FFXI Journal – Entry 14 – Post-Script

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Rexis here!

I stopped writing my Final Fantasy XI journal back in December 2015, but I wanted to check in because a lot has gone on. First of all, I took a couple of months off here and have returned just three days ago. I got that itch and couldn’t resist popping in and grinding out a few mobs on my dragoon. Why dragoon, exactly? Because every other job is already level 99!

That’s right. After I stopped the journal, I was dual-boxing with a friends account and his beastmaster. I used it to level all my jobs cleaving in Escha Zitah. It took some time, but I finally got there, with the exception of dragoon. My friend and I were duo’ing dragoons for a bit, but then I burned out and stopped playing. So, having returned, I finally got dragoon into range and finished my final testimony fight with Maat and got the…

Maat’s Cap!

Finally! So many years since I first played this game on PS2 release and I finally have Maat’s Cap. It feels amazing! Its so great that I had to write a blog post about it. During my time away from the journal, I’ve also managed to solo/duo all the Abyssea zone bosses and caturae. That’s a tall order when you are soloing all your own pop items. I’ve also got a decently gears thief and white mage now.

So what’s in store for Rexish of Asura server? Dragoon needs to be 99. Then I can go on and finish the final two battle scenarios, MKD and ACP. I also plan to fight Shinryu at some point. My beastmaster is not far off from 2100 JP, so that is also a concern, though I don’t know if I want to take on a new main job. I’ve toyed with blue mage, but I hate hate hate learning the spells. No patience.

And finally, I need a new linkshell. I’ve returned from my hiatus to find RevenantWing practically abandoned. I’m not interested in the Reddit LS and would prefer something with mid level players. I enjoy helping others and the social aspect of the game. Constantly chasing high end armor bores me too much.

So if you’re still around on Asura, look me up! Most of my friends in game seem to have vanished from the face of Vana’diel. See you in game!

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FFXI Journal – Entry 13 – Finale

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I’ve seen Vana’diel.

From the cobblestoned streets of Bastok to the ruins in Reisenjima, from the bottom of the sea to the land of the gods in the sky, from the depths of my mind to the depths of the crystals that hold the world together and bathe it in their glorious light. From above, from below. There are no stones left to upturn.

I’ve saved Vana’diel.

I’ve saved the world more times than can be counted, yet I’ve done little to prevent possible futures from becoming reality. They exist simultaneously with the land we inhabit and while I could venture there, I could not save the damned souls that inhabit those nightmarish lands. The ease of their suffering was the best I could offer. Making peace with this has proven difficult, but I try to recall all I’ve done for the realm I know best.

I’ve loved Vana’diel.

I’ve spent many years among it’s people. I’ve heard their stories, aided them in their plights, and lost the one I held most dear. From the ancient civilizations to the modern frontier, I’ve fought to keep their stories alive. Like the Crystal’s light, we cannot allow them to fade. As long as we remember them, they are immortal, right Lillisette?

I’ve conquered Vana’diel.

In my earliest days, I was unsure who I was and who I would become, a symptom of life. Yet, I found and made my way. I honed my instincts and mastered my craft. And in my finest hour, I stood tall over the fallen enemies that would seek to do us injustice.

I’ve become a legend in Vana’diel.

My axe is chipped and beyond repair. As I lay it down upon the table in this inn, I can hear the feint whispers of an adventurer who gave his all to save the world. He is nameless, but not unknown. He is sought out, but never found. Some wish to challenge him, others to become him. His legacy endures.

“Today is a good day for training, is it not, Iroha?”

“Yes, Master.”

FFXI Journal – Entry 12 – Finished SoA! Happy Turkey Day!

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Rexis here!

I’ve done it, Final Fantasy peeps. I’ve finished all the mission storylines in the game. It was a struggle getting through Seekers of Adoulin over the weekend, but I did it. I only needed help on two fights in the final chapter, but it didn’t take long to find that help. Shout out to Hrohj (iirc) and Fort who made it possible.

