I know only that my name is Hythlodaeus, and that this city is a recreation—a phantom moment plucked from the well of history.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Hythlodaeus appears much like the shades of Ancients that populate Amaurot in the Tempest. He towers over the Warrior of Darkness and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, wearing the signature Amaurotine gray robes and half-mask.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Despite being aware of being a Shade, Hythlodaeus chooses to continue as normal, aware that he cannot change anything as he is. He is civil when talking to the Warrior and seeks only to confirm their resolve.
In "Tales from the Shadows", Hythlodaeus was said to be friendly but incurably smug for little escaped his perception. He could perceive the Underworld as well as the intent, form and aether of others. He teased Hades with coy remarks but nevertheless respected his close friend. He was humble, having denied the title of Emet-Selch despite being the keener of the pair.
Story[edit | edit source]
When the Warrior of Darkness[note 1] confirms their entry into the Capitol to confront Emet-Selch, they are assaulted by the Light stored inside them by the Lightwardens. The pain subsides when Hythlodaeus asks the Warrior to sit next to him, distracting them from the pain.
Hythlodaeus knows he is a Shade, theorizing that Emet-Selch made a mistake while making him, indicating that they were friends once. Hythlodaeus can see Ardbert, if only ephemerally. Hythlodaeus touches on the catastrophe that awaited the ancient Amaurotines of the original world and calls it the Final Days. He describes the nature of the incidents transitioning from isolated and non-related into a world-spanning threat.
The Convocation of Fourteen—which at the time was Thirteen—endeavored to create a will for the star that required vast amounts of aether, provided willingly by an already decimated Amaurotine population in the name of salvation. It took nearly half of the remaining Amaurotines and birthed Zodiark from their sacrifice, halting the calamity. The star had suffered so much that restoring life to its surface required Zodiark to be summoned yet again, further halving the remaining Amaurotine population. After stating that he recognized the "color" of the Warrior's soul, and calling them his "new old friend", Hythlodaeus vanishes.
Oh, there is no need for thanks. But nor will I hear any complaints about it either. After all, I cannot say whether I act of my own volition or by the will of my recreator!
When the Warrior of Darkness returns to Amaurot to rescue Y'shtola Rhul from Elidibus and discovers the Convocation members' memory crystals, Hythlodaeus waits by the stone of Emet-Selch. He implores the Warrior to keep the stones. While he passes no judgment on their battle with Elidibus, he wishes for the Warrior to live, that they might keep their promise to remember Amaurot. He offers the Warrior the memory stone of his old friend Azem, secretly created by Emet-Selch. While he is uncertain if the wish for the Warrior to have it is his or a fragment of Emet-Selch's will, Hythlodaeus is certain that the stone belongs to the Warrior of Darkness.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
His name came from Raphael Hythlodaeus, a character from Thomas More's Utopia.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Previously known as the "Warrior of Light" while on the Source