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You fight in a war you do not understand─a pawn of liars and schemers. And they are no less ignorant than you! Following the creed of their fathers without question, never thinking to ask why. Trapped in a delusion of their own creation and blind to the truth.
Ysayle Dangoulain (イゼル, Izeru?) is a non-player character from Final Fantasy XIV. Better known as Lady Iceheart (氷の巫女, Kōri no Miko?), she leads the heretics—those who have pledged their allegiance to the dragons. Denouncing the teachings of the Holy See, she means to end the Dragonsong War. Like the adventurer, she is one of Hydaelyn's chosen.
Ysayle is an Elezen woman with pale skin, long flowing gray hair, icy blue eyes and pale blue lips. Unlike the other heretics, she wears a blue jacket with a skirt.
Prior to the Calamity, Ysayle manifested the Echo at young age. While frightened of seeing visions of a woman and dragons, the Seventh Umbral Era caused her hometown of Falcon's Nest to be buried, and Ysayle's people sought refuge in Ishgard. They were turned down and everyone Ysayle knew and loved died in an avalanche. She went to Dravania where she met the dragon from her visions, Hraesvelgr, before meeting Marcechamp and making her home in Tailfeather.
Ysayle came to learn of the nature of her visions as she resolved to restore the peace between her people and the dragons so no child would suffer as she did. Under the name of Lady Iceheart, she gained a following of heretics dedicated to Saint Shiva that became active throughout Coerthas during the Seventh Astral Era.
While rarely appearing, Ysayle makes her presence known when she has the heretics waylaid shipments of crystals, with Alphinaud Leveilleur learning her plan to summon Saint Shiva as a primal, and alerts the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. With the new crisis, the Scions and Crystal Braves join the Temple Knights in infiltrating the Harriers den around Snowcloak.
After scouting through a treacherous tunnel leading through the glacier, the adventurer encounters Ysayle near an aetheryte crystal. Introducing herself, she states her intention to end the Dragonsong War and questions the adventurer's resolve of allowing the bloodshed continue. Before she teleports away, she declares what the heretics are doing is for the greater good of Eorzea. Further pursuit is halted as she seemingly disabled her destination aetheryte.
With the aid of an expert from Sharlayan named Moenbryda, an experimental teleport using white auracite is used to trace Ysayle to the Akh Afah Amphitheatre. Believing she is summoning Saint Shiva's spirit, Ysayle transforms into the primal Shiva. After forced back to her original form, Ysayle condemns the adventurer as a blind fool like those in Ishgard. She asks the adventurer seek out the Keeper of the Lake and to not "squander Mother's gift". As she fades into a portal, she recites the words of the Mother crystal: "Hear...Feel...Think..."
Ysayle reappears when she and her harriers break the outermost ward of Daniffen's Collar at the Gates of Judgement, right as the Dravanian Horde mobilizes under Nidhogg's roar. This enables Nidhogg's champion, the great dragon Vishap, to launch an attack on the Steps of Faith in an attempt to disable the remaining wards. After Vishap is slain by the Warrior of Light and the main host is driven off, Estinien vows to hunt her down.
Ysayle confronts the adventurer at Coerthas Western Highlands and Midgardsormr appears before her, much to her surprise. He tells her that while their goals are the same, their paths are different, and reveals he knows she possesses the echo. She regrets the loss of innocent life in her last attack, having underestimated the rancor in the hearts of the dragons. Ysayle explains the story of the Dragonsong War to the adventurer and why she wants to end it before taking her leave.
Ysayle later encounters the adventurer, Alphinaud, and Estinien in the Cinders after they light a heretic signaling fire, intending to draw her out. Curious, she listens to Alphinaud's plan: to travel in hope of trying to resolve the matters between the Ishgard and Dravania peacefully. Ysayle reveals the story of Saint Shiva and Hraesvelgr and two-hundred long peace that was broken by King Thordan, and that Nidhogg's stolen eye is the cause of the war. Estinien reveals to her the true reason not being just his eye, and Ysayle agrees to take them to Churning Mists where Hraesvelgr has sequestered himself.
Finding their path blocked until the voracious Gnath and their primal god, Ravana, are dealt with, Ysayle accompanies the adventurer to confront Ravana and challenges him to a duel to have him order the Gnath to halt their campaign. When Ravana accepts, Ysayle assumes her primal form to engage him in combat. She overestimates her strength and is defeated. Though the adventurer is victorious, her confidence is shaken. The party heads to Sohm Al, regrettably being forced to kill Nidhogg's mate Tioman along the way.
Arriving in the Churning Mists, they find Hraesvelgr who refuses to aid them as Nidhogg's fury will never be sated until every Ishgardian is either dead or converted into a dragon. Though Ysayle attempts to persuade Hraesvelgr by claiming that she is the soul of Shiva reborn, Hraesvelgr laughs off her delusion and reveals the "Shiva" whose form she assumed was nothing more than "a deity of [her] own making." This shatters Ysayle's faith, and she remains behind while the adventurer and Estinien travel to The Aery to confront Nidhogg.
After defeating Nidhogg, the party returns to Hraesvelgr with Ysayle learning the dragon gave his eye to his brother to have his war. Wrecked by this further betrayal, and unable to understand Hraesvelgr's emotions on the subject, Ysayle condemns the dragon for his actions before he orders her to leave while the influence of Shiva's soul allows him to show mercy. Accompanying the adventurer to Ishgard, Ysayle talks the heretics into falling back by revealing Nidhogg's death and the time for the peace they fought for has come. Though the knights of Ishgard attempt to arrest her as she leaves, they are stopped by Estinien and Lord Haurchefant.
O Goddess born of mine own hopes and dreams. For the last time, I beseech you. Fill this vessel with your light! Still the hatred within our hearts and bless us with eternal grace!
Later, the adventurer and company attempt to breach the barrier surrounding Azys Lla. Having made her peace with Hraesvelgr before he is alerted by Estinien's use of the Eye of Nidhogg, Ysayle rides on the greatwyrm's back to aid the Enterprise when it comes under assault by the Garlean airship Gration. Intent to atone for spilling blood in the name of a "false cause", Ysayle jumps off Hraesvelgr and transforms into Shiva a final time to assault the Gration with Hraesvelgr's dragons as her support. Though she disables the Garlean airship enough for them to stop their pursuit of the Enterprise while her aides are destroyed, Ysayle is blasted out of the sky by cannonfire and falls while reverting to her original form. Dying, she breaks up into a luminous, blue aether that spills into the heavens.
During a cutscene of the patch 3.3 main story quest An End to the Song, when the Adventurer and Alphinaud attempt to wrest the eyes of Nidhogg from the armor of Estinien to separate him from the wyrm, a noncorporeal being in the form of Ysayle lays their hand upon the Alphinaud's own. After meeting eyes between the two, the eyes are then removed from the armor, presumably with the aid of Ysayle and Haurchefant Greystone before they are then cast into the abyss beneath the Steps of Faith.
Creation and developmentEdit
Ysayle is voiced by Maaya Uchida in the Japanese version. She is voiced by Sally Saffioti in the English version. Since the release of the English version of Heavensward, Ysayle is voiced by Siobhan Hewlett. She shares voice actors with her Shiva incarnation.
"Footsteps in the Snow" is a prominent theme that plays whenever Ysayle assumes her Shiva form and played during the first phase of the boss battle. The song is reused in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavenward during Ysayle's battle against the Garlean Airship. Her boss theme as Shiva is Oblivion.
Lady Iceheart appears with an Ice-elemental card.