Rhalgr

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Rhalgr {rahl'-gar}, breaker of worlds, is the god of destruction and guardian deity of the now fallen nation of Ala Mhigo. He commands the element of Lightning and is associated with the eighth moon of the Eorzean calendar. Rhalgr is the father of both Byregot and Halone and serves as an attendant to Nymeia. He is most often depicted as a magi carrying a staff of bronze. His symbol is the streaking meteor.
Elemental Resistances as Player Guardian
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Pantheon: The Twelve
Title: The Destroyer
Subtitle: Breaker of worlds
God of: Destruction
Symbol: The streaking meteor
Gender: Male
Aspect: Lightning
Patron of: Ala Mhigo
Depiction: A magi carrying a staff of bronze
Month: 8
Biography
Children: Son Byregot and Daughter Halone

Other: Attendant to Nymeia

Etymology
Rhalgr appears to be inspired by the Hindu god Vishnu in a similar manner as the classic recurring Final Fantasy character, Ramuh. Ramuh himself appears to be based on the epic Hindu poem, Ramayana. The main character, Raama, was said to be an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and it's possible Ramuh is a merging of those two names. Ramuh has also gone by the name Indra in early Final Fantasy games. Indra was the Hindu god of rain, lightning, and storms, thus the reason Ramuh is always associated with lightning. Like Rhalgr, Ramuh is often depicted as a magi with a staff.

The phrase "breaker of worlds" used to describe Rhalgr is similar to the famous quotation that Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project, used of the god Vishnu to describe seeing an atomic explosion for the first time: "Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'"

Rhalgr's flaming meteor symbol is likely a reference to the ultimate spell of destruction in Final Fantasy VII, Meteor, said to be powerful enough to destroy a planet.

Notes
  • Information in pre-release versions of FF14 associated Rhalgr with the twelfth month of the Eorzean calendar.
  • Rhalgr's Bile is named for the Destroyer; it is a terrible poison infamously used in the assassination of an Ala Mhigan king.
  • The mark of Rhalgr is found in Little Ala Mhigo.
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