Promise me... Promise me you will banish the darkness, and restore peace to the world...
Aria Benett, also known as Elia, is a guest character from Final Fantasy III. She temporarily joins the party at the Wrecked Ship to restore the Water Crystal. She is also the first character in the series to have her own personal theme.
Aria is a young girl with long blonde hair with a small braid in the back tied with a blue ribbon and the rest tied in a ponytail and blue eyes. She wears a long, plain, white halter-dress.
Aria is met shortly after the party leaves the Floating Continent for the Surface World. She can be found on the Wrecked Ship island in the northern part of the world lying in bed, watched over by an old man. Aria accompanies the party to the Temple of Water to retrieve the shard of the Crystal of Water. Using this, she can open the door within the Cave of Tides, where the Water Crystal is kept.
If the party speaks with Aria while she follows them, she describes the light which she senses from the Warriors of the Light as strong, yet gentle.
When the party reaches the Water Crystal the group is attacked by Kraken. Aria pushes Luneth out of the way, and takes the blast. After Aria dies from the injuries in Luneth's arms, time flows again in the world, and the party wakes up days later inside an inn in a town named Amur.
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Aria's theme is "Elia, the Maiden of Water," which is also sampled in the opening theme from Final Fantasy III. "Once You Meet Her" is a vocal arrangement of her theme featured in the album Final Fantasy: Pray.
Aria is the first protagonist character to have a theme named for them.
Aria appears on a card.
As a female given name, Aria (אריה) means "lioness" in Hebrew, or "air" in Italian. It also refers to "aria," a self-contained piece for one voice usually, most commonly found in the context of opera.
Benett is the medieval form of the word "benedict", meaning blessed.
Her Japanese name is Elia.Elia is the feminine form of Elijah. Elijah means "My god is He."
- In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Elia is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the White Mage job.
- Aria is the only guest character to appear in the FMV opening.