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The Seven Archons, typically shortened to The Seven,[1] are the seven gods who preside over the seven nations of Teyvat. Each Archon is associated with an element and an ideal, by which they formed their territories' environment and determined their method of governance over their nations.

The original Seven were the victors of the Archon War two thousand years before the main story. By the start of the game, only two of them remain: Barbatos and Morax. Of the current Seven, Sumeru's God of Wisdom is the youngest, at 500 years old.

Each Archon has an internal magic focus called a Gnosis, which allows them to resonate directly with Celestia.[2] By comparison, Visions are "primitive" — though what exactly a Gnosis is capable of, as well as its purpose beyond a symbol of an Archon's godhood, is unknown.

History

The Archon War began an indeterminate time in the past, and ended around 2,000 years ago. During this period of time, many gods and archons roamed the land, locked in a bitter struggle for supremacy. It appears that the battles associated with the Archon War are a multitude of local struggles that were grouped together by human history. For example, Barbatos became the first Anemo Archon among The Seven after the death of Decarabian 2,600 years ago, while Morax is implied to have already become Geo Archon by the time the last of the original Seven claimed their title and thus brought an end to the War.[3]

The original Seven appeared to be relatively close, sharing a common duty of guiding humanity and often gathering in Liyue for drinks. However, over time, five of The Seven passed away, and some of the newer archons no longer adhered to the duty of guiding humanity.[3]

Murata, the current Pyro Archon, came into power some time before Barbatos went into slumber for the first time. When he woke up 1,000 years ago in response to the aristocracy's oppression of Mondstadt, he tells Vennessa about Murata and speaks about her with familiarity.

At some point in time, the previous Hydro Archon died and was replaced by the God of Justice. The Oceanids who served her did not get along with the new archon and went on self-exile from Fontaine,[4] spreading all over the continent and world itself.[5]

500 years ago, the alchemist Gold caused the destruction of Khaenri'ah and created multitudes of monsters which ravaged the world of Teyvat.[6] Among those who were slain in the ensuing wars was the God of the Woods and Raiden Makoto, who was subsequently replaced by the God of Wisdom and Beelzebul respectively. The Tsaritsa was also greatly affected by the cataclysm, resulting in a drastic change in her personality.

During this time, the Traveler and their sibling descended on Teyvat and, seeing the chaos, attempted to leave this world, only to run afoul of the Unknown God. While the twins did not meet The Seven during this time, The Seven are aware of them and have been awaiting the Traveler's arrival.[7]

Powers and Abilities

Each archon presides over their respective elements and used it to shape the landscape and climate of their respective territories. This ability seems to be held by any archon and not only The Seven, but ever since the end of the Archon War, there have only been seven archons at a time.

An Archon's strength derives from the level of control they have over their respective nation.[1] Barbatos, who refuses to govern Mondstadt directly due to following his ideal of Freedom, is the weakest of The Seven despite being the second-oldest member. By contrast, the Tsaritsa, who commands the cult-like Fatui, is extremely powerful.

While their Gnoses allow them to resonate with Celestia directly and symbolises their godhood, archons do not seem to be reliant on them for their powers. For example, Barbatos' current form — Venti — was the first thing he created with his archon powers, but it did not dissipate upon having his Gnosis stolen. Furthermore, he can still use the tree at Windrise, which purportedly grew from the place Vennessa ascended to Celestia, to heal himself. Morax and Beelzebul, as both Zhongli and the Shogun/Ei respectively, are still capable of incredible feats despite not having their Gnoses.

The effects of giving one's Gnosis to another Archon who still has their own Gnosis is also yet unknown, and has likely never occurred on Teyvat since the establishment of The Seven. The only side effect of losing a Gnosis is a slight loss in power.

Although it appears that the Archons have a hand in granting Visions and withholding their creation,[8] they do not have that power.[9]

It is also suggested that Archons have the ability to drain the power of Visions and temporarily render them unusable, as seen in Amidst Stormy Judgment during the boss fight against the Raiden Shogun when she disables the use of elemental abilities for all characters except the Traveler.

The Seven appear to be privy to information mortals are generally unaware of, or deem to be merely fictional. Both Venti and Zhongli are aware of the existences of other worlds, as well as the fact that the Traveler had the power to travel between different worlds.

