Lieutenant Anya Stroud was a Gear officer in the COG army and the daughter of Major Helena Stroud. She joined the COG army to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but unlike her mother, she did not serve as a frontline Gear. Stroud instead became a communications officer and served in her mother's unit during the Pendulum Wars. There she met Marcus Fenix and formed a love interest with him, and also became friends with Dominic Santiago. She took part in the Battle of Aspho Fields, where she listened to her mother dying over the communications link.
She continued to serve as a controller in the CIC during the Locust-War, and was heartbroken when Marcus Fenix was tried as a deserter and sent to prison ten years after Emergence Day. When the Lightmass Offensive began, she was briefly reunited with him after Dom broke him out of jail. She operated as his squads' controller during the Operation, helping them deploy the Lightmass Bomb. She reconnected with Marcus in the following months, and was made sure she was always on duty when he was. During Operation: Hollow Storm she again guided Delta through their battles, and escaped the Sinking of Jacinto. As the COG began to rebuild after the apparent victory over the Locust, Anya and Marcus grew closer, and she began to train to become a frontline Gear, while still serving as a controller. However, when the Lambent emerged, Anya fully embraced being on the frontline, and fought alongside Marcus in Delta Squad.
Anya was the only daughter of Gear officer Major Helena Stroud. Her father wasn't present when she grew up, and as such, Helena raised her alone.
Preparing for Operation LevelerEdit
Anya joined the COG army, but became a CIC controller instead of a frontline Gear like her mom. During the preparation for Operation Leveler, Anya was brought, along with another cadet, by Major Stroud to see her mothers company after a training session. Major Stroud lectured Anya and the other cadet on the virtues of getting out of the CIC, and seeing what Gears on the front line had to go through. Anya first met Marcus Fenix during this visit, and became attracted to him, and he to her. Two days before the Operation began, Anya boarded the CNV Kalona along with the rest of the cadets who would operate as controllers during the battle. She later gave a briefing to the Gears on the weather conditions they would face during their landing. When the Gears launched off on their landing craft toward Aspho Fields, Anya waved goodbye to her mother and gave her a thumbs up.
Battle of Aspho FieldsEdit
During the battle, Anya operated as the main point of contact between C Company and the CIC aboard the Kalona. She informed her mother that the commandos infiltrating Aspho Point had possible enemy contact, and told Major Victor Hoffman that C Company was in position to assist them. When Indie armor began to encircle Aspho Point, Anya was ordered by her mom to have the Petrels coming to assist them take out Peraspha Military Base, the location of the backup data on the Hammer of Dawn, first, so the UIR would not destroy Aspho Point. Anya reported when the Petrels were in range, but they were taken out by enemy Asps. They Gears were out of Longspears to take out the Asps, and Anya informed her mother that the rest of the Petrels were not coming, and that the medevac’s could not come in either. After pausing for a moment, Major Stroud told Anya that she was proud of her, and that she was doing a great job. Anya told her that she was also proud of her mom, and minutes later Major Stroud was killed in a suicide attack to take out one of the Asps. Sgt.Bernadette Mataki told Anya that her mom was dead, but amazingly, Anya continued to perform her duty, and reported her mother’s death to the CNV Pomeroy. She informed Mataki that the Petrels were engaged with Indie fighters off the coast, and that the Sea Ravens were going to attempt a landing in five minutes to begin picking up the Gears.
After the BattleEdit
Five weeks after the battle, Anya was presented with her mother’s Embry Star. Both Marcus and Dominic Santiago comforted Anya during the awards ceremony, and blocked the press from getting to her. Anya later ate dinner with the two of them and their families. After the dinner, she left to check her mom’s apartment, and Marcus went with her to make sure she was okay. Dom wanted the two of them to be able to get together, but Maria Santiago pointed out to him that since she was an officer and he was enlisted, both Anya and Marcus would wind up on charges.
Beginning of the Locust-WarEdit
Hammer of Dawn StrikeEdit
One year after Emergence Day, Anya was a controller in the CIC when Col.Victor Hoffman ordered the recall of all units to the Jacinto Plateau, which she found odd, and suspected something was going on. Minutes before the Hammer of Dawn counterattack, Anya informed Hoffman that there had been no sighting of his wife returning to the safe zone.
Between the Strike and the Lightmass OffensiveEdit
Nine years later, Marcus was put on trial and sent to The Slab for abandoning his post to try and save his father during the Battle of Ephyra. He told Anya not to visit him, so she wrote to him twice a week for the four years he was in prison. In the letters, she admitted her love for Marcus. However, he never got more than a couple of the letters. After a while, she started grieving for Marcus, believing him to be dead.
