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The flag of Ishgard representing the four High Houses.

The High Houses of Ishgard are the four noble Houses that retain most of power in Ishgard in Final Fantasy XIV. Each of the High Houses was founded by one of King Thordan's twelve knights and are depicted on the Ishgard flag.

Houses[]

House Durendaire[]

House Durendaire is currently the greatest of the High Houses. They are responsible for protecting the Whitebrim Front and the Observatorium. Known for its military might and superior dragoons, House Durendaire was tasked with defending the Dusk Vigil until its destruction in the Calamity, as well as reclaiming the Stone Vigil when it was lost by House Haillenarte shortly after. In addition to these responsibilities, the house has also joined with their staunch allies, House Dzemael, to secure and rebuild the Falcon's Nest.

In the Ishgardian flag, the House Durendaire is represented by the bell, the same seen in Whitebrim.

Historical
Founder
Guenriol de Durendaire
Leader & Primary Heir
Count Heir
Charlemend from Final Fantasy XIV.png FFXIV Ronantain.png
Charlemend Ronantain
Family
Chief Astrologian Viscount Former heir
("deceased")
FFXIV Forlemort.png FFXIV Jannequinard.png FFXIV Carvallain.png
Forlemort Jannequinard Carvallain de Gorgagne
Staff & Associates
Manservant
FFXIV Quimperain.png
Quimperain Evertrue
Knights
Knight Knight Knight Knight Lord Commander
(deceased)
FFXIV Drillemont.png FFXIV Redwald.png FFXIV Eliassin.png Yuhelmeric 1x Portrait.png
Drillemont de Lasserrant Redwald Younge Eliassin Portelaine Yuhelmeric

House Fortemps[]

The House Fortemps is responsible for the protection of Camp Dragonhead, the heart of the Coerthas Central Highlands. The house is also oft called upon for aid by the other High Houses, duties seen to by the count's sons Artoirel and Emmanellain. While the other High Houses scorn outsiders, House Fortemps has no objection to employing adventurers and sellswords.

In the Ishgardian flag, the House Fortemps is symbolized by a unicorn.

Historical
Founder
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Flavien de Fortemps
Leader & Primary Heir
Count (former) Count (current)
Edmont de Fortemps.png Artoirel de Fortemps from Final Fantasy XIV.png
Edmont Artoirel
Family
Lord Lord (illegitimate)
Emmanellain de Fortemps from Final Fantasy XIV.png FFXIV Haurchefant 2.png
Emmanellain Haurchefant Greystone
Staff & Associates
Pageboy Chiurgeon Pagegirl Manservant Steward
FFXIV Honoroit.png FFXIV Hourlinet.png FFXIV Saulette.png FFXIV Fortemps Manservant.png FFXIV Fortemps Steward.png
Honoroit Banlardois Hourlinet Saulette Unnamed manservant Unnamed steward
Knights
Knight Knight Knight Knight
FFXIV Arthurioux.png FFXIV Corentiaux.png 150x150px FFXIV Torsefers.png
Arthurioux Corentiaux Ninne Torsefers

House Haillenarte[]

Despite being one of the High Houses, House Haillenarte has fallen considerably behind the other three in terms of influence and respect due to the loss of both the Stone and Steel Vigils, which were under their care, as well as suspicions of heresy and collusion for allowing the fortresses to fall to the Dravanians. Nevertheless, they remain the steadfast friends of House Fortemps. The house is responsible for the protection of Skyfire Locks and the Monument Tower, as well as the oversight of the Skysteel Manufactory, which produces ballistae, cannons, and, more recently, magitek-inspired creations based on technical innovations by the Garlond Ironworks.The house is also responsible for the protection and development of Camp Cloudtop, though even those stationed there admit that it is busywork for those unsuited for more dangerous tasks.

In the Ishgardian flag, the House Haillenarte is symbolized by a rose.

Historical
Founder
Driancoin de Haillenarte
Leader & Primary Heir
Count Heir
FFXIV Baurendouin.png FFXIV Stephanivien.png
Baurendouin Stephanivien
Family
Lord Commander
(deceased)
Lord Lady Lord
FFXIV Aurvael.png FFXIV Laniaitte.png FFXIV Francel new.png
Choldebaimt Aurvael Laniaitte Francel
Staff & Associates
Engineer Maid Manservant Botanist Retired Knight
FFXIV Augebert portrait.png FFXIV Joye.png FFXIV Foncrineau.png FFXIV Basyle.png FFXIV Gibrillont.png
Augebert Joye Foncrineau Basyle Gibrillont Rivaumaiche
Knights
Knight Knight Knight Rose Knight Rose Knight Rose Knight Rose Knight Rose Knight Convictory Knight
FFXIV Aurelle.png FFXIV Bartelot.png FFXIV Nivie.png FFXIV Marielle.png FFXIV Ailid.png FFXIV Glidon.png FFXIV Harmiette.png FFXIV Rontremont.png FFXIV Saintrelmaux.png
Aurelle Bartelot Nivie Marielle Ailid Glidon Harmiette Rontremont Saintrelmaux

House Dzemael[]

House Dzemael is a powerful family whose talent for the building of fortifications has brought them vast wealth and influence. Staunch allies of House Durendaire, they have also been party to a number of significant victories, and the pair have recently joined to secure and rebuild the Falcon's Nest. The Dzemael family is also responsible for the operation of The Lightfeather Proving Grounds, which host matches between battle-trained chocobos and other public spectacles. The house, however, is known for manipulative and petty politics when it comes to dealing with their rivals, houses Fortemps and Haillenarte.

In the Ishgardian flag, the House Dzemael is symbolized by a tower/rook.

Historical
Founder
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Sylvetrel de Dzemael

Leader

Count (retired) Baron
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Tarresson Thieveneux
Family
Cousin¹ Cousin¹ Aristocrat Trueborn (Heavens' Ward)
FFXIV Jandelaine.png FFXIV Guillfresne.png FFXIV Archombadin.png FFXIV HW Ser Grinnaux.png
Jandelaine Guillefresne Archombadin Grinnaux
Knights
Knight Knight Knight Knight (Heavens' Ward) Knight
FFXIV Bricelt.png FFXIV HW Jainelette.png FFXIV Ophelie.png FFXIV HW Ser Paulecrain.png FFXIV Tedalgrinche.png
Bricelt Jainelette Ophelie Paulecrain de Fanouilley² Tedalgrinche

¹ Jandelaine and Guillefresne are not related directly to House Dzemael, but Guillefresne says that their noble house shares a common ancestry with those of House Dzemael.[1]

² Paulecrain de Fanouilley used to be in service of House Fortemps, before his actions led to his expulsion.

Story[]

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When Haldrath's vengeance for his father's death is concluded, Haldrath feels remorse for what happened and decided to abdicate the throne and atone for their dark deeds by defending the people from reprisals against Nidhogg's minions. When Sylvestre de Dzemael and the other knights asked them about the people, Haldrath felt reassured they were in capable hands, stating that if they must bow to tradition, they would have to look to themselves for a king. As Haldrath took his leave, three other knights decided to go their separate ways, leaving the remaining four knights to found the High Houses of Ishgard.

Spoilers end here.


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