The earth is fertile, and the seeds well sown. By my will, they shall reap salvation unlike any the world has known.Lahabrea
Lahabrea is a character from Final Fantasy XIV, serving as the main antagonist of A Realm Reborn relaunch, and as a tertiary antagonist in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. He is a powerful Ascian Paragon who feels nothing but contempt and superiority toward the denizens of Eorzea, leading him to underestimate the might of the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn.
- 1 History
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Musical themes
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Behind the scenes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Etymology
The ancient who inherited the title of "Lahabrea" was the husband of Athena and father of Erichthonios. He was an accomplished scholar unmatched in the field of phantom creation in Amaurot's Akadaemia Anyder, with a particular knack for creating fire spirits, such as "Ifrita". Lahabrea's wife Athena oversaw Pandæmonium, a facility under Elpis where valuable yet extremely dangerous creatures made by creation magicks were kept for research. After Athena's death, Lahabrea replaced her as the head of Pandæmonium, and his own subordinates, the Words of Lahabrea, joined Pandæmonium's warders. The swiftness with which Lahabrea assumed his late wife's duties as well as a lack of grief caused strain with his son, Erichthonios. Among the institute's denizens was a prototype of one of Lahabrea's finest creations, an immortal bird called the Phoinix that possessed potent healing powers, yet was deemed dangerous and confined to Pandæmonium after Emet-Selch subdued it.
When the Final Days befall their world of Etheirys, Lahabrea joined his fellow Convocation members in summoning the primal Zodiark to halt the calamity by sacrificing half of their people. Lahabrea supported the Convocation's intent to restore their world and people through a series of sacrifices, resulting in Venat becoming Hydaelyn, a primal opposed to Zodiark, to sunder their world to seal Zodiark away. Due to an intentional flaw in Hydaelyn's attack to spare Emet-Selch, Lahabrea—who happened to be nearby—survived the sundering intact alongside him and Elidibus.
Everything else he knew and loved was either sacrificed to Zodiark, or fragmented into what they consider flawed parodies. Lahabrea worked with the other Paragons and their Ascian followers to orchestrate Umbral Calamities to restore Zodiark and their home, being the one who oversaw teaching the summoning process to the beastmen and other persecuted peoples in the Source. Lahabrea's fanatical devotion to the Rejoining led to him continuously possessing new bodies, a process that drained him and made him weaker than his unsundered colleagues.
The end of your tale is but the beginning of another. The tale of the Crystal's demise.Lahabrea to the Warrior of Light
During the advent of the Seventh Umbral Era, Kan-E-Senna sensed Lahabrea from a distance and warned the other Scions of the Seventh Dawn members that they were being watched. The Warrior of Light had a vision of the events of the Battle of Carteneau via the Echo while speaking to one of the leaders of the three Grand Companies. Lahabrea had watched the events unfold, remarking how the Archons, the Grand Companies, and their Warriors of Light were powerless to stop Bahamut's fury, and that the planet would soon be returning in its true form.
The Warrior of Light encountered Lahabrea in a vision from Hydaelyn's crystal: Lahabrea appeared from a void and attacked the Warrior just as the vision ended. Attributing it to aether sickness, the Warrior of Light's peddler companion thought little of it.
Upon entering the final area of the Thousand Maws of Toto-Rak, the Warrior of Light encountered Lahabrea in person. He offered backhanded compliments before manipulating the aether and giving the banemite Graffias even greater strength with which to kill the Warrior of Light. Only after it was defeated did Frixio, the elder of the Sylphs, reveal that Lahabrea had planned to feed him to the vilekin they had just slain.
After defeating Titan, Y'shtola Rhul spied on Nero tol Scaeva and Rhitahtyn sas Arvina caught in a dispute after witnessing the Warrior of Light's triumph over the primal. She discovered Lahabrea was working alongside the Garlean Empire. Regarding the others as "fools", he vanished only to confront the Warrior of Light later, again inside the Stone Vigil as they attempted to retrieve Cid nan Garlond's airship. Meaning to stop them from facing the primal Garuda, Lahabrea awakened the sleeping dragon Isgebind and disappeared again. After Garuda's defeat, Lahabrea stood on an imperial juggernaut, remarking how much of a marvel the Ultima Weapon was as it consumed Ifrit, Titan, and then Garuda herself.
When the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn were escaping from Castrum Centri, Lahabrea revealed to the group he had been possessing the body of their friend Thancred Waters and likely had since just prior to Titan's defeat. When the party arrived near the end of Praetorium, Lahabrea revealed his organization's true intention was to revive their god by using Gaius van Baelsar and the Ultima Weapon under his control, much to the imperial Legatus's horror.
Pathetic. You boasted of unrivaled power. You were entrusted with the ultimate weapon. The ultimate magic! And still you failed. So much for the glory of man.Lahabrea, to the defeated Gaius
Despite using the Heart of Sabik to reactivate Ultima magick and weakening Hydaelyn's protection, the Ultima Weapon was still destroyed. As Gaius lied fallen after ejecting from the warmachine, Lahabrea chastised him for his defeat. Turning his attention to the Warrior of Light, Lahabrea ranted how the planet was in a state of imbalance and how Hydaelyn was the root of the corruption, describing her as a parasite that "must be burned out if the planet is to recover". Only the return of the "one true god" could ensure this. Since the primals were vital to this plan, the Scions could not be suffered to exist, and Lahabrea declared the Warrior of Light would not leave this place alive. A battle ensued, and Lahabrea defeated the Warrior by binding them in chains and striking them with a massive darkness attack. However, Hydaelyn again intervened and empowered the Warrior, enabling them to continue the fight. Lahabrea was finally defeated and purged from Thancred's body with a blade of light.
