A noble king, chosen defender of the sacred Stone and Ring, and founder of the nation known to us now as the Kingdom of Lucis.
Dubbed 'the Mystic' for his mesmerizing feats on the field of battle, he joined hands with the Oracle to travel the world and dispel the darkness that plagued our star.
Rulers of Yore monument
Somnus Lucis Caelum, commonly known as the Founder King (as the historical person) and as the Mystic (as the Lucii—a spirit residing in the Ring of the Lucii) is the first king of Lucis in Final Fantasy XV Universe who lived 2,000 years ago. He appears as a Lucii in Final Fantasy XV (extended appearance in the Windows/Royal Edition) and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, and as a human in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue. The Mystic is the most prominent Lucii, acting as the spokesperson for the collective of kings in the movie.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
As a human, Somnus resembled Noctis with his black hair and facial shape. He dressed in a long blue robe with buttons down the front, black sandals, a black cape, a guard on his left forearm and shoulder and a blue silk shawl around his hips attached to a strap that crossed his chest. His attire when commanding his army against daemons in Episode Ardyn Prologue resembles the Kingly Raiment attire Noctis and his father wear in Final Fantasy XV.
As a Lucii the Mystic has holes on his winged helmet and the back of his suit of armor has something similar to a bony tail. The winged/horned helmet and the "tail" could allude to Bahamut, the Astral god who chose the Lucis Caelum line for a greater purpose in the world. Every successive Lucii has had a similar appearance, yet unique to their personality; the dark suits of armor they wear resemble Bahamut who presents himself similarly.
In the artwork of the Cosmogony, the Founder King is portrayed as a black-haired man wearing a golden crown and a gray cloak. In Episode Ardyn Prologue, it is Somnus's exiled brother, Ardyn, who wears the cloak and has long hair.
Somnus's weapon is an elaborate longsword that would become known as the Blade of the Mystic.
Personality[edit | edit source]
As a Lucii, the Mystic appears steadfast, determined and loyal to the Crystal's cause, but strict with those who seek the power of the Ring of the Lucii without being of the royal bloodline. The Cosmogony describes the Founder King as a hero archetype who freed Eos from darkness, having been chosen by the Ring of the Lucii for his worthiness, never mentioning Ardyn.
Despite all Ardyn has done, the Mystic acknowledges their familial relation and calls Ardyn 兄上, a formal and old-fashioned term for "older brother" used to show respect (in the English version he simply refers to Ardyn as "brother"). In Episode Ardyn Prologue Somnus shows no hesitation in fighting Ardyn whom he considers a traitor, nor any remorse for striking down Aera Mirus Fleuret by accident; yet, he does not revel in his victory, instead turning solemn. Somnus is described by the directors of Episode Ardyn as a realist and a severe king who never resented Ardyn despite having condemned him; the two simply had a different idea on how to save the world. As Ardyn's chapter in Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future- elaborates, Somnus truly believed Ardyn was essentially choosing who lives and who dies as people perished in the other parts of the realm while he was away healing "that one more person", seeing Ardyn as out of touch with the plight of the "unchosen" and his refusal to see the reality of their situation rendering him unfit to be king.
When Somnus and Ardyn meet again 2,000 years after their initial conflict in the climax of Episode Ardyn, Somnus admits he had envied Ardyn's popularity. He has come to regret what he had done to his brother and prays for his soul to find peace. Although his method to quell the Starscourge was to burn alive all who might have gotten infected, showing he is willing to forgo all morals, Somnus ultimately strove for the greater good of Eos. The directors of Episode Ardyn note that even though Somnus envied Ardyn, he still had a sense of righteousness, and what he did to his brother was for the sake of the people. As he continued to protect his people, Somnus regretted branding Ardyn a monster, and would carry the feelings of remorse until his final days.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Somnus had many of the same powers his brother and descendants display, wielding "weapons of light," conjuring them from thin air at will. He can warp and use magic. The kings' sigils bestow their wielders with each king's specific abilities, the Founder King's Sigil empowering Noctis's Armiger to a stronger version. In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, the Mystic's Sigil: Graviton allows the bearer to create a powerful gravitational force that draws enemies close, while limiting their abilities.
According to Ignis Scientia, legend has it "the King once stood alongside the Six in the battle to banish the darkness," referring to the Founder King halting the spread of the Starscourge. The story has become folklore and is the basis of the prophecy of the True King, but the details of Somnus's quest to save the world are unknown, and his Archives entry in Episode Ardyn implies the quest never happened. Due to his "mesmerizing battle performance" he posthumously earned the title "The Mystic".
