- For other uses, see Bruno (disambiguation).
- "I'm Kaidor Blankenheim. And this head here called himself "Bruno Marlon" while alive."
- ―Kaidor Blankenheim[src]
Kaidor Blankenheim, later taking the name Bruno Marlon and codenamed Second Dealer, was an aristocrat of Toragay in Elphegort and the father of Kaspar. Disowned from the Blankenheim Family after murdering his wife, the fugitive Kaidor eventually made a deal with Père Noël to have his face changed to the right-hand man of Shaw Freezis of the Freezis Foundation and start a new life. After learning his son's membership in Père Noël, Kaidor took interest in collaborating with the criminal organization.
- "Before I left the family, I entrusted my son to my younger brother—to Karl."
Kaidor was born the eldest son of the Marquis of Toragay during the EC 550s. At some point, he learned that the Blankenheim Family had possession of a golden key. He also had a large tattoo of a twin-headed dragon etched onto his back. After he grew up, Kaidor married and his wife bore him a son August 30, EC 588. Soon after, he discovered his wife had been in an affair and, consumed by jealousy and rage, murdered her. Once his crime was discovered shortly after, he entrusted his newborn son, Kaspar, to his younger brother, Karl, before fleeing Toragay.
- "In other words, you want to act on behalf of that Bruno guy you killed—something like that, right, Lord Kaidor?"
"I don't remember saying "I killed Bruno," did I?"
"Nevertheless, that seems to be your most likely action, given the circumstance."
- ―Seventh Magician and Kaidor[src]
Officially disowned by his family, Kaidor became a fugitive of the World Police and went into hiding in the Lucifenian Republic. In EC 597, Kaidor learned that Kaspar was growing up identical to him and realized that their connection as parent and child could be discovered if his face gained public attention. Around that time, he made contact with Julia Abelard, otherwise known as First Santa Claus of the criminal organization Père Noël, expressing his hope to change his identity and start a new life.
First Santa Claus promised to show him the location of a subordinate of hers that could change his face, in exchange for the location of one of the vessels of sin she was searching for, the golden key. Kaidor explained that the heirloom was likely in his son's possession, and he was directed to speak to a fortune teller in Rollam codenamed "Seventh Magician". Kaidor soon after learned that Bruno Marlon of the Freezis Foundation was visiting the country. Bruno being the same age as him, Kaidor secretly murdered him and took his head for Seventh Magician to use as a reference.
After finding Seventh Magician's shop, Kaidor presented the woman with Bruno's head and requested she change his face to match it, explaining how he'd heard of her from First Santa Claus. After reluctantly identifying himself and the head he carried, Kaidor briefly quarreled with Seventh Magician before pressing her again to change his face, presenting her with a generous advanced payment. Seventh then led him to the back of the shop and had him lay down in preparation for the procedure. After Seventh questioned him on any last regrets he had before leaving his life behind, she changed Kaidor's face with the Venom Sword to match Bruno's visage.
With his new face, Kaidor adopted Bruno Marlon's identity as Shaw Freezis' chief aide and returned to Marlon, convincing the foundation that he had suffered an accident while in Lucifenia and had lost his memories of what occurred due to the shock. Over time, he managed to successfully convince Bruno's colleagues that he was the real Bruno, despite struggling to imitate the man.
Right Hand of the Foundation
- "Lord Kaidor... This is your last chance to confirm with me. To change your face is to essentially abandon your past life—are you prepared for that?"
- ―Seventh Magician[src]
Kaidor then started a new life as Shaw Freezis' right hand man, helping him manage the Foundation, secret police, and the Freezis information network at its headquarters in Bariti, Marlon. He also became acquainted with Hob Homer and regularly received information on the World Police and its investigators. He also met Shaw Freezis' apparent great granddaughters, Hanne and Heidemarie Lorre, and dealt with the numerous issues they caused for the foundation.
In EC 608, Kaidor learned that Kaspar had joined Père Noël as "Second Dealer"; once he established contact with First Santa Claus again, Bruno agreed to act as a mole for the criminal organization. Meeting with Julia multiple times, he became familiar with her son Lemy Abelard. That August, Bruno attended the party to celebrate Julia Abelard's inauguration as president of Lucifenia in the Lucifenian Palace's Hall of Mirrors, meeting Lemy there.
