>Who is using Akio, pulling his strings behind the scenes? *That's* the
I'm not sure anybody's pulling his strings.
Yes, Surtur is the one who raised him up to his current position - but I think he's just let Akio loose, figuring that somebody who hates that strongly, and particularly somebody who hates Gryphon's family that strongly, is worth having around, regardless of what he does.
Arguably, this makes Akio a bit dangerous to Surtur, since there's no controls outside of "I made you, I can break you," but Surtur is probably confident that Akio can't create a power base sufficient to be a danger.
It makes me wonder if Surtur knows about the Oriphos project.
Insert humorous comment here.