From a small pamphlet entitled ‘A Primer on Eorzean Geopolitics for New Researchers’ by Archon Niniri Niri.
Kan-E-Senna – Elder Seedseer of Gridania
Kan-E of the Senna family is a padjal of immense power and wisdom who leads the Seedseer Council, the presiding body of her forested home. Perhaps her most noted trait is the unprecedented ability for prophecy she has exhibited since a young age, a gift often attributed by her subjects to blessings from the elementals of the Shroud and the Twelve themselves. In her childhood, Kan-E was already protecting her home from catastrophe via her prophetic gifts, predicting fires and other such disasters with uncanny clarity. The padjal left her homeland to enter seclusion in the woods and commune more accurately with nature until the Seventh Umbral Calamity drew close, and she returned home to personally found Gridania’s grand company, the Order of the Twin Adder, and assume direct rule of the city-state. Her position in her hearts of her people was solidified at the Battle of Cartenau, where beneath the falling Dalamud she employed her immense magical potential to protect and heal the soldiers of both Eorzea and Garlemald, wielding the legendary stave Claustrum, a bough of the sacred Guardian Tree of the Twelveswood blessed by the great one, first amongst the elementals, and named after a translation of the word ‘key’ for its ability to effortlessly part even the unbreakable wards of the elementals themselves. It was the Elder Seedseer who urged her fellow commanders to withdraw from the field at Cartenau, saving countless lives from the havoc wrought by the falling moon. She has since continued to lead her homeland sagely, and has even personally helped establish ties between the people of Eorzea and the long-lost moogle tribe of the Sea of Clouds.
Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn – Chief Admiral of Limsa Lominsa
Admiral Bloefhiswyn is the child of pirate legend, born to the infamous Captain Bloefhis Bloefhisyn of the League of Lost Bastards. Ever a patriot of Limsa Lominsa, Merlwyb had served in the League with distinction until it came to light that her father, and captain, had colluded with the Sahagin, mortal enemies of the people of Vylbrand. She met him on an abandoned island for a duel, wielding the pistols of the legendary pirate Mistbeard, named Annihilator and Death Penalty, and slew him with the latter gun. Soon after she took control of the League, and immediately bent it to her will. Within a few years the new captain had proven herself a pirate of surpassing skill, navigating new, safer routes to the New World and personally sinking immense fleets dispatched by the brutal nations of the northern seas. Thus did she vie successfully for the leadership of the Limsa Lominsa, binding the loose confederacy of nations together and founding the Maelstrom, taking upon herself a central authority that the city-state had not seen for all of its history, that they might bring peace to Eorzea and better stand against the threat of Garlemald. Though she still struggles against powerful pirate crews chafing against their loss of freedom, her rule has been largely successful and the people of coastal Eorzea are glad to see the ships that once brought terror to their shores turned instead to the doom of the ships and ports of the Garlean Empire.
Nanamo Ul Namo – Sultana of Ul’dah
The latest monarch of the Ul dynasty founded by Sasagan Ul Sisigan, prince of Belah’dia and first Sultan of Ul’dah, Nanamo took the throne in her minority at the tender age of five when her parents died in a tragic accident at sea. As one might expect, the already immensely powerful Syndicate was able to turn this situation to their benefit and reduce the young Sultana to a functional puppet. She has since reached the age of majority a few years prior, although her influence remains constrained by the Syndicate’s magnates of business. Although many would see the young monarch as little more than a figurehead, certain figures close to her testify to her strength of character and her surprising intelligence. At nine years old she managed to secure the alliance of the Coliseum’s most famed gladiator, Raubahn Aldynn, by pardoning him, in the wake of which he became immensely rich by virtue of now being eligible to claim his winnings from the Bloodsands. He soon joined the Syndicate, and became her voice on the council. She proved herself able when she helped lead efforts to secure peace in the city in the wake of the Calamity, though her enemies on the Syndicate remained powerful. One of their most influential members, Prince Teledji Adeledji, a gambling magnate attempted to assassinate the Sultana, only to have his effort foiled by Chairman Nanarito of the East Aldenard Trading Company, an unlikely ally given his leadership of the Sultanate’s enemies on the Syndicate. She has since regained rule of her kingdom.
Aymeric de Borel – Lord Speaker of the House of Lords of Ishgard
Aymeric de Borel was born in both auspicious and dubious circumstances, the illegitimate son of Archbishop Thordan VII, the head of state of Ishgard as well as its religious leader. His father quickly had him adopted by a childless viscount of House Borel. Rumors had long swirled of his heritage however, and so the young noble joined the Congregation of Our Knights Most Heavenly, commonly known as the Temple Knights, in hope of finding the truth by climbing the church hierarchy. He took with him House Borel’s most revered relic, the blade Naegling, a dragon slaying blade that was given by his adoptive father in the hope that it would allow him a measure of strength, both physical and mental. Aymeric’s unconventional upbringing made him a reformer by nature and gave him a distaste for the petty squabbles that characterized Ishgard’s administration, military and religious ranks. With the close of the Dragonsong war and the overthrow of his father, Ser Aymeric seized power and with his allies instituted a series of reforms bringing Ishgard from a theocracy to a republic and took the rank of Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, one of two parliaments of the republic alongside the House of Commons. He also announced that Ishgard was rejoining the Eorzean Alliance. The road to reform has been slow, with assassination attempts aimed at the Lord Speaker and sabotage attempts at his peace talks, but he has largely succeeded in repairing the scars, both physical and otherwise, of the Dragonsong War and has become one of the Alliance’s finest commanders in the wars against Garlemald.
Raubahn Aldynn – General of the Ala Mhigan Resistance and Interim Leader of the Ala Mhigan Republic
General Aldynn, Eorzea’s most decorated military leader, was born into poverty in Ala Mhigo and soon joined the Kingdom’s military, where he distinguished himself but could not prevent his homeland’s fall to the encroaching Garlean Empire. After a short period of vagrancy, Raubahn found himself imprisoned by Ul’dah on false charges of espionage for the Garlean Empire, and chose to earn his freedom as a noxius- a slave fighter- in the Coliseum. It was there that he obtained the twin blades Tizona from a rival, using their cursed magics and his strength of arm to win fame, fortune and eventually freedom on the Bloodsands. He used his colossal winnings to purchase the Coliseum, securing a seat on the Syndicate, from which he led (and was the only sitting member of the) Royalist faction in support of the Sultana. He was also named the leader of the Immortal Flames grand company, and led the company in the Battle of Cartenau, and later the entire Alliance as well as the Ala’mighan Resistance against Garlemald during the liberation of his homeland. With Ala’mhigo’s independence secured General Aldynn stood down from his previous positions to take up the leadership of the new republic’s military, named the Resistance, as well as its interim head of state until the republic could be more securely set up.