And I, faithful Fandaniel, labor only to advance my lord's ambitions.
Fandaniel to Zenos
Fandaniel is a non-player character in Final Fantasy XIV. He is a rogue Ascian who allies himself with Zenos yae Galvus, the erratic crown prince of Garlemald. He is introduced in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, and is one of the main antagonists of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker.
History[edit | edit source]
Because I want wretched creatures who ask such meaningless questions to die! You! And you! And you! I want you all to die! And I want to die too! Oh yes, I want to die and take everyone with me in a paroxysm of pain and suffering! I'm different, you see. From the ancients who clung to dear life. And from you. So don't bother trying to reason with me. You will find I have no reason. Or creed. Or any such tripe. I just want to destroy the world. But please do resist with all your might. It will add to my enjoyment.
Following the Warrior of Light's victory over Emet-Selch, Fandaniel briefly appears before Zenos, whose act of patricide has thrown Garlemald into civil war. Fandaniel offers his services while directing Zenos to an ideal prey in Zodiark, telling the prince the story behind his dreams of the end days of Amaurot. After Zenos kills his way back to the palace and destroys most of the other contenders for the throne, Fandaniel formally introduces himself in his new body and expresses his intent to discredit any remaining Populares aware of Asahi's death. Upon discovering that Elidibus has perished, he gleefully announces to Zenos he is no longer beholden to the Paragons' plans, and they are free to do as they please with the Source.
Fandaniel leaves to set up Zenos's "hunting ground" by recreating the conditions of the Final Days with his Telophori cult. He placed Garlean citizens under his control to reconstruct the wartorn capital while erecting towers across Eorzea to brainwash beastkin and the Meracyadian dragons into summoning altered versions of the primals lacking the ability to temper others. The Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn encounter him in Ala Mhigo with the first of the tower's primals, Lunar Bahamut. Fandaniel reveals his desire to destroy the Source and all life in it, including his own. Before departing, he delivers Zenos's demand to meet the Warrior for a final confrontation, threatening to raze every Eorzean city with Lunar Bahamut should his patron be denied. While later reporting to Zenos of Lunar Bahamut's defeat and the unlikelihood of its recreation, Fandaniel reveals the other Lunar primals are on the move while impressed of Zenos's choice of weapon.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Possessing the body of Asahi sas Brutus, Fandaniel appears as a young pale Doman Hyuran with short black hair. The white and red tattered robes he wears while assuming his host's identity are dyed versions of the healing set of Facet gear, which are alternate versions of the Diabolic gear available at Dun Scaith, uniquely wearing the Marid Hood of Scouting. Following Lunar Bahamut's demise, Fandaniel begins wearing the Cryptlurker's casting set dyed maroon, wearing a modified version of the Healing hood with the mask removed.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Imagine it! Bound no more by the shackles of moldering memories—of damnable duty! Free at last to live for the moment!
Fandaniel is flamboyant, whimsical, and impulsive. Unlike the other Ascians, Fandaniel is not loyal to Zodiark and states no interest in restoring the world as it was before the sundering. In fact, his goal of annihilating the Source puts him at direct odds with the rest of his brethren. Fandaniel appears loyal, if not sycophantic, toward Zenos, and is eager to help the Garlean prince in his "hunt" for the Warrior of Light as it correlates to his desire to spread chaos.
An erratic and sadistic nihilist with a flare for theatrics, Fandaniel wishes nothing more than for all of the inhabitants of the Source to perish and is more than willing to die in the effort. In fact, it is his goal to die once he achieves in his mission in restarting the Final Days, a stark contrast to how his fellow Ascians who cling to life.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
Like the other Ascians, Fandaniel’s appearances are accompanied by "Without Shadow".
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
The name "Fandaniel" comes from Hebrew, and does not correspond directly to any extant theophoric name, either given or angelic, and may be based on the root name "Daniel" (דניאל), which means "God (El) is my judge". There is no obvious Hebrew root word that makes up the p-n-d or p-d-n phonemes (Hebrew, as a Semitic language, does not have written vowels), which means that the name is a compound word. In Hebrew there is no letter that corresponds to the English "P" (it is written by giving the letter Fay, פ, with a dot called a dagesh in the middle, or פּ), while Japanese does have a "P" syllable, but given that Fandaniel is written in Japanese with the kana for "Fa" this likely means that the Hebrew equivalent would indeed be "Fa"—or פ, without the dagesh.
There are two likely spellings in Hebrew—either פהדניאל (Fadaniel, like the Japanese) or פנדניאל (Fandaniel, like the English). If the former, then the "Fa" would come from the Hebrew root p-n-h ("to turn") and the name would translate to mean something like "to turn from my God's judgement" in relation to his personality. If the latter, the "p-n" might come from the archaic Hebrew "פן" and then translate as "lest God be my judge" or "lest my God judge me".