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The Fatui (singular member Fatuus) are a delegation of diplomats from the Zapolyarny Palace of Snezhnaya. There is also a military detachment led by the Eleven Fatui Harbingers and the Tsaritsa herself. They are one of the main antagonistic factions in Genshin Impact. They are also the main antagonists in the manga.

Description

The Fatui are a powerful military force in terms of power and numbers, making it the strongest of all the seven nations. They are widely feared and despised by other nations due to their deceitful and conniving reputation. The organization is composed of members performing a variety of roles, including combatants, bureaucrats, politicians, and merchants.

Hailing from the frozen lands of Snezhnaya, the Fatui are publicly seen as a political department of the nation that represents the goodwill of the Tsaritsa and manages foreign affairs with all six other nations. However, despite how they initially present themselves, the citizens and governments of those nations are often already aware of their true colors, and treat both their diplomats and individual members of the organization with distrust.

They often use underhanded methods to establish their power and influence in another nation, and as a whole are willing to go to extremes to further the Tsaritsa's vision for a "perfect world." Deception, extortion,[1] and human experimentation are but some of the tactics they employ to bolster their own strength.

Despite their loyalty to their empress, most of the Fatui grunts themselves are unaware of the Tsaritsa's true plans. The Harbingers are likely some of the few among the ranks who are truly aware of the Tsaritsa's true intentions, as they are the ones assisting her in collecting Gnoses.

The Fatui are divided into divisions, each of which is headed by one of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers. Each Harbinger operates with a different modus operandi which also influences how their underlings act.[2] There is often a lack of thorough communication between Harbingers,[3][4] Harbingers and their subordinates, and different groups of Fatui operatives.[5] However, some members of the Fatui are quite loyal to their leading Harbinger, to the point of being willing to seek revenge for their sake.[6]

Many of the Fatui NPCs in the game are everyday workers who are oblivious to their superiors' true intentions, but are nevertheless very loyal to the Tsaritsa and Snezhnaya. Members have differing opinions on being stationed in other nations, ranging from intense homesickness[7] to having developed fondness for their new home.[8]

In Mondstadt

So far, the Fatui's tactic to increase their influence in Mondstadt has been to incite or take advantage of disturbances to offer their assistance in a way that puts the Knights of Favonius in an awkward position. For example, they provoked Ursa the Drake into attacking the city so that Dottore could defeat it (later attempting a similar setup during Ludi Harpastum),[9] and one of their diplomats pressured Jean to allow them to kill Dvalin after the Stormterror attack.[10] Later during the Stormterror conflict, agents stole the Holy Lyre der Himmel, though it was soon retrieved. A delegation of diplomats is currently residing in the Goth Grand Hotel, though they are apparently under lockdown.[5] During Eula's story quest, it is revealed that they were colluding with Schubert Lawrence to invade Mondstadt, promising to help him establish the Lawrence Clan as the rulers of the city once again.[11]

The Fatui were presumably the ones who gave Crepus his Delusion, and were the ones who lured Ursa the Drake to his carriage, eventually leading to his death.

They are also competing with Diluc to find a vial that contains the Anemo Archon's breath, which was stolen six months before the events of the game from one of the Temples of the Four Winds. Due to the amount of counterfeits that have flooded the market since, both the Fatui and Diluc are yet to find the real one, though Diluc has been buying every counterfeit he can find just in case.[12]

In Liyue

The Fatui used to have some kind of diplomatic immunity in Liyue Harbor,[13] and have been investing in the local economy through the Northland Bank, though the Liyue Qixing are wary of them. The Northland Bank is an arm of the Fatui "with some exceptions"[14] despite their receptionist Ekaterina denying this, being a national bank founded in Snezhnaya that has opened a branch in Liyue Harbor. The Harbingers are important clients of the bank, and the Fatui's Debt Collection division, of which Fatui Pyro Agents are a part, seem to assist the bank in tracking down debtors.[15]

Shortly after The Chasm shut down, Signora had negotiated with the Qixing to allow a group of Fatui to enter to combat the mysterious sludge with an experimental device, but the device exploded and the Fatui became scattered across the mines. The Ninth Company, a group of 64 soldiers, suffered immense casualties that half of the men were assumed dead and the other missing, forcing Anton to assume command over the few remaining soldiers. Another Fatui, Katarina, was stationed in the Chasm to look for her brother, Kolya, sustaining herself through the supply line that had been established inside. Due to the isolation in the Chasm, these Fatui were initially unaware of news from the surface.

Fatui soldiers assisted Childe after he summoned the Overlord of the Vortex, fighting against the Traveler, Keqing, and the Millelith on the Jade Chamber. This in turn caused the remaining Fatui in Liyue to be looked down upon with suspicion and those stationed in the Chasm were promptly abandoned and labeled hostile by the Millelith.

