Lost in the sea of Benchmark insanity, Square Enix also released the following screenshot and some details regarding the mysterious Ishgard. YoshiP has mentioned that Ishgard will not release until after Retail, but perhaps we will get some tantalizing quests hinting at additional lore.
In the central region of Abalathia’s Spine, that great mountain range that spans Aldenard from east to west, can be found the forbidding highlands of Coerthas and the Holy See of Ishgard. The archbishop of the church, while leading his people in the teachings of Halone, the Fury, rules also as the nation’s sovereign.
Ishgard’s formidable army of knights wages constant battle against its mortal enemies, the dragons. Faced with ever more aggressive attacks from its serpentine foes, as well as an unprecedented spell of bitter cold, the theocracy’s days are dark indeed.
Matters have grown so grave as to prompt the archbishop and his advisors to consider throwing open the heretofore sealed gates of Ishgard and calling for outside aid.
If you explored Black Shroud during the beta phases, you will notice a giant chunk of what looks to be Dalamud in North Shroud. Will we be seeing the wreckage in Coerthas as well? It only makes sense since Coerthas is the closest to the calamity
An icy area of Coerthas with what looks to be an ice elemental… and… a hippo? Some kind of new mob model!
The iconic bridge between Ishgard and the rest of the world, when will we trek over it and paint Ishgard red??!!
Hmm could this be the upgraded version of Owl’s Nest? In 1.0 Owl’s Nest was a small little ‘village’ where you go to grab quests and learn some Ishgardian lore, and you meet the Chocobo Knights (ok so that’s not their real name but I like to call them that)
One of the land marks of Coerthas in 1.0 was the huge crevices, ravines, all designed to illustrate the highlands. And to cross them you had huge bridges, could this be an awesome looking bridge entrance?
What looks to be a more secure camp (totally love that about ARR! do not miss random little huts int he middle of no where!)
Its really interesting that Natalan (Beastmen Tribe: Ixali stronghold), or bits of it looks to be covered in snow now
Gate to Ishgard? With a formidable drake type roaming around, hells yeah! Pure speculation here
We were teased with artwork of ruins in Coerthas in and around Ishgard when they first announced A Realm Reborn, here is the first sight of it!