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Lunafreya

Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, the youngest Oracle in history.

She most pure of faith is the Oracle, a daughter in the line of those said to commune with the Six. Blessed by the Astral gods, she calls forth the power of Eos to heal those who are suffering and afflicted. Her devotion to helping all those in need has inspired reverence for her among people from all over the world.
—The Six and the Oracle - II

The Oracle (神凪, Kannagi?, lit. Calmer of Gods) is a woman in the Final Fantasy XV Universe charged with maintaining the stability of Eos by cleansing the world and communing with its gods. Astrals are intelligent immortal deities that have their own agendas, and speak a unique language only understood by those touched by them;[1] one of the Oracle's duties is to carry the words of the gods to the people and thus bridge humankind with the divine.

Oracles are said to be bestowed by the power of the planet[2] and inherit their abilities through their family bloodline. The Oracle's prayers have the power to halt the Starscourge, a plague on the world than lengthens nights. She travels the land to selflessly ease the people's suffering and applies her blessing on havens so they would not be attacked by beasts and daemons.[2] Her final task is to forge covenants with the Astrals and aid the Crystal's Chosen to fulfill the prophecy of the True King.

StoryEdit

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Words cannot express the joy in my heart on receiving word of this coming peace. Nor the pride I take in my betrothal playing a part in this historic moment. On this joyous occasion, some have voiced cause for concern: The fear that I will be unable to fulfill my duties as Oracle. Please rest assured, my marriage will not stand in the way of my calling. You will find me in your towns and villages, as you always have. And I shall continue to bless you all.
—Lunafreya in a radio broadcast
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Cover of Cosmogony depicts the first Oracle with the Founder King.

According to legend the Astral Bahamut descended from the stars and picked the first Oracle from the land of Tenebrae. He bestowed the Oracle's powers upon her and gave her his trident. The Oracles of the Nox Fleuret dynasty became the royal family of the kingdom of Tenebrae, and they remain very popular among the people of Eos. Messengers are magical beings sent by Astrals to the Oracle to make the gods' will known to mankind through her.

Circa M.E. 358, the Aldercapt family who govern Niflheim set their sights on world domination, using the legacy of the ancient civilization of Solheim. Their two primary targets become the Kingdom of Lucis, and Tenebrae, led by the Oracle. Niflheim gained control of Tenebrae's territory but did not invade Fenestala Manor where the Fleurets, the Oracle family, reside, due to the masses' faith in the Oracle.[3] Thus Tenebrae retains some autonomy although being in Niflheim territory.

Though the Oracles are known as the royalty of Tenebrae, one of the royal arms is the Trident of the Oracle, and one of the thirteen statues of the Old Wall in Insomnia is also a seemingly female figure who wields a giant version of the trident. It may be the soul of the first Oracle, who according to legend inherited the trident from Bahamut alongside with her divine powers. The statues in Insomnia are said to be "coffins" for the souls of the past kings that animate at the behest of the currently reigning monarch.[4] In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades however, this Lucii speaks with a male voice.

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Lunafreya uses her powers as Oracle to heal a man.

Tenebrae was invaded by Niflheim when the Lucian royal family was visiting them in M.E. 744. Niflheim's General Glauca killed Sylva Nox Fleuret, the queen who was also the Oracle. The incident was covered up and the queen was reported to have perished in an accidental fire. Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, the princess of Tenebrae and Sylva's daughter, became the new Oracle four years later under the supervision of the empire. However, she had already been using her powers before this: in M.E. 745 Lunafreya entered a covenant with Shiva, who awoke as a giantess outside the imperial capital in Ghorovas Rift. At age sixteen, she became the youngest Oracle in history,[5] and her status allows Tenebrae to remain somewhat autonomous under Niflheim's rule. As the Oracle, Lunafreya journeys the land to heal people afflicted with Starscourge and people travel long distances to be seen by her.

