Luxerion Cathedral is the Order of Salvation's seat of power that dominates the city's skyline in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. A temple built to honor the god Bhunivelze, where the faithful go to pray on a regular basis, and where Vanille lives under the Order's protection.
The Temple of Light that lies beneath the cathedral is the game's final dungeon.
- The Cathedral of Luxerion
- Towering over the Luxerion skyline is the grand headquarters of the Order of Salvation.
- During the day, a grand hall called the Hall of Devotion is open to the public, and believers come to hear the sermonizing of the priestess who leads the Order. Pilgrims stream to the cathedral, many of them hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious saint who lives deep within the cathedral—but few are rewarded.
- Beneath the cathedral is God's Sanctum. This special chamber stands ready for the ceremony that the Order will perform on the last day of the world—only a select few are allowed to enter it.
Thirteen years ago, Vanille and Fang awoke from crystal stasis and were found by Lumina, a mysterious girl who resembles a young Serah Farron, Lightning's late sister, taken in by the Order of Salvation, and sheltered in the cathedral. Vanille had gained the power to hear the voices of the dead and when the Order learned of this, they dubbed her a saint and forbid her to leave the cathedral for her safety. As the Order's "sacred one," Vanille is tasked with performing the Soulsong, a ritual that will grant the suffering souls of the dead respite in allowing them to fade at the cost of her life.
Between eight and nine years later, Fang tried to escape the Order with Vanille in tow, but the latter resolved to go through with the ritual and work with the Order to prepare for it, forcing Fang to leave for the Dead Dunes alone. For the next four or five years, Vanille became a curiosity to the public and the cathedral would be frequented by citizens hoping to meet her. Lumina often visited her and the two became friends as Vanille continued to prepare for the Soulsong, spent her days listening to the dead, and giving hope to the people as the Order's saint.
With the end of the world thirteen days away, Lightning awakes from crystal stasis and is made Bhunivelze's savior tasked with saving the souls of humanity. After hearing of her exploits in the city, Vanille requests to see Lightning. She speaks with Vanille's servant, Aremiah, who tells her a precious crystal shard belonging to Vanille has been lost. When Vanille awoke from crystal stasis, she was grasping a piece of crystal and it has been her precious possession ever since as it lets her glimpse the estranged Fang. Lightning finds the crystal from a delivery company employee who claims someone high up in the Order gave it to them with no receiver's address, and Lightning thinks someone from the Order wanted to steal it from Vanille. Lightning returns the crystal to Aremiah and is granted passage into the cathedral at night time.
Lightning finds Vanille with Lumina and Vanille leads Lightning underground to God's Sanctum, showing her a concentration of Chaos around the altar, which Lumina refers to as the "wind of sorrow", lost souls in suffering. Vanille explains the souls of those who died after Valhalla's Chaos burst through Etro's gate were drawn to the cathedral and that she can hear every cry of their pain. The Order seeks the save the dead from their anguish by offering them oblivion and needs Vanille to call them to her. Lightning asks if she will be able to handle millions of souls at once, but Vanille answers she doesn't have a choice. Lumina says the souls have been building up for years, and if Vanille does not call them to her and they ever escaped, it would destroy the world as well as the future.
On the day of the Apocalypse, Chaos advances into Luxerion, engulfing the city with Anubyses emerging from its depths, with the cathedral remaining as the last safe haven as Vanille prepares to sacrifice herself in the Soulsong. Lightning has learned the Order seeks to use Vanille to ensure their own salvation in Bhunivelze's new world by destroying the dead and erasing all memory of them from the minds of the living. They have kept the truth from Vanille and tricked her into believing the Soulsong will release the dead from their suffering once they're destroyed. With help from Noel, Lightning infiltrates the cathedral and enters the Temple of Light beneath it.
Lightning is joined by Fang as they reach God's Sanctum, where the ritual is being performed. They tell Vanille about the Order's true agenda and convince her to instead guide the dead to the Ark where they can be reborn. The Order's high priestess attempts to finish the ritual, but with Snow's timely arrival, she is killed as the holy clavis is destroyed and the Soulsong is thwarted. As the bell begins to toll, Vanille and Fang guide the dead to the Ark together, saving their own souls in the process. When the final bell tolls, Bhunivelze appears, using Hope as a medium, and captures the souls of Lightning's friends and invites her to witness the birth of his new world. After Mog arrives to help, Lightning goes through the Savior's Trials and forges the Ultima Weapon and enters the last trial to confront Bhunivelze in the realm of Cosmogenesis.
The plaza is the outside of the cathedral. The gates close for the night, but key-holders can enter a side door to gain passage to the cathedral at night time. On the final day the gates close as Luxerion is engulfed in Chaos, and new shops open up on the courtyard. Approaching the doors to the cathedral on the final day triggers a battle against the Order's sentries.
Hall of DevotionEdit
Hall of Devotion is the main area open to public. This is where people come to pray salvation from Bhunivelze. It is a long hall with an altar in the end. Vanille stays there during daytime hours to meet believers and give hope to the populace.
