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The Allagan civilization thrived within the borders of a vast empire, producing marvels the likes of which this world has never seen again. It's said that its technology was so advanced, the magitek of Garlemald appears crude and childlike in comparison. When I first laid eyes on the Crystal Tower, I finally realized the truth of that claim...

The Allagan Empire, or just simply Allag, was a historical empire in the backstory of Final Fantasy XIV. It had expanded all across Eorzea and beyond during the Third Astral Era. Its technology is unsurpassed—the modern Garlean Empire's magitek is described as child's play in comparison.

Among Allag's creations are Dalamud, the Crystal Tower, the Ultima Weapon, and Azys Lla. Other relics, such as tomestones, remain popular in modern times as collectors' items. The Sons of Saint Coinach is an organization from Sharlayan dedicated to researching the ancient civilization.

StoryEdit

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The Allagan Empire was founded by Emperor Xande in the Third Astral Era, well over five thousand years ago. At its peak, Allag encompassed the majority of Hydaelyn, holding an innumerable populace under its sway. Allag's might came largely from its mastery of science and magic. The empire performed extensive bioengineering (creating numerous chimerical monstrosities), crafted massive space-faring vehicles, and even learned from the Ascians a method of binding primals to the physical world.

These incredible advancements in aetherochemistry resulted from the influence of Omega, which was discovered 150 years after Xande's death.

As generations passed Allag became stagnant and entered a decline in part due to a lack of strong leadership and the complacency brought on by post scarcity. To restore it to prosperity, a technologist and magician named Amon sought to revive Xande to provide the empire with a strong leader for eternity. Amon cloned Xande's descendants, Doga and Unei, who would eventually imbue their clones with their will. The reborn Xande returned the Allagans to their former glory.

Xande Throne

Xande on his throne at the top of Syrcus Tower.

Xande was dissatisfied as he had never fulfilled his original ambitions of conquering the entirety of Hydaelyn. Thus, he sought the forbidden power of Darkness: the Voidsent. Since the Crystal Tower itself could not generate the power to maintain a stable portal to the Realm of Darkness, Xande had the Elder Primal Bahamut placed in the artificial moon Dalamud to harness the solar energy needed to enable the dark covenant.

The conquests of Xande and the resurgent spread of the Allagan Empire led to discontentment, and it is implied numerous uprisings took place in the empire's final days. In an act of desperation, Xande attempted to transfer the full energy of Dalamud into the Crystal Tower to complete his pact and tear open a rift to the World of Darkness. This proved to be too much for the tower to maintain and the excess energy escaped into the ground, resulting in a catastrophic earthquake that laid the mighty Allagan Empire to waste and ushered in the Fourth Umbral Era. With the Crystal Tower buried, the civilization that had become reliant on its energy plummeted into chaos. Though Allag and its culture faded, their relics remain scattered on Eorzea to tantalize and haunt the peoples to come.

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Military and technologyEdit

FFXIV Allagan automatons

Dormant Allagan automatons used as war soldiers.

By the end of the Third Astral Era, the Allagans phased out conventional soldiers in favor of automatons and chimerical creations. Due to the highly advanced technology of their airships, many of their vessels looked nothing like modern airship designs, typically resembling either globular vehicles, such as the Fractal Continuum and Dalamud, or in the case of Ragnarok-class starships, gigantic swords. The Flagship at the heart of Azys Lla resembles a towering spire with a flattened top deck.

Their advanced biotechnology created all manner of chimerical beings, many modified by contemporary beastmen, dragons, and wildlife. They even created synthetic voidsent, such as nagas. According to the Fractal Continuum, Void research was an "emerging field" late in the Allagan period. This cloning technology was used by Xande to streamline the human sacrifices needed for his covenant with voidsent like the Cloud of Darkness, even using clones of himself.

FFXIV CG Dalamud

Dalamud.

Allag's greatest achievement may have been the binding of primals/eikons. The Warring Triad remains sealed as a power source for Azys Lla, while the primal form of Bahamut was incarcerated in Dalamud as an orbiting satellite. According to Tiamat, this technology was achieved with the aid of the Ascians. Some of these anti-primal systems may have been using even older artifacts, as Lahabrea implied the Heart of Sabik at the core of the Ultima Weapon predates the Allagan civilization. Another weapon, the Omega, is said to have been used to combat Bahamut, though it is unclear if it refers to the great wyrm or the primal summoned in his image (or both).

EtymologyEdit

An empire is a dominion composed of a multitude of nations that's ruled by one sovereign leader, generally an emperor, although some empires were ruled by kings.

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