Schwarzkreuz (シュヴァルツクロイツ Shuvuarutsukuroitsu), also known as the Black Cross (黒十字 Kurojūji), is a antagonist group introduced in Rosenkreuzstilette ~Freudenstachel~. It is a mysterious organization made up of five Dark Magi; the only of their kind. Schwarzkreuz was established by the pope and is captained by Pamela Arwig. The members serve as witch-hunters for the army of the Orthodox Church under the watchful eyes of the pope, despite being Magi themselves.
It is ultimately revealed that Schwarzkreuz was a sham produced by Iris Zeppelin and Eifer Skute, the latter of whom assassinated the pope and replaced him with a homonculus posing as him. Schwarzkreuz became neutral to RKS following Iris' second defeat.
Members of Schwarzkreuz
- [SK001 Eins] Pamela Arwig (captain)
- [SK002 Zwei] Eifer Skute
- [SK003 Drei] Schirach Fühler (Former RKS member)
- [SK004 Vier] Recht Refraktia
- [SK005 Fünf] Link Refraktia (deceased)
- The Schwarzkreuz is similarly named, in English, to the Black Cross Army, the main antagonizing group of the first Super Sentai television series, Himitsu Sentai Goranger.
- The Dark Magi of the Schwarzkreuz are based on characters from various Japanese eroge series.
- Like the RKS, the Schwarzkreuz has their own set of ID numbers, which is a reference to the serial numbers given to Robot Masters in the Mega Man series. However, these ID numbers only contain two letters as opposed to three.