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XV

Take heed. Never bow out of what you begin. So long as you carry the blood royal, so long as you carry my name…carry your head high.
—Regis, to Noctis in the ending audio of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae

Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII is a major character in the Final Fantasy XV Universe. He is the main protagonist of A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV, and he is also a protagonist in Final Fantasy XV and the feature film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. As the king of Lucis, Regis uses the Ring of the Lucii to channel the power of Insomnia's Crystal. WIth it, he maintains the Wall, which gradually drains his life-force. After his death, Regis is succeeded by his son, Noctis Lucis Caelum.

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AppearanceEdit

Regis is a rapidly aging man with gray hair and green eyes. In his youth, his hair was black. On most occasions, Regis wears a black suit with thin, white stripes, as well as a black cape. A gold brace appears on his right knee, and black shoes cover his feet. Regis uses a cane to walk, and a silver, hornlike crown appears on the right side of his head.

PersonalityEdit

Regis firmly believes those of his royal bloodline are strong of heart and will. He is deeply saddened by the fate that awaits his son, Noctis, and he wishes to protect the prince while also showing him what is required to be king. Out of everyone he meets, Regis has the greatest impact on Noctis's life.[1]

AbilitiesEdit

Regis uses the Ring of the Lucii to channel the power of Insomnia's Crystal. Through it, he creates and maintains the Wall, a magical barrier that shields the Crown City from outsiders. This gradually drains Regis's life-force, thus he is unable to command the Old Wall. A skilled swordsman capable of forging weapons from thin air, Regis also uses the Ring of the Lucii to cast powerful spells, such as Thunder and Protect.

StoryEdit

In his youth, Regis fought alongside Cor Leonis, Clarus Amicitia, and Cid Sophiar.

Twelve years before the fall of Insomnia, Regis travels to Tenebrae to visit his son Noctis, who is recuperating there from a serious injury. Niflheim attacks in an attempt to kill him, and as Regis flees the land with Noctis and the young princess Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, the young prince Ravus calls out to him and begs for help. Regis has no choice but to ignore the boy's pleas; he does not go back for Lunafreya when the girl elects to stay behind with her older brother.

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XVEdit

Regis is offered terms of peace by Ardyn Izunia, the chancellor of Niflheim. Forced to accept Ardyn's proposed treaty, the king sends his son Noctis to Altissia alongside Ignis Scientia, Gladiolus Amicitia, and Prompto Argentum. He then welcomes Iedolas Aldercapt, the emperor of Niflheim, to Insomnia with a grand party. All the while, Regis remains suspicious of his guest and believes he intends to steal the Crown City's Crystal.

Regis's fears are confirmed correct when Niflheim's magitek infantry attacks on the day of the treaty signing. As Iedolas and Ardyn steal Insomnia's Crystal, Regis teams up with Clarus Amicitia to battle Imperial General Glauca. The Lucian monarch can only watch as Clarus is killed. Continuing to duel Glauca alone, Regis is overpowered and the Ring of the Lucii is severed from his hand. Nyx Ulric and Lunafreya Nox Fleuret come to Regis's aid, and with them, he escapes down a secret passageway with the ring.

At the end of the secret passageway, Regis gives the Ring of the Lucii to Lunafreya and asks her to pass it on to Noctis. He begs Nyx to take Lunafreya to Altissia, and he later sacrifices himself to Glauca so the two can escape.

Final Fantasy XVEdit

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A decade after King Regis's death, the Lucian monarch's spirit is summoned from within the Ring of the Lucii to help Noctis bring an end to the Starscourge.

Spoilers end here.

Other appearancesEdit

OmenEdit

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Regis stands before Insomnia's Crystal.

Omen is a short film that was revealed at Paris Games Week 2016. It details a premonition King Regis has about the fate of his son, Noctis. Hoping to avert this future, Regis asks Insomnia's Crystal how many more lives it needs. When the Crystal claims it needs only one, Regis rejects this and decides to take a different path.

Creation and developmentEdit

King Caelum

Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII sits on his throne in a trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

In the trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII released at the "Square Enix 1st Production Department Premiere" in January of 2011, Regis sits on his throne and talks to himself. He faces off against Iedolas Aldercapt and is shown to wield a falchion with an engine attached to its hilt.

When Final Fantasy Versus XIII became Final Fantasy XV, Regis was redesigned. He was made to look older, but not because his original design no longer suited the game.[2] At Tokyo Game Show 2015, it was revealed maintaining the barrier that protects Insomnia causes Regis to age rapidly. Hajime Tabata also stated the film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV would explain this in greater detail.[3]

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A close-up render of King Regis's face, as it was originally designed.

Regis was redesigned to resemble Jon Campling, a British actor who confirmed his likeness would be used for the character in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.[4] To maintain an immersive experience, this design was carried over into Final Fantasy XV.[5]

When Hironobu Sakaguchi first saw Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, he pointed out Regis's eyes were too immaculate, clear, and childlike. They were not the eyes of someone with a lifetime of experience. Sakaguchi claimed Regis's eyes prevented immersion; they gave away the fact he was a CGI character. Takeshi Nozue took this into account and decided to further polish his film.[6]

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Regis and the Regalia.

The car Noctis and his friends drive in Final Fantasy XV, the Regalia, belongs to King Regis. It represents him on their travels.[3] The bond between Regis and Noctis, as well as the Regalia and its representation in the story of Final Fantasy XV, was very important to Hajime Tabata. He explained that in Japan, children are proud of their father's car; it is a "big thing" to go on a ride and have one's father explain the car's functionalities. Tabata listed this as a wonderful experience from his childhood that he wanted to present within the game.[2]

VoiceEdit

King Regis's Japanese voice actor is Tsutomu Isobe.[7] He shares his Japanese voice actor with Douglas Hein from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

In the English version of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Regis is voiced by Sean Bean. In the English version of Final Fantasy XV, he is voiced by Jim Pirri.[8]

MerchandiseEdit

A static bust of King Regis is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2017.

GalleryEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Regis is the genitive singular form of the Latin word rex, which means "king" or "ruler."

Lucis, meaning "of the light," is the genitive singular form of the Latin word lux, which means "light."

Caelum means "sky" in Latin.

Regis Lucis Caelum is a Latin phrase that means "sky of the king's light" or "sky of the light's king." Like Noctis, Regis is named in accordance with a theme pertaining to light and the sky.

TriviaEdit

  • Regis is Hajime Tabata's favorite character in Final Fantasy XV.[9]

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