Maxima quo Priscus, also known as Maxima the Neoteric, is a non-player character from Final Fantasy XIV. He is a second-in-command of Asahi sas Brutus's group tasked to make peace with Doma, representing Garlemald. He appears in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. Although Maxima appears in the illustration for patch 4.4 "Prelude in Violet," he does not appear in the patch.
Maxima is a respectable, honorable and dutiful Garlean of the Populares faction who desires to change the Empire's policy of expansion and exploiting other nations.
Born as a pure-blooded Garlean and progressive parents, Maxima joined the Garlean army, but was horrified by the treatment of imperial subjects. Maxima aligned its interests with the Populares, a collective that seeks to reform the rights of the common population. Shortly thereafter, his parents died under suspicious circumstances and so Maxima resigned from his own family, so as not to put his loved ones in danger.
His honorable side is showcased when he fulfills the original prisoner-exchange and peace treaty with Doma after Asahi's evil machinations become known. He is more open-minded than most Garleans, as after hearing that crown prince Zenos yae Galvus was killed by the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, he does not gainsay their eye-witness accounts, only confirming to them that Zenos (in reality, the Ascian Elidibus in possession of Zenos's body) met with the negotiation party before they departed. He also welcomes Alphinaud when he offers to go to Garlemald as a Doman emissary.
Upon defecting the Empire after nearly getting assassinated by the Emperor's personal guard and witnessing brutal acts of oppression in the provinces, Maxima realizes the true nature of his homeland. He is grateful towards the Eorzean Alliance, Ala Mhigo specifically, for granting him and his party asylum.
When the Warrior of Light tells Maxima that the Garlean Empire was founded by the Ascians for the purpose of spreading chaos, he almost refuses to believe it. After hearing that Emperor Varis zos Galvus himself confirmed this to the Alliance, he accepts it as fact while strengthening his resolve to aid the Eorzean Alliance in defeating the Ascians that manipulate his homeland and people.
Following Estinien's report to the Scions of Varis's death at the newly resurrected Zenos's hands, Maxima arrives at the Rising Stones to escort the Warrior of Light and Krile to a meeting between Gaius Baelsar and Raubahn Aldynn in Ala Mhigo.
Maxima is the plural form of "maximum".
- ↑ Encyclopedia Eorzea volume 2