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Vlad is a major character in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and the first leader of Aldore. Although unseen for a majority of the story, he's the true main antagonist of season two. His actions long predate season one, being the direct and indirect cause for all of the ensuing events.

Because his actions are the origin of every major catastrophic event in the main story, he can also be considered as the true main antagonist as a game.

For most of the story, he appears in person under his alter ego of Levnato of the Alpha Star.

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Appearance

Vlad appears as a middle aged man with blond hair and facial hair. He used to wear a brown cloak that covered most of his body.

As Levnato he appears as a tall man, dressing like a mage wearing bronze-colored armor. He wears a dark cape and an armored pointed mage's hat that and covers his face. He carries an elaborate staff with mechanical components and flowing energy manifested in lights through different sections.

Personality

Vlad is treacherous and power-hungry, cruelly orchestrating the deaths of both King Varenis, the man he served, and his successor, Rubens. He uses cowardly means to secure his path to power. It is believed he would have manipulated Raegen if given the chance.

Desiring power for his own sake, Vlad wants to oppress the nation of Hess and betrayed the Sworn Eight of Paladia to rule the world unopposed. Considering his cruel, dirty-handed machinations, it is evident that Vlad is utterly ruthless, and has no concern for nobody other than himself. He will do anything to ensure he has absolute power.

His primary motivation for his betrayal of the Sworn Eight was his disgust for monarchies and their hereditary system, as it effectively ensured that he would never be able to rule normally. He thus took matters into his own hands so that he can govern at last.

As Levnato, he is an enigmatic man who rarely displays what he's thinking. He displays loyalty to the current emperor and carries his orders efficiently. He doesn't talk much, only the precise amount that needs to be said at any moment. His interactions with the rest of the Orders or the Emperor are minimal at best.

Story

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Seizing power

Vlad was one of the aides of King Varenis, the leader of Aldore. Before his successor Rubens could ascend the throne, Vlad had both murdered using cowardly means and crowned himself as the first Aldore Emperor. When Yuraisha learned of this, both she and her husband secured Raegen, the crown prince, and told Vlad he had died of illness to keep the then infant safe from Vlad's machinations. Yuraisha raised Raegen with Vlad never knowing that the royal blood of Aldore had survived.

Vlad ruled Aldore, but his dictatorship had not taken full effect yet. Increasing pressure on the people of Hess would lead them to revolt. During a tournament to choose the strongest warriors to serve him, Vlad witnessed Raegen defeating Ignacio for the top spot by using his signature Mirror of Equity. Vlad was impressed by the technique and wanted to learn it, so Raegen taught him how to use it.

At some point he was being escorted by his guards when they were attacked by monsters. Kagane, a friend of Ignacio, died in service protecting Vlad. Vlad in turn crystallized her soul so it could be put to use eventually.

Civil war

When Hess declared their intentions of independence from Aldore, Vlad rejected it and the world of Paladia entered a war. Raegen led the Sworn Eight of Paladia, Aldore's main lieutenants, unaware he was serving the man who had murdered his family. Although Hess was initially the weaker nation, after securing the help of many Espers and capable individuals who would form Hess' Eight Sages, Aldore suffered heavy losses. Raegen tried to have peace negotiations with Yuraisha, now the Mother of Hess, but they ended in failure.

As the war grew more hostile, Raegen planned to end it by sealing the Sages into Crystal, making the Sworn Eight the leveraging power in the world, forcing Aldore into the negotiating table. Vlad feared the Sworn Eight's power and growing popularity with the people and betrayed them by expelling them among a large landmass and its people to the world of Lapis.

Now with nobody with the ability to oppose him, Vlad was free to enact his ruthless dictatorship. His cruel regime would be succeeded by like-minded individuals spanning a foul legacy of 700 years of oppression, with most of Aldore (except Gungan) suffering under their rule.

Dictatorship

To sustain his iron grip for eternity, Vlad utilized a soul replicating technique that allowed him to not only live eternally, but also to exert his influence towards every future ruler of Aldore, making them an extension of himself and thus becoming Paladia's eternal ruler. The Aldore Emperor is his latest vessel, while Vlad himself hides beneath the mask of Levnato, the Alpha Star of the Orders as he carries out his machinations, while "serving" the Emperor.

To preserve the farce, it is likely that he may have participated and won the Order of Aldore tournament, and if so, he has held his rank for at least 10 years.

