The Twelve (エオルゼア十二神, Eoruzea Jūnishin?, lit. Eorzea Twelve Gods) are the pantheon of Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV, consisting of twelve benevolent deities who ruled the continent and its surrounding islands until the arrival of the wandering tribes. During character creation, players must align to one of the twelve deities. This used to slightly affect elemental resistances, but no longer serves a gameplay effect.
The Twelve seemingly played a crucial part in patch 1.23 of the original Final Fantasy XIV. They become a relevant element again for the "Myths of the Realm" storyline, the alliance raid series of the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker expansion.
- 1 Profile
- 2 History
- 3 The Twelve
- 4 Constellations
- 5 Player Guardian
- 6 Gallery
The Twelve took up residence in the land which became known as Eorzea with the moogles as their servants. The Twelve ruled over the land until the arrival of the wandering tribes: the Elezen, Miqo'te, Lalafell, Roegadyn, and Hyur. Impressed by the tribes' resourcefulness and resilience, the Twelve ceded the land with some becoming patron deities of Eorzea's cities.
Each pair of the Twelve commands one of the six elements and each is associated with a month of the Eorzean calendar. Each elemental pair is, conversely, tied to one of the six constellations of the Source's night sky. Each deity has a symbol that reflects one of its traits: for example, Althyk's symbol is an hourglass, Oschon's is a walking staff, and Halone's symbol is three spears side-by-side.
The Ancient known as Azem is theorized to be connected to Azeyma due to their similar name. Any other connections between the Ancients and the Twelve, or if one truly does exist between Azem and Azeyma, have not been confirmed and have been noted in-game to be simply theories.
Final Fantasy XIV (version 1.0)
Nael van Darnus, the Legatus of the VIIth Imperial Legion, called upon Dalamud using forbidden Allagan magic. Her defeat at Castrum Novum under the combined forces of the Grand Companies did not halt Dalamud's descent. The symbols of the Twelve appeared across Eorzea, etched into stone and pulsing with a faint, comforting glow. Claiming that the gods would be stirred from slumber by the united prayers of their vassals, the Elezen scholar Louisoix Leveilleur encouraged the people of Eorzea to seek out these symbols and offer supplication to the Twelve. Later on, he confessed to his chosen adventurers that the symbols were carved by none other than himself. On his search for an item he would describe as Daybreak, he had created the spiritual anchors as part of a ritual to save their realm—the summoning of the Twelve.
Louisoix led the three-nation army at Carteneau Plains in Mor Dhona, where the forces of the Garlean Empire and the Eorzean Alliance met in a conclusive battle. The battle slowed to a halt as Dalamud broke up to unleash the elder primal Bahamut whose fury instigated the Seventh Umbral Era. Louisoix summoned the power of the Twelve, and columns of light erupted from the marked stones taking shapes reminiscent Dalamud's spires and piercing Bahamut twelve times over, binding him in place as a radiant sphere engulfed him. Aetherial glyphs manifested in the skies, surrounding the elder primal's prison with the symbols of his captors, and the ritual failed. Though Louisoix came close to resealing Bahamut, he held back knowing that the simultaneous summoning of twelve deities would wound Hydaelyn, the planet's patron "goddess". Nourished by the aether of a dying realm, Bahamut converged on a growing sphere. Louisoix consigned himself to his fate, using what energy remained to conjure the power of Althyk and deliver the adventurers beyond the reach of time and space.
Gaius van Baelsar has compared the Twelve to the beast tribes' primals, regarding them as "eikons" and insinuating they could be summoned with sufficient crystals. This is supported by Little Ala Mhigo involving an abandoned scheme by young refugees, who hoped to steal the Amalj'aa's crystal supply to summon Rhalgr to enact vengeance on the Garlean Empire. Later, Nabriales claims that Louisoix had evoked the Twelve without a large sum of crystals through use of the Tupsimati.
Primals are not the original being, but imitations, or what somebody's vision of that being would be given form. Therefore, the Twelve themselves cannot be summoned this way, but a primal in their image can be. As such, Gaius's theory about summoning the Twelve, and the scheme to summon Rhalgr, were somewhat incorrect.
Based on the similar names and imagery used in their backgrounds, Urianger Augurelt speculated that Azem, one of ancient Amaurot's Convocation of Fourteen, could be related to the Twelve's Azeyma and the Xaela deity Azim in some way—though he admitted at this time it was little more than a theory which may never be proven.
While momentarily brought back from death by the Warrior of Light before breaking the spell, Emet-Selch gave the Warrior reason to move forward by pointing out the places they had yet seen and incentive to know more of who the Twelve were.
In "Myths of the Realm", the Warrior, along with G'raha Tia and Deryk, encountered Byregot, Rhalgr, Azeyma, and Nald'thal while investigating the mysterious "Omphalos" of the phantom realm. Claiming to be of true divinity and not mere primals, they warned the explorers that they were intruding upon the realm of the gods, and revealed their intention to replace the now deceased Hydaelyn as Will of the Star. They then challenged the Warrior to gather as as many allies that they could to stop their "ascension" before leaving.