Beginning of the OffensiveEdit
At the start of the Lightmass Offensive, flew in a King Raven to Embry Square with Col.Hoffman, where he briefed Delta-One on their mission to find and rescue Alpha Squad. Anya was surprised to see Marcus in Delta, not knowing that Dom had just broken him out of The Slab. They looked at each for the first time in four years, but their reunion was cut short when Locust forces attacked the Gears. Anya left with Col.Hoffman in the Raven, but was tasked to provide support as Delta's controller. She was contacted by Lt.Minh Young Kim after he and Delta located the bodies of three Gear soldiers, but they were unsure if it was Alpha and that there was no resonator. She ordered them to head to the House of Sovereigns and investigate if Alpha was there. Kim later contacted her and asked if any word had come from Alpha. She informed him that there hadn't been any. Anya briefly lost contact with Delta due to Seeder interference, but after they killed two of them, she managed to get contact back. After they killed a third Seeder, she managed to get them into contact with Alpha. However, the next time Delta contacted her, it was Marcus informing her of Kim's death, and that they were trapped in the Tomb of the Unknowns with a Berserker. She advised them to get outside and kill it with the Hammer of Dawn. Once they killed the Berserker, Anya patches them through to Col.Hoffman.
Getting Help form the StrandedEdit
After Delta exits the area around the Tomb, Anya contacts Marcus and tells him the Hammer of Dawn is offline. She then informs him that the Lethia Imulsion Facility is ten clicks away, and that enemy forces are converging on that region. After Delta reaches the Stranded camp that has a Junker their leader is willing to let them borrow, Marcus and Dom head out to get it. They report to Anya after they cross the river, and she tells them that the a Stranded checkpoint is just up ahead. Anya continued to give them directions as they made their way through the city. Anya also detected Locust closing in on Baird and Cole's position, and informed them as well as Marcus and Dom. After Marcus and Dom secured the vehicle, they contacted Anya, and she told them that Baird and Cole were under heavy attack and needed their help.
Lethia Imulsion FacilityEdit
After rescuing Baird and Cole, Delta headed for the Lethia Imulsion Facility. They later contacted Anya, and told her that their vehicle had broken down just outside of the facility. She informed them that the pumping stations lift was offline, and that they would need to enter through the mines inside the factory. When they arrived, they reported to Anya that they had spotted glowing Wretches, and she informed them of previous encounters with them, and that they explode. When they reached the entrance to the building, they reported that the door was locked, and Anya was unable to find another route in. After they entered the facility, Anya directed them to find the Cart Control Room, so she could send them down into the Hollow in mine carts. She later reported to them that Baird and Cole were in the buildings sewer, and all three of them were extremely sympathetic. After Delta regroups and reach the control room, she takes control of the mine carts, and guides Delta deeper into the facility. She then informs they only have a little ways to go to the drilling platforms into the Hollow. When they arrive at the core room, she raises them platforms for them, and then sends them down into the Hollow.
Deploying the ResonatorEdit
When Delta reaches the Hollow, Anya warns them to deploy the resonator before dawn, so they are able to escape before the Kryll return. After Delta reported that they had deployed the resonator, Anya told them that King Ravens were en route to pick them up. However, She discovered that the resonator had mapped barely any of the Locust tunnels. Luckily, Baird discovered from a geobot a map of the Locust tunnels, and Anya determined the data had come from the Fenix Estate at the East Barricade Academy. She diverted the choppers there, and wished Marcus good luck.
East Barricade AcademyEdit
When Delta arrived at the Academy, they were forced to land far away from the Fenix Estate after Nemacyst attacked their King Raven and shot down the other Raven they were with. After they defeated the Locust at their landing zone, Marcus contacted Anya, and she informed them that there were survivors at KR Two-Five's crash site, and provided directions toward it. When they encountered a Seeder, she informed them that the Hammer of Dawn was online, and when it went offline. After they secured it, Marcus reported to Anya that Baird and Cole were caring for the wounded and awaiting a pickup. She then informed them that the conservatory was clear, and was the best path to take. When the Hammer of Dawn came back online, she informed Marcus, as well as when it went offline again. When Marcus was fighting up the stairs toward the estate, Anya attempted to tell him something but was cut off. When they reached the courtyard, Anya informed them that she detected seismic activity inside the house. After Delta reaches the secret lab in the estate, Anya analyzes the data recovered, and discovers there is enough data to deploy the Lightmass Bomb. Anya monitored JACK while he downloaded the data, and informed Delta when he was done.
Stuck at the Timgad BridgeEdit
After they escape, Anya informs them that the Bomb has been put on a train and is heading toward an Imulsion sinkhole. When Delta became stuck at the raised Timgad Bridge, Anya directed them to downed powerlines in an attempt to restore power to the bridge. However, she later saw that the park she had sent them too was crawling with Locust, and told them about an alternate route, but that they would have to backtrack. Marcus decided it would be easier to send Cole and Baird on the alternate route, since they were still at the APC, while he and Dom continued toward the park. Anya guided Cole and Baird along the alternate path. Anya then received a report from the train commander that Locust were closing in on them. She passed this information along to Marcus, and requested a status update. He told her they were close to the powerlines, and she informed him that the train was speeding up to avoid capture, and that Delta needed to hurry up. Anya contacted them again, and attempted to tell them the train was under attack and being boarded, but a Seeder was disrupting the comm system. After Delta kills the Seeder, Anya informs them that the Locust have boarded the train and are tossing the guards off onto the rails, and that the bridge still did not have enough power. She directed them to Timgad central energy, which should have enough power to raise the bridge. Anya was contacted a short while later, and informed by Marcus they had reached the powerplant. After they restored the power and lowered the bridge, Anya told Delta that they had lost control of the train, and that they would have to jump aboard at Timgad Station.
