According to the Enchiridion, the vision of the Promised Land which King Thordan received prompting him to lead his people to Coerthas was of this very vista overseeing the Sea of Clouds.
— In-game description
Those accused of heresy under Ishgardian law are sometimes made to answer to a higher power, and are thus cast into this gorge. If they are deemed innocent in the eyes of Halone, their death will be quick, and their soul gently guided to Her halls. However, if the accused is indeed guilty of consorting with dragons, then they will surely spread their fiendish wings to save themselves from the sharp crags below. Their absconsion will surely be fleeting, though, as the presiding inquisitor is often accompanied by a skilled bowman to shoot any who try to escape.
Under the authority of House Haillenarte, the Steel Vigil was Ishgard's eastern watchtower, and warned the Holy See of aerial attacks for centuries before being razed and gutted by the Dravanian Horde and their vile commander, Svara. As if relinquishing the citadel was not misfortune enough, the Count de Haillenarte also lost his third son and commander of the Vigil. Ser Chlodebaimt, to Svara's snapping thralls.
The Ogre's Belly
Thought to be the den of ogres and other unsavory beasts, the locals tell of men who 'sought shelter from the harsh snowstorms, only to be "swallowed" up by the cavern's twisting paths.
The Weeping Saint
Ishgardian legend tells that this grotto was where Saint Daniffen came to mourn the maiden he loved that was murdered by a basilisk, and later vowed retribution on the fiend and its kin. The icy waters which trickle down from the mountains and form pools are said to be the saint's tears, and they arc often collected for use in the church's purification rituals and in the production of sacramental wine.
Intended to function as an outpost, the Ixal established Natalan to take advantage of the strong updrafts from the valley below to launch their dirigibles. As the population increased, it was gradually expanded and fortified.