|Title(s)||King of Elbe|
|Job(s)||Commander of Allied Army|
Duran (デュラン Duran), also known as the Lion of Elbe, is the King of Elbe Kingdom and was the commander of the Allied Army Godu Rino Gwaban during the third offensive of the Battle of Alnus Hill. He's a former vassal of the Empire, while currently he's allied with Japan.
Duran is a seasoned battlefield commander known for his quiet, harsh and intelligent demeanor. He holds in very high regard his pride as warrior and king and he's one of the very few leaders native of the Special Region to be genuinely interested in the welfare of his people.
Duran seems to be friends with the Duke of Ligu, since he was visibly concerned with his death and wanted to avenge him by inflicting at least one casualty against the enemy. He seems to be popular with his people, as he was not distressed with Piña's threats when she threatened to have the Kingdom of Elbe destroyed.
It is also shown that Duran is very intelligent, and does not let his pride get in the way. When Duran was being assisted by JSDF medical personnel, he was not angered or upset with their treatment of him, instead being very impressed with the prosthetic arm and leg they gave him. He does not blame the JSDF for his issues, but instead places it on Emperor Molt. He quickly deduced that the Emperor sent the Allied Army on a suicide mission so that the vassal states would not have enough soldiers to rebel against the Empire.
Duran is a man in his late 60's. He has dark grey hair as well as grey eyes and he wears heavy red armor on the battlefield. After the Battle of Alnus Hill he lost his left arm and leg and they were replaced with prosthetic ones. He also suffered from Marie Antoinette syndrome, as the heavy stress after the Battle of Alnus Hill turned his hair completely white.
Duran is first seen at Alnus Hill, where he and the other nobles discuss about the Allied Army's strength against the enemy. After resting, on the next day, Duran rides out to battle with his men, where witnesses Alnus Hill "erupting" (which came from artillery strikes from the JSDF), and wonders where the King of Alguna, Mudwan and Duke Ligu are. There were approximately 10,000 deaths during this attack. Duran attacked again with even more men, but they were also repulsed and they suffered 40,000 casualties. In the evening, Duran is in the commanding tent when he witnesses the remaining nobles fall in despair. Duran vows to get revenge on the JSDF, wanting to repay them with an arrow and decides that a night raid is the best course of option.
Unfortunately for Duran, the JSDF were not sleeping. The JSDF lit flares into the night, which Duran noted was extremely bright. Duran was immediately aware that the JSDF had caught them and ordered all of his men to attack before they would be cut down. As Duran made his way towards the JSDF, he ran into some barbed wire and was knocked off his horse, but was quickly helped back up by his soldiers. Duran immediately told his soldiers to run, but before they could, they were cut down immediately from machine gun fire. Duran looked on in complete shock and horror as a bullet grazed his helmet. He later picked up a bow from a fallen soldier and shot an arrow at them. He wondered how this could've happened and began to laugh when a mortar shell struck him, leaving him badly wounded, and presumed dead by the Empire.
The ordeal caused him to lose both his left arm and left leg along with how the stress, from the near-death experience, has made his once black hair turn completely white. Duran is apparently very broad minded as he showed no ill will towards the JSDF but instead directed his anger towards the Empire, specifically the emperor whom Duran describes as a fool that would recklessly charge at an enemy without having any plans or knowledge. He stated such to Piña, because the Empire was responsible for making Japan their enemy for which Duran had hoped that the Empire will suffer complete defeat. When Piña threatens to have the Kingdom of Elbe destroyed, Duran laughs, telling her that he would be with his people anyways if that happened.
He was later taken and treated by the JSDF’s doctors, though Duran initially lied that he was a farmer. He was extremely impressed with Japan’s advanced technology, particularly in the prosthetic arm and leg he received. Duran was later moved by Itami’s willingness to slay a Flame Dragon to help the dark elves, as well as Tuka. The task proved problematic since the JSDF couldn’t send a large force to pass the borders without dealing with the Elbe Kingdom. Thus, Itami was forced to go alone. This prompted Duran to later reveal his identity to the JSDF so that reinforcements would arrive to help Itami. At the time, Duran had deemed the JSDF to be trustworthy as he needed their help in reclaiming his kingdom from the crown prince who ignored Duran’s news of survival.
While Duran offered to permit the JSDF to enter the Elbe Kingdom after helping him return to the throne, Yanagida pointed out that they could receive the same offer if they offered Duran's head to the crown prince. Ultimately, Duran was forced to give in to Japan’s demands which included exclusive rights to mine the Elbe Kingdom’s underground resources, along with tax exemption. Japan was willing to split any newly discovered precious metals but had the rights to claim all other resources that Duran had no knowledge of. Since then, Duran has apparently become an ally of Japan. He had also given Itami the rank of nobility for slaying the Flame Dragon, which gave the soldier a positive image that helped him even when he was given a list of punishments by his superiors upon returning to base.
During the Imperial Civil war, he supports the pro-peace faction and the JSDF in the war against Zorzal's army. During the Second Battle of Italica, he nearly loses his life after the helicopter transport him being struck with metal chain net from Zorzal's dragon rider and crash lands during an ambush causing him to suffer massive injuries. Despite his injuries, he still has enough strength to fight through Podawan's troop with the support firepower from the helicopter crew and successfully kill Podawan when the latter lets his guard down.
Duran is first seen marching into battle with his army towards Alnus Hill. When all the other Allied Armies were defeated, he decided to plan a night raid against the JSDF. During their attack, the JSDF used flares to uncover Duran's plans. He is last seen shooting an arrow at the JSDF before being bombarded by explosives. He was completely defeated in the battle. Later on, he is seen rehabilitating at Alnus Hill in a hospital, where he meets Itami one night and Yanagida during negotiations for Itami to enter Elbe to kill the Flame Dragon.
Skills & Abilities
- Leadership: While the ancient armies are all weak against the JSDF, Duran still chooses to send his troops to attack Alnus Hill at night. He even rushes to the very front to run through the barbed wire defense.
- High level of luck: Duran is shown to survive multiple lethal situations due to sheer luck ranging from surviving the barrage of artillery from JSDF during the Second Battle of Alnus Hill to survive a helicopter crash during the Imperial Civil War.
- Peak human strength: despite losing his limbs, he is shown to strong enough to fight Zorzal's troop with ease. Even when he suffers massive injury after the helicopter crash, he still has enough strength to kill several Zorzal's troops and kills Podawan.
- It is still unclear how he lost his left eye.