Deploying the Lightmass BombEdit
Anya informed Delta when the train was approaching the station, and told them when to jump aboard. She then told Marcus and Dom that the Hammer of Dawn was offline, and told them that the bomb was at the front of the train, with many Locust between them and it. Anya told them a few minutes later that she had detected Nemacyst on the radar. When they reached a train car with chain guns on top, she told them they could take out the pursuing Reavers with them. When Wretches began sabotaging the train, Anya informed Delta of their location. As they approached the target, Anya informed them that the train was picking up speed, and that they were running out of time. Luckily, Marcus was able to successfully deploy the Lightmass Bomb.
After the Lightmass OffensiveEdit
One week after the Lightmass Offensive, Anya was on duty for eighteen hours to provide support to Delta-One. When Marcus called in to ask if there were any sniper teams south of Embry Square, she told him no. He informed then told her that a unknown sniper had assisted them in a battle against the Locust, but might not stay friendly. Anya thanked him for the information, and put out an advisory about the sniper. After Delta returned to the base with Bernadette Mataki, Anya told Hoffman of her arrival.
Evacuation of North GateEdit
- "You won't need to check for a pulse. Fragmented."
- — Anya, reporting to Hoffman the deaths of Two-twenty-five's crew
After the COG learned that the Locust were attempting to cut off access to the North Gate Agricultural Depot, Anya provided information to the convoy that headed to evacuate it. Once the convoy arrived at the depot, Marcus gave Anya control of JACK, and she used it to find a group of Locust heading toward the depot. She alerted Hoffman about them, and was going to send a Raven to take them out, but Hoffman had her divert the Raven to pick up him and the other Gears to take out the Locust themselves. After they ambushed the Drones and returned to the depot, Anya continued to use JACK to search the route back to Jacinto. After the convoy began to move out, Hoffman told Anya they were feeling vibrations, and she sent JACK to double back and see if they were under attack anywhere. After trucks Two-twenty-five and Two-twenty-six were ambushed and there crew killed, Anya directed Two-twenty-seven and the convoy behind it onto another route. She then spotted a group of thirty Drones moving on the ground, and informed the convoy of their position. Anya continued to keep the Gears updated on the Locust movements and direct the convoy, and she realized that the Locust tactics were meant to draw out the Gears in order to kill them. When comms were cut off, Anya was unable to contact any of the Gears. When they were restored, she learned that Cole, Bernie, and Baird's APC had been destroyed, but they had been picked up by Marcus, Dom, and Pvt.Federic Rojas. Gamma Squad was escorting the rest of the convoy in, but Hoffman and Pvt.Tai Kaliso were searching for any Gears that may have been wounded. She informed them that no Gears were stranded, and that the convoy was safe, so they began heading back to their APC. However, when they discovered a bomb on it, they cut off contact with Anya and the other so no one would come to their aid and get killed. Anya contacted Marcus and explained the situation to him, and he and Dom headed to assist after Anya gave them Hoffman and Tai's position. After they were rescued, Anya sent JACK in to disarm the bomb.
Mission to TollenEdit
- "Yeah, that definitely goes on the wired shit form."
- — Anya, after Delta reports the city of Tollen has become a lake
A few days later, Delta-One went on a recon mission to Tollen, where a distress signal had been detected coming from the Stranded, saying that the whole city was flooding. Marcus contacted Anya, and told her that the entire city had been sunk into the ground, leaving behind a lake, much to their shock and confusion.
Mission to the Pirnah Badlands and MontevadoEdit
- "I'm still looking for her, okay? Just so you know."
- — Anya, letting Dom know she is still looking for Maria.
Seven weeks after the Evacuation of North Gate, Anya Was Delta-One's contact during their Mission to the Pirnah Badlands. Marcus reported to her that the only missing Gear they had been able to find in the Badlands was Cpl.Michael Barrick of Echo-Six. Two days after that, Anya met with Dr.Polanski about upgrades he had made to the COGs bot units. She was impressed with them, and thanked him for his work. Anya was happy to see Dom had returned safely from the mission. Anya then met with Marcus at The Rusty Nail. When two tough guys tried to hit on her and wouldn't leave, she punched one in the face, while Marcus took care of the other. Anya served once again as Delta-One's contact during their Mission to Montevado, and before they left, Anya told Dom that she was still looking for Maria. After Marcus contacted her and requested extraction, Anya sent two King Ravens to retrieve Delta and a group of Stranded.
Mission to JilaneEdit
Two months later, before Delta-One, with the addition Cole, Baird, and Sgt.Alex Brand to the squad for additional firepower, went on its Mission to Jilane, Anya gave them a briefing on the fall of the city, and that a COG beacon had been detected in the city. After Delta located survivors of the massacre, Marcus contacted Anya and informed her and Col.Hoffman about them. Anya then asked if they had located the beacon, and Marcus told her they were still looking. She was later contacted by Baird, who told her that the mission was finished and asked for three Ravens to evac them from a combat zone. Anya told him they would be there in thirty-five minutes, but was concerned that Baird was contacting her and not Marcus. He assured her that Marcus would be fine, and to just get them out of there.
