To the one true god. To Zodiark!
Zodiark is a deity in Final Fantasy XIV. While never seen and hardly mentioned, he is worshiped by the Ascians as their one true god. Zodiark opposes the Goddess Hydaelyn, their juxtaposition representing darkness/chaos and light/harmony.
The statue of Zodiark, seen in the 2.3 main scenario "Defenders of Eorzea", shows 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.
Goddess Hydaelyn, through the Word of the Mother, and the Ascian-shade Hythlodaeus both mention that Zodiark's desire for power was enough to demand the mass-sacrifice of half a population for their aether. The Ascians—who created and revered Zodiark and thus have more in-depth knowledge on the god—posit Zodiark's design is to alter the balance of light and darkness rather than radically change or shatter it. This suggests Zodiark is not the chaos-bringer he was assumed, though he does seek to become whole and break free of his prison at any cost.
Before Final Fantasy XIVEdit
Zodiark, an embodiment of darkness, came into being when the Ascian leadership—known as the Convocation of Fourteen—sacrificed half of the population to induct a summoning to avert an impending Calamity. Though the Calamity was averted, Zodiark required the sacrifice of yet another half of the surviving population to restore their world. A faction of Ascians disapproved of Zodiark's presence, and sacrificed themselves to summon Hydaelyn to oppose him. The two primals battled until Hydaelyn delivered the decisive blow that divided Zodiark and the original world split into thirteen reflections and the Source while Amaurot was destroyed.
Three surviving members of the Congregation became the Ascian Paragons. The Paragons and their followers work to make Zodiark whole again by removing these barriers around the Source and by weakening Hydaelyn's influence, whom they consider corruptive. They engineer the Rejoinings, periods of cataclysmic turmoil known to the history as the Umbral Eras, each one strengthening Zodiark. The fall of Dalamud at the end of the Sixth Astral Era marked the seventh Rejoining.
- 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.
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 speed up 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.
During their exploration of Qitana Ravel, the Warrior of Light and the Scions of Light chance upon a set of murals depicting great mythological stories, the oldest of them several millennia old. The murals depict a battle where the god of Light triumphs over the god of Darkness. Y'shtola Rhul and Urianger Augurelt surmise that the painting may be linked to Hydaelyn and Zodiark, and 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 in which 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, any living being who survives all the calamities and the final sacrifice to Zodiark will be reborn as their true Ascian 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 originally a Convocation member.
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- In Shadowbringers, during the final battle with Hades he wields a crystal staff that bears the likeness of Zodiark depicted in the murals.