The Phoenixes... A warrior race who once scoured the original earth since ancient times.
1945 A.D, Gyra The Phoenix King
During World War II the Phoenixes were driven off by the Nazis which had developed highly advanced weapons capable of wiping them out. The Phoenixes had fell back and retreated into outer space where they find an uninhabited planet to colonize. One of them known as Gyra however had chose to stay behind. Gyra was a tyrant among the Phoenixes who possessed a power level exceeding the rest of his kin and because of that he puts that immense strength to good use in order to buy everyone they time they needed to escape. After a long and hard fought battle against the Nazis Gyra had fled to America and chose to live among the humans his race once had dominance over. He soon came to realize a better understanding of humanity after falling in love with a human woman named Priscilla. Soon after the two married and bore children thus giving birth to a bloodline of the Phoenix race that would exist on this planet.
1972 A.D Gyra's Passing
Gyra had met his end at the hands of a Nazi assassin who plunged into his vitals with the Phoenix killing weaponry. On the verge of death he dissolves into the Phoenix flames that would pass onto the next child worthy of carrying out his will. Every 700 years through a selected generation Gyra is reincarnated.
2881 A.D, Gyra's Next Incarnation
Two years had passed since the martial artist known as Fei Yin joined forces with six warriors to prevent the world from suffering a nuclear holocaust at the hands of the madman Eugene Sardius. He and the sorceress Alyssa became a couple and settled down living peaceful lives. Fei Yin desired to use his fists for another purpose other than battling worthy opponents and the forces of evil. Fei Yin then decided that he will live out the rest of his days as an instructor of martial arts where he would teach those he deemed worthy of becoming the successor to carry out the legacy of his fighting style. While training in the mountains, he gets an unexpected visitor who is revealed to be the warrior woman known as Agares, from the planet Kasaar who liberated the kingdoms of her galaxy from corruption and joined forces with the Seven Heroes 700 years after that. She was indeed a great ally to Fei Yin and the others though she was in a sickly condition. Fei Yin greatly worried about his friend asks Agares of her current condition. Agares in turn informs him that her time is up.
Agares explains everything to Fei Yin about the Phoenix race having a 700 year lifespan and her being the current reincarnation of Gyra, the mightiest of said race. 700 years had passed since she liberated her galaxy and went to help Fei Yin. Though she was lucky to live long enough to see them succeed. Agares now at the age of 704 would suddenly burst into flames while Fei Yin unable to do something about it watches in sorrow. Agares is gone, and she is now reduced to a heap of black ashes. Shortly after her passing Fei Yin hears the loud cries of an infant and sees a baby girl rise from the ashes of his deceased friend.
To honor his fallen friend Fei Yin takes the baby to raise as his own, now knowing the bloodline of the proud Phoenix race must live on. Returning home to Alyssa and three daughters they adopted he explained everything. The baby was named Adena. And last but not least Adena was the newest addition to Fei Yin's family and the youngest of his daughters.
2887 A.D, Early Childhood
At the tender age of 6 Adena feeling withdrawn from her siblings, left to play outside on her own. That is until she'd find Fei Yin putting his martial art skills to work. Adena found herself fascinated by the elegant but fierce movenents incorporated into Fei Yin's fighting style as he trained hard, hoping to develop new techniques and to brush up on his current skills. His training however comes to a halt when he spotted Adena watching him from behind a tree. Adena, afraid that he'd scold her tries to make a run for it. Much to Adena's surprise Fei Yin tells her not to worry. Knowing rather well that Adena had an interest in the martial arts Fei Yin takes it upon himself to train Adena. She would become the next master of Guren Shinken and seeing the determination in her eyes he believed in her. Day after day Adena trained with Fei Yin, and the other students who were willing to learn the Guren Shinken style. The training was rigorous but in the end Adena never gave up and pulled on through. Her ambition at such a young age was something Fei Yin grew to admire.
2889 A.D, A Tragic Event
Three years later Fei Yin makes his decision and chooses Adena to become the next successor to carry out the Guren Shinken style's legacy. Adena, happy to have achieved such a goal was overjoyed to follow in her father's footsteps. Had it not been for her burning determination, persistence and hard work her purpose in life might have taken a different direction.