As a Lucii, when tainted by the Starscourge the Mystic ejects energy from his sword to hit ranged targets, confuses, warp-strikes, and can project a tornado that sucks in all in close proximity, and his abilities take on the element of darkness. When fighting Ardyn in Episode Ardyn, the Mystic powers his sword with light to generate an omni-directional wave of light, manifests and fires weapons, conjures a mist of light around him, and summons pillars of light from the ground. As an Old Wall statue in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the Mystic warps and destroys the remaining Diamond Weapons with his fists after his sword is destroyed.
Story[edit | edit source]
Somnus is the younger brother of Ardyn Lucis Caelum. When they were young the two got along well, played chess together and Somnus looked up to Ardyn. He also went on hunting trips with Gilgamesh in his childhood. Ardyn and Somnus's parents bestowed the two a pair of longswords in the hope they would rule together, but the brothers turned against one another after their parents passed away.
Although Final Fantasy XV posits that Ardyn was to become the first king of Lucis before falling from the Crystal's favor, Episode Ardyn — Prologue depicts the choice between the two brothers as having been up in the air at the whims of the gods. Both Ardyn and Somnus strove to protect their realm from the daemon outbreak, Ardyn by healing those infected by the Starscourge one by one, whereas Somnus rounded them up with his army to exterminate them. Ardyn abhorred Somnus's methods, but absorbing the malady into his own body was slowly twisting him into a daemon as well.
Bahamut delivered the gods' decision to the Oracle, Aera Mirus Fleuret. Somnus sought her out, but she was reluctant to tell him. Relenting, she divulged what she had learned and Ardyn soon received word he was to be crowned. When Ardyn arrived at the castle where the Crystal was kept, Somnus suddenly declared himself as the king chosen by gods, shocking Aera when he claimed Ardyn's announcement had been a ruse to lure him out of hiding. Somnus fought Ardyn and impaled him on his spear. Aera (Ardyn's fiancée) rushed between the brothers and took a blow meant for Ardyn, dying in his arms. Ardyn transformed into a daemon, and after lamenting his brother had truly become the monster he had made him out to be, Somnus attacked him alongside his sworn shield Gilgamesh.
Ardyn sought confirmation on the gods' choice from the Crystal, but was thrown back as the Stone rejected him as unworthy. Somnus executed Ardyn, but discovered his brother had become immortal. Ardyn was imprisoned in Angelgard for the next 2,000 years while Somnus ascended the throne.
The Cosmogony puts forth a different tale of Somnus's ascension, never mentioning Ardyn. According to it Somnus rose to protect the first Oracle, a maiden whom Bahamut granted powers to fight the Starscourge and commune with the Astrals. Together, Somnus and the Oracle set out on a journey where she helped him forge covenants with the Astrals who would test his prowess with trials that laid waste to entire cities. With the Astrals by his side, Somnus is said to have collected a collection of glaives of light and eradicated Starscourge from Eos with them.
Somnus became known as the Founder King and was served by Gilgamesh as his sworn shield, and Shield of the King would become the title given to the Lucian monarch's main bodyguard. Somnus was granted the Crystal of Eos, the very soul of the star, and the Ring of the Lucii, a magical ring that allows the wielder to commune with the Crystal and collects his bloodline's souls. One day in the distant future the final king would become the fabled True King, chosen by the Crystal. Until that day arrives, Somnus and his descendants are duty-bound to protect the Stone and the Ring.
The civilization of Solheim in ruin, Somnus could establish a new kingdom in its place: Lucis. The Cosmogony books that chronicle the legends of Eos posit that before falling into eternal slumber, having been exhausted by the War of the Astrals, the Six gave mankind the Ring of the Lucii. The ring is said to have passed from person to person, but none were fit to inherit its power. It is said to have found its way into the hands of a person deemed worthy, whom the populace thus saw fit to rule, who became the first king of Lucis. However, this account may not be accurate, as the Cosmogony never mentions Somnus's brother. Final Fantasy XV Official Works posits that Somnus founded Lucis to protect the Crystal and the Ring of the Lucii, and to prepare for the "Calamity to Come". Episode Ardyn — Prologue depicts the gods choosing the king directly and delivering their decision to the Oracle via the Crystal.
