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The following is an argument in favor of the Au Ra race being draconian in nature, citing new evidence from the Encyclopedia Eorzea, and offering conjecture and speculation in the areas where we still lack information. I've seen some people mentioning tidbits of this here and there, but I haven't seen anyone pull everything together so I'm going to take a shot at it.

 

The first and primary argument comes from comparing the Au Ra Creation Myth with descriptions of Bahamut and Tiamat during the Third Astral Era.

 

The Dawn Father and the Dusk Mother

"Auri creation myth tells of a world formed by the Dawn Father Azim and the Dusk Mother Nhaama. These two deities came to quarrel over which should rule the new world, and created mortals to serve as soldiers in their war by proxy. These were the first Au Ra - the Raen, children of the Dawn Father, and the Xaela, the chosen of the Dusk Mother. Though they waged a bitter struggle in the name of their creators, they eventually put aside their differences and learned to love one another, giving birth to a new generation. On seeing this, Azim and Nhaama returned to the heavens, leaving the world below in the custody of their children." - Encyclopedia Eorzea pg. 90

 

The Dawn Wyrm and the Dusk Wyrm

“Bahamut – One of the first brood, Bahamut lived for countless centuries as a ruler of the southern skies until being slain by the power-hungry Allagan Empire. When the dusk wyrm Tiamat learned of her beloved's untimely fate, she, with the aid of Meracydia's remaining dragon horde, chose to ignore the warnings of her kin and attempt a summoning of the spirit of Bahamut. Her sorrow and anguish, combined with the rage of her kin, however, corrupted the spirit as it returned from the Lifestream – the result a mad tyrant little resembling what had once been the dawn wyrm.” - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 26

 

Here we have our main point of evidence that the Au Ra are not only draconian but are in fact direct decedents of Bahamut and Tiamat, based on the matching titles/genders. It is also not a stretch to think that when Azim and Nhaama “returned to the heavens,” they were in fact dragons that flew off into the sky. There are, however, still a number of issues with this theory that need to be cleared up.

 

Bahamut & Tiatmat vs. Azim & Nhaama

“'Azima' is an Arabic female name, coming from the word asim meaning 'protector.' Since Azeyma goes by the title "The Warden," it is likely that her name was inspired by this.” - http://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Azeyma

 

Azeyma, the Warden, the keeper of the sun and the goddess of inquiry, commanding the element of fire. I would propose that Azeyma was actually inspired by Bahamut, the ruler and guardian of the people of Mercydia, who certainly commanded the element of fire, and whose symbol was the sun. Or, if you prefer, the dawn. And who the first Au Ra likely called 'Azim.'

 

Tiamat as Nhaama I'm still trying to work out. My best conjecture at this point is that Nhaama may be the Auri word for 'night.'

 

Relations with Dragons

"Upon release into the world so many eons ago, Bahamut chose to venture south with his kin Tiamat. The people they found there venerated the dragons, and thus a bond of friendship grew betwixt dragonkind and man. This bond was so great that scholars have reason to believe it was none other than the great wyrm himself who led the mortals of Meracydia against the invading Allagan armies..." - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 207

 

Through Heavensward we know it's possible for a dragon to fall in love with creatures outside its species. Given the emphasized strength of their bond with the Mercydians it's not a stretch to assume that Bahamut and Tiamat felt the same.

 

Dragon Reproduction

“Although dragons will identify their gender as either male or female, be it for the sake of convenience or individual preference, every member of the species is capable of reproducing asexually. The offspring produced in this manner is considered the same “race” as the parent, but over the course of its prolonged existence, a dragon undergoes a series of metamorphic changes that may result in a creature of vastly different physiology. - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 268

 

“While capable of procreating with the physical need for a mate, dragons place great value on emotional and spiritual connections. There are instances of individuals bonding as a pair, though the significance of such a relationship is difficult to compare to the marriages that take place between mortals.” - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 269

 

The make takeaway here is that while it's agreed that dragons CAN reproduce asexually and on their own, the wording strongly implies this is not their ONLY way of reproducing. I suspect the Au Ra are the result of producing through mating with Hyur, Elezen, or possibly Meracydian.

