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Lucca Ashtear
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Official artwork of Lucca by Akira Toriyama.
Home Time Present
Home Area Truce
Age 19
Weapon Type Gun, hammer
Magic Element Fire
Family Taban (father)
Lara(mother)
Kid (adopted little sister)
Banta (ancestor)
Gender Female
Friends / Colleagues Crono
Marle
Frog
Robo
Ayla
Kino
Doan
Gato
Queen Leene
King Guardia XXI
King Guardia XXXIII
Schala
Magus
Crono's Mother
Melchior
Gaspar
Belthasar
Luccia
"It appears to be a humanoid robot. Incredible...I think I can fix it"
— Lucca

Lucca (ルッカ "Rukka"?) is a recurring character in the Chrono (Series). She is a brilliant inventor and Crono's childhood friend. She is very smart and tends to make comments during serious moments. Using her wise intelligence and creativity, Lucca invents many devices, such as a battle-training robot named Gato ("Gonzales" in the Japanese version) and a short-range teleporter called The Telepod.


Appearance

Lucca has short plum purple hair underneath a helmet with an antenna on the right-hand side. She wears golden frame glasses, along with a long-sleeved dark teal-green shirt under an orange tunic. She wears a dark yellow scarf around her neck, and a pair of dark brown boots on her feet. At her belt line, she wears a small brown bag, and hanging from her shoulder she wears a large blue bag.

Biography

Chrono Trigger

Lucca's Telepod is scheduled to be presented on the first day of the Millennial Fair. Her father, Taban, also an inventor, assists her. Crono and his new friend, Marle, are the first to test the device. Crono successfully teleports. However, this device causes Marle to go back in time. Crono follows her immediately. Lucca eventually catches up after creating the Gate Key to ensure safe and speedy time-traveling. It is also Lucca who realizes Marle is a Princess and when the team attempts to save the Princess' ancestor and restore history, she tries to talk Crono out of allowing a Frog knight to join the party. Later, when Frog is filled with shame for letting the Queen fall captive, Lucca tries to stop him and finally confesses that he was not a bad guy after all. When Crono is accused of abducting Marle, Lucca rescues him from the Prison Towers in Guardia Castle and single-handedly disarms several royal officials in the process.

Fleeing the Present to evade the Chancellor and his guards, Lucca and her friends enter a Gate that leads thirteen hundred years into the Future. In the Proto Dome, a robotic-man is discovered. Lucca uses her skill with machines to repair the robot. He later joins the party and is quite partial to her, even to the point of calling her "Miss Lucca", a formality seen in the southern region of the United States which dovetails perfectly with his dated chivalrous manner. In one of the full motion videos (FMV) from the PlayStation and Nintendo DS versions, Lucca is trapped by several hostile Robots. Robo rescues her shortly after.

Later, when the party recovers Dreamstone to repair the Masamune, Lucca aids Melchior in fixing the sword. Likely, she lends assistance because of her savviness with technology, but also, in the smelting of swords, fire is needed and which is Lucca's element is Fire.

As Lucca blames herself for the bad accident that took the legs of her mother, Lara, in the year of 990 AD, a bad incident which motivates her to study science. During the course of her time-travels, an opportunity opens for her to revisit that moment and change the events. Saving Fiona's Forest opens the red Gate to that time period and it is believed by many that an unnamed deity opened the red Gate to allowing her a second chance. In the year of 990 AD. as Lucca encounters a younger version of herself.

In the ending FMV scene, Lucca eventually creates a mini-robot modeled after Robo. In the same scene, Lucca finds an infant with a pendant that in Chrono Cross turns out to be Kid, the clone daughter of Schala, as she takes her in.

as Lucca appears in several of the alternate endings of the game. In one, she and Marle narrate the credits as they roll by. In another, she and Marle ogle Glenn, who has recently transformed back into human form.

