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Akstar is a major character in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius appearing during Season Two, in the world of Paladia. Described as a wandering mercenary, he is a mysterious man of incredible strength and serves as a swordsmanship mentor to Lasswell.

He joins the party to fulfill his own agenda, as their encounter was no coincidence. His true identity also hides a deep secret.

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Appearance

Akstar is a middle-aged man of fair skin, long silver hair tied in a ponytail and a distinctive eye-patch. He wears a long black coat and wields his signature katana the Ashen Ember. As a result of unseen but harsh combat life, he has lost his left arm and one of his legs is prosthetic.

As Zeno of the Beta Star, he dons a futuristic suit of black armor resembling that of a samurai with golden edges, filled with a prosthetic left arm and his second katana the Searing Ember, allowing him to Dual Wield. The armor emits a reddish glow on his left half, and comes with the Obsidian Helm, a headgear with a red visor. The armor also has a long, somewhat ragged red cape.

Personality

Akstar is an eccentric man. Although he can be serious and insightful, he frequently belittles others, giving them with weird nicknames, naming Lasswell "Lassworm," "Lassfool," "Lasspuke" or other such ridiculous titles. In the Japanese version he nicknames Sol "Sol-Nyan", (Nyan being onomatopoeia for a cat's meow, treating him as a cat, parallel to Lasswell's Lassie being like a dog. The global version states this directly but the pun is lost as it is translated as "Solly" instead).

His arrogance is not unjustified as Akstar has displayed impressive feats of power and a level of skill that vastly outmatches that of Lasswell and likely also that of Raegen. Akstar is thus self-important, and even after taking Lasswell as an apprentice demands absolute respect and obedience, though he means well. Even Lasswell admits that he is strict but also shows kindness.

Akstar is fearful of the Aldore Emperor, and with good reason following a disastrous attempt on his life that costed him his limbs and the lives of his comrades. As a result of his failure, he tries his best to mold Lasswell to not let himself be swayed by emotion truly thinking it will lead to his doom, although he comes to learn and appreciate Lasswell's growing emotional fortitude and aids him.

Story

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Akstar grew under the Aldore tyranny, ad thus trained hard to topple the Emperor. He and his friends carried out an assault which ended horribly as his friends died while Akstar lost an arm and a leg. Resigned to his fate, he joined The Orders as Zeno—an elite force answering directly to the Emperor. The Emperor eventually commanded him to check on the people who arrived from Lapis (a "parallel world" to their realm) in order to determine if there was anybody connected to Hess, so as to terminate the royal bloodline of the rival nation.

When Lasswell's party travels in Paladia searching for their friend Rain, they come across Galas of the Omicron Star and member of the Orders who is hunting them for setting a prisoner free. Lasswell's party puts up a fight and seemingly beats him, but Galas feigns his weakness and unleashes his true power, blasting them back. Lasswell refuses to give up, disgusting the Battle Star who detests those who cling to hope. Akstar arrives and easily overpowers Galas, who retreats. Akstar mocks Lasswell's weakness akin to that of a worm, naming him "Lassworm", and takes his leave.

As Lasswell's party travels to the Forced Labor Camp to look for Rain, they run across Akstar who heads in the same direction. Akstar mocks Lasswell for practicing Mirror of Equity, deeming it a flawed technique, an insult for Lasswell who respects the technique passed down from his fatherly figure. Akstar provokes Lasswell into using it on him while barehanded. Lasswell takes the bait and is deflected and injured. Akstar further provokes him by suggesting Lasswell should hire him, before departing.

Akstar later witnesses Lasswell's party surrender when a fearful prisoner, whom they rescued, sells them out to the guards. He alerts Nichol and Sakura to where to find their comrades. The group reunites, but is threatened with the hostage situation involving a prisoner. Akstar mocks Lasswell as being weak for doing nothing and demonstrates his power, using a stronger version of Mirror of Equity to slay the guards while leaving the prisoner intact. He warns Lasswell that true strength comes from being able to protect everyone no matter the situation.

The reunited group plans to destroy the prison as they search for Rain. Akstar tags along since he wants to level the place anyway. They meet Galas who guards the prison, who fights them to preserve his position. Akstar stands aside, telling the party to fight by themselves if they hope to beat the other Orders, or otherwise hire him and let him take care of it. Lasswell decides to prove his conviction in finding Rain no matter the opponent they face. The party's morale aligns with him and they defeat Galas who is in disbelief at his loss. Akstar mocks his strength as being even less than a worm. Galas gloats that the data from their battle was sent to the Emperor, and with that they will be hunted by the rest of the Orders, dooming their fate. Disgusted at his disgraceful display, Akstar kills him.

