NOOT POINT

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Di­rec­tor Koichi Ishii’s legacy ex­tends beyond Se­cret Of Mana – he’s also the man re­spon­si­ble for two iconic Fi­nal Fan­tasy mas­cots, the Cho­cobo and the Moogle. It’s hardly sur­pris­ing, then, that Ever Oa­sis’ fur­ri­est race, the Noot, are so in­stantly mem­o­rable. Ishii worked with Yoshi­nori Shizuma to dream up the de­sign: it’s a cross, ac­cord­ing to Ishii, be­tween a pen­guin and an owl, and the re­sult of sheer in­tu­ition. Fur­ther de­tails amuse: Noots are ma­te­ri­al­is­tic shopa­holics (we see them wear­ing a va­ri­ety of mad ac­ces­sories) and will queue at busy Bloom Booths in larger oases. They’re not to­tal air­heads, how­ever – Ever Oa­sis’ lore tells of groups of Noots qui­etly res­cu­ing and re­viv­ing fainted desert trav­ellers.

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