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051 Impressions051 Castrum Marinum

"Say what you will about our foe, you can't deny that the architecture of their outposts has a certain ghastly charm. I would have enjoyed the sunset a while longer, but the cohort doesn't take kindly to tourists." Such were the scout's words, and I would see as he saw.
Western Thanalan x:8 y:5
Clear Skies 17:0017:59
Lookout
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Situated atop the roiling Rhotano Sea between Aldenard and the eastern coast of Vylbrand, Castrum Marinum serves as the southernmost outpost for the Garlean Empire's XIVth Legion. The cohort stationed on this man-made floating island is primarily tasked with the resupplying of imperial army cohorts deployed in the La Noscea and Thanalan theaters.
052 Impressions052 Vesper Bay

Overheard in a tavern: "Go where the wealthy go and do what they do, and sooner or later their good fortune will rub off on you. That said, the merchant wasn't too happy when I climbed atop his estate for a better view..."
Western Thanalan x:12 y:14
Fair Skies 12:0016:59
Point
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A bustling port city strategically situated on the western coast of Thanalan and maintained using funds generously provided by Syndicate chairman Lolorito, Vesper Bay serves as a gateway in and out of sultanate-controlled lands. The colossal bronze statue in the main plaza is said to be an exact likeness of said chairman (when viewed from afar).
053 Impressions053 Black Brush Station

"A modern marvel she may be, but a right bitch to keep runnin'. I couldn't tell you how many hours I've spent surveyin' from all directions and altitudes. You can have the view, just give me a good night's sleep!" Such were the railroad man's words, and I would see as he saw.
Central Thanalan x:21 y:17
Dust Storms 18:0004:59
Lookout
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A marvel of modern innovation, the steam engine has transformed the mining industry, increasing efficiency and profits thrice over. It has also led to the transformation of what was once a thinly manned aetheryte outpost into a thriving crossroads of labor and commerce─a new pillar to support the thriving Ul'dahn economy.
054 Impressions054 Gate of Nald

Overheard on the streets: "Lost me job, me family─and any coin I could spend to drown me sorrows. And so I stood atop the canvas, looking out over the wasteland of me life."
Central Thanalan x:18 y:26
Clear Skies 12:0016:59
Sit
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One of three main portals accessible by the general populace, the Gate of Nald is wide enough for two fully burdened chocobo carriages to enter abreast and still leave room for the flanking gateguards. Her Royal Majesty Nanamo Ul Namo has commanded that the portcullis remain open night and day, so as to welcome all who would partake of Ul'dah's wonders.
055 Impressions055 The Burning Wall

Overheard in an alehouse: "Standing atop the crystal affords you the best view of the place, if you're brave enough to make the climb..."
Eastern Thanalan x:30 y:26
Clear Skies 12:0016:59
Lookout
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Once an unscalable precipice severing eastern Thanalan from the Grand Wake, the Burning Wall earned its name for the deep-red glow it would emit each evening as the sun set. Toppled by the Calamity, that cliff no longer exists─in its place a queer forest of crystalline sentinels and malformed creatures shunned by nature itself.
056 Impressions056 The Golden Bazaar

"A ghost town? Hah! Mark my words, I'll make my fortune there. When the sun is high, I climb atop the fencing and survey the land for untapped veins of ore." Such were the miner's words, and I would see as he saw.
Eastern Thanalan x:10 y:16
Fair Skies 08:0011:59
Lookout
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Once a waypoint for traders making the journey between Gridania and Ul'dah, the rise of settlements such as Camp Drybone and Highbridge have all but rendered the once prospering hamlet a ghost town. Rumors of mythril deposits in the nearby mountains and treasure in the ruins of the Invisible City, however, may work to rekindle this dying ember.
057 Impressions057 Thal's Respite

