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  1. To cut it short, before the founding of Gridania, the races of man living in the Shroud were mostly elezen and hyur, and lived underground in a vast network of connected caves/cities that was called Gelmorra, until the Spoken residents of the Shroud managed to get the Elementals pissed at them enough to ban them out of the forest. Meanwhile, Gelmorrans developped conjury and were taught by the moogles to reach out to the elementals, and finally managed to get acceptance in the place of the Ixal. When this happened, the majority of the population migrated out of the caves of Gelmorra, except a few, for whom it was just unthinkable to leave the city that has been home to them for generations. Those few would become the duskwight elezen, while the others would become the wildwoods, who founded Gridania. The Duskwight resented all the others deeply for leaving, because without enough arms it was just impossible to sustain Gelmorra and it started collapsing and turning into disarray and ruins over time. A lot of them started of course to turn to less than savory business to survive and got at odds many times with gridanians. Duskwights are often seen as barely better than scum by some of the most bigoted wildwoods now. If you're interested into more, you can try doing the lancer questline for example. Or read this.
  2. I would love to answer but I have no idea. I'm not sure lore even touched that subject even once... We sure had our fair amount of silly quests with your usual japanese cross-dressing silly walking tropes (like Trachtoum, etc), but nothing even remotely touching seriously the actual matter of transitioning and gender identities, but maybe I missed some unicorn somewhere.
  3. 1) Dalmasca is described as one huge melting pot of cultures and races. if you look at its demographics, it's actually very, very diverse (Dalmascan Hyur 40%, Bangaa 20%, Seeq 10%, Viera 5%, Others 25%). Being of any race in there doesn't even ask for many justifications. Generally you can perfectly play any race coming from any city or part of the world, though some places obviously don't have some races as natives so you could have to spin things a bit around (they're part of a merchant enclave, they're a foreign mercenary, whatever). Fortunately here, you couldn't find better than the Kingdom of Dalmasca when it comes to mixed races and racial tolerance. 2) I have no idea how common they are in the RP community. I feel like they're rather numerous but I don't RP much anymore. In lore however, they're rather uncommon, since they're part of a taboo, which is interracial mingling, at least in Eorzea. They indeed face a lot of discrimination and misunderstanding from the majority of your average joes. It's however a subject that's way more open and carefree among the more traveled and liberal adventurers. Also, so far, we have literally no confirmation as far as I know if halfbreeds are sterile or not. I would assume not at least in the case of halfbreeds of the same race, like Seekers/Keepers, since a lot of NPCs for example tend to exhibit some odd traits from the other subrace (like seekers with round eyes). 3) What do you mean by the Mist? We don't yet know fully what the Echo is in lore, but we still have a good idea of some of its capabilities, that tend to vary a lot between individuals gifted by it (able to understand all languages, able to predict imminent things, able to read people's past, etc). We also know all Ascians have it, and that it prevents people with it to be tempered by primals usually. It's also... not that a common knowledge in Eorzea among the rabble, but it's not that a rare piece of knowledge either.
  4. Just chiming in, I have literally no idea where this idea that "only the wol can slay primals or fight them" comes from. We've known as far as back from ARR that the Grand Companies used to fight them by throwing at them enough bodies that not all of them can be tempered (cf, among others, the Company of Heroes). At best the long discussed idea in there was more about "how often beast tribes summon primals", and over the years we got slowly more details that seem to vaguely point out to "often enough". Again, there is a big difference between Lore and Personal RP boundaries. If some people don't want to play or interact with specific elements of the lore that don't fit with their RP or stories, because it's either way too powerful, or snowflaky, or doesn't make sense for their character to even have access to something, or that they don't want to step into WoL stuff territory, or just because they don't like it, doesn't mean they're refusing those lore bits specifically. There is a huge difference between refusing to interact with some lore aspects and telling that said lore aspects are wrong and don't exist. Edit: heh, sharing those because they're actually hilarious:
  5. Your character name just means that they're not from one of the big clan surnames that a lot of keepers use (default surnames), but rather a less spread surname. I don't see any big issue. As long as it sounds keeper of the moon enough to you.
  6. This has very little to do with lore. This is touching essentially what is roleplay boundaries. It is essentially repeating in great words what everybody on these forums have been telling for years: "do what you want". The lore remains the lore, and we will see it get new details and info as the game progresses, that is the nature of the beast. What you choose to do with lore and how you want to interpret it at any given time is a whole other story.
  7. Keep in mind it's my way of doing things. It's not the only one way, the goal is to find your own personal twists ultimately. Just remember, you roleplay a character in a fictional world, not yourself in that world. Lots of people forget that.
  8. This is not a lore ruling, this is basically him telling people "spin your own stories, give them meaning the way you like" The last line is pretty telling in itself.
