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Toval or Tovar? Xseed settles with Toval.
  • Stealth Mentor: Supports Class VII in Bareahard like this.
  • Take a Third Option: Is part of Olivier's 'Third Way' movement.

    Sara Valestein 

See her entry in Class VII.

B-Rank Bracers

    Estelle Bright 
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Click here to see Estelle as she appears in Cold Steel IV 
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (game), Brittney Karbowski (anime) (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd | Zero | Ao | Cold Steel IV

The cheerful protagonist of Trails in the Sky. A newbie Bracer from Liberl's Rolent region, and the daughter of the legendary adventurer and war hero Cassius Bright. Uses a quarterstaff in combat.


  • Action Girl: Practically the quintessential example. Doesn't think twice about throwing herself into danger, especially if it's to help others? Check. Has strength that rivals and even surpasses some of the male cast members? Check. Capable of fighting everything from wolves to giant lizards to army officers to robots the size of buildings? Check!
  • Adaptational Wimp: Her competence takes a noticeable hit in the OVA, where many of the fights she held her own in SC have her getting kicked around like a sack of potatoes.
  • All-Loving Hero: Her bright personality and kind demeanor play a huge factor in Joshua and Renne'sredemption. There is a reason why her nickname in-universe is something akin to lightbringer.
  • All Women Love Shoes: A unique twist in that because she's a tomboy, she's a big fan of athletic sneakers.
  • Almost Kiss: Fate conspires to ruin not one, but two instances where she would have otherwise received a suitably romantic kiss with Joshua. She finally gets her moment minutes before the closing credits of SC.
  • Baby Talk: Has a hard time sounding out large words in the very first scene of FC, and speaks with a lisp in the dream memory of her childhood.
  • Badass Adorable: Her Action Girl status and skill with the staff does nothing to compromise her optimistic, fun-loving attitude.
  • Battle Couple: With Joshua post-SC.
  • Beetle Maniac: During her youth, Estelle was an avid bug collector, something she tried to use (to some eventual success) in bonding with Joshua after she first met him. She's much less fascinated with them as an adult, but her hobby still occasionally gets brought up by friends and family.
  • Berserk Button: Has a few that typically get Played for Laughs, but threatening to hurt those she cares about (especially Joshua in SC) consistently doubles the size of the font in her text boxes.
  • Best Friend: To Kloe, most especially compared to the other party members.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Finally gets her kiss with Joshua as the Liber Ark falls apart under their feet.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In FC she drops one of these at every plot twist (or whenever there's a new "revelation" about her dad's Memetic Badass status) to the point that it's almost a running gag.
  • Birds of a Feather: is a less girly counterpart to Anelace, who also shares her action and genki qualities.
  • Book Dumb: Though she's not stupid, technical explanations tend to go over her head.
  • Bug Catching: One of her hobbies as a little girl was collecting insects (especially beetles) and she had a habit of forgetting that not everybody shared her passion. Joshua for example.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent from the series since Trails to Azure, she and Joshua show up once again in Cold Steel IV ready to help out their friends and allies in Erebonia.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of SC,she and Joshua leave for Crossbell in search of Renne.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often teased, made the butt of jokes, clumsy, and gets backhanded compliments, even from her friends at times.
  • Character Development: Nearly the entirity of SC is dedicated to Estelle's growth, both as a girl into an adult and her emotional maturity. By the end, she's fully embraced her empathy for others, resolves to fight at Joshua's side as a companion and a girlfriend, won't hesitate to lay down her life for a greater cause, and find confidence in herself to stand apart from her father. She's not there yet, but she's well on her way.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Estelle has an... exuberant personality and lets everyone around her know it. She also tries to encourage Joshua to do the same. She even gets a special super-sized version of the normal font for when she's in scenery-chewing mode.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets worried by the possibility of Joshua having feelings for Josette after he forms an Enemy Mine with the Capua Sky Bandits to fight Ouroboros.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like one to honorary little sister Tita.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: In Cold Steel IV, she has the highest S-Craft rating in the game at 5S compared to everyone else who hovers around mainly at 3S+ to 4S+ at most. Only Rean manages to tie with her and he can only do it with his second S-Craft plus he needs to use his Super Mode. Unfortunately, almost all of her crafts are single target and that includes said S-Craft which barring her team's final boss at the pillar and the True Final Boss, most of the boss fights she's available are either a Flunky Boss fight or three of them at the same time.
  • Crush Blush: Rather susceptible to this whenever Joshua is brought up in a romantic context. It gets more frequent as the First Chapter goes on.
  • Deadpan Snarker: especially regarding Olivier's antics.
  • Determinator: She'll stop at absolutely nothing to bring back Joshua.
