[designate] GF Quezacotl
[summoning] Thunder Storm
[translation] From Nahautl quetzalli, "precious feather", and coatl, "snake". So it literally means 'precious feather snake'. Generally refered to as the Feathered Serpent.
[classification] Guardian Force - Thunder/Lightning Elemental
[magic stats] Thunder/Lightning magic | Summons an electricity storm.
[aquired from] Squall's study panel at the beginning of the game. If you don't get Quez when you log in, well, there's something seriously wrong with your game.
[game wise] Quezacotl is a bird-like spirit, whose gender is completely at the whim of the fan ^_^ I've seen Quez protrayed as both genders in fics before, and considering you can't exactly tell genders just from looking at a bird... I'm not even going to speculate.
Quezacotl is pale yellow, with darker blue-green tribal tattoo-like markings across its back and wings. Quezacotl appears spinning from the ground, with its wings wrapped tightly around its body, before spreading its wings wide and coming to a stop. Then it charges up and blasts the opponent with a lightning bolt.
[real world] The closest mythological figure I can find to Quezacotl is "Quetzalcoatl", a major diety from ancient Mexican (Aztec and Mayan name) mythology that survived across time and the Mexican civilisations. Quetzalcoatl was worshipped from the Teotihuacan civilization (3rd to 8th century AD) to the Aztec civilization which survived through to the 16th century. He was credited with giving life to the humans which populate the current universe, the invention of the calender, was identified as a patron of craftsmen, and was the god of wind, learning, writing and books... And this is a huge understatement of his importance, but if I told you everything he was known for, we'd never be done here.
[special abilities] Quez is mighty useful very early on in the game. Get him/her/it to learn its Mid Magic-RF. And get ready for a helluva lot of Drawing -_- Still, if you want strong magic ASAP and want life to be a breeze, especially on the exam, this is the way to do it. Draw 100 each of either Fire, Blizzard or Thunder, and then refine it into Level 2 magic. Remember, the stronger your magic, the stronger your stats when you junction them. The quickest, and easiest (read safest) way to get AP is to run along the beach and fight Fastitocolon-F (sp??); you always get 6 AP from each fight. This is also a good time to build up compatibility with the GFs. Quez also has the Card and Card Mod ability, which can change enemies into Cards in battle, and then change those cards into other items later.
[final fantasy legacy] Only appears in Final Fantasy VIII, in the place of Ramuh, the Thunder God. No idea if Quezacotl is going to make a repeat appearance in FF10, at this point.
[misc. stuff] Back on the mythology trail, you might have heard of the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan. I can't remember right now, but I'm pretty sure it's the Pyramid of the Sun which had links to Quetzalcoatl. It has all those nifty parallels to the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and is astronomically aligned to particular constellations and stuff. The stairs leading up the pyramid are alinged so that at winter and summer solstice at sunset, the shadow of the stairs on the temple resembles the moving back of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl moving along the pyramid.
Honestly, I think Square chopped off the extra letters in Quetzacoatl's name 'cos Quezacotl is just so much easier to pronounce. Who's going to notice a missing t or a? Me? Certainly not! ^_~
[mini-rant] And now, after giving you all the real-game info, I shall rant about one wee little problem I have with FF8. Read on if you want, it's mostly tripe. So anywayz, my question is: where the hell did they come up with 'Thunder' as a magic type?! I mean, it's a sound for godsakes; I can understand Bolt and all that from FF7, but not Thunder. And it sticks around in FF9, too.... >_< Also, it's a good thing GFs don't have to eat 'cos I don't see a mouth on this thing--ick, ignore me, I'm just being an idiot now.
Ooh, challenge: go find a book on ancient Mexican mythologies and try reading the names of all the gods out loud. Honestly, it's fun ^_^ Better yet, try typing them all out without a single mistake. I keep forgetting the 't' in Quetzacoatl.