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Rean Schwarzer (リィン・シュバルツァー), also known as the Ashen Chevalier (灰色(はいいろ)騎士(きし)), is the instructor of Class VII at Thors Military Academy - Branch Campus Leeves in Erebonia. As a former student of Class VII and Awakener of Divine Knight Valimar, he became known as the hero who ended the Erebonian Civil War.

Background

Rean Schwarzer was born in January or February S.1187[1] as the son of then-Brigadier General of the Imperial Army of Erebonia, Giliath Osborne and his wife Kasia.

Childhood

During his early childhood, Rean was raised in Heimdallr, where he lived peacefully with his parents. This all changed in S. 1192 when a group of nobles targeted Osborne in an attempt to suppress a commoner-led reformist movement in which he was a prominent leader. During a jaeger raid on his home, Katia was killed and Rean was critically wounded by wooden debris to his chest. In order to save his son's life, Osborne transplanted his own heart into Rean.

Several months later, Osborne left Rean outside Ymir[3], where he was later picked up by Baron Teo Schwarzer. Schwarzer took Rean into his household and raised the boy with his wife Lucia and their three year old daughter, Elise. Since Rean had no memory prior to his abandonment, he did not know whether he was born a noble, commoner, or even an Erebonian to begin with.[4] This sparked some controversy among the Baron's fellow nobility and many rumors spread about Rean being his bastard son. Nevertheless, the Schwarzers remained a kind and supportive family throughout Rean's upbringing.

In S.1196, at the age of 9, Rean experienced a traumatic incident. As a monster approached his adoptive sister, he was overcome by an overwhelming anger. Some sort of power, referred to as his ogre power (鬼の力), overtook his consciousness and viciously murdered the beast. Rean began to fear himself. Though he was raised in a loving environment, he felt an immense amount of guilt towards his foster family for being a burden.

Eight Leaves One Blade

Some time later, Yun Ka-Fai took him in as a pupil, teaching him the Eight Leaves One Blade school of swordsmanship in the hopes that Rean could eventually overcome his fear and master his power. Unfortunately, Rean was unable to do so and Yun Ka-Fai had to cut his training short.

After struggling to find a path to follow in life, Rean decided to enroll at Thors Military Academy, in an attempt to distance himself from his foster family and become a soldier in the army. He was placed in Class VII (a class that did not segregate its students based on social standing) and was sent to various locations as a part of his field studies.

Ashen Chevalier

Shortly before the start of the Erebonian Civil War, Rean and his classmates discover Valimar, The Ashen Knight, in the depths of the Old Schoolhouse. Upon completing the final trial, Rean officially becomes the "Ashen Awakener".

After the events of the Erebonian Civil War, Rean is recognized as the Ashen Chevalier, the hero who ended the war. He enters a depressive state due to death of Crow Armbrust and the Empire's growing dominance, but is able to snap out of it with the support of his friends and teachers at Thors. He ultimately makes the decision to serve as a military officer for the Erebonian Army despite having reservations, ultimately doing so for the greater good.

In truth, he is actually the son of Giliath Osborne, who abandoned him for reasons currently unknown. Prior to the appearance of the Infernal Castle, Rean had remembered that before being adopted by the Schwarzers, he was dropped off in the snow by a man whose face he couldn't recognize. After Crow's death and Osborne's reappearance, he remembered that the same man who abandoned him was Chancellor Osborne, who confirmed his parentage.

Ogre problems

After his graduation, he turned down offers to join the military, and instead, in the spirit of his endeavours with Class VII, started working as an instructor at the newly established Thors Military Academy at the age of 19.[2] Following his excellent grades as a student, Rean manages to convey the particulars of his subject, imperial history, with great ease. He closely looks after his students of Class VII.

Although he turned down offers to join the Imperial Army of Erebonia, Rean is still urged to accept orders from the imperial government. During these orders, Rean notices that his ogre power becomes gradually stronger. The power became uncontrollable during his participation in the Northern Campaign, after which he decided no longer to rely on the power. In S.1206, Rean slowly regained control over the latent abilities with the power of a pendant he received from Emma Millstein and special training from her familiar, Celine.

