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Though born of a human body, he was not one who grew within human constraint. This is an existence above any human, a distinctly separate entity from man. A "Ranker".

Hatsu referring to Quant, Vol.1 Chapter 44


A Ranker (랭커, raengkeo) is a being who has reached the top of the Zahard Empire (currently 134th Floor) and has been given a Rank. This Rank should not be confused with the Ranking and Grading that both Rankers and Regulars continuously receive.

About

High

Artwork of a High Ranker[1]

Ranker are those individuals who reached the 134 Floor and have been given a rank. This Rank is issued by the Ranking Administration Office and it is calculated after investigating and combining statistics such as a person's power, recognition and influence. There are some who hold high rankings due to the influence and attributes they hold (e.g. Baek Ryun) and there are others who have weak combat strength but hold high Rankings due to some other reasons (e.g. Evan Edrok)".

According to SIU, the Ranker position in the Tower is a very lavish status (one can assume they have no problem with living expenses). However, just because they became a Ranker doesn't mean their rivalries have ended. Rather, they enter into more fearsome rivalries, so they seek better positions and better jobs. [2]

Because of this, Rankers are sometimes Test Directors or Test Administrators of Floors. They are viewed as gods and have a much higher status than Regulars and normal residents of the Tower. They may also use the Middle Area's staircases to either skip certain Floors or to travel between the Inner and Outer Towers. Though they are permitted many benefits, they are usually restricted from entering the Regulars' Districts or from associating with them.[3]

Rankers of Karaka's level have eyes rivaling Observers; this results from training for a very long time, both physically and mentally.[4]

Advanced Ranker

If a Ranker's ranking is in the top 10% of total Rankers, they are considered an Advanced Ranker (상위 랭커, sang-wi laengkeo). There are about ten thousand Advanced Rankers (including the top 1%) in total.[5]

High Ranker

If a Ranker's ranking is in the top 1% of total Rankers, he/she is considered a High Ranker (하이 랭커, hai raengkeo). There are about 1000 High Rankers in total. High Rankers are often described as gods among gods. Only those of a level equal to a High Ranker can become a Ruler.[6]

In fact, the appearance of single High Ranker is a calamity for any Regular. It's normal for people who manage or rule the floor to warn all Regulars if a High Ranker appears. If a High Ranker caused disturbance, it's customary for the High Rankers that rules that floor to challenge the intruder. You can think of this scenario like Nuclear Bomb threat. (You can only fight nukes with nukes.)[7]

High Rankers earn the right to go up to the 135th Floor but the Guardian of this Floor is very hostile.[8] Therefore not a single High Ranker has been known to have ascended to the 135th Floor.[8]

They seldom fight for their lives: a fight like the one between Yuri and Karaka at the end of the 'Name Hunt' Station arc is a rare event.[4]

According to Evankhell, except for certain special positions, if a high ranker in the top 300 positions cannot kill one of the other top 300 rankers in battle, they will never reach the top rankings. This is because, to become a top 300 ranker, rankers needs to be different from the rankers below them.[9]

Blue Hole

There is a term called Blue Hole (블루홀, beulluhol) and it is used for High Rankers who have been inactive for so long since ancient times that no one knows if they are dead or alive, or Rankers whose true influence or power are difficult to measure.[10]

Sobriquet

Sobriquet (이명, 異名, I-myeong; "nickname" or "pseudonym") is a type of nickname issued by the Ranking Administration Office, usually in reference to the High Ranker's battle Position or other aspects. Only High Rankers are able to receive a sobriquet.

A sobriquet can also be turned down, as Baek Ryun and Khun Eduan refused their sobriquets. Also, a person might be presented with more than one sobriquet as with Khun Eduan.

Fishermen are usually given the names of Shinheuh.[6] Guides are usually given the names of Boats. Wave Controllers are usually given the names of winds and waves.

A few examples of Sobriquets being named after something, other than a battle Position:
Enryu's sobriquet is called "Red Tower" because whenever he passes by, the shinsu around him turns red for some unknown reason. Zahard is the first King in the Tower's history and, as such, his sobriquet is "King of the Tower".

