Unable or unwilling to submit to imperial rule or assimilate into the other city-states, the Ala Mhigan Resistance seeks to fight the Garleans on their own terms, and as such have yet seek direct aid from the Eorzean Alliance. They are primarily based in the settlement of Little Ala Mhigo in Southern Thanalan.
As Lyse revealed, her father among its founding members, the Ala Mhigan Resistance was originally formed in an attempt to overthrow the mad king Theodoric. But when Garlemald conquered Ala Mhigo, Lyse's father was killed as she and her sister fled their homeland for Sharlayan.
A Realm RebornEdit
The Ala Mhigan Resistance is briefly met during the Main Scenario quests, in which the Scions of the Seventh Dawn seek them out in order to investigate the sightings of masked men. After gaining the trust of the Little Ala Mhigo elder Gundobald, the Adventurer discovers that several youths in the village were plotting to summon Rhalgr as a primal to combat the Garleans. The plot is halted before they do anything reckless, but limited information on the Ascians is acquired.
In the chaos of the Ul'dahn Revolution, Yda and Papalymo escaped the city with the aid of Resistance members to Little Ala Mhigo. As such, they obliged to join the Resistance, and soon became involved with a cell called the "Masks". Being led by a fireband called "The Griffin," the Masks have claimed to have a means to defeat the Empire and inspired many refugees to try to reclaim Ala Mhigo.
Under suspicion of having received stolen shipments of crystals from Ishgard, Alphinaud and the Warrior of Light soon investigate one of the Griffin's speeches, where they reunite with Yda and Papalymo. With their help, a meeting with the Griffin - actually a proxy speaking on the true Griffin's behalf - is made outside Little Ala Mhigo. The man reveals the crystals were not intended for them directly, but rather a gift to Amalj'aa so they might summon Ifrit and join the Masks in reclaiming Ala Mhigo.
It is implied this was actually a feint to ensure the Warrior of Light would confront the Warriors of Darkness at the Bowl of Embers: after meeting with his proxy, the Griffin speaks with Elidibus, who was apparently pleased with the outcome. He then presents the Griffin with his end of the bargain: the preserved Eyes of Nidhogg, assuring that as a man of boundless despair and vengeance he is worthy to inherit them. The Griffin, revealing his identity as Ilberd at the end, uses the eyes as a means to create a primal by sacrificing his subordinates during their attack on Baelsar's Wall.