During the events that lead to the invocation of the Great Twilight, Rean's ogre power becomes uncontrollable and he loses his self-control. He is brought back to his senses by Crow Armbrust, Rutger Claussell and Giliath Osborne.

Personality

Kind, sociable, easygoing and a modest to a fault, Rean is about as upright as they come. He is incredibly supportive, often helping people (friends or otherwise) with their various problems, often going through extreme lengths to fulfill requests. He is a natural born leader, often taking the initiative when the group faces a problem, relying on his good instincts and deductive reasoning skills to get through them. However, despite putting on a confident front, Rean has shockingly low self worth. He tends to give out harsh criticism of himself, such as when described himself as a "dropout who's never progressed past beginner level" when prompted about his sword style. He is also unable to reconcile the love that his family has for him, often considering himself a to be a burden, striving to one day "pay back his parents" for caring for them, unable to realize that his parents love him unconditionally.

He also has a tendency to put others over himself, often to his detriment. Jusis Albarea points out that his tendency to do this comes across as more abnormal than virtuous. He holds himself back when fighting due to the fear of losing control and accidentally hurting someone with his power. He is able to slowly overcome his flaws over the course of both games, eventually learning to accept the love that people have for him and accept his unknown power as an extension of himself. He deeply cares for his sister and is visibly annoyed when Patrick expresses interest in her and has gone on record that he won't just let any man be with her.

Rean is surprisingly competitive, often putting his all into winning competitions. He admonishes Group B for their abysmal grade in their previous field study, and spurs them into cooperating by appealing to their sense of pride. He will express dismay when losing to his opponent during minigames.

Rean has a fondness for fishing and enjoys snowboarding; he even helped construct Ymir's snowboarding course as a child. If the Unspeakable R costume set is anything to go by, Rean was quite imaginative as a child.

Character Notes

Trails of Cold Steel

Rean Schwarzer
Rean Schwarzer Note (Sen) Year 1 Class VII (Unaffiliated)
A young man who is part of Class VII. Easygoing, honest, polite, and sociable.
Secret

Achieved beginner rank in the Eight Leaves One Blade school. He is also the adopted son of Ymir's Baron Schwarzer.

Devoted Brother

He has a non-blood-related younger sister, Elise, who attends St. Astraia. Very dedicated to her.

Power

Rean occasionally exhibits a beast-like power when he loses control of himself. He has feared that since he was a child.

Trails of Cold Steel II

Rean Schwarzer
Rean Schwarzer Note (Sen II) Year 1 Class VII (Unaffiliated)
The Ashen Knight's Awakener. Adopted son of Baron Schwarzer. Intermediate level at the Eight Leaves One Blade style.
Departure

He resolved to travel the Empire in order to reunite with his classmates and rescue Elise and Princess Alfin.

Spirit Unification

Speaking with Princess Alfin, he finally realized what he lacked and learned to control the ogre power within him.

Famous Hero

After the war ended, he became known as the Ashen Chevalier, the hero who helped to end the war.

Sen no Kiseki III

Rean Schwarzer
Rean Schwarzer Note (Sen III)
Class VII Special Department (History, Combat)
New instructor in charge of combat and Panzer Soldat training as well as history class. Publicly hailed as the war hero, the Ashen Chevalier.
Class VII, Reborn
He decided to nurture the spirit of his Original Class VII by motivating his class not only as students, but also as companions.
Controlling the "Power"
Continued use of his ogre power to carry out the imperial government's orders rendered him unconscious for 3 days. Unable to control it ever since.
"Last pupil"
Received a letter from Master Ka-fai. Decides to illuminate the darkness within himself and the empire as last Eight Leaves student, the one to inherit the Seventh Form.
Father's past
Learnt from Osborne about his abandonment with the Schwarzers 14 years ago and the truth regarding the wound on Rean's chest.

