The IVth Imperial Legion is one of the armies of Garlemald in Final Fantasy XIV. Headed by Noah van Gabranth, the IVth Legion is based in the former kingdom of Dalmasca, tasked with overseeing its occupation as well as ruling Nagxia, and Bozja in the Empire's name.

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Basch van Gabranth originally commanded the IVth, achieving the rank through skill and his fervent loyalty to the Empire rather than being a pure-blooded Garlean. He led the imperial conquest of Bozja. When his health took a turn for the worse 30 years ago in the middle of the Dalmasca invasion, his son, Noah, was given command of the Legion at only twenty years old, one of the youngest to ever do so. The IVth is set apart from the rest of the imperial legions by being comprised primarily of non-native Garleans, their preference to not use magitek, and their unwavering loyalty to Noah over the Empire.

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As leader of the IVth Legion, Noah van Gabranth led his legion against the kingdom of Dalmasca with airships. After seizing many cities, only the Nalbina Fortress remained halting the invaders with a magical barrier. For half a year the legion laid siege to the fortress, eventually conquering it at the cost of 70,000 Dalmascan soldiers. Two years after the fall of Rabanastre, Basch passed away and Noah was promoted to Legatus of the IVth Legion. Many believe it was the conquest of Dalmasca that earned him his position, but others argue that he was appointed at recommendation of Emperor Solus zos Galvus out of recognition for his father's service.

For thirty years the Empire struggled to contain violent uprisings, eventually culminating in the infamous Barheim Incident that claimed countless lives. Unable to reassert control, Noah turned to the XIVth Imperial Legion for assistance. When Varis zos Galvus became the emperor of Garlemald after Solus's passing, he appointed Noah and the IVth to quell uprisings in remote provinces after Doma and Ala Mhigo successfully seceded, as if to keep them at arm's length. Marsak believes Varis suspected ulterior motive from how the Gabranths sought to gain such fervent adoration of the IVth Imperial Legion's troops.

Recently, Sicinius mal Vellutus, the Senior Engineer of the IVth's magitek detachment, has been working on restoring ancient machina from Goug, the city of the Garleans' ancestors, for use by the IVth. There are also rumors that the IVth has obtained lost knowledge of the Allagan Empire. Unknown to his superiors, Noah van Gabranth possesses an agenda of his own, separate from the Empire's, as he was gathering his ancestors' knowledge. Noah long knew the Empire was fated to fall, and wanted establish an even grander and mightier nation in its place, made possible by the very power Garlemald abhors.

Over the course of fighting on the Bozjan Southern Front, the Bozjan Resistance learns that Noah's goal is to create a new nation where people's race or social class mean nothing, a true land of equals, and he will use the power of the primal Queen Gunnhildr to do it. When the IVth was ordered to return to the Garlean capital after the death of Emperor Varis, Noah refused and publically declared his plans, officially making him a traitor to the Empire.

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