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The Galbana

The Galbana (Japanese: ベイルージュ Beirūju) is the party airship in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Though its default name is "Galbana" the player can name it anything they want. In doing this, they also change the name of their clan. The Galbana is the main mode of transport for Vaan and company across the skies of Ivalice and Lemurés. The Galbana is a memorable icon of Revenant Wings, and is featured on the game's logo.

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Storyline

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Discovery

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After Vaan's new airship was destroyed at the Glabados Ruins; he, Penelo, Kytes, Filo, and Tomaj were stuck in Rabanastre. They heard reports of a derelict approaching the outskirts of the city, and despite Penelo's warnings, Vaan, Filo, and Kytes set out in search of it. After a night-time trek through Rabanastre, they exited the South Gate and find the derelict waiting, the Dalmascan guards distracted by another band of "intruders". Vaan and co. decide to hijack the mysterious airship, and after skirting several Dalmascan guards and strange new enemies called Yarhi, the trio are able to board the ship.

Once aboard the Galbana, the party must fight several battles in order to gain control of the ship.

Mission 05: The Treasure is the Key

"The interior of the derelict is no more inviting than the desert outside. As Vaan and the others battle within its fantastic confines, the Cache of Glabados begins to glow."
—Description

This mission explains the purpose of Summoning Gates. After overcoming a group of Yarhi, Vaan captures the gates and learns to harness its summoning powers to swell his own forces.

Monsters


Mission 06: Unwelcome Guests

"With the Chache of Glabados in hand, Vaan and his friends explore the derelict's interior. Meanwhile, Penelo mistakes trouble outside the ship for Vaan's work. Who's really behind it?"
—Description

Using the newfound powers of the Yarhi; Vaan, Filo, and Kytes fend off the intruding Ba'Gamnan and his gang.

Leaders


Flight

The Cache of Glabados reacts with the small device with the blue orb.

Gijuk, Rinok, and Bwagi flee the Galbana after their defeat, leaving Ba'Gamnan alone on the derelict's floor. Vaan, Filo, and Kytes head for the bridge area, and Ba'Gamnan's pursuit is stopped short by a sudden rumble of the airship. Penelo and Tomaj enter the bridge area, only having a few seconds to take in the scenery when the Cache of Glabados reacts with the shining blue light on the bridge. The airship takes off, spreading its wings and shattering the dense cloud of dust that had gathered around it before its journey to Rabanastre. The Galbana ascends into the cerulean skies and soon passes through a mist-like layer of red and yellow lights, finally breaking through and reaching the sheltered Purvama of Lemurés, all on auto-pilot. The player is then given the opportunity to name their new airship to their liking. The Galbana is its default name. The first place the Galbana explores is the Bosco Pampa on Zephyr, the Windward Isles.

Bahamut

The party uses the Galbana to explore the floating isles of Zephyr, Tormelados, and The Muruc Cahuac Skysea. After the events with the Judge of Wings in the Underfane of Yaxin Qul, Bahamut rends the Skysea into multiple islands, and the party barely manages to escape on the airship. The Galbana is damaged as a result of Bahamut's fury and crash-lands on Tswara.

"The Aegyl are surprisingly good with their hands, and the repairs have gone smoothly. Unfortunately, even with the repairs done, the ship won't budge. She's as stubborn as her captain."
—Tomaj


Though Tomaj's efforts at repairing the ship are successful, the Galbana strangely refuses to take flight while the relationship between Velis and Penelo grows and Vaan simmers in his rage. Only after the nighttime events at Tomaj's Camp and Velis' defeat does the airship "agree" to lift off from the lonely rainforest isle.

Upon the party's return from Lesrekta, Isle of Illusions, they find themselves in the Sky Saloon of the Galbana. Balthier and Fran are on-board, along with the rest of the crew. After learning the truth about the Auraliths, Vaan and company are alerted of the approach of Aegyl forces. Upon their animas' return, the Aegyls' first feelings are those of rage and revenge against those from the "Underworld", and they attack the ship with a fleet of airborne Yarhi.

Mission 33: Aegyl Uprising

"Returning from the World of Illusion, the party is greeted by none other than Balthier. Their disagreements set aside, they soon encounter a group of Aegyl rebels encircling the airship."
—Description

The deck of the Galbana is the setting for this battle. Ansei, Llyud's former comrade, leads several rebels in an assult on the airship.

