We are the Lufenians, the descendants of a race that once lived among the clouds - the Sky People.Lufenian at the entrance to Lufenia, Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls
The Lufenians, also known as Lefeinish or Lufaine, are a race in the original Final Fantasy. They are descendants of a race called the Sky People who once lived in flying cities. At present, Lufenians live in the remote town of Lufenia.
Four hundred years ago, the Sky People were the civilization of the highest order. With their mastery of the Wind element, they created a floating castle high up in the sky, with the Mirage Tower serving as its gateway. Some boasted that their civilization even reached beyond the skies. The Sky People had invented mechanical beings, and a Lufenian called Cid invented the airship.
The Sky People built a settlement called Lufenia and passed on a legend that four hundred years after the fall of their civilization, four light bearers will save them. The Mirage Tower remains to become the symbol of this race. The Lufenians have long passed down their memories in a ritual but this practice is fading.
At some point before the Warriors of Light arrived, the Lufenians sent out five warriors to investigate a hypothesis of another force controlling Tiamat. None of them returned, and it was said these warriors have been cursed by the Fiends into bats. When the Warriors of Light reach the Chaos Shrine they find five bats around a Black Crystal, and learn about the connection between to the Crystals, the Fiends and a time loop that began two thousand years ago.
The Warriors of Light discover the Lufenians speak only their native language, which is unintelligible to them. The heroes can only understand Lufenian once they retrieve the Rosetta Stone and give it to Dr. Unne.
The narrator is revealed to be a Lufenian scientist named Cid who traded his body as part of a deal with Shinryu. The Warrior of Light is a manikin based on Cid while Cosmos is a manikin based on Cid's wife. While Cosmos is technically not a Lufenian, being modeled after Cid's wife means she may represent what a Lufenian looked like during Cid's time.
The Lufenians are stated in the Reports to have a ritual that can transfer memories.
The Lufenians are an ancient race who went to war with the humans of Cornelia before disappearing. They vanished into another dimension where they met a being known only as their "collaborator", who helped them create their ideal world. They discovered the world would one day be destroyed by the imbalance in light and darkness, and to create a perfectly balanced world, the Lufenians' collaborator gave them a dimensional crystal matrix with which they could reset the world and create time loops until perfect balance was achieved. The collaborator asked that all energy created from these time loops be transferred to it, which the Lufenians agreed to.
The Lufenians began the "Stranger" project, placing four crystals in the world to regulate the elements alongside recreations of locations other dimensions. They sent darkness into the world and designated heroes called Strangers to go and fight the darkness as the Warriors of Light, bringing equilibrium between the two forces to create the Lufenians' vision of paradise, and resetting the world if things ever went too far in favor of light or dark. They modified the elf Astos into a dark elf who would assist the Strangers while monitoring the balance of light and dark in the field.
As their experiments continued for countless cycles, the Lufenians started to realize that humans' uncontrolled emotions were the catalyst for the phenomenon they called "Chaos", and so decided to wipe humans out entirely. The leader of the Strangers, Jack Garland, hatched a plan to usurp control of the time loops and darkness from the Lufenians. When several Lufenians went after Astos for siding with Garland, Astos turned them into bats. Jack stole the dimensional crystal matrix from them, taking control of the resets while ensuring the Lufenians could no longer influence the world.