You can see the light, right? So can I.
Stella to Noctis in the 2011 trailer
Stella Nox Fleuret (ステラ・ノックス・フルーレ, Sutera Nokkusu Furūre?) was a character that appeared in promotional material for Final Fantasy Versus XIII before it was reworked into Final Fantasy XV. Her design was reworked into the character Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, who serves a different role in the story than was planned for Stella. Rather than disappoint users by including a Stella that didn't match what they expected from the early reveal trailers, the developers went with a different character altogether. This way, they could also focus on creating a character that's their own.
There was no new information on Stella since the game was rebranded Final Fantasy XV. When asked about Stella, director Hajime Tabata has replied: "Sorry, I can't [reveal anything about Stella] (laughs). But after the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae you can expect some new and interesting information about the story." On June 4th 2015 it was publicized Stella would not appear in Final Fantasy XV.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Don't worry about me. Live your own life.
Stella to Noctis in the E3 2013 trailer
Stella had long blond hair with side-swept bangs, round pale blue eyes with purple aspects around the iris (which, at one point in development, became purple irises outright) and wore small silver star earrings. Her regular outfit consisted of black top, skirt, and belt, and a white sleeveless bolero. Her party outfit consisted of a white sleeveless top and a long skirt, complimented with white shoes.
Personality[edit | edit source]
She had an honest and polite attitude, but was assertive and true to her beliefs due to her upbringing. As demonstrated in the Tokyo Game Show footage, she was direct and did not shy away from her problems, as opposed to Noctis, who is more reserved. According to character designer and director for Final Fantasy Versus XIII Tetsuya Nomura, Stella would "stand out" in some way from the other female characters in the series.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Like Noctis, Stella could materialize weapons from thin air, as she summoned her rapier from a rune similar to one used by Noctis to summon his sword, though Stella's rune was golden while Noctis's was blue.
Story[edit | edit source]
Stella would have met Noctis at the signing ceremony between Lucis and Niflheim, where a great deal of their connection would have been revealed. Stella was a member of the wealthy Fleuret family and resided in the land of Tenebrae. After a near-death experience early in her life, similar to Noctis, Stella could see the light from the Kingdom of the Dead, which granted her special powers. She was shown to reluctantly fight Noctis in an early trailer, wielding powers similar to his to forge weapons from thin air. Gentiana's original role for Final Fantasy Versus XIII was that of Stella's messenger, and a contact point between the countries of Tenebrae and Niflheim.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Stella's appearance underwent changes since she was first unveiled. Tetsuya Nomura has commented there being no specific reason he redesigned her look, other than wanting to make her prettier. When Nomura created Stella back in 2007, he actually created something that was not his type of character, but overtime he grew fond of her. Stella initially had long, layered blond hair with a side-swept bang. In the trailer shown at the DKS3713 event, Stella wore silver stud earrings, an open short-sleeved white cardigan over a black corset-like top with a frilled black skirt and black knee-high boots.
Creative director of Roen and clothing designer for Final Fantasy XV, Hiromu Takahara, designed the cocktail dress and ankle boots worn by Stella during her conversation with Noctis. Hiromu Takahara originally wanted her dress to be black, but the production team changed the color to create a greater contrast with the black suit Noctis wears in the same scene.
Stella still appears in the Final Fantasy XV E3 2013 trailer, albeit not in detail: her back is glimpsed as a child, and she appears in the character roster in the end of the trailer. Stella's CG render that appears in the roster was redesigned from how she appeared in earlier Versus XIII trailers, but this "new" Stella never appeared again after this trailer.
After Final Fantasy Versus XIII was rebranded Final Fantasy XV the team had to decide which elements to keep from the original story to ensure a coherent story for a single game. The team had wanted to keep Stella and pursued ways to tie her into Final Fantasy XV but struggled to make sense of her character and role within the new game. After a lot of consideration, the team decided not to include Stella and go with a new character named Luna, who has a different role in the story. Developers felt uncomfortable working on a well-known character if they had to completely change their role, and this is why they decided to change the character.
Allusions[edit | edit source]
Insomnia has a billboard with a woman who looks a lot like Stella's portrait in the Final Fantasy XV E3 2013 trailer. The billboard appears in both Kingsglaive and Chapter 14 of the main game.
Kingdom Hearts III has a trailer for a fictional game called Verum Rex that shows a woman that resembles Stella, who also wears a star necklace. In the fictional trailer, the woman has dark hair and the male protagonist silver hair, the reverse of the Noctis-Stella pairing from Versus. It appears as a commercial in Kingdom Hearts III, when the player first goes to the Toy Box.
In the Spanish version of Final Fantasy XV, the Star Pendant is named "Colgante de Stella" (Stella's Pendant). The item's description says that it may have belonged to a heroine who was ostracized a long time ago.
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
Stella is Latin and Italian for "star".
Nox means "night" in Latin.
Stella Nox are two Latin words that would mean, albeit incorrectly inflected, "Night Star".
foil or small sword. In English it is an ornament resembling a small flower.Fleuret is the French name for a light fencing
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The writing that appeared around the crest when Stella summoned her rapier, is similar to the alphabet of Pulse mainly seen in Final Fantasy XIII. The runes could also be seen to be precursors to the symbols used to denote the royal arms in Final Fantasy XV.
References[edit | edit source]
- Hajime Tabata Reflects on the Transformation of Versus XIII to Final Fantasy XV (Accessed: August 22, 2018) at USgamer
- Unser Interview mit Hajime Tabata (Accessed: August 21, 2018) at JPGAMES.DE
- Tetsuya Nomura Discusses FF Versus XIII Characters (dead) (Accessed: July 16, 2016) at 1UP.com
- Artist Roberto Ferrari speaks about his designs in Final Fantasy XV (Accessed: August 22, 2018) at Nova Crystallis
- JE 2013 : Interview with Tetsuya Nomura (ENG) (Accessed: August 22, 2018) at Finaland
- Final Fantasy XV: Stella is gone, Episode Duscae 2.0 slated for June 9 (Accessed: August 22, 2018) at Gematsu
- Stella’s removal from Final Fantasy XV again explained; developers felt uncomfortable (dead) (Accessed: April 13, 2016) at Gamer Center Online (dead)