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Mage rank (魔導師ランク madōshi ranku, officially Wizard Rank[1]) is a scale used by TSAB to measure the mages' capacity to "achieve the tasks set before them".[2] It should not be taken as indicative of the mage's raw mana output or their ability to defeat lower ranks in combat, although both play a role in attaining a high rank.[3]

ScaleEdit

Each mage is put into one of 11 power grades, designated with letters: F, E, D, C, B, A, AA, AAA, S, SS, SSS (from least powerful to most powerful). Like similar grading systems, the grade may have a plus or minus. Typically, the TSAB armed forces are ranked D to C, while B is an impassable wall for many Air/Ground mages at first, officers are ranked AA to S. No canon character currently has the SSS rank, although the Saint Kings may have achieved its equivalent in the Ancient Belkan era.

SpecializationsEdit

According to the magic system and battle style (mage/knight), the following terms may be printed on the mage's TSAB ID Card:[1]

  • Midchilda Wizard Rank
  • Belka Wizard Rank
  • Belka Ritter Rank
  • Old Belka Zauber Rank
  • Old Belka Ritter Rank
  • Old Belka Zauber-ritter Rank

The terms "Belka" and "Old Belka" stand for "Modern Belka" and "Ancient Belka" respectively, since modern practitioners of the latter are very rare. For mages practicing the Ancient Belka system, "Zauber" (Ger. "magic"; possibly a corruption of "Zauberer", Ger. "magician") is used instead of "Wizard", while the term "Ritter" is used for knights in both systems.

The ranks are further subdivided into three specializations:

  • Ground (陸戦 Rikusen, lit. "ground combat") ranks are assigned to mages who are trained in ground combat and pass appropriate examinations.
  • Air (空戦 Kūsen, lit. "air combat") ranks are assigned to aerial mages who are trained in aerial combat.
  • Synthetic (総合 Sōgō, sometimes translated as "Composite") ranks seem to be assigned to mages who specialize in supporting roles instead of combat and to those achieving high mage ranks due to their Rare Skills.

ExaminationEdit

To advance from one magic rank to the next, one has to pass a Mage Rank Examination (魔導師ランク試験 Madōshi Ranku Shiken) like the one Subaru and Teana undertake in the beginning of StrikerS. A mage's rank can be reduced either because of severe injuries or temporarily by placing a limiter upon him or her.

RankingsEdit

Mage/Knight Mage rank Species Origin Magic system
Agito A+ (Air) Unison Device Belka
Alph A (mana capacity) Familiar Midchilda
Lutecia Alpine S (estimated) Human Midchilda
Megane Alpine AA (Ground) Human Midchilda
Fern Corrado AA (Ground) Human Midchilda Mid-Childa
Zest Grangeitz S+ (Air) Artificial Mage
Vice Granscenic B+ (Ground) Human Calnarog
Chrono Harlaown AAA+ (Air) Human Midchilda
Lindy Harlaown AA+ (Synthetic) Human Firstraum
Teana Lanster S (Ground) Human Midchilda
Erio Mondial AA (Ground) Artificial Mage
Ginga Nakajima A (Ground) Combat Cyborg Midchilda
Quint Nakajima AA (Ground) Human Midchilda
Subaru Nakajima AA (Ground) Combat Cyborg Midchilda
Schach Nouera AAA (Ground) Human Midchilda
Reinforce Zwei A+ (Synthetic) Unison Device Earth
Caro Ru Lushe A+ (Synthetic) Human Alzus
Rynith AA (mana capacity) Familiar Midchilda
Yuuno Scrya A (Synthetic) Human Midchilda
Shamal AA+ (Synthetic) Wolkenritter Belka
Signum S− (Air) Wolkenritter Belka
Nanoha Takamachi S+ (Air) Human Earth
Fate Testarossa S+ (Air) Artificial Mage Midchilda
Presea Testarossa SS (conditional) Human Midchilda Mid-Childa
Vita AAA+ (Air) Wolkenritter Belka
Hayate Yagami SS (Synthetic) Human Earth
Zafira AA (estimated) Wolkenritter Belka

Similar scalesEdit

Similar scales are use in other fields, as well:

  • Mana capacity class (魔力量クラス Maryouku ryō kurasu): Estimation of magic and mana capacity of non-TSAB-registered mages (including familiar or non-human creatures). For example, Nanoha and Fate both have a mana capacity class of AAA before joining the Administrative Bureau.[4]
  • Estimation of the threat level posed by a particular enemy combatant
  • Estimation of the power (and other parameters) of individual spells
  • Degree of body augmentation of Combat Cyborgs, particularly the Numbers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, DVD, TSAB ID Cards.
  2. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, DVD Vol.1 Booklet.
  3. ^ Mage ranks at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  4. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha THE MOVIE 1st, DVD Booklet.

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