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Riftan Calypse

Riftan Calypse is the protagonist of Kim Suji’s Korean light novel Under the Oak Tree and the corresponding manhwa. Riftan is the ruler of Anatol and the leader of the Knights of Remdragon. He made his debut as the continent’s greatest knight in Chapter 1 of both the novel and the manhwa, famous for slaying Sect, the Red Dragon, in an expedition in the Lexus Mountains. He is given the appellation “Rossem Uigru”  after this achievement. He is married to Duke Croix’s older daughter, Maximilian, in an arranged marriage; yet, they have grown to love each other profoundly over time. Riftan is also the primary character of the novel’s 44-chapter side narrative “Riftan’s POV,” which describes his existence before the main story’s timeframe.

Riftan Calypse

Aliases

Sir Calypse (by knights)
Lord Calypse

Commander

Leader

Mahgo

Rosem Wigrew

Relatives

Unnamed mother (deceased)
Unnamed father (deceased)

Novan – step father

Maximilian Calypse (spouse)

Affiliation

Commander of the Remdragon Knights
Lord of Anatol

Black Horn Mercenaries (formerly)

 

Occupation

Knight
Stable boy (formerly)

Blacksmith apprentice (formerly)

Mercenary (formerly)

 

Marital status

Married

Species

Human

Gender

Male

Height

196 cm

Eye Color

Ash Grey

Appearance

Riftan was described as having a more distinct physique than other knights since he grew up scrawny as a child owing to his family’s poverty; yet, by the age of 16, he had grown to 180 cm (5’11 ft) and seemed older than his age. He is 196 cm (6’5) tall and has a strong body with broad shoulders and chest, as well as a slim waist. Riftan has dark hair, a tanned complexion, and dark black eyes due to his mixed ethnicity. Despite spending so much time on the battlefield, Riftan has no visible scars and his skin is characterized as smooth. 

Although being hailed as attractive by many, his steely look may be intimidating. Riftan has been described as someone who always appears to be on the battlefield, since he seldom grins and has a keen and watchful expression on his face. This makes him appear older than his age, yet when he softens, he is characterized as looking like a little child. He wears the Remdragon Knights’ regular outfit, which includes ornamented silver armor and a blue cloak. He seldom appears without his sword. Riftan despises elaborate, costly apparel and likes to dress in basic tunics and textiles for informal and formal occasions. During training, he wears armor protection to keep his style efficient.

Personality

Riftan is a gruff, irritable man who despises being idle. He is direct and does all in his power to ensure that no one takes advantage of him. He possesses good street smarts as a result of his upbringing as a mercenary and sell-sword, since he is crafty with his deals and not easily duped. He is aware of his ability and the compensation he deserves for his services. He is perceptive and calculated, as well as methodical in his judgments. Over bombastic words, Riftan prioritizes the display of expertise and establishing oneself.

He is quite unsociable, since he is frequently frigid and shuts down anyone who approaches him for no reason. He also has little interest in sexual activities, since many ladies have tried and failed to entice him (this, of course, changes upon his marriage with Maximilian). Riftan despises the nobles and those who live in luxury, and he despises those who treat the lower classes as dirt chevaliers. He is quickly enraged and will not hesitate to respond if he feels threatened. Riftan is also cruel and vicious, punishing those he thinks deserve it. When his temper is pushed, he frequently screams, but when he reaches the limit of his rage, he becomes quiet.

Riftan, on the other hand, is a kind and fair man. He protects people he cares about and does not hurt the weak or innocent. He refuses to allow anybody else to suffer in his place, prioritizing the safety of his subordinates and fellow knights. When he’s with his wife, he’s perceived as more playful and lighthearted. Riftan enjoys seeing Maximilian blush, as well as making her laugh and grin. He is also a tender lover who enjoys feeding, bathing, and generally pampering his wife. Riftan loves her unconditionally and demands very little of her, yet his affection is not insignificant.

Riftan is a guy with a shattered mentality, since his affections for Maximilian Croix are overwhelming to the point of obsession. Riftan saw previous memories of Maximilian as his sole solace in his rough existence, enshrining her in his heart to the point that he couldn’t look at any other woman but her. Despite only being able to view her from afar, he had many nightmares and fantasies about her. Riftan’s dislike of luxury clashed with his desire to provide his bride with the most comfortable and affluent life possible once they married. He is very protective of Maximilian and will not allow even a speck of danger or dishonor to fall on her. 

His stepfather encouraged him not to look up and dream of a better life for himself, thus he has a severe inferiority complex. Because of his standing, he feels he is unworthy of Maximilian and misinterprets her anxiety as contempt for him. Riftan’s inferiority mentality prevents him from understanding why anyone would be concerned about his well-being. As a result, he has trouble trusting and opening up to others, even his wife, and feels he can only rely on his own hands.

Story (Under the Oak Tree Manhwa):

His stepfather encouraged him never to look up and dream of a better life for himself, thus he has a profound inferiority complex. Because of his station, he feels he is unworthy of Maximilian, and misinterprets her anxiety as hostility. Riftan’s inferiority mentality makes him question why anybody would want to be concerned about his well-being. As a result, he has trouble trusting and opening up to others, even his wife, and feels that he can only rely on his own hands.

Duke Croix pushed him into marriage with Maximilian when he was 25, and he was immediately sent out to battle in the Duke’s place. When he returned three years later to recover his bride, he discovered her in an uneasy condition, as if she didn’t want to be married to him. He questions her multiple times on their way back to his fief about why she appears so uneasy around him. She is unable to provide a satisfactory response until she brings up the Emperor’s suggestion to divorce Riftan and marry Princess Agnes. Duke Croix pushed him into marriage with Maximilian when he was 25 years old, and he was promptly dispatched to battle in the Duke’s place. When he returned three years later to recover his bride, he discovered her in an uneasy state, as if she did not want to marry him. He questions her numerous times on the way back to his fief about why she appears so scared around him. She is unable to provide a satisfactory response until she brings up the Emperor’s plan to divorce Riftan and marry Princess Agnes.

The locals shout for the knight they are so proud of and refer to him as “Uigru’s Incarnate Calypse” because they believe he is a reincarnation of one of the strongest knights when they arrive at Anatol after being attacked by ogres and werewolves.

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Weapon

Sir Khan Miguel, one of King Darian’s fabled 12 Knights, once held this sword. It’s constructed of steel and adamantine. It is heavier than standard swords and more difficult to control. Its unique ability to absorb mana, similar to that of a dragon, proved important in the struggle against the Red Dragon Sektor. When Riftan was 16, he won the sword in an Osiriya competition.

Relationships

Maximilian Calypse: Riftan’s wife is Maximilian. Despite his hate for the aristocracy, Riftan has loved Maxi since before their marriage arrangement and is so dedicated to her that any woman who isn’t her turns him off. Riftan uses every chance to soothe Maxi, whether in terms of luxury or emotional support, despite the fact that they don’t know much about each other. While numerous women have fawned over him, Riftan is solely drawn to Maxi and can hardly contain his want to be with her when he is near her.

Princess Agnes: To fight the Red Dragon Sector, Riftan and Agnes collaborated. Riftan did not hesitate to refuse the king’s offer to marry Agnes since he was dedicated to his wife. Riftan is turned off by Agnes, who he portrays as snobbish and “ferocious like a colt with its tail on fire.”