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For all my dislikes in SoA, I did find something to appreciate about it. The design of Ra’Kaznar Inner Court. I loved running through this place because the visuals were otherworldly and very unlike anything I’ve seen in the game thus far. It felt alien. And it felt like an adventure. The last two missions after the final battle were relatively quick and easy, unlike the end of Chains of Promathia that made you run all over Vana’diel for cut scenes. That was nice.

Ark Tabars in action.

Ark Tabars in action.

A member of my linkshell named Tehonn showed me the Ark Tabar awhile back and said he dual-wields them with /lockstyle. I didn’t think I could get the axe as its a costume item, but I had a spare green mog pell so I went for it. They look better in my empyrean gear. What’s the point if you can’t be really, really ridiculously good looking? I was stumped about how to equip one axe to two slots, so here is how it works. 1-Equip the axe in the main hand. 2-Set up an equipment macro with the axe in the off hand. 3-Click the lockstyle button on the macro. 4-Profit. This worked with my Chamer’s Merlin as well so I’m assuming you can make any pair of like weapons match. I don’t see enough people using /lockstyle. It really is a great feature that keeps you from looking like a jumbled mess of different armor.

Random guy thinks he's me.

Random guy thinks he’s me.

After knocking this stuff out, I helped an ls member with some Dynamis drops, broke his level cap, and power leveled him a bit (from 94 to 99, and 1-37 on a different job). It was good fun. We broke the 95 cap without an olde rarab tail. And I never get tired of training a group of mobs and slaughtering them all with Bouncing Bertha. I got to sink some more job points into BST and that is going to be my focus now. I want my stars. I’ll take breaks to knock out some of the reive roe objective as I go along and to help people with things, which is what I enjoy most about the game. Seriously, if you need help with something, find me in game.

The holidays are coming up. I won’t be playing much between Wednesday and Friday, but I’ll be going strong after that. I have so much more I still want to do. This is a shorter journal, but I just wanted to let you guys know what’s been going on in my virtual life. I’ve got some good posts planned out (including a ToAU synopsis, I swear) as well and I’m not planning on leaving FFXI anytime soon.

Happy Turkey Day (if that’s your thing)!

See you in game!

FFXI Journal – Entry 11 – Moving Ever Forward

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On the docks in Adoulin.

Rexis here!

(Rexish if you’re looking for me on Asura! I get /tells from readers sometimes. Not gonna lie, feels awesome!)

It occurred to me that it has been ages since I’ve done an FFXI journal entry! Things have been really up in the air lately. Sick kids, broken vehicles, and writer’s block will do that. You didn’t come here to listen to my problems though, so let’s just jump right into it!

I have been CRAZY busy! (I feel like I always say this.) Since my last post, I devoted all my effort toward getting my Charmer’s Merlin axe, the one that cuts 5 seconds off the beastmaster ready timer. Getting that axe was my sole reason for taking thief to 99. I enjoyed thief at first, but grew to dislike it. My understanding of TH is that you get more rolls when you kill something. With BST, I kill a lot more things a lot faster, resulting in more rolls over all, so TH just isn’t as effective unless I’m targeting a specific and difficult NM, like Dragua (he drops the axe.)

Having no luck with thief and no friends with a monk that could proc, I decided to take monk to 99 and proc Dragua myself. For those uninitiated, a blue proc in abyssea is easiest to get with a monk who has club, hand to hand, and staff leveled up. Then you have to be there between 2200 and 0600 game time.

So I took up monk. I went from level 1 to 85 in a single night leeching in Escha-Zitah. I could have gone the rest of the way, but people have lives. My linkshell, RevenantWing, is particularly helpful. I’ve spent lots of time in Escha getting merits and job points, and I don’t remember many times where I didn’t have a leech from the linkshell, sometimes two. When you help people, they tend to return the favor, so monk leveling went by quick, leeching off those who had leeched off me at some point. Then, with the sparks skill-up set and Sakura, I quickly learned the weapon skills and became proc-ready.