 

Scale Color

Another issue is the hereditary scale color. As we see can see from Bahamut in his primal form, his scales are fairly dark.

 

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However if you take into account this artwork of the first brood, Bahamut is actually much lighter in scale color here.

 

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I believe it may be possible that due to the anger and grief of Tiamat and their brood during Bahamut's summoning, his form was actually darkened and changed. Which would align with the Raen inheriting their brilliant white scales. As for Tiamat and the Xaela, well...

 

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Looks pretty close to me.

 

Mercydia vs. Othard

And now we come to the largest issue with this theory.

 

“Together with my brood-brother Bahamut, I journeyed south to Meracydia. And together, we brought forth innumerable children into the world.” - Tiamat

 

It is stated that the ancestral home of the Au Ra is the Azim Steppe, where the Xaela have stayed and the Raen eventually left. However, Bahamut and Tiamat by all accounts wandered south to Meracydia and never left. So either

  • A) Some Mercydians fled their lands during the war with Allag and made it up to Othard
  • B) Bahamut and Tiamat traveled first through Othard, got into some kind some kind of epic lover's quarrel, created the Raen and Xaela to fight each other so they wouldn't have to. But when the two clans put aside their differences and learned to love each other, Bahamut and Tiamat made up and flew off into the sky (eventually traveling to Meracydia), leaving the Au Ra to take care of themselves.

“Each great wyrm, however, rules its brood in a different manner, with some choosing to command their hordes with dictatorial authority, while others remain aloof, granting their spawn almost complete autonomy.” - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 269

 

I'm more inclined to believe option B. And I believe the Eorzean Scholars haven't realized this because Bahamut and Tiamat were known by different names in Othard.

 

Summary

 

  • Bahamut & Tiamat share the same titles/gender association with the Auri Creation Myth.
  • The Au Ra had different names for them in their language than what is commonly used now.
  • Dragons have been shown to naturally form strong bonds and even fall in love with peoples outside their species.
  • Dragons reproduce asexually, however they very likely can reproduce with a mate as well.
  • Xaela scales line up with Tiamat. Raen scales may line up with Bahamut in his original form.
  • Au Ra are either originally from Meracydia, or Bahamut and Tiamat traveled to Othard before they made their home in Meracydia.
  • Au Ra were released with Heavensward, the expansion specifically about dragons.

 

Based on all the above evidence, I propose the Au Ra are draconic, not demonic in nature, and that they are direct descendants of Bahamut and Tiamat. Of course, this is a theory. Disagreement and discussion is more than welcome!

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Hasn't it been said that Au ra are confirmed NOT to be descendants of dragons? Like, multiply times by the devs and ingame? It's all nice and dandy, but I think the crux of it all was that Ishgard confused them for dragons, but they really aren't dragons, or ever were dragons to begin with?

 

If anything those Ishgardians are more draconian due to their curse then Au ra ever will be. Oh the irony.

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Hasn't it been said that Au ra are confirmed NOT to be descendants of dragons? Like, multiply times by the devs and ingame? It's all nice and dandy, but I think the crux of it all was that Ishgard confused them for dragons, but they really aren't dragons, or ever were dragons to begin with?

 

If anything those Ishgardians are more draconian due to their curse then Au ra ever will be. Oh the irony.

 

That's what I've seen. However, I do not have sources on hand. Hoping someone else does to verify.

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Hasn't it been said that Au ra are confirmed NOT to be descendants of dragons? Like, multiply times by the devs and ingame? It's all nice and dandy, but I think the crux of it all was that Ishgard confused them for dragons, but they really aren't dragons, or ever were dragons to begin with?

 

If anything those Ishgardians are more draconian due to their curse then Au ra ever will be. Oh the irony.

