The World of Darkness (Quest)

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Feature Quest. For the level 50 Alliance Raid, see The World of Darkness.
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The World of Darkness

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Quest giver
Mor Dhona (X:30.4, Y:12.1)
Quest line
Crystal Tower
Experience 0
Gil 3,752
Previous quest
Feature QuestSyrcus Tower
Next quest
Feature QuestThe Light of Hope

Rammbroes has a furrowed brow and the look of one with ill tidings.

— In-game description




These alliance raids are not difficult and can be done blind in the Duty Finder. Tanks will have the longest queue times as only 3 of the 24 players in Alliance Raids are tanks. If you are going blind as tank please know that all tanks are expected to run stance and there are no off-tanks in alliance raids.



  • Rammbroes has a furrowed brow and the look of one with ill tidings.
  • Rammbroes and G'raha have been hard at work finding a way to rescue Unei, Doga, and Nero from the World of Darkness. However, their research has revealed a more pressing problem: Emperor Xande's covenant with the voidsent known as the Cloud of Darkness remains in effect, and his orders still control the Crystal Tower. Thus, the Allagan structure continues amassing energy to open a Voidgate, and unleash the Cloud upon Eorzea. Should this come to pass, all that is will be destroyed. However, even amidst such dire circumstance, there is a sliver of hope. If NOAH can retrieve Unei and Doga from the dark realm, then the tower can be halted and the covenant broken. Garlond Ironworks has labored to make a machine able to open a small rift, through which a brave band of adventurers can enter the World of Darkness. Cid arrives to inform you the preparations are nearly complete, and bids you speak with Wedge at the Eight Sentinels.
  • Wedge ushers you to the throne room of Syrcus Tower. In the moments before opening the rift, G'raha Tia falls into a strange mood, and tells you of a band of heroes in ancient Allag who sought to dethrone Xande. Ultimately, though, they did not succeed in stopping the emperor. History aside, Cid receives word that the Ironworks' machine is ready. With a devilish glint in his eye, the engineer orders the Voidgate opened. Lights flash and power hums, and before your very eyes a rift appears. Rammbroes now lays the burden of rescuing your friends from the World of Darkness upon you. As you turn to go, G'raha Tia asks for a moment of your time. Speak with him at the Eight Sentinels to discover what is on his mind.
  • G'raha Tia reveals his inner struggle. Though he has learned the hue of his eye marks him as close to Allag, he does not know why. However, he feels instinctively that he must accompany you beyond the rift. You gladly accept his offer of company, and ready yourself to pass through the Voidgate to rescue your three lost comrades.
  • The World of Darkness can be accessed via the Duty Finder.
  • After vanquishing the Cloud of Darkness, you find your lost companions safe. You discover that Unei and Doga's royal blood offers them protection from the shadowy realm, and learn of their will: The Cloud of Darkness suddenly rears up around you, harrowing you. G'raha is hit... and mysteriously unharmed. Astounded, Unei proclaims that the royal blood of Allag flows in G'raha-- though only through some tremendous technological feat. The two clones then tell the historian he can control the Crystal Tower, and bid you all hasten back to Eorzea. Concealing a deep sadness at the loss of friends, G'raha begins the race homewards. You and Nero follow.
  • You have spoken with Rammbroes, who thanks you for your service to both NOAH and the realm. He concludes that the saga of the Crystal Tower is nearly finished, and that it will be but a short time before Allag's sad history may be laid to rest.


Accepting the Quest (Cutscene)

