"Eden is a new land where we adepts can live in peace."
—Tenjian , Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Eden (エデン) is a multinational adept terrorist organization and the main antagonist group of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2. It is made up of Adepts who've suffered some form of persecution and/or oppression, and who seek to eradicate the "old humanity" so as to build a utopia for all adepts.
Having a bizarre chain of command, Eden operates under the guise of having no command structure, with its leaders supposedly serving as nothing more than figureheads. However, in reality, Eden works as a pseudo-ecclesiocracy, with absolute power unofficially vested in The Seven and the group's priest and overall head, Zonda, both of whom are revered as gods and oracles.
- 1 Official Profiles
- 2 History
- 3 Divisions
- 4 Unmanned Weapons
- 5 Bases
- 6 Known Members of Eden
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Trivia
Eden is a multinational group of adepts from all corners of the globe, whose numbers do not compare to ordinary humans.
They have began to amass throughout the nation, and consist mainly of adepts who were oppressed by non-adepts in the past.
Their goal is to usher in a new age for adepts, and create a new utopia where all non-adepts are eradicated.
Multinational Adept Union formed by oppressed septimal adepts who help each other.
All members get a title based on chess pieces, but that’s just a “role distribution” and there aren’t hierarchical structures.
Except for a minor chosen elite, the G7, most of Eden is composed of members named “Pawns”, who either can’t use their septimas at will or possess powers that aren't at practical use level.
Information regarding Eden's history is sparse. What is currently known is that the group has its origins in China, being founded by adoptive siblings Zonda and Tenjian after years of suffering and persecution at the hands of normal humans. The breaking point was when the duo were starving, and a seemingly friendly normal human approached them offering fruit. Extremely grateful for this rare act of kindness, the duo accepted the gift. However, Tenjian quickly realized the apple that he had been given was poisoned after eating it; the human merely sought to kill them by exploiting their hunger and trust. Barely surviving, Tenjian flew into a fit of extreme rage and froze over the entire town and its inhabitants with his septimal power, barring himself and Zonda.
With that, the two concluded that Adepts and normal humans are at war and can never co-exist.
Foundation and Growth
Setting out to overthrow humanity and create an Adept-only utopia, the duo founded Eden and journeyed across the world, recruiting Adepts to their cause without regard for nationality.
Eventually, they attracted a large number of Adepts strong and weak from all corners of the Earth, and made their base, codenamed "Garden", in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan in Central Asia. It is unknown why they chose this location, but Nori speculates that there may be something valuable within those lands that they seek.
Tenjian sought out an Adept settlement, only to arrive too late and be greeted by piles of corpses; the settlement had been subject to the "Non-Adepts' lynching." One Adept was still alive; however, a girl named Olga. He first noticed her due to hearing what appeared to be a singing septima, which to his shock was amplifying his own septima by listening to it. Zonda immediately ordered him to bring Olga to Eden, recognizing that such an ability could be an immense boon to their cause.
After a series of mishaps and successes where Asroc, Desna, Gibril, and Zonda tried to cheer Olga up, it was deduced that she did not actually have a septima-enhancing septima, but rather one that senses and mimics the abilities of others. Due to her manifesting the Sumeragi Group's supposed "virtual idol" Lumen, Tenjian and Zonda realized its true nature and exactly where they could find the real ability.
About a year before the events of the first Azure Striker Gunvolt, Eden orchestrated an assault on Sumeragi's UTU Media Tower and the repeater inside of it, the "Ame no Uzume", to destroy the final national defense boundary Kamishiro, a forcefield created by the Sumeragi Group and jointly managed with the Japanese government to protect the nation from foreign intrusion.
However, the assault was merely a diversionary tactic to allow Zonda, in her "Lustful Mirage" disguise, to infiltrate the organization during the chaos using her well-suited mirror septima, although Tenjian was reluctant to send her on such a dangerous mission alone. She succeeded and joined Sumeragi as an Adept Hunter, using her position and ability to pilfer data on many company secrets.
With Zonda's infiltration going smoothly, Eden continued its operations abroad.
An unnamed member of The Seven was killed during a mission, and Milas was promoted to the group as that person's successor.
Eden made major progress within China, not only committing many heinous acts, but also taking over the Chinese branch of the international Adept rights organization QUILL. This lead to Chinese QUILL agent Xiao Wu going rogue and dedicating himself to stopping Eden.
As a result of the crippling failure of the Diva Project, as well as the demise of Defense Unit head Nova Tsukuyomi and all of his top Adept subordinates, the Sumeragi Group's defenses were left in shambles. Taking advantage of this, Zonda deactivated the Kamishiro national defense barrier, allowing a large number of Eden's members, including The Seven, to invade Japan. Seeking to gain the power of The Muse, they succeed in doing so and use her power to develop Grimoires for The Seven, as well as gaining several powerful pieces of Sumeragi technology, such as the Plasma Legion.
The two work their way through The Seven, killing them one by one until Eden is forced to retreat back to Tashkent, taking Copen's sister Mytyl with them.
