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#1 Sep 07 2011 at 4:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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The update is a graphic, so I can't copy any paste, but a direct link is here:

http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/company/gc01.html#gc7


I have a little while before work so I'll type it out for those who can't open it.



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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
#2 Sep 07 2011 at 5:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ha! And I'll go level my gunshield, my gun-bow and my gun-needle!
#3 Sep 07 2011 at 5:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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Can't wait for musketeer to come out, then I'm going to go Gun-gun on all your asses.

Edited, Sep 7th 2011 7:11am by Dlaqev
#4 Sep 07 2011 at 5:23 AM Rating: Decent
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These garleans look pretty ruthless, I think the free lands of Eorzea are screwed.

According to their names they are Dutch and pretty civilized too...? Definitely a step up from the beastmen in FFXI who generally were kind of stupid.

Also I'll take the gun-dog as a pet.
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#5 Sep 07 2011 at 5:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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Can't wait for musketeer to come out, then I'm going to go Gun-gun on all your asses.

Remember to buy some gun-bullets.
That's bullets with tiny guns strapped to them.
#7 Sep 07 2011 at 6:06 AM Rating: Decent
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Motto: "Opposition must needs be put down with fire and steel."

Not sure certain whether this is a typo.

Also,



Edited, Sep 7th 2011 8:15am by Almalexia
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Motto: "Opposition must needs be put down with fire and steel."


I think i found my life long teacher..
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#9 Sep 07 2011 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Pffftttt, Gun-Halberd...

I've got a Love-Gun

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#10 Sep 07 2011 at 6:18 AM Rating: Decent
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I just hope we get Magitek gundams (magitek armor machines) . I remember in FF6, they had them, and I don't have the source but I swear tanaka said before he would like to include them into FF14...
#11 Sep 07 2011 at 6:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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Almalexia wrote:
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Motto: "Opposition must needs be put down with fire and steel."

Not sure certain whether this is a typo.



It's an old English way of saying it. It seems awkward, but they've been dipping a lot of things in older traditions.

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needs (ndz)
adv.
Of necessity; necessarily: We must needs go.
[Middle English nedes, from nede, from Old English nde, genitive of nd, necessity; see need.]


www.thefreedictionary.com/must+needs+do


Basically, in this form, need is behaving as an adverb. A more modern way to say this would be "It's necessary to use fire and steel to put down opposition." Effectively saying he's of a different mind set than the other gent in the update who uses political tactics and subterfuge.
#12 Sep 07 2011 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
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I just like how XIV feels more darker or sinister overall. Also like those innuendos scattered around in npc chatter. Makes the game feel more adult oriented.
I love the art style illustrations or theme that is used throughout every grand company update.
#13 Sep 07 2011 at 7:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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Another "Ixion is come," then.

So they have Dutch names, Roman military structure, Ivalician fashion sense, and now they speak Middle English.

BACK IN MY DAY, OUR EMPIRES ONLY RIPPED OFF ONE CULTURE AT A TIME.
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#14 Sep 07 2011 at 7:57 AM Rating: Decent
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insanekangaroo wrote:
According to their names they are Dutch and pretty civilized too...?


It's true that we, the Dutch, have a lot of names with "van". "van" basically means from/of. The other parts of those names "Gaius", "Baelsar", "Nael" and "Darnus" are not Dutch.

Edited, Sep 7th 2011 3:57pm by RedGalka
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#15 Sep 07 2011 at 10:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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Well, even though this is only a lore post, I was pretty excited to see it. Honestly, lore-wise, the Garelan Empire is my favorite part of FFXIV, one thing that was always missing from FFXI was an oppressive human enemy empire. The series has almost always had one, never an amalgamation of various beast tribes serving as the only primary enemy.

I am curious what this means for us though, I'm hoping it means the Garlean invasion event is much further along than we had anticipated, and we will be seeing it sooner than expected!

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Gaius van Baelsar


Now all we can do is hope that when he appears in scenes, he is talking crazily to an imaginary woman that we can't see...

Edited, Sep 7th 2011 9:17am by RamseySylph
#16 Sep 07 2011 at 10:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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RamseySylph wrote:
Well, even though this is only a lore post, I was pretty excited to see it. Honestly, lore-wise, the Garelan Empire is my favorite part of FFXIV, one thing that was always missing from FFXI was an oppressive human enemy empire. The series has almost always had one, never an amalgamation of various beast tribes serving as the only primary enemy.

