marquis ondoreA prominent figure in the game's politics, Marquis Halim Ondore IV is the ruler of the skycity of Bhujerba who feigns compliance with the Empire while supporting the resistance. It isn't clear if he and Ashe are related by blood or if he is merely a close family friend (Ondore calls Raminas "my dear friend"), but what matters is the fact that they have a definite familial relationship. Ashe refers to him as "Uncle" and Ondore mentions a time when he knew Ashe as a girl who "only wanted to be carried in her uncle's arms," so he and Ashe were obviously close at one time. Their bond seems to have been severed when Ondore was swayed by the Empire to announce Ashe's suicide after mediating Dalmasca's surrender negotiations. Ondore explains that Vayne meant "drive a wedge between them." He welcomes Ashe when she comes to him seeking aid after escaping from Ghis, but his attitude towards the resistance differs greatly from hers. Ashe would like to take an active approach and start making attempts to prove her birthright, but Ondore insists she stay in hiding with him until the time is right. Ashe, of course, argues that she can't just sit and wait, but Ondore refuses her wishes. It seems a little bit like he's treating her like a child, but given the odds Ashe faces, not to mention the fact that he's known her since childhood, it makes sense that wants to keep her safe and strike when the resistance is ready. Ashe doesn't appreciate this sort of treatment, nor does she like Ondore pretending to support the Empire, so she goes against his wishes and flies off for some dungeon crawling (and then some) after this meeting.
The princess' approach to taking down Vayne eventually conflicts with Ondore's resistance movement: he's amassed an anti-Imperial fleet and plans on gaining some Nethicite to fight a war with. As the battlefield hovers over Ivalice, Ashe and her friends attempt to enter the Bahamut and ask for the resistance fleet to back them up, but Ondore refuses, saying: "You are too rash! Your duties come after the battle is over!" He only complies when Vaan impersonates Larsa, stating that he is entering the Bahamut as well, which proves that Ondore still doesn't have that much faith in Ashe's fairly reckless methods. He's relieved when she emerges safe and sound, however, which indicates that her safety is probably his main concern. (He even worries about Balthier! Aww.)