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  1. I wouldn't call the dragoon thing straight up impossible, else the Warrior of Light wouldn't have managed it (ok, they used a soul to get to that point, but the fact remains that an outsider becoming a dragoon is possible, even if it is incredibly unlikely). If it was entirely impossible, that would have been gone from my backstory ASAP (whilst I wouldn't call myself hardcore, I try to at least respect the lore, even if I do sometimes bend it). But I won't argue with the fact that it's still meh and can cause IC problems. One thing I have thought of over the past day or so is an idea to 'blur' out the whole thing. i.e. keep it in, but obscure the details both OOCly and ICly in order to not OPENLY cause scepticism. Fact is, it has no relevance whatsoever with Riku's current situation apart from being part of his skill-set. If I reduced it to something as simple as "Riku was a lancer who helped out in Coerthas for a while", it could still refer to a dragoon if some people still wish to RP that fact, but to everyone else, it could mean any number of possible jobs. Would that be a sufficient compromise? Dragoons going off to help kill dragons in Coerthas is perfectly reasonable. That's more-or-less what the whole section of Riku's past is based around anyway. That said, he was more a basic lancer when he started, but a knight saw his potential and so trained him in Dragoon combat (the word azure may have been floating around my wiki for a while, but that's just another left-over thing from when it was fine RPing that sorta thing, and has since been erased ). Riku essentially worked for that knight from then-on, essentially serving Ishgard by proxy. That's basically how it is. I never said Riku was an "Ishgardian Dragoon", nor did I insinuate he had even set fut in Ishgard before its gates were opened (fact is, he never did). Either people still have issues with the above paragraph, or those disagreeing with the whole Dragoon thing jumped to conclusions. I'm willing to bet it's because the word "serve" was being mistaken as "military service", when I was simply using it in its literal sense.
  2. I wouldn't call the dragoon thing straight up impossible, else the Warrior of Light wouldn't have managed it (ok, they used a soul to get to that point, but the fact remains that an outsider becoming a dragoon is possible, even if it is incredibly unlikely). If it was entirely impossible, that would have been gone from my backstory ASAP (whilst I wouldn't call myself hardcore, I try to at least respect the lore, even if I do sometimes bend it). But I won't argue with the fact that it's still meh and can cause IC problems. One thing I have thought of over the past day or so is an idea to 'blur' out the whole thing. i.e. keep it in, but obscure the details both OOCly and ICly in order to not OPENLY cause scepticism. Fact is, it has no relevance whatsoever with Riku's current situation apart from being part of his skill-set. If I reduced it to something as simple as "Riku was a lancer who helped out in Coerthas for a while", it could still refer to a dragoon if some people still wish to RP that fact, but to everyone else, it could mean any number of possible jobs. Would that be a sufficient compromise?
  3. Ok, so... having slept and having had time to think about this (and clear my head of the stress), there are a few points I wanted to make here that I hope are received a lot better than my opening post. Much of it is to do with the backstory stuff that raised a lot of eyebrows. Naturally, this is more for those who have OOC issues with that stuff. If someone has IC issues, then that sort of disbelief just causes more stuff to RP over, right? 1) The dragoon stuff. I just want to clarify that this stuff was actually RPed out as jobs became available pre-2.0. This kinda thing was normal back then amongst the people I RPed with (most of whom were part of the RPC). Back then it wasn't a case of "no, you can't be that job because of X" it was more "you've got an excuse as to why you can be that job? Ok, good." Naturally, there was less lore to work with, so less impeding information, but if I change that part of my character's backstory, would that be fair on the people I've RPed with? It'd make it a retcon that could cause conflict with what other people have recorded/remembered with regards to my character. If there was at any point a general consensus to retcon jobs like Dragoon at some point and there is something like a thread or something to which a lot of people agreed on the concept, then if that proof was brought to me, I might consider changing things (I couldn't care less whether or not this exists in my character backstory on a personal level, my only care is about changing information that others may still believe). Naturally, there will always be characters with IC issues over this bit of information, but none of it was supplied ICly, so unless Riku was to blab about it during RP (which he wouldn't... he doesn't talk about his past much), it should really be a non-issue. 