The Twelve are the pantheon of Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV, consisting of twelve benevolent deities who ruled the continent and its surrounding islands until the arrival of the wandering tribes. During character creation, players must align to one of the twelve deities, which slightly affects elemental resistances.
The Twelve play a crucial part in patch 1.23 of the original Final Fantasy XIV.
It is said The Twelve took up residence in the land which became known as Eorzea, with the moogles as their servants. The Twelve ruled over the land until the arrival of the wandering tribes: the Elezen, Miqo'te, Lalafell, Roegadyn and Hyur. Impressed by the tribes' resourcefulness and resilience, the Twelve ceded the land with some becoming patron deities of Eorzea's cities.
Each pair of the Twelve commands one of the six elements and each is associated with a month of the Eorzean calendar. Each elemental pair is, conversely, tied to one of the six constellations of Hydaelyn's night sky:
- The Bole is the Trunk of the World Tree, planted by Nophica, the Matron, and nurtured by Althyk, the Keeper, and is the source from which all life is said to have sprung.
- The Balance is made prosperous by the traders Nald and Thal, but is kept in equilibrium by the warden Azeyma.
- The Spire is a great iron tower of spinning gears and taut springs, constructed by Byregot, the Builder, and is constantly under attack by Rhalgr, the Destroyer, but his levin bolts only serve to power the tower.
- The Arrow was created atop a lofty peak by Oschon, the Wanderer, who was guided by Llymlaen, the Navigator.
- The Ewer is the vessel of Thaliak, the Scholar, from which pours forth a mighty river that contains all knowledge held in the past, present, and future, and contains the aether spun from the loom of Nymeia, the Spinner.
- The Spear symbolizes Halone, the Fury, whose domain was carved from the frozen moonbeams of Menphina, the Lover.
Nael van Darnus, the Legatus of the VIIth Legion, was successful in calling upon Dalamud using forbidden Allagan magic. Her defeat at Castrum Novum under the combined forces of the Grand Companies of Eorzea did not affect Dalamud's descent. As if to signify that hope remained, the symbols of the Twelve appeared across Eorzea, etched into stone and pulsing with a faint, comforting glow. Claiming that the gods would be stirred from slumber by the united prayers of their vassals, the Elezen scholar Louisoix Leveilleur encouraged the people of Eorzea to seek out these symbols and offer supplication to the Twelve. Later on, he confessed to his chosen adventurers that the symbols were carved by none other than himself. On his search for an item he would describe as Daybreak, he had created the spiritual anchors as part of a ritual to save their realm—the summoning of the Twelve.
Louisoix led the three-nation army at Cartenau Plains in Mor Dhona, where the forces of the Garlean Empire and the Eorzean Alliance met in one conclusive battle. The battle slowed to a halt as Dalamud broke up to unleash the elder primal Bahamut whose fury instigated the Seventh Umbral Era. Louisoix summoned the power of the Twelve, causing great columns of light to erupt from the marked stones. The columns of light took shapes reminiscent Dalamud’s spires and pierced Bahamut twelve times over, binding him in place as a radiant sphere established itself around him. Aetherial glyphs manifested in the skies, surrounding the elder primal’s prison with the symbols of his captors and—in that decisive moment—the ritual failed. Though Louisoix came close to resealing Bahamut, he mercifully held back, knowing that the simultaneous summoning of twelve deities would grievously, perhaps mortally, wound Hydaelyn. Nourished by the aether of a dying realm, Bahamut summoned his full strength, converging on a growing sphere. Louisoix consigned himself to his fate, using what energy remained to conjure the power of Althyk and deliver the adventurers beyond the reach of time and space.
The Twelve have been compared to the Beast Tribes' primals by Gaius van Baelsar, who regards them as "eikons" and insinuates they could be summoned with sufficient crystals. This is supported by Little Ala Mhigo involving an abandoned scheme by young refugees, who hoped to steal the Amalj'aa's crystal supply to summon Rhalgr to enact vengeance on the Garlean Empire. Later, Nabriales claims that Louisoix was able to evoke the Twelve without a large sum of crystals through use of the Tupsimati.
It is revealed that primals are not the original being, but imitations, or what somebody's vision of that being would be given form. Therefore, the Twelve themselves cannot be summoned this way, but a primal in their image can be. As such, Gaius's theory about summoning the Twelve, and the scheme to summon Rhalgr, are somewhat incorrect.
Halone, the Fury, mover of glaciers and goddess of war, commands the element of ice and is tied to the First Astral Moon (first month). She is depicted as a relentless warrior holding a bronze greatshield, and her symbol is three spears. Halone is also the patron of the Holy See of Ishgard, and is bitter rivals with Nophica.
The mark of Halone is located at the Fury's Gaze in Coerthas Central Highlands. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in a place by the same name in the Twinpools area of Coerthas.
Halone Gerbera is a flowering plant said to be beloved of the goddess.
Menphina, the Lover, keeper of the once-twin and now-lone moons and the goddess of love, commands the element of ice and is associated with the First Umbral Moon (second month). She is depicted as a maid carrying a round skillet. Her symbol is the full greater moon. Menphina is the younger sister of Azeyma, and the divine lover of Oschon.
