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|“||Her Royal Highness the Tsaritsa is actually a gentle soul. Too gentle, in fact, and that's why she had to harden herself. Likewise, she declared war against the whole world only because she dreams of peace.||„|
|~ Tartaglia on the Tsaritsa.|
|“||Sorry... to also have you shoulder the grievances of the world. Since you could endure my bitter cold, you must have the desire to burn? Then, burn away the old world for me.||„|
|~ The Tsaritsa in the description for Shivada Jade Gemstone|
The Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya, also known as the Cryo Archon, is one of the three main antagonists in the 2020 action role-playing fantasy video game Genshin Impact alongside the Sustainer of Heavenly Principles and the Traveler's Twin.
The Tsaritsa was the supreme ruler of the technologically-advanced nation Snezhnaya who sent her fanatical followers in the Fatui across the nations of the continent Teyvat to serve as diplomats, although in reality the Fatui worked as miscreants who spied on the other nations and sowed chaos at the Cryo Archon's behest.
During the time in which the Traveler emerged as a hero on Teyvat, the Tsaritsa tasked her Fatui servants with obtaining the Gnoses of the other Archons through any means necessary. Although her motives remain unclear, the Tsaritsa seemed to want to bring about peace and usher in a new world.
It was said that the Tsaritsa was once a kind and gentle soul who embodied love until the cataclysm that destroyed the nation Khaenri'ah five hundred years ago deeply affected her, leaving her a cold and bitter person with no love left for her people.
The God referred to as the Tsaritsa by her people was not an original member of the Seven Archons that each presided over an element and a nation on the continent Teyvat. Rather, she gained her position as the Cryo Archon after the death of her predecessor. She was the ruler of Snezhnaya, a technologically-advanced nation with a frigid climate, and was regarded as a compassionate and kind-hearted God. However, the Tsaritsa's attitude changed after the destruction of the subterranean nation Khaenri'ah at the hands of the Gods.
The Cryo Archon's love for her people dwindled until she became a cold-hearted woman solely dedicated to rebelling against the divine and creating a new era of peace through war. She formed the Fatui, a militaristic religious group comprised of her fanatical followers, and tasked them with sowing discourse in the nations of the other Archons.
Collecting the Gnoses
Five hundred years after the destruction of Khaenri'ah, the Tsaritsa commanded her Fatui Harbingers to bring her the Gnoses of the other active Archons. The first to fall into her possession was the Gnosis of the Anemo Archon Barbatos, which was taken by force by the Eighth Harbinger La Signora. The Tsaritsa then entered into a contract with the Geo Archon Morax that would require him to hand over his Gnosis in exchange for a confidential bargaining chip.
Upon the fulfilment of the contract, the Gnosis was collected by Signora and the Eleventh Harbinger Tartaglia and presented to the Tsaritsa in Zapolyarny Palace. The Gnosis of the Electro Archon Baal was obtained next by the Sixth of the Harbingers Scaramouche, who received it from Baal's immortal familiar Yae Miko as a bargaining chip for the life of the Traveler who had been led into a trap by the Harbinger.
- In the real world, Tsaritsa is the female equivalent of Tsar, a title previously used to designate sovereign rulers and/or monarchs in Eastern European nations such as Bulgaria and Russia.
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