The voidsent are beings in Final Fantasy XIV. They are creatures grown twisted in mind and body due to being deprived of ambient aether needed for survival. Consumed in primordial darkness, the voidsent are the distorted aether-starved remainders within the realm deprived of life energy who seek to feed on the aether of other realms. Voidsent exist due the excess of dark aether shattering the aetheric harmony of living creatures, altering their natural forms and turning them into monstrosities where their excesses and desires are enhanced to uncontrollable levels.
The Thirteenth shard of the Source came into being when Hydaelyn used her power to fragment her antithetical dark twin counterpart, Zodiark, into thirteen pieces. As part of their plan to resurrect Zodiark, the Ascians attempted to rejoin the thirteenth reflection to the Source under Igeyorhm's overseership. Her victory over the world's inexperienced Bringer of Light inadvertently triggered a "Flood of Darkness" that turned the realm into the void. Any residents that remained would become the first voidsent. The Ascians deemed the realm unsalvageable while realizing the event caused an imbalance in the other shards, with the First now on the verge of a Flood of Light. Two of the surviving members of the Thirteenth, Unukalhai and Cylva, were saved by the Ascians and became their agents in their schemes.
The people of the Source, unaware of the dark realm's nature, still recognized its power. They developed methods of creating artificial rents to summon voidsent into their world by creating temporary gateways in the veil between their realms and binding the beings into service with precarious bloodpacts. Voidsent were summoned either through the opening of a floodgate requiring massive amounts of aether to maintain, or a small hole through which the essence or soul of a voidsent passed through to possess a vessel provided by a summoner, requiring a yet stronger vessel to contain a stronger voidsent soul.
In the Third Astral Era, Emperor Xande of the Allagan Empire sought to enter a covenant with the Supreme Voidsent, the Cloud of Darkness, to utilize her power to conquer the world. Years later, the mages of the Fifth Astral Era Mhach would follow suit and summoned voidsent into Eorzea not only to fight their wars, but to power their creations, an endeavor that ended with disastrous results. Since that disaster, summoning from the void had fallen out of fashion, having been deemed both dangerous and harmful to the world's aetherial balance. Separate groups of cultists continue the deadly summoning practice and archived their achievements in finding immortality within forbidden tomes, such as the Necrologus.
The Warrior of Light encounters Unukalhai and Cylva during their adventures, the two deciding to live on the First to help in its restoration while finding a way to restore the Thirteenth. The Scions of the Seventh Dawn also learn that the voidsent are similar to the sin eaters (monsters that plague the First that came into existence due to the Flood of Light) and those mutated from overexposure to a primal's enthrallment in the circumstances that mutated them in the first place.
The voidal hierarchy
Eorzean Scholars of the Void categorized the voidsent into one of twelve rungs representing relative strength and intelligence. The lower the number of rung, the more formidable the voidsent is in relation to others. The ranks have no bearing on a creature's actual standing within the void, and merely help Eorzeans better understand the voidsent.
- Arch Demon
- Soul Flayer
- Page 64
- Void Monk
- Ferdiad’s Fool
- Chimera Poppet
- Cloud of Darkness
- Diabolos Hollow
- Ferdiad Hollow
- Deathgaze Hollow
- Demon of the Tome
- Muud Suud
Behind the scenes
The voidsent resemble other dark creatures of human origin in the series and related games, such as the Cie'th (Fabula Nova Crystallis), the daemons (Final Fantasy XV), or the Heartless (Kingdom Hearts). During the collaboration between Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XV, Noctis and Y'jhimei notice this similarity.