|Purpose||Purging the Shinigami|
The Stern Ritter (星十字騎士団 (シュテルンリッター), shuterunrittā; German for "Star Knights", Japanese for "Star Cross Knight Band/Order") are a specific group of Quincy in the Vandenreich's army, who play a pivotal role in the invasion of Soul Society, being tasked with purging the Shinigami.
While the organizational structure of the Stern Ritter is not yet clear, like certain others within the Vandenreich, each member is apparently assigned a letter of the alphabet by their leader in order to designate them.
(† = confirmed death)
|F||Äs Nödt||"?"||Deceased †|
|O||Driscoll Berci||"The Overkill"||Deceased †|
|Q||Berenice Gabrielli||"The Question"||Deceased †|
|R||Jerome Guizbatt||"The Roar"||Deceased †|
|U||NaNaNa Najahkoop||"?"||Deceased †|
|Y||Loyd Lloyd||"The Yourself"||Deceased †|
|?||Unnamed Vandenreich Member||"?"||Active|
|?||Unnamed Male Vandenreich||"?"||Active|
All members of the Stern Ritter wear a distinctive white, ankle-length cloak that features the Vandenreich insignia emblazoned on its back and often, a hood attached to the cloak's collar. Beneath this, the remainder of a personnel's attire usually consists of a heavily customized variant of the standard Vandenreich uniform — a white double-breasted trench coat tied with a black belt, worn with white trousers and boots.
Medallion: Like various others within the Vandenreich, all members of the Stern Ritter carry on their person a round, unnamed device that is roughly the size of a person's palm and has the Vandenreich insignia etched into its surface. When activated, this device is capable of stealing a single currently released Bankai in the immediate vicinity. The medallion's owner can then proceed to use the stolen Bankai's power at will, even after the original owner of the Bankai has died. However, they are unable to exploit this power fully, as noted by Yamamoto.
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 494, page 19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 495, pages 4, 8 & 11
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 12
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 3
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 490, pages 2-3
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 495, pages 15-19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 496, pages 14-17
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 501, pages 15-17
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 17
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 504, pages 15-16
|Quincy: Juhabach (Leader) · Arrancar: Asguiaro Ebern, Luders Friegen|
|Executive Hunting Captain: J: Quilge Opie|
|E: Bambietta Basterbine · F: Äs Nödt · O: Driscoll Berci · Q: Berenice Gabrielli · R: Jerome Guizbatt · U: NaNaNa Najahkoop · Y: Loyd Lloyd · Y: Royd Lloyd · ?: Haschwald · ?: Buzzbee · ?: Unnamed Male Vandenreich|
|Vandenreich · Jagdarmee · Stern Ritter · Quincy · Arrancar|