A Ranker (랭커) is a being who has reached the top of the Zahard Empire (Currently 134th Floor) and has been given a Rank - Eg; Lero-Ro is most likely somewhere between 3000 and 1000. This Rank is not to be confused with the Ranking/Grading that both Rankers and Regulars continuously receive.
This Rank is issued by the Ranking Administration Office (랭킹 관리국, Raengking Gwahnligook; or "Ranking Affairs Bureau") 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 they hold (Baek Ryun) and there are others who have weak combat strength but hold high Rankings due to some other reasons like "serving the Royalty (Evan Edrok)".
As an example: Due to the Eurasia Enne incident, Eurasia Enne Zahard gained over 1000 Ranks, and was listed as Rank no. 7. Her gain in Rank, was in part due to her abilities and also infamy.
Rankers are sometimes Directors or Testing Administrators of Floors. They are viewed as Gods and have a much higher status than Regulars and are preferentially treated.
They may also use the Middle Area's staircases to either skip certain Floors or to travel between the Inner and Outer Towers. However, it is unknown if there are checkpoints along the Middle Area's staircases or if any/other methods are used to restrict clearance mainly to Rankers. Though they are permitted many benefits (such as the right to freely travel amongst the Inner, Middle, and Outer Towers), they are usually restricted from entering the Regulars' Districts.
If a Ranker's ranking is top 1% of total Rankers, he/she can become a High Ranker (하이 랭커, hai raengkeo). There are about 1000 High Rankers in total. High Rankers are often described as gods among gods.
High Rankers earn the right to go up to the 135th Floor but the Guardian of this floor is very hostile (). So, it is unknown how many have succeeded in talking to it or even convinced the Guardian to allow someone not "chosen" by the Tower (Ch 76) to be tested by it (Ch 4). This is because only Irregulars can request to take a Guardian's test (Ch 76).
But for now, not a single High Ranker has been known to have ascended to the next floor.
Sobriquet (이명, Eemyeong; or "nickname" or "synonym") is a type of nickname issued by the Ranking Administration Office, usually in reference to the High Ranker's battle Position or other aspects. It shouldn't be confused with an ordinary nickname like "eyeball ghost". Only High Rankers like Garam Zahard, Eurasia Enne Zahard, Yu Han Sung get to receive a sobriquet. Rankers like Ren, Quant, Lero-Ro and Love have none. Guardians don't have sobriquets.
Also, a person might be presented with more than 1 sobriquet as Koon Eduan is called Marlin and Blue Thunderclap. It's unknown if the limit is 2 sobriquets.
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 Shinsoo around him turns red for some unknown reason.
Zahard is the first King in the Tower's history, and his sobriquet is King of the Tower.
Known Rankers (In Order of Rank)Edit
|Phantaminum||1||Riddle||Unknown||Irregular, currently inactive|
|Red Tower||Spear Bearer, Throwing type||Irregular, currently inactive|
|Zahard||3||King of Tower||Fisherman||King of the Tower, currently inactive|
|Fisherman||Irregular, Walhaiksong co-founder|
|Arie Hon||5||White Sword, White Oar||Fisherman||Head of the Arie family, 100th floor ruler|
|Koon Eduan||6||Marlin, Blue Advance||Spear Bearer, Fisherman||Head of the Koon family|
|Eurasia Enne Zahard||7||Great White Shark||Fisherman||Zahard's Princess, Currently sealed|
|Adori Zahard||8||Killer Whale||Unknown||
Zahard's Princess, Head of Royal Guard
|Baek Ryun||9||None (declined)||Wave Controller||Friend of Urek Mazino and Walhaiksong co-founder and a leader.|
|Ha Yurin||10||Snake Head||Fisherman/Scout||Head of the Ha Family|
|Tu Perie Tperie||11||God's Eye||Light Bearer||Head of the Tu Perie Family, first Light Bearer in The Tower.|
|12||Mollic One||All Positions||The eldest out of all 3 Lords who rule the tower.|
|Eurasia Blossom||13||Flower Shrimp||Wave Controller||Head of the Eurasia Family|
|Po Biduh Gustang||14||The Lonely Wave||Wave Controller||Head of the Biduh Family|
|Grace Mircea Luslec||
|Heretic (Tiger Fish)||Fisherman||
Leader of FUG
|Hendo Lok Bloodmadder||16||
Long-Life Sea Turtle
Head of the Hendo Family
|Yeon Hana||17||Cichild||Fisherman/Wave Controller||Head of the Yeon Family|
|Evankhell||about 60||Unknown||Unknown||2nd Floor Ruler|
|Evan Edrok||about 100||Fast Ship||A-class Guide||Chief Guide of Zahard Royalty|
|Ha Yuri Zahard||about 500||Black Snake Head||Fisherman||Zahard's Princess, Ha Family Princess, owner of Black March and Green April|
|Yu Han Sung||500-1000||Submerged Fish||Wave Controller, Dansulsa, Won-sul-sa, Anima||2nd Floor Test Director|
|Arie Hagipherione Zahard||High Ranker||Unknown||Unknown||Zahard's Princess, Arie Family Princess, owner of Red October|
|Anak Zahard (Original)||High Ranker||Unknown||Unknown||Zahard's Princess (dead), former wielder of Green April|
|Garam Zahard||High Ranker||Mako Shark||Unknown||Zahard's Princess, Disappeared (possibly 43rd Floor)|
|Ha Jinsung||High Ranker||Unknown||Unknown||Member of FUG, Viole's martial arts instructor|
|Koon Maschenny Zahard||High Ranker||Unknown||Unknown||Zahard's Princess, Koon Family Princess, owner of Yellow May|
|Pondo Zahard||High Ranker||Unknown||Unknown||Zahard's Princess|
|Augusgus||High Ranker||Unknown||Unknown||20th Floor Test Director|
|Koon Hachuling||Ranker||Unknown||Scout||Defected Koon Family member, Walhaiksong member|
|Kurudan||Ranker||Unknown||Wave Controller, Dansoolsa||Walhaiksong member|
|Hax||Ranker||Unknown||Fisherman||Second Floor Examiner|
|Lero-Ro||Ranker||Unknown||Light Bearer, Lightning User||Former Second Floor Examiner|
|Lo Po Bia Ren||Ranker||Unknown||Anima, Wave Controller||RED No. 67|
|Mule Love||Ranker||Unknown||Spear Bearer, Wonsulsa||20th Floor Examiner|
|Quant Blitz||Ranker||Unknown||Scout, Fire User||Former Second Floor Examiner|
|Yu Bok-Dol||Ranker||Unknown||Spear Bearer||Second Floor Examiner|