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Britz Strudel is a main character in Fuga: Melodies of Steel. While he is one of the 12 children to board the Taranis to save his mother and sister, his true intentions are dependent on how well he gets along with the others.

Biography

Britz is a boy from the Berman Empire. He was separated from his family due to his father being outed as a spy and promptly executed. Since then, he's been forcefully made to be a child soldier in order to keep his persecuted mother and sister alive.

Physically, Britz appears distressed though far more well dressed than the rest of the children in the Taranis. His outfit is militant in aesthetic and he wields a handgun & small blade. Near his temple is a scar from an unknown injury and his eyes have dark circles, likely souvenirs from his time as a Berman child soldier and having to deal with his father's betrayal. His Caninu breed is a Doberman with uncropped ears and an undocked tail, which are both uncommon traits when it comes to the Berman Empire's population of the breed. His mother and sister are the only other two Dobermans with natural features.

History

Britz was part of a family living under the Berman Empire, with his father being enlisted to their army about five years before the events of Fuga. Little did the Berman know that his father was a spy who would give intelligence to a leading Gasco official. His father was soon executed and his mother & sister persecuted. In order to keep them safe, he obeyed to becoming a child soldier.

While stationed in Mau, Britz freed Sheena Falafel from one of the Felineko prisoner camps, giving her the chance to escape a great distance.

The children of the Taranis would later find Britz in poor condition while they make haste to Mau. Despite him being a Berman soldier they still take him in as a teammate. Their relationships start off turbulent (with the exception of Sheena), however, as Britz commonly vocalizes his insecurities of being Berman and has a tendency to lie to Jin Macchiato.

Sacrifice

Britz cannot be sacrificed to the Soul Cannon prior to the events of chapter 11. If he is saved and rejoins the crew, he becomes the twelfth and final option for the Soul Cannon.

Suicide

Britz, when he has betrayed the other children, will be found again in the caves of Malamute. His goal is to keep the Taranis from reaching Paresia and thwarting Shvein Hax's plans. Even though he's boarded his own Berman tank and well equipped for a fight, the war between them is full of emotion and confusion. Britz will often stop fighting in confusion and his regret is strong enough to repair the Taranis, but the children have no choice but to continue wailing on him.

When the battle is over, Britz resorts to his last ditch effort and prepares a bomb he had kept in his bag. Apologizing to his mother and sister, he detonates it and commits suicide much to the despair of the children.

Salvation

If the children talk to Britz directly after he reveals his family history and manage to raise the affinity level with him to at least 2 each, the children will encounter Britz's mother and sister shortly before chapter 11 and bemoan the fact that he just missed them.

The events of the game continue as usual, but after the battle with the Taranis, Britz exits the tank again and wallows in despair at his failure, but the children quickly tell him that his mother and sister survived and are back at the camp. Filled with relief at their survival yet cursing Hax's name for manipulating him, he apologizes to the crew and asks to join them once again, an offer which they all accept. He loyally stays with the crew after that.

This is a requirement for the true ending, as Britz and all other members of the crew must be alive by the final battle for the option to save all the children.

After the game

Britz canonically survives the game along with the rest of the crew of the Taranis. He lives together with his mother and sister, finally at peace with his father's sacrifice.

Gameplay

Britz is the final member of the Taranis crew to join. As a Machine Gunner and the only one trained aside from that, he's fast and he's the second-strongest among the gunners. He has fairly good skills for stripping armor, but his specialty lies in lightning, with strong attacks that inflict shock and stun and a Hero Mode that infuses shock to his normal attacks. As a support member, he increases the speed of his partner after they use skills, which is invaluable to the entire party, but especially for Machine Gunners (for stripping armor) and Cannoneers (for allowing them to act more quickly even after they use their powerful skills).

In the penultimate chapter, Britz betrays the party in a boss battle that can be eitherincredibly grueling or incredibly easy. He will switch between red and blue affinities for delaying him, and every so often enter a powerful "Calamity" state wherein he will unleash damaging cannon shots on the party. However, afterwards, he will heal the Taranis in regret. His low stats and predictable patterns would normally make the boss easy at this point in the game, but the children will all automatically be depressed, barring access to skills. However, items are still allowed, so if you have items to heal yourself and strip his meager armor, you can easily beat Britz even while your party is debilitated.

You can save Britz by getting link level 2 with him with the rest of the crew before chapter 11, and making sure to talk to him after he reveals his backstory. This will allow you to save him and gain access to his aid until the end of the game, including the option to use him as a sacrifice for the Soul Cannon.

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Trivia

  • Nintendo Blast had possibly revealed a little more about this character early by mistake in their Fuga preview article posted on July 19th, 2021.[1] No other articles at the time had discussed their presence. CC2 would formally introduce the character on the game's website soon after.
  • His name likely comes from two German elements.
    • His first name is likely a reference to Britz, a German locality.
      • Alternatively, it could also be a Japanese corruption of Blitz, which is German for lightning, evidenced in his affinity for lightning attacks.
    • In keeping with the children being named after sweets, his last name comes from "apfelstrudel", a special German apple pie.

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