Patch 3.5: The Far Edge of Fate is the final major content update introduced for Heavensward.
Notable Features, Additions, and Changes
- Main Story: The Far Edge of Fate Part 1 (5 quests), Part 2 (4 quests) (3.56)
- Alliance Raid: Dun Scaith, the third and final chapter of the Shadow of Mhach story and raid series
- Dungeon: Baelsar's Wall, Sohm Al (Hard)
- Chronicles of a New Era: The Warring Triad
- Side Story: Further Hildibrand Adventures (2 quests)
- Side Story: Saint Endalim's Scholasticate (4 quests)
- Beast Tribe Quests and Reputation: Allied Beast Tribe Quests (4 quests)
- Custom Deliveries - Zhloe Aliapoh added (3.55a)
- Anima Weapons (3 quests) (3.5)
- Additional Anima Weapons (2 quests) added (3.55a)
System Changes and Additions
- Dueling and Frontline updated
- PvP Crossover Event - Garo
- PvP Map The Feast - Lichenweed (3.55a)
- Idyllshire construction updated
- The Diadem temporarily closed (3.5)
- The Diadem reopened with major updates (3.55b)
- Housing - Paintings, Aquariums updated
- Egi Glamours
- Party Finder expanded
- A check mark has been added to duty images to allow players to verify first-time completion.
- Proto Ultima encounter implemented into Dun Scaith and a weekly repeatable quest Unidentified Flying Object added for running it. (3.55a)
- Weekly limit for Allagan Tomestones of Scripture increased from 450 to 900 (3.56)
- 14-day Free Trial limit removed (3.56)
- Players who have not played the game in 45 days or more, and have at least one class or job at level 50 or above, will now receive the Returner status.
Note: Not all content listed here will launch on the same day. This article is about the 3.5x season as a whole.
Main Story Summary (Spoilers)
The threat of the Warriors of Darkness was no more. Unexpected reunions salved the ache of bittersweet farewells. And with their ranks further bolstered by the official induction of Alisaie and Krile, once more did the Scions of the Seventh Dawn set their feet upon fate’s path and their gaze upon distant horizons.
As the Scions gathered to discuss the future of the organization, they were interrupted by the arrival of M’naago, a member of the Ala Mhigan Resistance. Between pained gasps, the wounded woman reported that the Griffin and his Masks were plotting to attack Baelsar’s Wall, which marked the boundary between Gridania and occupied Ala Mhigo, and in so doing drag the Eorzean Alliance into conflict with the Empire. Hearing this, the Scions resolved to bear word of the looming threat to the city-state leaders, that they might decide upon a course of action.
After weighing the possible consequences of the Griffin’s reckless scheme, the council members—now joined by Ser Aymeric of Ishgard—agreed that the Gridanian border must be preemptively reinforced. With war now a distinct possibility, the mood was grim as the Alliance leaders dispersed to make their preparations.
An Ending to Mark a New Beginning
Hoping to convince the Griffin to abandon his course before war engulfed the realm, it was decided that Papalymo, Yda, Thancred, and Yugiri would brave the secret tunnels beneath Baelsar’s Wall, and endeavor to confront the Resistance leader directly, while Alphinaud, the Warrior of Light, and his fellow adventurers would be held in reserve. Alas, scouts soon reported that the Griffin had begun his assault, his soldiers apparently clad in Grand Company uniforms. Plainly, the Resistance leader would stop at nothing to drag the Alliance into his conflict. The Warrior of Light and his comrades leaped into action, fighting their way through the fray to the top of the wall, where the Masks' leader was waiting to receive them.
Beneath the mask, the Griffin was revealed to be Ilberd Feare, the disgraced captain of the Crystal Braves. Following his “defeat,” the Resistance leader enacted his true plan—a ritual to summon a nightmarish primal empowered by the desperation of his dying Ala Mhigan comrades and the might of Nidhogg’s eyes. Declaring this moment to be an end to mark a new beginning, he leapt from the wall to his death, completing the ritual and birthing a being of pure violence. Fearing a disaster to rival the Calamity itself, Papalymo then stepped forward with Tupsimati, and grimly began to weave a forbidden magick of confinement. As the Warrior of Light and the others escaped aboard an airship, they could only watch as the incantation swallowed Papalymo and encased the newborn entity in a vast cocoon of light.
The Allagan Solution
The Griffin had played his final hand. By harnessing the wrath and despair of his dying countrymen did he give form to a new divinity; by the power of Nidhogg’s eyes and his own mortal demise did he give it life. Only through the swift and desperate action of an Archon was the primal sealed away, but already the incarnation of vengeance strained to escape its prison of light.
As the council convened in Gridania to debate how best to combat this incalculable threat to all creation, an unexpected figure seized his moment to take the stage: Nero tol Scaeva. The disgraced imperial engineer proceeded to proffer what might kindly be termed a “bold” solution to the problem, and was duly ridiculed by Cid nan Garlond. The Alliance leaders, however, were not so quick to dismiss the man’s proposal, anything being preferable to another Calamity, and they grudgingly agreed to send a contingent to the Carteneau Flats to awaken the infamous Allagan weapon known as “Omega.”
In preparation for the coming operation, the Scions gathered in Mor Dhona. It was there that they were found by a boisterous traveler from the Far East named Gosetsu. Bearing dire news from Doma, the samurai had sought to persuade Yugiri to return to her homeland, but was instead convinced to join the mission to Carteneau upon hearing Nero mention that the Empire too had designs on the slumbering relic.
Indeed, Nero had spoken true, for in Carteneau they were challenged by a brutish Garlean soldier named Grynewaht and his unit. Rather predictably, Nero made his escape without hesitation, employing a teleporter to travel deeper into the facility, and Cid duly pursued him, leaving the small matter of winning the battle to the Warrior of Light and the others. After routing their imperial adversaries, the Scions pressed on into Omega’s control room, where they found Cid and Nero hard at work priming the relic for action. In the end, though, it was Yda who finally took it upon herself to press the launch button. Initially, all seemed to be proceeding as planned...until the signal emanating from the weapon fell silent, prompting Cid to reengage its stasis systems.
It was not until the party returned to Gridania that they received from the gathered heads of state a full accounting of the events following Omega’s launch. After a furious aerial battle in the skies above Gyr Abania, both it and the primal “Shinryu”—as Doman scouts had taken to calling it—crashed to the earth. Perhaps more importantly, however, the Alliance declared its intention to exploit the resulting confusion by moving to secure Baelsar’s Wall.
When the Scions later convened to discuss the implications of this bold action, they turned their attention to the one among them still struggling to come to terms with Papalymo’s death. As she looked on her stalwart comrades, the grieving pugilist came to a decision and confessed her great deception: that she was not Yda at all, but the fallen Archon’s younger sister, Lyse. After the Garleans slew their father, who had been a leader in the revolution that overthrew King Theodoric, the two had fled to Sharlayan, where they met Louisoix Leveilleur. Though they had found a new home for themselves, Yda remained loyal to her people. Alas, during a mission to smuggle refugees out of Ala Mhigo, she was killed, and Lyse, not knowing how to cope, donned her mask in a misguided effort to carry on her sister’s legacy. Having unburdened herself, she declared that she now knew the path she wanted to walk—that she wished to continue her family’s fight and bring freedom to Ala Mhigo. 
- Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume II, page 47-48