Alright! I had to participate at this contest no doubt! Tetsuya Nomura it's the judge and he might see my work... THAT'S ALREADY AN HONOR! Plus official contest of FFXIII games is a plus for me.
I had a freaking hard time to get a good costume for lightning and in my honest opinion I do prefer some others that I already saw online but oh well.
My inspiration on this was on Lightning's personality. She's a badass no doubt on that... I wanted her to have a gothic / punkish side that could remind me a bit on Luxerion.
Also her blade was inspired on some old FF games with a lil twitch to make it more similar into her design.