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A noble king, chosen defender of the sacred Stone and Ring, and founder of the nation known to us now as the Kingdom of Lucis.

Dubbed 'the Mystic' for his mesmerizing feats on the field of battle, he joined hands with the Oracle to travel the world and dispel the darkness that plagued our star.
—Rulers of Yore monument

Somnus Lucis Caelum, more commonly known as the Founder King (as the historical person) and as the Mystic (as the Lucii—a spirit residing in the Ring of the Lucii) is the first king of Lucis in Final Fantasy XV Universe who lived 2,000 years ago. He appears as a Lucii in Final Fantasy XV (extended appearance in the Royal Edition) and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, and as a human in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn and Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue. The Mystic is the most prominent Lucii, acting as the spokesperson for the collective of kings in the movie.

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AppearanceEdit

Somnus, the Mystic Artwork

As a human, Somnus resembled Noctis with his black hair and facial shape. He dressed in a long blue robe with buttons down the front, black sandals, a black cape, a guard on his left forearm and shoulder and a blue silk shawl around his hips attached to a strap that crossed his chest.

As a Lucii the Mystic has holes on his winged helmet and the back of his suit of armor has something similar to a bony tail. The winged/horned helmet and the "tail" could allude to Bahamut, the Astral god who chose the Lucis Caelum line for a greater purpose in the world. Every successive Lucii has had a similar appearance, yet unique to their personality; the dark suits of armor they wear resemble Bahamut who presents himself similarly.

In the artwork of the Cosmogony, the Founder King is portrayed as a black-haired man wearing a golden crown and a gray cloak.

Somnus's weapon is an elaborate longsword that would become known as the Blade of the Mystic.

PersonalityEdit

As a Lucii, the Mystic appears steadfast, determined and loyal to the Crystal's cause, but strict with those who seek the power of the Ring of the Lucii without being of the royal bloodline.

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When Nyx Ulric puts on the ring, the Mystic considers the opinion of the recently arrived King Regis, and despite being angered by Nyx's arrogant remarks, his selfless determination to protect the future impresses the Mystic enough to agree to lend him the power of the kings. After being freed from Ardyn's brainwashing, the Mystic praises Noctis and his party for their performance and uses Noctis to fulfill his calling, asking him to free his fallen brother from the thrall of darkness. The Mystic acknowledges their familial relation despite all that Ardyn had done. In the Episode Ardyn teaser trailer, Somnus refers to Ardyn as 兄上, a formal and old fashioned term for "older brother" used to show respect. However, in the Episode Ardyn Prologue teaser trailer, Somnus smirks when Ardyn goes berserk and quickly charges at him, seemingly fighting him without hesitation.

The Cosmogony books describe the Founder King as a hero archetype who freed Eos from darkness, having been chosen by the Ring of the Lucii for his worthiness, never mentioning Ardyn. Ardyn meanwhile describes his younger brother as the person who stole his glory and demonized him out of jealousy. Whether Somnus ever wanted the throne or simply ended up being thrust upon the task after Ardyn's downfall is unknown.

AbilitiesEdit

Somnus had many of the same powers his brother and descendants display, wielding "weapons of light," conjuring them from thin air at will. He can warp and use magic. The kings' sigils bestow their wielders with each king's specific abilities, and the Founder King's Sigil empowering Noctis's Armiger to a stronger version. In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, the Mystic's Sigil: Graviton allows the bearer to create a powerful gravitational force that draws enemies close, while limiting their abilities.

The Mystic special attack from FFXVRE

Tornado of miasma.

According to Ignis Scientia, legend has it "the King once stood alongside the Six in the battle to banish the darkness", referring to Somnus halting the spread of Starscourge. The story has become folklore and is the basis of the prophecy of the True King, but the details of Somnus's quest to save the world are unknown. As a Lucii, he is the most powerful out of the three kings of yore Ardyn ushers to fight Noctis and his retinue. The Mystic ejects energy from his sword to hit ranged targets, and uses powerful elemental magic. When tainted by the Starscourge he can project a tornado of miasma that damages and sucks all in close proximity in. As an Old Wall statue, the Mystic warps and destroys the remaining Diamond Weapons with his fists after his sword is destroyed.

StoryEdit

Somnus is the younger brother of Ardyn Lucis Caelum. Ardyn was to become the first king of Lucis, but after falling from the Crystal's favor and becoming the immortal Accursed, Somnus ascended the throne instead and would become known as the Founder King. According to Ardyn, Somnus was jealous of him and thus came to demonize him, but the veracity of Ardyn's account is unclear.

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Somnus before his coronation being greeted by the Messengers.

Starscourge is a malady that infects Eos and its inhabitants, animals and humans alike, turning them into daemons. After Ardyn absorbed the malady into himself and became immortal, he was rejected by the Crystal and fell from grace. As the world plunged into the darkness Starscourge brings forth, the civilization fell into ruin as even the Astrals had turned against each other in the War of the Astrals. Somnus was served by Gilgamesh as his sworn shield, and Shield of the King would become the title given to the Lucian monarch's main bodyguard in honor of him. Somnus rose to protect the first Oracle, a maiden whom Bahamut granted powers to fight the Starscourge and commune with the Astrals.

