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.