Godbert Manderville is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV. A master goldsmith, he had recently acquired a seat on this Syndicate. He is the father of Hildibrand Manderville and husband to Julyan Manderville.
Godbert is first seen in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at Camp Bronze Lake as a tourist resting in the hot springs. He features in several sidequests where players may assist him—up to and including rubbing salamander oil over his skin—and giving them a Meteor Survivor Ring in gratitude.
Godbert's services were needed to repair a priceless antique vase, and he was revealed to be both Hildibrand's father and a member of the Syndicate. Having been seen in Northern Thanalan where he defeated a chimera, Godbert was drawn out when Hildibrand taught the Warrior of Light to perform the Manderville dance. When Godbert saw his son after years spent apart, he suplexed him into the ground for not informing the family of his survival. Godbert agreed to repair the vase, and refurbished it into an even fancier vase, indignant when the vase's owner pointed out the vase no longer resembled its original form.
Godbert crossed paths with his son during the events at Master Fygreis's Coliseum, taking out a chimera and then chasing after Ultros when he attempted to sneak away. Godbert cane to Hildibrand's aid when the thief appeared to be about to steal what was later revealed to be a replica of the Ring of Inquiry, but ended up throwing his son out of the coliseum. When they learned the thief was making for the last item at the Manderville Gold Saucer, Godbert offered his aid but suffered the wrath of his wife Julyan.
Godbert made a quick cameo in the 2014 Starlight Celebration seasonal event quest and assisted the Warrior of Light repair (or rather, craft anew) a boy's broken memento of his father. The boy recognized the craftsmanship of an highly skilled goldsmith whose works he had seen in his father's books, but failed to recognize its origin and believed it instead to come from the Saint of Nymeia (whom Godbert was disguised as).
Godbert reappeared in Ishgard, conversing with Count Edmont de Fortemps. Cyr Blyme accused him of heresy, but recanted when he realized he might have to fight it physically, recalling an earlier incident involving the Warrior of Light. Learning that Nashu was searching for Hildebrand, Godbert joined the search for his ever wayward son who was not keeping in touch. Finding Hildebrand half-buried in snow in the Coerthas Western Highlands, Godbert performed the Meteor Dive Limit Break to wake him up, only to bury him deeper. He pulled Hildebrand out a second time, also pulling out the manikin Gigi in the process.
Godbert ran across Gigi again after he returned to the Western Highlands in search of the goldsmith, him and Julyan throwing snowballs at each other (and accidentally killing some of the wildlife in the process). Gigi asked Godbert to make him into a real boy, leading to the crafter to turn him into a large, musclebound specimen. He used his strength to clothesline Hildebrand in affection before his mysterious powers reset him back to normal. After Hildebrand told Godbert that he had adopted Gigi, he was overthrilled at being a grandfather, but the ran for their lives when Julyan expressed her displeasure by seemingly summoning demonic powers and causing her trademark pan to grow many times its size.
Godbert joined the other heroes in Anyx Trine in rescuing Gigi from the Grand Sers, who sought to kill Hraesvelgr with their renewed strength. He prevented Julyan from interfering and bore witness to Gigi's true power, causing him to comically lose his clothes again. When Cyr was unhappy he could not return to Ishgard due to looking up heretical tomes in search of Gigi's origins, Godbert offered to hire him, making him caretaker of Hildebrand's gazebo in Idyllshire.
Godbert crossed paths with the heroes at the Thavnairian Consulate in Kugane along with a Sahjattra Concern Representative. They identified a mysterious powder to be an essential ingredient to create a powerful drug called dewprism, a thimble of which was enough render anyone susceptible to any and all commands.
When Godbert reappeared on the Isle of Bekko in the Ruby Sea, he was under the effect of dewprism. He was with the Sahjattra Concern Representative and met Akebono. Shortly after, Hildibrand came to try and refresh his memory, but his words fell upon deaf ears. Godbert swiftly dispatched Shigure, the Wolf Burglar, and Gilgamesh, and then turned on his masters, not discerning friend from foe. Hildibrand met his father in combat, and when he sang the song of his house, it caused his instincts to kick in and perform the Reverse Manderville Meteor Strike and drive his son into the ground.
Godbert made his formal appearance in the main scenario in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood's patch 4.1 quests, in a drastic departure from his comedic portrayal. Nanamo Ul Namo, seeking counsel from him on how to aid the recently-liberated Ala Mhigo, proposed that Ul'dah spend their wealth on giving the Ala Mhigans shelter and employment. Godbert told Nanamo to stop, noting that should Ul'dah unconditionally provide to Ala Mhigo, it would not only make them reliant on charity, but would foster resentment among Ul'dah's citizenry. He told her that she should instead help the Ala Mhigans achieve self-sufficiency, not only helping profit Ul'dah, but also strengthen relations between the two nations.
Godbert is a male Highlander Hyur with snowy white hair and a beard. He wears a red-shaded spectacles and in public usually wears a gray coatee and black boxer shorts, while other times he wears little more than his smallclothes, showing off his muscular build. During Syndicate meetings he wears a cowl. While normally using his brute strength and wrestling skills, Godbert can also use a goldsmith's hammer as his weapon, which he can grow to a size comparable to a warhammer.
Godbert has "an aura of murderous rage", displaying superhuman strength and speed on occasion and the only person he fears is his wife Julyan. He is also kind, polite, and civic-minded, realizing that the foundation of wealth is built on the prosperity and happiness of an entire community, not just a few. Thus he supports the Starlight Celebration with funding (albeit anonymously) and runs the Manderville Gold Saucer—his goal is to bring joy and contentment to the realm as much as it is to attain financial success.
While he's often nearly as much of a comedic stooge as his son, Godbert does not share his son's lack of skill in his chosen profession. While the results are perhaps not always what the client had in mind, Godbert's skill at goldsmithing is prodigious, surpassing even Gerolt; his skill has formed the backbone of his family's modern fortune.
Godbert appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Behind the scenes
If the player finished his sidequests in Camp Bronze Lake before meeting Godbert in the Hildibrand quest, he will recognized them as "he/she of strong yet supple fingers".
Though he is known as a Goldsmith, his hammer is the kind of those used by Armorers.
- Encyclopedia Eorzea, p. 135