  • Empty Eyes: Gets a set of these when Joshua drugs her at the end of FC.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: She inherited her father's staff fighting style which is based on this concept.
    • In a specific sense, her Wheel of Time S-Craft on multiple levels. First, she spins fast enough to create a whirlwind around herself as she charges the enemy, then she spins around her victim at high speed, creating a whirling vortex of energy around the target as she repeatedly pummels it from all angles.
  • Experienced Protagonist: By Cold Steel IV, barely anything fazes her with how Ouroboros and the world works in general. She even manages to save Juna from running ahead when there's a live grenade in the latter's feet.
  • Faux Action Girl: Definitely not in the original games, but in the OVA, she spends a lot of screentime either worrying about Joshua, or struggling in fights she could at least keep up with in the source material. Some of her victories were also passed on to other characters.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sort of; her hair is somewhere between red and brown.
  • Friend to All Children: Although she doesn't have that much patience when dealing with children like Luke and Clem, she's otherwise pretty good with them, as shown when she cheers up up a boy whose testimony regarding Sky Bandits was ignored by the Royal Army. Comes up again in her reappearance in Zero where she can sometimes be found playing with the children at Crossbell Cathedral.
  • Friendly Rival: Is an on again, off again rival to Anelace after their Bracer training.
  • Genki Girl: Mother of God. Her Genki Power could light entire cities. It seems like nothing can put a dent in her can-do, optimistic attitude. Even the revelation that Joshua is an agent of Ouroboros only tempers her resolve to help him.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her iconic brown tails. One of her few visible girly features.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairstyle resembles cat ears.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Spends much of the second game trying to keep herself together to cope with Joshua's abandoning her. While she's mostly able to shoulder the pain, a few times she needs some space to cry.
  • Hartman Hips: Her in-game model in Cold Steel IV has wide hips and a rather perky butt.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Absolutely loves to fish. In gameplay terms, she can stop at any source of water to fish. It's even in her exclusive solo Door in the 3rd.
  • The Hero: Or heroine, in this case. She's the protagonist and leader of the party in FC and SC.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out she's pretty good at dancing. Good enough, in fact, to act as a backup dancer at a hastily put together Arc En Ciel concert during the events of Cold Steel IV.
  • Hope Bringer:
    • One of Estelle's defining traits. She firmly believes that everyone working together can overcome any obstacle no matter how dark the situation appears, and she can make everyone else believe it too. This is why Joshua and Kevin both liken her to the sun. It's also why she is immune to the corruption of the Ring of Judgment, not because she has no guilt for it to feed on but because she can take it and turn it into something positive. She gets to demonstrate this ability shortly afterwards when the information Ein gave them on Renne turned out to be virtually useless but Estelle still spun it into a positive anyways.
    • If Estelle is your main character in Alternative Saga she plays this role during the climax, as the power of her hope (buoyed by everyone else) is what weakens Galsis enough for the party to defeat him.
  • Idiot Hair: She has a small cowlick that stands atop her head and she isn't very smart.
  • Idiot Hero: In FC. She often needs to be reminded of her current objective, has a meandering train of thought, and has a hard time catching on to the significance of conversations. She grows out of it during SC.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Discussed (and dismissed) as an explanation for why the eponymous Ring of Judgment had no effect on her. Estelle has guilt just like everyone and the ring could feed off that, it was her ability to turn even her deepest sorrows into hope that protected her
  • Informed Flaw: Her being a Lethal Chef. Only once do we see her cook (in FC) and Joshua and Cassius think it wasn't that bad. Optionally, we see her cook via the Recipe Book and the stuff is at least edible. Well, no one complains, at least.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She's a perfectly balanced character, and since her orbment affinity is not restricted to any one element, she can be customized as the player sees fit.
  • Large Ham: A defining trait of Estelle is her incredible enthusiasm. Even in text, the girl's high energy is communicated through bolded dialogue that can fill up an entire textbox with the force of her shouts. "THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY BRACERS HAS ARRIVED!"
  • Lethal Chef: To the surprise of few, the dismay of Joshua and Cassius, and the peril of the Bright family curtains. However, once you gain the Recipe Book she starts on her way to becoming a Supreme Chef, instead. This actually gets mentioned in SC.
  • Limit Break: In FC, her S-Crafts are "Pummel"note  and "Barrage"note . In SC and The Third, she also gets "Wheel of Time." In Zero, her S-Craft is "Phoenix Wave," which originally belonged to her father.In Cold Steel IV however, she goes back to "Wheel of Time," whilst "Barrage" becomes a regular Craft.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Estelle's boundless energy and good cheer tends to rub off on anyone that sticks around her long enough. This especially holds true for Joshua.
