Jaegers (猟兵) are the elite among mercenaries in Zemuria and being acknowledged as one is a recognition of high skill and experience. They most often form groups known as a jaeger corps (猟兵団), of which many of exist, each with their own specialties, histories and sometimes rivalries. Many jaegers make use of specialized equipment and are among the most dangerous individuals on the continent.
Due to their willingness to take on morally grey contracts, jaegers are controversial and the legality of hiring them varies by country. Jaegers are rivals to the Bracer Guild whose humanitarianism and prioritization of civilian protection puts them at odds with jaegers. Thus some continents like Liberl outlaw jaegers within their borders and hiring them declared illegal.
Jaegers are known to fight with autonomous machinery resembling Archaisms and employ military monsters in battle. They are also commonly seen with S-rank weapons, characterised by their large size, multi-functional weaponry and destructive potential. The Black Workshop is known to have been one organisation that supplied jaeger corps with such weaponry around the continent.
All Western jaegers, and even former jaegers out of force of habit, respond with the German "Ja!" (ヤー) as their acknowledged/"wilco" word when given commands in the field. Jaegers from the East, like Khurga, use ウーラ instead.
Known jaeger corps and members
||A small jaeger corps active in Erebonia hired by a noble to oppose Giliath Osborne but wiped out in the attempt, leaving only its leader, Vuclan, alive.|
||A 'jaeger dropout' group trying to establish a name for themselves by picking on easy targets.|
||A small team that primarily operated from a small, autonomous state on the outskirts of Erebonia in the past. Resurfaced under Ouroboros during the Liberl Crisis.|
|Khurga Warriors Clan
|unknown||A high-ranking jaeger corps operating in Calvard.|
|'Sir' (卿)||A jaeger corp of sizeable reputation active across Zemuria. Divided into smaller regimentals named after various body parts.|
|Colonel Valestein (deceased)||
||Soldiers from the principality of North Ambria that turned to mercenary work following the poverty and destruction caused by the Salt Pale.|
|Sigmund Orlando||One of the largest jaeger corps on the continent, founded in the dark ages by a clan of berzerkers. Traditionally led by the Orlando Family.|
|Rutger Claussell (deceased)||The other strongest jaeger corp on the continent, founded and centered around Rutger. Currently led by Leonidas and Xeno following Rutger's death.|
|Enhanced Jaegers of Ouroboros
||unknown, if any||
||Formed after the Gospel Plan's conclusion, a corps of enhanced individuals serving Ouroboros's needs.|
- The term Jaeger (modern spelling: Jäger) is German and means "hunter".