- “We are the Lufenians, the descendants of a race that once lived among the clouds - the Sky People.”
- —Lufenian at the entrance to Lufenia, Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls
The Lufenians, also known as Lefeinish or Lufaine, are a race in the original Final Fantasy. They are descendants of a race called the Sky People that once lived high up in the skies. At present, they live in the remote town of Lufenia.
Four hundred years ago, the Sky People were the civilization of the highest order. With their mastery of the Wind element, they created a floating castle high up in the sky, with the Mirage Tower serving as its gateway. Some boasted that their civilization even reached beyond the skies. They have also invented mechanical beings, and one particular Lufenian called Cid is mentioned in the game's remakes as being responsible for making the airship.
However, the Fiend of Wind Tiamat appeared and forcefully took over the castle, banishing the Sky People down onto the land. With that Tiamat effectively took over the Sky People's mastery of wind, and the Sky People were weakened.
The Sky People built a settlement called Lufenia and settled there quietly. They passed on a legend that four hundred years after the fall of their civilization, four light bearers will come to save them. The Mirage Tower remains to become the symbol of this race. The Lufenians have long passed down their memories in a ritual through generations, but this practice is beginning to fade by the present time of Final Fantasy.
At some point before the Warriors of Light arrived, the Lufenians sent out five warriors to investigate a belief that there is another higher force controlling Tiamat. However, none of them returned, and it was said that these warriors have been cursed by the Fiends into bats. When the Warriors of Light reach the Chaos Shrine, they find five bats flying around a Black Crystal, and learn about the connection between to the Crystals, the Fiends and a time loop that began two thousand years ago.
The Warriors of Light discover the Lufenians speak only their native language, which is unintelligible to them. The heroes can only understand Lufenian once they retrieve an item called the Rosetta Stone and give it to Dr. Unne.
- Chaos is suggested to be an artificial being produced by the Lufenian Cid in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. Additionally, while Cosmos is technically not a Lufenian, she was modeled after Cid's wife, meaning that she may represent what a Lufenian looked like during Cid's time.