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This article is about the in-game event. For the PSP port of Final Fantasy Tactics, see Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.
War of the Lions
Final Fantasy Tactics
Chocobo Knights at the Battle of Lesalia Plain in the opening of the War of the Lions.
Location: Ivalice
Result: Delita Heiral ascends the throne of all Ivalice.
Combatants
Order of the Northern Sky Order of the Southern Sky
Commanders


Strength
Armies of the Northern Sky Armies of the Southern Sky
Casualties
Unknown, presumably heavy Unknown, presumably heavy

The War of the Lions, also known as the Lion War, is a conflict in Final Fantasy Tactics. It is the climax of the game's storyline, and most of the game documented the events that led to the eruption of the War.

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Origin

The War of the Lions is fought between the Order of the Northern Sky Knights of Duke Larg under the banner of the White Lion and the Order of the Southern Sky Knights of Duke Goltanna under the banner of the Black Lion. King Ondoria Atkascha III died due to the Black Death and his heir Prince Orinus is just two years old. A regent is sought to rule in the prince's place, and both dukes who were decorated generals in the Fifty Years' War were nominated as regent.

One of the main reasons behind the War is the rift between Queen Louveria and the nobles of Ivalice. Queen Louveria is regarded by the nobles as a power-mad queen who desires her offspring on the throne so that she may completely rule the kingdom. The Council of nobles, out to stop her from asserting any of her influence onto the kingdom, appoints Duke Goltanna as their preferred candidate for the regency.

Truth

The War, however, has been engineered by the Church of Glabados so that it may take center stage after both sides are weakened to exhaustion. The High Confessor Marcel Funebris, wishing for the Church to gain considerable power over the land, supported both sides secretly and even assisted in their secret plots for the throne. In secret, the Church is acting parasitically, destroying the two Lions from the inside. The Church would then use the Zodiac Stones as means to strengthen the Church's military power.

But in reality, even the manipulating Church is being manipulated from within by the Knights Templar under Folmarv Tengille, who attempts to collect every single Zodiac Stone to help the Lucavi. The Lucavi, in turn for their hosts' service, grant them immense strength and power. The Lucavi's real motive is the resurrection of their leader, Ultima, the High Seraph. The immense bloodshed needed for Ultima's coming was the true reason behind the War of the Lions.

Climax

The War's decisive battle is the Battle of Fort Besselat, in which Ramza Beoulve intervenes by opening the garrison's sluice, bringing the battle to a sudden indecisive halt. Mossfungus was also released into the air by Barich Fendsor, one of the Knights Templar, severely weakening both sides. In the confusion, both Dukes were murdered by their respective traitors: Larg by Dycedarg Beoulve and Goltanna by Delita Heiral. As originally planned, the Church offers mediators. However, despite the loss of both Order's leaders, their armies were still strong and refused the idea. This is possibly because of Ramza's intervention, whereas without it, both sides would have suffered major losses if the sluice wasn't opened.

As for the Lucavi, Ramza Beoulve travels with his companions to Orbonne Monastery to stop the Knights Templar and the Lucavi's plot for Ultima's resurrection. Killing all the Church's forces that dared to stop them, they were teleported to the Airship Graveyard beneath the Necrohol of Mullonde and successfully destroyed Ultima with their own fate a mystery.

With the two sides crippled, the War came to an end. In lack of a leader; with the two dukes killed, Queen Louveria imprisoned in Fort Besselat, High Confessor Funebris murdered, Dycedarg slain, and Orlandeau missing and believed dead, Delita Heiral takes advantage of the situation by claiming that he rescued Princess Ovelia, marrying her to achieve his own ambition as King of all Ivalice.

Trivia

  • It may be possible that the the War of the Lions was, like the Fifty Years' War, an allusion to one of two historical wars that, like the Fifty Years's War and the Lion War, came one after the other. In this case, the was is most likely the Wars of the Roses (or War of the Roses), a civil war between the supporters of the noble houses (families) of York and Lancester for possesion of the English crown. However, despite the similarities in the causes of both this war and the historical Rose War, this war lasted only a short amount of time, was orchestrated by the Church and by a higher power (the Lucavi Demons), and did not restore a strong king to the throne of Ivalice, as it was with Henry Tudor of Lancaster claiming the English throne after defeating the Yorkists at the Battle of Bosworth Plain. This was due in part to Delita Heiral being killed by his own wife in vengeance for being used as a pawn by him to achieve his own ambitions, leaving a power vacumm that was occupied by the Church of Glabados, who gained much power over the people of Ivalice as a result.
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