After the last update, with a second lunar abyssite and a list of atma to choose from, I was dead set on getting that axe. It took a few fights to connect blue proc, but when the axe finally dropped, we managed to proc with a thief and his TH11, coupled with a full moon. I don’t know which of those things set it off, but I now have my Charmer’s Merlin and I have no plans of leveling anything but beastmaster from now on. (Huge shout-out to Myrr who stayed up late to help me nail this, and to Orcaorca, the random thief and awesome player who was kind enough to throw down with Dragua for a couple of fights.)

Full Sic Recast merits, desultor tassets, and Charmer’s Merlin gave me a 15 second ready timer. I put it to good use in Escha – Zitah and got my first 100 job points fairly quickly. This is all you need for the 10 second ready timer. (Kind of a big deal for a BST.) I mostly solo at portal 2 on dragons and puks. It is usually crowded, but I can only handle 5-7 mobs at a time, anyway. I’m not built like a paladin. Once I gather them up, I use Bouncing Bertha to aoe a couple times, then go again. My linkshell members seem to enjoy following me around while I do this. Other times, I end up in a party and we destroy all the things.

As of last night, I have 150 JP sunk into BST and I want my stars!

SoA missions have robber her of a smile.

SoA missions have robbed her of a smile.

I mentioned it on Reddit already, but all I have left for missions is Seekers of Adoulin. I just got to chapter 4 and I’m hoping to finish it up by the weekend. I am not enjoying this expansion. In fact, I very much dislike it. It feels like too much bureaucracy and politics, and there are way too many visits to the library. This is supposed to be an adventure game. Forcing backstory down my throat is not something I enjoy, especially an uninteresting one. Alas, I will finish it. but don’t expect it in the Vana’diel lore section anytime soon.

I also finished Rhapsodies of Vana’diel. The final fight was the only one I needed help with. I partied with a couple of people waiting to enter the arena and we nailed it on the first try. I really don’t think I could have solo’ed that one. The final boss tends to wipe out everything in front of him. Make sure you bring a competent tank and some DD to attack him from behind, or you’re gonna have a bad time. I really liked the story from this add-on and the KI bonuses are awesome.

Gil has been coming in and going out almost immediately as I am upgrading AF, relic, and empyrean gear to 119. I’ve completed the Totemic helm and boots to +1 so far. I’ve also got the Ankusa gloves and Nukumi gloves. Coupled with a myriad of other pieces and I’d say I’ve got a pretty effective setup so far. My job points are going into pet accuracy, if you’re wondering. Then I’ll be focusing on attack and attack speed. I have a lot of plans for BST, including building a good -pet PDT set. Guichard’s Axes, here I come!

In other news, I did my first skirmish in Rala Waterways with Tehonn leading the way. I mostly… didn’t get it. Killed some enemies, killed some NM’s, then Balamor appeared and killed everyone. I walked away with two crappy scrolls I’ll never use and can’t seem to sell. Still scratching my head on that one. I’m sure I’ll do it some more once I get through the rest of SoA. It’s a learning process.

Wishing for luck in the future.

Wishing for luck in the future.

I have to mention a few names here because these players have either been super helpful or we’ve been having fun together: Seikii, Tihanyas, Tehonn, Liovaire, Kuchi, Myrr, Bladereborn (use BG!), Kieto, Aauron (Fallout 4, amirite?), and I’m almost positive I’m missing some of you guys! Thanks for always being up for a fun party, good convo, or helpful info! I can’t say I have the best linkshell in the game because I haven’t been in any other, but I can say I love the friends I’ve made and the fun we’ve had.

See you all in game as I continue my epic trek to becoming a Master Beastmaster!

FFXI Journal – Entry 10 – Taking on Adoulin and Some Tips for New Pioneers

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Rexis here!

I’ve been on a non-stop FFXI binge since I returned and I have accomplished an unbelievable amount of content. To sum it up, I’ve gotten rank 10 in all three starter nations, complete RotZ, CoP, ToAU, WotG, RoV (as far as we can at this point) and A Shantoto Ascension. Someone on Facebook asked how much of the content I’ve been soloing. With the exception of the Siren fight in RoV, all of it has been solo. I just happened to be lower level when I needed to do that fight.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the end of WotG. It is unbelievably long for an expansion, but it is worth it. My favorite story by far and probably just because of Lillisette. Her character is just awesome!

