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The Tarutaru are a race of beings with brownish button noses and chipmunk-like attributes from the Federation of Windurst in Final Fantasy XI.

Although they resemble children in size, this does not reflect their age. In fact, the Tarutaru seem to change their appearance little as they age, and while short in stature, the Tarutaru are extremely proficient in magical ability, which they hone through careful and determined study of the natural world. The Tarutaru are said to understand the importance of the balance between natural harmony and magic. Because of this understanding, they have produced some of the greatest mages in the world's history.

It was their way of life that fueled the rapid reconstruction of Windurst following its destruction during the Crystal War.

The plural for "Tarutaru" is also "Tarutaru".

Profile[edit | edit source]

Culture[edit | edit source]

The Tarutaru enjoy a friendly relationship with the Mithra, who live in Windurst as well after they were admitted to the nation by the Star Sibyl, the ruler of Windurst and moral leader of all Vana'diel.

In terms of their society, the Tarutaru seem to have a much more balanced form of gender roles, with both male Tarutaru and female Tarutaru holding key government positions like ministers.

Most Tarutaru tend to speak with an interesting language variation than the standard living creatures of Vana'diel. Many seem to add an "-taru" to the end of many words ending with a "t", usually ending in consonants. They also seem to make words rhyme.

Professor Shantotto is the most obvious example of the rhyming speech though this may be a sign of her "unique" personality. However, there are many Tarutaru who do not speak with this accent, notably the War Warlocks and the Star Sybil themselves do not speak with any variation.

Physiology[edit | edit source]

The Tarutaru alongside other enlightened races.

The most obvious difference between the Tarutaru and the other races is that they are noticeably smaller. Interestingly enough, the Tarutaru do not seem to age physically (at least not noticeably) when they reach adulthood. Some Tarutaru are said to be as old as hume adults if not older and yet they still appear no older than those Tarutaru who just reached their prime.

The Tarutaru have two genders and have a natural gift for magic. They easily make the most potent and powerful spellcasters in the land.

The Tarutaru also possess a naturally high intelligence that manifests at an early age with many young Tarutaru having quite the grasp on vocabulary (see the Star Onion Brigade).

Demeanor[edit | edit source]

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Tarutaru lack the physical strength and durability of their fellow enlightened races as a result of their racial leaning towards magical study, but do control greater reserves of magical power (MP) as a result, and are the most studious and intelligent of the races of Vana'diel—although not the most wise or spiritual; often being presented as heedless of caution.

Tarutaru do tend to be more trusting of outsiders and they are the only race that has reached some form of political settlement with the neighboring beastmen, the Yagudo.

Individual Tarutaru tend to vary in personality, from the "wacky" Professor Shantotto, to the calm, almost poetic Star Sybil. Various other Tarutaru display trademark personalities like an incredible curiosity and a talent for mischief.

Tarutaru are the archetypal example of skill at Black Magic and White Magic and they excel most well in the ancient art of summoning, although the combination of their vast magical power, precise spellcraft, lack of caution and physical vulnerability has resulted in the death of many such Tarutaru Black Mages.

Military[edit | edit source]

The Federation Forces of Windurst are led by a Warlock Warlord, chosen once a year from the Parliament of Patriarchs, and consist of twelve brigades of War Warlocks and four brigades of Mithra Mercenaries.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Statistics[edit | edit source]

Character models[edit | edit source]

