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Ilberd Feare, also known as Ilberd the Dullblade and the Griffin, is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV. As Marshal of the Crystal Braves, he is introduced as the new right-hand man of Alphinaud Leveilleur and is an old friend of Flame General Raubahn Aldynn.
Ilberd is a male highlander with tanned skin and blond hair. He has a small scar above his right eye. When first seen in Revenant's Toll, he's a sellsword wearing scalemail armor. After being appointed Grand Marshal of the Crystal Braves, he wears an ultramarine uniform signifying rank.
When he assumes the alias of "the Griffin" Ilberd wears white-and-blue scale armor with a blue cape and white hood. His distinctive white mask conceals his facial features and the cape features the flag of Ala Mhigo.
Ilberd plays the part of a diligent officer and acts friendly when investigating the spy netewrork of the Ivy. Underneath that facade he is a bitter man consumed with feeling of betrayal and grief over the fall of Ala Mhigo. He begrudges other refugees like Raubahn who found a new life in Ul'dah, and resents the other city-states for not trying to liberate Ala Mhigo from imperial occupation. This motivates Ilberd to backstab Alphinaud, Raubahn, and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn by colluding with Monetarists. Even Lolorito Nanarito states that not a day goes by that Ilberd thinks about liberating his homeland and finds his rants tiresome, thus releasing him from his services.
After being forced to go underground as "The Griffin" and starting the Masks, Ilberd maintains a tight level of secrecy—even mail correspondents to and from its members are carefully checked—and had a body-double acts as his public spokesman. To other refugees appears as an inspirational firebrand. In truth, he is a terrorist mastermind plotting to force the Eorzean Alliance into hostilities with Garlemald by plotting a false flag operation. He plans to use the Eyes of Nidhogg to summon a primal at Baelsar's Wall, even sacrificing himself and his soldiers. He is contemptuous towards the Ala Mhigan Resistance for succumbing to despair and wants to use the sacrifices to "liberate the homeland they no longer deserve." Ilberd is disgusted that both the resistance and the Eorzean Alliance speak of freeing Ala Mhigo but are not willing to spill the blood necessary to do it.
Tellingly, Elidibus considered him the most worthy candidate of inheriting Nidhogg's eyes, describing him as "a man of boundless rage and bottomless despair."
A sellsword from the fallen Ala Mhigo, Ilberd is a former friend of Raubhan's who became Grand Marshal of Alphinaud Leveilleur's Crystal Braves, a new independent Grand Company answerable only to Minfilia Warde and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. Ilberd is tasked with rooting out the Garlean spy known as "the Ivy," believed to be a high-ranking member of the Immortal Flames. They trace one of the Ivy's agents to Coerthas, who is caught red-handed dealing with the Harriers working for Lady Iceheart. Through interrogation by both the Crystal Braves and Ishgard's Temple Knights, the Ivy's web of intrigue is unraveled.
The traitor is Raubahn's own Grand Marshal, Eline Roaille. She is captured by Ilberd with the aid of the Warrior of Light and Lady Yugiri, as she is meeting with her contact in the East Shroud. While Lady Iceheart is dealt with, Eline escapes custody and flees to Northern Thanalan. Ilberd corners her outside Castrum Meridanum and recaptures her. In Ul'dah, Ilberd and Alphinaud meet with Raubahn to discuss the Ivy's web. She had also been working for the Monetarists in addition to Garlemald, and perhaps even other unknown parties as given by the deals with the Harriers.
Ilberd secretly loathes Raubahn for "abandoning" Ala Mhigo and is on the pay roll of Lolorito, like most of the Crystal Braves since their interception, with the promise of the restoration of his homeland in return of helping the Lalafell in his bid for power. Ilberd reveals his true nature during the supposed assassination of Nanamo Ul Namo, having his men capture Alphinaud while he drags the Warrior of Light into the dining hall when Teledji Adeledji accuses the hero and the Scions of regicide. After Raubahn kills off Teledji, Ilberd chops off the former's left arm when he attempts to cut down Lolorito. Admitting his disdain towards Raubahn, Ilberd provokes his former friend by claiming to be the sultana's killer. This leads to a fight between the former friends that ends with Raubahn defeated and imprisoned.
