Hierarchy of LagunaEdit
Amongst the spiritually powerful of the Middle Ages, it was thought Paradiso held for all a Divine Will, and as a result, they developed heavenly logic. The concept of the "Cardinal Virtues" was born of this logic, and classifies Paradiso's Divine Will into four broad groups.
These Cardinal Virtues occasionally become physical manifestations of the great intentions of Paradiso, and are known as the Laguna, inspiring awe in the masses. Personifying courage and fortitude, Fortitudo has been depicted as a terrifying being of sporting an enormous face and two dragon's heads. He is said to be capable of summoning magma flows at will.
Fortitudo appears more frequently than most Auditio, as he leads the lower Laguna against the Umbra Witches. He first appears in the first scene in the game, far out of reach, where he fires fireballs at Bayonetta and Jeanne as they are fending off the warriors of Laguna.
During the first chapter, he personally fights Bayonetta and two other witches in a flashback sequence just outside the ancient city of Vigrid, but retreats after sustaining enough damage. He later ambushes Bayonetta, but is defeated.
He appears yet again to taunt and persuade Bayonetta to assist them in reviving The Creator. After exchanging insults with the witch, Fortitudo vanishes to leave Bayonetta to her fate.
Afterwards, Bayonetta proceeds to a ruined colosseum, where Fortitudo once again appears and attempts to persuade her to aid the angels. Bayonetta remains unconvinced, so Fortitudo challenges Bayonetta to a final battle. During the battle, he attempts to use his pyromancy and his fangs to subdue her but to no avail. After sustaining brutal injury, he retreats to the rim of the Colosseum and reduces the arena to a lake of fire. Bayonetta pursues her foe using Witch Time to successfully navigate through the flying rubble. When she reaches Fortitudo, she pulls the hapless angel to the floor and decapitates one of his draconic heads. The detached head flounders helplessly while the hands of Inferno drag it into their realm. After Bayonetta removes his other head, Fortitudo obliterates the entire Colosseum in a desperate attempt to kill his enemy. However, Bayonetta escapes on a floating chunk of masonry and attacks once more. Fortitudo attempts to use his bulk and his tail to defeat the witch. However, he makes the fatal mistake of lashing out with his tail, as Bayonetta simply grabs his tail and flings him into the distance. With him stunned, Bayonetta summons a demonic bird of prey named Malphas. Malphas then proceeds to jab at him with its beak before tearing a hole through his face. Bayonetta then shatters the floating parts of the Colosseum, strikes the loose debris toward Fortitudo, then deactivates her Witch Time. The debris, freed from Witch Time, fly toward Fortitudo with frightening velocity before striking him. The multiple blows are too much for him and he is left mortally wounded.
Fortitudo, his face disfigured with a massive hole, speaks his final words, and compliments Bayonetta on her magnificent power. He then reveals to her that he is just a small sacrifice for the resurrection of "The Creator." Uttering a final prayer, he is banished to the depths of Inferno.
CourageEditA clone of Fortitudo, simply called Courage, would appear before Bayonetta in Paradiso. Courage abandoned all tactic of his template and simply attacked her head-on, but due to his weak state, compared to Fortitudo, he was easily destroyed by Bayonetta. His death was shortly followed by Temperance, a clone of the next Auditio called Temperantia.
Another Courage appeared to confront Bayonetta on her way to Isla Del Sol, and attacked her from a distance which could be reached this time via weapons. This clone was also destroyed, and was also followed by another Temperance.
When in Chapter XV: A Tower to Truth, in the room with the Goddess Statue, taunting or attacking the Statue will cause one of Courage's dragon heads to emerge from the wall and fire at you. You cannot attack, but you can be damaged by the attack. Further taunting will continue to make Courage attack until the giant battery is disconnected from the room.
Fortitudo is, like all Auditio, colossal in size compared to other Laguna. He takes the form of a two-headed dragon (which function as hands) coated in metal armor on the heads, necks, and partly on the wings, with jewels of similar colors on each forehead. The color of this armor is different for both sides, the left being blue and the right being red. His most prominent feature is the large upside-down face (which is a common trait on most Laguna, particularly his fellow Auditio) on his chest, which he talks through and operates his entire body with.
His clone, Courage, appears almost exactly the same as Fortitudo, but the armor and jewels are all green. Courage also tends to change size, as his fi.rst appearance is a mini scale of Fortitudo, but his second appearance may be closer to scale.
Fortitudo has shown to possess a wide range of abilities. Natural abilities range from flight granted by his wings and breathing fire. He also possesses brute strength, frequently crushing structures and lifting a church into the air with one 'hand', and being able to lift his own weight with his wings (far above normal atmospheric degrees). He does have more supernatural powers; he can teleport to different locations to speed up travel and cover areas in lava. He also seems to possess the ability to stand on walls, like some Laguna. Although Courage can breath fire and fly, it is unknown if he shares Fortitudo's more supernatural powers, as he never performs them. Like all Auditio, Fortitudo speaks in the ancient language of Laguna, Enochian, that only the Lumen Sages and Umbra Witches understand.
- Fortitudo represents the element of Fire.
- His design could be seen as a cross between a Cherub (which has the faces of multiple animals), and a Seraphim (who are, in mythology, draconic angels).
- He is based on the cardinal virtue of fortitude/courage/Strength.
- Fortitudo seems to be largely inspired by medieval depictions of Archangel Michael: both are associated with fire and lead the divine armies, and are the member of their group that shows up most prominiently. When not described as an "archangel", Michael is often described as a seraph or cherub, which may account for Fortitudo's appearence.
- As The Cardinal Virtue of Courage, his role must be to encourage troubled people. However, when conversing with Bayonetta (not in his boss chapter), he seems to discourage Bayonetta. Beside this, he's also secretly encourages Bayonetta to fight him harder with his discouraging insults.
- Another thing that contrast him to his role is that while he isn't outright cowardly he mostly prefers to avoid violence and gets away in most of his battle.
- It is unknown if every object he saw was also upside-down. However, when Malphas holds him with his talons before jabbing him, Fortitudo's vision to him was normal and it happens with his face not upside-down. This suggests if every object he saw was upside-down.
- His voice actor in the movie Bloody Fate is Takahiro Fujiwara.
- Fortitudo never fought in Bloody Fate, merely makes an appearance.
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