Into the Aery

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 55   Into the Aery

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Estinien: Foundation - The Brume (x:13.4, y:11.1)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Foundation → The Brume

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png55Ready to FlyMainquest1 Icon.png Ready to Fly (Level 55)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 55)

Journal detail hr1 03.png Rewards

Experience Points

Manacutter Key
Aether Current
Miscellaneous Reward

Dungeon Icon.png The Aery (Level 55)

Edit Into the Aery's Miscellaneous Reward
Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Estinien is eager to set forth for the Aery.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with Cid.
  • Use the Duty Finder to enter the Aery.
  • Speak with Estinien.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png55The Song BeginsMainquest1 Icon.png The Song Begins (Level 55)
071341.png50Tricks and StonesFeaturequest1 Icon.png Tricks and Stones (Level 50)

Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved

  • Estinien is eager to set forth for the Aery.
  • With no further obstacles to bar your entrance to the Aery, Estinien is eager to be underway. Return to the Skysteel Manufactory, and collect the manacutters from Cid.
  • At the manufactory, Cid, Wedge, and Biggs take turns reassuring you that their manacutters are equal to the task of piercing the barrier around the Aery. Seeing no further need to delay, Estinien bids you fly with him to Nidhogg's lair forthwith. It would seem that the time has come at last to face the dread wyrm in a battle that could bring an end to a thousand years of suffering.
※Challenge the Aery with other players via the Duty Finder, or with a party of NPCs via Duty Support. Both systems are accessible from the main menu as well as the dungeon's entrance point.
  • Following an aerial encounter with the enraged Nidhogg, you are separated from Estinien and land far from the duel between dragoon and wyrm. Undaunted, you cut a bloody path through the Aery's defenders, and eventually arrive at their master's lofty perch. There, with the Azure Dragoon stifling the source of Nidhogg's strength, you finally succeed in bringing the massive creature down.
  • Glorying in victory, the Azure Dragoon gouges out Nidhogg's remaining eye, and sends the lifeless wyrm tumbling into the clouds below. Moments later, your Crystal of Lightning is suffused with new radiance, and you are treated to another vision of the past─a vision wherein you witness the truth of Nidhogg's defeat at the hands of Haldrath and his knights. When you subsequently relate the tale to Estinien, the dragoon seems greatly perplexed. If Haldrath claimed both eyes from the wyrm, whence came the trophy so recently plucked from Nidhogg's skull? Discuss the matter further with Estinien.
  • Though Estinien has defeated his lifelong nemesis, the mysteries thus uncovered weigh heavily upon his heart. Only by wresting the truth from Hraesvelgr will your triumph be complete.

Edit Into the Aery's Dialogue
We have tarried long enough. Let us call upon Master Garlond and take possession of the manacutters.
Quest Accepted
The moment is at hand, Warrior of Light.
These little beauties are our pride and joy... And now they're yours! So, careful with 'em, eh!?
<yawn> ...I guarantee you won't find any loose rivets─we triple-checked!
Forename, old friend! The 'cutters are ready when you are!
The finer adjustments cost us a few sleepless nights, but we got there in the end!
Which means you can get where you need to go. I tell you, these little beauties'll tear through that wind barrier like a cermet drill through cottage cheese.
And that, my friends, is a Garlond Ironworks guarantee!
You have our thanks. Come, Warrior of Light─the dread wyrm awaits!
To the manacutters, Warrior of Light─the dread wyrm awaits!
Give that overgrown lizard a kick in the tail from me, eh? We'll be waiting for you, Forename!

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Wicked mortals! I shall melt your flesh, and turn your bones to ash!
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Duty Commenced

The air begins to crackle.

I like not the sound of that thunder.
These lightning strikes... Are they the work of dragons?
Never mind that. We have to hurry.

The air begins to crackle.

Hmph. More lightning.
We must tread carefully.
Your lightning won't save you now.
This dragon was responsible?
Each time Rangda uses Ionospheric Charge

Rangda's cry summons the heavens' fury.

If lightning is passed to one of the pillars

The blackened statue is pulverized.

Let's keep moving.
By the gods, we did it!
This is no time to celebrate—we must keep moving.
They have the advantage here.

A terrible dragon appears before you!

Even so, we must remain calm.

A terrible dragon appears before you!

They'll not defeat us through sheer numbers.
Aye, let us show them the futility of brute force!
This one appears stronger than the others, but it matters little.
I leave the vanguard to you.
Each time Gyascutus uses Inflammable Fumes

Gyascutus spews a flammable gas...

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Gyascutus screams with delight as poison drips down its body.

The mustard gas has begun to swell...

<pant> <pant> ...Is it over?
Nidhogg is close. I sense him.
Watch out!
Seven hells!
We must rout them quickly, ere they overwhelm us.
We shall follow your lead.

The rubble topples, clearing a passage.

