Now, my puppets, dance and leave the world agog with your grace!Gilbrisbert after summoning Archaeodemons
Gilbrisbert quo Buteo or Gilbrisbert the Puppetmaster is a non-player character in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, he appears in Zadnor, within the Save the Queen storyline. He is a senior centurion within the IVth Imperial legions zealots.
Story[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
A senior centurion of the IVth Legion Zealots, Gilbrisbert was a provincial citizen who received an imperial education. Though a brilliant student, his overweening manner won him few friends, and he took instead to the company of tomes, channeling his keen mind towards the study of forbidden magicks. In the course of his research, he acquired a copy of the Scriptures of Germonique, the sacred texts of the outlawed sect of the selfsame name. Curiosity piqued, he sought out the remnants of the sect, who initiated the willing youth into their arcane secrets.
In the olden days of the Kingdom of Dalmasca, the vast majority of the populace were adherents of the Church of Iocus, the state religion tracing its origins to Saint Ajora. Other faiths were tolerated, this being an acknowledgement of the diverse nature of the nation's peoples, yet the members of the Sect of Germonique alone were branded heretics, and were exiled if not executed. Wherefore were these individuals the subject of such brutal oppression? At the heart of it lies the sect's contradiction of church doctrine.
Whereas the church held that Germonique is the betrayer who slew Saint Ajora, the sect considered him the true savior. And whereas the church taught that Ultima, the High Seraph, is a servant of god, it believed that Ultima herself is god, from whom comes the gift of auracite─miraculous stones with the power to solve all of mankind's woes. Yet far from aiding mankind, these relics wrought disaster wheresoever they appeared and were regarded with fear by other citizens. This fear manifested as violence towards the sect, which fought back by committing indiscriminate acts of destruction across the kingdom.
So it was that the Sect of Germonique was designated an extremist cult. Its leaders were put to death, while those followers who refused to renounce their faith were banished. Yet beyond the borders of Dalmasca, the sect found a way to survive. And one day it welcomed a man named Gilbrisbert into the fold. Using an auracite fragment as a bargaining chip, Gilbrisbert enlisted in the IVth Legion, where, in exchange for the sect's preservation, he struck a deal to form a unit wielding the relic's power: the Zealots.
Members of the sect believe that, by sacrificing their lives, they will be taken unto heaven to join Ultima. Thus do they willingly offer up their flesh in a ritual that transforms them into the demonic Lucavi in battle─a ritual made possible by the power of the auracite fragment. Gilbrisbert is all too happy to assist his Zealots in this endeavor, and not only does he transform them; he also brings them under his control. For this twisted predilection, he has earned the reviled epithet of the puppetmaster, although it appears he has embraced it as a badge of honor.
Gilbrisbert is first seen on the battlefield on the Southern Plateau of Zadnor, he is then surrounded by four Bozjan resistance soldiers who order him to surrender as he's outnumbered. He introduces himself to the soldiers and asks them why he's called the puppetmaster, the soldiers are confused and believe he's lost his mind before he states he has a piece of auracite and transforms them into Ultima Demons. He gloats about their transformation and commands them to fight the resistance before leaving.
He appears again in the Western Plateau, where he is surrounded by more Archeaodemons, he tells the resistance members that they were his former comrades before engaging them in battle. After the demon's defeat he summons more to use their aether in protecting him. Upon his defeat he admires his demons before stating it is not his end and laughs maniacally before teleporting away.
Upon the Northern Plateau another soldier Yamatsumi pyr Urabe is defeated and cornered by the resistance, Gilbrisbert shows up and tempts him into using the auracite by stating his hearts wish. Once he does so Yamatsumi is transformed into the Lucavi Famfrit and controlled by Gilbrisbert. The two face the resistance in battle, but are defeated. Upon his defeat he states that this was fruitful in measuring the auracites strength, and states that Yamatsumi was a puissant puppet and ponders what he himself can produce before teleporting away.
Upon the invasion of the Dalriada, Gilbrisbert is waiting within the Magitek Development chamber to hold off the resistance. Here he transforms into the Lucavi Cuchulainn, and fights the resistance, attempting to turn them into Lucavi as well. He is defeated in combat, and before fading into aether, he is confused on how the auracite couldn't beat them.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Personality[edit | edit source]
Gilbrisbert has a fanatic personality being a member of the banished extremist cult of the Sect of Germonique believing that sacrificing their lives will take them to heaven and join Ultima. He is overtly happy in assisting the members of his cult transform them into Lucavi and bring them under his control. He is joyful when turning his comrades into monsters showing his sadistic personality traits. His comrades gave him the reviled title of puppetmaster, but to him he sees it as a badge of honor. He is known to use a lot of tactics in battle, and plans out devious plots to foil his enemies.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Gilbrisbert is a duskwight Elezen with gray skin and blond hair. His right eye is red while his other eye is a gray color, he wears a republican medicus's laurel wreath, a pair of republican signifer's fingerless gloves, an Exarchic top of Striking, paglth'an breeches and sandals of casting, and wields the crystarium rod into battle.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Gilbrisbert is fought in a few skirmeshes in Zadnor, using a few black mage spells as well as commanding Archeaodemons in battle. He also appears in the open dungeon the Dalriada, where he transforms into the Lucavi demon Cuchulainn.