Caius Ballad Dec 16, 2012 22:25:41 GMT -6
Post by Caius Ballad on Dec 16, 2012 22:25:41 GMT -6
"Loose yourself in battle, and rejoice!"
Custom Title: Immortal Guardian
Age: late Twenties
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Home World: Gran Pulse
Alignment: Himself / The Timeline / Yuel
Job: Guardian of the Timeline
...Appearance and Personality...
Appearance Caius is a very tall, slender man with tanned skin and has purple eyes, long straight purple hair adorned with feathers and tribal beads, and wears a long, purple bandanna. He wears form-fitting black and purple armor that bears a strong resemblance to Bahamut, or Chaos Bahamut, with dark boots lined with white fur. He carries a large sword with an eye in the hilt that emanates a purple flame after it opens.
Likes: To be alone, with Yuel counts, being the Guardian of the Timeline
Dislikes: Being Immortal, people who mess with time, people that do not belong
Personality: Caius is a very one sided man. Either you are with him or you are not, there is no in between. There are few exceptions to this rule of his. He places a lot of confidence in himself to get any job done. Caius comes off to be very hardcore and will not stop until a task is finished. He places faith in very few people around him. Motto: Things don't get done right unless you do it yourself. And he really believes in that, it's not a simple task but he does well with it.
There was a time when you thought he had a heart, but things change, they always change. He is not a lover to anyone and he plans to keep it that way. Maybe its because he does not want to hurt them, in any case he most likely would.
History: Starting in 3 AF, Caius watches over Noel and Serah's progress alongside different incarnations of Yeul. Noel and Serah are time travelers trying to find Lightning and prevent a bleak future, but every change in the timeline they make causes Yeul to witness the changes, thus shortening her lifespan. As a seeress, she is forbidden from influencing the timeline to save herself, and Caius, as her Guardian, follows suit.
In 200 AF, Caius reveals himself to Noel and Serah during their visit to Oerba. Noel is shocked to meet Caius, as he mistakes this Caius for the one he once knew in 700 AF, although this is still in Caius's future. Revealing that Yeul had told him of their actions across time, believing them to have been the cause of the temporal anomalies that threaten the timeline, Caius states his intention to punish them. Telling a defiant Noel that he is not the man he once knew, Caius is prepares to deal the final blow before Yeul intervenes, saying that time has already been changed. Caius kneels before her, asking if they can accept it, to which Yeul gives a silent nod. Caius tells her they should go in order to not see the future any further, opening a portal for the two of them to depart through.
Caius takes Yeul to Augusta Tower upon her request, and he allows her to meet with Noel and Serah in private and reveal his nature as her immortal Guardian. Yeul helps Noel and Serah by giving them an artefact that opens a Time Gate to the Proto fal'Cie Adam, and tells them they have the power to restore the timeline. Noel and Serah set out to change the future, and the subsequent change in the timeline causes Yeul to have another vision, which kills her.
Caius picks up the flower Yeul had dropped and then her body, shedding tears and saying he will carry her pain in his heart. Caius laments on how her life was short, just as all the other Yeuls he had known over the years, and carries away her body.
Two-hundred years later in the city of Academia, Noel and Serah are surrounded by countless Cie'th and approached by Caius, who claims they were killed in Augusta Tower after having learned of the "forbidden history," and because they stand before him alive and well, he accuses the two of being paradoxes. Noel finds Caius's behavior to be unlike him, after which Caius summons several Cie'th and leaves Noel and Serah to fight them. Noel and Serah pursue Caius throughout the city, eventually learning from a Yeul who perishes after an attack from an Undying that the Caius they were chasing was not the real Caius and that he was never in the city to begin with.
By 700 AF, Caius is among the last remaining humans in the world and Noel is born in the Farseer tribe. Seeing that Noel is the one with the potential to free him from his curse, Caius takes the boy under his wing to serve as Yeul's protector. If everything goes according to Caius's plan, Noel will able to destroy the Heart of Chaos inside of him and kill Etro. Without the goddess, the chaos of the Unseen World will break free and flow into the physical world, ceasing the flow of time and freeing Yeul.
Upon learning that Noel had defeated a Behemoth on his own, Caius acknowledges the boy is ready to become the one true Guardian and tells Noel he must kill him just as Caius had once killed his predecessor. Refusing to succeed him that way, Noel tells Caius about his plan of going on a journey with Yeul to find other people so she will not be lonely anymore. Caius reprimands him, saying it is a futile dream.
After revealing that his death and Etro's demise are the only way Yeul can be saved from her cursed fate, Noel's continued refusal to kill him forces Caius to drive Noel to the point where he has to fight. Defeating Noel, Caius sees that the boy is not strong enough kill him as he is now. Caius leaves for Valhalla after telling Noel that Yeul's feelings over his actions mean nothing to him, only that she will be free upon Etro's death. With the Heart of Chaos, Caius finds his way to the Unseen Realm of Valhalla where Etro resides, this being the first time he abandons Yeul as her Guardian.
