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    [Mateus] New sprout rolling in! :D

    welcome \o
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    My Kugane Viera. How would I make this work?

    Ingame lore from the Ivalice raid series: Now consider the following: Your mother may have been traveling, and stopped in Kugane or Doma to give birth. When was this? What happened to her? Where is she? Was she exiled by her tribe? How old is your toon? Doma was annexed by the XIIth Legion in 1552. How would this have affected her growing up? Kugane is a fantasy analogue for Dejima during Japan's isolationist period. Even as a trading hub, a viera would be a relatively rare sight, moreso one growing up and living there. How did she cope with this? By heavily sheltered and limited travel, do you mean that she had protection from an adopted family? Was she raised in a traditionalist manner, with little idea of her heritage? Did she grow up poor, or is she well-off?
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    Returning player in need of some connections/Friends

    welcome back \o
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    Until We Wake

    Alone upon the rising spire of the rock, as it jutted and rose from the briny blue; alone with his thoughts, the monk closed his single exposed eye and joined his inner self in spiritual skyfall. Soaring through the ocean of the soul, even as the waves of the physical ocean without crashed noisily 'gainst the island crags. Light. Life. Hope. As he'd learned from his master, and from the mother crystal. The monk flew through memory, through mind and time and aetheric flow. The five-card spread. The old elezen captain predicting yet another great change to come. It wasn't that he doubted the elderly corsair, Schezar reflected - simply that her words seemed to resonate more strongly with the boy whom he once was, rather than the man he was today. Sudden anger. Hostility. Recognition. Distrust. "I didn't ask to see your memories. Forcing them into someone else's mind like that... it's the height of rudeness! It's torture!" Again, he agreed with the distress in her outburst, if not the exact wording. However unintended or accidental - he simply meant to extend the sensation of warmth and gratitude - it could indeed be completely alien. Fearsome, uncalled-for. He couldn't exactly just punch her upset away, as he did with so many other things. The Echo would do as it willed, and he had no way of knowing who it would reach out to touch so powerfully, through him as a conduit. He had to learn how and when to know. Pentacles and swords; the Emperor card. The rainstorm crashing down around them. The seafarer's praise for his bloodstained fists, even as she denounced their shared connection to the Echo. His potted orchid, kept safe. The details of the day flowed into each other. The details of the year flowed into each other. "I'll help you hold back the banshin, Lady Minfilia. 'tis what my master prepared me for." "You worry me, big brother." "These sphairai are alive! The white-hot ember, the howling gale, the hyperfused ore... you have to let them grow with you, to let your collective souls become one!" "Who are you? Why are you hiding?" The last memory, the last murmured, whispered thoughts, from the daydreaming girl in the botany guild. The one whose grandfather was close to her heart. "I'm not hiding," he whispered amidst the waves. "But I have many malms left to walk, ere the night ends." Schezar opened his eye. He balanced steadily upon the tip of his finger, his arm outstretched. The monk's entire body formed a single, perfectly vertical line, rising like a tower into the sky. Judging from the position of the stars and the moon, half a day had passed since he'd begun meditating at noon. With an exultant exhalation of breath, he pushed off from his finger, his chakra flowing through him as he launched into the air. Each stance's mindset came easily with each midair strike, spin, and kick. Opo-opo form, raptor form, coeurl form. A shift in the center, chakra gates unlocking, aether in his veins. Leviathan form, Suparna form, Midgarsormr form. The rocky outcropping beneath him shattered into dust, as his palm strike came crashing down like a meteor. I am a weapon. I am peace.
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    Until We Wake

    "Admittedly, it's a bit mental, what we do."
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    [Cactuar/Mateus (?)] New to mmo rp

    welcome \o
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    Why do people say 'this star' when referring to the world?

