“You will demonstrate what a practitioner of the Eight Leaves One Blade school harnessing the power of the Ashen Knight is capable of, will you not?”Arianrhod (アリアンロード), also known as the Steel Maiden (
— Arianrhod, Trails of Cold Steel III
Arianrhod is a noble-minded warrior, considered the strongest fighter in Ouroboros, rivaled only by Enforcer No. I, McBurn, and in the whole of Zemuria, it is believed that only Grand Master of the Gralsritter, Ein Selnate, would stand a chance against her in a fair fight.
Arianrhod is a woman who can be described as a saint. She has a noble personality and the disposition of a warrior having been raised since birth to be a knight. She can be considered well-educated and because of her noble lineage excels at military tactics and combat techniques.
With regards to Ouroboros, Arianrhod puts her loyalty for the Grandmaster above anything else, however, despite her loyalty to the Grandmaster, Arianrhod had gone out of her way at least two times to assist the protagonist of Ao no Kiseki and Trails of Cold Steel I, II, III, and IV, being a woman of pride who prefers to let her actions speak for themselves.
Arianrhod was also rather fond of Enforcer No. II, Leonhardt, as she would often spar with the Bladelord many times prior to the latter's death, and considered it a great loss upon learning of his passing, as she believed that he had the potential to surpass her one day.
She showed great martial skill from a young age. In particular, her skill with the lance was unparalleled. By the time she was 15, she was able to compete with any knight of the castle and no records exist of her ever being bested in combat. Growing up in Legram, home of martial arts, she was able to demonstrate her natural talents from a young age onward and became skilled enough to best the soldiers of the castle at the age 15. She grew up to be a woman known her for preternatural strength and beauty, which led some to believe that she was a changeling, switched by fairies at birth.
In S.942, Lianne started hearing a voice, whispering to her about her fate and a mission she had to fulfil. Before long Roselia appeared before her and guided her to the basement of Lohengrin Castle. Together, they tackled a number of trials proving her fitting to become the Awakener to one of the seven Deus-Excellion: the Silver Knight, Argreion. Lianne, however, found its power too great and decided to seal it away in the basement of the Lohengrin Castle.
War of the Lions
Lianne became the commander of the Eisenritter. They operated from the Lohengrin Castle off the coast near Legram. They were a band of knights said to be able to charge across the battlefield like lightning, cutting down all in their path. During the War of the Lions, Lianne Sandlot met the wandering prince Dreichels during a prolonged conflict in Legram, Erebonia, in S.950.[Note 2]. After recognising each other as reliable and trustworthy, they pledged to fight together under a united banner. With the Eisenritter bolstering Dreichels' ranks, their combined effort swept through one region after another. In just a year, they were able to defeat the other princes and free Heimdallr.In their final battle against the Vermillion Apocalypse, Lianne Sandlot was mortally wounded as she covered for Dreichels Reise Arnor and lost her life as the war came to an end. With her death, the line of Count Sandlot came to an end. In the aftermath of the war, Roselia retrieved her body and brought it to the home of the Hexen Clan. After half a year of no decomposition, Lianne suddenly revived, as witnessed by Roselia and Sion Arseid, her second-in-command.[Note 3] Rather than returning to her duties, Lianne decided to wander through Zemuria. She left Arseid in charge of her hometown, Legram. The Arseid Family then started referring to themselves as 'S. Arseid' in her honour. Arseid was subsequently granted the title of viscount after the war because of his show of bravery and courage during it.
Following the System once initiated by the Hexen Clan, Roselia erased any knowledge regarding the Deus-Excellion and Infernal Castle from the minds of the populace, leading them to believe that Lianne died under mysterious circumstances after the War of the Lions. There are theories that she was murdered or died to an illness. One of the accounts of St. Sandlot's death places it right around the end of August. Ever since her death, Legram holds an annual memorial service for St. Sandlot and the Arseid Family has taken up the responsibility to care and maintain the Lohengrin Castle. A statue of Lianne and her two foremost commanders was erected in Legram in approximately S.1000 to honour St. Sandlot's achievements. The knight kneeling on the lower right is the Sion Arseid.
