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Heart of Darkness

Featurequest1 Icon.png Lv. 80   Heart of Darkness

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Thancred: The Empty (x:6, y:5.9)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Amh Araeng → The Derick, Skyslipper

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071341.png80Into the FirestormFeaturequest1 Icon.png Into the Firestorm (Level 80)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 80)

Journal detail hr1 03.png Rewards

Quickarm Materia VII
Quickarm Materia VII
Quicktongue Materia VII
Quicktongue Materia VII
Battledance Materia VII
Battledance Materia VII
Piety Materia VII
Piety Materia VII
Miscellaneous Reward

Raidicon.png Eden's Verse: Iconoclasm (Level 80)

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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Thancred is looking particularly chipper, despite the heavy rainfall.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with Urianger in Eden's core.
  • Speak with Ryne.
  • Use the Duty Finder to enter Eden's Verse: Iconoclasm.
  • Speak with Ryne.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071341.png80On Thin IceFeaturequest1 Icon.png On Thin Ice (Level 80)

Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved

  • Thancred is looking particularly chipper, despite the heavy rainfall.
  • Thancred is as pleased as anyone by the return of rain to the Empty. However, being the practically minded fellow he is, he suggests choosing another location to discuss your next move, as having waterlogged smallclothes is making it rather difficult to concentrate.
  • Urianger's explanation of the plan to restore the ice element is soon interrupted by Gaia, who is none too pleased to hear that it may take decades for the Empty to be restored. Upon hearing that the endeavor is for the benefit of future generations, Gaia, clearly moved by your selfless deeds, finally begins to open up, expressing her innermost doubts and fears. Her thoughts are soon interrupted by what appears to be a sudden headache, and she absents herself, heading outside for some fresh air. The others express their growing concern for her well-being, and Thancred suggests that you go to check on her. You arrive on Eden's canopy to find Gaia lost in a reverie, and the situation takes a dramatic turn for the worse when a dark aura manifests around her and coalesces into an ominous floating glyph. At that moment, countless flying sin eaters appear from nowhere and begin circling above Eden, with the glyph at their center, though rather than attacking this dark entity, they seem to be in its thrall. With Gaia now rendered immobile and entirely defenseless, you have no choice but to take her to Eden's core and decide how best to approach this unforeseen threat.
  • With Gaia now unconscious, Thancred recommends dealing with the sin eaters swarming around Eden before attempting to make sense of their sudden arrival. He volunteers to stay in the core to repel any attackers that breach Eden's defenses, while Urianger tends to Gaia. You prepare to confront the mysterious embodiment of Darkness and its legion of enslaved sin eaters.
※Eden's Verse: Iconoclasm can be accessed via the Duty Finder.
  • Despite being impossibly outnumbered, you succeed in dispersing the dark aether and the horde of sin eaters that were drawn to it. With the threat now apparently eliminated, you return to Eden's core to see if Gaia's condition has changed for the better.
  • You return to find that Gaia is still in a comatose state, with Ryne desperately pleading for her to wake up. Her voice seems to reach Gaia, who eventually regains consciousness. Naturally, she is more than a little subdued, though you and your companions are glad to see that she is otherwise unharmed. With the worst now behind you, it seems to be safe to proceed with the plan to restore the element of ice.

While this downpour is precisely the result we were hoping for, the novelty of standing outside in the rain does wear off rather quickly. Not to mention, Gaia's looking a bit under the weather. Let's continue this conversation in Eden's core.
Quest Accepted

What does it want? Why won't it tell me?
Now that I think about it, I don't really know all that much about Eden.
Since we need to find out how it's connected to Gaia, I should try to understand it at a deeper level. To be honest, there isn't much else I can do...
I'm not sure what's going on with Gaia, but it's certainly a cause for concern. Perhaps this is the faerie making itself known...

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Ere we set forth to restore the element of ice, I would discuss the manner in which the summoning shall be undertaken.
Just tell me one thing: Is this going to bring the Empty back to the way it was before the Flood?
While none can say for certain, the change we have observed at points of aetherial intersection doth give us cause for optimism.
It may be reasonably assumed that the Empty shall continue to transform and, in the decades to come, regain a semblance of its former state.
I don't think you've quite grasped the sheer scale of the damage left in the wake of the Flood. It would've swallowed the entire world if Minfilia hadn't stopped it.
Even if Ryne has inherited her blessing, wounds like that don't heal overnight. After all, the Empty has been utterly devoid of life for a hundred years.
And it might take even longer than that to bring life back. I don't expect immediate results, but I do know that it will stay like this forever unless we do something about it.
My sentiments precisely. Only once the final element is restored shall we have a glimpse of the future that awaiteth those of generations yet to come.
You'd do all this, for a world you may not live long enough to see? While here I am, so absorbed in my own problems that I spare barely a thought for anyone besides myself...

