Rellis is a Moogle, a fictional race invented by Square. Originally these were cute mascot-types with little thought behind them, but later instalments of the Final Fantasy series gave them more depth, especially Final Fantasy IX. Writing for them is still awkward, though, as many important characteristics have been left out - language, history, and above all, culture. This is where my artistic license comes in. I hope the picture I have painted of forest life is sensible enough not to spoil the narrative - I do leave the possibility of other, different moogle tribes to exist. Also, in order to annoy me, Bael (one of the MUD gods) decided that moogle sexual reproduction occurs via their pompoms. Initially this annoyed me, but as time passed, I embraced the idea fully, which irritated Bael immensely. I hope this explains some of the 'references' :)
Rellis's background was only fully fleshed out late on in his time at the Cleft, though it appears first here. Originally it was written as flashbacks; they have not been rewritten except to remove the references to the present day.
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