Thanks to Liz Shepherd of TheGamers for the inspiration!
First, for the most interesting theory:
Prompto Argentum is the adorable and fun party member of Final Fantasy XV that we all love for his random photo-taking side quests and adoration of Chocobos. But out of everyone, I’d say he has the most tragic backstory, being an MT created in enemy territory. It’s believed that the Naga you fight in Fociaugh Hollow Dungeon is actually Prompto’s mother.
She ends up dragging Prompto away from the other party members before you engage it in battle. But before and after the fight, she asks about her baby, wanting to know where it’s at. So there’s a theory of this being an early hint about daemons once being humans, and that this daemon was Prompto’s birth mother. As interesting as it is, I’m just not sure if someone as relevant to the story as Prompto’s mom would be a random boss fight in a random cave.
First, let’s talk about what the Naga is not. It’s not the same as a Lamia, which is a snakelike woman. The concept comes from Greek mythology, as
a woman who became a child-eating monster after her children were destroyed by Hera, who learned of her husband Zeus’s trysts with her. Hera also afflicted Lamia with sleeplessness so she would anguish constantly, but Zeus gave her the ability to remove her own eyes.
The Naga doesn’t take too good of a look at Prompto. She’s really concerned about finding her child, but…this is not a Lamia. Final Fantasy XV doesn’t have any Lamias. A Naga is an enemy with a human head and a snake-like body. In most Indian religions, the Naga is a “deity or class of entity or being taking the form of a very great snake, specifically the king cobra”. Interesting to note, that the naga is male, whereas the nāgin” or nāgini is female.
But this specific naga’s that the party comes across actually has roots in Japanese folklore:
In Japanese folklore, a nure-onna is a yōkai with the head of a woman and the body of a snake, same as the enemy in the game. In some stories, nure-onna is a monstrous being who carries a small, childlike bundle, which she uses to attract potential victims. If a well-intentioned person offers to hold her baby, the bundle becomes incredibly heavy and prevents the victim from fleeing.
So then, it might not be that this naga is Prompto’s mother, but rather just crazy.
Speaking of XV, we all remember when this game used to be called Final Fantasy Versus XIII in its early stages of development. Because of that alone, there’s a theory that XIII is nothing more than a dream world created by Noctis himself. After being in the Crystal for ten years, there is a theory that in that time, Noctis dreamt about the whole Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.
This one is just ridiculous for me to write about, but I don’t know. Maybe people who just didn’t like the XIII series wanted to say that so they could pretend it doesn’t exist? I don’t really see any connection between XIII and XV other than a few similarities that are common between all Final Fantasy games.
Final Fantasy XV was all over the place when it came to ideas. Instead of actually staying in the planning stages, threw whatever idea they could at us. Originally, Etros from the Fabula Nova Crystallis lore was to play a part in Final Fantasy Versus XIII. But instead, the goddess Etros became sleeping became Luna.
Sleeping was to have an over-arching meaning in the original game. The Kingdom retains the name ‘Insomnia’, but the bigger motif of “sleep” remain absent.
What does Noctis dream of when he’s in crystal stasis? And would he dream of Final Fantasy XIII? This theory is weird, but not dark. The next theory isn’t dark either, and is even stranger…
I thought I had seen some strange theories about Final Fantasy, but this one really shocked me. Because of the recent release of Episode Ignis, downloadable content for Final Fantasy XV, there’s a theory that Ignis is Noctis’s dad. I’m not kidding.
Bear in mind, Noctis’s and Ignis’s canonical ages are 20 and 22, respectively. It’s physically impossible for Ignis to be Noct’s father. However, I have seen a theory that Ignis may be a member of the royal family. Before the game was officially released, Ignis’s full name was Ignis Stupeo Scientia, and it’s usually royals who have three words in their legal name.
That much, I’ll accept. But Ignis as Noct’s dad, on the other hand? Just because he’s the father figure of the party doesn’t mean he’s actually his father!
I don’t see it. In fact, I still think of Ignis as a mother figure. I thought the bros’ relationship were like a family. They would have come to be more than just friends, having shared a similar situation of losing their families. I’d like to think
- Gladio were the father
- Ignis were the mother
- Noctis were the brother
- Prompto the annoying little sister
But I don’t think they weren’t going for these themes. If they were, they’re so subtle it’s like they weren’t there.