The younger sister of Lightning, she has found herself at the center of many tragic events. She still seems scarred by past experiences, but her quiet exterior hides a gentle but in the end resilient and dependable core. She still believes that her sister is alive, and so she follows Noel into the future to find her.Final Fantasy XIII-2 booklet description
Serah Farron [sɛrə] is a supporting character in Final Fantasy XIII and the protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII-2, who also appears in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. She is Lightning's younger sister by three years, and Snow Villiers's fiancée. Lightning accuses Snow of failing to protect Serah and does not initially approve of their relationship.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Story
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Musical themes
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Behind the scenes
- 7 Merchandise
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Etymology
- 10 References
Serah is Lightning's younger sister and Snow's fiancée. Possessing an inner fortitude beyond her years, she is more than capable of making decisions on her own, whatever her somewhat overprotective sister might think. In fact, Serah spends just as much time worrying about her elder sister's well-being as Lightning does Serah's.Booklet Description
Serah is an 18-year-old girl with the same pink tint of hair Lightning has. She ties her hair into a ponytail on the left side of her head, much like how Lightning's hair drapes over her left shoulder. Serah has blue eyes like Lightning, although Serah's are a darker shade.
She wears cat-shaped earrings representing NORA, a rebel group led by her fiancé, and a black armband on her right bicep and a bandage on her left bicep to cover her l'Cie brand. Her outfit consists of a red plaid-pleated skirt lined with black lace, a white sleeveless dress shirt, a semi-transparent pink sweeper vest, an extra matching hair tie on her left wrist, black thigh-high stockings with a white diamond shape attached to the top of her left stocking, and ivory ankle boots. She wears an engagement pendant shaped like Cocoon after receiving it from Snow. The engagement pendants resemble the Final Fantasy XIII logo .
In Final Fantasy XIII-2, now 21 years old, Serah wears a revealing white, reddish-pink, and gold form-fitting dress. It has a white top, pink sections on the front and back connecting the top to the skirt over black shorts, cut-out sides at the waist, crisscrossing pink straps on the sides of her torso, and two straps that go over her shoulders into a cross-back shape. She wears a storage pack on her right hip that hangs from her waist, pink and black thigh-high leggings, and purple ankle boots. The outfit mysteriously appears on her while she sleeps before the first paradox manifests.
Serah retains her earrings and engagement necklace and wears a pink choker, short pink sleeves under gray gloves that have gold ornaments, and gold armbands, one in the shape of a bird resting on her left bicep where her l'Cie brand used to be. Similar to Lightning's use of a gunblade that can switch between gun and sword, Serah wields a bowsword, though its true form is that of her new moogle companion, Mog. The symbol on the front of Serah's dress is also on Lightning's shield. Etro script is written on both symbols, the blades of Serah's weapon, the back of her dress, and her storage pack. The script on Serah's outfit translates to: Witness to Times Forgotten — Restorer of Lines Disjointed.
In her CG render for Final Fantasy XIII-2, Serah's ponytail is held by a pink band matching her outfit, but in-game, she retains the black band she wore in Final Fantasy XIII.
Her crystal is in the shape of a teardrop that Snow holds onto for most of the story in Final Fantasy XIII.
Art Director Isamu Kamikokuryo consistently draws Serah and Lightning with blonde hair in concept art, despite their more "official" appearance. Additionally, Kamikokuryo's Serah concept art for Final Fantasy XIII-2 looks older and less skinny than her in-game appearance. A few details on her outfit are also different (such as a different choker).
Serah has several alternate outfits for Final Fantasy XIII-2 released as part of downloadable content. "Summoner's Garb" was released on January 10, 2012, in Japan and came as pre-order content in some countries and on March 16, 2012, appeared as fully downloadable content; "Beachwear" was released on February 21, 2012, in Asia and on February 28, 2012, it was available worldwide; "N7 Armor", costume based on Mass Effect 3's N7 armor appeared on the net on March 27, 2012, in Asia and the U.S., and the next worldwide; "Style and Steel", designed by Yuko Oshima, was downloadable from April 10, 2012. "Style and Steel" is the only free DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2. A "White Mage" costume was released on May 15, 2012.
