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Maria

   
NES PORTRAIT (JAPANESE AND US PROTOTYPE), BATTLE & MAP SPRITES

  
WSC PORTRAIT, BATTLE & MAP SPRITES

  
PSX PORTRAIT, BATTLE & MAP SPRITES

  
GBA PORTRAIT, BATTLE & MAP SPRITES

  
PSP PORTRAIT, BATTLE & MAP SPRITES

HOMETOWN: Fynn
HANDED: Right
AFFILIATION: Wild Rose Rebellion
ULTIMATE WEAPON: Artemis Bow
VOICE ACTOR (JAPANESE): Noriko Shitaya
STARTING STATS
HP: 20
MP: 10 (5)
ATTACK: 3
ACCURACY: 1-55%
DEFENSE: 1
EVASION: 1-10%
MAGIC DEFENSE: 1-20%
STRENGTH: 5
STAMINA: 5
SPIRIT: 10
AGILITY: 15
INTELLIGENCE: 15
MAGIC: 5
SKILLS:
UNARMED:
1
DAGGERS: 1
SWORDS: 1
STAFFS: 1
AXES: 1
SPEARS: 1
BOWS: 1
SHIELDS: 1
STARTING EQUIPMENT
RIGHT HAND: Bow
LEFT HAND: None
HELMET: None
ARMOR: Clothes
GLOVES: None
ITEMS: None
STARTING MAGIC
BLACK MAGIC: None
WHITE MAGIC: None
* Amounts and items in (parenthesis) indicate stats in original NES and PSX releases.
FINAL FANTASY II :: CHARACTERS :: HEROES

PRONUNCIATION: muh-REE-uh
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: マリア
ORIGINS NAME: Firion
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Firion
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Firion

