Soul without Life

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The "Animated" item(s) you receive depends upon the job you are when you talk to Ardashir. One weapon per quest turn-in, except Paladin receiving both Sword and Shield at once.
Sidequest2 Icon.png Lv. 60   Soul without Life
Quest
Rewardsicon.png Rewards
Gil
Gil Icon.png1,447
Guaranteed Rewards
Animated Hauteclaire Icon.png Animated Prytwen Icon.png Animated Atlas Icon.png Animated Elements Icon.png Animated Almandal Icon.png Animated Lunaris Rod Icon.png Animated Seraph Cane Icon.png Animated Ferdinand Icon.png Animated Deathbringer Icon.png Animated Yukimitsu Icon.png Animated Berimbau Icon.png Animated Brionac Icon.png Animated Parashu Icon.png Animated Rising Suns Icon.png 
Informationicon.png Description
Ardashir seems eager to bring anima into being.
※Changing classes or jobs will prevent progress during this quest.
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Issuing NPC: Ardashir
Azys Lla -Alpha Quadrant -Helix (7-11)
Type: Side Story Quest
Repeatable: Yes
Unlocks: Toughening UpSidequest1 Icon.png
Requirements
Quest: Sidequest1 Icon.pngAn Unexpected Proposal
Required Items
Astral Nodule Icon.png Umbral Nodule Icon.png Luminous Earth Crystal Icon.png Luminous Wind Crystal Icon.png Luminous Fire Crystal Icon.png Luminous Lightning Crystal Icon.png Luminous Water Crystal Icon.png Luminous Ice Crystal Icon.png Yoichi Bow Zeta Icon.png Ragnarok Zeta Icon.png Excalibur Zeta Icon.png Longinus Zeta Icon.png Aegis Shield Zeta Icon.png Last Resort Zeta Icon.png Kaiser Knuckles Zeta Icon.png Lilith Rod Zeta Icon.png Apocalypse Zeta Icon.png Nirvana Zeta Icon.png Sasuke's Blades Zeta Icon.png
Lore & Dialogue
Loremonger:Soul without Life
NPCs Involved: RowenaSyndony
Items Involved: Astral NoduleUmbral NoduleLuminous Earth CrystalLuminous Wind CrystalLuminous Fire CrystalLuminous Lightning CrystalLuminous Water CrystalLuminous Ice CrystalYoichi Bow ZetaRagnarok ZetaExcalibur ZetaLonginus ZetaAegis Shield ZetaLast Resort ZetaKaiser Knuckles ZetaLilith Rod ZetaApocalypse ZetaNirvana ZetaSasuke's Blades Zeta
Journal
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  • Ardashir hopes to begin work on the anima weapon as soon as possible. All the necessary elements are in place save two: astral and umbral nodules, the catalysts required to facilitate the process of channeling aether into the soulstone. Unsure of where to procure them, Ardashir suggests speaking with Rowena in Revenant's Toll. With any luck, she will know of a merchant who can provide what he needs.

    ※You may not proceed with a class or job that is different from when you accepted this quest.
  • Hearing of your need for crystals with unusual properties, Rowena suggests speaking with a merchant by the name of Syndony. She is a jeweler who also happens to be quite knowledgeable about crystals. You can find her on the terrace of the second floor in the House of Splendors.
  • Upon speaking with Syndony, it soon becomes clear that your reputation has preceded you. When you inquire about the nodules, she is taken aback by your outlandish request, but is not deterred from the challenge of producing what you seek. The process will require elementally aspected luminous crystals of every element, and she insists you bring her three of each. However, she also believes there may be one other way: bringing her a Zodiac Weapon of the highest order. Seeing your nonplussed expression, she concedes that such a legendary weapon may be no more than a rumor.

