My name is Madeline. I was sick of living in the human world. It's nothing but a vortex of greed and hate... So I wandered out into the storm, and before I knew it, I was here...
Madeline stumbled upon the Esper World for reasons unknown. She was badly wounded, and an esper named Maduin nursed her back to health. The other espers did not approve of her, so she tried to leave, but was stopped by Maduin, who had fallen in love with her. They had a baby, whom Maduin named Terra. Two years later, an army led by a man named Gestahl stumbled upon the Esper World, and captured many espers. Madeline tried to flee from the army with Terra, and Maduin followed.
The Elder of the Esper World cast a seal on the entrance to prevent humans from ever entering again. Madeline made it out, but she was dying. In her last breath, she gave Terra to Gestahl and asked him to raise her. Gestahl knew she was half human and half esper and decided to take advantage of this. Madeline immediately demanded Terra back, but she did not succeed and died soon afterward. Terra was taken by Gestahl.
In the Japanese version, Madeline spends the last moments of her life trying to keep Gestahl from taking Terra. This plot thread was restored for the Advance version.
Madeline is a variant of "Madeleine". Madeleine is a feminine given name. It is a form of Magdalene, well-known because of Saint Mary Magdalene. In the United States, this name often appears under the spelling Madeline. The name means "from Magdala", "tower", and/or "elevated, great, magnificent".
"Madonna" is from medieval Italian ma donna, meaning "my lady".
- Yoshinori Kitase has commented on Madeline and Maduin's story thusly: "Things didn't look particularly realistic in the Super Famicom era, so we were able to express things in all sorts of different ways. The Maduin and Madeline scene had a very short plot line in the scenario. But we got across the emotion that Mr. Sakaguchi wanted to convey, and really put everything we had into creating the cut-scenes."