This timeline lists the events that transpire in Final Fantasy XV. It follows the A.E./M.E. dating system: A.E. stands for "Ancient Era," while M.E. stands for "Modern Era." Some of the timeline is detailed in the Final Fantasy XV Ultimania.
- The world of Eos comes into existence. Estimates place its age at around 4.5 billion years.
- The earliest humans appear. Remains of them are later discovered in the Piztala region, part of the known world's second continent which would come to host the empire of Niflheim.
- The Astrals descend from an unknown higher plane to settle in different regions of Eos. They come to be known and worshiped as protector gods by the human population. They are sworn to protect Eos and all its denizens, even from each other. The largest and oldest living creature known to man, adamantoise, is also said to have been born at the dawn of time itself.
- Humans are created in the image of the Astrals and the god of fire Ifrit grants them knowledge of fire. The goddess of ice Shiva's heart is warmed by Ifrit's benevolence, and she falls in love with him. Though initially callous toward humanity, Shiva becomes compassionate toward them due to Ifrit's influence.
- The nation of Solheim rules over the lands of Eos during an era of peace and prosperity when all six Astral gods look over Eos together. Solheim excels in machine technology like airships and magitek armor.
- Ifrit is betrayed by Solheim. According to some accounts, he was the nation's king. This leads to the War of the Astrals where the land is torn asunder. Ifrit fights the other Astrals and is killed, his body laid to rest at the Rock of Ravatogh.
- The Astrals, bar the war god Bahamut, fall into slumber. Titan rests in Disc of Cauthess, Ramuh in Angelgard, Leviathan in Celluna Cascades in what would become Altissia, and Shiva in Ghorovas Rift. In time, Astrals become known as legendary beings said to be sleeping in wait for the fated time when the world is shrouded in darkness.
- Solheim is destroyed.
2000 years ago
- Disease spreads and many are dying. The Starscourge mutates people and animals into daemons, monsters that thrive in darkness that hunt humans. Daemons release miasma that blocks sunlight.
- Bahamut devises a way to rid the world of Starscourge by granting special powers to mortal bloodlines. The Lucis Caelum family would become the kings of Lucis, able to wield the powers of light to destroy Starscourge and daemons.
- Bahamut picks the first Oracle from the Nox Fleuret family, Aera Mirus Fleuret, who gains the power to commune with the Astrals (and presumably the power to hold the Starscourge at bay). Bahamut is said to have bestowed the Trident of the Oracle to her. The Oracle communicates with the gods via Messengers, there said to be 24 of them.
- The 33-year-old Ardyn Lucis Caelum works as a healer, absorbing daemons into himself to save people, and his soul becomes corrupted. Though he believed himself to be the Crystal's Chosen King, the Stone denies his ascension, and the throne goes to Ardyn's younger brother, Somnus Lucis Caelum. Somnus demonizes Ardyn, and the latter refers to him as a "jealous future king, not yet chosen by the Crystal." Aera is killed in a confrontation between Somnus and Ardyn.
- The Oracle and Somnus are said to have joined forces and travelled the world to forge covenants with the Astrals. The trials by which the Astrals test Somnus lay waste to entire cities. Starscourge subsides from Eos by Somnus's hand. Details of this are unknown, as Aera had died during a confrontation between Somnus and Ardyn. However, the mantle of Oracle is passed onto the next woman of the same lineage.
- Somnus is granted the Crystal from the planet and Ring of the Lucii from the Astrals, and is told to protect the Crystal in wait for the Chosen King who would one day be chosen by the Crystal from his bloodline.
- Ardyn is rendered immortal and is imprisoned in Angelgard.
- Ardyn is not mentioned in Cosmogony or any official histories, despite having been a prominent figure. Any mention of him may have been intentionally removed by the Lucis Caelum dynasty.
- Somnus founds the Kingdom of Lucis, and becomes known as the Founder King. His descendants would rule the kingdom for the next 2000 years, and the lineage would empower the current monarch via the Ring of the Lucii that bonds their souls to the mortal realm.
