I finally finished the Final Fantasy XIV Lightning quests. Risa looks so good in cosplay! It’s a pity that the stats on the gear are kind of meh, but hey, can’t have everything, right? Also, I have a riddle! When is a boomerang also a book?
See the answer, above. Apparently, the boomerang folds out and then upwards, and the pages are projected. Pretty nifty, huh? And hey, since I can insert pictures now, let’s have a cosplaying picture.
Or, y’know, two pics. That’s Risa, the main character of Trust, as recreated in Final Fantasy XIV. This is a good look for her :3
Anyway, the title of this post is “canon crossovers”, so let’s talk about why. In Final Fantasy XIV, Risa got this outfit because Lightning (the star of Final Fantasy XIII) wound up in Eorzea. The player was tasked with helping her defeat a ton of different beasts throughout the whole game, getting a piece of her outfit at a time. There’s no explanation really given for why Lightning was in Eorzea. After killing the beasts, Lightning would surmise that it might have been a god that dragged her there.
Now here’s where the “canon” part comes in.
When you receive the final quest to help Lightning and get the last part of the outfit, the NPC will ramble on a little bit about meeting Lightning. She’ll also say that she gave Lightning a Miqo’te outfit, because why not? Maybe there was a legitimate reason for mentioning it, but I don’t really remember it. At the end of the quest, Lightning will comment that she’s not likely to remember her time in Eorzea, before vanishing in a flash of light.
Even though Lightning is in her outfit from Final Fantasy XIII, her words throughout the game hint that she’s already lived through the plot of that game. There’s a bit of time where she could have been sent to Eorzea by Etro before the start of XIII-2, but it’s doubtful. Lightning, in the first part of the quest line, claims that the last thing she remembered was sleeping. She was sleeping in the end of XIII-2. It’s likely that Bhunivelze woke her at that time. There’s no real way to account for the time that passed between Lightning waking up from her throne and her appearance at the end of XIII-2. Therefore, it’s likely that, if this IS canon, this is the time period in which Bhunivelze sent her to Erozea.
Accounting for the change of clothes, Bhunivelze is a god. It’s likely that he put Lightning back in her old clothes. This also means that he can directly affect items in her possession – including a Miqo’te outfit.
Now, on to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The Miqo’te dress is available in this game by completing a very simple sidequest. After completing this sidequest and getting the outfit, Hope pops on the comm and comments that the Miqo’te are said to inhabit a “mythical land” called Eorzea. However, it’s been said in this game many times that Hope knows things that he shouldn’t know. He says that it might have been Bhunivelze that put this knowledge in his head – but why would Bhunivelze put the knowledge of Eorzea and, specifically, the Miqo’te, in his head?
My guess is that, as far as the timelines are concerned, Lightning’s trip to Eorzea is canon, and Hope knew about it. However, since Lightning doesn’t remember the trip, he has to say that Eorzea is mythical. Bhunivelze took the Miqo’te dress and put it in a place where Lightning could get it, but in a way that was easy to explain away. How confusing would it be to wake up with an outfit you don’t remember, right?
This is just my interpretation of events in both games, mind. Could just be a continuity nod to the crossover event without canonizing it completely. Who knows?