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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

Iedolas Aldercapt is an antagonist in Final Fantasy XV and the secondary antagonist of the feature film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. He is the emperor of Niflheim. In imperial correspondence he is referred to with the styles "Imperial Majesty" and "Your Radiance."

Updates added in Patch 1.06 include more story content for him.

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AppearanceEdit

Most high-ranking people associated with Niflheim dress in white, most prominently the emperor. Iedolas is an elderly man with silver hair and blue eyes. He wears decorative, gold armor over a white dress shirt. He wears a black robe lined with silver buttons that has a goldenrod trim at the bottom. Over this he wears a white robe that has a large collar and red trim. He has black boots, black fingerless gloves and silver forearm armor.

PersonalityEdit

Ruler of the Niflheim Empire. Once beloved as a just ruler, the war changed him, and his newfound lust for power came to instill fear—not fondness—in the hearts of his subjects.
—In-game loading screen description from Final Fantasy XV

Iedolas is a ruthless supremacist dedicated to expanding his territory, although he is semi-retired from frontline politics.[1] 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, and uses this tactic to manipulate his adversaries. Despite this, the emperor was, for a long time, a benevolent ruler and loved by the masses.

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But the Crystal is mine... I am the one True King!
—Iedolas Aldercapt

Iedolas wants the power of the Ring of the Lucii, and is even prepared to kill the last remaining Oracle to obtain it. Iedolas is himself manipulated by his chancellor, Ardyn Izunia, who brought forth the idea of stealing the Crystal. With his dying breath, Iedolas expresses his intention to rule the world and see his empire flourish.

StoryEdit

Iedolas is a member of the Aldercapt dynasty that has sought to recreate the glory of the ancient civilization of Solheim.[2] At least three of the four nations of Eos—Niflheim, Lucis and Tenebrae—have been ruled by the same family since their inception: the Aldercapt dynasty in Niflheim, the Lucis Caelum dynasty in Lucis, and the Nox Fleurets—the Oracles—in Tenebrae. In M.E. 358 the Aldercapt dynasty initiated its policy of expansion, crowned themselves as emperors of Niflheim, and began the prosecution of war against neighboring countries to annex them.

Aldercapt is said to have been a benevolent and beloved ruler for a long time, but according to Aranea Highwind and Camelia Claustra, the empire has changed for the worse in the last ten years. Aranea posits that Ardyn Izunia, the chancellor of Niflheim, was the one who ushered the emperor to pursue Lucis's Crystal. The desire for the Crystal has consumed Iedolas.

Iedolas finances Verstael Besithia's magitek projects to create an unstoppable army for the empire, and Verstael reports of his progress straight to the emperor himself. April 8th M.E 756, Verstael informs the emperor that the "Diamond Weapon" is ready to be deployed, and asks him to come view it at the production facility. Three weeks later, Emperor Aldercapt travels to Lucis under the false pretense of signing a peace treaty with the kingdom's reigning monarch, Regis Lucis Caelum. He is welcomed with a grand procession and tours the city of Insomnia, also attending a party at the roof of a hotel to celebrate the next day's treaty-signing. As the treaty is to be signed however, the imperials open fire at the Lucians and Aldercapt and Ardyn Izunia steal Insomnia's Crystal. The two return to Niflheim while their forces raze the Crown City.

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The Emperor meets his forces at Zegnautus Keep.

So glorious...my Crystal...
—Iedolas Aldercapt amongst the leadership of Niflheim.

Admiring his stolen Crystal, Iedolas meets with Ravus Nox Fleuret, Aranea Highwind, Caligo Ulldor, and Verstael Besithia to discuss the Oracle, Lunafreya. Lunafreya now holds the Ring of the Lucii that lets one wield the combined powers of the old kings, a power that stems from the Crystal itself. Iedolas orders Ravus to terminate her, but is asked to reconsider by Verstael. The reason the empire has taken the Crystal is not publicized, but Aranea later says she heard the empire believes the Crystal poses a threat to daemons, monsters of the dark that the empire has begun to employ in its warfare. She also says the Crystal was stolen "for the good of the people".

As Ardyn prepares to bring about the Starscourge, Iedolas thirsts for the Crystal's power, useless as it is without the ring. The Crystal is locked away in Zegnautus Keep, and Iedolas never gets close to it. While dying of the Starscourge and in the midst of transforming, Iedolas is accosted by Ravus in his throne room in the Keep, and demands to know where the ring is. Ravus says the ring is with Noctis Lucis Caelum, its rightful bearer, who will use it and the Crystal to purge Eos from darkness and daemons. The emperor is outraged, claiming that the Crystal belongs to him and that he is the one True King. Aldercapt summons daemons that attack Ravus, who is thrown out of the room by several blasts of daemonic energy emanating from Iedolas. This event, as well as Ravus's death, are recorded in the Keep's security system, and are the only recordings that remain on it, as it is implied Ardyn had everything else erased.

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Foras.

Aldercapt transforms into a powerful daemon, Foras. He attacks Noctis's friends Gladiolus Amicitia and Ignis Scientia in the Crystal's control room, though they fight him off and he disappears. He attacks Noctis to obtain the Ring of the Lucii, but is defeated and killed when Noctis reunites with his allies.

The empire shall span... all the lands... By the Crystal's light... we shall flourish... I shall arise... as ruler... of the world!
—Iedolas as Foras

With his dying breath, the emperor longs for the ring to rule over Eos unopposed. In the throne room in Zegnautus Keep, Noctis can observe the late emperor's regalia slumped on the seat, a result of his transformation. How long Iedolas had been afflicted with Starscourge is unknown, but he was exuding black mist when he talked with Ravus, and seemingly transformed soon after.

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 to intimidate Noctis before their final battle.

GameplayEdit

An unsightly daemon that appeared the moment the seal on the kingdom's Crystal Room was breached. Now said to haunt the halls of Zegnautus Keep, this creature can understand and communicate in mankind's common tongue, expressing an abnormal obsession with the Crystal.
—Bestiary

Iedolas is fought as Foras in the Zegnautus Keep in Chapter 13. It is one of the few daemons witnessed speaking, and it stalks Noctis to claim the Ring of the Lucii.

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Creation and developmentEdit

Iedolas Aldercapt has been in the game since it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and appeared in trailers for that game in 2011. He featured prominently in the Final Fantasy XV reveal trailer at E3 2013, but these scenes would become part of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV in a modified form. In the final game Iedolas has a small presence, but a new cut scene involving him was added in a patch to Chapter 13, and his professional relationship with Verstael is expanded upon in the logs found in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto.

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 Final Fantasy XV. Joles previously voiced Grimoire Valentine in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.

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Final Fantasy Versus XIII
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."

An emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. Empress, the female equivalent, may indicate an emperor's wife (empress consort), mother (empress dowager), or a woman who rules in her own right (empress regnant). Emperors are generally recognized to be of a higher honor and rank than kings. The term itself is of Old French origin and was derived from "Imperator" which was the title of the Roman head of state during the Roman Republic and, post-Augustus Caesar, the Roman Empire, and itself roughly means "commander."

In demonology, Foras is a powerful President of Hell, being obeyed by twenty-nine legions of demons.

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