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Sharlayan (シャーレアン, Shārean?) is a nation of scholars in Final Fantasy XIV. Located on an island to the north of Eorzea, the Circle of Knowing, Sons of Saint Coinach, and Students of Baldesion all hail from this city-state. Appropriately, their patron deity is Thaliak the Scholar.
Until recently, Sharlayan had established a colony in the Dravanian hinterlands, which grew prosperous enough to be counted among Eorzea's great city-states. With the fall of Ala Mhigo, the Sharlayans elected to evacuate the colony in anticipation of turmoil that would engulf the realm, in accordance to their policy of neutrality.
The abandoned city became accessible in the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion.
Old World[edit | edit source]
Limited information is known of the nation of Sharlayan, beyond their members in the Scions of the Seventh Dawn. Though a highly academic and scholastic nation, Sharlayans seldom involved in international politics, and withdrew from Eorzea once it became apparent Garlemald was intent on conquest. Sharlayan is located in the "Old World" to the north of Eorzea and its main governing body is the Forum.
The Astrologian job quests present a more cynical viewpoint, as the Sharlayan government seems selective in what knowledge to share with other nations. It is implied that sharing knowledge without sanction is considered an act of treason. This isolationist stance is largely due to the dominant Bibliothec faction, who advocate hoarding knowledge and observing history from the sidelines.
Likewise, Sharlayans are heavily disinclined to accept any form of warfare, regardless of the necessity and would not dream of using their legendary knowledge for martial purposes. Viewing war as barbaric, Sharlayans prefer to compromise and negotiate even when war is inevitable. Thus, they did not hesitate to abandon their holdings in Eorzea and retreat to their homeland over standing with the Eorzean nations against the empire.
Nevertheless, the Circle of Knowing, led by the sage Louisoix Leveilleur, chose to defy official policy and intervene in the prophecy of the Divine Chronicles.
Eorzean colony[edit | edit source]
The Sharlayans had set up a research colony during the Sixth Astral Era along the Thaliak river in Dravania, southwest of the territory held by the Dravanian Horde, which became counted among the city-states of Eorzea. The Garlean invasion prompted a mass exodus back to the motherland, leaving behind their buildings and artifacts, including the Great Gubal Library. At least one scholar, Matoya, stubbornly refused to leave, staying within her cave.
The abandoned settlement would attract treasure hunters, including the goblins. Though normally a nomadic beast-tribe, the goblins who arrived made an unorthodox decision to create a settlement at the northern end of the city ruins, called Idyllshire, along with other treasure hunters. These prospects were enough to prompt Rowena to expand her business there.
Not all who arrived in the hinterlands have honest intentions. Many less savory types, such as brigands, have sought the wealth of Sharlayan, often at the detriment of the current inhabitants. The goblin Illuminati—whose devotion to knowledge is said to rival Sharlayan itself—have set up operations at the vacant Arkitechton, and have no qualms about attacking the other goblin settlers and treasure-seekers with their military equipment. Even worse, they decided to summon a primal in an old defense mecha at the Tipped Ewer.