Noel isn't himself these days. I wonder if it's because he can't remember the future. It's understandable. No one wants to think they'll forget something...that's important to them.Serah
According to Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero -Promise-, Serah is a straight-A student, and one of her favorite subjects is history. Serah is mature and wise and cares deeply for those around her. Despite the grave circumstances, she stays positive and believes in a better future as long as she has her friends. Serah is a better cook than Lightning, who, in turn, is better at home-improvement work.
In the three years that have passed in Final Fantasy XIII-2, Serah is emotionally scarred by past events, but she retains her strong and caring personality. While caring towards her students, Serah is a strict grade school teacher with a short temper, adopting Lightning's mannerisms, which earned her the nickname "Meanie Miss Farron" from her pupils, much to her dismay. Serah can hold her own in battle despite not having much prior combat experience. She is determined to save the future despite learning of the peril it could put her in.
After receiving proper training, Serah proves herself to be a natural fighter. She swiftly masters many weapons and has exceptional reflexes. Her fighting style capitalizes on her superb agility, jumping while firing her bows and skillfully performing backflips, similar to Lightning. She learns magic, and out of herself and Noel, Serah is the more magically-oriented fighter.
Serah gained the Eyes of Etro after her awakening, allowing her to see future visions; this comes with the cost of shortening her lifespan.
Serah was born three years after her elder sister, Claire. Their father died when they were young, and they lost their mother to an unknown illness when Serah was twelve. With no other family to turn to, Claire took it upon herself to raise Serah and changed her name to "Lightning". Since then, Serah has looked up to Lightning as her guardian.
After Lightning graduated from high school and joined the Guardian Corps Bodhum Security Regiment, she began to lose sight of her goals and worked many hours while spending little time with Serah.
Serah: Well, if it's too much to deal with, face it later.Vanille: Really?Serah: Sometimes things seem easier when you look at them from a distance, you know?Serah to Vanille
Serah was planning to attend the university in Eden when she fell in love with Snow during summer vacation, much to Lightning's dismay. She bought Snow a NORA pendant in the shape of a silver cat.
From a young age, the local landmark, the Pulse Vestige, caught her attention and made Serah interested in studying history. One day, Serah visits the Vestige and finds a door leading inside and ventures into the ruins, where she is chosen by the Pulse fal'Cie Anima entombed within. Serah is branded a l'Cie and dreams of transforming into Ragnarok and destroying Cocoon, but does not realize it is her Focus. She wakes up outside of the Vestige and notices the l'Cie brand on her arm. She tries to rub it off, but, affected by her fear, the brand evolves, and Serah walks off crying. Four days later, Serah tells Snow she has been branded a Pulse l'Cie and tries to break up, but Snow refuses to abandon her and offers to aid in figuring out her Focus.
Two days later, Serah befriends Vanille on the beach. Listening to Vanille's problem, Serah advises her to face it later and look at it from a distance to find a way to overcome it. She tells Vanille about her nightmare of destroying the world and how she tried to run from it, but now knows she will get through with her friends' help. Since it was her fault that Anima made Serah a l'Cie, Vanille apologizes; however, as Serah is oblivious of Vanille's involvement, she doesn't understand.
The next day, Serah goes out to the shopping mall with Snow to find a birthday present for Lightning. Serah buys a survival knife to keep Lightning safe while she is on duty while Snow slips away and buys two engagement necklaces. The night after, Serah and Snow attend the fireworks festival where Snow proposes to her, and she accepts.
On Lightning's birthday the following day, Serah and Snow tell her about Serah becoming a l'Cie and their engagement, but Lightning believes Serah is lying as an excuse to marry Snow. To make Lightning believe Serah, Snow attempts to seek Anima's counsel with her, but the Sanctum has quarantined the town, and the Vestige is off-limits since PSICOM discovered the fal'Cie the night before. While she and Snow escape PSICOM on an airbike, Serah jumps onto a ledge on the Vestige and becomes trapped by liquid metal tendrils that pull her into the Vestige as the fal'Cie's prisoner.
