The Master Fisherman is a minor character within the world of Final Fantasy VIII. He is entirely optional, meaning that the player may never come into contact with him during the course of the game. Doing so, however, can provide some significant additional plot and rewards.
The Master Fisherman is also known as "The Engineer" because he was "one hell of a skilled hand in Esthar." He was also the engineer that led the train of people out of Esthar, resulting in the creation of Fisherman's Horizon. The people of Fisherman's Horizon also refer to him as simply "boss."
If the player completes both of the sidequests in Shumi Village they can witness a scene where the Master Fisherman pays a visit there. He reveals a couple more things about himself, such as the fact that he is an honorary Shumi and that he created the 3D image seen in the elevator that transports visitors to the village proper. Additionally, the Master Fisherman is a player of Triple Triad, though he does not carry any rare cards.
The Master Fisherman is first seen in the FMV where Balamb Garden crashes into the village of Fisherman's Horizon. The crash disrupts his peaceful day of fishing, sending up a huge wave, but he manages to survive. After Headmaster Cid instructs Squall to make contact with the residents of Fisherman's Horizon he can go and talk to the Master Fisherman though doing so involves climbing down a couple of ladders and taking a circuitous path. For the effort the Master Fisherman will reward the player with the Occult Fan III. If talked to a second time, he will ask Squall to go talk to his pupil at the docks, the Fisherkid.
After completing all scenes with the Fisherkid, the Master Fisherman will pay a visit to the docks and the locals will express their surprise at seeing him, as he normally sticks to his fishing spot. He then invites Squall to the hotel for some additional conversation if Squall agrees and the Master Fisherman reveals some of the town's backstory: that it was founded by a group of pacifists who originally lived in Esthar. He then rewards Squall with a Megalixir.
During the town's backstory it is revealed that he is also credited with coming up with the name "Fisherman's Horizon," though he admits that he doesn't know how he came up with it. If the player witnesses the completion of the statue in Shumi Village at the end of Disc 3 the Master Fisherman will appear. Explaining his presence he says that he's not really into either statues or "this Laguna person," but he had an urge to come and you have to act on your urges when you're his age. When Squall asks again on where the name 'FH' comes from the Master Fisherman responds with "Some other time." At that point, he disappears and can no longer be found in the game.
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