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The cataclysm (Chinese: 灾祸 zāihuò, "disaster"),[1][2] also referred to as the catastrophe, the disaster,[3] the fall of Khaenri'ah (alternately called the "ancient kingdom"),[4] and the pitch-black calamity,[5] was a major event that occurred five hundred years ago. It revolves around the destruction of the underground nation of Khaenri'ah at the hands of Celestia and The Seven. Around this same time, Teyvat was ravaged by monsters that spewed forth from Khaenri'ah, causing widespread destruction in the aboveground world.

The exact circumstances behind Khaenri'ah's destruction and the events surrounding the cataclysm are a mystery, but it is linked to the "truth of this world." Two of the Teyvat Chapter's main antagonistic groups, the Abyss Order and the Fatui, were established as a direct result of Celestia's involvement in the cataclysm.[6][7] The Traveler's journey is to uncover said truth, during which they will learn more about the cataclysm.


Note: Because the Genshin Impact story has deliberately left information surrounding the cataclysm vague, this page contains information that is confirmed to be about the cataclysm as well as information that is suggested, but not confirmed, to be about the cataclysm.

References are provided as much as possible. There are also notes that expand on the deduction and reasoning used to draw certain conclusions, which can be read by either hovering over (desktop-only) or clicking on the note. Some specific types of notes found on the page:

  • Lore Discrepancy: When information provided in the game is self-contradictory, retroactively changed, or contradicts manga information, it is considered a lore discrepancy. This is different from a translation discrepancy, in which information is contradictory or misleading due to inaccuracies in localization. In the case of a lore discrepancy involving information found in-game and in the manga, the in-game information always takes priority.
  • Translation Note: Used when the original Chinese text and its official English translation do not match, or if something is clearer in Chinese. In the case of a translation discrepancy, the original Chinese text always takes priority.
  • Assumptions: Because of lack of information, contradictory information, information that is expanded on in different lore pieces, deliberately inaccurate in-game material, and other such obfuscation, editors will sometimes make assumptions to determine the order of certain events or puzzle together pieces of disjointed lore. However, they may be obsoleted and proven incorrect by new lore and story. These notes serve as a disclaimer, and expand on the editors' reasoning for their conclusions.

If you have any proposed changes for the timeline, please leave a comment and cite your evidence.

Possible Causes

The order of events and causes of the cataclysm are currently unclear, although a few perspectives have been presented throughout the game.

Khaenri'ah's Existence

Khaenri'ah was established as a nation without gods, the "pride of humanity," long before the rise of The Seven 2,000 years ago,[Assumption 1] and traces of their technological achievements — such as Ruin Guards — began appearing in Teyvat as early as 4,000 years ago.[8][Assumption 2] While it is known that other groups besides the gods also attempted to take advantage of the chaos of the Archon War,[9] it is unknown whether Khaenri'ah was one such group.

The fairytale The Pale Princess and the Six Pygmies may be allegorical for Khaenri'ah from the perspective of the people of Teyvat. Like the perpetually-dark Land of Night, Khaenri'ah was inhospitable and lifeless as a result of being an underground kingdom where light doesn't reach, which was why they turned to alchemy for plant life.[10] The Night Mother may be based on Gold (and/or Rhinedottir), who was the origin of the monsters and described as a "great sinner," just as the Night Mother is called "the source of all sins." The Abyss Order holds an interest in this book due to a "secret" allegedly contained within it.[11]

Regardless, it appears that Khaenri'ah's existence was not a secret before the cataclysm.[12][13] While it is possible that Khaenri'ah offended Celestia for attempting to live without gods, it is a bit strange that they could exist for several thousand years — and apparently also have contact with Teyvat, which is under Celestia's dominion — before the gods finally decided to take action.

The Art of Khemia

The Art of Khemia, a form of alchemy developed in Khaenri'ah that allows for the creation of life itself, has also been hinted as a cause for Khaenri'ah's destruction.[14] While it was originally used to survive underground where no plants could grow normally,[10] its capabilities proved to be Khaenri'ah's undoing. The Eclipse Dynasty, the reigning dynasty in Khaenri'ah at the time, was destroyed by unknown means. An alchemist known as Gold — suggested to be Rhinedottir, Albedo's master[15] — became a "sinner" and unleashed their creations, an "army of shadowy monsters" that included the dark dragon Durin, on Teyvat.[4] These creations, empowered by an "all-consuming darkness" capable of tainting even the powers of The Seven,[16][17] destroyed all in their path.[18]