Final Fantasy XIII
You can save us. Protect us all. Save Cocoon.Serah to Lightning
Two days later, PSICOM Purges Bodhum's residents and transports the Vestige to destroy it. Lightning and Snow make their separate ways through the Hanging Edge to the Vestige to save her. Serah tells Lightning to save Cocoon and crystallizes, leaving behind a crystal tear for Snow. Snow believes Serah will awaken, but Lightning believes her to be dead. After Lightning, Snow, and the new companions they met during the Purge—Vanille, Hope and Sazh—are turned into l'Cie by Anima, the Vestige falls into Lake Bresha, crystallizing it on impact.
Serah becomes part of the crystallized lake, and the others abandon Snow, who stays behind to try and free her. She is brought aboard the Lindblum along with Snow when he is captured by Fang and Cid Raines's troops, the Cavalry, a rogue army regimen that seeks to free Cocoon from the fal'Cie rule. What happens to Serah's crystal from now on is unknown, but Snow and Fang rendezvous with the other l'Cie, forcing Snow to leave Serah behind.
On the Palamecia, the Cocoon fal'Cie's leader Barthandelus tells the group that Serah's Focus was to "assemble the tools for Cocoon's destruction", or lure them inside the Vestige to be branded l'Cie with the task of destroying Cocoon. This revelation cripples Snow, who, until that point, had believed their Focus was to save Cocoon, as Serah asked.
After defeating Cid Raines in the Fifth Ark, revealed to be a l'Cie branded by Barthandelus, and observing him enter crystal stasis despite going against his Focus, Snow emerges from his depression and vows to follow Serah's wish to save Cocoon. In the Sulyya Springs on Gran Pulse, Vanille reveals to Snow that Serah saw the same dream of Ragnarok they did—meaning Barthandelus must have lied about Serah's Focus. She reasons that, like Raines, Serah beat her Focus by putting Cocoon's fate in their hands.
In Oerba, Barthandelus uses Serah's guise to try and trick the party into turning into Ragnarok, but they see through the illusion. As the party returns to Cocoon and treks through Eden, Barthandelus tells them he is holding Serah and Sazh's son, Dajh, hostage. In Orphan's Cradle, Barthandelus destroys an illusion of the crystallized Serah to unnerve Snow and Lightning. After Orphan is destroyed and Vanille and Fang transform into Ragnarok to halt Cocoon's descent by forming a crystal pillar to support it above Pulse, Serah wakes up from crystal sleep, no longer a l'Cie. She reunites with Snow and Lightning. Serah forgives Lightning for not believing her, and Snow begins to plan for their wedding, with Lightning congratulating the pair.
Um, Snow. Do you think I'd make a good teacher? Yeah. We don't have schools yet, or even homes, but there're so many kids here. They'll need schools and teachers, right? I want to teach them about the world, tell them the things they have to know. Like why Cocoon fell, and what happened to us...Serah to Snow
Serah and Snow talk about rebuilding on Gran Pulse and saving Vanille and Fang, who remain crystallized within the pillar. Serah asks Vanille what she dreams about in her crystal sleep, revealing she knows about Snow staying with her at Lake Bresha since he carried her crystal tear, enabling her to hear him and see what he saw. Serah theorizes the dreams people have in crystal stasis vary since Dajh told her about his dream of playing with chocobos.
Serah decides to become a school teacher and educate children on why Cocoon fell. She wants to tell them their side of the story and help them grow into adults who can think for themselves. Shortly after, she discovers that Lightning is missing.
School studies are a thinking exercise, there is no point in seeking the significance of that in itself. It's practice so of course you would think there's no point in it.Serah to her students, repeating Lightning's words
Since the timeline was corrupted, Lightning was removed from history. Only Serah remembers her ever returning to Gran Pulse with them, leaving Serah confused and devastated. In the two years after Lightning's disappearance, with help from the Cavalry, Bodhum's former residents build the Pulsian village of New Bodhum, and some learn to use magic, including Snow and Serah. Serah learns how to fight with weapons and discovers she has more fighting prowess than she knew. Having yet to marry, Serah and Snow live together in the NORA House.
Serah becomes a teacher like Lightning was to her to teach the children how to protect and think for themselves. However, deep inside, she feels unable to move forward, haunted by her memory of the day Lightning vanished and how everyone thinks she is making things up to avoid facing reality.
