FFXIV: Roleplaying a Bard – Telling Stories, Jokes and Riddles

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Roleplaying as a bard in FFXIV can be a lot of fun! For one, you can get away with being a little over the top and eccentric with your character if you choose to be. Bards are, after all, supposed to be masters of performance and drama, right?

One thing I’ve found when playing a bard is that sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in a position where someone is going to ask you to tell a story. Or a joke. Or a riddle.

Then what do you do?

You might be the kind of person who has a million stories they can pull off the cuff. But if you’re anything like me, it’s better that you prepare for this ahead of time! And that’s where the wonderful Internet comes in.

Finding Jokes and Riddles

Jokes are probably the easiest material to work with. If you have a joke book, or just Google up jokes, you can quickly stash away a bunch of funny things in a text document somewhere to reference if needed. If you can, though it’s not required, try to change the joke a bit to better fit the context of the FFXIV world.

Riddles are much like jokes with one catch. If you can Google a riddle, so, too, can the people you’re telling the riddle to. And the whole point of a riddle is to make people think for themselves. If you are pulling riddles off the Internet, try to switch up the wording to make it a little harder to Google. Even better, if you can find a resource of riddles that aren’t online, I would highly suggest you going for it!

Finding Stories

Getting together a library of stories is a bit more involved.

I suggest that you keep it simple. Folks might ask for a story in RP, but they don’t want to sit there for 15 minutes as you copy-paste text lines at them. So keep it short and sweet – you don’t have to recount the Epic of Gilgamesh Greg to fulfill your bardly duties.

Good resources to pull from include:

  • Fables
  • Tall Tales
  • Fairy Tales
  • Folk Stories
  • Traditional Tales (Especially from other countries)

Many of these folk tales are short to tell and end with some kind of moral of the story. While this might not seem as exciting as an epic story filled with battle (feel free to tell those if you have one), there’s a reason why these kinds of stories were told and passed around in times of oral storytelling traditions. There’s just something satisfying about a story that makes a point and has a solid ending.

If there’s any way to adapt the story to have FFXIV lore or context, do re-write it do contain these things.

Here’s an example of a story I used in an Google Docs group RP – this one may is probably too long to use for in-game RP, though. I don’t remember the exact origin of the tale, and there might be many different re-tellings of it, but I remember it was a folk tale from another country.

I Googled for a folk story, found one I liked, revised it, and added FFXIV elements to it to make this:

How the Chocobo Got Her Colors

A long time ago when the world was young, every type of bird was gray and without color.

One spring day, the king of birds – the Firebird – summoned all the birds together. They gathered, chirping with excitement and flapping with wonder. What did their king have to tell them?

Once all of the birds of the world were there, the Firebird pointed a great wing to the sky. There, for the first time ever, a glorious rainbow stretched overhead.

The birds stared in awe, having never seen anything so beautiful before! There were so many colors and they were all so bright and wonderful!

“Oh,” the birds cried wistfully, “If only our feathers were so colorful!”

To this, the Firebird nodded, “I have brought you here to gift each of you one of the colors of the rainbow. Choose the color that you love most, and it shall be yours.”

This sent the birds into a frenzy of joy! At once, they began to squawk and flap, trying to get ahead of each other. They were afraid their favorite color would be taken before they could choose it!

“I want green!” cried the apkallu. “Give me green!”

“Pink is most lovely! I want to be pink!” chortled the colibri.

“I must have brown, like the warmth of the earth!” chirped the sparrow.

“Blue! Blue! Blue!” was all the bluebird could trill. (It was later named after the color it chose.)

Only one bird sat quietly waiting her turn. The gentle, noble chocobo.

Finally, all the colors were chosen and given. The rainbow began to fade.

“Now each of you has a color,” the Firebird said, his own feathers aglow with the gold of flame. “And just in time, for the rainbow has gone.”

As the other birds capered and preened, the Firebird then noticed the gray and colorless chocobo, who still sat quietly in the corner. Awash with pity, the king of birds called to her.

“Why did you not ask for a color?”

The chocobo looked up, full of respect for her king. “Your Majesty, I was waiting my turn.”

“I see,” said the Firebird sadly. “But now the colors are all gone.”

Though noble and strong of spirit, this filled the chocobo with great sorrow. Still, she bore this news with strength, head held high, “Then I’m afraid I shall always have feathers of gray.”

“Shall always have feathers of gray? Because you did not push or squawk and instead waited your turn pleasantly? I think not!” the king of birds said with determination.

He then called to the capering flock of colorful birds who looked to be ready to return to their homes, and told them to line up. The Firebird instructed them to walk by the chocobo, one by one, and when they did, he pulled a little color from each, giving it to the chocobo.

