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 update it was revealed that the player has been the present reincarnation of the Archdaeva all this time, accounting for his/her numerous feats and latent abilities.
His wings are golden in color, symbolizing true divine origin, and immense in size, symbolizing his power. It is possible that he represents the 'ultimate' or full potential that is said to reside within every Daeva.
The Archdaeva aided the Empyrean Lords in their battle against the Balaur for over a thousand years until he, like most of the other Lords, eventually came to see the futility of the war and prepared for peace talks. Shortly before these could take place however Israphel came up to the Archdaeva and convinced him of the ideal opportunity this presented to destroy the hated Balaur and their leadership in one sweep. Blinded by his own pride, the Archdaeva agreed to Israphel's proposal, and while the Balaur were being invited over he secretly prepared Atreia's finest legions for a last stand.
The Dragon Lords arrived and the Aetheric Field surrounding the Tower of Eternity was lowered. With a determined gaze the Archdaeva ordered the attack, changing the history of Atreia forever. 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 legions within the blink of an eye before turning his attention to the Tower 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 appeared and sealed the remainders of his power away inside the Tower. In her final act, the Lady of Time sacrificed herself as well as she depleted her own lifeforce to freeze the Tower of Eternity and the lands surrounding it in time, stabilizing the aetheric field and essentially pausing the Cataclysm.
Echoes of Eternity Edit
/ asks the player to investigate the fragment further, but upon doing so the player is pulled into a dimensional vortex and appears in the Archives of Eternity. As the player traverses the archives he/she learns of the truth behind the Cataclysm and Israphel's deceit, before ultimately meeting an incarnation of the avatars at the end. Through combat the player remembers that he/she is in fact the Archdaeva, at which point the avatars rejoin the player's soul.
For much of the 5.x update the player gradually recovers his/her past memories and abilities while aiding Viola/Peregrine with ongoing efforts to stabilize the Tower of Eternity. In 5.8 the Archdaeva also aids the Elyos/Asmodians with their assault on the Divine Fortress, as he/she works together with / to create a weapon that ends up successfully neutralizing Ereshkigal's permafrost.
When Ereshkigal attempts to obliterate the world of Daevas, the Archdaeva player appears and, just like his/her past self did, sacrifices him/herself to prevent the complete destruction of Elysea and Asmodae. Through the Archdaeva's efforts about half of both continents are preserved, as are various regions of Balaurea. Now having amended for their past mistake, the Archdaeva's destiny is fulfilled and the stage is set for the "new" player.
- The (re)-appearance of the Archdaeva was foretold in the Book of Prophecy, Page 6 (Moment 3). In this passage the Archdaeva is referred to as "the dreamer".
- The Korean trailer for 6.0 has fueled speculation that, as of 6.0, players are no longer playing as the 'original' Archdaeva player (1.0-5.8), but as someone else. In-game quests have also suggested that newly created players may in fact be another entity mentioned in the Book of Prophecy: the one awakened, or the "true light".
- The EU version of the trailer instead suggests that the Archdaeva player simply depleted all of their powers at the start of the 6.0 update, and thus continues his/her adventure after reverting back to a regular Daeva. The scene where the Archdaeva is seen blocking off a fragment of the Abyss and vanishing was omitted from this trailer.
- Although the game's story is typically only told from the player's perspective (the "true" Archdaeva), the 5.5 trailer showed a Fire Form and Earth Form Archdaeva engaging others. This suggests that other Daevas have also managed to ascend into an Archdaeva
- This would explain why both Elysea and Asmodae were saved from destruction at the start of 6.0. One theory can be derived from the fact that the original Archdaeva's powers are stored inside the Tower of Eternity, and that after the player several other players have also managed to tap into those powers and take up the mantle as well, effectively becoming secondary or additional Archdaevas.
- The orb inside the Fissure of Oblivion revealed that the player's loss of their memories and abilities was a punishment for allowing their pride to lead to the Tower of Eternity's destruction. At the same time it alludes to the player's destined death, telling him/her to "accept the destined future" in which "only the darkness remains".
- In the La Veroca webcomic the Archdaeva is seen traveling Atreia in the years preceding the Cataclysm, trying to save as many human villages as possible from the Balaur onslaught. During one of these occasions he meets Viola and saves her from Orissan.
- In the 5.0 trailer the Archdaeva is seen sitting on a throne when Israphel, a Tower Guardian, comes up to him; this confirms that the Archdaeva was indeed regarded as the true "leader" of the Empyrean Lords.
- It is also 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 AionNA originally released does not portray the lore accurately: this was later acknowledged by a staff member. A more properly translated version using has been added to the links below.