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Final Fantasy XIV features several major story arcs. A player, taking the role of an adventurer, first experiences their home nation story, before these arcs converge into one, similar to Final Fantasy XI.
With the reboot of the game to A Realm Reborn, version 1.0 storylines have concluded and are no longer accessible—a first in the series.
Version 1.0 storylines Edit
Nation state storylines Edit
Limsa Lominsa Edit
On a ship to Limsa Lominsa, an adventurer wakes up hearing a soft singing voice, yet cannot see anyone resembling a songstress around. An ethereal voice calls for them to "Hear... Feel... Think..." Upon exploring the ship, the vessel is attacked by a horde of sea beasts. With the help of Sthalmann and Y'shtola, the beasts are defeated, but a giant sea serpent attacks and nearly destroys the ship.
After exploring the town, the adventurer reaches the fisherman's guild Fisherman's Bottom, and is asked by Wawalago to escort Sisipu to the Oschon's Torch lighthouse. There, they notice something is wrong and investigate the area, finding dead bodies and two suspicious characters talking, Emerick and Travanchet, speaking about an agreement Emerick wants to make with the Sahagin. When spotted by the adventurer both pretend to be mere pullers and leave. Back in town, the adventurer discovers the Sahagin have been frequently attacking lately, with the latest targets being the lighthouse and a fleet of the Knights of the Barracuda.
On a later mission, Baderon speaks about a mysterious island called Seal Rock, whose legend is famous amongst the people of Limsa Lominsa. Speaking with some of the Drowning Wench's patrons, the adventurer meets Y'shtola again, who reveals that she is searching for a shadowless man accused of assisting the Sahagin.
Out of leads, Baderon tells the adventurer that the young Lalafell Sisipu wants to talk with them. She reveals the location of a secret fishing hole, and asks to meet there. Upon arriving, the adventurer finds 1st Squadron Commodore Sthalmann and after a long conversation, learns that he believes the young pirate Emerick to be the one responsible for betraying his squadron to the Sahagin, although he's not sure about the details.
Back in town, Mealvaan's Gate is attacked by the Sanguine Sirens, an all-female pirate gang led by Rhoswen, who are searching for Emerick. Y'shtola soon appears and stalls the pirates until the Barracuda Knights arrive. Before leaving, she briefs the adventurer on the secrets of Seal Rock island.
After these events, the adventurer learns that Emerick is being held prisoner on one of the Knights of Barracuda galleons, and must infiltrate the ship. A Sahagin ship is spotted closing in fast, however, so the adventurer has to locate Emerick as quick as possible. Arriving at the galleon's lower deck, the adventurer finds Emerick and Merodaulyn of the Sanguine Sirens ready to battle. The player can choose which one to help, but discovers this fight was merely a diversion prepared by the two. Before being able to acquire any information, the ship is swallowed by a massive wave created by the same Sea Serpent that was spotted earlier.
Y'shtola casts a magic barrier to protect the adventurer, who later awakens on one of Limsa Lominsa's docks with the Miqo'te's words ringing in their head: "Find the key".
Learning about another Sahagin attack, the adventurer goes to the Gods's Grip to investigate, only to find Commodore Sthalmann and Y'shtola engaged in battle. Suddenly, the adventurer is blinded by a bright light, only to find themselves alone after their sight returns.
Searching around, the adventurer witnesses Sthalmann, Merodaulyn, and Emerick holding a rushed conversation, and learns that the trio is planning to claim the treasure of Seal Rock for their own gain. Y'shtola again appears before the adventurer, who claims that they have the ability to view the happenings of the past. A meteor shower erupts from skies right after, raining light down upon the adventurer and the others.
As soon as it ends, a strange man appears and fights against Y'shtola, stealing the key before returning to the shadows. The adventurer loses consciousness soon after.
Awakening in Limsa Lominsa once again, the adventurer only recalls a voice talking about "The Echo". Speaking with Baderon, they learn that a man called Blackburn carried the adventurer there and left a message, telling them to visit the Path of the Twelve, located in the Merchant's Ward of Ul'dah.
- The story is then continued in the Path of the Twelve arc.
An adventurer wakes up hearing a soft singing voice, and notices that their carriage had just arrived at the town of Ul'dah. Entering the city's gates, the adventurer is met with an ethereal voice that calls for them to "Hear... Feel... Think..." Suddenly, the skies turn black and a starshower rains down before being replaced with the fireworks of a grand procession.
The festivities begin and everything seems to be going well, but a Goobbue breaks free of its bindings and wreaks havoc on the city until it is deterred by the combined efforts of Thancred, Niellefresne and the adventurer.
The adventurer makes their way to The Quicksand, the Adventurer's Guild of Ul'dah, and speaks to its proprietor Momodi. She begins to speak about some ways to earn coin around the town, when the Thancred comes in and interrupts the conversation. He mentions talks of war against the Garlean Empire, which Momodi confirms along with some rumors that the earlier Goobbue incident may have been caused by imperial interference.
After exploring the town, the adventurer enters the Amajina & Sons Mineral Concern in Ul'dah, home to the Miner's Guild, and witnesses a commotion involving a thaumaturge named Corguevais, accused of entering the mining shafts illegally. The adventurer tries to calm everyone down with little success, until the twin Lalafell brothers Popokkuli and Seserukka enter the guild and kick the troublemakers out.
Linette, a representative of the mining guild, mentions that their primary concern lately is with illegal miners provoking accidents. She asks the adventurer to go to Camp Black Brush and inform them of the guild's intent to strengthen their punitive measures.
The adventurer, accompanied by the Miqo'te F'lhaminn, reaches Camp Black Brush where they find a wounded girl named Ascilia. Thancred appears and says he was the one who led Ascilia to the camp, as she was seeking out an enemy of her father. Corguevais approaches and tries to aid her, but she retaliates and accuses him of allowing the Goobbue to escape in town, gravely injuring her father.
Back in town, the adventurer visits the Alchemist's guild where Ascilia's father, Warburton, was being treated before passing away. Corguevais speaks with the girl once again, and she says that her father came to Ul'dah to warn everyone of a terrible danger.
Back in the Adventurer's Guild, the adventurer speaks with Momodi before Thancred arrives and overhears the conversation. Momodi then recalls that Thancred was summoned to discuss the notion that Garlean spies may have infiltrated the city.
