The Parade Incident of 1562
In the year 1562 of the Sixth Astral Era, a young Minfilia (then known as Ascilia) and her father Warburton visited Ul'dah to attend a festival, seeing a parade and fireworks. While there, the beautiful miqo'te songstress F'lhaminn gave Ascilia a basket of white and red flowers, telling her to give one to every festival-goer she could.
During the parade, disaster struck when a chained goobbue broke free of its bonds and went on a rampage in the city. Ascilia was nearly trampled underfoot, but Warburton intervened and saved his daughter’s life.
Warburton was hospitalized in Frondale's Phrontistery for several days. Ascilia knew no one in the city and her father was her only family. She began speaking with a bard named Thancred, finding out the location of Corguevais, the thaumaturge responsible for keeping the goobbue chained.
Ascilia went looking for Corguevais, attempting to travel to Black Brush only to collapse from fatigue upon arrival. Corguevais found her and tended to her, but Ascilia began voice her anger with the thaumaturge as soon as she awoke. Thancred appeared, explaining the situation to Corguevais before escorting Ascilia back to the Phrontistery.
Corguevais came to visit Ascilia and her father later on, the girl having calmed down somewhat and showing no overt animosity towards the thaumaturge. However, her father Warburton succumbed to his wounds and passed away. F'lhaminn took it upon herself to take care of the burial costs of Warburton’s funerary rites and brought Ascilia under her care.
Later, Corguevais brought Ascilia out into Thanalan with him to reveal that some of the most influential people in Ul'dah—F'lhaminn included—were truly to blame for the incident at the festival. F'lhaminn caught up with the two, but did not deny the claim. She and her companions did not wish for anyone to get hurt, but merely to create a diversion. Distraught, Ascilia tried to follow Corguevais, who left in apparent contempt.
At Arrzaneth Ossuary, Ascilia met with Niellefresne, one of F'lhaminn’s group who wished to revive Warburton using necromancy. A robed man approached the duo, slashing Nillefresne with a sword and killing him.
It is said that Minfilia is a survivor of the Battle of Silvertear Skies, which may explain her and her father's presence in Ul'dah at that time.
The Waning of the Sixth Sun
By 1572 of the Sixth Astral Era, Ascilia had taken on the identity of Minfilia to protect her true identity. Between that time, she founded an underground organization dedicated to researching the nature and origin of the Echo.
Known as the Path of the Twelve, they operated discreetly from the Waking Sands, located in the Merchant Wards of Ul'dah. The Path of the Twelve worked diligently to enlist and educate adventurers, or "walkers", who had woken to this mysterious power.
The Warrior of Light came to Minfilia in the Waking Sands after recognizing the Echo awakening within them, having witnessed visions of events that occurred ten years prior without realizing it. Within her office, the Hall of the First Step, she explained the nature of the Echo to the adventurer and invited them to join her on the Path.
Not long after, the Garleans began an incursion into the Sylphlands. Several sylphs came to the Waking Sands in search of aid, and Minfilia agreed to assist them. She dispatched the adventurer and their companion to Moonspore Grove to assess the situation and gather information for the rescue party.
The Ashcrown Consortium, an organization focused on the trade of crystals that acted as an intermediary between the beast tribes and men, began to undergo a shortage of supplies due to beast tribes increasingly refusing all trade with Eorzea. As the Consortium shared a common goal with the Path—peace in Eorzea—Minfilia sent the adventurer to assist them in the Peasants Ward of Gridania. The issue stemmed from the beast tribes growing more violent, hoarding crystals to summon primals.
After Garlean airships began raining imperial linkpearls upon the city-states, Minfilia spoke regarding the development. The Garlean message accused the beast tribes of plotting to call forth their "eikons" and lay waste to Eorzea; to submit to imperial rule would grant Eorzea the protection of the Empire provided they take up arms against the beast tribes.
Minfilia chose not to act on supposition and also proclaimed that, in the eyes of Garleans, those with the Echo—those capable of understanding the languages of the beast tribes—were the same as the beast tribes themselves.
Calming her followers, Minfilia urged the walkers not to lose direction and remain united, even if branded heathens by the Empire. Because the Path was not an army, however, she was unwilling to fight her enemies, choosing words over swords. Her desire was to collaborate with the beast tribes instead, standing together against Garlemald.