Last night, I finally traveled into Adoulin and began learning the layout. I’ve been there before, but only briefly. I wasn’t ready yet. For someone new to the area, its kind of complicated. There are a lot of mechanics that aren’t taught to us in any other areas that I’ve experienced.

The idea behind Adoulin is pioneering into a new area. One of the first things I learned was that I needed key items that gave me skills, like logging. This is different than logging in Ronfaure. This skill allows me to break down these massive branches that block the path in some areas. There are other skills like crafting and climbing that I am working towards unlocking, though I haven’t discovered what they do just yet. Its very easy to get them, though, and if you click here, you’ll see “Quests of Note.” I am working on these currently.

Why am I doing quests instead of missions? There’s a few reasons. First of all, once you reach “Mission 1-6 Life on the Frontier” you are required to take part in coalition assignment where you need to spend imprimaturs. I haven’t been able to get too deep into this because imprimaturs work a bit like traverser stones from Abyssea. You get them from an NPC and it takes a while before you can get more. After doing enough of these assignments, I’ll be able to move on with the missions.

Another reason to focus on these quests is that the skills are required to do skirmish. I’m not one hundred percent clear on what a skirmish is and I prefer to learn as I go. Look it up on the wiki if you just can’t wait for me to get to it. I know I want to do them and I know I need the skills. That’s enough for me in that regard.

The quests also give you fame in Adoulin and my understanding is that I will need fame at some point in the mission line. I am literally going down the list and just doing the quests since I have a lull in my mission capability.

The quests have given me enough Bayld (a form of currency) to buy all the maps for the surrounding areas. I’ve also unlocked a number of waypoints that make traveling a breeze. If you need kinetic energy to use the waypoints, trade regular old crafting crystals to them.

That’s what I’ve learned so far in my travels. I am enjoying my time in the new area, but the mechanics have a bit of a learning curve. The above info should help you get started. Had I known this stuff, I’d probably be further along by now.

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I unlocked geomancer and rune fencer last night. The quests were very, very easy. I’ve yet to play either job, but I am excited to try them out. I also spent some time on summoner last week and its sitting at 40 now. I just wanted to experience having multiple summoners in a party and my friend Tuchi is good at getting them together. Unlocking the avatars was easy as I was able to solo all of them. Getting Fenrir took me exactly 30 minutes because all of the protocrystals have home points near them now. I also solo’ed Diabolos and Cait Sith. It was good fun!

As far as jobs go, I’ve dabbled in a few of them, but I always come back to beastmaster. I can’t see myself getting anything else to 99 at this point because I don’t have the patience to level a job I’m never going to play. Any time spent on another job is time I could be earning job points for my main. As far as beastmaster goes, I have been thinking of changing up my subjob. I usually go /dnc because I like the versatility, but beastmaster has the fencer job trait that only functions while wielding one non-two handed weapon. Basically, it seems as if I should be wielding as axe and shield combo. I could just use one axe, sure, but I feel like there might be a subjob that offers more. I used to go /whm so I might do that again. I don’t know. I haven’t decided. There’s too many options!

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As for the blog, the Final Fantasy XI Lore section has sort of taken a back seat to a more prominent interest. I’ve actually started writing a book I intend to self-publish on Amazon. Before you start telling me how to do things, know this: If you asked me what I hope to accomplish before I die, I will give you the same answer I gave fifteen years ago – Be a published author. I don’t care about making money. I don’t care if it ever sells a single copy. I just want to see my name on a novel, published. Even if it is on the Amazon book store. When things slow down on the blog, that’s why.

Want to know what the novel is about? I can tell you its dark. Very dark. Like, completely opposite of what this blog offers. And someday, you’ll be able to read it. For now, I just need to get the words on the screen. It practically writes itself. So I’m going to go work on that. See you in game!

FFXI Journal – Entry 9 – Nearing the End of WotG

Dragua!

Dragua!

Rexis here!