After the Warrior traveled through the Heavens of Lightning and Fire and bested them in combat, the gods revealed their claims of taking over the world were a lie to spur the Warrior into action, and referred to the Warrior and their comrades as their 'children'. They reaffirmed they were not primals, but true divinities. When questioned about the appearance of the Twelve when Louisoix attempted to re-seal Bahamut, Azeyma confirmed this was not the Twelve themselves, but a primal in their collective image, born from the wishes and hopes of the Eorzean people—a feat which Azeyma admired, as mankind's hope was so strong it led to their survival in the Calamity.
When questioned further, the Twelve refused to divulge their exact nature as they were unable to do so at the time, but stated they had "hopes" similar to mortals. They told the Warrior to continue challenging the other gods to face further trials and uncover what they actually were before leaving. To learn more, the Warrior of Light, Deryk, and G'raha Tia visited various locations dedicated to the deities they had encountered in Aglaia. While at Rhalgr's Reach, G'raha Tia and Deryk pondered on if the Twelve they had met still could be primals despite their claims, and wondered if their appearance matching all known imagery of them was due to this. In response, Byregot and Rhalgr appeared before them as a spriggan and a hawk, respectively, to further explain things to make up for their earlier deception. The two deities reaffirmed they were not primals, and that by their own laws could not appear in the mortal realm as their true selves. Despite this, the two deities explained there were times when the boundaries between their own realms and that of men weakened, allowing mankind to catch glimpses of the realms of the gods and their true appearances, this being the reason that mortal life knew the appearance of the deities.
Halone (ハルオーネ, Haruōne?), the Fury, mover of glaciers and goddess of war, commands the element of ice and is tied to the First Astral Moon (first month). She is depicted as a relentless warrior holding a bronze greatshield, and her symbol is three spears. Halone is the patron of the Holy See of Ishgard, and is bitter rivals with Nophica.
Halone Gerbera is a flowering plant said to be beloved of the goddess.
The Gladiator/Paladin has a weaponskill named Rage of Halone, which is the final part of their combo.
Menphina (メネフィナ, Menefina?), the Lover, keeper of the once-twin and now-lone moons and the goddess of love, commands the element of ice and is associated with the First Umbral Moon (second month). She is depicted as a maid carrying a round skillet. Her symbol is the full greater moon. Menphina is the younger sister of Azeyma, and the divine lover of Oschon.
The mark of Menphina is located near the Steel Vigil in Coerthas Central Highlands. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in one of the stone stacks at Gwyr-Aen in Coerthas.
Dalamud was often referred to as "Menphina's Loyal Hound" prior to its fall; during the advent of the Seventh Umbral Era, this often changed to less flattering things like "Menphina's Bastard Hound".
The Keeper of the Moon Miqo'te traditionally worship Menphina.
Thaliak, the Scholar, ruler of rivers and wisdom and god of knowledge, commands the element of water and is tied to the Second Astral Moon (third month). He is depicted as a reserved scholar holding an ashen staff, and his symbol is the scroll. Thaliak is the patron of Sharlayan, Byregot's teacher, and father of Llymlaen.
Nymeia, the Spinner, the watcher of celestial bodies and goddess of fate, commands the element of water and is associated with the Second Umbral Moon (fourth month). She is depicted as a weaver donning a white, silken veil. Her symbol is the spinning wheel. She is the younger sister of Althyk, and the master of Rhalgr.
Llymlaen, the Navigator, watcher of the seas and goddess of navigation, commands the element of wind and is tied to the Third Astral Moon (fifth month). She is depicted as a strong fisherwoman holding a long-bladed harpoon, and her symbol is the wave. Llymlaen is the daughter of Thaliak and the elder sister of Nophica. Llymlaen is also the patron of Limsa Lominsa.
Oschon, the Wanderer, ruler of the mountains and god of vagrants, commands the element of wind and is associated with the Third Umbral Moon (sixth month). He is depicted as a carefree ranger wielding a bow of yew. His symbol is the walking stick. Oschon is the brother of Nald'thal, a close companion of Halone, and the divine lover of Menphina. He is the patron of the ancient city of Nym and the Miners' Guild.
Byregot, the Builder, is a god of the arts who commands the element of lightning and is tied to the Fourth Astral Moon (seventh month). A purveyor of architecture and industry, he is depicted as an ardent smith holding a two-headed hammer, and his symbol is the hand. Byregot is the son of Rhalgr and the elder brother of Halone. Byregot is also Thaliak's pupil.
Rhalgr, the Destroyer, breaker of worlds and god of destruction, commands the element of lightning and is tied to the Fourth Umbral Moon (eighth month). He is depicted as a magus carrying a bronze staff, and his symbol is the streaking meteor. Father of both Byregot and Halone, he is the attendant to Nymeia, and guardian deity of Ala Mhigo.