2) Age. Yes, my character looks young, and yes that would cause many IC issues. Good. The more to argue over, the more content to RP, right? However, for those put off OOCly by it, naturally,you're entitled for that. Some people want to get down and gritty with the realistic stuff. But this is Final Fantasy, and there will always be that anime-esque side to things. In FFIX, your party included a 6-year-old summoner. In FFXII, sometimes Larsa joined the party as a guest, and he was what, 13? Yet he could keep up with the rest of the party (which included a war veteran, remember) and specialised in melee combat. As for FFXIV, there's a whole city state run by what are essentially eternal children (yes, I'm talking about the Padjal of Gridania), and let's not forget Alphinaud (Yes, as an elezen he could well be old enough to be of the age that other races consider adult, and yes, his physical age is probably older than Riku's, but it doesn't change the fact that despite not being an adult, he started the Scion equivalent of a Grand Company and is a skilled arcanist to boot). This sort of stuff happens in Final Fantasy. I may be willing to up my character's apparent age to 13 (any more, and I'd have to change more than I really want to), but that all depends on whether that would make a difference to anyone or not from an OOC acceptability standpoint. 3) The thread itself. I was definitely trying to be interesting and humorous with my opening post. I think the problematic part was this bit (correct me if I'm wrong): "Obviously, the first to get in contact, arrange an RP then initiate said RP is more likely to get me." I did not mean for it to come across as though I wanted them to do all the RP arrangements etc, arrangement of RP is a two-sided affair, as both sides need to be available for it and need to be at the specified venue. All I meant was that the first to be available for an RP based around the recruitment would have a higher chance at getting Riku into their ranks on account of having the first pick. Furthermore, the IC issue does not mean an FC has to go "hey, heard of this guy? He seems awesome, let's recruit him!" or something along those lines. It could just be the case of Riku approaching an FC for a non-employment-based reason, and then someone going "hey, you might fit in here, you know!". 4) Type of FC. Despite Riku's talents being combat-centric, it doesn't have to be a combat-centric FC. Before ARR, Riku was part of an odd-jobs mercenary guild who did all sorts of things from delivering letters to finding cats to taking out notorious monsters. Riku's willingness to help people would be a big reason to attract such an FC, even if he's initially recruited to do chore-based stuff (or maybe someone could see him as a potential student for a combat role and take him in to train him). There's always then the chance that Riku can convince the guild he can fight through his actions and capabilities once they get to know him. 5) Following up. By all means, I don't expect FC recruiters to be on the look out for me in-game or something with them doing all the leg work. A post here to say "my FC would be willing to accept this character/recruitment scenario" is more than enough. Once I know who I can contact and what FC they belong to, I can then get in touch with them about the RP and/or other terms/requirements. Admittedly, I may be hesitant to do that for a couple of days, because a lot of the replies here have damaged my motivation, but that doesn't change what my plans are. From this point on, may I ask that nobody derails this thread through arguing with my character background (beyond replying to some of the questions left in this post) and/or age or with accusations based on what they believe my motivations to be? That stuff has been discussed to death and I think we should move on from it.
  4. Well then I definitely done goofed. I blame everyone who came before you for ruining this sort of pitch, and myself for posting in the morning. I personally don't buy it and think its a cover up for the way the thread went. If this was an interest check, solo emoters who won't put themselves out there but expect everyone to walk up to them instead, well, they are also only interest checking. Just my opinion, it doesn't really amount to much lol. I probably deserved that. This thread turned out to be such a mess, I'm not surprised if this is how many people now think of me. Even so, this thread is what it is; and I was certainly hoping for a lot less attention than I got >.<.