Leaders
Monsters
Rewards
  • Rouge's Boots
  • Auracite X2

True Identity

"My beloved wife and children. The anger of false gods is still to be feared. When the time is right I shall send for you. Until then you must wait. Be patient. Remain strong. We shall be united in the heavens above Ivalice."
—Statue Inscription in the Glabados Ruins
Feolthanos, creator of the Galbana

The origins of the Galbana are not explained until the return trip to the Glabados Ruins is made. Upon reaching a previously hidden chamber, the party comes upon an elaborate winged statue that explains the purpose of the ship. Before the Aegyls' exodus to Lemurés, Feolthanos had relations with a Viera, which resulted in a new breed, the Feol Viera. Since his children did not have wings, Feolthanos was forced to leave Ivalice without them.

Before he did so, however, he constructed the Galbana as the means of transporting his stranded offspring to Lemurés. For reasons unknown, the Galbana failed to accomplish this task in a timely fashion, perhaps because the Feol Viera had been banished from the Wood and taken refuge in the dark reaches of the Feol Warren. Thousands of years after its creation, the airship sensed Mydia, who had fled from the Warren. It took her to the Sky Continent, where she was reunited with her father and transformed into the Judge of Wings. It seems as if Mydia's new teleportation powers rendered her use of the Galbana obsolete, for the airship left the Feol Viera and returned to Ivalice, attracted to the piece of auracite Vaan obtained from the Ruins.

Departure

The Galbana serves Vaan and the party well for the remainder of the game, taking them to the Keep of Forgotten Time via the newly discovered pathway Eternity's March. After the defeat of Feolthanos inside the keep, his near-eternal rule ceases, and the last of the auraliths shatters. Without the auraliths' sustaining power, the Purvama of Lemurés also begins to crumble.

The Galbana, sensing the loss of its creator and homeworld, takes off, leaving its inhabitants behind. Tomaj and Nono are able to bring the Strahl to the Gates of Shattered Time, which Vaan and company board. The final FMV of Revenant Wings is of the main characters on the roof of the Strahl, waving goodbye to the dissolving world of Lemurés, Llyud, who had decided to lead his people to new heights, and the Galbana, soaring without a pilot into the unknown blue skies, its future and destination a mystery.

Gameplay

Galbana in flight

The Galbana is the primary mode of transport to the various locations of Lemurés and Ivalice.

In order to reach most places on Lemurés, the airship must first be hovering over a area with an arrow pointing downwards. Only the can the Galbana descend to the earth, and the party members exit the airship to walk to the locations on that particular island. One disembarking point exists on each of these islands: Zephyr, the Windward Isles, Tormelados, Isle of the Megalith, the The Muruc Cahuac Skysea, and Arda, Heaven's Pillar. After Bahamut breaks the Skysea into a series of islands, three disembarking points will exist on three different islands. As shown by the landing points of the Bosco Pampa and the Muruc Cahuac Skysea, the Galbana is capable of making water landings and exits.

After the flagship Leviathan appears in the skies of Lemurés, the Galbana can approach it in order to travel to Ivalice, and vice versa. When visiting areas of Ivalice, there are no disembarking points; instead the Galbana can only visit specific locations, such as the Paramina Rift. This is highly reminiscent of Final Fantasy XII and rules out the possibility of exploring the world of Ivalice on foot.

The last gateway for the Galbana is Eternity's March, which leads to the Keep of Forgotten Time.

Interior

The Galbana acts as a base for Vaan's entire party. It also runs with no skystone or Glossair Rings. The ship is much bigger than one would first believe. The entire back section contains a bazaar, where every character Vaan meets gather, some even setting up shops like Cu Sith. The moogle Nono is in charge of the ship's maintenance.

Bridge

Diagram of the Bridge.

The Bridge is the first accessible portion of the Galbana. The cockpit is located in the front, with a slot for the auracite found at the Glabados Ruins located in the middle. Flanking the bridge to the right are the Notice Board and the Ship's Log. The Notice Board is where Tomaj and Larsa pin up notices for missions that the party may sign up for. The Ship's Log near the auracite slot hosts a variety of information, including data on completed Missions, Recipe Books, a Folio that serves as a sort of encyclopedia, and a collection of log entries.