Gold's unknown motivations for unleashing their creations and causing widespread destruction adds further ambiguity to the situation; it is hard to tell whether their actions caused Celestia to attack, or if their actions were a response to Celestia's attack. The people of Mondstadt characterized Durin as a wicked, evil dragon who attacked the land out of jealousy, and was only felled by the combined powers of Barbatos and Dvalin.[4][19] However, Durin's perspective tells a very different story. He was under the impression that his "Mother," Rhinedottir, sent him aboveground to display his "beauty."[20] However, he seemed to be unconscious of his actions and the destruction he caused once he reached Mondstadt, and only awoke from his "slumber" when Dvalin's fangs fatally pierced his neck. He expresses remorse that he did not meet the dragon and Archon under different circumstances.[21]

Celestia's Role

The perspective presented by both Dainsleif and the Abyss Order, who are survivors of Khaenri'ah's cataclysm, is that Khaenri'ah and the Eclipse Dynasty were destroyed by Celestia (specifically, the Heavenly Principles), thus causing the cataclysm. The Abyss Order and those among the Fatui who know about the cataclysm view Celestia's punishment as unjust, and seek to overthrow their rule as a result. After the cataclysm, Beelzebul also cut ties with Celestia; her belief that "eternity" is the ideal closest to the "heavenly principles" stems from witnessing Khaenri'ah's destruction at their hands after they attempted to "stride forward."[22]

At the same time, Celestia's attack may have been triggered by the actions of the Eclipse Dynasty. Dainsleif warns the Traveler against "trying to overthrow them [the gods], or hunt[ing] them down," despite previously voicing his disdain towards them. When the Traveler questions his contradictory statements, he explains that he wants to avoid repeating the "failings of my forebears."[6]

Pierro, the first of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, mentions a "veil of sin" which was torn away by the "sages" of his original nation,[Translation Note 1] thereby "ushering in a tide of divine wrath, destruction, and foolishness."[23] The use of "ushering in" suggests that he attributes Celestia's attack to the actions of his nation's sages. While his original nation has not been explicitly stated, there are several indications that it is Khaenri'ah: The term "sinner" is heavily associated with Khaenri'ah during and after the cataclysm (see Trivia), and Khaenri'ah is the only nation known to have faced "divine wrath" and "destruction" immediately before the Fatui's formation in response to said divine wrath.

Neither Dainsleif nor the agents of the Abyss Order have mentioned Gold, or any individual that would fit their description.

The Arrival of Outlanders

While not necessarily a cause of the cataclysm, the Traveler and the Traveler's Sibling traveled to Teyvat sometime before this time period while escaping their destroyed home world.[24] The Traveler's Sibling awoke first and eventually bore witness to Khaenri'ah's destruction.[25] At some point in time, they also traveled throughout Teyvat with Dainsleif,[26] but when exactly this occurred relative to the cataclysm is currently unclear.

The cataclysm is the third major catastrophe in Teyvat associated with outlanders, although the previous two outlanders may not necessarily be world travelers.

The first was the fall of the Three Moon Sisters and the Seelie; according to legend, one of the Seelie's ancestors fell in love with an outlander and they pledged their union in the Lunar Palace. Thirty days later, the world fell to ruin and after attempting to flee, the lovers were caught, permanently separated, and had their memories wiped.[27] Meanwhile, the Moon Sisters turned on each other and all died in the ensuing conflict, with only one sister's corpse continuing to illuminate the sky,[28] while the Seelie faded away into their current forms out of grief.

The second is the fall of Sal Vindagnyr, another prosperous civilization much like Khaenri'ah was. Despite having taken shelter in the verdant mountain for a long time and having a direct liaison with Celestia, Sal Vindagnyr's Irminsul tree was one day shattered by a Celestial device called the Skyfrost Nail.[29] The Nail further split into three while the once-green land was engulfed by blizzards, making the land inhospitable. During this time, an outlander named Imunlaukr was living in Sal Vindagnyr and had a close relationship with its princess. He set off on a journey to find a way to save the kingdom — only to return empty-handed and find all its people dead.[30]

Other Potential Causes

While his exact deeds are a mystery, the kitsune Yuurakusai is believed to have had some involvement in the Abyss' attack during the cataclysm. After discovering what he had done, the Kitsune Saiguu angrily banished him to parts unknown, then moved to Tenshukaku in preparation for the Abyss' attack.[31]

