If there’s one thing that defines me, it’s curiosity. I like to see what’s behind the hill, even if it’s just another hill. While I was fighting the chimera for the first time, a tiny part of my brain was asking ‘How can this even exist?’ Research and investigations were of no avail.
The Raimdelle Codex was of no help either: ‘A nightmarish combination of lion, goat, and dragon, the fell chimera has three heads, a pair of mighty wings, and a cruelly barbed tail. Its origins have been furiously debated, with some insisting the creature a cruel jest of the gods, while others believe it the twisted creation of forbidden sorcery.’
I was a true wanderer back then. I felt the pull Oschon’s Wind keenly and travelled across Eorzea a few time. I’ve seen a Hydra, Lamias and a few mirror knights, and the same question kept tugging at me.
Recently new Allagan ruins have been discovered. Far above the clouds, the floating Allagan wonder: Azys Lla, a monument to men’s folly.
The Allagan civilisation reached at it’s peak during the Third Astral Era, about five thousand years ago. The historical record are sketchy at best. Often one fact cited as absolutely true is refuted later in the same book! One thing stand out for sure: Their history is one of war and conquest.
Ishgardians know full well the power of the first brood of Midgardsormr. In Meracydia, the Allagans had to contend with both Bahamut and Tiamat. Ancient texts refer to Bahamut as the fiercest of Midgardsormr’s first brood. They also had to fight the Ianner and their primal. It’s no wonder they released so many monsters onto the world.
It was only natural for them to attempt to create better weapons. The lesser synthetic lifeforms, such as the chimera and the mirror knights are the result of their early efforts. What those monsters lacks in intelligence they make up for it in ferocity. Their later creation where much more advanced. For instance the Shabti, had built-in safety measures that would kill the monster rather than letting it being tempered by a primal.
There’s also the Iksalion, many of my adventurer colleagues hypothesize that it could be a distant ancestor to the beast tribe of the Ixali. The Iksalion and the Ixalis certainly have a similar appearance. The Iksalions are noted to have a genetic instability. They could have mutated over the centuries into the beings we now call Ixalis. It’s also possible that the Ixalis ancestral race fell into the Allagan’s hands and were experimented upon. I searched, but I couldn't find conclusive proof either way.
Primals needs two things: prayers to summon, aether to sustain. It is believed that Aether was more abundant during the third era. Where today primal needs offering of crystal to maintain their physical body, back then, the land itself was enough to feed them. Crystals were easily obtainable, boosting the power of the primals to a level that is unknown today. There is no lack of of prayers when an entire continent is suffering the ignominies of war.
The Allagans started to research better ways to deal with primals and started on a course that would bring about the Fourth Umbral Era and destroyed their civilisation.
Their hubris destroyed them, left us a legacy of monsters, and a Dalamud which masqueraded as a moon. It brooded there in our sky, full of of malice. Although millenia separate the events leading to the fall of the Dreadful Moon and the destruction of the Allagan Empire, the root cause is still the same: ambition, greed, hubris, war.
The road leading to the release of Bahamut and the Seventh Umbral Era is closely linked to the Allagan Empire, but it deserves an article of it’s own. Please look forward to it.
Have no regrets,
And listen to the wind.