As Delta’s control contact, Anya Stroud guides Delta Squad through their mission to destroy the Locust. She provides vital Intel and strategic advice to the squad in the field and adds a calm, steady human voice during the most desperate of struggles. Thanks to the recent upgrades, the Jack-bot now projects an image of Anya on a foldout video screen, so her connection to the team, and a certain Sergeant, can grow even stronger.
Anya is voiced by Nan McNamara in all games.
Gears of War 3
For Gears of War 3, Anya takes on a combative role thanks to the breakdown of military command. As such, during certain sections of the story Anya is one of the four playable characters. During the final stretch of the game she takes up the role of the player 2 character.
She is also available as a multiplayer skin for multiplayer and Horde, with two different variants. First is Anya in COG armor, the other has her wearing her civilian attire.
The daughter of Gear Officer Helena Stroud, an esteemed hero of the COG, she grew up in her mother's shadow. Despite being raised without a father, her mother kept her professionally distant, treating her as she would any soldier. Present at the battle of Aspho Fields at her mother's recommendation to 'toughen her up', she was subjected to her mother's death when Helena, faced with no other option, single-handedly destroyed an enemy tank and failed to exit the blast radius in time.
- During development of the original Gears of War, Anya's breast size was initially much larger. Though lead designer Cliff Bleszinski opposed the idea, resulting in Anya's more realistic figure.