A former Zeon lieutenant, Kelley Layzner fought alongside Anavel Gato in the One Year War, ultimately losing his arm in battle. After the war, he retired to the lunar metropolis of Von Braun, where he operates a junkyard on the bottom level with his live-in girlfriend Latuera Chapra. Despite this, Kelley dreams of returning to the battlefield, and in his spare time he works to restore a leftover MA-06 Val Walo, a Zeon mobile armor from the One Year War.
He first meets Kou Uraki after Kou is assaulted by a group of thugs and left in the street. Assuming Kou is deserting, Kelley takes Kou back to his house and provides him with a place to stay. Despite having opposite allegiances, the two form a friendship based on their shared experience as soldiers.
Responding to a personal appeal from Anavel Gato to assist the Delaz Fleet, Kelley meets with Cima Garahau and shows her the Val Walo. Impressed, she offers Kelley a place in the operation if he can finish repairs by the next day. Kou confronts him about the meeting, but Kelley refuses to back down and the two get into a fistfight. Kou leaves, but later returns to help Kelley finish repairing the Val Walo out of sympathy for Kelley's listlessness as a civilian. Still, both men are well aware that if they meet in battle, then it will be as enemies.
However, Cima had other plans. Believing that Kelley would be a liability, she had one of her cronies, Kult, pay him off with gold bars so he could pilot the Val Walo himself. Angered and insulted, Kelley suited up against the wishes of Latuera and took off in search of the RX-78GP01-Fb Gundam "Zephyranthes" Full Burnern. To his surprise, Kou was the pilot of the Gundam, but he kept his word, fighting the man he earlier called friend. Kou was initially unwilling to fight back, until Kelley's attempts to drive off Chuck Keith's RGC-83 GM Cannon II nearly killed Nina Purpleton, who had raced out to stop Kelley herself. Enraged, Kou redoubled his efforts, but Kelley still had the upper hand and pinned the Gundam between the Val Walo's claws. To his surprise, Kou detached the Gundam from its legs and charged with a beam saber, critically damaging the Val Walo. Defeated, Kelley expressed no regrets for his actions, and when Kou begged for him to use his escape pod, he replied that he didn't include one. His last action was to toss away the Gundam's legs.
Notes and Trivia
- In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Hero of Stardust, he is seen piloting a MS-09R Rick Dom during the One Year War, facing off against the RX-78-2 Gundam.
- He sorties in a MA-05 Bigro in the Nightmare of Solomon one-shot manga.
- His last name could be a reference to another Sunrise Real Robot anime, Blue Comet SPT Layzner from 1985, which was directed by Ryosuke Takahashi, the scriptwriter for episodes 9 and 11 of Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
Stardust Memory characters
|Earth Federation||Albion||Kou Uraki | Chuck Keith | South Burning | Eiphar Synapse | Alpha A. Bate | Bernard Monsha | Chap Adel | Mora Boscht | Akram Harida | Ivan Paserov | Jacqueline Simone | Peter Scott | William Morris|
|John Kowen | Alloys Mozley | Dick Allen | Raban Karcs | Kalent | Green Wyatt | Hawkins Marnery | Gene Coliny | Nakohha Nakato | Y. Bicock | Jamitov Hymen | Bask Om|
|Zeon Remnants||Anavel Gato | Aiguille Delaz | Cima Garahau | Neuen Bitter | Gaily | Adamski | Bob | Karius Otto | Bily Glardle | Draize | Heintz | Bergman | Deatroaf Kocsel | Kult | Wolfgang Waal | Yuri Hasler|
|Anaheim Electronics||Nina Purpleton | Kurena Hacksell | Lucette Audevie | Nick Orville | O’Sullivan | Poral Guilish|
|Von Braun||Kelley Layzner | Latuera Chapra | Peter Purpleton | Joshua Purpleton|