This ends here, Nidhogg!
Halone grant us strength!
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I will enfeeble the wyrm with the Eye!
You must strike whilst he is weak!
Impudent mortal!
Thou wouldst use mine own eye against me!?
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Nidhogg inhales deeply...

Tremble at my fury!
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My patience for your incessant struggling doth falter.
Succumb now to the might of a great wyrm!
Such unthinkable power... I must use the Eye to shield us!
Protect me whilst I draw forth its strength!
Attend me, my kindred!
Slay these treacherous children of man!
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You must slay these minions!
If Estinien is defeated
Have I come so far just to die...?
Nidhogg... Damn you...
'Tis done! I am prepared!
My rage will consume you!
We shall see whose rage is the greater!
Treacherous mortals!
Duty Complete
On your guard. Our work here is not yet done.
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Thou wouldst use mine own eye against me!? Time hath done naught to dilute thy kind's depravity!
I have not forgotten thee, dragoon! Mine essence claimed thee once...and shall do so again!
No, wyrm! This ends here!
You gifted my people a thousand years of suffering. Now I gift you an eternity in darkness!
They are ours, Lord Haldrath... The eyes of Nidhogg!
Aye... The wyrm lies broken and my father is avenged. With the wellspring of his vitality thus denied him, Nidhogg shall not linger long in this world.

But behold the terrible price we have paid. My sire is dead; so many brother knights slain.

We traded our honor for the strength which now courses in our veins. And still we are forced to make such sacrifice.
But not in vain, my lord. Hraesvelgr is the only great wyrm left in Dravania, and he dares not leave his lair.
With Nidhogg's eyes in your possession, who now can challenge the might of Ishgard? Ascend the throne, and take your rightful place as the ruler of our people!
Nay, my friend, I must forsake the mantle of king. Though Nidhogg be defeated, his wyrmling horde yet darkens the skies with wings beyond counting.
As one who partook of Ratatoskr's strength, it shall be my penance to bear a knight's arms until death grants me leave to retire. When that day comes, no prince shall perish, but a hells-bound hunter of dragons...
But Lord Haldrath! What then shall become of the royal line!?
Think of your people, my lord! Without a king, who will the common man turn to in his hour of need? How will he find his way without your benevolent hand to guide him?
I thank you, Ser Flavien and Ser Sylvetrel─for dispelling my remaining doubts. With men of such wisdom and compassion in service to the realm, 'tis plain that Ishgard has no need of a king.

But if you must bow to the demands of tradition, you need look no further than yourselves for one worthy to wear the crown.

Fare thee well, my brother loyal friends. On these shoulders shall I bear the weight of my father's sins; with this lance shall I repay the debt accrued through our misdeeds.
What cruel jest has fate played upon us...? Have we seized this desperate victory only to lose a king?
We can but act as our lord has bid. We few who remain must divide between us the rulership of Ishgard and her people.
Not I. My oath was to Lord Haldrath, and he alone. If he is not to be king, then I would hang up my shield, as well.
Will you abandon us, too, ser?
I would wash my hands of blood and betrayal and take up an honest trade. Mayhap I shall serve ale instead of sharpened steel...
We four, then...
Fortemps, Haillenarte, Durendaire, and Dzemael...
But four houses to rule all of Ishgard...
...And what of the throne?
We keep it empty. Until the day a king rises once more, we must assume the role of stewards.
We shall shape our nation anew with a history of our own making─and let the truth of this dark day die here, upon the battlefield.
What ails you, friend!? Are you wounded?

You have borne witness to the culmination of the first battle with Nidhogg.

The legend of Ishgard's founding tells that our ancestors were led to the land of Coerthas by the valiant King Thordan.

In the midst of their journey, they came to a wide chasm, where they were set upon by a great wyrm─Nidhogg. A furious battle then ensued, with Thordan leading the van.

Though the brave king was slain defending his people, his son, Haldrath, the first Azure Dragoon, fought on undaunted...

And with a mighty thrust of his lance, he gouged out Nidhogg's eye, forcing the wicked creature into retreat.

Thus did this eldritch orb become a sacred treasure of Ishgard, lending its power to every knight deemed worthy to bear the title of Azure Dragoon.

A rousing tale, is it not? Would that I could still believe it. But your vision, which we must accept as immutable truth, leaves no room for doubt─save on one point.

If Haldrath took both of Nidhogg's eyes, then how came this eye to be lodged in the wyrm's skull?

Beneath every answer we unearth, another question lies buried...

'Twas a fierce battle, but one I knew we would win. Your fame is well-deserved, Warrior of Light. Full proud am I to have fought at your side.

I would fain return with all swiftness to Ishgard to inform the lord commander of our triumph...

But we must first have words with Hraesvelgr. There are parts of this tale that the wyrm has kept from us, and I would know wherefore...
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Though Nidhogg is fallen, my heart is yet heavy.

...And this stain of corruption pleases me not.

...When all has been put to rest, I must needs forge my armor anew.
Quest Completed

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