I want to make them pay! All of them! Everyone who ever mocked, or looked down on me -- I want the power to make them pay!
Fordola rem Lupis is a non-player character from Final Fantasy XIV, and the secondary main antagonist of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. She is a traitor to her homeland of Ala Mhigo and now serves under the Garlean Empire, stationing in Ala Mhigan territories as commander of the Cania Lupi.
Fordola boasts both the dominating physique and unflinching stance of an Ala Mhigan warrior. Fordola wears light, segmented armor—a lack of ornamentation denotes her status as both a conscript and a commander. In battle she wields a scimitar and a small buckler shield. Fordola's face is wrought into determined expressions, complemented by a warrior's facepaint and orange hair, streaked with yellow.
Fordola is forged in hardship and tempered by suffering. She carries a single-minded desire to see Ala Mhigans accepted by mainstream Garlean society. Rather than liberation, Fordola finds collaboration with the empire to be her peoples' only hope. After years of conscription and servitude to the Garlean military—one who treated her as dispensable cannon fodder—she has become brutal and unrelenting in her loyalty to the empire. This manifests in bitterness, rashness, and a fear of her own self-sacrifice. Above all else Fordola desires to survive to see her people raised above their current squalor.
The memory of her father's death drives and motives Fordola. Her father believed that collaboration with the empire was the most peaceful way for Ala Mighans to survive despite the rage most citizens felt. Upon his death at the hands of an angry mob when he was protecting her, Fordola became the hardened woman she is today and remains bitter over his death, believing her father deserved better. Fordola resolved that despite the hardship and humiliation she would make the Garleans respect her and her people.
When defeated and imprisoned by the resistance, Fordola remains defiant, wanting to be executed, feeling she had nothing else to live for. Lyse Hext, despite her lingering grudge towards her, believes there is hope for Fordola in redeeming herself. Fordola brushes off these attempts, but ultimately aids the Scions of the Seventh Dawn and the resistance against the primal Lakshmi, proving that despite her crimes, Fordola remains loyal to her homeland.
When Ala Mhigo was under the command of Gaius van Baelsar, he appointed Fordola and other Ala Mhigans born from digitaries as honorary citizens of the empire by serving in the Garlean militant group known as the Cania Lupi. Despite their rank they are looked down upon as traitors to their people (who call them "Skulls") and as savages by most imperials. Fordola and her comrades believe their actions are for the good of the Ala Mhigan people and work towards their goal of being accepted by both Ala Mhigans and imperials regardless of what it takes.
During the events of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, after overseeing an Ala Gannha villager give tributium to her platoon, Fordola is present when Zenos yae Galvus arrives to Ala Mhigo Castle. She piques his interest when she offers a means to eliminate the Ala Mhigan Resistance following that action of working with Raubahn Aldynn to take out prototype Magitek. This involves a direct attack on Rhalgr's Reach, with Fordola spearheading the assault. She deals a blow to the rebels by killing Meffrid and injuring Conrad Kemp.
Later capturing Krile Mayer Baldesion, Forbola is awarded with one of Zenos's men's gunblades and is entrusted with Castellum Velodyna. There, either out of ignorance or to ensure the beastmen's loyalty would not sway to their Vira cousins, Fordola takes the Qalyana broodmother's daughter Anamika hostage. After losing Velodyna when the Resistance and the Alliance stage Operation Rhalgr's Beacon, Fordola is forced to fall back with Anamika before being surrounded by the Qalyana. Anamika is accidentally killed and the Ananta Primal Lakshmi is summoned, forcing Fordola and her men to flee. Fordola returns to Ala Mhigo palace to accept whatever punishment awaits her. Zenos spares her once having her admit her deepest desire is to make those who looked down on her suffer, and has her be turned into a Resonant by Aulus mal Asina.
Arriving to Castrum Abania during the attack on the Specula Imperatorius, Fordola relays Zenos's order to fire on Imperatorius' main tower, knowing that her own people would be killed. When the Warrior of Light and the Scions infiltrate Castrum Abania and storm the control center, Fordola admits her actions to Lyse while revealing her new powers. Fordola wounds Alisaie Leveilleur before escaping in a Magitek while giving the Warrior's group Zenos's invite to Ala Mhigo Castle for a "royal hunt". When the Scions infiltrate the Resonatium where Krile is held as the Alliance and Resistance capture the capital city, Fordola confronts them. The group uses Urianger Augurelt's aetheric siphon to weaken Fordola for Lyse to subdue while others free Krile. Fordola is taken to Alliance custody and she lives as a prisoner to see Ala Mhigo no longer under Garlean occupancy.
The incensed Ala Mhigans attempt to take Fordola's life after someone leaks info about her captivity. They are stopped by Raubahn, who convinces them to stand down, as she may be aware of the whereabouts of the prisoners still within imperial custody. The Warrior of Light, Lyse, M'naago, Arenvald and Alphinaud Leveilleur visit her cell to discuss the prisoner situation. Fordola claims to want nothing but death, under the pretense that her death would unite Ala Mhigo, but Arenvald questions her resolve as she could have done so easily at any time, but chose not to. Fordola denies his claims when the Warrior of Light's Echo triggers, allowing them to see her past upbringing and what caused her to side with the empire. Fordola's Resonant powers cause her to see the Warrior's life and memories, and she is left aghast at what she witnessed and felt; the pain of losing her father dwarfed by the endless fighting and numerous betrayals and losses the adventurer has suffered up until now. Unable to grasp why the Warrior of Light still fights on, Lyse leaves Fordola to continue thinking about her next decision.
Lyse rushes to her cell and frees her from confinement while giving her a weapon as Lakshmi had been summoned within the throne room with the intent of enthralling everyone present. She grabs the weapon and joins in the fight, joining her Resonant power with that of Arenvald's and the Warrior of Light's Echo to shield the bystanders. With their combined might they fell the primal. She is confronted by Ala Mhigans and her Resonant power causes her to experience the pain they felt at the hands of her Skulls. With her job done, Fordola drops her weapon and starts to return to her cell. She is stopped by Raganfrid, who reminds her that she is not forgiven for her misdeeds—but on behalf of everyone present—extends his gratitude for saving them from the primal's enslavement. For once in her life Fordola has received gratitude from her countrymen, shedding a tear before returning to her confinement.
Following the events at Ala Mhigo's castle, Fordola is conscripted by Raubahn as a weapon to aid the Eorzean Alliance against primal uprisings, as well as serving her sentence outside of a cell. As a precaution, she is fitted with a cursed choker that would strangle her should she slip loose. She is dispatched in a party alongside Arenvald to southern Thanalan in response to a summoning of Ifrit and defeats the primal.
- Fordola possesses the same tattoo as her father, likely to honor his memory and remind her what she is fighting for.
- Unlike Zenos, Fordola only possesses one eye that turns Resonant.