- "You dolt! You and I might still be able to stop it! We can find a way, like we always do. We can do anything!"
- —Yda to Papalymo
She is a Hyur Pugilist that is found in the Twelvewoods nearby Gridania after falling from an airship. While Yda is a good fighter, she is notoriously lacking in tact and manners, a fact that she is constantly scolded by her companion Papalymo for. Her main reason to stay in Gridania is discovering if the city-state is planning a war against the Empire, and is from the city-state of Sharlayan. Like the other members of the Circle of Knowing, she has a tattoo in her neck.
Yda is very laid-back and has no problem speaking whatever is on her mind in any situation, more often than not speaking inappropriate things - and being scolded by Papalymo right after. She has no qualms asking others directly about any subject, instead of trying more subtle means. She is also not very knowledgeable, often needing Papalymo to explain certain things to her.
Despite all this, she does act more seriously upon a crisis, as well as being extremely optimistic. She is also a very apt fighter, however rarely gets into fights needlessly. Together with Papalymo, she provides most of the game's comic relief, specially in Gridania's Storyline.
Yda is found with Papalymo laying in the woods, after ejecting from their airship and welcomed into Gridania after being found by the player. The conjurers of town are lead to believe that the duo is beckoned by the elementals, and therefore are expected to do something for them, a fact that makes Yda proclaim herself as a "Savior of the Wood".
During the course of Gridania's storyline, she is often seen with the conjurers preparing for the great ritual set to happen in the city-state.
In the final mission, She and Papalymo are the ones responsible for finding Dunstan and bringing him back into town. After the ritual, the Echo reverberates and the skies turn black, a fact that makes Papalymo comment with Yda that they "should've stopped it, and now it's too late", to which she replies that they still can find a way to stop it.
She is not seem again until the eleventh mission, Futures Perfect, where she joins forces with Papalymo, Y'shtola, and Thancred in their fight against the Imperial Legatus. She is notably the only character to land a hit on the Garlean general. If the player's home nation is Gridania, she and Papalymo are the ones who appear at the end of the mission, telling about the greater power needed to defeat the Garleans.
- Sundered Skies
- Whispers in the Wood
- Beckon of the Elementals
- Futures Perfect
- Yda's personality and fighting style are similar to that of Prishe in Final Fantasy XI. Her relationship with Papalymo also mirrors that of Prishe and Shantotto in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
- Yda was chosen as Gridania's Little Lady of the City during the 2012 Little Ladies' Day event, despite not being exactly a "Little Lady".
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