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'''Estinien Wyrmblood''' is a non-playable character from ''[[Final Fantasy XIV]]''.
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'''Estinien Wyrmblood''' is a non-playable character from ''[[Final Fantasy XIV]]''. Estinien is the current [[Azure Dragoon]], and mightiest hero of [[Ishgard]]. Bearer of the [[Eyes of Nidhogg|Eye]], an ancient relic plucked from the great wyrm [[Nidhogg (Final Fantasy XIV)|Nidhogg]], he wields the power of dragons. Long absent from his post, he has returned to Ishgard to drive back the ancient enemy of his people.
   
The current [[Azure Dragoon]], and mightiest hero of [[Ishgard]]. Bearer of the [[Eyes of Nidhogg|Eye]], an ancient relic plucked from the great wyrm [[Nidhogg (Final Fantasy XIV)|Nidhogg]], he wields the power of dragons. Long absent from his post, he has returned to Ishgard to drive back the ancient enemy of his people.
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Originally a character introduced in the [[Lancer (Final Fantasy XIV)#Dragoon|Dragoon]] job quests, Estinien has a greater role in the events of ''[[Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward]]''.
 
Originally a character introduced in the [[Lancer (Final Fantasy XIV)#Dragoon|Dragoon]] job quests, he has a greater role in the events of ''[[Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward]]''.
 
   
 
==Profile==
 
==Profile==
 
===Appearance===
 
===Appearance===
Estinien is a young [[Elezen]] man wearing a full set of black Drachen scale armor with golden details, befitting the Azure Dragoon. His facial features are obscured by his helmet, although it can be seen briefly in select cutscenes that he has steel blue eyes. He has shoulder length white hair, which was first mentioned in ''Tales from the Dragonsong War'', and later shown in-game. During the battle with Nidhogg, Estinien's armor is seen with various scratches and a missing horn before it is stained crimson in a shower of the dragon's spilled blood. This was later revealed to be a catalyst of blood magic, completed when Estinien took hold of both of Nidhogg's eyes, where his most "human" form would show red glowing veins in his face and the two eyes fused to his mail.
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Estinien is a young [[Elezen]] man wearing a full set of black Drachen scale armor with golden details. His facial features are usually obscured by his helmet, but he has steel blue eyes. He has shoulder length white hair, which was first mentioned in ''Tales from the Dragonsong War'', and later shown in-game.
   
During the events of Stormblood, Estinien discarded the red mail for a different set of dragon-themed armor with a dark blue coloration and gold trimmings, but forgoes any headwear.
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During the battle with Nidhogg, Estinien's armor has various scratches and a missing horn before it is stained crimson in a shower of the dragon's spilled blood. This is a catalyst of blood magic, completed when Estinien took hold of both of Nidhogg's eyes, where his most "human" form would show red glowing veins in his face and the two eyes fused to his mail.
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During ''Stormblood'' Estinien discards the red mail for a different set of dark blue dragon-themed armor with gold trimmings, and forgoes any headwear.
   
 
===Personality===
 
===Personality===
Estinien is a stoic character, often speaking in a brusque manner. He has little respect for those as he sees as weak, and does little to hide his disdain when speaking to them. He has spent the majority of his life being driven purely by his desire of vengeance against Nidhogg, and thus sees little need for companionship with others.
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Estinien is stoic, often speaking in a brusque manner. He has little respect for those as he sees as weak, and does little to hide his disdain when speaking to them. He has spent the majority of his life being driven by his desire of vengeance against Nidhogg, and thus sees little need for companionship.
   
His personality softens somewhat, however, after spending time traveling with the Adventurer and their companions. Though his rude manner of speaking never changes, he eventually admits that it was through these friendships that he was able to move past revenge being his sole motivation. Though he often speaks insultingly to him, he forms a close bond with Alphinaud. Aymeric suggests that Estinien sees Alphinaud as a reflection of the younger sibling he lost to Nidhogg's flames, while Alphinaud sees Estinien as the older brother he wishes he had.
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His personality softens after traveling with the [[Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy XIV)|Warrior of Light]] and their companions. Though his rude manner of speaking never changes, Estinien admits that through these friendships he moved past revenge being his sole motivation. Though often insulting toward him, Estinien befriends [[Alphinaud Leveilleur]]. [[Aymeric de Borel]] suggests that Estinien sees Alphinaud as a reflection of the younger sibling he lost to Nidhogg's flames, while Alphinaud sees Estinien as the older brother he wishes he had.
   
