|What will you ask?
|What was the relation between Ramza and Delita
|As I believe I have explained before, the hero Ramza Beoulve and the pauper-become-king Delita Heiral were the closest of companions throughout most of their adolescence.
Ramza was the youngest son of House Beoulve, an old and respected bloodline of warriors. Delita was the son of farmers in service to the Beoulves. Normally, one mightn't expect the paths of two with such different backgrounds to cross, but fate chose to intervene.
When Delita's parents fall victim to a terrible plague, Ramza's father takes the orphaned boy and his sister into his home and raises them as his own. Sensing greatness in young Delita, Barbaneth elects to enroll him in the Royal Military Akademy with Ramza.
However, not but several moons before their graduation does great tragedy befall them both.
Noble children from across the realm are being abducted by a radical faction of dissident knights and ransomed to their families. Amongst those kidnapped is Delita's only sister, Tietra, mistaken to be of high birth for her place at Barbaneth Beoulve's table.
Or at least so they thought. It turns out the whole affair is a plot set in motion by a petty noble by the name of Argath Thadalfus. Yes, the very corse you encountered deep within the ruins of Lesalia.
You see, Argath and Delita were classmates at the Akademy, yet the former despised the latter, jealous of the baseborn upstart who was always first in his class from swordplay to letters.
And so Argath approaches the renegade knights and tells them of Ramza's sister...only instead of describing Alma's features, he gives them Tietra's that they might kidnap his true rival's kin. And they do.
However, when the commander overseeing the rescue efforts of these noble children learns that it is not Alma, but Tietra they have taken, he abandons all attempts at peaceful exchange with the brigands, refusing to waste valuable resources on a mere commoner.
Ramza and Delita plead with the officer to reconsider, but the order to storm the knights' hideout and burn it to the ground are carried out with cold precision. The mission is a success, and the dissidents─including Argath─are slain to a man...but so, too, is poor Tietra.
Having learned the true “worth” of his blood, Delita leaves both the Akademy and his friend Ramza behind to forge a new path...one that would ultimately lead to war.
Five summers will pass before the two meet again...
|What was the relation between Ramza and Orran
|According to my ancestor's writings, Tietra's passing did not only serve to shape Delita, but Ramza, as well.
Ramza was possessed of two older brothers, both who had built reputations for themselves as fearless and cunning warriors worthy of the Beoulve name.
However, soon after the raid that sees Tietra slain, Ramza learns of his brothers' involvement in the affair.
The shock upon realizing his own kin's disdain for the common man is too much to bear, and Ramza abandons his duty as son of House Beoulve, choosing instead to consign himself to a life of wayfaring. It is while serving a band of mercenaries that he meets Orran Durai.
Orran, adoptive son of General Cidolfus Orlandeau, is tasked by his father to discover the identity of those truly behind the War of the Lions. Though, what he discovers will mark him for life.
Orlandeau was long an enemy of House Beoulve, but the general had always been a proponent of peace. On many an occasion did he attempt to stave the hands of conflict by providing resolution that would benefit both sides...only to find his efforts thwarted by a force unseen.
Throughout all this, the church maintained its neutrality, openly refusing to endorse either order. Yet this was little more than a facade. The truth was they silently wielded their influence over both sides, seeking to draw out the war that the armies might grow ever weaker.
It is during this time the church begins its search for the Zodiac Stones, or what we now know as auracite. Their aim is to gain support of the war-weary smallfolk by dangling the promise of peace delivered by legendary warriors descended from the heavens─the Zodiac Braves.
Orran Durai suspects the plot might bring great harm to the realm, but lacks the proof he requires to implicate the church in any wrongdoing.
When all hope is nearly lost, Orran encounters Ramza─already branded a heretic by the church for his discovery of several of the clergy's inconvenient truths─and learns that together, they might be able to make a difference, for Ramza holds a shard of auracite.
Threatened by Ramza's actions, but unable to successfully subdue the young man or his auracite, the church turns their attention to Cidolfus Orlandeau and condemns the general as they did Ramza in a ploy to drive him from the kingdom.
his betrayal by the church only serves to embolden Cidolfus, and it is not long before he joins Ramza and his son in their efforts to prevent the auracite's blight from spreading further.
|How did Ramza use the auracie
|While Delita waged his war for all to see, Ramza remained hidden, choosing to deal with the Lucavi from the shadows.
When the tiny fellowship was not hunting the horrors spawned by the Holy Stones, they were hounded by knights and brigands set upon them by the church.
Yet despite this, Ramza oft found his thoughts returning to his old friend, Delita─now an intelligencer with the Order of the Southern Sky. Delita had also not forgotten about his childhood companion, learning of both Ramza's troubles and the church's schemings soon after joining the order.
