Stalwart

Companionship

Cyan isn't a very social fellow, but he can't help forming bonds with the Returners and those he meets in his travels. Shared experiences and personality traits are important to relationships, so we examine these as well. We'll meet these folks in the same order Cyan does.

Elayne and Owain: Cyan is warm and open with his family. They're the only ones who can tease him for his various affectations, and they never seem to quarrel. Father and son share touching moments - fishing, fencing - and its clear Owain is to follow in the warrior's path. Husband and wife are loyal and loving. These two aren't given a chance to become distinct individuals, killed by Kefka and seen mainly in ghostly form, but one can see why they mean so much to Cyan, and how their love is his redemption.

General Leo Cristophe: Leo was supposed to lead the attack on Doma, and Cyan would have found him an honorable opponent. He tells Kefka not to poison the castle, though Kefka does it anyway. Cyan would no doubt wish the change of command had not been ordered. He attends the general's funeral in Thamasa.

Kefka Palazzo: Cyan understandably loathes this insane clown of a general, who single-handedly and senselessly destroyed his kingdom. A gleeful joker, Kefka serves as a dramatic foil for the serious samurai, though both are intense and driven. Cyan is fortunate to find those who share his contempt for Kefka, and channel his rage into a productive strategy. The mad general remains a solo act, needing no one, until perhaps the final curtain.

Sabin Rene Figaro: This martial artist is Cyan's best friend within the party, although you wouldn't know it from their constant banter. Sabin, who left his kingdom and the burden of responsibility, leads a carefree life. He finds Cyan, still acting as a retainer and an old-fashioned gentleman, quite a riot. But Sabin is sympathetic to Cyan's plight and convinces the warrior that his one-on-one fights are useless. Sabin then recruits Cyan to the Returners. Cyan owes him gratitude for this, and for keeping his ineptitude with machinery a secret, then fending off ghosts, and restraining Gau... somewhat.

Gau: This feral child, raised on the Velt, is the greatest contrast to Cyan. He is a child, uncivilized, cheerful and flippant, and the aged, mannered, and reserved samurai doesn't know what to make of him. Gau christens Sabin "Mr. Thou," after Cyan's favorite pronoun. While Sabin acts like an older brother to the kid, Cyan displays little affection, but is the one to extend the invitation to join the party. Perhaps Cyan is reminded of his own, recently-departed son, yet there is little interaction after their initial meeting.

Celes Chere: Cyan holds an obvious grudge towards the former Imperial general for her actions, and refuses to trust her at first. While this might not seem nice on Cyan's part, he does have some right to be suspicious. Note that the Returners do tend to trust too easily; consider the banquet scene. Celes is taken aback by his hostility, but tells him to see for himself where her loyalty lies. Cyan does eventually seem to realize that, like himself, Celes was a victim. While both are military commanders, Celes's rank within the Imperial Army and reliance on military technology and magic kept her from the front lines. She also hates war. Cyan is stimulated by it, and charges head-on into the opposing armies, inspiring others to do the same. Both Cyan and Celes, now rebels, have to adopt subtler tactics than before.

Terra Branford: Since Terra's life has been similar to Celes's, Cyan doesn't take kindly to her presence either. But he is less harsh with her, and seems to support her after a time. He may forgive her more easily on learning she was under Kefka's direct mental control, through the slave crown. Shy, thoughtful, and perceptive, she seems like someone with whom Cyan might get along. She's also young enough to be his daughter, and he sometimes acts fatherly and protective towards the whole party.

Locke Cole: From here on we're restricted to short speculations, since Cyan is not paired too often with the rest of the characters. (Unless you pair them in a party.) With dashing thief - sorry, treasure hunter Locke, Cyan would share a strong sense of chivalry, and his love of antiques. (Though Locke's are hardly acquired in an honourable manner.) Locke too feels responsible for letting a loved one die, but since the two are at different ages and stages of life they don't seem to connect. Their dialogues probably would run similarly to Cyan and Sabin's, lighthearted jabs masking deeper feelings they'd not care to discuss.

Edgar Roni Figaro: Cyan has served a king for many years, but not one who was anything like this playboy and engineer. Though his manner with women would not seem chilvarious, the samurai probably admires his skill with machines. How he would react in Edgar's servitude is not known, but in the Returners they are equals.

Setzer Gabbiani: Cyan is the physical opposite of the lithe, vaguely effeminate gambler and airship pilot Setzer. While Setzer is more serious than Sabin and Edgar, he also states that "the best thing in life is being free of obligation... otherwise you lose your ability to gamble." Cyan finds freedom distressing, and hates uncertainty. The samurai, now without a kingdom, might find guidance later on from one who relishes the life of the wanderer.

Shadow: When we first meet Cyan, he states his name and position. Shadow, by contrast, doesn't even disclose his real name. As a mercenary, he hardly fights in the name of honour, though like so many in this cast, he is haunted by the past. Though accompanying Sabin when he meets Cyan, the samurai and the ninja never speak. But then, neither one is the type to form attachments.

Others: Strago, the party's other senior citizen, is not nearly as virile as Cyan; no one would call Cyan "old fuddy-duddy." The child Relm is probably treated similarly to Gau; that is, ignored. Mog, Gogo, Ugogo, have no personalities or dialogue. ("Kupo!" not withstanding.) Emperor Gesthal is equally bland. And that's the whole lot.