Yugiri Mistwalker is a character from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, a female Au Ra Raen. Introduced in Patch 2.2, she is the leader of a group of refugees that fled from Doma to Eorzea. She is a Ninja.
Yugiri wears an all-concealing purple outfit with a veil, obscuring her Au Ra features. The only exposed part is her reptilian tail. Her true face (or for that matter, her race) was not revealed in her introduction and her being an Au Ra has not yet been acknowledged in-game (the information coming from the developers themselves), but her horns are discernible beneath her cowl.
She is not seen unmasked until at the end of the A Realm Reborn storyline. She has long black hair tied in a twin-tailed ponytail with prominent bangs, and side locks, much like a hime cut, as well as green eyes and fair skin. Her cheeks and neck show prominent scales connected to her horns, which are positioned laterally on the sides of her head above the ears. Her scales and horns are very light-colored, as is typical of an Au Ra Raen.
As leader of the Doman refugees, her main concern is finding aid for her people, despite the difficulties of getting an audience with the Syndicate to plead her case. Many of her fellow refugees note how she pushes herself for their cause. Due to the support vouched by Alphinaud and the Scions and the Seventh Dawn, she pledges her assistance out of gratitude. She attempts to maintain a calm, even temperament, although sometimes her bewilderment at certain aspects of Eorzea gets the better of her.
Yugiri is first seen on the docks in Vesper Bay, requesting to meet the leader to the bemused citizens in the village. Urianger overhears the commotion outside the Waking Sands and relays this to the other Scions, who request the Adventurer to investigate. Following her, the Adventurer finds her being turned away at the Royal Promenade of Ul'dah. Alphinaud arrives overhearing her story, and invites her and the Adventurer to discuss it at the Quicksand. She explains she's from a galleon of refugees of Doma, a vassal of Garlemald. A war of succession had recently broken out, implying the Emperor Solus has passed away. During the civil war, Doma attempted to revolt only to eventually be put down by other Garlean forces and razed as a warning to other nations—the survivors fleeing across the sea in galleons.
Using his connections, Alphinaud arranges a meeting with the Sultana and the Syndicate. While her plea for sanctuary is endorsed by Teledji Adeledji, it is ultimately declined by a majority vote due to lingering distrust of the Ala Mhigan refugees that had been invited years ago. Discussing the matter with Raubahn and Teledji Adeledji at the Hall of Flames, Alphinaud instead suggests they could be relocated to Revenant's Toll in Mor Dhona, which has ample room for refugees in exchange for frontier work. Telediji agrees to foot the bill for transporting them, while Minfilia makes arrangements with the Adventurer's Guild.
In gratitude for their support, Yugiri pledges her blade to the Scions' cause, and accompanies them to investigate the reawakening of Leviathan. During the confrontations with the Sahagin, she demonstrates a proficiency with blades that resembles Thancred's knife skills. Minfilia later confirms of Thancred's less savory history with Limsa Lominsa's underground where he learned his skills, and arranges for Yugiri (and the Adventurer) to meet with this shadowy guild. Intrigued, Yugiri promises to teach the Eorzeans her combat style, hoping to run a dojo someday.
When the Scions are betrayed by the Crystal Braves and framed for the assassination of Nanamo Ul Namo, Yugiri rescues Tataru and bring her to Camp Dragonhead in Coerthas to join up with the Adventurer and Alphinaud. In the process, her mask was torn off, revealing her face for the first time. She promises to use the resources of the Doman ninjas to assist the remaining Scions.
Creation and Development
- The line spoken by Yugiri when she first sees Leviathan, "Heavens forfend!" resembles a line spoken with Leviathan's appearance in the original trailer for Final Fantasy XIV.
- Because the Au Ra character models were not ready even for demonstration until December 2014, while patch 2.2 was released some nine months prior, on a technical level the model used to represent Yugiri in her appearances in patches 2.2 and 2.4 is actually that of a heavily-modified female Miqo'te, utilizing a custom-built tail, gloves, tunic and headpiece. The headpiece ensures no facial expressions are obvious, but the general posture, idle, and talk animations for Yugiri utilize the standard Miqo'te animation skeleton. Even with her face revealed, in 2.55 she's still using a Miqo'te skeleton and animations.
- The art released in December 2014 for the Au Ra features a different design for the tail compared to Yugiri's placeholder model, suggesting that some design changes for the Au Ra may have occurred between 2.2's release and the formal Au Ra reveal at Tokyo Fan Fest nine months later.
- A slight "flop" in Yugiri's horns was noted when she moved in 2.2 leading many to suspect they were ears rather than horns, and the Au Ra horns seen to date are rigid, including on Yugiri unmasked. It has since been fixed.