One day, Snow tells Serah he believes her about Lightning still being alive and sets out to search for her. Serah wants to go with him, but Snow insists she stay for her students' sake. Giving Serah his engagement pendant as the symbol of his promise to return with Lightning, Snow departs, but a year goes by, and Serah never hears back from him.
The truth is, I didn't want to let her go. I'd come so far to find her, I was afraid to lose her again. But I had to be strong, for her sake. She had her own battles ahead of her. So I swallowed the words I wanted to say and hid my fear. It was the hardest thing I ever did.Serah, about Lightning
One night, Serah dreams of Lightning fighting a mysterious man within a strange world. A crystal meteorite crashes outside of New Bodhum, and she awakens, finding herself in new clothes. Monsters are attacking the town, and when she is caught up in the battle, Noel Kreiss—the boy Serah saw in her dream—comes to her aid. He gives her a moogle that can transform into a weapon and says Mog is a gift from Lightning, who now resides in Valhalla, the middle world between the realm of the living and the unseen realm of the dead. The meteorite is really a Time Gate, and the next day, Serah and Noel search the town for an artefact to activate it as Lightning had asked Noel to bring Serah to her. Noel is the last human left from the end of the world, and after praying to create a brighter future, Lightning gave him the chance.
Serah, Mog, and Noel enter the Time Gate and travel through the Historia Crux, the crossroads of the time continuum, emerging in the Bresha Ruins in Cocoon in 5 AF. The ruins are affected by a paradox that causes a giant monster known as Atlas to appear in the area. With the help of Academy scientist, Alyssa Zaidelle, Serah and Noel solve the paradox by defeating Atlas, thus restoring the Bresha Ruins. While activating another gate in the area, Serah has a vision of Ragnarok crystallizing Cocoon but hides this from Noel.
Their next destination, the Yaschas Massif in 10 AF, is darkened by a solar eclipse due to a paradox. They meet an adult Hope Estheim who tells them a tribe of Farseers ruled by a seeress named Yeul used to live in the ruins. He says the seeress could see the future and foretold the nation's destruction, causing its downfall. Hope shows them an Oracle Drive, which displays grainy images of Lightning in Valhalla. Hope believes the paradox affecting the area is also affecting the Oracle Drive and gives Serah and Noel an artefact to help them resolve the problem.
After taking a gate to Oerba 200 AF, Serah, Mog, and Noel find another Oracle Drive that projects various images of Serah's reunion with Lightning. They are interrupted by the seeress Yeul and her Guardian, Caius Ballad, whom Serah recognizes as the man she saw battling Lightning in her dream. After Caius battles Noel and Serah, Yeul stops Caius from killing them and warns them that changing the future also changes the past.
With the paradox in Oerba solved, Serah, Noel, and Mog return to the Yaschas Massif in 1X AF, an alternate reality in which the eclipse never occurred, and Hope never met them. Yeul appears and gives Serah a cryptic message, saying they are the same by how they can "show others the way". Serah and Noel repeat their introduction to Hope, who shows the now clear images of Lightning in Valhalla with the Oracle Drive. The Oracle Drive shows Cocoon falling at Caius's hand, and Noel says the crystallized Cocoon fell centuries before his birth, and the world fell into ruin. Serah says they must change the future, and Hope decides to help them with everything he and the Academy do in the present.
Serah and Noel use the Pass of Paddra gate and emerge in the Void Beyond, a shade of Valhalla in a world between the Time Gates. As Serah despairs if they will ever find Lightning, Noel reassures they are one step closer to her with each Time Gate they pass through.
Traveling to the Sunleth Waterscape 300 AF, Serah clutches her head in pain and recites Yeul's prophecy of Cocoon's fall as though possessed. She has a vision of Snow about to be killed by a giant flan, runs off, and finds him half-conscious before Noel comes to their aid, and they fight off the flan together. As the flan reforms, Serah pulls a resistant Snow to safety. She introduces Noel and Snow to each other before explaining to the latter why they are there. Snow explains he has also become a time traveler and says Lightning appeared to him in a dream telling him to protect Cocoon's crystal pillar from the giant flan, and Serah and Noel decide to help him by resolving the paradox that makes the flan grow.