After her revival, Lianne wandered outside Erebonia until she decided to visit Dreichels in Heimdallr in S.994. While she herself had not aged, Dreichels himself was now in his deathbed. Dreichels called her cold-hearted for discarding the promise they had made to live together, but she answered that she would not have been able to grant him his long-cherished dream of birthing him children. She immediately asks for particulars about the darkness that is torturing Dreichels. After Dreichels' death, she worries that the curse may carry over were Dreichels' soul to transmigrate, and decides to look out for his possible reincarnation.During her wandering, Lianne has regular contact with Roselia. That ends when she meets the Grandmaster in S.1186, who invites her to join her side.[Note 4] Lianne, however, continues her search for Dreichels' transmigrated soul and finds him 180 years later in the form of Giliath Osborne, a man in the prime of his life married to a woman with whom he has a child. Though glad to see Giliath living happily, a part of Lianne did feel regret she had not found him earlier and missed an opportunity to finally be with him herself. She watches over Osborne from the shadows, but is relieved to find the darkness has not yet transmigrated along. Reassured, but wary the darkness cannot have disappeared entirely, she considers and eventually accepts the Grandmaster's invitation to serve her at Ouroboros.
The Grandmaster, however, immediately warns her for an impending crisis. The instant she took her eyes off Osborne, the darkness reared its head again. Lianne speeds to Osborne's house, but was unable to make it in time: In order to save his son's life, Osborne had made a pact with Ishmelga, who had been waiting for Dreichels' reincarnation for 200 years. On that moment, Lianne decides to help advance Ouroboros' Phantasmal Blaze Plan, absorb the strength of the five other Deus-Excellion in her Knight and slaughter Ishmelga for once and for all. She assumes the identity of Arianrhod and serves the Grandmaster as the seventh Anguis.
Details about Arianrhod's early years at Ouroboros are sparse. In S.1194, Arianrhod battles the legendary assassin of Calvard, Yin, who was among the first capable to destroy the mask she wears in battles.[Note 5] Arianrhod is also involved in the decisive attack on the assassination group Order of the Moonlight Horse later that year.[Note 6]In S.1198, she notices the 15-year-old Duvalie, who had always admired the legend of the Lance Maiden of the faraway Erebonia.[Note 7] Arianrhod immediately reveals her true identity to Duvalie and decides to patiently train her. Together with Duvalie she raids one of the D∴G Cult Lodges and saves Ennea, who felt reborn and would repay her eternal gratitude to them by joining their cause. Ines was working as a bracer when she met her, observing an unnamed ringleader with political power. Arianrhod intervened by cutting down the ringleader and his henchmen, "condemning evil without bound by anything", Ines later recalls. Inspired by Arianrhod's resolution, Ines picked up her family's traditional fighting style, and joined the Stahlritter. In S.1197, five years after Campanella's successful recruitment of Leonhardt as Enforcer No. II, she introduces herself to him and challenges him to a sword duel. She easily breaks his defence and gives him the alias of Bladelord. She then leaves for the Grandmaster in the Celestial Globe, where she acknowledges Leonhardt's strength and requests him a new sword. Her request is granted and returns with him before the Grandmaster, where she warns him that accepting the Kernviter means he will be leaving out the rest of his life in Carnage with no means to return as a human.
Phantasmal Blaze Plan
Arianrhod's first appearance is a game is in Trails in the Sky the 3rd as the Seventh Anguis, where she laments the death of Leonhardt during the Gospel Plan as a swordsman with the skills to surpass her one day. She advises the Grandmaster not to blame herself over the losses of the plan and fully commits herself for the execution of the Phantasmal Blaze Plan in Crossbell and Erebonia.