I am curious what this means for us though, I'm hoping it means the Garlean invasion event is much further along than we had anticipated, and we will be seeing it sooner than expected!

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Gaius van Baelsar


Now all we can do is hope that when he appears in scenes, he is talking crazily to an imaginary woman that we can't see...

Edited, Sep 7th 2011 9:17am by RamseySylph


I'm glad I'm not the only one who caught that. ;)

So say we all.
#17 Sep 07 2011 at 11:02 AM Rating: Decent
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RedGalka wrote:
insanekangaroo wrote:
According to their names they are Dutch and pretty civilized too...?


It's true that we, the Dutch, have a lot of names with "van". "van" basically means from/of. The other parts of those names "Gaius", "Baelsar", "Nael" and "Darnus" are not Dutch.

Edited, Sep 7th 2011 3:57pm by RedGalka


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#18 Sep 07 2011 at 11:45 AM Rating: Good
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RamseySylph wrote:
Now all we can do is hope that when he appears in scenes, he is talking crazily to an imaginary woman that we can't see...

You see plenty of him in the r46 mission.

He doesn't talk much, mind you.
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#19 Sep 07 2011 at 11:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Docent42 wrote:
RamseySylph wrote:
Now all we can do is hope that when he appears in scenes, he is talking crazily to an imaginary woman that we can't see...

You see plenty of him in the r46 mission.

He doesn't talk much, mind you.


He better be talking to an imaginary something in the future! Otherwise the reference is completely wasted, mind you.

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#20 Sep 07 2011 at 1:12 PM Rating: Good
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zuogehaomeng wrote:
I just hope we get Magitek gundams (magitek armor machines) . I remember in FF6, they had them, and I don't have the source but I swear tanaka said before he would like to include them into FF14...


Yes please! It is so funny because I was thinking about this exact thing last night when I was lying in bed. I came to think of XIV and how there aren't any jobs I am that interested in and how Tanaka had mentioned something along the lines of having Magitek from FFVI in XIV.

Personally that is one of the things that made me even more excited about the game than I was before, but I haven't heard anything about it since. Does anyone here know anything about this? Like have they talked about it at all other than Tanaka mentioning it before release?

Sorta wish I was Japanese just so I could sign up on the official forums and maybe even get an answer from the devs themselves. Would LOVE to see this...
#21 Sep 07 2011 at 1:35 PM Rating: Decent
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"Magitek" is already in the game, but it's not something we can use. Magitek just refers to the technology that the Garleans use. In Final Fantasy VI it referred to the technology that the Empire in that game wielded.

In FFVI, Magitek ran off of magicite, which was the crystallized remains of Espers. What magitek runs off of in FFXIV, is still up in the air. I think ceruleum was mentioned... Which is a blue cobalt/stannic acid mixture, I don't really think it makes a lot of sense for their machines to run on it, consider magitek implies "Magic" makes the machines move, but maybe I'm remembering them mentioning ceruleum being used for magitek incorrectly.

Anyways, the Empire seems interested in primals, as well as crystals, so perhaps their machines run on aetheryte, or deaspected crystals, or, who knows it doesn't really matter.

Anyways: On the topic at hand, the "Magitek Armor" you're referring to, was just a part of the Magitek Empire of FFVI. I'm not sure if Tanaka ever specifically mentioned the armor, but I'd love to see it eventually as well. With that said, I'd be fine just fighting enemy soldiers in it as bosses during an invasion style event, instances etc, for a while. A year or two down the road though, it would be cool to be able to ride around in one during certain events or dungeons.



Regarding the original topic though, I hope we get a chance to take on these Legati soon, even if it's Campaign style, and they just show up and wreck havoc a la Shadowhand, and then retreat when they're low on health.

Edited, Sep 7th 2011 1:08pm by RamseySylph
#22 Sep 07 2011 at 5:38 PM Rating: Good
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This is what I'm really looking forward to. The whole magic vs technology concept is something they should really bring out, and it looks like they are. I've seen Gaius van Baelsar in the r46 mission and just him showing up gives a sense of scale as to just what kind of danger the Empire poses to the rest of Eorzea.

I just know the good stuff won't be implemented for a long time, but if things go like this it might even be worth the wait.
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