Undeterred, Gunvolt and Copen travel to Tashkent and battle through Eden's remaining forces until making their way to Zonda, who, despite having used the power of The Muse to gain godlike power, is beaten and killed.
With the deaths of Zonda and The Seven, along with a great loss of common members and military hardware, Eden is presumably left a shadow of its former self. Xiao's words in the secret ending imply that the union still exists in some capacity, however.
Compared to Sumeragi's complex, strictly organised hierarchy, Eden's chain of command is far less sophisticated, centered almost entirely around Zonda and The Seven, who have chess-themed titles based on their roles.
The Seven (グリモワルドセブン Grimwald Seven or just G7 for short) is a sub-group within Eden made up of seven powerful and admired adepts, led by Tenjian, and frequently serve as commanders in the field.
Due to a lack of a traditional hierarchy in Eden, The Seven technically do not possess any special authority. However, through sheer admiration or by virtue of holding multiple important positions, The Seven wield a massive amount of influence over the group. They serve as the main bosses of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.
Pawns are the rank-and-file foot soldiers of Eden, making up the vast majority of the group's populace.
They are comprised of adepts whom are either unable to use their Septimal powers freely, or whose Septimas are simply too weak or impractical for combat. All Pawns are fiercely devoted to Zonda and The Seven, revering them as oracles, comrades, and even gods in some cases, and are shown to be willing to die for their cause, even if they themselves know there is no hope.
Pawns are divided into four types: Shot and Dagger Soldiers, Chainmine Soldier, and Machinegun Soldiers.
Although Eden seemingly lacks the ability to develop advanced tanks and aircraft on its own, the union was able to steal a number of units and design specs from the Sumeragi Group.
Stage articles: The Garden 1, The Garden 2, The Garden 3, The Garden 4
The Garden (ベラデン Belladen) is Eden's headquarters. It is a heavily fortified structure located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Why this location was chosen is unknown, as none of Eden's leaders are from that country or region. Nori speculates there may be something in that land which they are seeking. Joule, who possesses a telepathic ability that can sense "presences" at times, is creeped out by the building itself as Gunvolt makes his way through, distinguishing the feeling from Mytyl's presence.
Stage article: Frozen City
The Frozen City (凍結都市) is an urban area that Tenjian froze over and seized as a staging point for Eden's operations in Japan, basing himself in a high class hotel.
Stage article: Mysterious Manor
The Mysterious Manor (謎の洋館) is an abandoned large manor that Gibril seized. Non-adepts kidnapped by Eden were brought here. By using special technology stolen from the Sumeragi Group, the victims had their life force drained and given to Gibril to enhance her septimal powers. The husks produced by this process were then commanded by Gibril to act as guards.
Isle of Dreams
Stage article: Isle of Dreams
The Isle of Dreams (夢の島) is an abandoned waste-producing facility which Asroc took and brought online using his septima. Eden used it to manufacture weapons out of scrap and other parts. It was the site of the production of the Gran Torta, an enormous mech meant to be controlled by Asroc.
Known Members of Eden
- The name "Eden" comes from the biblical "Garden of Eden."
- The Japanese name for The Seven, "The Grimwald Seven", is derived from the Grimm Brothers, known for their dark stories.
- Ironically, despite the group's heavy religious overtones, many of Eden's members seem to be atheist.
- In Teseo's Dengeki Nintendo profile, it is revealed that Eden has an official website and channel, both of which are run by Teseo, who often hosts videos showing guest adepts using their Septimas to complete challenges. These videos have proven popular enough that there are fans outside of Eden. The fight between Teseo and Gunvolt was also streamed live on the channel.
- The Seven are all named after various missile systems, a call back to an earlier version of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 where Japan was to be attacked by missiles from seven enemy nations.
- The enemy nation alliance was to be named GHQ after General Headquarters, the occupying force of post-WWII Japan. This was changed to G7, and from that the name "Grimwald Seven" was decided on.
- Zonda and The Seven are based off classic fairy tales. The genre of those fairy tales are romance,family or adventures.
- Zonda is based off Alice in Wonderland.
- Tenjian is based off Snow White and The Snow Queen.
- Teseo is based off Sleeping Beauty.
- Ghauri is based off Cinderella.
- Desna is based off Rapunzel.
- Milas is based off The Little Mermaid.
- Asroc is based off Pinocchio and Hansel and Gretel.
- Gibril is based off Little Red Riding Hood.
- Each of the Eden's members are represented with the pieces on a chessboard, and have similar traits to the piece and those who share the piece.
- Zonda is the King, who leads Eden and is protected by The Seven.
- Tenjian is the Queen, who is Zonda's right hand, has the most attacks and is the most powerful of The Seven.
- Gibril (Alchemist) and Teseo are Bishops, being flyers with a heavy focus on projectiles.
- Milas and Desna are Rooks, with their attacks being slower, but more heavy hitting.
- Ghauri and Asroc are Knights, with their attacks being lighter, but very fast paced.
- Eden Soldiers are Pawns, who simply act as front line infantry.
- In Milas's Dengeki Nintendo profile, it is revealed that there was a previous member of The Seven who was killed in a mission, whom Milas replaced after Zonda's infiltration of Japan.