As his vengeance against Nidhogg is what drove him for the majority of his life, Estinien felt little else but upon learning the full history of Nidhogg and the founding of Ishgard, did he realize what he was becoming. He was becoming what he was hunting, a beast who knew nothing but hate and revenge. But unlike Nidhogg, Estinien had friends and warm companions who cared for him, to guide him and see beyond his vengeance.
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As his vengeance against Nidhogg is what drove him for the majority of his life, Estinien feels little else. Upon learning the full history of Nidhogg and the founding of Ishgard, he realizes what he was becoming: what he was hunting, a beast who knows nothing but hate and revenge. Unlike Nidhogg Estinien has friends who care for him and guide him to see beyond his vengeance.
   
 
==Story==
 
==Story==
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Twenty years ago, born in the town of Ferndale, Estinien lost his family to Nidhogg's flames and resolved to become an Azure Dragoon to avenge them. He was taken in by Ser [[Alberic Bale]], who felt guilty for the boy's loss as he relinquished being the Azure Dragoon prior out of fear of losing himself during his battle with Nidhogg.
 
 
Estinien trained as a Dragoon, serving in the Temple Knights alongside [[Aymeric de Borel]], before being named the current Azure Dragoon.
 
 
 
===''[[Final Fantasy XIV|Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn]]''===
 
===''[[Final Fantasy XIV|Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn]]''===
 
{{Q|That Ishgard would resort to sending coin-starved adventurers after me... I know not whether to laugh or feel insulted.|Estinien}}
 
{{Q|That Ishgard would resort to sending coin-starved adventurers after me... I know not whether to laugh or feel insulted.|Estinien}}
When rumors of Nidhogg's awakening reached his ears, Estinien stole the Eye of Nidhogg from the Holy See to direct the dragon to focus on him rather than Ishgard.
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Twenty years ago, born in the town of Ferndale, Estinien lost his family to Nidhogg's flames and resolved to become an Azure Dragoon to avenge them. He was taken in by Ser [[Alberic Bale]], who felt guilty for the boy's loss, as he had relinquished being the Azure Dragoon out of fear of losing himself during his battle with Nidhogg.
   
Estinien encounters the [[Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy XIV)|adventurer]] when Ser Alberic requests the hero's aid to get Nidhogg's eye, the aftermath of their confrontation at a small Ixal encampment east of the Observatorium convincing Ser Alberic to train the adventurer as a dragoon. Estinien later sends word to Alberic asking for a parley at Boulder Downs and reveals his reasons for stealing Nidhogg's eye. He hopes to join forces with the adventurer, as he believes two Azure Dragoons could put an end to Nidhogg. Under this advice, Alberic and Estinien send the adventurer on trials to obtain Drachen armor.
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Estinien trained as a Dragoon, serving in the Temple Knights alongside Aymeric de Borel before being named the current Azure Dragoon.
   
By the time Nidhogg is about to awaken, Estinien requests a rendezvous with the adventurer at the Steel Vigil. Though Ser Alberic wanted to finally admit the truth of what happened in Ferndale, Estinien points his spear at his mentor while revealing the eye showed him the events of that day. Estinien begins to lose control of his emotions with the adventurer clashing with him at the ruined vigil. Losing the duel, Estinien begins to call out for power and—in response—Nidhogg offers power to enraged youth. The spirit of first Azure Dragoon, [[Haldrath]], appears in the adventurer's place, and banishes the wyrmking's influence in a burst of light with Estinien no where to be seen.
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When rumors of Nidhogg's awakening reach his ears, Estinien steals the Eye of Nidhogg from the Holy See to direct the dragon to focus on him rather than Ishgard. Estinien encounters the adventurer when Ser Alberic requests the hero's aid to get Nidhogg's eye. The aftermath of their confrontation at a small Ixal encampment east of the Observatorium convinces Ser Alberic to train the adventurer as a dragoon. Estinien sends word to Alberic asking for a parley at Boulder Downs and reveals his reasons for stealing Nidhogg's eye. He hopes to join forces with the adventurer, as he believes two Azure Dragoons could put an end to Nidhogg. Alberic and Estinien send the adventurer on trials to obtain Drachen armor.
   