Raid on Jacinto MedEdit
During the two months after the mission to Jilane, Anya continued to help Dom look for his lost wife, Maria. There were no leads until she came across a Jane Doe patient at Jacinto Med matching Maria's description. Anya brought Dom and Marcus with her to check out the lead when coincidentally there was a raid on Pomeroy Depot, which was down just the road. Anya talked with Marcus and Dom outside of Jacinto Med, and discussed the recent Locust attacks on Jacinto. When Pvt.Benjamin Carmine arrived, Anya recommended that it was time to train the "rook", and left to check on a lead about Maria Santiago for Dom. When the Locust attacked Jacinto Med, she made it out in time, and went back to the CIC. She informed Delta that Locust had made it inside the hospital, and restored power to the building when it went out. During the battle, she directed reinforcements to the hospital and the surrounding sector. She informed Delta that the Locust were outside the hospital and taking position in the streets, and that the Gears outside needed assistance. After the battle ended, she contacted Dom and told him that the lead on Maria had gone cold, and that she was sorry, sending Dom into a fitful rage.
Operation: Hollow StormEdit
Assault on LandownEdit
- "Delta, this is Control, deploy now! I repeat, deploy now, we are taking too many casualties!"
- — Anya, as the Grindlift drill zones come under heavy attack
After the raid in Jacinto, the COG decided to attack the Locust underground, hoping to find and destroy the Locust stronghold. When Operation: Hollow Storm began, Anya attended the speech given by Chairman Richard Prescott to the COG army before sending them on the mission. Anya's job was to direct the convoys of Assault Derricks, Centaurs, and King Ravens on the road to Landown, where the Gears would enter the Hollow. Delta reported in that they were aboard Rig 314. When the convoy came under attack, she directed King Ravens and Centaurs to assist where needed. After Delta reached Landown, she guided them and other squads through the streets of the to their drill zones. Once Delta and several other squads reached their drill zone, they came under heavy Locust attack, and took many casualties. Anya ordered Delta to deploy immediately, but they came under attack from Skorge, and Cpl.Tai Kaliso and Pvt.Dizzy Wallin were unable to follow the rest of Delta into the Inner Hollows.
Fighting through the HollowEdit
- "Oh, and Marcus... be careful down there, all right?"
- — Anya, wishing Marcus luck in the Inner Hollow
Anya lost contact with the Gears after they dropped into the Hollow, but once Alpha-One killed a Seeder, she reestablished contact. She warns Marcus and Dom to watch the ceiling for deploying lifts, and Marcus asks Anya if Tai and Dizzy are alright. She tells him the drill zone has gone dark, but that she would try to find them. She then has moment with Marcus by telling him to be careful. The first mission was to regroup with Carmine, who's lift went off course. After Delta regrouped with Carmine, Marcus contacted Anya to inform her that Echo-Five was down, and she gave them directions to continue deeper into the Hollow. After Delta assisted Omega-One, Anya contacts them, and informs them that there is seismic activity beneath Ilima City and they need to investigate it. Anya also tells Dom that Stranded groups have begun to hide in the Hollows from the dangers on the surface. Even though it's unlikely, Anya says that Maria could have fled done there as well. This message, however, was with static since Delta had moved deeper into the Hollow. Soon after, Delta, encountered a Rock Worm, and Anya filled them in the COG's information about the creatures. As they got closer to Ilima, she told them the seismic activity was getting stronger. Soon after, she lost contact with Delta when they got too deep into the Hollow.
Battle of IlimaEdit
- "I'm getting similar reports Marcus, it's horrible."
- — Anya, after the discovery of the Locusts "processing"
Anya manages to regain contact with Delta after the Rift Worm sinks Ilima, and Marcus informs her that the Locust have been sinking the cities and outposts with a giant worm. After Delta sees KR Five-Four get shot down, they inform Anya. She then guides Delta through the sunken city and, and informs them that Ilima was evacuated, but to watch for survivors and rescue them if they can. Later, Delta informs Anya that KR Five-Four and Charlie-Nine are KIA, but that they regrouped with Cole and they heading out to find Baird and Tanner. She informs them that additional squads are inbound to secure Ilima. As the battle continues, Anya is informed by many squads, including Delta's, that Gears and Stranded are being captured and tortured by the Locust. Anya then asks Delta if they found Baird, and Marcus tells her they found him, but that they also found Tai but he that didn't make it. Anya offers her sympathies to Marcus, and says that Tai was a good man. she later informs Delta that command has a new objective for them and a chopper awaits for them on a building in the sinkhole. After an attack, Delta manages to get on a chopper, but then swallowed by the Rift Worm. After they manage to kill the Rift Worm, Delta asks Anya for a pick up. However, Hoffman cuts off Delta's contact with Anya and sends a drop-off Centaur, informing Delta of a new objective to gather info from a abandoned COG outpost on the actual site of the Locust Stronghold. When Marcus tries to reach her later at the outpost, Colonel Hoffman informs them that she will not be their contact for this assignment, which alerts them to the classified nature of their mission and the location.
Mount Kadar and the Assault on NexusEdit
- "Roger Delta, keep me posted if you can."
