Valens van Varro is a Final Fantasy XIV character introduced in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers as the antagonist of the "Sorrow of Werlyt" side quests.

Profile[edit | edit source]

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Valens van Varo has fair skin, green eyes, brown hair, and the third eye typically found in pure-blooded Garleans. As a Legatus to one of the Garlemald's Legions, Valens wears a purple suit of armor similar to Regula van Hydrus.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Valens is among the most ruthless and sadistic Garleans in his disdain towards the other races, believing his people superior and all others to be savages. This prejudice manifests in his methods of abuse and the torture of his subordinates, both physically and psychologically, along with seeing those of non-Garlean birth as disposable test subjects. His sadism borders into mania in how he treats his subordinates, almost acting giddy when "punishing" them. In addition, Valens has no qualms about going back on promises he made, especially when they are of not of Garlean blood. Even some of those in the empire's service find his cruelty unnerving.

Like most Garlean officers, Valens responds poorly to setbacks and bad news, lashing out on his subordinates. Valens regularly beats his wards, such as Allie and Alfonse, to vent such frustrations. Nonetheless, Valens remains determined to accomplish his goals, ready to sacrifice whatever he must for them.

Valens's hatred for Gaius Baelsar is his prime motivation in creating the Weapons. He resents and is jealous of Gaius, not only for his skill and leadership, but is bitter about Gaius becoming the Legatus of the XIVth Imperial Legion over him. Valens opposes everything Gaius stands for, including respecting those who serve the empire based on merit and loyalty, rather than on race or origin. As such, he is adamant in his belief that pure-blooded Garleans are superior to all others.

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Early life[edit | edit source]

Valens rose up the ranks of the Garlean military before losing the right to lead the XIVth Imperial Legion to Gaius van Baelsar and ended up as an assistant to Nero tol Scaeva, who was considered a more gifted engineer than Valens himself. Following Gaius's assumed death, Valens gained the opportunity to lead the VIIth Imperial Legion and was commissioned by Varis zos Galvus to create the Weapons, using the orphans Gaius had taken under his wing as test subjects to use and dispose of as he pleased. Following the death of Emperor Varis, some noted Valens's greed for power has only grown.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[edit | edit source]

The Eorzean Alliance learns of Valens's actions when the VIIth Legion deploys the Ruby Weapon, which hosts data on Nael van Darnus, at the cost of one of the orphaned soldiers. Gaius joins the search for the remaining Weapons, and with the Garlond Ironworks' assistance, the Warrior of Light tracks down and destroys the Sapphire Weapon off the coast of Terncliff in Ilsabard. This was a distraction so that the remaining Weapons could be transferred elsewhere. Valens orders the orphan ward Alfonse to prepare his fellow orphan, Allie, to pilot the Diamond Weapon as it is near completion.

Following the defeat of the Emerald Weapon at Castrum Marinum, an Echo flashback reveals that Alfonse and his fellow orphaned ward, Rex, deliberately left Allie behind at the Castrum to be discovered by the Eorzean Alliance. Alfonse is using the Diamond Weapon to liberate Werlyt and put an end to Valens's work. Valens, unaware of this, tortures Alfonse for losing Allie by coercing several young children under his own ward to "burn out the bad" from Alfonse with their torches. Having previously intended to use Allie as the pilot for the Diamond Weapon, Valens gives the position to Alfonse along with the threat of mass genocide should he escape or refuse to kill Gaius.

Valens oversees the Diamond Weapon's Oversoul experiment on an Imperial test subject, who agreed to take part in exchange for Valens's assurance that his family would be spared. The test subject is transformed using Valens's Oversoul technology into a copy of Zenos yae Galvus, but Valens deems Zenos's inherent bloodlust makes for an unsuitable core for Diamond Weapon, wanting an obedient servant, not a ravenous beast. Valens terminates the experiment and gleefully announces the deceased subject's family will be used in the next round of experiments, mocking the dead man for having trusted him.

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Musical themes[edit | edit source]

Unlike most high-ranking Garleans, Valens's appearances are not accompanied by "Imperial Will"; instead, "Tears for Mor Dhona" plays during cutscenes featuring him.

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