President of Meteor Publishing who has paired an amiable personal temperament with razor-sharp business acumen to construct the world's largest print and broadcast media conglomerate.Character profile in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades
Vyv Dorden is a non-player character in Final Fantasy XV. He is found in Lestallum and is the president of a publishing company called Meteor Publishing, named after the Meteor of the Six, a known landmark in Lucis. As a media mogul, he is on a hunt for quality photographs for his publication.
- President and CEO of Meteor Publishing. A true mogul, Vyv has managed to achieve enormous success in both print and broadcast media, with his magazines and radio shows reaching the eyes and ears of nearly all Lucians. He has earned the respect and admiration of other industry professionals, and even enjoys familiarity with prominent figures in the political and business world. Although Vyv is ostensibly on good terms with the imperial officers posted around Lestallum, he secretly despises the empire's autocratic attempts to limit free speech.
- Long before he ascended the throne as the Media King, Vyv began his career as an energetic young journalist. Eager to get a good shot, he climbed the volcanic Rock of Ravatogh all by himself with nothing but his camera in hand. Yet his then-bony body was no match for the intense heat, and Vyv soon found himself dehydrated on death's doorstep. He very well may have lost his life on that mountain were it not for the efforts of a brave hunter named Oric Gambell. Together, they descended the mountain and made their way back to Lestallum. Their harrowing journey home is partially recounted in Oric's memoirs, which Vyv published for his friend posthumously.
Vyv is a portly man distinguished by his white T-shirt, which bears the phrase "Live. Eat. Breathe. METEOR". He wears a black backpack, and a black camera hangs from a red strap around his neck. In an attempt to alleviate discomfort caused by Lestallum's high temperatures, Vyv keeps his shoulder-length brown hair tied back in a short ponytail. The meteor on Vyv's shirt resembles the Final Fantasy VII logo.
Vyv is personable and approaches others easily. He is passionate for journalism and wants to expand his business to make a difference in the world. Vyv maintains a professional demeanor around Noctis, and is not intimidated by his status as the prince.
Vyv once climbed the Rock of Ravatogh but had underestimated the strain and was rescued by a hunter called Oric Gambell. Grateful, Vyv later published Oric's Culinary Chronicles, a series of cookbooks that doubles as memoirs.
Vyv recognizes Noctis Lucis Caelum as the prince, but is mainly interested in his travels due to the photos Noctis's friend Prompto Argentum has been taking. Vyv was planning on selling the empire information on Noctis and his friend for some money, but decided against it when he realized how talented they were at taking photos. Prompto is taken by professional interest in his work, and is eager to go and snap the shots Vyv requests.
The requests get increasingly difficult, sending the party to imperial bases and even to the rock of Ravatogh, a trek he never managed to complete himself. At last, Vyv requests a photo of a supposedly haunted painting, and Noctis agrees to try though he doesn't believe in ghosts. To their surprise they succeed, the painting having been possessed by the daemon Chadarnook. An astonished Vyv says he can't publish the photo—if the party snapped a photo of Chadarnook in her goddess form, he says it is too risqué for his magazine, and he also believes the picture may be haunted. Nevertheless, Vyv agrees to pay them anyway.
When Lady Lunafreya gave her speech in Altissia, Meteor Publishing was able to gain the rights to broadcast her speech, which was not easy, though the First Secretary eventually allowed him to broadcast.
After Noctis and his friends depart Lucis, darkness overtakes the world. Vyv uses his influence as a media mogul to persuade the public to accept refugees into their cities and homes. He transmits guidance to refugees and supports hunter enlistment. He begins to publish a journal that details the exploits of Glaives and hunters to inspire hope in people. Vyv reports sightings of a daemon that looks identical to a photo taken from his collection.
The Perfect Landscape
After Iris Amicitia has shown Noctis around Lestallum, the latter can talk to Vyv to receive a quest. The player must head for one of two locations for a photo: the north of the Disc of Cauthess, and by the chocobo racing courses near Wiz Chocobo Post. Talking to Vyv after yields 1,000 EXP and 5,000 gil.
An Eye for Islands
The quest becomes available after completing "The Perfect Landscape". This time, Vyv requests a photo of an island taken from Galdin Quay, the Angelgard. Completing the quest yields 1,500 EXP and 7,500 gil.
Aftermath of the Astral War
The quest becomes available after completing "An Eye for Islands". Vyv wants two shots of Taelpar Crag: one is from the lookout tower close to Tollhends Stronghold, and another from a bridge to the east of Old Lestallum. Completing the quest yields 2,000 EXP and 10,000 gil.
Of Gods and Kings
The quest becomes available after completing "Aftermath of the Astral War". He wants a photo of the gate of the royal tomb southeast of Duscae, and then of the Tomb itself. Completing the quest yields 2,500 EXP and 12,500 gil.
Vyv's Volcanic Inspiration
The quest becomes available after completing "Of Gods and Kings". For this photo, the party must head for the Rock of Ravatogh, a volcano in the west of Cleigne. The player must ascend the slope to a dead-end to the west of the map and photograph the flowing lava. The heat will continuously damage the party. The player may need to fight Thunderocs along the path. Completing the quest yields 3,000 EXP and 15,000 gil.
A Place to Call Home
The quest becomes available after completing "Vyv's Volcanic Inspiration". Vyv wants a picture of Insomnia. The player must head to the hill overlooking the city where Chapter 1 concluded. Completing the quest yields 3,500 EXP, 17,500 gil, and "Time" photo filter (black and white).
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
The quest becomes available after completing "A Place to Call Home". Vyv wants three photos of imperial bases in Lucis: Formouth Garrison in Leide (close to the Prairie Outpost), Tollhends Stronghold in Cleigne (north of Old Lestallum), and Perpetouss Keep in Duscae (southwest of the Cauthess Rest Area). Each picture is part of a subquest that needs to be selected manually in the main menu to activate its waypoint. The player may have to engage imperial troops in each area. Completing the quest yields 4,000 EXP and 20,000 gil.
The Cursed Canvas
The quest becomes available after completing "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword". Vyv wants a photo of a cursed painting. After heading to Altissia in Chapter 9, the player must head to Maagho restaurant and take the "A Lost Painting" hunt. In the basement of the Secretary's Estate Prompto will take a picture of the painting even if the player doesn't complete the hunt. The party can return to Lucis via by calling upon Umbra at the Leville hotel and talk to Vyv to get 5,000 EXP and 25,000 gil.
Vyv is found by the pinball machines at the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, but he cannot be interacted with.
Vyv appears at the festival, tasking Noctis with taking pictures of various sights about the transformed Lestallum. The quests appear onto the map and to the quest list.