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FFXIV Shiva Concept
We whom gods and men have forsaken shall be the instruments of our own deliverance! Partake of my flesh--fill this vessel with your light! Walk amongst your brothers and sisters once more! O Saint Shiva, still the hatred within our hearts and and bless us with eternal grace!
—Iceheart, summoning Saint Shiva

Shiva (シヴァ, Shiva?) is the patron saint and primal of the Harriers, and a boss in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn as she appears in the main scenario, and as a superboss in an optional "extreme" battle.

StoryEdit

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FFXIV Shiva & Hraesvelgr

Shiva and Hraesvelgr.

According to legend, an Elezen maiden named Shiva fell in love with the dragon Hraesvelgr. As her life is but a blink of an eye compared to the ageless dragons, Shiva beseeched Hraesvelgr to devour her so her soul would be entwined with his for eternity. Though reluctant at first, Hraesvelgr honored Shiva's request and inspired an alliance between man and dragon that lasted for two hundred years. The calming influence of Shiva's soul kept Hraesvelgr from participating in the Dragonsong War.

In time, demonized by the Holy See of committing the grave sin of laying with dragons, Shiva became a patron saint to the heresy cult that sided with the Dravanian Horde. Lady Iceheart of the Harriers attempts to summon Shiva's essence into her own body, becoming an avatar for her faith's saint to battle the adventurer, but is defeated and returns to her own form.

When the Ishgardians attempt to build an outpost to guard the area, the Harriers drive them off and, using their store of crystals, enable Iceheart to transform into an even more powerful incarnation of Shiva. Despite her newfound power, the adventurer defeats her again. She later allies with the adventurer to defeat Ravana and transforms into her Shiva form, but Ravana easily defeats her.

FFXIV Shiva Death

Ysayle as Shiva was shot to death by the Garlean flagship.

Iceheart would later learn, to her shock and dismay, that the "Shiva" she summoned was but a collective manifestation of her and her fellow Heretics' beliefs and prayers. She uses this form one final time when the Garlean dreadnought Gration is chasing the Enterprise Excelsius in the skies of Azys Lla to distract the Garleans long enough for the Excelsius to escape. She is killed, but thanks the adventurer for showing her the light. As a result of her assault, the Gration is forced to remain moored at Azys Lla indefinitely due the engines being sealed in aetheric ice.

Spoilers end here.

GameplayEdit

The Shiva form that Lady Iceheart assumes is fought as a boss in The Akh Afah Amphitheature twice: once during the "Dreams of Ice" main scenario arc, and in an optional Extreme battle. Both are fought at level 50 with a full party of eight.

Completing The Akh Afah Amphithreater (Extreme) grants the achievement "Let It Go."

Creation and developmentEdit

VoiceEdit

Saint Shiva is voiced by Maaya Uchida in the Japanese version of the game, and Sally Saffioti in the English version. She shares voice actors with Iceheart.

Musical themesEdit

The two themes that play while battling her are "Footsteps in the Snow" and "Oblivion" on the original soundtrack.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

TCG

PrimalShiva TCG

Shiva appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as an Ice-elemental card.

Triple TriadEdit

Shiva appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Shiva (also spelled Śiva) is a Hindu god. The Hindu Shiva once saved the world by consuming poison, giving him blue skin around the area of the neck and throat. Shiva is a male god, but can merge with his consort Parvati to become Ardhanari, an androgynous Hindu god of duality. Shiva is the god of destruction along with Vishnu, who is the god of preservation, and Brahma, the god of creation. Together they are the three principle deities of the Trimurti (Hindu Triad). It is believed he periodically destroys the world, then recreates it.

Shiva has different human forms, males and females. When he was in his avatar form, he spent most of his times in the Himalayan snow mountain. Shiva in the Final Fantasy series is likely inspired by one of his female avatars.


TriviaEdit

  • Ice Barding will grant a player's chocobo companion armor similar to that worn by Shiva.
  • Square Enix's Eorzea Cafe serves a dish called "Cremet d Anjou of Shiva ~no-bake cheesecake~" whose description translates to: A dish inspired by Ice Goddess, Shiva's Icicle Impact attack. For some reason, 'that' snowman is nestled in the lone corner of the battlefield (plate) where shelter may be taken...?

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