|Height||196 cm (6'5")|
|Weight||92 kg (202 lb.)|
|Base of Operations||Wandenreich HQ|
|Signature Skill||Immense Firepower|
|Roleplay||Balance of Souls: Collapse|
Anders is an unusually tall and muscular, broad-shouldered middle-aged man. He is completely bald, but he wears a trimmed beard and moustache of dark brown colour, and has thick eyebrows. His eyes are pale blue and piercing. He wears a variation of the standard Quincy uniform outfitted with epaulettes and a long cloak. He dons a silver bracelet on his right forearm, to which his Quincy cross is attached by a chain.
He wears the standard attire of the Sternritter, with no notable customisations.
Schäfer appears to be a very solemn and portentous person. Usually, he is serious and imperturbable, even during a fight. Nevertheless, whereas not easily angered, if sufficiently provoked he becomes gradually more unrelenting.
He has a habit of talking in a lofty, sermon-like manner. Additionally, he tends to speak only whenever he knows he has some attention, and he does not interrupt other people talking, even when they are his enemies.
Quincy Cross: Like the other Sternrittern, Anders is equipped with a special cross which allows him to summon his spiritual weapon at will. His own takes the shape of a Cross of Salem and is attached to a silver bracelet he wears on his right forearm.
Bankai Stealing Device: A seal that takes the form of a simple badge, developed by the Wandenreich as a way to counteract the ultimate weapon of any Shinigami. On average they are believed to be able to capture any Bankai that emits a spiritual wavelength above a certain point. The lower that wavelength, the more difficult it is to capture the weapon. In addition to the requirement of a high enough spiritual signature, those who had achieved Bankai Mastery or had an otherwise perfect bond with their Zanpakutō were incapable of having their Bankai stolen. As a member of the Stern Ritter, Anders carries one of these Medallions.
Seele Schneider: A thin silver-coloured tool with a small rectangular hook on the bottom, large enough to fit a single finger, is a weapon used by the Quincy that bears great resemblance to a sword when activated, in particular by generating a beam of spiritual energy that takes the shape of a blade, but is in fact a very powerful arrow. The Reishi that makes up the glowing blue blade of a Seele Schneider travel at an amazing speed, making three million round trips across the edge per second. The vibrations generated by this are not only meant for cutting, but also to weaken the bonds between the spiritual energy of whatever it happens to cut thus making them easier for a Quincy to capture. A battle for the Quincy is one of gathering surrounding Reishi to use as a weapon making the Seele Schneider the most potent manifestation to this principle. Its functionality as a spiritual weapon makes it better against those who are physically powerful as spiritual impact will always over power a physical impact of equal strength. Schäfer usually carries a number of Seele Schneider during combat. Thanks to his tactical aptitude, he can use them to skilfully deploy such techniques as Sprenger.
Powers and Abilities
Master Marksman: Because the combat style of Anders revolves heavily around marksmanship he has honed his skill in this field to a masterful degree. In spite of his reliance on brute force he actually boasts the aim required to apply that power in the most lethal ways. He can repeatedly target various vital spots with little effort even whilst employing high rate of fire techniques.
Keen Tactician: Although easily mistaken for someone of average intellect at best initially, Schäfer is in fact quite a proficient tactician. He has considerable knowledge about the ways of combat. As such, he might employ certain adapted tactics to combat enemies against whom raw power is simply not enough.
Spiritual Awareness: The ability to sense spiritual energy and perceive spiritual beings is a rare skill that primarily manifests in humans after long exposure to a quantity of spiritual energy above a certain point.
Great Spiritual Power: The spiritual power of High-Spec Humans, even Quincy, is typically much smaller than their spiritual counterparts but it is not a state that is set in stone as made clear by the sheer power presented by Wandenreich's Stern Ritter who were clearly on par, if not above, Shinigami Captains in strength. Anders has an ample amount of internal spiritual energy, easily on par with a strong Shinigami Captain. The tint of his Reiatsu is aquamarine.
Reishi Absorption & Manipulation: All spiritually powerful beings utilise Reiryoku when fighting, but they are also paired with secondary aspects in order to create entirely divergent fighting styles and unique abilities. In the case of the Shinigami, they use the spiritual energy generated from their soul alongside a Zanpakutō to combat their enemies; essentially a power from within themselves. In direct contrast the Quincy draw in Reishi from the environment around them in order to form weapons and empower various techniques; a power garnered from the outside. They absorb this energy into their bodies and shape it according to their whims to devastating effect.
The Blaster (発破工, Happakō): The new Schrift might be argued to be an upgrade to Schäfer's former "the Hailfire". This special ability facilitates energy consumption and absorption in order to augment his already impressive spiritual power. Consequently, the spiritual techniques employed by Anders are in general significantly more potent and devastating than those of other Sternritter. What he lacks in subtlety, he might compensate for with immense firepower. Unlike the Hailfire, the Blaster seems to be more about focussed usage of destructive force. Thus, it is better suited to combat single powerful enemy rather than decimating armies of lesser foes.
Gintō Expert: Gintō refers to two things, a type of spellcasting, similiar to the Shinigami Kidō, and the tubes that contain liquified spiritual energy in order to perform this spellcasting. It is a powerful art, with spells as wide and varied as those used by the Shinigami but it is also a lost art with many of the Quincy having died following the first war between the Quincy and the Gotei 13, much of the records of those spells were lost and their practitioners with them. A proficient spellcaster, Schäfer can employ a number of different spells in the middle of heated combat.
Hirenkyaku Expert (飛廉脚, lit. "Flying Screen Step/God Step"): An advanced Quincy technique, it is essentially the Quincy variant of the Shinigami Shunpo and the Arrancar Sonído. It is utilised by generating Reishi beneath the feet of the user and then riding the flow to their intended destination. Those who use it do not actually appear to be moving and instead simply appear at each location they travel to, which makes it seem like teleportation. Whilst not particularly fast or agile, Anders can nonetheless keep up with many Captain-level opponents.
Reiniger (清浄器, "Purifier"): Schäfer accumulates spiritual energy on his special bracelet in order to summon an ornate crossbow which is then mounted on his right forearm. He may modify the crossbow to feature a bundle of six barrels arranged in a circle, granting him the ability to fire at a drastically heightened rate.
Bardiel ("The Humiliated Son of God", also known as "the Angel of Hail"): The activation of this state is accompanied by forceful disintegration of the immediate area. The raw Reishi particles obtained in this manner are then subsequently absorbed and used to fuel the transformation. The uniform of Anders is replaced by elegant, priest-like robes with a high collar. Reiniger grows larger and more intricate in design. Furthermore, two pairs of wings sprout from his back, the larger one directed upward and the lower, smaller one directed downward. A glistening halo in the shape of the Wandenreich emblem levitates above his head.
Former Powers and Abilities
The Hailfire (火雨, Hiame): The power which makes Schäfer a one-man army. His Schrift allows him to rapidly replenish and control great amounts of spiritual energy, which may be then fired in a variety of devastating techniques which often leave entire areas thoroughly ravaged. Most of the attacks employed with the use of the Hailfire are destructive area-of-effect blasts and barrages.
- His Vollständig name was inspired by Bardiel, an Angel from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise and in turn its own inspiration, the biblical angel of hail, storms and lightning.
- Balance of Souls: Collapse
- Balance of Souls: Restitution
- Balance of Souls: Incursion
- Balance of Souls: Relapse (Cameo)
- Balance of Souls: Deterioration (Cameo)
- Balance of Souls: Ruination