21 year old Lighting's real name is Claire Farron, also known as Éclair Farron (エクレール・ファロン Ekurēru Faron?) in the original Japanese version. She began using her code name "Lightning" after losing her parents in an effort to deal with the insecurities inherited from her earlier life.
A former Guardian Corps soldier, Lightning wields a gunblade called the Blazefire Saber, which is also known as the Blaze Edge, a combination of a gun and a sword, one collapsing into the other.
Lightning was ranked as the 34th most popular video game character in a poll run by Japanese games magazine Famitsu and second place in Afterellen's "25 Hottest Video Game Characters.
First released Dec 17th 2009 in Japan Final Fantasy xiii is a console role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The fastest-selling title in the history of the series a sequel Final Fantasy Xiii-2 is set for release in Japan this December.
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