The funeral rites for Warburton begin soon after, and F'lhaminn tries once again to convince Mumuepo of the Thaumaturge's Guild to do something, since Warburton had important information on the dangers threatening Ul'dah.
Momodi informs the adventurer that a group of the city guard has hastily left the city by chocobo. At the Chocobo Stables, the adventurer finds F'lhaminn hurriedly looking for a chocobo, as it seems that Corguevais has been exiled from town and left with Ascilia, probably planning to take her back to Ala Mhigo.
Via linkpearl, Momodi informs the adventurer that the city guard is searching for an exile wandering near Camp Black Brush. There, the adventurer finds Thancred and Greinfarr conversing, but the bard claims to not know nothing about the so-called danger threatening Ul'dah. Greinfarr then speaks about their last resort: Niellefresne will try to convince the thaumaturges to resurrect Ascilia's dead father.
In the Arrzaneth Ossuary, the adventurer and Thancred see a strange light coming from the crypts, and rush there to find a mortally wounded Niellefresne laying on the ground, and Ascilia crouched by his side, shaking in terror. Suddenly, the Echo begins to reverberate, and the adventurer is alone.
Making their way down the crypts once again, the adventurer finds Mumuepo and Niellefresne talking about the thaumaturgy of resurrecting the dead, but upon opening Warburton's corpse, Niellefresne is stabbed through from behind. Back to the present, Thancred realizes what just happened and rushes outside, right in time to see as the skies turn black and meteors rain above Ul'dah. In this moment, he realizes that the danger spoken of by all threatens not only Ul'dah, but all of Eorzea, while the adventurer blacks out.
The adventurer awakens back at the Adventurer's Guild, and Momodi reveals that they were found unconscious and brought there by a woman named Minfilia, who asks to be visited at The Waking Sands, in the Merchant's Ward of Ul'dah.
- The story is then continued in the Path of the Twelve arc.
Upon approaching Gridania, an adventurer starts hearing a singing voice. Before being able to find its origin, the skies turn black and a meteor shower begins, lasting just a few seconds and everything turns back to normal as if nothing happened. Seconds after, a heavily damaged airship flies, and a small yellow light is "shot" from it, falling in the forest.
Walking in that direction, the adventurer finds Yda and Papalymo laying on the ground, and awakens them, only to notice they are surrounded by wolves. The battle against them ends quickly, but a treant emerges from the ground and attacks everyone, forcing the adventurer to run until a group of Moogles, sent by E-Sumi-Yan, calm the treant and saves them.
Welcomed into town, the adventurer learns about the Greenwrath - hatred of the forest upon those who may cause harm to it - and that they (being an outsider) are full of woodsin, which needs to be cleared if they intend to stay safe on the Black Shroud. Miounne suggests that the adventurer visits some of the town's guilds, each one who will provide their own help to the cleansing ritual.
In the Botanists' Guild at Greatloam Growery, a few of the town's young children starts teaching steps of the ritual dances that must be performed during a great Gridanian festival to free oneself of the woodsin. After the "class", some of them stay and asks help to reach a place deep within the woods.
Upon arriving at Lifemend Stump with Powle and Sansa, they promptly run off to see to whatever it is they came to do. Then, a mysterious conjurer appears, who admonishes the adventurer for coming there and bringing the kids, disappearing soon after. Finally, the adventurer meets a moogle, who gets surprised that he is being understood and asks the adventurer to give a message to a young girl named Fye concerning a purification mask that is not broken, and therefore cannot be fixed.
Back in the adventurer's guild, Miounne comments about the recent influx of adventurers in Gridania. Soon after, the self proclaimed "saviors of the wood", Yda and Papalymo, arrives and the ask if any of those adventurers may be preparing to attack the Garlean Empire, to Miounne's surprise, who later denies it. Papalymo then mentions that if that's true, the information they have - that Gridania is preparing to wage war on the Empire - is false.
The conversation is stopped when a boy named Khrimm comes in and starts badmouthing the adventurers, claiming that they have not been chosen by the elementals at all, leaving soon after. The duo goes after him.
The adventurer then visits the Carpenter's Guild, to see the crafting of the masks that must be used during the purification rites. Remembering about the message to Fye, the adventurer searches for the girl and finds her speaking to Khrimm and overhears talk of Fye's oldest brother Dunstan and his tragic fate of being turned into a wildling. Fye claims that she is making a new mask for her brother, refusing to give up hope of cleansing him of his woodsin.
After this, the adventurer tells Fye the mask is not broken, and she is shocked by it, having thought it to be the sole reason her brother and Khrimm's parents were turned into wildlings. Then, she asks the adventurer to try meeting with the moogles again and ask if there is any way to save a wildling. Upon finding a moogle, they agrees to ask the elementals themselves if a wildling soul can be saved.
The adventurer visits the archer's guild, however, the Quiver's Hold is thrown into chaos as news arrives of some happening in the forest. Archers surge forth from the Hold, and Brother O-App-Pesi of the conjurers himself heads in the direction of the disturbance as well.
There, they find Khrimm, standing before a tree in flames. Because of this, a furious elemental comes forth and there is no way to quell its greenwrath other than battling and defeating it.
Miounne informs via linkpearl that it seems that out of fear that Khrimm will become a wildling, he has been taken into the Stillglade Fane. While Brother O-App-Pesi is talking about the boy's condition, Yda and Papalymo return from the wood together with the wildling Dunstan. Because of that, Brother E-Sumi-Yan orders a grand rite of purification, but he fears that saving Khrimm may require Dunstan to give his life.
Finally, the grand rite begins, and a group of moogles arrive. They come bearing a message to the adventurer from the elementals, telling the adventurer that their role in being beckoned to the wood is to be a messenger of the goddess Nophica herself, the Matron. The ritual continues as normal, and in the end Dunstan collapses. This causes the Echo to reverberate, and the sky once again turn completely black - this time, everyone sees it. During that event, Papalymo comments with Yda that they "should've stopped it, and now it's too late".
The adventurer collapses as well, awakening only with the words of an wood hermit telling them to visit the Path of the Twelve, located in the Merchants Ward of Ul'dah.
- The story is then continued in the Path of the Twelve arc.
