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Viera is a race from Final Fantasy XIV.

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The Viera are a race of people commonly found in Southern Othard. While the majority of their population resides closed-off from the rest of the world in the Golmore Jungle, in recent times more and more of them decide to leave the safety of the forest to explore the world. As such, it is estimated that the Kingdom of Dalmasca is comprised of around 5% of Viera.

The Viera living in Golmore Jungle live under a strict code, the "Green Word", that forbid them from interacting with the outside world unless strictly necessary. Those who leave to discover the world are forever banished, never to return.

Like the Keepers of the Moon, the Viera are a matriarchal society ruled by and mostly comprised of women. The rare men, however, are still held in high regard as Wood-warder, defenders of the jungle. They still remain deeply solitary, except when they decide to take a ward, always a male, to train.

It is estimated that around 80% of Viera are born female. Their physiology; however, only begin to differentiate at around the age of 13 and their puberty. It is at around that age that the male Viera will be taken under the wings of an older male to train in the ways of the Wood-warders.

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FFXIV viera concept art

Concept art showing female and male viera from Heavensward.

The viera was considered as the new race to be included in the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion. While at first fans were apprehensive at the possibility of it being a female-only race, the development team revealed that they had already drawn up concepts for male viera. They also showed concepts of a younger variation similar to the feol Viera. However, the idea was discarded in favor of the Au Ra.[1]

In the Fan Festival held in November 2018 Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and the translator and English localization lead Michael-Christopher Koji Fox joked throughout the keynote about Yoshida's shirt, which featured Bugs Bunny on a motorcycle. The camera zoomed in on it just after announcing an "unknown new playable race." Yoshida also hinted that the final chapter in the Return to Ivalice raid would feature a huge hint.[2]

The viera were officially confirmed as a playable race for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers at the 2019 Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Paris on February 2, 2019. However only female viera were shown, leaving many to speculate that males might follow. This speculation has proven to be false; instead, an all-male race known as the Hrothgar was inserted to complement the Viera. The rationale given was exactly the same as for Final Fantasy XII: that males were too reclusive and aggressive.

Preliminary fan response to the changes announced has been mixed to negative, with reports of backlash on social media and official discussion forums.[3]

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EtymologyEdit

Viera is a word in Slovakian language meaning "faith." It also appears in other Slavic languages with small changes in spelling or pronunciation. It is often used as a feminine name.

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