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Final Fantasy II

It's a man's nature to sin, yet you answer sin with violence upon violence. Is that not itself a sin?
Quote by: Emperor Mateus Palamecia

Characters

Final Fantasy II was the first game to have a main set of character whom you travel with in the game, with their own names, personalities and histories. The first three characters can never be changed, though the fourth character is actually always changing.

Here we have listed all of the main characters, the other playable characters that you temporarily have in your party from time to time and the most important characters and villains in the game of Final Fantasy II. Be careful that some of the descriptions may contain spoilers and reveal parts of the game you might have not played yet.

Main Characters


Firion
A.K.A.: Frioniel
フリオニール
Job: Freelancer/Warrior
Hometown: Fynn
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Blood Type: AB
Laterality: Right-Handed

He is the main character of Final Fantasy II and also the leader of the party. He is the adopted brother of Maria and Leon. Firion is a part of the Wild Rose Rebellion against the Empire of Palamecia, which started when Palamecia took over the Kingdom of Fynn and his foster parents are killed. With the help of his comrades Maria and Guy, his quests starts. From time to time in different points of the game, he is helped by Minwu, Josef, Gordon, Leila, Ricard and Leon. Eventually, he will have to confront the Emperor, twice actually, since he has a dark secret that allows him to return from the dead.

Firion starts with a broadsword, a buckler and leather armor. He starts as being the most balanced character. You can decide what route you want him to follow, as in what kind of fighter you want him to become. Therefore, he is a freelancer at the beginning, however the most common jobs are either a warrior or a knight.


Maria
A.K.A.: -
マリア
Job: Archer/Black Mage
Hometown: Fynn
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Blood Type: B
Laterality: Right-Handed

Maria is one of Firion's permanent allies and Leon's sister, whom she gets separated of at the start of the game. Later when she finds out that one of the Emperor's servants, the Dark Knight, is Leon, she's shocked. When the original Emperor dies for the first time, Leon tries to crown himself as the new Emperor. Maria now accompanies Firion to confront him. Before Leon can do anything, the Emperor returns from the dead and Leon is forced to give up his dreams of ruling. Her parents were killed during the attack on Fynn, which gave her a good reason for not being able to go home after being taken by the princess of Altair Hilda. After Firion asks her and Guy to join the rebel army, they were refused. But after Maria made the statement that they cannot go home since their hometown Fynn has been destroyed by the Emperor and her parents are killed, Hilda gives them the rebel password 'Wild Rose', which allowed them to stay in Altair. At the end of the game, Maria wants Firion, Guy, Leon, and herself to stay together, but soon Firion allows Leon to leave, allowing him to follow his own path.

Maria starts out with her bow and clothes, but she can become proficient with any weapon she wields. Maria has the most Intelligence of the three main starting characters and that makes her suitable for being a Black Mage. Bows give her the neat advantage of attacking from the back row, without being attack, so usually, it's a good choice to keep the bow as her main weapon. Maria looks a lot like a female warrior from the first game of Final Fantasy and she's free-spirited, smart, has a strong will and she's beautiful.

In the Playstation remake of Final Fantasy Origins, Maria's voice is done by Noriko Shitaya, whom later also does the voice of Rydia in the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy IV.


Guy
A.K.A.: Gus
ガイ
Job: Warrior/White Mage
Hometown: Fynn
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Blood Type: B
Laterality: Right-Handed

Guy is the second permanent ally of Firion and he has the ability to talk to or at least understand animals. His past is actually a mystery, since it's not explained on how he got the ability to communicate with animals. In the Japanese novel of the game, it's said that he had been abandoned in the wild and then raised by a beast called Mauza until the age of ten. Then he was taken by Firion and his adopted family, whom taught him the ways of human society. Guy has a pure heart and he talks in a simple and childish dialect, but that doesn't mean that he is very important and he is an invaluable asset to the party.

He starts off with an axe and leather armor and he has the most Strength, HP and Stamina out of the three starting characters. Therefore, he's suitable for becoming a Warrior, but since he also has the most Spirit and a kind attitude, he's also fit to become a White Mage.

