Papalymo Totolymo is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV, being one of the main characters of the Gridania storyline. He is a Plainsfolk Lalafell Thaumaturge and is constantly traveling with his companion Yda. Unlike his companion, he has impeccable manners, and is constantly reminding his friend to behave herself.
He is also noted as being able to understand mooglespeak. Like the other members of the Circle of Knowing, he has a tattoo in his neck. Currently, he is a member of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn.
Papalymo is a Plainsfolk Lalafellian, possessed of a very short and stout stature with fair skin, short blond hair, blue eyes and pointed ears. His usual clothing of choice is a dark-colored mage robe with white trimmings and bright yellow gauntlets (a combination normally unfeasible for the player). He wears an aetheric contraption on his chest. As a member of the Circle of Knowing, he bears a dark tattoo on his neck.
During his days incognito as a member of the Ala Mhigan resistance, Papalymo wore a concealing dark cowl, though he still retained his gauntlets
Papalymo is in many ways the foil to Yda, his cynical and snarky attitude often at odds with his more animated and perky companion, the game describing him as "short-tempered" before he is properly introduced. Papalymo is always critical of the situation and is more privy to details. Despite their bickering, he does mean well and cares greatly for Yda, as he was the one who helped to conceal Lyse's identity as Yda and branded her with the Circle of Knowing's tattoo, in the hopes that one day, she could walk her own path.
Papalymo lost his partner Yda Hext six years prior to the Seventh Astral Era. Soon after, he was talked by Yda's younger sister Lyse to take her place as Yda. While Papalymo reluctantly agreed while using his magic to imprint the real Yda's tattoo on Lyse, he secretly asked everyone to pretend that she was the real Yda at her behest.
Before Meteor (1.0)Edit
Papalymo and Yda are first found in the Twelveswood after ejecting from their airship while traveling to Gridania. Joined by the Adventurer, Papalymo and Yda are ambushed by wolves before forced to flee from a hidden Treant. Luckily, the group are saved by E-Sumi-Yan who guides them to the city.
There, the conjurers are lead to believe that the duo were beckoned by the elementals, and therefore are expected to do something great for them, though Khrimm, a young boy enraged with the elementals, makes them suspects for a moment. In time, he and Yda find a man called Dunstan and take him back to Gridania just in time for the purification ritual to save Khrimm. After the ritual, the Echo reverberates and the skies turn black, a fact that makes Papalymo comment with Yda that they "should've stopped it, and now it's too late", but thanks to Yda's words, Papalymo is convinced that they still can find a way to stop it.
Some time later, Papalymo joins forces with Yda, Y'shtola, and Thancred as the Circle of Knowing in their fight against the Gaius van Baelsar, absorbing the Legatus' bullets on his Aurifex. If the Adventurer's home nation is Gridania, he and Yda are the ones who appear later telling about the greater power needed to defeat the Garleans.
A Realm Reborn (2.0)Edit
Papalymo, Yda, and Kuplo Kopp are first encountered inside the Central Shroud inspecting the disturbance in the aetheric flow of the area, being suddenly attacked by a group of Treants. The two help the Adventurer fight the attacking Treants and they manage to defeat the monsters. Then, Papalymo and Yda watch over the Adventurer when he/she faints from a surfeit of aether.
After the Adventurer wakes up, Papalymo and Yda discover the corpse of a Chieftain Ixal and suspect that it was the one responsible for the monster attack. He then orders Kuplo Kopp to report to E-Sumi-Yan about the situation. After Kuplo Kopp departs, Papalymo and Yda bid the Adventurer farewell and return to report the situation to their leader.
Some time later, Papalymo and Yda meet the Adventurer again at the Guardian Tree and helps him/her during the battle against the Masked Mage. After defeating him, Papalymo and Yda discover that he is one of the Ascians who have been manipulating the Beastmen. During this time, Papalymo begins to suspect something, but refuses to speak about it to Yda at the current moment. Papalymo and Yda then say goodbye to Adventurer and return to Gridania. There, both Papalymo and Yda are seen at the Greenbliss festival in the city and congratulate the Adventurer.
During the imperial attack led by Livia sas Junius to the Scions headquarters at the Waking Sands, Papalymo is captured along with other members and are taken to Castrum Centri, in Mor Dhona. He is later successfully rescued by the Adventurer, Biggs, and Wedge, after which he resumes his duties with the Scions.
When the Scions are betrayed by the Crystal Braves and framed for the assassination of the Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo, Papalymo seemingly sacrifices his life alongside Yda to buy the rest of the Scions time to escape.
Following the Scions being accused of the apparent regicide of Nanamo Ul Namo, Yda and Papalymo managed to escape and decide to remain in hiding to investigate matters concerning a faction within the Ala Mhigan Resistance known as "the Masks" and the mysterious masked man known as the Griffin who leads them. However, he reminds Yda that they can't stay there forever as they have other responsibilities.
Much time later, while attending one of the rallys held by one of the Griffin's promixies, Yda and Papalymo encounter Alphinaud and the Adventurer and reunite with the Scions just in time to deal with the Warriors of Darkness. Soon after returning to the headquarters at Mor Dhona, Papalymo requests that he hold on to the Tupsimati for safekeeping since he feels a bad omen.
After learning of the Griffin's plot to attack Baelsar's Wall, Papalymo travels with Yda and Yugiri to the Garlean fortress' secret tunnels to try to reason with the Griffin. Once the Griffin reveals his true intentions while also revealing his true identity as Ilberd, the Scions are unable to stop him from sacrificing himself and his subordinates to summon an all-powerful Primal with the Eyes of Nidhogg. Seeing no other way to keep the Primal from going on a rampage unleashing another Calamity, Papalymo orders everyone else to flee as he intends to sacrifice himself by using the Tupsimati to cast the same spell Louisoix previously used to try to contain Bahamut at Carteneau. Seeing how Yda refuses to leave him, Papalymo asks her as his final will to find and follow her own path, then demanding Thancred to take her out of the place. After that, Papalymo conducts successfully the spell and seals the nascent primal in a cocoon of light which drains him of his life.
By the time Omega is found and activated, Papalymo's life ended with all his spells fading with his death. Yda confirms Papalymo's demise when the tatoon of her neck conjured by him dissappears, revealing then her true identity as Lyse to honor her friend's final request to find her own path as her true self.
In A Realm Reborn, Papalymo is voiced by Eri Kitamura in the Japanese version.
In the English version, he is voiced in A Realm Reborn by Steve Staley, credited as Steve Cannon, who also voiced Kadaj from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. In Heavensward, Papalymo is voiced by Nigel Pilkington.
Papalymo has appeared in the following Final Fantasy media:
- Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia as a playable character.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a Legend.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Brave Exvius as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a card.
- Triple Triad as cards.