Known Rankers

Rankers In Order of Rank
Rank Name Sobriquet Position Info
1Phantaminum(Inactive)RiddleUnknownAn Irregular and Axis User
2Enryu(Inactive)Red TowerSpear BearerAn Irregular who murdered the 43rd Floor Guardian.
3Zahard(Active)King of the TowerFishermanKing of the Tower
4Urek Mazino(Active)Ray BarracudaFishermanIrregular and co-founder of Wolhaiksong
5Arie Hon(Active)White Sword; White OarFishermanHead of the Arie Family and 100th Floor Ruler
6Khun Eduan(Active)Marlin; Blue ThunderclapSpear Bearer, Fisherman, JeonsulsaHead of the Khun Family
7Adori Zahard(Active)Killer WhaleFishermanZahard Princess, Head of the Royal Guard and owner of the Golden November
7Eurasia Enne Zahard(Sealed)Great White SharkFishermanZahard Princess and owner of the Colourless December
9Baek Ryun(Active)NoneWave ControllerCo-founder of Wolhaiksong and 77th Floor Ruler.
10Ha Yurin(Inactive)SnakeheadScout, FishermanHead of the Ha Family
11Tu Perie Tperie(Active)God's EyeLight BearerHead of the Tu Perie Family
12Molic One P. GR(Active)Molic OneUnclassifiedEldest of the Three Lords
13Eurasia Blossom(Active)Flower ShrimpWave ControllerHead of the Eurasia Family
14Po Bidau Gustang(Active)Aloof WaveWave ControllerHead of the Po Bidau Family
15Grace Mirchea Luslec(Active)Heretic; Tiger FishFishermanLeader of FUG
16Hendo Lok Bloodmadder(Active)Long-Life TurtleDefenderHead of the Hendo Family
17Yeon Hana(Active)CichlidFisherman, Wave ControllerHead of the Yeon Family
36Arie Hagipherione Zahard(Active)UnknownUnknownZahard's Princess and owner of the Red October
Top 100Ha Jinsung(Sealed)UnknownFishermanFUG member
Top 100Khun Maschenny Zahard(Active)UnknownFisherman, JeonsulsaZahard's Princess and owner of the Yellow May
Top 100Evan Edrok(Active)Fast ShipGuideChief Guide of Zahard Family
278Lo Po Bia Lefav(Active)UnknownSpear BearerMember of Zahard's Army
Top 300Evankhell(Active)The Infernal EvankhellHwayeomsaFormer 2nd Floor Ruler and formerly Rank: 60th, fell out of Top 100. It is uncertain what her rank is now, but she is currently minimum top 300.
Top 500Ha Yuri Zahard(Active)Black SnakeheadFishermanZahard's Princess and owner of the Black March and Green April
500-1000Dorian Frog(Active)UnknownAnimaSecond Division Vice Commander of Kallavan's 4th Army Corp.
High RankerAri Bright Sharon(Active)UnknownFishermanFirst Division Commander of Kallavan's 4th Army Corp.
High RankerAri Han(Active)UnknownUnknownHead of the Ari Family
High RankerAugusgus(Active)UnknownUnknown20th Floor Test Director
High RankerBaylord Doom(Active)UnknownUnknownEldest brother of Yama, former Top 200 in his prime, currently unknown.
High RankerBaylord Paul(Active)UnknownUnknownThird Brother of Yama.
High RankerBaylord Yama(Active)God of Fighting DogsUnknownFUG Slayer and Leader of Yama's Gang
High RankerBerdych(Active)UnknownUnknownFourth in-command of Yama's Gang
High RankerCha(Active)UnknownFishermanLeader of Hidden Grove
High RankerDowon(Active)Forget-Me-NotWave ControllerWar Hero from the Land of the Peach Blossom.
High RankerGaram Zahard(Active)Mako SharkUnknownZahard's Princess and owner of the Blue August and Indigo July
High RankerGrand De Jah(Active)UnknownUnknownFormer leader of North City on the 43rd Floor and "protector" of the Spirit Room.
High RankerGrand De Sah(Active)UnknownUnknownFormer leader of South City on the 43rd Floor.
High RankerHa Cheonhee(Active)UnknownUnknownSecond Division Commander of the 4th Army Corp.
High RankerHeice Zahard(Active)UnknownUnknownZahard's Princess
High RankerKallavan(Active)Human HunterFishermanFormer commander of the 4th Army Corp.
High RankerKaraka(Active)UnknownScout, Wave Controller, FishermanFUG Slayer
High RankerKendrick Diel(Active)UnknownUnknown4th Division Commander of the Fifth Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerKhel Hellam(Active)UnknownUnknownAn Elder of FUG.
High RankerKhun Hynd Luch(Active)UnknownUnknownFourth Division Commander of the 4th Army Corp.
High RankerKhul Nissam Kay(Active)UnknownUnknownFirst Division

