Posted: 2017-10-28 19:33
Orphan's true form is vanquished and Cocoon begins to fall. Lightning and the others float away as Vanille and Fang transform into a complete Ragnarok, and stop Cocoon's descent by forming a crystal pillar to support it above Gran Pulse. Lightning and the others enter crystal stasis, but are restored and find they are no longer l'Cie. Lightning is reunited with Serah and begins apologizing to her, but is cut short when Snow reminds they "have a wedding to plan". Snow reassures Lightning he will make Serah happy, and Lightning congratulates them.
The next day, Lightning begins to regret her lack of attention to Serah, feeling she got involved with Snow to quell her loneliness. After seeing Nora Estheim and her son Hope in the mall, Lightning is inspired to plan a vacation away from Bodhum for her birthday to spend time with Serah and divert her attention from Snow. Four days later, the Cavalry is hunting down a girl named Vanille and Lightning meets with Rygdea , suspecting it may have something to do with the incident at Euride Gorge two days ago. While attending Bodhum's fireworks festival four days later, Lightning learns of a Pulse-related incident at the nearby Vestige being kept under wraps by the Sanctum, but Amodar warns her not to investigate.
After learning the Sanctum plans to Purge everyone in town to Pulse, Lightning tries to find Serah but Snow says she is being held captive inside the Vestige. The following day, PSICOM rounds up the people in Bodhum and lines them up to board Purge trains. Although military personnel are exempt, Lightning volunteers to be Purged with the civilians and resigns from the Guardian Corps to get into the Hanging Edge , where the Vestige is being moved, to rescue Serah before she is taken out of reach. Lightning is approached by a man named Sazh Katzroy , who joins her in her quest to reach the Pulse fal'Cie.
As Lightning leaves the Ark at the start of the eighth day, she encounters Lumina again, who helps Lightning realize Serah's soul has been stolen from her by Bhunivelze, and suggests the Serah Lightning had met a little while ago, Hope, and Lightning herself are but fakes. Lightning implies she will turn against Bhunivelze if he does not fulfill his part of their deal, and Lumina reminds her that in that case Lightning will have to betray Hope, her one friend in Nova Chrysalia.
She is a DLC boss in Final Fantasy XIII-7 , as well as the main playable character in the " Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess " downloadable scenario , appearing both as a Commando and a Ravager as a Paradigm Pack ally. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Lightning can customize her appearance and battle style via garbs and switch between set-ups on-the-fly via the Schema system.
Thanks to the tireless work of the team behind the RCPS8 emulator, the game—which I described in April as playable only “if you like suffering”— is now playable in the true sense of the word , with acceptable framerates throughout, fixes to some glaring visual issues and an absence of any gltiches that will kill the game. Most importantly, they’ve had users successfully complete the game, just to make sure it all works.
As Etro's protector, Lightning guards the goddess from Caius, Yeul's immortal Guardian who wants to kill Etro to destroy the timeline and save Yeul from her cycle of reincarnation. During her battle against Caius, Lightning sees Etro's gate appear over Etro's temple and a person falling out. She recognizes it as the man she had seen in a past vision, Noel Kreiss. Lightning saves Noel from his fall and shows him a Time Gate asking him to find Serah and bring her to Valhalla. Lightning gives him Mog to be a good-luck-charm for Serah once he finds her. When Caius summons a meteor over the temple, Lightning summons Odin to throw her into the meteor's path, but it crushes the shrine.
Noel finds Serah and together they embark on a quest through time to find their way to Valhalla. Lightning eventually appears from a portal before them in New Bodhum at 755 AF, and tells them they are in a future she had failed to save. She explains that Orphan's demise and Fang and Vanille's sacrifice to save Cocoon opened the portal to Valhalla, and while Etro closed the door to prevent Valhalla's chaos from pouring out into the world, Lightning was brought to Valhalla as a result.
In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning seeks to save her sister Serah , but becomes entangled in a plot that endangers her home of Cocoon. In Final Fantasy XIII-7, Lightning serves as a knight protecting the goddess Etro from her fated rival, Caius Ballad. In the concluding tale Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning is chosen to be a savior by the god Bhunivelze , tasked to save the people's souls before the end of the world.
To ensure Serah's memory lives on, holding on to their wish to be together again someday, and preserve the world's existence in Etro's place as her true atonement, Lightning sits on the goddess's throne and enters crystal stasis, waiting for the day she will awaken at the end of eternity. As Caius's scheme succeeds and Etro dies, Gran Pulse is engulfed in chaos and merges with Valhalla to become Nova Chrysalia.