Lasswell requests Akstar to teach him swordsmanship, showing begrudging respect. Akstar at first rejects the offer as Lasswell cannot pay, but eventually accepts, thinking it will be a good way to kill time. He demands Lasswell to show absolute respect to him as his master and to resist any and all unreasonable demands given to him. Lasswell accepts and Akstar thus takes him as an apprentice.

As he travels with the rest of the party in search for Rain, they visit an execution grounds where those who oppose Aldore are killed for treason. The party believes Rain would rush there to save people. Upon witnessing the prisoners being mistreated, Lasswell decides to save them, but Akstar advises against it, as he believes the prisoners will betray them to save their own skin. Lasswell is willing to do so anyway and the two temporarily part ways.

Upon reaching the main execution grounds they are intercepted by Gudon, a member of the Orders and 14th in the group's hierarchy. He reveals that the prisoners from the prison ran by Galas alerted him of the party's arrival, mocking Lasswell for his naivete on sacrificing himself for others. Lasswell is willing to be betrayed as many times as it takes to help the weak and vows to defeat the Aldorean lieutenant. Gudon makes quick work of the party, swatting them with the iron ball from his cockpit, and attempts to kill them. Prisoners touched by Lasswell's selflessness put themselves in harm's way to save the party and Gudon kills them. Akstar strikes Gudon, admitting that Lasswell was right to put his trust in people and encourages him to defeat his enemy. The party defeats Gudon.

As Rain is nowhere to be found, some alert them about Gungan and to go there for clues, although they are required to go by chocobo. After a long travel most of the party suffers from back pain and Lasswell has it worse with nausea. He refuses to throw up, believing Akstar will call him "Lasspuke". Akstar approaches Lasswell with this nickname and gives him a fruit to calm his urges, but warns Lasswell all too late about the fruit's infamous sourness.

As the group continues they meet Kunshira, aide to King Yasha, who reveals a civil conflict plagues the nation following a terrorist attack that undermined peace procedures. Lasswell's group decides to aid the Naturia clan investigate the circumstances behind King Yasha's decision to ban entry to the hunting grounds. Akstar and Lasswell sense a malignant presence and decide to investigate. Lasswell, familiar with the source, discovers it is none other than Sol. Akstar is impressed by his malice and admits even he would have a difficult time against the mad sage. The group accuses Sol of being responsible for the desertification of the land and challenges him to prevent him from reaching Rain. Lasswell tries to strike Sol, but Akstar stops him as he realizes Sol was laying a trap that would have killed Lasswell. Sol reveals the desertification is a natural phenomenon as a result of the Crystal sustaining the hunting grounds having dried up. The sage joins Lasswell's party to search for Rain and Lasswell reluctantly agrees since it allows them to observe him.

The party returns to the Natura capital where they discover a major battle against the Shibyra is soon to occur and join the fray. Raegen, who along the Sworn Six of Paladia joined the Shibyra, proposes a duel to avoid casualties. Lasswell accepts, much to the surprise of both father and son. Knowing there is something deeper, the two fight while explaining their respective sides of the conflict. The battle catches the eyes of everyone present until Raegen wins. This calms both sides to a stalemate until the truth behind the incident is revealed.

While on the Natura capital, Raegen confronts Akstar, infuriated he mocks Lasswell with ridiculous names. Akstar is bewildered that Lasswell told him, and asks if he also told Raegen that he called Mirror of Equity defective, which Lasswell denies doing. Internally Raegen confirms that his signature technique is flawed and realizes Akstar is a competent fighter for realizing that. He requests Akstar to keep mentoring Lasswell. Akstar demands that he be allowed to nickname Lasswell as much as he pleases as a condition, and Raegen accepts, admitting that he's curious, much to Lasswell's puzzlement.

Both parties join to discover the truth and come across Fong, aide to King Palte of the Shibyra, who is none other than Nazuu, a member of the Orders. Nazuu escapes with a special machine core that allows him to desertify the land, planning to use a reactor to dry all of Gungan and destroy it. Both parties catch up to Nazuu who uses the core to power a monster to keep the party at bay. Lasswell's party fights the monster while the Sworn Six defeat Nazuu. The Battle Star makes a final attempt at destroying Gungan, but Lasswell attacks him from above, killing him.

Having resolved the conflict and with the clans reaching a peace agreement, the parties split for their respective goals.

Lasswell's party travels to Crystallis as Sol senses Rain's presence in the land. Akstar and Lasswell spar and Lasswell is beaten. Akstar tells Lasswell he's being clouded by his emotions and irritation regarding Sol and Rain, and that he should pursue true strength without clinging to these emotions. Lasswell requests Akstar to teach him the True Mirror of Equity, but Akstar dismisses the idea as he calls the technique flawed. He explains that he grew up with the legends of the Sworn Eight of Paladia and trained to become like them and met like-minded individuals, developing the ability in the process. They had challenged the Aldore Emperor to overthrow him, but had failed, which cost Akstar the life of his friends and sustained grave bodily injuries. Given the True Mirror of Equity was useless, he claims this is why the technique is flawed and encourages Lasswell to achieve true strength.

