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I'm sure you didn't hire me for my manners, Your Majesty.
—Lani to Queen Brahne
Lani

Lani (ラニ, Rani?), known in-game as the Boisterous Woman before learning her name, is a Non-Player Character in Final Fantasy IX. She is a bounty hunter who wields a large bladed bardiche and uses Black Magic, and who initially works with Amarant Coral.

Lani is 19 at the start of the game.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Lani has dark skin and brown hair that reaches to her shoulders, adorned by a headdress with a green feather and a blue teardrop. Her outfit consists of a cropped orange top with puffed yellow sleeves reaching just above her elbows; black gloves; black shorts with patterned orange duster, trimmed with fur, and red heeled shoes with black criss-crossing straps around her calves.

Lani is a complete narcissist, believing herself to be the most beautiful bounty hunter in the world. Never without her trademark axe upon her back, she speaks as if it has a mind of its own, and will not hesitate to turn against even her most trusted companions, thinking only of herself. She is rude, disrespectful and haughty, but does have a softer side that is not often seen.

StoryEdit

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Lani is a bounty hunter, hired by Queen Brahne to retrieve Princess Garnet's pendant and to kill Vivi, the black mage traveling with her (although this part of her assignment is strangely forgotten with no explanation). She attacks Zidane, Garnet, Vivi, and Quina in Fossil Roo, but is defeated. She follows them through the passage to the Outer Continent and all the way to Madain Sari, where she seizes her chance to fulfill her mission.

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Lani kidnaps Eiko.

Lani works with Amarant, whom she calls "Red", but finds herself at odds with him when Amarant disapproves of her "unfair" methods of reaching her objective when Lani holds Eiko Carol hostage. After Amarant turns against her she is forced to release Eiko and flee. Instead of returning to the Mist Continent, Lani stays at Outer Continent, but seems to have seen the error in her ways and no longer pursues her objective of capturing Garnet's pendant.

Later on Lani can be found living in Madain Sari with Eiko's moogles, starting a new life. Lani will say that she tried getting back to the Mist Continent, but Fossil Roo was blocked, and the Alexandrian Fleet was destroyed before her eyes. She then became weak and started wandering through the Outer Continent, until the moogles from Madain Sari rescued her. Feeling grateful, Lani realizes she was selfish her whole life, stating that the living with the moogles is wonderful, and she hasn't thought about money once ever since. She will then say to Zidane "I'm glad I lost our last fight."

She is also seen in the final scenes, heading to Alexandria with Amarant, presumably to see Tantalus Theater Troupe perform I Want to Be Your Canary for Queen Garnet.

Lani also appears in Lindblum, where she stayed at the inn (leaving with several complaints to the owner in the guest book) and participated in the Festival of the Hunt (as noted in the score-keeping window at the top of the screen during the event).

BattleEdit

Main article: Lani (Boss)

Lani appears as a boss in Fossil Roo. She is a skilled warrior with high damage output, and uses second tier Black Magic spells, with the exception of tier one Water, along with Scan and several physical attacks. She tends to prioritize Garnet before anyone else in battle.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

"Lani" is Hawaiian for "sky".

TriviaEdit

  • Lani can be challenged for a Card Game when she starts living in Madain Sari. She has Hecteyes Card, Ogre Card and Ash Card. She will occasionally play with Odin Card.
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