- "You have a rare and special gift, and it is that gift that has led you here to us."
Minfilia is a prominent Non-Player Character in the original main story line of Final Fantasy XIV. She is the leader of the Path of the Twelve, an organization of people touched by the Echo, and offers walkers of the Path guidance in learning to utilize the Echo to bring about peace. She first appears in Ul'dah's main storyline as Ascilia, daughter of Warburton.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- "Look to those who've walked before to lead those who walk after."
Her official title is "Acting Antecedent" of the Path of the Twelve. Antecedent is a synonym for "predecessor", implying that she is simply someone with the Echo who came before others, including the player, and guides them with the wisdom of seniority.
Minfilia is a Midlander Hyur who keeps her blonde hair in a ponytail with long bangs hanging down the sides of her face. She wears a pink half-top, brown culottes, and fingerless gloves. She is never seen in battle, allowing her to dress more casually than most major characters in the game. Recent concept art of her A Realm Reborn outfit shows, among other things, a dagger or survival knife on her hip.
Though wise and diplomatically savvy, she is often undermined by those she intends to lead, including the player's Path Companion, especially in her belief that the five races can cooperate with the beast tribes. This shows a complete lack of formality within the Path of the Twelve, well as fairly shaky leadership on her part, no matter how sound her ideals may seem.
Players from all parts of the world will meet Minfilia when the Main Scenario converges on Ul'dah.
Upon learning of the Player's ability to use the Echo, Minfilia offers them to join the Path in working behind the scenes to use this rare talent for peace.
After joining the Path and choosing a Path Companion, a few of the player's missions are given by Minfilia, including an investigation into Garlean activities in the home of the Syphs in Black Shroud and a dispatch to Gridania to meet with the Ashcrown Consortium.
During the quest "Forever Taken", it comes to the Path's attention that the Garlean Empire has labeled the Beast Tribes as the enemies of Eorzea and mean to summon their "Eikons" to kill the people of the five races. Because walkers of the Patch can use the Echo to communicate with the beastmen, they will branded as heathens. Sparking controversy within the Path itself, she implores the walkers to agree to an alliance with the beast tribes to combat Garlemald. The majority of the Path responds negatively, fearing that cooperation with beast tribes would ensure they would be cast out of society. The player and their Path Companion are among the few who follow her in this radical endeavor, although attempts to sway the Amalj'aa, and their Eikon, Ifrit, end in failure.
After a battle between an Ala Mhigan resistance and the Empire ends poorly during the quest "Future's Perfect", she uses it as a reminder to the player that Garlemald is simply too powerful for any one City-state, and that an alliance with the beast tribes is their only chance.
|Barret: There's no gettin' off this train we on 'till we reach the end of the line.|
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While characters in the Circle of Knowing have all been repurposed for the temporarily-accessible Seventh Umbral Era story arc, Minfilia's last appearance was in final Main Scenario quest, Future's Perfect, which ended on a loose cliffhanger. Her new role in A Realm Reborn is uncertain, but Naoki Yoshida showed concept art of her re-designed outfit during the Live Producer Letter III.
- Minfilia would be proven both right and wrong about the Empire's might in a different story arc. The combined forces of all three City-States are enough to pose a threat to the Imperial Stronghold of Castrum Novum. However, a mere party of eight capable adventurers is more than enough to infiltrate their stronghold and destroy the Lunar Transmitter it was built to protect. This can be accomplished with absolutely no help from the beast tribes.