- “A mysterious girl who appears in front of Lightning at every turn.
Her unpredictable nature wreaks havoc everywhere she goes.
A helpful friend or mischievous foe? This capricious little demon plays with Lightning and the rest of the world as if they were toys in a toy box.”
- —Online description
Lumina (ルミナ, Rumina?) is a major supporting character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. She resembles Serah Farron in appearance and crosses paths with Lightning during her quest to save the world, at times appearing as a friend and other times as an adversary.
- See also: Datalog/Characters
This mysterious young girl appears to be able to control the power of Chaos, and likes to get in Lightning's way at every turn.
It seems that she has met Snow before, and the two have more than just a passing acquaintance, but Lightning has spent the last five centuries in crystal, and she has no way of knowing what could have happened between the two.
Still, she cannot deny that the girl bears a striking similarity to Serah. But Serah is dead, and this Lumina seems to have her own goals.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- “This savior... what is she about, anyway?”
While Lumina's eyes appear a bluish-gray in-game, her eyes are a sea-blue in her CG render. She has a wide nose and wide, pink lips. Lumina resembles a younger version of Lightning with elements of Serah in her design, seen in her pale pink hair stylized with a ponytail on the left side of her head and her face resembling a younger version of Serah's. Lumina wears a black dress adorned with feathers. She wears a long sweeper with pink interior, black hairband around her ponytail, sleeveless halter top with a black collar with silver studs and a silver feather pendant, lacy skirt, long glove on her left arm, thigh-high stockings, and pump shoes. She has aerials on the back of her right shoe and her left collarbone. Physically, Lumina appears as a twelve-year-old, and according to Lightning, resembles Serah at that age.
Lumina is playful and unpredictable, seeing the world as a plaything, and people as a source of entertainment. Although she can give helpful advice, she enjoys toying with Lightning, and summoning monsters for her to fight. She is strongly connected to the Chaos, speaking of the monsters it spawns as her "friends", and walking through and manipulating it unharmed. Hinting at a deeper connection to their relationship besides her resemblance to Serah, Lumina refers to Lightning as "sis". Due to her nature, Lumina knows and keeps in touch with Lightning's comrades from years past, but also talks with various inhabitants of Nova Chrysalia telling them about Lightning and at times offering "help" which sometimes turns to their disadvantage.
- “You can see when you're inside this stuff? Then you can't be one of God's regular lackeys, can you?”
- —Lumina to Lightning
When their parents died, Lightning abandoned her past and became strong for Serah under the delusion of not needing help. The denied feelings of wanting companionship and support from others, along with her selfishness, fear and loneliness, caused an inner turmoil that affected Lightning throughout her life. When Lightning entered crystal stasis, her suppressed feelings and vulnerabilities used the Chaos to manifest a physical form: Lumina. As a part of Lightning, Lumina became a vessel for Serah's soul to safeguard her from the Chaos.
Lumina lived in Nova Chrysalia, getting acquainted with people. When Vanille and Fang first awoke from crystal stasis Lumina was there, and after the Order took Vanille to live in the cathedral, Lumina would frequent her. Lumina showed Noel an Oracle Drive with a prophecy, which led him to become obsessed with the idea of fulfilling it.
Lightning first encounters Lumina in Yusnaan during the former's confrontation with Snow Villiers in his palace. After Snow grabs Lightning, Lumina appears in his place as an illusion, and breaks Lightning's sword with magic. In reality, Lumina is on the chandelier above the ballroom, which she sets ablaze before vanishing. The chandelier falls, but Snow uses his l'Cie powers to halt it. As Lightning chases Snow through the palace, Lumina reappears to her in a Chaos infusion and taunts her, saying Lightning is different from Bhunivelze's usual servants since she can see inside the Chaos. Lumina summons a Zaltys to block Lightning's path and disappears, but Lightning defeats it.
After Lightning retreats to the Ark, Lumina returns to the area, amused by Lightning's hopes of saving Snow and the rest of Nova Chrysalia's people. As Lightning goes about her mission and is brought to the Ark at the end of each day, Lumina regularly pulls her into a dark parody of the Ark inside Lightning's subconscious and talks with her, deeming it as a place safe from Hope, who would otherwise communicate their conversations to Bhunivelze.
