|“||There must be strong, unwavering justice. And there must be fear to enforce that justice.||„|
|~ Romeo Guildenstern|
Romeo Guildenstern is the primary antagonist in Vagrant Story and one of the many villains within the Final Fantasy series. He is the pious and noble leader of the Order of the Crimson Blades, also known as the Knights of the Cross, the militia under direct orders of Cardinal Batistum.
Noble in character and pious in faith, Guildenstern, as he is addressed, holds an ideal unlike any other in the folds of the Knights; he cares less of the means and more for the end. Graduating from the Academy in the highest esteem, Guildenstern achieved the Cardinal's recognition and was made part of the Crimson Blade, slowly but surely gaining through ranks to become the Cardinal's hand.
Guildenstern believed that due to the corrupt nobles and merchants who used their nobility and power to cause suffering and misery to the populace, the world was in need of cleansing. To this end, he sought a way to obtain this power. The Cardinal trusted Guildenstern and revealed to his delight of the dark powers that reside within Leá Monde: the Gran Grimoire. At the Cardinal's behest he and others within the Crimson Blades dabbled with the Dark Arts, able to use the Dark and gain immunity against it.
Searching for ways to access Leá Monde's powers, he learns that the cult Müllenkamp under command of Sydney Losstarot had sieged Duke Bardorba's manor. Despite no approval from the VKP, the Cardinal allows Guildenstern to quell the cult's activities. Guildenstern hunts down Sydney but does not manage to find him. Tracing the cultists to Leá Monde, Guildenstern orders his army to move to the Dark city.Along with his company and lover Samantha, Guildenstern manages to apprehend Sydney, and discover that the cult leader holds the key to access Leá Monde's dark powers; the "Blood-Sin" tattoo on his back. Blinded by power, Guildenstern literally strips the tattoo off Sydney's back, placing it on his own body. With the key, Guildenstern need only to sacrifice a person, which he found in Samantha.
Flooded with the powers of Darkness, Guildenstern faces one last obstacle, the Riskbreaker Ashley Riot. Guildenstern was defeated at first, and even as he managed to transform to a grotesque winged one-horned demonic being, he was still defeated by Ashley's own will and determination. The dark powers left him to fall to the ground below, where he burst into flames and was destroyed.