FFXIV: Moonfire Faire and Rising 2019

Posts Originally From: August 8, 2019 – September 7, 2019

Amon has fun in the sun during the 2019 Moonfire Faire and the Rising!

The Most Important Moonfire Discovery!

The Moonfire Faire Vendor sells Allagan Snails! 

The Rest of the Crew Does Moonfire Faire

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written some of these characters into Amon’s story – they’ll come back soon as I have ideas for all of them! Right now, they’re taking the opportunity to have some fun at the Faire! 

From top to bottom: Zuri, Koh, Mocho and Ben

Someone please tell Koh to stop working on vacation!

New Summer Shirt!

Amon went shopping for some new summer fashion!

Costa Boardwalk

Just chilling on the Costa boardwalk before the fireworks begin.

Amon Overload!

One clone is enough!!! Yoshi-P, what have you done?

I must admit, though, Dragoon!Amon doesn’t look half bad. The SAM robes are kinda neat, but it just would never fit him as a job.

Rising

Amon got an inspirational note from someone special today. I think he needed to hear this.

FFXIV: LunarCon 2021

For more information about LunarCon, visit the official website and Discord!

This weekend marks the coming of the first in-game Con with panels, live entertainment and more – all streamed on Twitch if you can’t manage to make it into the venue (lines are quite long). I’ve been tuning in from time to time, but I also went to hang out in one of the locations for a while.

During this time, I managed to meet up with a few folks from Tumblr and Twitter – thanks for stopping by and saying hi, or dancing for a bit! The Amon outfits were their ideas, I swear! 🙂

Restoration: A Grim Request

After that, Koh disappeared for a few days. 

Amon waited patiently for her to return, and the healers who came to tend him were all kind enough. He just couldn’t help but wonder how many of them knew his true identity.

That was always going to be a doubt in his mind from then on.

He had other visitors during this time. Kan-E-Senna came to check on him daily and ensured the crystals were still functioning as they should. Sometimes this led to conversation, but often, the Elder Seedseer had to excuse herself for having way too many things to attend to.

Amon understood that.

Zuri and Mocho also came to visit him. They didn’t seem to know where Koh was, which concerned him. They did bring him tidings of happenings around town, and most importantly, they brought him his fiddle. This gave him something to do while recovering and kept him from sinking into the ultimate pit of boredom.

Finally, Koh returned.

Deep circles ringed her eyes and her complexion was as pale as he’d ever seen. Her movements were sluggish, but even so, he could tell by the way she carried herself that it was Noah who was in command.

“Hey,” Amon breathed, setting his fiddle aside as she walked in. “You look awful.”

“Gee, Amon. You know how to make a girl feel good about herself, now don’t you?” Noah grumbled, but didn’t seem to have the energy to verbally scrap with him today. 

“Sorry,” he frowned. “It’s just… Are you alright?”

She came to sit on the stool near his bed. It was all she could do to keep herself upright. “It is done.”

“What is?”

She lifted a little wooden box between her hands. “The focus. Your focus.”

His eyes widened as he connected the dots. He murmured, trying not to sound accusing. “Noah.”

“I know… I know. However, Koh was adamant. Crafting this took all the aether she could spare, but she refused to accept no for an answer,” Noah spread her hands. “I took it as slow and easy on her as I could.”

Amon groaned, combing his fingers through his hair in frustration, “Why did she…”

“Because Koh cares about you.” She interrupted. “So how about just thanking her and letting her get some rest. She’ll be fine. She’s tougher than you think she is.”

“Very well,” he reached out to accept the box.

But Noah pulled it back. “First, I have something I want to discuss with you.”

The Elezen frowned. “This doesn’t seem the time to–”

“This is the proper time,” Noah interrupted him again. She gave him a no-nonsense look, despite the exhaustion on her face.

He lowered his hand and pursed his lips, indicating that he was listening.

“I’ve thought about this for a while. I’ve made up my mind. I know you’re not going to like my choice, but I need your help.”

“Me?” Amon’s eyebrows lifted.

“Can you stay serious for a little bit?”

“Sure.”

“I made a mistake. I didn’t realize it at the time, but now I know.” Noah let out a long breath. “The short of it is – I need you to find a way to release Koh from my possession.”

What?” 

“I know that you care about her. I care about her, too. That’s why I have to do what’s right by her.” She slowly shook her head. “I’ve tried to be less intrusive… but the truth is, I’ve taken her life from her, Amon. And that’s not fair. She’s just a child with so much ahead of her. I’m keeping her from these things.”

“What will happen to you?” Amon asked, just stunned by this whole conversation.

“That’s what I need you to find out.”

