Unable or unwilling to submit to imperial rule or assimilate into the other city-states, the Ala Mhigan Resistance seeks to fight the Garleans on their own terms, and as such have yet to seek direct aid from the Eorzean Alliance. They are primarily based in the settlement of Little Ala Mhigo in Southern Thanalan.
As Lyse revealed, her father among its founding members, the Ala Mhigan Resistance was formed to overthrow the mad king Theodoric. When Garlemald conquered Ala Mhigo, Lyse's father was killed as she and her sister fled their homeland for Sharlayan.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit
The Scions of the Seventh Dawn seek the resistance out to investigate the sightings of masked men. After gaining the trust of the Little Ala Mhigo elder Gundobald, the Warrior of Light discovers that several youths in the village are plotting to summon Rhalgr as a primal to combat the Garleans. The plot is halted before they do anything reckless, but limited information on the Ascians is acquired.
In the chaos of the Ul'dahn Revolution, Yda Hext and Papalymo Totolymo escape the city with the aid of Resistance members to Little Ala Mhigo. They join the Resistance and become involved with a cell called the "Masks". Being led by a fireband called "The Griffin," the Masks have claimed to have a means to defeat the empire and inspire many refugees to try to reclaim Ala Mhigo.
Under suspicion of having received stolen shipments of crystals from Ishgard, Alphinaud and the Warrior of Light investigate one of the Griffin's speeches. They reunite with Yda and Papalymo and meet with a proxy speaking on the true Griffin's behalf outside Little Ala Mhigo. The man reveals the crystals were not intended for them, but rather a gift to Amalj'aa so they might summon Ifrit and join the Masks in reclaiming Ala Mhigo.
It is implied this was a feint to ensure the Warrior of Light would confront the Warriors of Darkness at the Bowl of Embers: after meeting with his proxy, the Griffin speaks with Elidibus, who is pleased with the outcome. He presents the Griffin with his end of the bargain: the preserved Eyes of Nidhogg, assuring that as a man of boundless despair and vengeance the Griffin is worthy to inherit them. The Griffin, his true identity being Ilberd Feare, uses the eyes to create a primal by sacrificing his subordinates during their attack on Baelsar's Wall.