To the one true god. To Zodiark!
Zodiark (ゾディアーク, Zodiāku?) is a god from Final Fantasy XIV. While never seen and hardly mentioned, it is worshiped by the Ascians as their one true god. Zodiark is a deity opposed to the Goddess Hydaelyn, representing darkness and chaos.
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 Ivalice 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 adventurer has a vision of a dark crystal. Later words from Hydaelyn strongly imply he is actually the planet's Moon.
Zodiark, an embodiment of darkness, once existed along his opposite Hydaelyn in perfect harmony. But His desire for power broke the balance and he was banished to the heavens as a lunar body. This action also shattered the world into thirteen mirror images, each of which contained 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. To this end, the Ascians 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.
A leader of the Ascians, Lahabrea, is thwarted, and the Ultima Weapon is destroyed. The Ascians later gather, stating that the primal Bahamut is stirring, heralding another way for them to resurrect their deity. Zodiark's emissary Elidibus appears before the adventurer out of curiosity, while believing the mysteries around the figure will be revealed in due time.
In their hopes of initiating an eighth Rejoining, the Ascians sought 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.
However in their haste, the Ascians Igeyorhm and Lahabrea would be undone: the former was shattered by the Warrior of Light using White Auracite and one of Nidhogg's eyes, while the latter was slain when King Thordan turned on him and absorbed his aether. These setbacks prompted 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 were defeated, Elidibus acquired the eyes of Nidhogg from the warriors and gives them to the Ala Mhigan extremist known as the Griffin to serve his ends.
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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).