Final week’s “The Legend Returns” patch for Final Fantasy XIV gives players a style of Final Fantasy Methods and Final Fantasy XII in a particular 24-individual raid event named “The Royal City Of Rabanastre.” If you are a lover of the Ivalice environment but not an MMO participant, here’s what you are missing.
The adventure, penned by Final Fantasy Methods and XII author Yasumi Matsuno, in essence shoehorns Methods’ “Zodiac Brave Story” into Final Fantasy XIV, with some figures and creatures from Final Fantasy XII thrown in for great evaluate.
In Final Fantasy XIV ’s entire world of Hydaelyn, the land of Ivalice is a legend (consequently “The Legend Returns” patch title). It’s a story handed down via the generations, involving the rise of a king and a mysterious figure, perhaps a different hero, helping him from the shadows. It’s the story of Final Fantasy Methods.
From the event’s official description:
Recently, inhabitants of Kugane woke to locate hovering higher than their metropolis an airship contrary to any ever found. Still whilst of Garlean style and design, the vessel distinctly lacked the bleak outfitting frequent in the Empire’s warmachina. No, this was the Prima Vista, non-public stage for the Majestic Imperial Theater Company─a troupe possessing gained acclaim across Garlemald for their timeless do the job, The Zodiac Brave Tale. Which begets the concern…why are they listed here? The solution to that concern and extra lies in the selfsame legend of which they sing. The legend of Ivalice.
The Prima Vista is the name of the airship flown by the Tantalus Theater Group in Final Fantasy IX, but there are no odd minimal tailed rogues operating about. Rather, as players explore on embarking on the quest leading up to the raid even, this airship serves as the household for a pair of siblings searching for their adventurous father, dropped whilst exploring the harmful metropolis of Rabanastre for proof that Ivalice is extra than just a story.
The Zodiac Brave Tale
The participant character is contacted initially by Alma bas Lexentale, a character that looks suspiciously like Alma Beoulve, sister of the protagonist of Final Fantasy Methods. What was his name all over again?
Which is right, it is Ramza! Or at the very least Ramza bas Lexentale. This Ramza’s main concern is getting his missing father, Jenomis cen Lexentale, and probably uncovering the correct Zodiac Brave Tale in the process.
Whoever this Ramza and Alma are, they have to have the Warrior of Light’s help to rescue their father, dropped and perhaps underneath the affect of Ivalice’s signature evil crystal, Auracite.
The Zodiac Age
Even though the main figures are from Final Fantasy Methods, the environment for this initially leg of the Ivalice saga is the cash of the Kingdom of Dalmasca from Final Fantasy XII. Rabanastre has found greater days, but it still looks quite breathtaking as the participant and their compatriots technique from the sky.
And whilst the sinister figures who seem toward the conclusion of the cutscene higher than aren’t totally unveiled right up until soon after the raid correct, it is quite apparent they are Bangaa, the lizard-like race that initially appeared in Final Fantasy XII.
When the prolonged opening cutscenes are over, it is time to raid Rabanastre. This 24-participant raid is a collection of 4 difficult boss battles with some attention-grabbing trash mobs to clean up alongside the way.
It all kicks off with a combat with Mateus the Corrupt, who some may bear in mind as the ice-aligned Esper from Final Fantasy XII.
Next up is Hashmal, Bringer of Buy. One more Final Fantasy XII Esper, Hashmal represents the aspect of earth.
Bucking the Esper pattern, the raid’s 3rd boss is Rofocale, who’s a little bit of an odd duck in the Ivalice environment. Also identified as Rophochehe, this enemy references one particular of the Zodiac-primarily based Lucavi demons that did not seem in Final Fantasy Methods, though its name was mentioned in the track record of the game’s save display screen. It’s a neat minimal callback to an unused strategy.
The fourth and ultimate boss combat of The Royal City of Rabanastre is a actual take care of for Final Fantasy Methods lovers. Argath Thadalfus is one particular of the most unlikable figures in Final Fantasy, a whiny, entitled snob of a nobleman who looks on individuals below his station with uncooked contempt. It’s seriously good to get a different possibility to conquer him down.
Test out the entire battle below, courtesy of Hinkles on YouTube. Stay til the very conclusion to listen to a common victory theme.
Be aware that Argath is psyched about fighting in opposition to “descendants of Household Beoulve.” He’s not quite right.
The raid is over and Ramza and Alma’s father is recovered, but not before a common scaly confront makes an appearance. Ruthless Bangaa bounty hunter and arch-enemy of Final Fantasy XII’s Bathier, Ba’Gamnan and his brothers capture Jenomis before he can be rescued, providing to trade him for a piece of Auracite.
The trade is produced and the Bangaa escape into the sky on an airship. The Warrior of Light-weight and Ramza get up Jenomis and return to the Prima Vista, the place the ties to Final Fantasy Methods are lastly unveiled.
Nevertheless evidence of Ramza and Alma Beoulve’s involvement in the story of Delita Hyral’s rise from peasant to king of Ivalice was stricken from the historic record, Jenomis uncovered proof. In buy to guarantee he under no circumstances dropped sight of the truth, he named his small children soon after the neglected heroes.
As for how Jenomis came across this informati0n, get prepared for the kicker. The story of Final Fantasy Methods is framed as the investigate of scholar Arazlam Durai. He is the descendant of Orran Durai, who chronicled the correct story of the War of the Lions in the “Durai Papers.” but was branded a heretic and burned at the stake before they could be released. Effectively, guess what?
Ramza and Alma’s father is Arazlam Durai, writer of the “Zodiac Brave Story”.
As the adventure ends, Ramza and his father vow to keep on their quest to carry the correct story of Ivalice to the people today of Final Fantasy XIV’s Hydaelyn.
But Is It Canon?
Not seriously, no. Final Fantasy XIV enjoys to just take principles, figures and sites from other Final Fantasy titles and existing them in the context of its massively multiplayer environment. It’s the legends of Ivalice as projected into FFXIV, and nothing at all extra.