Rammbroes: Ah, [Forename], it is good you are come. I have news you must be made aware of. 
Rammbroes: Alas, none of it bodes well for us, nor for Unei, Doga, and Nero imprisoned in the dark realm. 
G'raha Tia: Think back upon our last foray into Syrcus Tower, if you will. The Calamity stirred the place from its long slumber and awoke Emperor Xande. But you, [Forename], you ensured he was laid to rest permanently.
G'raha Tia: Yet the emperor had sealed a binding covenant with the terrible voidsent known as the Cloud of Darkness. Even as Doga and Unei labored to annul this contract, the entity reached through a rift and dragged the pair of them─and Nero─out of our realm.
Rammbroes: Since that day, NOAH has devoted itself to rescuing Unei, Doga, and Nero from beyond the rift. Our research, however, has exposed a far more dire problem. 
Rammbroes: The Crystal Tower still acts upon Emperor Xande's orders, and collects energy to open another voidgate even as we speak. Indeed, the place nigh hums with energy. 
Rammbroes: We have done all we can to stop the imperial edict, but to no avail. Just as the gate would open only for Unei and Doga, so too will the tower heed only those with the royal blood of Allag. 
G'raha Tia: Tis a most galling design. Granted, this was not always so vexatious, according to the Allagan tomestone Nero presented us. 
G'raha Tia:  During the golden age of Allag, the royalty had some means of bestowing their blood upon others. If they hadn't such a technology, Amon and his underlings could never have controlled the Crystal Tower. 
Rammbroes: But we do not have either this art or any with royal blood. Every moment we wait, a vast rift through which the Cloud of Darkness can enter our realm threatens to open. 
Rammbroes: Such a disaster cannot be allowed to come to pass. We must seal the Crystal Tower, and annul Xande's covenant with the dark realm. 
Rammbroes: If only breaking the latter would suffice... But then what of the energy building in the Crystal Tower? Without suppression, that power could discharge and cause a calamity like to the one that destroyed Allag. 
Rammbroes: In truth, we have more than just three lost compatriots to worry about. If we do not act, our very world will fall before the might of this threat. 
G'raha Tia: We know but one way out of this predicament: rescue those who can control the tower from beyond the dark realm, and seal the rift shut after them. And mercifully, not all our news is quite so bleak. 
G'raha Tia: 'Tis true we cannot stop the voidgate from manifesting within the tower, but this can be to our benefit. 
G'raha Tia: We can use Syrcus's power for our own purposes, and create a portal to carry us into the dark realm! 
Rammbroes: We have heard this is possible from a man of the Thaumaturges' Guild well versed in otherworldly matters. And with Master Garlond working to create said portal, the final preparations are well underway. Ah, and here comes the man himself. 
Cid: [Forename]! Just the woman/man we need!
Rammbroes: Yes, our fellowship is indeed complete, and all parties privy to our strategy. And you, Master Garlond, how fare your endeavors? 
Cid: Quite well! The device is nearly ready─though attaching the damnable thing to Syrcus Tower took every onze of ingenuity the Ironworks has got. But it should produce the energy we need. 
Cid: With just a little more fine-tuning, we can open a rift. I'm here to request your presence at the tower. 
Cid: I'll leave Biggs and Wedge at the Eight Sentinels as guides. And do hurry, [Forename]. I'm sure you wouldn't miss another chance to save the world, would you? 
G'raha Tia: Well, Cid certainly seems to have a firm hand on the helm. Shall we make our way to the Crystal Tower? 

Optional Dialogue

G'raha Tia: Time is of the essence, my friend. We must go to the Eight Sentinels.
Biggs: Has the chief filled you in on the plan, [Forename]? Opening up that voidgate will be a real feat for the Ironworks.
Biggs: But I'm worried about what comes afterwards. I've never heard of anyone going through a rift, let alone coming back. I don't relish the idea of getting stuck there ourselves...

Speaking with Wedge at the Eight Sentinels

Wedge: [Forename]! I'll bet you're here to watch us pry open a rift between worlds, eh? 
Wedge: We're almost ready. Syrcus Tower is full of engineers scurrying around and making adjustments. We're dealing with a lot of power, and if a single coupling's off... Well, boom! 
Wedge: B-But it should be fine. Really! Anyway, you'd best wait at the top. The chief's there overseeing the whole operation. 


