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Battle of Fort Besselat
Final Fantasy Tactics
Destruction of the Sluice Gates
Location: Fort Besselat
Result: Indecisive
Order of the Northern Sky Order of the Southern Sky
Dycedarg Beoulve
Zalbaag Beoulve
Duke Larg
Duke Goltanna
Delita Heiral
Cidolfus Orlandeau
Knights of the Northern Sky Knights of the Southern Sky
Unknown; Larg assassinated, Zalbaag and Dycedarg killed. Unknown; Goltanna killed, Orlandeau supposedly executed by Delita.

The Battle of Fort Besselat is a battle occurring during the plot of Final Fantasy Tactics. It is the deciding battle of the War of the Lions, pitting the Order of the Northern Sky against the Order of the Southern Sky. The Northern Sky besieged the Southern Sky stronghold of Fort Besselat. During the battle, Barich Fendsor, an engineer working for the Church of Glabados spread Mosfungus poison throughout the Northern Sky ranks, making them too weak to fight in hopes that the Southern Sky would then attack. Instead, Ramza Beoulve infiltrated the garrison, and opened its sluice gate, flooding the plain where fighting was about to take place. As a result, the battle came to an immediate indecisive halt. This meant that both sides remained strong, and mediation by the church was rejected by both sides. It also meant that not enough people would be killed for Ultima to be resurrected, and Hashmal would be forced to make up the difference with his own blood.

During the battle, Duke Larg was assassinated by Dycedarg Beoulve, and Duke Goltanna was assassinated by Delita Heiral. This led to Delita becoming the leader of the Southern Sky, and eventually King of Ivalice. Dycedarg became leader of the Northern Sky, but his hopes for a Beoulve-run Ivalice were dashed when he was killed by his brothers Ramza and Zalbaag after transforming into the Lucavi Andrammelech. Zalbaag, too, was killed in the fighting, and the Order of the Northern Sky collapsed without a leader.

Immediately after Goltanna was assassinated, Count Orlandeau was seemingly executed by Delita to make it appear the Thunder God was the murderer of Goltanna. However, only a double was killed by Delita, for he secretly allowed an unwitting Ramza to rescue the real Orlandeau so he could aid the Beoulve and his party in disposing of the Lucavi, but only to further his aims to become King of Ivalice. The Knights Templar, Hashmal, and Ultima were later felled by Ramza and his allies at the Necrohol of Mullonde dimension, but their fate remains ambiguous to this day.


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