Stroud, the Evil King of Lorimar. He craves power, and thus seeks to open the door to Mavolia, which would unleash dark spirits called The Echoes on the world. Anyone touched by Thanatos servants of the Echoes becomes a kind of Demon called a Grimslie, and usually never go back to their true form - or if they do, it's just before they die.
Stroud knows this (though probably never expected anyone to challenge him after he thought he got rid of Keldy), but seeks to use The Echoes' power to become stronger and control Illusia, then the whole of Fa'Diel followed by an invasion of Paradise then finally Hell itself.
Stroud has a marking on the right side of his face - a gray sword-like shape with a wing coming out of it - that apparently only royals of his bloodline (or of Lorimar) have.
Stroud became king of Lorimar, Land of Ice, at a very young age. His attempt at fratricide on his little brother by throwing him - then a baby - into the sea failed, though he did not know this until he invaded Illusia and met Keldric.
He eventually succeeds in opening the Door to Mavolia, turning Fa'Diel into Mavolia itself and becomes King of Mavolia in the process. He "kills" the Tree Maiden Anise in an attempt to kill her host Ritzia before she could appoint Keldy the King of Mavolia and declares himself King of the Thanatos, gaining a new form resembling the moth-like Grim Predators/Bloodwraiths/Frostwraiths in the process. He's ultimately killed before the Echoes can be fully released.
The first time the player fights Stroud, it's a matter of staying away from his sword attacks and stunning him long enough to get good hits in. The blue orbs, barrels, and boxes on the ship can help with this. The blue orbs freeze and stun Stroud longer than the barrels and boxes do. Stocking up on Gnome tokens helps; if the player shoots them at the blue orbs, boxes, and barrels, Stroud may be drawn into them and stunned.
The second time the player faces Stroud he's in his Grimslie form and is much harder to fight than the first time. The thing to do is stun him any time you can by throwing things at him or experimenting with Spirit Tokens to see which ones work (Gnome, Luna, Undine, and Salamander have the best chance of working). Aside from that, do whatever works, and use anything around to throw at Stroud, including crystals, pillars, and Spirit Tokens. Once he's stunned, use Faye's Full Tilt spell and go for it. Healing items are in the pillars, or scattered around the battlefield.
The third time you have to have a mix of fighting Stroud and destroying the large flower pillars that are up on the platforms. You go up the stairs until you're across from the pink crystal flowers and jump onto them. Only attack a flower that is glowing. After you destroy the flower pillar, Stroud will become stunned, and you have to quickly jump down and attack him. If there is anything around, throw it at him to stun him further, then use Full Tilt or any other helpful spells of Faye's (Ice Blade, Fire Blade) if you have enough magic.
"Where have you been? This very island IS the door to Mavolia!" -Stroud to Leks, Illusia's Village Guard
"That brat with the weed on his arm...he's one of the Tree Folk, isn't he?" -Stroud about Keldy after they briefly fight each other
"As for your plan for my brother to kill me, taking my place as Mavolia's king... Did you think I was unaware of your little scheme, Ritzia? And did you assume I would not know of the Echoes being released? I am the eternal king! Wherever I go will be my kingdom! And all I subjugate shall be my servants! I claim dominion over all! From the heights of paradise to the depths of hell." - Stroud after stabbing Tree Maiden Anise while she is possessing Ritzia
"Hehehe. Ah, evil spirit Thanatos, servants of the Echoes. If you wish to destroy the will of the Tree, follow me! For this is your true path to freedom!" -Stroud as he gains the service of the Thanatos reaching his final form.
- Stroud tried to get rid of his baby brother, Keldy, so that he would be the only child that could become king of Lorimar.
- The identities and whereabouts of Stroud and Keldy's parents are unknown. It also isn't known if Keldy's parents knew that Stroud tried to kill him.
- He shares a name with Sword of Mana's version of Dark Lord.
|Keldric - Ritzia - Stroud|
|Topple - Wendell|