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Last Cycle - Fi
Posted 22 hours ago
So what follows is really rough - any/all of this could change, but I kind of want to just stream of conscious some half-formed thoughts and see if anything comes of it.
SPOILERS for Fi…if those count as spoilers…
So I am happy with what I said in a previous post about Fi mechanically (sentinel, posessing Master Sword, generations worth of upgrades to the sword have restored her to most of her previous glory), but now I need to start fleshing her out in terms of her personality.
I do want her to be recognizably Fi, to an extent, but I have so many issues with the way she was presented in SS, PLUS it’s not like the game gave me a lot to go off of. Here’s what I got from the game:
She was Master of the Obvious;
She likes data and mathematical calculations;
She likes to dance at really inappropriate times;
She’s good at finding things;
She’s a good singer; and
She has Opinions about how well people transfer important information (and a general disdain for Oral Histories).
Okay. So, some of those are explained/dealt with already through the mechanics behind her in TLC.
Master of the Obvious and her love of math are both because she was only a fragment of her previous self and not able to fully function. She had a partial collection of memories from which she could draw, but most of them were so old as to be useless in her new historical context. She remembered really wanting to help Link, but couldn’t quite remember what it was he needed help with. She remembered Hylia’s instructions - those would have been ingrained in her through the process of ditching her last physical form and trading it in for the Goddess Sword - but not the full context around them. So she liked taking in data and processing it because she was aware of the holes in her own brain and wanted to fill them as quickly as possible.
She was, in essence, a little glitchy in Skyward Sword. As time went on, and more and more Heroes picked her up and started upgrading/tempering/strengthening her, and using her, thus allowing her to take in more and more data, she was slowly able to heal herself.
The dancing and singing were actually holdovers from her original form - Fi as she was originally formed legitimately loved music, any music. That piece of her personality made it through her transformation into the Master Sword. The generally odd times she chose to dance was a result of the glitchiness, but there was genuine expression in the dancing, which is what kept Link from being creeped out every time she did it. She was happy and some part of her brain remembered that when she’s happy, she dances, so she danced.
The good at finding things is because Fi, originally, was some kind of scout. Finding things was, in fact, her job. She will have helped Hylia locate the Triforce after she and Ganon lost it the first time. She would go looking for enemy camps, missing people, other artefacts. These skills are all useful STILL now that she’s a sword, because every Zelda game ever is basically 60 hours of Link running around trying to find stuff. Spiritual stones, Triforce pieces, imprisoned maidens, Zelda…you name it. Fi, as the sword, is able to augment these abilities in Link and kind of help him out, even if she’s not manifesting as a person (which she didn’t do very often after Skyward Sword, preferring to preserve her energy for more important stuff).
The Opinions about the transfer of information is also left over from her originally, and remains to this day. Mortals are total crap at remembering their own damn histories and legends and freaking religions. She watches them run around screaming about dying in the name of one deity or another and they are pronouncing it wrong because they suck. And they screw up their own stories and it’s just annoying because half the time she was there and that’s not how it went. It’s just a pet peeve. Drives her right up the wall.
TLC will be the first time - possibly since SS - that she’s been able/willing to take a physical form for an extended period of time, and she intends to abuse the privilege - plus, there is a part of her that sense this is the beginning of the end for the cycles, and therefore her role in them, so she wants to enjoy this time since she’s not sure how it will all end.
She has a sweet tooth (thanks to Lindsey) and the fact that Link is a baker will, in fact, drive her loyalty meter to him up. A well-fed Fi is a happy Fi. As much fun as it is to be able to locomote under your own power, being physical means being hungry and cold and wet and tired and hurt, and that all sucks and she doesn’t like it because SWORDS DON’T HAVE NERVE ENDINGS HOW DO YOU PEOPLE FUNCTION? It’s been a long time since she had nerve endings.
As much as she’s in a physical form now, it’s not necessarily her original physical form. She can’t get that one back right now. She gave it up in order to become the Master Sword and to take it back would be to change her mind, which she’s not doing, no way, no how, not even after all this time. So she’s in a humanoid body with all the downsides associated except for aging.
She’s been wandering around in physical form for quite some time before Link and Zelda find her (and proceed to have no idea that she IS the Sword they’re looking for). In order to make money to feed herself and buy new shoes and deal with the general vagaries of life she has been travelling all over the world (Empire and Alliance lands) as a bard, telling stories, singing songs, playing a harp, and getting into fights in taverns with drunk people who keep insisting she’s telling the story wrong. When musical employment is hard to find, she’s not above working as a sell-sword and scout for whoever wants to hire her.
Link and Zelda will, on their quest to find the Master Sword, pick her up as a party member long before they know who she is. She, evidently, would know who they are if she was blind, and this whole thing probably amuses her just a little bit. She’ll let them go through their adventure and pass whatever tests fate decides to throw their way, and at the dramatically appropriate moment will present herself to Link as the Master Sword and re-take her sword form.
She is probably, very likely, just a little bit in love with Link. She has known him for as long as he has existed, in every possible permutation you could have, and been through more with him than he will ever know. She gave up her original form to help him, and would do it again a thousand times over if it was required.