- — Anya, after Marcus comms her and says they have entered Mount Kadar
After Delta retrieved the info from the facility, the COG discovered that the Locust stronghold was under Mount Kadar. Anya gave Delta information on the path they would have to take up the mountain to reach the entrance. After they entered the mountain, Marcus contacted Anya and told her that they would likely be losing contact soon. After Delta found Chaps and several other Stranded, Marcus and Dom send them up with Baird and Cole and contact Anya to tell her to evac the Stranded, and that they are proceeding on foot to Nexus. Anya informed them that Grindlifts were standing by to provide them reinforcements once they set off the JACK's beacon. While assaulting Nexus, Delta hears an old message from Adam Fenix, stating that if the COG were to sink Jacinto before the Locust leave, it would flood the Hollow and Nexus, killing all of them, and would end the war. They transmit this data to Anya, who begins to put together a plan with Chairman Prescott and Col.Hoffman.
Siege of JacintoEdit
- "You've what?!"
- — Anya, after learning Marcus and Dom have hijacked a Brumak
After Delta exits the Hollow, Anya manages to contact them and inform them that Jacinto is under heavy attack. When they arrive at Jacinto aboard Reavers, the CIC's guns shoot at them until Anya manages to call them off. When they entered the CIC, Anya briefed them on the evacuation, and that they were close to finalizing a plan. When Locust forces breached the area around the building, Anya directed the buildings defense, providing information to Delta, other Gear squads, and King Ravens on where the Locust forces where. After the Locust attack was repulsed, Anya briefed Marcus and Dom on their mission to clear the target area for the deployment of a Lightmass Bomb. Anya guided the two of them toward the sinkhole, and they informed her of their progress as they got closer. When they got close to the sinkhole, Anya informed them that a large number of Locust were located there, and that the Hammer of Dawn was online. As they made their way down the sinkhole, Anya requested status updates. When they informed Anya that they had hijacked a Brumak, she was surprised. Once they cleared the target area, they contacted Anya, and she sent in the Ravens carrying the bomb. She then evacuated the city aboard KR-471 along with Prescott, Hoffman, and Cole. She was worried about Marcus's fate since the comms had gone offline once the city began sinking, but Cole spotted a Raven carrying Marcus, Dom, and Baird and pointed her attention towards it. She was happy to see Marcus alive, and waved at him and put her hand on her heart. Once a backup comm system came online aboard the CNV Sovereign, she overheard Dom tell Cole that he had been forced to kill Maria down in the Hollow.
Arrival in Port FarrallEdit
- "Cole, let me in. Cole!"
- — Anya, demanding Cole take her along to fight the Locust
After the Raven landed in Port Farrall, Anya joined the rest of the controllers and command staff in a CIC Truck. Hoffman sent her to find out what she could about Maria's death, and to make sure that Bernie was alright. She found Cole, Baird, and Bernie in Marshaling zone G, and they talked about what to do for Dom. After Marcus and Dom located a group of Locust stragglers, Anya forced Cole to take her along to fight them. She manned PA-776's turret during the battle. Afterwords, she drove the APC back to Port Farrall with Marcus, Dom, Cole, Baird, and Bernie aboard.
- "If you ever want to talk, Dom, you know I'm here."
- — Anya, letting Dom know she is there for him
One week later, she meet with Hoffman and the Emergency Management chief, Royston Sharle, where they looked over charts showing routes between the docks and the city. She had changed out of her normal CIC clothing and high heels into an outfit better suited for the winter weather. After the meeting she watched as Bernie gave a demonstration on how to prepare deer carcasses. Three days later, Anya went to a meeting aboard the CNV Sovereign, where she met with Hoffman, Marcus, Dr. Maryon Hayman, and Commander Alisder Fyne to discuss sharing between the navy and land medical personnel. After the meeting, she, Marcus, and Hoffman went to meet Quentin Michaelson, an old friend of Hoffman's who had served in the navy at Aspho Fields. As they walked to where he was, Anya had a conversation in which she revealed her feelings for him, which he acknowledged. They then met with Michaelson, who gave them maps and information about Merrenat Naval Base. Two days after this, she met up with Dom while he was on duty a Checkpoint Eight. She told him that Prescott and Hayman were pleased with what Delta had found at Merrenat, and that nobody blamed him for what he had done for Maria. She then headed back to the CIC.
Planning the Next MoveEdit
- "We'd all be dead without Delta, sir."
- — Anya, setting Chairman Prescott straight after he doubted Delta
Five weeks later, Anya met with Hoffman, Michaelson, and Prescott to decide what to do since Port Farrall was proving to inhospitable. The decided to see if any islands were inhabitable, and Michaelson recommended two: Vectes and Erevall. However, Vectes was the site of an old chemical weapons base, and was under quarantine, so he recommended Eravall. However, Prescott was insistent that they try Vectes. Anya and the others realized that Prescott had once again been keeping information secret from them when he revealed that there was no quarantine of Vectes. When Hoffman decided to send Delta, Prescott briefly doubted their ability until Anya set him straight. The three officers then left Prescott's office, and Anya made sure that Hoffman left first so he would get into an argument with Prescott. Anya requested that she be sent on the recon mission with Delta, since she felt she could be more useful in the field, and that Bernie had been teaching her frontline tactics. He told her she could go on the mission, and sent her to find Marcus to plan it. She commed him, and discovered he was in Sector Alpha-Three, and she was passing Sector Alpha-Two. Marcus told her he would come to her, and as she waited, she watched KR Eight-Zero and KR Three-Three killing a Corpser and several Boomers. As they walked back to the CIC, they talked about the Locust and the Lambent, and Anya told Marcus he could talk to her about finding recordings of his father’s voice in Nexus if needed to. He told her he was used to being confused about his father, but didn't say anything else. She informed him they were heading on a scouting mission to Vectes, and the two of them arrived in the CIC to join Hoffman in planning the mission.
