And I, faithful Fandaniel, labor only to advance my lord's ambitions.Fandaniel to Zenos
Fandaniel, also known as Hermes and Amon, is a character in Final Fantasy XIV. He is introduced in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers as a rogue Ascian allied with Zenos Galvus, and the secondary antagonist in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker.
The man known as Hermes filled the seat of "Fandaniel" for the Convocation of Fourteen, a group that served as guardians of the city of Amaurot and the world of Etheirys. Prior to his current position, Hermes was in charge of Elpis, a facility designed to create new life that would be introduced to Etheirys.
In his search for meaning in life, Hermes created the Meteia using his research on dynamis. The Meteia were to travel across the universe to find other civilizations. When Emet-Selch approached him to induct him into the Convocation, Hermes learned from Meteion that his creations have concluded that life is meaningless and had resolved to sing a song to wipe out everything. Hermes helped Meteion escape to test his race's right to exist while inflicting himself and those present, save Venat, with Kairos, a memory alteration device to remove all traces of what they had learned.
When the Final Days began due to the Meteia singing the song of oblivion, Hermes deduced the stagnation of the aether currents was creating the blasphemies that were wreaking havoc in the world. He devised that creating a primal out of the will of the planet itself, Zodiark, would forestall the calamity, but ended up in his enthrallment. Hermes was fragmented like mostly everything else when the newly-summoned Hydaelyn imprisoned Zodiark, with his being divided among the Source and its thirteen shards.
The fragment of Hermes that remained on the Source was reborn in the final years of the Third Astral Era as Amon, a skilled technologist and magician of the Allagan civilization, who sought to restore his nation to its former glory. He executed his vision by resurrecting the exhumed body of the first Allagan Emperor, Xande, to return the empire to prosperity and conquest. Amon did not see his actions had rendered the revived Xande nihilistic, as the emperor formed a pact with the Cloud of Darkness to destroy the world. Approached by Emet-Selch (who had escaped the sundering with his soul intact) and awakened to his past life memories, Amon bore witness to the Fourth Umbral Calamity while placing a clone of himself in the Crystal Tower before its collapse. The ordeal convinced Amon to embrace Xande's ideals, intending to exploit the Ascians agenda to restore Etheirys as "Fandaniel" until a chance to finish what Xande had begun would present itself.
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.Fandaniel
Following the Warrior of Light's victory over Emet-Selch, Fandaniel briefly appeared before Zenos Galvus, whose act of patricide had thrown the Garlean Empire into civil war. Fandaniel offered 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 killed his way back to the palace and destroyed most of the other contenders for the throne, Fandaniel formally introduced himself in his new body and expressed his intent to discredit any remaining Populares aware of Asahi sas Brutus's death, having taken on this identity. Upon discovering that Elidibus had perished, Fandaniel gleefully announced to Zenos he was no longer beholden to the Paragons' plans, and they were free to do as they pleased with the Source.
Fandaniel left to set up Zenos's "hunting ground" by recreating the conditions of the Final Days, first using the corpse of Varis zos Galvus as a medium to summon Anima through the Garleans' faith in their late emperor. Anima tempered most Garlean citizens under its control to reconstruct the wartorn capital into the Tower of Babil, Fandaniel using parts of Varis's body to create spires that served a similar effect. He used captive beastkin and the Meracydian dragons to summon altered versions of their primals and transmitted the siphoned aether to the tower to break the bounds of an incomplete Zodiark whose existence still prevented the Final Days from unfolding.
The Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn encountered Fandaniel in Ala Mhigo with the first of the tower's primals, Lunar Bahamut. He revealed his desire to destroy the Source and all life in it, including his own. Before departing, he delivered Zenos's demand to meet the Warrior of Light 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 revealed the other Lunar primals were on the move while impressed by Zenos's choice of weapon.
Do you remember when I told you that I wanted to die and take everyone with me? I meant it.Fandaniel to the Warrior Of Light
Fandaniel encountered the Warrior while observing events around the Tower of Zot, trapping one of the alchemists developing Warding Scales in it. He revealed his former life as the Allagan Amon while taking his leave. He later reported to Zenos the tower's destruction by the Scions' hands and instructed him to prep Garlemald for a potential invasion by the Grand Company. Fandaniel questioned Zenos's motivation while explaining his own reason of orchestrating the end days.
When the Warrior and their allies arrived to the Garlean capital, Fandaniel spirited the Warrior of Light away and used Aulus mal Asina's technology to temporarily place them in a soldier's body, while Zenos took the Warrior's body to kill their friends and motivate the Warrior into a rematch. However, the Warrior caught up in time and stopped Zenos, so Fandaniel switched their bodies back and left. The Scions launched an assault on the Tower of Babil and defeated Anima, confronting Fandaniel and Zenos. Using the tower's power, Fandaniel managed to break four of the five brands to Zodiark's seal.
Fandaniel and Zenos teleported to the moon to personally break the final seal, but were briefly delayed due to Hydaelyn altering their trajectory. Having intended for Zenos to take Elidibus's place as Zodiark's heart, Fandaniel decided to merge into the primal himself and subvert the collective will of the souls that formed him. Fandaniel used Zodiark's power to battle the Warrior of Light, but was defeated. Fandaniel revealed his true goal: using the Warrior to weaken Zodiark's body enough for Fandaniel to compel the elder primal to destroy itself. Zodiark ripped out its heart, killing itself and Fandaniel, making way for the Final Days to commence. In his final moments, Fandaniel took delight in fulfilling Xande's vision of the world's destruction.
