- See also: Monster (Term)
- “The dead envy the living, in time that envy turns to anger, even hate.”
In the world of Final Fantasy X, fiend is a Spiran term for the monsters which inhabit the land, the spirits of the dead who stay in the living world instead of departing to the Farplane, refusing to accept their time has come. Many of these ghosts are purposeless and unable to cope with the changes caused by their deaths. At this point, consumed by their sadness and rage, these spirits use pyreflies to assume a warped physical forms known as fiends. Each fiend is a reflection of the person they were in life in some form ranging from a embodiment of their greatest desire to an appearance reflecting a misdeed of sorts. But there are also fiends that came into existence without being alive to begin with, as well as living creatures categorized with fiends like Cactuar who are simply in part of a life cycle of desert cacti.
As many living Spirans believed, fiends are driven to prey on the living. However, there are fiends who instead normally pose no actual threat to the living and only end up in confrontations when their homes are invaded. Regardless, summoners perform a sending to guide the wayward souls to the Farplane before they can become fiends or after a fiend is vanquished with the pyreflies making its physical form dispersing. But after the Eternal Calm, only the fiends can send themselves at that point on the condition that if they fulfill some form of obligation they failed to achieve in life.
Not all unsent are destined to be transformed into fiends instantly, some like Auron, Seymour Guado, and Maester Mika maintained the forms they had in life because of a strong desire and sense of purpose. Many fiends are able to revert to the forms they had in life, only few of them able to maintain the form for a long period of time and effectively gaining a second chance at life as a result.
Types of FiendsEdit
- While Final Fantasy X-2 reuses a lot of enemy models from Final Fantasy X, most of the reused enemies have different names.
- The fiends' nature most likely alludes to a prevalent Shinto belief that the spirits of those murdered or died without being shown gratitude for their sacrifice will hold a grudge that eventually turns them into powerful and evil kami, a Japanese concept of a "supernatural being", to take revenge.