He could not, however, come to Beoulve's aid. Heiral had proven himself a capable warrior and a charismatic leader, and was using this momentum to silently orchestrate a play for Ivalice's throne. If he were to openly oppose the church, it would prove disastrous.
Ramza, though, had already been branded a heretic. Through Ramza, Delita might freely raise his sword against the church without consequence to himself, as long as their allegiance remained unknown.
Now, one might view this as the future-king simply using his companion to see his own desires to fruition. Why, even Orran himself opines on the matter in his papers.
However, both Delita and Ramza were quick to recognize that as long as the blight engendered by the auracite was allowed to spread unchecked, that true peace could never be realized. Their solution was ingenious.
Delita took his place on the field of battle to bring an end to the War of the Lions while Ramza took to the shadows to excise the otherworldly cankers that befouled the realm from within.
|What was the Orbonne Monastery
|The Durai Papers tell us that the Orbonne Monastery overlooks a grand cataract on a river known as the Zeirchele. The building was allegedly ancient in Orran's time with no record as to exactly when or by whom it was constructed.
We do know, however, that the building had deep ties with the Atkascha dynasty─rulers at the time of the War of the Lions─and was oft used by the royal family to house prisoners...before finally being converted into a place of worship─a tradition that seemingly continued even after the conversion.
Orran writes that Princess Ovelia Atkascha, the last rightful heir to the Ivalician throne, was confined to the cloister for much of her young life before her eventual marriage to Delita.
Yet though the cenobites at Orbonne were part of a contemplative order within the Church of Glabados, they remained oddly exempt from the High Confessor's authority.
Now, you may ask, if Orbonne was a monastery, then why was Ovelia─a girl─admitted? Well, it appears early scholars may have misinterpreted an important term. In ancient Ivalician, the word for both “monastery” and “convent” are the same. However, seeing as Orbonne was inhabited not by monks, but by nuns, 'twould have been better suited had the word been rendered as “abbey,” which itself is more encompassing.
In addition to their daily prayer, these nuns crafted ales and wines from ingredients grown on their land, and sold them to desert townships that lacked ready access to potable water.
While the Durai Papers indicate the monastery─or abbey─as Ramza's final destination before his disappearance, it does not state why his journey was to take him there.
Considering that Orran actually accompanied Ramza on this quest, it is hard to believe that the chronicler would not know...leading me to believe there was reason for this omission─one that I believe will unlock this entire mystery!
|What is the Golmore Jungle
|The Golmore Jungle is an endless swath of pristine emerald situated in the southeastern corner of Dalmasca on the Nagxian border.
The hot and humid climes of the region have given rise to a nigh-impenetrable expanse of towering sentinels and noisome bogs in which all manner of flora and fauna is allowed to flourish without the interference of man.
Our very own Montblanc, however, claims that on his short traipse through the region, he stumbled across numerous ruins of unknown origin. From what we have learned from our own research and expeditions, I would surmise these sites are somehow connected to ancient Ivalice.
While it is true that the Durai Papers make no mention of a jungle the likes of Golmore, more than a thousand summers have passed since my ancestor penned this chronicle. Any number of things could have given rise to a marked change in the environment. Even one of your calamities, perhaps.
Ah, and one cannot speak of Golmore without mention of its enigmatic inhabitants. As you know, the rain forest is also home to the Viera, self-proclaimed guardians of the wood.
Though, those who claim that title count themselves fewer with each coming spring, as more and more of the leporine abandon their ancestral homes for the comforts of the cities.
Still, many Viera continue their adherence to a strict code that has governed their people since ere the age of Ivalice─none may enter their jungle, and none may leave.
To the Viera, Golmore is sacred ground, and they will not suffer what they view as the desecration of their sovereign domain by outsiders. This is especially true for those who would dare hunt their lands.
I would one day wish to see her ruins with mine own eyes, but without the consent of those who call the jungle home, I fear that day may never come.
|who is the High Seraph
|Very little is known of the High Seraph other than that it was she who created the auracite and scattered its shards across Hydaelyn.
As for if the entity be angel or demon...well, that depends on which faerie tale you choose to believe. Though, after witnessing the terror of the Lucavi firsthand, it is difficult to imagine that one truly pure of heart would design something that might give rise to such evil.
That said, it appears the auracite itself contains no evil─the stones merely serve as an amplifier of sorts for the desires of those who come into their possession.
If that desire is one swollen fat with rage─one of dominance or revenge─then it is made manifest as a Lucavi. Such was the case with Argath and Ba'Gamnan.
Conversely, if the wielder's intentions are just, then they are rewarded with what can only be described as miracles. Legend provides us with countless tales of the Zodiac Braves granting succor to those wounded...or even fallen in battle.
Perhaps this is why history cannot decide on the alignment of the stones' creator.
If the being truly hails from some other plane of existence, as Mikoto suggested, then we would be fools to think she might be beholden to the same values we hold dear.