On another sparring session Lasswell dodges and lands a blow on Akstar, earning rare praise. Akstar believes Lasswell is no longer a Lassworm, but before he can continue Sol requests a battle. Akstar accepts the challenge and Lasswell joins him. Akstar and Sol continue it solo with Akstar gaining the advantage and defeats Sol. Sol is amused, claiming he will have him as he leaves. Lasswell is left impressed that Akstar could beat Sol. Akstar points out that while Sol is certainly an enemy, he's a not a bad person and his motives are pure despite his malignant exterior.

As the party reaches a Kappa Village growing weaker due to the influence of the Barrier Station, the party takes a detour to deactivate it. Sol believes Rain can be felt there and when the station is deactivated, he senses Rain and rushes with the party in pursuit. They find Hyoh, the 4th in the Orders' hierarchy, with the mission to destroy Lasswell. Sol believes Hyoh to be Rain and clashes with him, but is injured. He makes another push and the two fall from a cliff.

The party finds Hyoh and Sol and are confused about whether Hyoh is indeed Rain. Lasswell admits he can feel something in Hyoh that is familiar with Rain, but cannot ascertain whether the two are the same person. Hyoh states he's not Rain and makes his point by striking Fina down. Akstar plans to duel Hyoh to buy Sakura time for the party to teleport, and tells the party to go without him. Sol tries to kill Hyoh himself, but is dragged back by Lid who protests that Hyoh isn't Rain. Annoyed, Sol blasts Hyoh with a wind spell, allowing Akstar to join the party and escape.

Akstar continues with the party and continues to train Lasswell, who seems to adjust to the silly nicknames. One training session has Lasswell awaken his Hess bloodline power and surprise him (and Sakura). When the tournament for the Orders comes in Aldore, Akstar intends to leave the party to compete, causing conflict with the others who do not wish to clash with him. He is adamant in separating, eventually telling Lasswell that he is no longer his master, and that he must be ready to face him for real in the tournament, showcasing his "True Mirror of Equity" that he never showed him before as a gesture of how serious he is.

During the elimination rounds Akstar works with the group loosely out of convenience but flatly refuses any warm gestures from Lasswell till the latter finally accepts that he must stand on his own against him and refers to him as an equal. Akstar is pleased that he finally gets it. When the tournament comes Lasswell facing Akstar the pair is initially evenly matched. Akstar unleashes his "True Mirror of Equity" on his former pupil and Lasswell unleashes his Hess bloodline power and returns the blow back against him. The pair continues to duel until Lasswell downs Akstar with a new technique he invents from of Akstar's lessons: "Final Mirror of Equity". Akstar is proud of his protege for defeating him and nicknames him "Pyro Glacial Lasswell". Lasswell goes to take on the Emperor with Akstar joining the Emperor's side as Zeno of the Beta Star, sending the group into shock.

Zeno explains he joined the party on behalf of the Emperor's orders and proves his point by attacking Lasswell with killing intent. Lasswell blocks the attack, but takes a blow on his morale. Fina and Rain confront Zeno while Lasswell collects his thoughts as he finally fights him. Lasswell and Rain activate their royal bloods, but they cancel one another. Before Zeno gets to do anything, the Children of Hess bombard the arena with airships allowing the party to escape.

Following the declaration of war on Aldore by Hess, Zeno remains at the Emperor's side to command several operations. Eventually Zeno and Lasswell fight again, with Lasswell proving to be a fitting match to the Beta Star with the latter cryptically saying he's not convinced Lasswell has the necessary strength to defeat the Emperor, leaving Lasswell puzzled at what his intentions are. Although loyal to the Emperor on the surface, during the race for the Weapon, Akstar remains secretive to Levnato of how he knows the Mirror of Equity technique, as only Raegen (its inventor), The Emperor, Rain and Lasswell (all taught by Raegen) should know it.

After Levnato activates the Weapon, but both parties are forced to fight for control of it. The Emperor orders Zeno to kill Elmaul their wisest scholar (as he knows how to stop the Weapon) with the Mirror of Equity, hoping to deduce where did Zeno learn it in the first place. Before he can do it, Elmaul is saved by Juraga. Zeno asks if he should pursue them but the Emperor does not mind it. Zeno is later present with the Emperor and the rest of the Orders when he announces his "Ultimate Dictatorship" plan to siphon all life on Paladia for himself to become the only living being, but is teleported away by Physalis.

