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Siege of Cleyra
Final Fantasy IX
Odin destroys the settlement of Cleyra
Location: Cleyra
Result: Alexandrian victory. Complete destruction of Cleyra
Combatants
Alexandria Cleyra and the survivors of Burmecia
Commanders
Queen Brahne of Alexandria, General Beatrix Cleyran High Priest, King of Burmecia
Strength
Alexandrian army Remnant of the Burmecian army
Casualties
Unknown Heavy, presumably a great part of the population, King of Burmecia

The Siege of Cleyra took place shortly after the Siege of Burmecia, in which Brahne of Alexandria slaughtered most of its citizens, who subsequently took refuge in the neighbor settlement of Cleyra.

Zidane and the party, Freya, Vivi, and Quina, climb up the giant tree, atop which is the settlement. There they are greeted by the Cleyran oracles, who tell Freya that the King of Burmecia had escaped the ruined city and had safely arrived to Cleyra, along with a few survivors. After rescuing Prince Puck from the enraged Antlion the Cleyrans ask Freya to participate in the ritual dance that will strengthen the perpetual sandstorm surrounding the settlement. While performing the dance, the strings of the accompanying harp break. At the same time, the sandstorm comes to a halt and Cleyra becomes exposed.

Fratley comes to the Cleyrans' aid.

The party begins to climb down the trunk in order to find out the reason behind the sandstorm's halting. After fighting a few, scattered Alexandrian soldiers they meet with Puck again, who tells them the real invasion force, the Black Mages, is teleporting directly into the settlement, slaying every Burmecian in its path. Zidane goes back and leads the few survivors to the Cathedral, where he hopes to make a final stand; but upon reaching it they are surrounded by Black Mages. Before any action can be taken, apparently out of nowhere Sir Fratley jumps in and saves the party. Inside the Cathedral, Sir Fratley reveals he has lost his memory and remembers nothing of his past. General Beatrix then comes in and takes the jewel away from the harp. The party do battle with her but she manages to defeat them and return to the Red Rose.

Zidane and the others hop on board the Red Rose by means of the Black Mages, following Beatrix's example of using their teleport spells. Just then, Brahne, using the jewel Beatrix stole, summons the Eidolon Odin. Odin completely destroys Cleyra, killing much of its residents.

Aftermath

With both of their realms destroyed, the Burmecians scattered all around the world, with Zidane meeting many of them during the following events of Final Fantasy IX. It is unknown if the settlement ever recovered from the attack after Kuja was defeated and peace was restored to the world, as all that remained of the once beautiful city was the charred stump of the tree that once housed it.

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