|“||An endless field of green among the clouds, eh? If the legends are true, even people like me...||„|
Nia is the tritagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Rex's best friend. She is a Driver who harnesses the power of a Blade named Dromarch, who calls her "Lady" like a butler. She comes from the Gormott Province. Originally a member of Torna, she defects to Rex after Pyra's awakening. If Nia is in the lead with Dromarch on the field, the player can control him to move on the field, with Nia riding on his back.
She is voiced by Hitomi Ōwada in the Japanese version and Catrin-Mai Huw in the English version.
|“||Her life is tied to yours.||„|
|~ Nia's Father|
Nia was an ordinary healer Blade belonging to the daughter of a nobleman in the Gormott Province. However, her Driver soon got incredibly ill with nothing, be it regular medicine or healing Arts, able to save her. In a last ditch attempt to save her, the nobleman fused his daughter's cells with Nia thus turning Nia into a Flesh Eater Blade. Nia lost her immortality and was raised as the nobleman's daughter. Once the nobleman died, she bonded with his Core Crystal and because she was being hunted by Indol for her Flesh Eater nature, she eventually found herself working for Torna which lead to her meeting and joining Rex.
After the events regarding finding Pyra and her reviving Rex by sharing her Core Crystal with him, Nia defected from the Torna group and joined Rex on his journey. During a stop at a hot spring resort, Mythra joined Nia and Poppi in the spring, but as Nia got up to leave, Mythra discovered her Core Crystal and status as a Flesh Eater. Nia asked her to keep it a secret from Rex and the others, and Mythra promised to do it. However, later during the quest to find the True Aegis Sword, when Rex and the party are being overwhelmed by Addam's Phantasms, Nia, unwilling to see anyone else die on her watch, finally decides to reveal her true power and transforms into her Blade form. With that revelation, she becomes Rex's Blade until reuniting with Pyra and Mythra, where Rex gains his Master Driver status and awakens Pneuma.
Nia switches back and forth between her Blade and Driver forms as she continues to help Rex against Malos until the final battle against him in Artifice Aion. After Malos is mortally wounded by Rex and Pneuma and dies, Nia sadly watches his particles disperse before she changes back into her Driver form for good and evacuates with everyone else while Pneuma remains behind to sacrifice herself to self-destruct Aion to destroy the World Tree. After being saved by Azurda as he returns to his adult Titan form and flies them to the new continent that the Titans are joining with, Nia is left in surprise when Pneuma's Core Crystal revives and restores Pyra and Mythra in separate bodies. Despite her own love for Rex, Nia encourages him to reunite with Pyra and Mythra, though she is seen joining Rex, Pyra, and Mythra on the title screen following a New Game Plus.
Powers & Abilities
- Healing Manipulation: As a result of being a Flesh Eater, Nia's healing powers have increased exponentially. Her powers allow her to heal her teammates but she can also manipulate the healing factors of her enemies such as Malos. She can even "invert" the healing factor to erode enemies from the inside.
- Water Manipulation: Nia also has mastery over water and implements this in her attacks and healing.
- Claws: Seems to possess claws as a result of having Gormotti cells merged with her. She used these claws to easily shred up her wanted poster.
- Weapon Manifestation: Like all Blades, Nia possesses the ability to generate a weapon that both she and her Driver, Rex, can use. Nia's particular weapon is the Catalyst Scimitar
- Force-Field Generation: Another standard ability that all Blades possess though Nia also seems to have a variant where she can use this to heal everyone inside.