|Lightning was formerly a sergeant in the Guardian Corps, Bodhum Security Regiment. |
Wanting to outgrow the painful memories of her parents' death, she abandoned her childhood name 'Claire' to take up her current moniker.
Faced with a Focus that demandds the destruction of Cocoon, Lightning now refuses the destiny thrust upon her by the fal'Cie, and swears to follow her own will through to the end.
To save Cocoon as her sister wished, the young woman makes a decision to return to the world that sees her and her companions as dangerous fugitives.
|Without a family to take care of him, Snow was raised in a Sanctum facility. Now he leads the rebellious group of youths known as NORA. |
Believing Serah's last words to be his Focus, Snow pours all of his energy into saving Cocoon. His fervor is blunted by the claim that she was nothing more than a fal'Cie tool, but he renews his determination to overcome the destiny laid before them. Nothing will prevent him from protecting his world and seeing Serah return from her crystallized state.
|A trained civilian airship pilot, Sazh has been raising his son alone since the untimely passing of his wife almost three years ago. |
A Sanctum l'Cie in the custody of PSICOM, Dajh turns to crystal the moment he is reunited with his father. Yet even after later discovering Vanille is responsible for his son's misfortune, Sazh his unable to bring himself to shoot her.
His goal now is to survive the coming conflict with the hope that his son will one day wake from his crystal stasis.
|An incidental victim of the Purge. Hope survives the ensuing violence only to become a l'Cie. Blaming Snow for his mother's death during the fighting, the boy gives a name to his revenge: Operation Nora. |
Hope eventually realises that his rage is simply a crutch to help him through his grief, and decides he needs a real reason to keep on going.
He mends his relationship with his father, and sets off on a journey to discover a way to escape his destiny as a l'Cie.
|Oerba Die Vanille|
|Vanille is a l'Cie who was born on Gran Pulse. Her full name stands for 'Vanille of the Dia clan, from the village of Oerba.' |
Along with Fang, she was given a Focus to destroy Cocoon. Fang was the one who became Ragnarok and attacked the floating world several centuries in the past, but Vanille lies about this and her other memories.
After meeting with Serah, an innocent victim of the Gran Pulsian's lies, Vanille decides she will do nothing else to harm Cocoon and resigns herself to becoming a Cie'th.
|Oerba Yun Fang|
|Fang is a l'Cie who was born on Gran Pulse. her full name stands for 'Fang of the Yun clan, from the village of Oerba. |
Centuries ago, she and Vanille were given a Focus to destroy Cocoon. Fang became Ragnarok and cracked Cocoon's shell, but they were both turned to crystal before their task was complete. The Vestige in which they slumbered was lifted by a fal'Cie onto the very world they tried to shatter. Waking years later, Fang's brand - as well as the memory of her Focus - is now obscured and indistinct.
|Serah is Lightning's younger sister and Snow's fianc�e. |
Also a Pulse l'Cie, she has gained eternal life and slumbers in crystal stasis. Snow believes their Focus is to save the world as Serah wished, but Barthandelus explains that her task was simply to gather the tools for Cocoon's destruction.
Was Serah nothing more than a pawn - an unwitting enemy of Cocoon?
|Dajh is Sazh's only child. His mother passed away three years ago, but instead of being miserable, he bravely comforts his grieving father. |
During the incident at the Euride Gorge energy plant, Dajh is made into a Sanctum l'Cie with the ability to sense power of Pulse origin. Although he discovers the fal'Cie in Bodhum, his true Focus - capturing Pulse l'Cie - is learned when he is reunited with his father and turns to crystal.
|Nora is Hope's mother. |
Worried about the worsening relationship between her son and his father, Nora wonders how to break down the barriers Hope has created.
Wanting to protect her boy from the horrors of the Purge, she volunteers to join the battle, but is killed in the chaotic conflict.
Nora begs Snow to get Hope home, but the NORA leader never hears the boy's name before she slips from his grasp.
|Bartholomew is Hope's father, but has difficulties relating to his teenage son. |
Though depply upset by his wife's death, he sees how much Hope has grown during the subsequent events, and encourages him to find his own path and make his own decisions.
