God of War. The Draconian's bonds to the Lucii run deepest among the Six. At the end of the Astral War, when Ifrit had fallen and civilization lay in ruins, the Bladekeeper alone held vigil, awaiting the coming of the Chosen King while the other gods lay dormant.
Bahamut, the Draconian is an Astral who appears in Final Fantasy XV. He is one of the Six and is the God of War clad in winged armor. Bahamut appears to be the leader of the Astrals, and is said to have bestowed the powers of the Oracle and the kings of Lucis onto mankind.
Like the other Astrals, Bahamut is based on a recurring summon in the Final Fantasy series. Bahamut is is one of the most prominent summoned monsters in the Final Fantasy series, and is typically considered the strongest among storyline summons. Bahamut in Final Fantasy XV may pay homage to the Bahamut from the original Final Fantasy, who made but a brief appearance to grant the Warriors of Light their class changes as recognition of their power and bravery.
Bahamut in Final Fantasy XV dons metallic armor similar to that of the traditional Dragoon armor, and is more humanoid in appearance, having the title of "Bladekeeper". He has a dragon's tail, and the wings of his armor are made of swords, 15 on each side, himself also brandishing one. When he unleashes Ultima Sword his wings disappear as the swords circle around him, but two long red capes with golden markings billow behind him giving him the appearance of flying with wings. He is big enough for Prince Noctis to fit upon the palm of his hand. On the cover of the Cosmogony books, and on the paintings of the prophecy kept in the Citadel in Lucis, Bahamut is depicted as a winged man wearing black armor.
The Astrals of Eos are associated with a classical element from the Final Fantasy series, although not all of the elements, e.g. Leviathan's water, are represented in Final Fantasy XV as gameplay elements. Whereas the other Astrals are linked to "earthly" elements, Bahamut is associated with the power of light or holiness. In the Japanese five elements philosophy, Bahamut could be seen as representing the highest element, 空 Kū or sora, most often translated as "Void", but also meaning "sky" or "Heaven". It represents things beyond people's everyday experience, particularly things composed of pure energy.
Ifrit betrayed the rest of the Astrals by turning on Solheim, the nation he himself had helped set up. As the Astrals are sworn to protect the planet even from one another, the other five turned against Ifrit, resulting in a war that would become known as the Great War of Old. The war culminated in a battle between Bahamut and Ifrit where Ifrit was killed and laid asunder at Rock of Ravatogh.
The plague Starscourge that turns life forms into daemons and gradually eats away daylight from the world rapidly spread through human population, and Solheim fell apart. The Astrals devised a plan to purge it, and according to legend, Bahamut chose two mortals who became the first Lucian king and the first Oracle. The Oracle can commune with the Astrals and Bahamut is said to have granted her his trident. The Oracle has the power to heal people of the Starscourge and hold it at bay long enough for Bahamut's long-term plan: the True King. The Lucian king was given the Ring of Lucii, which would absorb the soul and power of each Lucian king that dies, accumulating power with each king's death until the final king would be powerful enough to completely purge the Starscourge.
Bahamut resides within Insomnia's Crystal, a magical stone the kings are sworn to protect until the coming of the True King. On the cover the Cosmogony books, Bahamut is shown as giving the Crystal to a king. As depicted in the Omen trailer, Bahamut appears to talk to King Regis when he stands before the Crystal. Throughout the centuries the Ring of the Lucii has accumulated power from each Lucian king that perishes, and Regis asks the Crystal how many more lives are needed. A voice answers it is "only looking forward to one, and then I can rest".
The King of Kings shall be granted the power to banish the darkness, but the blood price must be paid. Many sacrificed all for the King; so must the King sacrifice himself for all.
Regis's son Prince Noctis encounters Bahamut in an otherworldly dimension after he is absorbed into the Crystal. Bahamut explains the Crystal holds the soul of Eos, and the true nature of Ardyn Izunia. The only way to defeat Ardyn and cast away the darkness is with the Light of the Providence, for which Noctis as the True King must sacrifice himself. Bahamut releases Noctis from his grasp, allowing him to enter a state of hibernation, strengthening himself and giving him time to reflect on his destiny.
