Louisoix Leveilleur is a prominent non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV. He is the leader of the Circle of Knowing, a group involved in the Seventh Umbral Era storyline. He is most notable as the NPC involved in all quests related to Primals in version 1.xx.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Louisoix is an elderly Elezen wearing an acton, armored leggings, and a horned staff—the Tupsimati—bearing the mark of Thaliak. He bears the Circle of Knowing tattoo on his forehead as well as his neck. He has dark skin and white hair with a beard and a receding hairline.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Louisoix, like the rest of the Circle, is well-spoken and informed. He is the typical wise old wizard, offering guidance and encouraging the Adventurer to overcome the daunting threat of the Primals.
Story[edit | edit source]
Before Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]
One of Sharlayan's most respected sages, Louisoix was rivals with the witch Matoya. He later founded the Circle of Knowing, hoping to intervene in the prophecy of the Seventh Umbral Era outlined in the Divine Chronicles. Though this went against Sharlayan's current policies of non-intervention promoted by the dominant Bibliothec faction, his standing meant their activities in Eorzea largely went unopposed.
While he made preparation to travel to Gridania in response to the sudden appearance of the Primal Ifrit, Louisoix gave his grandchildren Alphinaud and Alisaie a matching set of grimoires. What the twins were unaware of was that their tomes were actually halves of a larger grimoire, signifying Louisoux's wish for his grandchildren to understand each other and share a common goal.
Arriving to Eorzea, Louisoix uses his skills and connections to help the Adventurer gather the items needed to enter the lairs of the other Primals. He has also joined the Eorzean Alliance under Gridania's banner as their chief tactician. Gridania's newspaper, The Raven, has also credited him with initiating the Alliance's shift to the offensive, as well as ushering the Adventurer to join the battle. When the Seventh Umbral Era draws near, Louisoix and the Circle of Knowing marked stones throughout Eorzea with the symbols of The Twelve, and urged the Adventurer to offer prayers to each of them with the hopes of summoning the gods to avert disaster.
Once the final battle before Dalamud's fall began, Louisoix supported the Eorzean Alliance. When Dalamud shattered and Bahamut escaped his imprisonment, Louisoix attempted a ritual to call upon the powers of the Twelve to re-imprison the Elder Primal. The spell ultimately failed, however, and all Louisoix could do was teleport the Adventurer away. As Louisoix awaits his fate at the hands of Bahamut, he receives a vision from the Twelve where he receives their blessing and is infused with aether--this, plus the fervent prayers of the people of Eorzea for salvation, transforms him into a Primal. Taking to the skies, Louisoix flies straight into Bahamut's Teraflare, creating a barrier in an attempt to repel the massive fireball, only for it to be immediately shattered by the Elder Primal.
In one last desperate attempt to stop the Elder Primal, Louisoix releases a massive burst of aether which causes Bahamut's Teraflare to lose its form, crumbling in midair as it harmlessly turns to crystallized aether. Meanwhile, Louisoix is able to push Bahamut out through the other side of the crumbling Teraflare where he penetrates the Elder Primal's chest using his own body. With Bahamut defeated, Louisoix allows his body to disperse back into the aether and return to the land as Bahamut breaks apart and explodes, igniting the crystallized Teraflare around him and devastating the surrounding land. Unbeknownst to Louisoix, however, Bahamut was not truly destroyed, and what remained of the Elder Primal attempted to ensnare his mind. Weakened as he was by returning much of his aether to Eorzea, Louisoix was unable to resist becoming Bahamut's Thrall.
During the aftermath, Louisoix's shattered staff is recovered by Kan-E-Senna and returned to the Scions of the Seventh Dawn (the successors to the Circle of Knowing). Minfilia Warde keeps it in the Solar of the Scions' headquarters.
During the Adventurer and Alisaie's journey into a fragment of Dalamud known as the Binding Coil of Bahamut—an Allagan system designed to rebuild Bahamut in the event of his destruction—Louisoix watches the party as they enter but disappears before being noticed. Following the defeat of Twintania, Alisaie sees her grandfather with an imitation of Nael deus Darnus as they depart further into the Binding Coil.
In the Second Coil of Bahamut, Loiusoix makes his presence known after Nael deus Darnus is removed from Bahamut's control by slaying her before she can speak to Alisaie. Louisoix presents himself as another thrall of Bahamut while warning Alisaie and the Adventurer not to meddle in the Elder Primal's resurrection, threatening that he would not hold back if they continued to oppose his master.
Within the Main Bridge of the Final Coil of Bahamut, Louisoix appears before Alphinaud Leveilleur, Alisaie, and the Adventurer. He reveals the origin of Bahamut and how the dragons of Meracydia and the Elder Primal were imprisoned within Dalamud by the Allagan Empire in an attempt to further enhance their power. Louisoix then berates humanity for these actions and tells them that there can never be peace as long as humanity exists. When Alphinaud correctly guesses Louisoix's new nature as a Primal, he transforms into the Phoenix and attacks them. Freed from Bahamut's control upon his defeat, Louisoix reveals the events that transpired during his confrontation with Bahamut. Louisoix tells his twin grandchildren to find their own paths while giving them the means to summon his Phoenix incarnation, and gives Alisaie peace of mind before opening a portal for his grandchildren and the Adventurer to stop Bahamut's resurrection once and for all.
After Bahamut's final defeat, Alphinaud and Alisaie decide to keep Louisoix's transformation into Phoenix a secret, fearing that if it became known people seeking salvation might attempt to summon him, something they knew would be against his wishes.
Voice[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Battle[edit | edit source]
Louisoix is fought as the boss of the The Final Coil of Bahamut - Turn 3 in his Primal form.
|Louisoix Leveilleur Card|
|Description||"Silence, chattering raven. Your wretched wings are broken, and you shall soar no more."|
|Obtain||Won from Rowena, Mor Dhona (21,5).|
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Louisoix appears with an Ice-elemental card in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
Louisoix appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
It is implied that the horn on the Tupsimati is similar to the horns featured in 1.0 main storyline quests.
As part of a New Years greeting from the development team of A Realm Reborn, Yoshida included a prophetic verse from Louisoix. Upon careful comparison between language versions, the consistent message implies one of two entities will decide the fate of the world through actions taken on the primals: one entity of light and one of darkness/might.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Leveilleur roughly translates to "the watchman" in French.
The French version of his journal entry lists him as "Louisoix le Preux", or "Louisoix the Valiant". This does not conflict with his English surname as it is a title.
The German version ends with "Aus Louisoix Hinterlassenschaft", which roughly translates to "From Louisoix's Legacy". The Legacy Campaign is a promotion to give discounts and bonuses to players who stayed with the game after billing resumed January of 2012.