The Cataclysm in Teyvat

Mondstadt

After monsters began emerging from Khaenri'ah, the Knights of Favonius, led by Grand Master Arundolyn and his anticipated successor Rostam, went on an expedition to Khaenri'ah to fight the monsters.[32] Rostam died during the expedition, leaving Arundolyn and the Crimson Witch of Flame, who was studying at Sumeru Academia when he died, greatly bereaved. Arundolyn gave up fighting and retired from the Knights of Favonius,[33] while the Crimson Witch used her knowledge to transform her body into that of living flame and enact her vengeance against the monsters.[34]

The White Knight Rostam mentored[35] became the Bloodstained Knight over the course of his endless slaughter of monsters. Realizing he no longer had a place amongst humanity, he ventured into the Abyss intending to die in battle against monsters, only to learn about their origins: the "ultimate injustice" that cursed the people of Khaenri'ah into transform into monsters. The Bloodstained Knight then pledged his allegiance to the Abyss, perhaps the Abyss Order, and his fate thereafter is unknown.[36][37]

Meanwhile, in Mondstadt, Durin was created, possibly by Rhinedottir.[38][39] The "Mother" of Durin and the other creatures sent them to the continent of Teyvat.[20] Durin was corrupted by Gold and attacked Mondstadt.[18][19][39][40][41]

When Durin attacked Mondstadt, there was no Lionfang Knight, as Arundolyn had given up fighting after Rostam's death. As a result, there was also no one strong enough to take on Durin.[33][35][40][42][43] The people of Mondstadt cried out for help and were heard by the Anemo Archon, who called upon Dvalin to fight Durin. Dvalin defeated Durin but ingested Durin's poisonous blood in the process.

Dvalin went to Old Mondstadt to recover.[19][39][40][41][44] Durin fell down on Dragonspine, and the power inside Durin seeped into the land of Dragonspine due to its extreme unnatural cold. Even today, Durin's heart in Wyrmrest Valley appears to still beat.[21]

Liyue

In Liyue, the Chasm and Dunyu Ruins are two known locations majorly impacted by the cataclysm. Monsters poured out of the Chasm and in response, Morax sent the Millelith to defend and evacuate the miners. An unnamed yaksha who had once abandoned their duty to defend Liyue returned to fight alongside the Millelith, and both yaksha and the Millelith who chose to lead the vanguard ultimately perished in battle.[45] What occurred in Dunyu Ruins is unknown, but its people decided to abandon the city and move to Liyue Harbor; none of the refugees nor adepti have spoken about what happened there.[46]

Inazuma

Shortly before the Abyss' invasion of Teyvat, Yuurakusai apparently did something linked to it, which greatly angered the Kitsune Saiguu and led to his banishment. The Kitsune Saiguu, aware of the impending threat, moved from the Grand Narukami Shrine to Tenshukaku to stay close to the Electro Archon, then Raiden Makoto.

When the Abyss attacked, Makoto and her close allies, Beelzebul, Chiyo, the Kitsune Saiguu, the Great Tengu, and Takamine the Mistsplitter fought back the otherworldly threat. In the ensuing battles, Chiyo was consumed by a "beast of sin" and, while she slew the monster, was corrupted — she turned against Beelzebul and fought her, which ended after Beelzebul cut her horns and sword arm off and forced her to flee. The exact reason for the Kitsune Saiguu's disappearance and subsequent "consumption" by the Abyss is unclear, but it is likely related to the Thunder Sakuras, which were nearly overwhelmed trying to purify the land during the cataclysm. The Great Tengu, enraged by her own inability to protect the Kitsune Saiguu, left on a self-imposed exile. Takamine disappeared in a battle against the dark forces, only to be killed by Asase Hibiki when he finally resurfaced many years later.[47] Makoto was slain battle in what is suggested to be Khaenri'ah, dying in her sister's arms.[22]

These losses would cause Beelzebul to become hardened and choose to maintain a "form" of eternity in which she would not have to experience such losses again. Notably, she portrays Khaenri'ah in a relatively sympathetic light despite The Seven's supposed involvement in its destruction: "I've seen a nation stride forward, and lose everything to the Heavenly Principles."[22]

