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Long, long before Dalamud was forged to imprison an elder primal... The eldest of them all—savior of the star—was sealed within a moon of His own. Souls sacrificed to grant Him life still slumber and dream of the day He and we will be made whole. Here He waits, in this cold, barren place. His cradle and His grave. Silent lamentations and prayers of hope echo soundlessly to a sundered star, adrift and alone.

Mare Lamentorum is a location in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker. A crater in the silver moon, it houses the seal that binds Zodiark deep within, kept watch over by familiars created by Hydaelyn. Due to its secret purpose, this region is also capable of supporting life.

Story[]

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Fandaniel and Zenos Galvus succesfully use the aether gathered within the Tower of Babil to severely damage the seal on Zodiark. However, Hydaelyn, using Krile Mayer Baldesion's body as a host, prevent them from destroying the last ward. As such they make use of a lunar transmitter within the Tower to teleport to the moon's surface and manually destroy the seal. Hydaelyn interferes with the flow of aether, sending them to the moon's far-side and begs the Warrior of Light to try and defend the final ward. The Scions of the Seventh Dawn stay behind to deal with the tempered Garleans, who have now started to destroy the Tower, forcing the Warrior to use the transmitter alone and travel to Mare Lamentorum to meet with an ally.

The Warrior meets with the Watcher, an entity created by Hydaelyn to watch over Zodiark's seals. He asks them to inspect the seals, where they would be assaulted by souls of the Ancients sacrificed to Zodiark until they're saved by a familiar person. Some time later, Fandaniel and Zenos arrived on the Cradle of Darkness and proceeded to destroy the last seal. Before the Warrior and Zenos could fight, Fandaniel fused himself with Zodiark and attacked the Warrior. The incomplete Zodiark is defeated, however this weakening of the primal allowed Fandaniel to compell it to kill itself and thus, the protector of Etheirys against Final Days is no more. Upon realizing that the Warrior is more concerned about the Final Days rather than their battle, Zenos retreated.

Later, Y'sthola, Thancred and Urianger arrived from Etheirys to help the Warrior investigate more about the Final Days. They learn that if the Source is consumed, then all of its reflections would be lost too. The Watcher bids them to visit Bestways Burrows to learn more about Hydaelyn's plan for Etheirys.

Spoilers end here.

Locations[]

Aetherytes[]

There are two aetherytes in Mare Lamentorum, located in Sinus Lacrimarum and Bestways Burrow.

Areas[]

  • Sinus Lacrimarum
  • Southern Mare Lamentorum
  • Sinus Tormenti
  • Northern Mare Lamentorum
  • Bestways Burrow
  • Greatest Endsvale
  • The Carrotorium

Settlements[]

The Watcher's Palace[]

A structure of enduring design, this brooding tower stands resolute in its vigil of untold millennia. The aetherically conductive plate encircling its spires is reminiscent of a certain architectural style, one found only in the depths of the ocean on the First...

Bestways Burrow[]

The abode of the Loporrits, this place also serves as the main hub for the refugees of Etheirys in the event the moon becomes the vessel of evacuation.

Weather[]

Mare Lamentorum may exhibit any of the following weather conditions:

Weather Frequency or conditions
Fair Skies Fair Skies 70%
Umbral Wind Umbral Wind 15%
Moon Dust Moon Dust 15%

Places of interest[]

Kydonia Knolls[]

This lifelike face of enormous scale appears to peek out from the surface of Mare Lamentorum. Obviously no natural formation, it is nevertheless unknown who carved this piece, or indeed, whose features it is meant to resemble. One thing is certain: the model would not find the depiction particularly flattering.

Heimdall's Last Sight[]

The ancient Allagans launched this Heimdall-class vessel into the heavens to monitor Bahamut's prison, Dalamud. When that colossal satellite awakened around the time of the Seventh Umbral Calamity, the observation craft was shot down as it attempted to halt the activation process.

Activities[]

Duties[]

Smileton.

Smileton Smileton
Dungeon
Level 90
Item Level 540
Kydonia Knolls (x11 y22)

Smileton was to be a paradise for the people of Etheirys, a refuge where every need is met, its inhabitants content and happy for all their days. But what is happiness? In pursuit of an answer, the Loporrits created the Big Cheese, designed to make manifest all they might need and more to fulfill the needs of their passengers-to-be. They were eager to please─perhaps, too eager─and their plans became more fickle, each new idea a betrayal of the last. The Big Cheese now burrows toward the center of the moon, a labyrinth of contradiction left in its wake. If left unchecked, its wanton pursuit of happiness may very well spell the end of the moon.
The Dark Inside.

The Dark Inside The Dark Inside
Trial
Level 83

Zodiark's shackles have finally been broken, bringing His millennia-long imprisonment to an end. This premature awakening is the work of Fandaniel, who has cast aside his duty as an Ascian to turn the god of Darkness against the very star He was created to protect. With Zodiark's unfathomable power at his disposal, Fandaniel has selected his first victim—the Warrior of Light, who has ever been a thorn in the Ascian's side.

FATEs[]

Musical themes[]

The theme "One Small Step" plays while on the Lunar surface.

A remix of the Final Fantasy IV town theme "Welcome to Our Town!" plays while in the areas the Loporrits inhabit. Additionally, the original battle theme from the same game plays when engaged in battle in this area.

A piano arrangement of "'Neath Dark Waters" plays within the Watcher's Palace.

Etymology[]

Mare Lamentorum is Latin for "Sea of Laments".

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