Assistant Commander of the 4th Army Corp.

High RankerKhun Marco Asensio(Unknown)Flying FishSpear BearerFamous high ranker of the Khun Family who created his own faction in the tower.
High RankerKhun Royale Elliot(Active)UnknownUnknown44th Floor Ruler of the Khun Family.
High RankerLo Po Bia Fucile(Active)UnknownUnknown2nd Division Commander of the 5th Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerLo Po Bia Haratcha(Active)UnknownUnknown3rd Division Commander of the 5th Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerLo Po Bia Ha Satcha(Active)UnknownUnknown1st Division Commander of the 5th Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerLo Po Bia Yasratcha(Active)UnknownAnimaCommander of the 5th Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerMadoraco(Active)Grey CatfishUnknownFUG member
High RankerMcCage(Active)UnknownUnknownVice Commander of the 5th Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerNyono Wan(Active)UnknownUnknownThird Division Commander of the 4th Army Corp.
High RankerPo Bidau Lyborick Khun(Active)UnknownUnknownCommander of the 4th Army Corp of Zahard's Army.
High RankerPondo Zahard(Active)UnknownUnknownZahard's Princess
High RankerQuadrado(Active)UnknownUnknownTook part in the "Great Journey".
High RankerSoo-oh(Active)UnknownGuideGuide for FUG Elder Khel Hellam.
High RankerSophia Tan(Active)UnknownUnknownFUG Elder.
High RankerWhite(Active)UnknownUnknownFUG Slayer
High RankerYolker(Active)UnknownUnknownMember of the 4th Army Corp.
Advanced RankerCulden(Active)NoneUnknownNo.6 in Yama's Gang
Advanced RankerJordan(Active)NoneUnknownNo.8 in Yama's Gang
Advanced RankerLo Po Bia Didiano(Active)NoneUnknownMember of Zahard's Army
Advanced RankerPhonsekal Drak(Active)NoneLight BearerSecond Division Company Commander of Kallavan's 4th Army Corp.
Advanced RankerRuel Mon(Active)NoneSpear BearerNo.7 in Yama's Gang
Advanced RankerYu Han Sung(Active)NoneWave Controller, Dansulsa, Wonsulsa, AnimaTest Director of the Second Floor
RankerAlphid Zahard(Unknown)NoneUnknownZahard's Princess and owner of the Luminous June
RankerAn Zahard(Active)NoneUnknownZahard's Princess and owner of the Silver January
RankerCharlie(Active)NoneUnknownFormer worker at the Altar dedicated for conveying Zahard's Orders.
RankerDaleet(Active)UnknownUnknownCommander of Wall Guards.
RankerDeath Bird(Active)NoneUnknownServant of Karaka
RankerDeath Karambit(Active)NoneUnknownServant of Karaka
RankerDeath Lady(Active)NoneUnknownServant of Karaka
RankerGrand De Lee(Active)NoneUnknownLeader of North City on the 43rd Floor.
RankerGrande(Active)NoneUnknownMember of Baylord Paul's Clan
RankerGromm(Active)NoneUnknownServant of Karaka
RankerHa Ruda(Active)NoneUnknown
RankerHachuling(Active)NoneScoutWolhaiksong member and defector from Khun Family
RankerHax(Active)NoneFisherman2nd Floor Test Admin
RankerImort(Active)NoneUnknownFUG Slayer
RankerKhane(Active)NoneUnknownSister of Dowon.
RankerKurudan(Active)NoneWave Controller, DansulsaWolhaiksong member
RankerLero-Ro(Active)NoneLight Bearer, JeonsulsaFormer 2nd Floor Test Admin
RankerLo Po Bia Porp(Active)NoneUnknownLo Po Bia Family member
RankerLo Po Bia Ren(Active)NoneWave Controller, AnimaRoyal Enforcement Division member #67
RankerMule Love(Active)NoneSpear Bearer20th Floor Test Admin
RankerMr. Neonbag(Active)NoneUnknownTest Assistant of the 2nd Floor
RankerMs. Ice Strawberry(Active)NoneUnknownWolhaiksong member
RankerMs. Ice Strawberry's Partner(Active)NoneUnknownWolhaiksong member
RankerNanatona(Active)NoneUnknownDetached Unit of the 5th Army Corp.
RankerNamo(Active)NoneWave ControllerSophia Tan's diciple
RankerNoma(Active)NoneUnknown21st Floor Test Admin
RankerPan(Active)UnknownUnknownTest Ranker for the branch office of the Ranker Administration Office.
RankerPephomemore Seto(Inactive)NoneUnknownFUG Slayer
RankerPoken(Active)NoneUnknownFUG Executive
RankerPowler(Active)NoneUnknownMember of the 4th Army Corp.
RankerQuant Blitz(Active)NoneScout, HwayeomsaFormer 2nd Floor Test Admin
RankerRed Brubya(Active)NoneUnknownMessenger from the Zahard Family.
RankerSola(Active)NoneWave ControllerSophia Tan's diciple
RankerStuah Arthur(Active)NoneLight BearerHigh Priest of the Altar dedicated for conveying Zahard's Orders.
RankerTall(Active)NoneUnknownMember of Baylord Paul's Clan
RankerTaro York(Sealed)NoneUnknownHidden Grove Member.
RankerTinker Yolche(Active)NoneUnknownMember of the 4th Army Corp.
RankerTu Rah(Active)NoneUnknownMember of the Goat people.
RankerVice Altar Director(Active)NoneWave ControllerVice Altar Director at the Zahard's Altar
RankerWater Jelly(Active)NoneUnknownMember of the 4th Army Corp.
RankerYeon Woon(Active)NoneUnknownYeon Family member
RankerYu Bok-Dol(Active)NoneSpear Bearer2nd Floor Test Admin
RankerYuje(Active)NoneUnknownWolhaiksong member
?Robert Aisand(Active)The Cold WaveUnknownDeputy Director of the Ranker Administration Office


