The world of Hydaelyn is home to many sapient races, some of which are distinctly less humanoid than the Spoken races. To the people of Eorzea, these races are known as the Beast Tribes.
Many of the Beast Tribes worship Primals, godlike entities that feed upon aether and enthrall beings into worshipping them. For more information on these entities, see the Primals page.
As of the events of Death Unto Dawn: Part 2 (patch 5.55), hostilities between the Beast Tribes and the City-States of Eorzea have ceased, with both sides of the ages-long hostilities united by a common cause.
This page specifically covers those Beast Tribes native to the Source, along with NPCs featured in the Beast Tribe quests. For general information about the Beast Tribes native to the First, please see The First's page.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Many of the Beastman tribes are willing to risk, or even submit themselves to Primals and their Tempering because of this. In their mind, summoning their God, and then being Tempered by it is the only hope left after being pushed back by either years of mankind taking their land, or the threat of the Empire coming down on them. Those who don't often discuss the issue as being out of desperation for them to do so. Patch 5.4 sees the Scion's attempting to undo this by using the newly discovered cure for Tempering to try and pursade the leaders of the Beastribes from doing so again.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Most of the Beastmen have their own term for the collective spoken races not counted as Beastmen.
- Kobolds use the phrase "Overdweller" since Kobolds are mostly subterranean.
- Sahagin use the phrase "Shorewalker" since we live on land.
- Sylphs have several nicknames for others, but "Walking ones" is the most common.
- Goblins use the phrase "Uplander" for the spoken.
- Vanu Vanu use the phrase "Netherlings" since they live within the high altitudes of the Sea of Clouds.
- Gnath use the phrase "Fleshings" since they're a race of insects and the spoken races are made up of flesh.
- The legless Ananta call us "Striders".
- The Kojin call the others "Shell-less" since clearly we lack their shells.
- Fantastic Racism:
- All of the beast tribes, friendly or not, are subject to this in varying degrees. Only Limsa Lominsa allows them into the city at all, though only goblins, qiqirn, and one Mamool Ja are seen. The Lone exception to this are Moogles, who are treated as neither spoken nor beastman. That is when they're visable; While the Warrior of Light is immune thanks to the echo, most moogles hide themselves with magic and can't be seen by your average person, and this goes double for any outside the Black Shroud. This causes many to believe them as nothing more then a myth. When they do appear, they're treated with respect.
- It has been revealed that there is nothing that truly separates beastmen from the spoken races, with the racism in Eorzea having been fueled by various interests (often Lalafellin or Garlean in the modern era) seeking to benefit from conflict by making a false distinction between them. The "Five Races" term was even coined by said spoken races to make themselves out as superior to the other spoken races, beastmen and playable races Au Ra, Viera, etc. alike. This is evident in Norvrandt, which doesn't appear to have a concept of beast races at all, with all the beastman simply being just another race in the world. To really drive this home; dwarves would be considered a beast race on the Source due to their separate society from the other races and their tradition of wearing bearded helmets at all time. They are however the Norvrandt equivalent of lalafells.
- The Usual Adversaries: The primal-worshiping beastmen frequently summon them to wreck trouble.
- You No Take Candle: Almost all Beastmen speak in a dialect that seems very simplistic and even "broken" in comparison to the "Spoken" races, even to someone with an Echo that can inherently understand all languages. However, it's revealed that this is not usually due to any real mental or physical impairments; it's simply cultural. For example, Stickqix is a Goblin that specifically taught himself fluent Eorzean in order to more easily run a multiracial business. On The First, both the Qitari (Qiqirn) and the Zun (Amal'jaa) speak fluently, further demonstrating that it's mostly isolationism and prejudice that prevents any of these races from integrating.
- Desert Bandits: Several of them act this way to Ul'dah.
- Kill It with Water: The friendlier faction of Amalj'aa, the Brotherhood of Ash, reveal that water causes them extreme discomfort and they almost never need to hydrate themselves. That being said, on certain quests for the Brotherhood of Ash, the Ifrit worshipping Amalj'aa either react in disgust, promising to get revenge on you, or beg you to stop when you dump water on them after giving them a beatdown.
- Lizard Folk: They're a vaguely reptilian species.
- Playing with Fire: The spells and elemental attacks they use tend to be this.
- Kill It with Fire: Their preferred method.
- Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: From their name to their strongholds.
- Oh, Crap!: When they witness Ifrit failing to brainwash the Warrior of Light, they are so afraid that they start to slowly back away from them.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: It even extends to their mounts, the cavalry drakes.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Amalj'aa are notorious for constantly kidnapping people to be tempered by Ifrit. These thralls are used as extra muscle in their armies or as servants. One Amalj'aa even refers to a Mi'qote as one of "the slave race".
- Top-Heavy Guy: They are very bulky from the waist up and are very tall.
- Weapon of Choice: Amalj'aa are commonly armed with spears, knuckle dusters, thaumaturge staffs or bows.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Their main attack spells tend to be this element.
- Having a Blast: They love using explosives for their mining and as an attack.
- Mole Men: As expected.
- Mole Miner: Unsurprisingly, they're excellent miners, alchemists, metalworkers.
- Verbal Tic: All Kobolds will rephrase then repeat their words—statements, chatter, words.
- Weapon of Choice: Kobolds tend to carry axes, daggers, or conjurer's wands.
Ga BuA young koboldling who flees the mountain when the Kobold Patriarch decides to summon Titan once again - but this time by strengthening him with kobold sacrifices, including Ga Bu's parents. He rushes to Camp Overlook to ask the Maelstrom for help, but is too afraid to approach them.
- Break the Cutie: He's a cute little kobold who just wants to be happy with his family. And then he finds that they have been sacrificed to Titan...
- Heal the Cutie: A literal case in 5.4 when Alisaie and G'raha manage to cure him of his tempering towards Titan, resulting in him becoming a lot more talkative and willing to help the Scions however he can.
- Heroic RRoD: After finding the corpses of his parents, slain by another kobold's hands, Ga Bu's rage and pain summons Titan and leaves him feeling blank and emotionless, making the Maelstrom officer believe he is tempered. Later, he thanks Alisaie for her support, showing that there is hope for him yet.
- Mythology Gag: His story parallels an event from early in Final Fantasy IV, involving Rydia. When Rydia learns that Cecil and Kain are responsible for her mother's death, she instinctively summons Titan with her grief and anger. Ga Bu also summons Titan upon learning that his parents have been killed.
- Put on a Bus: He is taken into protective custody of the Maelstrom after the events of 3.4 where he's being looked after.
- The Bus Came Back: In 4.4, Alisaie brings the Warrior of Light to see him at the Maelstrom's headquarters. Unfortunately, he still isn't very talkative. He once again returns in 5.4, this time playing a much bigger role thanks to his aforementioned recovery from tempering.
- Suddenly Voiced: Gets several voiced lines in 5.4 after he's cured of his tempering.
2nd Order Patriarch Za DaThe highest ranking member of the Kobold hierarchy seen thus far and High Priest of Titan.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In 5.4, he's purged of his tempering by the Scions and is shocked to find he used Ga Bu's parents as part of the summoning ritual.
- Rejected Apology: Despite Merlwyb's attempts to apologize for the bloody history between the kobolds and men, Za Da refuses to forgive her and states he will not be fooled again. He only relents when Ga Bu convinces him to give them a chance.
- Artificial Human: Heavily implied that they were created centuries ago by the Allagan Empire For Science! as a biological chimeric weapon. The "floating continent" they believe they fell from in their mythology is likely Azys Lla. In the Fractal Continuum, a twisted museum of Allagan experiments, you can encounter creatures that heavily resemble the Ixal - possibly an earlier prototype.
- The Chimera section of the Encyclopedia Eorzea lore book outright confirms that said experiments are the evolutionary ancestor of the Ixal. It also notes that none of the Ixal tribes are aware of this detail of their origin. The hard mode version of the Fractal Continuum has an Ixal from the Ehcatl Nine tribe explore the dungeon and make several discoveries; the whole facility is familiar to him, none of the creatures attack him (to which he wonders if they mistake him for one of their kind), and he finds what appears to be a super-muscular Ixal in a test tube. Sezoul, after being told the whole story about their origins, doesn't seem to be too bothered by the revelation. In fact, seeing as Azys Lla isn't the paradise they were searching for, Sezoul suggests they just find another one.
- Blow You Away: Like their deity Garuda, they primarily use wind magic.
- Bird People: Bipedal, though without wings and unable to fly.
- Feather Fingers: They have these because of their lack of wings.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: The Ixal raise wolves or dogs as sentries or hunting companions.
- Shield Bash: The Ixal that uses shields will use them to smack you in the face to inflict Stun.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Talk like Yoda, they do!
- They don't use prefixes for a long list of nouns. For example, a great grandmother is a "mother of mother of mother".
- Weapon of Choice: Ixal often carry spears, axes, conjuror's wands, or sword and shield combos.
For more information on the Illuminati, see Final Fantasy XIV Antagonists.
- Buffy Speak: Their language seems to be full of this (according to the developers, based on the German language's ability to create new words by combining existing ones). Examples include calling money "jinglyshine", mouths "tongueflaps" or talking "lipflaps", and the Vath "Walkiebugs". A goblin in the Stormblood Miner quests averts this by speaking perfect English and says he spent a long time learning how to do so in order to conduct better business. That being said, he sometimes slips back to the Buffy speak when under duress and then corrects himself after.
- Expy: Their appearances are taken right from Final Fantasy XI.
- Gas Mask Mooks: Not a single goblin has been seen without their gas masks.
- Meaningful Name: The group that serves as antagonists are called "The Illuminati", which comes from an organization in Bavaria that became one of the most popular subjects of Conspiracy Theories, painting them as a shadowy cabal that seeks to Take Over the World, as well as hiding information they don't want to reach the public. Likewise, the Goblin Illuminati has plans of a similar bent and a desire not to let anything in the Enigma Codex, not even a cheese recipe, escape their clutches. Outside the conspiracy angle, the term also means "Enlightened", which can refer to them being on par with Sharlayan with their knowledge and the hoarding thereof, or their plans to create a Utopia for themselves using Alexander.
- Goblins in general have names based on attributes they are known for.
- The Engineer: Their race as a whole is this, being capable of producing all kinds of technology.
- Theme Naming: The goblins always put "Gob" somewhere in the names of their machinery.
- Steampunk: They all generally have this theme going.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, to the point that about half of the conflicts between normal goblins and the Illuminati are entirely about cheese.
- Weapon of Choice: Many goblins prefer to fight with swords, guns, and bombs.
- Ambiguous Gender: At first, due to occasional translation errors. Though she looks like every other goblin, it's confirmed she's a girl.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yes, she did help the Company of Heroes defeat Titan and Leviathan.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: She's a gladiator.
- Token Non-Human: Of the Company of Heroes, before they disbanded. This makes her the first beastman to participate in the defeat of a Primal, and the only one to do so prior to the assistance of Idyllshire's goblins in the Alexander series of raids.
- Unwanted Assistance: In the second boss fight of Brayflox's Longstop, she tries to help you fight a drake by handing you a bomb... which can explode and harm the player. The common strategy is to run from her, but it is possible to position yourself so that you harm the drake without taking any damage yourself. Later patches fixed this so that her bombs no longer harm the players.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He offers Hildebrand Manderville free permanent residence in Idyllshire because Hildebrand aided him against bandits years ago.
- The Gambling Addict: According to the Encyclopedia Eorzea, when his attention isn't needed for maintaining Idyllshire, he enjoys partaking in a wide variety of games of chance with goblins and uplanders.
- Meaningful Name: His first name references how his attitude towards regulations makes him slow to fix some of Idyllshire's problems, while his last name references his gambling addiction.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: He was initially as averse to humans as many of his brethren until Hildibrand saved him from a bunch of bandits out of the kindness of his heart. This generous act restored Slowfix's belief that goblins and uplanders could work together, which resulted in him founding Idyllshire as the epitome of his dream of a utopia operated by man and goblin.
- Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: His and Dripwix's conflicting mindsets in leading Idyllshire. Slowfix believes in letting everyone be free in a rule free environment. Dripwix believes in strict and precise regulations to maintain order. In the end, both of them end up causing problems and confusion for Idyllshire's citizens as they both lean too far towards their respective extreme.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: As mentioned above, he wishes to create a perfectly free nation for all races. Unfortunately he initially doesn't believe in imposing rules and regulations, which leads to confusion among many of its citizens.
- Apocalyptic Log: Quickthinx's book which gives him knowledge of future events is none other than a time displaced version the same journal Backrix was using to write down detailed logs of the heroes actions during the Alexander storyline.
- Token Non-Human: After Roundrox is kidnapped, he joins in the invasion of Alexander's body, making him the only beastman on the invasion team until Roundrox is freed.
- Token Non-Human: The first goblin to actively take part in the invasion of Alexander's body.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: When you first meet her. This trait is the main reason she is able to read the Enigma Codex. After the events of the Alexander raid, she sees the dangers of clinging blindly to idealism and starts to grow out of this, causing her to lose her ability to read the Codex.