The Warrior traveled to the past to learn the true cause of the Final Days, playing a role in the attempt to detain Hermes before he would cast his memory alteration spell. When the Warrior later ventured into the aetherial sea to find Hydaelyn, they encountered Amon's memories manifested as "Amon the Undying" in a final attempt to block them from reaching her. After being defeated, the Warrior reminded him of his regained memories as Hermes. Amon reflected on his original life while expressing doubt and regret over his actions. Asahi's revenge-driven spirit appeared, disgusted at Amon's lack of conviction, dragging both Amon and himself into oblivion as revenge for using his body to betray Zenos. Depending on how the Warrior of Light responds, Amon will either gloat over how the Warrior struggles in vain, or express shock that despite all the atrocities he had committed and unleashed, the Warrior is still offering a path of friendship.
In Amaurot's Convocation of Fourteen, the position of "Fandaniel" was given to the authority in the pursuit of extant phenomena.
In the past, as Hermes, he wore a typical Amaurotine black robe and white half mask. He is a tall, brown-skinned man with short black hair and aqua-colored eyes. As Amon, he wore an extravagant attire that consisted of a suit with a blue cravat, striped leggings, shoes, a large white cape draped over his shoulder, and a skull-like mask with a swept-back feather hat.
Possessing the body of Asahi sas Brutus, Fandaniel appears as a young pale Doman Hyur 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 appearance and demise, Fandaniel begins wearing the Cryptlurker's casting set dyed maroon, wearing a modified version of the Healing hood with the mask removed. Fandaniel initially spoke in Asahi's voice before revealing his history as Amon when his plans to restart the Final Days neared completion.
Imagine it! Bound no more by the shackles of moldering memories—of damnable duty! Free at last to live for the moment!Fandaniel
Fandaniel is a flamboyant, whimsical, and impulsive sadist with a flare for theatrics. He considers himself an artist in the horrors he creates via his mastery of aether manipulation. Unlike the other Ascians, whom he is in direct odds with, Fandaniel identifies more with his previous life as Amon than his original self, with no interest in restoring the world as it was before the sundering. Fandaniel even admitted that his previous self, Hermes, would weep at the man he would become. Despite appearing loyal to Zenos, he only sees the Garlean prince as a means to an end. However, Fandaniel is genuinely devoted to Xande and the Allagan Empire as he strove to save the latter during its decline. In the Aetherial Sea, Fandaniel took the appearance of Amon and attempted to stand resolute in his ideals, but found himself wondering if it was truly what he wanted.
Much of Fandaniel's nihilism derives from witnessing the Fourth Umbral Calamity unfold, pushing him over the edge while embracing Xande's ideals. He desires to destroy himself and everything else out of sorrow and spite by killing an incomplete Zodiark, a stark contrast to how his fellow Ascians cling to life and intended to release their deity once made whole.
In the past, Hermes is a curious, gentle-hearted scholar who oversaw the living creatures woven by creation magick like his master, the previous "Fandaniel". Contrary to other ancients who sought perfection in creations, Hermes accepted their flaws and often asked his peers to appreciate those flaws. He knows this is contrary to the typical attitude of the ancients, and so wondered if he was worthy of a place in the Convocation. Hermes's love for life also made him question the Convocation's customs, wondering why stepping down from the seat traditionally meant the occupying member felt it was time for their life to end. His compassion for all life made it emotionally stressful for him to perform the duty of executioner when an experiment was deemed a failure. He treated the Meteia more like a person compared to how the other ancients treated familiars. Because of that, when Meteion is corrupted by the despair and death in the universe and tries to bring destruction to Etheirys, the despondent Hermes lets her go so that the ancients could be tested. His love for Meteion also caused his anger over the ancients' callous disregard and destruction of imperfect beings to boil over, and found it hypocritical that the ancients did not hold themselves to these standards.
Fandaniel is fought thrice in the main scenario of Endwalker, though never using his own name or form. The first battle is against him possessing the body of Zodiark during The Dark Inside. The second battle is against his unsundered incarnation, Hermes, as the final boss of Ktisis Hyperboreia. The third battle is against Amon the Undying, the final boss of The Aitiascope.
Like the other Ascians, Fandaniel's appearances are accompanied by "Without Shadow". "Imagination (Duality)" plays during appearances associated with Amon, while "Stars Long Dead" plays during Fandaniel's death and Amon the Undying's lament at the end of the Aitiascope.
Fandaniel, as Hermes and Amon, is voiced by Jeremy Ang Jones in English and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka in Japanese. While possessing Asahi's body in Shadowbringers, and before the revelation of his true identity in Endwalker, he is voiced by Matt McCooey in English and Junichi Yanagita in Japanese.
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".
Hermes is an Olympian deity in ancient Greek mythology. He is the herald of the gods, also considered the protector of human heralds, travellers, thieves, merchants, and orators. He moves quickly and freely between the worlds of the mortal and the divine, aided by his winged sandals, guiding souls into the afterlife. Besides Fandaniel's connection to the Greek god Hermes, using a caduceus as his weapon of choice, he also named after Hermes Trismegistus who was an expert in magic, alchemy, and astrology.