The adventurer and their companion returned from the Bowl of Embers, where they witnessed the amalj’aa summon the primal Ifrit. Unable to be Tempered by the Lord of the Inferno, they spoke to Minfilia of how the Paragons warned him of the "Godless blessed". Minfilia believed that the Echo might stem from the blessing of a specific deity.
Though the Echo, a plea for aid came to members of the Path, which turned out to come from the Ala Mhigan Resistance. The members of the Resistance came to the Waking Sands in search of the Path’s aid to make a bold strike against Garlemald by stealing one of their airships at Silvertear Falls and using it to drive the Empire from Ala Mhigo.
Minfilia advised that this was not the first time that the Resistance had attempted such a daring plan and that previous attempts ended in failure, costing many lives in the process. While she admired their good intentions, Minfilia felt the Resistance members were at the mercy of their emotions, following them to their own demise.
The adventurer’s Path companion, who had lost someone dear attempting to make it beyond the Wall into Ala Mhigo, sympathized with the Resistance. Minfilia advised them not to rush into things, citing the Empire’s power, but ultimately allowed the adventurer and their companion to make the decision themselves.
Upon returning from the mission, having failed with the Resistance members wiped out by Gaius van Baelsar, Minfilia stated to the adventurer that only once Eorzea could find someone or something that would allow it to match the Empire’s strength would they be able to withstand them, musing that they might have a chance if only the city-states and beast tribes would set their differences aside.
Shortly before the Battle of Carteneau, Minfilia met Louisoix Leveilleur in person for the first time. It was then that the Archon entrusted her to lead the Circle of Knowing in case he did not return from his mission to summon the Twelve and halt Dalamud's descent. 
A Realm Reborn
After the primal Bahamut laid waste to much of Eorzea in the Calamity, Minfilia merged the Circle of Knowing with the Path of the Twelve to form the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, a name chosen to reflect their desire to end the Seventh Umbral Era and usher in the Seventh Astral Era.
Relocating the Waking Sands to Vesper Bay, Minfilia enshrined Louisoix's staff Tupsimati in the Solar, her office in the building. The Scions attempted to remain an underground operation, though their existence was described as the worst-kept secret in Eorzea. Their mission was to combat the threat posed by the Primals, as the Grand Companies had focused all their efforts to rebuilding in the wake of the Calamity.
Around the fifth year of the Seventh Umbral Era, Minfilia commissions Thancred
, and Y'shtola
to Limsa Lominsa
to monitor aetheric disturbances. New adventurers gifted with the Echo encounter them and, eventually, the Scions contact these adventurers to recruit them.
Because of her gift, Minfilia recognizes the Warriors of Light if she encounters them and explains that Louisoix's spell wiped the memories of the survivors—a fact she learned through the Echo.
Minfilia sends adventurers to Eastern Thanalan
, where they survive capture by the Amalj'aa
and defeat Ifrit
. Next, they journey to the East Shroud
to befriend the Sylphs
of Little Solace
. At her behest, adventurers seek out signs of the Ascians
, eventually encountering them in Haukke Manor
. After that, they head to La Noscea
to face the primal Titan
After the adventurers succeed in defeating Titan
, the Waking Sands
is attacked by Livia sas Junius
and a platoon of imperial soldiers
. They slaughter most of the Scions, but take Minfilia, Papalymo, Urianger, and Tataru prisoner.
Minfilia and her friends are taken to Castrum Centri
in Mor Dhona
, where she is tortured by Junius for information on the Echo. Their adventurer allies, having allied with Alphinaud Leveilleur
and Cid Garlond
to defeat Garuda
, infiltrate the Castrum and manage a daring rescue. Minfilia is aggrieved to learn, however, that Thancred
has been possessed by the Ascian overlord Lahabrea
Reunited, the Scions make their presence known on the heels of Baelsar's demand for Eorzea's surrender. Wielding the Ultima Weapon
imbued with the essences of Ifrit, Titan, and Garuda, the Legatus promised the realm salvation if they would join him against the beast tribes
. Instead, emboldened by the return of Minfilia and her allies, they chose to fight and formulated Operation Archon, a plan that ultimately led to the destruction of Ultima Weapon, death of Baelsar, and defeat of Lahabrea within the Praetorium
Minfilia and her friends joined the Grand Companies
for a celebration to usher in the Seventh Astral Era.
