The Ul'dahn Revolution is a tentative name for a conflict in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, depicted as growing tensions and unrest in the main scenario quests added in later patches, culminating in Path 2.55 "Before the Fall." It transitions the story into the events of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.
Though the city-state of Ul'dah is officially a sultanate for cultural and economic reasons, the nation's political power has usually been held by the Monetarist faction rather than the Royalists. Before the Seventh Umbral Era many prominent Monetarists, such as Lord Lolorito, schemed to expand their power and locked horns with the royal family.
The young Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo, the last of the Ul dynasty, struggles against the Monetarists. Nanamo is popular with the people, and has the support of Raubahn Aldynn: an Ala Mhigan expatriate who earned his placed in Ul'dah via Coliseum winnings as a gladiator, obtaining a seat on the Syndicate and later reinstated the Immortal Flames. He is the only Royalist on the Syndicate; the remainder being Monetarists of major economic consortiums. As such, the Sultana is largely powerless against the Monetarist faction, under which the smallfolk would frequently suffer.
These tensions never dissipated as Eorzea struggles to rebuild after the Calamity, nor would the triumph against Gaius van Baelsar in Operation Archon. In fact, the Battle of Carteneau unearthed a major catalyst for the Ul'dahn Revolution: a dormant Allagan superweapon known as "Omega".
After the attempt to give sanctuary to the Doma refugees fails, a series of riots flare among the city-state refugees. The investigation conducted by the Immortal Flames learns it was due to black market arms dealers distributing weapons to the poor, and traces it back to Teledji Adeledji of the Mirage Trust. Raubahn and Nanamo believe he was trying to pressure the Syndicate into passing the Carteneau Reclamation Bill as a means to seize Omega. The growing unrest would have consequences elsewhere in Eorzea with many of the refugees fleeing into the Black Shroud and causing the provoked Sylphs to summon their Primal Ramuh. This convinces Alphinaud Leveilleur the need for the Scions of the Seventh Dawn to have their own Grand Company, establishing the Crystal Braves from volunteer adventurers and sellswords under the leadership of Grand Marshal Ilberd Feare.
Alphinaud fails to foresee that a majority of the Crystal Braves are financed by the Mirage Trust through proxies and that the Monetarists' bribes would sway those like Ilberd (who resents Raubahn), Yuyuhase (a man obsessed with earning wealth), and Laurentius (formerly dirty Wood Wailer who sold intel to Garleans). The Crystal Braves play a role in the investigation of an Imperial spy known as "the Ivy," revealed to be Grand Flame Marshal Eline Roaille who also had dealings with both the Monetarists and the Ishgardian heretics.
Nanamo, faced with her powerlessness against the Monetarists, resolves to abolish the monarchy and have Ul'dah become a republic. She confides her plans to Admiral Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn and Elder Seedseer Kan-E-Senna during a private dinner meeting to make her announcement at a banquet in Ul'dah to celebrate the success of the Defense of Ishgard against the Dravanian Horde. Teledji learns of Nanamo's plans and decides to take over the country by poisoning the sultana and using a member of House Thorne as a puppet ruler.
Betrayal and Coup
The chain of events culminate in at the Sultana's banquet in Ul'dah, inviting all members of the alliance and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn alongside Lord Commander Aymeric de Borel of Ishgard's Temple Knights. At the banquet, Lord Commander Aymeric de Borel of the Temple Knights had planned to announce his formal endorsement for the Holy See to join the alliance so all Eorzean nations could be an united against the new Garlean Emperor Varis zos Galvus. As the feast starts, the adventurer is summoned by Nanamo for a private conversation in her chambers.
Nanamo confides her plan to abolish the monarchy to the realm's savior while requesting the adventurer to support Raubahn in Ul'dah's transition. After drinking a goblet of wine that her lady-in-waiting Meriel had served, apparently filled with Teledji's poison, Nanamo collapses to the floor. Teledji arrests the adventurer on the charge of regicide and Yuyuhase and other Crystal Braves reveal their treachery to Alphinaud, whom they hold at swordpoint. As Aymeric and his attendant Lucia goe Junius are forced to leave upon being informed of the Dravanians renewing their assault, Raubahn denounces Teledji for bringing armed men into the hall. Teledji retorts that he doesn't follow his orders, while criticizing Raubahn's leadership and failure to recognize a spy in his ranks.
