Coming to Ishgard

This quest MUST be accepted to access Ishgard for Heavensward content.
Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 50   Coming to Ishgard
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The time for action has come, and Alphinaud knows what he must do.
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Issuing NPC: Alphinaud: Coerthas Central Highlands - Intercessory (x:6.1, y:6.1)
Type: Main Scenario
Unlocks: Taking in the SightsMainquest1 Icon.png
Quest: Mainquest1 Icon.pngBefore the Dawn
Lore & Dialogue
Loremonger:Coming to Ishgard
NPCs Involved: HaurchefantTemple Knight GateguardHouse Fortemps Manservant

Alphinaud in Coerthas Central Highlands - Intercessory (x:6.1, y:6.1)
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Haurchefant in Coerthas Central Highlands - Intercessory (x:6.1, y:6.2)
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Tataru in Coerthas Central Highlands - Intercessory (x:6.1, y:6.1)
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Temple Knight Gateguard in Coerthas Central Highlands - Dragonhead (x:18.2, y:14.8)
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House Fortemps Manservant in Foundation - The Fury's Mercy (x:11, y:12.9)
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Alphinaud in Foundation - The Arc of the Worthy (x:11.1, y:12.9)
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Tataru in Foundation - The Arc of the Worthy (x:11.1, y:12.9)
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Haurchefant in The Pillars - Haillenarte Manor (x:11.6, y:11.1)
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Alphinaud in Fortemps Manor (x:11.6, y:11.2)
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Tataru in The Pillars - Haillenarte Manor (x:11.6, y:11.1)
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House Fortemps Guard in The Pillars - Haillenarte Manor (x:11.6, y:11.1)
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Haurchefant in The Pillars - Haillenarte Manor (x:11.6, y:11.1)
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  • The Scions of the Seventh Dawn, once proclaimed the saviors of Eorzea, are now condemned as murderers─betrayed by the Crystal Braves and forced to flee the banquet held to celebrate the very victory they helped to bring about. One by one, your comrades remained behind in a bid to aid your escape, until you alone emerged from the tunnels beneath Ul'dah to be reunited with Alphinaud and seek refuge in Coerthas. But will you ever find sanctuary behind the walls of Ishgard? Having bided your time in Camp Dragonhead for what feels like an age, you finally have your answer: yes. As wards of House Fortemps, you will be granted admission to the city proper. Haurchefant will tell you more.
  • In the end, it is as simple as speaking with a sentry at the Gates of Judgement. All has been arranged, and none will deny you passage.
  • Eyeing you warily, the sentry motions for you to enter. The Steps of Faith await─and beyond, Ishgard.
  • As you arrive in Foundation, you find that the destruction wrought by the wyverns is still fresh. Nearby, a well-dressed man beckons to you─presumably the manservant of whom Lord Haurchefant spoke.
  • The House Fortemps manservant welcomes you to Ishgard, and bids you follow him to the family manor in the Pillars above, where Haurchefant awaits.
  • At the manor, Haurchefant presents you to Count Edmont de Fortemps, who invites you to treat his home as your own. When Alphinaud expresses concern over the possible repercussions of harboring foreign fugitives, Edmont reassures you that your reputation does not concern him, and expresses confidence that his fellow Ishgardians will come to accept your presence given time.

Coerthas Central Highlands[edit]