Noel and Serah journey to the Coliseum and receive a fragment from the Arbiter of Time. Noel and Serah defeat the Faeryl in the Archylte Steppe and stop the Royal Ripeness from growing. They return to the Sunleth Waterscape and find Snow struggling in front of the giant flan despite having promised to wait for their return. After defeating it for good, Snow entrusts Serah's safety to Noel and disappears as the paradox affecting the area has been resolved. Serah notices a Pulse l'Cie brand on Snow's arm before he fades away and decides it is her turn to save Snow.
Back in the Void Beyond, Noel explains the Farseer tribe always had a girl with the same appearance and power who is always called Yeul, and Caius is her Guardian. In Academia 400 AF, Serah, Noel and Mog witness numerous citizens transform into Cie'th. They are confronted by what appears to be Caius, who threatens to kill them for tampering with the timeline. Caius says they were killed due to learning a forbidden history sealed within a tower 200 years ago and have now appeared before him alive, a paradox in itself. Serah and Noel find Yeul under attack by Cie'th. Yeul dies and leaves behind an artefact that enables Noel, Serah, and Mog to use a nearby Time Gate. Yeul said Caius wasn't in the city, leading Serah to wonder if she and Noel met an impostor.
In the Augusta Tower, 200 years before the events at Academia, Noel and Serah learn Hope had created a Proto fal'Cie to keep Cocoon airborne without its pillar. They meet an artificial duplicate of Alyssa and learn that Hope, Alyssa, and other scientists were killed in the tower 187 years ago at 13 AF, and copies of them were created to hide the truth.
On the tower's top level Yeul gives them an artefact and implores them to protect time. She reveals Caius is an immortal Guardian who retains a memory of all timeline events and says Lightning disappeared because the future had changed. She says if Serah and Noel solve the paradoxes, the past will return to how Serah remembers it. Yeul explains the Caius from Academia was a deception made by a sentient machine within the tower, then urges that they show her a new future.
Noel, Mog, and Serah enter a battle against the Proto fal'Cie Adam, who keeps reviving itself whenever defeated. Serah charges Adam while shouting at Hope that his machines are "driving her nuts". Just before she impales Adam's crystal, the fal'Cie disappears into thin air. Serah has a vision of the future and blacks out, but Noel brings her back.
Through the next Time Gate, they emerge into an alternate Academia in 4XX AF where the city is peaceful, and Hope never created the Proto fal'Cie. They meet Hope and Alyssa and learn Hope scrapped the idea for the Proto fal'Cie after seeing Serah yelling at him through the Oracle Drive. Hope had devised the New Cocoon Project before he and Alyssa entered the future in a time capsule he invented.
Hope explains his manmade Cocoon will be made airborne through the use of Graviton Cores. After bringing Hope the cores needed, Alyssa gives Serah and Noel an artefact to open a new gate in the city. Promising to meet Hope and Alyssa again a century in the future, Serah, Noel, and Mog enter the Historia Crux but get separated. Manipulated by Caius, Alyssa gave them a booby-trapped artefact to save herself from disappearing due to being a paradox herself.
Caius uses the Time Gate to separate Serah and Noel into different areas of the Void Beyond with Mog's soul removed from his body. Finding several apparitions of Yeul from various points in time, Serah learns Yeul is a seeress chosen by the goddess Etro, the goddess of death who resides in Valhalla, and that Etro released Serah and the others from crystal stasis on the Day of Ragnarok.
The last Yeul warns Serah that she brings herself closer to death the more she changes the timeline before transforming into Caius, who forces Serah into a battle. Caius reveals it was the miracle Etro gave to Serah and the others that condemned Yeul and that he plans to destroy time itself and send everything back to Valhalla where time does not exist, thus freeing Yeul from her curse. Caius impales Serah from behind, causing her body to spill chaos, a mysterious substance of the unseen realm that humans possess in their hearts.
