Do you remember the flowers of Tenebrae? You'll find they await you still, blooming from hill to vale.
Sylleblossom (ジールの花, Jiiru no hana?, lit. flower of zeal) is a flower native to the land of Tenebrae in Final Fantasy XV that grow in vast open fields. They are Oracle Lunafreya Nox Fleuret's favorite flowers and are the national flower of Tenebrae, also used in perfumes and potpourri. The front cover of the Cosmogony book features the first Oracle holding a bouquet of sylleblossoms, highlighting the connection of the flower with the line of the Oracle.
Sylleblossoms come in variety of colors, but the variety associated with Lunafreya is a vivid blue. When designing the flower, the developers picked the color before the shape. It was difficult to design because it would be a prominent element in the story and the designers wanted to make it disappear like dust. Elements of lavender, nigella, and iris were mixed to design the sylleblossom. Different color variants symbolize different things, but the blue version represents "a heart that does not give up" and "sincerity".
Red and white variants appear in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn – Prologue.
Red variants grow outside the manor where Somnus stays, and Ardyn appears on an endless field of them when on the verge of death, similar to a scene in Final Fantasy XV where Noctis meets Lunafreya on a field of blue sylleblossoms. White variants appear as an endless field when Lady Aera tells Somnus of the gods' decision on whom to crown the king of men.
Aera Mils Fleuret, the first Oracle who lived 2,000 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV, loved sylleblossoms, and thus the flower's association with Tenebrae and the Oracle likely originates with her.
After sustaining a grievous injury, an eight-year-old Prince Noctis was sent to Tenebrae to recuperate where he befriended the young Princess Lunafreya. She showed Noctis a pressed sylleblossom in her red notebook and told him the flowers are used to weave the royal family's crowns. After the Niflheim Empire attacked Tenebrae, Noctis and Lunafreya could not see each other again. The two keep in secret correspondence via the red notebook that is delivered between them by Lunafreya's magical dog Umbra.
Twelve years later, Lunafreya is reported dead at the attack on Insomnia. The world mourns for her and across the land sylleblossoms from Tenebrae are displayed in memorial. She resurfaces, however, and Noctis finally reunites with her, now his betrothed. After battling Leviathan, Noctis falls unconscious and is healed by the mortally wounded Lunafreya. Noctis meets her in a dream vision on her field of sylleblossoms. At first, they are both children, but as the field begins to warp and Lunafreya disappears into the blue abyss, she transforms into an adult. She sends out a sylleblossom to Noctis, revealing the Ring of the Lucii from inside its bloom, a royal heirloom she had been keeping for him. When Noctis awakens days later, he has the ring, but learns Lunafreya has died and that her notebook has a message for him. Noctis opens the book to find another pressed sylleblossom.
On his journey to Gralea, Noctis makes a stop at Tenebrae. He finds the Fenestala Manor aflame and the grounds around the station blue with sylleblossoms. He learns Lunafreya had met her brother Ravus on her field of sylleblossoms recently, where he had tried to persuade her to stop helping Noctis, not believing Noctis is the True King. A household servant mentions to Noctis how Lunafreya would personally water the flowers, cultivating a wide, beautiful field of sylleblossoms that spreads across the lands of Tenebrae. When Noctis feels Lunafreya's presence on the train to Gralea, a ghostly vision of her appears to him amid glowing sylleblossom petals.
The sylleblossoms represent Lunafreya and her connection to Noctis. The flower preserved in the notebook could represent her spirit always watching over him. The falling petals appearing in the ending serve a similar role as the symbolism of falling cherry blossoms in Japanese culture.
In Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis, ghostly sylleblossom petals surround Lunafreya when her spirit departs. In Verse 2, blue petals swirl by Ignis who is healed of his injuries though he had offered his life as sacrifice to save Noctis. Sylleblossom petals also appear in a vision Prompto has in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto when he reminisces his childhood and imagines meeting Pryna on the steps of the Citadel.
Etymology and symbolismEdit
The etymology for "sylleblossom" is unknown, although "Sylle" is a rarely used name. Its Japanese name is "flower of zeal". Zeal is dedication or enthusiasm for something, often meant for devotion to God or another religious cause.
A blue flower is an enduring motif in western art that stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It symbolizes hope and the beauty of things.
- The table with the radio at the Prairie Outpost has a bouquet of sylleblossoms from Chapter 2 onwards. This is the only place in Lucis where the player can see them.
- The black notebook Ignis uses to write down recipes seems to be a modified model of the Lovers' Notebook, as it has a pressed sylleblossom on the page next to the one he writes on. This cannot be seen in a normal playthrough, as the default camera only ever shows the cover.