- ♥● Kaz Ashura "I couldn't... You were a storm I wanted to be a part of, but I..."
Eiai's first encounter with Kaz was a fight on a rooftop in Northern Thanalan, though strangely enough, the fight resulted in her finding a sort of kinship in the man despite him knocking her ass out with an odd power. His madness excited her in some weird way, but because she was made to protect someone of the Collective at the time, she wasn't given much of a chance to understand this. It wasn't until Kaz extended a secret invitation for them to meet at Haukke Manor that Eiai was able to see that the two of them shared something that not many in the world can share...
Kaz was captured by the Collective and kept suppressed due to his insanity, but Eiai continued to try building a friendship with the man. He was there to support her when the two of them lost someone who was important to them, but they were once again torn apart by those who felt that Kaz would bring out the 'worst' in her. He was cast out from the Collective, and Eiai never saw or heard from him again for quite some time.
Kaz managed to find Eiai again, and the strange pair were able to pick right back up from where they left off-- As great friends who understood each other better than most anyone. They made a pact together and vowed to stay together in their own way. Though Eiai was hesitant due to her broken heart, she still couldn't ignore that Kaz had a place in her heart... A place she couldn't understand well, or put into words.
For a time, she decided to put faith in Kaz's assertion that he would see eternity with her, and was giving him the chance to prove that, but Eiai had a relapse of her own and wasn't able to see her promises with him through to the end. She had lost a lot and given up on love again, despite cherishing him. She hasn't seen him since leaving him behind in that dark house of his, and though she did go to see him again, she found that he had... Disappeared without a trace. Eiai worries about him and hopes he's still out there somewhere...
- ♥● Nesrin Mimieux "...She's just... So pretty and... Soothing."
Despite the fact that they happened to both be working for the Reliquary to start, Eiai didn't end up meeting Nesrin until she was recruited to The Court. Eiai was a little intimidated by how beautiful she was, but was inevitably drawn to her for her very warm and understanding personality, making it easy for the dragon to want to rely on her and become closer. Nesrin is probably the first other female that Eiai has felt an odd measure of... Possessiveness for, getting somewhat jealous and overly protective when others touch her, and Eiai isn't sure what to do with this feeling.
- ♥● Greer Wolf "MY BEST WOOFY!"
A half-Lupin, half-Xaela who Eiai randomly encountered out in the woods one day. Eiai was fascinated with her halfling appearance, probably because of her own halfling song, but their relationship ended up starting off with a bang. Eiai kicked her ass in front of a bunch of people in the Quicksand over some petty insults, which resulted in Eiai just making fun of the girl endlessly for a while and holding it over her head. Greer continued their insult game, which eventually transformed their relationship into a real friendship. Eiai eventually dragged Greer into The Court with her, going to her for comfort when she almost found herself thrown out of the organization for her own mistakes. Because Greer was there for her, Eiai actually cares for the halfling woman now, and would protect her if it became necessary.
- ♥● Oswyn Carter "He's SUPER cool! Haha pun."
Eiai remembered Oswyn as someone Kataani used to kind of harrass, and ended up hanging out with him just for the hell of it. Which turned out to be a great idea, because they became fast friends. Eiai appreciates Oswyn's humor and ability to just fly with her jokes and fire even better ones right back, so she considers him very comfortable and easy to be around. She's used his tail as a scarf and regards him pretty affectionately, but after sending him into an unwilling rage during a spar, Eiai now feels she doesn't deserve his friendship.
- ♥● Maksim Tumet "...Stupid pastey ass!"
Maksim and Eiai get along super well despite constantly jabbing at each other literally every single time they see each other. They'd met while Eiai was still trapped in the Collective, and Maksim helped support her and her son while she was going through her more turbulent moments. She even entrusted Maksim to care for her precious lavender Chocobo named Wisteria.
Her temper often flares with him, especially when it concerns his girlfriend that she has complicated feelings towards. And she doesn't exactly know how to feel about the fact that he acts like he's Hizu's father when he bosses him around. Despite all of that, Eiai trusts him like family, though she'd rather not say that out loud and would prefer making fun of him...