- Do Well, But Not Perfect: A goblin that she sends out on gathering duties is utterly terrified of the dangerous tasks she is given compared to her usual work within the city. Said goblin recruits the Warrior of Light to help her finish quickly. Unfortunately, the Warrior of Light does so good of a job that Drydox becomes convinced that the poor goblin is a natural for gathering missions and shifts her to the duties full time.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She became hooked on nanka eggs ever since the Vath Deftarm shared some with her.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: They use dinosaur-like creatures as mounts, as shown in the Wanderer's Palace hard mode dungeon.
- Expy: Their appearance and tendencies are taken right from Final Fantasy XI as a Mythology Gag. Adding to this, the region they originate from is also where Blue Magic comes from, much like the Mamool Ja from XI.
- Multiple Head Case: Their most powerful leaders tend to have two heads, one specializing in martial skill, the other specializing in magic.
- Third-Person Person: They speak in third person, but rather than their own given name, uniformly refer to themselves as "Mamool Ja".
- Weapon of Choice: Spears, staves, swords and shields.
- Expy: Like the Mamool Ja and goblins, their appearance and tendencies are taken exactly from Final Fantasy XI. Stormblood introduces Flesheater Qiqirn, who share the same base but have much different textures than anything they had in XI.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Some of the Qiqirn you see around Thanalan, one FATE boss in particular, is mentioned to have a taste for human flesh. In Stormblood, it's revealed an entire, massive tribe of Qiqirn that have settled in the Peaks absolutely adore spoken flesh and will go out of their way to hunt people down.
- In the Hood: All of them are seen wearing hoods. The Maneater Qiqirn have hoods so thick it masks their faces in shadow.
- Proud Merchant Race Guy: All of them have a keen eye for money and "shinies."
- Took a Level in Badass: The Qiqirn in Gyr Abania are a significantly larger threat than the ones met previously, as these ones are known to kidnap people and eat their flesh.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Eggs among all qiqirn.
- We Are as Mayflies: Average lifespan of a Qiqirn is 25 years.
- You Dirty Rat!: They are often associated with rats and often has an ill reputation because of it. The 2020 Heavensturn event has one assist the Nezumi Bugyo on a task to give qiqirns and rats a better reputation.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Moogles throughout the series are typically depicted as whimsical, surprisingly industrious, and benevolent creatures. While this is largely true for the moogles of the Twelveswood, the moogles of the Churning Mist are mostly Lazy Bums who would much rather shove their work on others than accomplish anything of substances. They delight in pranking and stealing from each other and tend to shoot themselves in the foot by pissing off people trying to help them.
- Badass Adorable: Many of them are capable of powerful magic and combat abilities.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Moogles that live in the Twelveswood have white fur, black wings, and orange pom-poms, while the ones in the Churning Mists have cream-colored fur, red wings, and pink pom-poms.
- Dalmascan Moogles have white fur, black wings, and pom-poms of various colors (So far, one with a white pom and one with a blue pom)
- Dumbass Has a Point: Well not quite dumbass, but they aren't as insightful or clever as they think they are. That said, they do help Sidurgu from the Dark Knight questline realize his biggest flaw. It doesn't change his hatred of their prankster ways, and he beats some half to death who tried to play a prank on him without remorse. And it's played for comedy.
- The Fair Folk: They are invisible to most normal people and mostly keep to themselves. However, they are very blithe creatures who will play pranks on the occasional person that wanders near their domain, especially the moogles at Moghome. They also tend to act like they are very wise and intelligent, but they somewhat overestimate themselves in that regard.
- Invisible to Normals: They possess magic to hide themselves, which only certain people have the ability to see through.
- Lazy Bum: The main reason why they rarely get anything done is because they'd much prefer to laze around and eat kupo nuts than accomplish anything of substance. This is especially true for most of the moogles of Moghome, who can't be arsed to repair and care for Zenith as per their covenant with Hraevelgr until they're tricked into doing it.
- The Medic: On the few occasions you fight alongside a moogle, particularly Kuplo Kopp, they tend to use healing magic.
- Mythology Gag: The moogles as a whole, but Moglin, the Chief of Moghome, stands out for being a Shout-Out to Final Fantasy Type-0. Moglin was the name of the moogle that was part of Class Zero. The moogles even reference a legendary moogle Dragoon from Final Fantasy VI named Mog.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: In grand Final Fantasy tradition.
- Theme Naming: The moogles of Gridania Forest all have names built around "Kupo". The moogles of Moghome all have names with "Mog" in them.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kupo nuts, to the point that it's their currency for item exchange.
- Verbal Tic: They tend to end their sentences with "Kupo", kupo.
- The Medic: As mentioned above, the few occasions he helps you in battle he uses conjury to heal you.
- Adipose Rex: Though neither he nor King Mog are described as fat, the other moogles imply that they think he is this.
- Badass Boast: He says this when fought in Sohr Kai."I'm not the chief because I'm biggest, kupo! It's because I'm the baddest!"
- Large and in Charge: He's basically King Mog with a wreath on his head instead of an elaborate crown.
- Secret Test of Character: Well, it sort of fails as far as the "secret" part goes, but he challenges the player with his Pomguard as the first boss of Sohr Kai.
- Ascended Fanboy: He dreams of joining the Pomguard in order to protect his fellow moogles and help them in their times of need, wandering around as a Knight Errant with your help in hopes of earning a place in the brotherhood. His courage and willingness to help others get him in, even after he admits that his fighting ability leaves much to be desired.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He feels compelled to help his fellow moogles whenever they're in need, often taking on tasks way too large for him to handle on ihs own.
- Miles Gloriosus: Ultimately subverted. Though he might come across as this in his early quests, he acknowledges that he really wants to be able to perform heroic deeds without relying on the player. Several times when he is thanked for his deeds he openly admits that the Warrior of Light did most of the work.
- Nice Guy: While he rarely thinks things through, he's easily one of the nicest moogles in the Churning Mists, going around and helping his fellow moogle for no reason other than he feels it's the right thing to do.
- Fish People: Aquatic and bipedal, with much more mobility in the water.
- Healing Hands: The ones who fight with conjury will use Cure to undo any damage you do to them and they may even use Stoneskin to mitigate damage.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: They mostly summon their god Leviathan out of self defense, because Limsa Lominsa is encroaching on their territory.
- Making a Splash: Predictably, they use this type of magic.
- Underwater City: They are said to have one.
- Weapon of Choice: Sahagin will fight with conjuror's staffs or spears when not fighting bare handed.
- Blatant Lies: After you corner one tempered sylph and take down the boar he summons to protect himself, he surrenders and says he's sorry for messing with you but Lord Ramuh is not here so there is most definitely no need for you and your friends to go any further at all.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Despite the fact that Ramuh prefers non-violence, the summoning process touched the sylphs who took part in the ritual and apparently brought out their darker sides, twisting their fear of the Garlean invasion into a hatred of all the spoken races.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Touched Sylphs are purple.
- Fair Folk: After being Touched, they definitely become this, playing much crueler tricks than their brethren in Little Solace do.
- Knife Nut: While most of them prefer to fight with magic like Thunder, Paralyze, and Shock Spikes, some sylphs will also fight in melee range with knives and can use quick swipes with Fast Blade.
- Master of Illusion: During the "Defenders of Eorzea" storyline, several touched sylphs use glamours to masquerade as your fellow Scions.
- Mr. Seahorse: Male sylphs are the ones who give birth.
- Shock and Awe: As per their allegiance to Ramuh, many of them utilize Thunder spells.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Like their benign kin, they refer to people as "____ one" instead of using pronouns. This helps give away their attempts to disguise themselves as members of other races, as when they force themselves to say the words they end up stressing them unnaturally.
- Badass in Distress: Tonberries are generally one of the most feared races in the Final Fantasy series. In The Wanderer's Palace (Hard) the player must rescue them from imprisonment/extermination from a marauding band of Mamool Ja.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: After the Warrior of Light defeats the Mamool Ja leader in The Wanderer's Palace (Hard), the Tonberries which were freed from their imprisonment earlier in the dungeon (who are Tonberries who have broken free from the rancor) rush the defeated beastman with their knives and deliver such a savage retaliation for the Mamool Ja's attempted extermination of the Tonberries that the sight of it causes the Warrior of Light to wince nervously.
- Fantastic Racism: Though they generally try to stay away from the spoken races due to the reputation the rancor has given them, they actually end up receiving this more from other Beast Tribes than the spoken races. The Mamool Ja try to exterminate them, believing them to be nothing more than monsters, while Limsa actually trusts the (rancor-free) tonberries enough to save them and have them train their marauders guild. Alka Zolka and Setoto even end up with feelings for one another well before the latter is cured of her tonberry form.
- Was Once a Man: They were originally Lalafells from the ancient city of Nym. During the War of the Magi, they were placed under a curse which transformed them, extended their lifespans, and replaced most of their reason with rage and rancor. As of the Shadowbringers Scholar quests a cure is found for their condition, using a variation of the spell used by the Dwarves of the First to cure the Stoneblight plague.
- Weapon of Choice: Knives. Though a few of the reformed ones wield axes. Presumably Scholar Codexes at some point.
The Dravanian HordeDragons that live in the region west of Coerthas. For longer than most can remember, they have been at war with Ishgard over a betrayal that one (Ishgard's King Thordan I to be precise) committed against the other during a time of peace between the two. Most of them originate from either Nidhogg's brood or Hraesvelgr's. For more information on both broods, see Final Fantasy XIV Ishgard And Dravania.
The Meracydian HordeDragons that live in the southern continent of Meracydia. Most of the Meracydians encountered in the story have been trapped in Eorzea or Dalamud for thousands of years, and it is unknown whether dragons still live in the south. They all originate from Bahamut and Tiamat.
- The Atoner: She has chosen to remain imprisoned on Azys Lla until the end of the world as atonement for reviving Bahamut.
- BrotherSister Incest: With Bahamut, of the "Adam and Eve" variety. Nearly all of the countless dragons living in Meracydia were born from their union, and the two genuinely loved one another.
- The Bus Came Back: After two expansions and almost three patch cycles worth of content since her last appearance, she comes back into play in 5.5 due to suspicions that she may be linked to the appearance of Lunar Bahamut.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She's a dark scaled dragon with red eyes, but is not malevolent.
- Deal with the Devil: In a moment of weakness she agreed to the Ascians' plan to revive her brother. Only after his revival as a Primal did she see that he was nothing but a mockery of the brother she loved.
- Guilt Complex: Completely blames herself for bringing back her brother in a bastardized form and has held onto her guilt for over five thousand years.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Part of her bindings. Her hind feet and tail are nailed to the ground, and an additional giant spike pierces her torso.
- Leave Me Alone!: She'll sometimes converse with the Warrior of Light if they visit her, and helps guide Ohl Deeh in the Heavensward Allied Beast Quests so that he doesn't face a similar tragedy that she had, but she'll soon demand that they leave her alone so that she may resume her penance.
- Mercy Kill: In the Pagl'than 4-man instance, she considers killing the Meracydian dragons tempered under the Telophoroi this than spend one more minute in service to the Ascians.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She was the one who summoned the Primal version of Bahamut, and immediately regretted doing so upon witnessing how unlike the true Bahamut it was.
- My Greatest Failure: She's been in chains since the Third Astral Era for summoning the Primal Bahamut.
- My Greatest Second Chance: Shadowbringers allows her to finally right this wrong when she learns that Fandaniel has warped her surviving Meracydian descendants into his personal army to tear apart the world, especially when they make a mockery of her consort, Bahamut. After Alisaie cures her tempering and Estinien gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech along with a Dare to Be Badass, she joins the Scions in fighting against the Telophoroi in Pagl'than.
- "Not So Different" Remark: After learning of Nidhogg's death and the end of the Dragonsong War, she admits that had Ancient Allag not destroyed itself through their own hubris, she would likely have gone on a similar vengeance fueled rampage. With them gone, she finally reflected on her own sins rather than those committed by the Allagans leading to her seeking penance rather than vengence.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Babylonian myth, the Odd Name Out as she did not influence Ishgard's history unlike her brothers. Her lover Bahamut shares a similar distinction.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Was imprisoned on Azys Lla by the Allagan Empire.
- Self-Restraint: It's hinted that she could free herself from her bindings with little effort, but refuses to do so out of penance. Shadowbringers later notes that her restraints do actually keep her in check, but she shuns any attempt to help free her due to the aforementioned penance. She finally drops this after learning that the Ascians created another bastardized copy of her beloved.
The GnathAn insectoid beast tribe living in Dravania, also at war with the dragons. Their stronghold is called Lost ath Gnath.
- Bee People: Though they appear more like beetles than bees, Gnath operate like this as a whole.
- Boom Stick: The primary weapon among Gnath infantry, a primitive rifle head on the end of the spear, aslo called a boom stick.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Gnath wear red scarves unlike the green-clad Vath.
- Expy: Of the Urutan-Yensa from Final Fantasy XII, which are also a race of insectoids that obey their ruler with a Hive Mind. The two races even share the similar animations.
