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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 demo's secret trailer
As a member of the Caelum family, Regis believes that being of the royal bloodline makes one strong of heart and will. As shown in the E3 2013 trailer, Regis can also be a laid back person as he ate green soup and showed his green tongue to make his young son laugh. In the newest trailer taking fifteen years before the game's events, though knowing he needed to prepare Noctis once he comes of age, Regis expresses a profound sadness for the fate his son must endure.
In the trailer revealed at the "Square Enix 1st Production Department Premiere" in January 2011, Regis is sitting on his throne, pondering and talking to himself. He is also seen facing off against Idola Aldercapt. Regis wields a falchion with an engine attached to its hilt and has the power to manipulate weapons, sending a horde to point towards Idola.
Niflheim's army seeks to conquer Lucis, take its crystal, and end the reign of the Caelum family. As revealed in a trailer in the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo and the Jump Festa 2014 trailer, Regis is said to have died, though his actual status is unknown.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Regis went through a redesign since he was first unveiled for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a game that was eventually reworked into Final Fantasy XV. He has been made older, with graying shaggier hair and a beard, as opposed to his more refined look in earlier material. Director Hajime Tabata has said there is "one good reason" for the change but that it would be a huge spoiler for the rest of the game. He elaborated that the issue wasn't the old design not suiting the game.
The player party's car, Regalia, is actually Regis's car and represents the party traveling with him. How the bond between Noctis and his father and the focus on the car is going to be represented in the story was personally important to Tabata. He explained that in Japan kids are proud of their father's car, it being a big thing to go on a ride and to get the car's functionalities explained by one's father. He described this as a wonderful experience on my his childhood that he wanted to present within the game.
Regis Lucis Caelum is a Latin phrase that may mean "Sky of the King's Light" or "Sky of the Light's King". Regis and Noctis's naming follows thus a similar theme pertaining light and sky.
- A point of clarification concerns a sequence where Regis is seated on his throne early in a trailer (before the gameplay begins) and says something along the lines of "You're not fit to be king". While many assumed this statement was directed at Noctis, it is actually directed at someone else.
- Regis's powers are similar to those of Noctis in the first few trailers of Final Fantasy XV.