The history of Vana'diel is a tale of gods and mortals, conquest and defeat. Blood spilled in hate and love binds the heroes and villains of the ages. The songs of the past still echo today, from the harps of the wandering bards and in the hearts of the valiant adventurers.
Now, the rich story of Vana'diel is nearing a crossroads. The rivers of time seem intertwined, the shores of past and present drawing ever closer.
Now, more than ever, it is important to remember the past, lest history repeats itself again.
''It all began with a stone, Or so the legend says. In ages past, a sentient jewel, enormous and beautiful banished the darkness. Its many-colored light filled the world with life and brought forth mighty Gods. Bathed in that light, the world entered an age of bliss. Until, after a time, the Gods fell into slumber. That world was called: Vana'diel.
In the 863rd year of the Crystal Era, Vana'diel was in the midst of a great war. Faced with invasion of the Shadow Lord and his hordes of beastmen, the leaders of the enlightened peoples united their forces in desperate alliance. They were the Kingdom of San d'Oria, the Republic of Bastok, the Federation of Windurst, the Grand Duchy of Jeuno. Together, they struggled for survival in battle after battle as chaos engulfed the land.''