They have ties to Wangsheng Funeral Parlor,[16] the exact nature of which are unclear.

In Inazuma

The Fatui were the masterminds behind the Vision Hunt Decree in Inazuma, and fanned the flames of conflict on both sides of the civil war. They colluded with the Tenryou and Kanjou Commissions to feed the Raiden Shogun false information[17] and gather materials for their Delusion Factory respectively, secretly distributed Delusions among the Watatsumi resistance forces, and planted spies throughout the country in various efforts to destabilize both Watatsumi and the Shogunate and render them vulnerable to Fatui influence and control.[18][19] After the Vision Hunt Decree was abolished and the civil war ended, the bulk of the Fatui's forces retreated; a few remained behind for various reasons, such as avenging Signora, recruiting disgruntled Shogunate soldiers to their cause as living test subjects[19] or continue their work as spies to re-ignite the war.[20]

Members

Leaders

Tsaritsa

The mysterious, ever so cold empress of Snezhnaya and the Cryo Archon.

Eleven Fatui Harbingers

The Eleven Fatui Harbingers are the executive officers of the organization, being under only the Tsaritsa herself. They are given absolute executive authority by her and answer directly to her. They are blessed with powers that exceed those of an average human, but those powers do not seem to be derived from their Visions. Instead, the Harbingers all possess a Delusion, which are said to be even more powerful. Those among the Fatui who have proven themselves in their strength are chosen by one of them to serve as direct subordinates. Each Harbinger goes by a code name instead of their real names and leads their own division within the Fatui. Currently, the only known such division is the Debt Collection division.

So far, 10 Harbingers have been named in some way.

No. Constel. Image Name Alias Element(s) Status
1[21] Unknown.png Unknown Character Thumb.png Pierro[22] "The Jester"
(Chinese: "The Fool"[Note 1])
Unknown Active
5[23] Unknown.png Pulcinella-obscured.png Pulcinella ???
(Chinese: "The Rooster"[24])
Unknown Active
6[5] Unknown.png Character Scaramouche Thumb.png Scaramouche[5] "Balladeer"
(Chinese: "The Skirmisher")
Unknown Absent (Speculation)[25]
8 Eleven Fatui Harbingers 8.png[26] Character Signora Thumb.png Signora "The Fair Lady"
(Chinese: "The Lady")
Pyro Pyro (Crimson Witch)[Note 2]
Cryo Cryo (Delusion)[27]
Deceased
11 Eleven Fatui Harbingers 11.png Character Tartaglia Thumb.png Tartaglia "Childe"
(Chinese: "The Young Lord")
Hydro Hydro (Vision)
Electro Electro (Delusion)[28]
Active
? Unknown.png Unknown Character Thumb.png Capitano[29] ???
(Chinese: "The Captain"[29])
Unknown Active
? Unknown.png Character Dottore Thumb.png Dottore[30] ???
(Chinese: "The Professor"[Note 3])
Unknown Active
? Unknown.png Unknown Character Thumb.png Pantalone[31][8] ???
(Chinese: ???)
Unknown[Note 4] Active
? Unknown.png Unknown Character Thumb.png Sandrone[32] ???
(Chinese: "The Puppet"[Note 5])
Unknown Active
? Unknown.png Unknown Character Thumb.png Arlecchino[33] ???
(Chinese: "The Servant")
Unknown Active
? Unknown.png Unknown Character Thumb.png ??? ???
(Chinese: "???")
Unknown Unknown

Infantry Units

NPCs

Ninth Company

This company was dispatched by Pulcinella to The Chasm: Underground Mines to investigate its recent strange phenomena as part of an agreement between Snezhnaya and the Liyue Qixing. After Tartaglia actions in Liyue Harbor, this arrangement was nullified and the supply chains were cut off, but the company stayed, unaware of the events at the surface.

The company originally contained 64 members, but Anton estimates that half of the soldiers have gone missing or died to accidents within the Chasm.

Its members included:

Others

Manga Only

Notes

  1. Alias mentioned by Scaramouche in the Unreconciled Stars event. Pierro's Chinese alias (丑角) literally translates to "The Clown Role" which is a direct translation of the role of Pierro (sad clown). It can also by extension mean The Jester, The Comedian, The Fool, or The Buffoon.
  2. Uses a lost art she learned at Sumeru Academia as the Crimson Witch to summon flames without a vision. Used in the Narukami Island: Tenshukaku boss fight.
  3. In Chinese, his alias is "博士" (lit. "The Doctor," as in a person with a doctorate), although it is meant to be read as "Il Dottore", which is Italian for "The Doctor," as in the medical profession. For the sake of differentiating between the two definitions of "doctor" and to be concise, it has been loosely translated as "The Professor" here.
  4. The Harbinger in Pale Flame Sands of Eon: Moment of Cessation, likely Pantalone, does not have a Vision.
  5. In the description for the Chinese version of "Childe: Sigil of Permission", Sandrone's alias is "木偶." In English, "Sandrone" is used as his alias.