- Hive Mind: They are all part of the Overmind, and any Gnath who manages to break free is cast out.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Gnath dedicate themselves entirely to expanding their territory and defending their home. The Onemind ensures only the warrior drones get the best food to keep them strong, and just look at their Primal.
- Scarf of Asskicking: The only clothing Gnath wear are long scarves.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: While the motives of the Gnath aren't explored beyond "conquer everything and expand territory" in the main story, the final quest in the Vath beast tribe expands upon what the Overmind's motives are. The Overmind believes the only way to achieve peace with its people is to make everyone obey one supreme being (the Overmind itself) by doing everything it says, eating just one kind of food, act as one, and so on. The Overmind believes individuality breeds chaos and that inviting outsiders to one's colony only furthers said chaos.
- Verbal Tic: <Click><Click> for individual Gnath.
- Weapon of Choice: Their Boom Sticks.
The Gnath OvermindThe single consciousness among the Onemind. The Overmind binds all Gnath together, but choses to operate in a personal Gnath body as well.
- The Evils of Free Will: The Overmind believes that individuality is what leads the other races to fight amongst and destroy themselves, where as only the Overmind can bring true unity and prosperity.
- Fighting a Shadow: Even if you manage to kill the Overmind's current body, it will simply make one of the Onemind into its new host.
- Hive Queen: The uniting consciousness of the Onemind.
- Horned Humanoid: The body the Overmind uses has a large horn like a Rhinoceros Beetle.
- Staff of Authority: The Overmind carries one at all times. It resembles the Black Mage weapon bought with Tomestones of Law.
- Too Important to Walk: The Overmind's body is ferried everywhere by a personal insect mount.
- Verbal Tic: <Clack><Clack>, a more gnashing sound compared to the standard <Click><Click>.
- Bird People: Like the Ixal, incapable of flight. They are much shorter and stouter..
- Dance Battler: The Vanu Vanu are this, prefacing their battles with their Sundrop Dance. Part of the Beast tribe quest's plot involves a tribe's princess who had become too intimidated to perform the dance.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: They treat the Sundrop Dance as this since it's a tradition passed down from their ancestors and it also displays one's strength. If the dancer isn't at top form, they are seen as weak. Conversely, performing this dance with skill, ferocity, and intensity is a sign that a Vanu Vanu is not to be trifled with. This is so ingrained in their culture that all of the Vanu Vanu tribes are surprised that netherlings are unfazed if not outright perplexed by the gesture when they see it for the first time.
- Horse of a Different Color: The Vanu Vanu ride sanuwa, limbless, serpentine creatures with wings similar to dragons, to get around the Sea of Clouds. These sanuwa are also known for their powerful (and pungent) breath, which they use to chase away pests and pester rival tribes.
- Playing with Fire: If they're not slicing you up with their knives, then they're casting Fire on you instead.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: A martial race that respects strength.
- Stout Strength: Despite looking pretty fat in the gut, they're quite strong in battle.
- Supreme Chef: The Vanu Vanu's cooking is considered universally delicious by Eorzean standards. The Gundu tribe regularly trades its signature catsfoot chew (a type of confectionery made from a flower) for valuable supplies from the Ishgardians like firewood. This is especially notable considering that the Vanu Vanu regularly eat things that would make many people in real life squeamish, like the meat of chigoes and wamouracampas (types of giant insect the size of a wild boar).
- Talks Like a Simile: They frequently use metaphors in their speech.
- Weapon of Choice: Dual Wielding knives for the melee combatants and staves for the magic based fighters.
- Aggressive Negotiations: In 4.1, when Lyse invites the various leaders of Gyr Abanias communities to the palace so they can discuss Ala Mhigos future, the Qalyana accept her invitation as part of a ploy to summon Lakshmi and brainwash everyone at the conference.
- The Chess Master: The leader of the Dreaming (Tempered) Ananta manages to effortlessly manipulate events so that a large supply of crystals are smuggled into Ala Mihgo right under the Alliance's noses so she could summon Lakshmi and temper the entire city. Only Fordola's timely appearance prevents her plan from succeeding.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Vira tribe, who are allies of the Resistance, dress in Ala Mhigan purple. The hostile Qalyana tribe wear blue.
- Meaningful Name: They are named after Ananta, a primeval being from Hindu mythology that resembles a multi-headed snake and is said to be the king of the nagas.
- One-Gender Race: The Ananta are an all-female race. They lay eggs without any need of a mate, and as such seem to find the idea of men being necessary for the spoken races reproductive processes confusing; one Ananta NPC starts to ask the player how that would work, only to decide that she would rather not know.
- Purple Is Powerful: The Vira wear purple and are explicitly a warrior tribe, whereas the blue-clad Qalyana are jewelers.
- Revenge: The Qalyana tribe summoning Lakshmi during a conference in Ala Mhigo is heavily implied to be an act of vengeance for the Warrior of Light accidentally causing the death of the Qalyana Broodmother's daughter and then killing Lakshmi, thereby robbing them of the power they needed to resist the Empire.
- Snake People: The Ananta are dark skinned women with the lower half of snakes.
- Sssnake Talk: They usssually draw out the S in their wordsss like thisss.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Ananta are masters of gold and jewelsmithing, using magick to weave metals and stones into unique forms. This is seen during the Velodyna Gatekeepers quests, where the Ananta stationed at Velodyna convert a stash of gold into two lifelike statues of a griffin as part of their efforts to convert the Garlean stronghold into an Ala Mhigan fortress.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Kojin are divided into two factions; The Kojin of the Blue are the ones the Warrior of Light interacts with... and are green. The Kojin of the Red, who sell themselves as mercenaries and serve the Empire, are red.
- Fantastic Racism: Only recently played straight. This was mostly averted until the Kojin of the Red became allies with the Garleans. This act ended with distrust for all Kojin, which in turn harmed the Blue's merchant dealings with the spoken races.
- Meaningful Name: In Japanese, the word for blue is "ao", but it can also mean green, hence the friendly Kojin you meet being green but calling themselves Kojin of Blue.
- Proud Merchant Race: They thrive on selling and trading goods with other people no matter who they are. The Kojin highly value treasures of all kinds since they hold a belief that their gods can reside in many objects. This heavily contrasts with the merchants of Ul'dah (and most merchants in general) where they thrive in trade and selling goods for the sake of profit while the Kojin trade and sell to further their own culture while interacting with other cultures.
- Turtle Power: Being a race of turtle beings, this is a given.
- Underwater City: Well, more of an Underwater Village, but the Kojin of the Blue live in Tamamizu, a domed village at the bottom of the Ruby Sea.
SorobanA Kojin merchant who runs into the party while they are in Kugane, saving them from being captured by Garleans or Sekiseigumi. He is encountered several times throughout the story from there on out, escorting them to the Ruby Sea, and helping them when they come to his home village of Tamamizu. He even represents the Blue Kojin who help liberate Doma. Soroban also appears as one of the main players of the Four Lords side story.
- But Now I Must Go: Once Koryu is defeated, Soroban stays behind in the Risen Temple to replace Genbu as a guardian of the temple as well as training with the other Four Lords.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Koryu kills Genbu, Sorooban decides to sacrifice his life by summoning Genbu's soul into his body so the Four Lords can use their strength to seal Koryu, but doing so would extinguish Soroban's soul. After Koryu is defeated, the heroes mourn over Soroban's death. The scene becomes subverted when Genbu assures them that Soroban is perfectly fine and shows the Kojin is back, if slightly confused over his revival. It turns out that Soroban's training enabled him to withstand the effects of the summoning, allowing him to share his soul with Genbu in one body.
- Sharing a Body: He is subjected to this when he summons Genbu onto himself. Soroban is not pleased to hear that he will be sharing his body with his master for the next 500 years or so.
- Summoning Ritual: As a part of his training, Genbu instructs him to summon a Kami onto himself. He botches it by summoning a Kami that was too strong for him to handle, turning him into a giant Adamantoise for a while.
- Training from Hell: He is subjected to this by Genbu in order to become a better guardian of the Ruby Sea. Soroban complains, but endures anyway.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When he becomes an auspice, he transforms into a huge hulking monster that attacks Genbu and the Warrior of Light with powerful water magic. He returns to normal after being defeated.
BunchinThe Chief of Tamamizu.
- Achievements in Ignorance: The Namazu festival is this in its entirety. Every time they make a major milestone in their festival efforts it unwittingly averts one of many fates that were would have meant their eradication. Not even the Warrior of Light themselves will ever actually know the truth, only the player.
- Benevolent Monsters: Compared to the other beast tribes, the Namazu are pretty friendly with everyone with only a select few being hostile. The Namazu are also open to trading with other races, so naturally their relations with others are also positive. They are also the only beast tribe that haven't summoned a primal at all, but given their nature, there's no need for one.
- Blade on a Stick: The hostile Namazu will attack you with their tridents.
- The Chew Toy: Both literally and metaphorically. They're dim-witted losers who are prone to a lot of amusing misfortune, not least because every other sapient race considers them to be delicious.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: They're a Ridiculously Cute Critter race who usually serve as The Chew Toy and are named after a gigantic monster that can cause kingdom-breaking earthquakes simply by moving around.
- Feather Fingers: The Namazu have no problems gripping, holding, and manipulating things with their fins, even calling the Warrior's fingers an impediment. They even manage to perform surprising feats of engineering and architecture, as well as fishing, holding weapons, and cooking.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Regardless of how any one player may feel about them, the Warrior of Light often shows indifference if not clear annoyance and disdain for Namazu. The opening questline for their dailies consists of them trying to bail on association with Gyoshin every chance they get and are clearly distressed when they're inevitably roped into it. At one point Gyoshin has to ask them to at least feign concern that the Namazu will perish in seven years if their festival does not happen. Gyodo clearly left a very terrible first impression.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Aside from the way they carry themselves and some tells like Gyoshin's scar, the Namazu are all largely identical in size and appearance. This nearly gets Gyoshin attacked by some angry shipwrights in Kugane who mistake him for Gyodo until the Warrior clears things up.
- Intoxication Ensues: Apparently, ordinary old tea is an intoxicant to Namazu. This makes learning the Xaela tea ceremonies a bit troublesome for the Seven Hundred and Seventy-Seven.
- Lethal Chef:
- The Namazu apparently tried to make buuz from buzzfly meat in the past. The resulting product was so disgusting that the victims who consumed it couldn't move for days. The Namazu cook hired for the festival hopes that there will be "fewer casualties" this time.
- Averted by another Namazu chef, whose cooking is to the liking of the Xaela tribes who have been helping them.
- Meaningful Name: In Japanese mythology, the Namazu is a giant catfish that causes earthquakes.
- Nice Guy: The Namazu as a whole (Seigetsu notwithstanding) are quite cheerful and friendly. They've never quarreled with any of the other races and never felt the need to summon a primal. A special mention goes out to the "Affable Namazu", who is unerringly chipper, polite, and friendly.
- Plucky Comic Relief: They're silly Butt Monkeys for the most part, on the recieving end of all kinds of verbal and physical abuse. Despite this, they're a largely cheery and friendly race whose antics are Played for Laughs. Aside from Gyodo, none of the Namazu are outright hostile to the Warrior of Light.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're actually quite adorable, and even make cute squeaky noises as they walk.
- Shock and Awe: The more aggressive ones can use this on you to inflict Paralysis.
- That Came Out Wrong: In the quest "Amber Alert", Gyoshu asks the Warrior to tell Yamakage, "I have your daughter." This sends Yamakage into a panic, wondering what he'd done to warrant the Namazu kidnapping his daughter and holding her for ransom. As it turns out, Yamakage's daughter had gotten lost and wandered too close to the serpent-infested One River, so the Namazu had escorted her to the safety of Yuzuka Manor. What Gyoshu meant to say is that Yamakage daughter is with him and to come pick her up.
- Verbal Tic: They tend to throw "yes, yes" at the end of each of their statements.
- Con Man: He will provide false information to anyone he deems gullible enough if he can get money out of it. After several kicks from Lyse, he does his best to avoid scamming the Scions or their acquaintences. For example, he stopped attempting to con Nashu when she was searching for Hildebrand in Kugane after learning that she's friends with the Warrior of Light.
- The Informant: One of his primary sources of income. He serves as this to many, including the Garlean Empire, and the East Aldernad Trading Company. Though when there's little threat of retaliation he may try to trick potential clients.
- The Stool Pigeon: When he fears his life is in danger, or when the Warrior of Light is present (and by extension, people who know Lyse) he'll happily trade away honest information free of charge.
- Despair Event Horizon: Many of them were proud vassals to the Doman royal family, when Kaien was killed and Hien was believed dead, the entire race was utterly broken by it, and further broken when the Garleans forced their leader to serve them and then took him and many of their people to fight wars in other countries. The result is that a formerly proud race of wolf-people have been reduced to little more than feral bandits mugging passerby.
- Fantastic Racism: This is noticeably averted. Besides the obvious in the Garleans, the Lupin see no segregation or racism from Domans simply for existing, being fully integrated to their societies the same as any other human, suggesting that spoken-on-beastman racism isn't as much of a phenomenon outside of Eorzea.