Sumeru

Sumeru was apparently affected by the cataclysm later than other countries such as Mondstadt.[48][49] However, the God of the Woods, presumed to be the Dendro Archon at the time, was slain during the attack on Khaenri'ah. This may have weakened the power of Dendro as a whole, as Viridescent was no longer capable of hearing the grass and trees speak as a result of the god's death.[50]

The Cataclysm in Khaenri'ah

The Traveler's Sibling (depicted: Lumine) witnesses Khaenri'ah's destruction

The clash between Celestia and The Seven versus Khaenri'ah ends with Khaenri'ah's obliteration and the God of the Woods' death. As punishment, the Eclipse Dynasty is wiped out while Dainsleif, a knight of the royal family who failed to protect his nation, is cursed with immortality. Many Khaenri'ans are inflicted with a curse that transforms them into monsters, who then band together and form the Abyss Order.[26] Some people were apparently able to avoid the curse, such as Kaeya's lineage,[51] but their exact circumstances are unknown.

While the account of Khaenri'ah's destruction and a curse that befell its people appears to be true, the fate of the cursed Khaenri'ans is somewhat ambiguous. Based on the account given by Traveler's Sibling, Paimon concludes that the Abyss Order consists of transformed Khaenri'ans.[26] However, this does not explain the mysterious Hilichurl population boom after the cataclysm,[5][52] nor does it explain the Hilichurl Eclipse Tribe's suspected link to the Khaenri'an Eclipse Dynasty.[53] It is possible that some became Hilichurls and some became members of the Abyss Order, but there is no conclusive information about the nature of the curse at the moment or why Dainsleif's curse was considerably different.

Aftermath

The traveling twins fight the Unknown God

With Khaenri'ah in ruins, the Traveler's Sibling rushes back to where the Traveler still lay unconscious and wakes them up, hoping to leave Teyvat as quickly as possible. The Traveler briefly witnesses the destroyed nation themselves before the two eventually set foot in Celestia as they attempt to leave.[Assumption 3] There, they are confronted by the Unknown God, who easily overpowers them and separates them, sealing the Sibling away first before dealing with the Traveler.[54]

Without their masters, Khaenri'ah's automatons spread all over Teyvat, becoming particularly drawn to ruins and thereby becoming known as Ruin Machines.[55] The Abyss Order is formed, perhaps from Khaenri'ans who were transformed into Abyss monsters.[26] Meanwhile, Dainsleif becomes a vehement opponent of the Abyss Order, whom he calls "creatures"[56] and "monsters of the Abyss."[55]

The Tsaritsa, embittered by the events of the cataclysm, cuts ties with Venti[57] (and potentially the other Archons) and establishes the Fatui to combat the Abyss Order and to one day overthrow Celestia.

At some point in Mondstadt's history, the first Field Tiller — a prototype for the automatons now known as Ruin Guards — somehow ended up in Mondstadt and wandered into Andrius' proving ground. Initially mistaking the war machine for a challenger, Andrius fought against it and eventually greatly damaged it. It then fled to Decarabian's tower, where it proceeded to fire missiles at anyone who approached the area. The people of Mondstadt, who did not know about Khaenri'ah's advanced technology, mistook these attacks as the vestiges of Decarabian's wrath and entitled the phenomenon "The Tyrant's Final Fury." However, around a year after the attacks began, they suddenly ceased as the Field Tiller lost functionality. People thereafter determined it was likely not Decarabian's doing, as he was the God of Storms and was unlikely to use fire-based attacks, but did not investigate the issue further.[6] When exactly this incident occurred is unknown.

In Liyue, the battle against monsters led to a renaissance in weaponsmithing and catalyst creation after people discovered the weapons up until the cataclysm were not suitable for combat against such creatures. This renaissance continued even after the end of the monster onslaught and led to the development of the Prototype Series and Blackcliff Series weapons.

Present Day

Despite the cataclysm's large impact on the continent, few NPCs refer to it in their dialogue.[Note 1] Excluding the Archons and characters with ties to Khaenri'ah/the Abyss, only three NPCs refer to the cataclysm: Wuyuan through her book Records of Jueyun: Hidden Jade, Glory, and Muzhen in the Facing Distant Echoes event quest. Jean mentions Khaenri'ah,[13] but her knowledge of the cataclysm seems to be limited to the tale of Dvalin and Durin, which she learned from Diluc[58] after Venti revealed it to him.[59] Paimon also states the Traveler has rummaged through old books searching for information about Khaenri'ah and the cataclysm, with little success.[55] Of these mentions, Muzhen's dialogue is the most significant, as she mentions that while she was growing up, she heard old sailors say that nothing "could escape the reach of the Abyss" in their tales, which she did not take seriously at first.

