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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 Tenebraea royal family, located high in the mountains, and serves as a bridge connecting several areas.[1]

Before the events of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XV, Tenebrae was a sovereign kingdom ruled by Lunafreya and Ravus's mother, Queen Sylva.

StoryEdit

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Tenebrae was established before the adoption of the modern calendar system, after the king guarding the Crystal drove Starscourge away from Eos,[2] 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. Their two primary targets became the Kingdom of Lucis and Tenebrae, which was led by the Oracle. Niflheim gained control of Tenebrae's territory, but they did not invade of Fenestala Manor–where the Fleurets, the Oracle family, reside–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. On 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. He befriended Lunafreya and met Gentiana, the divine Messenger of he gods who had lived in Fenestala Manor with the Nox Fleuret family since Luna was born.[2] During the king's stay, Niflheim attacked the manor to 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,[2] but Fenestala Manor fell under imperial control.[1]

FINAL FANTASY XV Luna in Tenebrae

Luna, who became the new Oracle, often traveled through Tenebrae, healing people affected by the plague of darkness. After Luna's escape from Insomnia in the wake of its fall to the Niflheim Empire, she returned to Tenebrae. 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.

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Tenebrae after being attacked.

Following Luna's demise, 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 Fleuret 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 Fleuret 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 his father's sword to him. He also learns that Luna's dog Pryna passed away when Luna did, and speaks to a young girl who tells him that Luna truly loved him. Luna had worried the wedding plans were a bother to him, which Noctis assures they were not. Some in Tenebrae still pray for Luna to return, while others mark the absence of Gentiana.

Spoilers end here.

Creation and developmentEdit

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]

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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.

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