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Ser Zephirin

Ser Zephirin de Valhourdin is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. He is the Very Reverend Archimandrite of the of Heavens' Ward, and a former commander of the Temple Knights.

History[]

Early life[]

Desiring to follow in his father's footsteps, Zephirin entered the Temple Knights' grand tourney at the age of fifteen, and his victory was met with thunderous applause. To compensate for his diminutive stature, he wields a massive greatsword—the traditional weapon of dark knights. Though there is a stigma associated with these weapons, Ser Zephirin the Just is not one to be swayed by such concerns.

He was the favored candidate for the position of Lord Commander of the Temple Knights, but the title was bequeathed to Ser Aymeric. Deeming a man of his integrity and skill a worthy addition to the Heavens' Ward, Ser Vellguine extended an invitation to Ser Zephirin, who accepted.[1][2]

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

Following the trial by combat in the wake of Alphinaud and Tataru's trial, the Warrior of Light is brought before Thordan VII, who calls upon Ser Zephirin to apologize on behalf of his knights. Ser Zephirin offers his apologies for their "gross mistreatment" at the hand of Ser Grinnaux, proclaiming that he is often eager in his duty to Ishgard in routing out heresy.

Following the fight through the Vault, Ser Zephirin attempts to kill the Warrior of Light with a javelin of pure light. It is blocked by Haurchefant Greystone, who takes the killing blow to protect his friend. Ser Zephirin leaves with Thordan VII and his fellow Heavens' Ward to venture to Azys Lla.

Ser Zephirin, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, join Thordan VII in the Singularity Reactor after the Warrior of Light defeats Lahabrea and Igeyorhm. The knights transform into the Knights of the Round and assist King Thordan. Upon their defeat, Zephirin succumbs to a swell of light that ends the fallen knights.

Characteristics[]

Appearance[]

Zephirin is a Wildwood Elezen with blond hair and green eyes. He wears Ward Knight's attire, a form of pure white Adamantite armor with dark blue trimmings and bears his order's crest. Zephirin's armor has a golden tint to its decorative plating, as opposed to the silver plating of his fellow knights. In battle he wields the greatsword Shattered Heart, a white blade with gold and blue accents.

Personality[]

Ser Zephirin is a man of deep conviction, trusting those in power to do what is right. He leads the Heavens' Ward with resilience and courage. Though he may privately question the path the Ward must take alongside Thordan VII, he believes that the answer to the Dragonsong War will only come from fulfilling their duty and remaining steadfast in their decisions. He is a formidable fighter, wielding a greatsword much larger than he is, and using magic by vaulting spears of light.

Gameplay[]

Ser Zephirin is fought as one of King Thordan's knights in The Singularity Reactor The Singularity Reactor.

In Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Ser Zephirin is fought once more as a simulacrum of memory, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, in the Dark Knight level 70 duty Our Compromise Our Compromise.

Behind the scenes[]

Zephirin is voiced by Yasuaki Takumi in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. He is voiced by Nicholas Boulton in the English version, who also voices Raubahn Aldynn.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopædia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy XIV, pag. 154
  2. Andrew "Fusionx" Copeland (April 8, 2016). The Lore Train – Duty Commenced Heavens' Ward and Temple Knights Lore Lowdown. Gamerescape. Archived from the original on 22 May, 2021.