- The Nose Knows: All Lupin possess a heightened sense of smell owing to their wolf-like features. This is what lets Kurobana notice that Hayabusa's rice paddies have been contaminated, as Kurobana was able to pick up a scent that a Hyur nose could not.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: They take pride in their battle prowess and seem to only respect those who can match their power. A sidequest has a Lupin lamenting over how he is completely weak in a fight compared to his much stronger brother and feels useless because of it.
- Wolf Man: Theyre a race of anthropomorphic wolves.
Hakuro WhitefangApparent leader of the Lupin and commander of the enslaved Lupin forces in the Garlean army. His faith in the rebellion died after witnessing Lord Hien's apparent death.
- Broken Ace: When he witnessed the Garleans seemingly kill Hien during a prior rebellion, Hakuro's spirit died as well, believing that any further attempts at rebellion were doomed to fail. As such he went through life in the Garlean military commanding the other enslaved Lupin to prevent any further death for his comrades.
- Expy: His fight is a somewhat watered down version of Gilgamesh's.
- That Liar Lies: He remains completely unconvinced that Hien is alive and accuses the Warrior of Light of lying about the person's status. Only by besting him in combat does he listen to them.
- Master Swordsman: He's a skilled samurai who once served as the guardian of Namai before being forcibly conscripted into the Garlean army. His attacks in battle involve sweeping displays of swordsmanship in tandem with magic to perform sweeping AOE attacks.
- Razor Wind: Several of his attacks involve either sending out sweeping wind blades in a criss-cross pattern or summoning ghostly wolf heads to attack with wind AOE attacks.Hakuro: Cower before the wind!
- Undying Loyalty: To Hien. Once the Warrior of Light convinces him that Hien is alive, his faith in the rebellion against the Garleans is rekindled and he agrees to have his forces aid the Ala Mhigans from within the Garlean stronghold.
KurobanaHakuro's younger brother who wasn't conscripted into the Garlean army. Unlike Hakuro, Kurobana has no talent for fighting and struggles to find his place in the village when everyone expects him to fill the role Hakuro left behind.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Kurobana is desperately searching for a way to support the village his own way after repeatedly trying and failing to fulfill his brother's duties as the Namai's guardian.
- Successful Sibling Syndrome: Kurobana is by all means a bright, friendly, and well-meaning person. But his older brother's feats of valor and strength results in the people of Namai placing the same expectations on Kurobana's shoulders. His inability to live up to said expectations gets him accused of being lazy and cowardly, which severely damages Kurobana's self-confidence.
- Berserk Button: The term "lizard" is considered a racial slur to them. Calling them one will justifiably piss them off immediately, even if the speaker is unaware of the slur.
- Lizard Folk: Subverted. Though they appear to be a bipedal reptilian race not unlike the Amalj'aa, the Bangaa are actually mammals. They give live birth, and their apparent scales are really patches of calloused skin. They do shed their skin, however.
- Long-Lived: The average Bangaa lives twice as long as the average Hyur.
- Mythology Gag: They are a direct transplant of the Bangaa race from the Ivalice Alliance games.
- Ascended Extra: In Stormblood, the Matanga were nothing more than generic enemies found in the Azim Steppe and in the Uznair treasure dungeons. Come Endwalker, they were the first allied beast tribe revealed.
- Fantastic Racism: The gray-skinned Matanga in the Azim Steppe are noted to have an extreme irrational hatred for Au Ra and actively go out of their way to attack and kill them.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The blue-skinned Arkasodara Matanga wear full outfits, while the gray-skinned Matanga in the Azim Steppe are completely naked.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A Namingway minion was included as a bonus for anyone who bought the Encyclopedia Eorzea all the way back in Heavensward.
- Moon Rabbit
- Mythology Gag: They're basically the Hummingways from Final Fantasy IV only with a different name.
- Reused Character Design: They have a very strong resemblance to the Ivalician styled moogles which had a rabbit-like appearance.
Friendly Beast Tribe Factions
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is initially cold and distant towards the Warrior of Light and insists that they stay away from her so that she can solve the problem herself. She warms up to them fairly quickly after seeing how strong they are and their determination to find out who has been kidnapping and killing beastmen.
- Last of Her Kind: she didn't come to Thanalan alone. She was part of a group of sylphs that migrated there, only for said group to be slain for Memeriga's plot.
- Punny Name: Sylvie the Sylph. Get it?
- Our Fairies Are Different: She's actually a Sylph that migrated from the Black Shroud. She uses glamours to blend in with the Ul'dahns.
- Walking Spoiler: Since she appears only after maxing your reputation with all of the beastmen tribes and plays a critical role to them at that point, it's difficult to list anything about her that is not a spoiler.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green actually. As green as the sylphs.
Epithet: The Ebon Claw
Discipline: Gladiator, Machinist, Samuari
- Abnormal Ammo: In the Heavensward allied beast quest, he uses an Allagan gun that fires a strange bullet that causes its victims to become powerful and blinded by rage and fury.
- Blood Knight: In his own words he wants to "Smell the sweet stench of my impending death before emerging triumphant as I always done."
- Bullying a Dragon: A literal dragon to boot! He is the one who shot Gullinbursti with a gun that caused the dragon to go insane with rage. Even after the dragon snaps out of it and focuses his sights on Nhaza'a, the miqo'te taunts him by saying he'll gladly brainwash him again.
- Cool Mask: His Sable Death Mask; a half mask with his eye looking like a Electronic Red Eye. You get to take if after clearing the questline.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gave one to Novv.
- The Dreaded: His legacy is so feared it's enough to make Baderon, Limsa Lominsa's finest barkeep, quiet down to a hushed whisper.
- Fallen Hero: Was originally an adventurer people had high hopes for, but wasn't satisfied with helping people and thrived on the "dirty jobs".
- Goofy Print Underwear: When confronted at the Platinum Mirage, Nhaza'a is only wearing his jewelry, mask, and coreul print smallclothes. His return appearance in the Heavensward allied beastmen quest has him wearing the exact same things.
- Hates Everyone Equally: He claims to disdain those weaker than he his, which he says is everyone. That being said, he openly views the Beast Tribes as nothing more than animals and refers to the Warrior of Light as "more civilized company" to them.
- Hired Guns: Willing to do any dirty job as long as he gets paid for it.
- Knife Nut: Along with his sword, Nhaza'a is quick with a handful of throwing knives.
- Oh, Crap!: upon realizing that the airship he "commandeered" is about to blow up. Happens again in the exact same fashion in the Heavensward beastmen quest. And happens again in the Stormblood beastmen quest. Except this time the explosion doesn't go off. Though moments later he is dragged underwater by a shark and not seen again.
- Red Baron: The Ebon Claw.
- Shirtless Scene: When the adventurer and his allies find him in the Platinum Mirage. And this is after the big fuss over Loonh Gah's dress code at the front door. In his return at the end of the Heavensward allied beastmen quest, his introduction has him shirtless again as he bathes in waters of Voor Sian Siran.
- The Power of Hate: During the final A Realm Reborn Allied Beast Tribe quest, he believes in this when he blocks Novv's attack."Ahahaha! Yes, yesss! Let your hatred fuel you! Let me taste the rage that burns within you! Thrill me! Excite me! Delight me!"
- The Sociopath: He cares not what befalls the people and beastmen he kidnaps nor does he care for Memeriga's plan. In fact he hates everyone weaker than he is.
- The Unfought: In each of his appearances, you never get to fight him. It's usually your beastmen friends (and non beastmen) that do the fighting via cut scene.
- We Meet Again: If you completed the allied beastmen quest in 2.0, he'll recognize you in the Heavensward allied beastmen quest.
- Worthy Opponent: The Ebon Claw's only desire out of life is to find an opponent who can push him to his very limits.
- Would Hit a Girl: He has no issue with attacking J'olhmyn and Alpa; the former was him knocking her away after blocking his attack while with the latter, he planned to slice her in half to fulfill his client's wishes.
The Laughing Alchemists
A company that operates in Ul'dah. They are connected to purchases of alchemical reagents for forbidden arts.
- Cool Airship: a rare model from Garland Ironworks. Model 1569-II to be precise.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Memeriga, who hires sellswords to kill beastmen to make an army of the dead for power
- Fantastic Racism: The reason why they chose the beastmen for their experiments. Anyone kidnapped in the city states would attract unwanted attention, but nobody would care if a beastman or two (or a whole migration) disappears.
- Humiliation Conga: Memeriga is in full swing of this as the Warrior of Light blows up his solid mythril cauldron and the Beast Tribe Leaders defeat his Dragon to the point he pulls a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! with his personal airship which is then blown up by Gi Gu's bombs."Wh-What have you done!? That cauldron was made of solid mythril! Do you have any idea how much I paid for it!? Five billion, six hundred million, eight hundred and seventy thousand gil! You'ved ruined me! Ruined meeeeeeeee!!!"
- No Name Given: For the Laughting Alchemist. The actual Chairman however, has a name: Memeriga.
- Laughing Mad: The titular alchemist, who does this a lot.
- Necromancy: Their goal is to slay as many beast-men as they can and then raise them from the dead as a personal army.
- Mad Scientist: The Laughing Alchemist gives off this vibe.
- Red Baron: Memeriga has "The Deathmonger"
- The Sociopath: Memeriga cares for nothing besides profit, and willing to kill and enslave using forbidden alchemy to get it.
- Walking Spoiler: Especially considering that they don't appear until the last part of the last quest in this sidestory, itself unavailable until you max out your reputation with the beast tribes.
- They're also a bit of a spoiler for the final part of the Hildibrand storyline, as the implication is that the "forbidden alchemy" they are resurrecting is none other than the Trader's Spurn.
Drusus mal Soranus
A member of the Garlean Empire's academy. He aims to control a dragon and other beasts to prove himself better than his peers. He is the employer of Nhaza'a Jaab, whom he hired to brainwash and capture Gullinbursti.
- Expy: Is very similar to Nero tol Scaeva, who also aimed to rise to the top as the better student.
- They Called Me Mad!: He seems to be more than a little bitter at the Academy for mocking his prior ambitions as such and paraphrases this line before laughing manically.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by Gullinbursti in no less than 5 minutes after he is introduced.
- Bookends: They are the first benevolent beastmen you encounter, being introduced through the mains story early on, and starting the beast tribe subplot as a result (though the actual side quests don't happen until you reach 41). The Allied Beast Quests also happened because of a migration of sylphs getting massacred at Thanalan, the sole survivor being a key player and ultimately being the one you talk to to end the quest. The Ramuh portion of the Defenders of Eorzea plot arguably counts.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Untempered Sylphs are green.
- The Fair Folk: Though not malevolent like the tempered sylphs, they are still merry pranksters with Blue-and-Orange Morality.
- In the Name of the Moon: Given by FrixioFrixio: This one is Frixio, elder of Little Solace. Laughing ones' crimes against little ones will not be forgiven!
- Master of Illusion: Some of their quests involve a sylph turning you invisible so that you can sneak into the tempered ones' territory to retrieve some object.
- The Nicknamer: Sylphs almost never use names, using descriptive terms for people such as "touched ones" for tempered sylphs or "dancing one" for the player after they learn the race's traditional greeting.
- Third-Person Person: Sylphs refer to themselves as "this one".
Voyce / Voco, The "Heroic Chocobo"?
- Butt-Monkey: The Sylphs have a low opinion of him. And he is often a target of pranks.
- Ditzy Genius: He claims to be a scholar (and has a book to prove it), but he has Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, and is very slow on the uptake.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the final quest for the Slyphs, he dresses up in a Chocobo suit and seems to have gone bonkers by acting like a Chocobo companion for the Warrior of Light. The tempered Slyphs completely believe that Voyce is an actual Chocobo, which gives him enough time to sneak past them and steal the pod of the Chosen One and he then gloats how he fooled everyone.
- Refuge in Audacity: Dresses up as a Chocobo, and actually manages to sneak past some Tempered Sylphs to steal the Chosen one's podling, simply by doing a Chicken walk, flapping his arms, and shouting "Kweh! Kweh Kweh!!" a lot. The player's own character own response is a blatant "you've got to be kidding me" look.
- Sanity Slippage: After having been captured once by the Tempered Sylphs, routinely insulted for being so stupid by the Sylphs of Little Solace for always being a few steps behind everyone else as to what's happening, not to mention being the target of their pranks, he finally seems to snap in the last major quest in the Sylphs story line, runs off, only to come back after donning a Chocobo Suit, and declaring himself to be the player's loyal companion, "Voco, the Heroic Chocobo", joining you on your attempt to recover the stolen pod of the Chosen OneOmnixio, the Sylph: This one has no words....
- Stealing the Credit: His report to the Order of the Twin Adder reverses the roles you and he played during the final quest, stating that HE heroically fought the touched sylphs, and the Warrior of Light put on the silly chocobo ruse.
