Central Shroud.

Central Shroud is a location in Final Fantasy XIV.

It largely serves as a starting zone for players who begin in Gridania.

Story[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Central Shroud, as the name implies, lies at the heart of the Black Shroud. It is situated to the south of the city-state of Gridania, on the other side of the Jadeite Flood.

This zone connects to East Shroud through Greentear, to North Shroud through the Standing Corses, and to South Shroud through Bentbranch. The Blue Badger Gate and White Wolf Gate connect to New Gridania.

Aetherytes[edit | edit source]

The only Aetheryte is located at Bentbrach Meadows, roughly at the center of the map.

Areas[edit | edit source]

The river in Bentbranch area.

Central Shroud contains the following areas:

  • Jadeite Thick - Central-most paths.
  • Greentear – Eastern glade.
  • Bentbranch – The central and southern paths.
  • Sorrel Haven – A dangerous area located atop a cliff to the west.
  • The Standing Corses - A clearing far in the west with an impact crater.

Settlements[edit | edit source]

The Bannock[edit | edit source]

The training grounds for the Order of the Twin Adder.

Bentbranch Meadows[edit | edit source]

Bentbranch Meadows.

Situated on a wooden causeway, this trading post houses a major chocobo ranch.

Weather[edit | edit source]

Central Shroud's climate may exhibit any of the following weather conditions:

  • Clear Skies
  • Sunshine
  • Fog
  • Overcast
  • Rain
  • Thunder
  • Tension (only when Odin is roaming the Black Shroud)

Places of Interest[edit | edit source]

Lifemend Stump[edit | edit source]

Spirithold[edit | edit source]

A structure initially built in the days of Gelmorra, Spirithold has found new use as a prison to hold enemies of the forest while they await judgment - though whether the same can be said after the Calamity is unclear. Some also refer to the crumbling ruin as Warren's Hold, after the cells' first gaoler.

The Tam-Tara Deepcroft[edit | edit source]

These catacombs have long been tombs of the Gelmorran nobility. But these days, it has been infested by the Lambs of Dalamud.

The Mirror Planks[edit | edit source]

Located along the Mirror lake, this pier contains ferry services to Lavender Beds.

The Guardian Tree[edit | edit source]

The Guardian Tree.

Also known as Everscade, this ancient tree is said to be oldest arbor in all of the Black Shroud. It is sacred to the Gridanians, being home to an elder elemental that watches over the forest.

Haukke Manor[edit | edit source]

Haukke Manor.

This mansion in Sorrel Haven was formerly owned by the Seedseers as a place of respite, but was generally viewed as a symbol of excess by Gridanians. Public opinion eventually swayed them to sell it to a Duskwight noblewoman named Amandine.

Amberscale Rock[edit | edit source]

Spiggan Dig[edit | edit source]

A dig into the crater located at the Standing Corses. What exactly the spriggans are digging for is a mystery.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Duties[edit | edit source]

The Tam-Tara Deepcroft.

The Tam-Tara Deepcroft The Tam-Tara Deepcroft
Level 16
Entrance found at coordinates (19, 28).

Since its establishment during Gelmorran times, this subterranean crypt has been used for generations as a final resting place for the remains of rulers and nobles. Since the Calamity, however, the tunnels have become overrun with the Lambs of Dalamud─a deadly cult who worships the now-fallen satellite as their savior. It is in the Deepcroft that these twisted souls silently plot revenge against those who fought to prevent the advent of Dalamud, summoning any dark presence who will aid them to this end...no matter what the cost.
Haukke Manor.

Haukke Manor Haukke Manor
Level 28
Entrance found at coordinates (9, 22).

Once used by seedseers as a place for spiritual reflection and meditation, Haukke Manor was long frowned upon by the people of Gridania as a symbol of excess. After years of protest, the building was finally sold to a wealthy Wildwood Elezen by the name of Lady Amandine.

While little is known of the lady, it was said that she was exceptionally vain, and that to maintain her impeccable beauty, she would spare no expense. From facial creams concocted from rare Coerthan honeys to shampoos derived from the milk of exotic phurbles, her daily ritual of beauty treatments escalated until it was rumored she was bathing in the blood of her virgin maidservants. No amount of man-made tinctures, however, could hide the hideous scars she eventually suffered during the Calamity, and from that day forth she was forced to turn to a darker solution, signing away her very soul in a final effort to literally "save face".
Haukke Manor (Hard).

Haukke Manor (Hard) Haukke Manor (Hard)
Level 50
Item level 48
Entrance found at coordinates (9, 22).

Scarred by the Calamity and warped by vanity, the lady of House Dartancours has made a bargain with the voidsent─and lost her soul, as is so often the case with such sketchy arrangements. Now, her manor house is a lair to all manner of dark beings, and the elite band of Wood Wailers sent to purge them has failed to report back. A second try is now in the works.
The Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard).

The Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard) The Tam-Tara Deepcroft (Hard)
Level 50
Item level 70
Entrance found at coordinates (19, 28).

When the guiding light of one's life is extinguished, it takes uncommon strength of spirit to clamber out of the black pits of despair. Those who want for resilience may yet be pulled up by a friend's helping hand, but what becomes of a broken-hearted maiden who has neither the strength nor the succor to overcome the darkness that threatens to consume her? The answer shall be revealed through the tragic tale that begins with the arrival of a single letter...

Guildhest Guildhests
Level 10
Entry found by speaking with Ribald at coordinates (22, 21).

Hall of the Novice.

Hall of the Novice Hall of the Novice
Level 15
Entry found by speaking with the Smiths at coordinates (9, 22) or (19, 28).

FATEs[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Little Ladybug
  • Ground Squirrel
  • Forest Funguar
  • Treant Sapling
  • Water Sprite
  • Syrphid Swarm
  • Black Eft
  • Chigoe
  • Bog Yarzon
  • Anole
  • Hoglet
  • Microchu
  • Trickster Imp
  • Diremite
  • Tree Slug
  • Roselet
  • Arbor Buzzard
  • Hornet Swarm
  • Firefly
  • Magicked Bones
  • Toadstool
  • Lindwurm
  • Deathgaze
  • Floating Eye
  • Revenant
  • Stroper
  • Spriggan
  • White Joker (B-Rank Elite Mark)
  • Forneus (A-Rank Elite Mark)
  • Laideronette (S-Rank Elite Mark)

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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