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A diminutive state ruled by the line of Oracles, brought under imperial control twelve years ago.
—Loading screen description "The Former Territory of Tenebrae"

Tenebrae is a location in the Final Fantasy XV Universe and a province under Niflheim's control. The homeland of Lunafreya Nox Fleuret and her older brother, Ravus, it maintains some level of autonomy thanks to Lunafreya's status as an Oracle. Tenebrae is a lush, green, mountainous area abundant in castle-like structures. A blue flower called sylleblossom is common in the region. Fenestala Manor is the home of the Tenebraen royal family, located high in the mountains of Zoldara Henge, and serves as a bridge connecting several areas.[1]

Before the events of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XV, Tenebrae was nominally ruled by Lunafreya and Ravus's mother, Queen Sylva. Both Lunafreya and Ravus sport a crest with a unicorn; this could be the crest of either Tenebrae or House Fleuret. Unicorns are associated with the powers of healing.

AlmanacEdit

Almanac location in Tenebrae Ch12 FFXV

On a crate at the train station, overlooking Fenestala Manor. Missable if the player does not read it before leaving Tenebrae in Chapter 12.

Country controlled by House Fleuret with the Oracle serving as its sovereign. The gardens of Fenestala Manor, tended by Oracles throughout the ages, are filled with bright blue sylleblossoms—the national flower of Tenebrae.
Though the nation has long enjoyed friendly relations with the kingdom, their ties were effectively cut some 400 years ago when the empire invaded and took the territory under its control. Fenestala Manor alone remained the purview of House Fleuret until several years ago, when a fire broke out and claimed the life of the previous Oracle, Sylva Via Fleuret. Her death marked the end of Tenebraen autonomy and the beginning of a more antagonistic relationship with Lucis.

StoryEdit

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Tenebrae was established before the adoption of the modern calendar system, after the king blessed by the Crystal drove Starscourge away from Eos, and the Oracles became its royalty.

Circa M.E. 358, Niflheim began invading other countries. The Aldercapt family who govern Niflheim set their sights on world domination, using the legacy of the ancient civilization of Solheim as their modus operandi. Their two primary targets became the Kingdom of Lucis and Tenebrae, which was led by the Oracle; however, Niflheim only had the means to attack the adjacent Tenebrae.[2] Niflheim gained control of Tenebrae's territory the same year, but they did not invade Fenestala Manor–where the royal family resides–due to the masses' faith in the Oracle.[3]

Sylva was the queen of Tenebrae and had two children, the older Ravus and the youngest Lunafreya. In M.E. 744, King Regis from the kingdom of Lucis arrived in Tenebrae with his eight-year-old son Noctis Lucis Caelum for the latter to recuperate from an injury sustained from a daemon attack. Noctis befriended Lunafreya and met Gentiana, the divine Messenger of the gods, who lives in Fenestala Manor with the Nox Fleuret family. During the king's stay, Niflheim attacked the manor to kill Regis, and General Glauca murdered Sylva in front of her children. Regis escaped with Noctis despite Ravus pleading him for help. The incident was covered up and the queen was reported to have perished in an accidental fire, but Fenestala Manor fell under imperial control.[1]

FINAL FANTASY XV Luna in Tenebrae

Lunafreya, who became the new Oracle when she was 16, often traveled through Tenebrae and imperial lands, healing people affected by the plague of darkness. After a 24-year-old Lunafreya's escape from Insomnia in the wake of its fall to the Niflheim Empire, she was declared dead. In the wake of her "passing," thousands flocked to Fenestala Manor to pay their respects, pilgrims traveling from afar by boat and train. Many expected Ravus to deliver a eulogy, but he did not make nay public appearances. In truth, she returned to Tenebrae after rousing the Astrals Titan and Ramuh, requesting them to forge covenants with Noctis. In a field of sylleblossoms, she met with her brother Ravus, who demanded she stop communing with the Astrals, and claimed Noctis will never become the True King. Lunafreya was adamant to continue to Altissia to rouse Leviathan. During her stay at Tenebrae, she also spoke with Gentiana about wanting to make her feelings known to Noctis.

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Tenebrae after being attacked.

Following Lunafreya's demise during Leviathan's Revelation, Noctis wishes to go to Tenebrae to pay his respects. The train ride to the territory is ambushed by imperial forces and daemons. The imperials rain fire down on the Fenestala Manor as revenge against former High Commander Ravus Nox Fleuret, who has been sentenced to death for high treason in the aftermath of the disastrous campaign against Leviathan. When Noctis arrives at the station overlooking the still aflame Fenestala Manor, he meets with Aranea Highwind. She offers her two men, Biggs and Wedge, to see the party safely to Gralea.

Noctis speaks to Maria, a woman who worked for House Fleuret. She asks if he received the Ring of the Lucii, and tells Noctis that Lord Ravus wished to return King Regis's sword to him. He also learns that Lunafreya's dog Pryna passed away when she did.

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Girl talks to Noctis about Lunafreya.

Noctis speaks to a young girl who tells him that Lunafreya truly loved him. She had worried the wedding plans were a bother to him, which Noctis assures they were not. Some in Tenebrae still pray for her to return, while others mark the absence of Gentiana. It is unknown what happens to Tenebrae after this, as its royal line has been severed and the world is overtaken by darkness for ten years until Noctis returns.

LocationsEdit

Train stationEdit

Tenebrae train station in FFXV

This is the area the player can explore. The Magna Fortia runs along the route across the western continent, continuing on to Gralea. During Final Fantasy XV, due to the conflict with Niflheim the train station is filled with refugees. The stationary train here has a lodging and a diner. Some imperial soldiers around sell goods.