- Ambiguous Gender: Male and female Amalj'aa do exist, but both sexes have the same body structure, making it very difficult to differentiate one Amalj'aa from the other. According to Word of God, even the Amalj'aa themselves can sometimes get confused trying to tell each other apart, but Brotherhood of Ash war leader Hamujj Gah states that gender is of little concern to them (and it is presumed that the hostile Amalj'aa follow the same belief). Unlike other beast tribes whose naming conventions help identify genders, the Amalj'aa naming convention is androgynous. However, when the Amalj'aa are in mating season, they release bodily scents that help identify each other's sex so that two Amalj'aa of the same sex don't accidentally mate.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: They wear blue rather than the red of their tempered counterparts.
- Honor Before Reason: One of the many reasons they are severely outmatched by their Ifrit-worshiping brethren. Those who try to switch sides from Ifrit's devout to the Brotherhood of Ash are at the very least utterly humiliated, if not executed out of suspicion that they are just fair-weather allies. If one of their members has a grudge against a particular foe, they declare that others can not intervene in the matter, and that they will have to face the enemy alone.
- In the Name of the Moon: Hamujji Gah is the first to give his speech in the alliance, which doubles as a Badass Boast.Hamujji Gah: I am the flame that quenches the shadow! The fist that crushes villainy! I am the warleader of the Brotherhood of Ash, Hamujji Gah, and my name shall be the last you utter with your dying screams!
- Loophole Abuse: When Loonh Gah rushed to Zanr'ak for her vengeance, the warleader Hamujj Gah decreed they could not interfere and she was on her own. Yadovv Gah risks personal shame by sending you, who was not Amalj'aa, to save her.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: This is the very reason for their split from the other members of their race. They felt that attacking unarmed merchants and travelers, taking them as prisoners before turning them into tempered slaves to Ifrit, as well as not granting opposing warriors an honorable death in battle, was a disgrace to their kind.
- Cool Mask: Wears one at all times and refuses to take it off, for it signifies her status as an Amalj'aa warrior. You do get to see her without her mask twice; the first one being after maxing out your reputation with the Amalj'aa and the second happening during the Friends Forever quest.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Loonh Gah sees you nothing more than a liability that can't keep up when you first meet her, but once she sees what you're capable of, she warms up a little bit.
- Otherkin: At one point she says that she is "Amalj'aa within, but Miqo'te without".
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: As is to be expected from someone raised by an actual Proud Warrior Race.
- Raised by Natives: She grew up with the Amalj'aa for most of her life, so she is mostly accustomed to their mannerisms and culture. This comes to head in the Friends Forever quest where she has to ditch her mask and wear a dress (normally she wears nothing but a top and a thong-like garment) in order to get somewhere and she tries to back out on it by saying it would bring her disgrace and shame.
- Bittersweet Ending: At the end of the final quest, Gi Gu finally hits the Rage Breaking Point and snaps at everyone in the area, including his beloved Bi Bi for looking down on him. As a result, though he succeeds in delivering an epic explosion-propelled beatdown on Zo Ga, Bi Bi is appalled by the things he said to her and breaks up with him because the sweet Gi Gu she knew before is apparently gone. On the positive side, though, Gi Gu says he'll use his newfound confidence to work hard and try to find a way to win her back.
- The Dog Bites Back: Gi Gu, at the very end of the final quest, snaps after Zo Ga mocks and beats him up again in front of Bi Bi, Skaetswys, and the Warrior of Light (while also extremely annoyed at how people kept trying to fight his battles for him), which causes Gi Gu to deliver a flying rocket punch to the face after blowing up Zo Ga's base.
- Extreme Omnivore: Bo Zu, the first of the daily quest givers you have access to with this tribe. Any quest that isn't him having a case of Tall Poppy Syndrome, or fear of one of Ba Go's "Beauties", is him trying to find some way to get food with no effort from him, or him getting into trouble thanks to his eating habits. Amongst his known taste include: Maelstrom soldiers at Camp Overlook's previous night's scraps and rotting foods, higher ranking orders' foods which have been involuntarily shared-taken, stolen, involuntarily shared with him, another 789th Kobold's plates, food storage, and utensils, and some of Ba Go's Beauties fingers, which of course puts everyone in a 5 malm radius in danger, as Ba Go tends to favor a Scorched Earth policy towards everything when his ire is provoked.
- In the Name of the Moon: Subverted. Gi Gu had a speech along with the other Beast Tribe leaders, but forgot it.
- Lazy Bum: Most of the order falls squarely into the trope, preferring to let other people do the work for them or just sleep all day.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Their leader has no leadership skills or backbone, half the members prefer sleeping, doing nothing, and having someone else do all the work, and their chief explosive expert is a psychopath who only cares about his "beauties" (read: Bombs) and Stuff Blowing Up. It's little wonder that they got placed at the very bottom.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: One of the other issues the 789th faces, is that being on the lowest rung of Kobold Society means you also get stuck with a dig site with poor pay out and junk ore, the worst equipment, poor rations, and so on, making any attempt to claw upwards doubly hard. Sure they could invent some useful machines for mining and refinement, but the only member who seeks to make really anything useful is Ba Go, and his bombs, which he uses purely for his amusement, damaging other Orders' equipment, or petty vengeance against anyone who annoys him or damages any of his "beauties", with the best of his creations being confiscated without reward by Zo Ga of the 13th to further secure his power.
- Rocket-Powered Weapon: Gi Gu delivers a punch towards Zo Ga by propelling himself with a rocket powered Bomb (as in the live creatures that that are known for exploding).
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Bi Bi has light pink and white fur to signify that she is a female kobold and other females introduced near the final quest share similar traits. Male kobolds have dark fur in either brown or black.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Stick all the low-capacity kobolds in one group with no one to guide them on how to do thingsespecially when the only encouragement offered otherwise is threats of even worse treatment, and theyre assigned places considered to be lacking in good ore (because only the already-proven Orders deserve easy pickings) which really deprives them of a chance to prove themselvesand of course their willpower will hit negative levels. The meritocracys punitive nature is basically leaving the latter half of the Orders completely depressed. Bo Zus Tall Poppy Syndrome, for instance, may be unconsciously lashing out at Zo Ga, but he has too little self-worth to considering punching anywhere remotely that high, so the other struggling Orders get punched instead for following Zo Gas (alleged) ideals.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Ba Go specializes in it and loves any excuse to blow stuff up. He gets to put it to use in the Moonfire Faire 2020 donating a Bombard to use in driving off a shark.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Some of their quests involve cutting down other kobolds, so to speak. The quest-giver, Bo Zu, is even openly indignant about the idea that an order that once languished nearly as low as them could possibly attain a higher station through—gasp—hard work and dedication.
- The Pig-Pen: During the quest chain that brings all the beastmen tribe leaders together, Gi Gu mentions how he "just bathed last year".
- Verbal Tic: All Kobolds have a tendency to repeat and rephrase a word in their sentence—utterance, dialogue, sentence.
A small band of Sahagin made up of Clutchfather Novv and his children, they seek peace with the "shorewalkers" of Limsa Lominsa. After they return a Hyur boy rescued from a Sahagin attack at sea, the player returns a pendant of Novv's, who in turn enlists them to help undermine the influence of the Coral Tridents, a violent faction who carried out the attack and are gearing up for war with the Maelstrom.
- Battle Aura: Ambushed and surrounded by the current Scarlet Sea-Devil's followers, Novv sends them all fleeing in fear just by showing them his aura. A clear indicator that even if they consider him soft-hearted and past his prime, he is not to be trifled with.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Novv and his kin are white-skinned rather than any sort of blue.
- HeelFace Turn: Happened to Novv during his more villainous days as the deadly and feared Scarlet Sea-Devil. After returning home from a day of pillaging and killing, he discovers most of his clutch were brutally killed and their bodies were strewn on top of one another. Only a few hidden eggs remained unscathed. Novv knew his own actions led to the slaugther of his family, which has him deciding to quit his treacherous ways and taking his unborn children some place safe so he can raise them in peace. When Novv tells the story to the player character, he notes that to this day, he has still not forgiven the shorewalkers who slaughtered his children, but he also knows trying to get revenge would only perpetuate the cycle and achieve nothing. Zugg, the new Scarlet Sea-Devil, also hangs up his ways of revenge after being defeated and getting a wake up call from his father.
- In the Name of the Moon: Like the other Tribe Leaders, Novv is given one.Novv: I am Novv! The ssspear from the dark depths, Clutchfather first, and warrior sssecond.
- Like a Son/Daughter To Me: Considers the player a 'clutchmate' by the end of the Sahagin questline, and even addresses them like one of his own during the Allied Beast Tribe questline.
- Pragmatic Hero: Novv has no real love for the "shorewalkers", but he believes that continued conflict will only bring ruin to both sides and thus seeks a truce or alliance for the sake of his species's future.
- Retired Monster: Novv is eventually revealed to have been the Scarlet Sea-Devil, a reaver of terrifying renown years ago. He retired after he came home to his clutch one day to find most of it had been wiped out, crossing the Despair Event Horizon. Realising that his actions had lead to his sons' deaths and were only feeding the Cycle of Revenge, he dedicated himself to those that survived. The current Scarlet Sea-Devil is his eldest surviving son, trying to take up his father's mantle for revenge against the same incident.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: They point out that both Eorzean and Sahagin culture treat children as their greatest treasures. Novv's clutch are introduced delivering a child they rescued from a shipwreck to his mother. This is also the reason Novv refuses to slay the new Scarlet Sea-Devil, Zugg, stating that a Sahagin's family blood runs deeper than any sea trench and that he could never kill his own son, even if he is the Sea-Devil.
A group of Ixal crafters who want nothing to do with their people's worship of Garuda or the war against Gridania, believing the whole thing to be a waste of time and life. They hide themselves away from both sides in order to build the Dezul Qualan, a new type of hybrid airship. The player comes across them investigating a crashed Ixal dirigible after an attack on E-Tatt's Spire.
Their quests focus mainly on crafting and can only be accepted and completed as a crafting class, though combat is often involved in obtaining materials.
- Cluster Neuker Bomb: A major verbal tic of theirs. Given its similarities and its use to express disdain of some sort, it strongly implies this is a case of letting the Ehcatl Nine swear up a storm.
- Potentially also a Bilingual Bonus, given the word's meaning in Dutch is exactly what you'd think it is.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Ehcatl Nine are parrot-green with rainbow feathers, a marked contrast to the brown Garuda worshipers.
- Defector from Decadence: Much like the Brotherhood of Ash, the Ehcatl Nine are disdainful of their fellow Ixal's blind worship of Garuda, believing that her "gifts" and protection are nothing more than a leash to secure their continued worship, and she will never truly give them their wings back. Likewise, as noted above, they view the whole conflict between Gridania and the Ixal as a waste of time. The Dezul Qualan is their attempt to escape from all this, and prove to their kin that they must put forth their own effort to gain the ability to fly again.
- Fantastic Racism: Facing this from both sides of the Gridania-Ixal Conflict, and the spoken races at large. There was a time, long ago, where the spoken races, and the Ixal who lived in the Black Shroud did get along. but the Ixal offended the Elementals (it's implied they were over-logging and clear cutting forests, which in a nature spirit filled location was just plain Tempting Fate), and were stripped of their wings, leaving only but a few scant feathers on their bodies now. This in turn, caused the spoken races to shun the Ixal for this. Rather than repent for their actions they instead turned to belief in Garuda, who promised them a return to flight if they worshiped her and fought the spoken races, so that she might feast upon their aether. So, the Ehcatl Nine are hated and despised by their brethren for turning their backs on their goddess and being willing to work with humanity, while humanity despises them for the savagery the other Ixal have committed against them.
- Additionally, when Eorzea was first exploring flight, the Highwind Skyways founder, Tataramu's grandfather, decided it best to go to the chief experts of flight at the time, the Ixal, namely Dezul Qualan, who was also interested purely in the joy of wanting to fly, and pioneered hot air balloons, and developed a close friendship between the both of them. Unfortunately, when Tatamu's father sought to monopolize on flight technology to gain power in Ul'dah, besides immediately striking deals with a newly arrived Cid Garlond, he Unpersoned Dezul and the Ixal who helped get Highwind Skyway's ideas flying, and their first successes, feeling that rumors would be spread against the company. He has absolutely no respect for the Ehcatl Nine, holding them simply as savages.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They make up for their lack of innate flying by building a hybrid aircraft between their hot air balloons and airships.
- In the Name of the Moon: Sezul Totoloc has a brief one of his own.Sezul: Squawwwrk! Sezul Totoloc of Ehactl Nine, I am! How to count, Ehcatl Nine know not. How to fight, Ehcatl Nine know well. Forfeit, your life is!
- Legacy Vessel Naming/Dead Guy Junior: Dezul Qualan was the name of Sezul Totoloc's now-deceased mentor.
- Magitek: They seek to build a unique hybrid airship that combines traditional Ixali dirigible construction with modern magitek technology.
- Nonindicative Name: There's more than nine of them. Sezul Totoloc remarks that the name sounded more impressive than the "Ehcatl Twenty-or-so".