リィン・シュバルツァー
Rean Schwarzer Note (Sen III)
Ⅶ組特務科【担当:歴史学・実戦技術】
武術・機甲兵教練と歴史学を担当している新米教官の青年。世間からは《灰色の騎士》として英雄視されている。
新生Ⅶ組
学生時代《旧Ⅶ組》で培った想いを胸に、教官と生徒という関係だけではなく“仲間”として切磋琢磨していく事を決意。
“力”の制御
度重なる帝国政府の要請で“鬼の力”を使い続けた結果3日間気を失ってしまった。以来、力を制御出来なくなっている。
“最後の弟子”
ユン老子からの手紙を受け、《七の型》を受け継ぐ《八葉一刀流》最後の弟子として帝国や己に纏わる“闇”を照らす決意をした。
父の過去
14年ぶりに父として対話したオズボーンからシュバルツァー男爵へ預けられた経緯やリィンの胸の傷の真相を打ち明けられた。

Gameplay

Weapons

Trails of Cold Steel

Trails of Cold Steel II

Sen no Kiseki III

Name Cost Upgrade materials Acquired
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
飛燕
Initial gear
STR+150 RNG+1 必殺率+5%
身軽さを重視して鍛えられた、刀身の軽い刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
白波ノ太刀
2000 Stores: 4/22~
STR+205 RNG+1 必殺率+5%
泡立つ白波のような刃紋が美しい、繊細な刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
逆波ノ刃
白波ノ太刀×1

U-Material x2

Forge
STR+250 RNG+1 必殺率+10%
荒々しい逆波を思わせる刃紋が特徴の強化刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
木枯一文字
4000 Stores: 5/20~
STR+305 RNG+1 必殺率+5%
北風の猛威に耐える巨木を思わせる力強い刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
彼岸ノ太刀
木枯一文×1

U-Material x2

Forge
STR+350 RNG+1 必殺率+10%
妖しく反り返った強化刀。刀身にあの世を映すとされる。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
氷雨
6000 Stores: 6/17~
STR+405 RNG+1 必殺率+5%
氷の雨に打たれても決して揺るがない強靭な刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
雷切
氷雨×1

U-Material x2

Forge
STR+450 RNG+1 必殺率+10%
雷を切り裂くほどの素早い斬撃を可能とする強化刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
虚空刀
8000 Stores: 7/15~
STR+505 RNG+1 必殺率+5%
斬撃が虚空に溶け込み、視界から消える珍しい名刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
螺鈿ノ太刀
虚空刀×1

U-Material x2

Forge
STR+550 RNG+1 必殺率+10%
優美な螺鈿の装飾に必中必殺の願がかけられた強化刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
鏡剣「止水」
螺鈿ノ太刀×1

U-Material x3

Forge
STR+595 RNG+1 必殺率+10%
自らの心を映し出す、澄み渡った切れ味の強化刀。
Tachi (Sen III Weapon)
神剣「八房」
Black Zemurian Ore x1 Forge
STR+665 RNG+1 必殺率+15%
一太刀で無数の斬撃を生み出す、黒ゼムリア鉱製の刀。

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Crafts

Trails of Cold Steel

Name Effect Class Cast Cost Acquire
Craft (Sen Skill) Autumn Leaf Cutter
紅葉切り
Attack (Set) - Area (S) - Impede - Delay+15
Slashes foes while dashing by them. Unbalance+10%.
C 20 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) Motivate
激励
Support - Area (XL/Self) - STR+25% - CP+10
An encouraging shout to rouse allies to battle.
30 CP Level 5
Craft (Sen Skill) Arc Slash
弧影斬
Attack (Set) - Line (S) - Delay+30
Unleashes an arc-shaped shock wave. Can unbalance.
B 30 CP Level 15
Craft (Sen Skill) Gale
疾風
Attack (A) - Area (L) - Seal (50%)
Slices up enemies at high speed. Unbalance+20%.
A 35 CP Level 35
Craft (Sen Skill) Flame Impact
業炎撃
Attack (Set) - Area (S) - Burn (50%) - Faint (50%)
A powerful downward slash. Unbalance+30%.
S+ 35 CP Level 55
S Craft (Sen Skill) Flame Slash
焔ノ太刀
Attack - Area (M) - Burn (100%)
Bathes sword in flames and slashes enemies.
SS 100+ CP Chapter 1
S Craft (Sen Skill) Azure Flame Slash
蒼焔ノ太刀
Attack - Area (L) - Burn (100%)
Bathes sword in blue flames and slashes enemies.
SSS 100+ CP Finale

