I have a little while before work so I'll type it out for those who can't open it.
The Garlean Empire
The Garlean Empire controls the majority of the Three Great Continents, the enormous landmass that encompasses Eorzea. Until some fifty years ago, Garlemald was a remote and sparsely populated nation which held little more than a fraction of the northlands. But with the arrival of a technological golden age and the concurrent emergence of a brilliant young legatus, now the reigning emporer, in the span of a single generation Garlemald established itself as one of the most formidable forces in Hydaelyn.
Garlemald is unsurpassed in the field of magitek, a technology which it exploits with devastating effectiveness in warfare. Unperturbed by their lesser numbers, the Garleans went forth upon gigantic flying warships, bearing powerful weaponry the likes of which the world had never seen. One nation after the next fell before their relentless onslaught, first those of the northlands, followed of the sovereign states of the eastern continent. Employing suppression and conciliation in equal measure, Garlemald indoctrinated the people it conquered, thus integrating them into its ever-expanding territory. So it was that the Garlean Empire came into existance.
In the year 1557 of the Sixth Astral Era, a mere thirty-six years from the Empire's founding, the Garleans brought their campaign of conquest to Eorzea, swiftly bringing the city-state of Ala Mhigo to its knees. Havign secured a foothold in its bid to bring the last of the Three Great Continents under its dominion, the Empire now trains its sights upon the remaining nations...
"Unworthy is the ruler whose subjects seek the solace of false gods."
The Black Wolf Gaius van Baelsar
Legatus of the XIVth Legion, the imperial force currently occupying Ala Mhigo, van Baelsar is possessed of a natural flair for wartime command equaled perhaps only by his sensibilities as a governing administrator.
Among his numerous accomplishments is the conquest of five enemy cities, the political conversion of which he oversaw. In subjugating Ala Mhigo, van Baelsar employed subterfuge to stoke the fires of civil unrest, a masterstroke which led to the nation's capoture without the need for a protracted siege.
However, the unanticipated appearance of a primal shortly thereafter prompted the Empire to halt the legion's advance. The legatus has since remained in Ala Mhigo, where he rules as an imperial viceroy.
Motto: "He who cannot preserve the sovereignty of his nation is unfit to rule it."
Weapon: Heirsbane -- a gunblade said to have spilled the blood of nine aspirants to the crown.
"The hour of cleansing is at hand -- by my searing light shall the world be purged of it's taint."
The White Raven Nael van Darnus
Legatus od the VIIth Legion presently dispatched to the western front, van Darnus boasts distinguished parentage in his sire, a founding figure of the Garlean Empire.
A ruthless man who has risen to infamy even among his own people, he draws no distinction betwixt friend and foe when met with dissent. Tales are oft told in hushed whispers of van Darnus's swift rise to power upon the abrupt death by illness of his sire, whose body had no sooner grown cold than his closest aides were put to death.
Dark rumors notwithstanding, the battle prowess of the VIIth Legion is such that, despite its long years in active service, the Empire has deemed it too valuable to be pulled from the frontlines of conquest.
Motto: "Opposition must needs be put down with fire and steel."
Weapon: Bradamante -- a gunhalberd said to be named for a warrior maiden he slew."
Gunhalberd?!?! Looks like I'm leveling my lancer a little more.
Edited, Sep 7th 2011 6:40am by Sephrick