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Emperor of Niflheim. Iedolas has used the empire's superior airship and magitek armor technology to mount an aggressive campaign of territorial expansion, only to suddenly offer Lucis a peace.
—Official description from Final Fantasy XV
World domination is close at hand for Niflheim's cunning and cutthroat emperor, Iedolas Aldercapt, with only the kingdom of Lucis remaining outside his grasp.
—Official description from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Emperor Iedolas Aldercapt is an antagonist in Final Fantasy XV and the secondary antagonist of the feature film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.[1] He is the semi-retired ruler of Niflheim.

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AppearanceEdit

Iedolas is an elderly man with silver hair and blue eyes. He wears decorative, gold armor over a white dress shirt, and over this is a black robe lined with silver buttons that has a goldenrod trim at the bottom. Completing Iedolas's outfit is a white robe that has a large collar and red trim. Black boots cover Iedolas's feet, black gloves cover his hands that leave his fingers exposed, and silver armor protects his forearms.

PersonalityEdit

Iedolas is a ruthless supremacist dedicated to expanding his territory.[2] Having conquered every other nation in the world of Eos but Lucis, he seeks to steal Insomnia's Crystal to increase his power even further. Iedolas employs flattery and feigns benevolence to help accomplish his goals; he uses this tactic to manipulate his adversaries.

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Iedolas is himself manipulated by his chancellor, Ardyn Izunia. With his dying breath, he expresses his intention to rule the world and see his empire flourish.

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StoryEdit

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XVEdit

Iedolas Aldercapt travels to Lucis under the false pretense of signing a peace treaty with the kingdom's reigning monarch, Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII. On the day of the treaty signing, Aldercapt and Ardyn Izunia successfully steal Insomnia's Crystal. The two return to Niflheim while their forces raze the Crown City.

Final Fantasy XVEdit

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Admiring his stolen Crystal, Iedolas meets with Ravus Nox Fleuret, Aranea Highwind, and Verstael to discuss the Oracle, Lunafreya. He orders Ravus to terminate her but is asked to reconsider this decision by Verstael.

As Ardyn Izunia prepares to bring about the Starscourge, Iedolas is transformed into a powerful daemon, Foras. He attacks Noctis Lucis Caelum in Gralea in an attempt to obtain the Ring of the Lucii, but he is defeated and killed when Noctis reunites with his allies.

Ten years later, Ardyn creates an illusory version of Iedolas's corpse and hangs it in chains from the ceiling of the Citadel's throne room. He uses it in an attempt to intimidate Noctis before their final battle.

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Creation and developmentEdit

The likeness of David Gant is used to portray Iedolas in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.

VoiceEdit

Iedolas's Japanese voice actor is Shōzō Iizuka. He was originally portrayed by Shinji Ogawa, but the actor passed away during the development of Final Fantasy XV.[3]

Iedolas's English voice actor in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is David Gant, and he is voiced by Bob Joles in the English version of Final Fantasy XV. Joles previously voiced Grimoire Valentine in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV

EtymologyEdit

"Iedolas" is derived from Idola, the plural form of the Latin word Idolon (which, in turn, comes from the Greek word "Eidolon"). Eidolon means "unsubstantial image," "reflection," or "phantom" in Greek. It can also mean "idol" and is the source of the Latin word "Idolum."

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