- Gilgamesh serves as the Shield of the Founder King. His soul remains in the Tempering Grounds for the next 2,000 years awaiting the coming of the Chosen King to test the might of the Chosen King's Shield.
- The adamantoise appears in documents produced circa the advent of the Kingdom of Lucis. For roughly two millennia, the mystery of the Longwythe Peak's origins has perplexed people across Eos. The broken buildings in the surrounding area are remnants of the pre-kingdom days, and some speculate that whatever natural disaster destroyed these homes might have also been responsible for creating the now-famous crag.
- During Lucis's nascent years, the daemon naglfar is said to have fought the twenty-four Messengers.* The English bestiary says naglfar's name is recorded in the "lost pages" of the Cosmogony, and that it fought the 24 Messengers to a standstill. The Japanese version says its name is recorded in the pseudepigrapha of the Cosmogony. Pseudepigrapha means falsely-attributed works, texts whose claimed author is not the true author, or a work whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past.
- Certain Lucian monarchs create colossal statues of themselves (twelve in all). Each serves as a coffin to hold the soul of a dead king/queen. From these "coffins," the monarchs will await the "Chosen King" and serve as the Old Wall (Knights of the Round) that will protect the kingdom when summoned by the current Lucian monarch.
2000–755 years ago
- The world now stable and the old civilization in ruin, new countries are founded: Niflheim, Tenebrae and Accordo. Tenebrae is where the Oracle's family lives, Accordo becomes commercially prosperous, and the Empire of Niflheim is ruled by the Aldercapt family, whose ambition is to revive the ancient civilization of Solheim.
- According to legend, a sabertusk was once the guard dog of the king. Plagued by hunger, it ate the young prince, and was cursed to become a violent beast that roams the outlands of Lucis.
Unknown time period
- Titan catches a meteorite that fell to Eos and broke into pieces when it was caught. The craters and ponds in the Duscae region are believed to have been made when the meteorite fell. According to the German localization, the meteorite brought Starscourge to Eos.. NPCs in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades say the gods themselves brought down the Meteor.
- When the event happened is not specified in any official timeline. It may have been early in the planet's history, or perhaps during the Astral War. Pre-release information posited the meteorite to be as old as Eos and to have been there since the "beginning of time".
- The four nations of Eos elect to use the same calendar system.
- Niflheim declares war on other countries to expand its territory. Their two primary targets become the Kingdom of Lucis, which possesses the Crystal, and Tenebrae, led by the Oracle. However, they only have the means to attack the adjacent Tenebrae.
- The empire gains control of Tenebrae's territory, but an invasion of Fenestala Manor—wherein reside the Fleurets, the Oracle family—isn't conducted due to the masses' faith in the Oracle.
- A mysterious "new" life form, daemons, is discovered by the Imperial Army. Niflheim seeks to recreate the might of the legendary nation of Solheim. Daemons are humans and animals parasitized by the Starscourge, turning them into monsters that can only live in darkness.
- Daemons proliferate around Eos. In Lucis, a king and an Oracle seal the most ferocious of them in secret underground dungeons. The exact time frame of this event is unknown, but the task may have been undertaken by various kings over many decades/centuries.
- Lucis and Accordo enter an alliance to defend against the empire.
- The Lucian-Accordian coalition is overwhelmed by the imperial magitek armors. Accordo surrenders.
- The king of Lucis raises the Wall around the region of Cavaugh, facilitated by conduits made of adamantite, a metal found in the adamantoise's shell, that channel the power of the Crystal.
- Lucian army is dissolved and reorganized into a countermeasure-only defense force, the Crownsguard.
- Niflheim recognizes Accordo's self-governance, and constructs bases outside the Lucian Wall where they station the army and take control of the area.
- Niflheim turns the fishing village of Galdin into a trading post connecting the Lucian continent with the imperial province of Accordo.
- Jared Hester is born.
- Clarus Amicitia is born.
- Weskham Armaugh is born.
- Regis Lucis Caelum is born.
- Cor Leonis is born.
- April 9th: Imperial scientist Verstael Besithia writes in his journal on his feelings on researching daemons even if others find the beings repulsive and thus view him a madman.