“Henceforth, you and your kind shall have the ability to become all the colors of the rainbow! Eat of the fruits of the world to change the color of your plumage, and pick the one you love most!”

And that is why the chocobo, even today, can change the color of their feathers.


That’s just one example of what you can do when pulling and revising a story from another source to fit the FFXIV world lore. You can, of course, write your own, but taking inspiration from other tales is no crime!

So go out there, find or write some stories, and make yourself a document that you can proudly pull from anytime someone asks your bard to weave a tale during an RP session!

FFXIV: Little Ladies’ Day 2019

Posts Originally From: March 1, 2019 – March 2, 2019

Everyone enjoying the Little Ladies’ Day festivities – and Koh gets a makeover!

Zuri’s Flower Crown

I know we haven’t seen Zuri in a while. But I think she deserves a flower crown today! 

Koh Makeover

Decided to spoil a certain nerd kitty (Koh) tonight as well. There will be story-based reasons for this later. But I liked it too much not to share!

The Princess and the Scoundrel

Amon and Scylla got their flower crowns.

FFXIV: Role Play – Signing an Autograph for President Obama

So, tonight, I’m just barding in Gridania and helping folks give gifts to the sprouts on Mateus. When all the sudden, I see a group of folks in suits headed our way.

When in performance mode, you can’t see names, so it took me a moment – and looking at chat – to realize that this was President Obama and his body guards.

What happened after that, I display in below chat. I did clip out other folks and their text to be polite – there were a lot of people there, interactions and and fistbumps exchanged with the President.

FFXIV: Amon Dabbles in Raids

Posts Originally From: December 24, 2018 – February 9, 2019

I never originally created Amon to be a raiding character, but he still ended up doing alliance raids, Omega raids and farming ponies.

Rabanastre

Scylla twisted my arm and I unlocked Raba for Amon tonight.

He only did it to gain entry to the Prima Vista, of course. Now to get hired on as one of the cast! 

Fine Fellows

“Let me introduce you to a couple of fine fellows!”

Never intended on taking Amon into Omega raids, but he needs a better weapon to raise his ilvl. Not to mention they put the Level Checker housing item in!

Monitor

“Spoils of the raid! Got this spiffy new monitor for my lab!”

Rolled a 99 on the Exdeath minion on the first run – it was meant to be! 

Kefka

Luck has been on Amon’s side with minion rolls in Omega so far. He’s gotten both of them on the first try. Also got all of the Crystalloids he needs for his new weapon. Just need to scrounge up a bit more Mendacity.

Prima Vista

“I assisted the crew of the Prima Vista with unraveling their predicament… and was rewarded by a bit of dramatic brilliance in the end! Those children seem to have a bright future!

“I heard tell that the ship is remaining in Kugane for the near future, and is even hiring. Perhaps Jenomis will consider my application – do you think?”

Pony

Someone started collecting ponies for the very first time tonight! Only two left to go. 

Flame Pony Get!

Just one left to go. I like this one for Amon just as much as the lightning pony! 

Housecoat

Amon got the housecoat caster drop from the Monastery tonight.

Kirin Get!

All ponies collected!

Alpha

Amon has a new friend! Yes… I’m slow in finishing Alphascape. But hey, I did it! One of my favorite endings to a raid so far! 

Got a New Shirt

What do you think? 

New Friend

“I made another new friend today… well, at least I think it’s a friend.”

July 17 – FFXIV RP Directory Update

The FFXIV RP Directory wants to add you!

Do you have a LFRP post? A character page? A RP event or location? A carrd? Do you want to share that with other folks? The FFXIV RP Directory wants to help!

Just fill out this really short Submission Form and I’ll get you listed as soon as possible!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friend of the Directory:

  • Rolling Stone (Mateus)

Can I just say – that’s an amazing character name? Thank you so much for sharing your character and carrd with us!

FFXIV: Celebrating the 2019 New Year

Posts Originally From: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Amon and Scylla ring in the 2019 New Year and celebrate a certain Allagan’s Nameday!

Tomorrow…

I was going through and updating all my FFXIV character cards for the end of the year, when I realized that tomorrow is not only the last day of the year… 

Tomorrow is a certain crazy bard’s nameday! 🙂

It almost slipped past me – Amon would have been sulky if I’d forgotten.

Surprise Nameday Lunch!

“I noticed something odd when I arrived this morning… Scylla was training her culinary skills!” ((And Scylla does not craft, so that’s a pretty big deal.)) 

“I soon discovered the reason for this – she’d prepared a Nameday lunch for me! And, naturally, she didn’t forget the salad.”

“Not only that, but a grand Nameday cake adorned the table, and she gifted me the most curious Magitek Avenger F1 minion! I am beside myself – thank you! 

