Othard, also known as the Far East, is the easternmost and smallest of Hydaelyn's Three Great Continents. It is presently part of the Garlean Empire, which is seated on the middle content of Ilsabard.
— In-game description
- See also: Far East
One of the Three Great Continents, Othard is longitudinally situated farther south than Ilsabard. The towering spires which line the region's northern border are covered in snow year-round, and the land beyond them is permanently frozen. From these mountain waters form the One River, the longest and widest watercourse in all of the three continents. The river passes through the great grasslands in which the Auri Xaela clans live before winding through Yanxia—a fertile land that, until the recent invasion by the Garlean Empire, was controlled by the nation of Doma.
- Main article: Othard (region)
- Main article: Hingashi
Othard, or the Far East, as it is commonly referred to by those living in the west, is the smallest of the Three Great Continents, yet much like Aldenard in that it is comprised of a main landmass and countless islands off its coasts. While Othard is longitudinally situated farther south than Ilsabard, the towering spires which line the region’s northern border are covered in snow year-round, and the land beyond them is permanently frozen. From these mountains trickles down the water which gives Othard life, eventually forming the One River—the longest and widest watercourse in all the Three Continents. This river passes through the great swath of grasslands in which the Auri Xaela clans live before winding through Yanxia—a fertile land that, until the recent invasion by the Garlean Empire, was controlled by the nation of Doma.
Though connected geographically, for thousands of years little interaction has taken place between Ilsabard and Othard, the main reason being combination of near-impassible mountain ranges and deadly wastelands which severely restrict all land routes. While coastal cities have experienced limited contact with the outside via trade, the overall isolation of Othard has allowed local cultures to evolve with little to no influence from the west. Only in the past two decades have things begun to change—the advent of airship technology thrusting open the once-closed doors of the Far East. However, this new exposure also served to alert the power-hungry Garleans of new territory ripe for the plucking and it was not long before the Empire had set their sights on Doma and Dalmasca—two nations which have since been brought under the imperial standard. 
- Encyclopædia Eorzea, p.12
- Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume I, page 12