Mor Dhona (モードゥナ, Mō Duna?) is a region in Final Fantasy XIV in the world of Hydaelyn, on the realm of Eorzea, and on the sub-continent of Aldenard, to the southeast of Coerthas and north of Thanalan.
The whole area had been rendered barren and corrupt of aether during a massive battle between an army of dragons led by the Wyrmking Midgardsormr and a fleet of Garlean airships that happened fifteen years ago, shown during the game's original opening CG.
The battle turned the place into a dangerous, lifeless place full of terrible beasts, and became later known as the Battle of Silvertear Skies. It would be further transformed by the fall of Dalamud at the end of the Sixth Astral Era over a decade later.
Mor Dhona long laid between the various city-states of Eorzea, and generally unclaimed by any. It was said that since immemorial times, a great force slumbered there. This force was said to drain the element from anything that remained in contact with the ground for a long time; if a wind crystal was buried there, for example, it soon became a pure crystal devoid of wind properties. In spite of this, Mor Dhona was famous for its wild and rugged beauty, particularly its lush green forests and striking waterfalls, which fed into and out of one of Aldenard's largest inland bodies of water: Silvertear Lake.
It was the unclaimed nature of the area, as well as its central position on Aldenard and its verdancy, that likely attracted the attention of the Garlean Empire. After taking Ala Mhigo, the Imperial Air Fleet made a move en-masse into Mor Dhona, led by the mighty super-dreadnought, the Agrius. However, as the imperial fleet advanced into the skies above Silvertear Lake, it was met with a wholly unexpected sight.
Midgardsormr, the dragon deity of Silvertear, had arisen, summoned by a hand unknown. And as if to answer the mighty wyrm's call, a host of dragons flew in from the northwestern reaches of Dravania and fell upon the Empire's forces. The air was filled with the deafening roars of cannons and dragonkin alike. Locked in a deadly embrace, the thunderous impact of Midgardsormr and the Agrius tolled their mutual demise. Thus ended the Battle of Silvertear Skies - and one of the greatest defeats Garlemald had yet experienced in their campaigns of conquest. Ceruleum leaking from the fallen airship, combined with Aether from the dying dragon king, would soon transform the flora of Mor Dhona into crystallized structures that remain visible to this day.
Many years later, the Battle of Carteneau ended with half of the region devastated by the effects of Bahamut emerging from Dalamud. Today, Mor Dhona stands as perhaps the single most scarred, battle-blasted region in all of Eorzea; having been the stage for two of the most destructive battles in recent Eorzean history, and the first focus of Bahamut's awakened rage, much of the region is now desperately barren, crystal-scarred and uninhabitable, a far cry from its old verdancy. Even now, the carcass of Midgardsormr lies entwined with the wreckage of the Agrius in the center of Silvertear Lake, a towering monument to the ferocity of the conflicts that have ravaged this land.
The only Aetheryte is located at Revenant's Toll.
Mor Dhona contains the following areas:
- The Fogfens - A swampland located on the west side.
- North Silvertear - The northern shoreline of Lake Silvertear in the east.
The original Camp Revenant's Toll was annihilated in the Calamity, and the crystal grew out of the ground to engulf the otherwise pristine and uniform Aetheryte crystal. Players can still navigate the ruined camp in various quests, but all NPCs have either died or moved to the new, full-blown town of Revenant's Toll, situated nearby. It has been growing larger as time passes in the game.
Saint Coinach's FindEdit
The Sons of Saint Coinach, an organization of scholars and researchers from Sharlayan, have made camp in these Allagan Ruins. In addition to the ruins, the suddenly formed Crystal Tower is a valued subject for study.
Mor Dhona's environment may exhibit any of the following weather conditions:
- Clear Skies
Places of InterestEdit
The Crystal Tower sprang up some time shortly after the Calamity. The Sons of Saint Coinach would likely unlock its odd, slanted door were it not for the hostile Gigas roaming the area that appear to worship the tower. Along with the Keeper of Lake, the tower dominates Mor Dhona's modern landscape.
The Keeper of the LakeEdit
Located in the middle of Lake Silvertear lies the ruined hulk of the Agrius, with the wyrmking's carcass entwined around it. Along with the Crystal Tower, it remains the definitive landmark of the region.
