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“You will demonstrate what a practitioner of the Eight Leaves One Blade school harnessing the power of the Ashen Knight is capable of, will you not?”
— Arianrhod, Sen no Kiseki III
Arianrhod (アリアンロード), also known as the Steel Maiden ((はがね)聖女(せいじょ)), is the alias of St. Lianne Sandlot (リアンヌ・サンドロット), also known as the Lance Maiden (槍の聖女)[1][2] and the Valkyrie ((いくさ)乙女)[1], is the seventh Anguis of Ouroboros, the leader of the military unit Stahlritter and Awakener of the Silver Deus-Excellion, Argreion.

During the Middle Ages, she led the Eisenritter and fought alongside Emperor Dreichels Reise Arnor during the War of the Lions.

Background

Arianrhod is a noble-minded warrior, considered the strongest fighter in Ouroboros, rivaled only by Enforcer No. I, McBurn [3], and in the whole of Zemuria, it is believed that only Grand Master of the Gralsritter, Ein Selnate, would stand a chance against her in a fair fight.[1]

Childhood

Arianrhod was born as Lianne Sandlot, daughter of the Earl of Lohengrin Castle, in Legram in S.926.

She showed great martial skill from a young age. In particular, her skill with the lance was unparalleled; no records exist of her ever being bested in combat [2]. By the time she was 15, she was able to compete with any knight of the castle and no records exist of her ever being bested in combat [4]. She grew up to be a woman known her for preternatural strength and beauty, which led some to believe that she was a changeling, switched by fairies at birth [5].

Argreion

Lianne Sandlot - Visual (Sen III)

Lianne Sandlot and Roselia facing Argreion.

Algreion (Sen III)

Argreion.

In S.942, Lianne started hearing a voice, whispering to her about her fate and a mission she had to fulfill [6]. Eventually, Roselia appeared before her and guided her to the basement of Lohengrin Castle [6][7]. Together, they tackled a number of trials proving her fitting to become the Awakener to one of the seven Deus-Excellion: the Silver Knight, Argreion [6][7]. Lianne, however, found its power too great and decided to seal it away in the basement of the Lohengrin Castle [7].

War of the Lions

Lianne became the commander of the Eisenritter [1]. They operated from the Lohengrin Castle off the coast near Legram [2]. They were a band of knights said to be able to charge across the battlefield like lightning, cutting down all in their path [2].

Dreichels & Sandlot 3 - Flashback Visual (Sen II)

Lianne Sandlot meeting Dreichels Reise Arnor

During the War of the Lions, Lianne Sandlot met the wandering prince Dreichels during a prolonged conflict in Legram, Erebonia, in S.950 [2][Note 1]. After recognizing each other as reliable and trustworthy, they pledged to fight together under a united banner [2]. With the Eisenritter bolstering Dreichels' ranks, their combined effort swept through one region after another. In just a year, they were able to defeat the other princes and free Heimdallr [2].

Death

During their final battle against the Vermillion Apocalypse, Lianne Sandlot was mortally wounded as she covered for Dreichels Reise Arnor and lost her life as the war came to an end [7]. With her death, the line of Count Sandlot came to an end [5][7]. In the aftermath of the war, Roselia retrieved her body and brought it to the home of the Hexen Clan [7].

After half a year of no decomposition, Lianne Arseid suddenly revived, as witnessed by Roselia and Arseid, her second-in-command [7][Note 2]. Rather than returning to her duties, Lianne decided to wander through Zemuria [7]. She left Arseid in charge of her hometown, Legram [7]. The Arseid Family then started referring to themselves as 'S. Arseid' in her honour [7]. Arseid was subsequently granted the title of viscount after the war because of his show of bravery and courage during it [10].

Legacy

Eisenritter Statue (Sen)

Lianne Sandlot with her second-in-command, Viscount Arseid, on her right. It is unknown who the person on her left is.

Following the System once initiated by the Hexen Clan, Roselia erased any knowledge regarding the Deus-Excellion and Infernal Castle from the minds of the populace, leading them to believe that Lianne died under mysterious circumstances after the War of the Lions [5]. There are theories that she was murdered or died to an illness [1]. One of the accounts of St. Sandlot's death places it right around the end of August [11].

Ever since her death, Legram holds an annual memorial service for St. Sandlot and the Arseid Family has taken up the responsibility to care and maintain the Lohengrin Castle [2][5].

A statue of Lianne Sandlot and her two foremost commanders were erected in Legram in approximately S.1000 to h nour St. Sandlot's achievements [2]. The knight kneeling on the lower right is the ancestor of the Arseid Family [5].

Arianrhod vs

Arianrhod practising against Leonhardt.

Ouroboros

During her wandering, she had regular contact with Roselia. That ended when she met the Grandmaster in S.1196 [Note 3].

Arianrhod is tasked with the training of Enforcers, in particular Leonhardt and to a lesser extent McBurn, and is involved with the Phantasmal Blaze Plan in Crossbell and Erebonia.

