The Traveler’s next stop in the Genshin Impact storyline is Sumeru, the region ruled by the Dendro Archon. Sumeru has become highly anticipated simply because the Dendro element has yet to really be seen in-game beyond the odd Dendro slime or Samachurl. The current overarching story for Genshin Impact has the Traveler searching for their lost sibling, and to do that they are seeking out each nation’s Archon, which means that Sumeru’s Dendro Archon will soon be introduced.
Not too much is known about the Dendro Archon at this point, though there have been a few mentions so far in the game. Considering how Inazuma’s Archon, the Raiden Shogun, was only officially revealed just before the Electro region was added to the game, it seems unlikely that players will get a glimpse of the Dendro God before the region’s release. And going by leaks and Genshin Impact’s typical release patterns, the Dendro region of Sumeru will more than likely not be available until 2022 at the earliest, perhaps alongside (or even after) the Chasm.
Sumeru’s Archon is called the Lesser Lord Kusalani, and she is dubbed the God of Wisdom, as told by Zhongli. She is also known as the Flower Archon, so it will be interesting to see how that name ties into her character. In Genshin Impact, Ganyu tells the Traveler that Kusalani is the youngest of the seven Archons of Teyvat. Similar to Inazuma, there was once another Dendro Archon, known as the God of the Woods, who fell with Khaenri’ah 500 years ago. Sometime after, Kusalani rose to the position of Archon.
Genshin Impact’s Dendro Archon Is The Lesser Lord Kusalani
Even though the Dendro Archon is the God of Wisdom, and Sumeru’s Academia is world-renowned, there appears to be a bit of conflict surrounding Kusalani. In the game, Dainsleif declares that the God of Wisdom’s greatest enemy is “wisdom itself.” He accuses her of inaction while there is a “push for folly” in her nation. Lisa, Mondstadt’s favorite librarian in Genshin Impact, seems to have similar concerns, as she ended her education at the Sumeru Academia early after becoming disillusioned with the place. At the end of the Inazuma Archon Quest, Yae Miko chides the Dendro Archon for using knowledge as a resource. It certainly looks like Sumeru is perhaps less of an academic haven than it would like to be.
Interestingly, though, as revealed during the Liyue Archon Quest, the people of Sumeru love their Archon. They call her the Lesser Lord Kusalani as a term of endearment. As Yae Miko questions in the game, perhaps the issues taking place in Sumeru are not Kusalani’s work at all, but that of the sages. Considering the current pattern of conflicts in Genshin Impact, it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Fatui Harbingers like Scaramouche were trying to shake things up in Sumeru, too. Whatever problem Miko has with Kusalani did not sway her from telling the Traveler to go to the Dendro region and seek her out, which players will hopefully not have to wait too long to do.