West Ronfaure is an area in Final Fantasy XI. This forest area is all that stands between the Kingdom of San d'Oria and the Orcish outpost in Ghelsba to the west.
Part of the Ronfaure region, this wooded area lies to the west of San d'Oria's gates. Many years ago, the Orc forces captured the area surrounding Mount Ghelsba, then proceeded to relentlessly dispatch troops into the surrounding region from their newly constructed fort.
The Knightwell is a small lake that runs just south of the mountains to the southeast of the region's outpost. This fishing spot is guarded jealously by Goblin Fishermen, and some of the creatures fished up bite back, but adventurers able to look past that will find good fish in the waters. During the Sunbreeze Festival, adventurers can flock here to try their hand at Goldfish Scooping.
Traveling south from West Ronfaure leads to La Theine Plateau and the Zulkheim region.
In the San d'Orian mission Smash the Orcish Scouts, the adventurer must defeat Orcish Fodder, located in West Ronfaure, East Ronfaure, Ghelsba Outpost, or La Theine Plateau, and retrieve an Orcish Axe as proof of the deed. Players are also required to defeat the Orc NM Marauder Dvogzog in a later San d'Orian mission Prestige of the Papsque, in an area of West Ronfaure that can only be accessed through the Bostaunieux Oubliette.
Accessible only from Northern San d'Oria, this watch tower, built into the city wall, keeps an eye on the forest below, watching for signs of movement by the Orcs. It is here that players may undertake the Teamwork quests, which involve building parties of adventurers with certain attributes in common and showing them to the head of the watch tower, Vilatroire.
- Position: (I-10)
This ancient monument to the east of the Knightwell was placed and inscribed by the legendary Gwynham Ironheart. The player must make a copy of the monument's inscription using clay and take it to Abelard in Selbina, along with the rest of the inscriptions of the monuments across the land, in order to obtain a valuable map of the Crawlers' Nest. The monument reads:
It has been a full ten years since I last visited this land, yet I am shocked to see Orcish warriors roaming this far south!
I saw many here in this forest, the very lap of the Kingdom, but the proud Elvaan knights don't consider them a threat.
Mark my words! Someday, hundreds - no - thousands of Orcs will bring war upon this beautiful kingdom.
I write this in hope that brave knights will prove me wrong.
- Orcish Cursemaker
- Orcish Fighter
- Orcish Serjeant
- Orcish Chasseur
- Orcish Fighterchief*Garrison leader
West Ronfaure, like East Ronfaure, carries its eponymous theme as its background song. As this was one of the few tracks of Final Fantasy XI's original soundtrack to be composed by Nobuo Uematsu, it's also one of the few tracks to be played outside of the Final Fantasy XI community, and has gained popularity as a result.
When the player engages in battle in West Ronfaure alone, the "Battle Theme" plays. If the player engages in a battle with other party members, "Battle Theme #2" plays.
- As West Ronfaure is located right outside a starter city and designed to cater to low level, it is well known as a newbie area.