  • Master of None: By the time of the last game in the Sky series, Estelle's well-rounded orbment and supportive Crafts backfire on her. In a game with a diverse set of party members that can fill a combat niche and two leads that already provide ample Craft support, she's left with few standout traits aside from her somewhat above average Strength. Her Wheel of Time S-Craft still remains the second most powerful single-target attack in the trilogy, however.
  • Modesty Shorts: She has a pair in the first game, but ditches them for her SC outfit (which can lead to a rather embarrassing moment for her depending on the player's choices while searching for Renne). She gets them back for her Cold Steel IV outfit.
  • Not Blood Siblings: She and her adopted brother Joshua are the Official Couple of the series.
  • Not So Different: While she'll never admit it, she has much more in common with Josette than she'd like to believe, what with her outgoing personality, attraction to Joshua, tomboyish nature, and her willingness to jump into the action.
  • Oblivious to Love: For most of FC, she is completely oblivious to the fact that she's in love with Joshua, her attempts to rationalize it as a big sister instinct notwithstanding. Pretty much everyone they meet forces Estelle to confront her feelings by one method or another, until the epilogue when it finally clicks for her.
  • Older and Wiser: Somewhat present in the Crossbell games, but it becomes full blown in Cold Steel IV, as her usual upbeat nature is now also tempered by her experience and newfound composure.
  • Otaku: Of sneakers, of all things.
  • Overranked Soldier: She's a teenager who starts her career as a Junior Bracer in the prologue of FC. By the end of SC, which is maybe a year later, she's moved up to be one of the top fifty Senior Bracers on the continent. Top twenty if all sidequests are done perfectly (though this is not the canon ranking she winds up with according to ancillary materials). And despite this she is still Overshadowed by Awesome, as her dad is one of the top four.
  • Plucky Girl: Not so much in FC, but in SC, no matter how many horrors and tragedies she witnesses (and there are a lot), she never loses hope.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Joshua.
  • She Is All Grown Up: She has matured a lot by the events of Cold Steel IV.
  • Simple Staff: Wields a Bo staff. Despite her choice of weapon, Estelle is most definitely not the White Magician Girl of the party; she uses the weapon to pummel enemies into submission.
  • Straight Man: Often ends up playing the straight man to the relative zaniness of the rest of the cast. Her "'what' face" is a rather common sight in dialogue boxes.
    Estelle:Is that... a penguin? (An evil penguin?)
  • Spam Attack: A favorite of Estelle; all of her S-Crafts involve this to some extent until she learns Cassius' Phoenix Wave in Zero at least. Her first two attacks involve a rapid series of attacks from a standing position while Wheel of Time involves attacks from multiple angles as well.
  • Stellar Name: Literally and it fits her personality very well. Joshua calls her 'his sun' at one point and Kevin eventually starts calling her 'Sun Girl'. Her strongest weapon in The 3rd is even called Soleil. One of the main musical themes (both in-universe in the soundtrack) is called "Hoshi no Arika (roughly means Whereabouts of the Stars)", which fits Estelle.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: A Rare Female Example, but Estelle ticks all the boxes, at least at first. Book Dumb, loves fighting, Chronic Hero Syndrome, loud, upbeat personality, Wide-Eyed Idealist, oblivious to her own feelings for Joshua, seeking to become a high-rank Bracer. She gradually matures over the course of the series but never loses her optimism.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She tells Weissmann she feels sorry for him because he's never known what it feels like to help anyone other than himself, and can only get satisfaction from the suffering of others. However, she also notes that she can't just let him get away with everything he's done, so she'll have to take him down by force.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Spends a lot of time butting heads with the abrasive Agate, not that he's putting in much effort to act responsibly himself, either.
  • Tomboy: Pursues a tomboy appearance almost aggressively. She doesn't have a lot of time for or truck with feminine frippery. Kloe and Schera occasionally call her out on trying a little too hard on this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By her appearance in Zero, she has mastered one of Cassius' Crafts and his S-Craft Phoenix Wave. She may not have surpassed him yet but she's making a good effort. In addition to becoming physically more badass, her talents in investigation have improved as well, overcoming her initial Book Dumb nature.
  • Tragic Keepsake: For most of SC, she keeps Joshua's harmonica on her to remember her promise to bring him back.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Holy Stregas!" To elaborate, Stregas is her favorite sports shoe brand.
  • Weapon Twirling: She really loves to spin her staff.
    • Spin Attack: One of her Crafts involve spinning around and damaging the enemies in the area.
    • Spin to Deflect Stuff: How she deflects the bullets fired by Mayor Dalmore in Chapter 2 of FC.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: As the highest-ranked Bracer on the continent and much more besides, Cassius has to spend more time than he'd like away from the house. Estelle tends to get depressed whenever Cassius isn't around, especially before she met Joshua. Since she's an only child and her mom had recently passed, it's understandable.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Between herself and Joshua. By the end of FC, it becomes a matter of when, not if.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit from SC onward.

