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Deborah Hawkins, penned Debra Renée Byrd, began writing after a blank book project in elementary school and never stopped, fashioning stories based on her favorite TV shows and movies before creating more original works. She studied at the University of the Arts and Florida State University before settling down and graduating from Temple University. She now resides in her hometown of Dover, DE, where she spends most of her time at work or at church. She loves fantasies, superheroes, is a trekkie and a brown coat. She loves television and lives for Final Fantasy video games, having collected most of them. She has read a myriad of authors, and her favorite authors change whenever she finds a new book that changes her life... "When you can't run, you crawl. When you can't crawl...well, you know the rest." -Tracey, Firefly, "The Message"

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A to Z Challenge: Nanaki from Final Fantasy VII

We are in the second half of the challenge! How is everyone coming along?

As stated 13 times before, I am using the challenge this year to geek out on Final Fantasy. 26+ characters from my favorite games for you to enjoy. As we are now at N, who better to talk about than Final Fantasy's Nanaki!

Introduced to us first as a beast added to Aeris's lab tank after she's kidnapped by SHINRA Inc., we meet Nanaki as Red XIII, the name Hojo gave him as a specimen. He was trying to interbreed him with Aeris (gross), but they both got out safely. Nanaki joins the team and takes us to his grandfather, who not only shows us that the mining and manufacturing of materia is killing the planet, but that Nanaki's father, whom Nanaki thought deserted their people during a crucial time in war, actually saved the townspeople by fighting their enemies until their poison spears turned him to stone. His body remains perched roaring at the entrance to their land.

As seen in FFVII: Advent Children
Nanaki is a teenager to his people, but if I recall, he's at least a hundred years old. He's a very mature creature, a voice of reason at times, especially with the motley crew we have in this game. I just love his design.

Tomorrow, we travel around with Final Fantasy X's Oaka XXIII.

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