Square Enix has debuted two new Final Fantasy 16 characters that are both connected to pretty significant summons (known in this game as Eikons).
Revealed in a blog post that accompanied a new trailer (below), Square Enix introduced Dion Lesage as Dominant (a summon host) of Bahamut and Barnabas Thatmr, Dominant of Odin.
Dion is the crown prince of the Holy Empire of Sanbreque, one of Final Fantasy 16’s six realms, and is also the leader of the Dragoons, its noblest order of knights. Combining his own abilities with the power of Bahamut, Dion is a lethal force in battle and is beloved by his people.
Final Fantasy 16’s Dion and Barnabas
This might not be the case throughout all of the game, however, as Square Enix alludes to a darker turn of events. “Shadows are gathering in the Empire,” it said, “and they may be enough to quell Bahamut’s light.”
Another ruler, Barnabas controls the Kingdom of Waloed but didn’t start in as high and mighty position as Dion. He “arrived on the shores of Ash as a wanderer with not land or title of his own. It was his skill with a blade that won him a kingdom,” Square Enix said.
Barnabas used the power of Odin to conquer the entire Eastern continent for himself, and despite now having a colossal army to do his bidding, he still wants to be at the heart of battle.
Square Enix is in the habit of introducing new characters alongside each trailer for Final Fantasy 16, unveiling Kupka and Harman (Dominants of Titan and Garuda respectively) back in June.
The latest trailer shed more light on the game’s overall story, seemingly centred around the land of Valisthea as its crystals slowly fade. It also shows off the aforementioned kingdoms in detail, including the Holy Empire of Sanbreque and Kingdom of Waloed.
Final Fantasy 16 is now playable from start to finish but Square Enix’s all-star development team are taking until summer next year to get everything right. We’re slowly but surely learning more about it, however, including its non-open world map, how summons work, and the name of its most popular puppy character.
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