Somnus was likely the first to entomb his longsword to preserve it for the future generations of his lineage, an array of holy weapons that would become known as the royal arms. After he died his spirit came to inhabit a colossal statue likeness of him, in present day known as part of the Old Wall. The statues animate at the behest of the currently reigning monarch to protect the Crown City of Insomnia where the sacred Crystal is kept. Somnus is the start of the Lucian royal line, and after death his soul entered the Ring of the Lucii. For the next 2,000 years, his spirit resides in the ring, bonded to the souls of his descendants to empower them, now remembered as the Mystic and the Founder King.
As depicted in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn, Ardyn returns to Lucis after his two-millennia captivity, bent on taking revenge and destroying the kingdom Somnus had founded and its royal bloodline. He is is taunted by ghostly hallucinations of Somnus (implied to be from Ardyn's memories), including of Somnus forcing Ardyn to watch Aera die.* If the player fails the quick time event when Somnus and Ardyn struggle, Ardyn will be forced to stab Aera. If the player succeeds, Ardyn casts the knife aside, but Somnus strikes her down with his Armiger.
After defeating King Regis, Ardyn demands Somnus's spirit to face him, threatening to give Regis a painful death if he does not. Hearing his brother's challenge from within the ring, Somnus's Lucii form descends upon his brother. Somnus tries to justify what he did as being necessary due to Ardyn having become tainted by the Starscourge, and begs Ardyn to stop his attack on Lucis and return to the darkness. Ardyn dismisses his reasons as a mere fairytale. Although Somnus ultimately admits that he had envied Ardyn's popularity, he still condemns Ardyn as a monster and sinner unfit to sit on the throne. Ultimately realizing he is responsible for what Ardyn has become, Somnus acknowledges what he did was unforgivable. He asks not that Ardyn forgive him, but to understand the necessity of his tragedy. Ardyn rejects this, reminding Somnus he had taken everything from him and thus has no right to demand understanding. As Somnus returns to the ring he is distraught at the monster he had unintentionally created, and prays for Ardyn's soul to find repose.
The gods blessed you as their chosen; the people adored you as their savior. I was neither powerful nor popular...just envious, perhaps. […] I yearned desperately to be special, yet I had nothing to set me apart. Nothing at all! […] When I first donned the crown and put on the ring... When I first received my calling, I understood: that the daemons could not be allowed to remain in this world. That a sinner could not be allowed to sit the throne! […] What I did to you was unforgivable, but I did it for the future of our kingdom—of our people. […] Our line has done everything in our power to protect our people, just as the gods bade. I was merely fulfilling my calling. […] I dare not ask your forgiveness, but I do ask your understanding. [...] I pray your soul find repose, brother.
Somnus to Ardyn
Ardyn, upon learning of his current fate as the sacrificial lamb for the True King to kill to bring the world to light, speculates that Somnus knew this. Ardyn later imagines himself murdering Somnus alongside Aera while plotting to bring the world to eternal darkness.
As depicted in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the Mystic talks to Nyx Ulric when the Glaive puts on the Ring of the Lucii. As Nyx is not of royal lineage, he must pay the blood price to gain the ring's power. The Mystic at first offers for Nyx the choice between his friends Lunafreya Nox Fleuret and Libertus Ostium, but Nyx is only willing to sacrifice his own life. After support from the Father, the latest Lucii to join the ring, the Mystic and the others accept Nyx's bargain and he gains the power to animate the Old Wall. The Mystic's statue comes alive and fights the Niflheim forces decimating the Crown City even if the Crystal has already been stolen, and is the last king standing at the battle's end. The statue's greatsword (a colossal version of the Blade of the Mystic) breaks in the final stretch of the battle against a Diamond Weapon, so he tosses it aside and punches the Weapon instead. Nyx digs his kukri into the Mystic's suit of armor to follow the king warping away.
In Final Fantasy XV, Noctis Lucis Caelum, the 114th king to the throne of Lucis, comes upon the Tomb of the Mystic at the Disc of Cauthess where he inherits the Blade of the Mystic. The reason the Tomb of the Mystic is at the Disc of Cauthess at the base of the Meteor is never elaborated upon. Most kings are entombed in hidden royal tombs scattered across the realm. The About the Kings of Yore document in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades posits that the tombs were erected as a memorial to the sovereign who claimed that land in the name of Lucis, but many tombs have been lost across the ages. The magical energy of the tomb later is set free when the Oracle Lunafreya awakens the sea goddess Leviathan and grants Noctis a sustained form of Armiger to pass her trial. Noctis eventually recovers the Ring of the Lucii and finds the Crystal the empire had stolen away. He is pulled into an otherworldly realm where the Astral Bahamut tells him of his role as the culmination of the kings of Lucis: Noctis is the True King whose blood price can save the world from the Starscourge.
