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Genshin - Mondstadt History
Monstadt is a location in Genshin Impact. Check here for Mondstadt history, lore, mysteries and characters and more!

The History of Mondstadt

Overview

checkpoint.pngDecarabian rules over Mondstadt

checkpoint.pngBarbatos becomes Anemo Archon

checkpoint.pngBarbatos reforms Mondstadt

checkpoint.pngNew Mondstadt established & Barbados leaves

checkpoint.pngThe aristocracy becomes corrupt

checkpoint.pngBarbados returns & Vennessa liberates Mondstadt

checkpoint.pngThe Knights of Favonius are founded

checkpoint.pngVennessa ascends to Celestia

checkpoint.pngDurin attacks during the Knight's expedition

checkpoint.pngBarbatos returns with Dvalin and defeats Durin

checkpoint.pngDvalin later reawakens as Stormterror

checkpoint.pngBarbatos returns & quells Dvalin with the Traveler

checkpoint.pngBarbatos' Gnosis is stolen by the Fatui

Decarabian, The King of Gales

Genshin - Decarabian
As described by Venti in his Story Quest, Mondstadt was once ruled by a tyrant leader that oppressed his people. This ruler was Decarabian, the previous Anemo Archon before Barbatos.

Mondstadt during this time was a cold and harsh land. To protect his people, Decarabian surrounded the old city of Mondstadt in a powerful vortex, keeping the encroaching cold from entering and his people from leaving. Judging by the sources on his rule, Decarabian seemed unaware that his people held him in contempt.

At one point The King of the North Wind, Lupus Boreas, declared war on Decrabian but was unsuccessful in even penetrating the defensive winds.

The Fall of Decarabian & the Rise of Barbatos

Genshin - The Fall of Decarabian
With the help of Mondstadt's oppressed people and even Decarabian's lover, Amos, the wind spirit Barbatos was able to overthrow the tyrant Lord of Storms and free the people of Mondstadt. Though Lupus Boreas had the right to become the next Anemo Archon, he relinquished the right to Barbatos. Thus Barbatos became the new Anemo Archon of Mondstadt.

Mondstadt Remade

Genshin - Mondstadt Remade
Using the power of the Four Winds, Barbatos blew away the snow and ice from the land and reformed the geography of Mondstadt completely. After that, he established a new city of Mondstadt where it still stands to this day.

Rather than rule as Decarabian did, Barbatos instead chose to fully embrace the ideal of freedom and left Mondstadt to be governed by the people.

The Corrupt Aristocracy

Genshin - Corrupt Nobles
In the centuries following the departure of Barbatos, the nobility of Mondstadt spiraled into depravity. The Lawrence family in particular were especially corrupt. The traditions and histories of Mondstadt were obscured or rewritten in order to further cement the power of the nobility.

The Wanderer's Troupe

A band of bardic swordsmen attempted to overthrow the aristocracy but failed in their efforts. Their legacy can be found in the Wanderer's Troupe artifact set, as well as the 4-Star Wanderer's Troupe weapons: The Bell, The Stringless, The Flute, and The Widsith.

The Rise of Vennessa and Return of Barbatos

Genshin - Vennessa and Venti
During the reign of the aristocracy, some slaves were offered a chance at freedom becoming gladiators for the amusement of the nobility. One of these gladiators was Vennessa, a red haired woman enslaved with the rest of her people called the Muratans. Once again hearing the prayers of the oppressed, Barbatos returned during the Lupi Harpastum festival and saw the corruption of his ideals first hand.

Vennessa's Revolt

After meeting Vennessa and hearing her plight, Barbatos, now Venti, blessed her with the power to defeat and drive off Ursa the Drake, which the nobles were using as a means to control Mondstadt. After the defeat of Ursa, Vennessa staged a revolt with the assistance of nobles who remained uncorrupted and Mondstadt was liberated once more. Later on Vennessa would ascend to Celestia at the site of the great tree in Windrise.

The Knights of Favonius

Following the exile of the Lawrence family and the removal of the corrupt elements of Mondstadt, Vannessa established the Knights of Favonius as the governing force in Mondstadt, and was named the first Liontooth Knight, also known as the Dandelion Knight.

The Knights Crusade

Genshin - Durin attacks Mondstadt
During the Cataclysm, The Knights of Favonius ventured forth on a crusade to drive away the monsters that spawned at the heart of Khaenri'ah. While away, the black dragon Durin, born of the corruption from Khaenria'h, attacked the defenseless Mondstadt.

