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No, sir. I want to fight. For my homeland and for my parents.

Reks

Reks is a minor character in Final Fantasy XII. Vaan's elder brother by two years, he fights to protect what little family he has left. Reks is the playable character during the game's prologue that works as a tutorial.

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Appearance[]

Reks has white-blond hair and pale blue eyes. He wears a short leather shirt that bares his midriff, curved pieces of armor on the sides of his neck, plated bracers and leather fingerless gloves, strips of leather round his waist with a metal plate in front, black trousers under metal and leather greaves, and flat brown shoes with the toes cut away. A blue brooch upon his chest resembles the one his brother Vaan wears, and in a dream sequence it is implied he also left Vaan a silver ring with a blue motif. In the Final Fantasy XII manga, it is revealed Vaan's chestplate originates from Reks.

Personality[]

Reks is a timid, somewhat pessimistic young man, unsure of himself but determined to fight for his brother and for Dalmasca. He joined the Order of the Knights of Dalmasca at the end of the war when it was already clear they could not win against the Archadian Empire. He respects his captains Basch and Vossler, and justifies his purpose within the army when Basch objects due to his age.

Reks doesn't hesitate in the face of danger, and encourages others to go on while he stays behind alone to dispatch enemy soldiers, despite being the least experienced of their squad. Reks's honest and perhaps naive nature make him a perfect witness for the Empire to use in a conspiracy to set up Captain Basch.

Story[]

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Reks and Gabranth in the Final Fantasy XII manga.

Five years ago Reks lost his family to a plague. Only fourteen years old, he had to take care of his younger brother Vaan with help from Penelo and her family. Always kind to others, he helped a seeq named Jovy who was wrongly accused of being a thief, and became the young seeq's "hero". He was known to love Galbana lilies, a type of red desert flowers.

Three years after losing his parents, Reks joined the Order of the Knights of Dalmasca and fell under the command of Captain Basch, to whom Reks reminded of his own brother. Having been one of the few to survive the initial Archadian assault, he forms part of the detachment sent to stop King Raminas from signing Dalmasca's unconditional surrender at Nalbina Fortress after rumors spread it is but a conspiracy to assassinate him.

Reks wounded.

Holding back to defend the rear from the Imperial forces, Reks becomes separated from his company. When he reaches the throne room, he is distraught to find his slaughtered comrades lying at the feet of their murdered king. Basch appears from the shadows and stabs Reks in the torso, leaving him to witness his confession and subsequent arrest. Though mentally and physically destroyed by the events, Reks is able to corroborate the Empire's version of events to Vaan and Vossler, and as a result, Basch is convicted on high treason.

Reks dies of his wounds, never knowing that the man truly responsible was Basch's twin brother, Gabranth, and that the scheme had been orchestrated by Vayne Solidor. In the manga version Vaan claims Reks was interrogated as a co-conspirator on Raminas's murder, and died from the methods used to force a confession.

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Gameplay[]

Reks is playable in the prologue that acts as a tutorial to the rest of the game. Though part of a group of Dalmascan knights, including Basch, the player can only control Reks, and only gains spoils from felled foes if Reks is the one to deal the finishing blow.

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Reks's sprite appears in the Sky Pirate's Den after the player has earned over 500,000 Clan Points, granting the title Record Breaker.

Musical themes[]

"Room of White" can be considered Reks' theme as it plays during Vaan's visions of his brother.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Reks is a playable character who could initially be recruited during the Challenge Event Pawn Among Kings, where he was the First Time Reward for completing the event's Sky Pirate's Savvy stage on Classic difficulty.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Reks appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Wind-elemental Forward cards.

Other media[]

"Reks's Blade" is an exclusive weapon for Vaan in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, which raises Attack by 40 points and has "EX Core Absorption +15%" as an effect.

Voice[]

Reks is voiced by Hideki Tasaka in the Japanese version.

He is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal in the English version. He shares his voice actor with Cecil Harvey from the 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV and the Dissidia series.

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Etymology[]

Reks's Japanese name may translate to "Lex". Lex is a given name. It is a common male name in the Netherlands, and is sometimes short for Alexander.

Reks's name may also be derived from "Rex". Rex is Latin for "king", specifically, the title of the kings of ancient Rome.

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