- March 21st: Verstael Besithia writes in his journal about his Starscourge hypothesis on the mutant plasmodia being released from the soil due to imperial territorial expansion.
- January 17th: Verstael Besithia writes a journal entry on how they have recently found an ancient tome from a royal tomb whose text has convinced him that the fabled "Adagium" is real.
- Verstael releases Ardyn, the "Adagium", from Angelgard, and leads him to an imperial research facility. Ardyn recuperates there for seven months and begins to plot for the demise of the Lucis Caelum bloodline.
- Sometime before Ardyn begins to cooperate with Verstael, Niflheim exhumes Ifrit's slumbering body from the Rock of Ravatogh and takes him to Niflheim. Ifrit is frozen for study in Verstael's lab until he awakens and is daemonified by Ardyn.
- Ardyn Izunia manipulates Emperor Aldercapt, and proposes development of a magitek infantry. He is inaugurated as chancellor. Niflheim experiments with daemons to further develop magitek, though many are likely unaware the proliferation of daemons would lead to the spreading of the Starscourge.
- July 8: Verstael Besithia, the chief of magitek research, outfits the magitek troopers with magitek cores.
- October 21: Verstael infuses the magitek cores with the energy daemons exude (miasma), but finds the troopers incapable of fighting. He determines humans would make superior test subjects.
- December 5: With all previous experiments resulting in the subjects experiencing ego death, Verstael begins to experiment on infants.
- March 11th: Verstael decides to start cloning his own genetic material to create enough infants for the magitek army.
- November 26th: The First Magitek Production Facility is completed. "Rising military star" Verstael Besithia is appointed to oversee the facility and relinquishes his field duties to work there full-time.
- Niflheim begins to mass produce its magitek infantry in preparation for war with Lucis. Magitek troopers are made from daemons and human clones incubated until they become strong enough to fight. Because of their lightproof armor MTs can operate in daylight, making Niflheim's army the strongest in the world.
- Nyx Ulric is born in Galahd.
- Cor Leonis joins Crownsguard at the age of 13.
- Biggs Callux is born.
- 24th October: Niflheim has overwhelmed Lucis with the newly mass-produced magitek infantry and surrounded Insomnia. Verstael stops disposing daemons born from harvesting miasma at the imperial laboratories, deciding to use them in his experiments instead.
- The Great War between Niflheim and Lucis begins and lasts between 2/24-4/1. The Niflheim army breaches the regions of Leide, Duscae, and Cleigne, where they establish bases–yet there is a period without war afterward. Lucis dispatches soldiers to challenge the empire, but they are defeated. Prince Regis–who had traveled to Accordo with a select few to seek the restoration of an allied force–is forced to withdraw to the Crown City and the range of the Wall is pulled back to Insomnia's ramparts to strengthen it.*
Takka's dossier says that "King Regis scaled back the Wall", but this is likely a mistake, as Regis didn't ascend until after the Great War. The one who scaled back the Wall was Mors Lucis Caelum, Regis's father.
- During his travels Regis meets Ezma Auburnbrie, and promises to slay the monsters sealed in the Menace Dungeons after the war is over. He also fights the adamantoise, but fails to kill it.
- Cor criticizes Prince Regis's decision to withdraw from Accordo and is made his personal bodyguard.
- Sometime after returning to Insomnia from the trip with Regis Cid Sophiar falls out with royal household due to its refugee policy. Cid leaves Insomnia and establishes Hammerhead Service Station in Leide.
- The northeastern archipelago of the Cavaugh Region is invaded by Niflheim.
- Aranea Highwind is born.
- Lucis discovers ruins at Taelpar Crag and many venture inside only to be killed by Gilgamesh. A 15-year-old Cor Leonis is the only one to emerge alive, earning him the nickname "the Immortal". Around this time Cor becomes bodyguard to King Mors.
- Ravus Nox Fleuret is born.
- King Mors dies.
- Regis Lucis Caelum becomes the 113th king of Lucis.
- Cindy Aurum is born.
- Lunafreya Nox Fleuret is born on September 4th. Gentiana, the High Messenger, moves in with the Nox Fleuret family in Tenebrae.