From Valhalla, a realm without time or death, Caius sees every era and every possibility in the timeline. While he cannot time travel, he sends messages to his past self from the Unseen Realm. Using the knowledge of foresight he has obtained over the centuries, Caius creates a series of paradoxes to shape the timeline and create the right circumstances to execute his plan to force Etro's Gate to open so the chaos of Valhalla can enter Gran Pulse. As elaborated in Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega, Caius is well aware that his creating paradoxes across the timeline shortens Yeul's life, but his plan is to destroy the world in a way that minimizes the adverse effects his time-changing has on her. When Serah and Noel solve the paradoxes the possibilities of the future broaden, but at the same time, Caius proceeds to cut them down. Because of Caius's desire to reduce the number of possibilities for the future to the point where only the world's inevitable destruction remains, he allows Serah and Noel to solve the paradoxes, as the world is still heading towards its doom. Caius knows the world will end in 700 AF anyway, and he wants to ease Yeul's suffering by destroying the world sooner than it is meant to happen.
While Caius's plans of creating paradoxes across the timeline are unraveling, he is simultaneously trying to kill Etro as she sleeps in her shrine. The goddess is being protected by Lightning, a warrior who was brought to Valhalla by waves of chaos and became Etro's champion. Unknown to both, the battle they wage in Valhalla is an endless loop, continuing for an eternity.
Back in the Dying World, Yeul dies in Noel's arms, and she passes on to Valhalla. Noel believes he is the last human in the world, and prays to Etro to give him the power of chaos to follow Caius to Valhalla. Caius lays Yeul's lifeless body to rest in the waters off Valhalla's shore and she disperses into light. A saddened Caius asks if she never asked for this kind of eternity. He sees Yeul's implanted vision of Cocoon crashing into Gran Pulse and Etro's shrine. Enraged, he summons a swarm of Pantopoda and other Rift Beasts to challenge Lightning to a battle. Caius's army is countered by her summoned army of monsters and Eidolons. Though he gets frozen by the Shiva sisters, Caius breaks free and grabs Nix before throwing her into Stiria. As Caius sees Lightning riding Odin towards him, he conjures a barrage of comets to counterattack.
After Lightning dodges Caius's onslaught, he sends a blade of energy towards her. Lightning deflects his attack and they meet face-to-face. Caius admits he is impressed by Lightning's strength before they cross swords. Caius grabs Lightning's gunblade and aims it directly at the Heart of Chaos inside of him, which begins to glow. When Lightning backs away in shock, Caius transforms into Chaos Bahamut and sends Lightning flying over Valhalla. Lightning remounts Odin and she and Caius continue their duel as he chases her and Odin along the beach and into the city. Lightning slashes him from behind, but Caius promptly returns with a head-on surprise attack.
After Odin saves Lightning, Caius returns to his human form. He fires magic projectiles at Lightning, but she sends them back at him. They continue to clash in a gravity field he creates with his power over chaos. Caius states that oblivion is the fate of all things and calls Lightning a worthy opponent before she takes him down, and he gets buried under a pile of rubble. Noel falls from the sky of Valhalla through Etro's Gate, the goddess having answered his prayer. Lightning saves Noel and Caius emerges from the rubble as Chaos Bahamut and continues to engage her in an aerial dogfight over Valhalla and summons a meteor above Etro's shrine. Lightning asks Noel to bring her sister, Serah, to Valhalla, and sends him through a Time Gate to New Bodhum in 3 AF, where Noel and Serah will begin their quest to find Lightning and save the future as travelers through time.
Learning of Lightning's gambit, Caius takes advantage of Alyssa Zaidelle, whose extended life is a paradox, in Academia 4XX AF. Caius has Alyssa give a booby-trapped artefact to Noel and Serah, and when the two use the artefact to open a Time Gate, they get separated in the Historia Crux and end up somewhere within the Void Beyond. Caius goes after Noel first, stabbing him in the back to release Noel's chaos before placing him in a dream world where Noel relives his past. Caius creates an illusion of Yeul to talk to Serah before personally engaging her in battle.
Caius admits he is impressed by Serah's strength and reveals how Etro's interference with the events of the Day of Ragnarok caused a time distortion that cut Yeul's life short. Revealing his goal to her, Caius impales Serah from behind, releasing her chaos as well as she enters her dream world. Believing himself to be free from the time travelers' interference, Caius journeys back to Valhalla and continues his battle against Lightning.
