Now go forth, my king. Shine your light onto the world.
Ravus Nox Fleuret is a character in the Final Fantasy XV Universe, being a minor antagonist in the feature film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the secondary antagonist in Final Fantasy XV. The older brother of Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, he is the former prince of Tenebrae and high commander of the Niflheim Empire's army.
Patch 1.06 adds more story content for Ravus for Chapter 13. He will appear in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis that releases in December.
Ravus is a young man with an imposing physical build. In Final Fantasy XV he has heterochromatic eyes with the right eye being blue and the left eye being purple. In Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV his eyes are gray. His hair is the same shade as his sister's in the Kingsglaive film, but in the game it is an even lighter blond.
He wears a white frock with black lining with a large collar that has a purple trim, and armored boots. Black downward-pointing sword symbols are found on the hem and sleeves of his coat, as well as a large crest with a unicorn of what is assumed to be Tenebrae as Lunafreya also wears it on her casual dress. Ravus's crest has crossed swords underneath, which may represent his military service. After his left arm is severely burned, Ravus replaces it with a magitek prosthetic that bears the symbol of a white wolf on its shoulder. In the game, his face a more hollowed in the cheeks as opposed to the full square jaw from the film, and his hair extends in front of his forehead instead of being brushed back.
After transforming into a daemon, his left side spews black fluid and develops a black horn. The fluid turns purple when he takes more damage. A daemon-like appendage replaces his metal arm and his chest pulsates with mutilated flesh.
In his youth, Prince Ravus was kind and welcoming. He lived peacefully alongside his mother, Queen Sylva, and his younger sister, Lunafreya. Ravus's demeanor changed after Tenebrae was lost to Niflheim. Upon seeing King Regis of Lucis abandon Tenebrae for the sake of his son Noctis's safety despite Ravus's pleas for help, Ravus has since sought to take revenge on the kingdom and Caelum bloodline.
As an adult, Ravus is haunted by the past. He blames the Lucian royal family for the death of his mother and the loss of his country. His sister is the opposite, as she has faith in both, causing them to be at odds. At first, Ravus seeks the power of the Ring of the Lucii, a Lucian royal heirloom that grants one the accumulated power of the past kings. As he comes from the Oracle lineage, Ravus believed he would be eligible to wield the Ring and replace Noctis as the King of Light for the prophecy that foretells of the one who will save the world from darkness. Ravus becomes even more bitter after he is rejected by the Ring, showing spite towards Noctis for being the Chosen. He also begrudges Noctis for being unaware of the risks Lunafreya takes to help him. According to the developers, what Ravus wished upon the Ring could have been revenge, but he always prioritizes Luna, and wanted to gain the old king's blessing for her sake.
Despite their conflicting views, Ravus cares deeply for Lunafreya and does his best to protect her, such as hiding her from Niflheim's clutches while she forges covenants with the Six. He disapproves of Luna sacrificing herself for Noctis's sake, and is angered at having to helplessly watch his remaining family slowly perish. Once her work starts becoming too dangerous for her to remain in Lucis, Ravus sends an escort to return Luna and her companion, Gentiana, back to Tenebrae. Although Ravus wishes to save his sister, he reluctantly encourages her to pull through and fulfill her duties as Oracle despite her failing body. He comes around to support her cause and finally believes that Noctis is the only True King, and turns on the emperor. According to the developers, Ravus was never devoted to the empire, and viewed it just an ally as he couldn't count on Lucis (possibly because he has grudge and complicated feelings toward the kingdom).
When he is made a daemon, Ravus retained enough of his personality to request for Noctis and his friends to put an end to his misery, implying he wants to die on his own terms.
Though a member of the Oracles' bloodline, Ravus doesn't have any of the supernatural powers his sister boasts, as only women can be Oracles. He still initially believes his bloodline could grant him the old kings' blessing and allow him to become the True King. When his arm is replaced by a magitek prosthetic, Ravus gains superhuman strength, shown when he easily overpowers Gladiolus. It is possible the arm keeps Ravus alive, as when Ardyn cuts it off he appears to die instantly.
