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The Alvarez Empire (アルバレス帝国 Arubaresu Teikoku) is a large country located in the Western Continent, Alakitasia.[1][2]


Alvarez Empire was founded at an unspecified time before X781 by Zeref Dragneel, who subjugated 730 guilds of Alakitasia by martial force and crowned himself Emperor by the name of Spriggan.[3] It started out as a small nation but over the years it absorbed many other guilds and nations until it finally became the huge empire that it is today.[4] Zeref created this empire for the sole purpose of defeating Acnologia, obtaining Fairy Heart, and annihilating Ishgar.[5] His plans regarding with Fairy Heart once captured was to relive his life with the Time Magic, Neo Eclipse.[6] A plan the Spriggan 12 were not aware of.[7]


The Alvarez Empire is located in the western continent of Alakitasia. It lies towards the west across a vast ocean that traveling there by boat would take about ten days to reach. The exact borders are not known, but it is said to span a large portion of the landmass.[1]


Although the exact nature of the diplomacy is unknown, there is a great sense of hostility between the continents of Alvarez and Ishgar, even though there are known individuals who have immigrated from Alakitasia to Ishgar, such as Alzack Connell and Bisca Connell, as well as Beth Vanderwood.[8][9][10] In the year X781, some of the Spriggan 12 attempted to wage war on Ishgar's countries in a bid to capture Fairy Tail's most sacred artifact, Fairy Heart, only to have their invasion halted after being subjected to the might of Etherion and threatened with Face, both controlled by the Magic Council.[11] However, Zeref admitted that he quelled the unsanctioned war but eventually halted it himself.[12] In the year X783, the empire and the countries of Ishgar severed all diplomatic relations,[13] however in the year X793, Hisui as queen begun to reestablish relations between the empire and Fiore.[14]

Administration and Government

Alvarez Empire - Imperial Crest

The state of the current regime is a monarchy, formerly ruled and overseen by Emperor Spriggan[2] and currently ruled and overseen by King Ajeel.[15] The current form of the empire was created from the union of 730 Guilds of the continent, who have all merged together into a singular military force.[16] Similar to any empire it is an autocracy, and as such, the Emperor's word is law. The empire can even exercise their authority on smaller territories that are not under their control such as Caracole Island.[17] The Empire seems to be able to function normally despite the constant absence of its' Emperor, who departed Alvarez for some time before returning. The former Emperor employed a personal guard, composed of the twelve strongest Mages of the continent, known as the Spriggan 12.[2]


Name Rank/Title Team/Hierarchy Status
Zeref Dragneel Emperor Imperial Family Deceased
Invel Yura Chief of Staff
Shield of Spriggan
Spriggan 12 Imprisoned
August Shield of Spriggan
General of the Spriggan 12
Imperial Family
Spriggan 12
Ajeel Raml King
Shield of Spriggan
Leader of Ajeel Squad
Imperial Family
Spriggan 12
Ajeel Squad
Bloodman Shield of Spriggan Spriggan 12 Deceased
Brandish μ Shield of Spriggan
Leader of Brandish Squad
Spriggan 12
Brandish Squad
Dimaria Yesta Shield of Spriggan
Leader of Dimaria Squad
Spriggan 12
Dimaria Squad
God Serena Shield of Spriggan Spriggan 12 Deceased
Irene Belserion Shield of Spriggan
Leader of Irene Squad
Spriggan 12
Irene Squad
Jacob Lessio Shield of Spriggan Spriggan 12 Active
Larcade Dragneel Shield of Spriggan Spriggan 12 Deceased
Neinhart Shield of Spriggan
Leader of Neinhart Squad
Spriggan 12
Neinhart Squad
Wall Eehto Shield of Spriggan
Leader of Wall Squad
Spriggan 12
Wall Squad
Yajeel Minister Imperial Family Active
Bakel Mage
Ajeel Squad Active
Four Heraldry Knights Mages
Neinhart Squad Unknown
Heine Lunasea Mage
Irene Squad Destroyed
Juliet Sun Mage
Irene Squad Destroyed
Kareem Mage
Ajeel Squad Active
Marin Hollow Mage
Brandish Squad Imprisoned

Society and Culture

Yajeel and Makarov playing Regenca

In Alvarez, they have their own unique card game called "Regenca"; Minister Yajeel stated the key to the game is to not let one's "Goddess" fall into the enemy's hands.[18] Various material highly regarded in Ishgar are rurally unknown in Alvarez (i.e. eastern reading literature such as Sorcerer Magazine aren't available or accessible in Alvarez) but they are known to have their own magazines providers; likewise gaming circuits such as the Grand Magic Games are also unknown to their people.[19] Fashion apparel for women are widely recognized that they have a more bare and suggestive connotation, instead of the norm of a clothed and an unrevealing aspect towards it.[20] It is also noted that Alvarez born women do not have big round eyes, unlike Ishgarian women.[21]

In Alakitasia, there are stated legends that the month of August is revered as the month of natural disasters, so the citizens tend to live a more upright and law-abiding lifestyle during its duration.[22] Alvarez also celebrates the holiday called Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日 Keirō no Hi) on which it is a day, held in the month of September, where the elderly are honored and revered.[23] The citizens of Alvarez glorify and praise Zeref with great admiration and love as their emperor.[24] Some, if not apparently most or all, of the Spriggan 12 appear to have knowledge of Zeref's past, such as his real name, his relationship with Mavis Vermillion, and his future plans, thus showing a great level of trust between them.[25][26]