Catching her off guard after she sees a vision of Serah dying from her Eyes of Etro, Caius strikes Lightning down. Before he can deal the finishing blow, Lightning is swallowed by chaos. Yeul's spirit summons Caius to fight Lightning in both his human and Chaos Bahamut forms, but Lightning emerges victorious. Caius goes to Academia 500 AF to proceed with the mass genocide of the new Cocoon's populace that will force Etro's Gate to open. Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega scenario interview with Toriyama and Watanabe reveals that Academia 500 AF was so badly affected by chaos that Caius was able to come back there from Valhalla.
Serah and Noel escape their respective dream worlds and pursue Caius to Academia 500 AF. As they approach the Academy's headquarters, Caius transforms into Chaos Bahamut and swoops at them before flying off towards Hope Estheim's new Cocoon, but Serah and Noel catch up to him atop an airship piloted by Sazh Katzroy. After the initial battle, Caius reverts to his human form, telling Serah he is impressed by her determination to change the future despite she not surviving to see it due to being a seeress like Yeul. After fighting Serah and Noel atop the airship, Caius strikes Serah down and prepares to kill her, but Noel comes to her rescue.
Caius remarks Noel would have made a worthy Guardian and says everything he ever did, he did for Yeul. Believing the Yeuls being born only to die young is meaningless and cruel, Caius reaffirms he will stop at nothing to free them even if reality itself must be destroyed to achieve it. Sazh flips the airship vertically, sending Caius flying and allowing Noel and Serah to strike him in midair. Caius transforms into Chaos Bahamut and flies into a wormhole that opens in the sky.
As Noel and Serah descend into Valhalla after Caius, and they are caught by Odin in Gestalt Mode. As the Eidolon carries them across the dark sky, Caius blasts them down and continues their battle on the beach, where he has the field advantage due to the surrounding chaos. Refusing to face defeat, Caius tells Serah and Noel they cannot kill him. As Noel asks Caius why he believes causing mass-destruction will make Yeul happy, Caius asks which one he is referring to, since he has known and protected many Yeuls throughout the years and each of them was her own person regardless of being a reincarnation of the same being.
Noel attempts to convince Caius that Yeul continued to be reborn out of her own will and she kept coming back to see him again. Caius does not listen, and he and his former pupil trade blows for a time before Noel slashes him across the chest. Caius falls and uses the chaos of Valhalla to transform into Jet Bahamut that launches a ball of fire at Noel and Serah sending them falling into a bottomless abyss beneath Valhalla's waves of chaos. The two are saved by Lightning, who sends them to the battlefield where the two must defeat Jet Bahamut, along with his supporters, Garnet Bahamut and Amber Bahamut.
Having lost the final battle, a weakened Caius returns to his human form and falls to his hands and knees on Valhalla's shoreline. He tells Noel that if it is truly his fault that Yeul keeps being reborn, he must be killed for her sake. When Noel refuses, Caius attempts to provoke him by claiming he had killed Lightning and condemned her to an eternal slumber. He says that since time does not flow in Valhalla, the "things that shall happen" in their future have "already been decided" in his past, and knows exactly how their encounter will end. When Noel refuses to give in, Caius is impressed with the youth's value of life, yet provokes him by attacking Serah. Noel disarms Caius and lunges at him with his sword.
Though Noel stops himself from killing Caius at the last second, Caius takes Noel's blade forces it through his chest, destroying the Heart of Chaos. The chaos within the dying Caius's body erupts into the sky and Caius fades away. Upon returning to Pulse in 500 AF, Serah has a final vision through the Eyes of Etro and dies in Noel's arms. After Noel's sword destroyed the Heart of Chaos within Caius, the goddess Etro was also killed, which unleashes the chaos of Valhalla into the Mortal Realm and connects Gran Pulse and Valhalla.
As revealed in the secret ending, "The Goddess is Dead", a revived Caius sits on Etro's throne in the Void Beyond. Final Fantasy XIII-2 scenario interview suggests that even though Caius's physical body was destroyed, he can live on through chaos. Caius states that no matter where Noel and Serah's journey took them, the alternate timelines converged and concluded with Etro's death and the two were helping him achieve his goal. Telling Yeul they are free of their respective curses and can begin anew in a world without the goddess Etro, Caius digs his sword into the ground, summoning chaos to commence the end of time. As a curious detail, Caius's eye briefly glows red in the secret ending; the same effect happened during his fight against Lightning in the game's intro when she came close to striking his Heart of Chaos.
(credit to FF Wiki)
Abilities: Eye of Bahamut, Body and Soul, Heart of Chaos and Blast Wave
Summons: Chaos Bahamaut
Strengths: He is very determined in completing his goals.
He is strong when in battle, and puts up a more than decent fight.
He uses his Summons very well and works good with Chaos Bahamut. (Even though is it not really a summons)
Weaknesses: He does not like to be the one that is being chased.
His magic is desirable, but his swordsman skills and non-elemental magic compensate.
He is does not like to show emotion.
Weapon Eye of Bahamut
...Out of Character...
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