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The Convocation of Fourteen was the main governing body of the world unsundered in Final Fantasy XIV, charged with overseeing policies and ensuring order in creation.

Members[]

The Convocation consisted of fourteen offices held by individuals who were leading authorities in their fields of expertise, or possessed skills to facilitate their duties.[1] Members of the Convocation went by their titles rather than given names for the duration of their time in office.

  • Loghrif - Specialist in terrestrial life and animal husbandry, held by Gaia.
  • Mitron - Specialist in aquatic life, held by Artemis.
  • Emet-Selch - Keeper of the aetherial realm, or Underworld, held by Hades.
  • Pashtarot - Preserver of discipline and order.
  • Fandaniel - Pursuer of extant phenomena, held by Hermes. Prior to joining the Convocation, Hermes was chief overseer of Elpis.
  • Altima - Advocate of the arts.
  • Halmarut - Specialist in fungal and plant life.
  • Nabriales - Role in the Convocation unknown.
  • Igeyorhm - Champion of enlightenment and rhetoric.
  • Deudalaphon - Role in the Convocation unknown.
  • Emmerololth - Specialist in medicine and healing.
  • Lahabrea - Speaker of the Convocation, specialist in creation magicks, and chief keyward of Pandæmonium.
  • Elidibus - Emissary of the Convocation who became the heart of Zodiark.
  • Azem - Traveler of the world and counselor to the people. They opposed the summonings of Zodiark and Hydaelyn, and vacated their position, which was seen by the Convocation as an act of defection. Though Azem's whereabouts in the Final Days remained unknown, two shards of their sundered soul became the Warrior of Light on the Source and Ardbert on the First.

Like their people, the Convocation upheld the custom of returning to the star upon fulfillment of their life's work, as was the case with the previous Fandaniel who contributed countless new concepts and specimens.[2] The previous Azem, Venat, was one of few who continued her work on Etheirys after stepping down from office, which was considered an eschewing of custom.[3]

History[]

The Ancients inhabited all corners of the planet Etheirys. Through their vast pool of aether and the innate ability to use "creation magick", they accomplished wondrous feats and built utopian cities, including Amaurot, the center of their civilization and home to the Convocation of Fourteen, and Elpis, a research facility dedicated to the creation and study of new lifeforms.

The actions of the Convocation's last "Fandaniel", Hermes, doomed their people when he allowed his creations, the Meteia, to commence the song of oblivion. Only the former "Azem", Venat, escaped Hermes' act of altering the memories of those who learned of his deed. The Meteia's song stagnated Etheirys's aether and instilled despair in the Ancients, warping their creation magicks to unleash grotesque monsters formed from their subconscious fears. This calamity would come to be known as the Final Days.

The Convocation devised a plan to "weave the laws of reality anew" through the summoning of Zodiark, an entity able to quell the aether stagnation as a primal possessing the aspect of Darkness. The Ancient who succeeded Venat in the seat of "Azem" refused to participate in the summoning and left the Convocation who yet went on to sacrifice half of the Ancients' population for the amount of aether needed to summon Zodiark; the Ancient bearing the title of "Elidibus" offered himself as Zodiark's core. Though the summoning halted the Final Days, it was but a temporary solution, as the calamity had reduced most of the star into a lifeless, blighted land, prompting another half of their population to sacrifice themselves to restore life to the world.

The Convocation sought to call upon Zodiark's power once more by offering the primal the harvested life energies of the new life forms that had been born in their world to bring back those who had sacrificed themselves and now rested within their deity. Venat assembled a rival faction of Ancients who opposed the Convocation's plans to sacrifice the new life forms; the current Azem did not respond to requests to participate in this summoning. Elidibus withdrew from Zodiark to aid the Convocation in a failed attempt to restore order. Venat used her followers' sacrifice to become Hydaelyn to subjugate Zodiark to buy time until she would devise a permanent solution to stop the Meteia. The two elder primals fought until Hydaelyn used all her strength to fragment Zodiark, shattering the "very fabric of reality" and fragmenting the world and every life on it into thirteen shards and the Source.

Elidibus and two other Convocation members, Lahabrea and Emet-Selch, escaped the sundering with their souls intact. The three resolved to orchestrate a series of events to revive Zodiark and restore their home via Umbral Calamities, cataclysms designed to gradually merge the Source and the thirteen shards back into the original Etheirys. They reformed themselves as the Ascians, and began searching for the fragmented souls of their fellow Convocation members to bring them into the fold.

Etymology[]

The names of the Convocation titles (except for Azem) are taken from the Scions of Light that opposed the Espers in Final Fantasy XII. The two Espers who did not have opposing counterparts are represented instead through Final Fantasy Tactics—Altima was the erroneous translation of Ultima's name and Elidibus was the legendary wizard in possession of Zodiark.

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