In Final Fantasy III, IV, V, VI, and VII Ramuh appears as an old man. However, he’s absent in Final Fantasy VIII. He returns in Final Fantasy IX, yet disappears again in Final Fantasy X and onward (until Final Fantasy XIII). So in Final Fantasy VIII and X, where is he? As an old balding man with a long beard and mustache, we could say he just died. But aren’t summons Gods?
How can they die?
Well, he, and many other summons, have died in Final Fantasy VI. Yet Ramuh doesn’t even appear in Final Fantasy VIII or X. Why not?
When it comes to Final Fantasy VIII, it’s possible that Squall and company simply did come across him. However, someone probably did junction Ramuh to his stats. Actual SeeD cadets in training have access to Guardian Forces. But when one leaves, they lose access to the standard Balamb GFs. Seifer, on the other hand, retains the ability to use GF since he can use magic. Yet, he can’t use the Guardian Forces SeeD has. In this case, the only alternative is that Seifer junctioned unconventional Guardian Forces.
And consider that Seifer was able to split Odin in half. In this world, summons can die. How is Seifer powerful enough to kill Odin? In this world, a more powerful GF, giving Seifer better elemental attacks and resistances. The boost could have been from any GF, but I suppose Ramuh. And while Seifer must have junctioned Death to his defense and Lightning to his attack, Ramuh elemental summon could have given him the magical lightning boost.
Either that, or he’s just an old guy in Timber. And why not? Ramuh appears in an old man in Final Fantasy VI and IX, why not in Final Fantasy VIII?
What about Final Fantasy X? Why isn’t there a Ramuh Aeon? Many of the traditional summons don’t appear in Final Fantasy X. So far, we have a Shiva, Ifrit and Bahamut Aeons. But others that we might expect, such as Leviathan, Titan and Alexander are missing as well. Perhaps the reason they’re missing is because, at one point, they were all Final Aeons.
If they weren’t Final Aeons, maybe Ramuh decided to live out his life as a human. Perhaps he’s Mika. Maybe he’s Maechen. In fact, all old men are suspect until otherwise noted.
Or perhaps he’s actually one of the Fayth?