Path of the Twelve Edit
- The three main nation state storylines converge at this point.
Following the lead they received, the adventurer arrives at the Waking Sands, the meeting place of the Path of the Twelve. There, they meet their leader, Minfilia, who claims to understand what happened earlier. To prove it, she asks the adventurer to use the power of the "Echo" to see her past.
Upon doing that, the adventurer sees a past conversation held in that same hall. Minfilia then explains that many people have been "gifted" with that power after witnessing a starshower, and that the Path of the Twelve is an organization that offers a meeting place for those people and strives to bring peace to Eorzea, offering the adventurer the chance to join. After joining, the adventurer learns a bit more about the Echo and is directed to Lady Tataru, to register herself as member of the Path and choose a Path Companion.
Not long after, a party of sylphs enter the Waking Sands asking for help, claiming that their home, Moonspore Grove, is being invaded by imperial soldiers from Garlemald. Lady Minfilia then gives her first task to the adventurer: Investigate the Black Shroud with their Path Companion.
Arriving at Camp Nine Ivies, the adventurer is greeted by several sylphs claiming that Moonspore Cove has been invaded, and while they were able to escape, their children - "podlings" - will soon be found and killed by the invaders. Since the whole area is full of imperial troops and war machines, the adventurer must sneak their way to the Grove, avoiding contact with the Garleans and ultimately saving a few podlings.
Later on, Minfilia has a new assignment: The adventurer must visit the Ashcrown Consortium in Gridania, as they need help.
Arriving there, they learn about the history of Eorzea's crystal trade and how until recently most of the realm's crystals have been obtained by negotiating with beast tribes. However, ever since the beings known as Primals appeared, the tribes refuse to sell more shards, as they are crucial part of the summoning process, and therefore crafters are facing an increasingly higher increase of demand with not enough supply of crystals.
The adventurer then is directed to an Amalj'aa excavation site to negotiate, where they find an Ashcrown party already engaged in negotiations with the Amalj'aa and the Ixali. Their leader explains that both tribes are on the verge of summoning their "Primals", which, if they are successful, would mean the death of all those in the mesa caves. After either parley or fighting, the tribes are convinced to stop their rituals. However, before negotiation can begin about the crystals issues, a strange creature that the sylphs call an "Ascian" appears and frightens the remaining beastmen.
Back into Ashcrown Consortium, the sylphs claim they may be able to persuade the Ixal into resuming crystal trade with them, but will need "unaspected crystals" - pure crystals devoid of any elemental aspect, perfect for the Primal summoning rituals. To get them, one must simply travel to the faraway land of Mor Dhona and bury a crystal there for a time; it will quickly be drained of its elemental energy by the mysterious force said to slumber there.
Upon returning to the Consortium, the sylphs mention mysterious figures known only as "Paragons", whom they claim were the ones who originally taught the beast tribes how to summon the Primals from the aetherial void.
Back at the Waking Sands, however, the adventurer learns about an imperial message sent to the Eorzean city-states. According to it, the beast tribes are the enemies of Eorzea and mean to summon their "eikons" for their own purposes, and calls all city states to accept Imperial Rule and fight against the beast tribes, in exchange of protection against the Primals. Minfilia adds that because of their ability to communicate with the tribes, all walkers will be branded by the Empire as heathens.
After a conversation with their Path Companion, the adventurer decides to assist Lady Minfilia in her quest to bring the beast tribes to their side, and travels to the Amal'jaa stronghold to try negotiating with the tribe elders.
However, before reaching the center of the stronghold, they are spotted and captured by the Amal'jaa, being put in a cell with several other prisoners. Soon, every captive is led to a large clearing, where the Primal Ifrit is summoned for a "cleansing" ritual - brainwashing via magical blue flames. All the other prisoners are affected by the spell, and are ordered to attack the adventurer. Since they are not enemies, they must not be killed - some can be brought to their senses via parley, others have to be attacked.
Ifrit remains silent during the whole confrontation, but as soon as it ends, he starts making several cryptic questions, concluding with the revelation that the adventurer and companion too can summon their own Primal, as well as everyone else with the gift of the Echo, and let the adventurer escape upon promising to never summon one and feigning loyalty to Ifrit.
A strange distress call is caught on the Path Linkpearl, and no one knows who was responsible for that, only their location. The adventurer is then asked to go to the signal origin and search for the responsible.
Reaching camp Nine Ivies, their Path Companion is spotted speaking with a group of Soldiers who claim to be part of the Ala Mhigan Resistance. It seems that one of the members of the resistance was the deceased brother of the adventurer's Path Companion. The soldier also mentions that one of their scouts is missing and is being chased by the Empire, and the adventurer must rescue him.
Back in the Merchant Wards, a group of members from the Ala Mhigan Resistance is speaking with the Antecedent, preparing a special operation against the Empire. The group is planning to steal one of the empire's airships to drive then away from Ala Mhigo. Since the city state is under heavy guard and such mission would be nigh impossible, the target is the least guarded area of Silvertear Falls in Mor Dhona.
The adventurer agrees to help the resistance and makes their way to camp Revenant's Toll in Mor Dhona, only to find a trio of imperial soldiers attacking the place and being called back to their airship. The adventurer follows the group for a while, until they get reinforcements from one of their heavy magitek machinery, an Imperial Juggernaut.
After defeating them, the adventurer walks until finally reuniting with their Path Companion, only to find that all resistance members have been slain by a single man - the Imperial Legatus Gaius Van Baelsar. He easily knocks out the Path Companion with a shot, but before he is able to kill off the adventurer, Yda, Papalymo, Y'shtola, and Thancred arrive to stop him. But Gaius proves too much for the four as he calls a blast from the cannons of the Imperial Dreadnaught and disappears in the smoke.
The adventurer wakes up in a cave, quickly noticing that they're actually seeing the past. Some children are grouped there, and Garlean Soldiers enter and begin uttering strange verses, brainwashing the children into believing the beast tribes of Eorzea and their Primal must be killed.
The adventurer once again collapses and wakes up back in the present, where they speak with the mysterious traveller from their home city state (either Y'shtola, Thancred or Yda and Papalymo), who warns that the Empire cannot be defeated in their current state. The adventurer must find something much greater if she has any hope of defeating the Garleans and freeing Eorzea from its menace.
