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Cuore to Edge

Cuore [ˈkwɔːre] is a minor character in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. She is one of the mass-produced Maenads, beings who can summon Eidolons through the power of mind control.



Cuore has teal hair with a purple hair clip and amber eyes (blue in 2D). She physically resembles Rydia and wears a purple dress in the 2D version. In the 3D version, she wears a white dress like the other Maenads and has green hair instead of teal.


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On one of the lowest floors in the True Moon's Depths, the party finds a single young Maenad who responds to Rydia and says she awaits her commands, much to Rydia's confusion. Rydia asks the Maenad to wait for her. After the final battle, the Creator chases the party through the True Moon's bottom level, and the other Maenads defend the party from him.

The party reunites with the single Maenad waiting for Rydia. The Maenads tell them to watch over the child as she is what remains of them. They defeat the Creator with the Meteor spell, and the party escapes with the Maenad to the Lunar Whale and returns to Earth.

Cuore in Mist.

In Mist, the Maenad starts a new life. Rydia names her Cuore and trains her as a summoner, though she has trouble breaking the habit of talking like the other Maenads. Leviathan and Asura remark how Cuore resembles Rydia when she was a child. Rydia introduces Cuore to them as her parents, and when Edge arrives, much to Cuore's excitement, she asks him to play with her and promises Edge she will not use any magic.

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Cuore is the Italian word for "heart", both in the sense of the cardiac muscle and a person's inner mind. In The After Years, the Maenads say Cuore is all that remains of them.