After greeting him, Bruno stood with Lemy as they watched their entertainment, the singing diva Rin Chan. Noticing her resemblance to Lemy, he inquired of the boy if they were related and learned that Rin Chan, while growing up in the same orphanage as him, originally had black hair and freckles. As Bruno pried, he learned that Rin Chan's face had been changed at least since Lemy saw her three years ago performing for a circus in Milanais Theater. He then also listened as the child explained how he was attacked by two thugs and was seemingly rescued by Fifth Pierrot.
After hearing Lemy's story, Bruno was told that Ton Corpa had been the one to turn Rin Chan into a diva and he concluded to himself that Ton must have also gone to Seventh Magician. He then voiced to Lemy his concerns about Ton being Rin Chan's guardian, divulging how Ton was marked by police for being implicated in the deaths of all his previous charges, all of whom he had put to work underage before their untimely demise by accident or disease. After discussing this issue with Lemy, Bruno learned one last issue the boy had, that Rin Chan's current voice also appeared to have changed.
Following Kaspar's death as the previous Second Dealer on August 30, Bruno pressured the World Police to stop their investigations into Père Noël's black market in Toragay on Santa's orders. A few days later in early September, Bruno received Hanne at the Freezis Foundation's headquarters' entrance in accordance to Shaw's summons. He then led her to Shaw for their meeting, standing by quietly as the two conversed over what transpired in Toragay with Père Noël. Once their meeting concluded, Bruno saw Hanne out and warned her not to be reckless in her investigations of Toragay.
A Month in Charge
- "It’s been officially announced that the next leader will be chosen a month from now. During the time until then…For only this one month, I reign at the top! I can use my influence however I like!"
- ―Kaidor as "Bruno Marlon"[src]
On September 28, Bruno attended his son's funeral as a representative of the Freezis Foundation. As Hanne's investigations into Père Noël continued, Santa promised Kaidor that he would be made the next Second Dealer if he disposed of Hanne and her sister. As Heidemarie recklessly tracked Rin Chan's kidnapper, he pressured the chief of Justea Hob Homer to put the officer on a suspension, requesting that he confiscate her gun.
After Shaw passed away on October 17, Bruno sent several agents from the secret World Police to summon Hanne and Heide to his viewing at the Foundation's headquarters. Once he met with the two, he showed them to Shaw's open casket and allowed them to mourn, before revealing he was going to have them arrested. Backed by several officers, Bruno explained how, with Shaw dead, he for one month had all of his authority and could use it to have them arrested; Hanne for suspicion of being the "Elluka Clockworker" that allegedly set fire to Lioness twelve years ago and Heidemarie for suspicion of being the culprit in the deaths at the Charity Institute in Toragay.
Once Hanne and Heidemarie were restrained, the former pried for Bruno's real reasons for getting them out of the way and Bruno eventually admitted how he'd been promised to be made Second Dealer if he disposed of them. He then had the women imprisoned in the World Police headquarters, planning to kill them quietly later, only for them to escape. Once Aai Freezis was selected as the new foundation leader in November, Bruno was elected vice president of the Freezis Foundation beside Nob Nicole. He was shortly afterwards made the new Second Dealer in Père Noël.
Bruno later came to visit Julia in the middle of the night in celebration of his inauguration as vice president and entrance into Père Noël. While they talked, Lemy entered the mansion, having been newly made Fifth Pierrot; Bruno cheerfully greeted the boy and explained his new business arrangements with Père Noël. He then asked about Lemy's progress looking for the escaped Seventh Magician, warning him that two investigators from the World Police's International Works Department were coming into Rolled to investigate the boy's string of murders. He then bid Lemy and Julia farewell and left.
As Willus and Ayn investigated Fifth Pierrot, Bruno put pressure on Hob Homer to have them recalled back to Marlon and end the investigation. Over time, Kaidor continued to butt heads with Nob Nicole's serious attitude and learned of his intentions to crush Père Noël's black market. In addition, he began sending out his subordinates to Maistia in anticipation of taking over the trade in the New World currently allocated to Nob.