- Sand In My Eyes: Sezul Totoloc, the Ehcatl leader, pulls this off twice over Tataramu's ideals being so passionate like his and worrying over his wellbeing. When Tataramu reveals how his grandfather and Sezul's elder worked on an hybrid airship and wishes to continue the work their elders began on, Sezul tries to hold back his joy and claims there was dust in his eye. After Tataramu returns from his controlling father later on, Sezul's eyes well up, blaming it on the humidity and insisting that he totally was not crying tears of joy.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When you rescue Tataramu from his overly controlling father and return to Sezul Totoloc, the leader does a pretty bad job hiding his joy.Tataramu: Chief Totoloc! Your designer has returned!Sezul Totoloc: ...Tataramu: ...Sezul?Sezul Totoloc: ...Squaaawk! Fogged up for no reason, goggles did! Not tears of joy, no! Humidity!
- Verbal Tic: They pepper their speech with various bird noises, just as the hostile Ixal do.
- You No Take Candle: Like all Ixal, the Ehcatl Nine speak with a very odd grammar structure. Put verbs before subjects, they do.
- Hot-Blooded: He is very passionate about airships.
- Doing It for the Art: He assists the Ixal not for money (his family is already loaded) but out of a genuine desire to see them achieve their goal, and he's not going to cut corners to do it.
- Jerkass: Certainly at first. He accuses the player of stealing materials he'd reserved and dismisses their skill as a crafter (the part in question is meant to be very specialised work)... until he actually sees the finished product and starts enquiring as to who needs it. Then he storms off to find the Ixal, believing them to be building a new airborne weapon. It's only when Sezul interrupts his rant and shows him the plans for the Dezul Qualan that he calms down and offers help.
- Spoiled Brat: Despite being the son of a very wealthy airship tycoon, Tataramu averts this completely, doing his damned best to get involved within the workings of an airship and build one with his own hands rather than having other people doing the work for him. However, he calls himself a spoiled brat because of how his father wants him to be in regards to the business.
Later another group of Friendly Vanu Vanu arrive and with the help of the Gundu chief, start a nearby village, these are the representatives for the new Beast Tribe quests for the Vanu Vanu
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Played With. Unlike the other Beast Tribes (save the 789th Kobold order) they are the same colors as their tempered counterparts, the gray-blue Vundu tribe. They are instead colored differently from the other Vanu Vanu tribe allied with the Warrior of Light, the red-feathered Zundu tribe.
- Horse of a Different Color, like most beastmen, they have their own mount, a Winged serpentine being called a Sanuwa.
- Not Your Problem: Both tribes in the final quest ask that the Warrior of Light stand aside and watch the dance off against Gundu. They initially do so, but when it seems that the good guys are losing, the Warrior of Light jumps in and performs the Sundrop Dance themselves, which inspires the others to regain their footing and join in with spectacular results.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted. All Vanu Vanu look exactly the same, regardless of their gender, but unlike some other beast tribes, Vanu Vanu do address themselves and each other with gender pronouns (They actually have specific naming conventions for each gender, males being called Vanu and females being called Vali). Linu Vali is the only exception by being smaller than a typical Vanu Vanu and wearing a headdress made out of flowers.
- Third-Person Person: They say their own name rather than using first person pronouns.
- BrotherSister Team: With Linu Vanu, after his rescue.
- Flowers of Femininity: Wears a flowery headdress on her head since she was a princess in her old tribe.
- The Chick: She serves as this to her tribe by trying to keep the relationship between her people and the Zundu on good standing, trying to find materials and other items to help her village expand, and encouraging her brethren to stand up for themselves against the Vundu.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Her and Linu Vanu both travel to Azys La, despite the extreme cultural taboo against setting foot there, to aid the other beast tribes.
- When She Smiles: After you rescue her brother, she shows a pretty cute smile since she's reunited with her sibling and is also excited to introduce her brother to the Ok' Zundu tribe and her own tribe at Ok' Gundu Nakki. She also gives the same cute smile at the end of the Vanu storyline when you help her and the others scare off their enemies with the Sundrop Dance.
- You Are in Command Now: After her father was killed by the Vundu and her brother was imprisoned, Linu Vali steps up as acting-chieftain to lead her tribe to safety. That said, she's still considered a nestling and suffers from a severe lack of confidence owing to her inexperience. She's happy to pass the role of chieftain to Linu Vanu once he's rescued from the Vundu.
- Through Their Stomachs: One of his side quests involve delivering food made by his people to the knights at Camp Cloudtop as a sign of peace between them and his people and hopes the two sides can strengthen their relationship.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He notably calls out Sonu Vanu for buying his tribe's safety with tributes to the detriment of the other tribes, only to be on the receiving end of this from Linu Vali, who points out that the Zundu's generosity is the reason they escaped the Vundu in the first place, and why they now have a place away from their influence. He eventually apologizes for his actions and tries to find a way to make the relationship stronger with their neighbors.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Played straight to an extent. While the friendly Vath tend to wear green in contrast to the Gnath's red both the Vath Storyteller and the hunters of Tailfeather admit that it would be extremely easy for the hunters to confuse the Vath with the Gnath.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The Vath struggle to cope with their newfound independence, forced to leech off the Gnath still linked to the Onemind and the hunters in Camp Tailfeather as each member strives to find a way that they can individually contribute to the community.
- Foreign Queasine: Appropriate given their status as bug people. Their general taste in food ranges from raw meat, to the egg sacks of Nanka's which the standard races consider revolting (these are also a favorite of the Goblins), to blacklome (manure). Played with their wine as it is a favorite among the hunters but they don't realize what it's made of.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Since assisting the Vath is a part of the main story of Heavensward, the player begins relations with them at Rank 3 (Friendly) rather than Rank 1 (Neutral).
- Hearing Voices: The Vath can still hear the whispers of the Overmind. If not careful, the Vath can be pulled back into the Onemind.
- Human Resources: They produce wine that comes from something called caelumfruit. The first step in the process is for the vath to consume the fruit and expelled from their bodies.
- Meaningful Name: The Nonmind have no names at first, like the Gnath. When a Vath finds what they believe to be their purpose in life, they name themselves after it.
- Sense Freak: The Nonmind revel in their new individuality and senses. Taste is the biggest thing for them as they all try to discover what new foods they like.
- Verbal Tic: <Click><Click>.
- The Vath also have a tendency to repeat themselves often. Yes, they repeat themselves quite often.
The Nameless / Vath Deftarm
- Angst: He gets extremely anxious and worried when he has to fight, though he managed to overcome the Overmind's mind control over him to slay a Gnath that was ready to attack him.
- "Eureka!" Moment: He tries to barter with an Ishgardian knight for some firesand, but almost cowers in fear when he is tasked with slaying some lesser dragons in exchange for the materials until he suddenly realizes that the Gnath specialize in creating an incense that can keep dragons away from the area. After the knight sees the incense in action, he's quite impressed by the beastman's idea and gives him as much firesand as he wants.
- Face Your Fears: He quickly learns to face his fear of the dragons by talking to Vidofnir directly with the Warrior of Light by his side and asking the dragon for clay. Vidofnir tasks the Vath Deftarm with slaying one of his kind to prove that he is willing to go against his former kin by slaying one of them, to which he then learns to face his fear of having to attack someone that could easily kill him or take him back to the Overmind.
- Hearing Voices: Due to being a Gnath, he can still hear voices of the Overmind calling out to him and it gets progressively louder the more he tries to resist until the Overmind takes full control of his body and warns him that he will die if he continues to resist.
- Hive Mind: He sometimes spaces out due to the Overmind trying to regain control over him so that he is forced to go back to the Gnath, which are united by the Overmind. Part of his character development is overcoming the Overmind's influence so that he can be an individual with free thought.
- Glory Seeker: He gets the wrong idea on what it means to be an adventurer by assuming it's all about glory and rewards until the Warrior of Light shows him that sometimes you have to do very mundane things like moving rocks as part of being the hero that helps people.
- Innocently Insensitive: He's never met goblins before, and can't help but remark at how strange they look to him. The goblin he was speaking with did not take the offense lightly, though the Deftarm did apologize for his rudeness.
- He later criticizes Linu Vali for worrying about her war dance when their lives were in danger. Linu is at least understanding of Deftarm's concerns and realizes how her priorities must appear to outsiders.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Feeling responsible for bringing the wrath of the Overmind to the colony, the Vath Deftarm decides to submit himself to the Overmind so that he can destroy the mind control from within himself. By the time the Warrior of Light arrives at the Gnath's hive, the deftarm is already under the Overmind's control. This leads to a series of "remember who you are!" from the Warrior of Light themselves, Marcechamp, Jantellot, Drydox, and the Vath Storyteller. Not only does the deftarm break free of the Overmind's control, he turns on him by firing his weapon at him, causing the Overmind to flee in fear. The deftarm's individuality wins out in the end.
- Not So Harmless: Though most of his earlier quests show him fearing combat and trying to avoid it, he does manage to defend himself when an Illuminati Goblin attacks him on his way to Idyllshire. He also manages to kill a Gnath that was about to attack him near Anyx Trine once he overcame the Overmind's control over his body.
- Power of Friendship: Played with.Though he manages to overcome the Overmind's will thanks to the motivational speeches from his allies, when he attributes it to this trope, they're all quick to bluntly clarify that none of them actually consider the Deftarm their friend (besides maybe Drydox), and that they're mostly helping him since the guild he runs is too beneficial to each of their communities for them to lose him. Given his struggle was to find meaning in his life, this revelation makes him just as happy.
- Straight Man: Plays this role in the Heavensward allied beastmen scenario when he meets Mogzin and Linu Vali. Between Mogzin playing tricks and being lazy, nearly being eaten by Linu Vali, and watching her dance against a group of Vanu Vanu that were ready to kill, it's funny to see him become completely exasperated and being totally serious. He does lighten up at the end.
- Lazy Bum: A lot of them would rather play tricks on others than to do manual labor. Tarresson and the Warrior of Light had to trick them with counterfeit kupo nuts to get their co-operation. Of course once the Mogmender's respect was gained, they prove to be quite eager and willing to work.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Like all moogles, they are kupo for kupo nuts.
- Nice Hat: Wears a flame-patterned bandanna with a pair of goggles (that he never wears over his eyes)
- Non-Action Guy: He's a craftsman. Doesn't stop him from helping out in combat anyway.
Tarresson de Dzemael
- Badass Creed: "By the hundredth blow." A house motto meaning that only constant effort will yield true rewards.
- Guile Hero: Not one to fall for the moogles' tricks as so many other stonemasons, Tarresson instead gets the Mogmenders' cooperation through a trick of his own involving fake kupo nuts. He also flatters both the moogles and the dragons to remain in their good graces and subtly nudge them into helping with the project.
- My Greatest Failure: One of his greatest regrets is being bound to his position as count of House Dzemael, forcing him to abandon his trade to fight for his family's prestige. This also means that he was never able to pass his skills onto his children. He considers training the Mogmenders a kind of atonement for this.
- Trade Your Passion for Glory: He was forced to give up his craft for years upon becoming the head of House Dzemael. Forced to toil with quill and parchment for the glory and prestige of his house, he wasn't able to use his skills or teach his children anything of craftsmanship.
- True Craftsman: He hails from a family that is well known for their work with Stonemasonry and took up the task of helping restore Zenith after his pupils quit. Turns out that the family, the High House Dzemael started out as dedicated craftsmen before moving to stonework
- Token Good Teammate: As of his appearance, he's the only major member of House Dzemael who isn't a complete bastard to the Warrior of Light. Especially noticeable to those who did the Machinist questline and the Scholasticate questline.
- Plucky Boy: What he lacks in size and strength the little dragon more than makes up for in enthusiasm and determination.
- Time Dissonance: Comes with the territory of being a member of a species that can live for thousands of years. Ohl Deeh treats the length of a few centuries with an air of casualty comparable to the passing of a week or two from a mortal perspective.
- You Are Fat: When he meets Linu Vali for the first time, he bluntly tells her that she's the pudgiest bird he had ever met in his whole life. Linu Vali actually blushes and thanks Ohl Deeh for the comment, meaning she either didn't know it was an insult or she's actually proud of her stature.
- Badass in Distress: Heavensward's Allied Beast Quests revolve around rescuing Gullinbursti from being enslaved by the same technology that controlled Twintania.
- Compassionate Critic: Despite his Brutal Honesty and grumpy attitude, he really does want to see the fountain project succeed with everyone giving it their all to recreate it. The reason he is always ready to burn the foundation to the ground is due to how it reminds him of the time where man and dragon used to live together in peace. If the fountain can't recapture that moment perfectly, then it's trash that should be burned so he won't have to remember the past. Even when the fountain is completed, he is satisfied, but isn't exactly beaming with praise. After the fountain gets that last missing piece in place, the dragon is fully content with the work put in and gives the Warrior of Light and the moogles the praise they worked for.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He lost his belief in friendship between man and dragon (destroying the original fountain in the process) after his mother Ratatoskr was killed by King Thordan and the Knights Twelve a thousand years ago.
