- "We'll cut our own path."
―Rean, Trails of Cold Steel II
―Rean, Trails of Cold Steel III
Rean Schwarzer is a main character and the lead protagonist of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel trilogy. He a member of Class VII and the unofficial leader. He is the adopted son of Baron Teo Schwarzer, and unique for having been raised a noble, although he does not have noble blood himself. He becomes a hero known as the "Ashen Knight".
Rean is a young man with unkempt blue-black hair and average built height. His hair remains the same style for the duration of the trilogy. Despite appearing slightly different, the developers stated that it is the clothes which make him appear that way.
In Trails of Cold Steel, he wears the standard special Thors Military Academy uniform for his class, consisting of the blazer style as differentiated from Elliot and Gaius.
In Trails of Cold Steel II, he wears a red jacket with a black shirt underneath, blue jeans with a belt, and brown boots. Rean's casual outfit is a red jacket with a white long sleeved shirt underneath.
In Trails of Cold Steel III, Rean wears a long white overcoat while sporting some black clothing underneath in honor of his late rival and friend Crow Armbrust.
Rean has a positive, friendly attitude and often helps people in need. His classmates and friends would often say he has a leader-like personality to which he declines. While maintaining his neutral outpost, Rean can sometimes be oblivious to other girls' affection for him, especially Alisa Reinford's crush on him and Elise's brother complex. He is noted for his helpfulness to the student council, and close friends like Elliot Craig.
Abandoned in the snow as a child, Rean was found and adopted by Baron Teo Schwarzer and his family. Rean doesn't have any recollection of life before adoption. It's unknown whether he's originally a commoner or a noble, a fact that ostracizes the Schwarzer family from the noble society. Despite not being blood-related, the Schwarzer family has raised and loved him like a real son regardless being ostracized from the other nobles.
Character Profile Edit
Trails of Cold Steel I Edit
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 Edit
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.
- Rean does not join any one club, though he does help the student council with general affairs. He is, however, unofficially part of the fishing club's activities, as optional to the player.
- Rean's appearance and personality is similar to that of Ichika Orimura, a character from Infinite Stratos, both who share the same Japanese voice actor, Kouki Uchiyama.
- The name Schwarzer in German means "the black one".
- It is also a second name in German-speaking countries, except for Rean, the names of his family members are also have German origin and the Japanese version pronunciation is also closer to German than to English or other languages.