Balthazar is a Crisiean who is an expert bladesman and a contestant in the seventh Presidian.
Since the first Presidian began, Balthazar's species, the Crisiean, were considered intelligent enough (despite not being technologically advanced) by the presiding race to be allowed to participate.
As Balthazar grew up on his world, he became proficient with using small blades.
Criseans are a species of expert blade-wielding warriors, particularly throwing knives and daggers. Like Malonians, his species is amorphic, able to alter his physical shape, and Balthazar appears as a tall, bearded man. His species' eyes do not dilate under light.
- Balthazar and Stephen Swain end up working together for most of the novel, being the first two contestants to actually team up during the course of a Presidian.