In Luxerion, Lumina watches Lightning's quest to route the Children of Etro, and appears to divulge the reason Noel wants to kill her: he believes it is the only way to fulfill the Oracle Drive's prophecy. After Lightning frees Noel from his burden and saves his soul, Lumina appears inside Lightning's head and reveals she orchestrated the finding of the Oracle Drive, but is surprised Noel rejected the prophecy. Lightning meets Lumina again when visiting Vanille, who shows Lightning the concentration of lost souls at the heart of the cathedral. Lumina terms them the "wind of sorrow", commenting the "wind" would spell the end of both Nova Chrysalia and any future world were it to escape.
When Lightning returns to Yusnaan and sets out to infiltrate Snow's palace, Lumina tells her about Snow's guilt and isolation, and sets a Cyclops on Lightning. When the two meet again after Lightning defeats Snow in his Cie'th-hybrid state, Lumina speculates about his motives and advises Lightning to kill him and fulfill his wish. Lightning instead brings Snow round and revives his hope for the future.
In the Dead Dunes, after the Order's Secutors steal the holy clavis from Lightning and Fang, Lumina taunts Fang for believing Lightning to be an agent of the Order, before revealing she was monitoring them until they found the clavis so she could lead the Secutors to them. Lumina says the Secutors are taking the clavis to Luxerion where, on the day of the Apocalypse, Vanille will sacrifice herself in a ritual to purify the souls of the dead, erasing Serah. Lumina appears to Lightning during her journey through the Wildlands, and is seen with Sazh during Lightning's mission for him. After Lightning's battle with Caius Ballad, Lumina reveals how the multiple versions of Yeul unwittingly caused the leaking of Chaos into the mortal realm that triggered the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2.
On Nova Chrysalia's final day, Lumina appears with Lightning in Luxerion. She tells her that the people who died in the past will be erased as though they never existed. Lumina reveals the truth behind Vanille's ritual: in exchange for Vanille's life, the Order plans to destroy the dead so the living's memories of them will disappear, "freeing" everyone from sorrow so they can start again in the new world with a clean slate, which has been Bhunivelze's plan all along.
Vanille is under the impression the ritual will only free the dead from their pain and when Lightning prepares to storm the cathedral, Lumina tries to stop her but fails, and begs Lightning not to leave her. After Vanille and Fang guide the souls to the Ark to be reborn, Yeul tells Lightning of Lumina's origins and Serah's ties to Lumina before her friends and her sister's soul are absorbed by Bhunivelze. While Lightning attempts to sacrifice herself to destroy Bhunivelze, Lumina appears before Lightning and convinces her to accept her vulnerabilities, and is integrated back into Lightning after the latter cries for her help.
Lumina uses teleportation magic and can summon various monsters to her aid. While she teleports, Lumina flashes in bright light despite being connected with Chaos which manifests as dark clouds.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Lumina was designed by Toshiyuki Itahana, with her look being described as having a "gothic lolita style". The character was designed to appear like a twelve-year-old girl, and her exaggerated movements were designed to be especially realistic when compared to the other characters.
"Lumina's Theme" is the eighth track on Disc 3 of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack, composed by Naoshi Mizuta and Masashi Hamauzu. Its a dark tune that displays Lumina's mysterious and playful nature, and contains a reprise of "Blinded By Light", alluding to her connection with Lightning.
Lumina appears with an Ice-elemental card.
Glico, the snack company has been working with Square Enix to promote Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in Japan. Lumina appears on Pocky box along with Lightning and Snow.
Lumina is a word of Latin origin, the plural form of the word lumen, meaning "light". An alternate definition of lumen is "eye", which could be a reference to Serah's Eyes of Etro in Final Fantasy XIII-2. The choice of her name is not coincidental as Lumina has some traits of Lightning, whose birth name is Claire, the French word for 'light' which is correspondingly used as her nickname.
- When Lumina summons Zaltys she draws the power to summon it from her left bicep, referring to her resemblance to Serah, who had a l'Cie brand on her left bicep, and whenever a party member summoned an Eidolon in Final Fantasy XIII, they drew the power to summon it from their brand.
- In early screenshots the color of the feather pendant Lumina wears is black, and her collar lacks its metal studs.
- Lumina shares her English voice actress with Olette of the Kingdom Hearts series.
- Despite Lumina's antagonistic attitude towards Lightning and her friends, it is apparent by completing several quests that the denizens of Nova Chrysalia seem to like her and make light of her penchant for mischief.
- ↑ http://lightningreturns.com/characters/lumina
- ↑ Final Fantasy FXN Network - New Lightning Returns Information From Famitsu
- ↑ http://www.novacrystallis.com/2013/11/dengeki-talks-physics-and-movement-in-lightning-returns/
- ↑ http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningReturnsFFXIII/#lumina
- ↑ Jessica DiCicco's official Twitter update