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The High Gods

The highest, and most powerful gods in Vana'diel and the multiverse that surrounds it. Altana is viewed as the creator goddess of light who created the Zilart and the five races. Opposite to her is the twilight god, Promathia, and his multiple forms across the multiverse. Between the two of them, they keep Vana'diel in balance, which in turn keeps The Cloud of Darkness, the embodiment of the primordial chaos from which all universes are born, at bay

    Altana 
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The creator-goddess of Vana'diel. According to legend, she created a race called the Zilart, but after they destroyed themselves through their own hubris, she shed five tears that created the five Enlightened Races of Vana'diel.

  • Big Good: The most powerful, benevolent force in the Vana'diel multiverse.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: San d'Oria worship of her draws heavily on medieval christianity
  • Destructive Romance / With Friends Like These...: Rhapsodies of Vana'diel implies her relationship with Promathia was like this
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally, at the end of Chains of Promathia, where Altana literally intervenes to take out Promathia for good.
  • Divine Intervention: While Altana is usually pretty passive, she has intervened with the lives of mortals several times through out Vana'diels history.
    • Creating Cait Sith in order to change the outcome of The Crystal War
    • Sending Iroha into the past to save the Vana'diel from the Cloud of Darkness
  • God of Good
  • Hot God: See her picture
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While she is a giant compared to humans, she is completely dwarfed by Promathia.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her skin is purple, and she is second to only The Cloud of Darkness in terms of power
  • Swiss Army Tears: According to legend, The Five Races where born from the tears Altana shed over the destruction of the Zilart and the Kuluu. This turns out to be just a myth, as the Five Races there instead created to host the emptiness that threatened to consume Promathia
    • Cait Sith was born from the tears Altana shared over the Crystal War
  • Top God: Altana is the strongest god in Vana'diel. To put things in perspective, just a small portion of her power is enough to get The Adventurer to fight evenly with a character above Promathia's ultimate form. The only thing stronger than her is The Cloud of Darkness.
  • The Unseen: Despite being an incredibly important character, she is never seen face to face. At most she uses characters like Cait Sith and The Terrestrial Avatars to fulfill her will on the mortal plane. This changes, fourteen years into the games lifespan. In the third chapter of ''Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, The Adventurer travels to the Astral Plane to meet her

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    Promathia 
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I will be reborn. It its time to surrender to thine abhorred "death", to the embrace of perpetual darkness

Spoilers: Click to see Promathia's other forms. 

The Dark God in opposition to Atlana. He seeks his resurrection in his Keeper of the Apocalypse form, which will then unleash the emptiness on Vana'diel and allow him to rule over it.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Adventurer journeys to two universes where Promathia wins. In Abyssea, Promathia absorbs The Adventurer and Selh'teus before unleashing waves of monsters, and Desuetia, where Promathia succeeds in unleashing the emptiness and rules in his ultimate form
  • Balance Of Good and Evil: Altana goes out of her way to keep the Emptiness from consuming Promathia in order to keep this balance in check because...
  • Barrier Change Boss: One of the more notable ones in the game.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He believes that the people of Vana'diel want to die, or at least would be happier death.
  • The Corrupter: As Prishe and co approach the Keeper of the Apocalypse, he begins tempting them to release him. Tenzen has to knock most of the party out in order to prevent them from resurrecting him
  • Dragons Are Divine: The Promathia in Abyssea transforms into the dragon god Shinryu after absorbing the player character and Selh'tues
  • The Dreaded: He is so greatly feared that according to some speaking his name is enough to bring ruination.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Promathia is much bigger than his good counter part, Altana.
  • The Faceless: In his base form. It changes in his dragon forms.
  • Final Boss: Of Chains of Promathia.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, its mentioned that his Sempune form is his strongest form. Yet in Abyssea his Shinryu form is stronger
  • God of Evil: According to legend. Its a lot more complicated in real life.
  • Pieces of God: One of the big plot twists in Chains of Promathia is that all of the five races contain Promathia's emptiness within them
  • Power Floats: He doesn't work.
  • Purple Is Powerful: As one of the most powerful gods in XI.
  • Scaled Up: It happens to two alternative versions of Promathia in Abyssea and Rhapsodies of Vana'diel.
  • Secret Art: The blue magic, Might Guard can only be learned from several of his different battles
  • Shrouded in Myth: Due to being The Dreaded, its difficult to tell what the truth about who he is, what he wants and what his relationship with both Altana and those on the mortal plane is.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: His main goal.

