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Xezat Matias Surgate, also known as Zeza,[2] is a non-player character in Final Fantasy V. He is one of the four Dawn Warriors. Hailing from Surgate of Galuf's world, a castle home to many scholars, Xezat is crafty and resourceful.

History[]

The Dawn Warriors sealing Exdeath.

Xezat was one of the Dawn Warriors alongside Galuf Halm Baldesion, Dorgann Klauser, and Kelger Vlondett. Thirty years prior to Final Fantasy V, the Dawn Warriors chased Exdeath to Bartz's world, but were unable to destroy him. As such, they agreed to seal Exdeath in a cave in Bartz's world, with Dorgann remaining behind to watch over it.[3] Xezat was fond of a song written in the books of the Surgate Castle library.[4]

In Final Fantasy V, when Exdeath deployed a barrier around Castle Exdeath, Xezat hatched a plan to disable it: by deploying his fleet as a diversion to distract Exdeath, he could then use a submarine to reach the barrier tower from below and destroy it, deactivating the barrier. When the Light Warriors, three new warriors includign Galuf, met Xezat, he greeted them warmly, excited upon learning Bartz Klauser was Dorgann's son. The Light Warriors joined Xezat's plan, though Exdeath got the jump on the fleet, with Gilgamesh leading a skirmish against the fleet.[5]

Nonetheless, the plan proceeded successfully, with Gilgamesh beaten. Xezat used the submarine to transport the others to the barrier tower, where he would destroy the generator downstairs to cut the power and allow the Light Warriors destroyed the antenna. Keeping in touch using whisperweed, the plan was successful, though Xezat was trapped underground when the antenna was destroyed, leaving him for dead. Galuf refused to accept Xezat's death and needed to be knocked out by Bartz to be made to leave, though Xezat accepted his death, having known the risks and preferring that he die in place of one of the warriors chosen by the crystals.[6]

When the party faced Exdeath in the Interdimensional Rift, the warlock engulfed them with the Void. The spirit of Xezat, together with those of the other three Dawn Warriors and King Alexander Highwind Tycoon, helped the party escape, allowing them to defeat Exdeath once and for all.[7]

Characteristics[]

Appearance[]

Artwork by Toshitaka Matsuda.

Xezat has blond hair. He sports a beard and a mustache. In his official Yoshitaka Amano artwork, he wears a blue and white full body armor and has his sword sheathed by his left leg. His helmet features two horns. In his field sprite, his armor and helmet is mostly of the light shade of green.

Personality[]

Hailing from Surgate, a castle of scholars, Xezat is cunning and resourceful, seen when he successfully executed his plan emplying misdirection against Exdeath, and provided the submarine.[6] He is of humble nature, never getting accustomed to life as King. He instead refers to himself as the swordsman, Xezat.[5] He places his full trust on the party when he asks them to destroy the Barrier Tower protecting Castle Exdeath with him.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy XIV[]

An Auri man resembling Xezat, currently just referred to as "Rational Youth," appears alongside the game's version of Galuf and two others resembling the Dawn Warriors.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Xezat is a playable character who could be initially recruited during the Challenge Event Warriors of Dawn - Enduring Bonds as a First Time Reward for completing the event's Barrier Tower stage.

Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Xezat appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Ice-elemental Forward cards.

Other media[]

In Final Fantasy XII, a Resistance airship aarrier, Xezat Surgate, is named after Xezat from Final Fantasy V.

In the GBA/PSP/iOS remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Zeza is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the Warrior Job.

Xezat, along with the other Dawn Warriors, has a trophy/achievement named after him in Final Fantasy XIII, "Xezat's Chalice".

Citations[]

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