Ivalice Campaign Introduction:
Greetings and well met F/stop crew and Pathfinder players! Behold, a map!
So, as you know, I’m going to be running an Ivalice campaign. It will be a re-imagination of the setting from the PS1 game Final Fantasy Tactics. You will be starting out in city of Igros, on the western shores of the kingdom of Gallione. You can make a character of any race from the core book, but keep in mind the population for this campaign will be around 90% human (other races are usually merchants or outcasts, or otherwise not really part of human society/politics in a very meaningful way). You may play any of the core or base classes, but not ninja, samurai or antipaladin. We will start at level 1. For stats roll 4d6, drop lowest roll. Two sets, choose the better set, then rearrange stats as you like. So far only Eryca has rolled a character and she is a half-elf female barbarian.
We’ll begin 50 years after The Lion War. (Below is a brief summary of the events of the Lion War)
Result: Delita Hyral ascends to the throne of all Ivalice. Beoulve family killed except for Ramza whose whereabouts remains unknown. Berrington family killed.
Combatants: Order of the Northern Sky vs Order of the Southern Sky
Commanders: Duke Bestrald Larg, Dycedarg Beoulve, Zalbag Beoulve, Duke Druksmald Goltana, Delita Hyral, Cidolfus Orlandu and Marquis Messam Elmdore
Casualties: At least 200,000 killed on each side including but not limited to Duke Larg (poisoning), Dycedarg Beoulve (slain in Igros Castle), Zalbaag Beoulve (slain in Igros Castle), Duke Goltana (slain by Delita Hyral) and Marquis Messam Elmdore (slain by the heretic Ramza Beoulve)
The Lion War was a civil war in Ivalice where the western kingdoms (Gallione, Fovoham and Lionel) battled the eastern kingdoms (Limberry and Zeltennia) over the throne (Lesalia) after King Omdoria Atkascha died from the plague. There were nearly half a million casualties. The war on the field ended in a stalemate because a temple knight named Balk Fenzol released a poison known as mossfungus onto the battlefield, sickening thousands of troops. Delita Hyral (once a peasant but now a high ranking knight) cooperated with the Church of Glabados to convince the two sides to end The Lion War. The Treaty of Besselat was signed and Ivalice had peace once again.
We now fast forward 50 years. Delita Hyral is now King of Ivalice and rules from the throne in Lesalia. He was supposed to marry Ovelia Atkascha, however, she was assassinated near the end of the war. He then married Cassandra Rudvich one year after the war was over. House Beoulve (which previously ruled Gallione) and House Berrington (which previously ruled Fovoham) were wiped out in the Lion War. Thus began House Rudvich’s rise to power. Cassandra Rudvich’s two older brothers were granted Lordships. Mesnald Rudvich became Lord of Gallione and Sigmund Rudvich became Lord of Fovoham.
The campaign will begin in Gallione, in the city of Igros. Recently, the government in the neighboring kingdom of Fovoham has been overthrown by the leader of a thieves guild, Merrick Nightborn. Sigmund Rudvich was slain during the revolt within Riovanes Castle and the kingdom is now ruled by Merrik Nightborn. Nightborn has demanded Fovoham be recognized as an independent kingdom which is to have it’s own religion, independent from the Church of Glabados. Nightborn is a supporter of the Germonik Reformation. It is likely there will be war soon, and armies are rumored to be mobilizing in both Lesalia and Gallione.
So basically that’s the hook for how your character ended up in Igros. Your character could be a mercenary trying to make some gold, have a vested religious or political interest, etc. You could simply be a wanderer swept up in the impending conflict.
Ivalice world features (horses are chocobos and gnomes are moogles):
There are Chocobos instead of horses. Chocobos are like giant chickens, and make excellent war mounts. Ivalice is predominantly human. Instead of gnomes, there are moogles (I figure, what the hell). Moogles have all the same stats and benefits as the gnome race in the Pathfinder core rulebook. Moogles are the small creatures, growing to about 3 or 3 and 1/2 feet tall.. Moogles hold little political power and prefer to live on the outskirts of civilization. Some moogles, however, find roles for themselves as merchants, entertainers and thieves in large, diverse cities.
Moogles are the small creatures, approximately the same size as gnomes or halflings. Moogles are mild-tempered and enjoy eating vines and Kupo Nuts. Moogles sprout a “pom pom” – a red ball of fur on a thin, wiry antenna – emerging from their heads, which they are sensitive about being touched. A moogle’s wings are most often of a dark, Gothic, or bat-like design, as to juxtapose their otherwise harmless appearance and bubbly nature. Moogles resemble small mammals, ranging from rodents to felines or marsupials. Moogle wings do not allow for flight.