 

That's what I've seen. However, I do not have sources on hand. Hoping someone else does to verify.

Found it!

 

http://gamerescape.com/2015/06/18/lorecast-6-e3-2015-interview-with-fernehalwes/

 

F: Way back in 2010, Yoshida floated the idea of a reptilian demi-beastmen race – I think it was in one of the player surveys – and the Au Ra seem to be the eventual result. The concept art showed that they were referred to as draconian, but now they’re said to be demonic. What’s some background on that? Was this changed to prevent association with Shiva’s … relationship?

 

 

KF: The original concept was that we wanted to do something different than what we have in the game currently. We have our five races and they’re all fairly humanoid. Even the miqo’te – you have ears and a tail, but take them away and it’s still humanoid. We threw around the idea of the Viera, but, again, take out the ears and it’s humanoid. They wanted something that was a little bit more beastlike. So, you have the ideas of the dragons, and the wolfman art, and then you have the demon look. It went through a lot of different stages, and we tried to take the best of all of them. Of course, when you get the reptilian or draconian design, and you have the story of Heavensward focusing on Ishgard and the Dragonsong War, if you bring in something that is a dragon, you have to wonder how that player fits into the story. We didn’t want there to be that mess or alienate the players that choose that. Once we knew where the story was going to go, we were able to meld it all together and fix the design for what we have now.

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Hasn't it been said that Au ra are confirmed NOT to be descendants of dragons? Like, multiply times by the devs and ingame? It's all nice and dandy, but I think the crux of it all was that Ishgard confused them for dragons, but they really aren't dragons, or ever were dragons to begin with?

 

If anything those Ishgardians are more draconian due to their curse then Au ra ever will be. Oh the irony.

 

Um... no. No it hasn't.

 

The character creation screen suggests Eorzean scholars believe that Au Ra are not Dravanian in descent, based on traits the Au Ra have which dragons do not (horns which help them hear/perceive space, and sexual dimorphism).

 

That's a completely different thing than it being "confirmed". The lore team are always extremely ready to point out how "Eorzean scholars" are wrong about everything.

 

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Personally I'm fond of the theory outlined in the OP - and of blending it with my stubborn headcanon that Au Ra are Allagan experiments in origin... it explains their seemingly odd mixture of reptilian and mammalian traits, and also accounts, ironically, for a lot of different headcanons about their biology. Allagan creations are genetically unstable, so it's completely possible that, for example, one tribe's tails will grow back if cropped and another's won't - allowing both headcanons to be accepted mid-RP (my au ra like "ah yes, strangers always have odd goings-on with their biology, this is expected") without resorting to meta slap-fights over whose headcanon is more valid.

 

It'd also explain how they ended up in Othard - since presumably the Allagans touched the continent as well? Maybe they took their experiments from Meracydia and deployed them there instead of sending them to the moon like they did with everything else from Meracydia.

 

It's a coping mechanism I've developed for the lack of info on au ra biology. >< I'll happily supercede it with more concrete info if we get it, but.

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Hasn't it been said that Au ra are confirmed NOT to be descendants of dragons? Like, multiply times by the devs and ingame? It's all nice and dandy, but I think the crux of it all was that Ishgard confused them for dragons, but they really aren't dragons, or ever were dragons to begin with?

 

If anything those Ishgardians are more draconian due to their curse then Au ra ever will be. Oh the irony.

 

That's what I've seen. However, I do not have sources on hand. Hoping someone else does to verify.

Found it!

 

http://gamerescape.com/2015/06/18/lorecast-6-e3-2015-interview-with-fernehalwes/

 

F: Way back in 2010, Yoshida floated the idea of a reptilian demi-beastmen race – I think it was in one of the player surveys – and the Au Ra seem to be the eventual result. The concept art showed that they were referred to as draconian, but now they’re said to be demonic. What’s some background on that? Was this changed to prevent association with Shiva’s … relationship?