Trails of Cold Steel II

Name Effect Class Cast Cost Acquire
Craft (Sen Skill) Autumn Leaf Cutter
紅葉切り
Attack (Set) - Area (S) - Impede - Delay+10
Slashes foes while dashing by them. Unbalance+10%.
C 20 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) True Autumn Leaf Cutter
真・紅葉切り
Attack (Set) - Area (S) - Impede - Delay+15
Slashes foes while dashing by them. Unbalance+10%.
C+ 20 CP Level 46
Craft (Sen Skill) Motivate
激励
Support - Area (XL/Self) - STR+25% - CP+10
An encouraging shout to rouse allies to battle.
30 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) Arc Slash
弧影斬
Attack (Set) - Line (S) - Delay+20
Unleashes an arc-shaped shock wave. Can unbalance.
B 30 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) True Arc Slash
真・弧影斬
Attack (Set) - Line (M) - Delay+25
An even more powerful Arc Slash.
B+ 30 CP Level 68
Craft (Sen Skill) Gale
疾風
Attack (Set) - Area (L) - Seal (30%)
Slices up enemies at high speed. Unbalance+20%.
A 45 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) Gale EX
疾風・改
Attack (Set) - Area (L) - Seal (60%)
Slices up enemies at high speed. Unbalance+20%.
A+ 45 CP Level 81
Craft (Sen Skill) Flame Impact
業炎撃
Attack (Set) - Area (S) - Burn (30%) - Faint (30%)
A powerful downward slash. Unbalance+30%.
S 45 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) Flame Dragon
龍炎撃
Attack (Set) - Area (M) - Burn (50%) - Faint (50%)
Strikes with a flame dragon. Unbalance+30%.
S+ 45 CP Initial
Craft (Sen Skill) Spirit Unification
神気合一
Support - Self - STR/DEF/SPD+50%/Unleash (3 turns)
Unleashes the power sleeping within Rean.
100 CP Act 2
Craft (Sen Skill) Summon Valimar
騎神召喚
Awakener's Call
Summons Valimar, the Ashen Knight.
500 EP Act 2
S Craft (Sen Skill) Azure Flame Slash
蒼焔ノ太刀
Attack - Area (XL) - Burn (100%)
Bathes sword in blue flames and slashes enemies.
SS+ 100+ CP Initial
S Craft (Sen Skill) Termination Slash - Dawn
終ノ太刀・暁
Attack - All - Burn (200%)
Cleaves ignorance and dyes the sky.
SSS+ 100+ CP Finale
Craft (Sen Skill) Fatal Autumn Leaf Cutter

[5]
滅・紅葉切り

Attack (Set) - Area (S) - Impede - Delay+25
A deadlier Autumn Leaf Cutter. Unbalance+20%.
A 20 CP
Craft (Sen Skill) Fatal Arc Slash

[5]
滅・弧影斬

Attack (Set) - Line (M) - K.O. (50%) - Delay+25
An Arc Slash that brings death. Unbalance+10%.
S 30 CP
Craft (Sen Skill) Arcane Gale

[5]
裏疾風

Attack (Set) - Line (L) - Seal (100%)
Gale's perfected essence. Unbalance+30%.
S+x2 50 CP
Craft (Sen Skill) Fatal Flame Impact

[5]
滅・業炎撃

Attack (Set) - Area (M) - Burn (60%) - Faint (60%)
A powerful downward slash. Unbalance+50%.
SS 60 CP
Craft (Sen Skill) Fatal Flame Dragon

[5]
滅・龍炎撃

Attack (Set) - Area (M) - Burn (100%) - Faint (100%)
Strikes with a flame dragon. Unbalance+50%.
SS+ 60 CP Level 95
S Craft (Sen Skill) Azure Flame Slash

