The Skye’s The Limit

A Final Fantasy XIV Travelogue

Today’s Grimoire Entry

Mon Grimoire,

To say that the past days have been busy would be the understatement of this Umbral Era! Mon dieu, it feels like the universe is falling around us at times!

No sooner had I left Vesper Bay did I receive un communiqué from the Thaumaturge’s Guild. I quickly grabbed a chocobo and raced back, fearing for the worst. There, I saw mes professeurs, deeply rooted in thought.

Skye Graneterre, a Duskwight Elezen, consults with the leaders of the Thaumaturgy Guild in Final Fantasy XIV

I approached Monsieur Cocobuki with caution, and he explained that he feared the worst in his brother. He worried that the voidsent had taken him forever. He was not ready to give up, though! He asked that I join him at Thal’s Respite, where we would take the ultimate test of Thaumaturgy.

I gave a solemn nod, as we set forth… they left before I, and I ventured to Drybone once more. It was there, that the monstres of the abyss awaited. Bats, Dross, even gigantic insects waited to put an end to us! We stood strong, though, and did battle until the wee hours of the morning, until all that remained was the silence of victory, and the scent of seared voidsent.

We all shared acclamations de la victoire, united in the knowledge that we had lived! Cocobuki was convinced. There was a chance that we could save his brother, once and for all.

Still, I let out a sigh when I realized I was alone… … … putain Cocobusi.

With victory at my back, I ventured forth, following the road to the border. There, the forests of Gridania, of home sprawled before me. I took a quick run to a small village, where I would relax for an hour or two, before making the trek back to Drybone.

Skye Graneterre, a Duskwight Elezen, stands in Gridania' South Shroud in Final Fantasy XIV

In Drybone, un homme named Isembard awaited, ready to brief me on what needed to be done regarding the disappearances. He asked that I handle rescue the corpses of three who had fallen to the Amalj’aa, and lay their bodies to rest. I gave my vow that they would be put to a peaceful slumber, once and for all, before heading to the wreckage. As I stepped close, two Amalj’aa stepped forth, ready to attack! While they were big, though, they were no match for searing flames. They fell quickly, as I collected the corpses, and made the long walk to the church.

Once the task was tended to, I returned to Isembard, who asked that I speak with the people of Drybone. It was by étrange chance that the first one I would speak to is… him. That awful merchant who had started a scene in town a few nights ago. We both shared our disgust, and tried to just get this awful moment past us. I hated him, and he clearly loathed me, so we wanted this to be quick. He suggested that I speak with the weak, the homeless, to get a feel for the situation.

Front shot of Ungust in Drybone, in Final Fantasy XIV

And, well… they were all terrifié . They knew only fear, and refused to speak. I met with Isembard once more, who seemed troubled, himself. Before we could speak more, though, Thancred stepped forth, ready to share his own knowledge! Comme c’est pratique.

Thancred held suspicions that Ourcen, of the holy order, was behind the disappearances of townspeople. I had my doubts, but was in little position to disagree. I headed to the Golden Bazaar, to see if he was correct. What I found, though, was vraiment effrayant! It was Ourcen, being attacked by monstres! I was able to fight them off, but she was still gravely wounded. I quickly returned her to Drybone, where she could get help and medicine.

Skye Graneterre, a Duskwight Elezen, battles undead warriors in Final Fantasy XIV

While I was gone, Thancred had me meet him at an Amalj’aa camp not far from the village. .There, we found un dépliant, supposedly from the holy order, promising work to vagrants. We knew something was not right, and asked that Ourcen confirm our suspicions… she was quick to denounce the flyer, and any connections it had to her group.

For us, that was good enough. Thancred then had an idea! The two of us dressed as les pauvres, and made noise in the town, trying to get the attention of the culprit. While the citizens were annoyed, it seemed to work… we quickly hurried to a small camp near Drybone, where a man from the Order awaited. It was the two of us against him, and he went down quickly.

As once was said, le destin est cruel. The false holy man was no other than the horrific merchant from before! He was selling people to the Amalj’aa for coin! The monstre!

With not a moment to spare, I set off to inform Minflila. Thancred would deal with our friend, in the meanwhile.

Skye Graneterre, a Duskwight Elezen, rides a rented chocobo in Final Fantasy XIV

-Bon chance!

Today’s Blog Post

Lately, much of my energy has been going into one of two areas:

  • Main Scenario Quests
  • Job-related subquests

In particular, I’ve been spending a lot of time playing with the in-game economy, to see what sells, what doesn’t, as I try to rustle up some coin that will be used to fuel some other, more fun things down the line.

For the most part, though, this really was one of those more “low-key” periods, where the player’s primarily along for the ride, as nothing earth-shattering occurs, and nothing particularly new was introduced.

All I can really say is that, once you get a retainer, the market board will become a good friend, indeed, as it becomes a fantastic source of passive income. Savvy players can, and will rack up thousands quickly, which helps to really give an idea of how one can afford that three-million gil buy in for housing or other structures.

Skye Grandeterre is a Duskwight Elezen character played by Samantha Ferreira. She currently resides on the Zalera server on the Aether Data Center.

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