Seventh Umbral Era Edit
Fighting against the Garleans, the adventurer encounters another Imperial Legatus named Nael Van Darnus who sees the invasion to be for the greater good. However, as the adventurer faces against the Primals themselves whose demise he wanted, Nael's plan is revealed to exceed the intent of the Garlean Empire by Nael's desire to purge Eorzea of its impurities with Dalamud. Though Gaius helps the adventurer to stop the insane general, Nael becomes infused with Dalamud's power and resolves to plunge the world in the Seventh Umbral Era.
Not long after, the companies are able to track down Nael Van Darnus's location; the Legatus is seen wandering near the Allagan Ruins in Camp Glory. An attack group is quickly assembled and sent to the region, only to find a patch of floating islands emanating a light similar to the one previously seem on Castrum Novum, the Rivenroad. From the Rivenroad, Nael oversees fiery rocks raining down from Dalamud.
Without any other alternatives to reach the Legatus's, the companies seek Cid nan Garlond for an airship. After a few preparations, Cid offers his personal airship, the Enterprise. However, the airship can only carry a small number of passengers, and as such, only a single group of adventurers are able to fly towards the floating islands for the final confrontation against the Legatus.
After a fierce battle, the party seemingly succeeds in defeating the legatus. However, he stands up and is bathed by Dalamud's light, losing what was left of his mind and becoming a being of pure hatred. The battle starts once again, and the party finally defeats Nael. Following his defeat, the magic glyphs keeping the Rivenroad floating are deactivated, and the island starts falling apart. The group has no means to escape, but soon after Cid Garlond appears and rescues everyone, bringing the group to safety.
The Grand companies celebrate victory with a reunion on Gridania, as Cid assures everyone that Dalamud will no longer crash on Eorzea; however the adventurer wonders if that's true, as there is still a sense of dread about Dalamud.
Louisoix advises the adventurer to take a pilgrimage of the Twelve, on which they encounters Gaius, who warns the adventurer of a VIIth Legion, who still remain loyal to Darnus, despite being seemingly defeated at Rivenroad. He also tells the adventurer of the Legion's movements in Mor Dhona, who are gathering in Castrum Novum for the invasion of Eorzea. With that, he disappears, reminding the adventurer to leave him something worth conquering. Armed with this knowledge, the adventurer alerts Louisoix who passes the information along to the heads of the Alliance.
With Dalamud drawing ever closer, the very nature of Eorzea begins to rapidly change. A mysterious being known as Atomos appears at Aetherial Crystals, spawning powerful monsters from the void, leaving crystals filled with aether. Things take a dramatic turn for the worse when monsters, imperial legionaries and Darnus himself begin to attack the City-States directly. Realizing the final battle is near, the Alliance prepare themselves by calling upon all of those who are still able to bear arms. The Eorzean Alliance will face the Garlean Empire's lead invading force at Carteneau Flats in Mor Dhona, the predicted point of impact for Dalamud.
The battle begins, furious and bloody, with Dalamud just overhead. Neither side steps back from their conviction, until a roar tears across the sky, and a massive pillar falls from Dalamud. The Alliance stares in awe. The final phase of Darnus' Meteor Project is complete, and as the pieces of Dalamud begin to shower Eorzea with flames, they realize the worst is yet to come. From within Dalamud the elder Primal Bahamut awakens from his slumber and begins to bathe the world in fire.
All would seem lost, as a few adventurers (the player & company) watch the world burn around them. A seemingly indifferent meteor approaches, until they are saved by Louisoix, who is attempting to create a shield. Unfortunately, the shield cannot withstand Bahamut, who menacingly approaches Louisoix. In a last ditch effort, he attempts to recreate Dalamud to imprison Bahamut with the power of the Twelve.
All is for naught, however, as Bahamut simply breaks free and continues his reign of fire. With his dying breath, the Archon calls upon the power of Althyk to transport the adventurers into a rift of time and space, where they will be untouched by Bahamut's fury, until the time is safe for them to begin their struggle anew.
This is currently the end of the main storyline quests, as of the end of Final Fantasy XIV 1.0.
A Realm Reborn storylines Edit
Nation states Edit
The nation-state the adventurer starts in depends on his/her initial class. Note that storylines of different nation-states cannot be accessed by the same character.
Limsa Lominsa Edit
A ship to Limsa Lominsa bearing an adventurer is attacked by pirates. A passenger who stays on deck is nearly shot, but the adventurer persuades him to get below deck. After the ship escapes from the pirate attacks and arrives in dock, the adventurer is ordered to register with the Adventurers' Guild in Limsa Lominsa, led by the Drowning Wench proprietor, Baderon. After being taught the basics of the adventuring life in the thassalocracy, the adventurer leaves for Summerford Farms in search of work.
In Summerford, the adventurer learns that in the wake of the Calamity, Admiral Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn has hired former pirates to farm the land and help La Noscean agriculture recover from environmental devastation. However, many of the pirates are lazy and ill-suited for work, so the head of Summerford Farms, Staelwyrn, hires the adventurer to aid him. While investigating a rumored kidnapping in Seasong Grotto, the adventurer is attacked by frenzied beasts, but with the help of a mysterious tattooed woman named Y'shtola, s/he is able to kill the beasts. However, after seeing runes written on the wall of the grotto, the adventurer passes out and has a vision of a crystal repeating the words "Hear... think... feel...", much to Y'shtola's astonishment.
Staelwyrn learns that one of his yeomen, Selvin, is selling his oranges illegally to a pack of goblins. Selvin also attempts to steal farm equipment; the adventurer chases him to Woad Whisper Canyon, where the Serpent Reaper gang of pirates is forcing him to sacrifice his fellow farmhands. The Serpent Reapers, who were also behind the attack at Seasong Grotto, are in league with a mysterious masked mage that unleashes a clay golem to attack the adventurer. It is defeated, and Y'shtola arrives and muses on the adventurer's unusual strength.
Having resolved the crises at Summerford Farms, the adventurer returns to Baderon, who suggests that he take a job at the Skylift, whose workers cannot handle the overwhelming amount of cargo being used for restoration of La Noscea. After doing some courier work at the Skylift, the adventurer continues on to the town of Swiftperch, and then to Moraby Drydocks, where the Maelstrom is constructing a new flagship, the Victory, to boost Limsan morale.