- ● Aoi Kurashiki "My troubled teenage son, who... Doesn't really like me, but oh well."
A thief that her ex-husband picked up off the streets after a failed stealing attempt, Aoi joined up with the Collective after being convinced by Hizu-- The Nunh believing that the younger Seeker would soon die if he continued down his criminal path. Aoi remained stubbornly belligerent, only occasionally listening to Hizu (when he felt like it). After learning of his fear, Eiai wanted to establish a connection between her and loner Miqo'te to help him, despite his obvious distrust. She had him come meet her in La Noscea to talk and work through things slowly, but she unfortunately overstepped boundaries and hurt him. It seemed like every time something was building between the two, it would easily break. The two of them often butt heads and end up just kind of... Yelling at each other.
Still, Eiai is equally stubborn and wanted to continue trying. Oddly, she cares about the young man a little too much despite everything he's done to try and hurt her with words he knows will cut her deeply. She would argue that he reminds her of her ex-husband back when she first met him; A troublemaker with nobody on his side, hated by everyone. Because of that similarity, Eiai doesn't wish to see him without a future and genuinely wants him to feel happier someday, knowing he has been through hells by himself.
However, Aoi had proved to be consistently troublesome through his time with them, despite Eiai and Hizu's attempts to help him. Others in the Collective had no faith that he would prove himself worthy of a place among them, but Eiai was still more than willing to do what she could to keep him-- refusing to allow him to be alone in a cruel realm, even if she gets hurt in the process.
In her heart, she feels a growing affection for the man, jokingly referring to him as her 'troubled teenage son' (despite being in his 20's), but maybe that isn't so far off from the truth... Eiai likes to annoy him and take care of him as much as she can, at least happy that he's branched out and found more like-minded individuals that can help him through the world.
- ● Karna Malaguld "What a terrifyingly adorable Raen~ Do people like him really still exist?!"
During a quiet evening in the Gold Court, Eiai encountered the young, strikingly pretty Raen man when he approached her. The two of them got to talking, and Eiai realized he was VERY fun to poke at and tease. She also realized he was pretty foreign and was happy to chum around and help make him feel less alone in a far away place. Though Karna unfortunately had to bear witness to many of her... Less than savory personal affairs coming to haunt her publically, she quickly came to understand that the Raen is exceedingly patient and endearing, making it easier for Eiai to open up to the man. She feels like he is someone she can rely on, and has tried her best to be honest about herself and her path. Though she can't tell him everything... She genuinely likes the man and hopes he will continue to be around her.
- ♥● A'lek Lanza "My bird-faced bestie!"
Eiai met A'lek in the Pearl Lane, drawn in by his... Weird bird mask. They became quick friends along with a small group where they collectively roasted the poor man and dragged him along into their antics.
Eiai fell fast for A'lek, who was there for her and eased her through a lot of her darkness. Through his humor and incredibly understanding nature, he made her feel able to open herself up to who she really was... And so A'lek holds great importance in her heart. Despite that, she ended up choosing Hizu over him and, even though it hurt, they agreed to remain besties.
- ♥● Raih'ir Karnha "I... Respect him. More than I've respected any kind of leader, I think! Someone who cherishes freedom as much as I do, and... And has the fluffiest wiggly ears..."
Raih'ir is someone Eiai had seen here and there, often witnessing him getting in trouble with the Ul'dahn hero, Nightingale. She ended up watching him get taken away to some sort of high security prison by the vigilante, and it piqued Eiai's curiosity. She was given permission to pester the troubled criminal, and the two of them met again sometime after.
He reached out to her with an offer to join him in The Court of Thieves. Eiai was slightly hesitant at first, having just escaped the Collective, but the sunset-eyed man turned out to be incredibly convincing, and Eiai couldn't help but agree to join up. Her fondness for the Thavnairian has only grown exponentially as time has gone on, and he has proven himself to be a selfless leader who will put himself on the line for his people. Eiai is especially impressed by his actions thus far, not used to people throwing themselves into danger for her sake... As a result of his efforts so far, Rairai has already gained himself a loyal dragon companion in Eiai.
