Barbatos, also known as Lord Barbatos or simply the God of Freedom, is the current Anemo Archon and one of The Seven who presides over Mondstadt. He is also one of the two original members of The Seven still alive at the start of the game. He currently wanders the world as the bard Venti.
Among The Seven, whose strengths are directly proportional to the level of control and worship they have over their respective nations, the freedom-loving Barbatos, who refuses to reign over his people, is undoubtedly the weakest. Nevertheless, he has many devotees in Mondstadt despite his lack of presence, which baffles many foreigners.
Still, the winds change direction.
Someday, they will blow towards a brighter future...
Take my blessings and live leisurely from this day onward.Barbatos, in the description for Vayuda Turquoise Gemstone
Once a mere elemental spirit who existed among the winds, the entity known as Barbatos gained power through the faith of the people of Mondstadt during their rebellion against the former Anemo Archon, Decarabian. After Decarabian's death, Barbatos became the new Anemo Archon and reestablished Mondstadt in its current form.
Currently, Barbatos wanders the world as the bard Venti, although he is mostly seen around Mondstadt.
Much like his Vision implies, Barbatos is a free-spirited entity, whose mischievous nature and sing-song attitude can sometimes irritate others around him with how flippant he is. Although he doesn't rule over Mondstadt, Barbatos is still well-loved by his citizens as their Archon and deity and worshipped in Mondstadt's cathedral. While he does not extend his control over his city, Barbatos remains concerned with ensuring Mondstadt remains a place of freedom, and steps in to intervene when necessary.
Barbatos is depicted as a male figure wearing a cape and ropes, with two wings on his back. A closer look shows that his hairstyle consists of two braids, one on either side of his head. This form is later revealed to be based on that of the Nameless Bard who passed on in the first rebellion that freed Old Mondstadt.
Barbatos was originally a formless wind spirit. By the time of the rebellion 2,600 years ago, he gained the form of a wisp-like creature and was referred to as "the elf." Albeit tiny when compared to the average human, it possesses green-and-white feathers, a green diamond on its chest, and a dark face with white eyes.
2,600 years ago, the entity now known as Barbatos was a nameless, formless wisp of wind in Old Mondstadt. He formed a bond with the Nameless Bard, who sought to see the world beyond the fierce storm that surrounded Decarabian's capital. Known as "the elf," he participated in the bard's rebellion, and after a fierce struggle, they vanquished the tyrannical lord. With Decarabian's death, a power vacuum was left in Mondstadt, as both Andrius and Barbatos were qualified for the position of Anemo Archon. Andrius, believing himself incapable of the love for humanity that an Archon needed to have, conceded to Barbatos. The first use of his powers was to take up the form of the Nameless Bard in his memory, as he perished in the battle against Decarabian.
Barbatos reshaped Mondstadt's terrain and climate into its current state, while Andrius — who was at the end of his life — realized his fierce blizzards could only take away lives and decided to allow his power to flow into Mondstadt so it could nourish the land. After his death, he became one of the Four Winds of Mondstadt and took on his current icy form seen in Wolvendom.
At the end of the Archon War 2,000 years ago, Barbatos was one of the original Seven who emerged victorious. He became rather close with Morax, the Geo Archon and ruler of the neighboring nation of Liyue. In an unknown incident around 500 years ago, his relationship with the Tsaritsa turned sour. After establishing his land as the land of freedom, Barbatos refused to directly rule over his people and departed.
Sometime after the Archon War, Xiao was saved by a person playing a flute. Xiao suspects that this person was Barbatos, as only one of the Seven was capable of creating soothing music that could affect him.
Despite being a land of freedom, Mondstadt would not be free forever. Around 1,600 years after Decarabian's fall, the Lawrence Clan, a group of aristocrats ruling Mondstadt, had grown corrupt and oppressive, defying all that Barbatos left for his people. Seeing the state of his land, Barbatos descended to Mondstadt once again. Using his tricks, he assisted Vennessa in her rebellion against the aristocracy. After toppling the oppressive rulers, she founded the Knights of Favonius and freedom returned to Mondstadt. Barbatos decided to remain in Mondstadt to see the results of Vennessa's work. Satisfied, he once again departed from the lands of Mondstadt.
The Cataclysm occurred 500 years before the present day. Not much is known about this incident, though it is known that Barbatos was asleep at the time. The currently only documented reawakenings of the Anemo Archon afterwards are during Durin's attack and once again to aid in the Stormterror Crisis alongside Jean, Diluc and the Traveler.