So, this is it. Whatever I choose to do from now on, I do as Lyse. ...And I choose to continue my family's fight. I want Ala Mhigo to be the country that Yda and my father always wanted it to be!
Lyse Hext is a non-player character from Final Fantasy XIV. She started as a side character acting under an alias before becoming one of the main characters of the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansion.
Assuming Yda's identity, Lyse wore her sister's mask and magically branded with her sister's tattoo. Out of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Lyse's attire only changed slightly following the Ul'dahn Revolution. Only glimpses of her short blonde hair and blue eyes were seen until following the aftermath of The Far Edge of Fate; her hair having become shoulder-length, Lyse fully reveals her face.
Following her discarding her false identity, Lyse wears a red dress with matching pointy-tipped shoes and baggy white pants in the Stormblood trailer. In-game, she wears this the day before the operation to reclaim Ala Mhigo. Both in-game and in the cover art, this attire comes with a hidden wristblade in her sleeve. According to Lyse, Yda used to wear this outfit.
Lyse is laid-back and has no problem speaking whatever is on her mind, frequently being scolded by Papalymo Totolymo for it. She asks others about any subject over trying more subtle means. She often needs Papalymo to explain things to her. She acts more serious upon a crisis, but remains optimistic. She is an apt fighter, but rarely gets into fights needlessly. Together with Papalymo she provides most of the game's comic relief.
During the events of Stormblood, Lyse comes to terms with what has happened to her sister and resolves to free her homeland from the Garlean Empire. After losing Papalymo, she begins to mature and become her own person.
Over the course of her journey through her occupied home and Garlean-controlled Doma, Lyse fails to understand why so many people are reluctant to stand and oppose their oppressors. Whether out of fear, being beaten to submission or joining the empire, Lyse struggles to understand others' reasons and motives. Yet her passion, strength and fortitude inspire many to join the resistance and drive back the empire. She finds guidance in Lord Hien, Raubahn Aldynn and Conrad Kemp to become the leader she has the potential to be.
Lyse begrudges Fordola rem Lupis and her Skulls for joining the empire, yet a part of her believes there is hope for Fordola.
Lyse was barely five years old when Ala Mhigo was taken over by Garlemald and her father was killed: Curtis, one of the founding leaders of the Ala Mhigan Resistance. Lyse was spirited away by her older sister Yda to Sharlayan where the latter became a member of Louisoix Leveilleur's Circle of Knowing as an Archon. Six years before the Seventh Astral Era, Yda died fighting in Ala Mhigo while on a mission to smuggle refugees out of their homeland. Lyse, at a time having no idea what she should do with her life, continued Yda's work by assuming her identity. Though she assumed Yda's partner Papalymo Totolymo would keep her secret after he magically branded her with the real Yda's tattoo, he told everyone to maintain her charade at her behest.
Following the Scions being accused of the apparent regicide of Nanamo Ul Namo, Lyse and Papalymo escape and remain in hiding to investigate matters concerning the Ala Mhigan Resistance under the leadership of the mysterious masked man known as the Griffin. While attending one of the rallies held by one of the Griffin's proxies, Lyse and Papalymo encounter the Warrior of Light and reunite with the Scions in dealing with the Warriors of Darkness. Outside Little Ala Mhigo, Gundobald greets Lyse, assuming she is Yda while claiming he and her father used to fight in the resistance.
Arriving to the Rising Stones to discuss how leadership in the Scions will go, Lyse finds a friend of hers in the Ala Mhigan Resistance, M'naago, arriving with grievous wounds. As she is treated she warns the Scions that the Griffin is plotting to attack Baelsar's Wall. Lyse travels with Papalymo and Yugiri Mistwalker in secret tunnels to try to reason with the Griffin. Once the Griffin's true intentions and identity as Ilberd Feare are revealed, the Scions cannot stop him from sacrificing himself and his subordinates to summon an all-powerful primal with the Eyes of Nidhogg. Though Lyse protests, Papalymo has Thancred Waters carry her back to Hilda's airship so the former can cast a spell to hold the forming primal at bay with his life ebbing. Sullen and grief-stricken, Lyse watches over the shell with Y'shtola and Yugiri at the East Shroud before joining the Warrior of Light's group to activate Omega to defeat the newly born Shinryu, which breaks free as Papalymo dies.
