Falcom has released new information and screenshots of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III detailing the prologue, characters Rean Schwarzer, Kurt Vander, Juna Crawford, and Altina, and some keywords.
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“You, you guys walk looking straight ahead…”
“Just go earnestly, single-mindedly forward…”
—Those words determined their perseverance and resolution.
Septian Calendar 1206, spring—nearly a year-and-a-half after the civil war. The Erebonian Empire—which annexed the continent’s greatest trade city, Crossbell State, and a few months later also annexed the North Ambria State—has significantly exceeded its longtime rival, the Calvard Republic, and in both reality and in name has become the continent’s greatest nation.
On the other hand, the centralization of power has accelerated by way of the Imperial government, and by unifying the tax system the areas ruled by nobles were disturbed and weakened. New problems were also born.
Meanwhile, the secret society “Ouroboros,” which maneuvered in secret during the civil war, broke its silence and began to move behind closed doors as to blend in with the activities of the Jaeger Corps and the Republic.
At the same time, a black-haired young man arrives in the Imperial western suburb of Reaves. Rean Schwarzer, the “Ashen Chevalier.” As a student, he was the “young hero” who contributed to the end of the civil war by piloting the Ashen Knight, Valimar, and even played an active role in the Crossbell Front and Northern War—.
He just graduated from the prestigious Thors Military Academy in February, but chooses the new path of an “instructor” and takes up a new post at a certain new school—-Thors Military Academy Reaves II Branch School.
In contrast to the main school, which became a full-fledged military school after the enrollment of the crown prince, the Branch School accepts special case nobles, problem children, foreigners, and the like. The headmaster served as a general commander of the old Noble Alliance—.
Among the three classes that make up the school, there is Class VII, “Special Duty Division”—a special duty class with a small number of students in which Rean serves as the instructort.
“We’re newcomers all the same. Let’s sweat and improve together as friends.”
- Age: 20
- Weapon: Long sword
A young man who was enrolled at Thors Military Academy in the special division class, Class VII, and the Awakener of the Ashen Knight, Valimar.
A year-and-a-half ago, he contributed his services to the Erebonian Empire civil war, to the annexation of Crossbell State, and then to the annexation of North Ambria State, and became a hero in the Empire known as the Ashen Chevalier.
After graduating from the Military Academy, the government strongly urged him to join the Imperial army, but he politely refused. In order to preserve the spirit of Thors, and more than that in order to refrain from using the Ashen Knight Valimar or his own power, he chooses to take on the job of a n instructor at the “II Branch School,” a school with an interesting backstory that is newly established in the western suburbs of the Imperial capital.
“I can’t lose to the Imperials until I achieve results with Class VII!”
- Age: 17
- Weapon: Gun breaker (a tonfa-and-gun combination that can strike and shoot)
A lively girl from the old Crossbell State filled with a sense of justice.
Admiring the work of the Crossbell Police “Special Support Section,” which has resolved various difficult cases, she successfully enters the police academy, but her dreams were crushed after Crossbell is occupied by the Erebonian Empire.
Meanwhile, Juna, who received a proposal from a certain someone, decides to enter the “Thors II Branch School” in order to ascertain the current condition of the Empire as an “aggressor nation,” and to show her pride as a Crossbell citizen.
“The Eight Leaves One Blade-style Professor Schwarzer, huh?… I honestly haven’t heard of him.”
- Age: 17
- Weapon: Dual swords (huge)
A smart, handsome young man born to the Vander family, which is known as the military family of the Empire. He has bluish-gray hair, which is unusual among his family.
He possesses masterful skills in dual swordsmanship and was filled with a sense of duty to protect the Imperial family as a member of the Vander family, but after the civil war ended, the family was dismissed of its employment as protection for the Imperial family as a result of “Blood and Iron Chancellor” Giliath Osbourne’s tactics, and he lost his goal.
Following his disappointment, he tried to turn down his admission to Thors Military Academy, but after a recommendation from his older brother Mueller, he hesitantly walks the path to the “II Branch School.”
“Since you’ve joined the branch school, I think ‘Professor Rean’s Class’ is appropriate.”
- Age: 14?
- Weapon: Claimh=Solais
A girl who belongs to the Imperial Intelligence Agency, goes by the code-name “Black Rabbit,” and who lacks emotion. She uses a state-of-the-art combat shell called “Claimh=Solais,” and during the civil war was doing special work in various places as a “fake” who deceived the Noble Alliance.
Since the end of the civil war, she has been carrying out various missions for the Intelligence Agency, and monitoring the “Ashen Chevalier” Rean Schwarzer’s actions in order to support his mission as a partner.
Following Rean’s inauguration as an instructor, Altina is also dispatched to the “II Branch School” as a “student”…
Located in the western part of the continent Zemuria, Erebonia is a giant military nation.
Though a short civil war caused conflict between the traditional conservative forces of the “Noble Faction” and the emerging powers of the “Reformist Faction,” the situation was resolved after the arrest of the Noble Faction leader and the dissolution of the Noble Alliance.
Afterwards, under the leadership of Giliath Osbourne, the leader of the Reformist Faction and the Imperial government representative, the Empire is using its powerful military strength to rapidly press forward with invasions and territorial expansions to its surrounding areas such as Crossbell State and North Ambria.
A trade city developed in the space between the Erebonian Empire and Calvard Republic. It was annexed by the Empire one year ago and is under the rule of Imperial noble governor-general Rufus Albarea.
Although its function as a center for trade and finance is now returning, the tension immediately following the annexation have yet to be resolved, and rumors of a resistance for Crossbell’s liberation have started to circulate.
Thors Military Academy Reaves II Branch School
Following the transformation of the Empire’s prestigious Thors Military Academy into the full-fledged military school of the Imperial Army of Erebonia, a new branch school was established in the western suburbs of the Empire.
It is a gathering of various capable persons, including noble children in difficult positions, foreigners, those born in Crossbell State, those who played a role in the Northern War, renown scholars with the ability to lead, and extremely exceptional staff such as Rean Schwarzer, who is known as a young hero and goes into teaching.
There are six classes in the main school, Classes I to VI, and three classes in the Branch School, the “Tactics Division” (Class VIII), “Accounting Division” (Class IX), and the class led by Rean, the “Special Duty Division” (Class VII).
Special Duty Division (Class VII)
A special class at the Thors Military Academy Reaves II Branch School where Rean Schwarzer serves as an instructor.
Led by instructor Rean himself, the class is expected to work as a special platoon that will accomplish various objectives. For that reason, it is a small class made up of only three people: Juna, Kurt, and Altina.
The military family in charge of the protection of the Arnor Imperial family. It is also renown as the family that inherits the “Vander Style,” one of the two major swordsmanship styles passed down in the Erebonian Empire. The family has produced many capable soldiers, such as Mueller, who is a childhood friend and body guard of the Imperial family’s Prince Olivert, and Lieutenant-General Zechs, who leads the Imperial Army of Erebonia’s 3rd Panzer Division.
A state-of-the-art model of the weapon and combat shell used by some within the Erebonian Empire. Not only does it excel as a weapon, it can communicate with its user in a special language, etc. There are many mysteries that surround it. Millium, who shares the last name Orion with Altina, uses a white isomorphic machine called “Airgetlam.”
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan this fall.
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