Strife

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  • Strife Astlar Grandall
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    Character
    Debut: Soul Calibur III
    Voice (E): ?
    Voice (J): Naoki Imamura
    Biography
    Age: 17
    Birthplace: Parousia, Grandall Empire
    Birthday: November 11, 1574
    Blood: B
    Height: ?
    Weight: ?
    Family: Father (former Grandall king), killed in war
    Mother, deceased
    Blood relatives, executed by Strife
    Fighting Style
    Type: Iron Sword
    Weapon: Ambition
    Discipline: Malloy Mercenary Swordstyle
    Strife Astlar Grandall (ストライフ・アストラル・グランダール, Sutoraifu Asutoraru Gurandāru) is a fictional character in Namco's Soul series of fighting games. He appears in Soul Calibur III's side-quest mode Chronicles of the Sword as the main enemy and final boss of the mode. He's also an unlockable Bonus Character in the main game. He represents the "Iron Sword" Create-a-Fighter discipline.

    Biography: Soul Calibur III

    Strife is the only heir of the Astlar dynasty ruling the empire of Grandall. After his father's death during a battle, he was appointed as ruler when he was only ten years old. Blinded by Greed and power, his close relatives plotted everyday to kill him and take control of Grandall for themselves.

    Strife endured days without a proper meal, without good sleep and hiding a knife every time. Eventually the stress and fear started eating away at his sanity. Then one day he started hearing voices every time he sat on the throne. The voices came from deep within the castle. Eventually he began to understood these voices and his behavior changed completely.

    He started executing his relatives, and torturing anyone who aroused his suspicions. His leadership turned into dictatorship. He also started amassing armies in silence, while not interfering with the war between Dalkia and Halteese. Around this time, he apparently got hold of the cursed Soul Edge, which further deteriorated his mind.

    Despite being the final boss and main enemy, Strife's role as such is not revealed until advanced the plot of the Chronicles. During the Chronicles of the Sword, Strife takes little actions during the first half, mostly giving orders to the player and the unit to confront Dalkia first, then Halteese. His orders are always discussed by Girardot, as they are almost suicidal. Strife is also reluctant to send more troops to help the player against entire armies. All this because the player is gaining fame among the people, and this has enraged him to the point of wishing to see him/her die.

    A year after the end of the war, Strife sent the player against a rebelled Girardot apparently under the advice of Chester, who has turned into his minister. After the Cadet defeats Giradot in battle, Strife appears to finish Giradot off. Unfortunately for Strife, this action causes the Cadet to realize the malevolence of the emperor and his ambitions, and causes the Cadet to rebel as well.

    Unfortunately, Strife implanted fragments of Soul Edge into the player's former allies when the Cadet rebelled, somehow allowing Strife to control their minds. As the player, you must fight and defeat Aeneas and the others who helped you in the earlier chronicles. After the Cadet defeats their friends, it turns out they do not die, but instead they wake up from their trance and decide to join the Cadet once again. Apparently, whoever controls the main body of Soul Edge controls the people it's fragments are forcefully implanted in. This "mind control" power that Soul Edge possesses has never been revealed prior to Soul Calibur III and is never used in Soul Calibur IV.

    Strife meets the player's unit at last during the last chronicle, sending his elite troops against them. The Old Toledo - Burning Gallery stage serves as his castle's interior during his fight in Chronicles of the Sword. The stage seems to represent the castle being set on fire. Even with his best warriors, he's at last confronted by the player and killed in battle.

    Character Artwork

    Art: Soul Calibur III (+UFS)

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