Every man has their purpose, their calling. Their destiny. Who are we to deny it?Ser Ignasse
A former dragoon with a distinguished career, Ignasse de Vesnaint slew countless of the Dravanian Horde with his peerless technique, for which he earned the title "Ser Ignasse of the Dragon's Tail". His battlefield experience and unwavering loyalty to the Holy See earned him a place among the archbishop's personal guard. Having long admired Ser Vellguine, he believed him the best choice for the next archimandrite of the Heavens' Ward, and tried to persuade him to reconsider his refusal.
Ser Ignasse is a devoted student of the scripture who knows the exploits of Saint Valeroyant by heart, and it is said that he wept tears of anger upon learning that the saint's statue in the Brume had been destroyed. In the wake of the Dravanian assault, he established a fund to pay for the statue's repair, pledging a large portion of his personal fortune and petitioning the High Houses to match his contribution.
Ser Ignasse, 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, Ignasse and the other knights fell to the ground, and are encompassed in a swell of aetherical light.
An apparition of Ser Ignasse appeared when Myste summoned his spirit to reconcile with his cousin and help her accept his death. As his cousin Millie attempted to restore the damaged statue of Saint Valeroyant, she found it a difficult dream to follow, for her family had begun to fall into infamy for the actions of the Heavens' Ward under Thordan VII. The apparition thanked her for her determination to see his dream realized, and asked her to take care of his parents and herself.
As Myste, Sidurgu Orl, Rielle, and the Warrior of Light left Ishgard's limits to help Ignasse flee possible persecution, the memory of Ignasse manifested into a monstrous beast, and was cut down by the Warrior of Light.
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. 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 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 was now 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, and took refuge near the crashed airship they had used to 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 Ignasse and his fellow knights to rest.
Ignasse is a Wildwood Elezen with blond hair, a short beard, and hazel eyes. 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. In battle he wields the spear Hordebane, a silver horned spear with gold and blue accents.
Ser Ignasse shows a deep respect and love for the history of Ishgard, as seen by his emotional desire to restore the damage statue of Saint Valeroyant within Foundation. He is a devout believer in Halone, studying scripture and stories outside of his duties as a knight. He values family, and is close to his cousin Millie.
In Endwalker, Ignasse 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.
- Encyclopædia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy XIV, pag. 155
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Dark Knight questline
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Magical DPS role quests