Information about the cataclysm primarily comes from books; artifact, weapon, and item descriptions; or first-hand sources like Khaenri'ah survivors. Venti recounts the story of Durin and Dvalin to an audience[60] but does not say when it occurred. After he plays the same song to Diluc, Diluc asks what he "witnessed" — implying Venti may have given him a vision of the battle — then states "This is confidential information."[59] Meanwhile, Zhongli has a contract that prevents him from speaking about the events of the cataclysm,[61] while the adepti refused to speak about the events that led Dunyu Ruins to be abandoned.[46]

The Traveler's Journey

It has been heavily suggested that the Traveler's journey will be intricately linked to the events of the cataclysm. The most obvious indication is the Gnostic Chorus trailer, in which Venti's narration suggests that the second heir — "your story to be told" — is the player and by extension, the Traveler.

The description for Mondstadt Statues of The Seven says that the statue "anticipates the arrival of a noble soul [...] while thousand winds of time will soon unfold a new story." This "noble soul" is likely the Traveler, and it might not be a coincidence that both the Traveler[62] and Venti[63] awoke up a few months before the start of the game. In the Gnostic Chorus trailer, both heirs start their journey in Mondstadt based on the background in the corresponding scene, which is also where the Traveler begins theirs.

When the Traveler confronts Zhongli about the destruction of Khaenri'ah and their sibling's relation to it, Zhongli refuses to divulge any information on account of his contract but appears to acknowledge the sibling: "If you take the same road as that person, there may be more difficulties ahead. But as long as you firmly believe that you are on the right path... everything has meaning."[61]

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Gnostic Chorus

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Story Teaser- Gnostic Chorus - English Voice-Over - Genshin Impact

"An atrous sun befell its kingdom and a luminous pearl lost its glow."[Translation Note 2]
"Niveous silk grew dim and wheaten gold burned brilliantly no more."

Breeze Amidst the Forest, about the fall of Khaenri'ah

The Gnostic Chorus story teaser that plays at the start of every new Battle Pass period may contain a link to the story of Celestia, Teyvat, Khaenri'ah, and by extension, the cataclysm.[Lore Discrepancy 1] It is narrated by Venti in such a way that suggests that he is speaking to the player (and thus, the Traveler), while the background in the scene where either heir sets off on their journey has Mondstadt's visual cues — a forest, dandelions, and a mountain that strongly resembles Dragonspine.

The story teaser includes two heirs. Both heirs are the same for all players, regardless of who the Traveler is. Venti narrates that the story of the second heir, who is androgynous, is the story of the player (and thus, the Traveler). However, the first heir became the queen of the Kingdom of Darkness. The first heir's identity and her relationship to the Traveler are unknown.

Furthermore, the Gnostic Chorus teaser mentions a "Genesis Pearl," while Breeze Amidst the Forest mentions "a luminous pearl." The significance of this pearl and the reason why the "kingdom among the heavens" in the Gnostic Chorus teaser is seeking it out are unknown.

