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Llymlaen, the Navigator, is one of the Twelve in Final Fantasy XIV. She is the watcher of the seas and goddess of navigation, commands the element of wind and is tied to the Third Astral Moon (fifth month). She is depicted as a strong fisherwoman holding a long-bladed harpoon, and her symbol is the wave. Llymlaen is the daughter of Thaliak and Azeyma, and the elder sister of Nophica. Llymlaen is also the patron of Limsa Lominsa.[1]

History[]

Creation myth[]

When Thaliak used the Nymeia's tears to form a river to carry that water to the far corners of the realm, Azeyma, drawn to Thaliak's sagacity, professed Her love to Thaliak and begot Him two daughters; Llymlaen and Nophica.[2]

Llymlaen saw that the world was dry and decided that it needed water. She took the water created by her grandmother and expanded it to the seas of the world. Llymlaen created the sea serpent Thalaos to do this. From the serpent's mouths flowed forth a never-ending fount of water which, eventually created Hydaelyn's seas. When Llymlaen was satisfied with the water level, she sealed the serpent in an island to prevent him from flooding the world. To ensure that no men could find the serpent and use him for evil, she enchanted the island, making it wander the seas.[3]

When Oschon was born, he raised a formation of mountains that blew the cold wind flow from on high down to the warm seas and back up again, carrying life that was once reserved for land and water into the skies. Those winds did bring love into the heart of Llymlaen, yet though she longed to be with Oschon, His wanderlust prevented the two from ever being joined overlong, and lo did they never beget children of their own.[2]

This was a time of great creation, but great chaos. Oschon's mountains rose and fell at His whims, Thaliak's rivers flowed hither and thither, and Llymlaen's seas ever expanded, swallowing entire swathes of land before the gods even knew they were gone. To bring order to this chaos, Nymeia prepared a powerful comet and gave it life, becoming Rhalgr. She directed him into the world so that he could destroy the excess that her children had wrought, and thus bring harmony back into the realm.[2]

When the Twelve considered their work in Eorzea complete, they proceeded to create a realm in which they could reside and watch over their creation, thus leaving the rule of Eorzea to mankind. This realm is known as the seven heavens that were associated with each of the six elements. In the Heaven of Wind rises a towering mountain range atop which Oschon looks out upon an endless sea ruled by Llymlaen. Here rest explorers and adventurers, mountain climbers, saints, and those who rescued the aforementioned souls from peril. Rogue gusts from on high incite terrible tempests in the Pit, creating the Hell of Wind. Here mountain bandits, defilers of land and sea, and pirates suffer as the air tears flesh from bone and soul from flesh. This Heaven is represented in Sharlayan astrology by the constellation of the Arrow.[4][5]

Eorzean worship[]

As a maritime city-state, Lominsans revere Llymlaen. True believers make pilgrimages to the mark of the Navigator before they set sail, and upon their safe return to port. The worship of Llymlaen has roots in a loose collection of local beliefs, however, and thus cannot be thought of as a formal religion. Indeed, the Navigator has no grand temples nor clergy to Her name in Limsa, save the odd bethel overlooking the endless seas. Instead, each man keeps his own faith within his home through prayer and humble ritual.[6]

Llymlaen has two saints canonized by the Council of Loetstym. The first is Saint Ascya, a cook's apprentice rationed her crew's remaining food correctly and fairly even with the crew threatening her for more. The second is Saint Dhyata, a wise woman advised a group of fisherman about how not to overfish a lake by only catching fish of a certain size.[7]

Column of light in Llymlaen's stone in End of an Era cutscene.

In preparation for the Seventh Umbral Calamity, the archon Louisoix Leveilleur carved the symbols of the Twelve across Eorzea and encouraged adventurers to pilgrimage and pray to the Twelve. When the Calamity arrived, Louisoix used the accumulated aether from the prayers to summon a primal manifestation of the Twelve in an attempt to defend the realm from the elder primal Bahamut.[8][9]

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Gameplay[]

After creating a character and choosing a birth date, players must align to one of the twelve deities. Originally, this slightly raised the character's elemental resistances based on the element of the chosen deity. As of Patch 4.2, elemental resistance stats were removed, leaving this decision with no in game effect.

Miscellaneous[]

Stone with Llymlaen's symbol in A Realm Reborn.

The "Living on a Prayer" quest in version 1.0 required the player to visit all the Twelve symbols throughout Eorzea. Once completed this rewarded with the ring of one of the Twelve, this included the Llymlaen's Ring Llymlaen's Ring. Although the original quest was removed with the re-release of the game, in patch 2.45 the quest The Ties That Bind The Ties That Bind was added, which repeats the same pilgrimage through the marks of the Twelve. The mark of Llymlaen is located at the Anchor Yard in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks, overlooking the harbor from above, at the foot of a monument.

The removed Botanist action Llymlaen's Ward Llymlaen's Ward increased the drop rate of wind shards, wind crystals, or wind clusters while gathering. The Astrologian card The Arrow The Arrow represents the Heaven of Wind, the card artwork depicts Oschon shooting his arrows loaded with wind, with one of his mountains and the sea of Llymlaen in the background, the symbol of both can also be seen in the background.

The Llymlaen's Embrace Llymlaen's Embrace, an ornamental fountain depicting a breaking wave, is a piece of furniture that can be crafted with a level 48 Golsmisth recipe.

Behind the scenes[]

There is a statue of Llymlaen in Aleport's Aetheryte Plaza. In this statue, Llymlaen is depicted as a mermaid, but the sculptor who carved the statue probably chose to design her that way to make the statue resonate more with the sailors and fisherfolk who worship the goddess.[3]

In version 1.0, several dungeons in La Noscea, particularly in Cassiopeia Hollow and Shposhae make several references to Llymlaen. These locations are sacred sites for the followers of the Navigator, each representing one of the 12 chapters in the tale of Llymlaen's Ascent. As part of their worship, followers risk their lives to perform yearly pilgrimages, visiting all twelve sites in the order they appear in the tale. The chapters in order are: Llymlaen's Folly, Llymlaen's Flight, Llymlaen's Tempest, Llymlaen's Clarity, Llymlaen's Resolve, Llymlaen's Bearing, Llymlaen's Trial, Llymlaen's Encounter, Llymlaen's Stand, Llymlaen's Triumph, Llymlaen's Oath, and Llymlaen's Ascent.[10] Other locations referencing Llymlaen could also be found on the map of La Noscea, as well as the Llymlaen's Ring and the Llymlaen's Rise.

There are stories that mention a curious Oschon sneaking peeks at a bathing Llymlaen, to which the goddess replies by throwing a knife at the peeping Wanderer. The incident led Oschon taking Menphina as His lover.[3][11]

There is a legend that the Moraby Flounder was once a normal fish, the flounder was stepped upon by the Wanderer during one of His journeys, and left for dead. Upon finding the fish, the Navigator succeeded in breathing life back into the denizen of the deep, but could not restore it from its new flattened form.[12]

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