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Minwu

  
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HOMETOWN: Mysidia
HANDED: Right
AFFILIATION: Wild Rose Rebellion
ULTIMATE WEAPON: Staff of Light (main quest), Stardust Rod (Soul of Rebirth)
VOICE ACTOR (JAPANESE): None
STARTING STATS
HP: 175
MP: 103
ATTACK: 9
ACCURACY: 1-80%
DEFENSE: 5
EVASION: 1-17%
MAGIC DEFENSE: 2-50%
STRENGTH: 10
STAMINA: 20
SPIRIT: 48
AGILITY: 20
INTELLIGENCE: 16
MAGIC: 40
SKILLS:
UNARMED:
1
DAGGERS: 1
SWORDS: 1
STAFFS: 1
AXES: 1
SPEARS: 1
BOWS: 1
SHIELDS: 1
STARTING EQUIPMENT
RIGHT HAND: Staff
LEFT HAND: None
HELMET: None
ARMOR: Copper Cuirass
GLOVES: None
ITEMS: None (Ether, Magiconch)
STARTING MAGIC
BLACK MAGIC: None
WHITE MAGIC: Barrier (Lv. 7), Basuna (Lv. 6), Blink (Lv. 5), Cure (Lv. 7), Dispel (Lv. 3), Esuna (Lv. 3), Fear (Lv. 3), Fog (Lv. 6), Life (Lv. 7), Protect (Lv. 5), Sap (Lv. 4), Shell (Lv. 6), Silence (Lv. 4), Swap (Lv. 3), Teleport (Lv. 1), Wall (Lv. 5)
* Amounts and items in (parenthesis) indicate stats in original NES and PSX releases.
FINAL FANTASY II :: CHARACTERS :: HEROES

PRONUNCIATION: MIN-woo
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: ミンウ
ORIGINS NAME: Mindu
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Minwu
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Minwu

    Minwu, the White Wizard of Fynn, was a loyal servant of Princess Hilda who pledged his life to aiding the Wild Rose Rebellion. Hailing from the ancient village of Mysidia, he was well versed in White Magic. He used his power to heal those wounded by the vicious assaults perpetrated by the evil Palamecian Empire.
    After the invasion of Fynn, Minwu fled with the rest of the Rebellion to the small village of Altair. He helped to heal the three young orphans, Firion, Maria and Guy, who had been ambushed by the Empire's Black Knights and rescued by soldiers of the Rebellion. He saw his own destiny entwined with that of the three young heroes. After they proved their worth to the Rebellion by inflitrating the occupied kingdom of Fynn and recovering the dying Prince Scott's Ring, Princess Hilda ordered the heroes to accompany Minwu to the snow capped town of Salamand to meet with her contact Josef and investigate the source of the Empire's Mythril. Minwu granted the heroes use of his Canoe to cross the lakes and rivers separating them from Salamand and the four left on their journey.
    Minwu's mastery of White Magic proved invaluable in their quest, and the heroes soon reached Salamand. Initially dismissive of the heroes, Josef 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 Minwu and his new 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.
    The shock of the savage attack by the Dreadnought caused the already bed-ridden King of Fynn's condition to worsen. Princess Hilda urged Minwu to stay at the Rebel Hideout in Altair and help to lessen her father's suffering. Minwu wished Firion and his friends well and worked tirelessly to heal the ailing King. The King's condition improved for a time, but Minwu knew that his illness extended far beyond physical ailments. On his deathbed, the King ordered Minwu to journey to the Mysidian Tower and break the seal binding the powerful Ultima Tome. Minwu accepted the King's decree and journeyed to Mysidia.
    After liberating Fynn from the Empire, Hilda commanded Firion and his allies to find Minwu at the Mysidian Tower. They made their way to the Tower, climbing to the top where they found Minwu. The brave White Wizard sacrificed every last bit of his power to break the seal holding Ultima. With his dying breaths, he urged the heroes to enter the chamber and bring the spell back to Fynn, assuring them not to grieve, that this was his destiny. The heroes honored his life by claiming the powerful spell and returning home.
    Awakening in a strange cavern, Minwu soon came across Prince Scott, the fallen prince of Kashuan, locked in battle with one of the Empire's soldiers. They soon realized that they were dead and believed themselves to be in Jade, the subterranean pathway to Hell. Exploring their surroundings, they soon found others who had fallen in battle against the Empire including Josef and the last Dragoon, Ricard Highwind. They later learned that they were in fact in Raqia, the realm of fallen angels. When Firion and his allies had killed Emperor Mateus in his Cyclone fortress, his soul split in two, one half going to Hell and the other half ascending to the heavens where it conquered the palace of Arubboth and summoned the souls of those slain in battle against the Empire to be his loyal servants for all eternity. Minwu and the fallen heroes explored their new location, finding Machanon where those innocents killed in the Empire's assaults had constructed a makeshift town. A warp gate in the town transported the heroes to the Chamber of the Seal, the afterlife's counterpart to the Mysidian Tower, where the Ultima Tome was kept. Minwu used all his power to once again break Ultima's seal, this time surviving. In the Chamber, the heroes encountered Ultima Weapon, the powerful guardian of the spell in the afterlife. Proving their strength, they defeated Ultima Weapon and claimed the powerful spell.
    Minwu and his newfound allies used Machanon's warp gates to enter Arubboth, the palace of the heavens where Emperor Mateus awaited. Under the guise of a sorrowful and regretful ruler, Mateus begged the heroes to forgive him for the transgressions of his "dark half". Minwu and his companions refused the Emperor's request and the true nature of Mateus was revealed when he brazenly attacked the heroes, declaring that if they would not have eternal life that he would give them eternal suffering. In an epic showdown, Minwu, Scott, Josef and Ricard destroyed Mateus' "light side" just as Firion, Maria, Guy and Leon defeated Mateus' "dark side" in the infernal palace of Hell, Pandaemonium. With the Emperor finally vanquished, peace returned to the world and the souls of those fallen in battle were able to rest.

GAME INFO
    Minwu is the first temporary fourth party member of Final Fantasy II, and the primary protagonist of the Soul of Rebirth sidequest following completion of the main game.
    Minwu joins the party with a large repertoire of White Magic spells, which prove useful in the main quest and again in Soul of Rebirth.


Minwu artwork by Yoshitaka Amano


Dawn of Souls artwork

NAME ORIGIN
    Minwu's name may derive from Menw, a magician in the court of King Arthur. He appears in the Middle Welsh tales Culhwch and Olwen and The Dream of Rhonabwy. He is portrayed as a counsellor to Arthur and accompanies the king on his quest where he demonstrates the ability to turn people invisible.
    In Final Fantasy Origins, Minwu's name was translated as Mindu.

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