Ala Mhigo (アラミゴ, Aramigo?) is one of the city-states in Final Fantasy XIV. It is located on the eastern corner of Aldenard in the region of Gyr Abania, along the salt lake of Loch Seid. Ala Mhigo is the main focus of the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansion.
An occupied city-state located in a mountainous region of eastern Aldenard. The nation was plunged into chaos twenty years ago when its masses rose up in rebellion against the tyranny of the mad king Theodoric. However, unbeknownst to many, it was none other than the Garlean Empire that had been pulling the strings from the shadows the entire time. They quickly set about moving in to take control of Ala Mhigo as anarchy reigned, and have remained in control of the nation for the past twenty years.
The highlands of Gyr Abania in the eastern reaches of Aldenard were once under the control of a martial nation known as Ala Mhigo. It was, perhaps, the historically conflicted nature of the territory that forged the country into a significant military power.
Even as this aggressive nation sent its forces to conquer in the west, it repelled repeated attempts at invasion from the east. In the Year 1557 of the Sixth Astral Era, however, it finally fell to the incursions of the Garlean Empire. From that time onwards, the country became merely another imperial territory under the governance of its usurpers.
Though the people of Ala Mhigo once revered Rhalgr, the Destroyer, as their patron deity, any such religious observance has since been forbidden by the controlling authorities.
Founded in 1135 of the Sixth Astral Era by Anshelm Cotter, Ala Mhigo was a fortress city built along the shores of Loch Seid in Gyr Abania. This citadel would serve to guard against invaders from Ilsabard and control trade between Eorzea and the Near East. Ala Mhigans came to be renowned for their fighting prowess, and with limited natural resources, their chief export would be mercenaries to the other city-states.
Roughly 80 years prior to the game, Ala Mhigan forces under King Manfred attempted to invade Gridania in a conflict known as the Autumn War. The combined might of Gridania, Ishgard, Ul'dah, and Limsa Lominsa drove them back. This resulted in much bad blood between Ala Mhigo and her neighbors in the following decades.
Twenty years prior to the start of Final Fantasy XIV, Ala Mhigo was embroiled in a civil war against the tyranny of Theodoric, the King of Ruin. The resulting instability led to a successful invasion by Gaius van Baelsar and the XIVth Imperial Legion. Weakened by civil war, the largely Hyuran population of the city was defeated by Garlean invaders. Those who would not submit to Imperial rule fled west and south, causing what is generally referred to as the "third great Hyuran migration", while those who remained either submitted entirely to Imperial rule or formed the Ala Mhigan Resistance.
But with them, they managed to hold onto their engineering talents. For now, Ala Mhigo remains part of the Garlean Empire. The fall of Ala Mhigo ushered in a change across Eorzea, where the remaining four city-states organized a rough coalition.
Ala Mhigo was inaccessible in version 1.0.
While Ala Mhigo is not accessible in the current, live version of the game, substantial amounts of concept art for the city and its environs have been included with the artbook that came with the collector's edition of A Realm Reborn and related products, such as the Before Meteor commemorative soundtrack release, making it clear that the art team intends to work on the city in the near future; comments from the development team also indicate that Ala Mhigo will play a substantial role in future content as a focus of a later expansion.
Ala Mhigo began to return to focus during the Soul Surrender and The Far Edge of Fate patches, as the machinations of "The Griffin" would force the Eorzean Alliance into renewed military conflict with the Garlean Empire after a false-flag operation on Baelsar's Wall.
The liberation of Ala Mhigo is a central focus of the Stormblood expansion, with the siege of the city itself serving as the final dungeon of 4.0.
Ala Mhigo has a state anthem that the Resistance fighters sing together. Various arrangements play throughout the main scenario of Stormblood.
- The fall of Ala Mhigo took place 15 years before the beginning of 1.0, as per quest dialogue (information via an NPC named, Sundhimal, during the quest "Winds of Change"). This information coupled with the fact of the time differential of 5 years between 1.0 and ARR would imply that Ala Mhigo had fallen 20 years prior the beginning of A Realm Reborn.
- The majority of all Hyur Highlander clans lived within this city before the time of its fall.