The VIIth Imperial Legion is one of the Garlean Empire's armies, serving as the primary antagonist force in the original Final Fantasy XIV. Led by the White Raven, Nael van Darnus, the VIIth Legion spearheaded Project Meteor that would ultimately release Bahamut from Dalamud and bring about the Calamity in Eorzea. The legionaries are known of their fanatical devotion to their Legatus.
- Nael van Darnus ("The White Raven" and Legatus, deceased)
- Luscus (Tribunus)
- Atilus (Tribunus)
- Rex (Sapphire Weapon pilot)
- Milisandia (Ruby Weapon pilot, deceased)
In the year 1572 of the Sixth Astral Era, on the command of Emperor Solus zos Galvus, the VIIth Legion was deployed to the Western Theater (Eorzea) with the mission of bringing the Meteor Project to fruition. Though the legion faced many difficulties with the nations of Eorzea uniting and the Warrior of Light's intervention, the VIIth Legion nonetheless brought about Meteor. Other imperial figures were wary of Nael van Darnus's motives, and wondered if Project Meteor would destroy Eorzea rather than leave it ripe for conquest.
Even after Nael was slain, the soldiers of the VIIth refused to believe that he could truly die after having seen his displays of otherworldly power on the battlefield. They entrenched themselves at Carteneau Flats to ensure Dalamud's fall, but most were annihilated in the Calamity when Bahamut emerged from the false moon.
Few members survived and returned to Garlemald to plan their next move. The VIIth Legion is not the same as under Nael van Darnus, as leadership has changed hands many times, but the legion resurfaces years later following the death of Varis zos Galvus, the current emperor of Garlemald, basing themselves in Werlyt.
The legionaries have been reverse-engineering the remains of the Ultima Weapon, creating new anti-eikon warmachina, like the Ruby Weapon and the Sapphire Weapon. These weapons are equipped with an Oversoul based on Nael van Darnus, which overrides the pilot's mind while they are absorbed into the weapon's core. The VIIth Legion releases the Ruby Weapon on the Eorzean Alliance on the battlefields of Ghimlyt Dark, but it is destroyed by the combined efforts of the Warrior of Light and Gaius Baelsar. From its destruction, Gaius learns that the pilot was once an orphan he took under his care, and the others he took in and raised are now the leaders of the VIIth Legion.