He leaned back at this. “Mmm…”

“You’re the only one who has the capability to find these answers for us. The only one that I…” Noah paused and admitted. “…trust… to carry this out.”

Amon was silent for a long time, his mind running possibility after possibility, taking flight with the excitement of… actually having something worthwhile to put his thoughts towards. Something to work on.

“And if I can’t find a solution that works for you both?” He finally asked.

“Then release her as painlessly as possible, no matter the consequence to me.”

“Noah. What you ask is…”

She cut him off quickly. “Stop. I need the callous, shrewd Amon for this. Please.”

He closed his eyes and lowered his chin to his chest.

“This is for Koh.” Her voice was soft and coaxing. “I’ve already had my chance at life, and that led me to where I am now. I don’t have a right to take hers, too.”

“What does Koh have to say about this?” Amon asked.

“You know what she would say if she knew.”

He glanced at Noah sharply. “You’re going to hide this from her?”

“That was my intention.”

“After you lecture me on hiding things from her.”

“This is different.”

“No, this is something that directly affects her well-being. How is she going to feel if something happens to you?” He crossed his arms.

“She shouldn’t concern herself with me.”

“But. She. Will.” Amon lowered his brows, speaking each word deliberately. “You know that.”

Noah looked down at her hands, one of the few times she was at a loss for words in one of their conversations. Seeing her turmoil and despair sent a sharp pang of emotion through him. He didn’t even know a word for the feeling.

The Elezen found himself doing something uncharacteristic. He reached across and put a comforting hand on her knee. When he spoke, it was with a determination that he thought he’d left behind him in the Tower.

“I will not settle for an answer that cannot save you both.” Amon told her. “You have my word that I will make this happen.”

Noah’s chin jerked up in surprise, her eyes focusing on him as if she was seeing him… or some part of him… for the first time.

“But,” he gave her the ultimatum. “We cannot hide this from Koh. This is my condition. Do you understand?”

She took a deep breath and nodded. A tiny smile of thanks touched her lips, and he swore he could see the hint of tears in her eyes.

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Spot of Simmery- 9: Married Life

Now that Iva and Enio have tied the knot, it’s time for them to start building the foundation of their new lives together. They become pretty close with Iva’s magic teacher, who stops in to visit for time to time. They also have to get creative about using the space around their house since at the time, I was playing the micro household challenge and needed to keep the house footprint under a certain size.

This meant outdoors dining (under an awning of course).

While Enio works in the tech industry, I wanted to have Iva do something more with nature. So, for the time being, I set her to build up her gardening skills. You can get a pretty good return on gardening if you really work on it in this game!

I also sent Enio into the Realm of Magic so that he could learn magic for himself. Unlike Iva, he specializes in more elemental type magics.

And also unlike Iva, he also tends to get easily distracted by his phone in class.

While the newlywed couple spends plenty of time doing things together and strengthening their relationship…

They also spend a healthy time apart enjoying their own activities such as music…

Yoga…

Sports…

And geeky pursuits.

As money becomes less and less tight, they also start to delve into a bit more finery around the house. They expand the pool from a tiny little square into a rather proper-sized pool, for one.

And Enio upgrads his rig – a work-related cost, am I right?

Iva invests in a magical cauldron, but it mostly becomes the place where near-infinite piles of mac and cheese reside. Somehow, it never goes bad. While this isn’t the best diet in the world to have, they just kept making it every time I turn around. Not that I blame them – I do love some shells and cheese myself!

Enio also splurges on a station that allows him to dabble in the world of video content creation. This adds to his fame rank and also earns a bit more cash on the side.

Things are certainly looking bright for this new family!

{ Spot of Simmery- 8: Tying the Knot|| Spot of Simmery- 10: First Family Harvestfest}

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FFXIV: Shadowbringers Gathering

Posts Originally From: August 3, 2019 – September 18, 2019

Amon enjoys some time leveling his gatherers in Shadowbringers… and taking shots of the gathering glamour from the start of the expansion!

Someone’s Been Fishing!

Ding level 80 Fisher! This was actually pretty easy to get following the info here.

And On That Previous Note…

Please don’t ask why the bottom two rows of Amon’s inventory are full of strange “fish” and snails. People/retainers keep sending/giving him odd things that delight him. I wish some of these could go in an aquarium! 

Hayseed Amon in Full Botanist AF Gear

He also hit 80 on Miner tonight! Done with gatherers, woot!

You Are Definitely No Angel

Who are you trying to fool?

Fashionably Fishing!

Tacklefiend’s scrip set!

Hat Light!

Minefiend’s Scrip Gathering Set

Blessed Tools

Just catching up on a couple of gathering achievements to get some glowy Blessed gathering tools for glamour!