Fei Yin's home would be visited by a villainous brigade of bandits led by a tyrannical warlord named Loaksome. Loaksome was a marauder who scoured land after land ravaging cities and pillaging villages to collect young children he deemed gifted so he could make them new additions to his ever growing army of banditry. He caught wind of Adena and the three other girls who were taken in under Fei Yin all of whom were talented in their own right. Approaching Fei Yin the tyrant had offered him riches in exchange for the girls. Fei Yin however not content with letting her daughters walk the path of hatred refused. Loaksome did not take this refusal too well and out of retaliation Loaksome and his minions attempt to take the girls by force. Fortunately luck was on Fei Yin's side since he was aided by his pupils, Alyssa, and of course his daughters who were willing to fight them off. They managed to bring down scores of them. But Loaksome was no pushover. He slaughtered half of Fei Yin's pupils who got in his way as if they were mere flies. Fei Yin fueled with rage takes it upon himself to face the tyrant in one on one combat. Adena was going to aid him. But Fei Yin fearing of what would become of his daughter tells her not to interfere and to flee with the remaining party (Alyssa, her sisters and the pupils who survived). After that was settled the battle between Fei Yin and Loaksome ensued.
Their battle was fierce indeed and Loaksome proved to be more of a match than Fei Yin's previous foe Lord Sardius. The martial artist kept on fighting, ignoring the serious injuries he received from the brutality of Loaksome's strength. Little did Fei Yin know that Adena refused to flee with the others, only to spectate their fight to the death. Fei Yin having weakened Loaksome by damaging his pressure points had the edge. But just when he was about to deliver the final blow to the tyrant's head Loaksome counters the attack, and retaliated with a powerful punch that smashed through Fei Yin's abdomen. Adena watches in horror as Fei Yin's mortally wounded body being hurled like a ragdoll. Loaksome approaching his downed body congratulates his opponent for being the only man to last long enough against him as he readies the final blow.
That is... until Adena unexpectedly intervenes and takes it upon herself to defend her wounded father. Having received a powerful blow to the stomach from Adena's flying kick Loaksome did not see it coming, and neither did Fei Yin. The kick was enough to greatly weaken the tyrant. Adena enraged emanates crimson flames from her body, which instantly instilled fear in Loaksome's heart. Adena's powers of the phoenix had awakened. And as such she proceeds to hammer away at the weakened tyrant with an onslaught of hard hitting punches all of which made dents in his body, breaking his bones one by one while Loaksome becomes reduced to a helpless loon wailing for help. He pleads and begs for mercy, but Adena grants him none. She attempts to finish off Loaksome once and for all but she is halted by Fei Yin who used the last of his strength to get back on his feet. Grabbing Adena's fist he tells her Loaksome has had enough, before slumping back to the ground, slowly succumbing to his wounds. Loaksome thanks the gods for being spared. But he drops dead after giving in to the grave injuries Adena had given him.
Fei Yin clinging to a thread to spend his final moments:
"Adena... ever since you were brought into this world... i knew someday that you would indeed make me proud... Although i do love you and your sisters equally... you have proven to be the most ambitious... with that ambition... i know you will accomplish anything as long as you put your mind to it... if i am to pass into the next world... promise me... that you will be the one... the one to take up arms as the new master of Guren Shinken..."
Fei pulls out a red gem of some sort which he offers to Adena.
"And take this... it will be the one to guide you on the path to success..."
What Adena had received was a Biocrystal. This Biocrystal becomes the only thing Adena has to remember him by. And shortly after accepting the gift Fei Yin passes away after giving in to his grave injuries. Adena gets on her feet and leaves to join Alyssa, her sisters and the remaining students under Fei Yin. The once happy family began to crumble, shortly after Fei Yin's death. Alyssa being the only caretaker would be approached by the couples of two families: The Myers Family whom were close friends of Fei Yin. And the royal Kurosawa family who ruled all of New Earth's asian region. Adena was handed over to the Myers family where she will live the life of the average child while another was handed over to the Kurosawas who chose not to experience the pain of childbirth and needed an heir. The last two of the four daughters however, were not chosen. Later on they both left on their own knowing they could take care of themselves, leaving Alyssa. Alyssa all alone in the world was overwhelmed with grief and loneliness. Having lost her husband and the four daughters they adopted, she slowly slipped into depression and committed suicide in hopes of joining Fei Yin in the next world.