    Because 星 refers to both star and planet. This isn't limited to just XIV, a lot of JP media uses "kono hoshi" in dialogue.
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    Paris Fanfest

    mini minnie glory 2Buttskind morning greatwood and no gun control across the shards
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    Paris Fanfest

    key art from the teaser site: vroom vroom
  10. welcome back \o
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    Returning player and lost! :(

    Balmung is usually congested and closed. Mateus may be open during off-peak hours, but it's been classified as congested and closed at times as well. Cross-world visits will be implemented in a few weeks' time, likely making Crystal the de facto RP datacenter.. If you're unable to get on Balmung or Mateus, your next best option is to roll a toon in one of the soon-to-be Crystal datacenter worlds.
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    New to FFXIV RP, Old to RP in general [Mateus]

    welcome \o
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    Until We Wake

    I. Gyokuro prided himself on having an eye for detail - well above the average Namazu. Let the other Hingans have their amused smirks, their little japes and jabs about him and his kinfolk, their sniggers behind his back. Few could boast of working with the East Aldenard Trading Company, and as a trusted inspector, no less. Profit, profile, position. All well worth the odd hours, and even odder individuals they made him speak to. The little catfish narrowed his beady eyes, glanced up from his clipboard, then back down again, then back up again, toward the smiling hyur that patiently sat waiting before him. Not mocking like the locals back in the city, yet bemused nonetheless. Gyokuro cleared his throat. "Now, then - Stormbreaker, was it?" "Aye. Call me Schezar, if y'like, Master Gyokuro." "Yes, yes. Well, this is certainly a modest setup." The namazu let his gaze sweep across the Shirogane condo, taking note of the bookshelves in the corner, the detailed map of the continent, the bounty notices and reminders on the wall, down to the tea that had been served before him on the office table. "You understand what this inspection is for, yes?" Schezar nodded. "EAT Company needs t'audit its contractors every so often. Perfec'ly understandable." He watched the namazu make another note in his clipboard. "Correct, Mr. Stormbreaker. Our records show you've certainly kept busy. Established 25 months ago here in Shirogane, dealings not only with our esteemed firm, but with Garlond Ironworks, and the House of Splendors?" The highlander smiled again. "Everyone wants summat retrieved or looked into, aye." He leaned back a little in his chair. "Ms. Rowena's dangled exclusivity contracts more'n once, but I like 'avin th' freedom to pick and choose me clients. You understand." "Of course, of course." Gyokuro's notes were meticulous, and the next page provided more little tidbits. "It says here seven employees total, yourself included." "Aye, and I sent ye their details as well before'and." Schezar leaned forward on the desk, steepling his fingers. "Manafa and Ash venture out into th' field like meself. Ada and th' rest keep our house in order back 'ere when we're away." "And yet you wrote here that you only retain 10% ownership in your own company." Gyokuro frowned, giving the hyur a beady stare. "That's not even a controlling stake. Somewhat unusual, yes yes?" Schezar leaned back again into his chair, maintaining a calm, yet contemplative expression. "Back when I first hopped off th' boat, I was lost fer a little while." He met the namazu's look. "You know th' cost of ijin tryin' to do business 'ere, between th' bakufu, th' Confederacy, an' all the other fingers lookin' for pies." The hyur cast his gaze slowly across the portraits on the walls. "So I took off fer a bit. Got to see th' Steppes, make new friends, both locals an' travelers like meself alike." He smiled. "Long story short, Master Gyokuro - we set up Sanctuaria so it can keep runnin' even if I end up a corpse, off deep in some old Allagan pit. Ada's th' brains of this outfit. I'm jus' the big lug what swings a blade and brings back th' tomestones. Well - me and Ash, and 'nafa," he amended. II. "Yes, yes. I see." Gyokuro went back to his notes, scribbling swiftly and efficiently. On the next page, he gave Schezar another look. "Tell me about these recent activities. Close involvement in, hmm, Doma's reconstruction. Our dear friends from Garlemald might take exception to that, no?" Schezar smiled again at the memory. "Per'aps. They don't seem t'have taken exception yet to th' Prima Vista stayin' parked in Kugane's airspace, at least." The namazu's barbels gave a faint twitch. "Point," he murmured in reluctant response. "But these other, ahem, interesting items. The Sea of Clouds, the lost Isle of Val, these little jaunts into Dalmasca..." "Me and m'colleagues don't set out to deliberately antagonize th' Empire when we get up in th' morn." Schezar rested a hand on the table, letting his eyes meet Gyokuro's again steadily. "But s'true, we go where we please. And if they get in our way, then--" "I'm well-aware, Mr. Stormbreaker. We have a number of adventurers on our payroll." The namazu checked off another box on his clipboard. "And