|“||Awaken, Genesis Tree! Recall the instant that the heavens and the earth were born!||”|
|メータ, Mēta (Maetah)|
Meta (メータ) is Vahn's Fire Ra-Seru in Legend of Legaia. Chronologically, he is the first Ra-Seru the player will encounter. He is a kind, yet firm and intelligent being who helps guide Vahn throughout his adventure.
Meta appears as a small, stone figure. His body vertically shaped and flame red in color, with a large green jewel in the center. As Meta grows stronger with each Genesis Tree revival his body grows to cover more of Vahn's right arm. Eventually he grows a set of horns that portrude backward and a long sword that elongates and retracts from the top of his body. This ability is demonstrated at the end of the opening FMV where Vahn uses this ability to fight Songi. When in his true form, Meta resembles a floating samurai armor, and wields a gigantic red sword.
Meta is a firm yet kind Ra-Seru who takes his mission of saving the world very seriously. He is drawn to those with hope in their hearts, a reason why he chose Vahn as his wielder. He is very knowledgeable and willing to share important information when the need arises. Despite his good nature, he can become very stern toward Vahn whenever he jokes at inappropriate times or needlessly places himself in danger.
Meta was one of a chosen few Seru created by Tieg that was endowed with special power that turned him into a Ra-Seru. Tieg gave a select few Seru the power of Ra-Seru so they could govern the Seru-kai. After Rogue's rebellion that allowed the Seru to enter the human world and the subsequent banishment of Rogue and its followers, Tieg sealed each Ra-Seru into a separate Genesis Tree on Legaia and ordered them to remain there until they were needed in a time of great crisis.
Meta slept inside Rim Elm's Genesis Tree for thousands of years, until Zeto's attack on Rim Elm brought the Mist into the village. The attack caused Meta to awaken and his power caused the Genesis Tree to pulsate with energy, attracting a young boy named Vahn to arrive there. When Vahn reached the Genesis Tree, Meta revealed himself and asked Vahn to join him in saving humanity from the Mist's chaos. With Vahn accepting and leading the other villagers to the Genesis Tree, Meta used the power of their prayers to revive it and drive the Mist and the Seru away, saving the villagers. Thus began Meta's and Vahn's journey to eradicate the Mist.
- "I have read your thoughts. I am speaking to your mind. I am Meta, a Ra-Seru. I have been waiting inside this Genesis Tree for someone like you. I ask you, Vahn. Do you wish to save your people from the Mist?"
- —Meta speaks to Vahn's mind for the first time.
Once Vahn obtains Meta at the Genesis Tree of Rim Elm, Meta acts as his guide and reveals to him the history of the Seru and of his special powers. When Vahn arrives at the dungeon of Drake Castle Meta points out the Seru monsters behind the cages and tells him that they were once human. Though Meta tries to read the mind of one of the Seru monsters he is too weak at that point and tells Vahn that the Seru controlling the person's mind is too strong.
When Vahn finds King Drake inside the castle Meta tells Vahn that he is wearing the key to the Water Gate, preventing Vahn from proceeding to Biron Monastery. If Vahn sleeps in the bedroom next to the throne room of the castle, Meta will guard the area with his power. However, Meta will interrupt Vahn's dream and reveal to him that he can absorb the power of other Seru.
Power and AbilitiesEdit
As a Ra-Seru, Meta has amazing powers that are not possessed by normal Seru. These powers come from the homeworld of the Seru - the Seru-kai. Though this power is immense, if the Seru-kai is destroyed Meta ceases to exist. Because he is a Ra-Seru, Meta can revive the ancient Genesis Trees that have the power to drive away the Mist. In order to revive the Genesis Trees, Meta uses the power of human prayers and transfers this power into the Genesis Tree itself.
One of the most important of Meta's powers is his imperviousness to the maddening effects of the Mist. Meta also allows Vahn to use his Hyper Arts and can absorb and summon Seru in battle. He can communicate with other Ra-Seru using their native language, but his primary method of communication is through telepathy. Though it is not in his Ra-Seru nature to do so, Meta is capable of controlling the minds of others.
Meta can also levitate, teleport to other areas (within limits) and has complete control over the element of Fire. His power causes the strength, speed, quickness and other stats of his host to raise dramatically above normal levels. An example of this boost in strength is seen in Legend of Legaia's opening FMV when Vahn kills a deadly Viguro with a single Tornado Flame.
- Inferno - Meta reveals his true form and destroys enemies with a flaming kitana.
Hyper Art AttacksEdit
Speed and movement techniquesEdit
- Levitation - Meta can use his psychic powers to levitate in the air
- Teleportation - Meta can teleport to other areas (within limits)
- Seru Summoning - Meta can call out the power of a Seru to attack an enemy for him
- Energy Shield - Meta can create a barrier of energy around a small radius that blocks his host from harm
- Telepathy - Enables Meta to communicate with others' minds as well as potentially control them
Each time a Genesis Tree is revived the Ra-Seru that takes part in the revival levels up and becomes more powerful. Not only does it add to the Ra-Seru's attack power, but it also changes its outer appearance. Meta starts at Lv1 and can go all the way up to LV9.
- - Meta comes from the Greek preposition meta-, which meant "after," "beside," "among," and "with." This is a very fitting name.