Having become a new member of the Myers Family, Adena abandons her goal to follow in Fei Yin's footsteps as a martial artist for the sake of living up to the expectations of her new adoptive parents as a normal child who growing up with an education, a job and a dream goal. As time passed Adena grew to be a healthy, strong girl with not only new parents but an older brother, aunts, uncles and cousins who all looked out for her and treated her with respect.
2902 A.D, The Fight Begins
Having learned of her origins of being Gyra's current reincarnation and remembering her father's teachings Adena decides to take part in the fight to restore Origin back to it's former glory as a means of putting these newfound gifts to the test. Unfortunately for her there are others who seek to restore Origin along with their own reasons to obtain the Power of God. Adena confronts a handful of them such as the barbarian Derek Stone, a ninja turned superhero named Suzi Mochizuki, the former prince turned adventurer known as Finley Brax, the half alien solider Alfred Erberhardt and a battle maiden from the heavens named Galatea Maxwell who is on a mission to destroy the Tyrant Beasts at the request of her queen. Adena engages in fierce battles against them from time to time. Along the way she meets a man named Cid Gates whose profession is in the arts of science and technology. Unlike the others he showed no interest in gaining the Power of God and he never bothered to engage in combat with Adena. Instead he offers her useful advice as to where the Tyrant Beasts are located. In due time she encounters another female warrior by the name of Tsukiko Kusanagi who happens to know about Adena's father and the Guren Shinken branch. Adena gets unsettling vibes from the white haired female who then attacks her without warning promtpting Adena to defend herself. Her first battle with Tsukiko escalates to a stalemate until they are interrupted by Origin's monster breeds that appear out of nowhere and attack them. A frustrated Tsukiko tells Adena their conflict is far from over before departing. While fighting off the monster breeds a woman unexpectedly comes to her aid, cleaving through the monsters with graceful swordsmanship. Adena makes short work out of the remaining monsters with the woman's help who introduces herself as Celeste Maximillion. Celeste tells Adena she needs assistance in liberating her kingdom from a dictator named Grimhilde. Adena tells Celeste that she has too much on the plate with the other fighters and Tsukiko pursuing the Tyrant Beasts. Celeste reveals she too is after the Tyrant Beasts though she has no interest in gaining the Power of God due to being among the Gods of Castillo herself. She must liberate the kingdom of Eldion and destroy the Tyrant Beasts in order to prove her real family her worth as the Goddess of War and only then she will be reunited with them. Feeling sorry for Celeste facing such a dilemma Adena makes a truce with the princess to help save her kingdom because "Family comes First".
They encounter Finley, Alfred and Derek all of whom catch wind of Celeste's kingdom being under seige. Finley and Alfred are working together on this because they have a common enemy working with Grimhilde. Derek tags along for the sake of lending his childhood friend a helping hand. They also encounter Suzu who sees Grimhilde as a new evil doer to put to justice. The last two accompanying them reveals to be Cid Gates who has intel about the defenses of Celeste's besieged kingdom and Tsukiko Kusanagi for the sake of achieving glory among the potential heroes of Celeste's kingdom. To Adena's dismay Tsukiko is merely helping them out just for fame and nothing more. Nonetheless the eight fighters combine their strength to combat Grimhilde's demonic armies and getting through the many obstacles thrown at them, all the while rescuing those who fell under Grimhilde's enslavement. Eventually they encounter Grimhilde herself along with Delzos the Dark Knight who killed Alfred's uncle years ago and turned Finley's father to the dark side. After exchanging a series of threats a hectic battle ensues. Adena, Tsukiko, Derrick and Celeste are busy with Grimhilde who proves to be a difficult warrior but to Celeste she would not lose a second time. Alfred and Finley enraged work together to defeat Delzos with the aid of Suzu and Cid who have their hands full against Grimhilde's elite soldiers. With a devastating blow to the face from Celeste's shield uppercut and Delzos taking a blow through the stomach from Finley only to receive a headshot from Alfred the eight warriors rise victorious. Unfortunately Grimhilde and Delzos having managed to survive their injuries makes a getaway. In spite of this Celeste's kingdom is finally restored to it's former glory.
