A noble warrior of a foreign land. A faithful retainer to his lord and master, he fears not even death...
- —Game description
Cyan Garamonde is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a Samurai and one of the finest and most noble soldiers of the kingdom of Doma. He is husband to Elayne, and father to Owain. His Japanese name is Cayenne.
Cyan is a middle-aged warrior with a long dark hair in a ponytail, and a short mustache. He wears blue armor in his pre-smartphone version in-game sprites, and brown armor in his Yoshitaka Amano artworks and in the smartphone port sprites. He has a matching cape and carries a katana. Cyan is the second-oldest permanently playable character of the main cast, after Strago.
Cyan has a distinguishable pseudo-Early Modern English manner of speech, using archaic expressions such as "thou", "dost", "thy", and referring to males with the title "Sir". In the original Japanese he speaks in a characteristic "samurai" manner, using the pronoun sessha and ending sentences with de gozaru. This prompts Gau to nickname Sabin "Gozaru" in the Japanese release, or "Mr. Thou" in the English games. De gozaru is a rough or uncultured way of saying de gozaimasu and is used by a samurai or ronin or yakuza in film or television to denote masculinity and ruthlessness. Cyan writes the same way he speaks, and when reading a letter from him in the World of Ruin, the party instantly recognizes his style.
Being a survivor of Doma's poisoning, Cyan is plagued with survivor's guilt, blaming himself for Doma's fall and believing to have lost his honor. He is adverse to displays of affection. Due to Doma's simple lifestyle, Cyan is technophobic and struggles operating machines, but overcomes his fear and when he rejoins the party in the World of Ruin, the party can find several basic books about machines suggesting he has been trying to learn about them. If the player speaks to Cyan while onboard the Falcon, he will be staring at the engine, commenting it is "an interesting apparatus".
I am Cyan, retainer to the king of Doma. I am your worst nightmare...
- —Cyan, to the Captain
The Gestahlian Empire attacks Doma and in a strategy meeting Cyan suggests killing off the commander, and carries out the plan alone. Kefka Palazzo, who is in charge of the Siege of Doma while General Leo Cristophe is away, has other plans: he dumps poison into the river that leads through Doma, killing almost everyone inside, including the King of Doma, and Cyan's wife and son, Elayne and Owain.
The only survivors are Cyan and a single Doman scout. Gripped by sorrow which turns into rage, Cyan rushes into the Imperial Camp to get revenge, with the help of Sabin and Shadow. Grateful for their help, Cyan agrees to accompany them to Narshe. The threesome escape the base in Magitek Armor, which Cyan is reluctant to use.
In a forest the trio board the Phantom Train, and learn from the conductor that to get off they must make their way to the locomotive and shut it off. They stop the train, but witness Elayne's and Owain's spirits, along with the spirits of the victims of Doma Castle, board the train, and Cyan grieves the loss of his family. Cyan, Sabin and Shadow head to Baren Falls where Shadow leaves the party. Sabin and Cyan jump down the falls and float down the river towards the Veldt, where they are rescued by a wild child named Gau.
Gau refuses to talk to them unless they feed him, so they visit the nearby hamlet of Mobliz and buy Dried Meat and give it to Gau. Gau shows them his "shiny thing," a scuba-diving helmet, which can take them through the Serpent Trench to Nikeah. Despite Gau making fun of Cyan's archaic way of speaking, Cyan and Gau grow close. From Nikeah they take a ferry to South Figaro where they can reach Narshe to join the Returners.
Cyan, Sabin, and Gau arrive when Kefka is planning a raid on Narshe to get the recently discovered frozen esper. The three help Banon, Terra Branford, Locke Cole, Edgar Roni Figaro, and Celes Chere defend Narshe in the Battle for the Frozen Esper but afterward Terra reacts with Valigarmanda and is turned into an esper herself, flying away. A search party is sent to look for her and they locate her atop the tallest tower in Zozo, where she is being cared for by Ramuh. Ramuh tells them they need to go to Vector and free the imprisoned espers, one of them being Terra's father, Maduin. The group recovers the espers, and saves Terra.
The Elder of Narshe decides to join with the Returners. An agreement is made that Terra would contact the espers to attack Vector, after which a coalition of Returners and Narshe guards would storm from the north. The plan is a success, and Emperor Gestahl appears to have surrendered. At a banquet he asks Terra to convince the espers to negotiate peace and she and Locke go to Crescent Island to parley the Emperor's message.
Cyan and the others are skeptical of the Emperor and stay in Vector to ensure he wasn't lying, Cyan personally guarding Kefka's cell. Edgar seduces one of the Emperor's maids into revealing the his true plan: he wants to lure out the espers to capture them. They fly to Thamasa to warn Terra and Locke, but Kefka has already acquired more magicite and used it to revive the Warring Triad and turn the Esper World into the Floating Continent. When he disturbs the Triad's delicate balance the face of the world shifts, the party's airship is ripped apart, and the party is separated.
One year after the end of the world, Cyan finds an anxious Lola in Maranda, worrying her (dead) boyfriend is not writing her. Cyan makes his home atop Mt. Zozo and sends letters and hand-made silk flowers to Lola in the stead of her boyfriend. He begins studying machines. When the rest of the party finds him at Mt. Zozo he rejoins.