Cid: My friends, you've arrived. I'm just waiting for my engineers to give the signal. Then, we'll see if we can't open a gateway to another world! 
Cid: Hm? Is there something amiss, G'raha? 
Cid: ...Ahhh, Emperor Xande's throne─how the mighty have fallen, eh? Once, it stood as a symbol of Allag's art and power. Now, it's nothing more than an empty chair. 
Cid: Just imagine if Allagan civilization had lived on, and a just emperor still sat on that throne. How different would our history be, how much further would we have advanced? <sigh> Unfortunately, there was no stopping Xande and his ambition. 
G'raha Tia: There...there were those who tried. 
G'raha Tia: Xande's war of dominion left no one unscathed. Unable to abide the horrors inflicted upon the people, warriors young and brave took up the sword against Allag. 
G'raha Tia: These men and women became as beacons of hope to those who had suffered─not unlike the Warriors of Light in our age. 
G'raha Tia: But all this merely hastened the destruction. Just as they moved towards Allag's heart for the kill, Xande lashed out in anger and trapped beasts are wont to do. 
G'raha Tia: In his desperation, Xande desired that a great rift be opened to hasten the Cloud of Darkness's coming. To this end, he commanded the sun's power held within Dalamud be emptied into Syrcus Tower at once. 
G'raha Tia: The act bore terrible consequences. The tower only withstood the blast by flooding the land below with energy. Syrcus was swallowed by the very earth upon which it once stood. 
Cid: The Fourth Umbral Calamity... I'd learned of its cause from Unei and Doga. I had no idea that rebellion incited Xande to rashness, though. 
Cid: Your knowledge of Allagan history is astounding, G'raha. Why, a man could study for two lifetimes and only learn half of what you know. 
G'raha Tia: Mayhap... 'Tis strange, though─I cannot seem to remember where I learned such things... 
Cid: Yes? Ah, Biggs, are you ready? 
Biggs: Ready and raring to open up that voidgate, Chief! 
Biggs: We reckon when this machine's up and running, she'll be able to float five airships the size of the Agrius. So just give us the word, and we'll start channeling energy into the tower. 
Cid: Good! Then let's get started! 
Cid: Our preparations are complete. Everyone, step away from the throne.

Cid: All right, let's see what this machine can do. Now, Biggs! 
Rammbroes: Ahhh, a rift to the World of Darkness, as Unei called it. Splendid work, Master Garlond! 
Cid: We can't break out the mead just yet. The tough part's still ahead. We've broken into the dark realm, but the gate's not all that stable: it won't stay open forever, and only a few can use it. 
Cid: I, for one, will remain here to ensure the voidgate stays open. 
Rammbroes: As will the Sons of Saint Coinach. This rift is our sole path to salvation─if it closes, we are all truly lost. 
Rammbroes: Which leaves...[Forename]. My friend, 'tis a heavy burden I must task you with, but there are none more able. Pray lead the adventurers beyond the rift. 
Rammbroes: I do not know what awaits you, save the Cloud of Darkness and our three comrades. But you must go, for the fate of our world now rests upon your shoulders. 
Rammbroes: This is our only gambit, but I have every faith you will succeed. 
Rammbroes: It will be no small feat to return after you have passed beyond the rift. Make certain you are prepared before leaving. 
G'raha Tia: ...Might I have a moment of your time, [Forename]? There is a matter of import we must needs discuss ere you leave. 

Speaking with G'raha Tia at the Eight Sentinels (Cutscene)

G'raha Tia: [Forename], I wished to speak to you about my eye. As you are no doubt aware, 'tis a trait seen only amongst Allagan royalty. 
G'raha Tia: Long I have pondered why such is my inheritance. The sanguine hue must have some bearing upon my destiny─this much Doga himself admitted. But what? 
G'raha Tia: In truth, the more I learn of the Crystal Tower, the less I am myself. Somehow, meeting those two clones has wrought great change in me. 
G'raha Tia: I am consumed with remembering...something. Something ancient, but ever so important. 
G'raha Tia: And my father's words echo in my mind, the selfsame ones his father told him: the truth of our eye rests with Allag. 
G'raha Tia: Mayhap what I wish to remember and these words are related. Mayhap not. But I know I must learn the truth that history hides from me. I would see this journey─our journey─through to the very end with mine own two eyes. 
G'raha Tia: >> So I implore you: allow me to join you beyond the rift! <<
G'raha Tia: You have my thanks, my friend. Now, let us venture into the World of Darkness, to save our comrades and our realm! 

