Sternritter
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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

The Sternritter is composed of extremely powerful Quincy. According to Akon, the members that participated in the first invasion of the Seireitei have powers comparable to or greater than that of a Captain-level Shinigami.[3] Each member is assigned a Schrift by Yhwach, who bestows them abilities.[4][5] The Schrifts are based off of English words and letters.

Jugram Haschwalth is 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").[6] Over 1,000 years ago, Hubert was the Vice-Captain (副団長, Fukudanchō) of the Sternritter.[7] There is a law that forbids members of the Sternritter from fighting against one another and the punishment for violation is death.[8]

Yhwach and the Schutzstaffel.

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"): Lille Barro, Pernida Parnkgjas, Gerard Valkyrie, and Askin Nakk Le Vaar.[9] Lille is their leader because he was the first Quincy to be ever granted a Schrift.[10] Pernida and Gerard are the left arm and the heart of the Soul King, respectively.[10] Askin is the only one of the four to be promoted from the lower ranks during the second invasion on the Seireitei.[11] They are strong enough to challenge and defeat members of the Zero Division.[12] Later, Uryū Ishida is also assigned to the Schutzstaffel.[13]

Yhwach considers the Sternritter to be expendable. During the second invasion 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.[14] Upon successfully draining Ichigo Kurosaki of his Quincy and Hollow powers, Yhwach proceeded to use Auswählen on the last two surviving Sternritter, Haschwalth and Gerard, declaring that he had no further use for any of them.[15]

Creation

Uryū drinks Yhwach's blood.

The Sternritter were created to invade and conquer Soul Society 1000 years ago.[1] Each member participated in an engraving ritual by drinking 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, and 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.[16]

Unlike other Sternritter, Pernida Parnkgjas and Gerard Valkyrie did not receive powers from Yhwach, and they were assigned letters based on abilities they already have.[10]

Members

Sternritter
Epithet Name Gender Unique Ability
A - "Antithesis"[17] Uryū Ishida (defected) Male Situation Reversal
B - "The Balance"[18] Jugram Haschwalth Male Misfortune Redirection
C - "The Compulsory"[19] Pernida Parnkgjas Genderless Evolution Governance
D - "The Deathdealing"[20] Askin Nakk Le Vaar Male Lethal Dose Control
E - "The Explode"[21] Bambietta Basterbine Female Bomb Transformation
F - "The Fear"[22] Äs Nödt Male Fear Inducement
G - "The Glutton"[23] Liltotto Lamperd Female Consumption
H - "The Heat"[24] Bazz-B Male Fire Manipulation
I - "The Iron"[25] Cang Du Male Iron Skin Mimicry
J - "The Jail"[26] Quilge Opie Male Reishi Prison
K BG9 Unknown Unknown
L - "The Love"[27] PePe Waccabrada Male Induced Infatuation
M - "The Miracle"[28] Gerard Valkyrie Male Body Enlargement & Damage Reflection
N Robert Accutrone Male Unknown
O - "The Overkill"[29] Driscoll Berci Male Killing-Induced Empowerment
P - "The Power"[30] Meninas McAllon Female Superhuman Strength
Q - "The Question"[31] Berenice Gabrielli Female Self-Doubt Inducement
R - "The Roar"[31] Jerome Guizbatt Male Sonic Scream
S - "The Superstar"[32] Mask De Masculine Male Cheering Empowerment
T - "The Thunderbolt"[33] Candice Catnipp Female Lightning Bolt Projection
U - "The Underbelly"[34] NaNaNa Najahkoop Male Reiatsu Weakness Detection
V - "The Visionary"[35] Gremmy Thoumeaux Male Imagination Realization
W - "The Wind"[36] Nianzol Weizol Male Aversion Field
X - "The X-Axis"[37] Lille Barro Male Spatial Piercing & Spatial Phasing
Y - "The Yourself"[31] Loyd Lloyd Male Appearance/Power Mimicry
Y - "The Yourself"[38] Royd Lloyd Male Appearance/Personality & Memory Mimicry
Z - "The Zombie"[39] Giselle Gewelle Female Zombie Manipulation
Unknown Shaz Domino Male Unknown
Unknown Hubert Male Unknown


Uniforms

An example of a Sternritter uniform, as worn by Uryū Ishida.

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.[40] 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-coloured trousers and boots.[41]

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)[42] 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, red Hagal rune on the left side.[43]

Equipment

An example of the medallion which the Wandenreich use to steal Bankai.

Medallion: During their invasions of Soul Society, like various others within the Wandenreich, all members of the Sternritter carry on their person a round device that is approximately 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 currently released Bankai in the immediate vicinity.[44] 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.[45][46] However, they are unable to exploit this power fully, as noted by Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto,[47] unless they train to control the Bankai which they stole.[48] Yhwach has commanded that the Sternritter who took the Bankai of a captain is the one who will kill the said captain.[49]

Trivia

References

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  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 494, page 19
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 499, page 5
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 16
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 565, page 11
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, page 13
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 634, page 7
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 634, page 6-7
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, pages 6-8
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Bleach manga; Chapter 656, pages 3-4
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 10
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 611, page 3
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 630, pages 6-7
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 603, pages 12-13
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 680, pages 13-16
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 565, pages 11-13
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 679, page 8
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 679, page 5
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 8
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 8
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 556, page 4
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 566; page 14
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 9
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 548, page 7
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 552, page 5
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 500, page 15
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 594, pages 7-11
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 7
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 12
  30. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 11
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 3
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 560, page 17
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 2
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 623, page 9
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 573, page 10
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 597, page 15
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 7
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 510, page 7
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 580, page 14
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 490, pages 2-3
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 495, pages 15-19
  42. Bleach manga; Volume 66, page 150
  43. Bleach Official Digital Colored Edition; Chapter 599, pages 6-7
  44. Bleach manga; Chapter 496, pages 14-17
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 501, pages 15-17
  46. Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 17
  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 504, pages 15-16
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 553, page 9
  49. Bleach manga; Chapter 552, page 1
  50. Bleach manga; Volume 73, author's notes
  51. Bleach manga; Chapter 510, pages 1-2
  52. Bleach manga; Chapter 571, page 3
  53. Bleach manga; Chapter 572, page 7

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