On May 16, Bruno visited Julia Abelard again and requested she have Lemy assassinate Nob Nicole, explaining his frustrations with the man. Julia then asked him about Aai Freezis and Bruno insisted she was a good and unobtrusive president, uneasily defending himself when Julia questioned his true relationship to the foundation heads in light of his past. He then explained how Nob would be accompanying Aai and himself for their peace talks with Julia and the rest of the Lucifenian government, suggesting he be assassinated then.
As Lemy eagerly accepted the job, Bruno became troubled by his willingness to kill, although let it go at Julia's insistence. He then left and, a week later, after making arrangements to leave no witnesses to the crime to take place, Bruno accompanied Aai and Nob to the Lucifenian Palace for the peace talks in the Hall of Sounds.
- "We believe—that Vice-Commander Bruno is connected with ‘Père Noël’. And if that’s the case, then Vice-Commander Nicole, who has his eye on exterminating them, would be a sure nuisance to him, I expect."
- ―Willus presenting his deduction before the assembly[src]
Once the talks concluded, Bruno sat with Julia and Nob as the rest of the officials exited, waiting on Lemy to strike. Suddenly, he watched as the investigators Willus and Ayn burst into the Hall of Sounds, learning that Hob Homer had abandoned him and refused to recall the two. Willus proceeded to then explain everything he knew about Bruno's plan to have Nob killed, as well as accusing him of associating with Père Noël.
As the pale Bruno protested the accusations, Willus allowed Ayn Anchor to explain what they had learned about Kaidor Blankenheim and the so-called "accident" that had occurred to Bruno thirteen years ago. They presented Bruno with the evidence they found of the former Seventh Magician, as well as mentioning the testimony of a girl in Lucifenia who had also had her face changed by Yuzette. Stunned, Bruno stopped responding, even as Ayn asked him to take off his shirt to see if he had Kaidor's tattoo.
Unmasked, Kaidor was arrested by Ayn and Willus shortly after and brought to Castle Hedgehog to be tortured for information on Père Noël. Despite the harsh interrogation, Kaidor refused to reveal Julia's position as First Santa Claus. In September, the Père Noël assassin Sixth Venom infiltrated Castle Hedgehog and killed Kaidor.
- "I am a man who once killed his wife and abandoned his son. And committed many other misdeeds besides. There are probably a lot of people waiting for me in heaven who despise me. I need to figure out how I should face these people—and so I’m hanging around here a bit longer to put my feelings in order."
- ―Kaidor's guilt while in the afterlife[src]
Coming to his senses in the Hellish Yard, Kaidor quickly learned from the other souls that the underworld was under no management, God having installed no Master of the Hellish Yard, and that as a result souls could cross over into the Heavenly Yard as they pleased. Lacking the courage to enter and see all the people he had wronged, Kaidor resolved to stay in the Hellish Yard and wait until he was ready to face them.
At a later point, Kaidor was approached by Gumillia, seeming to not recognize her as Heidemarie Lorre. Noting her for a newcomer, Kaidor explained for her where she was and directed her to the door to Heaven, before explaining how souls were allowed to come and go as they pleased. Soon after, the girl left and he stayed behind. In EC 999, following the world's destruction by Punishment, Kaidor's soul was brought back to the ground world along with everyone else's as it merged with the Hellish Yard.
Personality and Traits
- "Every organization has a dark side, Hanne. People who will do whatever I tell them to as long as they make money at it. There’s no one that loyal to the Foundation!"
Kaidor was a coldblooded and determined man. After killing his own wife, he demonstrated no scruple against using murder to solve his problems and had a visible willingness to kill anyone who stood in his way or refused to do as he wished. Similarly, he was callous to the deaths of other people, even children, and would find palpable amusement in disposing of his opponents. Working as a mole for Père Noël, Kaidor in addition had no problem with the organization’s illicit dealings and eventually wished to join for himself. Following his death, however, Kaidor was consumed with guilt over his actions and became ashamed to face the people he had wronged in the afterlife.
