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The Ring of the Lucii.

He who holds the Ring communes with the Lucii and commands great power.
—Lunafreya Nox Fleuret

The Ring of the Lucii (光耀の指輪, Kōyō no Yubiwa?, lit. Ring of Radiant Light) is a key item in the Final Fantasy XV Universe that appears in Final Fantasy XV and the feature film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. It symbolizes the power of the kings of Lucis, and it is handed down from generation to generation. The ring contains the collective power and wisdom of each Lucian monarch and grants its immense power only to those it deems worthy.

According to legend, the Ring of the Lucii was bestowed upon the kings of Lucis by the gods of Eos. It allows its wearer to channel the power of Insomnia's Crystal.[1] According to the Final Fantasy XV Ultimania, astrals created the ring of light, and provided it as the mark of the king to Lucian royalty.[2]

StoryEdit

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The Cosmogony books that chronicle the legends of Eos posit that before falling into eternal slumber, the Six gave mankind a ring. The ring is said to have passed from person to person, but none were fit to inherit its power. It eventually found its way into the hands of a person deemed worthy, whom people thus saw fit to rule and he became the first Lucian king. The ring has been passed down the royal generations and is worn by the reigning king.

A hundred-and-fifty years ago, the king erected a magical barrier across the kingdom of Lucis to keep it safe from the Niflheim Empire. The king upholds the magic barrier with the power of the Ring of the Lucii, but doing so drains the king's own life-force.

Regis Lucis Caelum became the king thirty years ago. During this time the Wall shrunk, now only covering the crown city of Insomnia, and the outlands were left vulnerable as the war against the Empire intensified. Upholding the Wall accelerates Regis's aging, and after thirty years of holding the Wall with the ring's power, he looks beyond his fifty years of age and his health is failing.

During the fall of Insomnia, Imperial General Glauca severs the Ring of the Lucii from King Regis's hand. Ravus Nox Fleuret picks up the ring and attempts to obtain its power, but is deemed unworthy and drops the ring as his left arm is severely burned. Taking the ring with him, Regis flees down a secret passageway with Nyx Ulric and Lunafreya Nox Fleuret. Once clear of Niflheim's forces, Regis gives the Ring of the Lucii to Lunafreya and asks her to give it to his son, Noctis.

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Nyx communes with the Lucian kings of old after putting on the Ring of the Lucii.

In Section D of Insomnia, Nyx is attacked by one of his fellow Glaives, Luche Lazarus, who seeks to take the Ring of the Lucii. Luche he is tricked into putting it on by Lunafreya. Deemed unworthy of the Old Wall's power, Luche is burned alive. Nyx's superior, Titus Drautos, reveals himself to be Glauca, and attempts to claim the ring. Nyx puts it on and finds himself in another dimension, where he speaks to the deceased Lucian kings and faces their judgment.

When the kings see Nyx fights for the future, at the spirit of King Regis's urging, they grant him their power in exchange for his life. Nyx passes the ring to Luna for safekeeping, then uses the Ring of the Lucii's power to engage Glauca. The resulting battle sees Glauca fatally stabbed by Nyx, with the Empire's daemons destroyed by the Old Wall, summoned effigies of the past kings and queens of Lucis. Nyx dies at dawn as part of the blood price of using the ring's powers.

After Luna escapes Insomnia, she reunites with Gentiana and her two dogs outside the city gates. She is exhausted, but has the Ring of the Lucii. She eventually makes her way to Altissia where she speaks with her brother Ravus. She asks him to take the ring to Noctis as she is collapsing from the strain of her duties, but he turns away at the sight of it, and says delivering the ring to the Chosen King is her duty.

After the clash between Titan and Leviathan levels Altissia, Noctis finds himself in a dreamlike dimension with his betrothed, Lunafreya. Transformed into his childhood self, Noctis grieves over his inability to save her. She comforts him and gives him the Ring of the Lucii before fading into the Astral Realm. Noctis awakens back in Altissia with the ring in his hand. He won't wear it however, feeling the burden of it overwhelming.

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Noctis puts on the ring.

In Gralea, the capital of Niflheim Empire, Noctis is forced to adorn the ring when his powers cease to work, and wields its powers to fight the daemons and magitek troops at Zegnautus Keep. A decade later, Noctis uses the ring to commune with his ancestors before giving his life to end the Starscourge as the True King.

