- "And that, as they say, is that."
Maechen (メイチェン, Meichen?) is a scholar from Spira in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. He has a vast knowledge of the history and origins of all things related to Spira as well as its many cultures, and is infamous for his long-winded expositions. If the party speaks with him at various locations, he will tell stories about Spira's history or even describe some of Spira's inhabitants, such as the Hypello.
Maechen is voiced by Dwight Schultz in the English version.
Yuna and her guardians first meet Maechen on the Mi'ihen Highroad where he tells the tale of Lord Mi'ihen, the Crusaders, and the history of the Highroad. Thereafter he appears in many other locations, each time with a new story to tell. Many of his stories are long-winded, but much of Spira's history can only be learned from him.
On the Moonflow, Maechen appears to tell the player about shoopufs and the Hypello. In Guadosalam, he tells the player about the Farplane and the pyreflies. On the Thunder Plains, Maechen appears to tell the party about the plains and how the lightning towers were built. At the travel agency at Macalania, Maechen tells the lake is frozen due to the fayth in the nearby temple.
In the Calm Lands, Maechen tells the player how the plains have been used by summoners as a battleground when fighting Sin and that's how the plains acquire their name. He eventually resides in Mt. Gagazet, where he reveals much of the lesser discussed history of Yevon.
Maechen is first met in Youth League's base in Mushroom Rock where he talks about the events that went on since he last met Yuna, telling of the formations of the different factions all around Spira. If the player listens all the way to the end Maechen wants to shake Yuna's hand, but appears confused by it, although it is not explained why.
Later, Maechen appears in Chateau Leblanc after the Gullwings receive an old sphere that shows Shuyin. Maechen talks how the man in the sphere looks like Tidus and gives hints that there may be a way for Yuna to see him again. Maechen is met again in the Celsius after the Thunder Plains concert where he tells the story of Shuyin and Lenne.
In the final conversation with him in Zanarkand, Maechen is revealed to be an unsent. His actual age at death is unknown, but he was alive since before the destruction of Zanarkand in the Machina War with Bevelle, one thousand years before the main storyline of Final Fantasy X. It is, in fact, Maechen's voice Yuna and company hear on the sphere salvages from atop Mt. Gagazet in the beginning of the game. Maechen had forgotten he was an unsent, it was only upon shaking Yuna's hand that he recalled shaking hands with Lenne as indicated by the sphere and realized how long he had actually been around.
Possibly in reference to his tendency to ramble, during this long sequence the player is given a choice to speed through the conversation multiple times. However, doing so will prevent full completion credit for the game.
Maechen seems to have sent himself, having accepted death and disperses into pyreflies. Rikku, however, seems to believe Maechen is still walking the world, and that he'll be back with more stories.