The Galka are a hulking race of powerful warriors. The Galka's capital city, located in the Altepa desert of Zepwell Island in the southwest corner of the Quon continent, fell to an attack from giant ant creatures six hundred years ago. The surviving Galka spread throughout Vana'diel, and a large number of them eventually settled in Bastok. The sheer strength of their powerful physiques is second to none. They have used their skills to contribute to the construction and development of the numerous mines in Bastok. However, it seems that some Galka have less than fond feelings for members of the Hume race.
The Mighty Galka
The Galka are the second most physically powerful out of the playable races of Vanadiel, but are the most physically durable. They originated from the Altepa Desert of Zepwell Island, but their capital was destroyed by a race of ant-like beastmen six hundred years ago. What remained of the Galka were forced to take refuge in other parts of Vanadiel, with the majority moving to Bastok. Unfortunately for the Galka who moved to Bastok, the Humes that lived there decided to take advantage of their new neighbors' great strength. Many of the Bastokan Galka are now members of the Bastokan Military, or its mining force.
Galkas reproduce through a form of reincarnation where an elderly Galka, feeling at the end of its lifespan, goes out into the wilderness and a young Galka returns.
It is not widely known what method, if any, the Galkan race has for dealing with decreases in number due to violent death or illness.
The History of the Term Galka
It is theoretical that Square Enix derived the name "Galka" (Galkan) from the term "Balkan". This term refers to a mountain range in Bulgaria. It is possible that "mountain" might refer to a Galka's large frame or their former capital that lay in the mountainous Altepa.