Temple of LightEdit
Temple of Light is a dungeon underneath the cathedral that opens on the final day. It is a series of passageways with monsters spawning. Going straight ahead from the start and turning north from the first junction, finds a Warrior's Plume. Turning south from the first junction and going ahead ignoring the next junction finds the Holy Revelations at the end of the path. Going through the previously-ignored path and continuing to follow it, first north and then south, again ignoring the next junction, finds a Samurai's Comb at the end of the path. Continuing onward to the east from the previously-ignored junction, Lightning comes across Fang fighting a Chimera. A set battle ensues with Fang in Lightning's party, and she remains in Lightning's party afterward.
Entering the door leads to God's Sanctum.
God's Sanctum is an underground chamber where Vanille is to gather the souls of the dead and perform the Soulsong. When Fang and Lightning crash the procession, a set battle against two Set commences. After Bhunivelze spirits everyone away, Fang leaves Lightning's party and Mog arrives, opening a shop. The doors from the Sanctum now lead to trials Lightning can take on to prepare for her final battle. After completing a trial, a beam of light appears from the statues joining atop the altar. After all four beams are in place, Lightning bathes her default weapon and shield in the light to transform them into the Ultima Weapon and Ultima Shield, respectively. Obtaining the ultimate equipment earns the Crimson Rebirth achievement.
Altar of JudgmentEdit
The Altar of Judgment is one of the four trials, accessed from the northeast corner of the Sanctum. It displays a vision of Oerba from Gran Pulse. Lightning can gaze out at the Rust-eaten Bridge which once spanned the neighboring lake. At the end of the path, Lightning will find a Chill Lv. 1 spell.
Altar of SalvationEdit
The Altar of Salvation is one of the four trials, accessed from the northwest corner of the Sanctum. It displays a vision of the Hanging Edge from within Cocoon. At the end of the path, Lightning will find a Flare Lv. 1 spell.
Altar of AtonementEdit
The Altar of Atonement is one of the four trials, accessed from the southwest corner of the Sanctum. It displays a vision of Eden from within Cocoon. Lightning can gaze down at the city, or up in the sky and see distant landmasses beyond the clouds. At the end of the path, Lightning will find a Surge Lv. 1 spell.
Altar of BirthEdit
The Altar of Birth is one of the four trials, accessed from the southeast corner of the Sanctum. It shows the Sea of Chaos on the shores of Valhalla and Etro's Temple at the summit. The path leads to a treasure sphere containing a Tornado Lv. 1 spell.
Enemies will appear within the cathedral on the final day.
- Anubys (plaza)
- Cathedral Sentry (fixed battle)
- Neela (Temple of Light)
- Sugriva (Temple of Light)
- Wendigo (Temple of Light)
On the world's final day only the cathedral is accessible and new shops appear on its premises.
Plod's Potent PotionsEdit
|Hi-Potion||480 gil||Final Day|
|X-Potion||640 gil||Final Day|
|Phoenix Down||1,280 gil||Final Day|
|Warrior's Potion||840 gil||Final Day|
|Holy Water||840 gil||Final Day|
|Innocence||Garb||5,000 gil||Final Day|
|Candy Raver||Garb||5,000 gil||Final Day|
|Sand Fox||Garb||5,000 gil||Final Day|
|Urban Outlaw||Garb||5,000 gil||Final Day|
|Champagne Gold||Garb||100,000 gil||Final Day|
|Nightmare||Garb||200,000 gil||Final Day|
|Lunar Circlet||Adornment||360 gil||Final Day|
|Honored Circlet||Adornment||360 gil||Final Day|
|Brave Circlet||Adornment||360 gil||Final Day|
|Holy Circlet||Adornment||360 gil||Final Day|
The Forge and SmeltEdit
|Hades' Pride||Weapon||360,000||Final Day|
|Asteria's Staff||Weapon||450,000||Final Day|
|Guard of Avalon||Shield||165,000||Final Day|
|Apis Gauntlet||Shield||228,000||Final Day|
|Juliet's Sorrow||Shield||228,000||Final Day|
Talking to Mog lets Lightning synthesize items and buy supplies.
Moogle Supply DepotEdit
|Hi-Potion||480 gil||Final Day|
|X-Potion||640 gil||Final Day|
|Remedy||580 gil||Final Day|
|Mega Remedy||980 gil||Final Day|
|Phoenix Down||1,280 gil||Final Day|
- Altar of Judgement
- Chill Lv. 1
- Altar of Salvation
- Flare Lv. 1
- Altar of Atonement
- Surge Lv. 1
- Alter of Birth
- Tornado Lv. 1
"The Cathedral" is the location's main theme. "A Sacred Oratorio" plays in the Hall of Devotion during the afternoon hours and in God's Sanctum after "The Soulsong" and "A New World", after Bhunivelze absorbs the souls of Snow, Noel, Fang, and Vanille. "Altar of Light" plays in the Temple of Light when Lightning enters it on the final day. "Blinded By Light" plays in the Altar of Atonement, "Dust to Dust" plays in the Altar of Judgment, "The Warpath Home" plays in the Altar of Salvation and "Time's Master" plays in the Altar of Birth.
- When fighting battles in the cathedral on the final day, Lightning does not perform victory poses.
- The cathedral is in a perpetually incomplete state.
- The Order's High Priestess can be seen at the altar in the Hall of Devotion twice a day, from 10:00 to 13:00 and 18:00 to 21:00. She can also be heard preaching sermons when approached.