    Joshua Bright/Astray 
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Click here to see Joshua as he appears in Cold Steel IV 
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (game), Blake Shepard (anime) (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd | Zero | Ao | Cold Steel IV

Estelle's adopted brother and partner in adventure. Uses twin blades.


  • Batman Gambit: Kevin and Cassius come up with a way for Joshua to break the Stigma in the form of a hypnotic technique, but it'll only work if Joshua can figure out a command from Weissmann that will trigger the cure. He correctly predicts that Weissmann will command him to kill Estelle.
  • Battle Couple: With Estelle from late SC and onward.
  • Bishōnen: To the point where, when dressed as a girl, he gets referred to as "beautiful."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Weissmann's manipulation of Joshua, first turning an empty shell of a boy into a heartless assassin, then turning him into The Mole.
  • The Bus Came Back: See Estelle's entry for more info.
  • Chick Magnet: To Estelle's never-ending despair.
  • Childhood Friend: He's a childhood friend of Ash, whose real name is Johan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, and he still manages to be very sweet about it too.
  • Death Glare: It's one of his crafts.
  • Deuteragonist: Of FC and SC.
  • Disguised in Drag: In order to infiltrate restricted areas of the castle, he dresses up as a maid.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As explained in Batman Gambit above, Joshua finally manages to play the madman who manipulated him for most of his life.
  • Doomed Hometown: He's from Hamel, Erebonia which was wiped off the map because of the Hamel incident.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His final S-Craft, Phantom Raid.
  • Dual Wielding: He does this despite not really knowing why he's so good at it.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Poor Joshua often gets accused of this by fans (and occasionally in-character). At the very least, he's a very effete dude. That his Japanese VA is a woman doesn't help matters much. This visually fades a fair bit in SC and beyond, when he embraces his past and his abilities to various degrees.
    • This is so bad that he gets crossdressed twice in FC, and both times, he makes the girls in attendance jealous with "his" looks.
    • When he finally meets up with Ash in Cold Steel IV, Ash comments that his older friend could pass himself as a woman.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Joshua's eyes look rather like this when using his S-Crafts in FC, oddly enough. It's your first flagrant hint that something is wrong with the boy. SC plays around with this - In the game's first half, this becomes the default state of his eyes as he's embraced his "inner nature" as a a ruthless assassin; however, once Estelle quite literally "hugs the emo" out of him, they go away and never return.
  • Flash Step: A whole bunch of his Crafts and S-Crafts hinge on his ability to do this; it gives him some of the most devastating abilities in the game(s).
  • Friend to All Children: A straighter example than Estelle.
  • Glass Cannon: A downplayed example in FC and SC, where he has similar stats to Estelle, but with slightly higher STR and ATS, higher SPD, lower DEF, and a longer main orbment line (albeit specialized for time quartz). Additionally, unlike most Enforcers, he was trained more in stealth and sneak attacks than direct combat.
  • The Heart: At the start of the story, he's very much this, a gentle young man who wants to see and encourage the best in people. This makes the reveal about his past all the more crushing, especially to him.