    Cloud of Darkness 
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A world devouring force that appears whenever there is an imbalance between light and darkness. It destroys Bad Future Vana'diel due to Promathia's death, prompting Iroha to travel to the past to try and avoid this fate.

The Celestial Avatars

The eight gods that ruled over Vana'diel during the Age of Paradise. As paradise came to an end and The Mothercrystal split into five different pieces, they fell into a deep sleep, and have remained in that state ever since

    The Sleeping Gods 
Six Celestial Avatars sleeping within crystals across Vana'diel, each one representing a different element. If they ever wake, they will wipe out humanity and return Vana'diel to the state it was in during the Age of the Gods
  • Ascended Extra: This is Garuda's first appearance as a summon.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: They seem to believe that the current state of Vana'Diel is just a dream. To them, destroying the current Vana'Diel to bring back paradise is just like waking up
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: You have a chance to make a pact with the Avatars after you defeat them, which allows you to summon them during battle. Carbuncle hopes that this relationship will run deeper, and the sleeping gods would have grown fond enough of humanity to spare them when they wake.
  • Fantastic Racism: They look down on the Terrestrial Avatars, viewing them as false gods.
  • Fighting a Shadow: The battles you fight are just manifestations of the avatars. The true avatars remain asleep in the crystals.
  • Neutral No Longer: After spending most of the game to sleep, the presence of The Cloud of Darkness finally gets them to aid Iroha and The Adventurer for the final battle.
  • Shrouded in Myth: The in universe stories about their origins directly contradict what we learn about them over the different stories.
  • The Old Gods: They are the old gods to the modern, terrestrial avatars.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shiva, Ifrit and Ramuh are usually among the weakest summons in any FF game, with Titan not for ahead of them. In Vana'diel they are much stronger than the likes of Bahamut and Fenrir (lore wise at least)

    Alexander 
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The Celestial Avater of Light worshiped as a guardian deity by the people of the Aht Urhgan Empire. In truth he cares more about his feud with Odin than the people of The Empire.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Odin
    • Enemy Mine:He teams up with Odin to restore power to Phoenix at the end of Rhapsodies in order to take down The Cloud of Darkness
  • Destructive Saviour: His battle with Odin centuries ago ended up wiping out the very civilizations that prayed to him to save them. It would have happened aga if not for The Adventurer and Nashmeira
  • Fantastic Nuke: His body he possess was designed to be this.
  • Fighting a Shadow: You don't fight the true Alexander. Alexander just possesses the Iron Colossus
  • Final Boss: Of Treasures of Aht Urhgan
  • Flunky Boss: He summons smaller Alexander Images during his post story bosses
  • Holy Hand Grenade: As per his history in the series.
  • Humongous Mecha: His previous body was this.
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Rhapsodies, he is a lot more kind towards the player than in Treasures, going as far as to temporarily restore Phoenix's blessing on Iroha and pointing The Adventurer in the direction of Cait Sith.
  • Stationary Boss: He can't move during his boss fight.
  • Stone Wall: Especially once he uses Perfect Defense.
  • That's No Moon!: The Alzadaal Undersea Ruins? They are actually the ruins of Alexander's previous body.
  • The Old Gods: Like The Sleeping Gods, Alexander predates the Terrestrial Avatars, but is usually asleep......Usually

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    Odin 
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Now wail as thy soul is bestrewn across the plains of Valhalla!

