Oh...it's going to be a long night.

Tsukuyomi

Tsukuyomi is a primal from Final Fantasy XIV introduced in the 4.3 patch for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood: Under the Moonlight. She is fought in Castrum Fluminis.

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Tsukuyomi is a young woman resembling her human self, Yotsuyu goe Brutus. The skin of the left half of her body is pale white, while her other half is pitch black. She has glowing blue eyes and rabbit ears.

She wears a traditional Japanese kimono. She wields a fan in her left hand, and a pipe in the other. A magical crescent floats behind her.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Tsukuyomi shares the same minds and personality with her human self.

Story[edit | edit source]

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The primal Tsukuyomi is brought into being as a manifestation of Yotsuyu's desire to rule over Doma, after the former viceroy regains her memories through the machinations of her brother Asahi. As Tsuyu (her identity during her amnesia), Asahi gave her a mirror under the pretense of trying to jog her memory, actually a relic stolen from the Red Kojin by Zenos yae Galvus that was host to the kami Tsukuyomi.

After regaining her memory and rejoining the Garlean Empire, Yotsuyu used the mirror in conjunction with a hoard of crystals brought in by Asahi to become host to the kami (not unlike Ysayle and Shiva), transforming into the primal Tsukuyomi during the prisoner exchange meeting in Castrum Fluminis. This was part of Zenos's plan; by having a primal be summoned on Doman soil inside Castrum Fluminis, even if said eikon would be easily dispatched, he could use the event to reduce support in the Populares (a pacifist Garlean group), and potentially rid the Empire of some of its enemies in the process. The Warrior of Light is forced to fight Tsukuyomi to prevent her from once again conquering (and probably destroying) Doma.

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During the fight, Tsukuyomi momentarily reverts to Yotsuyu, and to fuel the primal with her suffering she summons ghosts of her abusive family, foot soldiers from both Doma and Garlemald, as well as Asahi. She finally summons an apparition of Zenos himself, but is guarded from him by a specter of Gosetsu Daito, hinting at her guilt over the kindness given to her by the samurai.

When the primal is slain Yotsuyu, heavily injured and with white hair, falls to the ground defeated.

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

Her battle theme consists of three parts. The first phase is called "Nightbloom", featuring a remix of the iconic Stormblood track "Revolutions". Starting up with powerful wind instrumentals and leading up to melancholic string and piano portions, it almost alludes a twist in the intertwined nature of Tsukuyomi's host about committed atrocities compared to a tragic past. "Lunacy" accompanies the second phase, using loops of piano and chords in a medium-paced, more resolved melody.

"Wayward Daughter" plays as the third and final phase unfolds. It features mixed female and male chorus singing English and Japanese lyrics to a more rock opera-like hymn; the melody of the male chorus in particular is that of Cyan's Theme.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Tsukuyomi is one of the five primals who have been summoned into a certain individual or structure as their host. The others are Shiva, Phoenix, King Thordan, and Alexander.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Tsukuyomi or Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto (月読命) is the moon god in Shinto and Japanese mythology. The moon was considered a male deity, brother and consort of the sun goddess Amaterasu. The kanji for Tsukuyomi mean "moon" and "read".

Tsukuyomi in Final Fantasy XIV likely draws inspiration from Lady Kaguya, the princess of the moon from the famous Japanese story of the bamboo cutter, and has bunny-like ears alluding to the folklore of rabbits on the moon, effectively making the character three figures of Japanese legend at once.

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