As the world falls further into darkness mankind comes together to protect it in wait for the coming of the True King. Some of the former members of the Kingsglaive, who had betrayed the crown, are tested by Bahamut at Angelgard, a mysterious island off the coast of Galdin Quay. After the Glaives prevail Bahamut forgives their previous betrayal, seeing how committed they to protecting the world. Gentiana, the High Messenger of the Astrals, explains Angelgard must be safeguarded for Noctis to eventually awaken from his long sleep. Some of the Glaives are chosen to protect the island along with Gentiana.
Noctis awakens after sleeping for ten years. Bahamut instructs him to return to Insomnia to battle Ardyn and gives Noctis the ability to summon him. In Insomnia, Bahamut appears at the battle against a daemonic Ifrit whom Ardyn has summoned. Bahamut rains down swords before descending upon Ifrit himself allowing Noctis to cleave off one of Ifrit's horns, and Bahamut vanishes into the nether.
Bahamut's plan comes into fruition when Noctis and the combined powers of the Lucian kings erase Ardyn's spirit. The Ring of the Lucii disintegrates, but both of the bloodlines Bahamut had blessed have been extinguished.
The player obtains Bahamut as a summon at the end of game's thirteenth chapter.
Proof that Noctis has received Bahamut's blessing. The Draconian may come to his aid in a moment of true peril.
Unlike the other Astrals, Bahamut can only be called during the penultimate boss encounter. When summoned, Bahamut uses Ultima Sword, an attack that causes several massive blades to rain down on Ifrit.
Etymology and symbolismEdit
Bahamut (Arabic بهموت Bahamūt) originated as an enormous whale in ancient pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Upon Bahamut's back stands a bull with four thousand eyes, ears, noses, mouths, tongues and feet called Kujuta (also spelled "Kuyutha"). Between each of these is a distance of a 500-year journey. On the back of Kujuta is a mountain of ruby. Atop this mountain is an angel who carries six hells, earth, and seven heavens on its shoulders.
Another version of the Arabic story is that Bahamut is indeed a dragon and he stands on a whale called Liwash.
In modern times, the game Dungeons & Dragons is responsible for re-imagining Bahamut as the king of dragons, a benevolent Platinum Dragon; the opposite of the malevolent Tiamat, the five-headed Chromatic Queen of Dragons.
Bahamut's attack in Final Fantasy XV is Ultima Sword. Ultima means "the last" in Latin and many Latin-based languages. In the Spanish versions of many Final Fantasy games, it is written as "Artema," a close transliteration of the Japanese katakana.
Bahamut's incarnation within Final Fantasy XV may draw upon the archangel Michael, who is considered the Sword of God and the leader of God's forces against the Dragon in the Book of Revelation. Within Christianity, Michael is also regarded a saint in many denominations. Within Catholicism, Michael is the patron saint of the peoples of Israel, the protector of the Catholic Church, military and civil services, produce and food, and healing sickness. Symbols that represent him are the sword, scales, carrying a banner, and triumphing over a dragon. Within Roman Catholicism, Michael is viewed as the angel to represent the might of good against evil, and also as a spiritual warrior, to also emphasize the importance of fighting evil within, and the redeemer of souls recently deceased to grant them passage to heaven. Within Islam, Michael is regarded as the archangel in charge of the forces of nature.
The concepts of Asian dragons play off Bahamut's "King of Dragons" title. Within Asian mythology and religion, dragons are said to have created the world through breathing divine qi, and it is believed that crystals are the purest manifestation of the remnants of their sacred breath.
- Bahamut appears as the symbol for the Kingsglaive. In the insignia also appear fifteen swords, likely an allusion to Final Fantasy XV. The paper model for his wing (see the Gallery) used for designing his character model, also comprises of fifteen swords.
- Bahamut is associated with multiple swords, his wings being literally made out of them and his summon attack being Ultima Sword that has massive blades rain down on the enemy. Lucian kings' ability to wield multiple weapons at once with Armiger could thus be a power originating from Bahamut, although not all of the royal arms are swords. Bahamut is the Astral of light, and the royal arms embody this element.
- The Behemoth's bestiary entry says it is called the "King of Beasts" after Bahamut, the Bladekeeper. This alludes to the rest of the Final Fantasy series where Bahamut has been known as the Dragon King.