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Edmont de Fortemps

Count Edmont de Fortemps is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, and serves as the expansion's narrator.

Lord of House Fortemps, one of Ishgard's foremost noble families. Unlike his insular peers, Count Edmont is quite welcoming of foreigners, willing to aid those of just intentions. He has two legitimate sons, Artoirel and Emmanellain, and an illegitimate son, Haurchefant.

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AppearanceEdit

He's a male Elezen with black hair and pale skin. He wears a luxiorious black and surcoat bearing the insignia of House Fortemps. He carries a black cane.

PersonalityEdit

Like many Ishgardian Highborns, the Count upholds a proud, traditional gesture and manners. He is keen on educating his progeny in the way of knighthood, being a very strict father. Unlike many of his peers, however, Edmont has a very liberal view, unshrouded by his immediate society's dogma. He genuinely cares for Haurchefant, despite him being an illegitimate child, and is not afraid to use the knight as an example to motivate his two legitimate sons.

The count also lacks Ishgard's aversion to outsider, and in trusting Haurchefant he personally granted asylum to the Scions in their time of needs. When faced with the harsh truth about Ishgard's history, he quickly came to terms with the new reality. It is implied that the count has always been discontent with the way Ishgardian society operated on the basis of its embroiled history with the dragons, through his narration of Heavensward's story.

In the face of Haurchefant's death, Edmont collapsed in grief. This event motivated him to be in the frontline of changes in Ishgard after Archbishop Thordan was defeated. It was also shown later that he became more concerned for his sons' safety, not wanting to lose another.

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HeavenswardEdit

Based on the recommendation of Haurchefant, Edmont arranges for the Warrior of Light, Alphinaud Leveilleur, and Tataru Taru to become wards of House Fortemps. Under this arrangement, not only is access to the Gates of Judgment granted, but Fortemps Manor is provided as a place of asylum for the Scions of the Seventh Dawn following the incidents in the Ul'dahn Revolution.

Edmont largely serves an advisory role, as his ability to influence matters in the Holy See are countered by rivaling Houses Durendaire and Dzemael, as well as the priests of the Vault. Following Haurchefant's sacrifice to save the Warrior of Light from Ser Zephirin's spear of light, Count Edmont withdraws to grieve for his son.

During the events of As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness, saving Aymeric de Borel from being killed by an assassin sent by the True Brotherhood of the Faith, Edmont expresses concern for Aymeric and could not bare losing him like he did Haurchefant. Later, Artoirel confides to the Scions that his father was also being demonized as a co-conspirator in Thordan VII's death and is planning to step down as head of House Fortemps to preserve their family's honor.

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