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Kanji 星十字騎士団 (シュテルンリッター)
Romaji Shuterunrittā
Organization
Founder(s) Yhwach
Headquarters Silbern, Wandenreich City
Leader(s) Jugram Haschwalth
Affiliation Wandenreich
Purpose Conquering Soul Society[1]

The Sternritter (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") are a specific group of powerful Quincy in the Wandenreich's army, who play a pivotal role in the invasion of Soul Society, being tasked with purging the Shinigami.[2]


Organization

While the organizational structure of the Sternritter is not yet clear, each member is assigned a letter of the alphabet, based on a unique ability, by their monarch in order to designate them.[3] The Sternritter Grandmaster (星十字騎士団最高位 (シュテルンリッター・グランドマスター), Shuterunrittā Gurandomasutā; Japanese for "Highest-Ranked of the Band of Star-Cross Knights") is Jugram Haschwalth.[4] Over 1,000 years ago, Hubert was the Vice-Captain (副団長, Fukudanchō) of the Sternritter. [5] According to Akon, the members of the Sternritter who participated in the first invasion of the Seireitei have power comparable to or greater than a Captain-level Shinigami.[6] There is a law that forbids members of the Sternritter from fighting against one another. The punishment for violating this rule is death.[7]

Four Sternritter are appointed as Yhwach's Schutzstaffel (親衛隊 (シュッツシュタッフェル), Shuttsushutafferu; German for "Protective Echelon", Japanese for "Elite/Imperial Guards"): Pernida Parnkgjas, Askin Nakk Le Vaar, Gerard Valkyrie, Lille Barro.[8] Askin was the only one of the four to be promoted from the lower ranks during the second attack on the Seireitei.[9] After Yhwach had absorbed the Soul King and remodeled the entire Soul King Palace, Uryū Ishida was assigned to the Schutzstaffel.[10] Lille is the leader of the Schutzstaffel, because he was the first Quincy to be ever granted a Schrift.[11]

During the second attack on the Seireitei, when Yhwach took his Schutzstaffel, Haschwalth, Uryū and Nianzol Weizol to the Soul King Palace, the remaining members of the Sternritter have been labelled unnecessary, becoming sacrifices for the Auswählen.[12] Upon successfully draining Ichigo Kurosaki of his Quincy-Hollow mixture power, Yhwach then proceeded to use Auswählen on the last two surviving Sternritters — Jugram Haschwalth and Gerard Valkyrie — declaring that he has no further use for any of them.[13]

Creation

The Sternritter were created when the members drank from Yhwach's blood. This enables Yhwach to carve a part of his soul into the Sternritter. This carving takes on the form of a letter, which is used as the designation of the Sternritter. The carving also grants the Sternritter their unique powers. Upon the Sternritter's death, the part of Yhwach's soul they received is returned to Yhwach, who gains strength because of it.[14] They were originally created to invade and conquer Soul Society 1000 years ago.[1] Lille Barro was the first Quincy to drink Yhwach's blood, and is considered to be the one closest to god.[15] Pernida Parnkgjas and Gerard Valkyrie each possess their own inherent power, while later on, they were granted a Schrift by Yhwach, which led to rumors of them being the Left Hand and Heart of the Soul King, respectively; they were bestowed a letter designation that compliments their natural abilities simply as a recognition of their statuses.[11]