Barbatos summoned Dvalin, a dragon he had befriended that was born of the winds, to fight off Durin. Durin and Dvalin battled over Mondstadt, and Durin was defeated and died on the Dragonpsine mountain. Though victorious, Dvalin was unknowingly corrupted by Durins blood and went into slumber following their battle. To this day, Durin's heart still beats deep within Dragonspine.

The Rise of Stormterror

Genshin - Stormterror Rises
Using the corruption within Dvalin, the Abyss Order would later awaken Dvalin and twist his thoughts against Mondstadt and Barbatos. Dvalin, enraged, terrorizes the people of Mondstadt, who had long forgotten their protector and name him Stormterror. It is at this point the Traveler and Venti, Barbados in disguise, rise up to quell the corruption within Dvalin.

After challenging Dvalin in the ruins of Old Mondstadt, now called Stormterror's Lair, the Traveler and Venti emerge victorious and Dvalin is returned to the skies, free once again.

Enter the Fatui Harbingers

Genshin - La Signora Arrives
Almost immediatly following the restoration of Dvalin, La Singora, Eighth of the Fatui Harbingers, appears quickly and immobilizes Venti before stealing his foci of power, the Gnosis. It seems the Cryo Archon, the Tsarista of Snezhnaya and the leader of the Fatui, is planning to make use of the source of the Achon's power. We will have to wait and see what unfolds.

Sources on the History of Mondstadt

Items
Genshin Impact - Tile of Decarabian Tile of Decarabian's Tower Genshin Impact - Debris of Decarabian Debris of Decarabian's City
Genshin Impact - Fragment of Decarabian Fragment of Decarabian's Epic Genshin Impact - Scattered Piece of Decarabian Scattered Piece of Decarabian's Dream
Official Sources
Genshin - Manga PrologueGenshin Impact Manga
Books
Biography of Gunnhildr Image Biography of Gunnhildr A Drunkard A Drunkard's Tale (I)
Weapons
Amos Amos' Bow Skyward Blade Image Skyward Blade
Skyward Pride Image Skyward Pride Skyward Atlas Image Skyward Atlas
Skyward Harp Image Skyward Harp Skyward Spine Image Skyward Spine
Artifacts
Gladiator Gladiator's Finale Noblesse Oblige Noblesse Oblige

The Four Winds of Mondstadt

Genshin - Mondstadt Four Winds
After Mondstadt was freed from the aristocracy, Venti established the Four Winds as the nation's guardians and symbols of protection as well as four shrines dedicated to them.
Venti Establishes the Four Winds

The Wolf of the North

Genshin - Wolf of the North
Long before Venti officially established the Four Winds, Andrius was already known as the King of the North Winds. Andrius protects the wolves and wilds of Mondstadt and is said to have a soft spot for abandoned human children. The Temple of the Wolf is located just south of the Thousand Wind Temple.

The Lion of the South

Genshin - Lion of the South
Venessa was the first Lion of the South and this title would be passed down to each Grand Master Knight following her. The title was passed to Jean after becoming a distinguished Knight at the age of fifteen. The Temple of the Lion is a top a large cliff overlooking Windrise.

The Falcon of the West

Genshin - Falcon of the West
Venessa's spirit took the form of a falcon when she ascended to Celestia where she became another of Mondstadt's Four Winds. The Temple of the Falcon is the closest to the city of Mondstadt standing directly across from its bridge.

The Dragon of the East

Dragon of the East
Dvalin is the Dragon of the East Wind though there doesn't seem to be a Temple of the Dragon in Mondstadt. During the Mondstadt chapter of the Archon Quest, the traveler works with the Knights of Favonius to break Dvalin's control over the other 3 Temples before being able to challenge him. It is unknown if the temple for Dvalin was lost to time or if one was even built.

The Clans of Mondstadt

The major clans of Mondstadt date back towards the reign of Decarabian and are pivotal in the turning points of Mondstadt's history. Once nomadic in nature, the clans would unite under Barbatos and eventually become the nobility of modern Mondstadt.

Gunnhildr Clan

The Gunnhildr Clan chose to forsake the Lord of Storms and ventured out into the frozen landscape of wild Monstadt. As explained in the book The Biography of Gunnhildr, the daughter of the clan leader, Gunnhildr, prayed for protection against the frigid cold and was answered by a wind sprite. Through the faith of her clan and their cries for freedom the wind sprite grew in power and eventually became Barbados the Anemo Archon.

