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|“||Tomorrow, Marcus. We finally have a tomorrow.||„|
|~ Anya to Marcus at the end of Gears of War 3.|
|“||Oh, I'm fine. That's the scary thing. I want to do it again. I'm not finished. And all this hilarity- I hear it all the time in Control. But now I've done it myself. Tell me it's normal. Tell me I've not got some terrible thing in me waiting to get out and kill and joke about it.||„|
|~ Anya to Bernie after her first battle.|
Lieutenant Anya Stroud was a Gear officer in the Coalition of Ordered Governments army, and later the First Minister of the reestablished Coalition of Ordered Governments, and the daughter of Major Helena Stroud.
She is voiced by Nan McNamara.
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.
Anya 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 Stroud was born on 22 B.E. presumably on Tyrus, and is the daughter of Gear Major Helena Stroud and an unnamed father, and the latter wasn't present in her life. As a result, Anya was raised by Helena alone, and despite her mother being the scion of the Stroud Family, she raised her daughter in a small apartment in Jacinto City.
During the Pendulum War, Anya joined the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army to fight against the Union of Independent Republics, wanting to fight them on the frontline. Despite joining the army as a cadet officer, she became a CIC controller, and would support soldiers on the ground. When her mother brought her and another cadet to see the 26th Royal Tyran Infantry. Anya met Marcus Fenix during the visit, and the two became attracted to each other, and later briefed gears on the weather conditions two days before Operation Leveler.
During the Battle of Aspho Fields, Helena sacrificed herself, and despite her death continued her duties to help the gears. Five weeks after the battle, Anya was presented with her mother's Embry Star, and she was comforted by Marcus and Dom Santiago. When Marcus' father, Adam Fenix, asked if she was going to donate her mother's medal to a museum, she declined, stating it was the only thing she had left of her. Later on, Anya and Marcus began a romantic relationship, despite the two violating regulations of enlisted gears and officers. Though the two kept their relationship a secret, everyone seemed to know, but didn't care.
Anya saw the Locust Horde when they come from the ground, and was with Victor Hoffman and Minh Young Kim when they were fighting against them. One year after E-Day, Anya found it odd that Hoffman recalled all units to the Jacinto Plateau, and later realized the COG were going to use the Hammer of Dawn. Minutes before the counterattack, Anya informed Hoffman that there was no sighting of his wire returning to the safe zone.
Nine years later, Marcus was put on trial for abandoning his post to try to save his father during the Battle of Ephyra, and as a result, was sent to Jacinto Maximum Security Prison. Marcus told Anya not to visit him, and she wrote him letters for the four years he was in prison, but he wasn't able to get a couple of them due to a guard burning them. Despite believing him to be dead, Anya never began a relationship with anyone else, and supported Dom who had lost his family during E-Day. In addition, Anya would help Dom look for Maria, who had vanished after suffering from depression, due to losing her children.
- Her name means "mother" in Hungarian.
- She was named after Anyanka from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.