Though the Scions presumed him dead, Lahabrea survived and met with his fellow Ascians in a dark place to prepare for Zodiark's resurrection. The Scions later learned of Lahabrea's survival from Zodiark's emissary, Elidibus, who deemed Lahabrea's actions reckless, yet could not condemn him as his actions had enabled the discovery of those strong in the Echo. Lahabrea flanked Archbishop Thordan VII's throne alongside Elidibus, and learned of Nabriales's demise from the latter. Though Lahabrea blamed Nabriales's demise as the latter's own doing, he was still shocked that it had occurred to his own kind.
Lahabrea was in the presence of Archbishop Thordan VII and the Heavens' Ward as they began commencing their plans, smugly commenting that the "Bringer of Light" would die, unaware that the archbishop was only using him.
Through the Joining, the world shall become whole again. Then all shall be as once it was—as it should ever have remained.Lahabrea
Warrior of Light overwhelmed Lahabrea and Igeyorhm at the bottom of the Aetherochemical Research Facility due to their drastically increased strength from their trials across Ishgard in combination with the newly regained Blessing of Light from Hydaelyn. Lahabrea and Igeyorhm resorted to "showing the true power of the Echo" and fused into Ascian Prime, but were still defeated while cursing Hydaelyn. Before they could escape, the Warrior of Light trapped Igeyorhm in the White Auracite and shattered her essence with the left eye of the dragon Nidhogg.
Thordan VII and the Heavens' Ward arrived and revealed the right eye of Nidhogg had been entombed with Haldrath's body. Using it, the archbishop transformed into the primal King Thordan, forged by the faith of Ishgard. Intent on ending the Dragonsong War and eliminating all sources of strife in the world, his first act was to sentence Lahabrea to death: the Ascian overlord was struck down and destroyed as the nascent primal absorbed his aetheric energy.
In Amaurot's Convocation of Fourteen, the position of "Lahabrea" was given to the one most specialized in creation magicks. Lahabrea brought forth phantom beings of the highest complexity.
Lahabrea dresses in the standard uniform of an Ascian Overlord. He wears a single black leather hooded coat with purple markings and adornments and a red half mask over the top portion of his face. At times, a glowing red emblem appears in front of his face.
Lahabrea is condescending and hostile, not hesitating to use dark magick to trap the Warrior of Light during confrontations. He at times breaks into malevolent laughter. He has a low opinion of his associates in Eorzea, at one point even dismissing the Garleans as "fools". He likewise cares little about his fellow Ascians, a feeling that appears to be mutual, with only Elidibus bearing a cordial relationship with his fellow Paragon while Emet-Selch openly derides Lahabrea's actions. According to Emet-Selch, Lahabrea had a habit of discarding host bodies when they were no longer useful, weakening himself and allowing King Thordan to absorb his essence.
Lahabrea's personality in the ancient world is little known at this point. All that can be said is that Athena, the mother of his son Erichthonios, perished in the Pandæmonium facility, and he succeeded her position without appearing to mourn her, something which his son became deeply bitter about. Lahabrea appears to be equally as distant to his son, teaching Erichthonios no more magic than what was necessary to operate as one of Pandaemonium's wards.
As one of the Ascian Paragons, Lahabrea is a powerful sorcerer who can call monsters from the void and cast spells like Shadow Flare and create damaging orbs and pools of Darkness. Lahabrea can teleport himself and others without the use of aetheryte and use the power of a Dark Crystal to possess a living host body. He also developed spells like aetherial shackles, where the user conjures chains to immobilize a target, and interment, which freezes the space around its target, trapping it for an extended period of time. Lahabrea can also summon Arcane spheres to increase his power. However, for all his pride and the danger he poses, Lahabrea was by far the weakest unsundered Ascian, as his tendency of swapping bodies has drained his strength considerably.
Lahabrea is the final boss of the main storyline of A Realm Reborn, during The Ultimate Weapon. He is later fought as the penultimate boss of Heavensward alongside Igeyorhm, during the final encounter of The Aetherochemical Research Facility. The two Ascians are first fought one at a time, and then fused together into an Ascian prime. He later reappears for brief roles in The Weapon's Refrain (Ultimate) and The Minstrel's Ballad: Hades's Elegy.
Lahabrea's appearances are accompanied by "Without Shadow".
Lahabrea appears on a card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Behind the scenes
The first battle with Lahabrea during the finale of A Realm Reborn was originally part of The Praetorium dungeon. It was notorious among fans for being an laughably easy encounter, to the point where his battle was nearly impossible to lose, unless the players deliberately refrain from attacking Lahabrea at all. In Patch 6.1, this encounter was retired and replaced with a harder, solo quest battle.
A dummied Lahabrea model with a new body can be found in the game files, but it never appeared or was mentioned in-game.
He is voiced by Shūichi Ikeda in the Japanese version.
"Lahabrea" refers to the light scion "Lahabrea, Abyssal Celebrant" referred to in the profile of Mateus in Final Fantasy XII. The glyph that appears when Lahabrea is channeling magick is almost identical to the bottom portion of Mateus's, only inverted.