“Not to mention, the cake is sublime.”

“…And it’s been a while since I’ve seen Scylla wear her hair without a braid. Also curious!” 

Year Begin/End Photo: Amon

January  2018: 

I wasn’t actually playing Amon in January – I’d created him back in 2017, but didn’t do much with him until summer 2018. But this is what he looked like, long before he got his hat and glamours. I didn’t change him physically, though I’ve pondered changing his hair a few times… 

December 2018: 

Yep. Same goofy bard. Different hat. Makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Actually, he’s developed quite a bit since I took the leap and decided to revisit him as a character. Very glad that I tried! 

Anyhow, 2018 has been an adventure for me in role play and dusting off my writing skills for this blog. I’m so happy to have met you all, and I hope we have lots more fun to look forward to! 

Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for the new year! Make it spiffy, friends! 

Ringing in the New Year

A couple of silly Allagans ringing in the new year! 

Math

Getting all your maths right in the new year: a good start!

New Year

A pleasant event to mark the beginning of a new year. 

Piggie Hats

“Piggie hats obtained! I think I like this holiday!”

FFXIV: How to Make a FFXIV Character Card

Make your own character card using this website!

You might have seen other players create a card for their FFXIV character and wonder where they got it from. This card includes information such as the FFXIV jobs you’ve leveled, when you generally play, and your in-game interests.

You can use this card to share character information on Discord, on Twitter, as a forum signature, or on a website or blog.

Example of my main character’s card

Cards are easy to make. All you need is a good screenshot of your character and your character’s Lodestone number.

If you’re not familiar with the Lodestone, this is FFXIV’s information website. It includes every character, free company and linkshell that exists, including yours. Each character is assigned an individual number that the Lodestone uses to identify them.

As an example, here is Amon’s Lodestone page. As you can see, it’s full of lots of useful information! You can view things like your retainer inventory, achievements, mounts, minions and more. So once you find your Lodestone page, be sure to bookmark it!

If you don’t know how to find your character’s Lodestone page, simply go to the Lodestone character search, then search for your character by name and server. Note, this is the Lodestone for NA players. EU and JP players have a different Lodestone.

The number that the card maker needs is at the end of the URL on your character’s Lodestone page. This provides the card maker with your character’s basic information.

Now that you have the number, enter it into the card maker’s form, then upload the screenshot you’d like to use. From there, you’ll be given lots of options to pick from. Note that you can drag and resize your screenshot in the card, as well.

Once you’ve got your card to your liking, click Download.

You’ll probably want to rename your image, but your FFXIV character card is now complete! Have fun!

July 13 – FFXIV RP Directory Update

The FFXIV RP Directory wants to add you!

Do you have a LFRP post? A character page? A RP event or location? A carrd? Do you want to share that with other folks? The FFXIV RP Directory wants to help!

Just fill out this really short Submission Form and I’ll get you listed as soon as possible!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friend of the Directory:

  • Sai Adaire (Balmung)

Thank you so much for sharing your character and carrd with us!

FFXIV: The Wombo.ai Collection

For months, I’ve been using the app called Wombo.ai to create silly short music videos of Amon and friends using FFXIV screenshots. This app takes a still picture and animates it, giving it the appearance of performing and singing.

Granted, the quality of the video is generally low and the app doesn’t always know what to do with certain parts of the screenshot like long hair and elf ears. But it’s a fun little thing to play with. I’ve posted several of these on social media, so here’s a compilation of what I’ve done in the past from my Twitter account.

At first, it was just Amon.

But then I added Scylla for female vocals.

And then cousin Tad joined in as well.

Wombo eventually released combos which allowed two characters duets. The possibilities became endless.

FFXIV: Further Misadventures with Scylla

Posts Originally From: October 21 – November 30, 2018

More antics between Amon and Scylla…

Target to Ignore

Scylla makes her thoughts on Amon known.

BAD…

Scylla makes her thoughts on Amon further known. 

Amon turns it around.

Nice Friend

Amon is such a nice friend that he helped Scylla get through her final battles to complete 4.0.

Syrcus Tower Run

Every now and then, folks in our Syrcus Tower parties realize we’re there. This was one of those days.

B – A – D

“Yes, I agree!”

Larkin’

“Just larkin’ around. Why you always gotta look so serious, Scylla?” 

Scylla’s Robe of Healing

Last night, Scylla won Scylla’s Robe of Healing.

I’m not sure why she’s so unhappy about wearing it, though! It matches her hat!

Mr. Bubbles

Amon’s new little pet goldfish – Mr. Bubbles. It was one of those fish you win at a fall festival game of skill, gifted to him by Scylla. XD 

He’s also collecting various miniature toys for his lab. He just got the Invincible II model tonight!