"Rumi, I'm so close...so close to fulfilling my promise. In fact, I'll promise you again, here and now: I will create the perfect world for you."
Rumi is a character in Persona 5 Royal. She is Takuto Maruki's ex-fiancée.
- Persona 5 Royal: Minor Character
On one February 3rd, years prior to the events of Persona 5, both of Rumi's parents were murdered during a home invasion while she and Maruki were about to be wed. This caused her to fall into a catatonic depression, and Maruki was left mourning and guilt-ridden. She remained unresponsive during his hospital visits until he mentioned her family, which triggered her PTSD and caused her to break down.
Desperate to help her, a mysterious entity reached out to Maruki. Afterward, Rumi's memories were altered: she came to believe she had health complications all her life, that her parents died young, and that she lives with her grandparents. She no longer recognized Maruki, who decided to distance himself from her to keep her happy, telling her that his girlfriend had died.
This incident, along with his cognitive psience research, presumably lead to the creation of his Palace. The Day of Reckoning eventually led Maruki to awaken to his Persona, Azathoth, and begin to create an ideal reality in Rumi's name. Statues of Rumi can be seen in the Twilight Corridor area of Maruki's Palace as background objects, and the newsletter related to her parents' death becomes Maruki's Treasure, taking the form of a golden torch within the Metaverse.
Rumi's name (留美) likely means "detained beauty."
- Rumi's breakdown in response to a trigger is similar to the final Hikari flashback in the musical labyrinth of Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.
- Rumi's birthday is on the 3rd of February, the same date as the deadline for Maruki's Palace.
- Rumi's assets were recycled from Sadayo Kawakami, specifically during her Rank 7 Confidant when she's in the hospital. The beta version of her model had long brown hair and black eyes instead of red hair and red eyes.
- Rumi's current status is unknown in all of Persona 5 Royal's endings.