FFXIV: Shadowbringers Hype and 4.56 MSQ

Posts Originally From: March 23, 2019 – March 29, 2019

The last thing I ever thought I’d hear was that the Crystal Tower was going to become relevant in Shadowbringers. Needless to say, that was extremely exciting to me (and Amon). Also, I had some fun during the 4.56 MSQ!

I Think I’m Moving to Norvrandt!

Be still my heart, Crystal Tower is relevant again! I’m so excited, even if it’s a dimensional version of ST. I’m really looking forward to how they’re going to develop this! 

I’m also stoked to see that the idea of a city at the base of the Tower came to be – I wrote about this concept in my Memories series, but didn’t imagine it to be quite like this!

Oh, and Zuri is going Dancer.  

The Crystarium

-Happy sigh.- 

Riding Home

Hey! Who Took My Hat!?

This isn’t canon, since Amon’s story doesn’t follow the MSQ. STILL. I thought it was hilarious that the recovery scene in 4.56 forced Amon to take off his hat in front of other people. 

It’s like, he wakes up in utter confusion – even the child who sees him without his hat seems in shock. Then he starts shooting angry frowns, even at Aymeric! 

Finally, Aymeric chills him out again in the end.

Fallen

Also not canon, but have a screen of Aymeric and Estinien protecting a fallen Amon from a scene in the MSQ. It would never actually happen, but it was a sweet picture. So I had to capture it.

Become What You Must…

Poke

“And if it doesn’t take you seriously, just poke it!”

…’Twas Worth a Try

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!

July 4 – 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:

  • N’zahdi Tia (Balmung)

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

June 15 – 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

We’ve added a new server to the Directory this time around – representing Exodus!

Please let me welcome the newest friend of the Directory:

  • Solana Valerian – Exodus

So happy to have you and your server here! Thanks for your submission! 🙂

June 10 – 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 friends of the Directory:

  • Bohai Li – Balmung
  • Ljotur Yalre – Mateus
  • Nasrinne Filois – Malboro
  • O-rein Yensa – Diabolos
  • Raeventiel Beaudonet – Balmung

Thank you all so much for sharing your wonderful Carrds with us! Happy RPing!

May 21 – FFXIV RP Directory Updates

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 friends of the Directory:

  • Eirja Silfjallr (Balmung)
  • Esredes Rosemond (Mateus)
  • S’aeil Akaruta (Zalera)

Stop by and check out these awesome character profiles! Thanks so much for your submissions!

May 19 – FFXIV RP Directory Updates

The FFXIV RP Directory wants to add you!

Do you have a LFRP thread? A character page? 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!

Today we just have a small update since I figure most of us were pretty busy over the FanFest weekend!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friend of the Directory:

  • Meiko Mochikoko (Malboro)

Also, I updated the following character link to point to a new spiffy carrd profile page at the request of the author!

  • W’seru Ihsir (Balmung)

Thank you so much for your submissions!

May 12 – FFXIV RP Directory Updates

Here’s the newest updates to the FFXIV RP Directory!

As always, if you have a character profile, location or event you want to add, just fill out this short form and I’ll review and add you to your proper server page!

New Servers Added!

New servers representing this update:

  • Jenova
  • Diabolos

Welcome to the Directory!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friends of the Directory:

  • Bekizine Shadowclaw (Balmung)
  • Eligos Venator (Balmung)
  • Yume Garlond (Jenova)
  • Mirai Garlond (Jenova)
  • Katsu Kanashi (Diabolos)
  • Roland Plantagenet (Mateus)
  • Y’aromirr Okeya (Mateus)
  • Naoh’li Moshantu (Mateus)
  • August Mercer (Balmung)
  • Event: Teatime (Balmung)
  • Location: Shroudrose Teahouse & Tavern (Balmung)

Thank you to everyone for their submissions and great looking pages! As always, if you find anything incorrect about your entry, please let me know and I’ll be happy to fix it!

FFXIV RP Directory Updates

Happy Monday to you! Here’s some updates to the FFXIV RP Directory!

As always, if you have a character profile, location or event you want to add, just fill out this short form and I’ll review and add you to your proper server page!

New Primal Server RP Resource

Today, I have a wonderful surprise!

I was contacted by Edda of White who is the owner and curator of Edda’s Housing/Venue Encyclopedia for Primal – an extremely valuable RP resource for the Primal Data Center. While I don’t feel comfortable just adding entries to the Directory without the owners sending a Submission (I take that as giving permission to use the information), was was overjoyed to have Edda’s permission to link to this resource in the NA Data Center section of the Directory!

If you’re listed in Edda’s resource, you’re more than welcome to Submit here, too! Also know that I’m absolutely happy to link to existing resources like this one to share them around. Anything to help people find each other more easily!

New Directory Submissions

Please let me welcome the newest friends of the Directory:

  • W’seru Ihsir
  • Aislinn North
  • L’enore Arhien
  • Saide
  • Eliane Requingris
  • Laelia Belisar

It’s also my honor to add one additional well-known event:

  • Lucky Sparrows

Thank you all so much for your submissions and for all the work you’ve put into your profiles and pages!

Again, the Directory is open for new submissions from here on out. We accept RPers of all sorts – new and veteran, casual and hardcore – anyone with hopes to get their profile/page out there and connect with others is welcome here!

No Judgement – Just Role Play. 🙂