Fandaniel is a non-player character from 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.
Profile[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. His white and red tattered robes are dyed versions of the healing set of Facet gear, which are alternate versions of the Diabolic gear available at Dun Scaith. As is common with Ascians, Fandaniel can make a glowing red emblem appear in front of his face, his being based on Hashmal's glyph from Final Fantasy XII.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Fandaniel is eccentric, whimsical and flamboyant. Unlike the other Ascians, Fandaniel is not loyal to Zodiark and has no interest in restoring the world as it was before the Sundering, only being invested in causing mass destruction. He considers the Ascians' goals to be a "damnable duty" and the desire to see the world as it was as being "shackled to moldering memories". Fandaniel is overjoyed Elidibus, the last of the Paragons, is gone, allowing him to do as he pleases in spreading chaos. 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.
Story[edit | edit source]
Following the Warrior of Light's victory over Emet-Selch, Fandaniel appears before Zenos whose act of patricide has thrown Garlemald in 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 expresses his intent to discredit any remaining Populares aware of Asahi's death while formally introducing himself to Zenos. Fandaniel realizes that Elidibus is no more, gleeful that he is no longer beholden to the Paragons' plans and is free to do as he pleases with the Source. He departs to set up Zenos's "hunting ground".
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
Like the other Ascians, Fandaniel’s appearances are accompanied by "Without Shadow".
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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" (דניעל), 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 פהדניעל (Fadaniel, like the Japanese) or פנדניעל (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". 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".