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Revision as of 02:02, 14 January 2022

The Second Who Came, also known as the second throne of the heavens, appeared in the world of Teyvat an unknown amount of time after the creation of humanity at the hands of the Primordial One. In the ensuing battle between the Primordial One and the Second Who Came, the heavens and earth were ravaged, with the region of Enkanomiya sinking underwater and becoming severed from the surface world of Teyvat.[1]

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The second throne of the heavens came, and war was rekindled, as it was in the world's creation. That day, the heavens collapsed and the earth was rent asunder. Our ancestors and their ancestral land fell into this place during that conflict.

Story

Little is currently known about the identity of the Second Who Came or when they existed relative to other known events in the Teyvat timeline. The only confirmed information is that they arrived while Enkanomiya was part of the single, unified human civilization that spanned the world; later on, they came in direct conflict with the Primordial One.[1][2]

Enkanomiya Beliefs

A year after the people of Enkanomiya built the Dainichi Mikoshi, they attempted to find a way back home, believing that the war on the surface world was likely over by that point. However, they were unable to find one, as the "powers of prohibition" had sealed Enkanomiya from the surface.[2] According to a scribe of Istaroth, this ban was placed by the Primordial One and accordingly, the Primordial One emerged victorious over the Second Who Came.[1]

Eboshi believes that the "heavenly order" did not want those who knew the true history of the world — including the existence of the Primordial One and the Seven Sovereigns who preceded it — to return to the surface, hence why the seal was placed.[2][Note 1] However, since both the Primordial One and the Second Who Came are associated with the heavens, this leaves the identity behind the heavenly order ambiguous.

Connection to Teyvat Legends

Legends about the Second Who Came have parallels to legends in Teyvat regarding the Seelie, the moon sisters Aria, Sonnet and Canon, and their eventual fall. Furthermore, Seelie exist in Enkanomiya and their Seelie Courts are in better condition compared to ones in Teyvat, which suggests that these legends originate from the same time period.

According to legend, the Seelie were once a mighty, wise race tasked with guiding humanity, and their civilization spanned the whole world.[3][4] At the Lunar Palace, a Seelie ancestor pledged their union with a traveler from afar, with the moon sisters as witnesses. Thirty days later, a disaster caused the world to collapse, with the lovers somehow involved with it. Despite their attempts to flee, they were caught and punished with eternal separation as their memories of each other were erased. Out of their grief over the star-crossed lovers, most of the Seelie withered away into their current forms,[5] while others were left to lament the fall of their race.[3] Around the same time of this disaster, the moon sisters would eventually come to kill each other, leaving only one moon's corpse to illuminate Teyvat's sky.[6]

The descriptions in the respective legends about the destructive scope of their disasters are similar; in the war against the Second Who Came, "the heavens collapsed and the earth was rent asunder."[1] During the fall of the Seelie, "the world collapsed around them,"[5] while on the moon sisters' side, "disasters overturned the sovereign carriage and laid ruin to the halls of the stars."[6] The description of the Seelie as a race that existed to guide humanity and who built palaces all over the world[3] also falls in line with the existence of a single unified civilization before the war with the Second Who Came.[2][7] If the Primordial One prevailed over the Second Who Came, then the Second Who Came may also be the "traveler from afar" in the Seelie legend. Given that Before Sun and Moon is believed to contain evidence that the Primordial One and Celestia are not from this world,[7][8] it is likely that the Second Who Came was an outlander as well.

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Second Who Came
Chinese
(Simplified)
后来的第二位
Chinese
(Traditional)
後來的第二位
Japanese 後に来た二人目
Spanish Segunda persona que reclamaba el trono
French Second qui prétendait au trône
Vietnamese Vị Thứ Hai
Indonesian Takhta kedua
Portuguese Segundo Que Veio

Notes

  1. It is currently unknown which parts of Before Sun and Moon are deemed forbidden knowledge in Celestia's eyes. Teyvat's legends about the Seelie and the moon sisters have connections to the Second Who Came, while traces of Istaroth's epithets "Time and Wind" and the "thousand winds" continue to exist in Mondstadt. However, none of these directly point towards the existence of the Primordial One, the Second Who Came, or the Seven Sovereigns.
    On the other hand, Henry Morton's friend disappeared while pursuing the subject of the God of Time and discovering the Nameless Island. Orobashi was also sentenced to death for learning of "a truth that came before its own existence;" before Enkanomiya's release, the earliest known event in Teyvat chronology was the legend of the Seelie and the moon sisters. This may indicate that detailed knowledge pertaining to the Primordial One, or any information that suggests the world once existed without gods, has been restricted by Celestia.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Byakuyakoku Collection: Before Sun and Moon
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 World Quest: The Three Great Martial Trials
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Drunkard's Tale (III)
  4. Loading Screen: Seelie
    Now you see them, now you don't. Once a mighty race that lived to guide mankind, now the most Seelie offer is a little treasure to willing followers.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Records of Jueyun: Mountain Spirits
  6. 6.0 6.1 Moonlit Bamboo Forest (III)
  7. 7.0 7.1 World Quest: The Subterranean Trials of Drake and Serpent
  8. World Quest: Antigonus