The High Daeva or Archdaeva was a new character in Aion lore introduced in the 5.0 update. In the launch trailer he was depicted as a tall, dark-skinned and muscular man wearing a silver helmet. He was a being of immense power who was able to rival and possibly exceed the power of the Twelve Empyrean Lords combined. In the 5.0 patch, it was revealed that the player is the reincarnation of the Archdaeva.
For the list of features that were available to Archdaeva players, see Archdaeva Ascension.
He aided the Empyrean Lords in the battle against the Balaur for over a thousand years until he (and most of the other Empyrean Lords) eventually came to accept the futility of the war and prepared for peace talks. Shortly before these could take place however Israphel came up to him and convinced him of the ideal opportunity this presented to destroy both the Balaur leadership and army in one go. The Archdaeva agreed, and while the Balaur were being invited over he secretly prepared for a last stand using Atreia's finest legions.
The Dragon Lords arrived and the aetheric field surrounding the Tower of Eternity was lowered. Blinded by his hatred for the Balaur and seizing the opportunity, the Archdaeva ordered the attack. Amidst the ensuing chaos Dragon Lord Beritra "fell" as the lore states (although this was likely a ruse on his part to trick the other Dragon Lords into attacking the tower), and from that point onwards everything backfired horribly. Dragon Lord Fregion decimated the Archdaeva's finest troops in the blink of an eye before attacking the Tower of Eternity itself: the Cataclysm was now happening.
The Archdaeva, now realizing the terrible mistake he had made, gave up the entirety of his life force in an attempt to restore the aetheric field surrounding the tower, hoping to at the very least prevent the complete destruction of Atreia. As he lay dying, Lady Siel sealed the remainders of his power away inside the Tower. In her final act, the Lady of Time sacrificed herself as well as she froze the Tower of Eternity and the lands surrounding it in time, stabilizing the aetheric field and preserving the last of the Archdaeva's power which had been stored inside the tower.
When the player arrives in Iluma/Norsvold at the start of Aion 5.0 he/she experiences a number of flashbacks and ultimately faints after coming in contact with a fragment of the Tower. Viola/Peregrine asks the player to further investigate the fragment, but upon doing so the player is pulled into a dimensional vortex and appears in the Archives of Eternity. As the player traverses through the archives he/she learns the truth behind the Cataclysm, before ultimately meeting an incarnation of the avatars at the end. Through combat the player discovers that he/she is in fact the Archdaeva, at which point the avatars rejoin the player's soul.
For much of Aion 5.x the player slowly recovers the memories and powers of their past self while aiding Viola/Peregrine with efforts to restore the weakening aetheric field around the tower. The Archdaeva also aids the Elyos/Asmodians with their assault on Ereshkigal by devising a weapon that can neutralize the Dragon Lord's ice.
When Ereshkigal attempts to obliterate the lands of Elysea and Asmodae in 6.0 the player, now fully in possession of their past powers, appears and expends all of his/her life energy to prevent complete destruction, just like their past self did during the Cataclysm. The player perishes in the process, but was able to save many lives in the process.
The seal of time placed upon the ancient lands of Esterra and Nosra were also broken, leading to their end.
Book of prophecy: The dreamer shall walk two Atreias.
- In the trailer the Archdaeva is seen sitting on a throne when Israphel comes up to him to propose his plan. This confirms that the Archdaeva was indeed regarded as the true "leader" of the Empyrean Lords.
- It is worth noting that the Archdaeva shows similarities to Israphel: both had become arrogant and corrupted, and both made a fatal mistake while being blinded by their own pride and power.
- The official 5.0 trailer NCSoft West released does not portray the lore accurately: this was later confirmed by a staff member. A version using a more proper translation has been added to the links below.
- The fact that the Archdaeva dies at the end of Aion 5.x has fueled speculation that people, as of 6.0, are no longer playing as the 'original' player (Aion 1.0-Aion 5.8), but as someone else.