A name for the freefolk who ply the open skies in airships. Though they are collectively called "pirates", their actual occupations vary by individual. Some search for legendary treasures, some merely travel the world, while others are indeed ruthless villains who attack trade ships and plunder goods for profit. In recent years, the Archadian Empire has stepped up patrols, bringing in the worst of the lot, all but consigning the more flamboyant feats of piracy to history. Of late, many are pirates who have given up the thief's life for that of the headhunter, bringing their former comrades-in-arms to justice... for a bounty. Those few who remain pirates have struggled hard to retain the title, and are duly proud of it.
Sky Pirates, Sage Knowledge
Sky pirates are adventurers who devote their lives to traveling the world of Ivalice on airships during the time of Final Fantasy XII. Though some are adventurous bandits, others are simply working-class airship crew members.
Some aspire toward becoming sky pirates to escape the trapped existence led by most citizens of Ivalice, battered with territorial wars. The life of a sky pirate may not remedy the issues that have trapped them, but they will, at least, no longer be trapped themselves. Sky pirating is also a way to amass money, thus escaping poverty or making up for material possessions lost in the wars that have swept Ivalice.
Around 600 Old Valendian, the number of sky pirates began to dwindle due to the harassing by the Archadian Empire's growing military strength, particularly in its air force. Many sky pirates turned to a life of robbery, partly due to their dissatisfaction with the Empire that struggled to control the pirates and their activities, and some are known to ally with the Empire. After the war involving the Sky Fortress Bahamut, Archadia reviewed its air force, and the number of sky pirates increased due to their connections with the Empire.
In Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, many sky pirates are manipulated into stealing auracite by the Judge of Wings losing their anima to Feolthanos. Some would even ally with aegyl insurgents to get auracite, effectively turning them into Yarhi.
Allusions[edit | edit source]
A head accessory is called the Sky Pirate's Scarf.
Starting in Patch 3.1 "As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness", Final Fantasy XIV features a side story featuring sky pirates that lead the player to the Void Ark, the second 24-man raid in the game, after the Crystal Tower.
Vaan has a downloadable outfit that represents him as a sky pirate. It is different from the way sky pirates in Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings are depicted, with a more traditional pirate look. There are also trade accessories called "Sky Pirate's Desire", "Sky Pirate's Dream" and "Sky Pirate's Hopes".
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Air pirates, also known as sky pirates, are a type of stock character from science fiction and fantasy. Fictional air pirates typically operate as pirates in the air, or, in general, the atmosphere of a planet, dwarf planet or moon, and travel by aircraft, as opposed to the more traditional pirates on the high seas, who travel by ship.