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The Tempest is a sea located to the west of Norvrandt and Kholusia in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. The Tempest was known for its rough and stormy waters that have sent many a ship to their doom, however the advent of the Flood of Light rendered the waves comparatively calm and inert. The ocean floor is littered with the remnants of these shipwrecks, as well as the long forgotten structures of a previous civilization, some of which are now home to Ondo tribes fleeing the Flood. A massive air dome created by the Fae entity Bismarck allows for air-breathers to explore.
Story[edit | edit source]
With the death of the final Lightwarden, the Warrior of Darkness finds themselves unable to contain the Primordial Light within and begins the transformation into a sin eater. The Crystal Exarch tries to sacrifice himself to save them, but he is prevented by Emet-Selch, who takes the injured sage and mocks the Warrior, before giving them 'pity' by offering a place to complete their transformation in his abode in the Tempest.
After the Warrior resolves themselves to confront Emet-Selch and rescue the Exarch, Urianger proposes to secure the aid of the Fae whale Bismarck to travel to the depths of the Tempest and create a giant dome of air to safely explore them for the Ascian's lair.
Locations[edit | edit source]
The Tempest can be accessed by speaking to Inewyl in Venmont Yards in Kholusia, where the player will be taken to the northern edge of the map.
Aetherytes[edit | edit source]
There are two aetherytes within the region. The first is in the Ondo Cups, while the second is at the Macarenses Angle.
Areas[edit | edit source]
- The Norvrandt Slope - The edge of the continental shelf of Norvrandt.
- Where the Dry Return - A small cave on the north of the slope so named by the Ondo for the color of the coral that grows there, reminiscent of the blood of land-dwellers.
- Walls of the Forgotten - A massive structure built by the ancients, it is almost entirely swallowed up by the ground.
- The Crock of Pearls
- The Flounders' Floor - A series of caves that are the residence to a tribe of Ondo known as the Benthos. Unlike the Ondo of the Cups, the Benthos are extremely hostile to land-dwellers due their hand in causing the Flood of Light.
- The Caliban Gorge - A deep running crevasse in the sea floor just before the waters give way to open ocean.
- The Trinculo Shelf
- The Caliban Gap - A series of tunnels running deep within the gorge.
- The Swallowed Spire - The top of a giant skyscraper, the rest buried underneath the shelf.
- Purpure - The Ondo use the shells from this place to make purple dye coveted by the Eulmorans a symbol of nobility.
- Amaurot - A mysterious city that suddenly appeared within the depths. Compared to the ruins on the slope, the buildings here are decidedly new and vibrant.
- Achora Heights - A residential building a with a functional magically-automated elevator.
- The Polyleritae District
- The Hall of Rhetoric - A building where those with differences in opinion can freely debate their points to each other in a calm and structured manner.
- Bureau of the Architect - The administrative sector in charge of processing the patents of concepts, rejecting those that are deemed too unsafe, and storing those considered worthy additions to community life to be utilized freely by the populace.
- The Macarenses Angle - The aetheryte plaza for the city. This aetheryte is the tallest known, consisting of 4 distinct segments extending both above and below the platform.
- Bureau of the Administrator
- Bureau of the Secretariat
- The Capitol - The building in which the Convocation of Fourteen gather to discuss the management of the Star.
Settlements[edit | edit source]
The Ondo Cups[edit | edit source]
A group of ruins now inhabited by a tribe of Ondo. The ruins provided shelter from the dangers of the Tempest, and the Ondo came to believe they were guided here to act as stewards until the ancients who built them returned.
The Workbench[edit | edit source]
A facility created by Crystarium smith Grenoldt, seeking to escape from the distractions of the outside world. Although he calls the place his 'Workbench', the mundane naming is at odds with the fantastical concept of a forge constructed in the depths of the ocean.
Weather[edit | edit source]
The Tempest's climate may exhibit any of the following weather conditions:
- Everlasting Light (at all times prior to completing the 5.0 main scenario)
- Clear Skies
- Fair Skies
While the weather remains 'Everlasting Light', the southern portion of the Tempest remains shrouded in a deep haze, only lifting when the player is within. In all other weather conditions, the southern area of the map is visible. While the other weather conditions have no discernible visual difference from each other due to the underwater environment, certain fish found in the area can only be caught during specific weather conditions.
Places of interest[edit | edit source]
Where the Dry Return[edit | edit source]
The naturally blood-red coral of this cave grow in a way that they resemble the veins of land-dwellers, and so the Ondo have come to believe that it was a resting place for finless ones who had perished at sea. It was not until recently, however, that folk from the surface learned the reason behind the rather ominous-sounding name.
Amaurot[edit | edit source]
Once hailed as the greatest city of its time, Amaurot was where the core facilities responsible for the management of the Star were located. Governed by a convocation of fourteen of its greatest mages, it encouraged debate and the exploration of new ideas among the citizens.
