Recently, a translation of character bios were done based on information released in the latest Famitsu, along with a lot of information regarding XV from Tetsuya Nomura. Today, we bring to you the official English character bios, along with a little bit of insight on the character names (for those who didn’t already know):
Noctis Lucis Caelum: A childhood affliction endowed Noctis, heir apparent to the throne of Lucis, with the mystical power to see a heavenly light, through which he could sense others’ deaths. Noctis rejects rigid royal conventions and acts as somewhat of a renegade, much to the dismay of those who tend to him. Yet while “Noct” may act brash at times, he does so in defense of those loyal to him.
As has become common knowledge, Noctis Lucis Caelum roughly translates to “Light of the Night Sky” – Noctis meaning “of night” is a derivative of Nox (Night), Lucis meaning “of the light” from Lux (Light) and Caelum meaning “sky” or “heaven.”
Gladiolus Amicitia: As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown. “Gladio” shares a friendship with Noctis that transcends birth and title, and his loyalty to his liege is born not of duty, but of brotherhood.
Gladiolus derives from Gladius (Sword) taking on the meaning “little sword,” while Amicitia means “friendship” though it more often is used for “political friendship.” The use of Gladiolus over Gladius may refer to one who is “young” or “new” – the name altogether very likely references one who fights for the sake of friendship – in a “political” sense, one who fights to protect royalty (very much like his background).
Ignis Scientia: Ever the unwavering voice of reason, Ignis was weaned on shrewd logic and a classical education from boyhood so that he might one day counsel the would-be king, Noctis. He applies the deep mutual understanding and trust they have built over time to help smooth over Noctis’s brusqueness with others.
Ignis roughly translates to “burn” or “passion” while Scientia is generally used for “knowledge,” “science” or “skill” – the name is a very probable connotation to someone with a “burning passion for knowledge” befitting for a character who may play the role of tactician.
Prompto Argentum: The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause.
Prompto’s meanings vary quite differently in comparison to the others, able to translate to “ready,” “active,” “wide distribution” or “disposal” while Argentum means “silver.” The name together is likely an attempt to directly state “Quicksilver” as the gunner of the group. Seen often with a shotgun, the use of Prompto may also doubly refer to his weapon of choice in reference to “wide distribution” (the trajectory of shotgun shells) and “disposal.”
Cor Leonis: A living legend of Lucian lore, Lord Commander Cor Leonis’s devotion to the art of war is surpassed only by that to his king. Little love is lost between the ill-starred stalwart and Noctis’s retinue, yet honor binds him to keep watch over the group all the same.
The name Cor Leonis has actually been in use in Astronomy for a long time, being the name of one of the stars that make up the Zodiac constellation Leo. Cor is often used for “heart” while Leonis means “lion’s strength” in Old Germanic dialect. The name together is used specifically for the name of the star to mean “heart of the lion” and with the lion generally being the top of the animal kingdom, the “lion’s strength” is likely a preferred choice for someone experienced in the art of war.
Enjoy and let the speculations be elaborated!