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To the one true god. To Zodiark!

Ascians praising their deity.

Zodiark is a deity in Final Fantasy XIV. While never seen and hardly mentioned, Ascians worship him as their one true god. Zodiark opposes the Goddess Hydaelyn, their juxtaposition representing darkness and light.

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Appearance[]

The statue of Zodiark[1] depicts him as a stylized humanoid figure bearing a crown-like adornment and two upside-down wings. Some of his adornments bear a superficial resemblance to parts of the Ivalician Esper of the same name. The symbol that appears across Lahabrea's face while performing magic resembles this statue.

While never confirmed as appearing in person, representations of Zodiark exist. A possible sighting of him is when the Warrior of Light has a vision of a dark crystal.

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It is strongly implied that Zodiark is sealed within the planet's moon with his fragments sealed in the Shards.

In Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, during the final battle with Hades, he wields a crystal staff that bears the likeness of Zodiark depicted in the murals.

Personality[]

Zodiark's personality, goals and motivations are not directly known. Goddess Hydaelyn, through the Word of the Mother, implies that she went to war with her counterpart to prevent the balance from being disrupted, while Emet-Selch reveals that Zodiark was created to restore order to the fraying fabric of reality and immediately tempered his creators. The Amaurotine, Hythlodaeus, likewise, reveals that Zodiark required the consumption of half of the population's souls to enact his function. The Ascians consider Zodiark the world's true caretaker, while those who created Hydaelyn considered Him dangerous enough to shatter the world to seal away. The true disposition of Zodiark has yet to be revealed.

Story[]

Before Final Fantasy XIV[]

Zodiark, embodiment of darkness, will of the planet made manifest, and the original primal, came into being when the Convocation of Fourteen sacrificed half of the population to induct a summoning to avert an impending Calamity that befell their world. The Convocation member with the title of Elidibus made himself the first offering to form Zodiark's core. Though the Calamity was averted, Zodiark enthralled the Convocation who sacrificed another half of their race to restore their lifeless world to habitability. A faction of these remaining Ancients under Venat disapproved of Zodiark's presence along with the Convocation's plans to harvest the lives of the new races that would develop on the planet in the future to resurrect those they had sacrificed.

Elidibus sensed this from within Zodiark and separated himself to resume his duties in the Convocation as a primal to peacefully resolve the conflict between the two groups. However, Venat's faction sacrificed themselves to summon Hydaelyn, a primal who would oppose Zodiark with the power to divide things into weaker reflections. The two primals battled until Hydaelyn's decisive blow divided Zodiark, and with him the original world split into thirteen reflections and the Source. The Ancients, their souls divided, mostly forgot about their original existence, powers and society.

Elidibus and the surviving members of the Convocation of Fourteen—Lahabrea and Emet-Selch—became the first Ascian Paragons. They seek to recruit their fragmented comrades to commence their work to make Zodiark whole again by rejoining the reflections back to the Source while weakening Hydaelyn's influence, whom they consider an usurper. They pay no heed to what happens to the inhabitants of these worlds, considering the peoples of the Source and its reflections but flawed mockeries of the Ancients. They engineer the Umbral Calamities, periods of cataclysmic turmoil known to the history as the Umbral Eras, each one strengthening Zodiark and in turn all souls of the Source. The fall of Dalamud at the end of the Sixth Astral Era marked the seventh Rejoining.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn[]

Gaius: Lahabrea... What have you done?"
Lahabrea: No more than was necessary... for my god to be reborn.
Gaius and Lahabrea.

The Ascians had been manipulating Garlean forces under Gaius van Baelsar to restore an ancient machine, the Ultima Weapon, that would play to their goal of reviving Zodiark. These manipulations include both capturing the primals' essence through Gaius's campaign, and keeping tabs on the Scions of the Seventh Dawn through the possessed Thancred Waters.

A leader of the Ascians, Lahabrea, is thwarted, and the Ultima Weapon is destroyed. The Ascians gather, stating that the primal Bahamut is stirring, heralding another way for them to resurrect their deity. Zodiark's emissary, Elidibus, appears before the Warrior of Light out of curiosity, believing the mysteries around the figure will be revealed in due time.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward[]

To initiate an eighth Rejoining, the Ascians seek to exploit the tensions during the on-going Dragonsong War in the Northlands, culminating with the primal King Thordan attempting to obtain the power of the Warring Triad sealed at Azys Lla.

In their haste the Ascians Igeyorhm and Lahabrea are undone: the former is shattered by the Warrior of Light using White Auracite and one of Nidhogg's eyes, while the latter is slain when King Thordan turns on him and absorbs his aether. These setbacks prompt Elidibus to call forth the Warriors of Darkness to expedite the process by terrorizing the beastmen by killing their primals and thus forcing them to summon stronger protectors. Though the Warriors of Darkness are defeated, Elidibus acquires the eyes of Nidhogg and gives them to the Ala Mhigan extremist known as the Griffin to serve his ends.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers[]

Zodiark fighting Hydaelyn.

During their exploration of Qitana Ravel, the Warrior of Light and the Scions chance upon a set of murals depicting great mythological stories, the most ancient of them several millennia old. Upon viewing a battle where the god of light triumphs over the god of darkness, Y'shtola Rhul and Urianger Augurelt surmise the painting may be linked to Hydaelyn and Zodiark. The Ascian Emet-Selch—who is accompanying the party as an observer—explains these gods did not create the world, but were created by its inhabitants in the same way a primal would, meaning they are "the eldest and most powerful of primals".

Back at the Crystarium, Emet-Selch explains how ages ago only the Source world existed where the Ascian people lived, and regales the origin story of Zodiark and Hydaelyn. When Hydaelyn shattered Zodiark and the world, even the souls of the Ascians themselves were split into fourteen, leading to the birth of the myriad peoples living in this new world, ignorant of their past and unable to access even a fraction of the original power of creation held by the Ascians. Thus, the Rejoining's ultimate goal in reviving Zodiark by the few remaining Ascians who kept their original souls intact (Lahabrea, Elidibus, and Emet-Selch) is to restore their world in its original state. According to Emet-Selch, those living beings who survive the remaining calamities and the final sacrifice to Zodiark, will be reborn in their true Ancient form. It is implied that the Warrior of Light and their First counterpart, Ardbert—along with four other versions of them residing in the remaining Shards—were the 14th Convocation member.

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Etymology[]

Zodiark is an Esper from Ivalice.

In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.

The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos), meaning "circle of animals", as half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).

References[]

  1. Final Fantasy XIV, 2.3 main scenario "Defenders of Eorzea"
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