Template:Character Pipin Tarupin is is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV. He is a male Lalafell that serves as the Vice Marshal of the Immortal Flames. Initially serving as a minor supporting character at the end of the A Realm Reborn storyline, Pipin serves a larger supporting role in the Stormblood expansion.
Pipin first appears wearing the Flame Elite's Disciple of War armor set. He temporarily removes the helmet to reveal long, ash blonde hair.
When he was but twelve years old, Pipin had been sold into the Bloodsands gladiator pits by his biological father to pay off his gambling debts. It was while serving under these conditions that he had met a young Raubahn Aldynn, a refugee who had been imprisoned on suspicion of espionage. The Bull of Ala Mhigo would inspire the young Pipin to focus on his gladiatorial career to emancipate himself.
Raubahn later used many of his earning to buy out Pipin's freedom by clearing his father's debt, in order to spare him further battles in the Bloodsands. However, fearing his father may well end up selling him again to settling future debts, he returned to the Bloodsands. Raubahn used his prize money to secure legal guardianship of Pipin, formally adopting him as his son.
Years later, he would join the Immortal Flames, and reach the rank of Vice Marshal. By the events of A Realm Reborn, he was stationed at the Ala Mhigan front.
Pipin first appears in-game during the events of Before the Fall Part 2, where he rescues Alphinaud Leveilleur during the aftermath of the bloody banquet in Ul'dah. The two meet up with the Warrior of Light, who had just escaped through the Sil'dih Aqueducts. A chocobo-drawn carriage pulled by Brendt/ Brennan/Bremondt arrives, having been dispatched by Alisaie Leveilleur to see them to safety. As they away from Ul'dah, Pipin speaks of his intent to return and extricate Raubahn Aldynn, while the two flee on Cid's airship to Coerthas.
Aided by the Warrior of Light, Alphinaud, and Yugiri Mistwalker, Pipin infiltrates Halitali to free Raubahn from the Crystal Braves before Ilberd can execute him. After freeing the Flame General fighting their way through traitorous Braves, they bring Raubahn to the Waking Sands to recover from captivity.
The Gears of Change
During the Grand Melee in Coerthaqs, Pipin Tarupin fights with the Immortal Flames.
The Far Edge of Fate
Pipin plays a more direct role in Stormblood, as one of the officers behind the liberation of Ala Mhigho. During an early mission, the Warrior of Light and several Scions accompany Pipin to perform reconnaissance on Castellum Velodyna in preparation of an assault on the stronghold. They spy flames erupting from Rhalgr's Reach during the XIIth Legion's surprise attack. Pipin returns to Castrum Oriens to alert General Raubahn and bring reinforcements.
Pipin is seen again during the assault on Specula Imperatorix, where he and Raubahn lead the charge into the stronghold. They're forced to briefly retreat when Fordola fires the cannon at Castrum Abania on one of the watchtowers.
At Porta Praetoria, during the final preparations to siege Ala Mhigo itself, Raubahn gifts his blade Tizona to Pipin, who wields in in the final battle of Rhalgr's Beacon. He and Raubahn are among the first to charge into the breached gate of the city proper, and later reconvene with the Warrior of Light and the Scions at the Royal Menagerie following the death of Zenos yae Galvus.
Pipin is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in the Japanese version of the game and Adam Howden in the English version.
- ↑ http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/special/tales_from_the_storm/sidestory_03/#sidestory_03 Tales from the Storm: When the Wager Pays Off