When Niflheim officials head to Lucis for a peace treaty signing in M.E. 756, Emperor Aldercapt takes Lunafreya with him. As part of the treaty, she is to marry Prince Noctis of Lucis, her childhood friend. In an interview broadcast over radio, Lunafreya promises that she will continue to work as an Oracle even though her duties would be temporarily halted for her upcoming wedding. The treaty-signing is a ruse for Niflheim to invade the Crown City of Insomnia, but Lunafreya has a chance to be with King Regis before he is killed. She takes the king's Ring of the Lucii to pass it on to Noctis, who is not in Insomnia when it is invaded. The news declare Lunafreya dead, and the world mourns for her. Her wedding dress is put on display in Altissia where people pay respects to her.

After the Crown City's fall, the hunter Dave Auburnbrie is interviewed for radio, where the interviewer asks if those on the road at dusk should seek refuge at a haven. Dave affirms, saying that the havens are "holding strong" despite the world having lost the Oracle's protection. He reminds that the havens lasted the four years the world was without an Oracle after Lady Sylva passed away, before Lunafreya took up the position.

Lunafreya believes that Noctis is the True King spoken of in prophecy. When he stayed in Tenebrae when he was eight years old, she had told him he is the Chosen. The coming of the True King is the reason the Astrals had bestowed powers to two bloodlines in Eos, and Lunafreya believes her mission is to guide Noctis to fulfill his destiny. Thus, after escaping Insomnia with the Ring of the Lucii, Lunafreya uses her powers as the Oracle to implore the Astrals to lend Noctis their strength. This drains her of her life-force and she grows weak.

Lunafreya's mission is opposed by her brother, Ravus Nox Fleuret, who doesn't have the powers of an Oracle despite being of the same bloodline, as only women inherit the position.[2] He doesn't want to see Lunafreya sacrifice herself for Noctis, whom Ravus believes to be too weak to be the Chosen King. Ravus had asked for the Ring of the Lucii's powers for himself, but was rejected and lost his arm when he was burned by the power of the old kings. Being made the high commander of the Niflheim forces, Ravus is tasked with capturing Lunafreya, but he aides her escape Lucis instead. She tries to convince Ravus that Noctis is the Chosen King, and he reluctantly comes around, but still leads the Niflheim forces to attack the Astrals whose communion with Lunafreya is weakening her.

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Lunafreya communes with the Astral Leviathan.

When Lunafreya is in Altissia to rouse Leviathan, Noctis convinces First Secretary Camelia Claustra to allow Lunafreya to perform the ritual to awaken the sea goddess. Lunafreya makes a public appearance to let the populace know she is alive. When she rouses Leviathan the Astral takes offense and intimidates her. Lunafreya parries Leviathan's attacks with the Trident of the Oracle and summons the power of the old kings to empower Noctis, who forges a covenant with Leviathan. Lunafreya is killed by Chancellor Ardyn Izunia of Niflheim and she dies after passing on the Ring of the Lucii to Noctis.

Lunafreya's "second" death shocks the world. Ravus is sentenced to death for high treason, and thus the Oracles' bloodline is extinguished. Without Lunafreya holding the Starscourge at bay, daylight begins to vanish from Eos more rapidly, until it is plunged into an eternal night. Ravus evades execution for a time, but falls prey to Ardyn masquerading as Noctis. When Ravus returns the Sword of the Father to the fake Noctis, he says "As Blood of the Oracle, I present you your father's glaive."

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Lunafreya's spirit helps Noctis defeat Ardyn.

Noctis continues on his mission without Lunafreya's help, although he once hallucinates a vision of her, suggesting she is helping him from the afterlife. Noctis sacrifices his life to purge Eos of the Starscourge, and Lunafreya's spirit helps him during his final confrontation. The world is saved as per the prophecy, but without Oracles there is no one left on Eos to commune with the gods.

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EtymologyEdit

An oracle is a person or agency considered to provide wise and insightful counsel, prophetic predictions, or precognition of the future inspired by the gods.

TriviaEdit

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The Japanese lore tutorial.

  • The player can read "The Six and the Oracle" lore in the tutorial*see the introduction quote on this article. This segment ends with an additional line in the Japanese version that says ちなみに、これらの話題でいう「星」は「世界」の意です, which translates to "By the way, 'star' in these topics means 'world.'"
  • In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, The Oracle's Sigil enhances the wearer's curative powers. It refers to the The Oracle whose royal arm, given by Bahamut and passed to each new Oracle, represents the connection the Oracle has with the King of Lucis.


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