|Senior Member(s)||Stern Ritter|
|Other Members||Quilge Opie, Asguiaro Ebern, Luders Friegen|
|Affiliation||Arrancar and Quincy|
|Purpose||Destruction of the Soul Society|
The Vandenreich was somehow able to survive the Quincy massacre two hundred years ago and became strong enough to challenge Soul Society. Sometime after the defeat of Sōsuke Aizen, the Vandenreich conquered Hueco Mundo, capturing Tier Harribel in the process. In addition, they conscripted numerous Arrancar into their service and killed many Hollows.
The organizational structure of the Vandenreich is not yet clear, but there is a central monarch based out of their headquarters. In his service, there are a number of underlings who follow his direct orders.
A group of elite Quincy combatants known as the Stern Ritter (星十字騎士団 (シュテルンリッター), shuterunrittā; German for "Star Knights", Japanese for "Star Cross Knight Band/Order").Members of the Stern Ritter and certain other individuals within the Vandenreich military are apparently each assigned a letter of the alphabet and an appropriate epithet by Yhwach in order to designate them.
There is also a separate hunting unit called the Jagdarmee (狩猟部隊 (ヤークトアルメー), yākutoarumē; German for "Hunt(ing) Army", Japanese for "Hunting Corps") of Hueco Mundo which in the wake of Hueco Mundo's conquest by the Vandenreich is entrusted with capturing Arrancar to serve the empire.
The military is comprised from a large number of skilled Soldat (聖兵 (ゾルダート), zorudāto; German for "Soldier", Japanese for "Holy Soldier(s)").
There also exists a communication unit, which maintains the connection between headquarters and operational units. The Vandenreich have forcefully drafted many strong Arrancar into their army, but they are regarded as expendable, for Yhwach killed two of them once he deemed they had outlived their usefulness.
The Vandenreich is based out of a large ice encrusted building. This building consists of a thick base with a long stairway leading up the front. On top of this are a series of thick columns supporting a thicker second tier of the building. There is a third tier above this, supported by thinner columns. Surrounding the main building are a number of ice covered round or square towers and two curved structures leaning towards each other, forming an arch-like monument at the front of the building. Inside the building, Yhwach has a floating throne, behind it are a series of floating steps leading to a curtained doorway where the Espada Tier Harribel is kept prisoner. Housed somewhere in the place where the Vandenreich reside is a structure called the "Gate of the Sun" (太陽の門, Taiyō no Mon), which was used to invade Soul Society.
|Stern Ritter ?||Haschwalth||N/A||Quincy|
|Executive Hunting Captain||Quilge Opie||"The Jail"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter E||Bambietta Basterbine||N/A||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter F||Äs Nödt||"The Fear"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter O||Driscoll Berci||"The Overkill"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter Q||Berenice Gabrielli||"The Question"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter R||Jerome Guizbatt||"The Roar"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter U||NaNaNa Najahkoop||N/A||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter Y||Loyd Lloyd||"The Yourself"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter Y||Royd Lloyd||"The Yourself"||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter ?||Shaz Domino||N/A||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter ?||Buzzbee||N/A||Quincy|
|Stern Ritter ?||Unnamed Male Vandenreich||N/A||Quincy|
The typical attire of most Vandenreich personnel consists of a long, white, double-breasted trench coat with shoulder straps and a white, button-down bib. This coat is bound at the waist with a black belt, which is further adorned with a decorative buckle, and is worn over both white trousers and trench boots. Many members also sport white hats with black peaks and a crest emblazoned on its front, which is reminiscent of the five-pointed variant of the Quincy cross. This insignia is also reflected upon the buttons of their other apparel. Some higher-ranking members pair this uniform with other additional pieces of clothing, such as capes or cloaks, to distinguish themselves. The Stern Ritter wear a distinctive white, ankle-length cloak over their uniform that features the Vandenreich insignia emblazoned on its back and often, a hood attached to the cloak's collar. Apart from the standard uniform, a Soldat's attire consists of a military beret, black goggles with white lenses and a gas mask that obscures their entire face, as well as a short, collared cloak.
In certain instances, personnel have been observed wearing a simplified version of the usual Vandenreich uniform, which lacks the normal button-down bib and belt. Those who took part in the declaration of war upon Soul Society sported this specific variation, as well as a hooded cape that featured a black mask in order to obscure their face and a black band diagonally encircling their body.
Medallion: A number of those within the Vandenreich military, including all members of the Stern Ritter, carry on their person a round, unnamed device that is roughly the size of a person's palm and has the Vandenreich insignia etched into its surface. When activated, this device is capable of stealing a single currently released Bankai in the immediate vicinity. According to Yhwach the ability to steal a Shinigami's Bankai depends on the level of the medallion wielders Reiryoku.
Once stolen, the medallion's owner can then proceed to use the taken Bankai's power at will, even after the original owner's death. However, they appear unable to exploit this power fully, as according to what Yamamoto experienced, Driscoll Berci's use of Kōkō Gonryō Rikyū was noticeably inferior to that of its true owner, Chōjirō Sasakibe.
- Daten (情報 (ダーテン), dāten; German for "Data", Japanese for "Information/(Military) Intelligence"): A word used to define the exhaustive data collected by the Vandenreich on the opposition's forces, which has been distributed to all essential personnel. Parts of this intelligence include details on those considered to be "Special War Powers" and those in possession of Bankai.
- Medalize (星章化 (メダライズ), medaraizu; Japanese for "Star-Emblemize"): This term is used to describe the process that the Vandenreich uses to steal Bankai.
Special War Powers
In their war with Soul Society, the Vandenreich have placed particular emphasis on five so called "Special War Powers" (特記戦力, tokki senryoku), who they believe will play a pivotal role in deciding the ultimate outcome of the war itself. Such is the importance of these powers that the temporary detainment of just one, prompted the Vandenreich to begin the invasion of Soul Society due simply to their guaranteed absence. Sōsuke Aizen was asked to join the Vandenreich as one of the special war powers, but he turned down the offer.
Those known to be classified as the "Special War Powers" are:
|Members||Yhwach (Sovereign) • Arrancar: Asguiaro Ebern • Luders Friegen|
|Jagdarmee||Executive Hunting Captain: J: Quilge Opie|
|SternRitter||E: Bambietta Basterbine • F: Äs Nödt • O: Driscoll Berci • Q: Berenice Gabrielli • R: Jerome Guizbatt • U: NaNaNa Najahkoop • Y: Loyd Lloyd • Y: Royd Lloyd • ?: Haschwalth • ?: Shaz Domino • ?: Unnamed Male Vandenreich • ?: Buzzbee|
|Related||Vandenreich • Jagdarmee • Stern Ritter • Quincy • Arrancar|
|Current Members||Ryūken Ishida • Uryū Ishida • Yhwach • Quilge Opie • Bambietta Basterbine • Shaz Domino • Äs Nödt • NaNaNa Najahkoop • Haschwalth • Buzzbee|
|Deceased||Sōken Ishida • Masaki Kurosaki • Driscoll Berci • Berenice Gabrielli • Jerome Guizbatt • Loyd Lloyd • Royd Lloyd • Kanae Katagiri|
|List||List of Quincies|
|Quincy Abilities||Spirit Weapon • Reishi|
|Quincy Techniques||Hirenkyaku • Quincy: Letzt Stil • Ransōtengai • Quincy: Vollständig • Blut|
|Items||Sanrei Glove • Quincy Bangle • Seele Schneider • Gintō|
|Military||Stern Ritter • Jagdarmee|