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Ser Grinnaux

Ser Grinnaux de Dzemael is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. He is a member of the Heavens' Ward.

History[]

Early life[]

Ser Grinnaux was the nephew of the current count de Dzemael. By his twenty-ninth nameday, Ser Grinnaux had earned a notorious reputation for his brawls at the local taverns and his willingness to strike knights who questioned this judgment on campaign. Through a drunken quarrel he met and became close friends with Ser Paulecrain de Fanouilley. Unfortunately for some, Ser Grinnaux's attitude and methods result in the occasional fatality, which the Count de Dzemael was quick to conceal with coin.[1]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

Ser Grinnaux and Ser Paulecrain de Fanouilley arrested Alphinaud Leveilleur and Tataru Taru, accusing them of heresy. As the Warrior of Light could not call upon the Lord Commander in saving those accused by the Heavens' Ward, they challenged both knights to a trial by combat to rescue their fellow Scions of the Seventh Dawn members.

After Aymeric de Borel's kidnapping, Ser Grinnaux was fought in the the Vault, displaying his ability to transform into a tremendous knight capable of manipulating temporal magic. The Warrior of Light defeated him, and he escaped to the Sanctum to meet with the archbishop.

Ser Grinnaux, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, joined Thordan VII in the Singularity Reactor after the Warrior of Light defeated both Lahabrea and Igeyorhm. The knights transformed into the Knights of the Round and assisted King Thordan in combat against the Warrior of Light.

Upon defeat, Grinnaux and the other knights fell to the ground, and are encompassed in a swell of aetherical light.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[]

A man who had been recovering in Saint Vaindreau's Grace, a civilian hospital in the Firmament, succumbed to the corruption of dynamis between his aether, triggered by the coming Final Days.[2] The man, naming himself "Vaindreau", was an Allagan cloned body found within Azys Lla meant to be used to resummon King Thordan, but instead the souls of the Heavens' Ward awakened inside the body. He claimed himself to be a member of the Heavens' Ward, though he could not remember exactly which soul in his thoughts was meant to be his. The hospital ward Loverick informed 'Vaindreau' of the death of the Heavens' Ward and Thordan VII, who felt his purpose and place in the world null with no archbishop to protect. With their souls still tempered, Vaindreau escaped the hospital, wandering into the streets of Ishgard. He was noticed by Erenville right before his transformation into the blasphemy Profane Fafnir.

As the blasphemy, the souls of the Ward flew low over Ishgard, near the roofs of the Vault, taking refuge near the crashed airship they had used to previously flee Azys Lla, the personal airship of Thordan VII before his death. Aymeric de Borel summoned Profane Fafnir to the Vault's summit, who used the archbishop's coronet to call forth "his knights". Aymeric, Artoirel de Fortemps, and the Warrior of Light fought the blasphemy to lay the memory and souls of Grinnaux and his fellow knights to rest.

Characteristics[]

Appearance[]

Ser Grinnaux is a Wildwood Elezen with long blond hair in a ponytail and bright lilac eyes. He has a scar over his cheek, likely from a past altercation in the city of Ishgard. He wears Ward Knight's attire, which is a form of pure white Adamantite armor with dark blue trimmings and bears his order's crest. He wields a battleaxe named Stampede in battle, which is a steel two-headed axe carved with an image of the Fury and decorated in silver and blue accents.

Personality[]

Grinnaux is a is a peerless warrior, chosen by the archbishop Thordan VII for his combat excellence and ruthless execution. While his combat abilities are exceptional, his disagreeable personality led to more than a few altercations with others. His aggressive demeanor leads even those of other high houses of Ishgard to fear him, such as Edmont de Fortemps.

Gameplay[]

Ser Grinnaux is fought during the special instance in Main Scenario Quest Divine Intervention Divine Intervention. Later Ser Grinnaux is fought again as a boss in the The Vault The Vault and as one of King Thordan's knights in The Singularity Reactor The Singularity Reactor.

In Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Ser Grinnaux is fought once more as a simulacrum of memory, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, in the Dark Knight level 70 duty Our Compromise Our Compromise.

In Endwalker, Grinnaux and his fellow knights' memories lay within the blasphemy Profane Fafnir, and is fought one final time in the Magical DPS level 90 duty Ever March Heavensward Ever March Heavensward. Ser Grinnaux is fought in Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) alongside Ser Adelphel and Ser Charibert, and later summoned by King Thordan at various intervals.

References[]

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