Ryne, also known as Minfilia or Minfilia of the First, is a character from Final Fantasy XIV, first appeared in the third expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. Despite originally sharing her name and hair color with Minfilia Warde, she is actually one of the many girls in the First who became Minfilia's reincarnation while revered as the "Oracle of Light".
History[edit | edit source]
The current reincarnation of Minfilia first showed up around ten years before the Warrior of Light/Darkness was summoned from the Source. She was taken to Eulmore at a young age and trained by Ran'jit in the ways of her predecessors, having no memory of her birth name. She was rescued by Thancred Waters after he arrived to the First, taking her on as an apprentice in his sin eater hunter career. He emotionally distanced himself from the girl after the original Minfilia temporarily used her body to explain her intent to fade while the girl inherited her power.
I don't know about the world...but I never asked to be saved. However much it hurts, and however hard it gets, it's my life, and I want to live it on my own terms! And those "mad fools" you want me to abandon? The ones I've traveled with, fought with, and may one day die with—they feel the same. So no, I will not be deceived! No matter what you say, I refuse to believe it's all for nothing! They're everything to me. All I have and all I need. And I would gladly do anything for them. Let us pass, or kill me. I'm not leaving here without them."Minfilia" to Ran'jit
Eventually joining the Scions of the Seventh Dawn in their hunt for the remaining Lightwardens, the girl decides to awaken her full potential as the Oracle of Light to help track them down despite knowing that either she or Minfilia will cease to exist as a result. Standing up to Ran'jit allows the girl to find resolve to follow her own path to aid the Scions and restore her home. Minfilia accepts her reincarnation's answer, her appearance changing from blonde with the glowing blue eyes, to red hair and regular blue eyes. On Thancred's suggestion, to move on with her new life, she adopts the name Ryne.
Following Emet-Selch's death, Ryne senses a light coming from the Empty with her and Thancred discovering the first sin eater, Eden. Ryne uses her power as the Oracle of Light to revive Eden and place it under her control to use its amassed aether to gradually restore the Empty. Eden's reactivation provokes an attack by Gaia under the influence of the voidsent. She loses consciousness following her battle with the Warrior. As Gaia joins the group to regain her memory, Ryne tries befriending her, and succeeds when she revives Gaia from a deep sleep. Ryne later offers herself as host to the First's version of Shiva upon hearing the story of Ysayle Dangoulain, only to lose control and be saved by Gaia's intervention. With the Empty now being gradually restored, Ryne and Gaia become proper friends, with Thancred and Urianger relieved that she will not be alone after they return to their world.
Learning of Elidibus posing as Ardbert to rally the populace to become Warriors of Light, Ryne joins the Scions in uncovering the Ascian's scheme as they are only left with more questions. Ryne assists the Scions in fighting the many Warriors of Light summoned from the many worlds, supporting her friends through the regions of Norvrandt and paving the way for the Warrior of Darkness to have their final battle with Elidibus atop the Crystal Tower.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ryne is a teenage girl, around the same age as the Leveilleur twins, with long blonde hair and glowing sapphire eyes. She wears a pure white dress, a red ribbon tying on a braided hair on her right side, and a pair of combat boots.
After inheriting the powers of the Oracle of Light, Ryne gains red hair and blue eyes.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Coming together, providing for one another—that's the only way forward I can see. Since all of our heroes are gone, we'll just have to make heroes of ourselves.Ryne
Much like the Minfilia from the Source, Ryne is kind and caring, wishing to help those in need and those she can still save. As she is still young and constantly overseen, Ryne is shy and reserved, often relying on others for comfort and support, leading to self-doubt and worrying about her worth. After seeing the resolve and determination of the Warrior of Darkness and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Ryne gains a new sense of resolve, which leads her to stand up against Ran'jit.
Her relationship with Thancred Waters, her liberator and protector, is complex. As Ryne is not the Minfilia he knows and holds dear, Thancred struggled to accept Ryne. Though he followed through Minfilia's wishes in protecting Ryne as he once did for her, he still kept her at a distance and was reluctant to have her embrace her role as the Oracle of Light. This led Ryne to believe that Thancred hated her. However, after hearing her words of resolve and determination against Ran'jit, Thancred apologizes for his earlier behavior.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Minfilia/Ryne can be recruited to the player's party via the Trust System. Her job is "Oracle of Light", which functions like a Rogue. Her Trick Attack ability ignores the direction requirement and will always inflict the "Vulnerability Up" debuff. She can use Banish III, which is a replacement for Suiton, enabling her to use Trick Attack without Hide.
She will not use her limit break if the player is filling a DPS role in the party, as she will defer to the player's judgment instead.
Thancred will not use Cartridge-based skills unless Minfilia/Ryne is also in the team, owing to his inability to charge cartridges on his own.
Ryne is also fought as the boss of Eden's Verse: Refulgence, where she assumes the form of Shiva with the ability to "redress" into a replica of Hydaelyn. In Savage mode, she gains a third outfit based on Hraesvelgr, granting her attacks based on those used by dragons seen throughout the game.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
"Footsteps in the Snow" plays when Ryne assumes her Shiva form, with a remix of it, "Return to Oblivion", serving as her boss theme.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Ryne appears in vision cards from War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
- Vision cards
- Scions of Shadow
Ala Mhigo is at last free from imperial rule, but that liberty may prove fleeting as the Empire moves to both reclaim this bloodied nation and subjugate all of Eorzea. In their hour of need, however, they cannot turn to the Warrior of Light. Nor to the Scions, who yet slumber, their souls adrift. The realm is left to struggle without its saviors, for they have been beckoned beyond time and space─beckoned to the First.Vision card description
Scions of Shadow is an UR-rarity vision card. It was illustrated by Akihiko Yoshida.
- Bringers of Shadow
In order to restore darkness to the Norvrandt of the First, in danger of being consumed by the Flood of Light, the Shadowbringers fight against fate itself.
Adventurers who became known as the legendary Warriors of Darkness, the Scions, and the Oracle of Light come together to try to subdue the grotesque Sin Eaters.Vision card description
Bringers of Shadow is an UR-rarity vision card. It was illustrated by SQUARE ENIX.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
According to Thancred, Ryne's name is translated from the fairies' language as "Blessing".