Notable Members

Sternritter
Epithet Name Gender Unique Ability
A - "Antithesis"[16]Uryū IshidaMaleSituation Reversal
B - "The Balance"[17]Jugram HaschwalthMaleMisfortune Redirection
C - "The Compulsory"[18]Pernida ParnkgjasGenderlessEvolution Governance
D - "The Deathdealing"[19]Askin Nakk Le VaarMaleLethal Dose Control
E - "The Explode"[20]Bambietta BasterbineFemaleBomb Transformation
F - "The Fear"[21]Äs NödtMaleFear Inducement
G - "The Glutton"[22]Liltotto LamperdFemaleConsumption
H - "The Heat"[23]Bazz-BMaleFire Manipulation
I - "The Iron"[24]Cang DuMaleIron Skin Mimicry
J - "The Jail"[25]Quilge OpieMaleReishi Prison
KBG9?Unknown
L - "The Love"[26]PePe WaccabradaMaleInduced Infatuation
M - "The Miracle"[27]Gerard ValkyrieMaleMegamorph via Damage Empowerment
NRobert AccutroneMaleUnknown
O - "The Overkill"[28]Driscoll BerciMaleKilling-Induced Empowerment
P - "The Power"[29]Meninas McAllonFemaleSuperhuman Strength
Q - "The Question"[30]Berenice GabrielliFemaleSelf-Doubt Inducement
R - "The Roar"[30]Jerome GuizbattMaleSonic Scream
S - "The Superstar"[31]Mask De MasculineMaleCheering Empowerment
T - "The Thunderbolt"[32]Candice CatnippFemaleLightning Bolt Projection
U - "The Underbelly"[33]NaNaNa NajahkoopMaleReiatsu Weakness Detection
V - "The Visionary"[34]Gremmy ThoumeauxMaleImagination Realization
W - "The Wind"[35]Nianzol WeizolMaleAversion Field
X - "The X-Axis"[36]Lille Barro MaleSpatial Piercing & Spatial Phasing
Y - "The Yourself"[30]Loyd LloydMaleAppearance/Power Mimicry
Y - "The Yourself"[37]Royd LloydMaleAppearance/Personality & Memory Mimicry
Z - "The Zombie"[38]Giselle GewelleFemaleZombie Manipulation


Uniforms

All members of the Sternritter wear a distinctive white, ankle-length cloak that features the Wandenreich insignia emblazoned on its back and often, a hood attached to the cloak's collar, each with a button that resembles the Wandenreich insignia that fastens the cloak.[39] Beneath this, the remainder of a personnel's attire usually consists of a heavily customized variant of the standard Wandenreich uniform — a white double-breasted trench coat tied with a black belt, worn together with white trousers and boots.[40]

Sternritter who are appointed as Yhwach's Schutzstaffel wear a distinctive cloak known as the Hooded Coat (フーデッドコート, Fūdeddo Kōto)[41] over their clothing; this white, ankle-length cloak is fastened at the front with three buttons that resemble the Wandenreich insignia, and features a large, black Hagal rune on the left side.[42]

Equipment

Medallion: Like various others within the Wandenreich, all members of the Sternritter carry on their person a round device that is roughly the size of a person's palm and has the Wandenreich insignia etched into its surface. When activated, this device is capable of stealing a single currently released Bankai in the immediate vicinity.[43] The medallion's owner can then proceed to use the stolen Bankai's power at will, even after the original owner of the Bankai has died.[44][45] However, they are unable to exploit this power fully, as noted by Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto,[46] unless they train to control the Bankai which they stole.[47] Yhwach has commanded that the Sternritter who took the Bankai of a captain is the one who will kill the said captain.[48]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 631, page 17
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 494, page 19
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 495, pages 4, 8 & 11
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, page 13
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 634, page 7
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 499, page 5
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 634, page 6-7
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, pages 6-8
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 10
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 630, pages 6-7
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 656, pages 3-4
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 603, pages 12-13
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 680, pages 13-16
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 565, pages 11-13
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 646, page 14
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 679, page 8
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 679, page 5
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 8
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 8
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 556, page 4
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 566; page 14
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 9
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 548, page 7
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 552, page 5
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 500, page 15
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 594, pages 7-11
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 7
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 12
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 11
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 3
  31. Bleach manga; Chapter 560, page 17
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 2
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 623, page 9
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 573, page 10
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 597, page 15
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 7
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 510, page 7
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 14
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 490, pages 2-3
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 495, pages 15-19
  41. Bleach manga; Volume 66, page 150
  42. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, pages 6-7
  43. Bleach manga; Chapter 496, pages 14-17
  44. Bleach manga; Chapter 501, pages 15-17
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 17
  46. Bleach manga; Chapter 504, pages 15-16
  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 553, page 9
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 552, page 1

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