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Imperial airborne division commodore known for captaining a distinct red aircraft as well as a squad of mercenaries. Even in hand-to-hand combat, Aranea is most at home in the skies, wielding a magitek lance in dragoon-style aerial attacks.
—Official description

Aranea Highwind is an antagonist and a guest party member in Final Fantasy XV. She is captain of the Niflheim Empire's Third Army Corps 86th Airborne Unit, and her skill in aerial combat has earned her the nickname, "The Dragoon."[1]

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AppearanceEdit

Aranea has shoulder-length, silver-blond hair. She wears red and black armor.

PersonalityEdit

Aranea has been described by her English voice actress, Kari Wahlgren, as "edgy" and "street smart", though her loyalty remains ambiguous due to her status as a mercenary. She does not agree with immoral practices, such as the empire using Daemons in their warcraft, but plays along for a very long time. As a free spirited woman, she also encourages Noct to not let anyone tell him how to walk his path in life. [2] She also displays a mischievous side when she flirts with Noctis in battle.

StoryEdit

Aranea was a mercenary who was hired by Niflheim due to her unique fighting abilities. She was given rank and soldiers in order to see her missions through, including her two subordinates Biggs and Wedge. She attacks the party when they infiltrate a base, but leaves since she does not get paid after a certain time.

Later in an instance in which the party is cooperating with Ardyn, the imperials and Gladiolus has left to handle business of his own, she joins the party as they raid a temple in order to "train them", while really the goal is to obtain the mythril ore within for Cindy's friend in Lestallum. Together, they fight through legions of skeletons and creme brules and defeat Quetzalcoatl, the temple guardian, and retrieve the ore it protected. After the fight against the lightning bird, she suggests Noct watch his "princely/kingly" self, and that she will train the party some more if their paths cross again. Talking to her again will result in them being given a ride back.

Through her, the party learns that the empire is harvesting "specimens" to make into Daemons for warfare. Examples of this include the Magitek troopers, which are made from the parts of Iron Giants in specialized laboratories. She disagrees with this practice and is seriously considering leaving for good and hunting the daemons down as a mercenary again. She also does not approve of the Emperor and his new high commanders, and especially detests Ardyn.

GameplayEdit

Aranea is not directly controllable and the player cannot customize her equipment or actions. She primarily fights mid-range, before diving into enemies with her jumps. Like Cor, she was higher parameters than the actual main party. Her party technique is called Highwind, which deals massive damage. Whenever she rescues someone who's in critical condition, she does so by slapping them across the face, unlike the other party members who are much less blunt in their rescues.

Creation and developmentEdit

FF XIII Versus Dragoon girl

The mysterious dragoon as she appeared in promotional material for Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Before Final Fantasy Versus XIII became Final Fantasy XV, Aranea was known only as the "female Dragoon." She was seen in early trailers for the game facing off against Noctis Lucis Caelum in Insomnia. Aranea was designed by Roberto Ferrari around the end of June, 2010.[3]

VoiceEdit

In the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XV, Aranea is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. She shares her Japanese voice actress with Raffaello from the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, Sice from Final Fantasy Type-0, Quistis Trepe from World of Final Fantasy, and Minfilia from Final Fantasy XIV.

In the English version of Final Fantasy XV, Aranea is voiced by Kari Wahlgren.[4] She shares her English voice actress with Shelke Rui from Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and World of Final Fantasy, Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca from Final Fantasy XII, and Ovelia Atkascha from Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.

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EtymologyEdit

Aranea is a genus of orb-weaver spider.

"High wind" is typical of wind speeds that place a seven on the Beaufort scale. When wind travels this fast (approximately 32 to 38 miles per hour), the sea heaps up. Streaks of foam from breaking waves are blown in the direction the wind is traveling, and there are moderate amounts of airborne spray. On land, high wind moves entire trees, and effort is required to walk against it.

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