In the Playstation remake of Final Fantasy Origins, Guy's voice is done by Kenta Miyake.


Leon
A.K.A.: Leonhart
レオンハルト
Job: Dark Knight
Hometown: Fynn
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Blood Type: O
Laterality: Left-Handed

Leon gets separated from his sister Maria and the other two allies during an attack by Palamecian Knights. Later he has to fight his former allies when he becomes the Emperor's Dark Knight. After the Emperor is destroyed in the Whirlwind, Leon wants to follow his dream to become a rules and he tries to crown himself the new Emperor. However after the Emperor returns from the dead in demonic form, he has to flee with Firion and Maria. Then he decides to join forces with Firion, Maria and Guy to defeat the Emperor for good at Pandaemonium. Leon leaves at the end of the game, when he tells the party that "too much has gone on between us". But Firion just comments that when he is ready to return, he will be welcomed with open arms.

The stats of Leon are usually higher than most of the characters when first playing with him, unless you've spent many hours of training your other characters before you start playing with Leon. He doesn't have access to any spells and he has the least MP, however you can learn him some nice spells so he'll become a good fighter. Be sure to raise his HP more too.

In the Playstation remake of Final Fantasy Origins, Leon's voice is done by Takayuki Yamaguchi.

Important Playable Characters


Minwu
A.K.A.: Mindu
ミンウ (Ming-Wu)
Job: White Mage
Hometown: Fynn
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Blood Type: A
Laterality: Right-Handed

Minwu is the right-hand of Princess Hilda and he will do anything tohelp the Wild Rose Rebellion. He has served the royal family of Fynn for a long time as their personal mage and healer. During the attack of the Empire, he fled Fynn with Princess Hilda and the King. Then he helps to set up the rebel base in Altair. Minwu was the one who healed Firion and his friends after they had been beaten badly in the woods near Fynn. Later, once Firion has been accepted into the resistance, he escorts them to the Semitt Falls to find mythril for their cause. In order to get it, they have to fight their way through the falls. Once returned to Altair, the injuries of the King of Fynn became worse, so Minwu stays in Altair to look after the King. Sadly, the King eventually dies of his wounds, but with his final breath, he tells Minwu to travel to Mysidia to find the ultimate spell. He agrees and leaves right away to fulfill the last wishes and the King's last request.

In Mysidian Tower the party eventually meets up with Minwu again after he finds out that a seal is blocking the way to the Ultima tome. He then decides to break the seal himself, since he knew that it was his fate, however, this costs him his own life. While he tells the rest of the party not to be sad for his death, he dies seconds later in the tower. This however, was not the end of his journey. He then finds himself in a place that looks like the Jade Passage. While traveling through the strange place, he meets the Prince of Kashuon, Scott, Josef and Ricard, whom are dead now too. They start traveling together to a strange place called Pandaemonium. At the top, they find the Emperor's light side and they have to fight it in battle. After it has been defeated, Minwu can finally rest, since he knows that the future of the world is in good hands...


Josef
A.K.A.: -
ヨーゼフ
Job: Monk
Hometown: Salamand
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Blood Type: O
Laterality: Right-Handed

Josef is originally a soldier for the Palamecian Empire, but he escapes during his youth. He goes to Salamand with a nameless young woman who later became his wife and he gets a daughter named Nelly. Josef builds an ice sled to take advantage of the snow fields of Salamand, but when he retires, he leaves the sled in the nearby Semitt Falls. It is unknown why he actually fled the empire and his view of it and its citizens is sour. Firion and his friends meet him in Salamand, where Josef is actually quite cold against them. This changes however, when Firion and the others rescue the men of Salamand and Nelly from slavery in the Semitt Cave. Firion finds out that the Goddess's Bell is in the snow cave north of Salamand and Josef now tells them about his old ice sled. He decides to accompany them to recover the sled so they could go through the ice fields to the ice cave to recover the Goddess's Bell. When they are leaving, they are attacked by Borghen. When he is defeated, he triggers a trap mechanism, causing a boulder to come falling down on the party. Josef throws in himself to block the boulder. This is something he can't hold for long, so he tells Firion, Maria and Guy to get away as soon as possible, while he will hold on the boulder as long as he can. When they are save, Josef can't hold the boulder much longer and as he runs out of strength, he is crushed.

