|Japanese name||ソーンバルケ (Sōnbaruke)|
|Class||Swordmaster / Trueblade *1|
Stefan is one of the most skilled swordsmen on the continent of Tellius, fighting with the blade Vague Katti. His skills are formidable when he enters battle, however he rarely associates himself with either beorc or laguz. His secluded personality is probably due to his heritage; he is, after all, the product of a lion and a human, marked as a branded.
In Path of Radiance
First seen when observing the Gallian beast tribe’s Lethe and Mordecai, Stefan shows interest in those of the beast tribe. He then decides to tag along with Ike’s troop out of curiosity. Stefan catches Ike’s attention quickly, causing Ike to ask who the mysterious green-haired man is. Stefan replies by saying that he joined after the battle in the sands. He then remarks that Ike’s skill with the blade is unique, yet he hesitates when in battle. Stefan offers to perfect Ike’s way of the sword, and Ike graciously accepts Stefan’s invitation.
Although his skills with the sword belie his true heritage, Stefan is a branded. He shows his grudge towards the laguz by commenting on how they call him “parentless” while conversing with Mordecai. Stefan, instead, prefers to dwell with the beorc, because the beorc, at least, don’t deny the fact that they share the same blood.
In Radiant Dawn
Over time, Stefan isolates himself more and more, eventually only speaking to those that are similar to him. Stefan is persuaded by Lethe and Mordecai to aid in the fight against Ashera, but not before they politely remark that they’re happy to see Stefan wasn’t turned into stone. Besides Lethe and Mordecai, Stefan also appears before Micaiah, who resembles Stefan in the way that they’re both branded.
Before the final battle, Yune confronts Stefan and ponders over his mysterious origins. Stefan tells Yune, who is currently using Micaiah’s body as a host, about his origins as a branded and how he was treated like he didn’t exist when around laguz. He then tells her about the teachings of common folk: union between a beorc and laguz is a crime to the goddess. Yune smirks that she’s never heard of such a thing. Stefan ends up laughing manically, to Yune’s surprise. Stefan then tells her what he finds funny. He exclaims that all of the abuse, persecution, and isolation happened all over a lie. He ends by asking what there isn’t to laugh at.
When the fight with Ashera is over, Stefan gathers those similar to him and settles down in their own tiny village. That same little village would eventually become a great country.