Noctis spends ten years sleeping inside the Crystal to absorb its power before returning to the daemon-infested Insomnia to bring light back to the world. In the Royal Edition content the Mystic is enslaved by the Starscourge and is used by Ardyn to test Noctis in the Hall of History. Following his defeat, Somnus asks Noctis to free Ardyn from his state as the Accursed. During the final duel between Ardyn and Noctis, the Mystic is among the Lucii who materialize beyond the Citadel.
After killing Ardyn's physical body and sending his immortal soul into the in-between realm, Noctis sits on the throne of Lucis and summons the Lucii, who plunge their royal arms into him. Noctis and the Lucii emerge to face Ardyn's corrupted spirit in the "beyond", and the royal arms eject from the former's body. The Mystic once again takes up arms with the Blade of the Mystic as the Lucii combine their powers in the true form of Armiger to destroy the Starscourge inside his brother once and for all. The sun rises, daemons disappear from the world, and the Ring of the Lucii shatters.
Alternate ending[edit | edit source]
In Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future-, Noctis, Lunafreya, Ardyn, the old kings and the other Astrals combine their forces to fell Bahamut. The Mystic permits Noctis to give Ardyn the Ring of the Lucii so the latter may sacrifice himself to destroy Bahamut and save the planet, the Mystic delivering the final blow. In the beyond, Ardyn summons the rulers of yore to unleash the Providence upon Bahamut. As Bahamut is destroyed for good, the Ring of the Lucii breaks and Somnus, along with the other rulers, is allowed to move on as a new era without magic and gods dawns on Eos.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Blade of the Mystic[edit | edit source]
The Blade of the Mystic is the fourth royal arm obtained during the main quest, found at the Disc of Cauthess in Chapter 4. Noctis can also unlock the sword in Close Encounter of the Terra Kind by delivering items to the Hiso Aliens.
The Blade of the Mystic is a longsword that boosts the wielder's Strength through a unique self-buff. Its basic combo has Noctis perform myriad slashes and stabs at medium speed and area of effect. When the player stops attacking, Noctis will hold the sword in front of him and gain +100 Strength for 10 seconds. This buff can be activated outside of combat. Blade of the Mystic's aerial attack is a single slash, and its phase-counter is an uppercut slash.
Warp-striking with the Blade of the Mystic has Noctis shoot Armiger projections, which don't drain his HP, before delivering the strike, a strong direct downwards slash. Each projection does the same damage as the blade would in a melee hit adjusted for warp-strike distance bonus. Only the strike itself will drain HP. Due to the focused nature of the physical strike, it is good for breaking normally hard-to-reach appendages. The blade is well balanced and a decent addition to any arsenal.
Noctis displays a preference for this weapon after obtaining it, as he uses it the most whenever he executes an attack that requires a royal arm. In Armiger Chain, Noctis wields it for his first attack. Its multi-hit warp-strike is mirrored by the Mutant Rakshasa Blade, added as reward for completing Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn; the Mutant Rakshasa Blade has more all-around stat boosts and does not drain HP on use, but uses normal greatsword combos and deals slightly weaker net damage. The warp-strike itself deals neutral damage, regardless of the target's greatsword affinity.
The Mystic statue of the Old Wall in Insomnia wields a giant version of the longsword in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. In Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue, Somnus conjures a blade that may be intended to be the Blade of the Mystic, although it lacks the wing ornamentation and is shorter.
|Blade of the Mystic|
(Sword of the Yaksha King)
|Royal Arms||396||6||Max HP: +150|
Dark Resistance: 20%
A greatsword with the ability to briefly increase the wielder's Strength through a unique self-buff after swinging. The warp-strike fires three ranged energy beams before warping
|Reward: Main quest: The Archaean; Hiso Alien item delivery in Close Encounter of the Terra Kind|
A king rose to protect the world with the Oracle. This was his sword. When swung, it enhances the wielders prowess.