Military Power

Zeref's 1,000,000-strong militia

Because Alvarez is a massive militaristic empire, they possess humongous armies that their numbers extends above 2,300,000 strong.[27] It is noted that the soldiers are well trained and have magic power that is nothing to take lightly, even a small fraction of the total force is a menace on its own.[28] Emperor Spriggan is not the only commanding officer of these armed forces, as he possesses his own elite group of powerful Mages: the Spriggan 12. Composed of twelve elite Mages with strength comparable to of the level with Ishgar's strongest Mage, God Serena, they are willingly able to lead his armies to war as well.[29] In Alvarez, August and Irene are reputed—this according to Brandish—to be the strongest in not just Alvarez, but in the entire world; both noted in the country as a "disaster" and "scourge" respectively.[30] Larcade, the thirds strongest member of the 12 and a Books of Zeref, is someone who also possess magnificent Magic Power and wields an oddly dangerous magic called Pleasure that Mavis was shown to be terrified of. Acknowledgment of this fear lead Zeref to inform her that Larcade is Alvarez's "secret weapon", being reputed as someone who can even challenge Acnologia himself.[31]

Their forces are not limited to just humans, but the Machias (a machine-like race with magical abilities) race to Zeref's very Etherious creations as well. They have hundreds of advanced warships that go by sea or by air.[32] They are also equipped with many high powered guns and artillery that can serve for both bombardments and anti-air defenses,[33] with some ships specifically designed as command ships for the Spriggan 12.[34] They also serve as carriers that holds numerous troops ranging from hundreds to thousands, even for the purpose of ground assaults.[35]

Dimaria and Wall's southern fleet

Unlike Fiore's military forces, Alvarez's soldiers are better trained and possess Magic Power that is not to be take lightly.[36] Soldiers that are under the command of one of the Spriggan 12 possess their own unique features, characteristics, and uniforms. For example, Ajeel Raml's troops are draped in Arabic attire with scimitars,[35] Wall Eehto's troops are cloaked in black wizard-like robes with staffs,[37] Brandish μ's troops are fully armored with spears that have Lacrima at the tips.[38] and lastly the Northern and Southern forces, commanded by Bloodman and Dimaria Yesta, squadrons appear to have leather clothing with skull shaped masks and fully-armored knightly attire possessing blades and spears alike respectively.[39] In the Emperor's personal army, the soldiers have dark armor with magical staffs that can cause things to burst upon impact and even fire magical bullets.[40] Some of Spriggan 12 have control of their own squads and as such possess their own elite Mages in the form of captains and soldiers that are willingly able to combat in difficult fights.[41] The number of those Mages are various and are not set numbers.[42][43][44][45][46]

The elite Spriggan 12

Zeref's personal guard, the Spriggan 12, are unique in that they are given full autonomy, roaming around the continent as they please without any repercussions, even with some blatantly disobeying his orders or summons. Because the Spriggan 12 are the strongest fighting force in Alvarez and are on par with Ishgar's strongest Wizard, they can perform such incredible feats: Brandish's Command T allows her to change the size of a small island to just a size of a stepping stone,[47] the Desert King Ajeel can produce a sand storm large enough to engulf the entire city of Magnolia,[48] Dimaria can serenely pause an entire battlefield with a click of her teeth,[49] Wall can create a cannon that can reach its' target from over 400km away, the same distance from off the shores of Hargeon Town all the way to Magnolia, and so on.[50] Alvarez's might is so terrifying that even the Magic Council who governed all of Ishgar did their absolute best to avoid a war they believe they cannot win.[51]

A practical demonstration of the Empire's might is available in the form of their war against Ishgar. With the power of the Spriggan 12 and the Alvarez military might, they overwhelmed the strongest of Fiore guilds on the first day of the invasion.[52] They even conquered Fiore's neighboring country Bosco and destroyed every single one of their guilds.[53] They also have a twisted way of using psychological warfare, they take their defeated enemies and string them up on poles and crosses to inflict humiliation and despair upon their opponents.[54]


Cities & Towns in Alvarez Empire


  • In the translation notes section of Volume 53 it was stated that the previous translation, Albareth, was incorrectly translated; with the true translation being "Alvarez".[55]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 440, Page 19
  3. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 444, Pages 15-16
  4. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 445, Page 14
  5. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 445, Page 15
  6. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 530, Pages 18-19
  7. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 522, Pages 6-14
  8. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 52, Pages 1
  9. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 53, Pages 1
  10. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 370, Pages 1
  11. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 439, Pages 14-16
  12. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 445, Page 13
  13. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 439, Page 9
  14. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 545, Pages 16-18
  15. Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Manga: Chapter 13, Page 4
  16. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 439, Pages 15-16
  17. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 441, Pages 11
  18. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 444, Page 16
  19. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 457, Pages 4
  20. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 462, Page 5
  21. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 503, Pages 6
  22. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 480, Page 3
  23. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 477, Pages 7
  24. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 444, Pages 17-18
  25. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 464, Pages 2-3
  26. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 452, Pages 17-18
  27. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 455, Pages 20
  28. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 456, Pages 4
  29. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 440, Pages 18-20
  30. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 484, Page 10
  31. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 494, Page 12
  32. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 439, Pages 11
  33. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 453, Pages 18-19
  34. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 453, Pages 20
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  36. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 456, Pages 7
  37. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 455, Pages 11
  38. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 441, Pages 13
  39. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 466, Pages 7-11
  40. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 463, Pages 12
  41. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 455, Page 10
  42. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 455, Page 7
  43. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 442, Page 10
  44. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 469, Page 14
  45. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 474, Page 10
  46. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 484, Page 14
  47. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 443, Pages 19
  48. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 458, Page 10
  49. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 474, Page 14
  50. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 461, Pages 15
  51. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 440, Pages 12
  52. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 469, Pages 14-18
  53. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 462, Pages 9-10
  54. Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 480, Pages 12-14
  55. Fairy Tail Manga: Volume 53 Translation Notes