This final fantasy papercraft is the saving Moogle, created by gregoulefou. Moogles are a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series. The name moogle is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for mole (mogura) and bat (komori). They first appeared in Final Fantasy III and have appeared in some capacity in every main series game since, with the exception of Final Fantasy IV.
The importance of moogles to the plot varies from game to game, ranging from playable characters to simple cameos. Several, such as Mog, Stiltzkin, Artemicion and Montblanc, have made repeated appearances. Although their appearance has changed throughout games, they can easily be recognized by the small wings, usually pink or white fur and a pom-pom hanging from their heads. Moogles are generally mild tempered and like to eat vines and Kupo Nuts.
When Toshiyuki Itahana came in to replace Tetsuya Nomura as character designer for Final Fantasy IX, his moogle concept art was meant to echo that of the previous two console generations (which goes along with the game’s development concept as a whole, openly considered allusion). Itahana’s version incorporates previous designs but in the end renders a completely new moogle, with a balloon-shaped head and a vertically oval nose resembling a koala, vastly different from Nomura’s previous feline MiniMog.
In addition, they sport a full mane of fluffy fur, worn like a mink fur boa around the neck. The continued evolution of Itahana’s moogle design carries on in his many Crystal Chronicle titles with his recurring characters such as Artemicion, whose first appearance was in Final Fantasy IX.
Moogles play a major role in Final Fantasy IX. They act as Save Points throughout the world, and can be called with a flute to access the save command on the World Map. Each moogle has a name, and most can speak the common language. Many dwell in human settlements and towns, living in peace and providing save services. In addition to saving, if the player uses a Tent at any moogle, a cutscene plays to simulate overnight resting, and the crude structure in which the party is meant to sleep sports a moogle pom-pom. Moogles communicate to each other through Mognet, and the player can help deliver letters among moogles as part of a subquest. The player can also collect Kupo Nuts and deliver them to a Moogle in Gizamaluke’s Grotto for items.
Moogles also live in the summoner village of Madain Sari alongside the young summoner Eiko. Notable moogles in the game include Stiltzkin, a traveling moogle who sells merchandise to Zidane; the aforementioned Artemicion, the head of Mognet in dire need of player assistance; Mene, curator of the Chocobo Forest and Choco’s only friend; and Mog, a female moogle who hangs out with Eiko sporting an orange pom-pom. Moogles are also the subject of plays in Lindblum’s theater district namely the Moogle Wannabe 2 play, starring the famous actor Lowell who dons a Moogle suit to escape from his avid fans.
Moogles sprout a “pom pom” – a red ball of fur on a thin, wiry antenna – emerging from their heads, which they are very sensitive about being touched. From their suggested mole-bat ancestry, a moogle’s wings are most often of a dark, Gothic, or bat-like design, as to juxtapose their otherwise harmless appearance and bubbly nature. Moogles generally resemble small mammals, ranging from rodents, to felines or marsupials. Many games have included color variations for their fur and pom-pom. The proportions of moogles varies – in games set in Ivalice they have larger ears than in other games, and in the Crystal Chronicles series their bodies are more round with shorter limbs, if any at all.
Their size also varies, from several feet tall to only a foot tall if not less. However, in comparison to humans moogles are universally diminutive. In most games moogles do not wear any form of clothing, but they do so in games set in Ivalice, where they are one of the world’s primary races. The favorite food of moogles is the Kupo Nut. Dissidia Final Fantasy mentions that moogles can fly, but not by using their wings: they suck up air to inflate themselves and float, and only use their wings to steer themselves about.
Moogles are intelligent and industrious, though in some games they are wary of human contact. Because of their size, the lot of playable moogle characters specialize in gadgetry, tinkering, and engineering. Even in games where Moogles do not mind humans, they are known to maintain their own separate societies. Moogles are capable of communicating across long distances, a feat often attributed to the moogle mail service, Mognet.
In earlier games, moogles spoke only with their trademark cry “kupo”, and variations of such. In later games moogles have been able to speak English, but often punctuate their sentences with “kupo”, as a sort of verbal tic. In some Japanese version games, they use the pronoun “mogu” in place of the word “I”, such as if a young girl would use “atashi” and a young boy with “boku”.
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