  5. It's also possible a lot of people (me, at the very least) are jaded when it comes to this sort of reverse-connection making. It's one thing to be like "Hey, I want an FC but ICly wouldn't go after one, anyone want to work something out?" and another one to say "Go out of your way to RP with me, I might not join you anyway. I'm just here waiting for you to come RP with me!" Again, it puts the onus of the meeting entirely on the unidentified second party. Rather than looking through the LS section or asking about FCs (the job hunting part) you're asking everyone else to come to you so you can see if you'd fit (the job recruitment part). Maybe I'm just misreading all of this, though: Are the hits you got on the first page what you're looking for? The ooc invites to events to make things happen? If so, you can safely ignore everything I'm saying. The hits are the sorta thing I'm after. This was meant to be an interest check sorta thing >.<
  6. I was planning to use this thread as a sorta initial tool to see what options are out there for 1) my character and 2) the IC requirements for Riku to join an FC, and then look into FCs from there. Also, it's only one aspect of the whole thing, as I have also been discussing with FC recruiters through tells as well. I think though that the whole challenge metaphor thing might have been a bad idea on my part though, as it makes it look like I'm using this thread as the sole method for finding FCs. I guess that's the way things go though. Perhaps, I should have just kept my mouth shut and got on with things in private >.<
  7. This sort of thing happens too frequently around here, to be honest. Lots of people doing a similar thing to "Okay, I'm here! Come get me!" without actually trying to engage people, instead wanting to be engaged. Related, there was a rash of "Why doesn't anyone RP with me" posts that all basically broke down to "I never approach anyone, my character is shy and walled-off and they're hard to get along with, but how come no one wants to invest hours into cracking my shell?" It's good to have hooks, but being approachable (or better, doing the approaching!) is always going to get you more connections than throwing open your arms and screaming HERE I AM. Also, clarifications: Lalafell are predominant in Eorzea, especially Thanalan. Saying people can't tell how old he is is insulting to the mixed culture going on. Ishgard's not racist, they're xenophobic. Subtle but distinct differences. It's okay to trust people not to metagame and reveal secret backstory stuff if it helps work towards connecting with the character in the long term. Your wiki has a curious description for age, and I don't have any idea how to relate to your character as a result.? Edit: Despite the inferred tone of some of these statements in the thread, I'm 78% sure people are just wanting to help. We're just sometimes very, very bad at it nicely. I think I see the point to this, but even so, I still think I'm being misunderstood in terms of what I'm trying to achieve with his thread, but I'm not going to argue if that's the way I'm coming across. As for my wiki, I'm actually part-way-through re-writing it, mostly editing out parts that were added on a whim (heck I went through a whole nudism phase at some point that I should really edit out of my character wiki, given that I've matured past that and it no longer applies >.<) or segments that make little sense. Also if I can figure a way to spoiler box stuff or something in a way that makes certain spoiler information optional, then I'll add such stuff in, although I'm sorta worried that it might seem a little... weird.
  8. One can serve a nation without being their soldier. Like in the main scenario quests, the player does plenty of work for the Coerthan knights, thereby 'serving' them. Riku served Ishgard by proxy, but still served Ishgard. I never said he was an Ishgardian soldier, I never said he was accepted into Ishgardian society. Secondly, whilst I may have skimmed through a lot of the job quest dialogue, I saw no mention of the player being a Gridanian dragoon in the job quest. Granted, I reached 50 dragoon BEFORE 2.0 so things may have changed in the quest. Perhaps I missed something or perhaps that was something added in after ARR, whatever the case, Riku was still a dragoon, and he still served Ishgard, so my opening post does not change.
  9. 1) Lalafell should be able to tell each others' ages, so age appearance does matter between lalafell. As for Riku's actual age, I consider that to be backstory-plot-based spoilers. 2) Race doesn't matter during the dragoon job storyline. If a lalafell can become a dragoon in the job quest, a lalafell can become a dragoon through RP. There is no lore more canon than the game itself. And whilst I'd never claim my character has the same 'specialness' to them as that storyline insinuates, Riku has had the capacity to wield a lance skillfully enough to be picked up by the knights of Coerthas. And as the knights in coerthas serve Ishgard, Riku did by extension. Furthermore, back then, I'd seen plenty of people RPing as dragoons in full-armour. Whether or not this fits the RPC standards nowadays, who knows, but that was the way of things. 3) Riku's name is also related to spoilers. I'm not stupid enough to have not thought about naming stuff after playing FFXIV since... 1.6-ish. 1. Okay. Then his apparent age is not 10 years old. His apparent age is whatever a Lalafell his age looks like. Age appearance isn't measured by how a Hyur looks. You don't look at a pug dog and try to guess its age based on how a human baby looks. 2. Are there any Lalafell in the ranks of the Knights of Coerthas? As far as I know every one of them is an Ishgardian Elezen. Ishgardians view other races as lesser beings. 3. Nobody called you stupid, and the length of time in which you have played is about as relevant as the color of your hair IRL. It is good that you are aware of Lalafell naming mechanics. Some long time players may not know the difference because they simply did not notice the pattern difference. It's an easy mistake. I'd suggest highlighting such a prominent thing and explaining, "Hey, other people especially Lalafell might notice his name is off. There is a secret behind this that is yet to be revealed!" Ok so... 1) I don't recall saying anything about looking like a 10-year-old hyur. A 10-year-old lalafell still looks like a 10-year-old lalafell. 2) I don't think it matters what the knights are race-wise. The fact is, in the job quest, it's still possible for a Lalafell to be a dragoon. And neither the player (if said player is a lala) nor Tataru is treated particularly lesserly (not a word, I know) for being a lalafell than any other race in the heavensward quest. Fact is, just like with the main quest, if someone shows they have the capability to help ishgard, then the knights would have nothing against having their help. Of course, it takes quite a while to persuade the coerthans that a non-ishgardian is worthy of such treatment, but I never said Riku obtaining his position was a walk in the park, 3) Ok, I admit I lost it a little there... >.<... I wasn't trying to insinuate anyone was calling me stupid, I was just feeling overly defensive and went a bit too far. For that, I apologise. But really, for the case of seeing which FCs would accept my character, the name really isn't a factor, so I didn't feel the need to explain it.