As the time passes it wouldn't be long before Adena confronts her own worst enemy. Ardea. Queen of the Phoenix race who came to New Earth seeking Adena after knowing she is the reincarnation of her deceased consort King Gyra. She convinces Adena to join her conquest to reclaim dominance over mankind but Adena not content with this refuses. Ardea infuriated at this becomes quick to punish the latter for her betrayal and their first battle ensues when Adena quickly steps up against the incoming attacker. Adena manages to hold her own against the queen but unfortunately she gets overpowered and mortally wounded. Ardea however spares her life for the time being and congratulates Adena for being the only opposer to last long enough against her. Ardea convinces Adena to prove her worth as the ultimate opponent and the only one determined to stop her ambition to reclaim dominance over mankind by eliminating the Tyrants. Only by eliminating the Tyrants and growing stronger Adena will be ready to clash swords with Ardea once more in a final battle that will shake the earth. After Ardea departs A hooded figure approaches Adena's wounded body. Still conscious she tries to get back up preparing to strike the figure down seeing him as a potential threat but much to her surprise she is told he did not come here to fight. The figure tells Adena there is power within her that hasn't been unlocked yet and he also hints that the power lies within those of the Phoenix race much like her and Ardea. Turn desperation into righteous fury. Only then the power will be awakened..." The figure says. Adena experiences a whirlpool of emotions such as rage and ambition. Rage because her hatred towards Tsukiko reached it's peak. And ambition because she is determined to exceed her deceased father's expectations no matter what. With Fei Yin, Tsukiko and Ardea in her thoughts Adena's body emanates crimson flames that spread throughout the forest where her battle with Ardea took place. Adena uses her remaining strength to get back up before letting out an angered roar. Her body briefly transforms into a Phoenix-like creature as she does so and the entire forest becomes engulfed in her flames. Adena's power finally awakens and she makes it clear to use this newfound power against those who stand in her way. Especially Tsukiko and Ardea. While the planet is slowly dying Ardea forms a partnership with Mildred the Devil Queen along with Grimhilde and Delzos who recuperated from their defeat at the kingdom of Eldion and the undead king Morlock whom Galatea failed to eliminate to bring this planet in it's entirety to ruin. Just to make sure no one prevents them from reaching their goal they send their elite armies all over the world to prevent Adena and her rivals from reaching the Tyrant Beasts who are four warriors working for them. The wandering samurai Yamato Kukichi, the princess of Atlantis known as Reas Guardiana, the warrior goddess made mortal Ageha Kanzaki, the rogue assassin Shizuka Uzuki and the biker gang leader known as Hidori all of whom were convinced to work for them for their own reasons.
After recovering from her injuries Adena gets back into the game. Adena brushes off the warriors hired by Ardea as well as those she teamed up with to liberate Eldion and Tsukiko Kusanagi in fierce battles and presses on to face the Tyrants who await her. Darkhana the Mechanical Beast whom she faces in an Abandoned Monastery. Brimstone the Fire Minotaur who unexpectedly arrives in her hometown Canvas City and goes on a rampage hoping to turn it into a burning wasteland. The Dragon/T-rex hybrid known as D-Rex whom Adena confronts while exploring the Wind Shrine. The gigantic bigfoot Frostsquatch who pursues Adena through the mountains of the Pristine Glacier. Voultra the Electric Chicken whom she faces off against in a Power Plant. Leviathan the Seadragon whom she confronts in the Sunken Sanctuary. And finally the strongest of the tyrants King Lionel a giant sized humanoid Lion donning a knight's armor complete with a large sword in hand.
Each and every Tyrant Beast provides an intense challenge for Adena putting her in life or death situations. In spite of this Adena defeats one after the next in hopes of gaining the strength needed to put an end to Ardea's ambition for world domination. After King Lionel is destroyed Adena vanishes only to find herself in a dimensional void. She meets a hooded figure who tells her she may have defeated all of the Tyrant Beasts but there is one final trial she must past before pressing on. Two figures materialize on each side of the figure. They are revealed to be Adena's past life Agares and her father Fei Yin. The sight of Fei Yin overwhelms her with sadness knowing it is not her father back in the flesh. The sadness and driven out by the burning desire to carry on her father's legacy and everything else she endured until now... And with this desire Adena defeats the apparitions of Fei Yin and Agares.
