- — Azure Balmung —
Azure Balmung (蒼天のバルムンク) is one of the Three Azure Knights.
Azure Balmung appears as a feral version of Balmung of the Azure Sky a legendary player from The World R:1. Unlike the original Balmung who had full, avian wings, Azure Balmung possesses broken, sticklike wings. He usually has a disturbed grin which in some cases constantly show his teeth and makes him appear more malevolent. When fighting he wields a wickedly curved sword, much different from the bright longsword famously used by Balmung.
Azure Balmung seemingly has little to no personality. He mindlessly goes about his job of defending the system, seemingly specializing in destroying AIDA.
Haseo first encounters Azure Balmung and Azure Orca on the AIDA mirror server. Just as the transfer command is about to send Haseo back to the original server, a huge AIDA appears and attacks him. He is saved by the two Azure Knights, who kill the AIDA with one strike, something supposedly impossible without avatars. Haseo then notices a coffin floating alongside them, containing Azure Flame Kite. Right as he realizes his nemesis still exists, the transfer protocol resumes and Haseo is returned to the CC Corporation server.
Later, Azure Orca and Azure Balmung seemingly appear in the Arena, assisting an AIDA-infected Sirius. However, while fighting Sirius, Haseo's team notices that the two mysterious players are "ghosts", phasing completely through any attacks. Once they defeat Sirius and the Helen-type AIDA inside him however, the real Azure Balmung and Azure Orca arrive, killing their imposters, who dissolve into black spots. It is later deduced that the fake Azures were mirages created by Atoli's Epitaph, which the AIDA inside Sirius had stolen. After this encounter, Haseo questions if he was wrong about "Tri-Edge", who seems to be an ally, not an enemy.
Later, the Azure Knights briefly appear in the aftermath of the Moon Tree incident, and Azure Flame Kite is freed of his coffin. Finally, the Knights confront Ovan in front of a Sign leading to the Keel Mountains of Briona Gideon, and are seemingly defeated, though their regeneration ability suggests they are not gone for good. A few new screenshots of Volume 3 show Haseo and the Azure Knights facing off in the Hulle Granz Cathedral, meaning that they indeed recovered from their encounter with Ovan.
- The real Balmung seemingly all but forgotten, Azure Balmung is known by players as "The Winged Man".