Living as a fugitive for many years Kaidor was willing to abandon his old life completely and understood he couldn't return to being an aristocrat. As Bruno Marlon, Kaidor maintained a façade as Shaw's stern and trustworthy aide, working in the organization for many years. Despite the identity being fake, Kaidor served Shaw apparently to the best of his own ability; he used his connections in Père Noël and in the World Police to keep the Freezis Foundation thriving, believing that keeping up appearances was the way the Foundation made money. Similarly, he grew to dislike Hanne Lorre while in his new life for using Foundation resources recklessly with Shaw’s approval. He was also, like his son, noted to be wasteful with his money.
Skills and Abilities
- "‘Bruno’…was the name given to the heads of the ‘Association’, a secret organization that worked in the Evillious region long before, and after it fell to be under the umbrella of the Freezis Commerce Alliance, the name ‘Bruno’ was given to the most faithful and trusted aide of the Freezis family—I am the one who has inherited that name of ‘Bruno’ today."
- ―Kaidor flaunting his influence[src]
In the prime of his life, Kaidor was a strong man who was capable of killing individuals when they posed an obstacle to him. Similarly, he was determined to get his way even by using murder, and was willing to attempt as much in a moment when necessary. He was also intimidating to other parties, able to convey such determination with a look.
Kaidor also demonstrated the skills necessary to lay out of the public eye for many years as a fugitive, and as Bruno Marlon was able to maintain another's identity for around ten years without being discovered. As Bruno and Second Dealer, Kaidor demonstrated a degree of business savvy. Being the Foundation's "Bruno," Kaidor had a wealth of resources at his disposal that made him an effective mole for Père Noël and in a position to manipulate members of the secret World Police. For a short time after Shaw's death, he was even able to arrest opponents on little evidence to dispose of them later.
Kaspar Blankenheim: Kaidor's son. Kaidor cared about Kaspar deeply and wished to keep the boy’s reputation intact by not letting the public know of their parent-child relationship, though feeling regret that he had to leave him to do this. He continued to follow Kaspar’s progress and wished to join Père Noël when he did; despite this, Kaidor concealed his grief at his death and had no problem being offered his position, as well as being willing to put him in jeopardy by telling Julia he had the Golden Key in his possession.
Karl Blankenheim: Kaidor's brother. Kaidor had a familial relationship with Karl and trusted him with raising his son, as well as without exposing his true father.
Julia Abelard: An acquaintance of Kaidor. Kaidor met with Julia as First Santa Claus while a fugitive and trusted her information about Seventh Magician being able to change his face. After becoming Bruno Marlon, he maintained contact with her and Père Noël as a mole in the Freezis Foundation.
Shaw Freezis: Kaidor's employer as Bruno Marlon. Kaidor worked closely with Shaw for several years while under the guise of being Bruno Marlon, carefully keeping his illicit dealings a secret from Shaw. Despite the depth of his deception, Kaidor seemed to develop a genuine relationship with Shaw and was defensive of his friendship with him to the likes of Julia.
Hanne Lorre: An acquaintance of Kaidor. Kaidor came to know Hanne as the great-granddaughter of Shaw Freezis and grew to dislike her, particularly for her reckless usage of the Freezis Foundation's resources; he later had no issue with killing Hanne and her sister in order to join Père Noël, and took pleasure in exposing his true nature to the woman.
Bruno Marlon: Kaidor’s assumed identity. Despite their distant familial ties, Kaidor had no problem with killing Bruno, although initially reluctant to admit he had done such to others. He also knew the man well enough to imitate him over a ten year span.
Conceptualization and Origin
- His surname, Blankenheim, is the name of two German municipalities; Elphegort, Kaidor's native country, is inspired by Germany.
- Kaidor's name is partially inspired by his representative Vocaloid, KAITO, with both names sharing the first three letters.
- Deadly Sins of Evil: Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep (first appearance)
- Deadly Sins of Evil: Fifth Pierrot
- Gift Bonus Story
- Seven Crimes and Punishments (album) (mentioned only)
- Master of the Heavenly Yard (album) (mentioned only)