Estinien resurfaces and joins Ser Aymeric at the defense of Ishgard. If the adventurer has completed the Dragoon job quest, he will acknowledge them as a fellow Azure Dragoon, and not be prepared to cross blades with them again. Following the defeat of Vishap at the Steps of Faith, Estinien notes that Nidhogg himself did not join the assault, and vows to hunt down [[Ysayle|Lady Iceheart]] for damaging the wards around the city-state.
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By the time Nidhogg is about to awaken, Estinien requests a rendezvous with the adventurer at the Steel Vigil. Though Ser Alberic wanted to admit the truth of what happened in Ferndale, Estinien points his spear at his mentor while revealing the eye showed him the events of that day. Estinien begins to lose control of his emotions with the adventurer clashing with him at the ruined vigil. Losing the duel, Estinien begins to call out for power and—in response—Nidhogg offers it to the enraged youth. The spirit of first Azure Dragoon, [[Haldrath]], appears in the adventurer's place, and banishes the wyrmking's influence in a burst of light with Estinien nowhere to be seen.
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Estinien resurfaces and joins Ser Aymeric at the defense of Ishgard. If the adventurer has completed the Dragoon job quest, he will acknowledge them as a fellow Azure Dragoon, and not be prepared to cross blades with them again. Following the defeat of Vishap at the Steps of Faith, Estinien notes that Nidhogg did not join the assault, and vows to hunt down [[Ysayle|Lady Iceheart]] for damaging the wards around the city-state.
   
 
===''[[Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward]]''===
 
===''[[Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward]]''===
 
[[File:FFXIV Estinien with Nidhogg's eye.png|thumb|Estinien using Nidhogg's own eye against the great wyrm.]]
 
[[File:FFXIV Estinien with Nidhogg's eye.png|thumb|Estinien using Nidhogg's own eye against the great wyrm.]]
After learning that the adventurer and [[Alphinaud Leveilleur]] are planning to meet with Lady Iceheart to attempt to parlay with the Dravanian Horde, Estinien volunteers to go with them. After making contact with Iceheart, who goes by her true name of [[Ysayle]] while with the group, the four begin the long journey through Ishgard and Dravania. Estinien often clashes with Ysayle over their differing attitudes of the ongoing war between Ishgard and Dravania. They are led to meet with [[Hraesvelgr]], Nidhogg's brother and the beloved of Saint [[Shiva (Final Fantasy XIV)|Shiva]], who tells them the true history of the war.
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After learning that the adventurer and Alphinaud Leveilleur are planning to meet with Lady Iceheart to parlay with the Dravanian Horde, Estinien volunteers to go with them. After making contact with Iceheart, who goes by her true name of [[Ysayle]] while with the group, the four begin the long journey through Ishgard and Dravania. Estinien clashes with Ysayle over their differing attitudes of the ongoing war between Ishgard and Dravania. They meet with [[Hraesvelgr]], Nidhogg's brother and the beloved of Saint [[Shiva (Final Fantasy XIV)|Shiva]], who tells them the true history of the war.
   
 
[[File:FFXIV Estinien Crimson Armor.png|thumb|left|Estinien after slaying Nidhogg.]]
 
[[File:FFXIV Estinien Crimson Armor.png|thumb|left|Estinien after slaying Nidhogg.]]
After learning that Nidhogg was motivated by vengeance, and thus can never be reasoned with, the group concludes the only path remaining is to slay him. Estinien travels to Nidhogg's lair, the Aery, alongside the adventurer, on manacutters provided by [[Cid nan Garlond|Cid]], [[Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy XIV)|Biggs, and Wedge]]. The two face Nidhogg in battle with Estinien using his own stolen eye against him. Although Nidhogg threatens to possess him again, Estinien resists his influence and slays him. His armor stained by Nidhogg's blood, Estinien remarks that, though slaying Nidhogg had been his life's goal, he found no satisfaction in it; learning his mortal enemy's past had made him realize they had a common link in being driven by vengeance for their families. Nidhogg had been blinded by Haldrath, and was powered by of one of Hresvelgr's eyes all this time, and Estinien is concerned with the true fate of Nidhogg's other eye.
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After learning that Nidhogg was motivated by vengeance, and thus can never be reasoned with, the group concludes the only path is to slay him. Estinien travels to Nidhogg's lair, the Aery, alongside the adventurer, on manacutters provided by [[Cid nan Garlond|Cid]], [[Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy XIV)|Biggs, and Wedge]]. The two face Nidhogg with Estinien using the dragon's stolen eye against him. Although Nidhogg threatens to possess him again, Estinien resists his influence and slays him. His armor stained by Nidhogg's blood, Estinien remarks that, though slaying Nidhogg had been his life's goal, he found no satisfaction in it; learning his mortal enemy's past made him realize they had a common link in being driven by vengeance for their families. Nidhogg had been blinded by Haldrath, and was powered by of one of Hresvelgr's eyes all this time, and Estinien is concerned with the true fate of Nidhogg's other eye.
   
 
[[File:FFXIV Nidhogg consumes Estinien.png|thumb|Nidhogg consumes Estinien's body.]]
 
