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Artwork of the Warring Triad in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

The Warring Triad (三闘神, Santōshin?, lit. Three Warring Gods) are a group of three Primals from Final Fantasy XIV, first appear as statues in Azys Lla in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

With each patch, the wear of the statues has increased and as of 3.15, are covered by moss. Patch 3.2 will start a Trial series based on the Warring Triad, starting with Containment Bay S1T7 where the players fight Sephirot, the Fiend. Patch 3.4 will continue this with a new trial, Containment Bay P1T6, with Sophia, the Goddess being the Primal fought here.


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The Warring Triad were deities once worshipped by the ancient people of the same era as the Allagan Empire. They had the unfortunate honor of being the first three Primals that the Empire successfully bound, a technology they later used in the construction of Dalamud. They remain bound in Azys Lla to this day, presumably inside the Flagship at the center of the floating continent. Three statues in the middle of Azys Lla are carved in their likeness, and they are otherwise identical to their appearance in Final Fantasy VI.

Archbishop Thordan traveled to Azys Lla in the hopes of utilizing the power of the trapped Primals to become a god-king that would put an end to all conflict, but he was ultimately defeated by the Warrior of Light. Nevertheless, his activation of Azys Lla and his drawing upon their power began a process of awakening, a fact not lost on Urianger. He called upon the Warrior of Light's help in preparing for their awakening.

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Etymology and symbolismEdit

A triad is defined as a "group of three." The number three occurs with great frequency in countless mythologies and religions found across the globe.

The Warring Triad may be loosely based on the Japanese gods Amaterasu, Susano'o, and Tsukuyomi. The storm god Susano'o and the moon god Tsukuyomi are male, while the sun goddess Amaterasu is female and the strongest of the three siblings. According to myth, when Izanami, one of the first gods and wife to Izanagi, died and went to the underworld, Yomi, Izanagi attempted to retrieve her but she was unable to follow. Izanagi returned to Earth and bathed to purify himself, washing out Amaterasu, Susano'o, and Tsukuyomi, from his eyes and nose. Though the three are siblings they are opposed to each other, Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi having a falling out when he killed the food goddess Uke Mochi, while Amaterasu and Susano'o were always locked in a feud.

In the original concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, the Warring Triad are named beyond their basic titles: The Goddess is Sophia, the Demon is Zurvan, and the Fiend is Sephiroth.

Sophia, Greek for wisdom, is a central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism, Orthodox Christianity, Esoteric Christianity, as well as Christian mysticism, and is commonly represented as a goddess. Sophia is also a primary deity in Gnosticism.

In Zurvanism, Zurvan is the god of infinite time (and space) and is Aka Manah ("one", "alone") deity of matter.

Səphīrōth (סְפִירוֹת, medieval Hebrew form of Sephirot), is a plural noun in Hebrew; the singular is Sephirah (also spelled Sefira). The Sephiroth are described in the Kabbalah as the manifestations of God that allow him to manifest in the physical and metaphysical universes. Sephiroth also means "counting" (of numbers).

Each of the three names represents the highest levels of knowledge and power in their respective religions.

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