Crafting Bonus: Ear Wings

SHHH! 

Don’t anyone tell Scylla, but these new crafting earrings give my ears WINGS! 

Earrings that give ear-wings! Get it? 

Anyhow. That might just blow her mind a little too much. So, mum’s the word! 

Restoration: Syrcus Shard

It took about a bell and a half before the cat-girl returned. He’d begun to wonder if maybe she’d changed her mind about helping him… just to see her rush through the door a few moments later. Then Amon felt a little ashamed for doubting her dedication.

He had to stop doing that, he knew. Just because he was sometimes a lying jerk didn’t mean everyone else was.

“I’m sorry it took so long. I had to search my storage for it,” Koh told him, holding up a small wrapped cloth in one hand. Then she came and presented it to him.

“Mmm?”

“This is for you.”

When he didn’t make a motion to take it, she began to unwrap it for him. As the contents within the cloth were revealed, Amon moved from a state of mild curiosity to outright shock.

A small, faceted stone lay on the cloth, glittering in a familiar blue hue. Though it looked like any other crystal of its kind, even without contact with it, Amon knew what this was.

“It’s a Syrcus shard,” Koh told him.

He snorted in amusement. “A what?”

“That’s what we took to calling it,” she smiled a bit sheepishly.

“Fitting enough. Where did you…”

“From the Tower, of course.” She chided.

Amon rolled his eyes. “Well, yes. I know that. I mean…”

It was Koh’s turn to flash a teasing grin. “When the Tower opened up, us researchers went in to gather artifacts and any information we could find. Along with Noah’s orb, well… I brought this back.”

“Koh, this is too important for me to take from you.” 

“I want you to have it. No arguing!” She retorted. “For me, it’s just something I’d put on a shelf. But this… could help cure your illness. That’s a much better purpose for it.”

It was hard for him to deny the logic of that statement. He didn’t like it, but he didn’t have much of a choice.

Amon motioned towards the shard with one hand, glancing at Koh for permission. “May I?”

She shot him a relieved smile, and extended the shard towards him. “Sure.”

When his fingers brushed over the azure surface of the stone, he lost all sense of everything around him. The shard shuddered and suddenly took a life of its own, instantly connecting with his energies, drifting up out of Koh’s hands unaided.

The cat-girl jerked back, giving a yelp of surprise.

Like closing a circuit, the shard instantly became one with the flow of his aether. Distantly, Amon was aware of it bursting into a soft light, the blue energies tracing lines across his hands, filling him with a sensation of power that he last felt long ago, in the Tower.

But as his mind drifted, becoming lost in thoughts of the past, his ears caught a sound. Koh repeating his name over and over, sounding alarmed. Her face came into focus, and the room around her followed. The shard shuddered, and the light faded as it dropped back into her hands.

The cat-girl stammered, “A-are you alright?”

Amon shook the energy fuzz out of his mind and murmured. “Aye. Aye… that shard will do.”

She continued to stare at him in concern.

“I’m fine,” he finally answered her question. “But as you can see from that reaction, a raw shard needs to be shaped into a true focus.”

“Oh…” Koh looked down at it. “I guess I didn’t think about that.”

The Elezen mused, looking at the shard, too. “I’m afraid crafting magical artifacts was never one of my areas of expertise.”

“I’m disappointed,” the cat-girl joked, trying to lighten her own mood. “I thought you were good at everything.”

Amon just grinned. “Maybe in my own mind.”

Koh sat silent for a little while, before she turned to blink at him. “But you know…”

“Mmm?”

“Maybe Noah can help.”

Such an obvious answer, he just about kicked himself that the girl thought of it before he did. Amon didn’t know a whole lot about what Noah specialized in as an Archmagus, but she was often associated with magical relics. Even if she couldn’t fashion a focus, she might have some input on where to start with such a project.

The only thing he managed to say was, “Do you think she would?”

“Help you?”

“Yes.”

“Why wouldn’t she?” Koh arched an eyebrow at him. 

“Just asking,” he spread his hands.

“You know she’s fond of you.” The girl crossed her arms.

“She is? ‘Tis news to me.”

“I’m going to hit you again.” She warned him.

“Please, no!” Amon simpered, faking fear.

The glint Koh’s eyes said she just might, but for his mocking more than his words.

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FFXIV: Shadowbringers Release Part 2

Posts Originally From: July 14, 2019 – July 29, 2019

More adventures from the launch of Shadowbringers!

Elf Motif

“Full on embracing the elf motif. I’ve never been one to do things merely part-ways.”

Excuse Me!

