Upon the eastern banks of Othard lies Doma, the lands from which the ninja and samurai hail. Invaded twenty-five years ago by the Garlean Empire in their relentless effort to expand their borders, this once-peaceful nation now struggles under the imperial yoke. In the wake of a recent large-scale uprising that ended in failure, a majority of the civilians have been stripped of even their most fundamental freedoms.
Doma is a Kingdom from Final Fantasy XIV. Located in the fertile land of Yanxia on the continent Othard, it was a vassal to the Garlean Empire. It is now occupied by an imperial viceroy and her host of brutish men. Citizens in the area struggle to survive in the face of oppression, which comes in the form of punishing taxes and grueling physical labor. Doma is accessible in the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansion.
Located in the region of Yanxia, the kingdom is situated along the One River which has provided the Domans with fresh fish since the start of the kingdom. The banks are considered to be the most fertile farmland in all of Yanxia, the people live off the land growing rice crops, along with plums and permissions. Doman paper is also a favor of trade the world over due to its durability and beauty, it is used in important documents and scrolls and artistic crafts such as fans, lanterns and other elaborate displays.
The people of Doma practice their faith in private and won't judge others for not sharing in their faith. They believe in a host of spirits known as the kami, which can be personifications of nature, enlightened sages, and long lived animals of legend.
The Feats of Ganen Edit
The beginning of Doma's long history began with the man known as Ganen Rijin. At the age of fourteen the young boy's father died in battle and became leader of his clan. He understood that his clan would be attacked by one of the other aggressive clans that fought for supremacy, and so thought of a plan to defend his small clan against a bigger foe. Soon enough one of the clans invaded their territory and in full plate armor gave chase to the Rijin clan and ended up in wetlands. Weighed down by their armor, Ganen commanded a host of archers to rain down arrows on their foe.
Ganen was a powerful and merciful leader, when he was young he was taught geomancy from a hermit, and had a disregard for birth and background, accepting any and all into his service as long as they possessed the ability and wisdom. He showed mercy to his defeated enemies and earned their respect and loyalty, bolstering his armies ranks. Within the span of twenty years they controlled all of the One River's Eastern bank. Clans on the western bank however feared this expansion and they assembled a massive army in preparation for war. For eight long years they fought but Ganen gained the upper hand with aid from Namazu messengers and spies. Having united all of Yanxia under one banner, the kingdom of Doma was born.
The conflict with Seien Edit
300 years ago a ruler known as King Seien ruled over Doma, but because of his brash and impulsive nature he hosted galas day and night, running Doma's coffers dry and taxing the people. Sasuke, a shinobi of the Kagekakushi clan, came to carry out a secret mission but was moved by the peoples plight. After finishing his duties he sought out Shoen, Seien's younger brother, and freed him from captivity and together with a rebel army they overthrew Seien. Fearing something similar may happening again, Shoen bade Sasuke stay in Doma and saw the shinobi as a check against tyranny. He agreed to his proposal and soon founded Shino-bi-no-sato deep in the mountains of Yanxia, where he trained others in the art of ninjutsu.
The Garlean Occupation Edit
During the reign of Kaien Rijin, the Garlean Empire invaded Yanxia from the west, and attacked from the One River with support from the newly formed Castrum Fluminis, and massive airships. Outmatched Doma surrendered, and was ruled over for twenty five years, and although Kaien collaborated with the Garleans as deputy viceroy, he secretly coordinated the Liberation Front. News spread that a war of succession broke out in Garlemald and a rebellion took place and successfully drove the Garleans out of their lands. However the war of succession ended quicker then expected and Zenos Yae Galvus lead the XIIth legion to Doma crushing the rebellion and killing Lord Kaien. His son, Hien Rijin was thought to have been killed during the rebellion but in truth he went into hiding, leaving Doma in Garlean hands.
Creation and developmentEdit
Naoki Yoshida has confirmed that Doma's culture and settlement are based on Japan and once Doma starts trading with Eorzea in the future update we will see more Japanese-style items, equipment, and furnishings in the game.
- The name "Doma" alludes to the Kingdom of Doma from Final Fantasy VI, both being kingdoms that have connections to samurai. Both the Doman king, Kaien, and the prince, Hien, are direct references to the characters Cyan Garamonde and his son Owaine. Kaien's name is based on the romaji of Cyan's Japanese name, Cayenne (カイエン, Kaien?), while Hien's childhood name, Shun, is based on Owaine's Japanese name, which is also Shun (シュン, Shun?). In addition, "Cyan's Theme" plays as Hien's character theme.