Together, Somnus and the Oracle set out on a journey where she helped him forge covenants with the Astrals who would test his prowess with trials that laid waste to entire cities. With the Astrals by his side, Somnus is said to have collected a collection of glaives of light and eradicated Starscourge from Eos with them—likely by fighting Ardyn. Though Starscourge subsided, Ardyn was sustained by the Starscourge itself, and as long as his immortal corrupted soul would persist, the world would not be safe. Ardyn was locked away, but whether this was done by Somnus himself is unknown.

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Cosmogony illustration of the first king of Lucis being tasked by the gods to protect the Crystal.

Somnus was granted the Crystal of Eos, the very soul of the star, and the Ring of the Lucii, a magical ring that allows the wielder to commune with the Crystal and collects his bloodline's souls, in time bonding them to the current living monarch. One day in in the distant future the final king would become the fabled True King, chosen by the Crystal. Until that day arrives, Somnus and his descendants are sworn to protect the Stone and the Ring.

The civilization of Solheim in ruin, Somnus could establish a new kingdom in its place: the kingdom of Lucis. The Cosmogony books that chronicle the legends of Eos posit that before falling into eternal slumber, having been exhausted by the war, the Six gave mankind the Ring of the Lucii. The ring is said to have passed from person to person, but none were fit to inherit its power. It is said to have found its way into the hands of a person deemed worthy, whom people thus saw fit to rule, who became the first king of Lucis. However, this account may not be entirely accurate, as the Cosmogony never mentions that Somnus's brother was to originally succeed the throne, and, in fact, never mentions Ardyn at all. Final Fantasy XV Official Works posits that Somnus founded Lucis to protect the Crystal and the Ring of the Lucii, and to prepare for the "Calamity to Come".[1]

Somnus was likely the first to entomb his longsword to preserve it for the future generations of his lineage, an array of holy weapons that would become known as the royal arms. After he died his spirit came to inhabit a colossal statue likeness of him, in present day known as part of the Old Wall. The statues animate at the behest of the currently reigning monarch to protect the Crown City of Insomnia where the sacred Crystal is kept. Somnus was the start of the Lucian royal line, and after death his soul entered the Ring of the Lucii. For the next 2,000 years, his spirit resides in the ring, bonded to the souls of his descendants to empower them, now remembered as the Mystic and the Founder King.

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The Mystic fights the Diamond Weapon.

As depicted in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the Mystic talks to Nyx Ulric when the Glaive puts on the Ring of the Lucii. As Nyx is not of royal lineage, he must pay the blood price for gaining the ring's power. After support from the Father, the latest Lucii to join the ring, the Mystic and the others accept Nyx's bargain and he gains the power to animate the Old Wall. The Mystic's statue comes alive and fights the Niflheim forces decimating the Crown City even if the Crystal has already been stolen, and is the last king standing at the battle's end. The statue's greatsword (a colossal version of the Blade of the Mystic) breaks in the final stretch of the battle against a Diamond Weapon, so he tosses it aside and punches the Weapon instead. Nyx digs his kukri into the Mystic's suit of armor to follow the king warping away.

In Final Fantasy XV, Noctis Lucis Caelum, the 114th heir to the throne of Lucis, comes upon the Tomb of the Mystic at the Disc of Cauthess where he inherits the Blade of the Mystic. The Mystic's spirit is released from his tomb by Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, the present day Oracle, to empower Noctis for the Trial of Leviathan. Noctis eventually recovers the Ring of the Lucii and finds the Crystal the empire has stolen away. He is pulled inside into an otherworldly realm where the Astral god Bahamut tells him of his role, as the culmination of the kings of Lucis, as the True King whose blood price can save the world from the Starscourge.

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The Mystic enslaved.

Noctis spends ten years sleeping inside the Crystal to absorb its power before returning to the daemon-infested Insomnia to bring light back to the world. In the Royal Edition content, the Mystic is enslaved by the Starscourge and used by Ardyn to test Noctis in the Hall of History. Following his defeat, Somnus asks Noctis to free Ardyn from his state as the Accursed. During the final duel between Ardyn and Noctis, the Mystic is among the Lucii who materialize beyond the Citadel.

After killing Ardyn's physical body and sending his immortal soul into the in-between realm,[2] Noctis sits on the throne of Lucis and summons the Lucii, who plunge their royal arms into him. Noctis and the Lucii emerge to face Ardyn's corrupted spirit in the "beyond", and the royal arms eject from the former's body. The Mystic once again takes up arms with the Blade of the Mystic as the Lucii combine their powers in the true form of Armiger to destroy the Starscourge inside his brother once and for all. The sun rises, daemons disappear from the world, and the Ring of the Lucii shatters, finally releasing the Lucii from their servitude.

