United in Prayer

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High above the Twelveswood, the raven circles, evermore seeking out truth hidden amongst the shadows of the trees. In today's edition, field correspondent Oliver Goodfellow reports on the increased religious fervor of Eorzeans in these dire times.

A History of War
Fifteen years ago, in the Year 1557 of the Sixth Astral Era, the Garlean Empire conquered Ala Mhigo in an act of aggression which marked the beginning of their invasion of Eorzea.

Five years later, as a massive fleet of Imperial airships advanced into the skies above Silvertear Falls, the great dragon Midgardsormr rose from the depths of the lake, leading a host of its lesser brethren in ambush. Met with such fierce and unexpected resistance, the Garleans were forced to withdraw. Subsequent summonings of the primals by beast tribes brought the Empire's war of conquest to a standstill.

Alas, the conflict was reignited when Nael van Darnus led the VIIth Legion into Eorzea once more.

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Faith in Victory
In response, the Order of the Twin Adder was revived, by the decree of Elder Seedseer Kan-E-Senna, to combat the Garlean menace. Ul'dah and Limsa Lominsa enacted similar measures, and the Grand Companies of Eorzea were reborn. Though distrust lingered between the city-states, valiant adventurers managed to persuade their great leaders to reform the Eorzean Alliance, and together we have begun to turn the tide.

At present, our combined forces are converging at the Carteneau Flats, where the VIIth Imperial Legion is entrenched. Preparations continue for what many expect to be a decisive, final confrontation.

But what of us whose place is not on the frontlines? Is there aught we can do to aid the Eorzean cause?

Archon Louisoix has called upon citizens and adventurers alike to “seek the divine symbols of the Twelve, engraven upon ancient stones strewn across the land, and offer supplication for Eorzea's salvation.”

Some may question the value of prayer in lieu of more practical means of contribution. Yet even the ancient texts of Stillglade Fane contain no references to these mysterious symbols. If these unprecedented manifestations are indeed evidence of the Twelve's providence, perhaps more fervent devotions might summon their divine intervention.

As this belief continues to spread, many Eorzeans have embarked upon pilgrimages to the holy stones, in the hopes that it might do some small good. If you, dear readers, have any faith that the Twelve may yet shine their countenance upon us and heed our pleas, I ask that you join us in prayer.

Oliver Goodfellow