[[File:FFXIV Nidhogg consumes Estinien.png|thumb|Nidhogg consumes Estinien's body.]]
After the group returns to Ishgard, they share the truth of Ishgard's past with their allies. When Ser Aymeric insists on confronting the Archbishop with this knowledge, he is arrested and imprisoned. Estinien joins the adventurer and others in a rescue. He later accompanies the group to [[Azys Lla]], as they need the power of the Eye of Nidhogg to power the [[aether]]ic ram used to break the floating island's barrier. When he is forced to hold off a group of [[Garlean Empire|Garlean]] soldiers under [[Regula van Hydrus]], he loans the eye to the adventurer, who uses it to destroy [[Igeyorhm]].
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After the group returns to Ishgard they share the truth of Ishgard's past with their allies. When Ser Aymeric insists on confronting the Archbishop with this knowledge, he is arrested and imprisoned. Estinien joins the adventurer and others in a rescue and later accompanies the group to [[Azys Lla]] as they need the power of the Eye of Nidhogg to power the [[aether]]ic ram used to break the floating island's barrier. When he is forced to hold off a group of [[Garlean Empire|Garlean]] soldiers under [[Regula van Hydrus]], Estinien loans the eye to the adventurer who uses it to destroy [[Igeyorhm]].
   
After Thordan has fallen, Estinien retrieves Nidhogg's right Eye and intends to take both it and the left eye somewhere they could not be found by man or dragon. Nidhogg's spirit takes advantage of Estinien's moment of weakness and consumes the Azure Dragoon's mind, using his body to regain physical form with both eyes restored.
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After [[Thordan]] has fallen, Estinien retrieves Nidhogg's right Eye and intends to take both it and the left eye somewhere they could not be found by man or dragon. Nidhogg's spirit exploits Estinien's moment of weakness and consumes the Azure Dragoon's mind, using his body to regain physical form with both eyes restored.
 
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====''The Gears of Change''====
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====The Gears of Change====
 
[[File:XIV Estinien Possessed.png|thumb|Nidhogg's Shade]]
 
[[File:XIV Estinien Possessed.png|thumb|Nidhogg's Shade]]
In the guise of the Azure Dragoon, Nidhogg interrupts the peace conference between Ser Aymeric and [[Vidofnir (character)|Vidofnir]]. Leaping from the battlements, he impales the white dragon with a spear, then deflects an arrow fired by Ser Aymeric. In the process, he reveals to have the two Eyes grafted onto his form, one of his right arm and the other on the left shoulder. Returning to the battlements, he condemns Vidofnir for trying to make peace with the sons of Thordan. He then declares to all present -- with the distorted voice of Estinien -- that the final chorus will begin and none shall escape his vengeance. He then shifts to his great wyrm form and flies off.
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In the guise of the Azure Dragoon, Nidhogg interrupts the peace conference between Ser Aymeric and [[Vidofnir (character)|Vidofnir]]. Leaping from the battlements, he impales the white dragon with a spear before deflecting an arrow fired by Ser Aymeric. He has the two Eyes grafted onto his form, one of his right arm and the other on the left shoulder. Returning to the battlements, he condemns Vidofnir for trying to make peace with the sons of Thordan. He declares to all present—with the distorted voice of Estinien—that the final chorus will begin and none shall escape his vengeance. He shifts to his great wyrm form and flies off.
   
====''Revenge of the Horde''====
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====Revenge of the Horde====
 
[[File:Estinien Without Helmet.png|thumb|Estinien recuperating after being saved]]
 
[[File:Estinien Without Helmet.png|thumb|Estinien recuperating after being saved]]
As Nidhogg prepares for his final assault against Ishgard, Alphinaud again proclaims his determination to try to free Estinien from Nidhogg's possession, even at the risk of his own life. After gaining the aid of Hraesvelgr, the Adventurer confronts the Nidhogg-Estinien amalgamation at the Steps of Faith. During the battle, Nidhogg is able to shift between his dragon form and a dragon-human hybrid, but is eventually defeated, reverting back to Estinien's form. Estinien is able to regain control of his body long enough to keep Nidhogg from attacking, and implores the Adventurer and Alphinaud to slay him while they have the chance. However, the two instead try to pry Nidhogg's eyes from his body. With the assistance of the souls of [[Haurchefant Greystone|Haurchefant]] and Ysayle, they are successful, destroying Nidhogg's soul for good and freeing Estinien.
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As Nidhogg prepares for his final assault against Ishgard, Alphinaud is determined to free Estinien from Nidhogg's possession even at the risk of his own life. After gaining the aid of Hraesvelgr, the adventurer confronts the Nidhogg-Estinien amalgamation at the Steps of Faith. During the battle Nidhogg shifts between his dragon form and a dragon-human hybrid, but is defeated, reverting to Estinien's form. Estinien regains control of his body long enough to keep Nidhogg from attacking, and implores the adventurer and Alphinaud to slay him while they have the chance. The two instead try to pry Nidhogg's eyes from his body. With the assistance of the souls of [[Haurchefant Greystone|Haurchefant]] and Ysayle, they succeed and destroy Nidhogg's soul for good while freeing Estinien.
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Estinien is expected to make a full recovery. He thanks his friends for all they did for him, albeit in his usual gruff demeanor. The possession by Nidhogg made him realize that the two were much alike, being driven by vengeance, and had he not gained the friendships that he had, the two would have been identical in spirit. His hunt for Nidhogg now over, Estinien relinquishes his title as the Azure Dragoon.
   
