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Orphan is the final boss of Final Fantasy XIII - he is a powerful being that acts as the main power-source for the floating continent of Cocoon. Orphan is one of the fal'Cie, supernatural beings created long ago. Orphan, created by the entity called Lindzei, was in a state of unbirth and used by the other Lindzei fal'Cie as a power source as they created Cocoon as part of a plan to sacrifice those they lure to open Etro's Gate to be reunited with the Maker.
Orphan was originally in a state of unbirth until Barthandelus, after being defeated the l'Cie he assembled to kill Orphan, was assimilated unto Orphan's body as a parent-themed shell. Once "born", speaking through its shell, Orphan states its desire to be destroyed so Etro's Gate can open and reality can be undone and recreated.
Turning Lightning and the others into Cie'th, Orphan forces Fang to assume the form of Ragnarok. However, the form is incomplete and Orphan tortures Fang before Vanille stands up to it as Lightning and the others suddenly return to normal and destroy Orphan's shell. Lighting stating their intend to give the fal'Cie the death it desires yet will save Cocoon, Orphan is destroyed. With Orphan's death, as Vanille and Fang sacrifice themselves to save Cocoon, the remaining Lindzei fal'Cie shut down.