On August 29, S.1204, Arianrhod briefly visits the old headquarters of the Eisenritter, the Lohengrin Castle near Legram, after having heard word that something strange has happened at the castle. Encountering Class VII who are on a field trip, Arianrhod decides to watch their progress from the shadows taking particular notice of Laura S. Arseid as they battle Nosferatu, the condemned soul of a king who has taken possession of the castle. After Class VII defeats Nosferatu, Arianrhod notices Nosferatu making a last desperate assault on Class VII and decides to intervene, saving Class VII (and specifically Rean) from the Nosferatu by making a final attack on the orb controlling the barrier surrounding the castle. After launching her attack and destroying the orb, Arianrhod disappears so that Class VII doesn't notice her and returns to her Stahlritter squad, having become interested in Laura's noble background and latent potential[Note 8]Soon thereafter, Arianrhod accesses the Celestial Globe to report that she can leave preparations for the Phantasmal Blaze Plan there to the "Sinner". She indicates she'll be heading to Crossbell next, ignoring Campanella's remark that the city has significantly changed since her last visit. Her involvement in the Phantasmal Blaze Plan in Crossbell is limited to defending the bell on top of the Stargazers' Tower for the success of the Azure-Zero Project. She is ultimately confronted by the SSS late December of S.1204. After their battle, Elie MacDowell makes an attempt to confirm Arianrhod's identity as Lianne Sandlot. Arianrhod compliments her for knowing her history books and teases that fate holds the "answer" for them before warping away.
After the Erebonian Civil War, she moves toward Erebonia alongside her Stahlritter. She is tasked with retrieving the Phantasmal Blaze Plan that was taken over by Chancellor Giliath Osborne in S.1204. When she resumes her (on-screen) duties for the plan in Erebonia in May/June S.1206, a year has passed since she last met McBurn and Campanella. The Stahlritter are tasked with charging the Aion Type-αII in the Sol Shrine, but they find themselves interrupted initially by Millium Orion, whom they managed to trap, followed by Rean Schwarzer and Class VII. When the students turn the tide into their favour, Arianrhod decides to intervene. She orders the Aion to stop Valimar and engages into a duel with Rean. When Gaius Worzel shows up and Millium breaks free from her trapping, Arianrhod comments on the yet unrevealed Stigma of Gaius and warps away. While the majority of Ouroboros and Red Constellation distract major imperial forces near Ordis, Arianrhod, the Stahlritter and the remnants of the Northern Jaegers take over Juno Naval Fortress for the final Aion experiment.
On top of the fortress, Arianrhod is challenged by Aurelia Le Guin. Together with the Stahlritter she faces off against the former general of the Noble Alliance and members of the original Class VII. Aurelia emerges victorious, with Arianrhod admitting that she is now stronger than she herself once was. To resume the experiment and return to the domain of the Great One, she activates the Aion to test its capabilities against Valimar and assisting Panzer Soldats. After the battle, she summons Argreion, the Deus-Excellion she first met almost three centuries prior. She destroys the Aion's remains and speeds off. That night, she meets with Roselia for the first time in 20 years, jesting that she wonders what Dreichels would have said of her new 'loli' look.
After the manifestation of the Gral of Erebos, Arianrhod serves as the first obstruction alongside McBurn for the two generations of Class VII. Arianrhod reiterates she sides with Giliath Osborne for the sake of the Grandmaster. The Ouroboros powerhouses are stopped in their tracks by Gaius Worzel, Laura S. Arseid and Emma Millstein as the others proceed down the Gral. Right before the end of Trails of Cold Steel III, Arianrhod is forced to summon Argreion as she makes her way down the Gral to stop Rean Schwarzer and Valimar from going berserk. As soon as she catches the Sword of Demise, it instantly purifies.
After warping away from the Gral, Arianrhod does not appear until Rean Schwarzer's jailbreak from the Black Workshop. She fights him and New Class VII alongside Osborne. She and Osborne summon their Divine Knights to battle Rean's Valimar, Crow Armbrust's Ordine and the students in their Panzer Soldats, but her opponents flee the scene before the battle can even start.