The Celestial Avater of Darkness, also known as the Dark Deity among the beastment that worship him. His sleep is much shallower than the others, so he is much more active in active in Vana'diels affairs, often granting his followers immense strength

  • Arch-Enemy: To Alexander
    • Enemy Mine:He teams up with Alexander to restore power to Phoenix at the end of Rhapsodies in order to take down The Cloud of Darkness
  • Black Knight: He takes the appearance of a black knight.
  • Cool Horse
  • The Corrupter: Odin is the one responsible for Raogrimm's Face–Heel Turn into the Shadow Lord.
  • Deal with the Devil: He does this with Luzaf, Raogrimm, Lady Lilth and The Adventurer.
  • Demonic Possession: He does this to Luzaf
  • Fighting a Shadow: Unlike the other Celestial Avatars, you actually come face to face with the actual Odin. You still don't fight him though.
  • One-Hit Kill: In keeping with Odin's history in the franchise.
  • Pet the Dog: After you beat him his avatar over a dozen times after the Treasures story he decides to release Luzaf's soul in the end
  • Physical God: Unlike the other Celestial Avatars, the actual Odin appears in the mortal plane due to a rift between the mortal plane and the celestial plane.
  • Red Baron: The Dark Divinity.
  • The Old Gods: Along side The Sleeping Gods and Alexander. Unlike them, Odin is still incredibly active in the post paradise Vana'diel.
  • The Power of Hate: A common trait among his followers that he blesses with his power.
  • The Unfought: Although we actually meet the real Odin in the mortal plane, The Adventurer never actually fights him.
  • Villain Respect: Fighting his avatar repeatedly earns him his respect.

The Terrestrial Avatars

Five avatars that where transformed from common beasts sometime between The Age of Paradise and The Great Meltdown. They have been tasked with protecting Vana'diel, which led them to fighting against The Zilart after they tried to open the Gates to Paradise

    Carbuncle 
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The Avatar of rainbows. Carbuncle guides potential summoners through their development

    Fenrir 
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The Wolf Avatar of both the moon and of divination. He lives in Full Moon Fountain, within the Horutoto Ruins, and is the source of the Star Sybils premonitions.

  • Astrologer
  • The Berserker: He looses control of himself during his battle against the Yagudo Theomiliatary towards the end of the Windurst [s].
  • Best Friend: With Carbuncle
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to an entire army during Wings of the Goddess.
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • God Is Dead: Fenrir dies at the end of The Crystal War after being summoned by Karaha-Baruha. The Windurst story revolves around bringing him back to life
  • Genius Bruiser: As well as being almost as strong as Bahamut, he also has the ability to see in the futures which makes his insight treasured as much has his combat abilities.
  • Godzilla Threshold: This is why Karaha-Baruha summons him during the end of The Crystal War.
  • No-Sell: The Yagudo artillery does nothing to him
  • Noble Wolf: Despite his status as a berserk, he still a benevolent force for Vana'diel.
  • Physical God: He makes an appearance in his true form at the end of Wings of the Goddess where he takes down an entire army by himself
  • Power Floats. Like Carbuncle, he has a tendency to walk on air.
  • Savage Wolf: While still a force of good in Vana'diel, Fenerir is absolutely brutal on the battlefield and has a dismissive attitude towards the five races
  • Seer

    Bahamut 
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The Dragon Avatar of the skies and the strongest of the Terrestrial Avatars. Ten thousand years ago he lead his army of dragons against the Zilart when they tried to open the gates to paradise. He reawakens at the begining of Chains of Promathia and begins gathering his army one more time...

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As well as being the king of dragons, he is also the most powerful dragon in Vana'diel. [[spoiler:Shinryu and Sempune are stronger, but their not within Vana'diel and are not true dragons
  • Badass Army: It's an army of dragons.
  • Breath Weapon: As per the course.
  • Defeat Means Respect: After the events of Chains of Promathia, you finally get a chances to fight against Bahamut. After he looses to you, he admits that you would be more than capable to deal with The Keeper of The Apocalypse should he ever return
  • Dragons Are Divine: He dragon that has ascended into a god.
  • Flunky Boss: He summons several dragons during one of his battle.
  • Kill All Humans: His plan for preventing Promathia's rebirth. Kill all humans so the emptiness inside them doesn't spread.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: He is a deity tasked with the protection of Vana'diel, for which he uses his army of dragons to do so.
  • The Red Baron: The Wyrmking.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he does serve as an antagonist, he's genuinely attempting to help the wider world by preventing you from doing something he thinks is enormously stupid and to stop the sentient races of Vana'diel from consigning the entire planet to the Void.