[5]
蒼焔ノ太刀

Attack - Area (XL) - Burn (200%)
Bathes sword in blue flames and slashes enemies.
SSS+ Initial
S Craft (Sen Skill) Termination Slash - Dawn

[5]
終ノ太刀・暁

Attack - All - Burn (300%)
Cleaves ignorance and dyes the sky.
4S+ 100+ CP Finale

Sen no Kiseki III

Name Cost Delay Acquire
Craft (Sen III Skill)
緋空斬
20 10 初期
攻撃(威力D ブレイクC 崩し有効)

直線M(地点指定):駆動解除100% 炎傷30%
燃え盛る弧状の斬撃を一直線に放つ。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
弧月一閃
40 25 初期
攻撃(威力B ブレイクA 崩し+25%)

円M(地点指定)
磨き抜かれた抜刀で周囲の敵を一掃する。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
疾風
80 30 4/16
攻撃(威力A ブレイクB 崩し+5%)

円L(地点指定):遅延+10
神速のスピードで敵集団を斬り刻む。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
螺旋撃
60 30 LV40
攻撃(威力S+ ブレイクS 崩し+10%)

円S(地点指定):必殺率+20%
烈火を纏った斬撃で、渦巻く炎を巻き起こす。

S Craft (Sen III Skill)
七ノ太刀・落葉
100+ 40 序章
攻撃(威力SSS ブレイクD 崩し無効)

円LL(地点指定):5ターンSPD↓(大)
落葉の刹那、研ぎ澄まされた斬撃で敵を木端微塵にする。

S Craft (Sen III Skill)
七ノ太刀・刻葉
100+ 40 7/9

落葉が進化

攻撃(威力SSS+ ブレイクD 崩し無効)

全体:5ターンSPD↓(大)
落葉の刹那、研ぎ澄まされた斬撃で敵を戦場もろとも木端微塵にする。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
滅・緋空斬
20 20 Unified spirit
攻撃(威力C+ ブレイクC+ 崩し有効)

直線M(地点指定):駆動解除100% 炎傷60%
苛烈さを増した緋空斬。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
滅・弧月一閃
40 25 Unified spirit
攻撃(威力A ブレイクA+ 崩し+40%)

円M(地点指定)
滅びをもたらす弧月一閃。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
裏疾風
90 30 Unified spirit
攻撃(威力S ブレイクB+ 崩し+5%)

円L(地点指定) 2回攻撃:遅延+10 封技50%
極まりし疾風の真髄。

Craft (Sen III Skill)
滅・螺旋撃
60 30 Unified spirit
攻撃(威力SS ブレイクS+ 崩し+10%)

円S(地点指定):必殺率+50% 気絶50%
鬼気迫る勢いで放たれる螺旋撃。

S Craft (Sen III Skill)
灰ノ太刀・滅葉
100+ 40 Unified spirit
攻撃(威力SSS+ ブレイクD 崩し無効)

円LL(地点指定):5ターンSPD↓(大)
落葉の刹那、業火を纏った斬撃で敵を灰塵と化す。

S Craft (Sen III Skill)
灰ノ太刀・絶葉
100+ 40 7/9以降

Unified spirit

攻撃(威力4S ブレイクD 崩し無効)

全体:5ターンSPD↓(大)
落葉の刹那、業火を纏った斬撃で戦場に破滅をもたらす。

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Divine Knight

Trails of Cold Steel II

Name Description Class CP
Craft (Sen Skill) Lustrous Slash

閃光斬

[Attack - Impede - Can't guard/counter]

Two rapid strikes. 30% chance to unbalance.

B 30
Craft (Sen Skill) Flame Impact

業炎撃

[Attack - Burn (50%) - Can't guard/counter]

Powerful downward slash. 60% chance to unbalance.

A 50
Craft (Sen Skill) Flame Dragon

龍炎撃

[Attack - Burn (100%) - Can't guard/counter]

Powerful downward slash. 60% chance to unbalance.

