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I only start fights that I know I can win.
— Ferdinand to Myne in Part 2 Volume 2 Chapter 24: The Healing Ritual

Ferdinand (フェルディナンド, Ferudinando) is the High Priest (Head Priest in the English dub of the anime) of the Ehrenfest temple who served as Myne’s teacher. He later becomes Rozemyne’s guardian and mentor.

As the son of the Sixth Aub Ehrenfest and a mistress, Ferdinand is the half-brother of Sylvester and an archduke candidate of Ehrenfest.

Header.pngAppearance

Ferdinand has light gold eyes and pale blue hair that falls to his shoulders. He is tall and has a slender build. Generally, his face reveals little emotion[2]. In noblewomen's society, Ferdinand is considered very attractive[3].

When Myne first encounters him, she thinks he looks around the same age as Benno, although he is actually about ten years younger. His worn appearance is primarily due to overwork, and he tends to look closer to his real age when he has more time to relax[1].

Header.pngPersonality

As Ferdinand often says himself, he does not have a naturally “likeable” personality. He treats most people coldly unless he has reason to believe they are valuable to him, and only bothers with politeness when it benefits him[4]. As an opponent, Ferdinand is calculating and ruthless: He exploits every weakness without restraint to secure the best possible result for himself[5]. Likely as a result of the long and intense abuse he suffered from Veronica, he is especially distrustful, cold and impatient with women[6].

However, Ferdinand is deeply loyal and will go to great lengths to protect and support the few people he cares about. Despite his often solitary life, he values personal relationships highly, and he admits to Myne that he envies the unconditional love and support she receives from her family[7].

Due to his difficult upbringing, Ferdinand rarely expresses his emotions outwardly and maintains a calm, pragmatic attitude. When he does show kindness or concern, he tends to do it in a roundabout and hard-to-understand manner[8]. He also is good at hiding discomfort and pain: the more upset he is, the brighter he smiles.

An exceptionally competent and hardworking person, Ferdinand values those same qualities in others. However, he has no patience for those who cannot meet his standards. Myne reflects that he often tries to do everything himself rather than rely on others. Ferdinand also loves research and often forgets to eat or sleep when he’s studying a fascinating topic[9].

Ferdinand is described as a cold-blooded pragmatist who cares about almost nothing but efficiency. He would give only explanations and orders that are as short and to the point as possible to save time, create potions that maximize effectiveness but are absolutely repugnant, or traumatize people to teach them a lesson. Ironically, this habit sometimes end up causing delays due to the recipient not fully understanding his intentions. For example, he told Rozemyne to strip during a medical examination, which caused a slew of misunderstandings and troubles. Going into a little more detail and telling her to remove her socks and expose the back of her torso would have led to her immediate compliance[6].

Header.pngHistory

Ferdinand is the son of the Sixth Aub Ehrenfest and Seradina[10], making him an archduke candidate of Ehrenfest. He was raised in noble society and trained to support his half-brother Sylvester, who was favored to be the next Aub Ehrenfest.

Spoiler from Part 4 Volume 8

His mother was a princess of the country of Lanzenave, who at the times resides in a royal villa in the Sovereignty, which is also were Ferdinand was raised. Since a brother of Ferdinand was chosen as the sole male child to be kept, Ferdinand was decided to be disposed of. Unlike most Yurgenschmidt nobles in this situation however, Ferdinand's father chose to take him to his home duchy rather than see his son executed. Whenever Ferdinand asked him for his reasoning he always answered that it was the Goddess of Time's guidance and that he was absolutely certain that Ferdinand's presence will benefit Ehrenfest.

Before his death of his father Ferdinand promised that he would do everything in his power to make his half-brother Sylvester the archduke and aid him henceforth. It is a promise Ferdinand is willing to go to extreme length to keep, even if the result is great, personal suffering for himself[11].

Because Ferdinand’s mother was not a legal wife of the Aub, and Veronica refused to adopt him, he could not legally become the archduke unless every other member of the archducal family died[12]. Nevertheless, Veronica viewed him as a threat to her son’s future position and routinely harassed and ostracized him.