    ※Should you be unwilling or unable to offer a suitable Zodiac Weapon, luminous crystals can be obtained by participating in FATEs in the following regions:
    - Sea of Clouds: luminous wind crystals
    - Azys Lla: luminous fire crystals
    - Churning Mists: luminous lightning crystals
    - Coerthas western highlands: luminous ice crystals
    - Dravanian forelands: luminous earth crystals
    - Dravanian hinterlands: luminous water crystals
  • With the nodules in hand, Ardashir is at last ready to go through with Gerolt's plan. He duly completes the infusion of aether, and hands the pulsating soulstone to Gerolt, who immediately sets about affixing the radiant gem to your weapon. Some time later, the sweating smith finally lowers his hammer, a look of both exhaustion and satisfaction on his face. The plan has succeeded and you are the proud owner of an anima weapon. Now begins the journey to discover its full potential.
Dialogue
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Azys Lla[edit]

Alpha Quadrant[edit]

Helix[edit]

I take it you're ready to proceed? Excellent. Gerolt has already begun work on the weapon that will serve to contain the anima. The difficulty lies in sustaining the thing long enough for the transfer to take place. But with the appropriate stabilizing materials, I believe it should be possible, provided we act quickly. I have brought several soulstones with me, so you needn't worry about that. I shall see that one is fitted to your weapon. The only needful things I do not currently possess are crystals capable of handling the quantities of aether required for our work. To be specific, we will need astral and umbral nodules. Would that we were working in Radz-at-Han. I knew of a merchant there who sold them. Costly though they were, I was never wanting for supplies. Perhaps Mistress Rowena would know of someone willing to trade. Might you be willing to speak with her on my behalf? No doubt whoever she refers you to will not part with them readily, but I trust you will be able to come to some manner of arrangement. In the meantime, Gerolt and I will finish preparations for the anima weapon. Safe travels, friend.
Ah, come to create another anima weapon, have you? Needless to say, I should be only too happy to help! I trust you remember the required astral and umbral nodules? Yes, well, I will need you to procure more of both. Syndony will doubtless be able to furnish you with a sufficiency, assuming her skills are as impressive as they seem. I do hope she is still where you last met. Perhaps you should speak with Mistress Rowena to know for certain.

Mor Dhona[edit]

Revenant's Toll[edit]