"Those who do not pay proper obeisance will find their fortunes all too fleeting. Those who do will feel the tears of mercy washing over them like the pouring rains." Such were the initiate's words, and I would see as he saw.
Eastern Thanalan x:25 y:14
Showers 18:0004:59
Pray
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Overseer of wealth in the afterlife, proper obeisance to the Trader, Thal, is required for those who wish to take belongings accumulated in this world to the hereafter. Thal's Respite is oft used by stout devotees of the Order of Nald'thal as a place of fasting and prayer, but its distance from Ul'dah prevents all but the most affluent from making the journey.
058 Impressions058 Nald's Reflection

"Those who do not pay proper obeisance will find fortune ever elusive. Those who do will see the fog lifted, and know the joys of abundance." Such were the initiate's words, and I would see as he saw.
Southern Thanalan x:12 y:22
Fog 05:0007:59
Pray
/pray

Overseer of wealth and commerce upon the corporeal plane, it is believed that through fervent worship of the Trader Nald, one will reap immeasurable fortune in one's living years. Prince and pauper alike once made pilgrimages to this remote place of prayer in search of prosperity...until, that is, Milvaneth Sacrarium opened a new (toll-based) temple within Ul'dah.
059 Impressions059 Zahar'ak

"Some call the sight bleak, but to me it's a thing of beauty. The winds pound away at the hills, but strong we stand─our gaze locked on our foe." Such were the sentry's words, and I would see what he saw.
Southern Thanalan x:19 y:20
Fair Skies 05:0007:59
Lookout
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Loosely translated as “land of perseverance,” Zahar'ak is a forward stronghold for the Amalj'aa host based in Zanr'ak. The beast tribe believes the scorched plains of Thanalan to be hallowed ground blessed by the cleansing flames of their primal deity, Ifrit, and as such are intent on driving from the land all whom they deem invaders.
060 Impressions060 The Sagolii Desert

"After a fortnight of wandering, I found myself under the searing sun, looking out upon the ruins of Allag. It was then I swore to myself: I will not succumb─not this day." Such were the wayfarer's words, and I would see what he saw.
Southern Thanalan x:21 y:38
Heat Waves 12:0016:59
Lookout
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According to the Sons of Saint Coinach, the Sagolii Desert was once a verdant sea of lush plains capable of sustaining great civilizations, as is evidenced by the ruins recently discovered in the area. How such a place devolved into a lifeless desert remains a mystery, but recent disaster tells us an ancient calamity is the likely culprit.
061 Impressions061 The Sunken Temple of Qarn

Overheard in a tavern: "...Ah, a fellow antiquarian! There's a slanted stone slab that affords you the best vantage point of the ruins."
Southern Thanalan x:23 y:11
Fair Skies 12:0016:59
Lookout
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Most scholars of ancient Belah'dian civilization claim this twisting labyrinth of complex chambers to be a place of worship dedicated to the sun goddess, Azeyma. Recent diggings, however, have uncovered older chambers buried beneath the new containing relics not of the Sixth Astral Era, suggesting that the temple may have been built by a different people.
062 Impressions062 Minotaur Malm

"Beads of sweat flying from their broad shoulders, massive muscles tightening and loosening─no, I've not seen a finer sight in all the realm." Such were the warrioress's words, and I would see what she saw.
Southern Thanalan x:14 y:26
Heat Waves 05:0007:59
Psych
/psych

Local legend has that long ago, a young goatherd leading his pack to water at Forgotten Springs was set upon and chased a full malm through these caves by a minotaur. There has yet to be a second sighting of the creature, but the stories are enough to frighten away most who would consider passage through this trading post used by the Seventy-Seven Caravans.
063 Impressions063 East Watchtower