After Adena defeats all who stand in her way and eliminating all of the Tyrants the samples obtained from them are fused together to create the Antivirus Program. Knowing she had one more nail to pound in the coffin Adena rushes to the outlands where she would be led to the planet's core where the supercomputer awaits. Unfortunately those she fought against to slay the Tyrants make their arrival. Tsukiko, Celeste, Alfred, Yamato, Suzu, Reas, Galatea, Hidori, Ageha, Shizuka, Finley and Derek all make their appearance with a common goal though not on the same boat. To get the Antivirus Program from Adena so they will be the ones to be granted the Power of God. Cid Gates is also present but instead of challenging Adena he stands on the sidelines to spectate the incoming battle. Full of confidence Adena takes it upon herself to power on through each and every one of them. Adena with her newfound strength defeats them one by one leading to one final confrontation against her rival Tsukiko Kusanagi who makes it clear that she will eliminate Adena and cleanse the world of the Guren Shinken bloodline for the glory of her once proud race. Brimming with utmost confidence Adena swears to put an end to their centuries old rivalry once and for all. The battle is fierce but Adena's perseverance keeps her going. Eventually Adena overpowers and delivers the finishing blow to Tsukiko.
Leaving the battered bodies of Tsukiko and her defeated foes behind she makes her way into the planet's core and meets Origin. That is... Until Adena gets unexpected company. Before she approaches Origin an attacker materializes from the shadows and tries to thrust it's sword into her. Evading the attack Adena demands the attacker to show itself. The attacker comes out of the shadows revealing itself to be Ardea. Ardea knowing Adena has gotten stronger tells her the time has come to fully prove her worth. This was it... this was the final battle Adena prepared for. With Ardea out of the way Origin will be restored. But if she fails no one will be left to restore New Earth and Ardea's goal will be accomplished. Mildred, Delzos, Grimhilde and Morlock also arrive along with their batallion of monster breeds and Makaidra pawns to dispose of Adena's defeated rivals which doesn't come to pass when Cid steps in and uses a healing invention to get them back on their feet. Tsukiko, Celeste, Suzu, Derrick, Alfred, Finley, Hidori, Shizuka, Ageha and Galatea make full recoveries and with Cid's help they all put their differences aside to fight off the horde and Ardea's followers.
The final battle between Adena and Ardea escalates. Although Ardea towers over her Adena using this newfound strength gives it her all to counter every attack the phoenix queen throws at her. Breaking her limit Adena defeats her arch nemesis and finally rises victorious along with the other fighters of New Earth who wiped out the horde and defeated Ardea's followers. They make their way to the planet's core where Adena prepares to restore the corrupted supercomputer. When they arrive they come to terms with Adena being the winner, save for Tsukiko. Adena admits to Tsukiko that she considers her a mere equal. Just as they are about to reconcile with one another Ardea and her followers rise up to do battle with Adena and her rival turned friends as Origin's corruption worsens. With Origin's power of Imagination they gather around the supercomputer and fuse themselves with it into a monstrous entity hellbent on turning New Earth into spacedust dubbed Armageddon before it flies off leaving the heroes behind.
Adena becomes frustrated and full of doubt. Frustrated by the fact that she came a long way to face the impossible such as this and says the chances of stopping Armageddon are slim because she, Tsukiko and everyone else lack the means of pursuing the monstrosity. Tsukiko and the others rectify that with words of encouragement. All of them putting their faith into Adena saying neither of them wouldn't have gotten this far if it weren't for her. Taking in every word Adena feels a newfound power growing within. Power given to her from her rival turned friends. With it Adena rises up with Tsukiko and Celeste by her side. With this power Adena, Tsukiko and Celeste transform into their Awakened Modes and fly off to pursue Armageddon. Reaching the monstrosity in the skies above the final battle ensues.
The final battle against Armageddon escalates. As difficult as this becomes Adena, Tsukiko and Celeste persevere until they do enough damage to weaken it. After Armageddon sustains heavy damage they finish it off using a combination attack. After Tsukiko and Celeste do their part Adena chases the monstrosity. Catching up to it Adena hammers away at Armageddon with high speed punches before launching it with an uppercut. She gathers enough strength in her hand then quickly shifts into Burning Mode before delivering one more punch to Armageddon sending it flying out of the planet's orbit. Armageddon crashes into the sun resulting in a large scale explosion sending destructive waves across the vastness of space.