- Final Fantasy XV Official Works gives the year as 732. However, if Lunafreya was born in September, she would have had to be born in 731 for her to be 24 years old during Final Fantasy XV. Similar mistake concerns Noctis's birth date.
- King Regis marries his childhood friend, Aulea.
- Ignis Scientia is born on February 7.
- Ardyn Izunia arrives in Insomnia to wreak havoc and kill Regis, but is repelled by Bahamut. He learns his fate is to battle the True King "when darkness overwhelms the world".
- Noctis Lucis Caelum is born to King Regis and Aulea on August 30. Aulea dies when Noctis is still an infant.
- The Final Fantasy XV Ultimania and Final Fantasy XV: Official Works give his birth year as 736, but this would make him only 19 years old during Final Fantasy XV. Similar mistake concerns Lunafreya's birth year.
- Prompto is born on October 25. He is born in Niflheim to be made into a magitek trooper, and is given a serial number.
- Prompto escapes his predicament of being made into an MT as he is kidnapped by Lucians from the First Magitek Production Facility. Verstael Besithia logs this event on May 3rd. Prompto is adopted by a family in Insomnia and gets the surname Argentum.
- The 6-year-old Cindy witnesses people killed because they didn't have Insomnian-made headlights that stave off daemons on their car.
- Ignis becomes the three-year-old Noctis's royal adviser.
- The Final Fantasy XV Ultimania posits that a six-year-old Ignis became a three-year-old Noctis's retainer, however, this appears to be a mistake borne out of Noctis's birth year being erroneously listed as 736.
- Noctis receives the Carbuncle totem from Regis.
- A group of bussemand storms the Saxham Outpost killing countless adults and kidnapping their children. Many parents go off in search of the lost kids, leaving a ghost town in their wake.
- King Regis learns from the spirits of the old kings that Noctis is the Chosen One.
- Regis establishes Kingsglaive as his personal guard to protect Noctis.
- Iris Amicitia is born.
- The eight-year-old Noctis is attacked by daemons and suffers a serious injury. He is protected by the Messenger Carbuncle in a world of dreams during his coma. He receives medical care in Tenebrae and befriends Lunafreya, the Oracle's daughter. Lunafreya tells Noctis he is the Chosen King.
- The Fenestala Manor is attacked and conquered by Niflheim. King Regis rescues Noctis and takes him back to Insomnia.
- Queen Sylva Via Fleuret, the Oracle, is killed by General Glauca. Her children, Ravus and Lunafreya, fall into imperial custody as Tenebrae is fully annexed.
- Niflheim renews its offensive against Lucis in the wake of the attack on Tenebrae.
- Ignis hears of the dessert Noctis had enjoyed in Tenebrae and becomes interested in cooking.
- Noctis befriends Gladiolus, his trainer who is to become his Shield, after he helps a lost Iris.
- Lunafreya enters a covenant with Shiva.
- Shiva awakens, sensing "a mortal drawing the Pyreburner away from the Light". Shiva is defeated by Niflheim and her corpse is left outside the imperial capital in Ghorovas Rift. It changes the climate to that of a perpetual blizzard.
- Having lost most of its army, Niflheim begins developing magitek soldiers strong enough to fight the Astrals.
- October 24: Perpetouss Troop discovers the remains of a Solheimian magitek weapon during an expedition to Taelpar Crag. Researchers believe it to be a wreckage of a weapon built to fell the gods.
- November 11: The researcher studying the Solheimian "godslayer" finds its capabilities so wondrous he wants to restrict access to the research to senior scientists.
- November 21: Verstael begins developing a magitek weapon codenamed "Godslayer."
- November 22: Verstael Besithia's research is granted more funding due to the success of quelling the Glacian.
- February 2: A researcher tests the Solheimian magitek weapon's armor to find it can withstand the power of Astrals.
- June 3: the Imperial Defense Council motions to reform the MT coding system to better monitor large numbers of new magitek models entering production.
- July 29: The researcher who discovered the Solheimian "godslayer" magitek weapon from Taelpar Crag has repaired it, but fails to activate the robot despite numerous attempts.
