- This article is about the primal on the Source. For the primal on the The First, see Shiva (ShB).
- The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard)
Shiva is a boss found in The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard). She is known as the Lady of Frost and is one of the primals of Eorzea. She was introduced in E3 2014 and released as Hard and Extreme Mode trials in patch 2.4.
|Ice Tear||Crafting material||Basic||1|
|The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Hard)||Unknown||50|
|The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Extreme)||Unknown||50|
|The Akh Afah Amphitheatre (Unreal)||Unknown||80|
|The Instruments of Our Deliverance||50||Minfilia Warde|
|Drop Dead Shiva||50||Urianger|
|Fantastic Mr. Faux||80||Painfully Ishgardian Man|
Shiva is also a server in the European Light Data Center.
Saint Shiva lived thousands of years ago, at the time when the Elezen people migrated from underground to Abalathia's Spine to settle and build a temple to their god, Halone. At this time, Coerthas was solely owned by the dragons, and there was a great war waged between the two groups for over a decade. Shiva however, believed that the dragons were not brutal monsters as the others did, and went to entreat with them. In her time, she found the dragons were actually capable of high reasoning and compassion, one of whom she fell deeply in love with, Hraesvelgr. The two found soulmates with one another, however due to Elezen's having significantly shorter lifespans than dragons, Hrasevelgr dispaired at losing his love someday. With no other options open to them, Shiva asked the wyrm to consume her and her Aether, so that they may be together forever. Giving in to the maiden's request, he took her and her Aether into his body.
This story of a love that transcended species reached the battlefront. The Elezens and dragons laid down their arms, for how could they continue to fight now that their people were so inextricably tied together? Thanks to the sacrifice of Shiva and Hraesvelgr, the war had ended and the dragons and Elezens were able to live in peace and harmony for over three hundred years. Shiva was canonised and worshipped later by the people of Ishgard.
Although her story was relatively peaceful and Shiva was no warrior, her story over the course of a thousand years slowly became twisted and changed, with people revering her in combat and comparing her to their patron deity, Halone. This gave birth to the Primal Shiva, who Ysayle offered her body to as a corporeal figure so she may fight for the heretics and the dragons in the Dragonsong War. This however, was revealed to be nothing more than a facsimile by the dragon, and the announcement that she was the reincarnation of the saint by Ysayle to Hraesvelgr only caused him anger at the people of Ishgard who had twisted her image to fit their needs.
Ysayle (under the guise of Lady Iceheart) led a group of heretics in attacks against the Ishgardian people in attacks on caravans and merchants, stealing scores of crystals. The Scions of the Seventh Dawn learned that this was in order to summon Shiva to launch an attack on the city of Ishgard. The Warrior of Light tracks her down at the Akh Afah Amphitheatre and tried to prevent the summoning. In a suprise turn, Ysayle actually offered up her body as a vessel to summon Shiva there and then to take out the Warrior.
After a tough battle, the Warrior of Light managed to defeat Shiva and return Ysayle to her base form. She called the Warrior arrogant and foolish like the people of Ishgard, and fled before the Warrior could stop her.
Later, Ysayle and the heretics brought forth Shiva to attack the barricade around Ishgard, Daniffen's Collar that prevented the dragons from attacking the city. Taking advantage of this, the dragons assaulted the city from the Steps of Faith. Luckily, the Ishgardian knights, the Alliance and the Warrior of Light were able to prevent the destruction of the city and turn the dragons back.
After entering Ishgard to seek asylum, the Warrior of Light became directly involved in the Dragonsong War, and sought to end things peacefully instead of more death and suffering on both sides. The Warrior entreated with Ysayle, who agreed to take them to meet with the dragons to learn the truth of the war. After finally meeting with Hraesvelgr and learning the story behind the war, and the revelation that the Shiva that Ysayle embodies is nothing but a facade of the beliefs of the Ishgardian people who have twisted her legend beyond recognition, Ysayle left to reflect on herself and Hraesvelgr's words.
When the Scions and the Warrior of Light pursued Thordan VII to Azys Lla and were besieged by the Garlean Empire, Ysayle and Hraesvelgr appeared to aid in the fight. Ysayle had reconciled with the dragon and had more faith in herself and Shiva than ever before. Wanting to make up for the senseless loss of life she caused in her pursuit for her "truth". She transformed into Shiva and fought alongside Hraesvelgr with the Garlean warships. Though she managed to deal great damage to the Empire, she was unable to destroy the fleet, and was almost blasted out of the air. With her last vestiges of strength, she sacrificed herself in an all-out attack. With the last of her strength spent, Shiva faded away and Ysayle fell from the sky.