Ignatz is the second son of a merchant family in the Leicester Alliance. Ignatz enrolls in Garreg Mach Monastery Officers Academy in Imperial Year 1180, and joins the Golden Deer. Since his brother is inheriting the family business, he entered the Officers Academy aiming to be a knight with the support of his parents, but in secret that he rarely shows to anyone (due to his parents disapproval) he would prefer to be an artist. A kind and optimistic boy, Ignatz cares a great deal for his family and honors his father's wish to become a knight. Though he respects his father, he dislikes the fact that he has been railroaded since he feels that he is unsuited to become one. Nevertheless, his optimism is never dampened and is easily motivated when given praise and support. Ignatz has a passion for the arts and is a guilty pleasure of sorts to him as he often sneaks away and tries to pursue this passion in secret, feeling that it is unbecoming of a knight. He can be extremely lively when allowed to pursue this passion or when others express admiration in his skills, though he keeps a modest front in regards to his art. Though he is quite close with Raphael, Ignatz blames himself for the deaths of Raphael's parents, even if Raphael himself doesn't hold it against him at all. He does gets over it in their supports, and can even end up marrying to Raphael's sister, Maya, in their ending. Ignatz is very polite, but sometimes it can be too much, to the point of self-harm, like giving his food to others and eating very little himself. Raphael notes that Ignatz gets all dizzy if he doesn't eat enough. He has astrapophobia, fear of lightning.