After sending their mutual friend Oswyn into a rage for a spar, all because of her cocky arrogance, Raih has cast Eiai aside and felt betrayed by her. Eiai is heartbroken after being compared to his old Thavnairian masters, but desperately hopes that the friend she loves will accept her again someday...
- ● The Nightingale "Heroes... Totally not my style, but... But this one is cool. I mean... I guess he is."
Eiai's first encounter with The Nightingale was when she stumbled on him and her ex-husband fighting in the Lane. Naturally, Eiai sided with her ex, and tried to help bring the Ul'dahn hero down, but... It didn't really work out so well. He couldn't even be defeated by her ultimate shoe attack! Realizing he was a powerful foe, Eiai backed off with Hizu and she sort of just laughed it off.
She came across him again a few times after that, each time growing more interested in what he was all about. She had a thing for poking at him and nosing into his business, giving her opportunities to tease him more about his heroics.
As Eiai started to get more involved with Raih'ir, she ended up becoming more involved with Nightingale as well. Her relationship with him is super playful, pestering him, even when he tries to remain stoic. She thinks he's funny anyway! Though the tension between him and Raih'ir always has her super interested... And she totally has a fan story she's writing about their love spicy, forbidden love.
She hopes her fanfiction dreams will come true, someday...
Unexpectedly, Nightingale has shown Eiai a lot of care despite her inclinations towards crime, and helped her face difficult situations as well as finding solutions for her. She started to think that... Maybe some heroes aren't so bad afterall. Maybe. Eiai does care for Nightingale in return, wanting to be good friends, even if they may not exactly line up in terms of morality and the paths they both choose.
- ● Seiun Uyagir "A super pretty rose... With the sharpest thorns! She makes Thin Mint happy, so... I like her!"
Eiai wasn't sure how to feel about the other Xaela at first, mainly because Seiun seemed so... Proper and posh, in a way. But she quickly realized that Seiun wasn't the snobby type or anything, so it was easy for them to get along. She's mainly just content that the woman makes her older brother happy, and maintains a pretty favorable relationship with her. Though that has been tested throughout their joined experience with Valentin, often trying to make Eiai sacrifice her, but she has no intention of hurting her. In fact, Eiai hopes to protect her... Not wanting Mazin to lose someone else he loves.
- ♥● Maiya Maiilah "How could I ever hate you? You're like... Like a sister I would totally meet again, no matter how many times we're reborn."
Knowing Maiya mostly as the Collective's star Doctor from the start, Eiai immediately grew to admire and respect Maiya for her endlessly useful medical knowledge and... Incredible mental prowess in general. Maiya has saved both her and many of the Collective's members many times, and Eiai feels that without her around, many of them would have died long ago. Eiai looks up to her and strives to be more like her in the medical field-- though she is aware that it wouldn't be quite the same, since their healing practices are very different. Eiai has sought Maiya's counsel on many different occasions, though Maiya tended to seek her out first during her roughest times at the beginning of her days in the Collective. Receiving her support through her many crises left a big impression on Eiai and she is very attached to the very loving and warm Keeper, feeling she is able to approach her about virtually anything. They agreed that if they could be reborn from the life stream like the Dotharls say, they would like to come back as Xaela sisters.
Maiya betrayed Eiai's trust and broke her heart by doing something Eiai had a lot of trouble forgiving for a very long time. Eiai took her eye in revenge and the two of them remained broken for moons after, but Eiai eventually acknowledged that Maiya truly did care for her, finally coming to forgive her. Eiai has trusted Maiya to help her if things go horribly wrong down her path, and the two of them are able to consider each other sisters again.
- ● U'shen Tia "A sickeningly kind and older brothery kinda dude... He saw my boobs before, though... That was awkward."
Eiai became good friends with the Drake tribe cat through her ex-husband, Hizu. Hizu had befriended him through some Quicksand escapades and became closer to Eiai that way, originally coming to the Collective to try and help her and Hizu out, but... Eiai had her own ideas and ended up ditching without saying much to the Drake or anyone, really. She still keeps the little carved Drake he made for her and is still pretty fond of him, even if she doesn't go out of her way to try and seek him out. She knows he cares about her a lot, and she hopes he's having a good life with his wife.