Entering the World of Darkness

Duty Dialogue

Angra Mainyu: I spy with my giant eye...prey for the hunting!
Angra Mainyu: Round and round the hand does go.
Who will it slaughter? Nobody knows!
Angra Mainyu: N-No, my fate is grown dark before my eye...
Five-headed Dragon: Grrrrrrrrr!
Cerberus: Grrraaaaaawr!


Cloud of Darkness: Who disturbs the gloom?
Ahhh, mortals from the realm of light.
You have not stumbled here without purpose... 
Cloud of Darkness: I am the Cloud of Darkness.
What I do not smother, I devour.
What I cannot devour, I destroy. 
Cloud of Darkness: The covenant is everlasting.
All mortals before the flood of darkness
will sink lifeless into the void!

Duty Dialogue

Cloud of Darkness: The void shall consume all that is!
Cloud of Darkness: Darkness take you all!
Cloud of Darkness: In darkness, all is as one. Be it hope or despair, everything is mine to devour.
Cloud of Darkness: You cannot overcome what does not exist!
Of darkness I am born...and to darkness I shall return! 

Post duty Cutscene

G'raha Tia: Where in the seven hells are they!? Without them to stem the energy in the tower, our defeat of the Cloud aids our cause little. 
G'raha Tia: Doga! Unei! Can you hear me? Nero! 
???: Must you be so infernally loud!? Are you so keen to attract more voidsent? 
Nero: ...Though I don't blame you for missing my company. 
G'raha Tia: Thank the Twelve! Are you all right? 
Nero: As all right as can be expected. Unei has simply passed out. 
G'raha Tia: Nero, by the gods... What's happened to you? 
Doga: Alas, his wounds were too deep, and allowed this foul place entry to his body. Now, the darkness claws at the aether of his very form. Would that we could have protected him... 
Doga: The Cloud of Darkness was bound by Xande's unholy covenant to bring prosperity to Allagan royalty. The same blood that sealed this contract gives us a measure of protection. 
Doga: I say “a measure,” for this vow does not protect us from other voidsent. The Cloud imprisoned us here precisely to unleash fiends upon us. We would be dead had Nero not defended us so valiantly. 
Nero: Mistake not my actions for kindness. I have use for you yet in Eorzea, and simply couldn't let harm befall you here. 
Unei: Wh-Where...? 
Doga: Unei! You are safe─our friends have come for us. 
Unei: H-Have they? Then perhaps, Doga, there is yet hope we may fulfill our purpose. 
Cloud of Darkness: Mortals! You have dared to challenge me, and now must feel my wrath! 
Cloud of Darkness: Did you think to destroy me in my realm? Here, I am eternal! I will smother your light and entomb your bones amongst my shadows!
G'raha Tia: A-Are we truly so powerless here? 
Doga: As long as we fight the Cloud in this realm, I fear so. 
Doga: And yet...though we may not be able to destroy it, this may be our chance to stop it. If we strike now whilst the Cloud can barely hold her form, mayhap we can sever Xande's covenant!
Unei: Yes, and raze the bridge between the Crystal Tower and this foul place once and for all! [Forename], G'raha─you must flee! 
G'raha Tia: and Doga mean to stay here!? 
G'raha Tia: 'Tis madness! You must return with us! No one but you can save the world from the threat of the Crystal Tower! 
Cloud of Darkness: What is this trickery? ...Your blood! You too gain protection from Xande's blood! 
Unei: G'raha Tia... You are possessed of royal blood! That is why the Royal Eye runs in your line! 
Unei: 'Tis a gift you have inherited. G'raha─you have been granted authority over the Crystal Tower! 
Doga: ...I had thought time would consume all of Allag that was. That a man should still live with his forebears' blood in this age can be no coincidence. 
Doga: Some person must have planted this gift in your line, and used the highest of Allagan technology to do so. 
Doga: True, the Crystal Tower is not like to recognize you as Allagan, not as you are now. But your Royal Eye bespeaks a simple truth: within you dwells one feeble glitter that will illuminate all, the light of hope! 
G'raha Tia: should I use this light? Pray, tell me! 
Unei: You must gain control of the Crystal Tower. We will share our blood with you, G'raha. Though its effects will be but ephemeral, it will bolster the Allagan presence within you. 
Doga: This is our gift to you, that you may fulfill your destiny. All with the Royal Eye are bound by fate to Allag. Our part in this journey is to bury Xande's dark ambitions in the past. This was the true Unei and Doga's purpose, one we have carried into the future. 
Doga: Know that as long as this light of hope survives in you, our souls will still remain─even if our bodies are lost. 
Doga: You must leave us as well, Nero. I am sorry we could not live up to your expectations. 
Unei: I must return to you what is yours, though. You dropped it whilst defending us. 
Unei: What you seek by this instrument may not be possible, Nero. But do not give up. There are many other paths that await you. 
Nero: ...Of course they do.
G'raha Tia: Doga, Unei, I... Thank you. We shall never forget you. Now, [Forename], Nero, let us quit this place. 
Cloud of Darkness: You shall not escape me, impudent children of light! 
Unei: No, you shall not escape us.
Here, Xande's bloodstained dreams of glory end. 
G'raha Tia: There! The glint of light! 
G'raha Tia: grows faint! Then the bridge between realms grows fragile by the covenant's annulment! 
G'raha Tia: If that light dies, we are stranded here! Hurry! 
G'raha Tia: Nero, no! You must move! 
Nero: >> Leave me! <<
Nero: I don't need you! If I die here, it'll be because I bloody well decided to! 
Nero: I failed to master darkness. I'll not suffer watching a green boy master the tower. 
Nero: Do what you will with it. But remember me, son of Allag! 
Nero: I am Nero tol Scaeva, the man who'll yet outdo Allag and Garlond! 
G'raha Tia: That was what you hoped to─ 
???: May the Crystal Tower...
again be a beacon of hope for mankind. 
Nero: >> Go, damn you! <<
Nero: <cough> Must move onwards... Th-This is not where I come to rest! 
Nero: But how did...?
...So those damn clones did it, after all. 
Nero: Now, onwards! 
Nero: >> Aaaaaaaaah! <<
Cid: You owe me, Nero. 
Nero: The hells I do! 


