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PRONUNCIATION: sid
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: シド
ORIGINS NAME: Cid
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Cid
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Cid

    Cid was the inventor and owner of the Airship, a fantastic craft that could soar through the skies. Originally captain of Fynn's Order of the White Knights, Cid gave up all that he had - his rank, his honor and his family - to build his Airship. He left Fynn and set up a travel service based out of the port city of Poft, ferrying travelers around the world and using his earnings to improve his Airship.
    Firion and his friends first encountered Cid in the Poft Pub on their way to the snowy village of Salamand. They would later ask for his expert advice on Airships and the mysterious Sunfire while searching for a way to destroy the Palamecian Empire's devastating warship, the Dreadnought. The heroes would continue to use Cid's Airship service to quickly travel around the world.
    After Firion, Maria and Guy set off for Kashuan Keep to find the Sunfire, Princess Hilda requested Cid fly her to the Keep aboard his Airship to meet the heroes. However, the fearsome Dreadnought intercepted them just as the heroes exited the Keep. Cid and the Princess toiled in the warship's prison until Firion and his friends were able to sneak on board the warship while it was docked for repairs north of Fynn. Cid escaped with the Princess on the Airship while the heroes sabotaged the Dreadnought's engines. Cid then returned to Poft where he continued to ferry survivors of the Dreadnought's attacks around on his Airship.
    When the evil Emperor Mateus summoned the Cyclone to destroy the towns loyal to the Wild Rose Rebellion, Cid was gravely injured while fleeing Paloom. He rested in Fynn at Paul's House. The heroes visited him after learning that the Dark Knight had assumed control of the Empire. The ailing Cid, on his death bed, bestowed his most prized possesion, the Airship, to Firion and his friends, reminding them that he was merely lending it to them for the time being. With those words, Cid sighed his last breath and passed away. The heroes took flight aboard the Airship and set sail for Palamecia to avenge the lives of Cid and the all those who fell at the hands of the Empire.
    In the afterlife, Cid found himself in Machanon, the land of the dead. With the other fallen souls, they constructed a makeshift village to keep the deadly monsters at bay. He encountered Minwu, Prince Scott, Josef and Ricard Highwind in the town's pub and requested that the fallen heroes find out where exactly they were and what they were doing in this strange place. They eventually discovered that it was the "light side" of the Emperor's soul that had summoned them to this place to ask for their forgiveness, but the fallen heroes finally defeated Mateus just as Firion, Maria, Guy and Leon destroyed the Emperor's "dark side" in Pandaemonium.

GAME INFO
    Cid is initially found in the Poft Pub where he and his Underling offer trips on his Airship to the nearby towns. Later in the quest, as Cid lay dying in Paul's House, he gives Firion and his friends the Airship, allowing them to enter Castle Palamecia.

ADDITIONAL INFO
    This is the first appearance of a character named Cid in a Final Fantasy title (prior to the insertion of Cid as a Lufenian in Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls).
    Cid was one of the non-player characters to receive portrait sprites in the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary releases of Final Fantasy II. The others were the Dark Knight, the three forms of Emperor Mateus, General Borghen, Paul, Princess Hilda and Zombie Borghen.


Cid artwork by Yoshitaka Amano


Dawn of Souls artwork

NAME ORIGIN
    Cid is a reference to the Spanish soldier and hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, commonly known as "El Cid Campeador", which comes from the Arabic al-sayyid which means "lord" and the Spanish el campeador which translates to "champion". Living from around 1040-1099, he was a famous hero in the wars against the Moors before becoming a renowned mercenary and capturing the Spanish city of Valencia.
    Cid is found in every Final Fantasy game, usually in an inventor/pilot role.

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