- ● Yukio Tsukimi "So smol, so icy, and also really cute!"
When this cold, withdrawn, and incredibly small Raen boy came to the manse, Eiai was very interested in him and latched on pretty quickly. From his first day with them, she had a weird desire to get to know him and found that it was awfully fun to tease the shy 18-year-old. She grew closer to him as they did more together for the Collective, protecting each other naturally as siblings would. Despite his previously icy demeanor, he was able to provide Eiai with warmth when she desperately needed it, and they both mutually adopted each other in a way.
- ● Kiyokage Mizuhiki "There was one time he almost chopped my head off, but hey! He's a cool bean!"
If anyone asked Eiai how she met Kiyo, she would probably laugh and fondly recall that his greatsword nearly decapitated her and ripped through her torso... As unsettling as that sounds, Eiai doesn't seem to hold it against him, as their first encounter was an unfortunate result of her being dragged along in Hizu's nefarious plans against the Collective. Despite the terribly violent first impression, Eiai and Kiyo were able to move past that as her presence in the Collective grew-- eventually becoming oddly mismatched friends who were very much opposite each other in every way. Kiyo was probably the only Xaela man that Eiai had a small spark of an interest in, but her feelings were with Hizu, and she didn't humor the idea for very long. Kiyo provided her with a lot of support through her issues, gaining her trust and allowing her to feel closer to him as time went on. Even when Eiai at some point blamed him for the death of her unborn child, she couldn't let herself hate Kiyo and came to forgive him. She sometimes can't help herself from remembering the incident when she sees him, but she still manages to regard him fondly and respects him, finding his snide remarks and sarcastic humor to be pretty endearing. She knows better than anyone that his words hold merit and he deserves to be listened to more than he is in the Collective.
- ● Jean Lefavre "Absolutely fucking nuts! I'm super into that!!"
For a while, Eiai only thought of Jean as her very interesting coworker who pulled off makeup extraordinarily well, but could never really figure out how to talk with him on a personal level. They ended up working together to gather intel in the Lane and were finally able to bond somewhat over similar, unfortunate circumstances that they had both been through... And Eiai has a strange obsession with some of his... Less than safe for work fictional novels he had written on dragons and temple knights. She is a huge fan of his work and also really enjoys his morbid humor.
- ● Ohvhu'a Jastice "Sometimes I think about asking him if he can fly away with those big ears of his, but it might be kinda rude..."
Ohv is a simple man that Eiai enjoys for that reason. He's mostly happy-go-lucky, and it rubs off on her sometimes if she's in a terrible mood. She is somewhat protective of him, noted by her actions when someone burned him and blinded him in one eye. Eiai went on a rampage to try and end that person's life, regardless of Ohv begging her not to, but she was stopped before she could do anything. It was an upsetting experience for poor Ohv, but Eiai has done her best to make up for it since then. They've helped each other a few times since then, and their friendship is still going strong!
- ● Sanzi Valhan "I hated you for like, five seconds! But now you're my favorite Bunnybitch! My sister from another blister!"
Sanzi and Eiai started off wanting to kill each other when they met during a high-tension situation involving Hizu and a guy named Shiroi. The bunny-eared Xaela continued to threaten and make fun of Hizu, and that pissed Eiai off, which then turned into a pissing contest between her and Sanzi. After a while of that, they ended up just kind of laughing it off and realized that they were actually great friends in the making!
Eiai was always excited to see the girl again after that, and eventually, their messed up little bond strengthened to the point of becoming kinda like sisters. They even LARP'd together like some kind of boys love novel. Great memories!
- ● J'bahlo Tia "Does this dude ever stop smiling?"
Bahlo is a Tia with a seemingly endless amount of tolerance and compassion for Eiai and her problems with getting into trouble. He was there for Eiai through some of her toughest times- even composing a song for her that she still remembers the lyrics to. She knows him as one of the very few who support her going down her own path- regardless of how dangerous and painful it may be... Always welcoming her with open arms and that goofy, contagious smile of his.
- ● Kiryie Kaohka "She's fucking dastardly!"
