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Mark well our faces, Warrior of Light, for we are the Warriors of Darkness. Walkers of a different path. And we shall meet again.

Hyuran Warrior of Darkness

The Warriors of Darkness are a group of five antagonists from Final Fantasy XIV, residents of The First who share the physical appearances of the adventurers in the game's cinematic cutscenes with their gear dyed black. The Hume Ardbert, a counterpart of the Warrior of Light, acts as the group's leader and representative, appearing alongside Elidibus in several scenes.

In the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers expansion, the Warrior of Light is forced to take up the mantle to restore balance to The First. The bodies of the Warriors of Darkness have since then become Cardinal Virtues, powerful Sin Eaters who roam the land of Norvrandt and subconsciously driven by old desires. Their appearances are relatively the same, with the exception of their skin being a plaster-like white, black and red eyes and a ghastly white glow around their bodies.

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Members

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  • Ardbert: A male Hume Warrior who leads the group. He survived the Flood of Light as a spirit, wandering the wilderness until sending the Warrior of Light's presence on The First. Uses the pseudonym "Arbert" in Eorzea.
  • Branden: Known as the Knight of Darkness, he is a male Galdjent Paladin who sacrifices himself to help Minfilia cease the Flood of Light. Uses the pseudonym "Blanhaerz" in Eorzea.
  • Renda-Rae: Known as the Ranger of Darkness, she is a Mystel Bard who poisoned Alisaie Leveilleur during their initial confrontation and later sacrifices herself to help Minfilia cease the Flood of Light. Uses the pseudonym "J'rhoomale" in Eorzea.
  • Nyelbert: Known as the Magus of Darkness, he is a male Elf Black Mage who sacrifices himself to help Minfilia cease the Flood of Light. Uses the pseudonym "Naillebert" in Eorzea.
  • Lamitt: Known as the Devout of Darkness, she is a Dwarf White Mage who sacrifices herself to help Minfilia cease the Flood of Light. Uses the pseudonym "Lamimi" in Eorzea.

Story

FFXIV Warriors Of Darkness In Game

The Warriors of Darkness.

Originally from The First, the Warriors of Darkness were adventurers who became their realm's Warriors of Light and fought the Ascians. They unknowingly played into the Ascians' hands and ended up dooming their world to be consumed in a Flood of Light. Renouncing their physical forms and assuming that Hydaelyn forsook them, the Warriors of Darkness allied with the Ascians in the hope that they could restore their world.

In response to the Warrior of Light's actions destroying Nabriales, Igeyorhm and Lahabrea, Elidibus summons the Warriors of Darkness as a counterbalance by having them terrorize the Beastmen tribes so they can summon stronger primals. The Warriors make themselves known in the Smoldering Wastes at Lost ast Gnath, defeating Ravana before attacking the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. The group's leader, Ardbert, is about to attack the Warrior of Light when Thancred Waters intervenes, forcing the Warriors of Darkness to fall back.

In the aftermath of the Dragonsong War's conclusion, Warriors of Darkness retrieved the Eyes of Nidhogg from the ravine beneath the Steps of Faith for Elidibus, who later gifted them to Ilberd Feare hoping his actions could produce a Calamity.

When the Warrior of Light intervenes in the summoning of Garuda at Xelphatol, his group is accompanied by a disguised Urianger Augurelt. Ardbert reveals his origins to the hero and Alphinaud Leveilleur before they take their leave. Urianger Augurelt later tells Ardbert that the "man in white" wishes him and his group to focus on killing the Warrior of Light. The Warriors of Darkness wait for the Warrior of Light's arrival while terrorizing the Amalj'aa, the group fighting the Scions before restraining them.

Urianger comes to the Scions' aid as the Warrior of Light and Alisaie Leveilleur use an aetherial blade to defeat their enemies. When the Warriors of Darkness refuse to surrender and reveal their old Crystals of Light, the Warrior of Light acts at Urianger's behest, using the water crystal to bring them to Hydaelyn's realm. Though Ardbert initially attempts to strike down Minfilia when Hydaelyn offers her to The First, he ultimately accepts Hydaelyn's offer. Returning to their world as the Flood of Light is about to consume Norvrandt, the Warriors of Darkness save Ardbert sacrifice themselves to give Minfilia the power to still the flood.

A century later, due to the time-difference between the two realities (time passes faster in The First), Ardbert is reunited with the Warrior of Light who is the only one who can see him. During the final battle against Emet-Selch, revealed to be the Warrior's First Star counterpart, Ardbert merges with the Warrior of Light to help them stabilize the light they amassed from defeating the sin eaters.

In the final job quest of the Dark Knight class, "Our Compromise," Myste creates simulacrums of the Warriors of Darkness alongside the Heavens' Ward from the Warrior of Light's darkest memories to fight them and Fray. Digging deeper into the Warrior's memories, the last two he summons are Ardbert and Ser Zephirin. In the end, they are destroyed.

As shown in the Role Quests in Shadowbringers, the corpses of Ardbert's companions were possessed by the corrupting light, becoming feared as exceptionally powerful Sin Eaters known as Cardinal Virtues and haunting the land of Norvrandt, often driven by instinct and repeating actions that initially drove their innermost desires in their past life. The Warrior of Darkness can join forces with sinners to hunt down the Virtues and give them rest.

Gameplay

The Warriors of Darkness are fought during the quest "One Life for One World" in a solo instance duty. They revive themselves using the Echo, and as such can only be defeated by charging up Alisaie's aetheric blade enough to strike them down before the Magus of Darkness can finish them off with powerful magic.

In Shadowbringers, each of the Warriors is made temporarily playable at some point in each of the corresponding Role Quests through Echo visions before having a final battle with their Virtue counterparts at the end. At least one questline is required to continue the Main Quest Scenario, as completion bequeaths their broken Crystal, needed to continue while also unlocking the weathered relic gear sets for jobs that have reached Lv. 80.

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Trivia

  • The job titles for Ardbert's companions are from the jobs in Final Fantasy III: the Devout of Darkness is named after the Devout, the Magus of Darkness is named after the Magus, the Ranger of Darkness is named after the Ranger, and the Knight of Darkness is named after the Knight. However, due to Knight being used as the Japanese name for the Paladin job in Final Fantasy XIV, Brynden's job title in Japanese is instead Magic Swordsman (魔剣士, Makenshi?), being named after the Dark Knight job in Final Fantasy III. The NES version of Final Fantasy III had the Magic Swordsman job act very similarly to a Knight or Paladin; it had low-level White Magic as its special ability. The job would instead be recognizable as a Dark Knight—with the Souleater ability—in the 3D version.
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