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Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System

by BrainWeasel

Part 75: Von Muir p. 85-92: "Chapter 11: Edward and the Heaven-Reaching Tower" (Development)

Von Muir p. 85-92: "Chapter 11: Edward and the Heaven-Reaching Tower" (Development)

Ultima is the Esper of Holy, associated with the sign of Virgo. Chosen of the gods, she was their finest creation before rejecting their boon and leading the other Espers in rebellion. To this day, not even the gods know what inspired her turn. Did she take offense at the injustices that befell her fellow Espers? Did she merely think herself above the gods' authority? Whatever the case, the gods have sealed her at the peak of the Great Crystal, the better to keep vigilant watch over her, and perhaps, one day, to bring her to redemption.

So preserved by the gods, Ultima's power remains vast, and that power yearns to rise again to action through contract with the party. Vaan can acquire the Stamp Technick, Balthier can learn to use the Claymore, Defender, and Save the Queen, Fran can gain three extra points of Magick (although she has already reached those Licenses via a Quickening tile) Basch can equip the Diamond Sword, Runeblade, Deathbringer, and Stoneblade, and Penelo can learn the Expose Technick.

Writing Assignment 15

Choose a summoner for Ultima and, in 100 words or less, explain why that character is the most appropriate choice. Tag spoilers and show your work. Remember that this is an essay contest, not a popular vote!

Writing Assignment 15 due!

I haven't played the sequel, so I can't speak to the accuracy of Antipersonnel Mime's spoiler. But this game, at least, has been effectively book-ended by Penelo watching and gently guiding Vaan's rebirth. She, more than anyone, should have the patience and insight to know Ultima's heart.

Antipersonnel Mime posted:

Just as Ultima was tasked to tend to the souls en route to reincarnation, so had Penelo tasked herself to watch over her fellow orphans (And Vann) and ensure they were on the path to upright citizenship & personal prosperity. She was the Team Mom before the journey even started.

Granted, such a character arc isn't fully realized until Revenant Wings' late game but still...