Phantasmal Blaze Plan

After the confrontation between the S.S.S and Arianrhod during the Phantasmal Blaze Plan in Ao no Kiseki, Elie MacDowell attempts to confirm the similarities between Arianrhod and Lianne Sandlot. Arianrhod compliments her for noticing and that fate holds the "answer" for them [1].

After the Erebonian Civil War, she moves toward Erebonia alongside her Stahlritter. She is tasked with retrieving the Phantasmal Blaze Plan that was taken over by Chancellor Giliath Osborne in S.1204, but her purpose there differs from that of her fellow Ouroboros member, Enforcer No. 0 Campanella.

Personality

Arianrhod is a woman who can be described as a saint. She has a noble personality and the disposition of a warrior having been raised since birth to be a knight. She can be considered well-educated and because of her noble lineage excels at military tactics and combat techniques.

With regards to Ouroboros, Arianrhod puts her loyalty for the Grandmaster above anything else, however, despite her loyalty to the Grandmaster, Arianrhod had gone out of her way at least two times to assist the protagonist of Ao no Kiseki and Trails of Cold Steel, being a woman of pride who prefers to let her actions speak for themselves.

Arianrhod was also rather fond of Enforcer No. II, Leonhardt as she would often spar with the Bladelord many times prior to the latter's death, and considered it a great loss upon learning of his passing, as she believed that he had the potential to surpass her one day.

History

Encounter With The Special Support Section

Meeting Class VII

In S.1204, Arianrhod hears word that something strange has happened at Lohengrin Castle and comes to investigate it. Encountering Class VII who are on a field trip, Arianrhod decides to watch their progress from the shadows taking particular notice of Laura S. Arseid as they battle Nosferatu, the condemned soul of a king who has taken possession of the castle.

After Class VII defeats Nosferatu, Arianrhood notices Nosferatu making a last desperate assault on Class VII and decides to intervene by saving Class VII from Nosferau by making a final attack on the orb controlling the barrier surrounding the castle. After launching her attack and destroying the orb, Arianrhod disappears so that Class VII doesn't notice her and returns to her Stahlritter squad, having become interested in Laura's noble background and latent potential.

Weapons

Name weapon (JP) Description
Iron Lance
アイアンランス
An iron-made lance originally designed for fighting on horseback.
Iron Lance II
アイアンランス・改
An upgraded Iron Lance. Originally designed for fighting on horseback.
Spiral Lance
スパイラルランス
A lance helical-shaped from tip to handle.
Spiral Lance II
スパイラルランス・改
An upgraded Spiral Lance, helical-shaped from tip to handle.
Titanium Lance
チタンランス
A lance made from exceptionally strong metal, capable of pulverising rocks.
Titanium Lance II
チタンランス・改
An upgraded Titanium Lance, capable of pulverising rocks.
Holy Avenger
ホーリーアベンジャー
Holy strength dwells within this lance. Can only be wielded by ardent believers.
Holy Avenger II
ホーリーアベンジャー・改
An upgraded Holy Avenger. Can only be wielded by ardent believers.
Tepes
ツェペシュ
A lance holding the name of 'The Impaler'.
Tepes II
ツェペシュ・改
An upgraded Tepes. A lance holding the name of 'The Impaler'.
Damascus Lance
ダマスカスランス
A lance decorated with mysterious black ores. It's said to never rust.
Damascus Lance II
ダマスカスランス・改
An upgraded Damascus Lance. It's said to never rust.
Axe Masher
アークスマッシャー
A lance wielded by only the best knights. Omits a blue light while piercing.
Axe Masher II
アークスマッシャー・改
An upgraded Axe Masher. Omits a blue light while piercing.
Valkyrie Gale
ヴァルキリーゲイル
Named after female knights. Captivates whoever lays their eyes on its rich ornaments.
Valkyrie Gale II
ヴァルキリーゲイル・改
An upgraded Valkyrie Gale. Captivates whoever lays their eyes on its rich ornaments.
Bryonac
ブリューナク
Feared as the 'Penetrator', this lance mercilessly pierces through its enemies.
Bryonac II
ブリューナク・改
An upgraded Bryonac. A lance known to always pierce through its enemies.
Holy Grand Cross
聖槍「グランドクロス」
The ultimate lance bearing the name of Arianrhod's mysteries.
Divine Grand Cross
神槍「グランドクロス」
An upgraded Grand Cross, concealing the strength to conquer entire armies.

