Thursday, 31 May 2012

Champion Of the Dawn

WARNING: This entry contains huge spoilers for Wing of the Goddess Missions!
Deal with it.

I order to not spoil anything related to Wings of the Goddess straight away, have a picture of a new NM called Thalassinoninon, an 8 legged adamantoise.

Next up, merits! I mentioned this in a previous entry, but unless I level a new job, I have finally capped all my merits. You can check them out in full to the left or through the FFXIAH link.

It'd be nice if my Great Sword skill wasn't still at 300 ...heh.

It's also FFXI's 10th Anniversary! Me and Rebme ran around the towns collecting all the stupid fliers and talked to every single stupid NPC to get the items. It took about a couple of nights and was extremely boring, but hey, at least we get ~10k gil out of it, right?

Also, since I was absent for the previous event, here is a Stinson-approved, suited-up Jkun:

Ladies, please. there is enough Elvaan to go around.

Ta-da! I did the level cap quest for Woodworking to hit 110, but I doubt I will level it that far. I also looked at all the new stuff the guild had to offer. After Rebme kindly let me borrow her Synergy (How hard is it to level this crap?), I managed to obtain one of these massive bastards:

So, with Mega Moglification: Woodworking, my smok, gloves and advanced support, I can come close to 110 skill anyway! Still, this kind of crafting seems absolutely dead now, I should get started on Synergy, huh!

Speaking about obtaining stuff, it's time for some more gear! Buckle up!

DRK Empyrean+2 4/5! Just need 2 more coins for the legs, all right! Thanks to random LS members like Alirra, Sirenne, Rebbers, and Loluded (who ironically died a lot) for the kills!

Okay, enough stalling. Let's talk about Wings of the Goddess.

SOMEONE IS PISSED. I would be too if some orange jester with a tin-can robot punched their way through my defenses and pounded my beastmen army into the ground, that's for sure.

For these last set of missions, two big battles awaited. One of which was a battle against the Spitewardens, and since Portia is a carbon copy of Rebme, decking her face to the ground was incredibly satisfying.


It was a hilariously fun fight at 99. Rebme was on Zophar, her TaruTaru mule that we used to enter, so beating down Spitewarden Zophar, or, heck, just Zophar in general was a goal I have wanted to achieve for years. Thank you for this opportunity, Altana.

Oh speaking of which, since we duo'd the final battle and beat it with mere seconds to spare (I know, pro right?) I couldn't take any screenshots. I did, however, get some pretty beautiful screenshots from the cutscenes before and after it though!

Cait is all like "Just hurry it up, man".

"Trust me, I have 2HP a tick Regen"

This or non-Shinryu Promathia are a toss up of coolest final boss ever.

So I have a new fetish, can you guess what it is? Yeah, it's face-squeezing.

Could it be, after 5 years I finally get closure from WoTG?!

Manly tears were shed!

Womanly tears were also shed.

And as the birds fly, a sense of accomplishment fills my heart.

...and a new Weaponskill earring fills my, uh, earlobe?

Thanks to Rebme and Zophar for helping with these last stretch of missions. Thanks to Aeyze and ED of Fairy for helping me with the middle section, and thanks to CDC of Fenrir for helping me with the the very beginning. 5 years, 3 servers, 1 expansion, lots of memories. It's finally over!

And now, to end on a joke.

Stay tuned for a new entry soon!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Apocalypse Now?!

6 years ago, before this blog existed, I made this corny, mock-up poster as a joke after a single Tukuku Whiteshell mistakenly dropped into my inventory during the early stages of Dynamis, followed by Linkshell members jesting with "Hey Jkun, go start a relic"!

Well guys, it's 6 years too late, but here it is: The story about my Apocalypse.

Before I switched servers, my best friend Fortei was leaving the game to tackle college. He gave everyone in our Linkshell presents, and passed on his Novio Earring to me, telling me to sell it for a Kraken Club in order to "become the best Dark Knight". Well, I don't think I managed to achieve the latter, but I did manage to swap it for a Kraken Club, during the time both a Novio Earring and Kraken Club were being sold for 30 million gil. Crazy, huh?

Fortei's Kraken Club served me well. In Nyzul, Salvage, Einherjar, BCNMs, VNMs, ZNMs, you name it, I zerg it. Unless it was undead of course.

After coming back to the game, not only did the Kraken Club's price skyrocket, but it also became useless, unneeded, at least for a Dark Knight. With a price tag of 80 million gil and that one promise I made with Fortei still in the back of my head, I sold it, and started working on Apocalypse.

I had already completed Stage 1 before I left the game, but never had any intention to upgrade further. So after spending two weeks monitoring bazaars and the FFXIAH website, I finally got all my currency in order. A big thank you to Alirra who gave me a 30 Jadeshell donation, as she had them lying around after completing her Apocalypse!

So, what's next? Oh yeah! time to go kill some NMs in Dynamis and prove my worth in order to gain the respect I need to wield this legendary scythe.

Now that I think about it, how does this make any sense? I mean, not only is Velosareon incredibly confused as to which job he should come to Dynamis on, but technically I never really proved to anyone that I mastered the scythe. I just stole this guy's certification. If anything, this piece of papyrus proves I'm a god damn thief. Thanks to Rebme and Yuuzuki for helping me take him down!

Next up, a visit to the relic weapon upgrading goblin Switchstix and the 3 day wait begins!

Oh, that was fast.

Now onto the the final stage. Over the week I managed to get all the items needed, and even after staying up until 3am a couple of times, was only late for work once! What an achievement.

Uh oh, this guy was trouble! Rebme and I tried a THF/PUP duo with Soulsoother head, but the haste and drain weaponskills overwhelmed us at around 30%. So, luckily, we teamed up with a nearby Japanese player and not only did we take down my Animated Scythe, we also took down his Animated Dagger, and then proceeded to grab our Necropsyches!

Done! We still had a lot of time left over in Dynamis Xarcabard. Getting time extensions, pop items, and killing the NMs only took us 20 minutes, but I don't even want to think of how much of a grueling task this would have been at 75 before the whole structure of Dynamis was changed. Phew.

With all these items in hand, I paid one last visit to Castle Oztroja to get my Stripeshell, then travelled to Gustaberg with my little rag-tag group of friends.

Well, there it is. The screenshot I waited years to take. While some people worked hard every week for years to complete a relic, I kind of feel like I cheated by walking straight into one, all thanks to Fortei's present 6 years ago. However, FFXI, and it's players, have changed a lot over these last few years.

Relic, Mythic, even Empyrean, to some people, are the ultimate goal of FFXI. To some, a relic is just a one of many "okay" weapons they are trying to collect in order to boost their ranking by a digit or two.

To others, it is a wall, a piece of "required" gear in order to advance further in the game, especially now that pick-up groups are disgustingly picky with what kind of player can join in their adventures, obliterating skill in favour of weapons or equipment.

But to me, relic was a dream, and a promise, one that is now giant, golden, and stuck to my back.

Here's to the future! May many fights, drops, and missed Catastrophes give me as much joy as I have been anticipating for years!

Thank you, everyone, players and readers alike! Rebme for all her help with everything ever, Alirra for the Jadeshell donation, Fortei for the Kraken Club that started this adventure, and THANKS FOR BEING THERE IN SPIRIT LOLUDED, my new friend, and fellow Apoc owner. Anyway!

12th May 2012 - Apocalypse complete!

Oh, and enjoy the now blog header!