For her Rivalry Arianrhod decided on the Stella Sanctuary, which Rean and his comrades access through the Marshlands south of Mishelam, Crossbell. When they reach the area Arianrhod awaits them she proclaims she will be fighting them not as Lianne Sandlot but as the seventh Anguis of Ouroboros. Both groups realize that they both ultimately wish to rid Erebonia of the curse and engage in combat to settle the score whose resolution is the strongest.
At the end of the battle, they managed to break off the tip of Arianrhod's lance. With the stage set for the Third Rivalry, she boards her Argreion and launches her attacks against Valimar. With the help of Ordine, Valimar is victorious and the power of Argreion is getting absorbed into the Ashen Knight. Arianrhod suggests she had no intention to win the battle in order to give way to the current generation.
Motivational speeches from Roselia, Duvalie and Juna Crawford have her second-guess her decision. When she makes up her mind to meet with Dreichels one more time, she is interrupted by Rufus Albarea, Awakener of the Golden Deus-Excellion, who pierces her through the chest. His El-Prado absorbs Argreion's power and inherits its wings. He shields himself for incoming attacks from the enraged victors of the Rivalry, but protects himself with El-Prado's superior defensive system and disappears from the scene.
Argreion vanishes and reveals a semi-transparent Arianrhod lying on her back with an enormous wound through her left. She thanks her Stahlritter, describing them as the children she never could have had. She also express her gratitude to have met Roselia and tells Laura S. Arseid she would be honoured to have her family (continue to) carry the "S" in their name. To Rean she expresses how she had watched over him for most of his life, and that he was the son she always imagined having. With her final strength, she bestows a blessing upon Valimar, allowing him to talk once again, and the Originator Zero, allowing Millium Orion to leave the sword as a spectre. With her last breath, she whispers that she will be waiting for Dreichels at the Goddess' side, before finally fading away.After the Stella Sanctuary vanishes and the characters find themselves back in the Marshlands, Campanella shows up to say farewell to his old acquaintance. Fellow Anguis Vita Clotilde and (former) Enforcers Joshua Bright, Renne Bright and Bleublanc also come to pay their respects. The reunion is interrupted, however, by the appearance of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Two days after her death, the Stahlritter can be found in the Marshland alongside a grave they created for their master.
|An iron-made lance originally designed for fighting on horseback.|
|Iron Lance II|
|An upgraded Iron Lance. Originally designed for fighting on horseback.|
|A lance helical-shaped from tip to handle.|
|Spiral Lance II|
|An upgraded Spiral Lance, helical-shaped from tip to handle.|
|A lance made from exceptionally strong metal, capable of pulverising rocks.|
|Titanium Lance II|
|An upgraded Titanium Lance, capable of pulverising rocks.|
|Holy strength dwells within this lance. Can only be wielded by ardent believers.|
|Holy Avenger II|
|An upgraded Holy Avenger. Can only be wielded by ardent believers.|
|A lance holding the name of 'The Impaler'.|
|An upgraded Tepes. A lance holding the name of 'The Impaler'.|
|A lance decorated with mysterious black ores. It's said to never rust.|
|Damascus Lance II|
|An upgraded Damascus Lance. It's said to never rust.|
|A lance wielded by only the best knights. Omits a blue light while piercing.|
|Axe Masher II|
|An upgraded Axe Masher. Omits a blue light while piercing.|
|Named after female knights. Captivates whoever lays their eyes on its rich ornaments.|
|Valkyrie Gale II|
|An upgraded Valkyrie Gale. Captivates whoever lays their eyes on its rich ornaments.|
|Feared as the 'Penetrator', this lance mercilessly pierces through its enemies.|
|An upgraded Bryonac. A lance known to always pierce through its enemies.|
|Holy Grand Cross|
|The ultimate lance bearing the name of Arianrhod's mysteries.|
|Divine Grand Cross|
|An upgraded Grand Cross, concealing the strength to conquer entire armies.|
Arianrhod is named after the Celtic Goddess of fertility and rebirth, responsible for the weaving of cosmic time and fate. Her name has been translated as 'silver-wheel' (from the Welsh arian, ' silver,' and rhod, 'wheel'), a symbol that represents the ever-turning wheel of the year.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Lianne Sandlot is aged 16 years old when she hears the voice of Argreion in S.942, suggesting she was born in S.926.
