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Decarabian, also known as the God of Storms, the Lord of the Tower, and one of the Kings of Ice and Frost,[2] was a god who lived over 2600 years ago and founded the nation of Mondstadt. He was particularly protective of his capital city, located in the area now known as Stormterror's Lair, and enclosed it within a storm barrier after Andrius declared war on him.[3]

His city was organized methodically and he thought his reign to be a good one. What he did not realize, however, was that his people were not content in their windy prison, and sought to see the world outside his storm barrier. They saw him as a tyrant and eventually rebelled in the name of freedom, putting an end to his reign. With his death at the hands of the rebels and Andrius' voluntary death,[4][5] the nameless wind spirit allied with the rebels ascended to godhood and became Barbatos, the Anemo Archon of The Seven.[6]

Story

Lord of the Tower

Little to nothing is known about Decarabian's origins or his history before his war with Andrius. At the height of his civilization, his territory spread through the Brightcrown Mountains and Windwail Highland areas, with a major settlement around Cecilia Garden.[7] Based on architectural evidence within Stormterror's Lair, his city used to lead outwards towards the northeast and northwest; the northeast gateway has since been blocked off by a mountain, while the waterway at the northwest gateway has been dammed, separating it from the rest of the river. This suggests that the city previously had contact with currently unexplorable regions of Teyvat, but was presumably closed off after the start of Decarabian's war with Andrius and the creation of the storm barrier.

The Age of Kings

Andrius and Decarabian's conflict was but one of many conflicts during the Archon War. In Mondstadt's history books, this period of Mondstadt's history came to be known as the Age of Kings, with the two gods referred to collectively as the Kings of Ice and Frost.[2] It is unknown when they began fighting, but 3000 years ago the war had already begun,[8] so they were conflicting for more than 400 years before it ended 2600 years ago.[Note 2]

During the Age of Kings, the Land of the Wind was a giant frozen wasteland as a result of Boreas' power.[9][Note 3] To protect his city from the blizzards, Decarabian surrounded his capital city with a wind barrier that barred both exit and entry,[10][Note 4] and was strong enough that not even Andrius and his immense power could land a scratch on it.[3] In Decarabian's eyes, he had given his subjects a city free from the bitter cold.[6]

But to his people, he was a cruel, selfish ruler who had locked them in. Decarabian's desire for control over his city led him to micromanage it to the point where every resident's living quarters was determined for them,[1] and banned certain chords and tunes that might indicate any kind of resistance.[11] Largely disconnected from his people, Decarabian did not seem to be malicious in his actions, but did not understand humanity and their needs. He believed that his people loved him as he loved them, though his understanding of love was not close to how humans experience it. At a point, he had even taken on a human lover named Amos.[12] However, she soon realized that he did not love her in the way she loved him. When looking down on his subjects, he believed they were bowing to him out of adoration, respect, and willing submission.[10] However, his people were doing so not for the archon, but because the harsh winds in the capital had forced them to.[13]

Rebellion

2600 years ago, frustration over Decarabian's rule laid the seeds of resistance. To avoid Decarabian's watchful gaze, the freedom-fighters used the "Windblume" as a symbol of solidarity.[14] Eventually, those seeds of resistance blossomed into a rebellion. It was led by a group determined to challenge Decarabian and liberate Mondstadt, consisting of the Nameless Bard, the nameless wind spirit (or elf), Decarabian's former lover Amos, a knight (whose identity varies),[Note 5] and a wandering Red-Haired Warrior.[12][15][16]

Some years before the rebellion, the Gunnhildr Clan left the city after growing disillusioned with Decarabian's rule. As they struggled to survive the blizzards outside the city, Gunnhildr's prayers were answered by a weak wind spirit who managed to gather enough power to give them a safe haven. This built the clan's faith in the wind spirit, and their faith then empowered the wind spirit even further. While this wind spirit is not identified, it may have been Barbatos.[17] When the rebellion began, Gunnhildr and her clan participated on the side of the rebels.[8]

At some point, likely between the Gunnhildr Clan's depature from Mondstadt and the start of the rebellion, Andrius came to the conclusion that life in Mondstadt could not flourish so long as his powers engulfed the land in blizzards.[4] This, combined with his belief that he could not be a good ruler for humanity and was thus unfit to become the Anemo Archon, led Andrius to choose death.[5] His physical form dissipated while his powers flowed into the land to protect it,[4] putting an end to the blizzards in that encased the region of Mondstadt.[15] It is unclear whether Decarabian was aware of his nemesis' death or not, but the storm barrier still stood by the start of the rebellion.

The rebels emerged victorious as Decarabian was finally slain, his death detonating part of his tower. With the God of Storms' death, his barrier dispelled, revealing a clear blue sky as the rebels saw the world outside the city for the first time.[15] However, this victory came at a price: Amos[12] and the Nameless Bard were among those who died in the fight against the old god.[6]

With both of the Mondstadt region's gods dead, the wind spirit ascended to godhood as Barbatos, the Anemo Archon of The Seven. Barbatos used his newfound power to take the form of the Nameless Bard so he could play the lyre as the boy had,[6] and may have taken up the bow in memory of Amos. While Gunnhildr celebrated Barbatos' ascension,[8] the Red-Haired Warrior was less pleased about the development and left the newborn god's side.[14]

Barbatos reshaped the land of Mondstadt, blowing off the snow and ice with his winds and terraforming the land in the process.[18] He and his people then moved to Cider Lake to create a new City of Mondstadt, leaving Decarabian's City abandoned.

