- “No, sir. I want to fight. For my homeland and for my parents.”
Reks is a minor character in Final Fantasy XII. Vaan's elder brother by two years, he fights to protect what little family he has left. Reks is the playable character during the game's prologue that works as a tutorial.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Reks is a timid, somewhat pessimistic young man, unsure of himself but determined to fight for his brother and for Dalmasca. His strong sense of duty is evidenced in him joining the army at the end of the war when it was already clear they could not win against the Empire. He deeply respects Basch and Vossler, and soundly justifies his purpose within the army when Basch objects because of his age.
Reks doesn't hesitate in face of danger, and encourages the others to go on while he stays behind alone to dispatch enemy soldiers, despite being the least experienced of their squad. Reks's honest and perhaps naive nature make him a perfect witness for the Empire to use in a conspiracy to set up Captain Basch as traitor.
Reks has white-blond hair that reaches to the nape of his neck and pale blue eyes. He wears a short leather shirt that bares his midriff, with curved pieces of armor either side of his neck; thick plated bracers on his arms and leather fingerless gloves; strips of leather round his waist with a groin protector; black trousers under metal and leather greaves, and flat brown shoes with the toes cut away. A blue brooch upon his chest resembles the one his brother Vaan wears, and in a dream sequence it is implied he also left Vaan a silver ring with a blue motif.
- See also: Battle of Nalbina Fortress
Five years before the events of Final Fantasy XII, Reks lost his family to a plague. Only fourteen years old, he had to take care of his younger brother Vaan, with help from Penelo and her family. Always kind to others, he even helped a seeq named Jovy, who was wrongly accused of being a thief. He is also known to love Galbana Lilies, which are a type of red desert flowers.
Three years after losing his parents, Reks joined the Order of the Knights of Dalmasca and fell under the command of Captain Basch, to whom Reks reminded of his own brother. Having been one of the few to survive the initial Archadian assault, he forms part of the detachment sent to stop King Raminas from signing Dalmasca's unconditional surrender at Nalbina Fortress.
Holding back to defend the rear from the imperial forces, Reks becomes separated from his company. When he does finally reach the throne room, he is distraught to find his slaughtered comrades lying at the feet of their murdered King. Basch appears from the shadows and stabs Reks in the torso, leaving him to witness his confession and subsequent arrest. Though mentally and physically destroyed by the events, Reks is able to corroborate the Empire's version of events to Vaan and Vossler Azelas. As a result, when Basch is eventually found alive, he is almost universally mistrusted and hated.
Reks dies of his wounds, never knowing that the man truly responsible was Basch's twin brother, Gabranth, and that the whole scheme had been orchestrated by Vayne Solidor. In the manga version of Final Fantasy XII it is said Reks was interrogated as a co-conspirator on Raminas's murder, and died from the methods used to force a confession.
Reks is a playable character in the beginning portion of the game that acts as tutorial for the player. As such he is not easily killed and the player can't change his equipment. He has the magicks Cure and Thunder and is equipped with Mythril Sword, Buckler, Leather Cap and Leather Armor.
Reks starts at level 3 and his levels are not transferred to Vaan, who starts at level 1, unlike later in the game where Vaan's level determines the levels of the allies that join the party later. Considering his stat development, Reks is the second fastest playable character in the game after Reddas.
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Reks appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
- Reks's sprite is unlocked in the Sky Pirate's Den after the player has earned over 500,000 Clan Points, granting the title Record Breaker.
- Reks was Jovy's biggest hero before he met Vaan, declaring that he is his new hero.
- "Reks's Blade" is an exclusive weapon for Vaan in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, which raises Attack by 40 points and has "EX Core Absorption +15%" as an effect.
- Reks shares his English voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal, with Cecil Harvey from DS version of Final Fantasy IV and the Dissidia series.
- Reks is the only introductory, controllable character in the game that does not appear in the final party.