    Maria was a young woman from Fynn who grew up alongside her brother Leon and their friend Firion, who was an orphan adopted by her family. She would harbor secret feelings for Firion as she grew older. Their parents were killed when the evil Palamecian Empire invaded the kingdom of Fynn. The three youths, along with their friend, Guy, escaped into the forests surrounding Fynn but were ambushed by a squad of Black Knights. Badly beaten, the young orphans were later found unconscious by soldiers of the Wild Rose Rebellion and taken to their hideout in the small village of Altair.
    After Firion awoke in the Rebel Hideout, Maria and Guy greeted him and explained that Leon was missing. The three decided to ask Princess Hilda, leader of the Rebellion, to allow them to join the Rebel army. The Princess refused, believing the Rebellion to be much too dangerous for the young orphans. They decided to return to Fynn and prove to Hilda that they were indeed strong enough to join the Rebellion and try to find clues to Leon's whereabouts.
    Sneaking past the hordes of Imperial soldiers, Maria, Firion and Guy made their way to the Fynn Pub. The Pub's Bartender was hiding an injured Rebel soldier in the storeroom beneath the Pub, who turned out to be none other than Scott, the Prince of Kashuan. The ailing prince gave the heroes his Ring and asked them to bring it to his love, Hilda. Scott sighed his last breath and perished before their eyes. Maria and her friends once again evaded the Imperial troops and hurried back to Altair. Impressed, Hilda allowed the heroes to join the Rebel cause and asked them to journey to Salamand to meet with her contact, Josef, and find the source of the magical metal, Mythril, with which the Rebels could make stronger weapons to fight the Empire. She sent her trusted White Wizard, Minwu, to accompany the young heroes.
    Maria, Firion, Guy and Minwu made their way to the snowy village of Salamand where they found Josef. Initially dismissive of the heroes, he told them to find a way to rescue the townsfolk who had been enslaved by the Empire at Semitt Falls to prove their loyalty to the Rebellion. They made their way to the caves behind the Falls and rescued the slaves, which included Fynn's own master thief, Paul, and Josef's daughter, Nelly. Overjoyed to have his daughter back, Josef alerted the heroes to the lode of Mythril found deep beneath Semitt Falls, guarded by the Empire's troops. They defeated one of the Empire's Sergeants and returned to Altair with the legendary Mythril, giving it to the Rebel smith Tobul who constructed powerful weapons for the heroes.
    News of a fearsome warship called the Dreadnought being built in the town of Bafsk by the Empire prompted Princess Hilda to order Maria and her friends to try and halt its progress. Meeting up with a Rebel spy in Bafsk, the heroes trudged through Bafsk Cave to try and reach the Dreadnought's construction site. However, they were met by the treacherous General Borghen, who had sold Fynn out to the Empire and was now a high-ranking Imperial officer, and the Dark Knight, Emperor Mateus' right hand man. The two revealed that the Dreadnought was fully operational and lifted off, leaving the heroes in the Cave. The warship proceeded to then lay waste to the towns loyal to the Rebellion.
    Maria and her friends searched for a way to destroy the Dreadnought, and learned that all Airships are fueled by the magical flame, Sunfire. If they could overload the Dreadnought's engines with Sunfire, they would be able to destroy the warship. In order to find the Sunfire, they had to enter Kashuan Keep which could only be entered by a member of the House of Kashuan, or by ringing the Goddess's Bell, held in the Snow Cavern. The heroes returned to Salamand and enlisted the help of Josef, who accompanied them aboard his Snowcraft across the frozen Snow Plains. They reached the Snow Cavern and fought their way through the icy recesses of the Cavern until they found the Goddess's Bell guarded by a fearsome Adamantoise. The heroes defeated the beast and hurried out of the Cavern, but not before Borghen appeared again. He challenged them to a fight, knowing that his standing in the Empire was finished after allowing the heroes to steal the source of Mythril as well as acquiring the Goddess's Bell. They defeated Borghen, but with his dying breath, he sprung a trap sending a huge boulder crashing down on the heroes. Josef stayed behind, holding the boulder back with the last of his strength so that Maria, Firion and Guy could escape.
    Mourning the death of their friend, they forged ahead journeying to Kashuan Keep, home of the blazing Sunfire, and met Prince Gordon, brother of Prince Scott, who agreed to help them find Egil's Torch, which was the only way to transport Sunfire from the Keep. Battling through the monster infested fortress they recovered the Torch and escaped with the magical flame. Just as they were leaving, Princess Hilda flew overhead aboard Cid's Airship, but they were followed by the Dreadnought which captured them and flew away to its base north of Fynn. The heroes snuck aboard the docked warship and rescued the Princess and Cid from the Dreadnought's brig while they continued to the engine room. Firion dropped the Sunfire into the Dreadnought's engine, causing a massive meltdown that destroyed the warship.