Though greatly weakened from the ordeal, he is expected to make a full recovery. While recuperating, he thanks his friends for all they did for him, albeit in his usual gruff demeanor. The possession by Nidhogg made him realize that the two of them were much alike, both driven purely by vengeance, and had he not gained the friendships that he had, the two would have been identical in spirit. His hunt for Nidhogg now over, he relinquishes his title as the Azure Dragoon. He is later seen, now bereft of his dragoon armor, observing Aymeric's ceremony that changes Ishgard from a theocracy to a republic. With flowers in hand, he then leaves Ishgard for parts unknown. At some point, he returns to Azys Lla, and lays those flowers there, presumably in remembrance of Ysayle. The adventurer can find these flowers while retracing their steps since first coming to Ishgard, recalling the burdens they bore together.
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Bereft of his dragoon armor, Estinien observes Aymeric's ceremony that changes Ishgard from a theocracy to a republic. With flowers in hand, he leaves Ishgard for places unknown. He returns to Azys Lla and lays the flowers there, presumably in remembrance of Ysayle. The adventurer can find the flowers while retracing their steps since first coming to Ishgard, recalling the burdens they bore together.
   
 
===''[[Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood]]''===
 
===''[[Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood]]''===
During the events of Stormblood, Estinien is seen searching for signs of [[Shinryu (Final Fantasy XIV)|Shinryu]], as the [[primal]] was created using Nidhogg's eyes. He later single-handily disables the main cannon at [[Castrum Abania]], allowing the Warrior of Light and their allies to attack the stronghold. After the Warrior of Light destroys Shinryu, Estinien finds Nidhogg's eyes, which had fallen to the ground after the primal's defeat, and finally destroys them for good, bringing a close to Nidhogg's violent legacy.
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Estinien searches for signs of [[Shinryu (Final Fantasy XIV)|Shinryu]], the [[primal]] created using Nidhogg's eyes. He single-handily disables the main cannon at [[Castrum Abania]], allowing the Warrior of Light and their allies to attack the stronghold. After the Warrior of Light destroys Shinryu, Estinien finds Nidhogg's eyes, which had fallen to the ground after the primal's defeat, and destroys them, closing Nidhogg's violent legacy.
   
Estinien also appears in the Lv. 70 Dragoon job quest, Dragon Sound, where he tells the Warrior of Light and Orn Khai that he has been acting as an intermediary between man and dragon now that Ishgard has no need of an Azure Dragoon, and has been hired to hunt down an enraged dragon in the Azim Steppe named Faunehm. Rather than slay her, Estinien suggests to Orn Khai that his roar to restore Faunehm's sanity after having resisted Nidhogg's Dragonsong for so long while he and the adventurer will battle her to weaken her. With their combined efforts, the Dragoons manage to weaken the beast with Khai giving Faunehm his loudest roar. However, it is only temporary and she soon again falls to madness. Suddenly, Vedrfolnir appears and with his roar, she finally returns to her senses. It is there that Faunehm reveals to the Dragoons she is Vedrfolnir's mate as well as Orn Khai's parents. Before the war began, Vedrfolnir bade that Faunehm flee to the east to escape Nidhogg's Dragonsong until it ended as she wanted no part in the war, vividly remembering the days of old when she flew together her mate along with their knight.
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Estinien appears in the Lv. 70 Dragoon job quest, Dragon Sound, where he tells the Warrior of Light and Orn Khai that he has been acting as an intermediary between man and dragon now that Ishgard has no need of an Azure Dragoon, and has been hired to hunt down an enraged dragon in the Azim Steppe named Faunehm. Rather than slay her, Estinien suggests to Orn Khai that he should roar to restore Faunehm's sanity after having resisted Nidhogg's Dragonsong for so long while he and the adventurer will weaken her. With their combined efforts the Dragoons weaken the beast with Khai giving Faunehm his loudest roar. However, it is only temporary and she soon again falls to madness. Vedrfolnir appears and with his roar, she returns to her senses. Faunehm reveals to the Dragoons she is Vedrfolnir's mate as well as Orn Khai's parents. Before the war began, Vedrfolnir bade that Faunehm flee to the east to escape Nidhogg's Dragonsong as she wanted no part in it, vividly remembering the days of old when she flew together her mate along with their knight.
   