 

 

KF: The original concept was that we wanted to do something different than what we have in the game currently. We have our five races and they’re all fairly humanoid. Even the miqo’te – you have ears and a tail, but take them away and it’s still humanoid. We threw around the idea of the Viera, but, again, take out the ears and it’s humanoid. They wanted something that was a little bit more beastlike. So, you have the ideas of the dragons, and the wolfman art, and then you have the demon look. It went through a lot of different stages, and we tried to take the best of all of them. Of course, when you get the reptilian or draconian design, and you have the story of Heavensward focusing on Ishgard and the Dragonsong War, if you bring in something that is a dragon, you have to wonder how that player fits into the story. We didn’t want there to be that mess or alienate the players that choose that. Once we knew where the story was going to go, we were able to meld it all together and fix the design for what we have now.

 

I can get why people say this is the devs flat out saying 'no', but I also don't see a definitive negatory in there save for them working on the concept designs and making it something agreeable across the board and so as to not draw attention to one race over others. Especially when the MSQ focuses on the WoL being essentially the same thing.

 

Would turn over their whole structure to suddenly bring in a race whose specific MSQ would different or something about the race it is changing some part of the story.

 

This looks more like addressing the design of the race, not the lore/origin of the race itself.

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Of course, when you get the reptilian or draconian design, and you have the story of Heavensward focusing on Ishgard and the Dragonsong War, if you bring in something that is a dragon, you have to wonder how that player fits into the story. We didn’t want there to be that mess or alienate the players that choose that. Once we knew where the story was going to go, we were able to meld it all together and fix the design for what we have now.

 

Exactly. They never said they were draconian, but they never said they weren't either, they left it up to player interpretation. But now with the lore book and the fact that those titles are the same, I think we have a look at what was supposed to be the original intention. Because they're right, with the expansion the way it was it would have taken way too much time to fit in a backstory for the Au Ra and (probably) have different dialogue depending on if you were one or not. Better for them just to leave it vague. But I do think this is along the lines of what they were going for, and I think it has far more substance and weight against the argument of Au Ra being demonic.

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My biggest contention with this theory is that there exists another couple to which Azim and Nharma can be equated: Zodiark and Hydaelyn.The light and dark theme matches too, though the genders are mismatched.

 

The war between Light and Dark that Hydaelyn's and Zodiark's servants wage also fits the Auri myth, whereas (if I'm not mistaken) Bahamut and Tiamat never waged war against one another, not even after she was complicit in summoning a primal in his image.

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Um... no. No it hasn't.

 

The character creation screen suggests Eorzean scholars believe that Au Ra are  not Dravanian in descent, based on traits the Au Ra have which dragons do not (horns which help them hear/perceive space, and sexual dimorphism).

 

That's a completely different thing than it being "confirmed". The lore team are always extremely ready to point out how "Eorzean scholars" are wrong about everything.

 

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Personally I'm fond of the theory outlined in the OP - and of blending it with my stubborn headcanon that Au Ra are Allagan experiments in origin... it explains their seemingly odd mixture of reptilian and mammalian traits, and also accounts, ironically, for a lot of different headcanons about their biology.

 

 

I'm also a fan of OP's theory, but I think it's mostly my WANTING Au Ra to be draconic in nature.

 

One thing worth mentioning (which may be able to fall into your headcannon) is that, provided bahamut and Tiamat gave Au Ra the ability to reproduce - which they presumably would have; perhaps to differentiate / distance them from themselves or as an experiment - then we can easily imagine mixicity of the two as well as with other races. Such a mixicity of races may have caused a biological evolution in the millenia old race, one that resulted in them resembling the Dragons less and less, making them "more mortal", if you will.

 

Just a thought. ^^

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Right or not, it's an interesting theology that a character could believe, and could lead to good plots.