Ravus is an expert swordsman, and brandishes a a gold-hilted saber with a dark-colored blade that has a central ridge. He draws it upon Gladiolus during their confrontation at an imperial base. Ravus displays his skill when the emperor summons daemons to subdue him in Zegnautus Keep, although he ultimately loses the battle. Although reported to be unable to brandish King Regis's sword he had salvaged during the fall of Insomnia, Ravus wields it in the emperor's throne room to fight the daemons ushered upon him.
When Ravus was sixteen, the kingdoms of Lucis and Tenebrae were allies. King Regis of Lucis came to Tenebrae with his son, Prince Noctis, who was recuperating from a serious injury. Niflheim invaded the Fenestala Manor, which remained autonomous due the the Oracle's linage, and Ravus watched his mother give her life to shield him from the blade of Imperial General Glauca and the fires of the magitek soldiers.
Desperate for help, Ravus called out to King Regis who fled with Lunafreya and Noctis. His pleas were ignored, as King Regis was being pursued by Niflheim's troops while carrying Noctis, and was thus unable to stop and help. Lunafreya let go of the king and opted to return to her brother's side and the siblings became subjects under Niflheim's rule. Sometime after Tenebrae's complete annexation, Ravus joined Niflheim's army, while his sister endured a rough childhood.
Twelve years later, Ravus is deputy high commander of Niflheim's army. He travels to Insomnia to witness the signing of a peace treaty between the empire and Lucis. Lunafreya attempts to leave the manor, but Ravus stops her, refusing to tell her Niflheim’s true plans. He ignores Luna's reasoning that it was Niflheim who murdered their mother and that King Regis is not to be held accountable.
After the peace treaty is signed, Niflheim steals Insomnia's Crystal, and the Wall around Insomnia falls. The Crystal is the power of light in the world of Eos, said to have been given to the care of Lucian dynasty by the Stars. In exchange for protecting the Crystal, the Lucian bloodline wields the power of kings which is passed onto the royal heirloom, the Ring of the Lucii. Regis had used the Ring to uphold a magical Wall around Lucis, a feat that had slowly eaten away at his life-force.
Ravus picks up the Ring of the Lucii after Glauca cuts it off King Regis's hand. He attempts to obtain the power within it, but is deemed unworthy by the spirits of the Lucian kings of old. Ravus screams in agony while his left arm is severely burned.
Ravus returns to Niflheim for treatment for his wounds. He brings with him King Regis's sword, although he doesn't have the power of kings necessary to wield it as a weapon. Ravus is promoted to high commander of the Imperial army in the wake of Glauca's death. His left arm is replaced with a magitek prosthetic that greatly enhances his strength.
Ravus meets with Verstael Besithia, Aranea Highwind, and the other officials of Niflheim to discuss what should be done with Lunafreya, the Oracle. Luna had escaped Insomnia with the Ring of the Lucii, intent on finding Noctis and passing it on to him so Noctis can defeat the Niflheim Empire. Ravus is ordered to kill his younger sister by Emperor Aldercapt, but Verstael convinces him to reconsider. Ravus is given full control over the magitek infantry and, although he is ordered to capture Luna, he refuses to even entertain this idea.
Ravus encounters Noctis and his friends—Ignis Scientia, Gladiolus Amicitia, and Prompto Argentum—when they attempt to reclaim their car, from an Imperial military base. Ravus taunts Noctis and Gladiolus, intimidating them with his unnatural strength, but Chancellor Ardyn Izunia stops him from fighting them. Noctis has already forged two covenants with two of the Astral gods of Eos with Luna's help, but Ravus is annoyed at Noctis's obliviousness of the danger this puts her in.
Ravus had helped Luna return to Tenebrae where he had conversed with her among her field of sylleblossoms. He implored her to stop sacrificing herself for Noctis, whom he believed unable to fulfill the prophecy as the King of Light. Luna remained convinced that Noctis is the Chosen King and that Ravus of all people should know this, as he had been personally judged by the Lucian kings of old and rejected. Ravus accused his sister of "throwing [her] life away" and remained speechless when Luna answered that she was aware of it, but that it was her choice.
Ravus and Ardyn travel to Altissia to slay the Leviathan before Noctis can form a covenant with the deity. Slaying Leviathan is his main task as high commander, but in truth, Ravus seeks to slay the Hydraean for personal reasons. With every Astral Luna beckons, her life is cut shorter, as is the price of making a pact with a god.
