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To the one true god. To Zodiark!
—Ascians praising their deity.

Zodiark is a god from Final Fantasy XIV. While never seen and hardly mentioned, he is worshiped by the Ascians as their one true god. Zodiark is a deity opposed to the Goddess Hydaelyn, representing darkness and chaos.

Dualism is one of the most common plot themes of the Final Fantasy series, a theme of contrast usually between light and darkness, Zodiark representing the dark/chaos side in Final Fantasy XIV.

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AppearanceEdit

The statue of him, seen in the 2.3 main scenario "Defenders of Eorzea", shows him as a stylized humanoid figure bearing a crown-like adornment, two upside-down wings. Some of his adornments bear a superficial resemblance to parts of the Ivalician esper. The symbol that appears across Lahabrea's face while performing magic resembles this statue.

While never confirmed as appearing in person, representations of Zodiark exist. A possible sighting of him is when the Warrior of Light has a vision of a dark crystal. Later words from Hydaelyn strongly imply he is actually the planet's moon.

PersonalityEdit

Zodiark appears to be a god desiring to bring chaos upon the denizens of Hydaelyn and make himself whole once more. Hydaelyn and the Word of the Mother mention that Zodiark craved power, which resulted in his banishment. It can also be said the Zodiark once existed in harmony with Hydaelyn.

His Emissary, Elidibus, has more in-depth knowledge of his master's plans and motives, as he mentions Zodiark wishes to alter the balance of light and darkness but not radically change or shatter it. Elidibus explains that a formless void filled with either light or darkness does nothing for him. This suggests Zodiark is not a complete chaos-bringer, but remains shrouded in mystery.

StoryEdit

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Zodiark, an embodiment of darkness, once existed along his opposite Hydaelyn in perfect harmony. His desire for power broke the balance and he was banished to the heavens as a lunar body. This shattered the world into thirteen mirror images, each of which contains a shard of the Source.

The Ascians, Zodiark's servants, work to make their god whole again by removing these barriers around the Source and weaken Hydaelyn's influence, whom they consider corruptive. They engineer the Rejoinings, a period of cataclysmic turmoil known to the history as the Umbral Eras, each one strengthening Zodiark. The fall of Dalamud at the end of the Sixth Astral Era marked the seventh Rejoining.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

Gaius: "Lahabrea... What have you done?""
Lahabrea: "No more than was necessary... for my god to be reborn."
—Gaius and Lahabrea.

The Ascians had been manipulating the Garlean Empire's forces under Gaius Van Baelsar to restore an ancient machine, the Ultima Weapon, that would play to their goal of reviving Zodiark. These manipulations include both capturing of the primals' essence through Gaius's campaign, and keeping tabs on the Scions of the Seventh Dawn through the possessed Thancred Waters.

A leader of the Ascians, Lahabrea, is thwarted, and the Ultima Weapon is destroyed. The Ascians gather, stating that the primal Bahamut is stirring, heralding another way for them to resurrect their deity. Zodiark's emissary Elidibus appears before the Warrior of Light out of curiosity, believing the mysteries around the figure will be revealed in due time.

Final Fantasy XIV: HeavenswardEdit

To initiate an eighth Rejoining, the Ascians seek to exploit the tensions during the on-going Dragonsong War in the Northlands, culminating with the primal King Thordan attempting to obtain the power of the Warring Triad sealed at Azys Lla.

In their haste the Ascians Igeyorhm and Lahabrea are undone: the former is shattered by the Warrior of Light using White Auracite and one of Nidhogg's eyes, while the latter is slain when King Thordan turns on him and absorbs his aether. These setbacks prompt Elidibus to call forth the Warriors of Darkness to speed up the process by terrorizing the beastmen by killing their primals and force them to summon stronger protectors. Though the Warriors of Darkness are defeated, Elidibus acquires the eyes of Nidhogg and gives them to the Ala Mhigan extremist known as the Griffin to serve his ends.

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EtymologyEdit

The name derives from Zodiark, an Esper from Ivalice.

In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.

The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos), meaning "circle of animals", as half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).