The main gate of Ul'dah opens up to the desolate wastes that comprise central Thanalan. Caravans laden with goods can be seen passing through the area, as can tired refugees lacking even their daily bread. This is a place that strikes a stark contrast between those who have naught, and those who want for naught.
Central Thanalan is a location in Final Fantasy XIV in the Thanalan region. It largely serves as one of the starting zones for players beginning in Ul'dah.
A marvel of modern innovation, the steam engine has transformed the mining industry, increasing efficiency and profits thrice over. It has also led to the transformation of what was once a thinly manned aetheryte outpost into a thriving crossroads of labor and commerce—a new pillar to support the thriving Ul'dahn economy.
Originally a basic aetheryte camp, the construction of a rail line for transporting mining results gave it a new form and function.
It is the only place where Materia transmutation can be done. By talking to Mutamix, players can transmute 5 Materias into one, though this is a complete random process, so the result can be a better Materia or a worst one.
Near an old mountain path once used by Sixth Astral Era woodcutters as a detour through the more perilous stretches of northern Thanalan, lies a cave sought out only by the ignorant or the foolish. Upon first glance, the shade of its maw might appear inviting to one who seeks to escape the punishing rays of the midday sun. However, any good woodcutter knows to keep his distance, for it is said all who enter, never return - the cries of the damned echoing up from the depths the only testament to their folly. Heed this dire warning, and you may live. Ignore it, and soon it shall be your screams that add to the cacophony.
Ever since being denied entry into the Pugilists', Gladiators', Lancers', Marauders', and Archers' Guilds, Grishild the Ungood has taken to challenging anyone and everyone to duels, hoping to prove her detractors wrong. Or perhaps she's simply a masochist.
Speak with the cowardly challenger.
Like an Eft out of Water
Black Brush (x21 y23)
Defeat the efts.
Drawn by the sumptuous scent of roasting meat and hot mulled wine, efts have crawled out from the muddy flats of their normal habitat to dine at nearby cookfires. Slay a few so that the kindly father may roast them up for his starveling sons.
Let them Eat Cactus
Black Brush (x23 y17)
Deliver cactus leaves to the hungry hobbledehoy.
Appalled that the displaced souls living in the shantytowns beneath the towering city walls of Ul'dah are driven to eat rat tails and coblyn legs just to survive, the sultana has ordered her subjects to procure edible cactus leaves and distribute them to the starving masses.
Speak with the hungry hobbledehoy.
Black Brush (x18 y20)
Defeat the Qiqirn shellsweepers.
A band of Qiqirn bandits has left its camp in search of fresh prey, and the Brass Blades are bent on seeing the beastmen's efforts end in failure. All aid provided by adventurers will be noted and duly rewarded.
The Coffer & Coffin (x19 y20)
Help the Coffer & Coffin heavy defeat Guguroon Wetnose and the Qiqirn shellsweepers.
Cockeyed Qiqirn denied entry to the Coffer & Coffin have not taken the news well and are causing trouble for the heavy who was hired to keep characters like these from causing trouble. Lend the poor lad a hand in helping the beastmen sober up.
Speak with the Coffer & Coffin heavy.
Black Brush (x15 y22)
Defeat the sledgehammer beaks.
Fear of being pummeled by sledgehammer beaks is preventing miners from delivering their ore to assayers in Ul'dah. The Brass Blades seek help in clearing the Royal Allagan Starway of any and all threats.
A Warm Welcome
Black Brush (x18 y23)
Descended from Coerthas in search of warm stones, a spriggan known in the north as Spitfire is terrorizing the local smallfolk and hoarding precious ores and gems intended for sale to the Goldsmiths' Guild. Give the crafty creature a good cuffing and send him on his way back home.
The Rat's Nest (x16 y19)
Defeat Babaroon Halfshell.
As his colorful moniker suggests, notorious Qiqirn bandit Babaroon Halfshell prefers his prey firm on the outside and runny on the inside─something to keep in mind when he has you in an iron cookpot, boiling over an open flame. Now get cracking before he grows hungry.
For the Queen
Black Brush (x18 y15)
Defeat the antling sentries.
Giant antling sentries are on the march, most likely in search of Lalafellin children to snatch up and take back to their queen. Slay the vilekin before they catch the scent of a plump, innocent morsel.
A Few Arrows Short of a Quiver
The Clutch (x23 y20)
Deliver stolen shipping crates to the crestfallen merchant.
The summer home of Eolande Quiveron─former Syndicate member, before tragically losing her life in the Calamity─has been occupied by thieving bandits, one even claiming, in fact, to be the noble lady's heir. Rumor has it the bandits use the run-down manor to hide their booty, and a merchant is seeking aid in recovering his stolen goods.
Speak with the crestfallen merchant.
Leaving the Nest
Black Brush (x17 y14)
Defeat the nest commander.
The nest commander─a giant antling from Hellsbrood Holes─is out hunting again. Volunteers are wanted to see the violent vilekin slain.
Orobon Part Two: The Spawning
The Unholy Heir (x28 y19)
Defeat the spawning orobon.
A poor boy whose father was eaten by an orobon (yes, an orobon) has sworn bloody revenge against the terrible wavekin who rendered him a starveling orphan. While it won't bring his father back, the indiscriminate slaying of random orobon may just help restore the sparkle in the young boy's eyes.
Speak with Tiny Chris.
The Unholy Heir (x28 y19)
A terrible monster, known as Vodyanoi, living in the pools beneath the Unholy Heir has been seen dragging his victims into the water, where he lies upon them until they asphyxiate. One would think that the wavekin then eats his prey, but such is not the case, as the corpses are left to drift in the pools until they are consumed by jackals and carrion crows. Could it be that Vodyanoi kills merely for pleasure!?
Ovjang. A mammet of some antiquity, last in possession of a wealthy collector who suffered from a particularly virulent case of buyer's remorse."
"He ordered the mammet disassembled and sold off for parts. However, once under the chisel, the mammet came to and attacked the smith, wounding her badly before making its escape.
“Sabotender Bailarina blooms but once every two score years. The flower is remarkable less for its appearance, which are pedestrian enough, and more for its fragrance."
"The scent has been described by naturalists as an olfactory equivalent of fingernails on slate, and sends sabotenders into violent frenzy. Whether the effect arises from discomfort or lust is unknown.”
“One of a pair of cyclops captured several years ago on Vylbrand by the Adventurers' Guild and subsequently separated."
"Brontes was sold to an Ul'dahn circus, where he proved a prize draw, and never more so than on his last day, when he slew two of his keepers over a haunch of venison barded in flare fat before escaping."
"Having learned the joys of enlightened cuisine during his captivity, the cyclops is drawn by the aroma of fine comestibles, much to the terror of culinarians.”