Teledji accuses the adventurer of assassinating the sultana to Minfilia's face, having Ilberd bring the captive adventurer in while accusing the Scions of conspiracy to assassinate Nanamo. Teledji adds the vial containing a sample of the poison was found in their possession (planted due to manipulation by Laurentius). He further accuses the Scions of using sorcery to manipulate the Alliance leaders to defend Ishgard as a ruse to divide their forces. As the Scions deny the accusations, Raubahn asks to see the Sultana. Ilberd tells him he saw her with his own eyes, and that her death was quick.
While Raubahn is beside himself in grief, Teledji's gloating over Nanamo's demise results with him being bisected by the enraged Flame General's blades. As most attendees begin to flee, making his own move in the coup, Lolorito steps forth to condemn Raubahn for drawing his blades on a fellow Syndicate member within the royal chambers while accusing him of being in league with the Scions. Raubhan, believing Lolorito the mastermind, charges at the other "scheming bastard" before his arm is cut off by Ilberd. As Lolorito orders the arrest of the Scions and Raubhan, Merlwyb and Kan-E-Senna are left with no choice but to leave lest the situation worsens.
Thancred finds himself confronted by a group of Brass Blades on the charge of Imperial espionage and practicing forbidden arts. Though Thancred asserts he "wasn't himself" at that time, he is forced to brandish his daggers. Back in the hall, Ilberd expresses his contempt before the wounded Raubahn and provokes him further by taking responsibility for killing Nanamo. Raubahn grabs his sword and engages his old friend. After evading a Red Lotus Blade from Ilberd, Raubahn severs the bindings on the adventurer. Believing the plot runs deeper than just Lord Lolorito, he implores the Scions to flee, clear their names, and discover who was behind everything.
When the Scions regroup with Thancred, he advises escaping via a secret escape route through the sultana's chambers. At the Royal Promenade, Yda and Papalymo stay behind to give the other Scions time to escape while they hold off the Brass Blades before they make their own escape and go into hiding. The group enter the Sil'dih Aqueducts where it becomes apparent their pursuers have followed them. Y'shtola and Thancred hold them off while Minfilia and the adventurer go on ahead, intending to bring down the passage. Y'shtola uses the ancient spell Flow to send Thancred to the Dravanian Hinderland while she transforms into Aether and enters the Lifestream. Nearing the exit, Minfilia receives a message from the mothercrystal, and declares she needs to stay behind. She begs the adventurer to go on without her, being the flame of hope for the realm.
In truth, Nanamo did not die as everyone believed. Lolorito learned of Teledji's scheme to assassinate the sultana and Meriel, revealed to be one of his spies, substituted the poison with a conduction to place the drinker in a death-like slumber. Lolorito allowed Teledji to believe he succeeded so the events resulting in the traitor's death by Raubahn would occur, and he would rid himself of two rivals by arresting the latter. With Merlwyb and Kan-E-Senna using their influence, they convince Lolorito not to take action against the Scions as he covers up the events by claiming the sultana was ill, even to the Sultansworn, likely to prevent full scale civil war from erupting. Raubahn is incarcerated in the Masaraja Pit, with Pipin Tarupin taking charge of the Immortal Flames while trying to prove his father's innocence. Regardless, rumors of the event spread.
The few remaining Scions who escape capture regroup at Camp Dragonhead under the hospitality of Lord Haurchefant Greystone of House Fortempts. He explains that due to a recent skirmish of wyverns, the Holy See is on a state of high alert, and so they must wait before official asylum can be granted. He promises House Fortemps will protect them from Ul'dahn agents. After saving Raubahn from the Crystal Braves, the truth of Nanamo's survival is made known to the Scions as Lolorito gives Raubahn, cleared of all charges in Teledji's death and reinstated as Flame General, the antidote, and allows the sultana to reawaken and carry out her government's transition.
Minfilia did not escape alive, but instead transcended, fusing with Hydaelyn to become "the Word of the Mother", an avatar of the goddess; however, the general population believes that she is still missing, and that the Scions of the Seventh Dawn don't know what became of her.
- In terms of gameplay, any player can still visit Ul'dah or Revenant's Toll unimpeded, as the public still views the Warrior of Light as a hero. Speaking with various NPCs makes it clear there's doubt and confusion over what happened, even among the Brass Blades and Crystal Braves. Nevertheless, the atmosphere in Ul'dah remains tense. Rumors begin circulating that many consortia are tanking following the banquet, and a feeling of uneasiness persists in the refugee sector.