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Lulu (Final Fantasy X)

Lulu

(Final Fantasy X)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Final Fantasy is a loose series of role-playing video games. It is hugely successful and has come to embody the main Japanese school of CRPG  design. This profile is about the tenth opus, Final Fantasy X, which used much more modern technology than its predecessors.

If you don’t know about the setting, please read our primer about Final Fantasy X.

For statting purposes this writeup assumes that she made it to the end of the game with her ultimate weapon and only maxed out her sphere grid area in the original US release of the game.


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Background

  • Real Name: Lulu.
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed parents (deceased), Wakka (husband), Vidina (son).
  • Group Affiliation: Lady Yuna’s Guardians, previously Lady Ginnem’s Guardians and Father Zuke’s Guardians.
  • Base Of Operations: Island of Besaide, Spira.
  • Height: 5’7″ Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Lulu is a highly experienced Guardian. She has protected Summoners on three separate pilgrimages, even though the first ended in disaster and the second failed..

In the realm of Final Fantasy she would be classed as a Black Mage. This means that she is physically weak, but possesses an endless array of offensive magic capabilities as well as some support abilities. She is also adept at dodging attacks.


Description

Lulu is a beautiful full figured woman with long intricately braided jet black hair, brown eyes, and a ghostly white complexion. She also has several beauty moles to subtly accentuate her beauty.

She typically dresses in an intricate elegant and very low-cut strapless revealing dress. The bust line has is adorned with fur and the dress is long sleeved and the hem touches the ground.


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At the front there is an intricate interweaving of various belts that teasingly reveal a bit of leg here and there as well as a garter on her left leg. She also wears various pieces of jewelry particularly in her hairstyle and around her neck. Her appearance gives her a somewhat mod-retro Victorian gothic feel.

Her character was designed as a cross between a FF Black Mage and a fashion model to help establish her as an individual and interesting character and not the typical stuffy Black Mages in FF who usually wear dark blue robes and straw hats.

On a further note about her appearance the three female playable characters each represent a different form of beauty from a Japanese cultural point of view. Specifically, Lulu’s appearance is that of mature sexual beauty. Much like many of the hostess in clubs in Japan she is a cultured mature woman with a rather tragic past who still wishes to uphold her duty.

Thus, if FFX were made into a live action movie then Lulu would be the most likely to be portrayed as a foreigner, as the other two female characters (Yuna and Riku) fulfill more traditional roles more inherent to the culture.

Lulu’s blend of capable woman and intricate fashionable costume make her one of the more exotic characters who succeeded in breaking the mold of tradition in the FF universe.


Personality

Lulu is a tragic character who comes off as analytical, cold, detached and aloof. She generally keeps her feelings to herself and keeps character interaction to a minim. She is also cool under almost any circumstances. However this does not mean that she will not assert her authority when she deems it necessary.

Quite often she quietly takes a back seat and only speaks up when she feels it is important. Most of the other characters in the party will listen to her when she speaks and are even to some degree intimidated by the force of her personality.

Lulu is actually a beautiful person on the inside though. It’s just that she has lost her parents at an early age, her beloved later in life, and failed twice in her duties as a Guardian. Therefore she finds it very difficult to have a positive outlook in life. However due to tact and formal cordiality she does make an excellent diplomat or negotiator.


Quotes

Lulu: “The Calm Lands. Long ago, the high summoners fought Sin here. The road ends here. Beyond, there’s no towns, no villages. Only endless plains.”
Auron: “Many summoners stray from their path and lose their way here.”

Tidus: “Who was that ?”
Lulu: “Until half a year ago, he was a summoner. Wakka and I were his guardians.”
Wakka: “It was kind of a short pilgrimage.”
Lulu: “He gave up halfway. Here, on this plain. Now, he is a monk at the Bevelle temple. This is my third pilgrimage as a guardian.”

Wakka: “Hey. This where…?”
Tidus: “Where what ?”
Lulu: “The summoner I guarded on my first pilgrimage… died here.”

Lulu: “It is… It’s you, is it not, Lady Ginnem ? Forgive me. I was too young. There is no human left in you now, is there ? Very well, then. Allow me to perform my last duty to you. My last as your guardian.”


DC Universe History

Incorporating elements of the FFX universe into DC would be strange. So it would be better to keep with the general theme of the character. She could be a mystical body guard with the same tragic past who has failed to prevent the death of an important character on an important quest; and is currently seeking to make amends by protecting another important character on another important quest.

The time warp thing shouldn’t be a problem as she could come from almost any era of the past.