Estinien tells Orn Khai that he had wanted all along to see Faunehm saved, hearkening back to his experiences as Nidhogg's vessel. Orn Khai gives the two his eternal thanks and grants them a new title as Crimson Dragoons, Estinein in particular warming up to the name before leaves to parts unknown, hoping to see him grow strong like his father one day.
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Estinien tells Orn Khai that he had wanted to see Faunehm saved, hearkening to his experiences as Nidhogg's vessel. Orn Khai gives the two his eternal thanks and grants them a new title as Crimson Dragoons, Estinien in particular warming up to the name before leaving, hoping to see him grow strong like his father one day.
   
 
==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
Estinien is fought in a duel during the level 50 Dragoon quest "Into the Dragon's Maw." Aside from other Dragoon abilities, he possesses a unique "Skydragon Dive" skill that leaves a ring of fire in its area-of-effect.
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Estinien is dueled during the level 50 Dragoon quest "Into the Dragon's Maw." Aside from other Dragoon abilities, he possesses a unique "Skydragon Dive" skill that leaves a ring of fire in its area-of-effect.
   
 
Estinien is an NPC ally in the last battle of [[the Aery]], where he uses Nidhogg's eye to suppress the great wyrm's power and must be protected. When Nidhogg prepares his ultimate attack, Massacre, several dragons must be eliminated so Estinien can focus a draconic barrier to shield the party from annihilation.
 
Estinien is an NPC ally in the last battle of [[the Aery]], where he uses Nidhogg's eye to suppress the great wyrm's power and must be protected. When Nidhogg prepares his ultimate attack, Massacre, several dragons must be eliminated so Estinien can focus a draconic barrier to shield the party from annihilation.

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FFXIV wiki icon Estinien Wyrmblood is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV. Estinien is the current Azure Dragoon, and mightiest hero of Ishgard. Bearer of the Eye, an ancient relic plucked from the great wyrm Nidhogg, he wields the power of dragons. Long absent from his post, he has returned to Ishgard to drive back the ancient enemy of his people.

Originally a character introduced in the Dragoon job quests, Estinien has a greater role in the events of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

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Appearance

Estinien is a young Elezen man wearing a full set of black Drachen scale armor with golden details. His facial features are usually obscured by his helmet, but he has steel blue eyes. He has shoulder length white hair, which was first mentioned in Tales from the Dragonsong War, and later shown in-game.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

During the battle with Nidhogg, Estinien's armor has various scratches and a missing horn before it is stained crimson in a shower of the dragon's spilled blood. This is a catalyst of blood magic, completed when Estinien took hold of both of Nidhogg's eyes, where his most "human" form would show red glowing veins in his face and the two eyes fused to his mail.

During Stormblood Estinien discards the red mail for a different set of dark blue dragon-themed armor with gold trimmings, and forgoes any headwear.

Personality

Estinien is stoic, often speaking in a brusque manner. He has little respect for those as he sees as weak, and does little to hide his disdain when speaking to them. He has spent the majority of his life being driven by his desire of vengeance against Nidhogg, and thus sees little need for companionship.

His personality softens after traveling with the Warrior of Light and their companions. Though his rude manner of speaking never changes, Estinien admits that through these friendships he moved past revenge being his sole motivation. Though often insulting toward him, Estinien befriends Alphinaud Leveilleur. Aymeric de Borel suggests that Estinien sees Alphinaud as a reflection of the younger sibling he lost to Nidhogg's flames, while Alphinaud sees Estinien as the older brother he wishes he had.

As his vengeance against Nidhogg is what drove him for the majority of his life, Estinien feels little else. Upon learning the full history of Nidhogg and the founding of Ishgard, he realizes what he was becoming: what he was hunting, a beast who knows nothing but hate and revenge. Unlike Nidhogg Estinien has friends who care for him and guide him to see beyond his vengeance.

Story

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

That Ishgard would resort to sending coin-starved adventurers after me... I know not whether to laugh or feel insulted.

Estinien

Twenty years ago, born in the town of Ferndale, Estinien lost his family to Nidhogg's flames and resolved to become an Azure Dragoon to avenge them. He was taken in by Ser Alberic Bale, who felt guilty for the boy's loss, as he had relinquished being the Azure Dragoon out of fear of losing himself during his battle with Nidhogg.

Estinien trained as a Dragoon, serving in the Temple Knights alongside Aymeric de Borel before being named the current Azure Dragoon.

