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Lahabrea (アシエン・ラハブレア, Ashien Rahaburea?) is the primary villain from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and the leader of the Ascians.

Lahabrea is voiced by Shūichi Ikeda in the Japanese version and Kyle Hebert in the English version.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Lahabrea dresses in the standard uniform of an Ascian Overlord: A single black leather hooded coat with purple markings and adornments and a red half mask over the top half of his face. At times, a glowing red emblem appears in front of his face.

Lahabrea frequently exhibits a condescending and hostile demeanor, not hesitating to use dark magic to unleash a trap against the player during confrontations. He also at times breaks into malevolent laughter. He does not appear to have a very high opinion of his associates in Eorzea, at one point even dismissing the Garleans as "fools."

StoryEdit

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Lahabrea

The end of your tale is but the beginning of another. The tale of the Crystal's demise.
—Lahabrea to the player.

During the advent of the Seventh Umbral Era, Lahabrea is sensed from a distance by Kan-E-Senna, who warns the others they are being watched. He is seen more clearly whewn the Adventurer has a vision of the events of the Battle of Carteneau via the Echo while speaking to one of the leaders of the three Grand Companies. Lahabrea watches the events unfold, remarking how the Archons, the Grand Companies, and their Warriors of Light are powerless to stop Bahamut's fury and that the planet will soon be returning in its true form.

Lahabrea himself is first encountered in a vision received by the Adventurer from Hydaelyn's crystal: Lahabrea appears from a void and attacks him/her just as the vision ends. Attributing it to aether sickness, the Adventurer's peddler companion thinks little of it.

Thancred Lahabrea

Thancred possessed by Lahabrea.

Upon entering the final area of The Thousand Maws of Toto-Rak, the Adventurer encounters Lahabrea himself for the first time. He offers backhanded compliments before manipulating the aether and giving a diremite even greater strength with which to kill him/her. Only after it's defeated does Frixio, the elder of the Sylphs reveal that Lahabrea planned to feed him to the vilekin they had just slain.

After defeating Titan, Y'shtola spies on Nero Tol Scaeva and Rhitahtyn Sas Arvina caught in a dispute after witnessing the Adventurer's triumph over the Primal, and discovers Lahabrea is working alongside the Garlean Empire. Regarding the others as "fools," he is soon to vanish from the scene, only to confront the Adventurer once again inside the Stone Vigil as they attempt to retrieve Cid nan Garlond's airship much later. Meaning to stop them from facing Garuda before they can, he awakens the sleeping dragon Isgebind and disappears again.

Lahabrea is later seen after Garuda's defeat standing on an imperial juggernaut, remarking how much of a marvel the Ultima Weapon is as is consumes Ifrit, Titan, and then Garuda herself.

When the player and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn are escaping from Castrum Centri, Lahabrea reveals to the group he has been possessing the body of Thancred and likely has since just prior to the defeat of Titan. When the party arrives near the end of Praetorium Lahabrea reveals his organization's true intentions to revive their god by using Gaius and the Ultima Weapon under his control, much to the Legatus's horror.

But despite using the Heart of Sabik to reactivate Ultima magic and weakening Hydaelyn's protection, the Ultima Weapon is still destroyed. As Gaius van Baelsar lies fallen after ejecting from the warmachine, Lahabrea contemptuously chastises him for his defeat and failure. Turning his attention to the Adventurer, Lahabrea ranted about how the planet is in a state of imbalance and how Hydaelyn is the root of the corruption, describing her as a parasite that "must be burned out if the planet is to recover." And to that end, only the return of the "one true god" can ensure that will occur. Since the Primals are vital to this plan, the Scions cannot be suffered to exist and Lahabrea declares the Adventurer will not leave this place alive. Once sufficiently weakened in battle, Lahabrea is purged from Thancred's body by the Crystals of Light, banishing him to the void.

Despite this setback, Lahabrea is seen again in the epilogue where he meets up with his fellow Ascians in a dark place to prepare for Zodiark's resurrection, as Bahamut began stirring once again after the fall of the Praetorium. The Scions later learn of Lahabrea's survival from Zodiark's emissary, Elidibus, who deemed the Ascian's actions reckless, but could not completely condemn him as it enabled the discovery of those strong in the Echo.

He eventually reappears in Patch 2.3 during a meeting of the Ascians. Lahabrea and Elidibus are also briefly seen flanking the throne of the Archbishop of Ishgard, strongly implying they are manipulating the affairs of the Holy See.

AbilitiesEdit

As an overlord of the Ascians, Lahabrea is a powerful sorcerer who can call monsters from the Void and cast powerful spells like Shadow Flare and create damaging orbs and pools of Darkness.

Lahabrea can Teleport himself and others without the use of Aetheryte and use the power of a Dark Crystal to possess a host body.

BattleEdit

Main article: Lahabrea (Boss)

Lahabrea is encountered as the final boss of the main storyline of A Realm Reborn. He specializes in several dark elemental spells like Void Pitch, Shadow Flare and Dark Orb. However Lahabrea's attacks lack power and he can easily be defeated by any party that managed to defeat Ultima Weapon before him.

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Musical ThemesEdit

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"Without Shadow"
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Lahabrea's appearances are all accompanied by "Without Shadow".

EtymologyEdit

"Lahabrea" refers to the light scion "Lahabrea, Abyssal Celebrant" referred to in the profile of Mateus from Final Fantasy XII.

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