Unlike the others, I am not given to waiting. I shall take that staff and bring about the next Rejoining.
Nabriales is a character from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. He is one of the Ascians introduced during the epilogue of 2.0's story arc, and later appears in Patch 2.5 as an antagonist seeking Louisoix's staff.
Like other Ascians, Nabriales is wearing a black leather hooded coat with purple markings and adornments. His initial few on-screen appearances have shown him wearing no mask with the hood down, and while is face is obscured in shadow, his form is that of a Midlander Hyur male with light brown or blond hair. He is later seen with a red, almost ribcage-like mask, with notable sideburns. In battle, a red emblem appears over his face.
He has a very pretentious and smug air about him, and speaks in a very nasal tone of voice. He does not seem to have very high opinion of Lahabrea, at one point describing him as an "overweening presence," and only refrained from killing Minfilia because Elidibus "would never let him hear the end of it."
Being an Ascian, Nabriales is a sorcerer able to wield Dark magic and could fire energy beams. He also seems to possess some manner of time magic, able to temporarily trap the Adventurer in a plane with meteors raining from the sky.
It is implied he was in possession of a host body, but its face is never seen in detail.
Nabriales is seen during the epilogue as the player completes the quest "The Ultimate Weapon." He along with many other Ascians join Lahabrea in a dark, poorly lit environment that obscures their faces in shadow. They comment how Bahamut has been stirring again after the fall of the Ultima Weapon, and that the other primals will soon follow as the Reckoning comes. At the conclusion of Patch 2.1's story arc, where he questions Elidibus's intentions for approaching Minfilia and the Adventurer. He states he does not share Elidibus interest in how they've grown powerful in the gift.
In 2.3, he and the other Ascians are in a meeting after Ramuh yields to the Warrior of Light. He is later seen masked (though initially unnamed) commenting on Iceheart withdrawing after being defeated in the form of Shiva, and noting Lahabrea "will be pleased" (to his chagrin).
During the events of Before the Fall, Nabriales confronts the adventurer and Moenbryda in Northern Thanalan, sensing that the adventurer is no longer blessed with Hydaelyn's Blessing (due to Midgardsormr's actions), and therefore no longer a threat to the Ascians. As Hydaelyn's Blessing also kept the Ascians from attacking the Scions of the Seventh Dawn directly, Nabriales decides to go to The Rising Stone. There, wounding Moenbryda when she attempted to strike him down, Nabriales reveals his intention to use the stone tablet fragment embedded in Tupsimati and begin the next Rejoining. Since Minfilia refused to relinquish the item, and knowing Elidibus would be furious, Nabriales simply spirits away her and the staff to the Chrysalis in the Aetherial Rift. Following him into the portal, the Adventurer defeats Nabriales and returns Minfilia to the Rising Stones. But Nabriales follows, reconstituting himself while explaining he will keep returning for the staff no matter how many times he's banished. But Moenbryda tosses Minfilia a White Auracite to trap him in while the Adventurer uses Tupsimati to fire a aether-filled blast at the crystal. With not enough Aether to shatter the crystal Moenbryda is forced to transfer her own life force into the staff giving it the amount needed to completely erase the Ascian.
Nabriales is encountered as a major story boss in Patch 2.5 Before the Fall, in "The Chrysalis" trial. He is considerably more difficult than the encounter with Lahabrea at the Praetorium.
Musical themes Edit
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Like the other Ascians, Nabriales's appearances are all accompanied by "Without Shadow".
"Nabriales" refers to the light scion "Nabriales, the Majestic" referred to in the profile of Cúchulainn from Final Fantasy XII. The glyph that appears when Nabriales is channeling magic is almost identical to the bottom portion of Cúchulainn's, only inverted.