- ↑ From the fall of S.949, when Dreichels Reise Arnor started raising his army, it was said "half a year later", "soon after" the death of Roland Vander.
- ↑ The resurrection happened "half a year after" the War of the Lions ended, making late S.952 also possible.
- ↑ In S.1206, it was "20 years" ago. It is unknown whether Ouroboros already existed or whether Lianne Sandlot had already assumed the alias of Arianrhod. Arianrhod severed her ties with Roselia, whom she met for the first time in "approximately 20 years" in S.1206.
- ↑ As seen from S.1204, this happened "10 years ago".
- ↑ In S.1206, the 25-year-old Sharon Kreuger says she was "13 years old" (around S.1194) when the Society Ouroboros consists of (at least) Arianrhod, McBurn and Leonhardt, which she joined afterwards. Sharon remembers that at that time, Ouroboros was "no more than a rising power".
- ↑ In S.1206, it is said to have happened "8 years" earlier. It is unknown whether Duvalie's parents had already died at this point.
- ↑ When Class VII revisits the Lohengrin Castle during the Erebonian Civil War, Celine remarks that the Deus-Excellion that once slumbered inside the castle disappeared alongside its Awakener.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Trails of Cold Steel III, Volume 3.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Ao no Kiseki, Finale: "And Yet, Here We Are".
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens", 08/18.
- ↑ Trails of Cold Steel II, Finale: "Forward, Relentlessly", 12/31.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens", 08/28.
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Trails of Cold Steel III, Chapter 3: "The Pulse of Steel", 07/18.
- ↑ Trails of Cold Steel III, Chapter 3: "The Pulse of Steel", 07/04.
- ↑ Trails of Cold Steel II, Volume 5.
- ↑ Trails of Cold Steel II.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Trails of Cold Steel, Chapter 5: "Signs and Omens", 08/29.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Sen no Kiseki IV -The End of Saga-, Act III: "Hour of the Lions ~Whereabouts of Light~", 08/27.
- ↑ Trails of Cold Steel III, Volume 4.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Sen no Kiseki IV -The End of Saga-, Act III: "Hour of the Lions ~Whereabouts of Light~", 08/30.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Trails of Cold Steel III, Chapter 3: "The Pulse of Steel", 06/19.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Trails of Cold Steel III, Chapter 2: "Conflict in Crossbell", 05/20.
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 Loewe Monogatari, Chapter 4.
- ↑ Loewe Monogatari, Chapter 5.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Trails in the Sky the 3rd, Star Door 14: "Phantasmal Blaze".
- ↑ Trails of Cold Steel II, Intermission: "Aboard the Pantagruel", 12/09.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Ao no Kiseki, Chapter 3: "Flux: Carnival of Beasts".
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Trails of Cold Steel III, Chapter 3: "The Pulse of Steel", 06/18.
- ↑ Dengeki PlayStation Vol. 573, p.67.
|Anguis||Vita Clotilde - Georg Weissmann - Mariabell Crois - F. Novartis - Arianrhod|
|Enforcers||Campanella - McBurn - Leonhardt - Luciola - Walter - Sharon Kreuger - Bleublanc - Joshua Bright - Renne Hayworth - Shirley Orlando - Cedric Reise Arnor|
|Associates||Gilbert Stein - Stahlritter|
|Bases||Lakeside Laboratory - Glorious - Celestial Globe|
|Thirteen Factories||Doll Studio - Black Workshop|
|Orpheus Final Plan||Gospel Plan - Phantasmal Blaze Plan - Eternal Regression Plan|
|Outside Plans||Azure-Zero Project - Great Twilight Plan - Operation Jormungand|
|Technology||Archaism - Pater-Mater - Aion Type-α - Aion Type-β - Aion Type-γ - Aion Type-αII - Aion Type-βII - Aion Type-γII|
|Concepts||Sept-Terrion - Divergent Laws - Carnage|