“How would you know? You don’t even wear clothes!”

No Luck

“Ugh… tell me how you get this guy to smile! I’m having no luck here!”

Burst Shot

I know it’s just a normal attack, but I really like the way Burst Shot looks!

Bard Artifact Armor

Amon hit level 80 last night and got his Bard AF armor tonight! Kinda a neat outfit, though I’m not a huge fan of the cowboy boots.

Odd…

“These folks are slightly odd, but I think we’ll get along just fine.”

At the End of a World

Shadowbringers Complete!

Though it’s pretty obvious I was nearing the end of MSQ with Amon, I did officially finish it all up tonight. This was my second time through, and I still walk way with tons of feelings. 

Anyhow, Amon is caught up story-wise, but I still have quite a bit to do write before I officially take his story towards the First. I figure we’ll have a few years where Shadowbringers is the current expansion, so I’m not in a huge rush.

Spot of Simmery- 8: Tying the Knot

Plans for Iva and Enio’s wedding were quickly underway. It was nothing large – just a gathering of folks from the community who came to see them give their vows in-house. However, it was not without its difficulty.

First, Iva came down with an illness right before time to exchange vows.

Not wanting her to be sick on the day of her wedding, I had her order medicine which took care of the situation quickly. However, within that time Enio had gotten bored. And what does an addicted techie do when bored?

Why, browse social media on his phone while standing at the altar, of course!

Once the attention of both bride and groom were once again gained, they managed to exchange rings…

And finally vows.

However, with so many people over at the house, using the facilities, somewhere in there, the toilet backed up and needed repair. So Iva decided to put her magic to work and cast the Repario spell, thinking that would take care of the situation.

Only… it didn’t. Instead, the toilet caught on fire. During their reception.

Which caused all the attending Sims to pile in to see the spectacle.

Enio took charge then, ushering people out of the small enclosed place full of flames and noxious fumes. He then was able to put the fire out with no one harmed.

To add insult to injury, though, the toilet was then both scorched and still broken.

And the guests sorta milled around outside on the road for the rest of the event. It wasn’t the best end to their biggest day.

But Enio and Iva had tied the knot, and the wedding bouquet on Enio’s desk was proof of that!

{Spot of Simmery- 8: Casting Magic || Spot of Simmery- 9: Married Life}

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Restoration: Heart to Heart

“YOU BIG DHALMEL!”

Amon heard Koh coming from a mile away. She was obviously not happy, and it was time to face the music. 

“Just what do you think you’re doing?” Koh demanded as she burst into the room. “They told me they picked you up wandering around town in a daze and scaring people out of their wits! What’s wrong with you?”

Amon just watched her quietly, giving her time to work out the sharpest part of her frustration through words. When he didn’t respond, she resorted to grand, frustrated motions with her hands.

Then she just dropped her hands to her sides, giving him a long look.

“What?” He finally spoke.

“You…” Koh’s face struggled between relief and sadness. “You’re looking so much better. But… but how? What did they do to heal you that I couldn’t?”

He knew she was going to take this hard. And it was all his fault for doing this to her.

“’Twasn’t you, Koh,” Amon told her gently. “I wasn’t honest with you about what was going on.”

“What?” She looked a little hurt.

“Though you worked very hard to heal my symptoms, my ailment was caused by aether sickness.”

Koh froze at that statement, a silent surprise written on her face. He could see all sorts of thoughts running through her head as she stared at him. “What… does that mean?”

“Something happened at the summit of the Keeper of the Lake,” Amon still spoke evasively. She didn’t need to know all the details. “The block on my connection to aether was removed. But, unregulated, this form is still unable to maintain a balance. So…”

“Amon..!” she breathed.

“I didn’t tell you because I know you’re not fond of the idea of my magic returning and…”

Koh choked then shook her head. “I’m even less fond of the idea of you dying! You should have told me! What did you think I was going to do if I knew?”

He shrugged. “Maybe you’d decide it was better if my own magic consume me and leave you without the threat of Amon of Allag returning to Eorzea?”

Her face screwed up, then she outright smacked him on the arm.

Amon ducked in surprise. It didn’t hurt, but the cat-girl had never been gutsy enough to do something like that before.

Tears of frustration shimmered her eyes as she exclaimed, “I don’t know what your weird Allagan people do, but that’s not what we do here!”

“I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” He spread his hands to her, meaning the apology.

“Do you know how much I fretted and worried about you?”

“Yes.”

“And everyone else, too. All these people… did all these nice things… said these nice things… and all you did was lie to everyone?”

Amon looked away.

“You… you…” Koh threw her hands up and began to pace the floor to vent.