Never reliquishing their ideal to protect Mondstadt, the clan clings to its motto: For Mondstadt, as always. Thus they remained uncorrupted in the age of the aristocracy and helped in the liberation of the nation.

Jean and Barbara are the current prominent members of the Gunnhildr clan leading both the Knights of Favonius and The Church of Favonius respectively.

Gunnhildr Clan Members
Jean Image Jean Barbara Image Barbara

Imunlaukr Clan

The Imunlaukr were the clan of warriors who believed in appealing to the gods via battle. The clan's name sake warrior, Imunlaukr, would eventually journey to the Dragonspine region and make contact with the kingodm that lived at its peak.

Lawrence Clan

The adventurous Lawrence clan scoured the reformed Mondstadt and tamed its wilds. This clan would eventually begin to warp the traditions and histories of Mondstadt in their favor and bring about the corrupt age of the aristocracy, only to be later over thrown by Vennessa and exiled.

Sources on the Clans of Mondstadt

Books
Biography of Gunnhildr Image Biography of Gunnhildr Genshin Impact - Hex and Hound (I) Image Hex and Hound (I)
Weapons
Sacrificial Greatsword Image Sacrificial Greatsword Sacrificial Bow Image Sacrificial Bow Sacrificial Fragments Image Sacrificial Fragments
Sacrificial Sword Image Sacrificial Sword Deathmatch Image Deathmatch Royal Greatsword Image Royal Greatsword
Royal Longsword Image Royal Longsword Royal Spear Image Royal Spear Royal Grimoire Image Royal Grimoire
Artifacts
Noblesse Oblige Noblesse Oblige

The Regions of Mondstadt

Stormterror's Lair

Genshin - Stormterror

Dvalin's liar is actually the ruins of old Mondstadt. The King of Gales, Decabarian ruled Mondstadt from within the great tower at the center and even today the remnants of his great storm wall remain, blocking direct passage into the the tower. Later, Dvalin would slumber in these ruins after being poisoned in his fight with Durin.When Dvalin became corrupted by the Abyss Order he would return to rest in old Mondstadt after terrorizing its people, earning it the name Stormterror's Lair.

Sources on Stormterror's Lair

Items
Genshin Impact - Tile of Decarabian Tile of Decarabian's Tower Genshin Impact - Debris of Decarabian Debris of Decarabian's City
Genshin Impact - Fragment of Decarabian Fragment of Decarabian's Epic Genshin Impact - Scattered Piece of Decarabian Scattered Piece of Decarabian's Dream
Books
Teyvat Travel Guide (I) Image Teyvat Travel Guide (I)

Wolvendom

Genshin - Wolvendom
Wolvendom is the home of Mondstadt's elusive wolves and is protected by the spirit of the Wolf of the North Winds, Andrius (Lupus Boreas). It was here that the feral child Razor was raised by wolves before being found by Varka and taken to Mondstadt.

The sword in the arena where the Traveler and Razor battled Andrius is the original Wolf's Gravestone, though it appears chipped and damaged. The Wolf's gravestone was a sword used by the first Knight of Boreas and eventually became the grave marker for his wolf companion. The exact connection Andrius has with the sword and the original Knight of Boreas and his companion is still unclear, but the Boreas Knight title is one passed down through the Knights of Favonius and is currently held by Varka.

Thousand Winds Temple

Genshin - Thousand Winds Temple

East of Mondstadt are the ruins of the Thousand Winds Temple. This temple appears to have served various purposes through out the history of Mondstadt. Despite the name, the temple was once a place the ancient people of Mondstadt worshiped both the Anemo Archon and a god of Time.

Through the ages its seems the god of Time was eventually forgotten by the people of Mondstadt and the temple was thought to be only for the Anemo Archon. What is left of the temple now is more reflective of its recent past as the gated entrances and circular seating make it clear that the Thousand Winds Temple was a the site of Mondstadt's colosseum where slaves battled during the reign of the aristocracy.

Sources on the Thousand Winds Temple

Books
Ragged Notebook Image Ragged Notebook

Windrise

Genshin - Windrise

The great tree at Windrise grew from the spot where Venessa, the founder of the Knights of Favonius, is said to have ascended to Celestia. It seems that Windrise is a particular place of reverence for both Venti and Jean, as they are both connected to Vennessa.

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