Akadaemia Anyder[edit | edit source]
The foremost institution of creation magic, where mages congregate to learn and research new ways to master their art.
Quests[edit | edit source]
Duties[edit | edit source]
FATEs[edit | edit source]
- The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damned Thing - Special FATE in which players face off against the monstrous Archaeotania. Successful completion of this FATE rewards Archaeotania Horns based on participation that can be exchanged for various prizes. This FATE is on a 72 hour cooldown, and requires completion of a preceding chain of FATEs that spawn at various intervals.
Others[edit | edit source]
The blacksmith Grenoldt will give the player level 80 artifact gear and weapons for any job they have reached level 80 with and completed the corresponding level 80 role quest for. Players can also reclaim any piece of artifact gear they have misplaced.
Enemies[edit | edit source]
- Benthos Diviner
- Benthos Grappler
- Benthos Harpooner
- Blue Swimmer
- Deep-sea Leech
- Greater Amphisbaena
- Mantis Shrimp
- Sea Gelatin
- Tempest Swallow
Elite Marks[edit | edit source]
|"Before the Flood, the Ondo had turned up all kinds of ruins deep in the ocean. Some of them saw deeper meaning it─religious meaning. But like the Church of the First Light and many other traditions, much of that was lost with the coming of the White. Apparently one of those defunct traditions worshipped a great crab, Deacon. Perfection incarnate that surpassed man and Ondo alike, a venerated being that would guide the faithful unto glory everlasting. For a holy symbol he was awfully clever, too. Would stumble about like a drunken sailor and lure would-be predators to come close enough for him to reach out and crush 'em with his mighty claws. Aye, he's definitely smarter than the average crab."|
Gilshs Aath Swiftclaw
|“Gilshs Aath Swiftclaw is one of those benthos bastards. A master fisherman who works both the shallows and the depths, bringing in his catch with his bare hands. You're probably wondering why someone saw fit to put a bounty on a fisherman, eh? Well, that'd be because this one uses other fishermen as bait. Other Ondo and poor fools he's dragged from Eulmoran boats, all in service to some long-forgotten god."|
|“If you've been down to the ocean floor, you might've seen the dagons wandering about. They're a nuisance to be sure, and not at all a pleasure to look upon. Well, there's this Ondo legend about something even worse born of a dagon, a temperamental fiend that sows chaos if angered, but invites calm if appeased. Baal, they call him, and under normal circumstances they might simply try to keep a wide berth... Unfortunately, it seems it's a little too late for that. And now the fabled cleansing hour is at hand, when all creatures of the sea must bow to Baal or be destroyed. Neither option is ideal, so we'd all very much appreciate it if you could go and kill the damned thing.”|
|“Doubtless you've noticed the wrecks on the shore and at the bottom of the Tempest. Eulmore's a city on the sea, and like most such cities it's seen countless ships come and go over the years and decades. Accidents happen. A few merchant vessels sink, and it's a small tragedy, aye. But a royal flagship carrying a foreign queen? That's another story. This one had no shortage of unfinished business, which is probably why her soul lingered where she died, her regret festering and twisting her goodly nature... They say Rusalka's bewitching beauty and hypnotic voice guided a hundred ships to their watery graves. She's got far fewer to prey on now, though, so I wouldn't be surprised if she sets her sights on anyone and everyone wandering the Tempest floor...”|
|“Gunitt was like most other dwarves of Kholusia─tough, hardworking, tiny. By all accounts he was content with his lot, until one day he spied a Galdjent three times his size strolling through the market, and decided he'd make himself tall or die trying. So he travels the world, amasses all kinds of treasure, then pays a visit to a Nu Mou hermit who claims he can make his dreams come true, and would you believe it? Gunitt gets his wish! But then, in his greed, he steals the treasure sack off the table and runs off before the hermit can protest. 'Course he was a damn fool to try, cause the hermit gets their own back in the end. Curses Gunitt and transforms him into a twisted fiend for his avarice. Also sank his ship while he was making his escape for good measure. And so Gunitt was consigned to the bottom of the sea where he has wandered to this day. They say his covetous nature still rules him, as when the denizens of the depths attempt to consume their prey, he will appear to steal it out from under them.”|
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
"Full Fathom Five" plays while the player is within the Norvrandt Slope and the Caliban Gorge. When the player enters the Amaurot region on the map "Neath Dark Waters" plays instead.
"No Greater Sorrow" plays while in the Ondo Cups.
The Shadowbringers default overworld combat theme "Rencounter" does not play in this zone regardless of settings. This was done to preserve the atmosphere of the story at the point the player first reaches the zone.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The Tempest also takes its name from William Shakespeare's play of the same name, with two areas in the region, the Caliban Gorge/Gap and the Trinculo Shelf, taking their names from characters in the play. The names of the regions two musical themes come from passages within the play as well.