One of the dominion's Primus l'Cie, Lord Zhuyu fights foes using fierce flames, a symbol of the Vermilion Bird he has served for so many moons.
Zhuyu Voghfau Byot, known as Lord Zhuyu, is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy Type-0. He is a Primus l'Cie of the Vermilion Bird Crystal who can freely wield fire, creating wings of flame, while brandishing a massive axe. He is described as the light of the Vermilion Bird.
Zhuyu is a Vermilion Bird l'Cie who has been branded for many years and is slowly losing his memories along with his emotions. As a former student at Akademeia, he continues to wear his old Agito Cadet uniform in hopes of retaining some sense of his original self. According to the Rubicus, Zhuyu's age is unknown and he is 6'1" tall. His l'Cie brand is on his left shoulder and he has steel gray hair, a scar across his face, and three earrings on his left ear.
Zhuyu's humanity is being sapped from him for being a l'Cie, and he is stoic and usually uninterested in the affairs of mortals. He thus talks in a monotone voice and follows the Crystal's guidance like ordered.
When rumors of Zhuyu being on the move spread, many are surprised as the Crystal doesn't usually bother with the woes of mortals. Unusually, Zhuyu accompanies the Rubrum army, although he posits his allegiance lies with the Crystal, not with the dominion.
When Nimbus, a White Tiger Primus l'Cie, is sent to reclaim Togoreth that has been overtaken by joint Rubrum-Concordian forces, Zhuyu is sent to intercept him. Zhuyu asks whether Nimbus's mission at the stronghold is his Focus given to him by the Crystal, but Nimbus declines to answer, and Zhuyu draws his blade. As the first known confrontation between l'Cie in five centuries, Zhuyu and Nimbus's battle lays waste to the entire area.
When Class Zero infiltrates the imperial magitek facility to destroy their prototype MA, Lady Caetuna, a Vermilion Bird Secundus l'Cie and the most senior l'Cie in all of Orience, meets Zhuyu in the crystal room. Zhuyu remarks they haven't seen each other for a long time, but Caetuna implores that something is about to happen, and that the two of them are mere puppets to a greater will. The Crystal begins to shine, and far away in the imperial capital of Ingram Queen Andoria invokes the Fabula Pact, a peace agreement made between the four peristylia of Orience that grants a short-lived ceasefire. After Andoria is assassinated her successor, the King of Concordia, allies with the empire against Rubrum and the dominion is greatly outnumbered.
The dominion Central Command prepares for the upcoming showdown against joint Militesi-Concordian forces. The plan is to send Class Zero with Lord Zhuyu to fight off the Concordian dragons with an airship fleet, and send the rest of Rubrum's legionaries, and Akademeia's cadets and trainees, to the Militesi border for Lady Caetuna to summon a Verboten Eidolon. Two l'Cie taking part in Rubrum's military operations simultaneously is unheard of, and many see it as a sign of the dominion's, and thus the Vermilion Bird Crystal's, desperation, as by now all the other Crystals of Orience have been subjugated by the empire that has devised a machine to enslave them.
Zhuyu is deployed into the First Battle of Judecca where he faces the Concordian Primus l'Cie Soryu after it annihilates the dominion's Eidolons. As Zhuyu draws Soryu away from the battle the dominion forces engage the royal army and emerge victorious.
Rubrum eventually conquers all of Orience and Tempus Finis commences, the Rursus attacking Akademeia. Zhuyu defends the Vermilion Bird Crystal but is defeated by Gala's surprise attack and forced into crystal stasis. Some time later, Rem Tokimiya takes his place as a Vermilion Bird l'Cie.
Zhuyu is voiced by Hiroki Tōchi in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy Type-0. He shares his Japanese voice actor with Yaag Rosch from Final Fantasy XIII and Cor Leonis from Final Fantasy XV. In the English version, he is voiced by Marc Worden.
Zhuyu appears with a fire-elemental card.
"Zhuyu" comes from two Chinese words: Zhū (朱) and Yù (昱). "Zhū" can be used as an adjective for "vermilion" or something bright red. Yù means "light". "Zhūyù" is literally translated to "vermilion light".