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Dainsleif is an upcoming playable character in Genshin Impact. He was announced on September 27th, 2020 as an upcoming playable character in the stream celebrating the global release of Genshin Impact. He is not expected to be released for a significant amount of time. He is the featured character for Chapter ? of the Teyvat Chapter Storyline, which focuses on the lost kingdom of Khaenri'ah. He is featured in a World Quest titled “Bough Keeper: Dainsleif”.[7]

In Chapter I: Act IV - Prelude of Bough Keeper: Dainsleif, he offers to accept future commissions related to the Abyss Order from the Traveler wherein he and the Traveler go on a quest to track down an Abyss Herald, a creature capable of manipulating intense abyssal energy from the Abyss Order.

In Chapter I: Act IV - We Will Be Reunited, Dainsleif once again takes a major role within the act much like the prelude, helping the Traveler investigate the Abyss Herald and sharing details about the nation of Khaenri'ah with the Traveler. Further information about his identity is also revealed in this act by the Traveler's Sibling.

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Introduction

The confluence between the past and future.
The original calamity had been overturned, yet the island in the sky set the earth to burn. Chalk pursues gold, in this time inopportune, the eclipse is swallowed by the crimson moon. The future must atone for bygone mistakes, as the bond familiar falters and breaks— of the same blood, elders and the youth... Such is the cycle of the world, in truth. Dain, what is that strand of blonde hair to you? Someone you must kill? Or the object of your penitence?

A self-proclaimed prophet[8]

Personality

Dainsleif is a man of mysterious origins but claims to have knowledge of fate itself.

Official Twitter EN and JP VA Announcement

Dainsleif is an enigmatic character, but glimpses of his persona can be captured through the narrations of the Collected Miscellany videos and the Teyvat Chapter Storyline video.

Dainsleif is known as the "Twilight Sword" and was one of the royal guards of the final dynasty of Khaenri'ah, the Eclipse Dynasty. He is bestowed with a curse of immortality for failing to protect the people of Khaenri'ah from its destruction.

Dainsleif claims that his memory has "all but faded," yet is seemingly able to vividly recall the events of the Fall of Khaenri'ah. Additionally, he is also somehow able to recall many of the events that occurred in Mondstadt from thousands of years ago, including stories of Andrius, the Wolf King of the North and Dvalin, the Dragon of the East.

He appears to be a curious person, questioning how someone as diligent as Jean is able to press on so tenaciously, and insists that he will find the answer to his own inquiry.[9] He also notes how Zhongli’s placid attitude towards the fall of Rex Lapis as interesting, and wonders if Zhongli could be a player in the Rite of Descension. To his own theory of Zhongli, he persists on waiting, for he does not “lack time.”[10] In "Bough Keeper: Dainsleif", his curiosity is all the more evident as he requires 3 answered questions from the Traveler regarding recent issues concerning mortals and deities, along with 500 Mora, in order for him to become available as an ally of the Traveler during particularly difficult commissions regarding the Abyss Order.

As he does not "lack time," he compares Barbatos' departure from Mondstadt, which occurred over a thousand years ago, to be only half of that time to himself.[11] When telling stories of Mondstadt's history to the Traveler, he speaks of it in a way that it gives the impression that it has only happened a few years ago, with the reality of it being around hundreds to thousands of years ago.

Although Dainsleif detests deities and dislikes the adepti for signing contracts with Rex Lapis, he has great respect for those who are hard at work, such as Ganyu.[12] He also greatly respects Diluc's unwavering attitude when it comes to protecting Mondstadt, but wonders if his resolve would stay the same if Diluc were to experience the same disaster that Dainsleif himself once faced: the Fall of Khaenri'ah.[13]

Dainsleif finds himself untroubled while watching crises arise as a mere bystander, but would take action if Albedo were to "make a single wrong move" using the Art of Khemia, a form of alchemy that hails from Khaenri’ah.[14]

At one uncertain point in time, Dainsleif desired to take fate into his own hands.[15]

Appearance

Dainsleif is a tall man with light blonde hair and sea blue eyes. He has the same Primogem-shaped pupils as Kaeya, and wears a mask-like eyepatch covering the right side of his face while still showing his right eye. Dainsleif wears a black jacket with blue details, a grey vest, and black pants along with black armoured gloves and boots. He also wears a black cape with a starry, space- patterned interior.

His right hand in the artwork looks different in-game. In his artwork, his right hand is seen covered in black, with blue vein-like lines covering it, whereas in-game, it looks equivalent to his left hand.

References

  1. Twitter - Character Introduction
  2. Chinese Collected Miscellany Videos
  3. A Soul Set Apart
  4. 4.0 4.1 (EN & JP) Twitter - VA Announcement
  5. (CN) bilibili - Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview
  6. (KR) Twitter - VA Announcement Announcement
  7. 1.3 Update Notice on HoYoLab
  8. From the Official Forum.
  9. Jean's Collected Miscellany video
  10. Zhongli's Collected Miscellany video
  11. Venti's Collected Miscellany video
  12. Ganyu's Collected Miscellany video
  13. Diluc's Collected Miscellany video
  14. [1]Albedo's Collected Miscellany video
  15. [2]Keqing's Collected Miscellany video

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