The dawn's light will shine again... So long as we have these specious accusations hanging over us, we will struggle to achieve anything. You must go to Ishgard, as Tataru proposed. I will return to Ul'dah and set things right.
Pray do not be so hasty, Master Alphinaud.
Lord Haurchefant?
Full well do I understand your desire to clear your names. But now is not the time for drastic action. You yet have allies upon whom you can rely. There is no need to act alone.
Yes...yes, of course. Pray forgive my impatience.
I bring tidings. Count Edmont has decreed that the three of you be taken in as wards of House Fortemps. Under our patronage, you shall be granted access to the city proper. Pray consider our manor your new headquarters, from which you may gather information and plan how best to proceed. Needless to say, should any of your missing allies be found─as I am certain they shall─they will of course be welcome to join you there.
You are more than generous, my friend. On behalf of my fellows, I humbly accept your offer of hospitality.
The count is a good man and just. He will treat you with the kindness and respect that a hero─and dear friend─deserves.
To Ishgard, then─together. There we shall carry on the Scions' legacy. There we shall begin anew.
Hear, hear!
Not at all the circumstances under which I had hoped to visit Ishgard for the first time, but so be it.
They say the winds can be rather fierce on the Steps of Faith. Be sure to wrap up before you go!
I must go on ahead and speak with the count. Fear not, however, for everything has been arranged. The sentries at the Gates of Judgement have been informed of our decision. You need but state your names, and they will allow you to pass. My manservant shall be waiting for you at the city gates, ready to escort you to our manor, where we shall meet again. Until then!


Gates of Judgment[edit]

Wards of House Fortemps? Ah, yes... You may pass.
And so they came, at a friend's behest.
Heroes once celebrated as saviors of Eorzea, brought low through treachery,
their names blackened with royal blood...
With memories of the lost and dreams of redemption,
with hope yet in their hearts, they came...
To Ishgard, shining city on the mount, overlooking the dominion of Coerthas...
A great and proud nation devoted to Halone, the Fury, ruled by Thordan VII,
Archbishop of the Ishgardian Orthodox Church...
The last bastion of the Faith, her walls ever bristling with
the sworn swords and spears of her four High Houses...
A land that after a thousand years of war
had forgotten what it was to be at peace.
Through gates long closed the Warrior of Light and his companions passed,
entering at last a city whose history was written in blood.
In the midst of the Dragonsong War they came─three weary travelers
whose arrival would set in motion great change...
Though none knew then how great...
— From the memoirs of Count Edmont de Fortemps



Arc of the Worthy[edit]

Wards of House Fortemps? Ah, yes... You may pass.
From afar, the spires did not seem so tall...
Gods... I feel like a child in a giant's castle!
Greetings, Master Surname. On behalf of House Fortemps, I bid you welcome to Ishgard. My lord humbly requests your presence at his residence in the Pillars. If you all would come with me...

The Pillars[edit]

Fortemps Manor[edit]

To look upon the splendor of these heights, one would little suspect the ruin wrought by the wyverns below...
Is it just me, or is the air up here different? You can almost smell the wealth and power! Gods, it's making me feel faint...
Greetings, sir, and welcome to Fortemps Manor.
The Warrior of Light and his brave companions, walking the streets of Ishgard at last! What a glorious sight! I cannot tell you how long I have waited for this day. Allow me to present to you my family home: Fortemps Manor! I should like nothing more than to show you around, but everyone is gathered to receive you. Come, my friends! Introductions must be made!
My lord, I have returned with the Scions.
I hope your journey was not too taxing. I, Count Edmont de Fortemps, do bid you welcome. As wards of House Fortemps, you shall be afforded every courtesy. My home is your home.
My companions and I are deeply honored, Count Fortemps.
The honor is mine, Master Alphinaud. Consider it an expression of our gratitude for your service to Ishgard.
Forgive me, my lord, but...are you not concerned? To accept foreign guests at such a juncture─especially ones with our...reputation...
Do not worry yourself on my account. 'Tis true that Ishgard's first thought has ever been the war effort, hence the closing of our borders...
...Yet it is in troubled times most of all that men should seek allies, don't you think? Granted, my decision will have raised eyebrows in the Vault and in the halls of the other High Houses. But so long as you continue with your altruistic endeavors, I doubt my honored peers will feel moved to voice their concerns.
Then there is naught to fear. Though our numbers are much reduced, we are no less determined to carry on our work.
Full glad am I to hear it. Ah, but before you return to your labors, why not take a tour of the city? You would do well, I think, to acquaint yourselves with your new surroundings. After all, you may be here for some time.
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