At age ten, Ferdinand enrolled in the Royal Academy, where he excelled in his studies. After Justus told him it was possible to enroll in multiple courses, he decided to simultaneously take the scholar course, the knight course, and the archduke candidate course. Unlike most students, he viewed the Royal Academy as a respite from his difficult life in Ehrenfest and stayed there year-round, only returning home when summoned.

During his school years, Ferdinand studied as a disciple of Professor Hirschur, an avid researcher of magic tools. He also became widely known among the other students for his skill in treasure-stealing ditter and harspiel, and routinely received the top grades in his class[4]. After graduating from the Royal Academy, Ferdinand briefly served with the Ehrenfest Knight's Order, where he left a strong impression on the apprentice knight Damuel.

The death of the previous archduke increased Veronica’s power in Ehrenfest. When Ferdinand began to feel he was in danger of losing his life to her harassment, he followed Sylvester’s advice and joined the temple, giving up his status as a noble.

Not content with Ferdinand leaving noble society, Veronica used this opportunity to further harass him by taking away the cape in the duchy's colour that Ferdinand had received from his father at the gifting ceremony. Rather than making a completely new one, Ferdinand instead opted to use the blue cape he had won from the Dunkelfelger noble Heisshitze in a competition at the royal academy[13].

Initially, Ferdinand was bored with life in the temple and had little to occupy his time besides reading and research.

However, the civil war in the Sovereignty and subsequent political purges caused a serious mana shortage. Young blue priests and shrine maidens were called back into noble society, while those with enough mana were sent to the Sovereignty temple. Due to his mana and family status, Ferdinand was the only one left who was qualified to become the High Priest[14].

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Header.pngRelationships

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Header.pngRetainers

Current

Former

  • Arno, a gray priest who formerly served as Ferdinand’s head attendant at the temple until his execution.
  • Fran, a gray priest attendant reassigned to Rozemyne’s service.
  • Heidemarie, a scholar who served Ferdinand until she married Eckhart[16].
  • Zahm, a gray priest attendant reassigned to Rozemyne’s service.

Header.pngSkills and Abilities

Magical

  • Enhancement Magic: Although his proficiency isn't specifically mentioned, Ferdinand is skilled enough in body enhancement magic that he doesn't need assisting magic tools to perform it[17].
  • Highbeast: Ferdinand's highbeast takes the shape of a white winged lion.
  • Mana Affinities: Ferdinand has all seven elemental affinities, making his mana appear pearl-white.
  • Mana Capacity: Ferdinand has an exceptionally large amount of mana. His mana capacity is believed to be the highest in Ehrenfest.
  • Research: Ferdinand is a highly skilled researcher with in-depth knowledge of mana, magic circles, magic tools and potions, as well as feybeasts, feyplants, ancient dialects, and many other subjects. He has also personally invented many new magic tools and potions.

Non-Magical

  • Combat: As a knight, Ferdinand can wield a wide range of weapons with ease, including a bow, sword, scythe, and even a thrown cast net. Very few people in Ehrenfest are able to match him in combat. He is also recognized for his skill as a tactician, both in real battles and in ditter.
  • Education: Ferdinand is an excellent teacher capable of training knights, scholars, temple attendants and archduke candidates. Although his teaching style is exceptionally strict and demanding, those who are able to survive his training are guaranteed to be outstanding, like Fran and Rozemyne.
  • Intellect: Ferdinand has genius level intellect and is a prodigy in almost all aspects. When he was enrolled in the Royal Academy, he took the knight’s, scholar’s, and archduke candidate’s courses simultaneously and earned the title of best-in-class in all curriculum every year. He has exceptional memory and analytical ability that allows him to remember tiny details and draw connections from seemingly unrelated facts.
  • Medicine: Ferdinand has extensive knowledge of medicine, which qualifies him to serve as Rozemyne’s physician.
  • Music: While all nobles can sing, dance, and play the harspiel, Ferdinand’s musical skills are widely considered to be among the best in Ehrenfest and even earned him praise in other duchies.
  • Politics: Ferdinand can quickly grasp the political landscape and act to turn it to his advantage, staying several steps ahead of his opponents. He's also good at manipulating others to do what he wants.
  • Wealth: By receiving various allowances for performing temple, knight and archduke duties, as well as selling his inventions to powerful duchies and people, Ferdinand became extremely wealthy even by archduke candidate standards. He considers a few large golds "pocket changes".

