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"Dinner is... not supposed to... talk..."
Stratos, Azure Striker Gunvolt


Stratos, "The Gluttonous Fly", also known in Japan as "The Gluttony Fly", Stratos (喰り尽く翅蟲(グラトニーフライ)ストラトス, guratonii furai Sutoratosu; Gluttony Fly translating to "Devouring Flying Insect") is a Sumeragi prisoner, one of the seven adepts under Nova and one of the antagonists and bosses of Azure Striker Gunvolt.

Once a handsome and popular man, he was captured by Sumeragi and experimented on repeatedly. The constant experiments caused his Septima to grow so unstable that his Glaive alone cannot contain his powers and he relies on a highly addictive, experimental drug called S.E.E.D.

The experiments have also taken a heavy toll on his mental state, reducing him to a feral creature whose only instinct is to devour all in sight and sate his constant hunger. He has an affinity for The Fly Septima, which allows him to transform his body into insect-shaped energy particles that can break down and consume all kinds of matter.

English Website DescriptionEdit

Stratos is an adept being held prisoner by Sumeragi whose septimal power, known as the "Fly," allows him to transform his flesh into insect-shaped particles of energy that can break down matter and incorporate it into his body.

However, repeated experimentation has caused his septimal power to grow out of control, to the point which his Glaive alone cannot contain his powers. The only thing keeping him in control now is a special drug called S.E.E.D., which is extracted from an experimental and highly dangerous plant specimen.

Before being captured by Sumeragi, Stratos was a handsome, popular young man. Now, not a single trace of the man he once was remains. 

The Glaive which holds his septimal power is known as the "Lizardslayer." [1]

Appearance Edit

Stratos is a teenager with shoulder length, messy green hair, red eyes, and extremely pale skin. He wears a tattered white shirt, a black Sumeragi officers jacket tied around his waist, black trousers, and brown boots. His forearms and palms are also heavily wrapped in bandages.

In his septimal form, Stratos's appearance changes dramatically. His body appears to be made of bright yellow flames. He wears black and white armour on his hands, chest, feet, thighs and groin. Above him floats a black and grey shell comprised of three parts that vaguely resembles an insect head, with the two parts on the side each having one massive yellow "eye".

Personality Edit

Stratos's original personality is largely unknown. It is known he was very popular and attractive. After being captured by Sumeragi, his personality changed drastically. Representing the sin gluttony, repeated experiments have driven Stratos to insanity, to the point where Gunvolt and Moniqa actually feel pity for him.

As a side effect of the multiple experiments he's endured, Stratos suffers from a constant, agonizing hunger, which only twists his already broken mind even further. His mental state has deteriorated to such a degree that he can barely control his powers any more, even with a glaive, and operates mostly on pure instinct.

Plot Role Edit

Background Edit

Originally, Stratos was an attractive, popular young man, before being approached by Sumeragi. Presumably, he refused to cooperate, and he was captured and subjected to numerous experiments. Though the tests greatly advanced adept research, it came at a cost of both Stratos's mental health and self control.

His powers reached the point to where his glaive alone could not control his Septima, and he became reliant on a drug known as S.E.E.D. to keep his abilities and never-ending hunger in check.

Pharma Lab (Garden) Edit

In order to stop S.E.E.D. production, QUILL sends Gunvolt to the Pharma Lab to destroy the flower responsible for the drug. Gunvolt is able to succeed in his mission, but Stratos, with nothing to control him, breaks free.

After killing and devouring his captors, he sends swarms of insects to attack Gunvolt, who eventually confronts the crazed adept himself. With no more S.E.E.D. left, Stratos decides to feast on Gunvolt to satisfy his hunger, and attacks him, only to be beaten and killed.

Babel (Stratosphere) Edit

At some point in time after his demise, Stratos is resurrected by Sumeragi's necromancer, Elise, and transferred to the command of Sumeragi lieutenant Nova (though whether or not Stratos himself was aware of this is debatable), along with other resurrected Sumeragi Adepts, await Gunvolt's arrival at Sumeragi's orbital space station, Firmament, to subdue him in his efforts to topple Sumeragi.

As anticipated, Gunvolt ascends an Earth-to-space elevator to Sumeragi's orbital space station, Firmament, on a mission to topple Sumeragi once and for all. During his ascension, the resurrections of fallen Sumeragi adepts appear to quash Gunvolt's mission. One such resurrection is of Stratos, who ultimately meets his demise yet again.

Stratos does not make any canonical appearances after this.

Powers and Abilities Edit

As a human attuned to the Septimal stage of the Lifewave, Stratos is a powerful Adept who can harness the power of The Fly Septima, which, true to its name, allows him to transform his body into fly-shaped energy particles that can break down and absorb virtually all types of matter. The energy flies have no sense of friend and foe and will indiscriminately consume all in sight.