Origins and 20th Anniversary Edition CGI artwork
    Back in Altair, the heroes learned that the King of Fynn was reaching the end of his days. On his deathbed, the King ordered Maria and her friends to travel to Deist and try to enlist the aid of any surviving Dragoons. While stopping in Paloom to find a ship traveling to Deist, they came across a young lady named Leila, offering them passage aboard her Ship. Initially distrustful of the young captain, Maria cautioned Firion against accepting her offer. However, Firion agreed and they set sail for the island of Deist. Maria's suspicions proved correct when Leila and her Pirate crew turned on the heroes and ordered them to hand over their valuables. The crew was quickly defeated by the heroes though, and they decided to offer Leila a chance at redemption by joining their fight against the Empire. Leila accepted and they continued on their way to the faraway island, but all they found was a ruined castle and the last dying Wyvern. In Castle Deist, the heroes met Elina and Kain who urged the heroes to help save the Wyverns. They took the last Wyvern Egg to submerge in Deist Cavern's Life Spring, helping preserve the future of the majestic dragons.
    Returning to Altair, Firion was invited into Princess Hilda's bedchamber. Acting very strangely, she lured Firion in, seducing him. Suddenly, she transformed into a hideous Lamia Queen. Maria, Leila and Guy burst into the room to save Firion and the heroes put down the seductive creature. The real Hilda was being held prisoner in the Palamecian Coliseum where she was to be the prize for the winner of a tournament presided over by Emperor Mateus himself. Maria, Firion, Guy and Prince Gordon entered the tournament and defeated the Emperor's pet Behemoth, but fell into Mateus' trap and were captured and thrown into the Coliseum's dungeon. They escaped with the help of Paul the thief and were able to rescue Hilda. They returned to Altair and lead an assault to reclaim the kingdom of Fynn from the Empire. Maria, Firion, Guy and Leila spearheaded the attack and defeated Gottos, the demon placed as castellan of Castle Fynn.
    Back in control of her home kingdom, Princess Hilda ordered Maria and her allies to acquire the Ultima Tome from the Mysidian Tower. Scouring the globe, they recovered the necessary items to enter the Tower: the White Mask from Castle Fynn's dungeons, the Black Mask from the Tropical Island and the Crystal Rod from the Cave of Mysidia. Attempting to sail to the Tower, the heroes' ship was swallowed whole by the Tower's guardian, Leviathan. Inside the sea serpent's gullet, the heroes met Ricard Highwind, the last Dragoon, who joined them in their quest and helped them find a way out. They made their way to the Tower, climbing to the top where they found Minwu. The brave White Wizard sacrificed the last of his power to break the seal holding Ultima. The heroes honored his life by claiming the powerful White Magic spell and returning home to Fynn.
    However, while they were away, Emperor Mateus summoned a ravenous Cyclone to devastate the towns of Poft, Paloom, Altair and Gatrea. The vicious whirlwind hovered just outside of Fynn, controlled by Mateus himself from a fortress suspended in the center of the Cyclone. Maria and her friends used Castle Fynn's Mirror Chamber to summon the newly hatched Wyvern from Deist Cavern. Climbing atop the Wyvern, they flew into the raging winds of the Cyclone and made their way to Mateus' throne room. They confronted the evil Emperor who attacked them alongside his Royal Guards and a monstrous Wood Golem. The heroes felled Mateus in battle and his dark soul plummeted to Hell.
    Returning home, the heroes had little time to celebrate. The Dark Knight, revealed to be Maria's long lost brother Leon, declared himself Emperor following Mateus' death. They journeyed to Castle Palamecia, where Maria hoped to talk sense into her wayward brother, however Mateus' soul returned from the dead empowered by the dark energies he absorbed in Hell. Ricard Highwind challenged the reborn Emperor, urging Maria, Firion, Guy and Leon to escape atop his Wyvern as he charged into combat against Mateus. The heroes escaped as Mateus slew Ricard and transformed Castle Palamecia into the infernal palace of Hell, Pandaemonium.
    The heroes returned to Castle Fynn where they convinced Hilda to allow Leon to join them in their fight against the reborn Emperor. Begrudgingly, she accepted Firion's judgment and allowed the former Dark Knight to fight under their banner. Maria, Firion, Guy and Leon traveled to the newly risen Jade Passage east of Mysidia. The Jade Passage linked the mortal world with the underworld and was the only way to enter Pandaemonium. The heroes fought their way through the underground cavern and found the entrance to Pandaemonium. They battled through the crystalline fortress, defeating the Emperor's foul minions. They reached the reborn Mateus on Pandaemonium's top floor and in a titanic battle, finally destroyed the evil warlord.
    With peace finally in sight, the heroes returned to Fynn. Unfortunately, Leon, feeling remorse for his actions felt that he could not simply go back to the life he had before the Empire. Firion let him leave, much to Maria's dismay, but he knew that someday they would meet again. With Mateus finally dead, the monsters plagueing the world vanished without a trace, thanks to the valiant efforts of Maria and her companions.

GAME INFO
    Maria is one of the three permanent party members of Final Fantasy II.
    Maria's starting stats are low on defense and attack power, but she has the highest Intelligence stat starting out, giving her an early proficiency in Black Magic.

ADDITIONAL INFO
    Maria is the first female protagonist of the Final Fantasy series.


Maria artwork by Yoshitaka Amano


Dawn of Souls artwork


Origins and 20th Anniversary Edition CGI artwork

NAME ORIGIN
    Maria is the Latin form of the name Mary and is the usual form of the name in many European languages. The name comes from the Hebrew name מִרְיָם or Miryam. The origin of the name is unknown, but may derive from the Egyptian words for "beloved" or "love".

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