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We finally have a tomorrow.
~ Anya to Marcus at the end of Gears of War 3.

Lieutenant Anya Stroud was a Gear officer in the Coalition of Ordered Governments 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.

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.

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