- Meaningful Name: Named after a boar in Norse mythology who was created by blacksmiths as a gift to Freyr.
A kojin that is second in command of the Divine Circle. He prefers to work alone so that he is not a burden on anyone.
- Cassandra Truth: Played With. Kabuto wonders why no one believes him about Tsukumo walking and talking in the doll and fears he is going crazy. The elder confirms with everyone else that he did not see or hear Tsukumo, but he believes what Kabuto says since he too had a similar experience in the past where no one believed what he saw either. You can also choose to have the Warrior of Light either confirm that they never saw or heard Tsukumo or side with Kabuto.
- Character Development: Goes from being a loner to a more confident leader that can accept help from others.
- I Work Alone: He doesn't want to work with anyone since he feels like his brethren will slow him down and he also doesn't want to be a burden on them. The quests involving him have him gradually step out of that mindset.
- The Quiet One: Kabuto is often described as being a Kojin of few words. Tsukumo remarks that he was surprised to meet anyone who spoke less than Kabuto when they meet the Qestir.
A kami inhabiting a doll. He gives Kabuto the much needed pep talk and advice to shape him up in becoming a leader of the Divine Circle.
- Always with You: When Kabuto is seemingly losing against the Red's general, he merges his spirit with Kabuto's while saying the trope name.
- Distressed Dude: Is kidnapped by the Kojin of the Red.
- Invisible to Normals: The final kojin quest reveals that only the Warrior of Light and Kabuto were see him move and speak. The kojin elder speculates that Tsukumo most likely only chose to reveal himself to Kabuto in order to help him become a refined leader of his tribe while the Warrior of Light would aid him.
- Race Name Basis: Your introduction with him has him calling you by a certain name depending on your race, which he drops once he learns of your name:
- Fleshy one: Hyur
- Long neck: Elezen
- Fluffy tail: Miqo'te
- Muscular arms: Roegadyn and Hrothgar
- Short legs: Lalafell
- With the horns: Au Ra
- Funny ears: Viera
- Sliding Scale of Living Toys: Of the "I've got no strings" variety. He inhabits the body of a mammet and everyone can see it. When his power is weakening, his speech is affected (lOkInG LiKe ThIs) as if a toy's batteries were running low. It's later revealed that only Kabuto and the Warrior of Light were actually able to see him walking and talking. Everyone else assumed the two were just talking to a mammet.
Epiteph: Gatekeeper Alpa
A young Ananta overseeing the conversion of Velodyna. She is next in line to become broodmother of the Vira Ananta, a position that would take her away from her work.
- Accidental Pervert: Apparently stripped her second-in-command, J'olhmyn, after misinterpreting an itchy back to mean she was molting.
- Blow You Away: Fights by casting Aero.
- Comically Missing the Point: Thanks to her being a bit too Literal-Minded at times, she misses a lot of social cues and norms, such as mistaking J'olhmyn's itchy back for molting and thinking she hasn't grown much (physically) when her mother says she has grown up (mentally). Even her own mother says that her daughter misses the point in a lot of things so much that it's a quirk of hers.
- Healing Hands: She is capable of casting Cure II.
- Humans Through Alien Eyes: Part of the reason why she enlists the player's aid. Most of the Reputation Up quests involve her assuming that Ananta and spoken biology work the same way and having to be corrected by J'olhmyn or the Warrior of Light.
- Interspecies Friendship: She's good friends with her second-in-command J'olhmyn, a Miqo'te.
- Literal-Minded: Alpa tends to take things at face value. When one of her own remarks how much she's grown, Alpa remarks that she's still the same length as before.
- Made of Iron: Willingly takes a powerful wind buffet from a griffin for the sole purpose of seeing said griffin in that pose. The griffin's owner compares the force of the attack to that of a hurricane. She takes it three times, because she blinked the first two times.
- Non-Action Guy: According to the others around her, she's a lousy combatant. She makes up for this with her youthful optimism, willingness to compromise and learn, and her skills as both a healer and a goldsmith.
- Rebellious Princess: Averted. She has no qualms about becoming broodmother; she just wants to complete her work first.
- You Just Had to Say It: When things at the castrum go along really well, J'olhym assumes everything will work out unless some unforeseen catastrophe occurs. Not even a second later, someone comes running in screaming that a catastrophe had occurred. Alpa blames J'olhmyn for making it happen.
Epiteph: J'olmyn of Earth and Wind
Alpa's second in command and representative of Ala Mhigo within the Gatekeepers.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Alpa
- Dude, Not Funny!: Was not amused by M'zhet sneaking up on her while wearing the mask that was worn by Nhaza'a Jaab since she was nearly killed by the guy. She promptly knocks him out cold before joining the others in the hot spring.
- The Lancer: Both figuratively (to Alpa) and literally (wields a trident).
- Not So Above It All: When the outpost has a man who is apparently very ill, M'zhet says he is really just love sick, and possibly in love with J'olhmyn, she flat out denies it since she is a soldier and doesn't have time for anything like romance. When it turns out the man really was lovesick, she looks excited when she thinks he means he was in love with her, only to be disappointed when it turns out he meant the doctor who cured him of his actual illness.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Type 3.
The captain of Ala Mhigo's griffin riders, who is in support of destroying Velodyna.
- The Beastmaster: He's a griffin tamer and commands a squad of them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being quite vocally for destroying the castellum, he allows Alpa and the player access to one of his griffins for the project, though only as a favor to the latter and he isn't shy about voicing his displeasure. Once he sees the twin statues that Alpa had made, he's won over, and asks for him and his riders to be allowed to join the Gatekeepers.
A former innkeeper from Ala Ghiri who is recruited to run a rest-stop in Veldonya.
- Caustic Critic: When put to task, he is relentless in his duties as a manager. Luckily, Alpa turns out to be quite receptive to his (often loudly, angrily shouted) advice.
- Jaded Washout: Subverted. He feels that he's washed up and useless after Ala Mhigo is finally freed, as he can't ever hold down a job. His personality while on the job makes it clear why this is the case, but he is in fact a skilled innkeeper.
- Mood-Swinger: He has two settings: Depressed over failures in both his professional and personal lives, and Gordon Ramsay.
An estranged Tia from the M tribe of Ala Mhigo. Many years ago, his father was Nunh of the M tribe, until he left the tribe and left M'zhet with the Ananta tribe and disappeared. M'zhet was convinced his father abandoned him and fled like a coward for losing his Nunh position, so he plans to become Nunh himself to show that he isn't a weakling unlike his dad. Unfortunately for him, he really is a weakling. It turns out the story with his father is more complicated than he knew however.
- Boisterous Weakling: He really really wants to become Nunh of the M tribe and regularly challenges the current Nunh to duels for the position. He is also really weak and gets trounced every time. When said Nunh asks the Warrior of Light to train M'zet (he liked M'zet's dedication and wanted to know if there was any hidden qualities he may have), M'zet's first response is to attack the hero. In the first instance of this in the entire game, he gets beaten up by the Warrior of Light off screen.
- Butt-Monkey: He takes a lot of punishment to say the least. None of it keeps him down for long though.
- He is the only character to get beaten down off screen by the Warrior of Light. Nobody else in the entire game can say the same thing. And the Warrior of Light casually makes fun of him during the quest where he tries to show everyone that love can overcome illness and injury.
- Disappeared Dad: His desire to become a Nunh stems from his father, who was a Nunh, disappearing after losing his position as Nunh, leaving M'zhet to think his father was a dirty coward. It turns out his father left his position to avoid conflicts in the tribe, and didn't simply run away after leaving M'zhet with the Ananta. He went to stop a herd of corrupted animals from spreading their disease to the rest of the area and died in the process.
- Dumbass Has a Point: During one of the Ananta beast tribe quests, there is a man who is ill and unable to leave his bed. M'zhet immediately decides that he is clearly love sick, to the bewilderment of Alpa, J'Olhmyn, and the Warrior of Light. He takes them on a short adventure to prove that love can heal all wounds which involves having the Warrior of Light throw explosives at him. The whole adventure ends up rather pointless and Alpa, J'Olhmyn and the Warrior of Light decide to go get a proper doctor as they should have at the start who whips up a cure for the ill man. Then it turns out the man really WAS love sick for the doctor, and runs off after her to profess his love for her.
- Everyone Can See It: During the allied beastmen story, It's clear that he is crushing on J'olhmyn. The Warrior of Light apparently even gives him a bit of romantic advice after he is unable to look at her straight (due to her being in a bathing suit).
- M'zhet: ""Just compliment her like a normal person"? It's my first time seeing her wear anything but armor! What do you want from me?"
- Expy: Of Red XIII oddly enough. Though he is a much bigger Butt-Monkey.
- Iron Butt Monkey: He gets the Warrior of Light to throw live grenades used previously to demolish broken down magitech lying around for parts at him. He is clearly in pain, but he gets up minutes later without looking any worse for wear. This is brought back later on in the allied beastmen quest where you use grenades on him again because he won't regain consciousness after being knocked out.
- Odd Friendship: He bonds quickly with Gale over their respective failures with romance.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: When he sees J'olhmyn in nothing but a bikini, he constantly turns his head away in order to not gawk at her and then asks her to put some clothes on before they chase after the bad guy they're looking for.
- For Want of a Nail: Though nobody ever learns this in-character (with the possible exception of the Warrior of Light, if the Flash Forwards are Echo visions), every time you complete a quest to rank up your reputation, the thing they add to the festival somehow averts a disaster that would have exterminated the Namazu. For example, when they begin catching and providing offerings of large fish to their ancestors' god, they unknowingly keep the numbers of the fish who prey on their own food source in check and prevent mass starvation.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Throughout the quest line, it becomes blatantly apparent that the only reason the Xaela tribes tolerate the Namazu is because they have the Warrior of Light vouching for them. Even the Mol, who rented their structures to them in the first place, see the Namazu as annoying at worst and delicious at best.
- Lucky Seven: The festival is to be held for seven years, and is required to attract 777 participants. If they fail in this, it is said the entire Namazu race would be wiped from the face of Hydaelyn.
- Verbal Tic: They tend to repeat their affirmations. Yes, yes!
Seigetsu the Enlightened
A knowledgeable Namazu who has spent a long time reading the tomes in Yuzuka Manor.
- Accent Slip Up: He always speaks in an academic and formal manner with tons of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, but he can be seen slipping into the Verbal Tic like the rest of his kin when he gets angry or upset.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't have much compassion for the various Namazu running around trying to get the festival together, considering them to be mere underlings rather than equals. In one quest, he mentions that he plans to drink all of a very special tea and only leave the dregs for everyone else. When he sees that the Warrior of Light is clearly disgusted, he notes that in feudal societies, the lords always get the best while the plebians get the leftovers, making it clear how he considers himself compared to the rest of the 777.
- Clint Squint: Instead of being glassy eyed or having dead staring eyes, his eyes are in a perpetual squint.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His real name is Gyofun. He refuses to go by his Namazu name. According to the second volume of the Encyclopedia Eorzea, Gyofun roughly means "fish droppings" and of course Seigetsu was teased about it.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Other Namazu describe him as pompous and unpleasant at best. Unsurprising given that he's prone to berating them behind their backs.
- Insufferable Genius: He's well-read but because of this, other Namazu find him unbearable to listen to.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The only Namazu who doesn't have a wide, googly-eyed stare. He's also the only one to have blue eyes while everyone else in his tribe have black eyes.
- Noodle Implements: He described a ritual with a bunch of random sounding objects that he admits he has no idea of their significance but does it anyway because he believes it's a part of being cultured.
- Odd Name Out: The only Namazu whose name doesn't begin with "Gyo". Justified as he specifically took a Hingan name, believing traditional Namazu names to be primitive.
- Smug Smiler: He's always got a smug grin on his face as well as always bragging about how much smarter he is compared to his fellow kin.
- Three-Point Landing: He makes a grand declaration and jumps down from a gate and manages a three point fin landing. None of the Namazu seem to notice or are accustomed to his overdramatics.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: He's aware of the episodic nature of Gyoshin's visions and projects and vehemently complains about it.Seigetsu: And now we must endure several sentences' worth of warnings regarding the inevitable annihilation of the Namazu, correct? Entirely lacking in plot development, each iteration of this story is no different from the last. Were this a work of fiction, I would hurl it into the nearest river!
A handy Namazu who has taken the role of crafting festival attire for all 777 of its participants.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She has a crush on Gyoshin, but as she notes, he's too dimwitted to even notice it.
- Childhood Friends: With Gyoshin, whom she worries about quite often due to him being klutzy enough to get himself hurt frequently.
- The Generic Guy: Has no features that make her stand out from other Namazu.
- The Heart: Not only is she the only known female Namazu in the game, she's also the one to bring some clear-mindedness with her inputs when other Namazu get too heated on how to solve a problem. The lore book also points out that she was the only one to tend to Gyoshin's head injury from a fallen vase because everyone else was too busy laughing at him.
- Only Sane Man: The most level-headed of the trio of Namazu heading the festival. While Seigetsu and Gyoshin argue over which one of them should be sacrificed in a wicker man, Gyorei points out that the sacrifice doesn't need to be a living thing.
