The elderly hero known as Manfred Vainola is one of the most influential advisors of King Pikko Vainola. As per Leo Pellervoinen:
Manfred Vainola is the king's great uncle, and a great hero of the lake, who once flew with thunderbirds, and slew an evil manitou that threatened the Isle. Now, he is greedy, reactionary, and blind to any interests beyond his own. As far as the king's pacifism in the face of deadly danger goes, Manfred is the source. He is frail, but greatly respected, and his death would be a major scandal. He spends all of his time in the Green Tower.