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Taking in the Sights

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Taking in the Sights

Quest giver
Fortemps Manor (X:6.1, Y:6.2)
Quest line
Heavensward Main Scenario
Experience 46,800
Gil 517
Previous quest
Coming to Ishgard
Next quest
The Better Half

Alphinaud has a mind to learn more about Ishgard.

— In-game description


Optional rewards


All gear rewards are HQ HQ icon.png. As this gear is worse than the level 50 Allagan Tomestone of Poetics Poetics gear, you might consider selling it on the Market Board to other players. This is generally more profitable than the Allagan silver piece icon1.png  Allagan Pieces. Alternatively, it can be used while leveling secondary jobs.



  • Seeing the wisdom in Count Edmont's words, Alphinaud and Tataru resolve to learn more of Ishgard. Before you depart, the count furnishes you all with documentation identifying you as wards of House Fortemps, and commands one of his servants to serve as your guide. Join your comrades outside and begin your tour.
  • This being your first time in Ishgard, your guide is adamant that you should first gaze upon the resplendence of the Holy Vault. Heed his words and join him in the Hoplon.
  • Though Alphinaud is concerned that the merchants of Ishgard may be reluctant to accept your custom, Mistress Elaisse assures him that nothing could be further from the truth. Weapons, armor, accoutrements, medicine, materials─whatever you desire, it can be found in the Crozier, she promises, and none will refuse your coin. Soon after, your guide signals that it is time to visit the aetheryte plaza and makes for Foundation, with Alphinaud and Tataru close behind.
  • Having returned to Foundation, your guide advises you to attune to the aetheryte. He then pauses to allow you to catch your breath, and awaits your command to continue the tour.


Alphinaud: Though our friends in House Fortemps have been generous enough to extend us their protection, we must take care not to impose too much on their hospitality.
Alphinaud: It is only proper that we learn about our new home, so that we might become more self-sufficient.
Tataru: It'll take a while to learn the lay of the land, but learn it we must. Then there's the markets and taverns─we'll need to know where to shop and where to hear small talk.
Alphinaud: 'Twould seem a tour of the city is indeed in order.
Alphinaud: I thank you for your counsel, my lord. My companions and I shall of course do as you suggest.
Count Edmont de Fortemps: Very good. Then my manservant shall accompany you. He will be able to answer any questions you might have.
Count Edmont de Fortemps: Ah, but I grow forgetful in my dotage─there is something I must give you ere we part.
Count Edmont de Fortemps: Their documentation is in order, I trust?
House Fortemps Manservant: Yes, my lord.
Count Edmont de Fortemps: Those documents identify you as wards of House Fortemps.
Count Edmont de Fortemps: Given that our borders have remained closed for decades, many of my countrymen are unaccustomed to treating with foreigners.
Count Edmont de Fortemps: Should anyone happen to question your presence here, it may prove necessary to remind them that you remain under the protection of House Fortemps. But let us hope it shall not come to that.
Alphinaud: Rest assured that we shall do our utmost to avoid any situation which might compel us to invoke your name.
Alphinaud: Forename, Tataru─the city awaits.
Tataru: Let's go!
Tataru: So this is what the inside of the manor of a High House looks like! To think that Lord Haurchefant was raised here...
Count Edmont de Fortemps: As I said before, my home is your home. After all you have done on our behalf, it is the least I can offer.
Emmanellain: They'll be whispering about you soon, if they aren't already. “The mysterious guests of House Fortemps,” or some such.
Artoirel: Greetings, Scion, and welcome. We are honored by your presence.
Alphinaud: I confess, it had long been a dream of mine to visit Ishgard. To my childish self, her towers, bridges, and cobbled streets seemed akin to something from a faerie tale─and I have never quite outgrown the fantasy.
Tataru: I'm glad I have a map!
House Fortemps Manservant: As this is your first time in our fair city, pray permit me to show you to the Hoplon, from whence we may gaze upon the splendor of the Holy Vault. Though all other sights pale in comparison, 'tis only meet that you see it first.
House Fortemps Manservant: I shall then show you around the Jeweled Crozier, where you may purchase all manner of goods and services, before descending to Foundation's aetheryte plaza. If there are no questions...
Alphinaud: The Holy Vault, where Archbishop Thordan VII rules from on high...
Tataru: They're awfully fond of statues, aren't they? Hey, what if I took up sculpting? I bet you could make a fortune in a place like this! And we need every gil we can get!
House Fortemps Manservant: The Hoplon, so named for the bronze greatshield borne by our nation's patron deity, is the largest plaza in Ishgard.
House Fortemps Manservant: The magnificent cathedral to the north is, of course, the Holy Vault.
House Fortemps Manservant: The Vault is both Ishgard's seat of government and the residence of the archbishop of the Ishgardian Orthodox Church.
Alphinaud: Begging your pardon... The statues to the south─are they perchance Thordan's famed “knights twelve”?
House Fortemps Manservant: Very good, Master Alphinaud. They are the fathers of Ishgard─the brave knights who joined with King Thordan I to put down Nidhogg and found this great nation.
House Fortemps Manservant: Ours is a city rich in history and tradition, and there is much you can learn by exploring the Pillars─time permitting, of course.
House Fortemps Manservant: Now then, if you would follow me to the Jeweled Crozier, I shall introduce you to Mistress Elaisse, our master of the markets.
Alphinaud: Not a single scorched stone in sight... To watch these merchants going about their business, one would think the dragons had never attacked.
Tataru: If you want to buy something, let me do the talking. I could haggle for Ul'dah!
House Fortemps Manservant: I present to you Mistress Elaisse. Mayhap you would like to say a few words?
Elaisse: Well you're clearly not locals or traveling peddlers, which makes you all...?
Elaisse: Ahhh, wards of House Fortemps! How very interesting.
Alphinaud: Count Edmont has granted us leave to remain in Ishgard for as long as we wish─which may be some time.
Alphinaud: Accordingly, we will have need of sundry goods, hence our desire to make your acquaintance. That is, of course, assuming you are content to accept the custom of foreigners. Should you be uncomfortable─
Elaisse: Young sir, we do not discriminate in matters of money. If you have coin to spend, who are we to refuse it?
Elaisse: Weapons, armor, accoutrements, medicine, materials─whatever your desire, it can be found in the Crozier. Our merchants will be more than happy to accommodate you, as you shall soon see.
House Fortemps Manservant: Our next destination is the aetheryte plaza in Foundation. If everyone is ready...
Alphinaud: Hm? Oh, I have already attuned myself to the aetheryte. I trust you have as well?
Tataru: Do you ever get a funny tingling feeling when you attune to an aetheryte, or is it just me? ...No? So, it is just me... Hmmm...
House Fortemps Manservant: And here we have Foundation's aetheryte plaza. If you have yet to attune to the aetheryte, it would be wise to do so now.