Mission to VectesEdit
- "Sir? Sir, I think we have a solution."
- — Anya, telling Chairman Prescott that Vectes was habitable
One week later, Anya left Port Farrall aboard KR Eight-Zero with the rest of Delta-One, and was in command of the recon mission to Vectes. KR-239 followed them, carrying an APC. As they flew over the island, they found Vectes Naval Base in good condition, and discovered the fact that the island was still inhabited. Anya decided to have the King Ravens set down on a cliff outside of the settlement, and approach the inhabitants. She went forward with Marcus and Bernie, while the others hung back by the Ravens. A crowd of about thirty, led by two men with shotguns blocked their path, and one of the men fired over their heads and demanded they identify themselves. They introduced themselves, and they people were taken aback at the COG returning. Gavriel led the Gears down to the local bar, where Anya and Marcus explained the current state of the world. Anya broke the news as best she could to him that the COG wanted to move to Vectes, but he became shocked at the idea of all the dead, and at the idea that an entire city wanted to move onto an island. After he calmed down a bit, he told William Berenz to guide the Gears around Vectes Naval Base to find out if it was habitable, and told Anya about a group of Stranded living on the island. Anya waited with Lt.Mel Sorotki and Lt.Kevan Mitchell outside of the base, just in case Delta ran into anything. They played cards as they waited, and were startled when the base alarm went off, thinking that something had gone wrong. Anya contacted Delta, asking what was happening, and heard Cole laughing. Marcus reported they were just testing the alarm. An hour later, Delta and Berenz returned, and informed them that the base was perfect. Anya was relieved, and contacted Chairman Prescott. He was ecstatic at the news, and about the COG community at Pelruan. She then briefed Hoffman on the security situation, and she informed him of the large Stranded presence on the island.
Visiting the StrandedEdit
- "Come on Bernie. I'll make coffee."
- — Anya, inviting Bernie to come talk with her in private after Bernie told the squad about her rape
Anya and the rest of the Gears and Bernez flew to the Stranded settlement, in order to warn them to stay away from the COG and to fall in line. Anya covered the rest of the squad when a group of thirty armed Stranded confronted them. Marcus told the Stranded what was happening, and warned them to fall in line or leave the island. As the Gears prepared to leave, Bernie noticed a blue dinghy that set her off, and one of the Stranded touched her when she got to close, causing her to smash his face with her gun. Anya got into a firing position, as the Gears and Stranded all raised their guns and pointed them at each other. The Gears backed up slowly to the Raven and got aboard, and left the settlement. On the ride back, Anya and the others told Bernie that it was okay that she had lost it. Once they reached Pelruan, and were given quarters at the townhall. Anya drew up a watch roster for the Ravens. The Gears and Raven crews then began playing cards, until Cole worked up the courage to ask Bernie what had set her off at the Stranded settlement. She told them that she had been gang raped by Stranded on her journey back to the Jacinto Plateau. Anya was shocked by this revelation, and after the rest of the squad had offered their sympathies, Anya went with Bernie to another room to talk with her.
Raid on PelruanEdit
- "I'm... I'm fine, Dom. Just not trained for this."
- — Anya, to Dom after killing several Stranded with an APC's turret
Shortly after this, Marcus spotted a light out on the water, and suspecting it was a Stranded boat, he sent Anya to tell Gavriel to keep everyone inside. She then got into the Armadillo, and patrolled the land entrance to the town, while the rest of the squad fought off Stranded landing in boats. She was covered by Sorotki in his Raven, and she used the Armadillo’s gun to take out three Stranded APC's with his help. After the battle was over, the squad regrouped at Anya's position, where Baird complemented her on a great performance. She was pleased at first, but became somewhat upset when she saw the state some of the bodies were in. Dom comforted her, and Anya told them it was the first time she had ever killed a human. After they finished moving the bodies to the side of the road, they returned to Pelruan in the APC.
Meeting in the Town HallEdit
- "Thank you. You have no idea what a lifeline this island is for everyone."
- — Anya, after the citizens of Pelruan agreed to let the COG settle on Vectes.