The foreman of the Victory's construction, Ahtbyrm, has learned of suspicious individuals watching the ship's construction. The adventurer learns that they are pirates, who are apparently planning a kidnapping. They are lead by Ahtzapfyn, who is revealed to by Ahtbyrm's father and a notorious pirate disgusted with his son for settling down and becoming a law-abiding citizen. Ahtzapfyn's band attempts to blow up the Victory, but are slain by the adventurer and the docks' guards.
On Ahtzapfyn's body, the Storm Captain Ghimthota discovers an arcane epistle written in a foreign language, and sends it to Baderon to be translated. It is revealed that Ahtzapfyn was being used by the Serpent Reavers and their allies, the Sahagin beast tribe, as a feint, and their main assault will be on Swiftperch, which has been struggling economically and will likely collapse if they are attacked. The adventurer, a band of Yellowjackets led by Reyner, and Y'shtola defend Swiftperch and defeat the Serpent Reavers, but after Reyner's forces leave, the masked mage appraches and attempts to assassinate the adventurer by summoning a gargoyle. With the help of Y'shtola, the gargoyle is slain, and it is revealed that the mage was an Ascian.
Back in Limsa Lominsa, the adventurer is deemed a hero, and Merlwyb is holding a state banquet in his honor. At the banquet, Y'shtola and Merylwb discuss the Warriors of Light, who fought against and defeated the Garlean Empire five years ago, but went mysteriously missing after Bahamut was released. This triggers another vision, in which the adventurer sees the Battle of Carteneau from the point of view of the Grand Company leaders — and sees an Ascian watching them from a distant plateau as they are overrun by Bahamut.
After the adventurer awakens, Merlwyb recruits him as her personal envoy to Ul'dah and Gridania. Merlwyb wants to hold a remembrance ceremony in honor of the fallen at the Battle of Carteneau, and when the adventurer delivers the news to Ul'dah and Gridania, Elder Seedseer Kan-E-Senna and Flame General Raubahn Aldynn agree. The adventurer returns to Baderon, who needs one last job to be done before sending the adventurer out into the world.
Main scenario quests Edit
After completing the level 15 quest "Call of the Sea", the storylines converge into one.
Levels 15-20 Edit
Baderon and Reyner recruit the adventurer to investigate a strange band of men camped out in Sastasha Seagrot, suspecting that they are Serpent Reaver pirates allied with the Sahagin. The adventurer's party enters Sastasha and slays Denn the Orcatoothed, the Sahagin behind the alliance. Pleased with his/her success, Baderon sends the adventurer to Mother Miounne in Gridania, who seeks aid in putting down the Lambs of Dalamud cult based in the Tam-Tara Deepcroft. The party discovers that the Lambs have succeeding in resurrecting the vengeful spirit of Galvanth the Dominator, but defeats it handily. The adventurer then travels to meet with Momodi of Ul'dah, who, at the behest of Painted Mesa, sends his/her party to suppress the hecatonchire revolt in the Copperbell Mines. With the defeat of their leader, Gyges the Great, the hecatonchires' rebellion collapses and the adventurer returns to Ul'dah.
In Ul'dah, a band of thuggish bodyguards hired by a merchant assails a woman. The adventurer rescues her, and Y'shtola arrives and recruits him/her into a group known as the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, which Momodi explains works to resolve Eorzea's various problems. The adventurer goes to the Waking Sands to learn more about the Scions, and meets Minfilia and Tataru. Minfilia explains that the Scions seek to protect Eorzea from the threat of the primals, god-like beings summoned by the beast tribes in times of crisis. The Scions use the power of the Echo to this end, and it was thanks to the Echo that the adventurer had visions of Hydaelyn and the Battle of Carteneau.
Suspecting that a robbery and an abduction at Camp Drybone were committed by Amalj'aa in the name of their primal, Ifrit, the Scion Thancred joins with the adventurer to investigate. At Camp Drybone, Isembard finds evidence that the Amalj'aa were not acting alone — and it turns out that they recruited the "merchant", Ungust, into their ranks. With the help of a nun, Sister Ourcen, Thancred and the adventurer disguise as paupers that Ungust, who is now posing as a priest giving alms to the poor, attempts to "convert" into his religion (which, of course, actually means a sacrifice to Ifrit). They capture Ungust and force him to work as a double agent.
Fearing that further research into the Amalj'aa threat could prove dangerous to the adventurer, Minfilia sends him/her to meet with Mutamix Bubblypots, a goblin who has discovered how to improve equipment with Materia. After improving his gear with Mutamix's help, the adventurer sets up an ambush with Ungust and the Immortal Flames to capture the Amalj'aa. However, it is revealed that Ungust was feeding the Amalj'aa information about the ambush, and the Immortal Flames are overrun. The Amalj'aa prepare to sacrifice them all to Ifrit and succeed in summoning him, but the adventurer is able to use the Echo to resist being "tempered", or enslaved, by Ifrit, and is able to slay the Lord of the Inferno in combat.
The adventurer's exploits, especially the victory over Ifrit, have earned the attention of the Grand Companies of Eorzea, who compete for his favor. Remaining undecided, the adventurer goes to watch the Battle of Carteneau remembrance ceremonies. At the ceremonies, s/he meets a pair of Elezen twins, Alphinaud and Alisaie, who are critical of the attitudes of Merlwyb, Kan-E-Senna, and Raubahn towards the battle, especially the sacrifices of the Warriors of Light and Louisoix. However, the states' leaders do promise further unity within Eorzea to help deal with the Primal and Garlean threats.
The adventurer joins a Grand Company. An airship is shot down by Garlean forces over that state's airspace, and the adventurer joins with the Grand Company's forces to rescue the surviving engineers, Biggs and Wedge. The airship is revealed to be built by none other than Cid nan Garlond, Biggs's and Wedge's former employer, who has been missing since the Calamity. Troubled by the Empire's disregard for borders, the adventurer reports back to Minfilia.
