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The lore team for FFXIV saw that many games contain books, NPCs, and system interactions that imply this impossible omniscience about the game's world, and they didn't want Eorzea to be like that

The lore team for FFXIV saw that many games contain books

I don't trust anything the game tells me about what races "came from" where or who lived where "first," anymore. We're told the game from points of view and they're often wrong. For example, the Elezen would have us believe that they were the first to settle Eorzea and the Hyur "invaded" in great migratory waves when that's pretty much only true of the post-Sixth-Calamity re-settling. The farther back you go, the less accurate the information is. Recently, lots of a lalafell came from the southern islands. Who knows how far back this is true for, though, you know?

 

The fishing log, for example, tells us of a fish brought by a Lalafellin prince exiled from Othard. There's another fish in the Black Shroud named in the lalafellin tongue by the "first" Lalafellin settlers in the realm.

 

I'd say it's a pretty fair assumption that at least the Five Races were created by Hydaelyn at the birth of "this" world - the physical world in which we currently live (if not the world, at least her sphere of influence, whatever that is). Recent comments from Koji (Fernehalwes) are worded in such a way that almost nearly kind of confirms this. Where the Au Ra and Garleans fit into this is anybody's guess, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Five Races are global and have been settling, migrating, and resettling in various clusters for ages and ages.

 

They could have been conscripted from anywhere. However, those enemies in your screenshots look to be of the VIIth Legion under Nael van Darnus, whose ranks were heavily fortified with Ala Mhigan conscripts after returning from the Eastern Theatre. That parcitular Lalafell might be Ala Mhigan. He's a mage, so he was surely conscripted from somewhere not-Garlemald.

 

In the Crystal Tower story arc, Cid is talking to Wedge and says "we" left Garlemald, so I figure Biggs and Wedge have been with him since before they defected. On the way to Garuda, Cid says that he "built" the Ironworks after arriving in Eorzea, but I'm relatively sure a number of his team worked together before that (possibly for a different incarnation of an organization by the same name). I don't remember for sure at the moment, but I think we even see a little Echo of them together at the time.

 

It might have been the [Midas nan] Garlond Ironworks, now that I think about it - an official Imperial company (if that name existed at all back then). Cid worked closely with the Garlean leadership, like his father, advancing their war machina and was sickened by how it was actually put to use. His conscience made him defect to Eorzea in hopes of advancing their technology far enough to not be helplessly mowed down by his own creations. Building the [Cid no-longer-nan] Garlond Ironworks in Eorzea, they adopted the motto "Freedom through Technology" to reflect that they would never allow their work to promote tyranny.

 

It's canon misinformation - an SE-sanctioned lie told to you from the point of view of as far as Eorzeans know and the Elezen claim. The lore team for FFXIV saw that many games contain books, NPCs, and system interactions that imply this impossible omniscience about the game's world, and they didn't want Eorzea to be like that. Sometimes a revelation is meant to clear up an unknown and help you understand, sometimes you're getting a false prophet telling you what's apparent to them at the time.

 

A probable example, imho, is the Thaumaturge quest where the Brothers Thaum take you to learn about dark magicks first-hand, and they've got you at Thal's Respite reading their book on the void and all the bats swoop down and they're like, KILL THE BATS! THEY'RE VOIDSSSEEENT! and the fighting draws the attention of these slugs in the water and they're like, KILL THE SLUGS! THEY'RE VOIDSSSEEENT!

 

One that's actually confirmed, some Lamia freed from Dalamud wreckage end up in Sastasha HM and their names show Lominsans assuming that they, like Madison, were over-Drowned people because they know nothing about Allagan technology.

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