Leveva Byrde, also known as Leveva Heavensreader, is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV. She is an Astrologian from Sharlayan, intent on sharing the practice with Eorzeans, but is met with barrier after barrier due to the conservative leadership of Sharlayan.
Leveva's parents both died early in her life—her mother during childbirth, and her father a few years after. She was taken in by her grandfather Mace, a renowned professor of astromancy. Years later, under his tutelage, she departed to Ishgard after learning they would accept an envoy of Sharlayan astrology.
Leveva arrived in Eorzea accompanying her grandfather, Professor Mace, whom Sharlayan's Forum had permitted to visit the realm. The journey was far from uneventful, as her party was forced to detour through the South Shroud where the Warrior of Light and Jannequinard's retainer, Quimperain, met her party waylaid by bandits. Upon seeing the Warrior of Light, Professor Mace tossed his soul crystal to the adventurer. His granddaughter stated this event was foretold in the stars, and she would assist the Warrior of Light to learn to use the crystal.
Leveva later took the Warrior of Light to open the gates of the heavens (due to Jannequinard shirking his responsibility), explaining much about Eorzea's constellations. These attempts were marred by persistent attacks by various bandits and pirates, most led by a tattooed Elezen arcanist named Celie. It soon became apparent that agents of Old Sharlayan were attempting to retrieve Leveva before she could spread her teachings against Sharlayan's isolationist policies. These came to a head at the Steel Vigil, where a Sharlayan thaumaturge attempted to have her extradited via airship.
Her attempts to share her teachings within the Holy See of Ishgard were confounded by similarly close-minded clergy of the Vault, who tried to deflect her attempts to hold a symposium by posting them in outlying settlements. She nonetheless turned this to her advantage by applying a direct demonstration of astrologian healing magicks on wounded knights and hunters. Jannequinard confided that he knew her father Rufin, who had inspired him to try to share Sharlayan Astrology within the Holy See before he was slain. He gave his diary to her.
After assisting the chocobo hunters of Tailfeather, they slay the mercenary Celie, who had persistently tried to bring her back to Sharlayan on charges of treason. Leveva reflected on Sharlayan's growing isolationism in the past two centuries, and suspected she knew who the man that hired Celie was: Sevestre of the Bibliothecs. He was later met in the abandoned village of Hemlock, where he revealed he had her grandfather detained and threatened to have her mother taken hostage.
Leveva had gleaned from her father's diary that Sevestre was behind Rufin's murder, having later used it justify the Sharlayan exodus in the wake of the Garlean invasion. With her family being threatened, and Sevestre being an advanced astrologian without peer, she was about ready to give in and go quietly. Jannequinard did not want to give up yet, as they could still have a chance by tricking Sevestre into thinking they still had incriminating information. As they confronted him in the abandoned streets in the Dravanian Hinterlands, they bested him in battle even as he tried to manipulate time itself. Confiscating Rufin's diary, Leveva blackmailed him into releasing her grandfather and backing off on his attempts to suppress the spread of Sharlayan Astrology.
Returning to Ishgard, Jannequinard revealed Leveva's new solution to deal with any future threats from the Old World as he introduced the newest member of the Astrologicum: "Lord Rufin". The other astrologians were not impressed with her disguise.
Leveva is a Midlander Hyur with long lilac hair that she ties into twintails. She wears the Welkin gear set, minus its hat. After she fakes her death, she cuts her hair and presents slightly more androgynous, wearing a Halonic alb to blend in more with the rest of the astrologians of the Astrologicum.
Leveva has a fiery ambition to embrace her destiny and is committed to her cause of teaching astromancy, even though she is hunted by mercenaries hired by the Forum. She has a mature demeanor for her age and is stern with people who do not follow her directions. She is firm with people she considers lazy (like Jannequinard) and those who shirk their responsibilities while claiming to be knowledgeable and proficient (like Jannequinard).
Leveva appears as an ally NPC in several Astrologian instanced duties: Fortune Favors the Bole, Slings and Arrows, Spearheading Initiatives, Feather in the Cap, The Hands of Fate, and Foxfire. She fights as an Astrologian, and typically gives advice to the player on how to use their job skills.
- There are numerous inconsistencies within the Final Fantasy XIV historical timeline, where the Sharlayan exodus is somewhere between 15 to 20 years before A Realm Reborn (which already exists in a 'time bubble' where characters do not age). This causes Leveva's age to vary in the timeline, being born both before and after Rufin's death. However, she is likely meant to stay younger.