  10. The thing with this is that I want to get involved with a community such as an FC as it means easier access to RP and events, but my character is someone who doesn't really care about whether he's part of an organisation or not. And it's not really a case of changing things with Riku's personality to fit my OOC need, because I've been RPing him for years so it's already pretty established. That's not to say Riku can't go out and visit an FC for whatever reason (it could be he has a freelance job to deliver something to an FC or whatever); it's just he's not ICly seeking employment (though he wouldn't turn down an offer that seems attractive to him). On an OOC level, this is me taking an initiative (possibly not the highest level of initiative possible, but I'd still think of it as some form of initiative action). I'm essentially asking FCs if any of them have room for a character like mine. They don't have to do all the work setting up the RP or anything, all I need is to see what kind of FCs would accept my character and once contact is made, things can than be set up on both sides. Easier to write one message down on a public area than send many off to multiple FCs - this isn't job seeking after all, it's RP, and it's meant to be fun . It's me getting my name out there for those who are interested, and at the same time, taking names of FCs who are interested. And even if all the FCs fail to ICly recruit Riku or none have the time for an RP based around the idea, I'd have still made contact with members of the community whom I can then potentially keep in contact with for future RPs. This is probably going to sound overly-negative and I apologize for that in advance, as well as the potential derail in your thread. You're not taking an initiative. It's the opposite. You're doing that thing in the Quicksand where someone emotes that they're drinking something and waiting for someone to swoop in and pluck you up for RP adventures. By your own acknowledgement your character doesn't care if he's in an FC or not, yet you're asking other people to track you down ICly and coerce your ambivalent character into joining them. It isn't a job seeking for you, but it is job recruitment for everyone else. You're asking for multiple groups to spend time making you the center of their attention for even just a short while. All the same, I do hope you find what you're looking for. I just wanted you to be aware of how you potentially sound. I think the issue is my wording on the opening post, and for that I apologise. I was playing with the whole challenge metaphor and got carried away. I'm going to go through some of the points here in the hope that it prevents further issues. 1) I'm not particularly asking to be tracked down. There are plenty of options where my character can come across an FC himself and then get asked to join. What I was trying to do was to make the point that whilst Riku wouldn't ask to be recruited, I'm on the look out for an RP FC that would accept Riku and be able to ICly recruit him after whatever RP to do so is to take place. All I'm really trying to ask is "who has an RP FC that would suit my character, and would they be willing to do this particular RP structure as the IC part of recruitment?". 2) Is not the point of the making connections forum for advertising oneself for specific RP activity? It's the same as an FC advertising themselves to potential members via shouts etc, right? All I'm trying to do is see who is ok with the criteria for what I'm looking for. I don't think I'd compare it to emoting and waiting for replies for anyone, what I'm more trying to do is the equivalent of /shouting "Anyone up for RP?". If it doesn't look that way, then that's still my fault, I guess, but that's the sort of intention I have >.<
  11. 1) Lalafell should be able to tell each others' ages, so age appearance does matter between lalafell. As for Riku's actual age, I consider that to be backstory-plot-based spoilers. 2) Race doesn't matter during the dragoon job storyline. If a lalafell can become a dragoon in the job quest, a lalafell can become a dragoon through RP. There is no lore more canon than the game itself. And whilst I'd never claim my character has the same 'specialness' to them as that storyline insinuates, Riku has had the capacity to wield a lance skillfully enough to be picked up by the knights of Coerthas. And as the knights in coerthas serve Ishgard, Riku did by extension. Furthermore, back then, I'd seen plenty of people RPing as dragoons in full-armour. Whether or not this fits the RPC standards nowadays, who knows, but that was the way of things. 3) Riku's name is also related to spoilers. I'm not stupid enough to have not thought about naming stuff after playing FFXIV since... 1.6-ish.