After a while of this, the Elezen tilted his head sideways with a silly face and an appealing voice, “Do you hate me?”

She stopped and turned towards him, her mouth open to say something. But then she caught on to how absolutely ridiculous he looked, and her expression changed. Letting out a long breath, it turned into a snort-laugh.

“For an Allagan, you’re so dumb.” She told him.

“I know.” He agreed and cracked a smile. “Can you forgive this dumb Allagan?”

“Ugh… Fine!” Koh pressed her fingers into her temples. “You can’t keep doing things like this! No more of this secretive stuff when someone’s life depends on it. Even your own.”

Amon sighed.

“I don’t want to hear ‘I will try’ from you, either,” she wagged a finger at him. “Tell me yes.”

He winced, but decided he owed her this much, at least. “Aye.”

“So let me get this straight. The crystals they set up in the room help control the flow of the aether for you,” Koh murmured, peering closely at one of the shimmering stones. “But we still need a more permanent solution.”

“The thought of living the rest of my life in this room is not appealing,” Amon agreed in a tone more humorous than the situation deserved.

“So… that means we need a crystal?”

“Perhaps.”

She glanced at him. “You don’t sound excited about that.”

“These crystals do the job, but the solution is imperfect.”

“What do you mean?”

“Much of my aether signature is tied to the energies of the Syrcus Tower,” he tried to explain in the simplest terms possible. She wanted the truth, then he would give it to her. “’Twas the largest and most capable focus I had to work with. It allowed me to delve into magics that I probably shouldn’t have.”

“Like putting the whole Tower into stasis for ages?” She caught on quickly.

“Aye. Like that.” Amon grinned arrogantly. Sleeping for ages wasn’t his favorite way to pass the time, but it was a clever snap-decision that he was rather proud of making… given the kind of pressure he was under to come up with a solution.

“I always wondered,” Koh murmured looking at him, just briefly, like something out of one of her story books.

“Anyhow,” he cleared his throat feeling a little awkward about sharing so much information. “A better solution would be to devise a focus using the energies of the Tower. But seeing I can’t get inside…”

Suddenly, the cat-girl’s ears shot straight up, her eyes widening until perfectly round.

Amon watched this transformation with amusement. “What?”

“What if… I brought the Tower to you?” Koh said, her voice wispy with excitement.

“Mmm?”

She jumped up, rushing to the door, in such a flurry that her tail was practically poofed out to its largest. “Just wait here! I have something!”

“Koh?” Amon called after her with a puzzled look. But she was already gone.

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Tome Appraisal for C’elah Vailisthea

From the Client…

“Good Morning, I heard you are the foremost authority on tome appraisal. I was cleaning out the remains of the home I was raised in as a child and I came across several tomes. This one piqued my interest and I wondered if it was filled with old hexes and spells or stories of witches before me.” She turned it over in her hands before handing it to him.

Tome Attributes: Good shape, found in ancient library under childhood home.

Gil Donation: 15,000

Tea Order: Sage Scripture

Amon gave a smile and a bow at being called the “foremost authority,” then got right to serving his newest client her tea.

“‘Tis always exciting to find treasure in old familiar places, aye?” The Elezen then motioned to the nearby table. “Please feel free to help yourself to a snack and make yourself at home. I’ll see what I can find on this Tome of yours!”

While this Tome seems to be outwardly well-kept, I’m having trouble keeping it connected in my machine. I apologize that this has made the scan take a little longer than expected. I have, however, successfully pulled the data from the Tome and was able to create a copy as you requested. ‘Tis a good thing you brought it to me as this information could have been lost to time for good should the connectors on this Tome malfunctioned more.

As for the content – I must be curious why you’d think ‘twould be witchcraft! ‘Twas a rather taboo topic in old Allag, though I can’t say ’twas impossible for witches and hexes to have existed.

In fact, the writing on this may be more of a thoughtful memoir or even a journal. ‘Tis titled: Life’s Pathways in my Mind

I can’t vouch whether you’ll find anything on the topics you’re interested in, but it might be a fun thing to read the musings of an individual living in the ancient times? Depending on the information contained within, it might also be of interest to a scholar somewhere.

“‘Tis hard to say the value of the information on this Tome – though the trouble it has connecting would likely reduce how much an interested party would invest in the Tome itself. ‘Tis possible that content within this journal could be worth something, but ‘twould take time and reading to discover,” Amon returned the Tome and the copy of the data to his client.

“If nothing else, you’ve given the stories contained therein a new life in creating a copy to preserve it. It may not contain information on hexes and spells, but ’tis a honorable thing to do in memory of the writer.”

Get your own tome appraisal by clicking here!