When rumors of Nidhogg's awakening reach his ears, Estinien steals the Eye of Nidhogg from the Holy See to direct the dragon to focus on him rather than Ishgard. Estinien encounters the adventurer when Ser Alberic requests the hero's aid to get Nidhogg's eye. The aftermath of their confrontation at a small Ixal encampment east of the Observatorium convinces Ser Alberic to train the adventurer as a dragoon. Estinien sends word to Alberic asking for a parley at Boulder Downs and reveals his reasons for stealing Nidhogg's eye. He hopes to join forces with the adventurer, as he believes two Azure Dragoons could put an end to Nidhogg. Alberic and Estinien send the adventurer on trials to obtain Drachen armor.

By the time Nidhogg is about to awaken, Estinien requests a rendezvous with the adventurer at the Steel Vigil. Though Ser Alberic wanted to admit the truth of what happened in Ferndale, Estinien points his spear at his mentor while revealing the eye showed him the events of that day. Estinien begins to lose control of his emotions with the adventurer clashing with him at the ruined vigil. Losing the duel, Estinien begins to call out for power and—in response—Nidhogg offers it to the enraged youth. The spirit of first Azure Dragoon, Haldrath, appears in the adventurer's place, and banishes the wyrmking's influence in a burst of light with Estinien nowhere to be seen.

Estinien resurfaces and joins Ser Aymeric at the defense of Ishgard. If the adventurer has completed the Dragoon job quest, he will acknowledge them as a fellow Azure Dragoon, and not be prepared to cross blades with them again. Following the defeat of Vishap at the Steps of Faith, Estinien notes that Nidhogg did not join the assault, and vows to hunt down Lady Iceheart for damaging the wards around the city-state.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

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Estinien using Nidhogg's own eye against the great wyrm.

After learning that the adventurer and Alphinaud Leveilleur are planning to meet with Lady Iceheart to parlay with the Dravanian Horde, Estinien volunteers to go with them. After making contact with Iceheart, who goes by her true name of Ysayle while with the group, the four begin the long journey through Ishgard and Dravania. Estinien clashes with Ysayle over their differing attitudes of the ongoing war between Ishgard and Dravania. They meet with Hraesvelgr, Nidhogg's brother and the beloved of Saint Shiva, who tells them the true history of the war.

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Estinien after slaying Nidhogg.

After learning that Nidhogg was motivated by vengeance, and thus can never be reasoned with, the group concludes the only path is to slay him. Estinien travels to Nidhogg's lair, the Aery, alongside the adventurer, on manacutters provided by Cid, Biggs, and Wedge. The two face Nidhogg with Estinien using the dragon's stolen eye against him. Although Nidhogg threatens to possess him again, Estinien resists his influence and slays him. His armor stained by Nidhogg's blood, Estinien remarks that, though slaying Nidhogg had been his life's goal, he found no satisfaction in it; learning his mortal enemy's past made him realize they had a common link in being driven by vengeance for their families. Nidhogg had been blinded by Haldrath, and was powered by of one of Hresvelgr's eyes all this time, and Estinien is concerned with the true fate of Nidhogg's other eye.

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Nidhogg consumes Estinien's body.

After the group returns to Ishgard they share the truth of Ishgard's past with their allies. When Ser Aymeric insists on confronting the Archbishop with this knowledge, he is arrested and imprisoned. Estinien joins the adventurer and others in a rescue and later accompanies the group to Azys Lla as they need the power of the Eye of Nidhogg to power the aetheric ram used to break the floating island's barrier. When he is forced to hold off a group of Garlean soldiers under Regula van Hydrus, Estinien loans the eye to the adventurer who uses it to destroy Igeyorhm.

After Thordan has fallen, Estinien retrieves Nidhogg's right Eye and intends to take both it and the left eye somewhere they could not be found by man or dragon. Nidhogg's spirit exploits Estinien's moment of weakness and consumes the Azure Dragoon's mind, using his body to regain physical form with both eyes restored.

The Gears of Change

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Nidhogg's Shade

In the guise of the Azure Dragoon, Nidhogg interrupts the peace conference between Ser Aymeric and Vidofnir. Leaping from the battlements, he impales the white dragon with a spear before deflecting an arrow fired by Ser Aymeric. He has the two Eyes grafted onto his form, one of his right arm and the other on the left shoulder. Returning to the battlements, he condemns Vidofnir for trying to make peace with the sons of Thordan. He declares to all present—with the distorted voice of Estinien—that the final chorus will begin and none shall escape his vengeance. He shifts to his great wyrm form and flies off.

