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Ramuh, the Warden of Thunder, is the Eikon of Cidolfus Telamon in Final Fantasy XVI. Cid uses Ramuh in his efforts to liberate and end the persecution of Bearers and create a world where all people are able to live as they see fit.

Ramuh is a recurring Lightning-elemental summon in the Final Fantasy series.

Active Time Lore[]

The Warden of Thunder, whose power most lately awakened within Cidolfus Telamon. The Eikon is known the realm over as a symbol of judgment, no doubt inspired by its sage mien and the scepter with which it summons its levinbolts. Folklore has it that not only are Dominants of Ramuh blessed with the command of lightning, they are also granted a deeper understanding of the true nature of the world.

Basic Information

The Warden of Thunder, whose power most lately awakened within Cidolfus Telamon. Dominants of the Eikon most often emerge among descendants of the Motes of Thunder, a tribe who once dwelled in the lands of central Ash—lands that the Kingdom of Waloed now lays claim to. Mayhap in part due to the tribe's comparatively advanced learning, Ramuh is associated with wisdom and judgment to this day.

Hidden Truths

History[]

Ramuh awakens in the descendants of the "Motes of Lightning" tribe, who inhabited the continent of Ash. Like the other Eikons, Ramuh was created by Ultima for the purpose of acting as a vessel for power to be absorbed by Mythos, the being chosen by Ultima to cast his Raise spell and reshape the world for his species. This information was only known to members of the Circle of Malius cult.

At some point in time, Ramuh awakened in Cidolfus Telamon, who would go on to serve under Barnabas Tharmr, the king of Waloed and Dominant of Odin, as his Lord Commander, alongside Benedikta Harman, the Dominant of Garuda, who led the Royal Intelligencers. Cid left Barnabas's service, possibly after learning of the latter's allegiance with Ultima, and would use Ramuh's power to begin a campaign to destroy the realm's Mothercrystals and end the persecution and enslavement of Bearers.

In the year 873, while traveling to Lostwing with Clive Rosfield, Cid briefly semi-primed to finish off Fafnir of the North with a powerful blast of Levinbolts, revealing himself as a Dominant to Clive. This took its toll on Cid's health, as he began coughing up blood.

Some time later, when Cid and Clive snuck into Caer Norvent, Cid confronted Benedikta in the stronghold's chapel, where the two semi-primed and briefly did battle. Cid was outmatched, being overpowered and incapacitated by Benedikta and her Egis, Chirada and Suparna.

Later on, Cid fully primed into Ramuh to subdue Clive, who had suddenly primed Ifrit and viciously battled Garuda, resulting in the latter's death. Ramuh unleashed a barrage of Levinbolts on Ifrit, which rendered the dark Eikon unconscious and caused him to return to human form.

At Drake's Head. Clive and Cid combined their efforts to destroy the Mothercrystal's heart. Typhon emerged, and Cid fought the abomination as Ramuh, but expended all his energy and ended up passing Ramuh to Clive before perishing.

Clive took on Cid's cause and name, passing believably as "Cid the Outlaw" by showing off Ramuh's semi-prime powers, though Clive was unable to fully prime Ramuh, only able to do so with Ifrit.

In the final battle, Ultimalius used some abilities associated with Ramuh against Clive, who responded in turn. When Clive destroyed the wellspring of magic on Origin, he erased magic, Eikons, Dominants, Bearers, the crystals' curse, and hopefully the Blight, from the world. Eikons fall into legend, but their story would be carried on into the future in a tale Final Fantasy authored by "Joshua Rosfield".

Characteristics[]

Ramuh takes the appearance of an old man with a long, white beard, clad in a dark-purple robe. He wields a large black staff that resembles a lightning bolt, with a purple crystal at the top.

Ramuh's Dominant gains deeper understanding into how the world works,[1] but the specifics of this knowledge are unknown. It could be related to Ultima or the Mothercrystals, considering Cid's ultimate goal with the crystals and how he said "I know who you are" to the being that emerged from the crystal's heart.

Gameplay[]

Blind Justice Pt1 from FFXVI
Blind Justice Pt2 from FFXVI

Locking on (top) and detonating (bottom) Blind Justice.

Clive gains the ability to equip Ramuh for use in battle as part of the story. Ramuh's Eikonic Feat is Blind Justice, where the player can electrify a group of enemies and then attack any of the electrified targets to release the charge as AoE damage across all electrified targets. Though the Triangle tooltip in the menu claims that detonation damage is relative to the damage of the attack that set it off, the move that releases the charge does not actually matter; only difference is that the charge being set off by a ranged ability will do less damage than detonating the charge with a melee hit; the player can get the same result from a normal sword strike as from a melee Eikonic Ability. The more targets the player manages to electrify before detonation, the higher the damage, as well.

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Etymology[]

Ramuh could be based on Lahmu, who is often portrayed as a bearded man with a red sash and four to six curls on his head. Ramuh could also be loosely based on an epic Hindu poem, written by Valmiki, called Ramayana. Its protagonist is Raama (also spelled Rama), said to have been the incarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu. The name Ramuh could be an amalgam of Raama and Vishnu.

In the Final Fantasy series, Ramuh is an old, bearded sage with a staff who casts thunder magic. He could be based on the king Ra-mu of a supposedly sunken continent, Mu. The element of lightning could come from the Hebrew word רעם (rá'am), meaning thunder, or thunderclap. His previous name, Indra, is the name of the king of the Devas in Hindu mythology, the god of rain, lightning, and storms.

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