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GameplayEdit

Blade of the MysticEdit

Final Fantasy XV Royal Arm Blade of the Mystic 夜叉王刀劍

Final Fantasy XV Royal Arm Blade of the Mystic 夜叉王刀劍

Blade of the Mystic

Blade of the Mystic is the fourth royal arm obtained during the main quest, found at the Disc of Cauthess in Chapter 4. It is a longsword that boosts the wielder's Strength through a unique self-buff. Its basic combo has Noctis perform myriad slashes and stabs at medium speed and area of effect. When the player stops attacking, Noctis will hold the sword in front of him and gain +100 Strength for 10 seconds. This buff can be activated outside of combat. Blade of the Mystic's aerial attack is a single slash, and its phase-counter is an uppercut slash.

Warp-striking with the Blade of the Mystic has Noctis shoot Armiger projections before delivering the strike, a strong direct downwards slash. Each projection does the same damage as the blade would in a melee hit adjusted for warp-strike distance bonus. Due to the focused nature of the physical strike, it is good for breaking normally hard-to-reach appendages.

Noctis displays a preference for this weapon after obtaining it, as he uses it the most whenever he executes an attack that requires a royal arm. The blade is well balanced and a recommended addition to any arsenal.

NameCategoryAttackCriticalModifiers/NotesValueObtain
Blade of the Mystic
(Sword of the Yaksha King)
Blade-of-the-Mystic-FFXV
Royal Arms3966Max HP: +150
Vitality: +30
Dark Resistance: 20%
A longsword with the ability to increase the wielder's Strength through a unique self-buff
Buy: —
Sell: —
Reward: Main quest: The Archaean; Hiso Alien item delivery in Close Encounter of the Terra Kind
A king rose to protect the world with the Oracle. This was his sword. When swung, it enhances the wielders prowess.

SigilsEdit

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Founder King's statue.

In Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, the player gains access to Armiger Unleashed by interacting with the statue of the Founder King in northern Leide, in the ruins of Keycatrich. After having collected all 13 royal arms, interacting with the statue yields The Founder King's Sigil.

In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, the Mystic's Sigil: Graviton allows the bearer to create a powerful gravitational force that draws enemies close, while limiting their abilities.

BossEdit

Somnus is fought in Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition as a boss in the final dungeon.

Other appearancesEdit

Dissidia Final Fantasy NTEdit

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The Mystic appears with the other Lucii.

The Mystic appears with the other Lucii on the Insomnia stage after the stage transitions to night.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Somnus means "sleep" in Latin. It is also the name of the Roman personification of sleep, whose equivalent in Greek mythology is Hypnos.

Somnus appears named after "Somnus", the main theme of Final Fantasy XV. It has been the main theme of the game ever since it was announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and the game still has lingering sleep motifs. Lucis's Crown City being called Insomnia could thus be in relation to its founder king. However, the god of sleep Somnus/Hypnos's brother being Thanatos ("Death") could also be an inspiration for his naming, considering Somnus in Final Fantasy XV is Ardyn's brother.

In Japanese his Lucii is known "the Yaksha King". Yaksha is a class of nature-spirits, usually benevolent, who take care of the natural treasures hidden in the earth and tree roots in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist texts. The Yakshas are described in Hindu literature as the brothers of demonic beings (rakshasas).

In the English localization, his Lucii is the Mystic. Mystic is a person who attains insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge by communication with the divine.

Lucis, meaning "of the light," is the genitive singular form of the Latin word lux, which means "light."

Caelum means "sky" in Latin.

TriviaEdit

  • The reason the Tomb of the Mystic is at the Disc of Cauthess at the base of the Meteor is never elaborated upon. Most kings are entombed in hidden royal tombs scattered across the realm. The About the Kings of Yore document in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades posits that the tombs were erected as a memorial to the sovereign who claimed that land in the name of Lucis. Many tombs have been lost across the ages, and the Mystic's should be the oldest. All royal tombs have the same design of a depiction of a king grasping the royal arm that belongs to that particular tomb.
  • In the English localization of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis, when Ardyn mentions his true name Ignis assumes he was the Founder King. Ardyn corrects him.
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The sword Noctis uses to defeat Mystic.

  • Noctis finishes the Mystic with a sword that he doesn't normally have: it has a similar yet truncated blade as the Sword of the Father and a different hilt. This is actually the sword that King Regis had in the Dawn trailer (Regis-Noctis-Dawn-Trailer-FFXV). Promotional art (Young Noctis and King Regis) that accompanied the trailer shows Regis with the Sword of the Father, however, implying the "Dawn" sword is perhaps an alternate version of it.
  • Somnus appears on a field of flowers in the Episode Ardyn teaser trailer, which appear to be asphodels. According to the Victorian Language of Flowers, asphodel is a type of lily meaning "my regrets follow you to the grave". In Homer's Odyssey, asphodels are everlasting flowers said to grow in the Elysian fields where spirits live.

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