There is no satisfaction in anything less than complete and total victory.Ser Adelphel
Though born to a lesser house, Ser Adelphel was a formidable fighter and admired for his elegant swordsmanship. He trained rigorously from an early age at the behest of his father, who believed it would help him excel in high society. Having mastered the combat arts, he won much glory on the battlefield and secured a place within the archbishop's personal guard.
Ser Adelphel rose to great prominence and attracted the attention of countless young noble-women, many with whom he was rumored to have had relations. The knowledge that he had sworn an oath to never marry or father children seemed only to inflame their passions further, and the young knight found himself challenged to duels by disgruntled husbands, brothers, and fathers with alarming frequency.
Later, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, Ser Adelphel joined Thordan VII in the Singularity Reactor after the Warrior of Light defeated both Lahabrea and Igeyorhm. The knights transformed into the Knights of the Round and assisted King Thordan in combat against the Warrior of Light.
Upon defeat, Adelphel and the other knights fell to the ground, and were encompassed in a swell of aetherical light.
A man who had been recovering in Saint Vaindreau's Grace, a civilian hospital in the Firmament, succumbed to the corruption of dynamis between his aether, triggered by the coming Final Days. The man, naming himself "Vaindreau", was an Allagan cloned body found within Azys Lla meant to be used to resummon King Thordan, but instead all of the souls of the Heavens' Ward awakened inside the body. When he awoke in the Firmament, he claimed himself to be a member of the Heavens' Ward, though he could not remember which soul was meant to be his. The hospital ward Loverick informed 'Vaindreau' of the death of the Heavens' Ward and Thordan VII, who felt his purpose and place in the world was now null with no archbishop to protect. With their souls still tempered, Vaindreau escaped the hospital, wandering into the streets of Ishgard. He was noticed by Erenville right before his transformation into the blasphemy Profane Fafnir.
The souls of the Ward flied low over Ishgard, near the roofs of the Vault, and took refuge near the crashed airship they had used to previously flee Azys Lla, the personal airship of Thordan VII before his death. Aymeric de Borel summoned Profane Fafnir the Vault's summit who used the archbishop's coronet to call forth "his knights". Aymeric, Artoirel de Fortemps, and the Warrior of Light fought the blasphemy to lay the memory and souls of Adelphel and his fellow knights to rest.
Ser Adelphel is a Wildwood Elezen with short blond hair, a youthful face, and brilliant blue eyes. He wears Ward Knight's attire, which is a form of pure white Adamantite armor with dark blue trimmings and bears his order's crest. In battle he wields the sword Radiance, a steel longsword with ornate carvings and gold & blue accents.
In Endwalker, Adelphel and his fellow knights' memories lay within the blasphemy Profane Fafnir, and is fought one final time in the Magical DPS level 90 duty Ever March Heavensward. Ser Adelphel is fought in Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) alongside Ser Grinnaux and Ser Charibert, and later summoned by King Thordan at various intervals.
- Encyclopædia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy XIV, pag. 154
- The Lore Train – Duty Commenced Heavens' Ward and Temple Knights Lore Lowdown
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, During the Magical DPS role quests