Lt Commander Schneider (799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE))
El Facil Revolutionary Government (former)
Free Planets Alliance (former)
Galactic Empire (former)
|Played by:||Meguro Kōsuke|
Bernhard von Schneider (Japanese: ベルンハルト・フォン・シュナイダー) was the leading adjutant, subordinate, and a close confidant of High Admiral Willibald Joachim von Merkatz and served him faithfully from at least the Battle of Astarte, to the Battle of Shiva. His importance in the twilight years of the Alliance–Imperial War, the Imperial Civil War, and the following standoff between the New Galactic Empire and the Iserlohn Republic is often understated as his efforts were usually displayed through High Admiral Merkatz, who greatly valued his counselling.
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. (LOGH: 'The Fall of Goldenbaum')
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. (LOGH: 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood')
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.
- Overture to a New War (first appearance)
- 'The Lippstadt Conspiracy'
- 'Bloodshed in Space'
- 'Courage and Loyalty'
- 'The Fall of Goldenbaum'
- 'First Battle'
- 'War Without Weapons'
- 'Fortress vs Fortress'
- 'The Return'
- 'Determination and Ambition'
- 'The Arrow Is Released'
- 'A Departure'
- 'Operation: Ragnarök'
- 'The Cold Spell Arrives'
- 'The Battle of Vermilion (Part Two)'
- 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood'
- 'The Golden Lion Flag Loses Its Lustre'
- Bernhard von Schneider (????)
- ベルンハルト・フォン・シュナイダー (????)
Schneider is a common German surname meaning tailor. Bernhard is an old Germanic given name and means as strong as a bear.[clean-up needed]