- October 30th: The Solheimian "godslayer" robot goes on a rampage and kills four researchers after they had tried to dismantle it to figure out how it works.
- January 14th: Research on the Solheimian robot is suspended as all efforts to bring it online have failed, and the management fears further "incidents". The weapon is sealed away.
- Prompto treated an injury Lunafreya's Messenger dog Pryna had suffered, and received a letter from her asking him to befriend the lonely Noctis as the two attend the same school. Prompto starts to lose weight.
- Lunafreya, under the supervision of the empire, becomes the youngest Oracle in history at age 16. She begins traveling the land to heal those who seek her aid as a mysterious plague has infected many people. People are unaware this is Starscourge that is gradually making daylight disappear from the world.
- Talcott Hester is born.
- Ignis begins to train in the Crownsguard.
- Noctis enters high school and befriends Prompto.
- Noctis gets his own apartment in the city away from the Citadel.
- Noctis receives the Engine Blade as a birthday present from King Regis.
- Gladiolus officially joins Crownsguard.
- Ignis is formally sworn into Crownsguard.
- Gladiolus earns a facial scar while protecting Noctis from a drunken stranger.
- June 23: Higher-ups disband the Perpetouss Troop that has been harboring the Solheimian "godslayer" robot that was supposed to have been sealed away. The people responsible decide to hide the robot from the authorities.
- July 25: First Magitek Production Facility terminates numerous specimens that were created for the magitek infantry. (The picture on the report suggests the terminated line is the one Prompto Argentum is from.)
- August 30: Noctis turns 20. A new car is custom made and given to him for his birthday.
- September 18: Deputy High Commander Ravus Nox Fleuret proposes that Niflheim invade Insomnia to gain the Crystal and the Ring of the Lucii.
- October: Niflheim begins to prepare for the invasion.
- November 2: Plasmodia samples continue leaking at the First Magitek Production Facility, infecting some of the research team.
- December 3: Rumors circulate that Verstael Besithia is intentionally infecting workers.
12th of February
- The workers of the First Magitek Production Facility have become daemons.
20th of March
- Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto download King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- and begin playing it.
8th of April
- Verstael Besithia informs Emperor Aldercapt that the Diamond Weapon is ready to be deployed.
Sometime before 16th of May
- King Regis agrees to an offer of peace from Niflheim. He sends Noctis to Altissia to wed Lunafreya.
- The kingdom prepares for the treaty-signing and Noctis prepares for his trip, as depicted in Final Fantasy XV Prologue Parting Ways. The Crownsguard is re-assigned to protect the people of Lucis, while Kingsglaive will be on duty to defend the city.
16th of May
- Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto depart Insomnia.
- During the treaty-signing ceremony Niflheim invades Insomnia and steals its Crystal, as depicted in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
- King Regis is killed, but before he perishes, he passes on the Ring of the Lucii to Lunafreya so she can give it to Noctis.
- Some of the Kingsglaive defect and turn on the king.
- Nyx Ulric, a glaive, discovers that Captain Titus Drautos is actually General Glauca of Niflheim, and sacrifices his life to wield the power of the Lucii to kill Glauca and command the Old Wall to lay waste to the daemons Niflheim has released upon Insomnia.
- A report written on this day found in Zegnautus Keep posits, apparently for the first time, that the ongoing mass disappearance outbreak is turning people into daemons.
17th of May
- Insomnia's fall is reported worldwide. Noctis embarks on a journey to collect the royal arms of his forebears and forge covenants with the Astrals to gain the power he needs to reclaim his throne.
21st of May
- The first mammal magitek, Unit SAS-0822: Barbarus, is created. It is to guard the still-in-production Unit XDA-1002: Immortalis.
28th of June
- A final report is written by a worker in Zegnautus Keep: More than half the keep's inhabitants are now daemons. There's no hope of neutralizing them, not with control lost over the MTs. Outside, the city swarms with yet more daemons—former citizens. There's no escape.
9th of July
- Construction of Immortalis is completed. Verstael has discovered a way to preserve the ego and sustain consciousness and transfer it into his magitek creations.
