NOTE: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FINAL FANTASY XVI.
The Final Fantasy XVI Ultimania recently launched in Japan, with many fans now sharing various tidbits of lore found throughout its contents. One of the most interesting early pieces of identified character-related history, posted by @aitaikimochi, regards the characters’ ages. While Clive’s and Jill’s ages were previously known, the other Dominants’ ages have finally been unveiled.
Firstly, Joshua Rosfield, Dion Lesage, and Terence are all 23 years old before the timeskip and 28 years old after the timeskip. As for the other Dominants, Benedikta Harman is 28 by the time Clive encounters her. On the other hand, Hugo Kupka is 38 years old (unknown if pre or post-timeskip), and Cid Telamon is 44.
Perhaps most shockingly, though, is Barnabas, who is 65 years old before the time skip and then a whopping 70 after it. His physical appearance is 42 years old. Moreover, he created Sleipnir Harbard when he was around 18, following the death of his mother.
As for Clive, he goes from 15 to 28 to 33 in the order of his depicted appearances throughout the timeskips. Lastly, Jill Warrick goes from 12 to 25 to 30.
Immense thanks to @aitaikimochi for sharing this information.
Final Fantasy XVI is a more action-heavy entry than its predecessors, with a Devil May Cry V designer even taking the helm. Throughout the title, players will control the protagonist, Clive, as he confronts various Dominants, humans who have been cursed with the power to become Eikons.
Clive is the “First Shield of Rosaria,” sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, who’s the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following a certain tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit.
The producer, Naoki Yoshida, describes this game as akin to his experience with the first Final Fantasy, as “playing the lead in an epic motion picture.” The reasoning for this title’s action-oriented approach and more classical fantasy setting was to “appeal to as wide a range of gamers as possible.”
Final Fantasy XVI is available on PlayStation 5.
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