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The Battle for Ishgard Begins

March 24th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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“When a great wyrm roars, his brethren cannot choose but answer. We prepare for battle.” — Lucia

With the arrival of Patch 2.55 (also referred to as Before the Fall – Part II) on March 31st, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s scenario will conclude with The Battle of Ishgard. In the new screenshots below, we see the holy city under attack by various dragonkin, no longer repelled by a magical paling.

It highlights the ongoing conflict between Ishgard and Dravania, a thousand-year Dragonsong War — a major theme to be explored in the forthcoming Heavensward expansion.

Our battle is at The Steps of Faith, the bridge that connects Ishgard to Coerthas, against the dragon Vishap and an army under his command.

The impending battle in Ishgard isn’t the only threat to challenge the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, another will unfold in the sultanate of Ul’dah — the resolution of which could potentially throw Eorzea’s great city-states, and their Grand Companies, into chaos.

Here’s the official preview from Square Enix:

A great wyrm’s roar echoes through the skies of Coerthas, calling all dragonkind to war. The Gates of Judgement, Ishgard’s outermost defenses, now come under attack. With the city’s very survival in the balance, can the Scions of the Seventh Dawn rally the Eorzean Alliance — or is the Holy See doomed to fall?

The Steps of Faith — the sole means of approaching the city of Ishgard. As well as providing passage across the Sea of Clouds, this great stone bridge also serves to anchor the series of arcane wards known as Daniffen’s Collar.

Long has the Holy See relied upon these barriers to shield the city from Dravanian assault, but it did not foresee the brazen attack that would take place at the Gates of Judgement. The outermost layer of protection has been dispelled, allowing the mighty dragon Vishap to land upon the far end of the Steps of Faith. Leading an army of lesser kin, the massive creature is intent on destroying the exposed foundations of the remaining wards. Take up position alongside the Temple Knights, and defend the structure from the ravaging forces of the Horde!

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward arrives June 23rd with Early Access starting June 19th.

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