Sky Saloon

Artwork of the Sky Saloon.

The Sky Saloon is housed in the back portion of the Galbana and serves as a rest area, both for the player party and for a variety of guests that join as the game progresses. The area is wide and open, and the hull is made entirely of glass, affording a spectacular view of the passing skies. Most of the floor is also of glass, giving the impression of standing on air. In addition to serving as as "town hall", the Galbana is also a shopping center, with four shops in the corners of the area.

  • Bottom Left: Penelo cooks and serves meals here. Talking to her at different points in the game unlocks several new missions on the notice Board.
  • Top Left: Llyud sells different Scavenging materials for Crafting. At first, the available items will only be of a Low Grade, but Llyud's inventory will expand over time. You may also sell your materials to Llyud or converse with him.
Diagram of the Sky Saloon.
  • Top Right: Cu Sith sets up her Crafting Shop, where materials may be forged into powerful weapons. Chatting with her may also unlock a mission or two on the Notice Board.
  • Bottom Right: Tomaj sells equipable items for the party: Weapons, Armor, and Accessories. The Weapons are generic and do not have the power potential of Cu Sith's crafted ones. As you complete more missions on the Notice Board and talk to Tomaj more often, he will sometimes lower the prices of everything in the Saloon by a small percentage.

As more items from the Sky Saloon are purchased and its vendors' quests' are completed, the shops will steadily expand until each shop has a huge stone surrounding, some resembling pyramids and ziggurats.


Inhabitants

An Aegyl refugee.

Besides the shop owners, a number of other beings will eventually reside within the Galbana. After rescuing several Aegyl from cruel Sky Pirates at the Kisne Rise, Vaan invites them to stay and rest within the Galbana. The Aegyl are initially suspicious of the Humes, but after a time grow trustful of their hosts.

A Sahagin who speaks Hume language also inhabits the Sky Saloon. He is known as Namingway and often hides in hidden spots throughout the Saloon, changing positions as the storyline moves on. You may talk to him at anytime in order to change the name of your airship.

After the party meets Rikken at Port Marilith and learns of the damage to his airship, some of Rikken's crew takes refuge on the Galbana. Attracted by the Sky Saloon's comfortable quarters and Penelo's supposedly "delicious" cooking, the crew members decide to become permanent residents on the airship.

The last group of refugees include a wide range of races, all former Sky Pirates. They include:

  • Sablé, a Fusilier, who enjoys partying and gatherings called "fetes",
  • Bask, a Monk who is especially fond of Penelo's cooking, to her delight and Kytes's dismay,
  • Teak, a Ninja who is one of the few to publicly hold Tomaj in high esteem,
  • Terge, a Dragon Knight in green armor who tries to find his anima through the help fo the other Aegyl on the ship,
  • Harna, another Dragon Knight who is one of the first Aegyl to realize that the Aegyl must reach out to the inhabitants of Ivalice,
  • Ciett, a Sky Warrior who says little but is one of the few Aegyl to completely trust the motives of Vaan and his companions,
  • Minuit, a Sky Soldier and Ciett's close friend who shares his belief in Clan Galbana,
  • Fye, a Sky Samurai who promises to retain her anima to improve her life,
  • Vazz, a Seeq with an adventurous streak and an easy-going nature, and
  • Vazz's Wife, an unamed Viera Warmage who resents her husband chasing "fool fantasies".

Mementos

The Viera Idol Memento

The center of the Sky Saloon is marked by a small pool with a pedestal in its center, surrounded by a garden. Filo will be present in this area and offer you Mementos as the game progresses and the player meets certain requirements.

  • Flowers - Gained by completing Melees. Placed in the garden perimeter.
  • Fountains - Gained by acquiring gil. Replaces the pedestal in the center of the pool.
  • Statues - Gained by forging pacts with Yarhi on the Ring of Pacts. Placed on top of the pedestal or fountain.
  • Crests - Gained by completing Missions. Placed in the back of the Sky Saloon, between Llyud's and Cu Sith's shops.

Etymology

The "Galbana" is the name of a particular passion flower found in the lush forests of Brazil. Lilies of the same name appeared in Final Fantasy XII, and were favourites of Reks, and at one point Vaan found them in the Desert, which reminded him of his brother.


This article uses material from the "Galbana" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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