In his armored form, Stratos can disassemble and reassemble at will and can change into various shapes. However, due to Stratos' primal nature, the forms he takes are quite simplistic, often being large mouths. Stratos can burrow underground to catch opponents off guard. He can also create eggs that spawn large insects and can use the halves of his mantle to generate swarms of flies to overwhelm opponents.

Unlike other Swordsmen, who are require permission from Sumeragi to so much as summon a Glaive, Stratos is implied to have a certain control over his, possibly due to his warped powers, which only adds to the number of concerns surrounding Glaives as a safety device.

Skills Edit

Devouring Charge Edit

マッドネスイーター、Madness Eater

Stratos' standard attack. He transforms into a giant chomping mouth and charges from one end of the screen to the other.

  • Stratos always charges from the side of the screen that is farther from Gunvolt.
  • Beginning at battle phase two, Stratos summons a slow-moving swarm of insects to fly across the screen before he charges at Gunvolt; the insects can be dispersed with the Flashfield.
Insect Spawn Edit

サーベイジミニオンズ、Savage Minions

Stratos' standard attack. Stratos jumps to the center of the top of the screen and tosses two eggs on the right and left sides of the arena; he disappears shortly after. Each egg hatches to spawn two insects that fly toward Gunvolt similar

  • The eggs and the insects can be tagged and electrocuted to destruction with the Flashfield.
Pincer Ball Edit

デュアルタイラント、Dual Tyrant

Stratos begins using this attack at battle phase two. Stratos splits into two halves of a mouth at the upper corners of the screen. The two halves then begin unleashing a lateral stream of insects as they move downward. They briefly stop at the surface of the arena before colliding into each other to form a ball. The ball then performs three crushing jumps towards Gunvolt.

  • The insect stream can be dispersed with the Flashfield.
  • Stratos' defense increases while he is using this attack.
Antlion Fangs Edit

タワーリングラトニー、Towering Gluttony

Stratos burrows underground. The halves of his mantle will rise up from the ground and sweep a certain distance trying to hit Gunvolt. Then the halves will both pop up at once and clamp the space between them.

Nemesis Fang Edit
Nemesis Fang

デスティニーファング、Destiny Fang

"Like a dire swarm / Echo loathsome chewing sounds / A hunger without end! Nemesis Fang!"

Stratos' special attack, only performed when on the last third of his health. He gathers flies with the halves of his mantle while shooting energy orbs at Gunvolt. If Gunvolt does not destroy at least one of the halves or kill Stratos in time, he will crush Gunvolt with both mantles and the insects devour him, resulting in instant death.

QuotesEdit

"I'm so... hungry... I'm gonna feast on your delicious meat..."
Stratos , breaking free


"... There's a nice smell coming from you... I want it... Kweehehehehee!!"
Stratos , facing Gunvolt


"That stench on you... It's exquisite. My stomach has been rumbling for so long... It's driving me crazy... I can't stand it..."
Stratos , fighting Gunvolt


"What... are you talking about there, hah? I already told you... DINNER ISN'T SUPPOSED TO TALK... YOUR TABLE MANNERS ARE SO POOR... HEEHEEEE! Maaan... I'm starving... C'mon... let me eaaat you... even just a nibble is fine... someone... someone... someone please... MAKE THE HUNGER STOOOP!!!"
Stratos , lamenting his hunger


Trivia Edit

  • Stratos is the only adept who holds his glaive pointing down before transformation.
  • During battle, Stratos disappears from the screen in between his attacks. The only other boss to do the same is Jota.
  • Prior to the events of the game, Stratos was being held prisoner and was experimented on by Sumeragi. Elise, Nova, and Gunvolt share a similar story.
  • Despite the fact that Stratos is a prisoner, he wears the Sumeragi officer's uniform, albeit heavily damaged.
  • The seven featured adept bosses are based off of the seven deadly sins and an animal based on it. Stratos represents gluttony and based on flies.
    • Gunvolt also calls Stratos "Lord of the Flies", a title associated with the demon Beelzebub, who is also known as the demon of gluttony.
  • It's very possible his name was based on the Lancia Stratos, as all of Sumeragi's boss names also happen to be used in cars.
  • Stratos is the only character in the series not to be featured on the official height chart, possibly due to his perpetually hunched back.

Japanese version Edit

"Fill up... my hunger... will ya...!?"

Stratos, official Japanese site

  • Title: The Devouring Winged Insect (Gluttony Fly)

References Edit

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Sumeragi
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See alsoEdit

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