Pulse fal'Cie and l'Cie are bad news. That's why Cocoon kicked them out. Live too close to the fal'Cie? One-way ticket to Pulse! That's the Purge in a nutshell.
- —Vanille, describing the Purge to Hope Estheim inside the Pulse Vestige
The Purge (パージ, Pāji?) is a form of forced migration and social cleansing in Final Fantasy XIII. It is conducted by the Sanctum, the fal'Cie-run government of Cocoon, to get rid of those believed to have been 'touched' by Gran Pulse.
After a Pulse fal'Cie was discovered within a Pulse Vestige in the town of Bodhum, everyone who was in Bodhum at the time were accused of being tainted by Pulse and the people of Cocoon cried out for their expulsion. The Sanctum's personal army, PSICOM, quarantined the town and rounded up the people, regardless of whether they were citizens or tourists. The deportees were forced to wear "Purge clothing" (restraint garments fitted with a metal device that binds their hands, controlled by a remote held by a PSICOM soldier), and loaded onto "Purge trains," while those who tried to resist or run were fired upon. (more...)
Screenshot of Aranea Highwind from the most recent trailer for Final Fantasy XV. Aranea Highwind was first revealed back in 2011 in an early trailer for the game when it was still called Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Not much was known about the character other at that time. All that could be guessed was that she was a female Dragoon, and appeared to be villainous. Since then Versus XIII has changed its name, switched directors, and rewrote much of its story, including removing the character of Stella for the much tanner Lunafreya. However, Aranea apparantely has survived the transfer from Versus XIII to Final Fantasy XV. In the Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report on January 30th, 2016, Aranea was re-revealed, along with her name and some details about the character.
Aranea is an unusual figure in the villainous Niflheim army. She does not use advanced technology or wear typical Imperial uniforms, but rather fights as a traditional Dragoon, as fitting her last name, Highwind. It is currently unknown what her personality will be or how important she will be to the greater story, though Hajime Tabata has mentioned that Aranea is popular amongst the developer staff. In the latest trailer, Aranea attacks the hero, Noctis using a Jump attack from above.
As seen in this screenshot, Aranea wears an armored mask with bars and slots to protect her face. Spikes and decorations on her arms imitate the wings and shape of dragons. Her design leaves open her armor to emphasize her feminine form and hair. Because of her mask, it is difficult to guess what Aranea's emotion is in this scene, or what her ultimate intentions are when she attacks Noctis and his friends. Aranea Highwind is an enigmatic character whose mysteries add to build up to Final Fantasy XV's ultimate release