Azeyma, the Warden, keeper of the sun and goddess of inquiry, commands the element of fire and is tied to the Fifth Astral Moon (ninth month). She is depicted as a noble lady holding a golden fan, and her symbol is the radiant sun. She is the mother of Nophica, the elder sister of Menphina, and the daughter of Althyk.
Nald'thal, the Traders, actually the single manifestation of twin deities: Nald, keeper of the living, and Thal, keeper of the dead. Gods of commerce, they are together an overseer of transactions and the underworld with power over the element of fire and ties to the Fifth Umbral Moon (tenth month). Nald'thal is depicted as a discerning merchant holding a balance while symbolized by the the cowry, an ancient shell currency. Oschon is Nald'thal's brother.
Nophica (ノフィカ, Nofika?), the Matron, tender of soils and harvests and goddess of abundance, commands the element of earth and is tied to the Sixth Astral Moon (eleventh month). She is depicted as a jubilant farmer holding a steel scythe, and her symbol is the spring leaf. Daughter of Azeyma, Nophica is the younger sister of Llymlaen, and the bitter rival of Halone. Nophica is also the patron of Gridania.
The mark of Nophica is located above the entrance to Stillglade Fane at Old Gridania. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found on the Skyserpent's Egg at Nophica's Altar, leading to Stillglade Fane. The Mark of the Matron is the stone Papalymo and Yda are praying to in the End of an Era cutscene.
Nophica's Wells in Western Thanalan was so named because it was once an oasis. The water here has since dried up during the climate changes in the Seventh Umbral Era.
The removed Botanist ability Nophica's Ward increased the drop rate of earth shards, earth crystals, or earth clusters while gathering, and the removed action Nophica's Counsel increased the chance of obtaining an HQ item on the next gathering attempt.
Matron's Mistletoe is a parasitic plant named for Nophica that appears to embrace the trees upon which it grows. It's an ingredient in Hi-Potion and Hi-Ether.
The Conjurer actions "Shroud of Saints" and "Sacred Prism" are called "Goddess' Protection" and "Goddess' Compassion" in the Japanese version. The development team has confirmed that this references Nophica, whose altar is outside the Conjurer's Guild.
One hymn is known to honor Nophica. This hymn is a favorite among farmers and harvesters in Gridania. The lyrics are:
- Sun's sweet smile and wind's cool breath,
- Both of these I send thee,
- To ripe thy fruit and spread thy seed,
- And nourish those that tend thee.
Althyk (アルジク, Arujiku?), the Keeper, the surveyor of change and god of space and time, commands the element of earth and is associated with the Sixth Umbral Moon (twelfth month). He is depicted as an austere emperor wielding a mythril greataxe. His symbol is the hourglass. He is the father of Azeyma and Menphina, and elder brother to Nymeia.
The mark of Althyk is located at South Shroud, near Amdapor Keep. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in a stone formation near Lynxpelt Patch, The Black Shroud.
Althyk's Lavender is a fragrant variety of lavender rarely found in the arid lowland regions of Thanalan. Due to its rarity, it is prized as an offering at funerals held at the Church of Saint Adama Landama.
Louisoix conjured the power of Althyk during the final battle with Bahamut to deliver the adventurers to a safer place.
Each elemental pairing of the Twelve is tied to one of the six constellations of Hydaelyn's night sky. The cards of the Astrologian's divining deck, except for the Lord and Lady of Crowns, represent the six constellations. The symbols of The Twelve can also be seen on the cards.
|The Bole||Earth||Nophica & Althyk||The Trunk of the World Tree, planted by Nophica and nurtured by Althyk. The source from which all life is said to have sprung.|
|The Balance||Fire||Azeyma & Nald'thal||A representation of prosperity brought about by Nald'thal, carrying scales that are kept in equilibrium by Azeyma.|
|The Spire||Lightning||Byregot & Rhalgr||A great iron tower of spinning gears and taut springs constructed by Byregot. Constantly under attack by Rhalgr, but his levin bolts only serve to power the tower.|
|The Arrow||Wind||Llymlaen and Oschon||An archer drawing back an arrow created atop a lofty peak by Oschon, who was guided by Llymlaen.|
|The Ewer||Water||Thaliak and Nymeia||The vessel of Thaliak, from which pours forth a mighty river that contains all knowledge held in the past, present, and future, and contains the aether spun from the loom of Nymeia.|
|The Spear||Ice||Halone and Menphina||The spear-wielding Halone, whose domain was carved from the frozen moonbeams of Menphina.|
After creating a character and choosing a birth date, players must align to one of the twelve deities. Originally, this slightly raised the character's elemental resistances based on the element of the chosen deity. As of Patch 4.2, elemental resistance stats were removed, leaving this decision with no in game effect.
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