mercenaries with enough anima to teleport are at a premium. Especially with what's brewing at the Ilsabard border." "So I've 'eard, aye." Schezar reached down, taking a swig of his coffee, and waiting for the inspector's next question. "Do you consider yourself a philanthropist, Mr. Stormbreaker?" The hyur tilted his head curiously, bemused again. "Not particularly. Why?" "Because I read through some of your older reports as well, yes, yes. Voidsent hunts, a number of rescues, the retrieval of certain artifacts, even the hiring of two of your employees." "Voidsent jus' happened t'be where we needed to pick summat or someone up. So, stabbin' ensued." Schezar took another, slower sip of his coffee. "Linn an' Raya 'ave brilliant brains, an' street-smart fer days. They deserved a shot, so we gave it to 'em. Wasn't my decision alone, an' it worked out well." "If you say so." As the namazu continued to scribble away, the highlander stared down at his nearly empty coffee mug. III. "Admit it. You're addicted to this." "You wot?" The memory was crystal-sharp. On the high slopes of the Steppe, Reunion visible on the distant horizon. She stood there, clad only in the blanket they'd shared that night. The roegadyn turned toward him, grinning, but he could see the sadness in her eyes. "You're never going to stop, Schez. Twice I've asked you to come back to Radiata with me. Twice you just looked off into the distance and smiled that damned smile." "Lily, s'not like tha'. You're an amazin' woman. Far too good for th' likes o' me. M'just--" She held up a hand. "I'm not upset," she answered simply, turning again toward the horizon. The first rays of dawn filtered through the clouds. "Thank you for showing me this sunrise." He made his way to her side, and she slipped her fingers into his. "We can at least share th' blanket one last time." "Piss off, it's my blanket now." That drew a genuine laugh from him, and she flashed him another cheeky grin. Moments later, they leaned into each other, her bare muscles against his. Hands clasped together for one last day. IV. "Mr. Stormbreaker?" Schezar blinked, looking back up at the namazu inspector. "Aye, sorry. Jus' recallin' summat." Gyokuro cleared his throat again. "Yes, yes." He rested his clipboard on the desk, and finally picked up his green tea. "So. No illicit artifacts, in spite of the, ah, voidsent entanglements." The hyur nodded. "S'right." His guest took a sip, tasting the tea, before continuing. "No questionable substances, one declared anima relic, mostly tomestone deliveries, one case of auracite retrieval..." The namazu checked off items on the list, before pausing and looking up at the adventurer again. "Please indulge my own curiosity. What do you do when you're not off, well, adventuring?" The question seemed to catch the man off-guard for a moment. "Huh. Well... I reckon I'm a bit of a bore, Master Gyokuro, truth be told." Schezar leaned back in his comfy chair again, rubbing his chin. "Me daily routine? I get up. Do me warmups and mornin' kata. Clean up afterward at one of th' public baths like th' Bokaisen." He rested his hands again at his sides. "Break me fast past noon, grab summat at th' Umineko if m'feelin' peckish. Then come back 'ere, check if client requests 'ave come in. Honestly, most days're like tha'." "And is this all there is, Mr. Stormbreaker? This almost sounds like - well, living like a monk. Surely you could bring in far more gil for yourself, working exclusively and privately with one of the richer Houses, yes, yes?" The hyur blinked again at the namazu, his smile coming back. "Suppose so. Bit set in me ways." For a brief moment, unbidden, another flash of memory came to Schezar's eyes - the smoke and fire of Carteneau. He paused before continuing. "But I like me life, Master Gyokuro. Earnin' enough t'get by with no fancy or fuss, helpin' folk on occasion... me kin are one teleport away fer holidays an' Starlight, even if it leaves me knackered for a day or two. Th' little ones love it and go nuts when I bring 'em summat weird in their presents." Gyokuro watched his interview subject lean back again in his chair, both of their gazes turning up toward the map of Hydaelyn on the wall. "We adventurers are free. And there's so much left to see." V. Hours after the namazu had left, Schezar sat at his desk. Leaning back in his chair, eyes closed, drifting through moments of his past decade. Ala Mhigo, Carteneau, Aulus mal Asina's lab... all of them should've stayed buried and forgotten in the past. Himself included. On the table, his tomephone beeped. The highlander opened his eyes, leaning forward to swipe at the screen, watching the words appear. ASSEMBLY @ GHIMLYT. ALL HANDS. WILL YOU HELP? He paused, glancing around his office again. The life he'd built for himself, and his employees, for the past two years. Finally, he looked back at the device and tapped out a response. BE THERE IN 6 BELLS. SAYING GOODBYE TO STAFF FIRST. "Schez?" He looked up. Ada had just come through the door, her elezen ears twitching a little, as she gave him an appraising look. "Was that a client request?" Schezar nodded. "Aye, long distance. Full gear." He stood up, absently rubbing stiffness out of one bicep. "I'll fill out th' forms before I deploy."
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    No Love For Male Characters?