Later that day, Anya waited in the crew bay of KR-239 with the rest of Delta for Col.Hoffman to contact them. Anya told Marcus not to blame himself for causing the Stranded to attack. Sorotki informed them that Hoffman was on the line. Anya listened as Marcus explained to Hoffman about the Stranded attack, and how the citizens of Pelruan were becoming upset about their way of life being disrupted. Hoffman informed them that the first of the Ravens would be arriving at Vectes in four hours. Anya then went with Marcus and Dom to meeting in Pelruan town hall that Gavriel had called. Anya was upset by the citizens scared reaction to Marcus. Gavriel spoke out in favor of allowing the COG to come to Vectes, and Marcus gave them a speech on why the COG was moving in, and that there was nothing they could do about it. The shocked crowd then began asking questions, with only a few of them supporting the idea completely. Dom eventually had enough, and Anya watched as he grabbed the loudest guy in the opposition, showing him the photos of all his loved ones who had died, and yelling at him that they had the room to let the COG come to the island. He returned to normal, and Marcus calmly led him out of the town hall. Gavriel broke up the meeting after they, most of them reluctantly, agreed to let the COG come. Anya thanked them for this, and as she left, an elderly man stopped her and remarked that the COG had shut the door on refugees with he Hammer of Dawn counterattack. Anya responded that the civilians from Jacinto were not responsible for that, and he decided that maybe if Vectes had been overrun by the Locust, they would see things differently, which Anya agreed with.
Rebuilding on VectesEdit
- "Because we've got to rebuild society now. Priorities are changing."
- — Anya, telling Baird why they need to convince Pelruan's citizens it is a good thing the COG is moving to Vectes
The next day, Hoffman arrived on the island. Anya told him that Marcus and Bernie were on a tour of the farms, and about Bernie's rape as they walked around Pelruan. He was very upset to learn this, and had Anya tell him as much as she could. She then took him to meet with Gavriel in the town hall, where they discussed how to achieve integration between the Pelruan citizens and Jacinto's refugees. After the meeting, Anya and Hoffman continued walking through the town, with Hoffman inspecting everything. One of the children in the town approached them, and asked them questions about the Gears and the Locust. After this, Anya made several recommendations to Hoffman on how to keep the citizens of Pelruan happy, and let him borrow her Lancer so he could join Baird and Cole in working in the quay. Two weeks later, she joined Hoffman and Bernie in using a bot to identify any Stranded who were joining the COG under Prescott's amnesty program as violent offenders. She gave Hoffman a document that promised trial or amnesty for the Stranded, much to her and Hoffman's annoyance. She then left to make sure the registration team was ready to start signing in the Stranded.
Meeting on the High SeasEdit
One week later, Anya went on a mission aboard the CNV Falconer to hand Jonn Massy, the man who raped Bernie and had been captured by the COG, over to the Lesser Islands Free Trade Area in exchange for them to stop raiding COG shipping. However, the operation was a trap to have the submarine CNV Clement follow them back to their base so the COG could destroy it. As they approached the meeting point, Anya used binoculars to see that there were three ships waiting for them, instead of two as agreed. Michaelson decided to continue the mission, and ordered CPO Frank Muller to keep getting closer to the ships. She talked briefly with Sgt.Rory Andresen, and heard Commander Garcia report in from the Clement that they were picking up strange noises. As they continued to approach the pirate ships, they noticed that they were damaged, some with machine gun fire. Eventually, one man emerged and identified himself as Darrel Jacques, claiming to be from a rival gang who had taken out the LIFTA pirates, and who wanted Massy to repay him for stiffing them on a payment. Michaelson agreed, not caring what group of pirates he took out. After the handover, the Falconer began heading back to Vectes while the Clement followed Jacques ship, when suddenly Garcia reported he had detected a torpedo launch. Jacques ship was destroyed, and Anya joined the rest of the Gears in heading out to the railing to see what was going on. They were all shocked to discover that and UIR submarine, the Zephyr, had blown up the pirates, and that its commander, Miran Trescu, asked to discuss joining the COG. The Falconer and the other ships then returned to Vectes.
Raid on Merris FarmEdit
Four weeks later, Anya attended the opening of the sergeants mess at VNB. When word came about the Stranded raid on Merris Farm on Merris Farm, Anya directed the COG response from the CIC.
When the Lambent invaded the surface, Anya became a fulltime frontline Gear, and joined Delta-One aboard the CNV Sovereign, and participated in a battle at Anvil Gate.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Early in her life, Anya often felt overshadowed and in awe of her mother. Although very beautiful, Anya didn't seem to know she was considered to be such by others, but this wasn't the case as both Carlos Santiago and Marcus Fenix noticed her. When her mother was killed, Anya became stronger, firmer and more independent. When she eventually went frontline, she was described as becoming a lot like her mother.
Part of the reason why Anya is so dedicated to the military is, according to Damon Baird, she "can't have kids" (which, if not war work, is the only choice for women in the war). It is unknown, however, if this is really true (i.e. Anya is infertile or incapable of bearing children - thus explaining why she had been allowed to serve in the military rather than settle down), or if this was an exaggeration. During the Battle of Pelruan, Anya showed great enthusiasm in fighting and enjoyed herself immensely. She became part of what she had always heard over the radio and admitted if she'd known it felt like it did, she would have gone frontline earlier and wished her mother had been there to see her.