Before Ardea's consciousness fades Adena and Ardea communicate with each other telepathically. By this time Ardea undergoes a change of heart telling Adena repeating history is not what her deceased consort Gyra wanted. Mildred, Grimhilde, Delzos and Morlock however curse the three for siding with the weak, swearing vengeance upon their descendants if they were to be brought back from the afterlife.
Adena, Tsukiko and Celeste descend from the skies to reunite with their friends before putting the final nail in the coffin. Adena injects the Antivirus Program within the corrupted Supercomputer. Upon being injected with the antivirus Origin shuts down. In ten seconds it reboots and spreads a mass of positive energy in the form of multicolored energy all over the planet bringing the once corrupted lands back to their healthy condition.
The planet New Earth is finally restored. Adena, Tsukiko and Celeste being the ones who saved the planet from it's demise attain the status of true heroes. The hooded figure who informed them and the other warriors regarding the reward for restoring Origin appears before them. The hooded figure reveals itself to be Reharl. The headmaster of the team who created the planet with their use of the Power of God. He is also a close friend of Cid who was among his teammates. Reharl offers Adena and Tsukiko to join his team in watching over the future of New Earth. The two however decline the offer as they prefer to get on with having normal lives with their rival turned comrades.
The story ends with Adena, Tsukiko and Celeste and the other planet warriors going their separate ways while Cid goes with Reharl to reclaim his place as one of the team's finest executives of the planet's development. Adena parts ways with Tsukiko with these words. "Looks like my name will be engraved in the pages of fighting history." As Adena walks on she confronts seven hooded figures that materialize around her. One of them offers her the Power of God in the form of a multicolored orb. The figure approaches Adena with these words...
"For your victorious efforts we shall grant you a proper reward..."
With this... Adena becomes imbued with the Power of God.
We then see a scene where Adena sits in a throne now donning red and gold metal bikini with a sash worn around the waist, looking into a blue crystal ball which shows video footage of her rival turned friends getting on with their normal lives.
The Goddess of Flames has been born...
Adena's aging stops at 32. She grows bitter over the years having watched the people around her corrode by time. Over the years to come she hides from society under different guises. Adena's appearances in other story arcs that take place centuries after hers are subtle or to be more specific: If you look hard enough, that dark skinned shopkeeper a future character meets IS in fact her.
4398 A.D, Battle Against JACKER
Thousands of years later Adena takes the mantle of Colonel Ember and assembles a versatile army to fight against the JACKER terrorist organization responsible for the anarchy brewing within the ALPHA G galaxy. Sometime after Annalise defeats her six Alpha Weapon siblings Adena and her soldiers gathered them up. They were later reprogrammed by scientists at her request as a "Top Secret Project" hidden from Annalise. The reprogrammed Alpha Weapons would be called in to aid Annalise nearing the final battle against JACKER as a result.
5249 A.D, The D-GEAR Wars
Adena becomes the current heir to rule the amazon kingdom of Ciyorinne on the planet Mythos under the guise of Hippolyta Red, and serves as one of the World Alliance leaders. She is also the true identity of the Red Phoenix Knight who happens to be one of the Golden Dragon Knight's most formidable foes. Not a main antagonist but an obstacle Aureus must bring down over the course of her battle against the Edgelords. This is because Adena knows Aureus has the potential to do so, and in order to prove this potential the two are bound to engage in fierce battles every time the opportunity is met should they encounter each other.
7091 A.D, Attaining High Status
Adena is one of the many powerful upper class nobles within the Dexter Capital under the name Vermillion. She becomes one of the supporting characters aiding the angel Gabrielle in eliminating the Darklings, though at the price of Gabrielle selling her body to Vermillion.
0019 N.E, Ruler of All
During the first year of the New Age (Set after the year 9999) Adena becomes imperator of Elysium after the loss of it's previous ruler. With Adena watching over Elysium a new hero in the form of Darla DeLuca takes her place after losing her family to an organization called the Ten Commandments led by Ryuga Shigemori, the catalyst of the war a century ago. She takes Darla under her wing and prepares her for the trials and tribulations to overcome in order to put down the Ten Commandments.