Serah awakens in New Bodhum wearing her old clothes, surrounded by NORA. When she finds Snow, he claims Lightning has been living with them ever since they got married. Serah sees Lightning on the pier, who claims Serah changed history, making it possible for her to come back. Serah almost believes her before remembering the real Lightning is fighting in Valhalla and needs her help, and that she can't abandon Noel and her friends. Serah refuses to comply, and chaos engulfs Lightning. Hearing a familiar voice, Serah encounters Vanille and meets Fang, who have come to help Serah escape her dream world. They open a portal Serah can use to find Noel in his dream world and save him before he becomes trapped in it forever.
Serah emerges in a desolate world and finds Noel, who doesn't acknowledge her. Realizing she is in Noel's dream, Serah follows him as he interacts with Caius and Yeul and witnesses a duel between Noel and Caius, where the latter emerges the victor. Serah sees Yeul die in Noel's arms, leaving him alone. As he is being pulled off the ground towards a light in the sky, Serah grabs his arm and calls out to him, and he remembers her, waking him from his dream.
Noel tells Serah if they change history in a big way, it will cost Serah her life because Serah is a seeress like Yeul. Serah chooses to continue as it is what Lightning wants, and if they fix the timeline quickly enough, she won't have to see the future any further. Mog's soul is freed from the Void Beyond by Lightning, and he brings new information from her about Caius. Caius used to be a Pulse l'Cie tasked with the Focus of protecting Yeul until Etro saved him and made him immortal. Caius has been using his power and knowledge of the Yeuls' visions over the centuries to warp the timeline as he pleases.
They come out of a space-time distortion into desecrated New Bodhum in 700 AF. When Serah opens a portal on the beach, Lightning emerges before them, saying they are in a future she failed to save. After Lightning explains everything to them, Serah theorizes Caius plans to turn the world into a timeless world like Valhalla to break Yeul's cycle of rebirth. Lightning says they will need to go to the year 500 AF, where Caius plans to destroy both the old and new Cocoons. She has Mog reveal a new Time Gate, and as Lightning leaves, Serah asks if they will be together once everything is over, but Lightning only says, "One thing at a time, Serah."
Academia 500 AF is a labyrinth of chaos. As they make their way through the transformed city, Serah, Mog, and Noel hear Yeul's disembodied voice warn them not to kill Caius and Etro. After fighting Caius, who has arrived in Academia from Valhalla, a wormhole tears open the sky and Caius flies into it as Chaos Bahamut. Serah, Noel, and Mog follow close behind on an airship piloted by Sazh and jump through the hole into Valhalla to engage Caius on the beach. Caius transforms into Jet Bahamut and fires an attack that sends them falling into an abyss of light under Valhalla's waves of chaos. Lightning pulls the trio towards the surface for the final battle. After Noel repeatedly refuses to kill him, Caius stabs himself with Noel's blade. As his body fades away, Serah believes Caius had always wanted to return to Valhalla to die.
Series of gates appear throughout Valhalla, and Mog says they've resolved the final paradox, but doesn't sense Lightning. Serah worries Caius had killed her, but Noel reassures her Lightning will be with the others since they fixed the timeline. Serah, Noel, and Mog return to Gran Pulse in 500 AF, where they see Hope's New Cocoon, named Bhunivelze, afloat in the sky and the gate to Valhalla close. Serah thanks Noel but has another vision of the future and dies in his embrace.
Serah's spirit enters Valhalla and is bound by chaos before Etro's throne. Disembodied spirits of Yeul tell Lightning that Serah will remain with them until the end of time and fade into darkness. While Lightning mourns her sister's death, Serah's spirit appears to her on Etro's throne. Serah explains she knew of her eventual death, yet continued as she promised not to stop until they were together again and had no regrets. Serah asks Lightning not to forget her and promises they will see each other again.
Tell me, Snow. Has ever a day passed...when you haven't thought about Serah? The girl you loved? My younger sister.Lightning to Snow
Upon their last meeting, Serah's soul entered Lightning's body rather than fade into Chaos. As Lightning rested in a crystal sleep, Serah's soul rested alongside her until the god Bhunivelze purged it.
Five hundred years later, the dying world of Nova Chrysalia is facing destruction in thirteen days. Nova Chrysalia is an unstable world that came into existence after the visible and unseen realms merged when Chaos was unleashed from Valhalla when Etro died. This event awoke Bhunivelze, the god who created the deities that had created and maintained Gran Pulse and Cocoon.