Revenge of the Horde

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Estinien recuperating after being saved

As Nidhogg prepares for his final assault against Ishgard, Alphinaud is determined to free Estinien from Nidhogg's possession even at the risk of his own life. After gaining the aid of Hraesvelgr, the adventurer confronts the Nidhogg-Estinien amalgamation at the Steps of Faith. During the battle Nidhogg shifts between his dragon form and a dragon-human hybrid, but is defeated, reverting to Estinien's form. Estinien regains control of his body long enough to keep Nidhogg from attacking, and implores the adventurer and Alphinaud to slay him while they have the chance. The two instead try to pry Nidhogg's eyes from his body. With the assistance of the souls of Haurchefant and Ysayle, they succeed and destroy Nidhogg's soul for good while freeing Estinien.

Estinien is expected to make a full recovery. He thanks his friends for all they did for him, albeit in his usual gruff demeanor. The possession by Nidhogg made him realize that the two were much alike, being driven by vengeance, and had he not gained the friendships that he had, the two would have been identical in spirit. His hunt for Nidhogg now over, Estinien relinquishes his title as the Azure Dragoon.

Bereft of his dragoon armor, Estinien observes Aymeric's ceremony that changes Ishgard from a theocracy to a republic. With flowers in hand, he leaves Ishgard for places unknown. He returns to Azys Lla and lays the flowers there, presumably in remembrance of Ysayle. The adventurer can find the flowers while retracing their steps since first coming to Ishgard, recalling the burdens they bore together.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

Estinien searches for signs of Shinryu, the primal created using Nidhogg's eyes. He single-handily disables the main cannon at Castrum Abania, allowing the Warrior of Light and their allies to attack the stronghold. After the Warrior of Light destroys Shinryu, Estinien finds Nidhogg's eyes, which had fallen to the ground after the primal's defeat, and destroys them, closing Nidhogg's violent legacy.

Estinien appears in the Lv. 70 Dragoon job quest, Dragon Sound, where he tells the Warrior of Light and Orn Khai that he has been acting as an intermediary between man and dragon now that Ishgard has no need of an Azure Dragoon, and has been hired to hunt down an enraged dragon in the Azim Steppe named Faunehm. Rather than slay her, Estinien suggests to Orn Khai that he should roar to restore Faunehm's sanity after having resisted Nidhogg's Dragonsong for so long while he and the adventurer will weaken her. With their combined efforts the Dragoons weaken the beast with Khai giving Faunehm his loudest roar. However, it is only temporary and she soon again falls to madness. Vedrfolnir appears and with his roar, she returns to her senses. Faunehm reveals to the Dragoons she is Vedrfolnir's mate as well as Orn Khai's parents. Before the war began, Vedrfolnir bade that Faunehm flee to the east to escape Nidhogg's Dragonsong as she wanted no part in it, vividly remembering the days of old when she flew together her mate along with their knight.

Estinien tells Orn Khai that he had wanted to see Faunehm saved, hearkening to his experiences as Nidhogg's vessel. Orn Khai gives the two his eternal thanks and grants them a new title as Crimson Dragoons, Estinien in particular warming up to the name before leaving, hoping to see him grow strong like his father one day.

Gameplay

Estinien is dueled during the level 50 Dragoon quest "Into the Dragon's Maw." Aside from other Dragoon abilities, he possesses a unique "Skydragon Dive" skill that leaves a ring of fire in its area-of-effect.

Estinien is an NPC ally in the last battle of the Aery, where he uses Nidhogg's eye to suppress the great wyrm's power and must be protected. When Nidhogg prepares his ultimate attack, Massacre, several dragons must be eliminated so Estinien can focus a draconic barrier to shield the party from annihilation.

He also appears in later solo instance battles, such as "Close Encounters of the VIth Kind" as an NPC ally.

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Character and development

Voice

Estinien is voiced by Robert Vernon in the English version of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Kenji Hamada in the Japanese version.

Other appearances

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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FFRK Estinien

The current Azure Dragoon of Ishgard. Driven by his desire for revenge against the great wyrm Nidhogg that robbed him of home and his family, Estinien wields the Eye of the beast to fight with all the might of a dragon.

Character profile.

Estinien is a playable character who could be initially recruited during the Challenge Event The Dragonsong War - Dreams of Ice as a First Time Reward for completing the event's The Aery stage on Classic difficulty.

Triple Triad

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Estinien appears as a card in Triple Triad in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

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Etymology

Wyrm is an alternative name for mythological European dragon. They appear mostly in Celtic and German mythology. They are depicted as flying, fire-breathing reptiles, with magical properties. The word wyrm is the original Germanic-based term for a serpent or dragon, draca being adopted from the Latin draco at an early time.

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