- “For my... reason to live.”
- —Shalua Rui, when Vincent asks what she is searching for
Shalua Rui (シャルア・ルーイ, Sharua Rūi?) is a non-playable character from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Born in 1986, she works for the World Regenesis Organization (WRO) as both a soldier and a scientist. Through her work with them she lost not only her left eye and arm, but several internal organs, which have been replaced with biomechanical parts.
She has a prosthetic arm, which serves as her life-support system. Despite her disabilities, she is an able marksman, and wields a pistol as her weapon. She is voiced by Yuu Asakawa in the Japanese version of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, and by Kim Mai Guest in the English version.
Shalua has a mechanical left arm, which begins just below her shoulder and terminates in a gloved hand. Her left eye is closed from damage. Her remaining eye is blue and she wears oval glasses. Shalua keeps some of her long, red hair in a high ponytail, leaving bangs to frame her face and lower sections free to hang over her shoulders. She wears a lab coat over her shoulders both sleeves empty, over a purple, blue and black two-piece consisting of a cropped vest with straps that cross over her chest, and a thigh-length miniskirt with a separate purple section that wraps loosely round her thighs diagonally and is held to the front of the skirt by criss-crossed blue straps. Blue T-strap heels complete the outfit, along with her WRO badge, which is on the left side of her lab coat.
Shalua appears in Episode 21 in Corel Prison, injured, starving, and in need of water. The player Turk attempts to help, but Shalua refuses the offer. She tells the player she is searching for her sister Shelke, who had been taken by the Turks to be a SOLDIER candidate. Shalua had joined with AVALANCHE because she thought it would help get her sister back, but she eventually found the organization too twisted under Fuhito to continue working for them. At some point under AVALANCHE, Shalua was seriously injured, but was saved by underground doctors. She briefly helps the player Turk, but then leaves. As she leaves, she promises to never forgive AVALANCHE.
It is revealed that Shalua is the one who made Barret's gun-arm, and that she still has her left eye.
Vincent Valentine first meets Shalua in Edge at the beginning of Chapter 3. She only reveals she works for the WRO and has hopes of finding her "reason to live". Her reason to live later is revealed to be her little sister Shelke, who had been taken by Shinra ten years prior. She continues her search despite many (including Reeve Tuesti) saying her search may be hopeless.
Eventually, Shalua finds Shelke and is saddened to find her corrupted by Deepground, turned into a heartless soldier. Their reunion is short-lived when Deepground attacks the WRO's headquarters. Azul the Cerulean fights his way into the medical center, and attempts to kill Shelke due to Deepground now deeming her a liability and having outlived her usefulness. Guilt-ridden for not being able to save her sister sooner, Shalua sacrifices herself so that they could escape. Her act of heroism results in serious injuries and Shalua falls into a coma. She is later recovered by the WRO, but their scientists are unable to help her. With no other options, she is put into a capsule in the Shera's medical ward, with hope that she would be able to be revived later.
Her spirit appears before Shelke when the latter is captured by Nero the Sable. Shalua asks her sister if it would be alright if she returned to the Planet. Their time together is short, as Shelke is rescued by Vincent. During the Battle of Midgar, the Shera took a direct hit, and Shalua's capsule is lost and lands somewhere in the ruins of Midgar. She is last seen inside her capsule during the ending, not yet having returned to the Planet. It is unknown as to whether she survives or not.
Shalua appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with an ice-elemental card.