"On the watch, slumber's siren call is your greatest foe. When I feel myself drifting off at my post, I envision my commander standing before me, and put the fear of the gods in myself." Such were the sentry's words, and I would see what he saw.
Northern Thanalan x:21 y:24
Clear Skies 05:0007:59
Salute
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To power their legions of warmachina, the Garleans require a steady supply of the aether-based fuel known as ceruleum. Bluefog housing the largest deposit in Eorzea, the Empire has begun their own mining operation but a stone's throw from the allied refineries, heightening tensions in the area and prompting the construction of two watchtowers.
064 Impressions064 Ceruleum Pipeline

"My duties include keeping the portcullis well oiled. A right fine view on a clear day, but don't lose your balance─it's a long way down." Such were the soldier's words, and I would see what he saw.
Northern Thanalan x:20 y:29
Fair Skies 18:0004:59
Lookout
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Even before airships and engines were commonplace in Eorzea, Amajina & Sons Mineral Concern recognized the potential value of ceruleum and laid claim to nearly all of the untapped deposits in northern Thanalan. In an ironic twist, for many years before the Garlean invasion, the Concern's biggest customer was, in fact, the imperial army.
065 Impressions065 Bluefog

"Fog ain't supposed to be blue, least not where I come from─gives me the creeps. On such rare occasions as it clears up, I look upon the valley from on high. Simple pleasure, but it keeps me from losin' my bloody mind." Such were the laborer's words, and I would see what he saw.
Northern Thanalan x:20 y:22
Fair Skies 12:0016:59
Lookout
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Though abundant on the northern continent of Ilsabard, only a handful of ceruleum deposits have ever been discovered on Aldenard, the largest being buried under the Sea of Spires in northern Thanalan. Ceruleum is a highly unstable substance and will begin to evaporate when in contact with air, resulting in the bluish haze from which this area earns its name.
066 Impressions066 Raubahn's Push

"Even in the wind and swirling snow, the talons are unmistakable, clutching toward the skies. Don't ask what compelled me to climb to the very tip of one, but I can tell you the sight was something to behold." Such were the sentry's words, and I would see what he saw.
Northern Thanalan x:19 y:17
Clouds 08:0011:59
Lookout
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In the final days of the Sixth Astral Era, the ceruleum fields of northern Thanalan proved to be one of the most hotly contested areas in all Eorzea, with the Empire amassing a giant host outside of Bluefog to seize control of the local fuel refineries. Though outnumbered three to one, Raubahn and his army succeeded in “pushing” back the enemy.
067 Impressions067 Abandoned Amajina Mythril Mine

"I didn't know what those madmen were going to do with me, and I wasn't about to find out. When the fog descended, I snuck out across a collapsed pillar. Lucky to be alive, though I do wish I'd had the luxury to enjoy the view." Such were the adventurer's words, and I would see what he saw.
Northern Thanalan x:26 y:22
Fog 18:0004:59
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The discovery of mythril in a small copper mine in Bluefog triggered the Great Rush which saw would-be prospectors flock to the Sea of Spires in search of quick and easy fortune. The veins that ran through the mountains, however, were not deep, and it was but ten summers before the mines ceased to yield the precious metal, forcing many to abandon their claims.
068 Impressions068 The Nail

"I suppose the view is impressive, yes, but it's rare that I have a moment to appreciate it. Too much work to be done before the sun goes down." Such were the draughtsman's words, and I would see what he saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:25 y:29
Clear Skies 17:0017:59
Lookout
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As is described in the <i>Enchiridion</i>, to ensure the realm of man did not drift apart from the firmament, Halone struck the Nail through both, ever binding the two. And though assailed on all sides by great metal shards fallen from the lesser moon Dalamud's crust, the ancient peak remained standing, a testament to the land's life force.
069 Impressions069 The Observatorium

Overheard at a tavern: "It wasn't what you could call me finest hour. I slipped and fell, and snagged me garments on something-or-another. I was enjoying the sight─till I realized how damned ridiculous I'd look if anyone came upon me. Dusted meself off and went on me way."
Coerthas Central Highlands x:25 y:29
Fog 18:0004:59
Lookout
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Three hundred years ago, Ishgardian astrologian Adaunel the Younger convinced the Holy See that he could predict the comings and goings of the Dravanian Horde by studying the movements of the heavens, and thus secured funding for the construction of the First Dicasterial Observatorium of Aetherial and Astrological Phenomena and its grand astroscope.
070 Impressions070 The Frozen Fang