Levels 20-29 Edit
Minfilia explains that the Sylph tribe is suspected of summoning or attempting to summon Ramuh, straining relations with Gridania. The Gridanians, who are already at open war with the Ixal, are incapable of fighting two beast tribes at once, so the adventurer, Yda, and Papalymo embark on a mission to negotiate peace between the Sylphs and the Scions (and thus Gridania). After meeting with Rolfe Hawthorne, an ex-adventurer and expert on Sylph etiquette, the Scions arrive in Little Solace, the Sylph community closest to Gridania. Though Komuxio is initially suspicious of their intentions, the adventurer is able to endear the Sylphs by defeating Garlean forces who were camped outside Little Solace and by rescuing Claxio, who has been captured by tempered Sylphs.
Komuxio reveals that the Sylph elder, Frixio, has gone missing, and the Scions and Gridania agree to arrange a search party. Buscarron, a barkeeper who pays attention to such affairs, discovers Garlean forces patrolling the Black Shroud, and after apprehending the Twin Adder traitor providing intelligence for them, Laurentius, reveals that Frixio, who was fleeing from Garlean soldiers, has become trapped in the Thousand Maws of Toto-Rak. Deep inside, the adventurer's party encounters Lahabrea, who summons a banemite to test their strength. However, the banemite is slain, Lahabrea is freed, and Frixio is rescued.
Frixio explains that in the Sylphlands, a faction of Sylphs summoned Ramuh to protect themselves from a Garlean invasion. However, Ramuh, driven by the fanatic desire to protect his people's homeland, began tempering all of the Sylphs, forcing those that resisted to flee to Little Solace. However, Ramuh has bade his slaves to not attack the Gridanians unless they invade the Sylphlands, and neither the tempered Sylphs nor the refugees of Little Solace have any interest in attempting to summon him again. Having ensured peace between the Gridanians and Sylphs, the Scions return to the Waking Sands with a Sylvan diplomat, Noraxia.
Having suppressed attempts to summon Ifrit and Ramuh, the Scions decide to devote time to investigate the return of Lahabrea and the Ascians. After research at Highbridge proves fruitless, the adventurer arrives in Little Ala Mhigo, home of the Ala Mhigan refugees after their homeland was subjugated by the Garleans, who incited a revolution and then crushed the weakened armies of Ala Mhigo. The Little Ala Mhigan leader, Gundobald, is initially suspicious of the Scions' intentions, but becomes more cooperative when it is discovered that the youth of Little Ala Mhigo met with a masked mage — surely Lahabrea — and learned how to summon a Primal to fight against the Amalj'aa and eventually take back Ala Mhigo. Gundobald and the adventurer arrive just in time to the Amalj'aan camp to participate in the battle between the Amalj'aa and the youth; both sides suffer heavy casualties, and Gundobald refuses to allow the refugees to summon a Primal.
Disturbed by the violence at Little Ala Mhigo incited by Lahabrea, Minfilia sends the adventurer on another mission, this one to Fallgourd Float, where a man named Medrod has reported a sighting of a masked mage. Since the mage's arrival, young maidens have been murdered and their bodies taken by floating eyes to Haukke Manor, where they are used by a "rejuvenation ritual" for Lady Amandine, a noblewoman who was badly scarred by the Calamity. After Amandine is slain and evidence is found that the Ascians were manipulating her, Minfilia declares that all nations in Eorzea must beef up security to protect themselves from Lahabrea.
Levels 30-39 Edit
The investigation must be put on hold, because the Kobold tribe has succeeded in summoning Titan and plans to use him to assault Limsa Lominsa. Several years prior, Titan had been slain by the Company of Heroes, a mercenary group hired by Limsa Lominsa that has since disbanded. However, the Scions are able to track down Wheiskaet, a former member of the Company, in Costa del Sol. Despite his victory over Ifrit, Y'shtola is unable to persuade Wheiskaet that the adventurer is capable of defeating Titan. As such, Wheiskaet tests the adventurer by sending him on a series of increasingly dangerous missions to obtain foodstuffs for a banquet for his master, the wealthy owner of Costa del Sol, Gegeruju.
After the completion of Wheiskaet's trials, the adventurer is "awarded" by Riol with access to Titan's lair. His/her party slays Titan, and Y'shtola discovers that Lahabrea was watching the battle. Y'shtola remains in Limsa Lominsa to investigate, to the Waking Sands to find the corpses of countless Scions. A dying Noraxia reveals that the Garleans conducted a raid in search for the slayer of Ifrit, and took Minfilia and the other leaders hostage. Her last words before being captured were an order to Noraxia to ensure the adventurer took refuge at the Church of Saint Adama Landama.
At the church, the adventurer meets a distraught veteran of the Battle of Carteneau named Marques. After the burial of the dead Scions, Alphinaud arrives and claims that he will resurrect the Scions, because the city-states are too incompetent and plagued with internal problems to fend off the beast tribes (and, indeed, the Ixal have recently summoned Garuda), let alone the Garleans. To this end, he uncovers Marques as the great airship engineer Cid nan Garlond, who built the Enterprise, which went missing over Coerthas shortly before the Battle of Carteneau. Cid, Alphinaud, and the adventurer resolve to recover the Enterprise, rescue the captured Scions, and defeat Garuda.
Upon arrival in Coerthas, they are met with hostility by the Ishgardian nobility, who are fully dedicated to the Dragonsong War and show no interest in the secular conflicts of the Eorzean Alliance. However, by rescuing several Ishgardian troops and involving himself/herself in the politics of the region, apprehending a false inquisitor named Guillaime, the adventurer earns the trust of Lord Drillemont, who allows access to the Stone Vigil, where the Enterprise has been found.
Levels 40-49 Edit
The Stone Vigil has been overrun by the Dravanian Horde, and the adventurer must fight through it, and defeat the dragon Isgebind, who was awoken by Lahabrea, to recover the airship.
During the battles between the Ishgardians and Dravanians for the Vigil, the Enterprise was damaged, and Cid requires a corrupted crystal to fix it. After false starts in Camp Drybone and the Isle of Umbra, the adventurer is finally able to procure one by slaying a Spriggan named Giggity, with the aid of the Sylphs. After the airship is prepared, the adventurer prepares a party to face Garuda.
Garuda is defeated but not slain by the party, and she is rejuvenated by the devotion of the Ixal. However, after her failure to temper the party, a mysterious force strikes her down, and Gaius van Baelsar, Imperial Legatus assigned to the capture of Eorzea, arrives and taunts her. For her own amusement, Garuda tortures kobolds and Amalj'aa that she has taken hostage, who despair and summon Titan and Ifrit to strike down Garuda. However, Gaius unleashes an ancient Allagan armor known as the Ultima Weapon, which devours all three primals seemingly effortlessly.