Legacy

When the Kingdom of Khaenri'ah prepared for a war against the gods, they developed the Field Tiller, a prototype Ruin Guard with vast amounts of combat power. This Field Tiller engaged Andrius' spirit form in battle, where it was eventually heavily damaged by the King of Wolves and escaped to Decarabian's City. It took up residence in Decarabian's Tower, where for approximately a year after, it indiscriminately attacked anyone who approached the area. The people of Mondstadt of the time, bewildered by its missile attacks and unfamiliar with the technology it used, believed it to be Decarabian's doing and dubbed these incidents as the "Tyrant's Final Fury." After the Field Tiller ran out of power and ceased its attacks, people came to the conclusion that the fiery attacks could not have been the work of the God of Storms.[19]

500 years ago, after being badly injured and poisoned by the dragon Durin, Dvalin turned Decarabian's tower into its lair as it sought a place to recuperate. When Dvalin reawakened to a Mondstadt that had forgotten him and thus feared him, combined with the lingering pain from the poison, he was manipulated by the Abyss Order into thinking that Barbatos and Mondstadt betrayed him. His attacks on Mondstadt gave him the epithet "Stormterror," while Old Mondstadt became known as "Stormterror's Lair."

During the events of the Prologue Chapter of the Archon Quests, the Traveler, Venti, Diluc, and Jean make their way to Stormterror's Lair and break the wind seals created by the Abyss Order to free Dvalin from the Abyss Order's clutches.

Trivia

  • There are indications that Decarabian, like Andrius, is linked to the story of the three moon sisters who lived in ancient times, and may also be linked to the Abyss:
    • The name of his city, Mondstadt, is German for "Moon City."
    • The top of Decarabian's tower resembles an observatory, used to observe celestial events.
    • Decarabian's tower — which is already situated in a valley deep below the rest of Mondstadt's surface — stretches deep into the ground; attempting to reach the bottommost aboveground floor results in unique out-of-bounds dialogue from Paimon, and you will be teleported to a nearby Wind Current.

Etymology

  • Decarabia is the name of the 69th demon of the Ars Goetia, being a Marquis with 30 legions of demons under his service.

Notes

  1. The Chinese version of Scattered Piece of Decarabian's Dream's description refers to Decarabian as a 风神 "Wind God", which is a term typically translated as "Anemo Archon" in the English translation. As a result, the English version calls Decarabian an Anemo Archon even though he was not one of The Seven Archons; Barbatos, who ascended to godhood after Decarabian's fall, is the first and only Anemo Archon among The Seven.
  2. If the founders of Sal Vindagnyr fled from Andrius and Decarabian's war, based on the Ancient Carving that claims they sought a land "far from snow and strife," it had already begun when they found Vindagnyr (now Dragonspine). Sal Vindagnyr fell around the time that Khaenri'ah was being established. Meanwhile, Guizhong, who died over 3700 years ago, collected Khaenri'ah machinery such as Ruin Guards and Ruin Hunters while she was alive. As a result, this puts Khaenri'ah's minimum age at approximately 4000 years old and, if the assumption about Sal Vindagnyr's establishment is correct, means the Age of Kings began long before that.
  3. The Chinese descriptions for Ring of Boreas and Spirit Locket of Boreas suggest that Boreas did not willfully cause the blizzards, and they were instead a byproduct of his extreme power. The English translation says that the blizzards were "at the command of Boreas," which implies but does not necessarily mean that he deliberately caused them.
  4. Although multiple sources say that his barrier did not allow anyone in or out, according to the Biography of Gunnhildr, the Gunnhildr Clan somehow left the city after its leader, Gunnhildr's father, grew discontent with Decarabian's rule.
  5. When Amos' Bow and The Boy and the Whirlwind trailer released, there were four leaders of the rebellion: the bard, the wind spirit, Amos, and the knight. Based on process of elimination, the red-haired man in the trailer was the knight. However, this created a discrepancy with the Biography of Gunnhildr, in which Gunnhildr and her clan were mentioned as participants in the rebellion yet were not reflected in other material related to the rebellion. Much later, Freedom-Sworn revised the number of leaders to five and listed the red-haired warrior as the fifth, leaving the knight's identity a mystery.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Teyvat Travel Guide - Mondstadt
  2. 2.0 2.1 History of Kings and Clans: Prologue
    Section 1, "The Stormlord of the Tower and the Kingwolf of Boreas" covers the struggle between the Kings of Ice and Frost prior to Barbatos' arrival.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Weapon Ascension Material: Fragment of Decarabian's Epic
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Talent Level-Up Material: Spirit Locket of Boreas
  5. 5.0 5.1 Weapon Ascension Material: Boreal Wolf's Nostalgia
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Venti, Character Story 4
  7. Major features of Decarabian-style ruins include triangular decorative motifs, geometric margents, and an exaggerated cercelée. (See Decarabian's Mondstadt § Architecture and Design for details.) Outside of Stormterror's Lair, such ruins can be found around Brightcrown Mountains, Cecilia Garden, and the southern Teleport Waypoint in Windwail Highland. However, it notably cannot be found around the Wolvendom part of Windwail Highland.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Biography of Gunnhildr
  9. Talent Level-Up Material: Ring of Boreas and Spirit Locket of Boreas
  10. 10.0 10.1 Venti, Character Story 3
  11. Weapon: Song of Broken Pines
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Weapon: Amos' Bow
  13. Weapon Ascension Material: Scattered Piece of Decarabian's Dream
  14. 14.0 14.1 Weapon: Windblume Ode
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The Boy and the Whirlwind cutscene
  16. Weapon: Freedom-Sworn
  17. According to Venti's third character story, he was originally too weak to even hold a physical form. However, by the time of the rebellion, he was capable of creating a small sprite-like form, which suggests his power had increased.
  18. Unreconciled Stars event Story Quest, Act IV: Where Ancient Stars Align
  19. Archon Quest Chapter I, Act IV, Part 3: Dishonorable Trial
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