The Holy See of Ishgard is a bastion city-state in Final Fantasy XIV. Within the region of Eorzea, Ishgard sits atop the Northern mountains of Coerthas, in the center of the Aldenard continent. The city-state's only known access point is a bridge called the Steps of Faith, blocked off by the Gate of Judgement. Ishgard's Guardian Deity is Halone the Fury.
Ishgard is constantly at war with sentient Dragons, and much of their military is made up of Dragoons. Among other reasons, this is why they are reluctant to join the Eorzean Alliance against the Garlean Empire, as they lack the unoccupied manpower. They are also the leading provider of Eorzea's Chocobos, and refused to deliver any to the other city-states due to the chocobo blight that lasted from the game's launch until patch 1.19.
According to several NPCs, Ishgard is a strict theocracy led by a fearsome archbishop. A woman in the Falcon's Nest, a hamlet south of Camp Riversmeet, says that the archbishop calls the hamlet's men away, many of which are slain by dragons and never return. The reason for the archbishop's summons is unknown, although it is likely conscription.
They also have four noble "High Houses", and their nation's flag depicts the symbol of each house:
- Rose: ???
- Bell: ???
- Unicorn: House of Fortemps
- Tower/Rook: House of Dzemael
- Ishgard's flag was one of very few allusions to horses in the original game, in this case a Unicorn.
- The flag also has Eorzean text on it, reading "Of the Sky, From the Sky, For the Sky".
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