As the kings of Lucis die, their soul enters the ring and next king can wield the collective powers of his forebears with it. Thus little by little the power concentrates until it accumulates enough for the final king to the become the True King to purge the Starscourge from Eos. After dying, Noctis finds himself standing before Ardyn Izunia in the afterlife, a Lucian king that became corrupted by daemons and was made immortal, and now exists as the embodiment of the darkness that shrouds Eos. Noctis uses the ring to destroy Ardyn's spirit before vanishing in a burst of light. The Lucian bloodline has ended, and the Ring of the Lucii disintegrates.

AbilitiesEdit

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Nyx protects Lunafreya with a magic shield after gaining the ring's power.

As depicted in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, when worn, the Ring of the Lucii sends those who are not of royal blood to another dimension where they converse with the Lucian kings of old and face their judgment. If the ring rejects its wearer, he is burned alive. If it accepts him, the wearer gains great magical power, as well as the ability to activate the Old Wall, enormous statues of the deceased Lucian kings strewn about Insomnia.

The Ring of the Lucii appears to be what links the Lucian lineage and their powers to the mortal world even from the "realm beyond". It is unknown if each ring-bearer gains different powers from the ring, but King Regis and Noctis use different magic with it.

Wielding the ring's powers has glowing cracks appear on the ring-bearer's body, and the more the wielder uses the ring the more apparent it becomes. King Regis's face is scarred, perhaps due to this. Crystalline cracks that glow red appear on Nyx Ulric's face and soon all along on his arm as he commands the Old Wall after gaining the old kings' blessing. A similar effect engulfs Noctis's character model in Final Fantasy XV if the player wields the ring as their weapon for extended periods, but the effect fades and does no lasting "damage" to him.

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GameplayEdit

In Final Fantasy XV, the Ring of the Lucii offers players access to Ring Magic, a different type of magic than the grenades that can be concocted through Elemancy. It is unlocked in Chapter 13, and uses MP. The ring is equipped in a weapon slot, and the player can point-warp with it. The ring can only be equipped by Noctis.

When the player wields the Ring of the Lucii in battle, "soul crystals" like seen in the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy series float in the air. This signifies the bonding of the souls via the Crystal, concept from which the ring draws its power. Below is the list of Ring Magic spells.

Name Description Image
Death Enables Noctis to drain the life-force of enemies and causes them to disintegrate. When the enemy is killed and collapses into dust, the spell restores Noctis's HP with the amount the enemy had when it died. It is used via the attack command when the Ring of the Lucii is in the weapon slot and gradually drains MP. It works well against small daemons.
Holy Noctis instantaneously smites foes with sacred energy and deals holy damage to nearby enemies when Noctis dodges their attacks. It is activated by tapping or holding down the Phase/Defense button, and is a counterattack. Should the Phase/Defense button be held without Noctis being attacked, he will walk cautiously like in Phase Mode, but will be in a focused state to ready the spell when pressed to do so. Doing this gradually drains his MP. If Noctis successfully counters an enemy with Holy, he will recover some MP.
Alterna The final spell can be used on wide areas that have enough room for the spell to go off, and is used by locking onto the enemy and using the warp button. This spell has Noctis temporarily break open the fabric of reality, creating a crystalline gate into another dimension that ejects all enemies from the battle entirely. It works against the majority of enemies, but doesn't work on large or significantly powerful enemies. Casting it costs a full MP bar.

Creation and developmentEdit

In early promotional material for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Noctis is seen wearing a ring on his right hand. Repurposed for Final Fantasy XV, the ring was important to the game's story.[3]

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

FFBE Ring of the Lucii

The Ring of the Lucii appears as Noctis' Trust Master Reward. When equipped it grants MAG+3, SPR+3 as well as the abilities Alterna, Holy and Death.

MerchandiseEdit

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Ring of the Lucii merchandise.

Square Enix has released the Ring of the Lucii as official merchandise. Unlike in the game, the ring is on a chain.

Product Size(Body part): approx. 22.85×26.87(mm) Weight:8.7g
Chain Length(Incl. Fastener): approx. 470(mm) Weight:10g
Ring Size: Size 18 (Japanese size)
Material: 925 Silver


GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Luci is the plural form of luce, an Italian word for "light". It is derived from lūcem, a Latin word and the accusative form of lūx, which means "light."

TriviaEdit

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The Solomon Ring, as it appears in Final Fantasy VIII.

  • The Ring of the Lucii resembles the Solomon Ring from Final Fantasy VIII, which, according to its description in the Occult Fan, used to belong to a royal family.
  • The crest of the ring resembles Bahamut when Noctis meets him, with multiple swords around a figure holding a sword down the middle. This suggests the crest is of Bahamut, or a Lucian king stylized after Bahamut. Bahamut appears to be the leader of the astrals.

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