Things have been quiet, peeps. Almost too quiet. At this point, I’ve unequipped my linkshell and I’ve been working diligently through Wings of the Goddess. Do not underestimate the length of this expansion! I made the mistake of starting out aligned to Bastok. Do not do this! There is an escort quest that is nigh unsoloable simply because of the sheer number of mobs that automatically agro the scholar NPC. She’s basically a piece of paper, easily shredded. I had to start over with San d’Oria’s quests and I’m finally nearing the end of the storyline. I found the nation’s quest entertaining, but I prefer the missions tenfold. Lillisette is my favorite NPC by far and the story is simply amazing. I’m actually planning to finish this tonight so I can move on to bigger and better things.

I’ve taken a few detours along the way. It gets boring just running from cutscene to cutscene. I unlocked a few jobs and took thief to 52 fairly quickly. I also dabbled on warrior a bit. Aside from that, I’ve been occasionally killing Dragua in Abyssea – Altepa for my Charmer’s Merlin. Its an axe that takes five seconds off my Sic/Ready timer. I’ve had no luck with it and I can’t proc the dragon, so I’ve kind of tabled it for now. I did manage to kill the Battlerigged Chariot that spawns not far from Dragua and got a ferine earring for my reward set. So that’s good! I also managed to knock out A Shantotto Ascension add-on for my desultor tassets. They also take my sic/ready timer down by five seconds. /winning

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Escha-Zitah

My corsair is still sitting at level 89 since I found I can wear the corsair empyrean gear as a beastmaster using /lockstyle. I didn’t like corsair and I see no reason to continue leveling it now that I look like a pirate all the time. I am interested in continuing thief at some point though. Thief’s abilities seem to fit the pirate trope more than corsair’s do. I did a little research on getting the best treasure hunter gear and all, but I don’t know if it something I’ll pursue.

With Wings of the Goddess coming to a close, I’ve got my eye on Seekers of Adoulin. Part of me wants to get right into it while another part of me wants to hold off. With the inevitable release of the final chapter of Rhapsodies of Vana’diel right around the corner, I think it might be good to get it done. I also want to finish the other two nation’s rank 10 missions. I hear they increase your capacity point gain by 10% each. If you know any other ways to get your cp gain higher, please let me know!

Aside from that, I’ve picked up Elder Scrolls Online for XBOX One to play with my best friend and Fallout 4 is right around the corner. These things are obviously going to take priority over FFXI. I don’t know that I’ll continue on after I’ve done all the missions in the game. I recently asked reddit what would be required to finish FFXI. I got some mixed replies that helped me put things in perspective. One person said to finish all the jobs to 99 with maxed out job points. Yeah, that’s not for me. I came back to FFXI for three reasons: be a pirate, complete the stories, make some friends. I’ve got the pirate thing down and I already have a new gaming friend from FFXI who will be joining me on Elder Scrolls Online.

Its weird because as I get closer to completing this game, I start to feel more and more like slowing down. Its like watching a good television series and not wanting it to end. I understand that I can keep playing after I’ve done the missions, but it seems pointless to me (just my play style, I guess). The short time I’ve been back has been nothing short of amazing! I love the game and I love where they’ve taken it, but I sometimes miss the days when an achievement was hard won. I’m thinking I’ll find a bit more of this in SoA.

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In the meantime, I’m going to keep on going and having fun! I’ve got my computer situation sorted so I’ll be able to post more often now (yes!). Thanks again to everyone who keeps up with me on here. You guys are awesome! You’re comments, likes, shares, and love have been an absolute inspiration! See you in game! (Rexish on Asura, in case you didn’t know ^^)

FFXI Journal – Entry 8 – The World Would Never Know

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Rexis here!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! There’s been some complications and I haven’t been able to write. This post is going to lack pictures. Sorry about that! I just needed to get this out haha! It’s more of a story anyway. Special shout outs to Ghanni for my sweet BST axe and Defiantangel for helping get COR to 89. You guys rock! Also wanted to shout out to my awesome LS RevanantWing on Asura because their awesome! On to the entry! (Spoiler alert up to WotG. You’ve been warned.)