Josef finds himself again in the afterlife, where he is confronted by a hideous zombie-like creature that looks like Borghen. He meets up with Scott and Minwu, who help him to defeat the creature. Later, they find the spirit of Ricard and he travels with them. They actually believe that they are in Hell, but when they meet the Emperor's light side, he tells them that they are actually in Heaven. He has brought them all to him to ask them to forgive hem for his dark side's actions. But they don't believe him as they are warned by the subconscious souls of the heroes' still-living friends and family. The Light Emperor is actually just as evil as the Dark Emperor. So Josef, Minwu, Scott and Ricard fight and defeat him.

Nice thing to know: Josef is actually the first playable character who dies in the Final Fantasy series. Josef also re-appears in Final Fantasy IX as the Eidolon Ramuh.


Gordon
A.K.A.: -
ゴードン
Job: Knight
Hometown: Kashuan
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Blood Type: B
Laterality: Right-Handed

Gordon is the younger brother of Scott and they both are a Prince of Kashuon and allies of the Kingdom of Fynn. Further, they are both enamored of Princess Hilda. Gordon wields a spear and he knows a few White Magic spells and has balanced stats. At the beginning of the game, Gordon is depressed and he wanders around in Altair, grieving for his brother's death for which he blames himself. This is also the reason what keeps him from joining the Wild Rose Rebellion, buy he does offer the knowledge he has on various things when asked. When the rebellions need the Sunfire to destroy Dreadnaught, he finally takes action and meets up with Firion and the others at Kashuan Keep where he offers to travel to the castle which is infested by enemies and monsters since he is the only one who can open the door to the Egil's Torch. When the King of Fynn is dying, he recognizes how Gordon had grown and he grants him full control over the Rebellion's army.

When Firion and the rest return from Deist, they find out that Hilda has been captured and that she has been replaced with a Lamia Queen, done by the Palamecian Empire. Gordon now asks to join Firion and the rest on the rescue mission while Leila keeps watch on the army for him. Eventually, he rescues Hilda with the help of the party, even though he was thrown into the dungeon of the Coliseum. During the rest of the game, Gordon never leaves Hilda's side and he leads the bulk of the Rebellion with her and Firion and the rest acts as the front line. When the game comes to an end, they have pledged to join together to rebuild their kingdoms and Gordon finally believes that he can live up to his brother's expectations.


Leila
A.K.A.: -
レイラ (Reila)
Job: Thief
Hometown: Paloon
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Blood Type: B
Laterality: Left-Handed

You first meet Leila as a pirate captain, hired by Firion to transport him and his friends across the seas to the ruined Kingdom of Deist. However when they are on the open sea, she betrays them and has her crew attack Firion. After the defeat of the pirates, they spare her life and she joins the party, giving them access to her pirate ship. She joins them in the quest in Deist to save the last Wyvern egg and on the transport back to Fynn. When they return and find out that Princess Hilda has been kidnapped and replaced with a Lamia Queen, Leila offers to lead the Wild Rose Rebellion as Gordon joins the party for the rescue mission. Leila participates in the Liberation of Fynn once Hilda is successfully recovered and she joins the party on the front lines. Later, she goes on to help  the group approach the Tower o Mysidia, but when they are attacked by the Leviathan, she gets separated from her ship and the rest. It is never explained though, how she survived or got back to Fynn Castle. For the rest of the game, she remains as a background character offering information. At the end of the game, she offers Firion a place among her pirates, but Maria doesn't take it very well.


