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Reid Astrea, also known as the Master Swordsman, the First Master Swordsman, and the Hero, was a major anti-heroic antagonist in the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy light novel series Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, as well as a mentioned character in its anime television series & manga adaptations of the same name. He posthumously acted as the overall secondary antagonist of the sixth story arc.

In life, Reid was a legendary hero and unparalleled master of the blade who protected the world from evil. He was the First Master Swordsman chosen by the Sword God to wield the Dragon Sword Reid, an indestructible weapon named in honor of Reid himself. Aside from his deeds of heroism, Reid was known after his death as a notorious womanizer and merry-maker.

Alongside the Holy Dragon Volcanica, the Sage Flugel, and the Sage's apprentice Shaula, Reid was a key figure in the defeat and imprisonment of the Witch of Envy Satella. It was said that Reid, with a strike from his Dragon Sword, was the one to deal the final blow on the Jealous Witch. Years later, Reid passed away, leaving a large impression on history with his actions. In the centuries to come, his descendants inherited his title of the "Master Swordsman" as well as the blessed blade of the Sword God.

In the aftermath of his death, Sage Flugel created a copy of sorts of his comrade to guard one of the floors of the Pleiades Watchtower. The Watchtower featured several trials that a trespasser would have to overcome to reach the top of the structure. One of the trials was to defeat Reid, who guarded the second floor of the Watchtower. Eventually, a group led by the hero Subaru Natsuki entered the Watchtower and underwent the trials.

The first Master Swordsman proved to be a foe too powerful for Subaru or his allies to handle. To make matters worst, the two Sin Archbishops of the Witch Cult representing Gluttony, Lye Batenkaitos and Roy Alphard, showed up to wreak havoc. By possessing the body of Roy Alphard, Reid was able to leave the trial-zone, essentially meaning the Master Swordsman could roam the world freely once again. However, Reid was severely weakened in this form, allowing the Spirit Knight Julius Juukulius to defeat him in an honorable duel, ending the vestige of the Master Swordsman once and for all.

History

Life of the Swordsman

Born in a small village, Reid Astrea possessed extraordinary strength and swordsmanship ability, the latter of which was entirely unrivalled. His younger brother, Tosca, was also extremely powerful, although not to the same extent as Reid. Deadly with any item, Astrea took to hunting and slaying powerful dragons with his wooden club. At some point, an entity known as the Sword God bestowed a great weapon upon Reid, which the swordsman would use to slay a thousand more dragons. In recognition of Reid's deeds, this sword would later be called the "Dragon Sword Reid." Overtime, Astrea gained a reputation as a headstrong and slightly unhinged womanizer who loved to partake in debauchery as much as he did heroism.

Eventually, Astrea met with several other key figures of his era in what would later become the city Flanders. They were the Sage Flugel and his apprentice Shaula, and the Holy Dragon Volcanica. It was Reid and these individuals who would stop the immortal Witch of Envy in her nigh-unstoppable rampage that decimated over half of the planet. Although the Witch couldn't be killed, Astrea was able to defeat her with a swing of the Dragon Sword and she was subsequently imprisoned for all eternity. For his legendary deeds in life, Reid Astrea was universally recognized as the "Hero."

Legacy

Reid Astrea was so well known that even after four hundred years after the defeat of the Witch, he was still a household name often brought up in various sayings and conversations. Astrea's descendants continued his warrior legacy in service to the Dragonfriend Kingdom of Lugunica. Each generation, one member of the bloodline would be selected at random by the Sword God to bear his blessing and wield the Dragon Sword Reid as the "Master Swordsman." Reid himself was considered the first of the Master Swordsman line, although he never possessed the Sword God's blessing during his life.

Equipment

  • Dragon Sword Reid: Forged by an unknown blacksmith, the weapon that would eventually be called the Dragon Sword Reid was the strongest, sharpest, and most renowned enchanted blade in the world. Created with the finest of steel, the Dragon Sword was blessed by the entity known as the Sword God who also decided who would wield the blade. The sword could only be wielded by the greatest of warriors, and its blade would refuse to exit its indestructible sheath unless the opponent was truly worthy. Reid was the first known person to wield the unbreakable blade, and with it he was capable of sundering countless dragons and defeating the Witch of Envy. Upon his death, the blade was passed down to his descendants, meaning his manifested soul no longer wielded it in the Pleiades Watchtower.
  • Chopsticks: While manifested as a guardian of the Pleiades Watchtower in the time after his death, Reid Astrea's weapons-of-choice were a pair of ordinary chopsticks used for eating. Despite the obvious lackluster combative potential of chopsticks, the eating utensils were deadly weapons in Reid's skilled hands that could withstand powerful sword strikes without chipping or breaking.

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List of Appearances

Light Novel

The Love Song of the Sword Devil

  • The Love Song of the Sword Devil: First Stanza (First identified as Reid)

The Love Ballard of the Sword Devil

  • The Love Ballad of the Sword Devil: What Became of Them (Indirect mention only)
  • The Love Ballad of the Sword Devil: The Silver Flower Dance of Pictat (Mentioned only)

Volume 3

  • Chapter 2: I Cried and Screamed and Will Cry No More (First mentioned)

Volume 12

  • Chapter 1: Loveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveme (Mentioned only)

Volume 15

  • Chapter 5: I Love You Down to Your Blood and Guts (Mentioned only)

Trivia

  • Reid was the only known Master Swordsman to not receive the blessing of the Sword God.
  • Every member of the Astrea bloodline descended from Reid inherited his fiery-red hair and blue eyes.

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