Now wanted by the Sanctum for his actions in aiding Pulse l'Cie, Bartholomew is currently under the protection of the Cavalry.
|Acting in the guise of a human Primarch, Galenth Dysley has concealed his true identity as the fal'Cie Barthandelus. |
He reveals to Lightning and her companions that their Focus is for one of them to take on the form of Ragnarok and shatter Cocoon.
Despite overseeing Cocoon's prosperity for so long, it seems he now desires its destruction. To that end, he has watched over the fugitive l'Cie, and even taken a direct hand in their survival.
|During his failed attempt to overthrow fal'Cie rule, Cid Raines was cursed to become a pawn of Barthandelus. Concealing his l'Cie status as he continues to lead the Cavalry, Raines pursues his Focus of supporting and guiding Lightning and her companions along the path to Cocoon's destruction. |
After defying his Focus and falling in battle against the fugitive l'Cie, Raines turns to crystal. He is later revived by Barthandelus to serve as the new Primarch - a puppet with the sole purpose of inciting conflict among the people of Cocoon.
|Yaag Rosch is a PSICOM officer who graduated with results second only to his fellow trainee, Jihl Nabaat. |
His leadership skills shown in joint missions with the Guardian Corps earn him the command of the anti-l'Cie operations in Palumpolum.
Despite feeling doubt over the fate of innocents during the Purge, Rosch views the brutal and thankless task of maintaining the overall stability of society to be a soldier's sworn duty.
|Jihl Nabaat is a talented PSICOM officer who graduated at the head of her class. |
As the supervisor in charge of Dajh's testing, she grows close to his father, Sazh. However, her kindness was simply a ruse to gain access to the boy's l'Cie ability to sense Pulse entities.
She captures Sazh and Vanille in Nautilus, using them as bait in her scheme to draw the other Pulse l'Cie out of hiding. Jihl's plans backfire when her carefully laid ambush is unable to contain the l'Cie and Barthandelus disposes of her as he would any other tool.
|Rygdea is an officer in the Wide-area Response Brigade formerly led by Cid Raines. |
Disgusted by the deception of the Sanctum, he thought to retire from the military, but instead joined Raines and the Cavalry in their efforts to bring down the government. Rygdea followed the general without question, unaware of his superior's status as a servant of the Sanctum fal'Cie.
Barthandelus has now placed Raines in the position of Primarch, leaving Rygdea to lead the Cavalry in a charge to topple the Sanctum and destroy Orphan.
|Amodar is a lieutenant in the Bodhum Security Regiment, and was Lightning's direct superior. |
Climbing his way through the ranks with persistence and hard work, he is respected by his subordinates for his fair treatment on and off the field of battle.
NORA's unregulated monster-hunting falls under his jurisdiction, but aside from a few warnings for the sake of formality, he generally turns a blind eye to the group's earnest efforts.
|A childhood friend of Snow, Gadot is one of the founding members of NORA. With his impressive frame, he sees himself as the group's shock trooper. |
Raised almost like a brother to Snow in a Sanctum facility, he knows the NORA leader better than anyone. Despite his often blunt comments and rough behavior, he is devoted to Snow's ideals of compassion.
|Friends with Snow from a young age, Lebreau is one of the founding members of NORA. She runs the caf� they opened to fund NORA's operations, and her cooking is one of the best-kept secrets in Bodhum. |
With her brusque, no-nonsense manner, the young woman is treated just like one of the guys, and she would have it no other way.
|Maqui joined the ranks of NORA out of his admiration for Snow. He loves to tinker with machinery and serves as the group's mechanic. His talent for taking junk and using it to upgrade machines has provided NORA with a secret source of income. One day Maqui wants to be a reliable, heroic type like Snow, but he still has a long way to go. |
|A junior member of NORA, Yuj is a kind-hearted young man with an insatiable interest in fashion. |
Though he lacks the same courage as Snow and Gadot in dangerous situations, his calming influence makes him an invaluable asset to the group
|Sazh purchased this chocobo chick at a stall in Euride Gorge for his son, Dajh. However, while his attention was on the transaction, Dajh ran into the energy plant and headlong into the incident that changed him into a Sanctum l'Cie. |
Though boy and chick have met only once during the brief visit Sazh was allowed by PSICOM in Bodhum, they became fast friends. Dajh is trying to decide on what he wants to call the chick, but for now, the chocobo remains nameless.