Xeven Svanaschis a non-player character from Final Fantasy XIV. He is part of the newly formed Gunnhildr's Blades, and fights with the Bozjan Resistance during the Save the Queen questline in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers expansion.
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Personality[edit | edit source]
Xeven presence on the battlefield akin to a vengeful god, inspiring awe and terror in equal measure. He does not fear death. He tempts it─welcomes it, even. Such fatalism stems from a prophecy pronounced upon him by a seer of unknown origin, whom he chanced across in the ruined halls of Dalmasca. Though the words spoken were foreign to his ear, Xeven was nevertheless able to divine their meaning: when the fires of revolution stained the skies of Bozja, his doom would be at hand.
Story[edit | edit source]
Xeven had traveled with his father to Gridania, desperate to find a cure to the wasting disease which afflicted his mother. Their efforts, however, were to be in vain─the illness took her life even as they sought the means to her salvation. Knowing only that his mother’s ailment began with the Empire’s occupation of Bozja, the young Xeven’s grief soon grew into a wrathful hunger for vengeance against those he held responsible for her passing.
He considered the magecraft he had witnessed in his travels, and swore to take that knowledge back with him to Bozja. He would make his own study of the world’s magicks, and bring those powers to bear against the imperial invaders. Yet although Xeven succeeded in creating a unique school of spellweaving, he refrained from sharing this expertise with others. He simply could not risk his wisdom─focused as it was on dealing destruction─becoming the catalyst for misery in the hands of an unscrupulous practitioner. Xeven discovers a prophecy pronounced about him in the ruined corridors of Dalmasca. Although the words spoken are strange, Xeven interpreted what his death would be when a revolution happened in Bozja.
When the Bozjan Resistance forces were overcome at Volod's outpost in western shores of Igalj Kelo, Bajsaljen ordered a full retreat dispatching his three most trusted lieutenants to cover those in flight. Xeven, Stanik and Isolde succeeded in uniting with the surviving troops, but were ambushed on their return by Albeleo and his regiment, who sought to take advantage of the situation by picking off the Bozjans in their weakened state. The three fought bravely, expertly employing the rocks, the trees─even the corpses of their ill-fated countrymen as a defensive wall against their foe. In the end, however, the Garleans' sheer firepower proved too much to overcome. Knowing they faced total eradication otherwise, Stanik and Xeven entrusted their wounded men to Isolde, then engaged in a diversionary attack, which succeeded in confusing the imperials, and thus buying much-needed time for her escape. Stanik and Xeven were alone and entirely at the mercy of their enemy until dawn when they were saved by Isolde who brought reinforcements.
Believing that the day of prophecy has finally come, Xeven fought alongside other Gunnhildr’s Blades members in Bozjan Southern Front and participates in Battle of Castrum Lacus Litore. Before they can celebrate their capture of the Castrum, Misija appears with captive Mikoto. Holding the scholar hostage, she forces the Warrior of Light to use their Echo to delve into the memories held within the relic Save the Queen. As Bajsaljen prepares the Blades to surprise her, Misija summons the primal Gunnhildr and commands to temper the Gunnhildr’s Blades on the location, including Xeven. The Gunnhildr’s Blades followed Misija's commands and killed their own Bozjan Resistance comrades. Eventually Save the Queen's aether distorts the bodies of Stanik, Isolde and Xeven and merged them into a single abominable entity that the Warrior of Light defeats in Delubrum Reginae.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Xeven the Vengeful is an allied npc who helps with several Skirmishes in Bozjan Southern Front. Later, he is fought as a boss called Trinity Avowed in Delubrum Reginae.
References[edit | edit source]
- Field Notes, 03. Xeven Svanasch
- Field Notes, 29. Trinity Avowed