Sigils[edit | edit source]
In Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, the player gains access to Armiger Unleashed by interacting with the statue of the Founder King in northern Leide, in the ruins of Keycatrich. After having collected all 13 royal arms, interacting with the statue yields The Founder King's Sigil.
In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, the Mystic's Sigil: Graviton allows the bearer to create a powerful gravitational force that draws enemies close, while limiting their abilities.
Boss[edit | edit source]
The Mystic is fought in Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition as the penultimate boss in the final dungeon.
The Mystic also appears in the final boss in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
The Mystic appears with the other Lucii on the Insomnia stage after the stage transitions to night.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The human version of Somnus is based on Noctis, although he ended up becoming the opposite of him in many ways. Somnus's name was taken directly from the main theme. The development team's aim was to unify concepts surrounding the Lucian royal family. After choosing his name, the team created the rest of his backstory.
The developers aimed to make the Mystic's Lucii form in Episode Ardyn to the scale it appeared in the Kingsglaive movie, but did not quite there due to practicality reasons.
Prior to Somnus's official naming, Ardyn's English line to Noctis during his soliloquy in the end of Chapter 13, "you'll never guess whose name Izunia was", had led to a misconception within some of the fanbase that "Izunia" was the name of Ardyn's jealous brother, and that Ardyn had perhaps deliberately given himself that surname as a reminder of this betrayal. Ardyn being the brother of the Founder King was first revealed in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis. In the English localization, when Ardyn mentions his true name, Ignis assumes he was the Founder King, but Ardyn corrects him. The English localization does not specify the order of birth, but the Japanese version states that the Founder King was Ardyn's younger brother.
In the Windows and Royal Edition, Noctis finishes off the Mystic with a sword that he doesn't normally have: it has a similar yet truncated blade as the Sword of the Father and a different hilt. This is actually the sword that King Regis had in the Dawn trailer. Promotional art that accompanied the trailer shows Regis with the Sword of the Father, however, implying the "Dawn" sword is perhaps an alternate version of it.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The Lucian royalty have three names similar to the real world Roman naming conventions of praenomen-nomen-cognomen. Somnus means "sleep" in Latin. It is also the name of the Roman personification of sleep, whose equivalent in Greek mythology is Hypnos.
Somnus is named after "Somnus", the main theme of Final Fantasy XV. It has been the main theme of the game ever since it was announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and the game still has lingering sleep motifs. Lucis's Crown City being called Insomnia could thus be in relation to its founder king. However, the god of sleep Somnus/Hypnos's brother being Thanatos ("Death") could also be an inspiration for his naming, considering Somnus in Final Fantasy XV is Ardyn's brother.
In Japanese his Lucii is known "the Yaksha King". Yaksha is a class of nature-spirits, usually benevolent, who take care of the natural treasures hidden in the earth and tree roots in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist texts. The Yakshas are described in Hindu literature as the brothers of demonic beings (Rakshasas). In Episode Ardyn, Ardyn is revealed to have a twin sword of Somnus's Blade of the Mystic, called the Rakshasa Blade.
In the English localization, his Lucii is the Mystic. Mystic is a person who attains insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge by communication with the divine.
Caelum means "sky" in Latin.
References[edit | edit source]
- FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN PROLOGUE Q&A (9:07) (Accessed: March 30, 2021) by FINAL FANTASY XV at YouTube
- FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN PROLOGUE Q&A (6:35) (Accessed: March 30, 2021) by FINAL FANTASY XV at YouTube
- Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future- "Ardyn" translations by Autumnstwilight (Accessed: June 08, 2019) at autumnstwilight @tumblr
- Some interesting points from the recent 3/27 Famitsu Interview with FFXV Episode Ardyn's Dev Team (Accessed: November 01, 2019) at fusetter
- Final Fantasy XV -The Dawn of the Future-; Noctis's part
- Final Fantasy XV Official Works translations by higharollakockamamie (Accessed: May 09, 2018) at higharollakockamamie @ tumblr
- 『FFXV エピソード アーデン』開発スタッフに訊く見どころとこれから――物語は“ファンのために書かれた”小説へとつながる (Accessed: March 28, 2019) at Famitsu
- Noctis Lucis Caelum Character Profile from ''Final Fantasy XV Official Works'' translated by higharollakockamamie (Accessed: December 12, 2018) at higharollakockamamie @tumblr
- FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN PROLOGUE Q&A (4:41) (Accessed: March 30, 2021) by FINAL FANTASY XV at YouTube