Maqui is a character in Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. In Final Fantasy XIII-2 it is revealed that Maqui operates a shop called Lenora's Garage; this is a shop the player can use in the Retail Network in Final Fantasy XIII.
Maqui joined the ranks of NORA out of his admiration for Snow. He loves to tinker with machinery and serves as the group's mechanic. His talent for taking junk and using it to upgrade machines has provided NORA with a source of income.
One day Maqui wants to be a reliable, heroic type like Snow, but he still has a long way to go.
NORA is a vigilante group of young do-gooders from the Cocoon town of Bodhum. No strangers to fending for themselves, the group went on to found the settlement of New Bodhum in the harsh environment of Pulse.
NORA consists of four core members: the intimidating Gadot, Snow's right-hand man; the amiable mood maker, Yuj; the mechanical genius, Maqui; and the NORA House resident chef, Lebreau.
Snow, NORA's founding member, is presently away from New Bodhum.
Maqui has blond hair, blue eyes, and round face. He wears goggles on his head, and a pair of headphones he uses to communicate with his fellow NORA members. His jacket has a black body and pink sleeves, with a red symbol across the side. He also wears khaki pants with large, brown pouches on the hips, and a pair of silver and purple shoes.
Maqui has kind of a boyish personality, and a more cheerful and upbeat disposition compared to the others in NORA. It is said that he was an introvert, until he met Snow Villiers, whom he now idolizes, and tries to emulate in the way he dresses; he and Snow act like brothers. Maqui and his best friend, Yuj, are the youngest members of NORA. He is also good friends with Snow's fiancée, Serah Farron. Despite his young age, he is a skilled mechanic. He is not fond of his height.
In a Dengeki PlayStation interview character designed Nao Ikeda described Maqui as such:
[Maqui] has a history where he was an introvert and always stayed home until Snow came to pull him out. Since then he started to respect Snow greatly. That's why his outfit is styled like Snow more than other members. For example Maqui has a brassard on to copy how Snow's left sleeve is like, and his gloves are similar also. He is seen in many layers because he wants to hide his slim body that he finds embarrassing, compared to Snow's powerful and muscular body. His pair of headphones are used for radio transmissions between Nora members, and his goggles and tool satchel is his identification as the proud Nora mechanic.
Maqui lives in the seaside town of Bodhum, and is part of Team NORA alongside Snow, Gadot, Lebreau and Yuj. Though his activities were not revealed at the time, Maqui secretly created Lenora's Garage to make a profit with his inventions. When the Purge was initiated to all Bodhum residents due to the discovery of a Pulse fal'Cie at the Pulse Vestige ruins nearby, team NORA took up arms and followed the Purge train in hopes of liberating the Purgees, as well as helping Snow rescue Serah, who was trapped inside the Vestige. They derail the train in the Hanging Edge, and rescue some of the Purgees.
Final Fantasy XIII Side Story: A Dreaming Cocoon Falls into the Dawn tells the story of what happened to NORA after Snow left for the Pulse Vestige. NORA guided surviving Purgees to take refuge in a crevice in the ground. After breaking through PSICOM's defenses they escaped the Hanging Edge and hid inside an ancient Pulsian building inserted between the layers of Cocoon's outer shell during its construction, a large vestige that "shouldn't" exist and the perfect place for the Purge survivors to lay low and wait out the army's search efforts. Gadot led a combat team to ensure everyone's safety and food and supplies were sent through Lenora's Garage, a shop maintained by Maqui.
By hacking the Sanctum's information channels through his own network, Maqui tapped into a live feed and projected a hologram of a broadcast from Palumpolum being captured by a military surveillance camera. The footage depicted a plaza turned into a war zone as a pillar of ice conjured by magic froze everything, and a Pulse l'Cie. NORA recognized the l'Cie as their leader, Snow. Having been worried about Snow since the Pulse Vestige plummeted into Lake Bresha, the news of his survival brings relief to NORA who begins planning their next step as Snow's appearance was the sign they needed to build a resistance movement to help him. As the Sanctum's troops are concentrated around Palumpolum, leaving holes in the security around the Hanging Edge, NORA and the refugees would be able to escape, and they leave their shelter and set out for Eden, the capital of Cocoon and the Sanctum's seat of power.
While aiding Snow and the others via the Retail Network, Maqui and the other NORA members meet them in Eden. Despite Snow being a l'Cie, they remain loyal to their leader, and work on evacuating the Eden citizens while Snow's party heads on to find Orphan, the fal'Cie that sustains Cocoon.
After Cocoon's fall many people move to Gran Pulse, and NORA helps build New Bodhum on the coast. Maqui continues to work as a mechanic and spends most of his time tinkering with new inventions in his workshop beyond the village.
Maqui, along with Gadot, Yuj, and Lebreau, defends New Bodhum when it is attacked by monsters. When Serah, Mog, and Noel travel to the Meteorite Impact Site, he complains about how the plants grew so quickly, but with Serah and Noel comes to a conclusion that different timelines overlap New Bodhum.
The next day, Rhett, a student of Serah's, stole Snow's engagement necklace from Maqui as he was polishing it in his workshop. He, Gadot and Yuj are caught by Lebreau when they eavesdropped on Serah and Noel as they are about to leave using a Time Gate.
NORA members' souls found their way to the new world where they were reincarnated and established a restaurant, the "Nora House". One day, a reporter investigating the stories of people having memories of a past life in another world visits the restaurant and orders the Nora Special. The taste triggers a flood of memories, and the reporter recalls her past life: she was Aoede, a reporter caught up in the Purge who helped expose Sanctum's lies by airing Purge footage with the help of broadcast hacks by Maqui. The members of NORA remember Aoede and Lebreau tells her where to find Serah.
Creation and developmentEdit
His designer, Nao Ikeda, said his appearance was based on the type of clothing snowboarders wear.
Maqui appears in Trading Card Game in his artwork appearance. His card is part of the "Lightning" element.
Maqui appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Maqui is a species of tree found in the rain forests of Chile; the berries and leaves of which are used for medicinal purposes. "Maquis" also refers to places in Corsica, where groups who were part of the French resistance against the German occupation of France, hid during World War II. This may be a reference to Maqui's importance in NORA during the Purge, fighting along Snow against PSICOM.
- One of the business signs in Insomnia in Final Fantasy XV, "Lenora", alludes to Lenora's Garage ran by Maqui.