Balthazar is a Crisean who is an expert bladesman and a contestant in the seventh Presidian.
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.