  12. The thing with this is that I want to get involved with a community such as an FC as it means easier access to RP and events, but my character is someone who doesn't really care about whether he's part of an organisation or not. And it's not really a case of changing things with Riku's personality to fit my OOC need, because I've been RPing him for years so it's already pretty established. That's not to say Riku can't go out and visit an FC for whatever reason (it could be he has a freelance job to deliver something to an FC or whatever); it's just he's not ICly seeking employment (though he wouldn't turn down an offer that seems attractive to him). On an OOC level, this is me taking an initiative (possibly not the highest level of initiative possible, but I'd still think of it as some form of initiative action). I'm essentially asking FCs if any of them have room for a character like mine. They don't have to do all the work setting up the RP or anything, all I need is to see what kind of FCs would accept my character and once contact is made, things can than be set up on both sides. Easier to write one message down on a public area than send many off to multiple FCs - this isn't job seeking after all, it's RP, and it's meant to be fun . It's me getting my name out there for those who are interested, and at the same time, taking names of FCs who are interested. And even if all the FCs fail to ICly recruit Riku or none have the time for an RP based around the idea, I'd have still made contact with members of the community whom I can then potentially keep in contact with for future RPs.
  13. Thing is though, given that SE tend to use the same character model for lalafell children as it does with adults, it appears that non-lalafell characters would find it difficult to identify a lalafell's age without being told beforehand (especially with regards to Domans and Ishgardians). Also, prior to ARR, Riku was in a sort of odd-jobs mercenary guild and tagged along in the odd battle, so I haven't had any prior issues with my character's age (although back then, Riku didn't actually know how old he was and claimed he was 15).
  14. It may interest you to know that a certain lalafell character currently does not have an FC. Therefore, I am setting down this challenge; whoever wants Riku to join their FC, it is time to come forward! So recruiters and FC leaders, you may want to know what exactly this challenge entails. Well, essentially, I will only join an FC if my character is recruited ICly. Essentially put, you'll have to try to persuade my character to join your FC (naturally, only IC FCs count, or FCs that represent one or more IC organisation) through RP - no OOC communications or plans will be taken into account during making the decision. Obviously, the first to get in contact, arrange an RP then initiate said RP is more likely to get me. There has already been some interest from one or two FCs already, but as neither have tried IC recruitment, they will not be given preferential treatment. So yes, this is basically a 'looking for FC' thread with a twist; but now you'll be asking "what sort of character is this Riku guy?" Riku Toiiku is a young lalafell who appears to be about 10-12 years of age. His actual age, however, is a lot more complicated than that. Riku used to be a dragoon and served Ishgard for a time, but after tiring of civilisation and living in the wild for a year or so, his discipline has become dulled and he has grown in favour of using small blades. Riku's combat style is focused around speed and agility. His physical strength is poor, even for a child, but that doesn't make him any less deadly. Whilst he has a lot of room for improvement, Riku's combat abilities are generally above that of most soldiers and are on similar levels to some of Eorzea's more elite heroes. His poor physical strength does limit his effectiveness in some combat situations, however, and his dislike for killing conflicts heavily with his reliance on sharp weaponry. Riku right now is an adventurer who seeks to help people out and generally make people safe and happy. He is more likely to join an FC based around this purpose. Riku has untapped potential for genius in the fields of mathematics, physics and music. He would make a good student for FCs focused on these areas. He is largely uneducated (or at most, self-educated), however. He has had minor practice at arcany, so an arcanist-based FC is not out of the question. Riku can be described as neutral-good. He does everything in his power to live a selfless existence and help those in need; and whilst he respects laws and rules, he won't hesitate to break them if they conflict with his beliefs. So there you have it. I hope at least someone is interested .
  15. For some reason, I keep reading this as "chomping onions". Makes me picture someone sat a a computer with an onion in one hand as they take a huge bite out of it, whilst typing with the other hand I have cried during RP though, usually over silly little things. Riku is a bit of a crybaby sometimes, and so am I (I'll admit to having cried over being ICly picked on ).
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