Excellent... truly excellent. Not as powerfully nuanced as the Heavensward theme but nonetheless delivered with surprisingly fitting lyrics with a subtle hint of sadness.
As you are all already aware, this was released on May 16th during the server transfers
Fourth generation royal, ruthless and as pure blooded Garlean as it gets. Most importantly, he's got swag.
I'm extremely eager to understand this guy, his motives, his ambitions and his apparent sophisticated efficiency as a warrior. Let's be frank, it is about time that FFXIV gave us a solid new antagonist that was fashioned along the same cloth that produced Gaius.
What would be really interesting is to find out that in his youth, he was a protege of Gaius and had to learn to be hardened and unyielding because his father Varis demanded it. It is obvious that certain elements in his past would have amalgamated with his soul to nurture his character into what he is today. Remember this... he is the first progeny of Emperor Varis, a man we all know to be cunningly ruthless; thus, it is absolutely expected that his son would have been fashioned into an extremely keen blade from birth.
Heh... and that confident stride at the end of the video...
This is one of the reasons why I thoroughly like the IDEA of him and what he can bring to the FFXIV universe. As I have mentioned already in my other posts and on a the official forums, I want a complicated, psychotic yet strangely compassionate character who understands the burden of power... and the responsibility of sustaining the continued longevity of House Galvus. We could say I'd like to see a character along the lines of FFXII's Vayne Solidor but with the socio-political intuition of Larsa (bloody hell, when are we going to get our own Larsa???).
I can also see him coveting the throne already and if he has to dispose of Varis himself, I'd imagine the Emperor will die smiling knowing that he has produced a son who has the iron will to proceed with such an act.
Lots to think about, innit?
That said, I shall be very frank and forward when I say this: Yoshi-P, Koji, Devs... I will be absolutely livid if you make me kill this guy at the end of the storyline.