- "It's a stupid acronym. Their little code. Stands for "No Obligations, Rules, or Authority"."
- "A vigilante group created by Snow, they strive to live a life of freedom and independence. After the fall of Cocoon, they moved to Gran Pulse with the people of Bodhum and created a new town—New Bodhum. They taught the former Cocoon residents how to live off the land and fend for themselves, and the townspeople greatly rely on them."
- —Online Description
- See also: Datalog/Cocoon Society.
The paramilitary organization known as NORA is a group composed of like-minded youths, assembled by Snow and self-funded by the operation of a seaside café in Bodhum.
Functioning as a neighborhood watch of sorts, NORA members patrol the vicinity of Bodhum for trouble. Most often, "trouble" consists of encroachment by dangerous forms of wildlife.
NORA had never openly acted out against the Sanctum prior to the Purge, and because of this, the military had been content to turn a blind eye to the group's activities.
- See also: Datalog/Significant Persons.
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.
The team was originally founded by a group of youths from Bodhum, a port city at the outskirts of Cocoon, under Snow Villiers. The other members are Gadot, Lebreau, Maqui, and Yuj. They managed operations from a beach bar on the coast, initially working to battle the monsters around the city.
However, the Sanctum deemed the population of the village contaminated by Pulse and attempted a mass-Purging, provoking NORA to fight back. The group is not seen again until near the end of the game, providing cover for the l'Cie as they handle the monsters attacking Eden.
By the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2, NORA's membership expanded while resuming their original activities in the village of New Bodhum.
The music that accompany NORA in their appearances are called "The Warpath Home" (帰るための戦い, Kaeru Tameno Tatakai?) played prominently at the Hanging Edge, and "Snow's Theme" that plays whenever Snow leads the party members.
The term "Nora" is said to be a play on the Japanese word "野良猫" ("noraneko"), meaning "stray cat". This theme is evident in some of the jewelry sported by the cast, including Snow's necklace and Serah's earrings (which both have cats pictured on them). In the English version, NORA stands for "No Obligation, Rules, or Authority".