  • Heroic Willpower: It may not have helped him resist Weissmann's mind control but it ''was'' enough that when the Ring of Judgment tried to force him to face his sins, he was able to resist falling under its spell long enough to let go of the thing.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He has a habit of picking up on things that a normal teenager wouldn't even think of looking for, let alone notice, and often comments on being able to sense the presence of monsters or people that aren't in the party's line of sight. Justified by his training as an elite assassin.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Why Joshua leaves at the end of FC, coupled with the fear that he could be as big a danger to Estelle as Ouroboros. When they finally meet up again, Estelle points out she's just about as strong as him and he doesn't argue.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He's pretty fuzzy on the details of his life before he came to live with the Brights... and he's not too fond of talking about the details he DOES remember. This turns out to be a combination of More Than Mind Control and Trauma-Induced Amnesia, as he desperately wanted to forget the horrors of Hamel... which was ruthlessly exploited by Weissman.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: He's the former Enforcer n°XII of Ouroboros and his home Hamel was razed to the ground to start the Hundred-Days War. Later games don't even bother hiding any of these spoilers.
  • Limit Break: In FC, his S-Crafts are "Sever" and "Black Fang." In SC and The 3rd, he also gets "Phantom Raid," which would go on to be his sole S-Craft in Zero and Cold Steel IV, the latter of which features "Black Fang" as a regular Craft.
  • Mark of the Beast: Remember Joshua's tattoo? Remember how it only appeared after Weissmann restored his memories? Yeah, that's not actually a tattoo...
  • The Mole: Weissmann sent Joshua after Cassius knowing he would fail, all to set him up as an unwitting spy.
  • Mysterious Waif: By the time the story really starts, he's managed to fall into a routine living with the Brights, but he's clearly still out of place, and his mysterious past ties directly into the overarching plot.
  • Not Blood Siblings: He is in love with his adopted sister Estelle.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He admits that he's actually weaker than the rest of the Enforcers due to training more in stealth than direct combat, though his stats and moveset show that he's still no slouch.
  • Red Baron: The Black Fang.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Estelle.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: In SC and during his days as Black Fang.
  • Sole Survivor: Alongside Loewe, they were the only ones who survived the Hamel Incident. Though as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III reveals, Ash also survived that day.
  • Tarot Motifs: As Ouroboros Enforcer #13 he gets the Death card. They seem to done their homework, since it represents the dramatic changes in Joshua's life, primary defecting from Ouroboros.
  • Teach Him Anger: Weissmann effectively did this when Joshua was still a child, turning him into a cold-blooded killing machine and the perfect spy.
  • Time Master: Two of his slots are reserved for Time Quartz.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Joshua remembered being part of Ouroboros (to an extent) but he didn't remember all the details of his past and he certainly didn't know he was being used as The Mole until Weissman restored his memory. Joshua didn't take it well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Twice. First when Weissmann restores his sealed memories, Joshua finds all his old skill retuning to him, with the result that he is faster and stronger than before. Second like Estelle he takes a level between The 3rd and his appearance in Zero, having mastered one of Cassius' Crafts in the interim and forming one hell of a problem-solving team with Estelle.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Not seen much in the series but heavily emphasized in the audio dramas and the first chapter of Loewe Monogatari, where we see what he was like before the Hamel Tragedy.
  • What Have I Become?: A bit more like "What Have I Always Been", but the trope certainly applies at the end of FC. SC is, basically, about dealing with this.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Does this to Loewe, deconstructing on the latter's beliefs that ultimately, his entire reason is because of his dearly departed Karin and equating it to whether humanity is worth her sacrifice.

