A katana used by Lasswell that gives off a beautiful blue shine. The blade is very straight and has an ethereal feel to it, which reacts to the wielder's emotions to let out a cold, yet beautiful shimmer. Under the tender care of Lasswell, this katana, which was originally used by Rain's father, Raegan, has weathered many years without dulling. (...)
It is featured in the game's logo alongside Rain's sword, Crimson Saber, and together they frequently appear in the game's interface, including the dungeon and area "cleared" messages, and the battle icon for Limit Bursts.
A prototype of Purple Lightning was forged in Visectrum over 700 years ago by Ignacio in response to a challenge from Wayhem, who sought to prove that his robots would make blacksmiths obsolete. Having never successfully crafted a katana, Ignacio reforged the blade time and again from ore he personally mined and commissioned the traveling swordswoman Suzume to test the weapon. Though the katana ultimately broke in battle against Wayhem's PNK-2, Suzume compared using it to wielding lightning in the form of a blade. Taking the broken weapon as payment, she urged Ignacio to continue honing his skill so that he could one day forge a legendary katana.
Years later, as Veritas of the Flame, Ignacio forged Purple Lightning specifically for his comrade, Raegen (as Veritas of the Dark), who used it prior to the war between Aldore and Hess. In the final battle, he dueled his adoptive brother and sage of Hess, Rowen, who betted the sword's ownership on the outcome. Evenly matched, Rowen lost on purpose and let himself be sealed inside a crystal to end the fighting once and for all, and Raegen promised to give the blade to him when the war was over. However, the battlefield's banishment to Lapis and the ensuing chaos prevented Raegen from freeing Rowen from his crystal for several centuries.
Purple Lightning thus remained in Raegan's possession even after his defection from the Sworn Eight of Paladia. In conjunction with Raegen’s technique, the blade was a force to be reckoned with. At some point, Raegen used the Purple Lightning to fight the esper Odin, who would not forget the sound of their blades ringing against each other after their duel.
When Rowen passed away, Raegen promised him to give the sword to Lasswell (who he was to adopt as his own son) when he was old enough. A few years later, Raegen approached Lasswell, who was pushing himself hard in his sword training, and asked why he did so. Lasswell was frustrated after realizing for certain that he would never be as good as Raegen's biological son Rain, and answered that he wanted to be strong—stronger than Rain, Raegen himself and everyone else—and that he did not want to give up.
Seeing his determination, Raegen gave Purple Lightning to Lasswell. Although Lasswell was surprised, Raegen believed he deserved the sword and told him that Purple Lightning would only reveal its true power to someone who "seeks strength no matter how circumstances conspire against him." Finally, Raegen told Lasswell to become strong and not to lose to Rain.
Although Raegen disappeared not long after that, Lasswell keeps Purple Lightning, which has become his personal weapon as a knight. It rests on his back most of the time, ready to use for battle. However, he is not able to draw forth Purple Lightning's true power until his and Rain's opposition to the Veritas lead their party to the Fire Shrine in Zoldaad.
Lasswell, who is wounded when he protects Rain from a monster, does not realize his wound is worse than it appeared at first and almost passes out. The Purple Lightning begins to glow as if telling Lasswell not to die just yet. Along with the rest of the party, he then confronts Veritas of the Flame, and Purple Lightning awakens due to Lasswell's determination. He and his comrades defeat Flamelord, but Lasswell finally collapses from blood loss. He is saved when Veritas of the Dark heals him, thinking it would be a shame if Lasswell were to die before battling him.
Later on, while visiting the Eroded Castle, Purple Lightning responds to Odin's presence. When Lasswell and his comrades defeat him, Odin observes that Lasswell's skill with the swords pales in comparison to that of Raegen's, but that he shows potential, and grants him his power.
Inside Fina's Psyche, when Lasswell and the others meet a memory version of the Sworn Eight of Paladia, Flamelord observes that Lasswell's sword is similar to that of Darklord. He says the sword is good, as is Lasswell's skill, thinking he wields it well and that he may possibly stand face-to-face with Darklord one day.
Purple Lightning is a weapon obtainable at the Dimensional Vortex, as one of the rewards for completing the Trial of the Tranquil Will for the first time. It is a non-elemental katana with an Attack power of 92. Though it can be equipped by any character who can use katanas, when equipped by Lasswell or his Season Two variant (Pyro Glacial Lasswell), it also grants the passive ability Azure Soul, which increases the wielder's ATK by 40%.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Due to Purple Lightning being Lasswell's weapon, it makes an appearance along with Lasswell, as part of the collaboration with Brave Frontier in the Japanese version. In the Global version, however, Lasswell is seen wielding a sword that belongs to Arius, a character from Brave Frontier.
Star Ocean: AnamnesisEdit
Purple Lightning, along with Crimson Saber and Reincarnation, appeared as an obtainable weapon during the crossover Vision of New Beginnings. The weapon is classified as a 5★ blade-and-sheath and was obtained by completing a "box draw" with event tokens.
Lasswell can be seen holding the weapon in his 2D artwork. As a unit in a 3D game, he will hold the blade-and-sheath the player has equipped on him.
Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge during an electrical storm between electrically charged regions of a cloud (called intra-cloud lightning or IC), between that cloud and another cloud (CC lightning), or between a cloud and the ground (CG lightning).
Its name is derived from the yojijukugo term (紫電一閃, Shiden Issen?), translated as "Violet Lightning Single Flash" or a "Flash of Lightning". The term refers to a swing of the sword with such velocity and power that it is if it was like lightning itself striking onto the earth, while the use of purple alliterates the term akin to lightning at night, and catching its bystanders off guard with its sudden occurrence.