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    Diabolos 
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The Avatar of dreams and ruler of Dynamis

    Phoenix 
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The Avatar or rebirth. Part of her resides in Tenzen's sword, where she guides him through the events of Chains of Pramathia
  • Empathic Weapon: As a part of Tenzen's sword
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Chains of Promathia. She gets better sometime in the future though
  • Human Sacrifice: In order to keep Phoenix's alive, Tenzen has to kill people with his sword.
  • Last of Her Kind: In the Bad Future shown in Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, Phoniex is one of the last life forms left after the Cloud of Darkness's attack on Vana'diel, and is the last of the Terrestrial Avatars left alive
  • The Phoenix
  • Resurrective Immortality: Her blessing allows Iroha to be constantly reborn after being killed. In Chains of Promathia, she herself dies saving the party from Bahamut, only to be reborn sometime in the future to help Iroha travel back in time.
  • The Unseen: She is not seen at all during the Chains of Promathia story, only being manifesting itself through Tenzen's sword
  • The Voice: How she appears to Tenzen.

Other Avatars

    Cait Sith 
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Click to see brown Cait Sith 

An avatar, or rather, a group of avatars born from Altana's tears over the crystal war. Tasked with guiding Vana'diel towards a bright future.

A different colored Cait Sith from another dimension to appears to aid The Adventurer during the Voidwatch story.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite his actions, Lady Lilith toying with Cait Sith Ceithir's affections just before she kills him seems pretty cruel.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the Wings of the Goddess her purpose is fulfilled and she vanishes.
    • The Bus Came Back: Some time later she returns to give you her summon, then latter helps in ''Rhapsodies of Vana'diel.
  • The Chessmaster: Cait Sith isn't as powerful as most of the other Avatars. Instead she uses knowledge of her The Crystal War, her invisibility and the fact that there are multiple versions of her to fulfill her purposes.
  • Divine Intervention: The whole point to her existence is to change the result of The Crystal War
  • Fusion Dance: Part way through the story the remaining Cait Sith fuse together to fight against a manifestation of Atomos.
  • Gender Flip: Unlike the Cait Sith in Final Fantasy VII, this one is a female.
  • Good Counterpart: It appears that the Voidwatch version of Cait Sith Ceithir is still on good terms with his female counterparts.
  • Invisible to Normals: This helps her influence The Crystal War.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Waking up Atomos seemed like a good idea....until Lady Lilith was able to turn the tables, convincing Atomos to consume Lilisette's future
  • Swiss Army Tears: She is the result of Altana's tears.
  • True Companions: With Lilisette and The Adventurer
  • Undying Loyalty Literally. She comes back after the end of the Goddess story just so she could lend her power to The Adventurer
  • Women Are Wiser: The one traitorous Cait Sith is also the only male one.

    Atomos 
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The most bizarre of all avatars, Atomos is tasked to consume unwanted timelines. It manifests throughout Vana'diel as Cavernous Maws, which allows the player character to travel either through time or to a different dimension.

  • Above Good and Evil: Atomos doesn't care whether he swallows a good future or a bad future. He will consume whatever future is weaker. Likewise, he wont eat the future Iroha comes from.
  • Big Eater: Eats entire timelines
  • Clock Roaches: It consumes entire timelines.
  • Eldritch Location: It takes up a good chunk of the ceiling in threshold, a location outside of time
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While Lady Lilith is the main villain, Atomos is much more dangerous
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He will only eat what timeline is currently the weakest. Until the end, when it tries to eat both
  • Lovecraft Lite: He is a monstrous avatar that can consume and entire timeline.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Just look at the image.
  • Talkative Loon: During the meeting between the avatars in Rhapsodies. Balamor has to translate what he's saying to the others
  • That's No Moon!: See that meteor in the sky? Thats not a meteor. That's Atomos eating your timeline