 

I think we're often quite hung up on making sure our characters are "theologically correct" - that they automatically know and believe the metaphysical rules of the world to be true. Believing alternate theories that also fit the evidence the world provides doesn't come up all that much, perhaps out of a fear of our characters being perceived as crackpots.

 

As such, you should hang onto this idea not as "This is the truth of the setting" but as "This is what my character thinks is the truth of the setting," and watch people launch themselves at you in RP to explain why your character is wrong. That's conflict, and it's fun.

 

Just be wary of people who then go OOC to say "Um but ACTUALLY you know your character is wrong, right? =)" in tells. Beware these sorts.

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Okay, you say 'screw what the devs said'. So what do you want to discuss here with people? Do you want to just have your headcanon praised? Because this isn't discussing lore, but merely gathering praise for your headcanon at this point?

 

While I like the effort you put in, it all doesn't matter at the end of the day if dev's stays 'no, they are demonic of origin now, only Ishgardians are stupid enough to confuse them for dragons'... then well, that's how it is? Yeah, it is a shame they bailed out on making them dragons, but don't try to make up 'lore'.

 

This whole theory is based upon your own headcanon, pushing them to be dragons, while we already have proof they are not. That's not discussion lore, that's just raving on about a part of the lore you don't like, and trying to justify them being dragons; while they are not.

With all due respect, no one's actually been able to pull up something that says exactly what they are one way or another. So far the only source has been talking about their appearances and ultimately coming up with a blend of the ideas the devs had to make something less humanoid than things like the miqo'te and viera who, when you take away ears and tails, are more or less just humans.

 

But that's not proving or disproving anything. That still leaves a big hole of curiosity to be explored. Hence why Kyren says specifically at the end that it's simply a theory.

 

If the devs come outright and say exactly what they are and not just discussing what fueled their aesthetic, then awesome. People will be relieved to at least have a solid answer since Au Ra origin theories have been spiraling around since before the expac even emerged. 

 

No one's trying to make up lore either? Not quite sure where you're getting that from since all of this was pulled from the lore book Kyren and I have been looking through and the similarities between titles, timelines, and a few other bits which he has directly quoted. If you'd like, I can personally send pictures of the pages if you do not have a copy of the book presently to look up the page numbers yourself or if others haven't already uploaded pages for others to view.

 

That's not discussion lore, that's just raving on about a part of the lore you don't like, and trying to justify them being dragons; while they are not.

 

Also ??? there as well. Again, this is a theory. The only thing anyone's been able to pull up has been either discussion on their aesthetic or what the scholars have claimed but even then that's not a hard line in the sand. Hell, maybe Osric's the one who's right and it's actually referring to Hydaelyn and Zodiark. FF14 could have Black Dagger Brotherhood'd this shit.

 

Lastly: no one said this was a part of the lore that wasn't liked. It's a part of the lore that isn't clearly stated, thus theories and discussions are born. Which is what we're doing here :)

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The Dawn Wyrm and the Dusk Wyrm

“Bahamut – One of the first brood, Bahamut lived for countless centuries as a ruler of the southern skies until being slain by the power-hungry Allagan Empire. When the dusk wyrm Tiamat learned of her beloved's untimely fate, she, with the aid of Meracydia's remaining dragon horde, chose to ignore the warnings of her kin and attempt a summoning of the spirit of Bahamut. Her sorrow and anguish, combined with the rage of her kin, however, corrupted the spirit as it returned from the Lifestream – the result a mad tyrant little resembling what had once been the dawn wyrm.” - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 26

 

Here we have our main point of evidence that the Au Ra are not only draconian but are in fact direct decedents of Bahamut and Tiamat, based on the matching titles/genders. It is also not a stretch to think that when Azim and Nhaama “returned to the heavens,” they were in fact dragons that flew off into the sky. There are, however, still a number of issues with this theory that need to be cleared up.

 

Your main point of evidence doesn't make sense to me. This is the story of how Bahamut became a primal, there's no connection to the rest of the argument here.

