Though he felt corrupted, still Galham sought to protect Almista with all his heart. Indiscriminate in his hunt, he cut down all, whether they be aviron or human, who stood before him. The notion that here were those who sought to harm Almista driving him forward, even if he had forsaken his conscience, his devotion was as great as ever. With each stroke of his sword more red blood flew into the air, but Galham thought of naught but continuing his search.
A stratum (plural: strata) is any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the stratosphere, that occur as layers. Derived from Latin strātum, meaning "a spread for a bed, coverlet, quilt, blanket; a pillow, bolster; a bed"; neuter singular of strātus, perfect passive participle of sternō "spread".