Bhunivelze chooses the awoken Lightning as his savior, claiming to resurrect her sister once she fulfills her task. Bhunivelze uses a replica of Serah to keep Lightning from straying from his goals. Lightning is puzzled, as she feels little toward this illusion, suspecting something to be amiss. In actuality, Serah was rescued by the newly-born Lumina, whose physical form became a vessel for Serah's soul. Lumina is the manifestation of Lightning's vulnerabilities and other denied feelings, which became sentient with the aid of the Chaos that now flows freely and is slowly eroding Nova Chrysalia. After Lightning saves Vanille from sacrificing herself in the Luxerion Cathedral, Lumina and Yeul appear and reveal the truth about Serah's soul.
Lightning becomes trapped by her residual failings while fighting Bhunivelze, having deducted the god's plan is to purge mankind of their humanity to "perfect" them. The copy of Serah, which had grown to care for her "sister", reveals Lumina's origins and convinces Lightning to accept her vulnerabilities and call for aid. Lumina becomes one with Lightning again. After Lightning and her allies sever Bhunivelze's hold on humanity's souls, Serah is among the freed as she helps her sister and their friends deliver the final blow to the deity. After witnessing the creation of a new world, a reborn Serah follows Lightning to a peaceful world that is free of gods.
After Serah began her life anew in the new world, she is among the few who remember her past life on Gran Pulse. One day, Serah meets a reporter named Aoede who is investigating stories of people who recall a past life from "another world". When the reporter mentions her intention to publish the reports to allow more people to remember their past lives, Serah expresses that it might keep people from living their current lives, yet encourages Aoede to discover everything before telling her where to find Snow.
Serah starts with the Commando, Ravager, and Sentinel roles and majors in Ravager and Saboteur, but is also a good Medic. Serah is not as proficient Synergist as Noel, and she learns only a few spells for that role. Serah's initial paradigm roles are the same as Snow's initial roles in Final Fantasy XIII.
While her stats can be customized in the Crystarium, Serah's natural stat growth emphasizes Magic. She wields a bow that can transform into a sword, and her full ATB skill is Ultima Arrow, a Ravager skill that quickly fills the target's chain gauge with a barrage of attacks. Arcus Chronica, one of Serah's ultimate weapons, emits white feathers upon hitting enemies like Snow's Save the Queen did in Final Fantasy XIII.
Serah's crystal tear is also used as the icon for the Ultimate Hero trophy in Final Fantasy XIII, and the Master of Time achievement/trophy in Final Fantasy XIII-2, which unlocks the Lightning theme for the console.
Serah is the first non-playable and then playable character to have a vocalized leitmotif. Main characters' themes from previous games generally draw their leitmotif's melody from the respective games' main themes, but "Serah's Theme" doesn't alter the melody of the main tune at all.
Final Fantasy XIII
"Serah's Theme" is a vocal version of the game's main theme, "The Promise", composed by Masashi Hamauzu with lyrics performed by Frances Maya. It often plays when Serah is featured or mentioned in the story, mainly during cutscenes that show flashbacks of her life before the Purge. "Serah's Theme" plays during the fireworks festival in English-translated versions in place of "Eternal Love", which plays in the Japanese versions. The theme also appears in Final Fantasy XIII-2 in the paradox ending, "Fate and Freedom".
Final Fantasy XIII-2
"Serah's Theme - Memories -" is a vocal piece played to the melody of "The Future", a variant of the game's main theme, "Wishes". The lyrics tell of Noel's arrival giving Serah hope toward the chance of reuniting with Lightning and allude to what happens to Serah at the end of the game. A non-lyrical orchestral version of her theme is heard during the "Closing Credits".
Serah has appeared in the following games throughout the Final Fantasy series:
- Final Fantasy Tactics S as a recruitable character.
- Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia as a playable character.
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy as a purchasable character.
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call as a playable character.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a summonable Legend.
- Final Fantasy Artniks as cards.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Brave Exvius as a summonable vision.
- Mobius Final Fantasy as life-element ability cards.
- World of Final Fantasy as a cameo, later a non-player character and Champion Jewel in the Maxima expansion.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as trading cards.
- Triple Triad as cards in the Final Fantasy Portal App version.
