Biggs and Wedge are characters from Final Fantasy XIV. They are engineers with the Garlond Ironworks whom the player rescues from mercenaries hired by Garleans after the crash of their prototype airship, the Tiny Bronco. The pair continues the tradition of Final Fantasy side characters named Biggs and Wedge.
History[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Biggs and Wedge hail from provinces conquered by the Garlean Empire. As young men, they were conscripted into the Garlean military where they met and became friends. They eventually decided to desert, making contact with Cid nan Garlond who brought them to Eorzea. "Biggs" and "Wedge" are not their real names, but aliases they began to use after their defection to protect their families who remain in Garlean territory.
The Empire attacks Biggs and Wedge's airship, the Tiny Bronco, forcing the Warrior of Light to intervene to rescue them. The pair becomes allies of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, relocating to the group's headquarters in the Waking Sands. When the Empire attacks the Waking Sands, Biggs and Wedge are among those captured.
Biggs and Wedge escape, prompting the Warrior of Light to rescue them from Imperial troops once more. Once reunited with their mentor, Cid nan Garlond, they become instrumental in the plan to rescue the remainder of the Scions' leaders from Castrum Centri, both by assisting in the procurement of a suit of Magitek Armor, as well as participating in the infiltration of the fortress.
After Ultima Weapon has been defeated, the duo can be found in the Waking Sands with the other members and Scions' allies. Biggs desires to start his own Ironworks, while Wedge wants to win the heart of his crush, Tataru Taru. Some time later, when they hear of Cid's investigation of the Crystal Tower, Biggs and Wedge put their personal projects on hold to join NOAH and assist in the project.
Biggs and Wedge have been commissioned alongside Cid to work on Ishgard's airship project. They become instrumental in the defeat of Nidhogg when their pet project, a new type of personal-sized airship known as a Manacutter, is needed to reach the dragon's lair.
They later accompany Cid, the Warrior of Light, and Alphinaud Leveilleur in pursuing Archbishop Thordan VII into the Sea of Clouds, and assist Cid in the plan to defeat the primal Bismarck. When the Archbishop reaches Azys Lla, the pair returns to Ishgard where they help Cid remodel the Enterprise to the Enterprise Excelsior. Once the preparations for the final battle are complete, they journey to Azys Lla with the Warrior of Light and their companions. Upon arriving on the floating island, Wedge discovers and reactivates a still-functioning Allagan Guidance Node, whom he names Gilly, which leads the Warrior of Light through Azys Lla.
Following the defeat of Archbishop Thordan VII, Wedge petitions the Warrior of Light's help in restoring Gilly, who had shut down. Venturing into The Fractal Continuum, the Warrior retrieves the parts needed. Wedge transfers Gilly's programming into a smaller node, whom he presents to the Warrior of Light as a minion.
The duo assists in the investigation of the primal Alexander, cracking the coded transmissions that the Goblin Illuminati use for communication. They join the Warrior of Light and Mide in the attack on Midas, one of Alexander's arms, to shut down the core that lies inside. When it comes time for the final assault against the Illuminati forces, they accompany the Warrior of Light into Alexander to confront their leader, Quickthinx Allthoughts.
Biggs and Wedge assist Cid investige Omega, and are shocked when Jessie reveals she has hired Nero to be part of the Ironworks team. They find and recruit the Warrior of Light to help with the investigation. When the team finds a portal to the Interdimensional Rift, they enter it and find themselves being tested by Omega. Biggs and Wedge help the team get through the initial challenge, and decide to return to Omega's control room at Carteneau Flats. Omega had decided that the best way to motivate the Warrior of Light to unleash greater power would be through the death of their friends, and sends a monster to kill the duo. They survive, though badly wounded, and Cid takes them and Nero to the Conjurer's Guild in Gridania to be healed.
By the time Omega is ready to continue its tests, the duo has recovered enough to leave their beds. Cid insists they continue to rest until they are fully recovered. After Omega is defeated, Biggs and Wedge arrive, riding upon Hraesvelgr to rescue Cid and the Warrior of Light from the collapsing Rift.
Biggs and Wedge join the Warrior of Light and Tataru in the trench at the base of the Syrcus Tower to help them find the beacon needed to send the Warrior to the First. Once it is located, they are puzzled that it seems to have been made by Garlond Ironworks, bearing their logo.
In the alternate future where the Eighth Umbral Calamity devastated the world, the Garlond Ironworks team spent centuries working on a way to change history to prevent it. Wedge was mortally wounded by a carnivorous beast, and died telling Biggs to start a family. They analyzed and combined the technologies they witnessed during their adventures with the Crystal Tower, Alexander, and Omega, culminating with Biggs's descendant—who shared his name and appearance—sending G'raha Tia and the Crystal Tower into the past of the First, putting the plan to prevent the Calamity into motion.
Following the Scions' victory in saving the First and returning home to the Source, Alisaie Leveilleur seeks a way to cure a primal's ability to temper their victims. She finds a lead in the records of an Allagan scientist named Owen, but a password is needed to access the records, and they have no means to decipher the it. Alisaie, G'raha Tia and the Warrior of Light call on Cid, Biggs and Wedge who discover the password is "freedom" and learn the basic overview of a primal's ability of tempering. Biggs and Wedge help Cid and Nero build a magitek machine to decipher a proper cure. Though the machine overloads, they succeed in creating a cure for tempering that they can test.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Biggs is a Sea Wolf Roegadyn with blond hair, while Wedge is a Plainsfolk Lalafell with brown hair that fades to a more reddish shade at the "stalk". They wear matching engineer outfits, a mostly dark gray and white affair with blue sleeves bearing what is presumably the Garlond Ironworks crest, complete with goggles.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Wedge is shy and clumsy, often having to be pushed into conversation by the more outspoken Biggs. Wedge loves machines, often naming them and treating them as pets. Biggs attributes this behavior to a past incident when Wedge was denied getting a dog.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Biggs and Wedge appear on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Voice[edit | edit source]
Biggs is voiced by CJ3 in the English version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, but is voiced by Antony Byrne since Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Wedge is voiced by Ryan Gage.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Biggs and Wedge are a recurring running gag in the Final Fantasy series. They almost always appear as a duo, and are named after Star Wars characters, Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker's Red Squadron wingmen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.