A large militaristic nation located in the western part of Zemuria.
Class tensions sparked a civil war between nobles who fought for tradition and the newly established reformists. The civil war ended with the leader of the nobles arrested and the Noble Alliance disbanded.
After the civil war, the leader of the reformists, Giliath Osborne, led the expansion of Erebonia's borders by invading the independent states of Crossbell and North Ambria.
A large trade city located between the Erebonian Empire and the Republic of Calvard.
A year ago, it was forcibly annexed by Erebonia and is now under the supervision of an imperial-born governor general.
Lately, Crossbell's economy has been recovering and it's on its way to reclaiming its place as the center of trade and commerce. However, tensions are still high, and rumors of resistance and opposition run amok.
With Thors Military Academy becoming a bona fide military school for the Imperial Army, a new branch campus was established in the western part of the empire.
This school plays host to foreigners, troublemakers, and politically problematic nobles as its students. Meanwhile, the faculty includes the Golden Rakshasa, a prestigious orbal scientist, and of course, the young hero, Rean Schwarzer. This ragtag collection of unusual characters garners the nation's attention, for better or worse.
The main campus hosts classes I through VI while the branch campus teaches 3 classes: Class VIII: Combat Tactics, Class IX: Military Finance, and the understaffed Class VII: Special Operations.
The homeroom class Rean teaches at Thors Military Academy's branch campus.
This class is responsible for carrying out numerous small-scale, squad-based missions. As such, it has only three members: Juna Crawford, Kurt Vander, and Altina Orion.
Some suspect this new Class VII was created for some unknown purpose, too—a different purpose than the Class VII Rean was part of.
A massive training facility built under orders of Professor G. Schmidt after he was appointed Special Advisor of Thors' branch campus.
Thanks to a complicated array of orbal mechanisms, the interior can be transformed and customized in any number of ways. It functions as a combat training and weapons testing facility for the branch campus students.
A secretive organization that executes missions all across Zemuria for the sake of its mysterious "Phantasmal Blaze Plan."
The group is led by a mysterious individual known only as the "Grandmaster." Below them are the seven Anguis—the highest-ranked officers—and the Enforcers—their agents.
They reinstated their efforts to reclaim the "Phantasmal Blaze Plan" from Chancellor Giliath Osborne, who seized it from them during the Erebonian Civil War a year and a half prior.
A prestigious school for girls located in the Sankt District in Heimdallr.
Emperor Eugent III's daughter, Princess Alfin, attends St. Astraia. Its current student council president is the daughter of Baron Schwarzer, Elise Schwarzer.
As a result of the rise in government sanctions against nobles, some students of noble blood were forced to withdraw due to financial obstacles.
A beautiful, specially constructed, military-grade armored freight train passed onto the Thors branch campus by the Railway Military Police.
The Derfflinger consists of six impenetrable train cars: the orbal-powered engine, the briefing and guest space in the second car, the dining hall and lounge in the third, student cabins in the fourth, and freight compartments for storing several Panzer Soldats in the fifth and sixth cars.
When used by the branch campus for their field exercises, it is parked away from populated areas. Once it reaches the designated area, the members of the branch campus begin setting up their base camp.
A scenic rural town located to the west of Heimdallr.
Once owned by a minor noble family, the town has since become the property of the Imperial family.
Though the town itself didn't see much damage as a result of the civil war, some of the residents lost loved ones in the fighting. As such, they have mixed feelings about the establishment of a military academy in their town.
However, there are some of them who welcome the branch campus with open arms, and others who came to the town to open up shops.
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The year is 1204 of the Septian calendar. A young man named Rean Schwarzer heads to his first day at Thors Military Academy—the most prestigious academy in the Erebonian Empire. Together with his new classmates in Class VII, he'll forge unbreakable bonds, face overwhelming odds, and find his place in the world.