    1. be interesting 2. don't limit your RP to one starter town 3. send people PMs and ingame mail or start open public RP threads on the forum where others can join in 4. organize a consistent event schedule or FC house 5. run ingame activities IC that actively help people progress like dungeons, PotD or Eureka glhf
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    The Screenshot Thread [Tag Your Spoilers]

    dawn kata
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    balmung Returning player looking for pals and FC!

    welcome back \o
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    H e y

    welcome \o
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    Back again and looking for RP, friends, etc!

    wb \o
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    Japanese RP servers?

    I have RL friends playing on Tonberry who do light RP within their FC. Outside of that, not really. JP in general is more focused on casual socialization and efficient content clearing instead of roleplay. The difference with the NA raiding scene is night and day.
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    A Theory [Spoilers]

    Tataru's had plenty of love these past two expacs. She's heavily involved with the Four Lords storyline and generally managing the Scions' affairs / being their face in Hingashi. The players and her also shore up the Scions' coffers / repair their finances after earning a buttload of gold at the end of that trial series from helping the auspices. She also already had her adventure arc in Heavensward. It's unlikely they'll put her in a coma because of how useful she is in her non-combat role while players have to be off doing all the fighting. There's a lot of speculation around Shadowbringers - we might meet Ashe from Fran's group (unlikely if raid stories remain self-contained). We might meet Zodiark and he could turn out to be more reasonable than the Ascians make him out to be. We might end the Garlean Empire and reestablish the Garlean Republic. We might meet and fight the actual creatures that Kuribu and the winged lion are based on - they might not be just statues anymore. There's also the thinning aether plot point, which will probably be important. Again just guessing, but if balance is the major theme of the expac - balance between Light and Dark - then it could mean brokering a peaceful reunification between Hydaelyn and Zodiark, and hunting down the extremists of each side. For the Dark, it's Ascians, Voidsent, and genocidal Garleans like Solus - who's leaning very heavily into the ancient psycho trope like Ardyn from FFXV. For the Light, we might have to reign ourselves and others in a bit. Not to go into RL comparisons, but fighting the loudmouthed extremists of two sides would be a timely theme.
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    A Theory [Spoilers]

    Krile/Kururu is heavily involved in the Eureka voidsent storyline, so she might not get affected by the sleepy sickness. The Garleans also tampered already before with her aether, so that might also factor in as a plot point / saving throw. Lyse/Yda could be next. Considering what happened before with Moenbryda and then with the Crystal Braves, the remaining loyal junior Scions (Hoary, etc.) might've stepped up security with Mor Dhona's help. My personal guess: either the Alliance gets massacred later at the Ghimlyt Dark with poison gas, or they beat the Ascian possessing Zenos' body and cause a Calamity of Light. Either way, Derplander ends up having to become WoD to reverse these outcomes. Might end up traveling to another shard a la Abyssea, or time-traveling back to ancient Amdapor. I don't see the Scions being out of commission for too long if they're supposed to be available for the Trust system. Thancred might end up getting training from Gaius to compensate for his damaged aether, and become a gunblade tank as hinted in the trailer. Some people theorize that he's escorting young Minfilia / Minfilia in a new body, but we'll just have to wait and see.