A Gnathic Deity

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 53   A Gnathic Deity

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This quest requires you to fight enemies in the open world.
Ysayle: The Dravanian Forelands - The Smoldering Wastes - Loth ast Vath (x:23, y:18.5)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Anyx Trine

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071201.png52The NonmindMainquest1 Icon.png The Nonmind (Level 52)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 53)

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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Ysayle seems troubled by the Gnath's war of expansion.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Gather information from the Vath. 0/3
  • Speak with the voracious Vath.
  • Obtain a hunk of nanka flesh from a clearwater nanka. 0/1
  • Deliver the nanka flesh to the voracious Vath.
  • Speak with Alphinaud.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
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071221.png53A Curious HerbSidequest1 Icon.png A Curious Herb (Level 53)
071221.png53A Dragon and His BoySidequest1 Icon.png A Dragon and His Boy (Level 53)
071221.png53A Taste of the PeculiarSidequest1 Icon.png A Taste of the Peculiar (Level 53)
071221.png53Back in the GameSidequest1 Icon.png Back in the Game (Level 53)
071221.png53Chocobo's Last StandSidequest1 Icon.png Chocobo's Last Stand (Level 53)
071221.png53How to Feed Your DragonSidequest1 Icon.png How to Feed Your Dragon (Level 53)
071221.png53Hungry for SecondsSidequest1 Icon.png Hungry for Seconds (Level 53)
071221.png53No Smoking AllowedSidequest1 Icon.png No Smoking Allowed (Level 53)
071221.png53Treason and PlotSidequest1 Icon.png Treason and Plot (Level 53)
071221.png53Vindictive Vath VendettaSidequest1 Icon.png Vindictive Vath Vendetta (Level 53)
071221.png53When Mother CallsSidequest1 Icon.png When Mother Calls (Level 53)
071221.png53Yellow StonesSidequest1 Icon.png Yellow Stones (Level 53)
071341.png53A Lesson in HumilityFeaturequest1 Icon.png A Lesson in Humility (Level 53)
071341.png53The Hunter Becomes the KwehFeaturequest1 Icon.png The Hunter Becomes the Kweh (Level 53)

Journal detail hr1 08.png Items Involved
Nanka Flesh
Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved
YsayleEstinienAlphinaudVath StorytellerVath FleetfootCibleroitVoracious Vath
Journal detail hr1 08.png Mobs Involved
Clearwater Nanka

  • Ysayle seems troubled by the Gnath's war of expansion.
  • Ysayle questions the Gnath's justification for committing the crime of summoning, drawing a distinction between their expansionist aims and her own hopes for peace. Alphinaud concludes that if the beastmen are truly only motivated by territorial gain, they must be unaware of the terrible price that their god's presence exacts from the land. Plainly, the creature must die. Citing the protection afforded her by the Echo, Ysayle volunteers to confront the primal, but Estinien is quick to point out that she lacks the means to call it forth. Speak with the inhabitants of Loth ast Vath, and learn more about the Gnath and their god.
  • You have gleaned what knowledge you can from the hive's residents, but it seems there is one more inhabitant who is eager to share. Speak with the voracious Vath, and hear what he has to say.
  • You approach the voracious Vath, and he hints that more information will be forthcoming should he receive a gift from the “generous hunters.” Seek out the clearwater nankas, and obtain a hunk of their flesh.
  • You have obtained a hunk of nanka flesh. Return to Loth ast Vath and deliver the gift to the voracious Vath.
  • Having hungrily taken receipt of the nanka flesh, the Vath explains how the thoughts and senses of every Gnath in the main colony are linked by the presence of the Overmind. Discuss the implications of this revelation with Alphinaud.
  • You share your findings with the rest of the party, and Alphinaud summarizes what you have learned of Gnath society. Though Estinien is unimpressed with the Vath's meager knowledge of their own god, Ysayle believes that the elder's offhand suggestion─that you surrender yourselves as sacrifices─may hold some merit...

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Even a wounded dragon is a dangerous opponent─these antmen did well to overpower one.
The beast tribes have ever summoned their gods out of necessity. That the Gnath should do so out of mere covetousness sets a worrying precedent...
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I call upon the power of a primal for the greater good...conscious all the while that I do so at grave cost to the land. I reason that it is a necessary evil, and willingly shoulder the burden of my sin.