Anya is in love with Marcus Fenix and vice versa ever since they met not long before the Battle of Aspho Fields. Despite Marcus being in prison for what was going to be the rest of his life, Anya's love for him never wavered and she apparently wrote letters telling him this even though he only got a few. Despite this, the two apparently had an on and off relationship and have possibly been lovers, but have never gone steady and Marcus has trouble admitting his feelings. Despite this, it’s clear he returns her feelings for him and was devastated when he thought she'd died. Apparently several people are aware of the two's feelings for each other and the fact that they keep dodging it: Maria Santiago noticed it at the beginning of the relationship and was worried that the two would get stuck on a charge as Anya is an officer and Marcus enlisted, but Dom believed it would work out if the two kept the relationship to off-duty hours and Colonel Victor Hoffman showed signs a few times that he knew as well and encouraged it after Marcus' escape from prison.
- "They're getting bolder, those Gears were guarding Pomeroy Depot. - Exactly, they're getting deeper every day."
- — To Marcus, beginning of Gears 2
- "And green as grass by the looks of it. Time to train the rook?"
- — To Marcus, on Ben Carmine
- "Still here Marcus. Tell Dom I may have a lead on his wife, but it doesn't look - A lead on a Jane Doe, but it doesn't look like she - I'll fill you in later Dom, I have to get back to Control."
- — During Act 1 of Gears 2
- "And Marcus, be careful down there, all right?"
- — During the beginning of Act 2 of Gears 2
- "And Dom, about Maria. We have been getting reports that numerous Stranded camps have been attacked recently, and a lot of refugees have moved underground, now it is a long shot, but Maria could have possibly fled down there as well."
- — Anya telling Dom Maria might be near.
- "And about Tai, I'm sorry Marcus, he was a good man."
- — Anya sympathizing for Marcus after he stated Tai died.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Anya is voiced by Nan McNamara.
- Anya means mother in the Hungarian language.
- She makes her first debut as a combat soldier in Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant and appeared in the Ashes to Ashes trailer as a Gear.
- ↑ Gears of War: Anvil Gate pg 164
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 355
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 154-156
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 175
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 178-179
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 184
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 222
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 241-242
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 273
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 282-290
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 298-299
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 247-248
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields 353-357
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 130
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 291-292
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 102
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 1: Ashes: Trial By Fire
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 1: Ashes: Fish in a Barrel
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 1: Ashes: Knock Knock
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 1: Ashes: Hammer
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 1: Ashes: Wrath
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 1: Ashes: China Shop
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 2: Nightfall: Tick Tick Boom
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 2: Nightfall: Lethal Dusk
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 2: Nightfall: Powder Keg
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 2: Nightfall: Last Stand
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 3: Belly of the Beast: Downpour
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 3: Belly of the Beast: Evolution
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 3: Belly of the Beast: Coalition Cargo
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 3: Belly of the Beast: Darkest Before Dawn
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 Gears of War: Act 3: Belly of the Beast: Tip of the Iceberg
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 4: The Long Road Home: Campus Grinder
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 4: The Long Road Home: Bad to Worse
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 4: The Long Road Home: Hazing
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 4: The Long Road Home: Imaginary Place
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 4: The Long Road Home: Entrenched
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Impasse
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Comedy of Errors
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Window Shopping
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Powers That Be
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Jurassic Proportions
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Special Delivery
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Train Wreck
- ↑ Gears of War: Act 5: Desperation: Pale Horse
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 4
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 10-11
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 41
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 76
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 130-134
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 192-193
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 199-202
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 206-209
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 256-259
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 329
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 377-385
- ↑ Gears of War: Hollow Issue One
- ↑ Gears of War: Hollow Issue Two
- ↑ Gears of War: Hollow Issue Six
- ↑ Gears of War: Barren Issue One
- ↑ Gears of War: Barren Issue Two
- ↑ Gears of War: Barren Issue Four
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 1: Tip of the Spear: Welcome to Delta
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 1: Tip of the Spear: Desperation
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Tip of the Spear: Rolling Thunder/The Big Push
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Tip of the Spear: Roadblocks
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Tip of the Spear: Digging In
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 2: Denizens: Scattered
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 2: Denizens: Indigenous Creatures
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 2: Denizens: Sinking Feeling
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 2: Denizens Captivity
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 2: Denizens: Intestinal Fortitude
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 3: Gathering Storm: Dirty Little Secret
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 3: Gathering Storm: Ascension
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 3: Gathering Storm: Displacement
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 4: Hive: The Best-Laid Plans
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 5: Aftermath: Desperation
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 5: Aftermath" Escape
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 5: Aftermath: Desperate Stand
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 5: Aftermath: Free Parking
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 5: Aftermath: Tenuous Footing
- ↑ Gears of War 2: Act 5: Aftermath: Closure
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 5-9
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 28-36
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 43-51
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 75
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 79-81
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 96-104
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 113-115
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 149
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 155-163
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 200-222
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 222-234
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 236-238
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 240-245
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 247-253
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 254-260
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 300-304
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 354-376
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 391
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 395-398
- ↑ Gears of War 3
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 154
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 354-355
- ↑ Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 336
- ↑ Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 358
- ↑ Gears of War 2
- ↑ "Anya is the female COG soldier seen in the "Ashes to Ashes" trailer": quote from GOW3 thread on Epic Games forum]