Lyse's tattoo fades to confirm Papalymo is gone and she unmasks as there is no more reason to continue posing as her sister. She explains her story to Alphinaud Leveilleur, Y'shtola Rhul and the Warrior of Light, how she and the real Yda came to Sharlayan following their father's death and her reasons of assuming Yda's identity after she died. Y'shtola admits to having known Lyse's identity from the moment they met along with the other members of the Circle of Knowing, but kept up the charade at the request of Papalymo, who agreed to aid Lyse though he had wanted her to follow her own path. Lyse takes those words to heart, deciding to fight for Ala Mhigo as herself.
Lyse meets Conrad Kemp, leader of the Ala Mhigan Resistance, and participates in a battle against the empire. Lyse fights briefly with Fordola rem Lupis, but the confrontation is interrupted by the arrival of Zenos yae Galvus (the crown prince of Garlemald) who easily defeats Lyse and Y'shtola. With the Resistance needing time to reorganize after the defeat, Lyse accompanies Alphinaud, Alisaie, and the Warrior of Light to Othard to help Doma.
After Doma has been freed, Lyse returns to fight again alongside the Ala Mhigan Resistance. During the attack on Specula Imperatoris she witnesses the final moments of Conrad, who leaves the resistance leadership to her. Due to Castrum Abania's threat, Lyse participates in an infiltration of the site and confronts Fordola showing off her new resonant powers.
After a brief period of rest, Lyse's party infiltrates the Resonatium where they rescue Krile and confront Fordola, this time using Urianger Augurelt's aetheric siphon to weaken her to take her into custody. During the Resistance and Alliance attack on Ala Mhigo Castle, Lyse accompanies Alphinaud and the Warrior of Light. When Zenos is defeated, Lyse witnesses his suicide and soon announces Ala Mhigo's victory.
Lyse stays in Ala Mhigo to help the city-state create a new republic. While reuniting with the region's influential figures, Lakshmi is summoned. Lyse rushes to free Fordola, who helps in the incident and returns to her cell. Afterward, Lyse assigns Raubahn Aldynn as the command of Ala Mhigan army.
When Populares refugees arrive in Ala Mhigo, Lyse tells the Warrior of Light that among the refugees is Maxima, who was with Alphinaud before they disappeared. Maxima warns that the empire sent its troops westward towards the Ala Mhigo. To negotiate with Emperor Varis, Lyse and Raubahn represent the city-state alongside the other Alliance leaders. With negotiations failing, Lyse joins the front lines and fights the empire at their borders. Lyse, Hien and Yugiri fight with the Ascian Elidibus, who is using Zenos's body and has been posing as him, but are defeated.
Creation and developmentEdit
She is voiced by Aya Endō in the Japanese version.
Lyse appears as two player icons. The first features her character artwork as Yda from Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia and was released at the time Opera Omnia launched in the Japanese App Store and Play Store. The second features a cropped version of the promotional artwork from Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood released at the time of the launch of the expansion.
Lyse appears as a playable character.
Yda has appeared in the following games throughout the Final Fantasy series:
- Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia as a playable character.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a Legend and a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
- Triple Triad as a series of cards.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Lyse appeared as part of the Final Fantasy collaboration. She was obtainable as a 5★ ranked unit named "Yda", with an attacker type and a fire element. In her standard evolution, she becomes a 6★ ranked unit named "Young Resistance Member, Lyse", with an attacker and physical type and fire and wood elements.
As a 5★ ranked unit, Yda wears her standard outfit and emits a fiery aura from her fists while being surrounded by a flurry of fireballs and red crystals. Her active skill is "Let's do it!" and her leader skill is "Shoulder Tackle". After being evolved to her standard evolution as a 6★ ranked unit, Lyse wears her monk outfit while extending her palm out to create a red gylph, surrounding herself in an aura of wind and fire. Her active skill is "Let's do it!" and her leader skill is "Fire Tackle".
- As Yda, she was chosen as Gridania's Little Lady of the City during the 2012 Little Ladies' Day event, despite not being exactly a "Little Lady."
- As Yda, she is the main protagonist in the Ultimate Fight Final Fantasy XIV trailer, fighting Livia sas Junius in a traditional fighting game scenario before summoning her allies to help her tag team her opponent into submission.
- As Yda's death was six years ago, this would place Lyse's first appearance as Yda during the 1.0 mission "Futures Perfect". The events in the Black Shroud take place in the year 1562, experienced by the Warrior of Light through the Echo, meaning the Yda involved is the real Yda.