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A lot of XIV is from bits and pieces of all the Final Fantasy series. The first Final Fantasy came out before some of you were a gleam in your parents eyes. 1987 to be exact. In light of the events with Bahamut I thought I would post a piece of lore from the first FF.
The Floater from the nearby Ice Cave allows them to raise an airship to reach the northern continents. After they prove their courage by retrieving the Rat's Tail from the Castle of Ordeal, the King of the Dragons, Bahamut, promotes each Light Warrior. A kind gesture is repaid by a fairy, receiving special liquid that produces oxygen, and the Warriors use it to help defeat the Water Fiend, Kraken, in the Sunken Shrine. They also recover a Slab, which allows a linguist named Dr. Unne to teach them the Lefeinish language. The Lefeinish give the Light Warriors access to the Floating Castle that Tiamat, the Wind Fiend, has taken over.
Also in FFXIV and FFXIV:AAR the Garlend empire story is from FF1. A story 25 years in the making. And a benchmark that a lot of modern RPGS/MMORPG base there lore or inspiration from.
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