- Women Are Wiser: She lacks Seigetsu's overwhelming arrogance and superiority complex as well as Gyoshin's dimwittedness. This lets her act as a voice of reason and a mediator between the two to curb their worst impulses.
The Namazu who received the dire warning after being hit over the head with a vase.
- Childhood Friends: With Gyorei.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In a non-action sense. He seems as much of an idiotic doofus as all the Namazu are, but he is actually a rather skilled craftsman when it comes down to it. He's also capable of surprising feats of speed and can be Hot-Blooded enough to threaten others with being a Human Sacrifice if it means saving the Namazu.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: When he falls asleep or is knocked unconscious, he has a dream of his ancestor who warns him of the coming disaster to the Namazu race in seven years' time unless they hold the seven-year long festival. Notably, in the short story "A World Forsaken" that takes place in the Bad Future of the Eighth Umbral Calamity, he states that the Calamity never occurred in his visions of the future, indicating that this was perhaps a false future in which they lived and helping motivate the Garlond Ironworks to rewrite history.
- Genius Ditz: He's spacey, slow-witted, and has to ask Seigetsu to condense his explanations to three sentences or less. There's also no better craftsman among the Namazu. He handles everything from tents and decorations to ceremonial altars to ornate mikoshi with little difficulty once he has the materials.
- Man on Fire: Er, Namazu on fire. In the quest to rank up your reputation to level 7, he gets knocked into a lit torch trying to save a tome from suffering the same fate. The book is saved, but he catches on fire and runs around in a panic until he is doused with water. He's entirely burnt to a crisp, but instantly recovers moments later.
- Mistaken Identity: When he travels to Kugane with the Warrior of Light, a gang of men mistake him for Gyodo and threaten to beat him to death for swindling them. They back off after they learn that they got the wrong person and apologize.
- Running Gag: He's shoved into the Warrior of Light's bag for easy transport no less than three times over the course of the quest line, all while complaining about how messy it is and how many pointy implements there are. He throws up in it during the last trip, much to the Warrior's despair.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: After you attempt to leave him floundering where you found him, he gets up and gets mad at you for assuming he's going to force you to undertake a series of arduous tasks when he only plans to make you do one. This, naturally, doesn't come to pass as it is the first quest of the Namazu beast tribe and takes a minimum of a month real time to complete.
- "X" Marks the Hero: Stands out from the other Namazu by having a large X-shaped scar on his head. Parodied, as Gyoshin got the scar from the vase that fell on him.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Tyr Beq believed their obsession with dreams alienated them from their brethren. This turns out to be wholly untrue, however. The residents of Il Mheg know them as a beloved friend of Titania, no matter how eccentric they may be. It was through this realization that they learn An Lad needed someone to accept them, no matter who they are.
- Blow You Away: They can cast wind spells in battle.
- Dream Weaver: By manifesting the subject of a child's nightmares (and having you kill it), Tyr Beq is able to alter the dream.
- Enlightened Self-Interest. Their reason for trying to end the childrens' nightmares is entirely selfish, as An Lad's actions have reduced the once vibrant Lyhe Mheg into a boring bare plain filled with fog.
- Living Dream: Capable of taking the contents of a dream and manifesting them as creatures in reality.
- Out of Character Is Serious Business: Though played for a joke, when An Lad innocently suggests that they turn the Warrior of Light into a bush person so that they never leave, Tyr Beq suddenly gets very serious and tells An Lad to not even think about doing that. With Tyr Beq later talking about how jealous they are that the Warrior of Light belongs to Feo Ul, they are no doubt worried how the new King of Il Mheg would react to their lovely branch being turned into a bush.
- Tragic Keepsake: As you progress in the story, Tyr Beq reveals that they created Lyhe Mheg with a dearly departed friend. As such, not only do they care for it to amuse themselves, but also to preserve the memory of that friend.
- We Used to Be Friends: With the previous Titania before they became a Lightwarden.
- Blow You Away: Uses wind spells in a fight.
- Dream Stealer: Is able to inhale dreams, though the nightmares An Lad created are powerful enough to effectively give them food poisoning.
- Hat of Power: Wears a red beret enchanted to give them self-awareness.
- Mythology Gag: Ezel and their master are named for the Anti-Law creator Ezel Berbier from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Their name is intended to be read "Ezel the Second", but the lack of serif on the in-game font makes uppercase-"i" and lowercase-"L" indistinguishable.
- Dream Weaver: Is able to manipulate dreams directly rather than subtly influence them like other pixies. Something Tyr Beq notes only Titania was able to do previously.
- Enemy Without: An Lad's depression over only knowing how to create nightmares feeds a nightmare of their own. This gets to the point that An Lad is in danger of denying their own existence and disappearing, and the energy of the nightmare invades Lyhe Mheg. The nightmare manifests as an ahriman named Destrudo, after the psychological term for destructive urges. Destrudo feeds An Lad's depression, constantly telling them that they are a plague who nobody can love and nobody will help. Slaying Destrudo helps to ease An Lad's mind, preventing them from disappearing.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: They constantly angst over no one wanting to be their friend due to their powers that produces nightmares. They eventually do become friends with Ezel II, Tyr Beq, and the Warrior of Light once they overcome their self esteem issues.
- Foreshadowing: Their powers, color, hairstyle, NPC commentary, and fragmented memories heavily implies they are a reincarnated Titania.
- When She Smiles: Once their personal nightmare is vanquished, they becomes happy and is able to have fun.
- Ascended Meme: La-hee! Originally, the phrase "la-hee" was just a gibberish lyric in the Rak'tika Greatwood's daytime theme, but the beast tribe gives it an actual meaning as an ancient Ronkan greeting.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Literally! After every expedition, Qitarl and Chaqurl find damaged reliefs that show the Qitari's past with other various races, but due to the damage it's ambiguous what they are exactly showing. Qitarl always has a cynical view of what it means while Chaqurl has an idealistic view, and each time they ask you to decide which one you think is more likely And somehow your choice ends up always being right according to the documents they find after the fact.
- Proud Scholar Race Guy: By their own admission, the Qitari are absolutely helpless when it comes to combat. However, due to their short lifespans, they are meticulous in writing things down for future generations. It's for this reason that the Ronkans recruited them as scribes.
- Remember the New Guy?: Nothing in the main Shadowbringers story hinted to their existence, and the location where they set up their camp flat out didn't exist until they were added to the game. An area of the Qitana Ravel is called the "Qitari Dissent", but aside from bearing their name has no relation to them in any way.
- We Are as Mayflies: Even moreso than their Source counterparts - a Qitari is lucky if they reach the ripe old age of twenty.
Qitarl Natl and Chaqurl Qhotl
- Adorably Precocious Child: Chaqurl. He's three years old, is tiny even in comparison to the other Qitari, and he has a habit of mixing up the syllables of words. He's also part of a vanguard that was sent into a dangerous tunnel system and assists the other Qitari in their archaeological expeditions.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Each of the rank up quests involve the Qitari discovering a damaged mural depicting the Qitari with another race. The cynical Qitarl places his belief in the harsh reality that there were hostilities between the Qitari and the other races, while the idealistic Chaqurl believes that the Qitari were able to befriend the other races. The player is given the choice of which interpretation of history to go with, which changes how the Qitari restore the murals and how the rest of the storyline plays out.
The Great Serpents of Ronka
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In-universe, during the quest, "What Ails the Forest," one of the last stelae found of the great serpents is that they either found the cure to the plague that the forest faced both in the past and present, or is responsible for it.
- But Now I Must Go: Plenty of characters believe they disappear the moment their task is finished. However in Quinfort's case, the serpent that appeared before him was simply out of sight and decided to join the protagonist.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're short, fat snakes with beady eyes and Cute Little Fangs that move around by bouncing.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: There are characters who believe that they are divine avatars but otherwise act like just another sentient animal. Quinfort believes a scar on a serpent was the location of an anomaly that would bring ruin to the Greatwood and is proven correct when they arrive there. It is unknown what their true nature is.
- Mythology Gag: They're a reference to the Archaeoavis boss of Final Fantasy V, which was a winged serpent that guarded the Ronkan Ruins of that game. A vision of the Archaeoaevis is seen in the quest, "Glory Be to the Scree" as seen in Quinfort's dreams.
- Nice Hat: The serpent that's with Qitarl Natl and Chaqurl Qhotl has a cowboy hat on to separate him from the Warrior of Light's own serpent. After ranking up to Trusted, you can trade 8 Qitari Compliments for the Behelmeted Serpent of Ronka which is one with a miner helmet on. Getting to Bloodsworn allows you to get the Behatted Serpent.
- Silly Animal Sound: Scree!
- Tsuchinoko: They have the appearance of a pudgy snake that sqeaks instead of hiss and are known to be elusive.
- Animal Motifs: Frogs. Dwarven automatons are based on them, as is the currency of the Anvil, Hammered Frogments.
- Gargle Blaster: The dwarves like their liquor hard. As in "pure ethanol that can be burned to power a tank" hard. One of their cocktail recipes compares its taste to being punched in the face by a Dwarf, while another one says that going blind from it is just part of the fun. But they're also tasty enough for the Dwarves open a tavern that earns a neat profit, indicating that the people of Lakeland enjoy them.How to Drink Ludicrously Strong Alcohol and Not Die: While you may be thinking that drinking undiluted ethanol is a perfectly valid way to imbibe this beverage, the burned throat of the author would attest otherwise.
- Kids Raiding the Wine Cabinet: Or making their own as it were. The lead dwarves are ambiguously teenagers, or Ronitt is told that he is too young to be drinking by his clan leader at one point. But in Lakeland, far away from their homes, one of the first things he and his friends do is build a big distillery. It's to produce ethanol to fuel their tanks but they also drink a lot of it themselves.
- Tank Goodness: The Rolling Tankard is a tank, with a crystal-powered cannon for blasting ahrimans to bits, arms for strangling hobgoblins, and thrusters on the bottom for flight.
- Ancestral Weapon: Er, tool. Ronitt's hammer is a family heirloom once held by the legendary blacksmith Watts. The lead-up to the dwarves' questline begins when he misplaces it, resulting in his mother enlisting the Warrior to help him find it.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: During "Tanks for the Memories," the capstone quest for going from Sworn to Bloodsworn with the Dwarves, he has this to say being pretty sure Ozogg insulted him.Ronitt: Who does she think she is, calling me a "mewling whelp"?! I don't know what that means, but I assume it's an insult!
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Ronitt dyes his clothing blue and beard brown to set himself apart from other dwarves and to emulate his ancestor.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: He isn't cold exactly, more socially awkward, but he is rather unsociable the first time you meet him. After you help him find confidence to open up to the others in his village, by the next time you see him he's much more friendly and open.
- Didn't Think This Through: Once the Warrior starts to get through to him, Ronitt decides that he needs to practice his greeting before trying it out on his fellow dwarves. Rather than practicing with the Warrior, Ronitt decides that it'd be best to practice with a roughly person-shaped monster. He winds up trying to greet a Talos, whom he soon insults once his shyness gets the better of him. Cue an Oh, Crap! as he flees for the hills.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's one by Dwarf standards, being a descendant of Watts.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: While he's seemingly averse to the idea at first, Ronitt's shyness has left him desperately lonely. He cherishes the Warrior as his first friend and curses his own inability to give a dwarven "Lali-ho!" when it comes so naturally to everyone else.
- Nice Guy: Lack of social skills aside, he continues to be friendly even when being insulted by Ozogg, and the thought of selling Rolling Tankards hadn't even crossed his mind until a prospective client was interested in buying one; he'd been planning to just give them away.
- No Social Skills: Before unlocking the Dwarf Beast Tribe quest, his quest chain involves getting him to give out his first proper Lali-ho. The problem is that he covers up his shyness with a flurry of colorful insults.
- Sensory Overload: Having never gone much farther than his village before he first met you, and then not much further than the town at the bottom of the cliff from his village, at one point he strikes out on his own to try to find you at the Crystarium. However, the Crystarium has a MUCH higher population than either his village or the nearby town so when you do find him, he's huddled up and crying from being lost among the crowd with no idea where he's going.
- Teen Genius: He's old enough to swear but too young to drink by the word of the older dwarves, placing him squarely in this age bracket. He also happens to be one of the brightest young Tholls who sets out to complete his ancestor's design for a tank, a vehicle far beyond any non-Allagan tech in the First.
- The Alcoholic: While all dwarves are to an extent, she's the one who has the Warrior of Light construct brewing vats for the Anvil with the intention of the grog brewed within be used as payment.
- Defector from Decadence: Once Glagg and Xamott enforce an ultimatum on the tank's production, not helped by Ronitt's overconfident declaration, she wanders off alone and reveals to the player that she wouldn't care if she did get the boot from Komra, as she planned to leave anyway. She's happier working at Watts' Anvil than back at what's supposed to be her home. Even though the banishment never happens, she exiles herself by removing her helmet.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While prone to insulting the Tholls, she does give respect where it's due and seems to genuinely want to help people.