    Anelace Elfead 
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Voiced by: Masako Okochi (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (game) (English)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

A rookie bracer in the Bose region and lover of all things cute. Her grandfather is the legendary swordsman Yun Ka-fai, who has an entry here.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Not all that present in FC or SC (humorous misunderstanding aside), but in The 3rd she's essentially "girl-crazy." Of course, she has a penchant for cute things in general, but The 3rd blurs the line. She notably expresses jealousy over Mayor Maybelle and Lita's relationship as well.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Because of her extreme fascination with cute things to the point of making it her catchphrase, it's easy to forget that she's also Yun Kafai's granddaughter and a student of the Eight Leaves One Blade style. You know, the same style Cassius used and Arios uses. When she gets serious, much ass is kicked. In Star Door 5, she can square off against Richard and win, which is no mean feat considering he was the penultimate boss of the first game.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During SC, she is briefly mind-controlled by Weissmann.
  • Blade Spam: Eight-Leaf Blitz
  • The Cameo: Has one in Cold Steel IV where she appears in one of the epilogue slides.
  • Catchphrase: Cuteness is Justice!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: When cuteness enters the equation, she leaps firmly into this territory. Even bad guys call her out on this.
  • Cuddle Bug: If it's cute, she'll try to hug it.
  • Cuteness Overload: During her first meeting with Tita, if Agate is your companion, she is momentarily rendered completely insensate by the cuteness and has to struggle to speak for a few seconds.
  • Cuteness Proximity: So very much.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: A practitioner of the Eight Leaves One Blade style. Which of its eight Forms she specializes in (if she's picked one yet) is unknown. Her grandfather is the one who invented the style.
    • Both her Swordwind craft and S-craft imply that she has a preference for the 6th form, Scarlet Sky.
  • Genki Girl: If there is anyone in the trilogy who can even hope to compete with Estelle, it's her.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In SC, she becomes one but in the 3rd, she becomes a permanent party member.
  • Interface Spoiler: In the English translation only. Like Kurt, Aneleace has voice acting even though her companions don't. Sure enough, she's Promoted to Playable in the sequels.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Normally she's closer to the Jack-of-All-Stats but when given her exclusive sword in The 3rd which boosts all her stats tremendously she becomes this. Winning its upgrade sends her through the roof.
  • Limit Break: In SC and The 3rd, her S-Craft is "Piercing Wave."
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Unusually for a character with balanced stats, her Orbment setup is terrible. This is balanced out by her Jinu sword, which makes her into a physical Lightning Bruiser.
  • Sweet Tooth: She likes ice cream, enough that it's even part of her profile picture on The 3rd's website.
  • Sword Beam: Her Swordwind Slash Craft and Piercing Wave S-Craft, which creates overlapping explosive sword beams at higher levels.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She has a great deal more respect for Cassius than his own daughter does, in part because of the whole S-Rank Bracer thing and in part because he also studied the sword under her grandfather. She seizes the opportunity to meet with him when it arises.

