The Skye’s The Limit

A Final Fantasy XIV Travelogue

Today’s Grimoire Entry

Mon précieux grimoire,

We were almost parted yesterday! Indeed, it is true. But first, I want to be talking more about that stupide velveteen. I was unable to sleep, unable to think about anything more after going to bed last week. I finally sat up at three in the morning, determined to try once more. All I could think about was that velveteen.

I do not know if it was serendipity or dumb luck, but I was able to craft the finest ream of velveteen that Eorzea had ever seen! I quickly rushed it to Monsieur Rendolent Rose, who was thrilled, to say the lightest. He would make his finest dress, by hand… which will sit in a closet, unloved, forever.

Quelle tristesse.

Skye Grandeterre, a Duskwight Elezen, speaks with Rendolent Rose in Final Fantasy XIV

With my task complete, I returned to the Scions’ tasks… taking Minfilia’s dagger to Monsieur Bubblypots. There, I received a premier education in materia from le maître. Her dull dagger became a brilliant blade once ore, ready for the battlefield.

Skye Grandeterre, a Duskwight Elezen, speaks with Mutamix Bubblypots in Final Fantasy XIV

Upon my return, the Mademoiselle showed great appreciation. However, we would need to make haste. Word had it that the Amalj’aa would be summoning the fearsome primal Ifit with great quickness.

I was sent to Camp Drybone at once, where I met with the Immortal Flames. I was sent to the Invisible City, to wait for the Amalj’aa, where we would make our strike. As I stepped away, I saw un homme familiar… it was Monsieur Lucien, atop his chocobo! He offered a ride… to which I was happy to accept. He dropped me off outside the gates to the ruin, where he said he would await my return. I thanked him and slunk inside.

Skye Grandeterre, a Duskwight Elezen, rides a chocobo with Lucien du Saule in Final Fantasy XIV

Moments later, the Amalj’aa appeared, with a mysterious civilian. We stepped out to confront them but were quickly surrounded! It was a setup, and that cur Ungust was in league with the beastmen, and the Flames had a traitor in their midst. They sneered as the Amalj’aa moved in.

Skye Grandeterre, a Duskwight Elezen, is surrounded by Amalj'aa in Final Fantasy XIV

Though the Flames and I fought bravely, it would not be enough… all of us were captured, imprisoned… brought to the Bowl of Embers, to be offered as a sacrifice to Ifrit. Through the darkness, though, I saw Monsieur Lucien with another mysterious man. He introduced himself as Rael… but now was not the time to share happy greetings! The Primal awaited nearby.

We rushed forth, to where the monstre awaited. His voice rumbled through the room like an earthquake whenever he spoke, and it felt as if the ground would give out in his fiery rage… but we stood fast. Those who were already there felt the wrath of fire and flames that blazed over the crowd… Everyone from the Flames… but not Monsieurs Lucien and Rael, or myself, began chanting the monstre’s praises. This was no time for confusion, though, as we would need to fight for our lives!

The Primal Ifrit, in Final Fantasy XIV

Ifrit’s spells came hard and fast, as the heat of the planet’s core seemed to want to swallow us hold. The fires were blistering and his brute force would test even the strongest gladiator’s skills. It feels like nothing shy of a miracle that we were able to make him breathe his last… for now.

As if on cue, Monsieur Thancred rushed in to shower praise upon our motley crew. However, we would not be able to stay long, as we were to report to Minfilia at once. Monsieurs Lucien and Rael had other, more urgent business to attend to, and wished me bon voyage, before I began the long, lonely run back to Vesper Bay.

Skye Grandeterre, a Duskwight Elezen, converses with Thancred in Final Fantasy XIV

When I returned, the mood was somber. Thancred was debriefing the Mademoiselle, and it did not sound good… it turned out to be even worse, though. Monsieur Thancred told me that those who fall under the Primal’s spell would always be cursed… and it would be most humane to put them to death. None survived.

The sadness could not last, though. No sooner than I heaved a sigh, did three representatives for the Grand Companies burst into the room. The Malestrom, the Twin Adders, and the Flames allwanted me to join. It was so overwhelming!

Representatives from the Grand Companies salute, in Final Fantasy XIV

Minfilia had a lovely idea, though: Each of the Grand Company captains would host a remembrance ceremony for those who fell in the Calamity five years ago. I would go to each, before making my choice.

Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn salutes in Final Fantasy XIV

With the quickness, I rushed off, first to Gridania, then to Ul’dah, then to Limsa Lominsa, to hear each of the great Grand Company leads speak. As Kan-E-Senna, then Raubahn and the Sultana, and finally Madame Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn delivered their speeches, their moves stirred hearts and minds. However, they seemed to not want to discuss the Warrior of Light, or the fall of Louisoix. They were rallying cries, more than memorials… and while they worked, I still felt dirty.

As I returned to the inn in Ul’dah, my decision was clear… I would step up to defend my new home in the Sultanate, as a member of the Immortal Flames.

…Tomorrow.

~Bon nuit

Today’s Blog Post

So, yeah. I made the damn velveteen. Literally moments after the update went live, I tried once more, and did it on my first try.

I’m not going to fight it, and I can only laugh at how comically it turned out.

But anyway! Today, the big thing I’d like to discuss is the Ifrit fight. This is, for many, the first real gatekeeper, as it takes the knowledge that you learned over the three starter dungeons, and forces you to really apply it to a bigger and badder foe. Though it’s not a super-difficult fight, there is a real danger of wiping, as Ifrit hits hard and has several AOE attacks that don’t have the same “Yellow Ring of Doom” that you’d expect.

Still, with a bit of practice and a good team behind you, you should weather the storm. Remember your attack rotations, and trust in your team. Things will work out, if you all stay on-task and work within your roles.

The three Grand Company quests are a nice change of pace, as they’re strictly a lore dump, built to flesh out the world, and give real form to the trials to come ahead. They’re also the stepping stone toward a big milestone: getting a chocobo mount! But we’ll discuss that when it happens.

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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