The Emperor mentions Levnato in hologram form as he scolds Hyoh for his failure to defeat Lasswell, a person of Hess bloodline who had arrived from Lapis. The Emperor believes Hyoh has the potential to surpass Yego, Zeno and Levnato himself. Hyoh unleashes his power, demonstrating he is not done yet. Pleased, the Emperor expects Hyoh to succeed.

Levnato notifies the Emperor that Lasswell has passed the first round of the Order of Aldore, which the Emperor deems the most entertaining one he has seen in a long time. The Emperor questions if "he" has also progressed, which Levnato confirms. The Emperor rejoices that Lasswell's party is unaware of a traitor amid their ranks.

As the Order of Aldore unfolds on its later stages, the Sworn Six of Paladia, in conjunction with Hess' Four Sages, carry an assassination operation on the Emperor by casting a force field that nullifies the Emperor's Paling, thus making him vulnerable to damage. Mombert tries a suicide attack on the Emperor, but this ends up in failure. Raegen duels the Emperor, striking him so fast he's unable to finish enchanting his spells. The Emperor shields himself with concentrated defensive magics and has Raegen fight his Elite Forces as a test. Raegen defeats them, and as he's about to fight the Emperor once more, he's joined by the rest of his comrades who all launch a barrage of attacks on the Emperor, believing victory is possible.

Their joy is cut short when Levnato, who had been watching from the sidelines, interferes and swiftly rejects Raegen's attacks with a spell of his own. He reveals that he doesn't need incantations to cast powerful magics, and that the Emperor is capable of the same feat; the Emperor has been holding back to put on a show for the public. The Emperor bombards his opponents with powerful spells, but the Sworn Six are teleported away by the Children of Hess.

Later on during the open war between Aldore and the Children of Hess the Emperor summons all of The Orders to secure the ancient Weapon that will secure their victory. Levnato joins the rest of the Orders and leads them towards Rubiena, now aided by Sakura and Nichol who joined the Orders to help Hyoh.

As both forces spread on the continent, Lasswell's group encounters Levnato and Physalis. Levnato proposes they team up as "Alpha Stars", to which Physalis happily agrees. As the parties fight, Lasswell defeats Physalis and makes his way towards Levnato. He has Fina and Lid distract Levnato so that he can charge his Final Mirror of Equity, but Levnato cowardly attacks the Children of Hess to force Lasswell to stop and subsequently injures him with a spell.

Physalis protests against his methods, and Levnato retorts their orders are to win by any means necessary and instructs her to eliminate Lasswell. Physalis punches Levnato, staggering him, proclaiming that while she loves Aldore she cannot condone their cruelty. Levnato retreats, saying she can do as she pleases, all but securing Physalis' sbetrayal and eventually joining Lasswell's group. Following Lasswell and Physalis's duel against Sakura and Nichol, Levnato finds the Weapon and activates it, forcing it to spread tentacles that snatch Physalis into the Weapon's interior to serve as beast's core as her hybrid heritage makes her the perfect vessel.

When Lasswell's group infiltrates the Weapon to save Physalis they find the Emperor along the Orders. The Emperor reveals his intentions to have the Weapon drain the energy of all the Crystals and later all living beings in Paladia so that he can live eternally as the single being in existence, completing his "Ultimate Dictatorship" vision. Physalis uses the Weapon's power to teleport everyone away, and Levnato remains the only member of the Orders "loyal" to the Emperor.

On the way to the Weapon, Raegen's group faces Levnato. The Sworn Six overpower the Alpha Star who is forced to use a power-enhancing drug. As Raegen tries to fend Levnato, Citra uses her own life force to strengthen Raegen enough to defeat the Alpha Star. As Citra lies dying Yego finds the drug from Levnato, which contains the Tear of Provenance as one of its ingredients, using it to save Citra.

Levnato is taken for dead but survives, appearing in the nick of time to save the Aldore Emperor from Hyoh and Sol's relentless attack. He unleashes a powerful spell to kill Hyoh, but Sol takes the blow at the cost of his life. Levnato and the Emperor teleport away to the Aldore Tower, but first end up in a church which the Emperor recognizes, but is unable to remember in full. Levnato considers the possibility of a small failure on the teleportation spell, and the two reassume their return to the Aldore Tower.

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