They appear to be friendly and engage in diplomacy with other nations on behalf of Snezhnaya. However, in reality, they actually use underhanded or violent means to get what they want from other nations, and because of this, they are usually viewed as a threat by others. The Northland Bank in Liyue was opened by Snezhnaya and is owned by the Fatui.
The Tsaritsa is the Cryo Archon as well as the leader of the Fatui, who worship her. Despite that, it is suggested that most of the Fatui follow her out of fear rather than heartfelt devotion.
Eleven Fatui Harbingers
The Eleven Fatui Harbingers are the top echelons and highest-ranking envoys of the Fatui led by Pulcinella, who are given absolute executive authority by the Tsaritsa 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 Visions. Instead, the Harbingers all possess a Delusion, which are said to be even more powerful.
Each Harbinger leads their own division within the Fatui.
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- The word "Fatui" is Latin for "fools." In Chinese, their name is 愚人 (yúrén), which translates to "stupid person" or "ignoramus."
- When the voice-acting of the game is switched to English, all Fatui Skirmishers gain heavy distorted voices.
- With the exception of Childe, the Harbingers' aliases are derived from the stock characters in commedia dell'arte, a type of Italian theater which uses masks to designate their character's role in the story.
- "Pulcinella" is a self-centered self-preservationist who manipulates others to get what they want, always siding the winner and fearing nothing.
- "Il Dottore" (The Doctor) is usually extremely rich and bombastic, loving the sound of his own voice. In commedia dell'arte, he typically tries to interfere with the Innamorati (The Lovers). He is also closely linked to Pantalone.
- "La Signora" is typically tough, beautiful, and calculating; she is also proud and enjoys mocking others. She typically manipulates Pantalone's wealth for her own ends.
- "Pantalone" is greedy and uses his high social standing to push others around and interfere with their business. Oftentimes, he is the father of one of the Innamorati and tries to keep the two lovers apart.
- "Scaramouche" is usually an assortment of different villainous traits, but is primarily unscrupulous and unreliable with a penchant for intrigue, which lands him into difficult situations.
- "Childe" is an archaic English word that refers to the son of a nobleman who has not yet attained knighthood.
- His name in the Japanese version, however, fits the naming scheme: "Tartaglia" is usually one of the Innamorati, the lovers who manage to reach a happy ending despite various obstacles they face. Unlike other characters in these plays, the Innamorati do not wear masks.