Ricard
A.K.A.: Edward, Gareth
リチャード (Richard)
Job: Dragoon
Hometown: Deist
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Blood Type: A
Laterality: Right-Handed

Ricard Highwind is a dragoon from Deist and he prefers to wield a spear in battle. He joins forces with Firion for some time and accompanies him into the Whirlwind to defeat the Emperor for the first time. When Leon attempts to take the throne of Palamecia, the party goes on their way to him to confront him. The Emperor returns from the dead and Ricard attacks the Emperor to create a diversion while the others get picked up by the Wyvern and escape. Ricard however, is no match for the undead but powerful Emperor and he dies. In the afterlife, he meets up with Josef, Minwu, and Scott to defeat the light side of the Emperor.

Nice notes: Ricard is actually the first Dragoon in the Final Fantasy series and the first one to have the surname Highwind. In Final Fantasy IV you'll find Kain Highwind, in Final Fantasy V, it's Alexander Highwind tycoon and Cid Highwind in Final Fantasy VII. Further, in the remake Dawn of Souls, the son of a fellow dragoon was named Kain. When Ricard returns to Deist, he and his mother were the only dragoons left, thus when he dies, Kain follows the Dragoon Legacy. It is speculated that this is the same Kain from Final Fantasy IV, since in the DS release of the game, Kain states that his father died fighting an evil empire. In the remake of Final Fantasy IV is a flashback in which the young Kain claims that his father's name is Richard Highwind.


Scott
A.K.A.: -
スコット
Job: Red Mage
Hometown: Kashuan
Zodiac Sign: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown
Laterality: Left-Handed

Scott actually doesn't play a big role in Final Fantasy II, but he still has to be named. He is a Prince of Kashuan and the elder brother of Gordon. The alliance between his Kingdom and the Kingdom of Fynn along with his feelings for Princess Hilda, lead him to defend Fynn Castle during the attack of the Empire. Unfortunately, he dies shortly after the attack, while defending the Castle. Just before he dies, he tells Firion about Borghen's treason. He gives the party the Map Ring and then dies. During the game, he plays an important role for Gordon, as he blames himself for the death of his brother, though he desperately wants to live up to his brother's expectations. Later, in the afterlife Scott meets up with Josef, Minwu, and Ricard to defeat the light side of the Emperor.

Scott has some nice stats, but it's very important to build up all of them from level one. He could be considered as a Red Mage, since he has some nice techniques and he knows the spells Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Cure and Life, which represents the versatility of spells that Red Mages have.

Nice notes: In Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, Scott appears as a playable character during the Soul of Rebirth sidequest.

Important Non-Playable Characters


Emperor Mateus Palamecia

Emperor Mateus Palamecia is the primary 'bad guy' of Final Fantasy II, he is also the final boss of the game. As stated in his name, he is the Emperor of Palamecia and he wants to conquer the world by using demonic forces. He build up a massive army of demons by summoning up creatures from Hell. Then, piece by piece, he started to take over the world. Several cities resisted, like the city of Fynn, who fought hard to defeat the city, but were no match at all. And the only Kingdoms that pose a threat, such as Deist were conquered after their wyverns' drinking water was poisoned. It's not explained how he summons the demons, but it does show his power. Eventually, the Emperor kidnaps Princess Hilda of Fynn when Firion and the others are helping the rebels. He then makes her a prize in a tournament at his coliseum. Firion and the others then set out to rescue her, but it's a trap and the Emperor unleashes the Behemoth on them. He locks them away, after which he is able to continue the assault in the world. The party escapes, but they are too late as the Emperor has already summoned a giant Cyclone to destroy Fynn. They make their way inside and attack the Emperor again. He is now defeated, but the story isn't over. The Dark Knight (the right-hand of the Emperor) takes control over the Palamecian army. The party travels to the Castle of Palamecia, which is protected by the mountains. They confront the Dark Knight, but before they can do or say anything, the Emperor appears again, now in a new demonic form!