A 50
Craft (Sen Skill) Morning Moon

残月

[Support - Self - 100% chance to evade and counter]

Evades without fail, then counters. 30% chance to unbalance.

- 90
Craft (Sen Skill) Heavenly Slash

天衝剣

[Attack - Seal (100%) - Can't guard/counter]

Three deadly slashes. 100% chance to unbalance.

S 110
Enlightened Domination
Destructive Impact
Union Slash - Deadly Domination

Sen no Kiseki III

Name Description Class Break CP
Craft (Sen III Skill) Lustrous Slash

閃光斬

Attack - Impede - Can't guard/counter

Two rapid strikes. 10% chance to unbalance.

C A 30
Craft (Sen III Skill) Crescent Flash

弧月一閃

Attack - All - DEF/ADF lowered (S) (2 turns) - Can't guard/counter

90% chance to unbalance.

A C 60
Craft (Sen III Skill) Morning Moon

残月

Support - Self - 100% chance to evade and counter

Evades without fail, then counters. 30% chance to unbalance.

- - 90
Craft (Sen III Skill) Helix

螺旋撃

Attack - Seal (100%) - Can't guard/counter

Three deadly slashes. 30% chance to unbalance.

S A 90
Craft (Sen III Skill) Fatal Lustrous Slash

[6]
滅・閃光斬

Attack - Impede - Can't guard/counter

Two rapid strikes. 10% chance to unbalance.

D A 30
Craft (Sen III Skill) Fatal Crescent Flash

[6]
滅・弧月一閃

Attack - All - DEF/ADF lowered (S) (2 turns) - Can't guard/counter

90% chance to unbalance.

A C 60
Craft (Sen III Skill) Fatal Helix

[6]
滅・螺旋撃

Attack - Seal (100%) - Can't guard/counter

Three deadly slashes. 30% chance to unbalance.

S A 90
Fierce Deity's Domination

[6]
鬼神覇斬

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Brave Order

Sen no Kiseki III

Character Name BP Effect
Rean Schwarzer Raging Fire
突撃陣≪烈火≫
1 Damage dealt +20% (6 counts)
CP+10
Iron Spirit
防御陣≪鉄心≫
1 Damage received -50% (8 counts)
Restores 10% HP/EP
Kagura

[7]
絶唱陣≪神楽≫

2 No casting time (6 counts)
Huanglong

[8]
閃光陣≪黄龍≫

5 Critical rate +50% (10 counts)
Insight (2 turns)

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Orbment

Trails of Cold Steel

Trails of Cold Steel II

Sen no Kiseki III

Sen no Kiseki IV -The End of Saga-

Gallery

Trails of Cold Steel

Trails of Cold Steel II

Sen no Kiseki III

Sen no Kiseki IV -The End of Saga-

Trivia

  • Schwarz(er) is German and means "black".
  • In Cold Steel, with the exception of 2 dishes, he is only capable of creating dishes that are "average."
  • As of Cold Steel II, his cooking ability is much more in line with the other party members.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 On March 31, S.1204 (start of Cold Steel), Rean was 17 years old. On October 29, S.1204 (start of Cold Steel II), Rean was still 17 years old. In the Imperial Chronicle, Volume 7, that appeared no later than March 12, S.1205, Rean is 18 years old. This puts his birthday between November 30th and March 12th.
  2. 2.0 2.1 In Dengeki PlayStation 634, Toshihiro Kondo says that Rean becomes 20 years old over the course of Sen III:「今作では20歳(作中で20歳を迎えます)になります。」
  3. Rean Schwarzer. Trails of Cold Steel II.
  4. Phantom Thief B. Trails of Cold Steel Drama CD - Returning Home. <http://www.trailsofcoldsteel.com/cs2/memoirs1.html>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Available after using Spirit Unification.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Available in Valimar's second form.
  7. Learnt after scene at Isthmia Great Forest, Sen no Kiseki III, Chapter 1: "Reunion ~The Old Capital of Chalkstone~".
  8. Learnt after duel against Aurelia Le Guin, Sen no Kiseki III, Finale: "For Whom The Bell Tolls".