In suggesting that such crimes can be justified, you may argue that I presume too much─but you must surely see that I am aware of the magnitude of my transgressions. Not so the Gnath. They summon their deity for no greater purpose than to expand their dominion.

To a Scion of the Seventh Dawn─one sworn to eliminate the primal threat─the distinction you draw seems questionable at best. But the fact remains that my own grandfather risked unleashing the power of the Twelve in an attempt to prevent the Calamity. Thus, while I may not condone your actions, I at least understand them.

Not so the Gnath, as you so rightly put it. If they truly seek naught but territorial gain, I can only conclude that they are ignorant of the ruinous consequences of their god's insatiable appetite. The longer this primal is suffered to exist, the greater the suffering it will cause. It must be destroyed.
How lightly you propose the destruction of this god, Master Alphinaud─a being of whom we know naught. Has it occurred to you that you may be sending the Warrior of Light to his death?

No, I─ <sigh> ...You have the right of it, Estinien. 'Twould seem it is I who am guilty of presuming too much.

Pray forgive me, Forename.
What will you say?
I do not fear my duty. ...
Wait. Forename need not face this foe alone. Like him, I am blessed with the Echo's protection, and may do battle without fear of primal influence. Let me bear this burden.
Ha! Do you truly imagine yourself a second Warrior of Light? Remind me: how many primals have you faced, my lady? Not that it matters─we know not where this god resides, or how to challenge it. Unless you mean to pray until it appears?
Hm. Estinien makes a valid point. Let us speak with the Vath, and learn how best to secure an audience with their deity. In this, at least, I may be of assistance.
The young lord certainly appears eager to prove his worth...
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Quest Accepted
There must be some way of infiltrating the main colony...
By the Fury... I would swear these beastmen know less about their god than I do.
The Vath greet mine every question with cryptic utterances. I fear I am no closer to understanding the tenets of their faith...
<click> <click> You wish to meet our god? Offer yourself as a sacrifice, and you will soon be brought before Him. We would mourn the loss of such generous hunters, however...
<click> <click> Put this idea from your minds, generous hunters. If you meet with our god, then He will have your souls. Surely you are not so generous as that?
We are Vath. We are the Nonmind. We do not hear the Onemind's thoughts; we cannot predict their will.

You are generous hunters, yes? Many gifts you have brought, but not enough for all Vath to enjoy. Maybe you could bring us just one more?

We are very fond of nanka flesh. Yes, the meat of a young nanka would make a fine repast.

Nanka flesh loosens the mandibles, and makes it easier to talk. Just a bite or two would do...
The Vath tell me that their tribe is not accustomed to giving each individual a name. It seems they only grasped the concept after they began trading with the hunters.
And what has that to do with their primal or their faith, Master Alphinaud? Let us glean the information we require, and be done with this place...
For once, I am in agreement with the dragoon. Speaking with these beastmen is an exercise in frustration.

We Vath do enjoy our nanka flesh. Have you been out hunting yet...?

Another gift for the Vath!? So unexpected! Mmm, yes, you will have more of the words you strange hunters hunger for. Listen, now.

The senses of the Onemind are enmeshed by the Overmind─what one sees, all see; what one feels, all feel.

Alert a single Gnath, and the whole hive is alerted. To reach our god undetected is all but impossible!
I do not envy the antmen their bond. Were every man's mind made known to his neighbor, Ishgard would not last a bell.
How strange must spoken language seem to those who once shared minds... 'Tis little wonder the Vath are by turns so obscure and transparent in their meaning.

The Vath are wont to allude to certain concepts without explanation, but I believe I am beginning to grasp a few of the fundamentals.

From what I understand, the king-like “Overmind” sits at the center of Gnath society, and its presence somehow allows its subjects to communicate without need of word or gesture.

These Gnath─the ones who inhabit the larger hive─are known as the “Onemind,” and it was by their combined will that the primal was summoned.

Those who reside in this smaller hive, however, are the Vath─or the “Nonmind”─who, for reasons that yet escape me, seem to have been excluded from the telepathic bond which connects their Gnath counterparts. Thus are the Vath ignorant of the Onemind's thoughts and intentions.
...And of the nature of their own god. In summary, we have wasted our time.
Not so. Perilous though it may be, the Vath did furnish us with one certain method of approaching the primal: as sacrifices. Should we allow ourselves to be captured in the environs of the colony, the Gnath will bring us before their deity to make an offering of our souls...
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