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Notes and Trivia

  • Rankers and High Rankers are actually forbidden from associating with Regulars. Of course, FUG is a random bunch so they don't care about the rules.[11]
  • Active Rankers can be a few hundred to a few thousand years old, but after growing up together in a family, there are not too many opportunities for encountering each other. So past memories from growing up last a long, long time, having an effect when they meet again.[12]
  • There is a big difference between the number of weapons carried by a Ranker and by a High Ranker. If a Ranker carries 10, a High Ranker would carry 100.[13]

References

  1. High Ranker Illustration
  2. Ch.79: Part 1 Review
  3. Vol.2 Ch.27: 21F – FUG (2); Blog Post
  4. 4.0 4.1 Vol.2 Ch.224: 39F - Hell Train: The 'Name Hunt' Station (27); Blog Post
  5. Vol.2 Ch.317: 44F - The Last Station (2)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kim0 post on the ToG cafe
  7. Vol.2 Ch.191: 38F - Hell Train: The Dallar Show (20)#Blog Post
  8. 8.0 8.1 25th_chestnut post on bato.to
  9. Vol.3 Ch.56: 52F - A Rough War (1)
  10. Vol.3 Ch.18: 52F - Heart (2)
  11. Vol.2 Ch.27: 21F - FUG (2); blog post
  12. Vol.2 Ch.332: 44F - The Last Station: Kallavan (6); blog post
  13. Translation of Korean Q&A compilation by Bunnyasbanana on Reddit

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