You’ll meet Namingway throughout many random bars around Final Fantasy IV’s Blue Planet. In SNES Final Fantasy IV, he has the ability to change your character’s name. But in the DS version, he’s unable to do so. Instead, he opts to give quests. But how does Namingway conveniently arrive in the same location as our characters?
Probably the same way our characters get there: boat, airship, or walking. Namingway is a traveler, embarking on a world journey to find his purpose in life. Still, it only begs the questions as to how he arrives in the same location as our characters. It’s almost as if he’ll know where we’ll be. And if we were to travel to each town via airship, he’ll be there. So then, unless Namingway is super fast, or has a high powered boat, he too must have an airship. But still, how does he arrive in the same location as our characters? This seems to be more than just simply synchronicity. Namingway knows where you will be.
Also, consider his powers. In the SNES version, he has the power to change your name at will. In the DS version, he loses this power inexplicably. Obviously, Final Fantasy IV DS has voice actors, so he can’t change names characters will speak. His lack of power surprises him. Instead, he finds a new way to help you. First, does Namingway have some sort of supersense to his past life? Is he aware of his powers in the SNES game? Does it surprise him to know he can only name NPCs? Is he aware that he can change the game? Second, why does he have a desire to help Cecil and his friends? Does he help others? It’s possible he only helps Cecil and his friends, or else why would he appear in the only locations they visit?
Throughout the game, Namingway will provide skills and items. Occasionally, he’ll give quests. Of course, he has a reason for them. But besides aiding our characters, these quests are opportunities for our heroes to prove themselves. Who else gives our characters the opportunity to prove themselves? Asura and Leviathan, the Eidolons we meet in Freymarch. Unsurprisingly, Namingway can travel to the Land of Freymarch, a place where most outsiders cannot enter.
Where does Namingway live? On the moon. If he were a summon, wouldn’t he live in the Land of Freymarch? Then again, Bahamut, King of the Dragons, is also a summon who lives on the moon. Obviously, both Bahamut and Namingway making their homes on the moon aren’t enough to connect them. However, it shows that Eidolons can live anywhere, not just Freymarch. The Mist Dragon lived in the Myst Village as a protector. Either Bahamut is a protector, a menace, or neutral party on the moon.
Yet, what if all of those quest Namingway provided were to strengthen your resolve? Perhaps the goal was for us to defeat Bahamut? Bahamut may not pose a threat to the Hummingways, but the latter may think he does. What if the Hummingways are trying to take over the moon for themselves? Or perhaps there aren’t aware of each other’s existence? In this sense, maybe our characters were his summons, one whose sole purpose was to defeat Bahamut? Usually, in Final Fantasy, we can name summons. How else is it possible that Namingway can name our characters?