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The Dawn Wyrm and the Dusk Wyrm

“Bahamut – One of the first brood, Bahamut lived for countless centuries as a ruler of the southern skies until being slain by the power-hungry Allagan Empire. When the dusk wyrm Tiamat learned of her beloved's untimely fate, she, with the aid of Meracydia's remaining dragon horde, chose to ignore the warnings of her kin and attempt a summoning of the spirit of Bahamut. Her sorrow and anguish, combined with the rage of her kin, however, corrupted the spirit as it returned from the Lifestream – the result a mad tyrant little resembling what had once been the dawn wyrm.” - Encyclopedia Eorzea, pg. 26

 

Here we have our main point of evidence that the Au Ra are not only draconian but are in fact direct decedents of Bahamut and Tiamat, based on the matching titles/genders. It is also not a stretch to think that when Azim and Nhaama “returned to the heavens,” they were in fact dragons that flew off into the sky. There are, however, still a number of issues with this theory that need to be cleared up.

 

Your main point of evidence doesn't make sense to me. This is the story of how Bahamut became a primal, there's no connection to the rest of the argument here.

He's just referring to the title of dawn wyrm at the end :) which is where the Dawn Wyrm=Dawn Father theory comes in.

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He's just referring to the title of dawn wyrm at the end :) which is where the Dawn Wyrm=Dawn Father theory comes in.

 

That's an extremely flimsy connection, not gonna lie.

 

Not saying it's wrong, because anything can be right in the realm of things we don't know, but I wouldn't consider a shared title to be befitting of the position of "major evidence." At best, it's supplementary.

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He's just referring to the title of dawn wyrm at the end :) which is where the Dawn Wyrm=Dawn Father theory comes in.

 

That's an extremely flimsy connection, not gonna lie.

 

Not saying it's wrong, because anything can be right in the realm of things we don't know, but I wouldn't consider a shared title to be befitting of the position of "major evidence." At best, it's supplementary.

H'yup. There's a lot of holes in the theory. I have my own speculations about it coupled with what lore we have, but it's been interesting to mull over!

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Yes, dear.

 

Alright, my two cents is I think in original concept, you're completely right. I don't think they were meant to be demonic in nature until they continued to develop it more and were like, "OOOOOPS!" So that's where I praise you.

 

However, they did move away from that in implementation. I believe the original blurb said that Eorzeans mistakenly view them as dragon spawn. I think it was a crappy attempt at making them relevant to Isghard and the HW expansion in general. Personally, I would have saved them for whenever our Othardian expansion is dropping so we could actually delve into some interesting.

 

Right now, they're p much a half finished race with a mixed sense of direction from those who wrote them, in my honest opinion.

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It is an interesting theory on the creation of Au Ra's and their origins. Thank you for sharing it with us.

 

I was hoping the lorebook would give a more DEFINED answer then scouring the pages in hopes to find the truth, which I'll do myself once mine comes in, but atlas... It's forever open to interpretation of the players it seems until we get a definite yes or no.

 

 

Of course, when you get the reptilian or draconian design, and you have the story of Heavensward focusing on Ishgard and the Dragonsong War, if you bring in something that is a dragon, you have to wonder how that player fits into the story. We didn’t want there to be that mess or alienate the players that choose that. Once we knew where the story was going to go, we were able to meld it all together and fix the design for what we have now.

 

This quote is a good example of how multiple people will perceive something written. On one hand it looks like it's saying, "NOT DRAGONS!" But if you read it again and look at the other meaning it looks more like they were saying. "We couldn't have them looking like full out dragons and had to humanize them more so it made sense a PC could visit Ishgard."

 

Also note the part I bolded. This gives credence to it being about design, and including draconian lineage. While the former part will always be taken as, "NOT DRAGONS!"

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Right now, they're p much a half finished race with a mixed sense of direction from those who wrote them, in my honest opinion.