The only thing they did by killing him, was actually making him stronger, as he now gained incredible strength and the became the Emperor of Hell. To get the party out of Palamecia, Ricard summons the Wind Drake, while he confronts the revived Emperor. Sadly, the Dragoon is killed easily. It's never made clear if the Emperor killed himself to gain the dark powers, given the fact he already had power over hell spawn, but there's a big chance that those were his intentions. Now, he summons the Castle of Hell, Pandaemonium, where Palamecia once stood, trying to reign over both earth and hell. The party now travels through the Jade Passage to confront the Emperor head on and eventually defeat him. He fades away, but then something nobody would think that could happen, happened. His dark side went to hell an became the Dark Emperor, while his light side went to heave and became the Light Emperor. With the new powers he gained, he summoned the fallen souls of Minwu, Josef, Scott and Ricard to him as representatives of those who fell in the wake of the Empire's conquests. When they arrive, he asks them for forgiveness and offered them eternal life. They consider his offer, but the souls of all the people they care about appear before them to warn them and to look past his charade. With their help, they realize they are being tricked and the Light Emperor is just as evil as the Dark Emperor. They attack the Light Emperor and defeat him, but he tells them it doesn't matter: as long as people exist, they will continue their bloody struggles of violence and war. Minwu comments at the very end that if anyone can change man's violent legacy, it would be Firion and his friends.

Nice notes: The Esper Mateus from Final Fantast XII is actually based on and named after the Emperor of Final Fantasy II and so is the Totema Mateys from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Also, the Emperor is the first villain in the Final Fantasy series to wipe out an entire kingdom by poisoning the water supply of their wyvern, an infamous act that would later be performed by Kefka Palazzo in Final Fantasy VI, but then even up to a bigger.

It is told in the game that a previous Emperor of Palamecia once challenged the world to see who could reach his daughter on a high floor of his castle. Many men tried this challenge but they all failed until one man used a hot air balloon to reach her. The emperor was furious and embarrassed by this and swore revenge, from which the subsequent Emperors' desire for conquest was born. This story can be read in the Mysidian library in Dawn of Souls.


Princess Hilda

Princess Hilda is the daughter of the King of Fynn and she leads the Wild Rose Rebellion. She is captured during the attack on Fynn, while the others try to rescue it. Hilda just had been replayed in her cell by a disguised Lamia Queen, who is taken back to Altair instead of Princess Hilda herself.

When they discover what really happened and that they took home a Lamia Queen, they kill the Lamia and Firion finds out that she has been kept at the Emperor's gladiatorial arena. They go on a rescue mission and after defeating an enemy they walk right into a trap and are captured by the Emperor, who arrests them.

They are able to break out of their cell and also manage to rescue Princess Hilda some time later.


Borghen

Borghen is actually an evil general in Final Fantasy II, but also a coward as he lets other do his work for him, while he hides behind those stronger than himself. Once, he served Fynn, but he turned against them and betrayed them upon the approach of the forces of Palamecia and ensured that Palamecia successfully took Fynn. Later, the party meets him and defeat him in battle. However, upon dying, he causes a boulder to roll down a slope towards the heroes. Josef holds the boulder as long as he can, so the others can escape, then dies out of exhaustion.

Borghen later returns as a Zombie guarding a treasure chest in Pandaemonium. He also returns in Ragia as a zombie, in the passage leading to Arubboth. He finds the idea of being able to kill Josef over and over again for eternity very pleasing, but he is fought and defeated by Josef, Minwu and Scott


Paul

Paul is a thief, whom is loyal to Fynn, but he works better alone than with others. You meet him on several locations in the game, where he helps out the party. You meet him for the first time in Altair, where he informs them he will not steal from them. He is freed by the party after he gets captured in Salamand. When Firion and co. gets captured in the Colliseum, it is Paul who frees them. He then provides them with information about the secret passage in Fynn Castle when they are looking for the White Mask.

Paul provides them with even more information at the end of the game, on how to get into Palamecia and he gives the party his secret stash of treasure. In the updated version of Final Fantasy II, Paul's appearance has changed, as that of many others though. Originally, Paul looked like a ninja wearing black robes that obscured his face. However, then his appearance is more inline with the original design created by Yoshitaka Amano.


