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Othard

The Far East, with Othard in the west and Hingashi in the east.

Othard is one of the three great continents on Hydaelyn in Final Fantasy XIV. It is featured in the Stormblood expansion as one of regions of the Far East.

When revealing the design concept behind the Au Ra race, it was also stated they hail from Othard. Many parts of Othard is under control of Garlemald, having invaded it once they began expanding out of Ilsabard. It was home to the city-state of Doma before its people rebelled against the imperial control and were forced to flee before their home was razed to the ground. The Garlean occupation has resulted in increasing numbers of displaced Au Ra seeking refuge in Eorzea.

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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.

GeographyEdit

Othard's climate in the areas seen thus far is fairly mild, comparable to La Noscea and Dravania. The land features expansive steppes, wet rice farmland, and a number of mountains ranges. To the east lies the Hingashi archipelago and the Glass Ocean. To its west lies the island of Thavnair.

North OthardEdit

The Azim Steppe and Yanxia are the Othardian theater of action in Stormblood. While the Xaela tribes remain independent from Garlemald, Doma suffer under the Imperial Rule and the Viceroy cruelty.

The Ruby Sea Edit

A sea area infested with pirate activity. Extensive volcanism has shaped many of the islands in this area, and a few settlements can even be found beneath the ocean waves along the seabed.

Azim Steppe Edit

A vast plain inhabited by the many nomadic Xaela tribes.[1] Permanent settlements are few and far between.

Onsal HakairEdit

A hilly area marking the transition between the Azim Steppe and the Tail Mountains, it is the current retreat of the Mol Tribe.

Yanxia Edit

Located along the delta of the One River, this area is home to the nation of Doma. The area consists of extensive wet rice cultivation, though under Garlean occupation much of it has seen better days.

The One River Edit

The One River is a massive river running from the Tail Mountains in the Azim Steppe to the Ruby Sea, separating Yangxia and Nagxia along its way. It is the main transport artery of kingdom of Doma, through which people and merchandise flowed before the arrival of the Garlean who blocked it with massive magiteck gates.

The Tail Mountains Edit

A large mountain range surrounding the Steppes to the west before joining the Fanged Crescent, its northern peaks separates the Steppes from the Dalvalan Grath and the Proving Sea. They are also home to Bardam's Mettle, an ancestral proving ground for the Xaela.

The Dalvalan Grath Edit

A wasteland situated north of the Tail Mountains, it is bordered by the Proving Sea to its west and the Blindfrost to the north.

The Arras and Ryakgyr Peninsula Edit

Separated from the Azim Steppes by the Wound, the Arras, along with the Ryakgyr Peninsula, are vast steppes that also houses numerous Xaela tribes.

The Nhaama Desert Edit

A great Desert located west of the Azim Steppes, it is as well home to some of the Xaela Tribes.

The Fanged Crescent Edit

A mountainous range located west of Yangxia and the one river.

The Burn Edit

A vast desert situated between the Tail Mountains and The Skatay Range depleted of almost all Aether in its surroundings. Hidden in its sands are several Allagan facilities, and it is later revealed that Azys Lla was originally lifted from this region. The Doman, with the help of the Garlond Ironworks and the Scions, managed to restore an Aetheric barrier which prevents any movement through it, rendering it it literally impassable.

The Skatay Range Edit

A immense wasteland leading from Nagxia to the Proving Sea, the Burn is surrounded on all sides by the Tail Mountains, the Fanged Crescent and the Skatay Range to the south.

The Blindfrost Edit

A chilly ocean north of Othard that also borders the east of Ilsabard.

The Knowing Sea Edit

A northern inland sea separating Othard and Ilsabard.

The UnpromisedEdit

An island in the Proving Sea at mid-distance between Othard and Ilsabard.

The Bay of Yanxia Edit

North of Yanxia, the Ruby Sea goes west into the land to form the bay of Yanxia, which in fact is more an inland sea separating the later from the Ryakgyr Peninsula and the Arras.

The Dorvos Narrow Edit

The strait separating Thavnair from Ilsabard and Othard.

The Anchorite at CorvosEdit

A strip of land locked between the Skatay Range and the Dorvos Narrow, it is a strategic location as the only practical land link between Ilsabard and Othard.

It is unclear whether the correct name is "Corvos" or "Dorvos", as the official map shows both spellings.

South Othard Edit

Map of South Othard from FFXIV

South Othard as revealed during the Return to Ivalice story.

While most of the Northern Othard was freed during the Stormblood events from Garlean rule, South Othard remains a disputed region were the Empire struggles to keep its possessions.

Nagxia Edit

Located south of the One River, the region of Nagxia is a large arid plain that spread as far as the eye can see. Devastated by the Garlean occupation, Domans were regularly sent to do grueling work there in retaliation for resistance actions.

Dalmasca Superior Edit

A sandy desert which was once home to the Kingdom of Dalmasca before it was conquered by the Garlean Empire.

  • Royal City of Rabanastre: The former capital of Dalmasca, now abandoned by its citizens following several failed revolts.
  • The Estersands: The desert that sprawls around the Royal City of Rabanastre.
  • Nalbina Fortress: A fortress that was reputed impregnable until its fall to the IVth Legion. This event was considered the turning point of the war between Garlemald and Dalmasca.
  • Valnard Sea: Situated south of Rabanastre, the Ridorana Cataract and Lighthouse are situated there.
  • The Desert Sapphire

Dalmasca Inferior Edit

A more fertile region east of the Dalmascan deserts, which now serves as the center of Garlean rule in South Othard.

  • Lea Monde: The new capital of Dalmasca under Garlean occupation.
  • Golmore Jungle: A large forest, home to the Viera, that lies south-west of Nagxia and south-east of Dalmasca.
  • Zeirchele River: A river separating South Othard in two through the Golmore Jungle. The Orbonne Monastery lies along its banks.
  • Greylic's Bend: The southernmost point of Othard, a Cape that any traveler who desires to attain the Far East must cross.
  • Valnain: A major commercial port situated on Greylic's Bend, south of Golmore's Jungle. Currently the center of operations for the IVth Legion

Aetheryte SanctuariesEdit

  • Tamamizu (The Ruby Sea)
  • Onokoro (The Ruby Sea)
  • Namai (Yanxia)
  • The House of the Fierce (Yanxia)
  • Dhoro Iloh (The Azim Steppe)
  • Reunion (The Azim Steppe)
  • The Dawn Throne (The Azim Steppe)

InstancesEdit

Othard - The Ruby Sea
Othard - Yanxia
Othard - The Azim Steppe
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