As Zeno is seen walking alone he has visible difficulty as his life force is reaching its limits. He is contacted by Dark Fina who urges him to keep fighting as they still have a mission to fulfill. Zeno later encounters Lasswell's party, now on far less hostile terms but still insisting they should have a final fight. Lasswell understands that Akstar has a deeper reason he complies with his request. On the way, Zeno walks with difficulty and reveals he has not much longer to live, and reveals the meaning behind the Pyro Glacial nickname, to be able to burn with emotion but also be logically cold. Seeing this Lasswell insists they rest and cooks soup for the party. Zeno is amused that he is trying to best him as a cook but notices the soup is still not perfect, so he seasons it enough to complete it. Lasswell is left in awe on his still lacking cooking mastery.

As they reassume their travel, Zeno tells the party about his fallen comrades and how they were good people. Zeno guides Lasswell to a place where the Aldore Tower is visible so that his deceased comrades can witness them. Zeno tries to make sure Lasswell can live up to the meaning behind his Pyro Glacial title and the two duel. The two are evenly matched on their Mirror of Equities, and Lasswell tries his Final Mirror of Equity, but Zeno prevents it as he reveals its critical weakness, its cast time is unsuitable against close range fighters like him. Zeno manages to gain an advantage but Lasswell refuses to give up on the strength of his emotions. Zeno heals Lasswell reasoning this is also part of Lasswell's emotional strength. Lasswell is able to overpower Zeno, reverting him into Akstar, with the two exchanging a final blow, in which Lasswell emerges victorious. Lasswell cries knowing Akstar will pass away soon, so Akstar tells him to fulfill his mission and that he will live long enough to witness their success. As the party leaves, Dark Fina appears once more to him encouraging him to push himself for a final time, knowing victory is still not assured against the Emperor.

Akstar then musters what remains of his strength and goes to the Aldore Tower meeting with the party now with Dark Fina's company revealing the two know each other. Akstar insists on going as he still has something to do, and that he will not burden them despite his condition. Rain is reluctant but allows it on the condition they don't risk themselves unnecessarily. Akstar displays a far more cheerful attitude now which leaves the party puzzled.

On their way to the top, Akstar gives Rain a special power that will aid them against the Emperor, although it strains him. After the party defeats the Emperor, Levnato appears and absorbs his life and power into himself and reveals to be none other than Vlad the first Aldore Emperor and originator of the 700 years long dictatorship. Vlad casts his strongest spell on the party which Rain blocks using the power Akstar gifted him. The party readies to fight their true enemy.

Spoilers end here.

Gameplay

Akstar's job is listed as Swordsman, while his role in combat is Physical Damage. A 5-7★ Rare Summon, he was released in the global version on May 10th of 2019. He can equip daggers, swords, greatswords and katanas, along with hats, helms, clothes, light armor, heavy armor, and accessories. Like the other so-called CG units, Akstar's Limit Burst ("Deadly Sword: Rainfall") is a special FMV-like sequence with a powerful effect. He appeared as a guest unit in his own introduction quest as well as several stages from his own, as of yet unreleased, story event.

His alter-ego, Zeno, is available as a unit in the global version. Also a Physical Damage role unit and a 5-7★ Rare Summon. Unlike Akstar who focuses on "True Doublehand", Zeno is a "True Dualwield" unit, centering on using two one handed weapons.

Akstar also appears as an enemy during the main story. He serves as a boss battle in three stages of Main Colosseum.

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List of Nicknames

Akstar has an habit of giving nicknames to several characters, they are as follows:

  • Lasswell: Lassworm, Lassfool, Lasspuke, Lassie, Lassbaby, Pyro Glacial Lasswell, Knights of Grosshelt (along with Rain).
  • Fina: Unsexy Pose, Delusional Mage Fina.
  • Lid: Pure Hammer Girl.
  • Nichol: Debonair Four-Eyes.
  • Jake: Greybeard Face.
  • Sakura: Scammy Granny.
  • Rain: Knights of Grosshelt (along with Lasswell).
  • Raegen: Fatherly Idiot.
  • Citra: Unicorn Lady.
  • Folka: Wallet Lady.
  • Sieghard: Narcissist Idiot.
  • Ignacio: Warrior Idiot.
  • Cid: Flying old-man (only in the Japanese version).
  • Sol: Solly (Sol-nyan in the Japanese version).
  • Gravey: Fake Cowboy.
  • Majora: Funny Fragrance Lady.

Trivia

  • Akstar's Limit Burst, Deadly Sword: Rainfall, is unique among the CG units in that it shows a written poem:

Japanese

隻手 隻眼 隻脚に
積年の業 引っ提げて
止まぬは時と 小夜時雨
月下に降らすは 千の太刀

Rōmaji

Sekishu sekigan sekkyaku ni
Sekinen no gō hissagete
Yamanu wa toki to sayo shigure
Gekka ni furasu wa sen no tachi

English translation

With one arm, one eye, one leg,
Shouldering the karma of countless years
The march of time halted by an evening shower,
A thousand blades rain in the moonlight

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