After the defeat of Gaius van Baelsar
and the Ultima Weapon
, Minfilia realizes that the Scions of the Seventh Dawn have become too public to maintain their neutrality while headquartered in Ul'dahn
suggests moving to Revenant's Toll
, as Mor Dhona
is outside the jurisdiction of any city-state.
Meanwhile, adventurers track down F'lhaminn
, who reunites with her foster daughter and chooses to remain with the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. Aside from the emotional reunion, Alphinaud reveals that their new home in Mor Dhona will be the Rising Stones
As Minfilia packs Tupsimati
in preparation for the move, she it met by the Ascian Elidibus. Acting as an emissary, the Ascian shows interest in the Echo
, claiming it could eliminate the conflict between their people.
As they settle into their new headquarters, Urianger
reveals that the Isle of Val
, home to the Students of Baldesion
, has disappeared.
After the requests for shelter from Doman
refugees led by Yugiri
are turned down by the Syndicate
, Minfilia offers them asylum in Mor Dhona
. Out of gratitude, Yugiri joins the Scions of the Seventh Dawn and aids them in investigating the summoning
Hoping to understand the "true power of the Echo
" that Elidibus suggested, Minfilia accompanied the Scions to the Sapsa Spawning Grounds
. There, she witnessed a Sahagin
priest gifted with the Echo escape death by transferring his own essence into one of his followers until his essence is absorbed by Leviathan.
Minfilia asks the Warrior of Light to aid Alphinaud
in managing the Crystal Braves
, as they're still undermanned. When Ser Aymeric
requests an audience, she gives the go ahead for them to meet with him at Camp Dragonhead. She arrives in Coerthas
once the danger of Lady Iceheart
becomes clear, and researches into the history of Saint Shiva
, though the histories are contradicting and uncertain. With Iceheart cutting off pursuit at the Aetheryte in Snowcloak
, Minfilia summons an expert on teleportation from Sharlayan
With Moenbryda's white auracite enabling pursuit to the Akh Afah Amphitheatre
and defeating Shiva, the Scions realize this may be the key they need to combating the Ascian threat.
Minfilia is captured by Nabriales when the Ascian attacks the Rising Stones
to steal Tupsimati
and is rescued by the Warrior of Light, who defeats the Ascian in the Chrysalis
. Nabriales is permanently slain through the sacrifice of Moenbryda after the former is sealed inside white auracite. While devastated by Moenbryda's death, Minfilia understands that she needs to perform her duties as antecedent and prepare for the upcoming attack on Ishgard
by the Dravanian Horde
After the city is defended at the Steps of Faith
, Minfilia attends a celebration in Ul'dah
alongside the other Scions and city-state leaders. They are betrayed by the Crystal Braves
who, on behalf the Monetarists, frame the Scions for the assassination of Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo
. Pursued by a force of both Crystal Braves and Brass Blades
, they escape into a secret tunnel through the Sil'dihn aqueducts.
The other Scions seemingly sacrifice themselves to allow the Warrior of Light and Minfilia to get away. As they near the end of the tunnel, Minfilia receives a message from Hydaelyn to return to Y'shtola
side. Minfilia instructs the adventurer to continue without her.
Returning to her allies' side, Minfilia is caught in the energies of Y'shtola's
Flow spell. Ending up in the Mothercrystal's
realm in the Aetherial Sea, Minfilia offers her body for the weakened Hydaelyn and became "The Word of the Mother".
After the adventurer defeats Archbishop Thordan VII
and reunites with Y'shtola and Thancred
, the Scions are joined by Minfilia's close friend, Krile
. With her help, the Scions discover the truth of Minfilia's fate in Ul'dah
, and attempt to find her with whatever knowledge of the Aetherial Sea they can obtain from the Antitower
The Warrior of Light is transported to the Mothercrystal's realm and learns of Minfilia's new existence as "The Word of the Mother." She reveals the existence of Zodiark and urges the adventurer to stop the Ascians. Seemingly using the remainder of the strength in the encounter, Minfilia dissipates before returning the adventurer to Eorzea.
Though disheartened to learn of Minfilia's apparent demise, the Scions promise to fulfill her wishes and defeat the Ascians once and for all. They choose to keep the truth of Minfilia's fate secret to only the leadership of the Scions, telling the remainder of their allies, including F'lhaminn
, merely that their efforts to locate her have reached a dead end.