Cid

Cid is the first character to bear this name, since in every of the Final Fantasy series after the second one, as a tradition, you'll come across a guy named Cid. He originally served as a White Knight of Fynn, but he gave that life up for his airship. He then offers flights on his ship out of the town of Poft and on several occasions he offers his aide to Firion and the party. He is fatally injured in the Emperor's Whirlwind and he asks Firion to his bedside to give his airship to him, telling him that he'll need it later to enter Palamecia castle to stop Leon. Soon after those words, he dies and ends up in Ragia with other people who died while fighting the Empire. He helps those who escape the enemies in the cavern to set up a small town and when Minwu and the others arrive, he promises to help them on their own quest.


Deumion

Deumion is a non-player character in the 20th Anniversary edition of Final Fantasy II. You first see him in the Arcane Labyrinth side quest where he is the guardian of the ultimate magic, Destroy. He gives the party the Restore spell if they have the Light of Hope item with them. His actual storyline is told in four related levels of the Arcane Labyrinth stemming from the Jade Passage keyword: Oblivion, Hope, Destruction and Guardian. They say that his story took place far before the actual events of the game started.

The following keywords reveal the story of Deumion: a boy who is blessed with great magical powers born in a time of great war.

Keyword: Oblivion
You start in a town that looks like Mysidia. When you try to move, a soldier appears and tells you that enemy forces have begun their attack on the village. The skies turn red and the villagers scramble. As you walk around, you can talk to a woman who'll tell you that she has lost her son, who had blond hair and a blue bandana. This naturally means that there are many children with spiked hair and bandanas. If you manage to find the one child, the mother will appear to get him, reveling his name to be Deumion. When you try to move again, he comes back to thank you, saying that you should hold onto your hope, the next keyword.

Keyword: Hope
The level is set in a cave guarded by soldiers that are different from the previous ones. When you enter the cave, you are eventually corned by them. You will be saved by a man with blond hair and a blue bandana wearing a cape, which is an older Deumion. He uses magic on the soldiers to collapse them. He then informs the party that he would rather not use his gift for destruction (which is the next keyword). If you examine the attacked soldiers you find out that they are only unconscious, showing that Deumion doesn't want to kill anyone.

Keyword: Destruction
Here, you start in a castle, following the path that leads to a throne room with a king and many robed people. Talk to all of them to reveal that they are in a war time counsel to find a way to achieve peace with the enemy. Examine the place more to find a mage claiming to be very close to making the ultimate magic. He asks them to bring him the three colors of materia so he can finish the experiment. If you do, he will combine them into the Destruction magic and he'll tell you to alert the King. The King will then tell you that it's not good as they have just reached a peace agreement with the enemies. He decides to make sure that this new power is not used for evil and it's sealed away by a powerful magic kind. The elders disagree, saying that the seal required would be too powerful, halting time itself, and it would require someone with great power to serve as its Guardian (last keyword) to keep the magic save. However, the one who can is dead, but there is one boy in the village the elders remember, who has such power and can even summon holy beasts. This is Deumion and after the King's approval, he sends out guards to find him while the elders prepare the seal.

Keyword: Guardian
You are back in Deumion's village. All ways are blocked by soldiers at first, but you have to go to two particular soldiers that stand at the southern point. A boy next to you will tell you that they are here to find Deumion and take him away for an unknown reason. If you want to say goodbye, he says, you should hurry. This is pretty hard to complete, as it requires moving to the right locations to beat the Guards to Deumion. If you've done it right, you'll witness a scene inside of Deumion's house between him and his mother. Upon leaving the house, the Guards will enter to take him away. If you've done the whole level correctly, a small glittering object can be found on the path the soldiers lead Deumion out. This item is the Light of Hope, an item necessary if you want to get the ultimate weapons for your characters and the Restore magic.

After all these events, it is assumed that Deumion was taken to the Arcane Sanctuary and turned into the seal, then left left for a long time, un-aging due the seal's affects, serving his purpose as the Guardian.

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