For so long, I've listened to that voice...telling me what to do, who to be. I was so scared of what might happen if I disobeyed. But I don't want to live like that anymore. I want to

Who am I? What am I? Perhaps it's better if I never find out. If Ryne's the Oracle of Light, here to mend this broken world, what does that make me?

Gaia, the Oracle of Darkness, bringer of misery and death! A monster. It's no wonder they left me. Mother, Father... And next, it'll be all of you. Then I'll be back where I started, where I've always been. Alone.
Gaia! Is it the faerie!?
What's wrong? Afraid I might lose control and ruin all your carefully laid plans!?
No! It's you I'm worried about!
Ryne, I... I'm going outside. To clear my head. You...just do what you need to do, all right?
Something's wrong, I know it.
That much is clear.
If we have a repeat of her first "visit" to Eden, we may even be joined by those voidsent friends of hers... If you go and see what Gaia's doing, Urianger and I will stay with Ryne.
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My name is Gaia... That's what you said, isn't it?

Eden... The Flood... What does it all mean?

No, it can't be... Is this what it's been waiting for all this time?
(- ??? -)
Finally, you remember...
Aaaaaah! this!?
(- ??? -)
The Darkness that dwells within you, Gaia.

The accursed spawn of Light are drawn to it, like moths to a flame.

Pathetic, mindless, and easily bent to my will...
Sin eaters!?
(- ??? -)
Now, the time of awakening has come!
Forename, Ryne senses sin eaters! What's happened?
Don't try to fight them—just bring Gaia back inside. Quickly, now!
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She is unconscious.
What entity is this that should hold a horde of sin eaters in its thrall? And to what end?
She's in a bad way, but at least she doesn't seem to have lost control.

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What's happened to her?
That's a concern for later. First, we must deal with those sin eaters.
Forename, if thou wouldst care to repel our assailants without, I would task Thancred with standing guard within. I shall tend to Gaia meanwhile.
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I'm not sure if there's much Eden can do to help, but I'll try to keep it steady.
Whereas before, 'twas Gaia who sought to destroy Eden, on this occasion she hath become the target...
While Urianger watches over Gaia, I'll tend to any eaters that chance to slip inside.

She is unconscious.
Sin eaters drawn to the Oracle of Darkness, just as she herself was drawn to Eden, first and foremost among their kind.
The interior is secure. With the eaters gone, I thought that Gaia might show some sign of improvement, but she hasn't so much as stirred.
She won't wake up! What do we do?
Quest Complete

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What is this place?

Where is everyone?

So, I'm all alone. Even the faerie is gone...

Endless silence, endless darkness... Is this what death feels like?

It's no use. No one can hear me. How ironic... All those times I wanted peace and quiet, and now that I finally have it, I wish I had someone to talk to.

I thought I couldn't stand to be around them. All their interfering and fussing... And yet, I was never lonely.

But it's no use... Even after everything we went through, my memories still won't come back. There is no future awaiting me, only emptiness.

Those memories...they can stay lost forever, if only this pain will leave me.

Now, I close my eyes and sink into darkness...

And then I'll suffer no more.
Mother, Father...
Wake up!
I understand now. Why wait for tomorrow to claim us?
Gaia! Can you hear me!?
This perfect moment never has to end.
I'm not giving up on you, Gaia! Say something!
What do you want?
Please! I'm begging you!
Remember all the things we said we'd do? Like going to the Second Serving for coffee biscuits!
I never...
I never agreed to anything of the sort.
Oh, thank goodness! I was so worried about you!
Ugh, do you have to be so loud?
The faerie fell silent, only to be replaced by Ryne's voice ringing through my head.
I never thought I would be so glad to hear it.
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We still don't know exactly what happened, but at least the danger's passed for now.
Though Gaia hath regained consciousness, I surmise that it shall be some time before she is fully recovered from her ordeal.
Whatever that thing was, it was able to control a vast swarm of sin eaters, much like Vauthry. Then again, it's clearly nothing like a Lightwarden... In any case, it's gone now. I just hope it stays gone.
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