Face types
Female
Face 1 Face 2 Face 3 Face 4 Face 5 Face 6 Face 7 Face 8
FTaruFace 1.jpg
Mehriri
FTaruFace 2.jpg
Pararuru
FTaruFace 3.jpg
Noppipi
FTaruFace 4.jpg
Mokoko
FTaruFace 5.jpg
Kataruru
FTaruFace 6.jpg
Ajojo
FTaruFace 7.jpg
Porere
FTaruFace 8.jpg
Kottoto
Male
Face 1 Face 2 Face 3 Face 4 Face 5 Face 6 Face 7 Face 8
MTaruFace 1.jpg
Pancha-Mincha
MTaruFace 2.jpg
Tonsoru-Mohsoru
MTaruFace 3.jpg
Aroba-Oroba
MTaruFace 4.jpg
Kurido-Guriido
MTaruFace 5.jpg
Paita-Maita
MTaruFace 6.jpg
Jamaka-Somaka
MTaruFace 7.jpg
Yoran-Ohran
MTaruFace 8.jpg
Purudapa-Goppa
Hair types
Female
Hair Face 1 Face 2 Face 3 Face 4 Face 5 Face 6 Face 7 Face 8
Hair A FTaruHair1a.jpg FTaruHair2a.jpg FTaruHair3a.jpg FTaruHair4a.jpg FTaruHair5a.jpg FTaruHair6a.jpg FTaruHair7a.jpg FTaruHair8a.jpg
Hair B FTaruHair1b.jpg FTaruHair2b.jpg FTaruHair3b.jpg FTaruHair4b.jpg FTaruHair5b.jpg FTaruHair6b.jpg FTaruHair7b.jpg FTaruHair8b.jpg
Male
Hair Face 1 Face 2 Face 3 Face 4 Face 5 Face 6 Face 7 Face 8
Hair A MTaruHair1a.jpg MTaruHair2a.jpg MTaruHair3a.jpg MTaruHair4a.jpg MTaruHair5a.jpg MTaruHair6a.jpg MTaruHair7a.jpg MTaruHair8a.jpg
Hair B MTaruHair1b.jpg MTaruHair2b.jpg MTaruHair3b.jpg MTaruHair4b.jpg MTaruHair5b.jpg MTaruHair6b.jpg MTaruHair7b.jpg MTaruHair8b.jpg

Starting stats[edit | edit source]

The following table shows the level 1 statistics for each class a Tarutaru can take:

Job HP MP STR DEX VIT AGI INT MND CHR
Warrior 27 0 7 7 6 8 7 5 6
Monk 24 0 6 7 7 8 8 5 5
White Mage 23 28 5 5 6 7 8 8 7
Black Mage 21 30 4 7 5 8 10 6 6
Red Mage 24 26 5 6 6 7 9 7 6
Thief 24 0 5 8 6 8 9 5 5
Paladin 26 22 6 6 8 6 7 7 7
Dark Knight 26 22 7 7 7 7 9 5 5
Bard 24 0 5 6 6 6 8 6 7
Beastmaster 26 0 5 7 6 6 8 6 8
Ranger 23 0 5 6 6 9 8 6 6
Samurai 27 0 6 7 7 7 8 6 6
Dragoon 26 0 6 6 7 7 7 6 7
Ninja 29 0 6 7 8 6 7 6 6
Summoner 20 32 4 6 5 7 9 7 7
Race Comparison
Stat Comparison
HP Galka > Elvaan > Mithra = Hume > Tarutaru
MP Tarutaru > Hume = Mithra > Elvaan > Galka
STR Elvaan > Galka > Hume > Mithra > Tarutaru
DEX Mithra > Galka = Hume = Tarutaru > Elvaan
VIT Galka > Elvaan > Hume > Mithra = Tarutaru
AGI Mithra > Tarutaru > Hume > Galka > Elvaan
INT Tarutaru > Hume = Mithra > Galka > Elvaan
MND Elvaan > Galka = Hume > Mithra = Tarutaru
CHR Hume = Tarutaru = Elvaan > Galka = Mithra

Jobs[edit | edit source]

Creation and development[edit | edit source]

Original concepts of the Tarutaru.

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Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Dissidia Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Artwork by Tetsuya Nomura.

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Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Shantotto reappears as a full-fledged Warrior of Cosmos.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Shantotto is a playable character.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

Shantotto returns as a playable character.

Final Fantasy Grandmasters[edit | edit source]

The Tarutaru is one of the playable races.


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Non-Final Fantasy appearances[edit | edit source]

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Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special[edit | edit source]

A Tarutaru in Itadaki Street.

A Tarutaru is a playable character.


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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Tarutaru have a curious naming convention. Tarutaru females are always given a single name that ends in a rhyme, such as Apururu or Shantotto. Tarutaru males are given two rhyming names put together, such as Ajido-Marujido, or Zonpa-Zippa.
  • Ending phrases with "-aru" is the Japanese stereotype for a Chinese accent.
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