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, Fortitudo attempts to use his pyromancy and his fangs to subdue Bayonetta but to no avail. After sustaining brutal injury, Fortitudo 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, Fortitudo makes the fatal mistake of lashing out with his tail, as Bayonetta simply grabs his tail and flings him into the distance. With Fortitudo stunned, Bayonetta summons a demonic bird of prey named Malphas. Malphas then proceeds to jab at Fortitudo with its beak before tearing a hole through Fortitudo's 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 Fortitudo 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 Bayonetta 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.
A clone of Fortitudo, simply called Courage, would appear before Bayonetta in Paradiso. Courage abandoned all tactic of his template and simply attacked Bayonetta 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 first 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.
- Fortitudo's 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).
- Fortitudo is based on the cardinal virtue of fortitude/courage.
|Bayonetta • Jeanne • Zero|
|Father Balder • Jeanne • Jubileus, The Creator|
|Enzo • Rodin • Luka • Cereza • Antonio Redgrave • Umbran Elder • Rosa|
|Angels of Paradiso|
|Affinity • Dear and Decorations • Enchant • Applaud • Ardor • Irenic • Beloved • Kinship • Fairness • Grace and Glory • Fearless • Harmony • Inspired • Braves • Gracious and Glorious • Joy|
Fortitudo • Temperantia • Iustitia • Sapientia
Father Balder • Father Rodin
Jubileus, The Creator
|Gomorrah • Malphas • Hekatoncheir • Scolopendra • Phantasmaraneae • Little Devils • Little King Zero|
Madama Butterfly • Madama Styx