Crystal War

Overview

A recent war in the world of Vana'diel in Final Fantasy XI. It ended about 20 years before the start of the game, and is behind most of the early story-lines, as well as heavily featured in the expansion Wings of the Goddess that enables you to travel to the time period. Players can participate in the war in the Campaign event.
The Crystal War consisted of the rise and fall of the Shadow Lord, and the Beastmen armies he commanded from Castle Zvahl. It involved all of the Middle Lands, and is responsible for forming the nations as they stand today. It is often referred to as the Great War by citizens of the three nations.

Course of War

The Crystal War most likely started sometime early in 862 CE with the invasion of the Norvallen region by beastmen. The Shadow Lord was determined to be behind the uprising. The official start of the war was preceded by War of the Savages several years before, during which the Shadow Lord slowly gained control of the beastman armies on the Quon and Mindartia continents.

Early Stages

One of the first battles in the war was Battle of Jugner, a fight between San d'Orian knights and the Bloodwing Horde. The battle ended in a humiliating defeat for the San d'Orian forces, and resulted in a three-week siege of the capital.

Another notable battle of the early stages of the war was the First Battle of Windurst, where the Yagudo Theomilitary invaded Windurstian soil, and the blockade of Port Bastok by sahagin troops.

The Ru'Lude Conference

When it became apparent that the nations could not defeat the forces of the Shadow Lord by themselves, the leaders of the three nations gathered in Jeuno, which had previously been only a very small player in politics. The Ru'Lude Conference was held, with the participants being king Destin R d'Oraguille of San d'Oria, President Prien of Bastok, the Star Sibyl of Windurst and Archduke Kam'lanaut of Jeuno.

The conference resulted in the formation of the Allied Forces of Altana, and laid the foundation for the cooperation of the nations after the war.

Trouble in Mindartia

After the Conference several notable people were assasinated in the three nations. The culprits were later determined to have been tonberries.

Shortly afterwards the Yagudo Theomilitary attacked Fort Karugo-Narugo. The fort was undermanned and the opposing units were magic-resistant, providing extreme trouble for the Windurstian forces situated there. The situation was saved by the appearance of a reinforcement unit of Royal Knights. The yagudo were not prepared to fight an enemy with swords instead of magic.

However, the battle at Fort Karugo-Narugo turned out to be a mere distraction for the gathering of a 30,000 strong army near the capital of Windurst. The yagudo forces succeeded in invading and greatly destroying the city. This is known as the Second Battle of Windurst. However, the battle finally ended in victory for the Windurstian forces when Karaha-Baruha summoned Fenrir and single-handedly took care of the army. Karaha-Baruha later became remembered as the Hero of Windurst.

Trouble in Quon

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The finished construction of the Garlaige Citadel by San d'Oria was soon followed by a concentrated attack on the citadel by orcish and yagudo forces. These were followed in rapid succession by the Battle of Bastok and the Battle of Jeuno.

Battle of Jeuno saw the addition of the gigas to the active military force of the Shadow Lord. They laid siege to Jeuno, but were in the end wiped out by the allied forces in Batallia Downs. This was a great win for the allied forces, and became the turning point of the war.

However, it was accompanied by the fall of Tavnazia when the orcish forces invaded with overwhelming force in fear of a new weapon for the allied forces. The feeble defenses of Tavnazia were completely obliterated. When it appeared that the battle was lost, the sword Lightbringer was used. The resulting explosion wiped out Tavnazia completely and separated the area from the mainland.

The time period also saw the start of the construction of the first airship. However, it was not finished in time to help with the war effort.

Siege of Castle Zvahl

Having scored a major victory in Jeuno, the allied forces gathered and went forth to Xarcabard. A great battle ensued that finally ended in victory for the allied forces. They took up siege of Castle Zvahl where the Shadow Lord resided.

By this time, the Hydra Corps had been formed. They were an elite multi-national fight force that disappeared mysteriously before they had too much chance to affect the war.

When it became apparent that the siege wasn't too successful, Volker of Bastok arranged a small infiltration force to gain access to the castle and take down Shadow Lord. In the end, it was them who guaranteed victory for the allied forces, by sealing the Shadow Lord to sleep.

The fall of the Shadow Lord spelled the end of beastmen victories. The yagudo who had taken control of Fort Karugo-Narugo were driven out, and the other beastmen forces retreated to several choice holdouts.
Some time after the leaders of the allied nations gathered in Jeuno once again to proclaim the war over. This likely happened sometime in 864 CE.


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