A mysterious man with an ominous presence clashes with Lightning, and later Noel and Serah. Caius makes for an intimidating sight as he bears down upon his enemies, brandishing his massive blade with ease. His icy exterior makes it impossible for others to read him, let alone approach him.
Caius, the peerless hero celebrated in Paddra legend, was a Guardian, appointed to serve and protect the seeress. The sagas sung of his countless victories, of foes vanquished in the thousands. He was called ‘Caius of the Ballads,’ but despite his renown, none knew his true origin.
He took the name ‘Ballad’ because of the one battle that nearly killed him.
The foe was a fellow warrior of the Farseers. Overwhelmed by the strength and skill of his opponent, Caius was driven back and back, until it was only a matter of time before the final blow would fall. But their duel was interrupted by an enemy attack, and during the ensuing battle Caius’s opponent gave his life defending the seeress. Caius believed that it was he who should have fallen in her defense. Thus, to honor the fallen warrior, he took his name.
Caius Ballad is a Guardian, appointed to serve and protect the seeress. According to his Datalog:
Caius Ballad is the man Serah saw in her dream, fighting with Lightning. In 200 AF, he appears with Yeul in the village of Oerba, and attempts to administer justice for Serah and Noel’s crime of changing history.
Noel seems to know this dark warrior but is unsettled to have encountered Caius in that time period.
Caius Ballad is a former l’Cie and the immortal Guardian of the seeress, Yeul.
Everything this man has done for the past several centuries has been for the purpose of freeing his charge from her curse of eternal reincarnation. If he can kill the goddess and send the artificial Cocoon plummeting into Pulse, the resulting flood of volatile chaos through Etro’s gate would shatter the boundary between Valhalla and the mortal realm. Life and death would cease to hold meaning, and Yeul’s cruel fate would finally be undone.
So when did Spiritus call Caius to World B? The most likely scenario is after Caius forces Noel’s blade through his chest to destroy the Heart of Chaos. He collapses and fades away, probably to World B. After the Moogles give Caius a crystal to host his memories for Spiritus to use, he returns to Etro’s throne. After returning from World B, he becomes one with Chaos and finds a new form of immortality.