Eiai met Kiryie through her ex boyfriend, Halo'a, during their outing at the Grindstone, where a series of questionable events between the three had come to pass. Despite the rather strange first meeting, Eiai often found herself unable to resist tagteaming with Kiryie to tease Halo'a (much to his dismay), and she easily got caught up in the girl's michievous nature. They were building an earnest relationship as two females who were clumsy with other females themselves- Eiai being especially enthusiastic about doing her best to keep Kiryie as a friend. Though Eiai hasn't seen or spoken to the woman in a long time, she still cherishes the keepsake that Kiryie had given her as a token of their budding friendship- having crafting it into a necklace that she could keep with her.
- ● Kage Grimm "He fucking annoys me sometimes, but hey, we're bros~"
Eiai met Grimm while she was still a resident of Koh's mansion, having taken the lost teenager in alongside Koh. She found him really odd and didn't really understand him and his weird way of displaying 'emotion', unaware of how his old Shinobi clan had worked... But she eventually warmed up to him, caring for him and trying to teach him what she could about Eorzea. As their familial bonds with Koh fell apart, Grimm followed Eiai to the Collective and ended up fighting him many times over petty things, but they always find a way to make up somehow.
- ● Koke Harrigan "Ah... I miss the way he would clean and stuff."
Koke was one of the people in the Collective who made her feel she belonged in the family, caring for her and offering her his comfort and home-cooked meals whenever she was down. Even without really knowing what a father should be like, Eiai was sure that if she had a real one, she would prefer if he was something like Koke. He was with her through a lot of her pain and mended her emotional wounds many times-- even sacrificing his own emotions to be there for Hizu through his worst stages as well. Though Koke has gone off to Thavnair to be with his sick wife, Eiai hasn't forgotten about him and tries to write to him when she can.
- ● Vilexes Black "Stop touching my ass. I beg you."
Eiai found Vilexes to be obnoxious and hard to tolerate, seeing as how one of the first things she did was touch her ass and weirdly flirt with her and whoever else, but Eiai came to warm up to her after hanging out and drinking with her among another group of Lane-going friends. Eiai decided to stay by her side as her past came back to haunt her, even when Vilexes' evil deeds were revealed. Vilexes helped talk Eiai through some of her problems with Hizu, encouraging her to find her happiness, no matter what she had to do in order to get it.
- ● I'mhati Tia "Like Narudo, but edgier!"
I'mhati was the terrifying man who threatened to kill Eiai at the very beginning, when she was caught tailing the Collective. His continuous threats against Hizu created tension between Eiai and Mhati, and all she wanted was to go against him and convince him to let go of his grudges against her mate. As she became a part of the family, she was finally able to see the man's gentler side, her apprehensiveness regarding him eventually fading into nothing. When he had decided to try giving Hizu another chance, Eiai in turn came to see Mhati in a better light. He was there for her and offered to help both her and Hizu when the threat of losing him was very real. She learned that Mhati was also one of the first to take action when she was kidnapped by a group of ninja- saving her and even going so far as to torture the man who had done her wrong. Eiai came to hold him in very high esteem and greatly appreciated him as a leader. She is unsure of how he feels about her after leaving, and noted that he seemed wary of her. She doesn't seem to particularly care about that, however.
- ● Cocono Cono "A bite-sized mom friend!"
The cake lady of the Collective. Eiai always somehow finds cake in her hands whenever Coco comes into the room... Mysteriously. Though Eiai isn't against it at all, of course. Eiai found the small woman to be weirdly motherly and felt a certain, familiar warmth about her. Eiai can see that she does her best for the family and is incredibly handy in terms of her unique skillsets. Even if her sushi was seen crawling on the floor at some point...
- ● T'leyeh Tia "Totally purrs when given scritches~"
Formerly in the Collective, Eiai saw that Leyeh was very kind and he always tried to defend people if he felt what was happening to them was wrong. She finds that kind of strong will admirable and, even though she hasn't spoken to him in some time, she still remembers him quite fondly.
- ● A'vraiya Tia "He's too cool for me, honestly..."
