The Echo is a special ability that some rare individuals possess, and an important part of Final Fantasy XIV's storyline. Those that have been 'gifted', as the members of the Path of the Twelve calls it, have the power to resonate with other people's souls - and see their past, albeit not able to interfere or change it, as well as being able to speak every language in the world. It has been reported that this power is awakening over the last ten years, with no signal of its existence before that time.
It is revealed on the third quest of the main storyline of all city-states that the player character has been 'gifted' with the Echo. Upon discovering this, he/she is called to the Merchant Wards of Ul'dah where they are invited to join the Path of the Twelve. The true nature and origins of the Echo are currently unknown. According to Ifrit, there's a specific deity who gave the power of Echo to everyone who possesses it, but not even he seems to know who that deity is.
Anyone who possess the Echo is branded as a beastman by the Garlean Empire, and therefore is considered an enemy of the empire.
The power of the Echo is used on most class quests. Therefore, even if a player reaches rank 20, he/she is unable to begin any class quest before finishing the fourth main storyline quest.
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