When Cyan returns to Doma and takes a rest there, he is haunted by the Three Dream Stooges: Laragorn, Curlax, and Moebius. The rest of the party go inside his mind and help him clear his thoughts. They defeat Wrexsoul, a manifestation of Cyan's fear and anger.
After Kefka has been felled and Kefka's Tower is crumbling, Cyan saves Edgar by using a machine.
Cyan's stats are skewed in the physical department. He has high strength and defense, but low speed and the lowest magic in the party. His weapons are limited to katana and the Zantetsuken, and he equips heavy armor and helmets, and all shields. His ability is Bushido, which lets Cyan open a secondary ATB bar to charge up and execute special attacks. Cyan's Desperation Attack is Tsubame Gaeshi that deals magical damage to one enemy.
Cyan learns new Bushido attacks as he levels up, but after completing his Dreamscape he automatically learns all the Bushido attacks. The "Psycho Cyan bug" involves, among other things, his Bushido. Cyan begins equipped with an Ashura, Buckler, Leather Cap and Leather Armor.
- Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Fang (33%) or Attack (33%) or Attack (33%)
If attacked by anything: Attack (33%) or Nothing (66%)
- See also: List of Final Fantasy VI weapons
- See also: List of Final Fantasy VI armor
Creation and developmentEdit
Cyan's back story and character development were written by Hiroyuki Ito. His character stayed consistent during development, but parts of his story were supposed to interact with Angela, an extra character who was cut from the game. She was a "big sister" archetype and had a take-charge, sultry attitude. She would flirt with Cyan, who, considering his personality, would overreact. It is unknown if she was an NPC or playable character, but she was probably planned to be playable as she had a whip for a weapon.
Cyan's Bushido skill names are simple, but originally, they were to have more dramatic names, such as Chou Baku Hiryuu Zan ("Super Explosive Flying Dragon Slice").
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Cyan's theme is reminiscent of the samurai of old, and is the background music for Doma Castle.
Cyan's leitmotif is the first character theme reprised in the "Ending Theme". Indirectly, his theme is reprised in the ending theme of Dissidia Final Fantasy. It comprises of the ending themes of the first ten Final Fantasy games, and because Cyan's leitmotif is played first in the "Ending Theme", his segment is picked to represent Final Fantasy VI.
Cyan makes a small cameo during the data install sequence. If the player repeatedly presses during the install, Cyan will spin across the snowfield struggling to control a suit of Magitek Armor.
Cyan appears as a playable character.
Cyan appears as a Legend.
A samurai sworn to defend Doma, an eastern land whose royal castle was decimated by Kefka's treachery. Cyan joined the Returners to avenge the death of his liege and his beloved wife and child.
- —Character Profile
Cyan appears as a recruitable character. He joins the party after clearing the Phantom Train for the first time. He was also the Tier 2 recruit in the Touched by Magic Challenge Event. He can also be recruited by accepting and completing the Bonus Quest "Complete Imperial Camp Classic (VI)".
Cyan is a Samurai. His combat role is Physical Attack.
Cyan, like Cloud recruited before him, is an excellent addition to the party, especially for early players whose physical capabilities and speed may be lacking by the time he is recruited. Unfortunately for him as well as several other units requiring specific weapons, he can easily fall victim to the game's randomness at drawing new equipment and may not get the katana he needs to perform at his best. Still, he combines physical power and speed in ways none other than a Dragoon can match or exceed. Auron, Cyan's spiritual successor, is more powerful, but much slower.
Cyan can use all Combat abilities and all Samurai abilities.
His default Soul Break is Bushido Fang, a physical attack against a single target.
- Additional information
Cyan was the first character to receive a second copy of his Memory Crystal I. These copies are appropriately located on the Phantom Train under Elite difficulty, and on Mt. Zozo's Summit in the World of Ruin during Touched by Magic. These locations reference his places of deepest pain in the original game.
Cyan makes an appearance with four Fire-elemental cards.
Cyan appears on a Triple Triad card.
Cyan's Japanese name, Cayenne, designates a type of chili pepper. Cyan is taken from the Greek kyanos, meaning "dark blue" or "lapis lazuli". Garamonde could be a form of the Old English surname Garamond, or "patron", or a reference to the typeface named after French typesetter Claude Garamond.
- An official piece of artwork for Final Fantasy VI depicts Cyan holding what looks to be a traditional Japanese dango.
- Cyan's Desperation Attack, Tsubame Gaeshi, was a famous technique mastered by Sasaki Kojirō, a famed Japanese swordsman in the Sengoku period of feudal Japan. Kojirō was best known to have been slain by Miyamoto Musashi during a duel at the island of Funajima.
- Cyan was Hironobu Sakaguchi's favorite character in Final Fantasy VI.
- In Final Fantasy XIV, a chocobo's feather colors are changed by feeding it different fruit, where each fruit will change the color bias based on an RGB and CMY scale. Feeding the chocobo Doman Plums will increase the Cyan value.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Final Fantasy VI Settei Shiryō-hen, p.26
- ↑ Official UK PlayStation Magazine. Final Fantasy IX: Our 10 page Preview of the upcoming RPG masterpiece. Including an interview with Producer Hironobu Sakaguchi and Director Hiroyuki Itou. (in English), 41–51, Future Publishing.Invalid citation format.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 V-Jump issue (in Japanese)
- ↑ V Jump September 1994 issue