Trivia

  • The term "sinner" seems to hold great importance to the cataclysm, especially in regards to Khaenri'ah, but its significance is currently unknown.
    • Kaeya uses it in his "More About Kaeya: IV" Voice-Over, remarking that all that's left in Khaenri'ah are sinners who "aren't worth talking about."
    • The Chinese version of Breeze Amidst the Forest describes Gold as a sinner. (In English, it instead says that they were "corrupted by their own greed and ambition.")
    • Durin's creator is described as "a great sinner" in Chunk of Aerosiderite and "a sinner of that ancient abyssal nation" in Skyward Pride. Similarly, Skyward Spine describes Durin as the "sinners' creation."
  • During the earlier Closed Beta Tests, the cataclysm occurred 100 years before the start of the game's story. It was changed to 500 by the time of the game's official release, but some in-game text has not been changed accordingly, whether in Chinese or English. The most notable cases where the timeframe has not been updated are Breeze Amidst the Forest (Vol. 2) and some Skyward Series weapon descriptions.
  • In Collected Miscellany - "Venti: Skyward Sonnet", Dainsleif, the narrator, says, "A thousand years have passed since the God of Anemo left this land — But to me, it has only been half that time." Aside from almost certainly being related to certain events in the cataclysm due to the timeframe (500 years ago), it is currently unclear exactly what Dainsleif meant by this line.
  • The Gnostic Chorus story teaser is a retelling of the Hymn of the Pearl, a passage in the Acts of Thomas. The Hymn of the Pearl has been interpreted as a Gnostic allegory for their view of the human condition: We are lost amidst the material world and consumed by worldly desires, which prevents us from achieving gnosis (divine wisdom) and transcending the mortal world.
    • Major differences between the Gnostic Chorus and the Hymn of the Pearl:
      • The protagonist of Hymn of the Pearl comes from an unspecified kingdom, while the land he seeks to take the pearl from is Egypt. In the Gnostic Chorus, those seeking the pearl hail from a "kingdom established among the heavens," while the pearl is located in the "Kingdom of Darkness."
      • In the Hymn of the Pearl, the protagonist is the second son of the "king of kings;" his older brother is mentioned as the "second in command" and the "viceroy" of their parents' kingdom, and the protagonist would join him if he succeeds in his task of retrieving the pearl. In the Gnostic Chorus, the one who seeks the pearl first is the first crowned heir, while the second crowned heir's story is yet unfinished.
      • Nobody else is assigned the task of retrieving the pearl in the Hymn of the Pearl: the protagonist's parents, realizing his plight, write him a letter (a metaphor for gnosis) which reminds him of his true heritage and his original task.
    • A common theme between the Gnostic Hymn Series weapons is that each weapon's original wielder either lost sight of, gave up, or were otherwise led astray from their original path or goal — typically as a result of someone else's influence, much like the protagonist of the Hymn of the Pearl forgot his origins and duty and believed himself to be an Egyptian.

Notes

  1. It is unclear whether the lack of NPC references to the cataclysm is meant to be an in-universe phenomenon, or whether it was a narrative decision by the developers to avoid giving away too much information. Muzhen's dialogue during Facing Distant Echoes suggests it may be a combination of both, as even though tales of the cataclysm survived and were passed down, they may not have been taken seriously.

Lore Discrepancies

  1. It is difficult to identify a unified theme between the Gnostic Hymn Series weapons' descriptions, even though they supposedly comprise the Battle Pass story. The Black Sword and The Viridescent Hunt's stories are set during the cataclysm; Deathmatch and Serpent Spine both record stories of people who lived 1000 years ago, while Solar Pearl's era is unknown. Because there is no overt commonality between them, they may be linked to the overall narrative of the Hymn of the Pearl, the real-life work that the Gnostic Chorus is based on. (See Trivia for details.)

Translation Notes

  1. The Chinese term translated as "sages" (Chinese: 贤者 "worthy, virtuous ones") in Pale Flame is different from the one used to refer to the sages (Chinese: 智者 "sages, wise men") in Sumeru.
  2. The original Chinese version says 古国黑日落,明珠失其光, which may be intended to be read as "The ancient kingdom's atrous sun [black sun/eclipse] fell; the luminous pearl lost its glow." In this case, "atrous (black) sun" is referring to Khaenri'ah's Eclipse Dynasty (Chinese: 黑日王朝), which was its ruling dynasty when the cataclysm occurred. The sentence is vague on whether the luminous pearl belonged to Khaenri'ah or not.

Editor's Assumptions

  1. The Scribe's Box mentions that at the time of Sal Vindagnyr's fall, there was a "new nation without gods"; the only known nation that fits this description is Khaenri'ah. While there is no clear timeframe for Sal Vindagnyr's existence, the Priest's Box and Mural Room indicate that Sal Vindagnyr existed during the era when humans could directly interact with Celestia, which places it quite early in the timeline.
  2. Because automatons like Ruin Guards and Ruin Hunters are Khaenri'ah's technology, it is currently assumed that Guizhong somehow acquired them while she was still alive around 4,000 years ago. However, this does not remove the possibility that the enemies are placeholders for another civilization's technology that the developers did not want to create assets for, nor is there any explanation of why they were in Teyvat at that point.
  3. It can be assumed that the location of the opening cutscene is Celestia, based on the "Celestial motif" found on the architecture in the cutscene, on the architecture in the game's title screen (which, based on their appearance, is the same location as the opening cutscene), on the Skyfrost Nail, and on fully-upgraded Statues of The Seven.