- When Noctis reunites with Lunafreya, she gives him the Ring of the Lucii but perishes due to wounds sustained from Ardyn Izunia. Altissia is damaged in the revelation of Leviathan.
- Ravus Nox Fleuret, now the high commander of the imperial army, is sentenced to be executed for high treason. Niflheim attacks Fenestala Manor. Many people are displaced and seek refuge from Accordo.
- Without Lunafreya, Starscourge's advancement accelerates and there is no cure for those infected with it. Daylight is quickly disappearing from the world. Noctis's goal shifts from simply saving his kingdom, to saving the world from daemons and darkness. He believes he can banish the daemons with the light of the Crystal. Starscourge is caused by daemons that expel substance from their bodies that blocks sunlight.
- The imperial capital collapses as everyone becomes infected and begins to turn into a daemon. Those who can, flee the capital. An emergency is called and civilians are told to stay indoors. David Auburnbrie invites everyone in Eos to move to Lestallum whose power plant can provide light indefinitely due to drawing power from the active meteorite shards in the area.
- When Noctis finds the Crystal deep inside Zegnautus Keep, he is absorbed inside it. He learns Ardyn Izunia is his immortal ancestor who once served the Astrals, but saving people from daemons by absorbing them corrupted his soul. Noctis learns he is the True King who can purge the world of Starscourge at the cost of his own life.
- Noctis disappears for ten years, during which time darkness overwhelms Eos and it is overtaken by daemons.
- Lestallum becomes the center of the remaining civilization with small hunter outposts operating around Lucis.
- Bahamut gives some of the former members of the Kingsglaive the chance to redeem themselves by proving themselves to him. The Glaives team up with the Hunters and the remains of the Crownsguard to protect people, and promise to safeguard Angelgard for the True King's coming.
- Noctis returns and kills Ardyn. He sacrifices himself to bring light back to the world.
Spoilers end here.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Final Fantasy XV Ultimania Scenario Side translations (Accessed: February 19, 2019) at The Lifestream
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Final Fantasy XV Scenario Ultimania Translation Project — History of Eos (Accessed: April 27, 2018) at Medium
- ↑ FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN PROLOGUE Q&A (7:52) (Accessed: December 14, 2019) by FINAL FANTASY XV at YouTube
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV Scenario Ultimania Translation Project — Mythos (Accessed: March 27, 2019) at Medium
- ↑ https://youtu.be/pG8QIH91OM0?t=4m1s
- ↑ All the Final Fantasy XV details from Famitsu (Accessed: March 27, 2019) at Nova Crystallis
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 ''Final Fantasy XV: Official Works'' translations by higharollakockamamie (Accessed: April 19, 2018) at higharollakockamamie at tumblr
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 ''Final Fantasy XV Ultimania'' translations by The Twilight Mexican, read and verified by SuperEspresso (Accessed: April 27, 2018) at Supercalifragilistic Drakengard Theosis at tumblr
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Character profile in Final Fantasy XV: Official Works
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV Scenario Ultimania, p.031
- ↑ Jp2En: New information released at a fan event on July 1, 2017 (Accessed: March 27, 2019) at A Bit Of Laughter at Tumblr
- ↑ Episode Gladiolus loading screen.
- ↑ FINAL FANTASY XV First Master Guide
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 ''Final Fantasy XV Official Works'' translations by higharollakockamamie (Accessed: May 26, 2018) at higharollakockamamie @tumblr.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Final Fantasy XV Japanese community questions answered (Accessed: March 27, 2019) at Gematsu
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV Official English Twitter (Accessed: March 27, 2019) at @FFXVEN
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV: Changes from Final Fantasy Versus XIII Explained; More Info on Characters Shared (Accessed: March 27, 2019) at Dualshockers
- ↑ ''Final Fantasy XV Official Works'' translations by higharollakockamamie (Accessed: June 03, 2018) at higharollakockamamie at tumblr
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV Official Works translations (Accessed: July 01, 2018) at higharollakockamamie @tumblr
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV Collector's Edition Guidebook developer interview with Saori Itamuro
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