We're not here for the booze, are we? We've got a war to fight.
Kiros Seagill is a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. Kiros has a caring personality and a sharp wit. He fights alongside his friends Laguna and Ward in the Galbadian army and helps Laguna make decisions. He later quits the Galbadian army with Laguna and Ward.
At the start of disc two, Kiros is seen paying a visit to Laguna in Winhill. In this past experience, Kiros's conversations with Laguna reveal several details of the game's story.
Kiros is a very tall man—standing at 6'4"—with dark brown skin. He sports bead-adorned dreadlocks at the back of an otherwise short-cropped haircut, and wears a gold drop earring with a tassel motif. While he is seen primarily in the uniform of a Galbadian soldier, Kiros later wears a red bodysuit underneath bronze armor with gold wrist guards.
Kiros was the voice of reason in Laguna's group, always there to at least make an attempt in steering Laguna's AWOL behavior, he is nonetheless loyal to his friends and is always looking out for their well being.
Kiros is best friends with Laguna and Ward. They were soldiers in the Galbadian army, led by Laguna despite his clumsiness. When Laguna, Kiros, and Ward went on an ill-fated mission to the Centra Excavation Site they became separated. Laguna was gravely injured and was left recovering in Winhill, being cared for by a woman called Raine. When Kiros found him, he claimed to have been bored without Laguna and Ward. Kiros helped Laguna on his daily patrols to rid of the monsters around town. When Ellone, a young girl Laguna had become acquainted with, was kidnapped by Esthar Soldiers, Kiros accompanied Laguna and Ward to rescue her.
Laguna, Kiros, and Ward participated in a movie to earn money for their journey to Esthar and encountered a Ruby Dragon. At one point Laguna became separated from Kiros and Ward and ended up in Shumi Village. After reuniting and finally finding their way to Esthar, they rescued Ellone and helped contain Sorceress Adel, the nation's leader. Laguna became President of Esthar, and Kiros and Ward became his advisers.
Seventeen years later, Kiros accompanies Laguna and a party of SeeDs Esthar has hired to dispose of an evil sorceress from the future. Using the airship Ragnarok they infiltrate the Lunatic Pandora, a weapon of mass destruction now controlled by Galbadia. At this time, Kiros hints he is familiar with Squall's (the SeeD group's leader) lineage by mentioning he resembles his mother. Kiros also appears to fully understand Ward, who has lost his voice due to an old injury.
After the SeeDs fell Ultimecia, Kiros accompanies Laguna when he visits Raine's grave.
Kiros has appeared in the following media throughout the Final Fantasy series:
- PocketStation as an icon.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
- Triple Triad (Portal App) as a series of cards.
"Kiros" has two likely origins, both ultimately from the same origin.
One possibility is from ኪሮስ, Kiros, the Ge'ez (Ethiopic) form of Cyrus, the name of ancient kings of Persia. Both the Ge'ez form and the Latin Cyrus form come from Ancient Greek Κῦρος, Kûros, which in turn comes from Old Persian 𐎤𐎢𐎽𐎢𐏁, Kuruš, of disputed origin.
Another possibility is that Kiros comes from Modern Greek Κύρος, Kýros [/ˈciɾos/], which descended from the Ancient Greek form.
- Kiros's victory animation appears to be the base for the Yevon prayer motion in Final Fantasy X.
- ↑ Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, p. 26