von Schneider Bernhard
At the conclusion of the Imperial Civil War, in which Merkatz and Schneider were on the losing side, Schneider foresaw his superior's plans to honorably commit suicide instead of breaking his oath of loyalty to the faltering Goldenbaum Dynasty. Schneider stopped Merkatz, convincing him that his sidearm had been unloaded (when in reality it had not been). Schneider succeeded in convincing Merkatz to seek asylum in the Free Planets Alliance, specifically Iserlohn Fortress under the command of famed Alliance hero Yang Wen-li. Schneider passionately defended Merkatz's honour and merit, while also convincing Yang and the other Alliance officers to treat him as an honoured guest, worthy of status befitting his rank of High Admiral.
Schneider continued to serve Merkatz until the flagship Hyperion was crippled during the Battle of Shiva, the last recorded conflict in the galaxy. Unfortunately for the Iserlohn Republic, the Hyperion, which had never been damaged despite service in three separate conflicts and numerous battles, was hit multiple times by High Admiral Bittenfeld's Black Lancers, which were ferociously charging due to confusion in the Imperial force because of the Kaiser's condition. The shields of the Hyperion were overwhelmed and the resulting internal explosions mortally wounded Merkatz who said his last words to Schnieder on the ship's burning bridge.
After the ceasefire, Schneider was presumably given a full Imperial pardon as he discussed with Julian Mintz his plans to return to the Empire in order to return Markatz's remains to his family, thus completing his final duties to his deceased superior officer.
Voice actor: Meguro Kōsuke
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