Members

Current Members

Archon Name Local Alias Current Persona Divine Ideal Element Region Ascended
(Years Ago)
Status
Barbatos Lord Barbatos Venti
(Male)
Freedom Anemo
Anemo
Mondstadt 2,600 Absent[A]
(Incognito)
Morax Rex Lapis Zhongli
(Male)
Contracts Geo
Geo
Liyue 2,000+[B][a] Absent[A]
(Retired)
Beelzebul[C] Raiden Shogun Raiden Ei
(Female)
Eternity Electro
Electro
Inazuma 2,000+ (as Baal's kagemusha)[D]
500 (alone)[D]
Active[E][b]
Unknown Lesser Lord Kusanali Unknown
(Female)
Wisdom Dendro
Dendro
Sumeru 500 Active
Unknown Unknown Unknown
(Female)
Justice Hydro
Hydro
Fontaine Unknown[F] Active
Unknown Unknown[c] Murata[d]
(Female)
War Pyro
Pyro
Natlan 1,000+[F] Active
Unknown The Tsaritsa Unknown
(Female)
Unknown[e] Cryo
Cryo
Snezhnaya Unknown[F] Active
Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 No longer possesses a Gnosis, no longer serving in capacity as an Archon.
  2. Despite being alive for over 6000 years, Morax was only considered the Geo Archon after claiming one of the seats among The Seven. When exactly that occurred is currently unknown.
  3. Baal is the name that both Raiden Makoto and Raiden Ei operated under, with Ei acting as Makoto's body double. As such, the people of Inazuma believe the two to be one and the same. However, the archon name of Baal belongs to Raiden Makoto alone, with the name Beelzebul belonging to Raiden Ei. Since Makoto has died, Ei has continued to operate under her name, so the fact that the real deity is actually Beelzebul and not Baal remains unknown to the population of Teyvat, save for the other Archons and some of the Adepti.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Although Makoto and Ei won the Archon War together, Ei served as Makoto's body double and they operated under Makoto's name, Baal. In addition, Ei is not considered one of the original Seven, based on quest dialogue and Zhongli's Character Story 5. As such, the times listed here are the time Ei assumed control with Makoto, and the time Ei assumed control of the Shogunate alone.
  5. No longer possesses a Gnosis, but is serving in full capacity as an Archon through the Raiden Shogun automaton. Raiden Ei is currently meditating in the Plane of Euthymia, although she has stated a possibility of direct rule in the future.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The "new" Seven must have ascended somewhere between 500 to 2,000 years ago; the newest Archon, the God of Wisdom, ascended after the cataclysm 500 years ago, while the last of the original Seven took their seat 2,000 years ago. Murata already ascended by the time Barbatos fell asleep the first time and awoke 1,000 years ago, but when exactly he fell asleep is unknown.
References
  1. Zhongli, That Which Rises From the Sea: "One such type of creature caused no end of woe for the Geo Archon, long before he took that title along with his place among The Seven."
  2. Story Quest Reflections of Mortality, To Hear Mortal Hearts
  3. The title used for her in the English translation of the Manga Prologue, Lady of Fire, is God of Pyro (Chinese: 火之神 Huǒ Zhī Shén, "God of Fire") in the Chinese version, so it might not be her local alias.
  4. Manga Prologue, Chinese version. Murata is called the God of War (Chinese: 战争之神 Zhànzhēng Zhī Shén), which is the title of the current Pyro Archon.
  5. In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, Dainsleif suggests the Tsaritsa's ideal was originally Love. However, he refers to it in past tense while Zhongli avoids speaking about it during "Downtown," suggesting her ideal may have changed since the cataclysm.

Former Members

Archon Name Aliases Divine Ideal Element Region Ascended
(Years Ago)
Death
Baal Raiden Shogun/​Narukami Ogosho Transience Electro
Electro
Inazuma 2,000+ 500 years ago (presumed)
Unknown The God of the Woods[10] Unknown Dendro
Dendro
Sumeru Unknown 500 years ago[11]

The Hydro Archon before the God of Justice is discussed during the Wishful Drops event, but details on her name, aliases, ideal, ascension, and death are unknown.

Trivia

  • The term "Seven Archons" is derived from its Gnostic usage, in which the archons are seven gods who each rule over one of the seven planets. They are the lowest among the Godhead, serve the demiurge, and are tasked with preventing souls from achieving gnosis and ascending from the material realm.
    • In a miHoYo developer interview on the May 2021 edition of the Japanese entertainment magazine PASH, it was stated that Gnosticism was selected as the primary mythological basis for Genshin Impact, particularly in regards to how Gnosticism deals with the relationship between man and world, and how the archons influence the world.[12]
  • Currently every named Archon are named after one of the 72 demons found in the Ars Goetia, one of the books in the Lesser Key of Solomon.
    • Barbatos, the Anemo Archon is named after Barbatos, one of the dukes of Hell.
    • Morax, the Geo Archon is named after Morax, president of Hell.
    • Baal, the previous Electro Archon, is named after Baal, the first king of Hell. Beelzebul, the name of the current Electro Archon, is associated with this demon.
    • For an unexplained reason, Paimon is also named after one of the 72 demons, specifically Paimon, one of the kings of hell.
  • Tsaritsa is the female equivalent of a Tsar. The title has multiple spellings including Tsarina.
  • When casting elemental skills and bursts, the ends of an Archon's hair glow brightly with the element's color.
  • Currently, there is a running gag in which the Archons encountered have no Mora:
    • Barbatos, as Venti, spends all of his Mora on drinks.
    • Morax, as Zhongli, has no need for Mora as he was its creator and willingly spends large amounts despite not having any knowing this.
    • Ei has no need for Mora as she simply asks the Tri-Commission to bring the items to her.

Notes


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Venti's dialogue in "Abyss Mage"
  2. Venti's dialogue in "Ending Note"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Zhongli, Character Story 5
  4. Wishful Drops event quest: Life Flows On (II)
  5. Rhodeia of Loch battle description
  6. Breeze Amidst the Forest
  7. Description for the Statues of The Seven in Mondstadt
  8. Alrani's dialogue in "Endless Research"
  9. Raiden Shogun's Voice-Over, "About the Vision": "Well, what I can say on this topic is subject to certain constraints, but... it is not by my will that Visions are granted or denied. The key is people's desire, and... well, there's another side to it too."
  10. Viridescent Venerer descriptions
  11. Ganyu's dialogue in "Solitary Fragrance"
  12. Chinese translation of the PASH May 2021 article, with the original Japanese text included

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