Kind of the way I feel about them too, at this point. While it's nice that the book, creation screen, and other tidbits give good pieces to work with? All of the other races have something more concrete to grasp onto. Miqo'te and their migration, elezen and their extended histories, even the lalafell have a rich but solid history.

 

Au Ra get a really cool legend about their creation and how one group stayed in the Azim Steppes and the other went to Doma and surrounding areas...and that's it.

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In light of this thread, discussing lore and how it affects our characters is and always will be a major part of the RPC. However, it's the responsibility of each individual poster to decide what is best for them to reply to and what is not.

 

When anyone makes a post on these forums with an idea they are then opening up that idea and theory to scrutiny against what we currently know to exist about the world of Eorzea. The purpose of this forum is to provide for civil discourse, which can mean disagreements.

 

Whether it is supportive or contradictory, we all have a responsibility to make an effort to try and co-exist with how others choose to roleplay, and to keep the environment civil whenever possible. Please keep that in mind as this thread moves forward.

 

With that said, the origins of Au Ra is something that I believe was always meant to be deliberately ambiguous, a la "Is Rick Deckard a Replicant", "Is Leo still in a dream in Inception", and so on. It's meant to be an in-universe source of contention, and I think largely deserves to be kept that way.

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With that said, the origins of Au Ra is something that I believe was always meant to be deliberately ambiguous, a la "Is Rick Deckard a Replicant"

 

 

Literally false

 

In the one true version of the movie he is definitely a Replicant

 

I love Harrison Ford with all my heart but he is freakin' wrong on this one

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Yep! Definitely agree with all the above. I don't think we'll ever get a definitive, substantial answer on where the Au Ra come from, at least not for a good long while. Because just from a production standpoint, if the Au Ra were 100% draconian you'd have to cover things like how Ishgardians react to them during the HW storyline, how the dragons react to them, unique dialogue specifically for Au Ra based on that. And considering how stretched the dev team was leading up to Heavensward? There's no way. Better to leave their origins vague and unanswered and not have to worry about any of that.

 

At best, I think Koji and Oda might be hinting at how the Au Ra are/were meant to be in the lore book if they had all the time in the world and an unlimited budget. But I don't think it will ever be "canon" or really anything beyond just an interesting theory.

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I do very much like this theory, but where I come with the disconnect with is the underlining premise in which I always have to make a separation in lore.

 

What is said in game, by characters, can never truly be taken as absolute - as it's being thrown in as a lends of perception. 

 

What is being said by developers and story staff, however - is being told to you by the creators of that game, which holds the weight of 'Word of God'. Even in free-form roleplaying, which pools the majority of my roleplay experience, "House Rule" is typically respected. In which case, it's Koji and Oda-san who's word succeeds anything short of Yoshida who can say "Recompose". 

 

That said, that does not mean that the Au Ra themselves could not have made the mistake on their origins and based their creation story on Bahamut and Tiamat, much in the way that it's speculated that some of the Eorzean gods are based off the Triad and fables of old.

 

This theory may very well be the legend upon which the Au Ra have created the their faith base. The fact that it does not line up to the origins Koji and Oda say they come from is irrelevant in this case. Faith and Facts do not have to necessarily coincide.

 

Either way, it's a fun parallel to draw I see where it could be lined up and even if it is or isn't true, there's been a lot of thought and investment into it and I like concept.

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I thought the theory is pretty strong. I only hope that they'll dive into more. But I understand why the lorebook simply cannot contain every single detail of lore. Other than it possibly becoming a 2000 page book instead, it is quite possible that a lot of lore is being "reserved" for future content. Imagine the impact of say, Au Ra were really dragonspawn, then in an Othard-based expansion, we would have a slow build up to discover, gasp, draconian artifacts. The impact would be greater when we, the players, are left in the dark, rather than have it stated in the lorebook, ruining the surprise in the future. In the Live Q&A, it was said that Stormblood could have its own lorebook, with additional content outside of the stuff we have. I look at this first lorebook as a foundations to more lore discoveries.

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