Tad – Amon’s younger cousin – is a character I’ve been developing on  and off since Nov 2019. Sometime last year, I made it official that  he was my version of the Warrior of Light (Azem) – except he’s the Allagan WoL from the 4th Age! That means he’s not the current WoL and has not experienced the MSQ events. He has his own story.

I wanted to explore what the Allagan nation was like after a Calamity  brought it to its knees. But at the same time, I struggled to find a  way to make it so Tad could somehow exist (even if only to visit) the  current time. I had ideas on how he could have helped to influence the  Spot of Mummery story origins, but I just didn’t have everything in  place to make that happen.

Happily, during a brainstorming session with my co-writer, Scylla, we were able to piece together enough for me to finally have the  direction I’ve been needing to start this story. It’s going to be one of  time travel and dimension hopping (both of which FFXIV has made  canon!), and will hopefully open the door for Amon and Scylla to finally come to the First. (About time, they’re only one expansion behind…)

Ever since Shadowbringers dropped, I’ve wanted to find a way to get  Amon to the Crystarium because I think it will be an important part of  his future development. Now, I have a story that will lead up to that.

I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to organize these  stories since one will eventually lead into the other. I may eventually decide to end what I’ve been calling “Spot of  Mummery” as a story and pick up with a new title once the two stories merge. 

But for now, I’m going to be focusing on Riftwalker’s Tales, which is going to take us deep into the 4th Astral Era, the Forgotten  Age, where what’s left of the Allagan Empire struggles to survive in a  near post-apocalyptic world (by their standards).

I hope you’ll join Tad on his adventures across time and dimension as he seeks to put an end to the threat of Xande and searches for a way to bring his lost cousin back from the madness that once engulfed Amon’s life.