Ilberd falls out with Lolorito over Raubahn, wanting to execute the "traitor" to Ala Mhigo. Ilberd and his Crystal Brave followers carry out the deed by taking Raubahn to Halatali. The Warrior of Light, Alphinaud, and Yugiri Mistwalker break into Halatali to stop the execution, with Ilberd confronting them in battle alongside Yuyuhase and Laurentius. Overwhelmed while seeing his opponents know the truth of Nanamo not being dead, telling the Warrior of Light they are both nothing but pawns used by others, Ilberd is forced to fall back while explaining he will do what it takes to see Ala Mhigo restored. Alphinaud disbands the Crystal Braves with Ilberd and his followers labeled wanted criminals.
Ilberd joins the Ala Mhigan Resistance under the guise of the The Griffin, using a decoy for public speeches to rally the Ala Mhigans at the Sunken Temple of Qarn. After he obtains the eyes of Niddhog, Ilberd launches an attack against Baelsar's Wall in what first appears to be a means to force the Eorzean Alliance to the border of Gridania should the Garlean's retaliation become an invasion. Ilberd even had resistance members wearing Grand Company uniforms to make it appear that Eorzeans are declaring war before he was found and defeated by the Warrior of Light. Having given Laurentius Daye instructions to pose as a Garlean soldier and lead a brutal counterattack, Ilberd reveals that he led his followers to slaughter to use their dying faith to summon a primal of pure violent rage whose destruction will dwarf that of Bahamut. Despite Lyse Hext's attempts to stop him, with Nidhogg's eyes on his person, Ilberd jumps out of her attack range and commits suicide to complete the summoning ritual, creating Shinryu, which is temporally sealed by Papalymo Totolymo and defeated by Omega.
Ilberd is mentioned by members of the Ala Mhigan Resistance, stating that the men and women he had convinced to join in his final operation were some of the Ala Mhigan Resistance's best fighters. The loss of them effectively crippled their fighting strength and morale, with those who remain behind cursing Ilberd's name. Ultimately, his actions forced the Eorzean Alliance to take up arms and assist the Resistance to stave off an eventual retaliation effort from the Garlean Empire and in the process, liberate Ala Mhigo.
Though Ilberd's plan to use Shinryu to destroy the empire and nearly causing another Calamity did not come to pass, the primal fell into the hands of Zenos yae Galvus, who uses the creature in his final battle with the Warrior of Lights. The viceroy is defeated and the primal destroyed.
He later appears in a flashback in his younger years, accompanying Raubahn in Curtis' rally, who talked of liberty and death.
In the final job quest of the Dark Knight class, Our Compromise, Myste manifests a simulacrum of Ilberd (in his Crystal Braves attire) alongside Livia sans Junius and Rhitahtyn sas Arvina from the Warrior of Light's darker memories, though they are nonchalantly destroyed by the Warrior's Abyssal Drain, not wanting to be weighed down by painful memories of the past any longer.
Ilberd is fought as a boss during the quest "Keeping the Flame Alive", where the Warrior of Light fights alongside Alphinaud and Yugiri to rescue Raubahn from execution.
He is later fought as "The Griffin" as the last boss of Baelsar's Wall duty.
Ilberd is voiced by Hiroshi Shirokuma in the Japanese version of the game. In the English version of A Realm Reborn, Ilberd is voiced by Richard Epcar up the end of 2.55, who also voiced Gaius Van Baelsar. Since the release of the English version of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Ilberd is voiced by Antony Byrne, who also voices Biggs.
"Ilberd" comes from "Hilbert"."Hilbert" is a Middle English given name originating from German. It is a merger of hild meaning "battle" and berht meaning "bright".
- While apprehending Eline Roaille after her escape attempt, Ilberd tells her that "I would sooner give up my left arm than betray my comrades." Not only does he himself betray the Scions, but he also cuts off Raubahn's left arm.