- "You're pitiful and useless. The darkness that lurks within all of you is the disease eating away at this planet. And if you want to die meaningless deaths, I won't stand in your way."
Eald'narche (エルドナーシュ, Erudonāshu?) is a non-player character from Final Fantasy XI expansion Rise of the Zilart. He is a Zilart prince, the brother of the Archduke of Jeuno, Kam'lanaut, and is eventually revealed to be the main antagonist of the expansion's storyline, serving as its final boss.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Eald'narche appears in the form of a young boy, wearing dark blue and black robes with yellow linings and crossing brown patterns on the sleeves. He has short-cut straight blond hair, and blue eyes. His left eye is covered by an eye-patch, concealing that its current appearance as a crackling yellow vortex surrounded by violet energy. Despite his youthful appearance, Eald'narche is actually the elder brother of Kam'lanaut, his aging frozen by the Mothercrystal, and he acts as a younger brother to throw off suspicion of his true motives.
Eald'narche and Kam'lanaut were the first two members of the Zilart to realize the pathway to opening the Gate of the Gods when they happened upon the Mothercrystal. Due to the "whisper of the soul" the Zilart possess, this vision was transferred to every member of the race, and they hungered to open the Gate of the Gods through the power of the five Mothercrystals. The Zilart built crystal pathways at the five Mothercrystals, and built a tower to focus the energy. Eventually their plan to open the Gate of the Gods was foiled by the Kuluu working with the Dawnmaidens of Altana, triggering a meltdown in Fei'Yin and causing a cataclysmic explosion that destroyed the vast majority of the Zilart and many of the Kuluu.
Upon the destruction of the Zilart, Eald'narche and his brother slept frozen in the tower of the Delkfutt's reaction chamber until many years later when Raogrimm reactivated the crystals. When they awoke, the two of them found themselves in a different time, with the connection to Tu'Lia broken. The princes could not repair the connection, as Raogrimm's existence was creating too much "noise" within the crystals.
Eventually, they traveled to the nearby town of Jeuno. The two princes then set about improving their position, revealing the knowledge of Synthesis and crystal-powered engines to the people. Their influence turned the small fishing town of Jeuno to a bustling city in a short period of time. Eald'narche was content to take a back seat in this endeavor, allowing his "older brother" to win the hearts and minds of the people. By the time the rumblings of the Crystal War had begun, Kam'lanaut had already become the leader of Jeuno, second only to Jeuno's home country, the Republic of Bastok. When the Beastmen began amassing, Kam'lanaut proposed to the president that Jeuno secede from Bastok. This allowed the Republic to focus their troops on their home front, and also gave the Zilartian princes the power they desired.
During the Crystal War, Kam'lanaut gathered the four nations together, helping them to unite under the common banner of the Allied Forces of Altana. It was this union that allowed the Enlightened Races to successfully drive the beastmen back, eventually carving a path to the home of the Shadow Lord himself. When the beastmen were finally defeated, the Archduke was hailed as a hero, and the two Zilart princes had earned the trust of the people, exactly as they had hoped. It was this trust that allowed them to restart their plans to open the Gate of the Gods. The Zilart princes formed the Armathrwn Society to this end, gathering together the few Zilart left, as well as some loyal Kuluu.
It was not until twenty years later, in the Age of Adventurers, that the princes' plan would finally begin to come to fruition. the archduke enlisted the aid of an adventurer sent by their region of origin in order to obtain magicite from each of the three beastmen strongholds. When this adventurer went on to defeat the Shadow Lord a second time and end his resurrection, the princes were finally able to put their plan into action.
When the Shadow Lord is defeated, the Zilart princes summon the Warriors of the Crystal in order to defeat the adventurer and the others assembled there. Raogrimm, in an act of atonement, uses the last of his power in order to delay the Warriors and the Zilart princes, allowing the adventurers to escape. Believing the adventurers to be dead, the Zilart princes continue with their plan, attempting to repair the Chrysalis Core in Delkfutt's tower in order to open the pathway to the Floating Continent of Tu'Lia. While Eald'narche secretly ordered the Ducal Guard to kidnap Aldo's sister Verena in order to use her power to resonate with the spirits of the beastmen and open the pathway. With the guidance of the Kuluu and a holograph of Dawnmaiden Yve'noile, the adventurers find the princes and attempt to stop them from reviving the Chrysalis Core. When Kam'lanaut is defeated, Eald'narche casts him aside, using Verena in order to open the pathway to Tu'Lia.
Once the adventurers reach Tu'Lia, they defeat the five Crystal Warriors and open the path to Eald'narche's inner sanctum. There, he thanked the adventurers for helping him to further his plans, and offered them the chance to follow him and help him open the Gate. When they decline, Eald'narche attacks them. Defeated by the adventurers, he attempts to restart the Crystal Line in order to cause another meltdown, similar to the one the Kuluu perpetrated against the Zilart. Lion sacrifices herself in order to stop him, and in his final moments, Eald'narche sees Yve'noile, who lectures him on the naivete of his actions. With both princes defeated, the world of Vana'diel was saved from the Zilart threat.
Both Kam'lanaut and Eald'narche reappear in the "Apocalypse Nigh" quest, available only to players who complete both the Rise of The Zilart and Chains of Promathia expansion storylines and challenge Bahamut. Both Zilartian princes are simultaneously fought in a rematch at the Empyreal Paradox.
- Main article: Eald'narche (Boss)
Eald'narche appears as a boss and a Legend in Brigade and can use both his Phase Shift and Chronos Sling abilities.
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Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Eald'narche appears as a card in Lord of Vermilion II.
- In the Chains of Promathia expansion, the Jeunoan officials do not acknowledge Kam'lanaut or Eald'narche's disappearances, stating that they are either "away" or "busy," and all official matters are instead presided by the Duke Vicarious Esha'ntarl. This is due to the fact that players may not have completed the Rise of the Zilart Expansion, which requires advancing to Rank 6 on the national missions to begin, whereas the Chains of Promathia missions have comparatively low requirements to begin and do not require any particular rank, though storywise it is possible that the Armthwyn Society did not want to alert the public as to their ruler's disappearance.
- Both Kam'lanaut and Eald'narche were considered to appear in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as representatives of Chaos, but they were rejected in favor of Prishe.