- "Và như thế, như họ nói, là thế đấy."
Maechen (メイチェン, Meichen) là một học giả ở Spira trong Final Fantasy X. Ông có một kiến thức uyên bác về lịch sử và nguồn gốc của mọi thứ liên quan đến Spira cũng như các yếu tố văn hóa của nó. Nếu người chơi nói chuyện với ông ở nhiều địa điểm, ông sẽ kể câu chuyện về lịch sử Spira và thậm chí còn giải thích về những cư dân Spira, như người Hypello.
Yuna and her Guardians first meet Maechen on the Mi'ihen Highroad where he tells the tale of Lord Mi'ihen, the Crusaders, and the history of the Highroad. Thereafter he appears in many other locations, each time with a new story to tell. Many of his stories are quite long-winded, but much of Spira's history can only be learned from him.
Maechen returns in Final Fantasy X-2 and again, many details regarding Zanarkand, Vegnagun, Shuyin, and Lenne can be learned by listening to his ramblings. In the final conversation with him, he is revealed to be an Unsent. His actual age at death is unknown, but he was alive since before the destruction of Zanarkand in the Machina War with Bevelle, one thousand years before the main storyline of Final Fantasy X. It is, in fact, his voice, which Yuna and company hear on the Black Mage dressphere from atop Mount Gagazet. It can be assumed that it is his consciousness burnt onto the sphere. Maechen had forgotten that he was an unsent, it was only upon shaking Yuna's hand that he recalled shaking hands with Lenne as indicated by the sphere and realized how long he had actually been around for.
Even though he is an Unsent, he has Sent himself. It can be assumed that once Yuna saw a fraction of his memory involving Lord Braska, he knew that his memories would cause great disturbance to people who might recognize a person in his many memories. Knowing this, he finally accepts death and actually sends himself, as any person who would have already accepted their death before they even died.
- When in Guadosalam in Final Fantasy X-2 on a sidequest mission Maechen makes mention of Tidus and of talking to him, from this it can be assumed that it is canon of the story to talk to Maechen.
- Maechen's catchphrase, "And that, as they say, is that", is referenced in the game Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations when spoken by the character Winston Payne.
- ↑ Maechen: "Where are my manners? I am Maechen, a scholar. At your service, m'lady. I am on a journey, studying the history of our world, Spira, seeking its stories and secrets." - Encounter at Mi'ihen Highroad.