The Enterprise's crew returns to the Waking Sands to meet with Y'shtola, who agrees that they must break into Castrum Centri to rescue the Scions. They are able to track down Biggs and Wedge, who hijacked a airship flight out of Castrum Centri and escaped to Coerthas. They encounter an adventurer in Revenant's Toll named Glaumunt who has a personal grudge against the Empire, and aids the group in their attempt to steal a Magitek Armor from Castrum Centri.
Having procured an Armor, the adventurer, Cid, Biggs, and Wedge sneak into Castrum Centri and break out Minfilia and the other Scions. They also discover that Thancred was possessed by Lahabrea, and used as a pawn in his manipulations of the beast tribes. After their escape, they see an airship with Gaius inside. He announces an ultimatum — that Eorzea surrender to the Empire or be annihilated by the Ultima Weapon.
The leaders of the Eorzean Alliance draw up instruments of surrender, unwilling to waste further lives for a hopeless cause. Merlwyb, in particular, speculates that a Garlean presence may prevent further summonings of primals, which, without the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Eorzea is helpless against. However, thanks to the timely arrival of Alphinaud, Minfilia, and Cid, the Alliance destroys their instruments of surrender and declares war on Garlemald.
The Alliance develops a plan of counterattack that will culminate in the destruction of the Ultima Weapon: Operation Archon. The operation hinges on the ability to the Alliance to isolate Castrum Meridianum, where the Weapon is held, from other Imperial strongholds.
First, when Praefectus Rhitahtyn sas Arvina travels from Castrum Occidens to Cape Westwind for an inspection, he will be assassinated by the adventurer's party. As Rhitahtyn is a genius field tactician, his death is expected to throw Cape Westwind and Castrum Occidens into disarray. Second, Castrum Meridianum will be cut off from its supply lines, as the Maelstrom's forces besieges Castrum Occidens and Castrum Marinum and the Order of the Twin Adder, aided by the Sylphs, attack Castrum Oriens. Third, Castrum Meridianum will be breached, as the Order of the Twin Adder destroys the rail lines connecting Castrum Centri and Castrum Meridianum and the adventurer's party disables the magitek field generator inside Meridianum protecting the Praetorium, the research laboratory where the Ultima Weapon is housed. Finally, the Immortal Flames will begin an all-out assault on the Castrum, allowing the adventurers to raid the Praetorium and destroy the Ultima Weapon.
Along with the Grand Companies and the Scions, many free companies and even beast tribes prepare for war. As soon as word arrives of Rhitahtyn's inspection, the party sneaks into Cape Westwind and strikes him down. Joined by Cid, they continue into Castrum Meridianum, where they take control of magitek cannons and fire them on defending Garlean forces. After blowing up the first two field generators, they fire on an aerial craft, which crashes into the third, leaving the Praetorium's defenses open. During the fighting, Livia sas Junius is killed.
The party enters the Praetorium. Hijacking magitek armor — including the one they used to enter Castrum Centri — they destroy the Praetorium's defenses and arrive at the laboratory of Tribunus Nero tol Scaeva, who believes that by slaying the adventurer he can infuse the Ultima Weapon with the Echo, thus surpassing even Cid in genius. After being defeated, Nero flees. Meanwhile, Castrum Occidens and Castrum Centri fall to the Alliance, and Maelstrom and Twin Adder forces begin firing on Castrum Meridianum.
Deep within the Praetorium, the party confronts Gaius. Upon defeat, he boards the Ultima Weapon, who channels the power of the consumes primals against the party. Hydaelyn's power protects the party from Ultima Weapon, but Lahabrea breaks through this by unleashing Ultima, a spell that destroys the Praetorium. However, the resulting chaos fells the Weapon itself, and Gaius with it; Lahabrea plans to use the devastation to unleash the One True God. He is slain, and the adventurer escapes from the Castrum.
The Alliance leaders meet at the site of the battle for Castrum Meridianum, and declare the coming of the Seventh Astral Era. However, they hear the roar of a recently-summoned primal in the distance, which serves as a reminder that they haven't truly entered an age of peace.
The Scions of the Seventh Dawn remained largely neutral to intra-Eorzean affairs prior to Operation Archon, but their key role in the defeat of the Ultima Weapon changed this. Plagued by petitioners attempting to hire them out as mercenaries, the Scions meet and discuss the issue; Alphinaud proposes that they move to Mor Dhona, outside the reach of any city-state. Minfilia remains ardently opposed to a move, as her mother, F'lhaminn, who went missing years before, is believed to be living in Thanalan. However, Alphinaud and the adventurer track down F'lhaminn and persuade Minfilia to leave Thanalan.
After securing the support of the Eorzean Alliance and Slafborn, the leader of Revenant's Toll, the Scions set up a new base, the Rising Stones, in Revenant's Toll. Unfortunately, during the move, they learn that Kuplo Kopp, of the Moogle tribe living near Gridania, has petitioned for aid. He claims that Good King Moggle Mog XII has been summoned by the Mogglesguard, and the threat he poses is similar to that of a primal — he would corrupt the Moogles and turn them on the Gridanians. The adventurer's party strikes down the Good King, and it becomes apparent that Ascians played a role in his summoning.
Upon returning to the Waking Sands, the adventurer hears a scream from Minfilia's solar. She has been accosted by a white-robed Ascian that denounced Lahabrea and claimed that the Scions and Ascians have the same goal in the end. Pursuing the Ascian, the adventurer learns his name is Elidibus, and like Lahabrea he serves the "One True God". Elidibis departs, leaving Minfilia with more questions than answers.
In the wake of the second failed invasion of Eorzea, a battle of succession broke out in the Garlean Empire while the fate of the Emperor is unknown. In the wake of the struggle, one of the Empire’s conquered territories – the Kingdom of Doma – attempted to break free in a revolt, only to be foiled, as the Empire was not as divided and weakened as it had appeared, leaving only a few thousand survivors alive, exiled and stuck on boats until they reach Eorzea. There, the leader of the Doman Exiles, Yugiri, begs the Scions for aid. The Scions assist by helping Yugiri arrange a meeting with the Sultana and the Syndicate, only to fall on deaf ears, due to lingering distrust of the Ala Mhigan refugees that had been invited years ago.
