FFXIV – My Adventures in Eorzea

It’s JRPGJuly with Chic Pixel! Check out this post to learn more and how you can participate! If you know me at all, you won’t be surprised to see that my JRPGJuly post is Final Fantasy XIV.

I never thought I would ever be so obsessed with an MMORPG. I was always very squeamish about playing video games online with strangers, so I gave MMOs a wide berth. I was going through a hard time in 2016 and when I got back from my trip to Japan, I decided to get back into gaming. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to play, but I did know that I wanted something very immersive with a lot of content to occupy my time. I started actually considering playing an MMO. I was curious about FFXIV after visiting Cafe Eorzea, so I did a bit of research. I was pleased to find that FFXIV is a casual-friendly MMO that can be played mostly solo. And when a party is required, the game will match you up with other people rather than requiring you to ask people to party up. I didn’t have to talk to people! You could also level all of the fighting and crafting jobs on one character – that was bound to keep a completionist gamer like me busy! So in November 2016, I purchased A Realm Reborn and Heavensward and my journey as Eorzea’s Warrior of Light began.

Fast forward to today, and I still play almost every day. I’m in a Free Company (FFXIV’s term for a guild) with my boyfriend and I’m actually making an effort to socialize with other players. I try to help new players when I can and would like to eventually become an in-game mentor. I’ve developed a passion for FFXIV, I love everything about it – especially the incredibly rich lore and world-building. It will forever be a very special game in my heart.

I only have one character: Tsukhi Epocan on the Adamantoise server. Tsukhi is a Keeper of the Moon Miqo’te. Her name means moon in Japanese, and if you are wondering about the spelling, I included an H – “aitch” – from the Miqo’te language. It’s pronounced with a hissing sound for Miqo’te, but for all other races, the “aitch” is silent and you use the Japanese pronunciation. I tried to make her look like me and I would consider her an alter-ego…but she is just as awkward as I am. 。(*^▽^*)ゞ

Kawaii Tsukhi

My main job is always and forever Summoner. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of having a familiar  in stories such as Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. And of course I love Summoners in Final Fantasy, beginning with Rydia in FFIV. I knew right away that I wanted to be a Summoner in FFXIV. And could Carbuncle be any more cute?

Summoner 1

I don’t know what I want my secondary job to be yet, so I’m currently working on leveling every job to see what speaks to me. I do love Dragoon quite a lot so far! But my secondary job should be another role besides DPS. We’ll see! I’ve completed the entire main story up to patch 4.3, all of the 24-man Alliance Raids, all end-game dungeons and trials (I am missing some extremes due to nerves hehe), and most of the normal mode 8-man raids (the exception is Alexander since it’s a bit older Heavensward content it was hard to get into prior to the Raid Roulette and now I’m just being lazy about it), and I’m trying to get up the courage to run Omega Savage so I can bring my iLVL higher than 358. I don’t consider myself a true casual, but I don’t have the time or skill for hardcore raiding, so I would say I’m…midcore? We’ll go with that! ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧ I definitely try to complete as much content as I can – I’ve done every single sidequest in ARR and HW for example haha. No exclamation point is safe from me. I’m only holding off on SB sidequests to use them for leveling other jobs. And I’ve finally started to level my crafters and gatherers, which has been an interesting and fun venture as I enter the world of collectibles and scrips.

I’ll continue to share what I’m up to in Eorzea regularly, so please look forward to it! (*^ω^*)