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As the battle for territory between Archadia and Rozarria raged, nations great and small would fall underfoot of each empire, with the nations of Landis, Nabradia, and Dalmasca squarely in the middle. Archadia's sheer might, coupled with the discovery of ancient magick, topples any resistance that the three nations would make against it. Nabradia and Landis are wiped out; among those fallen is Prince Rasler Heios Nabradia, whom had only recently been wed to Princess Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca. With his death, hope for lasting peace in Ivalice is lost.
The Dalmascans make their stand against Archadia at Nalbina Fortress, though they would also be decimated. Rather than continue fighting, Archadia extends to Dalmasca's King Raminas an offer of peace. This turns out to be but a ruse; and the remnants of Dalmasca's top knights suspect as much. Little do they know, they have run headlong into a massacre, and Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg is seen having slain the King. At this moment, any survivors are left for dead. Basch, in his turn, is imprisoned for high treason.
Two years have since passed, and a young vagabond now scratches out his living on the streets of the Dalmascan capital, dreaming of freedom in the skies above. He and his friend are about to enter into the very conflicts that left them orphaned. They will fight the very system that threatens to conquer their world. This event is but one of many in their story.