Outside the Final Fantasy series she has appeared in:
- Kingdom Hearts Re:coded as an avatar.
Behind the scenes
Final Fantasy XIII
According to the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega, Serah was originally planned as a playable character in Final Fantasy XIII, but issues during development led to turning her into a non-playable character. Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura made Serah's hair wavy for her to have a similar silhouette to Lightning.
Serah gifting a knife to Lightning as her birthday present might be foreshadowing; according to superstition, gifting a knife is bad luck and symbolizes cutting relations with that person.
The Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega has a progression chart that shows the progression of each l'Cie's brand, as well as the events that make them advance. Serah's brand goes from stage 1 to 4 the day she reveals to Snow that she has become a l'Cie. It progresses to stage 5 on Lightning's birthday, and she crystallizes on stage 12, her brand advancing fast due to the distress of being trapped in the Pulse Vestige. When she comes out of crystal stasis, her brand is gone. In Final Fantasy XIII-2, when the Proto fal'Cie scans her in Academia 400 AF, it can still detect it, however.
Serah's facial structure changed as her hair was made a darker shade of pink, and her nose was made smaller. Serah's clothing from Final Fantasy XIII-2 was designed by Yusuke Naora, based on plugsuits from Neon Genesis Evangelion, as requested by director Motomu Toriyama. Isamu Kamikokuryo, the art director of Final Fantasy XIII-2, has said the character designs are built from the scenario and setting, and that Lightning's and Serah's new designs are reflected within the environments they begin their journeys. He said Serah was cute and girly in Final Fantasy XIII, but that she is a little tougher and battle-ready in Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Kamikokuryo has also said the balance between making a female character appealing for both genders of gamers was challenging. The designers did not necessarily strive for a look that would appeal to both, but more of what design would be the most memorable. With Serah being more active in Final Fantasy XIII-2, the designers wanted to maintain her feminine qualities while still making sure she looks battle-ready. According to issue 219 of Game Informer, Serah was given a bow able to transform into a sword to "preserve her femininity". When designing Serah's and Noel's weapons for Final Fantasy XIII-2, the developers wanted weapons suitable for both close and long-range combat. That's why Serah's weapon can switch between bow and sword forms, and Noel wields twin blades that can combine into a javelin.
A model for Serah in crystal stasis exists as dummied content in Final Fantasy XIII-2. It is unknown why this model exists.
Yuko Oshima, a member of AKB48 and leader of the JUDGE 13 test players, was asked to design two alternate costumes for Serah, one of which would become an official DLC by votes from fans in a contest starting on November 15, 2011. The first DLC costume, called "Exposure and Defense", was designed when the AKB48 idol was wondering whether Final Fantasy girls can fight with so much showing. Oshima thought that by adding pointed shoes and a shield, Serah would be more ready to fight.
The second, unnamed option, was based on a concept of "Little Red Riding Hood". Oshima thought the idea of mixing red and white defines a character transitioning into an adult, as Serah seems to do in Final Fantasy XIII-2. On December 3, 2011, the voting closed with "Exposure and Defense" winning by a large margin. Oshima wore the costume at the Final Fantasy XIII-2 launch event.
Serah is voiced in the Japanese versions by Minako Kotobuki.
She is voiced by Laura Bailey in English, who previously voiced the Cloud of Darkness in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series and Belle in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers.
Action figures of Serah were released as part of the Play Arts KAI series and the Final Fantasy XIII Trading Arts Vol 1. Serah's pendant has been sold as official merchandise in Square Enix's online shop, although it differs from the necklace seen in the games, as it has a larger blue crystal in the middle.
Serah is a variation of "Sarah".The name Sarah, (שָׂרָה in Hebrew) is the Hebrew name for "princess", or a woman of high rank.
Farron comes from the Gaelic language, meaning "thunder".
- Final Fantasy XIII Scenario Ultimania, p.034
- TGS: 09: Final Fantasy XIII Update (Accessed: March 29, 2020) at IGN
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 Roundtable: Art and Music (Accessed: March 29, 2020) at GameSpot
- Final Fantasy XIII Concept Art Revealed and Analysed by Devs (Accessed: March 29, 2020) at IGN UK