  9. What you probably want to do first is to determine what kind of character you're trying to play. There are many ways to go about it, but never, ever start with the backstory (which also asks for lore knowledge to some extent) to try after that to plug awkwardly a character concept on top of it. First focus on the character itself and what defines her, and her personality. You can perfectly use tropes and already existing characters from movies or works you like, if possible many of those, and take the things you like in them. But the main idea would be to generate a solid basis on what are the fondamentals that define her and will always define her in some way. Find 5-6 keywords that would immediately come to mind. If I tell you Han Solo, everyone will probably give you similar words: "dashing, rogue, cynical, carefree, selfish, adventurous", or variations along those lines. You'll notice that most of those are positive, but I made sure to insert some grey or negative ones too. You want to make sure you do that too. The more you insert, the more flaws the final version of your character will probably tend to exude. Those are very important, they make your character humane, and prove even more important than qualities specifically for the reason that they leave room for said character to improve upon, to evolve, and to generate conflict. I know a lot of roleplayers don't do that, and sometimes you have to grit your teeth while your character might sometimes pass for the annoying fuck because in comparison everyone is portrayed as a perfect individual, but trust me, that's the difference between playing a mary sue and a believable, 3 dimensional character that isn't just your dream character that only you will drool over. So in any case, try to find a good balance between defining traits. Once you're there you'll have a better basis to start imagining things. You'll make links with characters from works you already know and that you like. With that work done, you'll have to start deciding what kind of power level you're about to enter and define the general tone of your character. It means that some groups of players tend to play very high powered character tropes that will act like powerful warriors, mages, researchers, leaders, whatever, while other players will choose the everyday eozean life and play your regular adventurers (which is a middle ground), or sometimes even the very common joe, like peasants, the local blacksmith, the local wood wailer trying to improve the life of their family, etc. This will probably have an effect on what RP groups you'll try reaching. It also means that you'll maybe be tempted to play more comedy characters in a light hearted setting, or that you're all about the drama, or just about epic adventurers and heroic things, or maybe just slice of life. This doesn't mean by any means that you'll stick to a single one of those (you'll be able to adapt your character!), but it definitely will help you find what kind of character you're after. When you've define what kind of character concept/archetype you're after, then it's just up to your personal roleplay skills to translate that into live situations. And you can also start tackling the matter of the character story. You'll see it's a lot easier to already have a character concept ("my character is a strong willed, head butted, no nonsense, a colossus of a man, ala mhigan highlander because I just love ala-mhigo!"), to then give you ideas and directions naturally about their backstory ("Thy fled ala-migho when it was conquered by garleans, lived dirt poor in the sewers of Uldah before finding a a job for their physical skills as a nocxius in the gladiator pit of the blood sands, until they made a fortune of their exploits in there and bought their freedom!"). Well, that was Raubahn, the bull of Ala Mhigo, but you get the idea. Past that point you'll probably be able to start working on fleshing out secondary details, like what do you character believe in, what are their political views if they have some, what they like, what they love doing, what they dislike, what they detest doing, etc. And ultimately what are their goals in life? What are they currently trying to achieve? What is their job and do they make a living? That will determine what you're character is usually found doing, create RP hooks for other characters to link with yours, etc. It will also define how your character behaves and acts with other people and for what reasons. It's basically about finding a drive to your character.
  10. If you want more info on soul crystals
  11. There is no lore indication of such a thing, however soul crystals are an allagan creation so I would find it unlikely that garleans don't know about them. The only logical conclusion would be for them to either use them for some things, or just decided not to use them, although I find it unlikely considering that everything allagan, they unearth and desperately try to make work. However it's also possible that their lack of affinity to aetherial feats just bars them from using such crystals to begin with, which is a very high probability in my opinion. In any case you don't necessarily need a soul crystal for a lot of jobs, even if some definitely require those (WhM, BLM, SCH, MCH).
  12. It's what most people assume about that 14th council member. It's made pretty clear in the various quests in the city, but we lack a clear link between them and the WoL besides what Emet Selch sees the WoL as before the final confrontation. The reason however, is pretty obvious and linked between the ideological conflict between Hydaelyn followers and Zodiark followers.
  13. Valence

    New to rp..

    Having a bit of rough backstory is always good but I feel like a lot of RPer focus too much on that when they should really focus on fleshing out their character concept first. Define their personality and what they are, what you want them to feel like. Use character archetypes, mix them together, keep what you like and toss what you don't want. Don't hesitate to challenge said archetypes with different takes. If you (and after, the people you RP with) can describe your character in one sentence, and find like 5 key words / adjectives that absolutely define your character, then the base is already solid. If you can't, then it means that your character is still unclear and vague in your mind, and that they won't stand out. The character backstory is a red herring. You create it to support your character concept and explains how they got their, and then anchor them into the lore with it. It's a cement, but not the foundation. It serves the character, and not the other way around.
  14. This recent interview contains some potential huge lorebombs, some on ShB (intentional greek named Amaurotine places, Sharlayan anyone?), and some on races, like Keepers of the Moons (ancient lore family names being words descending from potentially ancient Amaurot or the first offspring of the city after the Sundering?).
  15. We have no clear, hard rule on how half breeding work. From the few examples here and there found ingame or in the story, and without speaking about interclan breeding but actual interracial stuff, things would tend to point at the offspring taking on more on the mother side, especially on the frame and size for obvious birthing reasons (I mean it's the same IRL anyway). Hilda keeps a hyuran frame, Arenvald a highlander one, etc. We also heard of a Ruby Princess mixed with a hyur fisherman father, and she is said to have been au'ra in appearance, but almost devoid of scales. All in all I would say that what we have seen of it leaves a bit of freedom for people to create their own thing. Dalmasca was known as one of the most diverse nations when it came to its demographics so I would really not sweat it about roegadyns here. 25% of "others" is quite a sizeable amount of whatever race that isn't Hyur, Viera, or Banga... Otherwise the Calamity struck Eorzea the hardest since the elder primal Bahamut also obviously focused mostly on Carteneau before being stopped by Louisoix, but the biggest part of the Calamity was actually Dalamud itself that exploded and sent wreckages and colossal chunks all around, nuking the land. This struck Eorzea the hardest, but you can bet that they felt some of it in other regions. This is a Calamity after all. Imagine a smaller version of the moon crashing down on the planet, even if most of its kinetic force was dampened before impact and the thing exploded...
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