- “You vant to go outside!? You vant to fisticuffs!?”
- —Dr. Odine
Dr. Odine (オダイン博士, Odain-hakase?) is a non-player character in Final Fantasy VIII. He is a scientist working for Esthar. He wears a ludicrously big collar and speaks with a smarmy, German-like accent. He will do anything for his research, often demonstrating a lack of moral empathy for the ramifications of his inventions. As a result he has provided scientific knowledge for both sides of the conflict.
- “Started as a monster researcher. Discovered Guardian Forces (GF). With the cooperation of a sorceress, became the first sorceress researcher. Analyzed the sorceress' magic, and created a method enabling a regular human being to use para-magic. Balamb Garden uses the principle of para-magic, combining it with GF's power.”
- —FFVIII Info Corner
Dr. Odine began his career as a monster researcher. Along the way, he discovered the beings known as Guardian Forces.
With the cooperation of a sorceress, Dr. Odine became the first sorceress researcher, devising a mechanism that would enable ordinary human beings to use Para-Magic, a form of magic less powerful than Limit Breaks and Sorceress Power. Para-magic saw an extensive use in Balamb Garden, which combined it with the power of Guardian Forces.
During the Sorceress War, he was hired by Sorceress Adel and eventually received information about Ellone and her abilities. When she was abducted, Odine was allowed to study her and he was also charged with the building and study of the Lunatic Pandora. When Laguna, Kiros, and Ward set out to rescue Ellone, they were able to convince Odine to help them trap Adel in a containment seal.
It is unknown exactly what Odine did during the intervening years between the mutiny against Adel and Squall's arrival to Esthar, however, it can be summarized that Odine had a hand in designing the city's camouflage grid and might be in part responsible for the experiments that created the Great Salt Lake.
When Squall Leonhart and his companions arrive in Esthar City Edea Kramer, then one of Squall's companions, seeks Odine in regards to his expertise in Sorceress Power. Later on Odine is called for again for assistance in a plan to disrupt Sorceress Ultimecia's attempts for Time Compression.
- “A device to restrain sorceresses' power. Dr. Odine, afraid of Sorceress Adel's power, created it. It looks like beautiful jewelry.”
- —FFVIII Info Corner menu
Odine has created items believed to hold a sorceress' power at bay. One of these items is the Odine Bangle, which Rinoa acquires from her father, Fury Caraway. She attempts to use it on Sorceress Edea, but fails to put it on the sorceress and is almost sacrificed to a pair of Iguions as punishment.
- “It iz I who made ze first model of zat machine. I named ze machine 'Junction Machine Ellone'! It iz a vonderful thing to know that my invention is used in ze future!”
- —Dr. Odine
Though it is never revealed how the machine works or what it looks like Odine claims that he has studied Ellone's brainwave patterns and successfully imitated it into a machine. Going by this, it can be assumed that the Junction Machine Ellone is a kind of mental Time Traveling device. This machine would later be improved upon in the future, when Ultimecia would use it to send her consciousness to the past to possess other sorceresses. Dr. Odine is proud that his machine is used in the future, even if it is for nefarious purposes.
- Main article: Junction System
The Junction System is a device that allows a person to replicate the powers of a sorceress via the storage and control of magical powers and Guardian Forces. The system itself is capable of storing 32 different forms of para-magic with a stock of 100 units of each form.
The system acts as a type of filter, filtering out magic (known as Drawing) from a being or entity and storing it ready to be used or junctioned by the user. This allows the user to possess superhuman abilities such as increased speed and strength, as well as being able to use magic as a weapon. Various Junction Systems are seen in wide use in the military.