The mark of Menphina is located near the Steel Vigil in Coerthas Central Highlands. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in one of the stone stacks at Gwyr-Aen in Coerthas.
Dalamud was often referred to as "Menphina's Loyal Hound" prior to its fall; during the advent of the Seventh Umbral Era, this often changed to less flattering things like "Menphina's Bastard Hound".
The Keeper of the Moon Miqo'te traditionally worship Menphina.
Thaliak, the Scholar, ruler of rivers and wisdom and god of knowledge, commands the element of water and is tied to the Second Astral Moon (third month). He is depicted as a reserved scholar holding an ashen staff, and his symbol is the scroll. Thaliak is Byregot's teacher, and the father of Llymlaen. He is also the patron of Sharlayan.
The mark of Thaliak is located at Rathefrost in Mor Dhona. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found on a crystal pillar at The Crypt of Xandes, northwest of Camp Brittlebark in Mor Dhona.
The names of the Thaliak River, Thaliak Caiman, Thaliak's Thumb, and Scholar Sculpin all allude to Thaliak.
Nymeia, the Spinner, the watcher of celestial bodies and goddess of fate, commands the element of water and is associated with the Second Umbral Moon (fourth month). She is depicted as a weaver donning a white, silken veil. Her symbol is the spinning wheel. She is the elder sister of Althyk, and the master of Rhalgr.
The mark of Nymeia is located at the south of Moraby Drydocks, Lower La Noscea. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found on a cliff at Moraby Bay, Lower La Noscea.
Nymeia's Ward is a trait common to Botanist and Miner. It occasionally increases yield for items without HQ versions, such as seeds.
Nymeia briefly became the matron deity of Ala Mhigo during the reign of King Theodoric from 1552 to the city-state's fall in 1557.
Bouquets of Nymeia Lilies are placed upon lichstones as an offering to the dead. The Nymeia Lily is said to be beloved of the Spinner.
Llymlaen, the Navigator, watcher of the seas and goddess of navigation, commands the element of wind and is tied to the Third Astral Moon (fifth month). She is depicted as a strong fisherwoman holding a long-bladed harpoon, and her symbol is the wave. Llymlaen is the daughter of Thaliak and the elder sister of Nophica. Llymlaen is also the patron of Limsa Lominsa.
The mark of Llymlaen is located at the Anchor Yard in Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks, overlooking the harbor from high above, at the foot of a monument. It is the stone Y'shtola is praying to in the End of an Era cutscene.
The maps in La Noscea, such as Llymlaen's Folly and Llymlaen's Resolve, make various references to Llymlaen, particularly in Cassiopeia Hollow and Shposhae.
Oschon, the Wanderer, ruler of the mountains and god of vagrants, commands the element of wind and is associated with the Third Umbral Moon (sixth month). He is depicted as a carefree ranger wielding a bow of yew. His symbol is the walking stick. Oschon is the brother of Nald'thal, a close companion of Halone, and the divine lover of Menphina. He is the patron of the ancient city of Nym and the Miners' Guild.
Oschon's Torch is a lighthouse at the God's Grip in Lower La Noscea. It is opposite a lighthouse called Llymlaen's Ring. After the Gods's Grip became separated from the main island of Vylbrand in the wake of the Calamity, a bridge named Oschon's Embrace was built.
Byregot, the Builder, purveyor of architecture and industry and god of the arts, commands the element of lightning and is tied to the Fourth Astral Moon (seventh month). He is depicted as an ardent smith holding a two-headed hammer, and his symbol is the hand. Byregot is the son of Rhalgr and the elder brother of Halone. Byregot is also Thaliak's pupil.
The Carpenter ability Byregot's Blessing increases quality by 100% plus 20% for each bonus to control granted by Inner Quiet. The class action Byregot's Brow and specialist action Byregot's Blessing can be learned by all Disciples of the Hand.
Byregot's Strike in Southern Thanalan is named for the Builder.
Rhalgr, the Destroyer, breaker of worlds and god of destruction, commands the element of lightning and is tied to the Fourth Umbral Moon (eighth month). He is depicted as a magi carrying a bronzen staff, and his symbol is the streaking meteor. Father of both Byregot and Halone, he is the attendant to Nymeia, and guardian deity of the now fallen nation of Ala Mhigo.
The mark of Rhalgr is located at Little Ala Mhigo, Southern Thanalan. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in the refugee village of Little Ala Mhigo, south of Camp Drybone, Thanalan.
Rhalgr's Bile is named for the Destroyer; it is a terrible poison infamously used in the assassination of an Ala Mhigan king.
Azeyma, the Warden, keeper of the sun and goddess of inquiry, commands the element of fire and is tied to the Fifth Astral Moon (ninth month). She is depicted as a noble lady holding a golden fan, and her symbol is the radiant sun. She is the mother of Nophica, the elder sister of Menphina, and the daughter of Althyk.
The mark of Azeyma is located near the Burning Wall in Eastern Thanalan. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in the Sandgate area of Eastern Thanalan, on a cliff overlooking the Grand Wake desert.