ItemsEdit

There is an entry for Cosmogony on a bench at the train station and two almanac entries, one for for Tenebrae (on a crate at the station) and one for Ghorovas Rift (the end of the train with the lodging). They are missable if the player doesn't read them before moving on from the area.

ShopsEdit

Pergula LegionisEdit
Pergula Legionis shop Ch12 Tenebrae in FFXV
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The item shop is operated by an imperial soldier next to some supply crates. The shop sells the same goods as the previous shops in Altissia and Cartanica.
Item Gil Type Info
Potion 50 Items Restores half of HP.
Hi-Potion 100 Items Fully restores HP.
Elixir 400 Items Fully restores HP and MP and regenerates half of maximum HP.
Hi-Elixir 800 Items Restores maximum HP and MP.
Phoenix Down 1000 Items Brings fallen party members back to life. Temporarily increases HP and MP recovery rate.
Antidote 10 Items Cures Poison.
Gold Needle 50 Items Cures Stone.
Smelling Salts 50 Items Cures Confusion.
Maiden's Kiss 100 Items Cures Toad.
Ether 100 Items Fully restores MP.
Remedy 500 Items Cures Poison, Stone, Confusion, and Toad.
Commeatus ArmorumEdit
Commeatus Armorum shop Ch12 Tenebrae in FFXV
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The equipment shop is found inside a magitek engine, operated by an imperial soldier. It sells the same wares as previous shops in Altissia and Cartanica.
Item Gil Type Info
Blood Sword 5000 Swords-ffxv-dmgtypeicon ATK 198 MP+11
Absorbs health from foes.
Thunderbolt 5000 Greatswords-ffxv-dmgtypeicon ATK 345 HP+246 Lightning Resist+29%
Inflicts lightning damage.
Wyvern Lance 5000 Polearms-ffxv-dmgtypeicon ATK 161
Deals heavy damage when airborne.
Delta Daggers 5000 Daggers-ffxv-dmgtypeicon ATK 153 MP+6 Magic+15
10% chance to inflict Compromised.
Flame Gun 5000 Firearms-ffxv-dmgtypeicon ATK 210 Spirit+16
Inflicts fire damage.
Hero's Shield 5000 Shields-ffxv-dmgtypeicon ATK 144 Vitality+25 Ballistic Resist+22%
Titanium Bangle 2500 HP+200
Heliodor Bracelet 2000 Strength+40
Talisman 1500 Magic+80
Knight's Anklet 2500 Vitality+70
Oracle Card 2500 Spirit+70

Roues du Repos - TenebraeEdit

Roues du Repos - Tenebrae in FFXV

The lodging's name is "Wheels of Rest" in French. Sleeping here yields a 10% EXP bonus and costs 30 gil. Noctis will get up at 10 am, but there is not much daylight left.

Carrus Cenatio - TenebraeEdit

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There is a diner in the stationary train where the player can eat, but it only has one menu item.
NameEffectsPriceRecipe obtainedUnlock
Set Dinner Course
(Dinner Plate)
Set Dinner Course
HP Boost (Level 10): Max HP +500500Default


Fenestala ManorEdit

Final Fantasy XV - Exploring Tenebrae & Luna's Room (Patch 1

Final Fantasy XV - Exploring Tenebrae & Luna's Room (Patch 1.16)

The interior of the manor only appears in cut scenes in the main game and in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Young Noctis and Lunafreya spent time there, and it appears in cut scenes where Lunafreya talks with Gentiana. Her wedding dress is kept there as well. The manor is destroyed by Niflheim during Chapter 12.

As of patch 1.16, it is possible to explore Lunafreya's room in the manor with the Armiger glitch. The ceiling above the bed is painted to look like a night sky with stars, and Lunafreya and Gentiana reflect in the mirror even if the room is empty.

Gardens of Fenestala ManorEdit

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Lunafreya's field of sylleblossoms.

The gardens of Fenestala Manor, tended by Oracles throughout the ages, are filled with bright blue sylleblossoms—the national flower of Tenebrae. This area only appears in cut scenes and in a dream sequence at the end of Chapter 9. Lunafreya speaks to Ravus and Gentiana here, and Noctis meets her on the field in the dream when the both of them are unconscious after Leviathan's trial. The field is said to have been burned by Niflheim when they attacked Fenestala Manor.

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Creation and developmentEdit

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Concept art.

Tenebrae was planned for the game ever since it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In a trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it was revealed a legend exists in Tenebrae that states those who can see the "light" of the Kingdom of the Dead will obtain special powers. Stella Nox Fleuret was from Tenebrae, and appeared to have this power, as did Noctis. Gentiana's original role for was that of Stella's messenger, and a contact point between the countries of Tenebrae and Niflheim.[4] The Final Fantasy XV E3 2013 trailer says that "Niflheim has already waged war for crystals in Solheim, Tenebrae and Accordo", but Tenebrae never had a crystal in the final game; instead, its royalty is tasked to support the kings of Lucis in their endeavor to protect the world's only Crystal.

GalleryEdit

Artwork
Screenshots

EtymologyEdit

Tenebrae means "shadow" or "darkness" in Latin.

Tenebrae juxtaposes Lucis, a kingdom whose name means "light" in Latin. While Lucis is technologically advanced, Tenebrae represents an "old school" fantasy kingdom.

TriviaEdit

  • There is a Tenebraen oak tree north of Cape Caem from where the player can procure Tenebraen Oak.
  • The Ulwaat Berries are from this region. The berries are the "secret ingredient" to a treat the 8-year-old Noctis enjoyed during his stay in Tenebrae. The desire to recreate it inspired Ignis to take up cooking.


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