One day while travelling, Sōma spots a young man sitting down and fiddling with a stone he immediately recognises as a Cloth Stone. He approaches the boy and asks if he is a Saint and snatches the Cloth Stone from him to have a better look at it. The red haired boy tries to take it back by force so Sōma tells him that personal fights between Saints are forbidden, but since they are out in the middle of nowhere it would not matter. The boy strikes at Sōma who easily evades, and upon seeing this he do not believe the boy is a Saint any more since it lacked any Cosmo. He continues to tease him until he eventually gets angry enough that he starts to burn his Cosmo and manages to make a cut on Sōma's cheek. Sōma becomes angry and retaliates by surrounding his fists with fire and striking, though by accident his second punch knocks the boy out. He sets up a camp and gives the Cloth Stone back and lets the red haired boy rest until nightfall when the boy finally wakes up again. He tells the boy that he was sorry for earlier and is making coffee at the moment. Sōma uses his elemental fire Cosmo to make the fire to the other boy's curiosity. Sōma asks if he has really done any training, but that he will tell him anyway. He proceeds to tell him how there is seven elements of the Cosmo and that each Saint has one. He says he is not so good at how to use the element but explains that one has to reach your conscience to your whole body and sharpen your senses to every cell. Then focus all of that on a single point and make it explode. He then introduces himself as Lionet Sōma and the boy as Pegasus Kouga to the surprise of Sōma who almost spills his coffee. He asks if Kōga has any relation to the legendary Pegasus Seiya but he has no idea and is himself surprised to hear that he is missing. Later as they are about to depart Kōga ask what he was doing there anyway to which he responds that he came to investigate the giant clash of Cosmo that happened some days ago. Pegasus tells him that Athena was kidnapped to Sōma's disbelief and tells him that he knows where she is. Kōga becomes impatient all of a sudden and questions him of her whereabouts. But Sōma tells him that he will only say it when Kōga has rowed with him out to the island so that he can investigate. When he is finished with his investigation he tells the Pegasus Saint that he should go to Palaestra because he will most likely learn something about Athena there since she founded it. Kōga becomes irritated by his answer but lets it go and the two starts to travel to Palaestra.
They venture through countrysides and deserts until they reach a forest one night where they set up a camp. Kōga asks Sōma how long he has been training to which he says that he really started when he got to Palaestra. When questioned about his motivations about becoming a Saint he quiets down as he remembers his father. But suddenly the fire goes out and Sōma realizes there is someone else there. He shouts for the person to come out when a voice says that he has been with them for quite some time and they finally noticed him. Out from the forest steps a man clad in armour who introduces himself as one of Mars' warriors, the Marsians Mantis Ordukia. Sōma becomes enraged when seeing him since he believes the Marsians was responsible for his father's death. He summons his Lionet Cloth and attacks the Marsian but is knocked away after a few strikes, while he recovers, Orduka attacks Kōga. The Mantis mocks them to come at him together but Sōma intervenes and tells Kōga to not touch him since he is his prey. Kōga however considers the Marsians his enemy as well and summons his Pegasus Cloth but is unable to move properly as he is unable to burn his Cosmo properly as Sōma explains. Ordukia uses this as an opportunity to strike at Kōga but Sōma jumps in between to protect his friend. The Marsian mocks him for his friendship and surrounds them with a mist of darkness. Ordukia strikes at Sōma from the darkness who is unable to see him but is determined to burn him away with his Cosmo. Suddenly a burst of light comes from Kōga who has discovered his elemental Cosmo of light which successfully blinds the Marsian. Kōga tells him to attack Ordukia so Sōma wastes no time and uses his Flame Desperado technique which sends the Marsian flying. Ordukia ends up running away leaving the two Saints behind who continues on their journey to Palaestra.
Souma's Cosmo affinity is with the element of Fire. Souma has shown great mastery over his, being able to conjure flames even without any part of his Cloth equipped and even able to use it to cook food with. While at the Fire Ruins, Souma's anger caused his the volcano they were at to react violently to his Cosmo, becoming more and more active until Souma finally calmed down.
Sōma produces flames around his fist which he strikes at his opponent with. The flames are then able to jump from his hand and engulf the victim. This was the first technique displayed by Souma during his and Kouga's battle with Mantis Ordykia.
Lionet Burning Fire
Gathering a large amount of flames into his fist, Souma unleashes a steady stream of fire at his opponent from the distance. Souma developed this technique during the Saint Fight and debuted it during his match with Kouga.
Souma covers his whole body with flames and then uses his shoulder to tackled his opponent with tremendous force. Aside from the head-on impact, the fire that surrounds the Souma is able to pass onto the opponent and consume his body. Originally a technique of the previous Lionet Saint, Ban, it was taught to Souma by the former Unicorn Saint, Jabu, after he found and saved the young Lionet Saint in the desert. Souma has commented that this is his strongest technique.
Concept & Creation
Sōma was created solely for Saint Seiya: Omega and was not created by any contact with Masami Kurumada. Before the production of the series, Kurumada told the producers that they had free reign over the show. From the beginning they were planning to use a style more similar to Shingo Araki but the plans were scrapped and the designs was used in a new style instead.
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