Yura and the other young espers wanted to do something for their friends who'd been turned to magicite, they gathered at the gate when Terra comes to plea to the espers for help in defeating the Empire on the other side of the gate. When the gate opened, the moment they stepped outside of the esper world, they completely lost control of their powers. They go berserk, and attack Kefka Palazzo, who was sent to ambush Terra and her group in front of the gate. The espers eventually attack Vector, the imperial capital. As they are trying to leave, they attack the Blackjack.
Yura leads the espers to the Espers' Gathering Place where Yura is found by Terra, and senses that she has similar abilities to his own. She convinces the espers that the Empire is willing to talk peace, and Yura represents the espers in negotiations with general Leo of the Empire in the nearby village of Thamasa. The peace agreement is a trap set by Kefka and Gestahl to acquire more magicite. Kefka invades Thamasa and crystallizes Yura and the rest of the espers into magicites.
- There's a similar looking esper who guards the gate during Terra's flashback, it is unknown if these two characters are suppose to be the same entity. Although, this character doesn't have any name when spoken to as Maduin and he gets captured by Gestahl's forces when they first arrive in the esper world.
- Yura is one of two espers that has a unique field sprite for an esper, but he cannot be obtained as a magicite so he can't be summoned by the player.
- In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Yura is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the Red Mage job.