Varis zos Galvus is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV. During the events of A Realm Reborn he becomes the new emperor of the Garlean Empire, succeeding his grandfather Solus zos Galvus. Before his ascension, he was Varis yae Galvus, a High Legatus.
He has one known son, Zenos yae Galvus.
Varis is a large Garlean man with beige skin and platinum hair. His face is gaunt and he has pale yellow eyes. Like Cid nan Garlond and Nero tol Scaeva, he bears the signature "third eye" of Garleans with a circlet worn over and outlining it. He wears a massive suit of dark armor with a red cape, similar to his late grandfather's promotional artwork.
The emperor of Garlemald is militant, cold, and stoic, yet determined and charismatic. Varis believes his actions are just as he is willing to kill all beastmen to remove primals from the realm. He follows a "needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" creed, stating that the condition of Eorzea and its people are of little consequence to the fate of the entire world in the quest to remove or bind eikons.
Varis has little to no love for his family, spitting on the coffin of his uncle after ousting him from the throne. He recognizes his son Zenos for the monster he was and does not mourn his supposed death.
Varis has come to resent his grandfather, Emperor Solus and founder of the Garlean Empire, after learning that he was an Ascian. His resentment is inflamed when he learns that Solus's failure to name a successor and plunging the empire into a civil war was by his own design.
Unlike the previous emperor, Varis has no desire to rule over Eorzea or other continents, and only wishes to destroy the eikons that threaten them. He is willing to ally with his grandfather's enemies to accomplish it. He ultimately believes that man should be the master of his own destiny, despising the Ascians and their penchant for controlling others. He aims to restore the world to what it originally was, freeing the people of their differences to unite them.
During the negotiations with the Eorzean Alliance and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Varis reveals his true goals are more closely aligned with the Ascians, wishing to rejoin the worlds, to restore mankind as one true perfect race, ridding the differences that make up the myriad races of the world. He believes these differences are what cause feelings to distrust and hate to sprout. Varis beseeches the leaders of Eorzea to join him and his empire to accomplish this goal, regardless of the cost it may have on the other reflections of the Source. Once again, he believes this inconsequential to the greater goal.
Despite his stoic and cold personality, Varis is cunning and manipulative, as he twists the words of the Eorzean Alliance leaders and uses their nations' own histories to sow seeds of doubt.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit
Varis zos Galvus is revealed as the new emperor of Garlemald during a meeting of the Eorzean Alliance, having settled the succession crisis following the death of Solus zos Galvus. He had been contesting the throne with his uncle, the eldest son of Solus. Being a High Legatus and therefore with military prowess, Varis ousted his rival and crowned himself emperor. Since he was opposed to Project Meteor, the Alliance leaders worry about another Garlean invasion into Eorzea under the new emperor.
During the Main Scenario quests added in "Dreams of Ice," it is revealed Varis had planted a mole in the Eorzean Alliance back when the Grand Companies were reinstated, known as "the Ivy." The spy is Flame Marshal Eline Roaille, the second-in-command of the Immortal Flames. Uncovering the Ivy's spy network reveals she had been a double agent for other parties, such as Ul'dahn Monetarists and Ishgardian heretics.
Varis along with his favored Legatus, Regula van Hydrus of the VIth Imperial Legion, interrogate the Zundu Vanu Vanu of Ok'Gundu in the Sea of Clouds while pursuing Archbishop Thordan VII. Varis acknowledges the Warrior of Light's reputation as a "nuisance," and claims to be seeking a means to stop the primals, albeit with different means as he is willing to kill the Zundu though they had no role in Bismarck's summoning. Lucia goe Junius intervenes with her magitek armor and Varis leaves on his dreadnaught, the Gration, promising the Warrior of Light that they will meet again.
After the defeat of the Garlean forces in Ala Mhigo, Varis remarks "it's over" as Elidibus appears behind him. When the Ascian offers his condolences regarding the death of his son, Varis brushes him off, saying that Zenos was never fit for the throne. He adds that there's no place for "shadowless charlatans" teaching savages to summon their false gods. Elidibus assures he won't stop Varis from pursuing the Black Ascians, though Varis remains skeptical of what mortal life will mean after the final Rejoining. Evading his query, the white Ascian unmasks himself and his appearance shocks and outrages Varis.
Varis decides to broker peace with Doma, sending Asahi sas Brutus of the Populares faction as ambassador to speak with his voice, offering a prisoner exchange as a sign of goodwill. Unbeknown to him, his newly revived son Zenos and Asahi conspire against him and the treaty nearly fails. With the Warrior of Light's success and Asahi's carelessness the conditions remain valid with the exchange going through. Varis confronts Zenos on the matter, but the latter assures that everything that's happened is according to plan, stating that it's for the fate of the world.
Later, "Zenos" brings word that the Populares have been dealt with and instructs Varis to bring down the might of the empire upon Ala Mhigo. Varis remains in doubt and hesitates to act. Elidibus had taken over Zenos's body for both his physical prowess and to better sow the seeds of chaos within the empire, and warns Varis that he cannot hesitate for much longer as their enemies shore up their defenses. Another figure appears, revealing himself as Solus zos Galvus in his prime. He chastises Varis for his indecisiveness, reminding him that the empire was created by the Ascians for causing discord, conquest serving as a way to spurn chaos, all to preserve the state of the world. Varis, furious with the former emperor, shoots him, retorting that man is the master of his own destiny. Another Solus appears, scoffing at his proclamation before walking away, reminding him that he's merely doing his duty, as should he.