A huge cluster of crystal formations to the north of Saint Coinach's Find, with a crater lake in the middle. A fragment of Dalamud had landed here during the Calamity, which still crackles with energy.
One of the most intriguing spots for its reason for development, the Tangle is a labyrinthine forest full of Morbols just outside Castrum Centri. It was made to resemble the spot the CG Midlander fought the Malboro during an Echo in the original game's Opening Movie. Needless to say, the swamp is also quite perilous.
Castrum Centri was once Castrum Novum, remodeled and renamed after the XIVth Legion took over from the tattered remnants of the VIIth. It serves as one of the cores of the Garlean Empire's presence in Eorzea, along with the Praetorium.
Situated on a cliff to the west of the Agrius, a large tree stands crystallized since the fallout of the Battle of Silvertear Skies. A stone bearing the mark of Thaliak the Scholar lies in front of it. More unusually, several Harriers from Coerthas have been seen in the path leading to the crystal tree.
After the fall of the White Raven, the remnants of the VIIth Legion had moved to these barren fields. The Eorzean Alliance engaged the VIIth Legion during the Battle of Carteneau in order to ensure Louisoix could summon The Twelve in a desperate attempt to halt Dalamud's descent. During that fateful battle, the falling moon disintegrated and released the Elder Primal Bahamut who forever changed Eorzea's landscape in its fury.
Since then, the Carteneau Flats have been discovered to contain many buried ruins of ancient Allag. Conflict over this is regulated by the Frontline campaigns conducted by the Grand Companies of Eorzea.
These saltmoors are located northwest of Lake Silvertear. Once the site of a great city of magic in the Fifth Astral Era, the Great Flood of the Sixth Umbral Era felled the black mages of Mhach and transformed Yafaem into saltmoors.
- Crystal Tower
- The Keeper of the Lake
- The Weeping City of Mhach
- 5th Cohort Eques
- 5th Cohort Hoplomachus
- 5th Cohort Laquearius
- 5th Cohort Signifer
- 5th Cohort Secutor
- 5th Cohort Vanguard
- Daring Harrier
- Hexing Harrier
- Raging Harrier
- Lightning Sprite
- Lake Cobra
- Gigas Beggar
- Gigas Bhikku
- Gigas Bonze
- Gigas Shramana
- Gigas Sozu
- Leech King (B-Rank Elite Mark)
- Kurrea (A-Rank Elite Mark)
- Agrippa the Mighty (S-Rank Elite Mark)
The original Mor Dhona served as nothing more than a dangerous location for a meager few main scenario quests. Until the addition of Notorious Monsters like Dodore, the region saw very few visitors outside the occasional toad farmer. Full of empty caves and dummied content, explorers found it a great place to speculate what might have been in the original game's endgame.
The most notable change is the absence of the entire southern half, likely obliterated or rendered uninhabitable after Bahamut's rampage at the Battle of Carteneau. The aether crystals have grown even further at places, particularly in the area of Singing Shards, where the entire canyon is crystallized to the point where electricity can be seen sparking from wall to wall. Gigas and hippogryphs have moved in from the mountains of Coerthas, and piestes have migrated to the adjacent Northern Thanalan. While much of the area is just as barren as it had been since the Battle of Silvertear Skies twenty years ago, plant life has returned in full force in spots like The Tangle.
Quite unlike Version 1.0, Mor Dhona and particularly Revenant's Toll are now the go-to hub for end-game coordination, due in large part to the presence of the "tome vendors" - merchants who will trade various endgame items and crafting materials for Allagan Tomestones. The Crystal Tower is also located in Mor Dhona, meaning the entrance to at least one end-game dungeon is right there as of patch 2.1. Additionally, Revenant's Toll's popularity is so prominent that it is acknowledged in the story itself - the camp-cum-city is growing with the players, and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn even move their headquarters there to be closer and more convenient for the adventurers. This growth is also reflected with patches, as the town is getting incrementally built, with the town square complete as of Patch 2.28, and with Rowena's "House of Splendors" complete as of 2.5.
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