The Lochs are a location in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.

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Story[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Aetherytes[edit | edit source]

The aetherytes of this region are located in Porta Praetoria and the Ala Mhigan Quarter.

Areas[edit | edit source]

Settlements[edit | edit source]

Porta Praetoria[edit | edit source]

Formerly a checkpoint along the main highroad to Ala Mhigo, it was incorporated into the newly constructed Castrum Abania. Prior to the Garlean invasion, the area bustled with merchants bound for the Near East, but mercantile endeavors have since given way to military ones.

This area served as the Eorzean Alliance's forward base into the region during Operation Rhalgr's Beacon. Following the liberation, it remains a base and checkpoint along the way to the new headquarters at the Ghimlyt Dark.

The Ala Mhigan Quarter[edit | edit source]

A residential area situated to the south of Ala Mhigo proper, it was built to accommodate the city's growing population. As the newest district to be added, it is a considerable distance from the royal palace, and was expected to become an enclave for the less well-to-do. Under Garlean rule, it more or less retained that status, serving to quarter the Aan─those without citizenship. During that time, it was also known as the Peregrine Quarter─a reference to the derogatory name by which the imperial occupiers called Ala Mhigan natives.

The Saltery[edit | edit source]

This small town on the shore of Loch Seld was once home to salt miners that panned the shallows for precious 'white gold' to be exported to various other nations. Following the Garlean occupation it fell out of use and was eventually abandoned, however an initiative put forth by Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo and Syndicate member Lolorito following the liberation has seen the region's salt industry pick up, and thus the town has been reoccupied.

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Places of Interest[edit | edit source]

Ala Mhigo[edit | edit source]

Once known as the strongest military power of Eorzea, Ala Mhigo has suffered under imperial rule for over 20 years. The original residents have been pushed into a new adjoining sector known as 'The Ala Mhigan Quarter', while the city proper, including the Royal Palace, have been made the homes for, originally, the XIVth Imperial Legion, and then the XIIth Imperial Legion, as well as other Garlean notables and Ala Mhigans that have adapted to their rule.

The Royal Menagerie[edit | edit source]

Theodoric, the Mad King, married a queen from a foreign land. The menagerie was built and filled with plants and beasts from her home to stave her loneliness. When Zenos yae Galvus became Viceroy, he killed the beasts, leaving naught but the crimson flowers. Following Ala Mhigo's liberation and the establishment of a new government, the Menagerie has been opened up to the public to indulge in it's beauty.

Loch Seld[edit | edit source]

The main body of the great salt lake from which the region derives it's name. It is a remnant of the great flood that embodied the Sixth Umbral Calamity. The shallows near the southern lake shore allow for salt panning.

The Drowned City of Skalla[edit | edit source]

Long ago, in the dawn of the Fifth Astral Era, the modest nation of Skalla was founded in the land of Gyr Abania. Over the span of several centuries, its people constructed a grand city of stone at the bottom of a steep-walled ravine, but even this natural defense could not protect Skalla from destruction during the War of the Magi. When the great flood of the Sixth Umbral Calamity later swept across the realm, the hollow ruins of the city were lost to sight, its remnants submerged beneath a raging sea. Haunting the depths of what is now Loch Seld, Skalla's silent walls lure adventurers into the salt-laden waters with the promise of mysteries unsolved and treasures unclaimed.

The Ghimlyt Dark[edit | edit source]

There is only one land route from Aldenard to Ilsabard and it lies through Ghimlyt. Due to a confluence of harsh terrain and aetheroclimatic conditions, this land is almost perpetually shrouded in dark clouds, rarely seeing the sky poke through. As the main chokepoint into Eorzea, the region remains a contested war ground between the Eorzean Alliance and the Garlean Imperial Armies.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Duties[edit | edit source]

FATEs[edit | edit source]

  • A Horse Outside - Special FATE in which players face off against Ixion, steed of Rhalgr. Successful completion of this FATE rewards Ixion Horns based on participation that can be exchanged for various prizes. This FATE is on a 72 hour cooldown, after which it has a rare chance to spawn, during which the weather will change to 'Quicklevin'.

Others[edit | edit source]

  • An instanced area of the Royal Menagerie can be accessed from an NPC guard in the Ala Mhigan Quarter once players have progressed through the patch 5.1 main scenario quests.
  • The quests for the Sorrow of Werlyt side story are based in Porta Praetoria.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Elite Marks[edit | edit source]

Musical themes[edit | edit source]

"Songs of Salt and Suffering" is the main theme for The Lochs. Aside from playing during the day in field, it plays in all residential/town areas until the Stormblood main scenario is completed. "Old Wounds" is the night theme for the region.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Loch is the Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Scots word for a lake or for a sea inlet.

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