Information

Biography & Profile - An introduction to Rinoa
Look-Alikes - Others who look or act like Rinoa
Style - Cosplay and fashion inspirations
Quotes - Bits of Rinoa's dialogue
Mystery Blood - The significance of Rinoa's blood
Birthday - Girl's Day & birthday stuff
Sorceresses - Magic use in FF & Rinoa's role

Deeper

Personality Bits - Examinations
Reflections - Rinoa in Rinoa's opinion
Is Rinoa Ultimecia? - The famous theory
Wings - Rinoa's recurring motif
Present - Rinoa as a symbol of the present
Politics - Rinoa's political beliefs
MBTI - Rinoa's possible "personality type" (ENFJ)

Interaction

Family - Rinoa's parents
Angelo - Rinoa's best friend and battle partner
Missed Dream - Seifer's dream becomes Squall's
Love Debate - Seifer versus Squall?
Relationships - How Rinoa acts with others
Take on Life - Childhood
The Forest Owls - The Forest Owls rebel group

Rinoa in Battle

Rinoa's Battle Stats - Technical performance
Abilities - Powers learned from GFs
GFs - Mythology, uses, and stats
Magic - All of the magic that can be drawn
Rinoa's Weapons - Upgrading
Rinoa's Limit Breaks - Skills, Pet Pals locations, etc.
Scan Rinoa - An in-game profile of Rinoa

Gameplay

Game Basics - How to play, some helpful hints, etc.
Glossary - Some RPG terms as well as FF8 terms
SeeD Test Answers & Ranks - For cheaters!
Boss Strategies - With video tutorials
Side Quests - With video tutorials
Master Runs - The types of Master Runs for FF8
Timber Maniacs - Where to get TimMani mags
Triple Triad - A tutorial
Rare Cards - Win the rare TT cards

The World

Other Characters - Profiles of other characters
Location - Origins of location names, culture, etc.
Destiny - The importance of destiny and free will
Searching - The theme of seeking out fulfillment
Faye Wong - The voice behind "Eyes On Me"

Multimedia

Lyrics - Lyrics and translations of FF8 songs
Merchandise - A shopping guide
Desktop - Wallpapers, icons, cursors, etc.
Avatars & Icons - For use on forums, LJ, etc.
Cell Phone Wallpapers - Backgrounds for cells
Ringtones - FF8 music for your mobile phone
Trivia - Did you know this about FF8?

Fan Material

Fandom - Fanart, cosplay, and fanfictions
Fan Lyrics - Rewriting lyrics to pop songs for Rinoa
Alternate Theme Songs - Songs reminiscent of Rinoa
Sprites - Animated GIFs and sprites of Rinoa
Puzzles - Cross words/word finds, etc.
Triple Triad - Interactive Triple Triad!
Doctored Pictures - Humor, fan "confessions", etc.
Parodies - Advertising featuring the FF8 crew
Meme - Which "Rinoa" are you?
YKYLRTMW... - Too much love?

Miscellaneous

Change Log - An archive of updates
Networking - Links and linking in
Affiliates & Sister Clubs - Closer connections
History - Background, experience, and why
Layout Archive - Past layouts used on this site
Credits - Those who make this site possible
FAQ & Contact - Get in touch with me

INDEX

Birth Stone: Aquamarine

Aquamarine It should come as no surprise that Rinoa's birth stone is the aquamarine, her trademark color. The aquamarine has been a popular stone for a long time, with a history starting as early as the third century BC. The aquamarine's long life in the spotlight means it has plenty of mythology attributed to it. In the past it's been called the sailor's stone, said to protect seafarers while at sea. In Roman myth the aquamarine belonged to Neptune, the god of the sea. To the Hindus it was a stone said to sharpen mental abilities and enhance the ability to speak in public. It's even been thought to help digestive and heart health! Water that contained an aquamarine was used to "treat" sicknesses related to the digestive and cardiovascular systems. This stone has also been associated with fortune-telling as well as poison antidotes.

The aquamarine is a mineral, specifically a variety of beryl, which means it's related to several other popular gemstones such as emeralds. First mined in India, today's most popular aquamarine stones come from Brazil, India, Africa, Australia, the USA, Pakistan, and recently China. Beryl is naturally light colored and transluscent. Many aquamarines are heated to improve their color. Some aquamarines are more green than blue and these are usually called "moss aquamarines."

It's interesting to note that aquamarines are frequently combined with garnets, the birth stone of FFIX's leading lady (and her name as well!).

(Information from A1 Birthstone Jewelery, which also provided the thumbnail pictured above, About Birthstones, Minerals.net, and Galleries - March Birth Stone.)

 

Birth Flower: Daffodil

Daffodil Bright yellow daffodil is the flower that represents March. Daffodil actually comes from the word for narcissistic, in mythology representing the flowers that the Greek gods planted to honor Narcissus, who died by drowning in a pool of water as he tried to catch a glimpse of himself. Kindness is associated with the daffodil as a birth attribute, as are warmth and optimism as well as reverence. This feature of reverence probably has roots in another myth, this time regarding Persephone. As she was about to pluck a daffodil, she was carried away by Hades to the underworld to marry him. The earth died (winter came) until Hades allowed her to return for part of the year (spring began again). As such, Persephone represents the coming of spring, as do the daffodils. This meaning ties in quite nicely with Rinoa, who can be seen as Squall's rebirth as well as a hopeful figure of spring.

(Information from Flower Meaning-Birth Flowers and Suite101. The thumbnail comes from Scenic Nursery---if you live in California, check it out!)

Girl's Day

Girl's Day, or hinamatsuri, is a doll festival that falls on March 3rd. Incorporated into Japanese culture from an ancient Chinese tradition, it's a time of year that families pray for happiness and growth of their daughters. A special doll, frequently passed down through generations of a family, takes up temporary residence for the holiday in a respectful manner. These dolls are called hina-ningyo. In the present, many households now have quite elaborate and symbolic set ups for the hina-ningyo, much like a diorama of a royal family.

March 3rd is also associated peaches, through a holiday imported from the old lunar calander. Peach blossoms are associated with gentility and kindness, and are also symbolic of happy marriage.

(Information provided by Ginkoya and About.)