"From on high, I looked down upon the dread carcass. Ah, to have been the hero who pierced the wyrm's heart with a ballista that day! The mere thought stirred my blood on the coldest of days." Such were the knight's words, and I would see what he saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:11 y:15
Blizzards 08:0011:59
Lookout
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In years past, the hot alpine summers would have seen this fallen Dravanian outflyer blown with maggots and reduced to bones in a matter of days. Now, in the endless winter wrought by the Calamity, the carcass rests in the permafrost under a thick blanket of snow, perfectly preserved since the day he was pierced through the heart by a ballista.
071 Impressions071 The Holy See of Ishgard

"I look upon my homeland, its proud spires soaring in the azure, and swear a silent oath. My spear shall not leave my hand until the last dread wyrm has fallen." Such were the knight's words, and I would see what he saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:12 y:17
Fair Skies 05:0007:59
Lookout
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For the past thousand years, Ishgard has waged a bloody war with the dragons of Dravania. To fend off the enemy horde, a complex web of defenses, magical and corporeal, has been added piecemeal to the city proper's outer walls, transforming her into an impenetrable bastion, while at the same time, isolating her and her people from the outside world.
072 Impressions072 Boulder Downs

"In the shadow of those unholy rocks, the mightiest giant will look as a dwarf. Yet from the right vantage point, even one of humble stature can look upon them all." Such were the knight's words, and I would see as he saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:7 y:28
Clear Skies 17:0017:59
Lookout
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Before the Calamity, Boulder Downs was a vast sloped lea littered with moraine deposited by realm-swallowing glaciers long receded. The rain of debris that accompanied the fall of Dalamud, however, transformed the landscape into a frozen wasteland pocked with gaping impact craters and peculiar dark matter formations.
073 Impressions073 The Fury's Gaze

"Dragons, heretics─I've stared into the eye of many a foe. Stone has no eyes, yet no other gaze can pierce me to the very depths of my soul." Such were the knight's words, and I would see as he saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:7 y:31
Blizzards 18:0004:59
Lookout
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A place holy to all Ishgardians, it is believed that when a man stands within this hidden grotto, the Fury Herself will reach deep into the darkest recesses of his soul and lay out his sins before him, allowing the man to repent those failings. Monument Tower was built nearby to protect this hallowed ground from the taint of dragons and heretics.
074 Impressions074 Snowcloak

"As I stood there, my thoughts turned to those left behind in the west. The sun shone strong, yet it could not keep my tears from turning to ice on my cheeks." Such were the researcher's words, and I would see as she saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:2 y:21
Fair Skies 08:0011:59
Lookout
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The bitter cold which swept over the Coerthas highlands following the Calamity did not only blanket the region in snow and ice, but transformed the water of Twinpools and the Swiftrun into a mountainous flow of ice─a flow which has slowly crept through the western Coerthas highlands and now has completely engulfed Gargoyle Crossing, preventing passage.
075 Impressions075 Camp Dragonhead

"Clearing the parapets after a snowfall is arduous work, but gazing out over the hoar-kissed peaks, a man might forget his aches and pains for a while." So were the knight's words, and I would see as he saw.
Coerthas Central Highlands x:26 y:17
Fair Skies 12:0016:59
Lookout
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Its name taken from a rocky outcropping said to be the head of a Dravanian king turned to stone by the almighty hand of Halone, this outpost acts as the Coerthas central highlands' southernmost line of defense for the Holy See, tasked with fending off Ixali raids from Natalan, skirmishes by heretic factions, and the occasional yeti scare.


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