At some point during her stay in Altissia, Ravus had managed to speak with a weakened Luna in secrecy. Luna requested Ravus to deliver the Ring of the Lucii to Noctis in her stead as she was dying, but Ravus turned away at the sight of the Ring. He insisted that delivering the Ring was her calling and that, although she may no longer have had the strength to complete her duty, she had the willpower to find the strength. He enclosed the ring in Luna's hand and comforted her.
The day before Luna is to give her speech, Ravus visits the cathedral of Altissia where Luna was to be wed to Noctis. Ardyn arrives and asks if he has spoken with his sister. Ravus lies that he has not, as she is kept by Altissia's government. Luna dies by Ardyn's hand during Leviathan's revelation, and Ravus teams up with Noctis's friend Ignis Scientia during the commotion. Afterward, Ravus informs Maria, his and Luna's faithful servant, of the tragic news. He reveals that Luna's dog Pryna died the same day Luna did, likely of heartbreak. Ravus told Maria of his plans to safeguard Regis's glaive for Noctis.
Niflheim pushes the blame of the catastrophe with Leviathan onto Ravus, as it had been his duty as high commander to kill the Astral. Niflheim thus has an excuse to sentence Ravus to death. The empire sends daemons to torch House Fleuret and the surrounding lands in Tenebrae, including Luna's treasured field of sylleblossoms.
Luna had convinced Ravus to help Noctis, whom he now refers to as "his King". Ravus resists arrest and confronts Iedolas in the Imperial capital, before taking the Crystal that he would only permit Noctis to obtain its power and stop the Starscourge. The emperor sends daemons after Ravus, who expel him from the throne room to the lower floors of Zegnautus Keep. Ravus is injured, and Ardyn, disguised as Noctis, approaches him. Ravus presents Regis's glaive to "Noctis", but Ardyn slices his arm off and kills him, scattering letters Ravus had written to Luna about his body. Ravus had written to Luna insisting Noctis was unworthy of her sacrifice, but should he would gain Leviathan's blessing he would yield Regis's sword. Ravus's death is recorded in the Keep's security system, and is the only recording retained on it, implied to be Ardyn's doing.
When the real Noctis arrives and finds the capital void of people and overrun with daemons, he finds Ravus dead, surrounded by fallen magitek soldiers. Noctis thanks him for his role in attempting to help. He reads the letters scattered around Ravus's body, which explain how Lucis was becoming too dangerous for Luna to stay in, and so Ravus had sent an escort for her in Gentiana.
The daemonic energy that was fueling Ravus's magitek prosthetic is used by Ardyn to revive Ravus as a daemon to battle Noctis and his allies. With what little that remains of his humanity, Ravus begs for Noctis and his friends to kill him. After defeating him, Gladiolus comments that it was a sorry end for a man with hopes and dreams.
Ravus is fought as a boss at the end of Chapter 13. Ravus is immensely strong and quick with incredible endurance. In a single move, he can force the entire party into critical health if the player is not cautious. Throughout the battle, Ravus curses Ardyn for the misfortune brought to him. Luna's trident, Trident of the Oracle, is very effective against Ravus.
The second stanza of the battle contains the Imperial theme, changed into a sinister and threatening tone. This is due to Ravus's high stature in the Imperial army, and in a way it represents the final end of the Empire. Also in the piece is a verse from the Song of the Stars, what many consider to be Luna's theme.
Creation and developmentEdit
A character that appears to be the precursor to Ravus was a white-clad man that appeared in trailers for Final Fantasy Versus XIII. He appeared to fight on the side of Niflheim and to wield powers similar to Noctis's, summoning crystalline weapons. Until his name was revealed, Ravus was known only as the "Hooded Man."
Ravus's appearance changes slightly between Kingsglaive and Final Fantasy XV. His face has hallowed out more in the latter, and his hair is slightly shorter and more messy in the front instead of brushed back.
Ravus speaks in a florid manner in both the Japanese and English languages.
Ravus is a word that means "gray" in Latin. As the conditional of ravi, it can also translate to "to delight/enchant."
Nox means "night" in Latin.
foil or small sword.Fleuret is the French name for a light fencing
- Ravus shares the trait of having heterochromia with Yuna from Final Fantasy X.
- However, in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, both of his eyes are gray.
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