    Siren 
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A mysterious avatar that appears during the Rhapsodies of Vana'diel story line. She has some connection have with The Order of Geomancers, and is implied to be The Higher Power that the Geomancers commune with

Other Immortal Entities

    The Ark Angels 
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The Ark Angels, also known as the Crystal Warriors, are a group of five twisted, dark reflections of the five Enlightened Races. They are summoned by the two Zilart princes as their servants.

    The Seed Crystal 
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A primordial, sentient crystal that appears in the sky above Vana'diel one day

  • Baleful Polymorph: Not itself, but it can transform players into Mandragoras.
  • Brown Note: Its ultimate plan is to use the Memoria de la S^tona, a song said to be able to destroy Vana'diel
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Mothercrystal.
  • Final Boss: Of A Crystalline Prophecy
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: it barely has a back story and what back story it does have doesn't connect up with any of the games lore in any significant way.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: It keeps Aldo jr and Emeline asleep in order to utilise the Memoria de la S^tona, which is been sung by Emeline's heart.
  • Mirror Boss: During its boss battle, it summons a copy of one of the player characters
  • No Gender: As a floating crystal
  • Power Floats: It floats above the ground.
  • Outside-Context Problem: It exists in a dimension outside of Vana'diel, and only comes to the world after hearing the Memoria de la S^tona.
  • Power Crystal: A sentient one.
  • Time Abyss: It is older than Vana'diel itself, making it one of the oldest characters in the game.

    Provenance Watcher 
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A giant dragon that acts as a guardian to The Mothercrystal before the birth of Vana'diel. It caused a disturbance that echoed through time, leading to an invasion of inter dimensional monsters into Vana'diel.

  • Complete Immortality: Implied by Cait Sith. After the Provenance Watcher is beaten, she mentions that it is just sleeping and questions whether or not it could be killed
  • Expy: Of Dialga. Both are mineral infused (steel in Dialga's case, crystal in Provenance Watchers) long necked dragons with strong ties to time
  • Final Boss: Of the Voidwatch story
  • Gem Tissue
  • Guardian Entity: He is this to the orginal Mothercrystal
  • Light Is Not Good: Literally. Since the events of Provenance happens before The Mothercrystal used its light to banish the darkness and create Vana'diel, the fact that you can see in Provenance means something has gone terribly wrong
  • Power Gives You Wings: As the battle goes on and it gains more abilities it opens its wings.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's eyes start glowing red part way through the battle
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Its actions lead to a swarm of monsters invading both the present time and during The Crystal War

    Absolute Virtue 
A notorious superboss introduced in Chains of Promathia that for years was virtually impossible to defeat.

  • Dragon Knight: His job is Dragoon, so he has that class' abilties.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: At least until the game made him beatable, though some people exploited ways before.
  • Light Is Not Good: The name and white color seem like a good guy, but he's clearly not.
  • Lord British Postulate: The first successful attempts at defeating him made the game be patched so it wouldn't work again.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Helps that he has both auto-Regen and a spell that heals his whole (enormous) health.
  • Snake Talk: "At lassst the time has come... The ssscattered fragments of my thoughtsss once again mine. Long forgotten memoriesss filling me once more..."
  • SNK Boss: Absolute Virtue goes far beyond simply being That One Boss. While his access to every 2-hour ability was bad enough on the whole, a poorly timed Benediction could effectively reset the fight, in one infamous instance after battling for 30 hours. Not to mention that it isn't The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard, it's the Developers that were Cheating Bastards. Whenever anybody found a strategy that would allow them to beat Absolute Virtue, the devs would patch the game to either buff AV against it or nerf the strategy altogether. The devs never allowed Absolute Virtue to finally go down until the level cap was raised past 75, several years after its release, at which point the level difference allowed players to simply muscle through it.

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