Header.pngTrivia

  • Ferdinand serves as the narrator for the anime.
  • He returns debts at least twice the amount he received[18].
  • Ferdinand's rejuvenation potions taste so bad that it became a running gag in series.
    • Rozemyne calls the original variant "ultra-nasty potions".
    • Sylvester thought it is child cruelty to make children drink it.
    • Charlotte wondered if it's a cruel prank when she took it for the first time, even though it was already the version with improved taste.
    • Feeding a ruelle feystone spiked with a few drops of the potion to a feybeast is enough to make it rampage in agony.
  • Ferdinand's favorite food is consommé soup, and his favorite cookies are the ones made with tea leaves.
  • He is the second most popular light novel male character from 2020.
  • Ferdinand has the habit of pinching Rozemyne's cheek when he is exasperated by her antics.
  • During his time as a student at the Royal Academy, he was often invited to tea parties by a princess to play the harspiel. If he weren’t an archduke candidate, he might have become her personal musician[19].
  • Ferdinand hardly praises anyone. The best praise he ever gives is "very good“ (大変結構, taihenkekkou).
  • He developed his own mana compression method that has similar effectiveness to the second stage of Rozemyne's method, such that he hardly saw any improvement when performing that stage of compression[20].
  • Ferdinand is selfless to the point of often disregarding his own well-being when it comes to Ehrenfest, but is often viewed as a ruthless demon lord. In contrast, Rozemyne is mostly acting out of her own selfish desires, but is heralded as a saint.
  • Ferdinand set a very high mana limit for his hidden room in the temple to block out Bezewanst and Sylvester. It is also to prevent his enemies from entering using his feystone if he happens to be killed.
  • Ferdinand and Bezewanst's roles were reversed in one of the early story drafts. In that version of story, the High Priest views Myne as a dangerous threat to be eliminated due to her large mana capacity, while the High Bishop is a kind old man who protects her[21].
  • Ferdinand is used to being called monstrous and cruel. At the royal academy he was regularly called monstrous and referred to as "the Lord of Evil in Ditter" (ディッター魔王) on account of his devious schemes and strategies at ditter[22].
    • Since the concept of hell and demons don't exist in Yurgenschmidt culture, the term "Lord of Evil" is comparing him to seasonal feybeast lords like the Lord of Winter.

Spoiler from Royal Academy Stories - First Year

  • Professor Gundolf refered to Ferdinand as "the lonely genius created by overwhelming misfortune" on at least one occasion[23].

Header.pngReferences

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Fanbook 2. Q&A with Miya Kazuki
  2. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 1 Volume 3. Chapter 20: Rejection and Persuasion
  3. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 1. Chapter 2: Preparing for the Baptism Ceremony
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 1: Meeting for the Tea Party
  5. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 9: Treasure-Stealing Ditter
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 1. Prologue
  7. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 1 Volume 3. Chapter 24: Confrontation
  8. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 3. Chapter 18: The Book Fair and the Follow-Up Meeting
  9. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 3. Chapter 1: The Dedication Ritual and Returning to the Castle
  10. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Fanbook 2. "Noble Family Tree" Illustration
  11. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 8. Chapter 14: Decisions
  12. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 4. Chapter 9: The Archducal Couple Returns
  13. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Interduchy Tournament (Second Year)
  14. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 1. Prologue
  15. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 8. Chapter 6: Returning to the Temple and the Meeting with the Gutenbergs
  16. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 6. Chapter 13: Professor Hirschur's Disciple
  17. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 1. Chapter 1: Just Call Me Urashima Taro
  18. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 2. Chapter 1: One Wilma, Please
  19. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 3. Chapter 10: Meeting with the Prince
  20. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 5. Chapter 10: The Jureve and Mana Compression
  21. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Fanbook 1. Q&A with Miya Kazuki
  22. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 5. Chapter 13: The Library Plan and Completed Outfits
  23. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Royal Academy Stories - First Year. Chapter 15: Ortwin - The Drewanchel Siblings

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