As far as real world nationality would go I’d make her western European (French or British perhaps). The London occult scene seems a bit to bleak and gritty for a high fashion fantasy girl though. That and she’s not likely to “meld” well with some of the other characters such as Constantine or Zed.

Why not make her from Fairy ? Maybe she was abducted by Puck (the Shakespearian one). Or maybe this FF world could be a Skerry in the Dreaming ?


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Lulu

Dex: 06 Str: 01 Bod: 03 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 07 Wil: 07 Min: 08 Occupation: Guardian
Inf: 08* Aur: 10 Spi: 12 Resources {or Wealth}: 06
Init: 022 HP: 100

Powers:
Damage Absorption*: 03, Sorcery (1): 12, Sorcery (2): 12

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy Absorption can Adrenaline Surge up to 8APs. Once AS is at 8APs Lulu is free to use Fury. See below.
  • Sorcery has minor burnout (-1) and can only be used for purposes of attack meaning that whatever power she chooses to manifest as an offensive attack. Energy Blast and the like would be the most obvious uses. She could also use Fabricate to create a kitchen sink to drop on her opponent, but she could not use Fabricate to manifest a kitchen sink and have it just sit there (-2).
  • Sorcery 1 and 2 can be used in the same round without penalty. However they cannot be used to enhance each other or establish any sort of chain or combo attack. Enemies simply get hit with two combat spells in the same round. These spells can be used to attack the same or separate targets. (Editor’s note: Although this is horrendously abusive this is the way to balance out the Double Cast ability she gets in the game which is more or less balanced by the time you get it – at least in most cases…).

Skills:
Acrobatics (Dodging)*: 06; Animal Handling (Riding): 03, Occultist (Occult knowledge, rituals)*: 08

Connections:
Yuna and her guardians (High, powerful), Father Zuke (High), Wakka (High), Temples of Spira (Low).

Genre:
Mock Real (epic fantasy).

Advantages:
Popularity.

Drawbacks:
Dependent (Vidina, son).

Rituals:

  • Focus
    Effect:
    Magic Shield: 05, Power Reserve: 05.
    Necessary Components: None.
    Casting Time: 0APs.
    Bonuses: Usable on self and others. Bonuses stack if used consecutively (up to five times).
    Limitations: Can only be used in combat and is only in effect when until the end of the battle. This ritual will only give Lulu and her two nearest teammates Magic Shield: 5 each and +1 to all magical abilities (stackable with any other bonuses received +3FC).

  • Reflex
    Effect:
    Enchantment: 05, Power Reserve: 01.
    Casting Time: 0APs.
    Bonuses: Usable on self and others. Bonuses stack if used consecutively (up to five times).
    Limitations: Can only be used in combat and is only in effect when until the end of the battle. Only enhances Dex based OV against physical attacks by 1 and only affects Lulu and her two nearest teammates.

Equipment:

  • Onion Knight (see below).
  • Shaman Bangle [BODY 12, Invulnerability: 12, Regeneration: 03, Enhanced Initiative: (automatically linked to the wearers Dex), Skin Armor: (automatically linked to the users Bod)  Bonuses & Limitations: Invulnerability is only usable by others and automatically occurs along with Regeneration if a team member is knocked out (+5FC)].

Cry me a river

Onion Knight is a small doll that Lulu carries. It looks like a cute cartoon style humanoid onion with goofy armor. Go figure…

Dex: 03 Str: 01 Bod: 12
/SPI/: 25

Powers:
Adrenaline Surge: 08, Shrinking: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Adrenaline Surge can only be used on the user’s Sorcery.
  • Misc. Effects: While in possession of this doll it negates any limitations on the user’s offensive Sorcery capabilities as well as any mystical bashing damage that the user would receive from use of Sorcery.
  • Shrinking is innate and always on (-1FC).

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

Once Lulu has gathered 8APs of Adrenaline Surge she is free to use her special attack Fury. Lulu rolls 2D10 (do NOT reroll doubles) and that is the number of 6AP Sorcery attack spells that she gets to use that round. Before rolling though she must declare what Attack Power she wishes to make use of.

She must use all spells rolled in that round regardless of whether she rolls 2 or 18 (double 00s means she gets no spells) all spells are resolved normally (yes this a lot of dice rolling) and have a Lack of Control (-1) CS penalty. If Lulu rolls double 00s she may take no other action for that round.

This is an extremely powerful and extremely dangerous attack used only against the strongest of enemies or in the most dire of situations.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Final Fantasy X.

Helper(s): Wikipedia, KalEl Vigilante, Gavin Turnbull, Sébastien Andrivet.

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