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Etheirys is the world, or "star", in which Final Fantasy XIV and its expansions take place. It consists of one Source world and thirteen "reflections", also known as shards, simply called the First to Thirteenth. The Source is where the majority of Final Fantasy XIV takes place, while the First is the setting of the Shadowbringers expansion.

History[]

Etheirys was a planet rich in aether, one of the two fundamental forms of energy that make up the universe. Its original inhabitants, known in the future solely as the ancients, were also possessed of great quantities of this energy, as well as the ability to weave it into new forms, creating creatures and objects through a process known as creation magicks. Due to a sequence of events, the original Etheirys and its inhabitants were split 12,000 years ago in an event known as the "sundering" into fourteen near-perfect copies. The aether of the star was equally divided between them as well, resulting in beings much thinner in aether, without the ability to use creation magicks.

Three of the original inhabitants survived unsundered and began a long plan to rejoin the shards to the Source. Besides their first disastrous attempt that resulted in the Thirteenth becoming the void, crushing the possibility of a rejoining, the trio and their followers succeeded in their subsequent seven attempts. As a result of this, only the First, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh shards remain.

The World Unsundered[]

The original Etheirys, as it was before Hydaelyn sundered it.

  • Amaurot – The capital of the ancients' world, overseen by the Convocation of Fourteen, a group of mages who were the top experts in their various fields when recruited to the group.
  • Elpis – A facility located on a floating continent where the ancients test their creations before approving them for life on Etheirys proper.
  • Pandæmonium – A facility far beneath Elpis that contained and researched monsters created through the ancients' creation magicks that were deemed too dangerous to be released into the world of Etheirys but too valuable to outright destroy.

The Source[]

Also known as "Hydaelyn" after the goddess said to be the will of the star. It is where the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn are from. After events in Endwalker, "Etheirys" is used instead by those who are aware of the original name. As the "Source" of the shards, if the world were to be destroyed the shards would follow as well.

  • Eorzea – A geopolitical region which includes Aldenard, the westernmost of the Three Great Continents, and its surrounding islands, the largest of which is Vylbrand.
  • Ilsabard - The largest of the Great Continents and home to the militaristic Garlean Empire. The island of Thavnair to its south is also treated as part of the same geopolitical region.
  • The Far East – A geopolitical region including the eastern Great Continent of Othard and its surrounding islands, including Hingashi and Eureka.
  • The New World – A large continent to the west of Eorzea, home to the Mamool Ja and the Whalaqee.
  • Meracydia – A continent south of the "three great continents", known to have once been inhabited by dragons.

The First[]

Once a vibrant world like the Source, it was afflicted by a Flood of Light that wiped out nine-tenths of its geography, leaving it mostly a desolate wasteland.

  • Norvrandt – The only surviving continent on the shard, equivalent to the Source's Eorzea, and the last surviving bastion against the legions of aether-suffused monsters known as sin eaters.
  • The Empty – A Light blasted, overaspected land where the sin eaters originate that covers the majority of the planet's surface.

The Thirteenth[]

After falling to a flood of darkness, this world became known as the "void". Its inhabitants were twisted beyond all recognition into aether-starved monsters known as voidsent.

The Sea of Stars[]

Beyond the confines of the world lies what is known as the "great expanse"; an unimaginably vast void that separates the stars and is near impossible to traverse. The ancient Allagan Empire barely breached the boundaries of the planet by launching their artificial satellite, known as the red moon, only after millennia of technological advancement. However, many more worlds dot the sea of stars, some with the technology and means to cross the distances.

  • Dalamud – The "red moon", actually an artificial satellite harnessing the solar energy and housing the elder primal Bahamut. It was shattered apart when the elder primal broke free during the cusp of the Seventh Umbral Calamity, its fragments embedding themselves across Eorzea.
  • The Moon – Contrasting with Dalamud, this "silver moon", simply referred to as "the Moon", is currently the nearest neighbour to Etheirys. It features the crater known as Mare Lamentorum where the Loporrits make their abode. It is also an artificial satellite, created by Hydaelyn around the time of the Sundering to serve first as a prison for Zodiark, and second to serve as an escape ship from Etheirys.
  • "Hena" - A faraway planet, the first one visited by Meteion who found it already devoid of life.
  • "Dyo" - The second planet visited by the Meteia. According to their report, many buildings are scattered on the star, itself covered with ice. Meteion did not manage to identify a presence of life.
  • "Tria" - The third planet visited by Meteion, the homeworld of the Ea, who committed mass suicide after discovering the inevitable heat death of the universe.
  • "Tessera" - The fourth planet visited by the Meteia. According to their report, buildings which could be abandoned residences are on the surface of the star. She supposes that a deadly plague or an extreme degradation of the environment led to a massive extinction.
  • "Hexi" - The sixth planet visited by Meteion. The homeworld of the Grebuloff, a blue planet that fell to a pestilence.
  • "Okto" - The eighth planet visited by Meteion. A planet inhabited by Hyur-like people. Described as a formerly brilliant star that fell in a global war exacerbated by Meteion's arrival.
  • "Ennea" - The ninth planet visited by the Meteia. According to their report, the star is an arid desert on which no flora has been found. On the other hand, she found bones similar to those of humans buried under the sand, but was not able to determine their intelligence.
  • "Deka-pente" - The fifteenth planet visited by the Meteia. According to their report, the civilization that lived on the star prospered under the auspices of an entity that eventually turned against them and exterminated them in a fit of rage. When Meteion tried to approach it with her question, said entity chose to end its life. She did not find any other form of life on this star.
  • Alphatron – The sixteenth planet visited by Meteion, who called it "Deka-Hexi". An ancient, technologically advanced planet inhabited by Omicrons; mechanical beings that created machines of destruction and warred against the Dragonstar, their ultimate weapon being Omega. It is believed this star also fell to Meteion's influence on the dynamis.
  • "Deka-hepta" - The seventeenth planet visited by Meteion. A peaceful planet whose inhabitants achieved what they believed to be perfection and subsequently lost the will to live, falling to a beast they created to release them from life.
  • The Dragonstar – The eighteenth planet visited by Meteion, who called it "Deka-Okto". A distant planet that is the origin of all dragons. It fell thousands of years prior when invaded by the technologically-advanced Omicrons. Rendered a desolate wasteland, it was all but destroyed outright by dynamis when visited by Meteion.
  • Gordhona - One of the planets conquered by the Omicrons from Alphatron.
  • Ultima Thule – A region of space at the farthest reaches of the universe where emotion can shape reality.

Etymology[]

According to Hermes, the name of Etheirys is derived from "aether" due to the star being especially rich in it. According to ancient and medieval science, aether, also spelled æther or ether, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. In ancient Greek mythology aether was supposed to be the breath of the gods, which formed the air which mortals breathed.

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