Eiai had a tense relationship with Vraiya for the longest time, regarding him as a good friend, but she was met with doubt on his end due to his feelings towards the Collective and Kataani. She didn't like the fact that he started to treat her with suspicion and even tugged her along on a bit of a wild goose chase for a time. Things changed for the better after some time, when Vraiya was able to let go of things and start seeing the Collective in a new light. The tension Eiai felt towards him has practically vanished and she doesn't feel she needs to be on guard with him anymore.
- ● Vahsrin'a Saialdhe "He appears outta nowhere sometimes! Makes me wanna pee my pants! He's always been nothing but helpful to me, though!"
An odd man with a somewhat eerie vibe about him, Eiai learned a lot about him pretty early on. She realized that he was pretty warm despite the initial ominous aura-- though her inexperience with tribal Keepers made it difficult for her to process his way of being. He is also an odd ally to the Collective, even though he has had to exercise his power against them a couple of times. Despite that, he has treated Eiai well and has even offered her a place to stay, along with Conjury lessons should she ever wish for it.
- ● Yur Teuslow "Oh yeah. He likes it when girls are mean to him!"
The sarcastic guy who always stood faithfully at his spot in the Lane. Eiai went to him for information for a while and he proved to be a very useful person, putting a lot of effort into making sure things would turn out fine for her and the Collective. She went with him and a few of their other friends to bars and parties sometimes, which allowed them to get a little closer. She misses those times a little bit, but knows that Yur is still always around and doesn't hesitate to make fun of her and her 'bad choice in men' every time he spots her.
- ● M'vaius Tia "Rumble rumble rumble~"
A rumbly Miqo'te known as 'M' who always hid his face and was a bit scary to Eiai for quite a while. She noticed that he was abnormally large and only made a lot of growly noises rather than words she could understand-- but then the day came where he would spook her for fun and even casually used her as an arm rest. It was then she realized that he was actually not so bad and started to feel more comfortable with him. She doesn't get to see him too often, but whenever she does, she finds herself worried about his well-being and hoping that he's happy. She was glad that he was able talk to her using words, but wonders if she should learn how to sign so he doesn't have to force it...
- ● Azrat Lariss "I saw him in a Shiva thong once."
Azrat has proved to be reliable and she had an innate fondness for him, seeing him defend Hizu as much as he could during the hardest times. She knows the two of them had an... Odd past, but doesn't hold that against him. Eiai hasn't had the opportunity to spend much quality time with the man that's been freshly-appointed as her mentor, but the few reports she's been able to make to him have been very pleasant and she does feel that he cares.
- ● Zahri Davigoh "I'm pretty sure I have some kinda outstanding debt with him somewhere... But I'm not even gonna think about it..."
Eiai has called him by the name Purple Freak ever since Hizu gave him that nickname towards the beginning of her arrival. Eiai truly respects the man, even though she and Zahri end up making fun of each other most of the time. (It's totally out of love) Zahri helped save Hizu and, even though he saddled her and Hizu with a very large debt (that she kind of doesn't believe is a real thing), Eiai admires his mental prowess and really enjoys the Mammet gift he gave to her to help her cope with the grief she was dealing with. After a very long discussion, Eiai decided to name the little automaton 'Booby'.
Zahri also offered her son a Golden Chocobo Rocker and she... Kind of doesn't know what to do with this kind of thing... But she was happy knowing that he was there to make sure Mirai has the best... In his own special Zahri way. She no longer speaks to him after leaving the Collective, but she doesn't hold any grudges towards him.
- ● Leith Emrys "Don't... Don't ever steal his carrots. You'll die a horrible, agonizing death!"
Eiai was vaguely intimidated by the Magister for a while, knowing him to be the Archmagister's husband and a man who she should exercise caution with. She always knew the Magister was around when a loud crunch would echo through the manse. Unsure of how to interact with him for a long time, she just kind of observed, finding his quirks to be really kind of funny. The little prim sniff, his love for good alcohol, and all the... Carrots. She got brave (or maybe just hungry) and stole one of his fresh carrots right from under his nose. She thought she was probably gonna die, but she ended up pleasantly surprised that he was actually pretty playful and pleasant. Leith had a hand in saving Hizu's life and that earned Leith a place in her heart as well.