Jannequinard de Durendaire, also known as Jannequinard the Succedent, is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV. An heir of House Durendaire of Ishgard, he is interested in promoting Sharlayan astrology despite the staunch conservatism of the Holy See (and his own incompetence).

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Jannequinard is an Elezen noble with dark skin and dark red hair. He wears a monocle on his right eye, and a white and black robe, in battle he uses the silver star globe.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

One of Jannequinard's favorite past times is fishing, and once owned a pair of gold fishing goggles encrusted with jewels.[note 1]

Story[edit | edit source]

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Early life[edit | edit source]

Being a younger heir to House Durendaire, Jannequinard resigned himself to modest expectations and slacked off accordingly. His only real passion was sparked when studying in Sharlayan, where he met the astrologian Rufin, whose goal was to sharing the art with Eorzeans. Even after Rufin was found dead in Coerthas, Jannequinard tried to keep his dream alive and kept the man's journal.

His efforts were futile. The staunchly conservative mindset in the Holy See was loathe to accept any new ideas. Ishgardian astrology for the most part was dedicated to tracking the Dravanian Horde's movements by observing the dragon star. As Sharlayan astrology has nothing to do with that particular branch, none of his colleagues gave him the time of day, least of all his uncle, Chief Astrologian Forlemort of the Observatorium. Nevertheless, his high standing in House Durendaire ensured Jannequinard remained at his post in the Astrologicum.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[edit | edit source]

The Warrior of Light meets Jannequinard when inquiring about astrology. Jannequinard is delighted to finally have someone open-minded about his field, and asks they pay a visit to the Observatorium to learn of the whereabouts of a Sharlayan party that is late to arrive. After some convincing, Forlemort reveals the party was waylaid by pirates and had to detour through the Black Shroud. As a precaution, Jannequinard sends his retainer, Quimperain, to escort them to Ishgard, and asks the Warrior of Light to meet up with him.

Outside Quarrymill, the elder Professor Mace passes his soul crystal to the Warrior of Light as the stars foretold, prompting his granddaughter Leveva to train them. As Mace was too old to effectively share his knowledge, Leveva elects to share her knowledge within the Holy See. Despite his two-decade head start, Jannequinard proves to be far less an apt pupil than the Warrior of Light, as he often shirks Leveva's training.

He instead attempts to arrange for a symposium for Leveva to speak on Sharlayan astrology, something that goes nowhere. The Vault caves in and places it in Falcon's Nest, where no one shows up. Their efforts to demonstrate astrology's healing potential on knights and convictors eventually prompts the hunters of Tailfeather to seek their aid, and Jannequinard allows them to support the knights attempting to drive out beasts from the abandoned village of Hemlock. They meet Sylvestre there, the man attempting to get Leveva extradited back to the Old World.

Jannequinard soon realizes Leveva is the daughter of his old friend Rufin, and later gives her his diary. From it, she learns of Sylvestre's hand in Rufin's death. After besting the time mage in the abandoned colony, Leveva coerces him into silence with the incriminating evidence contained in her father's journal.

Spoilers end here.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Goggles, They Do Naught" levequest.
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