Ewald Cristaldi is a former exorcist. He is also ranked as the third highest official in the Church as Cardinal Deacon.
Ewald has the appearance of a middle-aged man with black hair, dressed in vestments.
Ewald has shown to be a serious, calm, composed, and diligent man. Ewald is also a very stern believer in Christianity and the old teachings of the Church as shown despite the alliance of the Three Faction he still regard Devils as evil existences which must be eradicated, he even indirectly express his intentions to kill orphans of a certain church facility which Dulio often visited simply because the facility was occupied by Devil's Rituals something which he considered sinful. Yet despite his seemingly ruthless dedication as an exorcist Ewald is also responsible and kind as he wanted to take full responsibility for the revolt that he and his fellow exorcists made.
While Ewald was still an Exorcist, he was a teacher who taught dozens of Church warriors to fight against the enemies of the Church. Dulio was also once his student. He has also diligently taught Irina Shidou and Xenovia Quarta how to use the Excalibur fragments.
Ewald was first introduced in Volume 19 when Vasco delivered a letter of challenge. Kiba impatiently attacked Ewald due to him being a wielder of Excalibur but was overwhelmed by him. Later, the fight was set up to take place in a replica of Kuoh Town in an artificial dimension created by Rossweisse. Ewald led his group of Exorcists against Dulio Gesualdo, Griselda Quarta, Yuuto Kiba, Irina and Sona's peerage. He then faced them off and manages to overpower them single-handedly. However they were able to turn the tables on him when Kiba used a new ability to absorb the power of Ewald's sword and Irina was empowered by Griselda, leaving Dulio with the opportunity to use a finishing move in order to defeat him.
Powers and Abilities
Holy Sword Wielder: Ewald is an exceptional Holy Sword wielder, capable of wielding up to 3 of the Excalibur fragments.
Master Swordsman: Ewald is a incredibly strong master swordsman, being able to wield 3 holy swords simultaneously. He was also able to overpower other swordsmen like Xenovia, Irina and Kiba with ease and minimal movements. Ewald demonstrates tremendous versatility in the wielding of the Excalibur Replica, even able to mix in the use of several exorcist equipment and abilities such as holy water, crosses, and knowledge of the Bible to overwhelm Yuuto, Irina, Dulio, and Griselda.
Master Tactician: Ewald is a master strategist, able to use cunning and effective combat tactics to gain a great advantage over his opponent as shown in his strategic versatility in fully using all the abilities of the replica Excalibur.
Immense Exorcist Skills: Alongside Vasco Strada, Ewald is one of two exorcists capable of slaying even the highest class of Devils relying solely on their own skills without having sacred gears. Having honed his combat skills to utmost perfection, he is able to single handedly take on Dulio and Griselda, the two top class exorcists.
Immense Speed: Ewald has been shown to be extremely fast due to his training as an exorcist, being able to keep up with Yuuto Kiba at high speed combat. When further combined with the Excalibur replica's Rapidly enhanced speed, he is able to dodge and counter almost all of Yuuto, Irina, Dulio and Griselda's combined attacks.
Excalibur Replica (エクスカリバー, Ekusukaribā): While weaker then the original Excalibur, the sword is capable of all the abilities of each Excalibur fragment which Ewald has shown to be able to use in various combinations.
Cross: Ewald recited a chant to create a barrier of holy energy to trap Irina, Dulio, Yuuto, and Griselda, the strength of the barrier can be further enhanced by Blessing which Yuuto stated he cannot destroy unless he uses Gram.
- Ewald is derived from the German eo and wald which are of the meanings 'law, custom, right' and 'to rule' respectively. The name was borne by the Northumbrian brothers Saint Ewald the Black and Saint Ewald the Fair, who were missionaries in Frisia and north Germany.