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.
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.
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…
“And if it doesn’t take you seriously, just poke it!”
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!
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:
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!
I’ve been a creative soul for just as long, or maybe longer, than I’ve been a gamer. I often find myself in the conundrum of needing a creative outlet in all the things that I do, including gaming.
Perhaps somewhere down the line, you’ve heard of the Bartle Taxonomy of player types. The one that defines gamers by four quadrants: Killers, Achievers, Socializers, Explorers.
I don’t find myself identifying with any of these, to be honest. I’m a bit of an explorer, and sometimes a socializer, but really, I need to express myself through creativity and immersion. Be that in game by designing a neat house or glamour, or outside of game through drawing art or writing stories.
I’m much more inclined to lean towards the Amy Jo Kim’s Social Interaction Matrix because of this.
I feel like this matrix captures of how I see myself interacting with a gaming world more than the Bartle taxonomy. Namely, because it acknowledges those who “Express” and “Collaborate” – both activities that I find enjoyment in when playing a MMO.
All of this rambling is to preface this announcement that I’d like to make: This blog is undergoing a slight change in direction.
When I launched Spot of Mummery two and half years ago, I was establishing a creative outlet that I really needed to keep me engaged in my MMO of choice – Final Fantasy XIV. I’d played the game since the relaunch of ARR without a break in my sub, but after so many years, I knew I needed something more than just running roulettes or raids… or even glamour and housing.
I’m a bit of an oldskool MMO player, and immersion in a living world is a big part of what inspires me to play MMOs. I desired to make a character who was part of Eorzea. I wanted to write stories and develop my own plots with the amazing backdrop that FFXIV provides. Such a lush lore and story-driven game gave me all of the foundations to do just that.
This began as a RP interaction Tumblr. But last year, I decided to broaden my horizons, and moved it to WordPress, a platform I’m quite familiar with as a blogger. My other gaming blog just celebrated 7 years of being in existence, something I’m pretty proud of given how difficult it is to launch and maintain a blog now days. So for me, long-term blogging projects are a thing.
Now, I’ve decided to expand Spot of Mummery even more. I’ve spent over 20 years writing online stories and interacting in various role play environments over the years. I’ve also been pretty involved in the FFXIV community as a creator and a collaborator – helping to welcome players and encourage them to create, too. From all of this, I feel I have ideas that are relevant that I can share with other like-minded creative souls.
I’m going to be launching a series of post for folks who feel like me – those yearning to be part of a living online world and who want express their creativity. This is especially for folks who are shy as I am, but desire to connect, create and share with others in whatever MMO community you’re part of.
I hope you’ll join me as I explore various topics, some from the beginning level on up. Much of this will lean towards FFXIV since this is the community I know best. But I hope some of it can be an encouragement for players of any MMO.