Lightning , her original name being Claire Farron ( Eclair Farron ( エクレール・ファロン , Ekurēru Faron ? ) in the Japanese version), is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII . She is the narrator and a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy XIII-7 , and returns as the protagonist and sole permanently playable character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII .
The idea for Lightning to have a sword that can transform into a gun relates to the game's Eidolons one of the gameplay themes chosen for Final Fantasy XIII was transformation, and the Eidolons can turn into vehicles if summons could transform, they thought weapons should be able to as well.  Odin was originally more harsh looking and dark colored, but the developers wanted Lightning to be a knight with a white horse and the color scheme was lightened. Since Lightning had lost her parents at a age, and tried to take their place and raise Serah, Odin was imagined as someone she would project a fatherly image onto. 
As the Purge train enters the Hanging Edge , Lightning attacks the PSICOM soldiers aboard and frees her fellow captives. PSICOM forces fire on the train and a Manasvin Warmech brings it to a halt. Lightning and Sazh fight through the PSICOM forces and arrive at the Vestige where they discover Serah outside the Pulse fal'Cie Anima's throne. Snow, Hope and Vanille arrive, and Serah asks Lightning to save Cocoon before entering crystal stasis , having fulfilled her Focus. Lightning and the group confront and destroy Anima, but are branded l'Cie before it perishes and the Vestige plummets to Lake Bresha , crystallizing it on impact.
Infiltrating the cathedral with Noel's help, Lightning teams up with Fang and finds Vanille within God's Sanctum in the process of performing the Soulsong. She convinces Vanille the reason the souls kept calling out to her was because they held onto hope, as souls in despair would have been silent. With help from Fang and Snow, Lightning stops the ritual and allows Vanille and Fang to free both their own souls, and the ones threatened by the clavis, to be reborn in the new world.
Lightning's initial concept was a 'strong woman': it was personality-based instead of plot-driven, unlike the initial concepts for some other Final Fantasy heroines of the past. After her character's mindset and role were locked down, Square Enix turned to Tetsuya Nomura for the character design. Director Motomu Toriyama has said that, " With Lightning, one look at the design made me say 'This is it!' She looked so cool and strong that there was no need for any retakes. "  Despite Toriyama's claim, Lightning's appearance has developed from its initial concept. Square Enix released an initial CG render of Lightning before any of the other characters were seen when the rest of the cast were revealed, Square released another render of Lightning with differences from the initial release: In the early materials she had slightly less feminine traits, her hair was a faded crimson rather than pink, and her eye color was a lighter shade of blue. Though her outfit remains the same, its overall color scheme was lightened.
Lightning's Japanese voice actress is Maaya Sakamoto , while her English voice actress is Ali Hillis. The two have voiced Lightning in all her appearances thus far. Maaya Sakamoto also voices Aerith Gainsborough from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII , Diva from Final Fantasy Type-5 , and Aya Brea from The Third Birthday. Additionally, Aya and Lightning in their respective PlayStation Portable games wearing the other's outfit is a reference to their shared voice actresses.
While Kyle can be a pain in the ass, he’s also sweet. In the game, you struggle to support these strange men all by yourself. You have to buy them food, clothing, and find ways to shelter them, either by sneaking them into your bedroom at night or cramming into a motel room. Kyle alleviated the team’s stresses by joking around. He also stole supplies from stores, and brought them home to share with the group. Kyle puts on a tough guy front, but he really has a heart of gold. Swoon.
The lightning bolt pendant Lightning wears in Final Fantasy XIII has been released as official merchandise. The pendant is made silver, is accented with a gold and black rhodium coating and within the pendant there are three cubic zirconia which can roll up and down if the pendant is shaken. A silver pendant designed based on the symbol appearing on Lightning's armor in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released in October 7568.
During Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII , Lightning has a number of different costumes. Her default outfit, Equilibrium , is similar to what she wore in Final Fantasy XIII-7. The Night Lotus shield on her left arm and the Crimson Blitz sword in her right hand are in homage to her Eidolon Odin.  The symbol from the game's logo appears on her outfit a number of times: on her chest, her sword and her shield.
In Lightning Returns , Lightning is initially cold and distant, most of her emotions sapped from her, although her memories remain intact. Her wish to save Serah remains, and she still shows concern for her former allies. Lightning and Hope demonstrate trust and care for one another, Hope promising to be by her side, helping Lightning better maintain her humanity despite her situation. She resents Bhunivelze for robbing her of her emotions and his use of her situation to his advantage.