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Damn idealism! Ya feed it blood and it howls for more!
Rygdea is a non-player character in Final Fantasy XIII, who works for the Sanctum. Rygdea is a captain working under the command of Cid Raines as his right-hand man, as they both share the same view of the Sanctum. He later becomes one of the secret founders of the Academy.
Rygdea is an officer in the Wide-area Response Brigade led by Cid Raines. Hidden behind his cowboy antics is a man of unwavering courage and integrity.
Disgusted by the deception of the Sanctum, he once thought to retire from the military, but was instead convinced by Raines to join the Cavalry. Finding that the brigadier general shared his ideals, Rygdea now works as his right-hand man in various operations designed to undermine the government's power.
Rygdea is an officer in the Wide-area Response Brigade formerly led by Cid Raines.
Disgusted by the deception of the Sanctum, he thought to retire from the military, but instead joined Raines and the Cavalry in their efforts to bring down the government. Rygdea followed the general without question, unaware of his superior's status as a servant of the Sanctum fal'Cie.
Raines has now replaced Barthandelus in the position of Primarch, leaving Rygdea to lead the Cavalry in a charge to topple the Sanctum and destroy Orphan.
- Figures of Note
Captain Rygdea is a former Cocoon soldier. Following the catastrophe, he played a central role in running the provisional government.
Rygdea crushed the budding resurgence of the former administration by revealing the Sanctum's manipulation by the fal'Cie, and their subsequent slaughter of innocent civilians during the Purge.
He lent his support to the Academy scientists who sought to promote 'human independence,' and encouraged the shift in authority from the government to this new institute.
Rygdea has shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. His outfit is a variation on the standard male Guardian Corps uniform: blues and silvers dominate in his case, and as opposed to most division uniform he has a white shape similar to a Christian cross on his stomach.
Rygdea appears with Oerba Yun Fang in Lake Bresha, where his troops apprehend Snow Villiers and take Serah Farron's crystallized form onto their airship, the Lindblum, where Snow meets Cid Raines and learns of his wish to overthrow the fal'Cie. Later, Rygdea helps the l'Cie escape from Yaag Rosch's forces in Palumpolum and helps Lightning, Snow, Fang and Hope get onboard the Palamecia to rescue Sazh Katzroy and Oerba Dia Vanille.
After Cid leaves the Cavalry and is pointed as the new Primarch, the Cavalry members see themselves as having been betrayed by their former leader, but in reality, this has been orchestrated by Barthandelus to incite civil war within Cocoon. Rygdea takes Cavalry's leadership and leads them in rebellion against the Sanctum, ending up confronting the newly-made Primarch Raines. Raines, abandoning his dream as a "fal'Cie fancy", asks Rygdea to end his life. Reluctantly, Rygdea complies, then leads his forces against PSICOM in an all-out war on the Sanctum.
Humans are real greedy. Once they get something, they won’t ever part with it no matter the circumstances. Even if it was something they got under the table. That's how things are. The only people who will part with their vested interests are real saints or total idiots.
Rygdea survives the transformation of the Cavalry's majority into Cie'th and the Cocoon's fall, and in the six months after the Day of Ragnarok, helps the surviving populace in Cocoon and on Gran Pulse rebuild. He is stationed in Palumpolum, which has become Cocoon's new capital and its main military base of operations.
Rygdea summons Hope's father, Bartholomew Estheim, to a secret meeting in the city concert hall and shows him an ID card containing internal documents from the Sanctum made by the late Rosch, with his voice-over providing insight to what happened behind the scenes within the Sanctum. The card shows the security footage from the day of the incident at Euride Gorge, depicting Fang and Vanille, the Pulse l'Cie responsible for the accident. Rygdea goes through the rest of the card's footage, which documents, from Rosch's perspective, the events leading up to the Siege of Eden, with Rygdea commenting on many aspects, including Raines defying his Focus and entering crystal stasis through his own will, and the irony of the god-like fal'Cie searching for a god themselves.
After he finishes showing the footage, Rygdea tells Bartholomew of how people have forgotten PSICOM's last act of heroism because of their pitted reputation, and that former members of the Sanctum pushing the blame for the Siege of Eden on them for their own profit. Rygdea reveals his plan of making the ID card's footage public along with other acquired inside information to expose the truth behind the Purge and everything else that led to Cocoon's fall, so the former Sanctum members will be held responsible. Rygdea reveals he wishes to create a society free of the fal'Cie, where the people think for themselves and live how they want.
By releasing Rosch's documents, Rygdea hopes to clear the reputations of the former Pulse l'Cie. He reveals he summoned Bartholomew to meet with him to ask him to join the new provisional government being formed. Bartholomew agrees and wants to build a public research institute that will publicize its findings without interference from the government, and a higher education parallel to the institute. Rygdea agrees, and publicizes the footage, flushing out the last of the Sanctum supporters.
Some time later, Rygdea meets up with Snow, who is on a journey to find the missing Lightning. He asks Snow to do him the favor of locating the remnants of the disbanded PSICOM division on Pulse to see whether or not they are holding a grudge for being chased out of Cocoon and planning an armed reprisal, to which Snow agrees.
When Snow returns to Palumpolum, Rygdea meets up with him and receives his news, before Snow departs on an airship, smuggling his fal'Cie companion Cactuar on board.
Creation and developmentEdit
Because Rygdea is a head swap, his body model being that of a standard Sanctum soldier and only his head has a unique model and texture, Nao Ikeda, who designed the Final Fantasy XIII support cast, only designed a face. The Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega reveals the development team wanted a character who wouldn't cost much as far as the polygon model or animation went, so Ikeda also drew a version with short hair, but the person in charge of modelling chose the long-haired version out of enthusiasm for keeping with that design.
Rygdea was designed with a sky theme in mind, with sky blue eyes and his hair color influenced by black kite, a type of bird. Rygdea's profile described him as both lax and courageous, so to keep with that image, Ikeda tried showing his chest and gave him a stubble.
Rygdea appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
- His first name is unknown for it is never spoken in game.
- In "Final Fantasy XIII: The Lost Report", the story of Final Fantasy XIII is being told from the view of Yaag Rosch and Rygdea.