Well if it isn't my favorite adventurer. How's that anima weapon comin' along? Astral and umbral nodules? Hmmm, might be as Syndony will have what you're after. She's a jeweler by trade, but her work with crystals is somethin' to behold, let me tell you. They say she can strip 'em of elements, charge 'em with new ones, even make 'em out o' thin air, if you can believe such a thing. Can't vouch for the rumors myself, but her profits say plenty. She can be a bit picky about clients, but you bein' the Warrior o' Light and all, I'm sure your sparklin' reputation will catch her eye like the crystals she's so fond of. If you go upstairs, you'll find her out on the terrace.
Ah, Forename. What brings you to the House o' Splendors? Nodules for another anima weapon? You'll be wantin' to speak with Syndony, then. You can find her on the terrace upstairs.
Ah, the Warrior of Light. What a pleasant surprise. No need to be alarmed, my dear. It is my business to know all of Eorzea's treasures, be they material or mortal. But tell me, to what do I owe the pleasure? ...Astral and umbral nodules? My, my... I see you are a man of unusual tastes. Might I ask what you plan to do with such curious crystals? An essence akin to the soul. I suppose such peculiar work would call for crystals as equally peculiar. Well, you were wise to seek me out. I've dedicated my life to the study of crystals, and I cannot bear the thought of knowing there are crystals I could not procure. Mind you, these are no mere baubles or trinkets you ask of me. Crystals of such purity are not easily come by, but to also be so rich in astral- and umbralaspected energies... Still, with the proper materials I believe it can be done. It will require a great deal of aether, obviously, and of a specific persuasion. I am informed that when a man falls in battle, a residual energy hangs in the aether long after his spirit has returned to the Lifestream. This energy can infuse crystals in the vicinity with a purity not often seen in nature. A purity essential for what you desire. I can use these crystals, luminous crystals I call them, to imbue empty ones with the astral and umbral energies necessary to create what you seek. I will require crystals of every element─no less than three of each. They will not be easy to come by, of that I can assure you. You will likely have to scour every ilm of Eorzea to find them.
...However, there may be one other way to acquire the aether we need. It requires something of the rarer sort─something much more precious than luminous crystals. As I mentioned before, it is my business to know all of Eorzea's treasures. And if the rumors are true, there exist certain weapons of legend said to have supped on the souls of countless enemies. In fact, a certain great hero who wields one of these weapons is supposedly working with a young researcher somewhere beyond the Sea of Clouds. Though this is only what I have heard. I will not hold you to ransom on the strength of mere hearsay. Even so, the rumors of these weapons are not so easily dismissed. Embodiments of war, veritable reservoirs of soul energy... If you were in possession of such a weapon, creating these astral and umbral nodules would be as child's play. Or you could simply collect the requisite luminous crystals. I will assist you all the same. I leave the choice in your famously capable hands.
The Warrior of Light. A welcome sight, shining brightly as always. What can I do for you today? Astral and umbral nodules again? I take it you put the others to good use, then. Well, far be it from me to turn away a fellow connoisseur of crystals. That is, of course, assuming you have what is required to make them. I would have either a Zodiac Weapon or a complete set of luminous crystals from you. In any case, I very much look forward to working with you.
Players who possess a Zodiac Weapon Zeta may exchange it for both the astral and umbral nodules. Excalibur Zeta must be exchanged together with the Aegis Shield Zeta. Please note, however, that the Zodiac Weapon Zeta will be lost upon completing the exchange. Alternatively, players may acquire the astral and umbral nodules in exchange for elementally aspected luminous crystals. These crystals may be obtained, albeit at a low probability, by participating in FATEs in certain areas. Luminous wind crystals may be obtained from FATEs in the Sea of Clouds. Luminous fire crystals may be obtained from FATEs in Azys Lla. Luminous lightning crystals may be obtained from FATES in the Churning Mists. Luminous ice crystals may be obtained from FATEs in the Coerthas western highlands. Luminous earth crystals may be obtained from FATEs in the Dravanian forelands. Luminous water crystals may be obtained from FATEs in the Dravanian hinterlands. Players will receive the astral nodule in exchange for three luminous wind, fire, and lightning crystals. Players will receive the umbral nodule in exchange for three luminous ice, earth, and water crystals. Luminous crystals may be obtained, albeit at a low probability, by participating in the aforementioned FATEs with any class or job, regardless of level.This information can be reviewed in your journal or by speaking with Syndony at any time.

Azys Lla[edit]

Alpha Quadrant[edit]

Helix[edit]

Welcome back, Forename. Were you able to acquire what we need? Yes, these appear to be genuine. I dare not ask what this cost you, but you have my sincerest thanks. As promised, the soulstone is ready. All that remains now is the aether infusion. And if the weapon Gerolt has forged is strong enough to contain the resulting anima, we shall soon be the proud parents of a living weapon! Now then, let us begin. The aether has taken hold in the soulstone, but it will not last long. Quickly, Gerolt─seal it within the weapon before the aether fades!
<pant> <pant> That... That should do it. That thing ain't goin' nowhere.
Now that there's a weapon worthy o' legends! Aye, an anima weapon: <item>. Wield it with pride, lad.
Now that there's a weapon worthy o' legends! Aye, an anima weapon: <item>, and its twin <item>. Wield 'em with pride, lad
Though I wouldn't say she's the finished article just yet. A weapon fresh from the forge is one thing, but if it's life we're talkin' about, she's naught but a sucklin' babe. She wants puttin' through her paces and toughenin' up. I could pound her with me hammer, o' course, but that ain't no substitute for real battle. If y'ask me, ye need to get out there and teach that anima what it means to be a warrior.
Excuse me, Gerolt, but might I have a word with our friend here? It was, after all, my research that brought us this far. Come, Forename, let us discuss the next step in developing the anima.
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