However, while discussing the matter with Raubahn and a member of the Monetarists named Teledji Adeledji at the Hall of Flames, Alphinaud suggests they could be relocated to Revenant's Toll in Mor Dhona, which has ample room for refugees, in exchange for frontier work. Telediji agrees, pledging his own support from his coffers to transport the refugees despite the lack of profit from it, while Minfilia makes arrangements with the Adventurer's Guild.
Meanwhile, taking Elidibus's words into consideration about "the true nature of the Echo," Minfilia accompanies Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn and the other Scions to the Sahagin's spawning grounds after learning they are becoming dangerously close to summoning their Primal, Leviathan. Reaching the depths of the Sapsa Spawning Grounds, they discover a Sahagin Priest praying before an Aetheryte crystal, attempting to summon Leviathan and claiming that he will soon achieve immortality. During these events, Merlwyb shoots him dead, only for the priest to achieve an advanced stage of the Echo as a blue orb that enters another Sahagin, transforming into him completely, confiming that the Echo is more powerful than previouly thought. The revelation is short lived, as a massive sea serpent suddenly emerges from the ocean waters and absorbs the priest.
With the Lord of the Whorls now fully summoned, and heading to open sea, the admiral realizes he is trying to summon a tidal wave to strike Vylbrand. In order to confront the Primal, they realize that they'd need a ship outfitted with corrupted crystals to weaken Leviathan's dominance at sea. Storm Marshall Eynzahr Slafyrsyn notes they'd need at least two ships worth of crystals to approach the primal, and recalls a tale of how the pirate Mistbeard once tethered two ships together to carry a large plunder. Using the same tactic, a make-shift barge called The Whorleater is assembled in Moraby Drydocks, enabling a platform so Warriors of Light may confront the dread Leviathan at sea. Leviathan refuses to withdraw upon seeing his impotency to wash the vessel away, enraged that he would be challenged with trickery. This stubbornness is his undoing, and the primal is laid low.
The victory does little to settle Minfilia’s mind, her curiosity piqued by the Sahagin elder’s use of the Echo. She connects the power to tales of souls that re-emerge on the brink of Calamity to deliver salvation, and likens the Sahagin’s immortality to that of the Ascians. As her spirits begin to lift at the thought of the Bringers of Chaos truly having an exploitable vulnerability, Urianger bursts in with grim tidings–the Students of Baldesion’s home, the Isle of Val, is no more. Despite being guarded by complex and arcane magicks, the entire area was destroyed by what readings suggest was a spell not unlike Ultima. Minfilia falls into despair in fear that her friends are lost.
Elsewhere, when asked by his aide what the next step will be, Teledji he only responds: “Revolution.”
Suspecting the riots between Ul’dahns and refugees were engineered, Alphinaud's investigation leads to General Raubahn and Nanamo confess in a private meeting that the violence began when a unit of Brass Blades loosed arrows on civilians. Though the incident was attributed to miscommunication, Raubahn confides in them that his investigation yielded information that it was orchestrated by Teledji. The leaders feel that Teledji is engaged in a ruse to disrupt the city-state and claim Allagan ruins laid bare at Cartenau under the guise of using it to settle refugees and alleviate the tension. When asked why Teledji would risk this, Raubahn confides a further secret – within the ruins, an Allagan weapon has been partially unexcavated. Not unlike Ultima in many ways, the monstrosity bears inscriptions suggesting that it was created to fell Bahamut himself. The two submit that Teledji may very well be aspiring to the domination of Eorzea itself, and that by moving to accept the Domans, he both baited Lolorito’s rejection of them and won favor with the Ul’dahn refugees at the same time, bringing the situation to a boiling point.
Unable to move against Teledji, the Scions return their attention the Black Shroud, where the source of the aetherial disturbance has been confirmed: the tempered sylphs have summoned another Primal, the Lord of Levin Ramuh. Legends and the sylphs both claim that Ramuh, unlike the other primals encountered by the Scions so far, is as wise as he is powerful–not quick to anger, but serving as arbiter of the wood.
Hoping to avoid sacrificing the fragile peace between the Sylphs and Gridania, Kan-E-Senna bids the adventurer attempt to speak with the Lord of Levin, immune to his influence, and resort to force only if necessary. The tempered sylphs’ trickery and magicks deceive the party by taking on different shapes and forms including the Scions, but eventually they locate Ramuh’s location in the Sylphlands.
The Lord of Levin rejects the Gridanian’s offer for peace, claiming that they are no different from the Garleans, possessed of hearts that harbor darkness and refuse to leave the creatures of the wood to their desired solitude. For a moment, Ramuh considers how this all came to be, wondering if the duality of light and darkness was given form at the birth of man. At this time, he notices that the adventurer bears the crystal he bestowed upon the sylphs, and entertains the possibility that truly champion the cause of peace. He demands, as proof of the Warrior of Light’s resolve, trial by combat. Defeated, Ramuh accepts the adventurer as Eorzea’s champion, and withdraws into the aetherial stream, warning that the enemies of harmony gather.
As Urianger had come to witness the battle with Ramuh, the inspiration of a way to defeat the Ascians came to him. Seeing Ramuh’s essence dissipate back into the land, Urianger is reminded that mortal souls dissipate to the aetherial realm. The Ascians, as immortals, break this natural order by retreating from our world into some space between the realms, and back, by using Crystals of Darkness. By denying them this transportation and trapping them in an aetherial prison, Urianger believes the Ascian souls can be destroyed, and departs to speak with the scholars of Sharlayan to develop the idea.
Finally coming to understand why his grandfather loved Eorzea and its stubborn refusal to give in no matter what it endures, Alphinaud, viewing the Grand Companies as inadequate for covering all the emerging threats to Eorzea, creates with the blessing of the City-State leaders an independent Grand Company called the Crystal Braves, answerable only to Minfilia and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, in order to deal with problems too large for any one city-state to handle and cover the gaps between the existing Grand Companies. Using the renown of the Warrior of Light as a draw for recruitment, he meets with many setbacks and disappointments but ultimately fashions together a proud group, many of which the Warrior encountered throughout their journeys.