Crafts

Name Description
Craft (Crossbell Skill) シュトルムランツァー
Sturmlanze
ランスを使った突貫攻撃。
Craft (Crossbell Skill) アングリアハンマー
Anglia Hammer
自らが避雷針となって周囲に雷撃の嵐。
Craft (Crossbell Skill) アルティウムセイバー
Altium Saber
巨大なランスで薙ぎ払い攻撃。
S Craft (Crossbell Skill) 聖技グランドクロス
Grand Cross
巨大な闘気の渦で敵を呑み込み、無数の攻撃を放って止めを刺す。

Name Description
Craft (Akatsuki Skill) シュトルムランツァー
Sturmlanze
攻撃クラフト:直線(貫通)
槍が持ち前向きに突撃する。強力な攻撃を与える。
Craft (Akatsuki Skill) アルティウムセイバー
Altium Saber
攻撃クラフト:単体・確率20%で気絶
槍を強く横振り、確率20%で気絶状態に。
Craft (Akatsuki Skill) アングリアハンマー
Anglia Hammer
攻撃クラフト:大円・封技
雷を召喚し敵を攻撃する。一定ターン、封技。
S Craft (Akatsuki Skill) 聖技グランドクロス
Grand Cross
攻撃Sクラフト:全体
人間の技とパワーの限界に近づく攻撃方式。

Gallery

Ao no Kiseki
 
Arianrhod - Full-Length Sketch 1 (Ao)
Full-length sketch 1
 
Arianrhod - Full-Length Sketch 2-3 (Ao)
Full-length sketch 2/3
 
Arianrhod - Full-Length Sketch 4 (Ao)
Full-length sketch 4
 
Arianrhod - Full-Length Sketch 5 (Ao)
Full-length sketch 5
 
Arianrhod - Full-Length Sketch 6 (Ao)
Full-length sketch 6
 
Arianrhod - Bust Back (Ao Evo)
Portrait (back)
 
Arianrhod - Bust Helmet (Ao Evo)
Portrait (helmet)
 
Arianrhod - S-Craft Helmet (Ao Evo)
S-Craft (helmet)
 
Arianrhod - Bust (Ao Evo)
Portrait
 
Arianrhod - Helmet (Ao Evo)
S-Craft
 
Arianrhod - SD Model (Ao)
SD model
 
Arianrhod - S-Craft Grand Cross (Ao)
Grand Cross artwork
 
Arianrhod - Expression Normal (Ao Evo)
Portrait (normal)
 
Arianrhod - Expression Smile (Ao Evo)
Portrait (smile)
 
Arianrhod - Expression Angry (Ao Evo)
Portrait (angry)
 
Arianrhod - Expression Think (Ao Evo)
Portrait (thinking)
 
Stahlritter (Ao)
Opening
 
Arianrhod MN03500 (Ao Monster)
Sprite (helmet)
 
Arianrhod MN04200 (Ao Monster)
Sprite
Trails of Cold Steel II
 
Dreichels & Sandlot 1 - Flashback Visual (Sen II)
Meeting with Dreichels
 
Dreichels & Sandlot 2 - Flashback Visual (Sen II)
Meeting with Dreichels
 
Dreichels & Sandlot 3 - Flashback Visual (Sen II)
Meeting with Dreichels
 
Dreichels & Sandlot 4 - Flashback Visual (Sen II)
Meeting with Dreichels
 
Eisenritter Statue (Sen)
Statue of St. Sandlot
Akatsuki no Kiseki
 
Arianrhod S Craft (Akatsuki)
S-Craft Akatsuki
Loewe Monogatari

Trivia

  • Arianrhod is named after the Celtic Goddess of fertility and rebirth, responsible for the weaving of cosmic time and fate. Her name has been translated as 'silver-wheel' (from the Welsh arian, ' silver,' and rhod, 'wheel'), a symbol that represents the ever-turning wheel of the year.
  • Arianrhod's design is inspired by Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne d'Arc.[13]

References

Notes

  1. From the fall of S.949, when Dreichels Reise Arnor started raising his army, it was said "half a year later",[8], "soon after" the death of Roland Vander.[9]
  2. The resurrection happened "half a year after" the War of the Lions ended,[7] making late S.952 also possible.
  3. In S.1206, it was "20 years" ago.[7] It is unknown whether Ouroboros already existed or whether Lianne Sandlot had already assumed the alias of Arianrhod. Arianrhod severed her ties with Roselia, whom she met for the first time in "approximately 20 years" in S.1206.[12]

Games

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ao no Kiseki, Finale: "Still, We Are".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens" (8/18).
  3. Trails of Cold Steel II, Finale: "Forward, Relentlessly" (12/31)
  4. Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens" (8/18).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens" (8/28).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sen no Kiseki III, Black Records, Volume 3
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 Sen no Kiseki III, Finale: "For Whom The Bell Tools (07/18)
  8. Sen no Kiseki III, Chapter 4: "Glimmering Heimdallr" (07/04)
  9. Trails of Cold Steel II, Black Records, Volume 5
  10. Trails of Cold Steel II.
  11. Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens" (8/29).
  12. Sen no Kiseki III, Chapter 3: "The Pulse of Steel ~Profusion of the Sea Capital~" (06/19)
  13. Dengeki PlayStation Vol. 573, p.67.

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