Ruler: The Sultana
Grand Company: Immortal Flames
The bustling commercial hub of Ul’dah sits amid the desolate desert landscape of southern Aldenard. The city is organized strategically around the dome-shaped citadel at the center. Its towering fortifications and protective outer walls are visible for malms in all directions to deter would-be besiegers.
Visitors from every corner of Eorzea come to Ul’dah to partake of the city’s famed recreation, most notably the fighting arenas and gambling halls. Ul’dahic culture is known for its affluence, and the nation’s wealth largely comes from its abundant mineral resources and prestigious clothcrafting industry.
Historically, the sultan claims sovereignty over Ul’dah, but true power is wielded by the Syndicate, an elite group of six of the most influential and richest members of society. Nald’thal is the city’s patron deity and two great halls devoted to his two aspects are found in the eastern and western sections of the city.
The culture and politics of Ul’dah has greatly been dominated by trade and profiteering, affording the Syndicate a significant power base. Influence and most importantly wealth are the criteria for membership, and seats on the Syndicate can be bought. Syndicate members typically fell into two camps: Royalists who supported the monarchy, and Monetarists who prefer to displace the monarchy and exert more control over the city-state. Though Sultana Nanamo Ul Namo is officially the head of state in Ul’dah, her power has been eroded by the largely Monetarist Syndicate, reducing her to a figurehead.
As of the first Festival of The Rising, the Syndicate was chaired by the following:
Raubahn Aldynn – General of the Immortal Flames
Lord Lolorito – Chairman of the East Aldenard Trading Company
Teledji Adeledji – Head of the Mirage Trust
Dewlala – Director of the Milvaneth Sacrarium
Fyrgeiss – Chief Foreman of Amajina & Sons Mineral Concern
Godbert Manderville – Master goldsmith
General Raubahn is the lone Royalist on the Syndicate, and earned his place thanks to using his winnings from a high-stakes gladiatorial match to purchase both the Coliseum and a seat on the Syndicate.
The major problem facing Ul’dah at this point in history is the Ala Mhigan refugee crisis. Displaced by Garlean invasion and the Calamity, many refugees remain camped in a shantytown outside Ul’dah, or reside in the slums within the walls. The nearest Garlean threat to the city is an isolated fortress on a remote island. Meanwhile, people from outlying settlements disappear in Amalj’aa raids, and the members of the Syndicate bicker and backstab one another.