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Lakshmi, also known as the Lady of Bliss, is the primal of the Ananta beast tribe in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.

History

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

Sri Lakshmi, the Lady of Bliss, was the creator goddess of the serpentine Ananta. When the Garlean Empire conquered Gyr Abania, the Ananta of the Qalyana tribe accepted their rule in exchange for peace. As their sisters of the Vira Tribe sided with the Ala Mhigan Resistance, Fordola rem Lupis—acting out of prejudice—demanded their broodmother's daughter as a hostage to ensure their loyalty. After the rebels took Castellum Velodyna from the imperials, the Qalyana intercepted the Garleans fleeing with their hostage, demanding her return. This resulted in the maiden's death as the broodmother cried out to Lakshmi to save her daughter. As the Qalyana had spent long years crafting beautiful gems and crystals in honor of their goddess, the accumulated aether caused her to inadvertently summon Lakshmi as a primal. Lakshmi revived the broodmother's daughter an empty shell as her soul could not be restored. When the broodmother protested, Lakshmi enthralled her and the other Qalyana.

When the Qalyana demanded all other Ananta tribes bow before the Lady of Bliss, the Scions of the Seventh Dawn intervened on behalf of the Vira. Lakshmi attempted to enthrall Lyse, Alisaie, and Alphinaud, but the Warrior of Light used the power of the Echo to shield them. Lakshmi begrudgingly allowed them to depart rather than bask in her radiance, but the Warrior pursued and destroyed her. Though Alisaie attempted to convince the Qalyana of the necessity of their actions, the broodmother was inconsolable and demanded they leave her to her misery.

After Ala Mhigo's liberarion, Lyse called a gathering of leaders from across Gyr Abania to discuss the future of their nation. The Qalyana Broodmother arrived, demanding to be part of the meeting. Though wary of her true intentions, Lyse agreed. The Broodmother summoned Lakshmi in the middle of the meeting hall, having previously enthralled several guards to smuggle the necessary crystals into the room. The Warrior of Light and Arenvald Lentinus used their power of the Echo to protect the gathered leaders from becoming enthralled. They were joined by Lyse, Raubahn, and a repentant Fordola, and together defeated Lakshmi and slayed the Qalyana Broodmother.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

When the party used the spaceship Ragnarok to reach Ultima Thule, the beast tribes summoned benevolent iterations of their primals using the Mothercrystal, with Lakshmi being one of the ten summoned. She gave her power to the Ragnarok, allowing it to achieve the propulsion needed for the Scions to reach their destination.

Characteristics

The Lady of Bliss, beloved deity of the serpentine Ananta tribe.
Legends tell of a beauty without equal, a benevolent goddess whose coming brings the promise of halcyon days and bountiful harvests. Some believe she has imparted her life-bestowing powers to her most fervent followers—the Ananta. Lakshmi, in her infinite mercy, would shelter them from harm, granting them succor with her alluring embrace.Official site description

Gameplay

Lakshmi is fought inside the FFXIV Trial Icon.png Emanation during the main scenario questline of the Stormblood expansion. After completing the main scenario, the player may speak to the Wandering Minstrel in Kugane to unlock the FFXIV Trial Icon.png Emanation (Extreme), which is a more difficult version of the encounter with Lakshmi. Both fights require the player to use the Vril duty action in order to survive her Alluring Embrace attack and to avoid being knocked off the battle arena.

In addition, Lakshmi appears as an instance boss fight during the main scenario quest FFXIV Main Scenario Quest Icon.png Return of the Bull. The fight against her is a simpler encounter that is split into two portions, which involves defending the NPCs from the aether orbs with the Deflect duty command, followed by a more straightforward fight.

Musical themes

The background music for the battle against Lakshmi and her Extreme version is titled "Beauty's Wicked Wiles", composed by Masayoshi Soken.

Etymology

Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी, Laksmi) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, light, wisdom and fortune, luck, beauty, courage and fertility. She is roughly the Hindu equivalent of Ancient Greco-Roman goddess Aphrodite/Venus and is the representation of beauty and wealth.

The honorific "Sri" derived from Sanskrit, used before the name of a person, a god, a sacred object, or a location.

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