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References

  1. Traveler, Character Story 1
  2. Artifact Set: Brave Heart, Prospect of the Brave description
  3. Artifact Set: Viridescent Venerer, In Remembrance of Viridescent Fields description
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Breeze Amidst the Forest - Ballad Selection Excerpt
  5. 5.0 5.1 Archive (Living Beings): Hilichurl
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Archon Quest Chapter I, Act IV, Part 3: Dishonorable Trial
  7. Artifact Set: Pale Flame
  8. Voyage to the Sanguine Sky description; the "ancient and evil artifacts" in question are Ruin Guards and Ruin Hunters.
  9. Zhongli, That Which Rises From the Sea
  10. 10.0 10.1 Albedo, Character Story 5
  11. Tempus Fugit Chapter, Act I, Part 2: Lost Book
    I was unaware that anyone in Mondstadt was concerned with unearthing the secret hidden inside this book...
  12. Scribe's Box:
    "I've heard of people who are building a new nation without gods. Perhaps they'll have the power to stand against this world."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Jean's Voice-Over, Jean's Hobbies:
    Maybe we can discuss the tales of legendary heroes. Have you heard the story of the heroic king of Khaenri'ah?
  14. Venti's Voice-Over: About Albedo
    Venti: [...] It's an ancient power with unmistakable properties. Trying to harness it is dangerous indeed, I can't imagine what would happen if someone lost control of it in the city [of Mondstadt]...
  15. The Chalk Prince and the Dragon event story quest: Act V, Afterword
  16. Weapon Ascension Material: Grain of Aerosiderite
  17. Weapon Ascension Material: Bit of Aerosiderite
  18. 18.0 18.1 Weapon Ascension Material: Chunk of Aerosiderite
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Weapon: Skyward Pride
  20. 20.0 20.1 Weapon: Festering Desire
  21. 21.0 21.1 Weapon: Dragonspine Spear
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Story Teaser: Promise of a People's Dream
  23. Artifact Set: Pale Flame, Mocking Mask description
  24. Weapon: Sword of Descension
  25. Genshin Impact Story Teaser - We Will Be Reunited
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Archon Quest Chapter I, Act IV, Part 4: A Soul Set Apart
  27. Records of Jueyun: Mountain Spirits
  28. Moonlit Bamboo Forest (III)
  29. Weapon: Frostbearer
  30. Weapon: Snow-Tombed Starsilver
  31. New Chronicles of the Six Kitsune (V)
  32. Artifact Set: Brave Heart, Fortitude of the Brave description
  33. 33.0 33.1 Weapon: Favonius Greatsword
  34. Artifact Set: Crimson Witch of Flames
  35. 35.0 35.1 Artifact Set: Defender's Will, Guardian's Band description
  36. Artifact Set: Bloodstained Chivalry
  37. Weapon: The Black Sword
  38. Albedo's dialogue in The Chalk Prince and the Dragon event, "Afterword"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Weapon: Skyward Spine
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Breeze Amidst the Forest Supplement - The Dragon Tome
  41. 41.0 41.1 Weapon: Skyward Blade
  42. Weapon: Ferrous Shadow
  43. Weapon: Favonius Sword
  44. Dvalin's Claw
  45. Artifact Set: Tenacity of the Millelith
  46. 46.0 46.1 Records of Jueyun: Hidden Jade
  47. Weapon: Thundering Pulse
  48. Artifact Set: Crimson Witch of Flames, Witch's End Time description
  49. Weapon: Elegy for the End
  50. Artifact Set: Viridescent Venerer, Viridescent Venerer's Determination description (Chinese)
  51. Kaeya, Character Story 4
  52. Grace's dialogue
  53. Traveler's Voice-Over: About the Eclipse Tribe
  54. Archon Quests Introduction: Wanderer's Trail
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Archon Quest Chapter I, Act IV, Part 2: A Herald Without Adherents
  56. World Quest: Bough Keeper: Dainsleif
  57. Archon Quest Prologue, Act III, Part 8: Ending Note
  58. Archon Quest Prologue, Act II, Part 8: Behind the Scenes
  59. 59.0 59.1 Archon Quest Prologue, Act II, Part 7: Wild Escape
  60. Archon Quest Prologue, Act II, Part 3: That Green Fellow
  61. 61.0 61.1 Historia Antiqua Chapter Act II, Part 4: Amidst Chaos, the Rock Is Unmoved
  62. Archon Quest Tutorial: Wanderer's Trail
  63. Venti, Character Story 2
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