Rammbroes: You are returned unharmed, thank the gods! 
Wedge: When that voidgate started to close... I had never felt so powerless in all my life! 
Biggs: We were running about like madmen, trying to keep the gate open─and then the chief actually went and dived in! But if you're all sa─ Hm? 
Wedge: Wh-Where are Unei and Doga? They're not...? 
Rammbroes: ...I see. I will miss the two of them dearly, but I am happy they fulfilled their purpose. 
Rammbroes: We who live on must still attend to the Crystal Tower...though we now have no one able to seal it. 
G'raha Tia: That is not true, my friend. Unei and Doga have entrusted me with their blood. I can now control the Crystal Tower. 
Rammbroes: G'raha... Yes, I can see it in your eyes. Good. Then let us put an end to this, and seal away the tower. 
G'raha Tia: I understand your instinct, Rammbroes, but please, give us a moment to rest. I am weary to the bone, and Nero and [Forename] are both emerged from long battle. 
Rammbroes: Of course, of course, you have the right of it. Come, we shall leave this place for a spell, and repair to Saint Coinach's Find. 
G'raha Tia: No one but you could have succeeded in the World of Darkness, [Forename]. 
G'raha Tia: Would that I could have been of more use beyond the rift. As it stands, I was but a vessel for Doga and Unei's blood... 
G'raha Tia: Hm? Have I remembered what I wished to? 
G'raha Tia: ...Yes, something has come back to me. Gaining royal blood and witnessing true bravery has reminded me of my forebears' dearest wish. 
G'raha Tia: But we need not speak of these things now. It was not my place to keep you. Pray go on ahead of me; there is something small I would do before I return. 
G'raha Tia: I could not have asked for a better comrade. If only I could have been a part of your adventures for longer, [Forename]... Alas, fate dictates I have a different role to play. 
G'raha Tia: A wish hidden for millennia, and brought to light by the good people of NOAH... 
G'raha Tia: Now, finally, 'tis my time to see it realized. 

Speaking with Rammbroes at Saint Coinach's Find

Rammbroes: I cannot express how glad I am you returned safely, [Forename]─and with the means to dispel the threat of the Crystal Tower for good!  
Rammbroes: Rest if you will, and then let us free ourselves from the specter of the Allagans!