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 the game's character creation, players must align to one of the twelve deities, which slightly affects elemental resistances.
The Twelve were likely created by Hydaelyn, the deity who created the world, which is named after her. Their exact early history is unknown, as is their possible relations to the deity Zodiark, Hydaelyn's enemy and opposite. The Twelve took up residence in the land which became known as Eorzea. Each of the Twelve commands one of the six elements, but shares it with another deity, and is associated with a month of the Eorzean calendar. They held rule over that 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 to them: several of them are patron deities of Eorzea's cities. Also resident in Eorzea were the Beast-tribes, groups of monstrous beings who worshiped rival deities known as the Primals.
They play a crucial part in patch 1.23 of the original Final Fantasy XIV. After Nael Van Darnus is defeated by a group of adventurers, the Elezen scholar Louisoix Leveilleur stated that "Meteor", Hydaelyn's lesser moon Dalamud, could not be halted even with the death of Nael, who was acting as a living beacon for the moon. Now the only hope for saving Eorzea from destruction was to summon the power of the Twelve and beseech them to save the land from ruin: their symbols appear on stones across Eorzea at this time, at which the player must pray. Louisoix goes to the Cartinau Plains in Mor Dhona, where the forces of the Garlean Empire and the Eorzean Alliance meet in battle. As they clash, Dalamud disintegrates above them, releasing the elder Primal Bahamut. Bahamut proceeds to unleash its fury on Eorzea, but Louisoix, with the help of the Circle of Knowing, summons the aid of the Twelve. Their symbols appear around Bahamut, in the attempt to siphon the aether from Bahamut and re-seal him, but the Primal proves too strong and the scheme fails: Bahamut's fury instigates the Seventh Umbral Era.
In A Realm Reborn, they are compared to the Primals by Gaius van Baelsar, who regards them as "eikons" and insinuates that they could be summoned with sufficient crystals. This is supported by a plot element in Little Ala Mhigo involving a abandoned scheme by young refugees, who hoped to steal the Amalj'aa's crystal supply in order to summon Rhalgar to enact vengeance on the Garlean Empire.
Halone, the FuryEdit
Halone, 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.
Allusions to HaloneEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Coerthas Central Highlands (7,31). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in a place called The Fury's Gaze in the Twinpools area of Coerthas, (11, 20).
Menphina, the LoverEdit
Menphina, 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. Sister of Azeyma, and the divine lover of Oschon.
Allusions to MenphinaEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Coerthas Central Highlands (22,8). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in one of the stone stacks at Gwyr-Aen in Coerthas, (43, 7).
- 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 Botanist ability "Menphina's Ward" temporarily increases the drop rate of Ice Shards while gathering.
- The Keeper of the Moon Miqo'te traditionally worship Menphina.
Thaliak, the ScholarEdit
Thaliak, 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 also Byregot's teacher, and the patron of Sharlayan.
Allusions to ThaliakEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Mor Dhona (18,17). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in Mor Dhona on a crystal pillar underground at grid reference (6, 15).
- The Miner ability "Thaliak's Ward" temporarily increases the drop rate of Water Shards while gathering.
- The staff of Louisoix Leveilleur bears the mark of Thaliak.
Nymeia, the SpinnerEdit
Nymeia, 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. Elder sister of Althyk, and master of Rhalgr.
Allusions to NymeiaEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Lower La Noscea (26,37). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found on a cliff at Moraby Bay, Lower La Noscea, (29, 36).
Llymlaen, 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 also the patron of Limsa Lominsa.
Allusions to LlymlaenEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (7,14). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found on a bird monument overlooking the Anchor Yard in Limsa Lominsa, (4, 7).
- The Mark of the Navigator is the stone Y'shtola is praying to in the opening cinematic for A Realm Reborn.
- The Botanist ability "Llymlaen's Ward" temporarily increases the drop rate of Wind Shards while gathering.
- The maps in La Noscea make various references to Llymlaen, particularly in Cassiopeia Hollow and Shposhae.
Oschon, the WandererEdit
Oschon, 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. Brother of Nald'thal, and close companion of Halone. He was the patron of the ancient city of Nym.
Allusions to OschonEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Outer La Noscea (25,18). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in the Iron Lake area of Upper La Noscea, (20, 3).
- 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 BuilderEdit
Byregot, 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). Byregot is depicted as an ardent smith holding a two-headed hammer, and his symbol is the hand. Byregot is also Thaliak's pupil.
Allusions to ByregotEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at South Shroud (15,27). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in a lake near Camp Crimson Bark, Black Shroud, (7, 29).
- The Carpenter ability "Byregot's Blessing" increases quality gain by 100% for three turns.
- The Miner ability "Byregot's Ward" temporarily increases the drop rate of Lightning Shards while gathering.
Rhalgr, the DestroyerEdit
Rhalgr, 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, attendant to Nymeia, and guardian deity of the now fallen nation of Ala Mhigo.
Allusions to RhalgrEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Southern Thanalan (19,14). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in the refugee village of Little Ala Mhigo, south of Camp Drybone, Thanalan.
Azeyma, the WardenEdit
Azeyma, 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.
Allusions to AzeymaEdit
- Symbol Location: The stone is now located at Eastern Thanalan (24,29). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in the Sandgate area of Eastern Thanalan, (50, 29), on a cliff overlooking the Grand Wake desert.
- The Seeker of the Sun Miqo'te traditionally worship Azeyma.
- A quest in 1.0 Gridania, "Hearing Confessions", involves seeking out followers of Azeyma.
- Azeyma's Shields was a faction that you can gain credits for.
Nald'thal, the TradersEdit
Nald'thal, 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. Nald'thal is actually the single manifestation of the twins Nald and Thal.
Allusions to Nald'thalEdit
- Stone Location: This is the only member of The Twelve to have two stone symbols. The stones are now located at Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (13,13) and Ul'dah - Steps of Nald (7,12). The first location is currently inaccessible as of version 2.0. Prior to the Calamity, they could be found in the Milvaneth Sacrarium and Arrazaneth Ossuary, respectively. Nald'thal is the patron of Ul'dah.
- The Mark of the Dusk Trader is the stone Thancred is praying to in the opening cinematic for A Realm Reborn.
- The Miner ability "Nald'thal's Ward" temporarily increases the drop rate of Fire Shards while gathering.
- Statues of both Nald and Thal are found in Ul'dah as well as caves in Thanalan. The Thaumaturge's Guild is a temple to Thal.
Nophica, the MatronEdit
Nophica, 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. Nophica is also the patron of Gridania.
Allusions to NophicaEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at Old Gridania (7,10). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in Gridania 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 opening cinematic for A Realm Reborn.
- 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" temporarily increases the drop rate of Earth Shards while gathering.
- The Conjurer abilities "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.
Althyk, the KeeperEdit
Althyk, 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. Father of Azeyma and Menphina, and elder brother to Nymeia.
Allusions to AlthykEdit
- Stone Location: The stone is now located at South Shroud (23,25). Prior to the Calamity, it could be found in a stone formation near Lynxpelt Patch, The Black Shroud (45,22).
- Key item: Althyk's Lavender is found as one of the items in a quest in Eastern Thanalan.
- 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.