Radical Dreamers

Lucca opens an orphanage in Regiorra, where she eventually adopts Kid. At some point in her life, she gave the Chrono Trigger to Kid. meanwhile Lynx kidnaps and murders her while searching for a specimen of the device, luring Kid to his Manor to unite her sample with the Frozen Flame. Strongly attached to Lucca, as Kid seeks vengeance on Lynx but is unable to exact it when soldiers from Porre intervene.

As a musician, Serge wrote a song that Lucca was very quite fond of.

Chrono Cross

In Chrono Cross, here she is referred to as Dr. Ashtear, it is discovered that Lucca eventually converted her house into a form of an orphanage. Kid is revealed to have been found by Lucca and raised in the orphanage. Lucca is later kidnapped prior to the beginning of Chrono Cross by Lynx and Harle in an effort to subdue the Prometheus Circuit that keeps the Frozen Flame sealed. She is presumably killed off by Lynx later on. later on, she appears Alongside with Crono and Marle as one of the Ghost Children haunting Opassa Beach and Dead Sea. With the others, she chastises Serge for undoing their efforts to thwart the destruction of Lavos, although his bad influence on the timeline which was accidental.

Xenogears

In Xenogears, another Square game, Lucca has a brief cameo appearance in the village of Lahan. Masato Kato revealed in interviews that Lahan is one of the locations he designed for the game, which could explain why Lucca appears in it.

Abilities

Lucca is a long-range combatant using her gun for regular combat; if the enemy gets close, she swings her hammer at them. However, she is not very strong physically and suffers from lower hit points and defensive power. Her real strength lies in her talents as an offensive mage character, relying on techs that deal damage (all of which are fire-based). While she possesses a wide variety of dual and triple techs, most of them deal fire damage making her less useful against enemies with fire resistance. She also possesses a defense buffing spell as well as the ability to put enemies to sleep (interestingly, unlike some RPGs with status-inflicting moves that never work on major enemies, she can put some bosses to sleep).

As Lucca's Magical element is fire, she takes high damage from water. Lucca does have one unique advantage over Marle: her father Taban makes special equipment for her from time to time that can give her combat abilities a considerable boost, particularly covering some of her weak spots such as speed. It's advisable to check in with her father Taban after a major story event or two to see if he's developed something for her.

Techs

Tech (PS Name / SNES Name) MP Cost TP Target Description
Flamethrower (Flame Toss) 1 10 Line of enemies Burn enemies along a direct line. (Fire)
Hypnowave (Hypno Wave) 1 60 All enemies Put all enemies to sleep.
Fire 2 N/A One enemy Attack an enemy with fire. (Fire)
Napalm 4 150 Circle of enemies Bomb enemies within a circle. (Fire)
Protect 6 250 One ally Boost an ally's Defense.
Fire II (Fire 2) 8 400 All enemies Attack all enemies with fire. (Fire)
Megaton Bomb (Mega Bomb) 15 600 Circle of enemies Blast enemies within a circle. (Fire)
Flare 20 900 All enemies Attack all enemies with intense fire. (Fire)


Name Origin

Lucca is a city of northwest Italy west of Florence. On the site of an ancient Ligurian settlement and a Roman colony, it became a free commune in the 12th century and was later an independent republic. It's one of Italy's most conservative and richest cities. Lucca is also the root of many light-oriented words, such as luminescence. This is likely a reference to her bright personality.

Also, Lucca's name may be an adaptation of "Lucia", which was the name given to a Catholic Saint who is titled "Healer of the Blind". This is appropriate as Lucca saves her mother from becoming crippled and she opens an orphanage for displaced children.

Trivia

  • Lucca bears a pretty strong resemblance to Arale Norimaki from Dr. Slump given that Akira Toriyama is the artist for the series.
  • Lucca appears in The Fiendlord's Castle as a decoy, and as a trap for Robo. Each player is tempted by a character they care deeply for. Robo's illusion is Lucca, as she had repaired him in 2300 A.D.
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