The Church of Glabados and Ajorism
Saint Ajora Glabados is the founder of the Church of Glabados. Ajora Glabados lived 1200 years prior to the plot of Final Fantasy Tactics. Ajora was born at a time when airships flew the skies. It was recorded that on the day he was born, Ajora arose and walked on his two feet and went over to a well, pointing out that the well was poisoned. True to this, during the Black Death, many who drank from the well died. Those surviving this event called it his miracle, and named him a child of the gods. His influence further increased as he continued to preach.
At the age of 20, Ajora prophesied the coming of Paradise. This was the last straw, and the Pharist priests of the dominant religion at the time, reported him to the Holy Ydoran Empire, who named him heretic and traitor. This was all thanks to Germonik, one of Ajora’s disciples, who gave information about his whereabouts for money. Ajora was executed at the Golgorand Gallows, but his death caused the kingdom of Murond to be wiped out in a massive tidal wave. Those who had faith in Ajora then created the Church of Glabados. Murond sunk into what is now known as The Black Coral Sea.
It is not known how many disciples Ajora had, but there are two famous disciples that were mentioned. One of them is Barius who is Ajora’s first disciple. He hid from the Holy Ydoran Empire’s pursuers in the Barius River Valley. He was later executed by the Holy Empire for his involvement in Ajora’s sect in the Barius Mountains. The other disciple is Germonik, famed for being a traitor. He sold information on Ajora’s hiding place to the Holy Empire.
The Germonik Reformation
The Germonik Reformation is a recent development. The goal of the Germonik Reformation is to reform the Church of Glabados. Supporters of the reformation claim that the Church of Glabados has too much political power, and hides the truth from the common people. Germonik reformists believe that that one may worship God in their way, without interference or oversight from the church. Rather than seeking guidance from The Book of Ajora, they study a book called The Germonik Scriptures. Supporting this reformation is considered an act of treason by the Church of Glabados. Advocates for this reformation are branded as heretics by the Church of Glabados and often executed or burned alive. Despite these harsh punishments, the reformation has growing support, particularly among the lower classes. The idea of the Reformation is to follow the teachings of St. Ajora in one’s own way, and to be independent from the Church of Glabados.
Cleric Domains Guide:
Clerics in Ivalice all typically worship one deity, Ajora. Clerics who support the Germonik Reformation may also worship St. Germonik, though these clerics are rare and considered heretics by the ubiquitous Church of Glabados. They gain domain powers based on astrological sign as listed below. These are general guidelines, however. The idea behind this list is simply to kind of role with the idea of your sign. If you can make an argument for your sign granting access to certain domains that aren’t listed then go for it. The following list is really more for idea generation and to create an immersive environment.
Aries (March 21 – April 19): Fire, Glory, Strength, Sun, Travel, Destruction and War
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Earth, Weather, Strength, Air, Charm and Rune
Gemini (May 21 – June 21): Artifice, Community, Air, Trickery, Nobility and Magic
Cancer (June 22 – July 22): Healing, Community, Repose, Chaos, Darkness and Protection
Leo (July 23 – August 22): Sun, Fire, Glory, Knowledge, Charm and Liberation
Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Healing, Charm, Community, Trickery and Luck
Libra (September 23 – October 22): Air, Law, Weather, Healing, Knowledge, Repose and Death
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Plant, Chaos, Darkness, Destruction and Madness
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Fire, Strength, Magic, Chaos and Madness
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Earth, Rune, Plant, Travel, Healing and Luck
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Water, Healing, Darkness, Chaos, Protection and Travel
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Water, Healing, Protection, Rune, Glory and Liberation
NOBLE HOUSES OF IVALICE
Gallione: (House Rudvich) Mesnald Rudvich is Lord of Gallione and swears allegiance to King Hyral.
Fovoham: (previously ruled by Sigmund Rudvich of House Rudvich, now slain). Currently Fovoham is ruled by the heretic usurper, Merrick Nightborn.
Lesalia: (House Hyral) Ruled by the King, Delita Hyral, and the Queen Cassandra Rudvich.
Limberry: (House Elmdore) Ruled by Marchioness Vanessa Elmdore, of House Elmdore.
Zeltennia: Ruled by Lord Damian Goltana, House Goltana.
Lionel: Ruled and governed by the High Priest, Arcavius Beaumont
That’s it for now. More to come.