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PRONUNCIATION: pawl
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: ポール
ORIGINS NAME: Pavel
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Paul
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Paul

    Paul was an infamous thief from the kingdom of Fynn. Among his most famous heists was sneaking into Castle Palamecia via kite by landing on the roof and stealing from the Palamecian Empire's coffers. Paul kept some of his treasures hidden in a safe room in his House in Fynn. Paul was an ally of the Wild Rose Rebellion and refused to pilfer from the Rebels.
    After the invasion of Fynn by the Empire, the Rebel army and the citizens of Fynn fled to the nearby town of Altair. The Empire had defeated the Rebels in Fynn by using weapons and armor made of the legendary metal Mythril. Princess Hilda, leader of the Rebellion, requested the young orphans Firion, Maria and Guy and the White Wizard, Minwu, to find the source of the Empire's Mythril cache. Paul decided to try and get a jump on the heroes and traced the Mythril back to the mines behind Semitt Falls. However, he was captured by Imperial soldiers and locked away with the enslaved citizens of Salamand. Firion and his friends arrived and rescued Paul and the townsfolk. Paul pledged that he owed the heroes and escaped with the people of Salamand.
    Later in their quest, Firion and his allies were tricked by Emperor Mateus at the Coliseum in Palamecia and wound up in the great arena's dungeon. Stealthily dispatching the guard of the dungeon, Paul rescued the heroes from their prison, assuring them that he always pays his debts.
    The heroes consulted Paul again in his home in Fynn after liberating the kingdom from the Empire. He told them of the secret chamber in the back of Castle Fynn's throne room where the mysterious password "Ekmet Teloess" would open the path to the Castle's dungeons, a secret he learned sneaking around the huge palace.
    After the Emperor's deadly Cyclone wreaked havoc on the towns loyal to the Rebellion, Paul allowed the gravely injured Cid to rest in his home. Cid breathed his last breaths and bequeathed his prized Airship to Firion and his companions. Paul told the tale of his daring heist of Castle Palamecia and assured the heroes that Cid's final gift, his Airship, would be the perfect way to enter the Empire's protected fortress.
    Following Firion and his allies' defeat of the evil Emperor Mateus, Paul was part of the entourage welcoming the heroes back to Castle Fynn. He joked with Firion that with the Empire gone, he has no one to steal from and would have to start stealing from them.

GAME INFO
    Paul is initally found walking around Altair outside the Rebel Hideout. He appears again throughout the game to help the heroes until the liberation of Fynn where he can be found in his House.

ADDITIONAL INFO
    Paul's original sprite in the NES release as well as the WSC and PSX remakes was that of a black-garbed ninja. In Dawn of Souls and the 20th Anniversary Edition, his sprite was redrawn to more resemble the original Yoshitaka Amano character illustration.
    Paul 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 Cid, the Dark Knight, the three forms of Emperor Mateus, General Borghen, Princess Hilda and Zombie Borghen.


Paul artwork by Yoshitaka Amano

NAME ORIGIN
    Paul is a male given name that derives from the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin. Famous bearers of this name include Saint Paul, the American Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, the French impressionist painters Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin, as well as the American folk lore figure Paul Bunyan.
    In Final Fantasy Origins, Paul's name was translated as Pavel. Pavel is the Russian, Czech, Bulgarian and Slovene form of Paul.

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