Walking the streets of Bastok, he passed familiar faces who simply nodded in acknowledgement of his presence. This was the first city he’d ever known. He had come a long way since first arriving with naught but a dagger in his possession. The people were calm, going about their daily lives around him and they would never know how he saved them.

He made his way to an unnamed tavern where the taste of rum would tend to the aches of his tired muscles. He thought of those days spent in the north lands when he used to command beasts, following in the footsteps of a doomed expedition, how the cold wind seemed to tear open bare skin. He hadn’t seen his friend Zeid in ages. The battle with the Shadow Lord had taught him many lessons, and yet, the people would never know how he saved them.

Lion. He missed her. Her complete disregard for her own safety and reckless nature inspired him when he found himself confronting two of the most dangerous Zilartian princes ever known. She gave her life in that battle. He would have willingly given his own if only for her. They had promised each other that they would sail the world together someday, when all was right once more. The world would never know the names of those princes and they would never know how he saved them.

The rum warmed him on the inside as the crackling flames of the nearby fire warmed his skin. He fingered the brim of his red tri-corne hat with the white feather and his thoughts turned to Prishe. The abhorrent one, they called her. He scoffed at the notion. Foul-mouthed and fool-hearty, sure, but never abhorrent. He had never known anyone to be so dedicated to others and it drew them close. She understood the sacrifices he’d made better than anyone else. Between dragons, war ships, and gods, nothing could stop the pair. Not even Promathia himself. Together, they had destroyed a god, yet, the world would never know how he saved them.

It was shortly after the death of Promathia that Lion was saved from her grim faith. These two heroines who had, at different times, stolen his heart stood side by side and they were all bound by fate. He could never choose between them. He turned his attention away from the lands he knew, forsaking the people who would never know how he saved them.

Aht Urhgan. The magnificent empire across the sea called to him. Their desire for power had doomed their nation. Ragnarok was almost upon them. He wanted to turn away, to let them destroy themselves with their own arrogance. He knew what became of civilizations who lusted for power. It was the empress Nashmau in disguise who swayed him to stay. She wasn’t like Lion or Prishe. She was weak. She truly needed him. The defeat of Alexander and subsequent end of Ragnarok allowed her to take her rightful place on the throne. An empress and an adventurer? The scandal would ruin her. Perhaps if the people knew, but they never know, how he saved them.

His adventure in Aht Urghan was far from over. It was there that he’d met the corsairs and discovered the freedom that comes with the sea. Under their tutelage, he found himself taking up a dagger and hexagun. Several years at sea had molded him and he became a captain in his own right. The magnificent blood red froc and hat struck fear into his enemies.

But it wasn’t enough. His anger raged beneath the surface of his calm demeanor, though he should have known better. He had given so much to the world, yet, received nothing in return. His heart longed for a companion, but found none. He returned to his homeland and began to forsake his hexagun. The corsairs prided themselves on honor, but he wanted more. He turned to a life of thievery.

Many of his prized claims came at the cost of beastmen’s lives. He grew rich from the wonders he found in their holds. However, all the gil and gold in the world meant nothing to him. That is why, when he finally stood before a monstrous cavernous maw, he threw himself in. He was certain he wouldn’t die, but he wasn’t sure he’d be able to return. Somehow, that conforted him.

The world he arrived in was familiar, yet somehow different. The lands were pock marked with cannon blasts and war raged around him. He had traveled to the past, the Crystal War era. He returned to his home nation and found himself involved in an assassination investigation.

A second glass was placed on the table before him. He lifted the rum bottle and filled both. Across the table, a beautiful red haired, half-hume half-elvaan girl joined him. He had met her in pursuit of a pesky feline named Cait-Sith. Lilisette was a dancer, graceful and deadly in combat. She was from the future as well, having traveled through the cavernous maw to save her father from a painful death.

Their time traveling had not only affected their lives, but the rest of the world as well. Cait-Sith needed them to set things right. As they sipped their rum, the light of the fire flickered across her face and he smiled. He felt that he had been lost, but she had found him and gave him reason to carry on. In that moment, he didn’t care whether or not the world knew how he had saved them.