Our heroes finished up at the Fire Temple and, for a hefty price, booked passage on an airship leading from the Fire Temple to the port city of Gilbridge, on the southeast edge of Medon. There, they gossiped with the locals and discovered that the stone circle they seek was theorized to be astronomy related, since the stones apparently line up with the movements of the sun, Emla, the moons, and other celestial bodies and constellations. On their chocobos, the heroes then set out.
After two days of travel, they arrived in the early evening around sunset, and discovered the magical standing stones on a hilltop overlooking the ocean. After some poking around and stargazing, they noticed that Anfini — the third moon — was rather bright for this time of night and at this distance. It soon became clear that it wasn’t Anfini, but a great light that seemed to be flying from Anfini toward Arald! The light showed itself to be a cluster of lights that converged above the stone circle, and then descended in a series of flashes, revealing a group of twenty or so people.
The people were primarily humes, but among them were strange hume-like creatures, some tall and elegant with pointed ears, others short and stout, called elezen and dwarves, respectively. The leader among them, an elezen in mage robes, introduced himself as Diodore. He bore a crystal mark just like the heroes, and claimed he had led these people from a village called Tomra.
He told a tale of his world, Anfini, coming under attack from an invading army from the fourth moon, Albel. This army, called the Kalsh Empire, was seeking the crystals of Anfini, and would no doubt come to Arald to search for theirs, likely using the same method the refugees used to travel here: The Luna Gates.
The heroes agreed to guide them to Gilbridge, which on foot would be about three days away. The promise of invaders looms in the future. What does the Kalsh Empire want with the crystals, and why are they so ruthless in their search?