Have the laws of man grown so twisted in my absence that it is now permitted to lay hands upon an emissary?

Elidibus is a character from Final Fantasy XIV. An Ascian, he claims to be an Emissary for the "one true god". He was introduced in Patch 2.1 for A Realm Reborn.

Profile Edit

Appearance Edit

Elidibus dresses in a typical garb of Ascians, but white rather than black. Much like Lahabrea, he wears a red half mask over the top of his face.

Personality Edit

In contrast to Lahabrea, Elidibus is polite and diplomatic, attempting to meet Minfilia Warde and the Warrior of Light on peaceful terms. This seems to be at odds with the other Ascians, who are cold at best toward the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. Elidibus is secretive and enigmatic, and interested in the balance of Light and Darkness. He claims that while he serves with the utmost loyalty, a world riddled with darkness does nothing for his master.

Elidibus deviates from the methods of his black-robbed brethren, and is not close or loyal to them, as he states to Emperor Varis that should the Garlean Empire raise a hand against the Ascians, he wouldn't stop him. Elidibus is nonetheless a dangerous and cunning foe to the Warrior of Light and the Scions. Even when his plans do not go accordingly, Elidibus is foresighted and intelligent enough to gain an advantage, regardless of the outcome.

Story Edit

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Edit

Elidibus Waking Sands

Elidibus before Minfilia inside the Waking Sands.

Elidibus appears to Minfilia as she prepares to leave the Waking Sands to the new Scion headquarters in Revenant's Toll. As she prepares the shattered staff of Louisoix, a voice laments how he never could meet the great sage before his passing. Minfilia is startled to see an Ascian in the Waking Sands, albeit one with white robes. He notes she is gifted enough to perceive him, though ignorant of his station as Emissary. He confirms that Lahabrea wasn't fully vanquished at the Praetorium, and remarks that "he may yet learn from his mistakes".

Tataru Taru enters to confirm she's ready to depart, but is unable to sense the Ascian's presence. He notes she could not perceive him because to those not attuned to the Echo, Ascians are "indistinct". He claims the Echo is a gift, but one that Minfilia and others have yet to master: if they did, there would no strife between them and Ascians. He bids his farewell, hoping they will meet again as friends. As he turns, Minfilia rushes toward him, and in reflex he knocks her out with dark magic. As she lies stunned, he muses how it is a mercy that Hydaelyn shields "Her children" from "His grace", and ponders if it was by her hand they survived the "Ardor".

Adventurer and Elidibus

The Adventurer encounters Elidibus.

After the Warrior of Light checks on Minfilia, she implores him or her to find the enigmatic Ascian. He is seen in the town square of Vesper Bay, unnoticed by the townsfolk. He recognizes the Warrior of Light is strong in the Echo, and bids them to head north into Parada's Peace, warning that they may be tested by assailants. After progressively fending off groups of Voidsent and Ascians sent to judge, the Emissary remarks on how only one strong enough to best Lahabrea could endure the "examination".

Elidibus Ishgard

Elidibus behind the Archbishop.

As the Warrior of Light assumes a combative stance, Elidibus asks if the laws of man have twisted to permitting one to bear arms against an Emissary. Reminding that the Warrior of Light saw his meeting with the Antecedent through the Echo, he points out he acted in self-defense. Changing his tone, he admits that Lahabrea's actions are not so easily excused, but he cannot wholly condemn his deeds as it allowed them to discover one strong enough in the Echo to banish an Ascian. The Emissary notes how Hydaelyn has been waning and that the world will soon change. He introduces himself as Elidibus, and concedes that the Warrior of Light may doubt his words or motives.

Elidibus is confronted by fellow Ascian, Nabriales, who questions his intentions of approaching the Scions. He reappears presiding over a meeting of the Ascians in the void, and Lahabrea and Elidibus flank the throne of the Archbishop of Ishgard, implying they are manipulating the affairs of the Holy See. Elidibus also informs Lahabrea of Nabriales's fall. After the overlord leaves, he speaks with Urianger concerning fate.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Edit

FFXIV Warrior of Darkness

Elidibus with the Warrior of Darkness.

Elidibus stands on the surface of the moon, sensing that both Igeyorhm and Lahabrea have fallen, with him left to clean up their mess. The imbalance of Light and Dark from the Warrior of Light's actions will prevent them from proceeding with their plan. Elidibus sends the Warriors of Darkness to restore the balance by having them terrorize the Beastmen into summoning more primals, before deciding that pitting them against the Warrior of Light is ideal.

Though the Warriors are defeated and the Word of the Mother agrees to aid their world, Elidibus is pleased by the outcome and intends to watch Hydaelyn's emissary carefully. Prior to this, he had them recover the Eyes of Nidhogg from the ravine outside Ishgard, which he gives to the Ala Mhigan extremist known as "The Griffin", assuring that as a man of deep despair and boundless rage he is best suited to inherit them.

During this time, he also sends his disciple, Unukalhai, to join the Scions to aid them in defeating the ancient primals knows as the Warring Triad.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Edit

After the defeat of Zenos yae Galvus and the liberation of Ala Mhigo, Elidibus meets with Emperor Varis zos Galvus. He unmasks, revealing Zenos' face underneath, showing that he had taken over his fresh corpse, shocking Varis. Using Zenos' face and influence he later attempts to undermine Varis' attempts to broker an alliance with Doma to combat the Primal threat by using Zenos' idol, Asahi sas Brutus and his position in the Populares. He then instructs him to try and pull Yotsuyu back to their side and grant her the power to summon a Primal unto herself. Because she is recognized as a citizen of Doma, this would technically break the treaty between them, though this plot is thwarted with Asahi's death and Maxima overhearing what had happened, reporting directly to Varis for his insubordination.

Varis chastises him later on, but Elidibus tells him not to worry. He would then opt for a more direct approach by ordering Zenos' royal guard to gun down the Populares before they can reach Garlemald to stifle any attempt at dispelling the lie that Doma dishonored the pact and to properly combat the Ascian threat. With the Populares out of the way, Elidibus instructs Varis to simply give the word and bring down the might of the Empire on Ala Mhigo, but Varis is hesitant and silent. Unable to egg him on, Elidibus leaves Varis, stating that if he should act, it needs to be soon.

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Musical themes Edit

Like the other Ascians, Elidibus's appearances are all accompanied by "Without Shadow".