The Seeker of the Sun Miqo'te traditionally worship Azeyma.
The legacy sidequest "Hearing Confessions", involves seeking out followers of Azeyma.
Prior to the Calamity, Azeyma's Shields was a faction that fought against dangers within the city-states of Eorzea.
The Azeyma Rose is beloved of the Warden. Its oil is used as incense at Stillglade Fane and is beloved by Sylphs.
Nald'thal, the Traders, overseer of transactions and the underworld and god of commerce, commands the element of fire and is tied to the Fifth Umbral Moon (tenth month). Nald'thal is depicted as a discerning merchant holding a balance, and his symbol is the cowry, an ancient shell currency. Oschon is Nald'thal's brother. Nald'thal is actually the single manifestation of the twins Nald and Thal.
Nald'thal is the only member of The Twelve to have two stone symbols. The stones' location remain unchanged. They are located in the statues of both Nald and Thal in Ul'dah at the Arrazaneth Ossuary in Steps of Nald, and at the Milvaneth Sacrarium in Steps of Thal. The second location is currently inaccessible as of version 2.0. The Mark of the Dusk Trader is the stone Thancred is praying to in the End of an Era cutscene.
The Miner action Nald'thal's Ward increases the drop rate of fire shards, fire crystals, or fire clusters while gathering, and the action Nald'thal's Counsel increases the chance of obtaining an HQ item on the next gathering attempt
The Thaumaturges' Guild is located in the Arrazaneth Ossuary, a temple to Thal.
The Traders' Spurn is a necromantic powder named for Nald'thal that infamously caused the fall of Sil'dih.
Two shrines, Nald's Reflection and Thal's Respite, can be found in Southern Thanalan and Eastern Thanalan, respectively.
Nophica, the Matron, tender of soils and harvests and goddess of abundance, commands the element of earth and is tied to the Sixth Astral Moon (eleventh month). She is depicted as a jubilant farmer holding a steel scythe, and her symbol is the spring leaf. Daughter of Azeyma, Nophica is the younger sister of Llymlaen, and the bitter rival of Halone. Nophica is also the patron of Gridania.
The mark of Nophica is located above the entrance to Stillglade Fane at Old Gridania. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found on the Skyserpent's Egg at Nophica's Altar, leading to Stillglade Fane. The Mark of the Matron is the stone Papalymo and Yda are praying to in the End of an Era cutscene.
Nophica's Wells in Western Thanalan was so named because it was once an oasis. The water here has since dried up during the climate changes in the Seventh Umbral Era.
The Botanist ability Nophica's Ward increases the drop rate of earth shards, earth crystals, or earth clusters while gathering, and the action Nophica's Counsel increases the chance of obtaining an HQ item on the next gathering attempt.
Matron's Mistletoe is a parasitic plant named for Nophica that appears to embrace the trees upon which it grows. It's an ingredient in Hi-Potion and Hi-Ether.
The Conjurer actions "Shroud of Saints" and "Sacred Prism" are called "Goddess' Protection" and "Goddess' Compassion" in the Japanese version. The development team has confirmed that this references Nophica, whose altar is outside the Conjurer's Guild.
One hymn is known to honor Nophica. This hymn is a favorite among farmers and harvesters in Gridania. The lyrics are:
- Sun's sweet smile and wind's cool breath,
- Both of these I send thee,
- To ripe thy fruit and spread thy seed,
- And nourish those that tend thee.
Althyk, the Keeper, the surveyor of change and god of space and time, commands the element of earth and is associated with the Sixth Umbral Moon (twelfth month). He is depicted as an austere emperor wielding a mythril greataxe. His symbol is the hourglass. He is the father of Azeyma and Menphina, and elder brother to Nymeia.
The mark of Althyk is located at South Shroud, near Amdapor Keep. Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in a stone formation near Lynxpelt Patch, The Black Shroud.
Althyk's Lavender is a fragrant variety of lavender rarely found in the arid lowland regions of Thanalan. Due to its rarity, it is prized as an offering at funerals held at the Church of Saint Adama Landama.
Louisoix conjured the power of Althyk, during the final battle with Bahamut, to deliver the adventurers to a safer place.
After creating a character and choosing its birth date, players must align to one of the twelve deities, which slightly affects elemental resistances.
As of Patch 4.2, elemental resistances are no longer increased on character creation.
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- Each of the deities' symbols reflects one of their traits: for example, Althyk's symbol is an hourglass, Oschon's is a walking staff and Halone's symbol is three spears side-by-side.
- Each of the cards of Astrologian's divining deck, except for Lord and Lady, represent the six constellations of Hydaelyn's night sky. The symbols of The Twelve can be seen on the cards.
- Gaius van Baelsar claims the Twelve are no different from the various primals ("false gods") that the beastmen worship, and the only thing setting the civilized races apart from beastmen is that the former hesitate in summoning their gods in times of peril. The staff Tupsimati being a powerful (but ultimately mundane) aetheric channeler used to call upon the Twelve's power by Louisoix lends some veracity to this statement, as does the attempted summoning of Rhalgr in Little Ala Mhigo.