    Eolia 
Voiced by: Hunri Kimu
Appearances: Zero | Ao

A Bracer originally from Remiferia, she's primarily stationed in Crossbell.


    Rin 
Voiced by: Ayaka Maeda
Appearances: Zero | Ao

A Bracer originally from Calvard and a Taito practitioner, she's primarily stationed in Crossbell.


Other Senior Bracers

    Fie Claussell 

See her entry in Class VII.

    Grant 
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

A Senior Bracer from the Bose branch.


    Carna 
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

A Senior Bracer from the Ruan branch. Friend of Scherazard.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During SC, she is briefly mind-controlled by Weissmann.
  • Gatling Good: She borrows a Reinford-model assault rifle from her friend Eva, a weapons trader in Ruan who is a Gun Nut, at one point. It using gunpowder comes in handy since Liberl has been deprived of its orbment technology.

Affiliated

    Aina Holden 
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Voiced by: Yui Kano (Japanese)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

Receptionist at the Rolent Bracer Guild.


  • Handbag of Hurt: Aina uses hers as an improvised bludgeoning tool when she and Schera are evading assassins in Grancel. Played mostly for laughs but it can do respectable damage when it connects. She keeps all kinds of things that can be made into improvised weapons inside it.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She is apparently a heavier drinker than Schera.
    • Never Gets Drunk: Olivier calls her a bottomless hole. In one amusing scene in SC, Olivier and Anton drink an alcohol-countering drug and challenge her to a drinking contest where she has to drink as much as both of them combined. They end up passed out after drinking eighteen glasses of an unspecified Gargle Blaster each. Aina had kept up with them the whole time, and said that they'd just gotten to the level that she considered social drinking.
  • Improvised Weapon User: When she was chased around during Moon Door 2, she used her briefcase to hit enemy units.
  • Inheritance Murder: Played with. Her uncle hires Jaegers to capture her and force her to give up on her grandpa's inheritance, but if they end up killing her, they'll just forge papers to get her inheritance anyways.
  • Ojou: She's the heiress of the Holden family, but this resulted in a lot of terrible treatment from her greedy relatives who wanted her inheritance.
  • Regal Ringlets: A hint at her family history. She's also the most reserved receptionist of the Liberl Branches.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Always knew she was going to receive an inheritance from her rich grandfather, but didn't expect that he'd leave her everything. This lead to her relatives trying to control the family fortune by controlling the underage heiress.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: During her time as a guest character, Schera notes that she's physically fit enough to keep up with her in terms of stamina. Aina's normal attack also deals decent damage, but with very low accuracy.

    Lugran 
Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (Japanese)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

Receptionist at the Bose Bracer Guild.


    Jean 
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

The receptionist at Ruan Bracer Guild.


    Kilika Rouran 
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Voiced by: Chizu Yonemoto (Japanese)
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd | Zero | Ao

The receptionist at the Zeiss branch of the Bracer Guild. Originally from Calvard, she seems to be old friends with Zin.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's pretty much always in control, and never fails to snark at Zin's expense.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Zero, she saves Wazy, Ke A and the SSS from a bunch of Revache thugs during the Black Auction.
  • Limit Break: As a boss in The 3rd, her S-Craft is "Dual Dragon Helix.
  • Classy Cravat: In Zero.
  • Put on a Bus: She decides to retire as receptionist so she can go back to Calvard and become the aide to President Rocksmith.
  • Red Baron: "The Crimson Swallow."
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Zin and Walter.
  • You Killed My Father: Averted. As it was something her father agreed to, she doesn't really hold her former boyfriend Walter accountable for his death. And it turns out that her father was actually terminally ill when they did that duel.

    Elnan 
Introduced in: First Chapter
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
Appearances: FC | SC | The 3rd

The receptionist at the Grancel Bracer Guild.


    Michel 

Michel

Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato
Appearances: Zero | Ao

The receptionist at the Crossbell Branch of the Bracer Guild.


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