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A man named Cid, the former captain of Fynn's Order of the White Knights, built an airship, a ship that sails the skies. But the airship captivate him, mind and soul, and he soon left Fynn. We are poorer for his absence. I am told he now lives in Poft, granting travelers passage on his airship...for a price. He then uses this money to make further refinements to his airship. Or so the story goes.


Cid is a character from Final Fantasy II. He is the first character from the series to bear this name (Cid of the Lufaine was only introduced in the Dawn of Souls remake of the original Final Fantasy), starting a tradition to name a character Cid in every subsequent Final Fantasy game. Cid's appearance and personality seem to have strongly influenced the design of Cid Highwind from Final Fantasy VII, in particular.

Cid is a middle-aged man with blond hair and a brown mustache. He wears a red tank top, gray wristbands, purple pants, and brown shoes. As an engineer, Cid sets up a transport business and uses the money paid to maintain his airship. According to Paul, Cid loves his airship and his entrusting it to them shows that he trusts the party in taking good care of it.


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Dawn of Souls artwork.

Cid gave up his life as a white knight of Fynn for his airship. He has set a transport business at the town of Poft using the money charged for the flights to maintain the airship. During Firion and his allies' quest to destroy the Dreadnought, Cid tells Firion that airships are powered by Sunfire, and that a lack of control of it would cause any engine to explode. After Firion and his friends obtain the Sunfire at Kashuan, Cid and Princess Hilda attempt to meet them there, but Cid's airship is captured by the Dreadnought itself. The rebels infiltrate it and rescue both Cid and Hilda and destroy the warship.

Cid is fatally injured during the onslaught of the Emperor's Cyclone, and is taken to Paul's home in Fynn. After the Cyclone is destroyed, he summons Firion to his bedside and bequeaths him the airship, which Firion uses to enter Palamecia Castle to stop Leon.

Cid's soul travels to Machanon with others who have perished fighting the Empire. Cid joins the fallen white knights of Fynn to aid the perished civilians escape the monster-filled Raqia caverns and set up a small town beyond the passage inside. When Minwu, Scott, Ricard and Josef leave Raqia, they arrive at Machanon as well, and meet Cid, who offers them advice on their quest.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

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Cid appears with artwork from Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls. His card is of the wind element.


Cid is a recurring name in the Final Fantasy series. Cid is derived from the dialectal Arabic word سيد (sîdi or sayyid), which means "lord" or "master".