Ardyn Izunia: an Oracle or a King? [Final Fantasy 15/ FFXV]

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK: SPOILERS ABOUND

Ardyn Izunia, Destroyer of Insomnia and Niflheim

Ardyn, the villain of Final Fantasy XV, played different roles from spoon-feeding Noctis to pitching things at him. But when push comes to shove, Ardyn suddenly shows up and drowns the world with all the darkness he absorbed. He unleashes the Starscourge and drowns Insomnia and Nilfheim in darkness. All the Imperial Soldiers that served the Empire turned into demons after being forcefully fused with demonic essence. But the question remains: is this all the late Imperial chancellor is made of? And that ability to absorb Starscourge? Where have we seen it before?

To figure this out, we have to go all the way back to his past.

Ardyn Lucis Caelum, the King?

Before the current king of Lucis gets absorbed into the crystal, the late chancellor walks up to Noctis and reveals a part of his past. He reveals that his true name: Ardyn Lucis Caelum and that, Izunia is a name he picked up from someone else. But because of his last name, it could imply that the late chancellor of Niflheim could have possibly been a king of Lucis in the past. This then explains as well as to why his method of attack is similar to Noctis – the crystallization of multiple weapons while able to suspend himself in mid-air.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Let’s not forget that he has similar powers to that of Noctis such as his ability to warp-strike.

ardyn
source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgT_m2uz_XM

And Noct’s ability to summon blades.

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgT_m2uz_XM

While some may dismiss this as his power coming from the Starscourge or the demons that he absorbed, it could have been anything else but how Noctis’ uses his blades. It could also mean one thing. Ardyn, not only is he a former denizen of Lucis but, is also of royal bloodline. He could be a prince, a king, or anyone of royal blood which gave him the trademark ability to summon swords in that way.

Some would say: wouldn’t all of Lucis have that ability because of the crystal? It is possible. However, what makes Ardyn and Noctis stand out is their ability to not just summon one weapon but multiple weapons. To boot, the weapons Noctis’ summons are weapons from the past kings of Lucis. For Ardyn to have that same ability, may imply that he himself is also of royal blood.

Ardyn, the Oracle?

Disregarding that Ardyn is of Lucis, the late chancellor may have been an Oracle. One form of evidence is of his past on how he absorbed the Starscourge into himself. Guess who else has that ability?

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7D8sBFHWfs

That’s right; Lady Lunafreya does. Take note of her words:

“Blessed Stars of life and light, deliver us from darkness’ blight.”

While she is the Oracle of Light, what is important to take note is the fact she can absorb or heal something known as darkness’ blight. And that particular darkness? It is none other than the Starscourge – the same plague that had been terrorizing people since the time of Ardyn. Bahamut reveals this to Noct when the player selects the option to know about “The Accursed”.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

The scourge within Ardyn is the same as the one as Lunafreya cured. Ardyn also mentions to Noct his story of how he became a “demonized healer”. To add, Ardyn had one special ability that Lunafreya also had: his ability to commune with the Astrals.

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCw2ENme8GE

While this may be arguable due to Shiva being in her humanoid form, the fact is – he had met her once. While this is not only a clue about his Immortality, it is may also imply that he spoke to her. Another thing to take note is how he is able to communicate with Ifrit, the one astral who hates people.

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0RtlzYLQII

It’s there people ask: how in the world does he know that? How does he know that Ifrit would rather burn Man into the ground? If he were the king, he would require an Oracle. But the fact he knew about Ifrit means one thing: he can speak to him. This further cements how he could be an Oracle.

Baskerville’s Call: Ardyn the Oracle

To be honest, I’m leaning more to the idea that Ardyn could have possibly been an Oracle. He did refer himself as a healer and most people do idolize the oracle as the “saviour”. Most of all, his abilities match up more with Lady Lunafreya such as his familiarity with Starscourge and his ability to host the demons that cause it.

4 Comments

  1. I’m thinking that way back when the Astrals decided to bestow their blessing on Ardyn as the first chosen, that he was both “Oracle” and “King”. When the Astrals denied his ascension, it was due to him being tainted by the darkness that he absorbed into himself while healing the thousands around him. Thus, when the Astrals decided to bestow their blessings on another “Chosen” they separated the powers of the oracle and the king into what they are seen in the game. This would keep the chosen one from becoming tainted by the darkness while still having an avenue to remove the starscourge from the people afflicted with it.

    This was millenia ago though, and there are no clear evidence either way. We know Ardyn has the ability to summon the Armiger as well as being told he was a healer (aka Oracle) and drawing the darkness into himself. This would mean he has the powers of both the Lucis Caleum and Fleuret bloodlines.

    What further complicates the issue, is that from all accounts, the Armiger ability is related to the Lucis Caleum bloodline. Quite possible that the King that demonized and outcast Ardyn was, in fact, blood related in some way. Of course, this is just speculation…there isn’t enough information out there for one to draw solid conclusions.

    • That’s one possible way to look at it too.:) Thanks for your input! Actually, what you’re saying is true – he might be the reason why the Astrals chose to split the powers of both the Oracle and the King.

  2. Also. When you fight him, he says ” So you’re the chosen one… but you’re the second choice at best. ” Also, the guide which Hajime Tabata heavily endorsed as 100 % accurate, says Ardyn is of royal blood. The only thing that is still in question is the identity of the jealous king. Did he share the royal bloodline or was he an Izunia and then they took the name on. But he was to be the original King of Light, chosen by the crystal, but yes denied ascension due to impurity, thus the powers were split between the Lucis line and the Fleuret line, the guide mentions this as well when talking about the Astral War.

Leave a Reply