The gods in Final Fantasy XIV are still a hot topic when talking about, the gaming community is wondering who The Twelve really is in Final Fantasy XIV Online.
The world of Final Fantasy XIV Online is chock full of stories, lore, and history – that’s part of what makes it such a popular MMORPG. One of the first things players will notice is that the characters say “By the Twelve” or “Thank the Gods”, alluding to some of the more notable beliefs in the game, regarding the gods being held. called Twelve. They’re not a major part of FFXIV’s story, at least not yet, so it’s easy to overlook their role and what they stand for.
While each god has their own story, some gods are worshiped in some areas more than others. For example, Rhalgr the Destroyer was the main deity of Ala Mhigans, who built temples, statues, and icons for him. They tell the story of the Sixth Umbral Calamity and how an archon from that era saved people from a flood by following a comet believed to be Rhalgr to Gyr Abania. Each god has their own story as the creator of the world, which could allude to something different from the events of Endwalker. In the original game, they even played a part in Bahamut’s defeat.
The other eleven gods are Halone, Menphina, Thaliak, Nymeia, Llymlaen, Oschon, Byregot, Azeyma, Nald’Thal, Nophica and Althyk. According to mythology, Althyk, known as the Keeper, was the first to appear. Although not actually worshiped anywhere in Eorzea, he is considered a powerful deity who lives in time and space and is associated with the pursuit of history and discovery. Next is Nymeia, Spinner being cared for by Althyk. Then the two fell in love. She is mainly worshiped by weavers and gamblers as she turns her destiny around. She cried when she was first born into the world, and it is said that her tears formed Silvertear Lake.
From Althyk and Nymeia, Azeyma and Menphina were born. Azeyma, Warden, represents the sun, and Menphina, Lover, represents the moon, bringing day and night to the world. According to Azeyma’s history, her symbolism is found in the cultures surrounding the star, although according to different beliefs. Azeyma was mainly worshiped by the Seeker of the Sun Miqo’te. In contrast to her, Menphina is worshiped by the Moon Keeper Miqo’te. There was some controversy with her followers, as for a long time Dalamund was believed to represent Menphina until it was revealed that it was just a shell containing Bahamut.
Then Thaliak, the Scholar, appeared. He grew up in Sharlayan, though it’s more symbolic than any actual worship or ritual. According to legend, Thaliak saw the lake formed by Nymeia’s tears and the rivers that expanded from there, attracting Azeyma’s attention. They fell in love, and Llymlaen and Nophica were born. Known as the Navigator, Llymlaen represents the sea and is often worshiped by seafarers, pirates, fishermen and the people of Limsa Lominsa. Her sister, Nophica, is known as Matron and is the patroness of Gridania, although she is not worshiped in the traditional sense because the Gridanians obey the elements of Twelfwood. It also says that she created life.
As the world was forming, the gods were too busy to notice the arrival of Oschon the Wanderer. He has few worshippers in the modern world but is a large part of Nym’s perished ancient civilization, hence the dungeon “The Wanderer’s Palace.” It is said that he created the earth and the mountains from which the wind blew and attracted Llymlaen, but they never met due to his wanderlust. It is said that he raised and lowered mountains at will, causing the world to fluctuate constantly.
This caused Nymeia to give life to a comet, creating Rhalgr. She directs him to the world so he can destroy the excesses created by the gods and bring balance. In a way, this could be representative of the Calamity or other events that came to light in Endwalker. Then two other gods appeared, Byregot the Builder and Halone the Fury. They are tasked with being the guardians of the Rhalgr to prevent them from becoming excessively destructive. However, Byregot instead studied the creative arts under Thaliak. Although he is not widely worshiped, people with crafting talents are said to be blessed by him.
As a goddess of war, Halone is a staple of Ishgardian culture and is often mentioned in Heavensward. In ancient mythology, Halone is invited to travel with Oschon, which ends with her becoming destructive and fighting any creature she encounters, angering Nophica. Feeling guilty, Oschon devised a plan to calm Halone. He caused magma to erupt from a mountain, giving birth to the last god, Nald’thal the Trader, who would rule over death. Nophica was appeased, and she and Halone came to a truce.
Nald’thal is an important part of Ul’dah culture as he represents commerce, one of the main pillars of the city, although he is often seen as a twin entity rather than one. He is said to have one of the biggest followers in the Group of Twelve and has been for a while.
The story of the Twelve can allude to world history, not just Eorzea. There are many fan theories, with plenty of evidence, about the Ascians and ancient races. However, players will likely not receive any concrete information for a while as the post-Endwalker storyline, Myths of the Realm, still needs to be released. Even then, the world might still hold the mysteries of the Twelve’s true identity.