Trivia

  • In English, "Fatuus" is sometimes used to refer to a singular member of the Fatui,[20][34][11][35][36][37] which is simply the singular form of the Latin word "fatui." The English word "fatuous" is also derived from Latin fatuus.
    • In Japanese, however, ファトゥス Fatuus actually refers to one of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers.[38]
    • In Chinese and Korean, the word sometimes used to refer to a singular member (Chinese: 愚人 yúrén; Korean: u'in) means "Fool."
  • The word "Fatui" is Latin for "Fools."
    • In Italian, its meaning is "someone who works hard, but fruitlessly."
  • There is some kind of "underground intelligence network" that works against the Fatui. Diluc was a member of this organization during his years away from Mondstadt.[39]

Gallery

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English FatuiLatin: Fools
Chinese
(Simplified)
愚人众
Yúrénzhòng
Group of Fools
Chinese
(Traditional)
愚人眾
Yúrénzhòng
Japanese ファデュイ
Fadyui
Korean 우인단
U'in-dan
Group of Fools
Spanish Fatui
French Fatui
Russian Фатуи
Fatui
Thai Fatui
Vietnamese Fatui
German Fatui
Indonesian Fatui
Portuguese Fatui

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

References

  1. Story Quest, Fabulae Textile Chapter, Act I: Bookworm Swordsman
  2. World Quest, The Very Special Fortune Slip: Shuumatsuban Operations
  3. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III: The Fond Farewell
  4. Story Quest, Monoceros Caeli Chapter, Act I: Defender of Childhood Dreams
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 World Quest: Equivalent Exchange
  6. Story Quest, Dracaena Somnolenta Chapter, Act I: New Beginning
  7. NPC Dialogue: Vlad
  8. 8.0 8.1 NPC Dialogue: Andrei
  9. {{subst:ref|Manga, Chapter 12: Unshrouded Resolution}}
  10. Archon Quest, Prologue, Act II: Shadow Over Mondstadt
  11. 11.0 11.1 Story Quest, Aphros Delos Chapter, Act I: Through the Motions, to the Heart
  12. Archon Quest, Prologue, Act II: State of the Holy Lyre der Himmel
  13. NPC Dialogue: Gentry De'an
  14. Hangout Event, Ningguang, Act I: Endless Smoke
  15. {{subst:ref|Character Tales: "Childe: Sigil of Permission"}}
  16. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act II: An Organization Known as Wangsheng
  17. Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act III: Blind Loyalty, Reckless Courage
  18. Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act III: Delusion
  19. 19.0 19.1 World Quest: Clean House
  20. 20.0 20.1 World Quest, The Very Special Fortune Slip: The Replacement's Secret
  21. Tartaglia's Character Story: Delusion
  22. Artifact, Pale Flame: Mocking Mask
  23. Tartaglia's Character Story: Character Story 5
  24. {{subst:ref|Video: Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail (Chinese version); in the description, Pulcinella is listed as「公鸡」普契涅拉.}}
  25. Event Labyrinth Warriors Quest: Away with Obsessions and Falsehood
  26. {{subst:ref|Version Preview: Version 2.1 Website, in the New Enemies section}}
  27. {{subst:ref|Version 2.1 patch notes, section VII. New Monsters: "However, unlike many other Fatui who use Delusions to exercise their power, [Signora's] Delusion is an instrument to suppress the eternal flames that burn within her..."}}
  28. Domain Entrance Description: Enter the Golden House
  29. 29.0 29.1 Commission: Tales of Winter
  30. {{subst:ref|Manga, Chapter 2: Flame Born}}
  31. NPC Dialogue: Goth
  32. {{subst:ref|Mentioned in the description of Character Tales - "Childe- Sigil of Permission" video.}}
  33. World Quest, The Very Special Fortune Slip: The Replacement's Secret
  34. Story Quest, Historia Antiqua Chapter, Act I: Vortex's Wake
  35. Story Quest, Aphros Delos Chapter, Act I: Shadow of the Past
  36. Domain Entrance Description: Narukami Island: Tenshukaku
  37. Talent Level-Up Material: Ashen Heart
  38. {{subst:ref|In the Japanese version of the line "One of the Harbingers is already in Mondstadt." in Chasing Shadows:
    「ファトゥス(ファデュイの執行官)」 "Fatuus (Fadyui no Shikkoukan)", "Fatuus (Fatui Harbinger)"}}
  39. Diluc's Character Story: Character Story 4

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