Sunday, 14 September 2014

Friends Forever

After maxing out your reputation with every beast tribe, you can unlock one final, long, heart-warming quest that will make you think twice before hurting another beastman again! This is a tl;dr entry but may contain some spoilers!

Let's start with this asshole. A blood-thirsty sellsword that was hired to take out beastmen and gather their corpses for "experiments"! Strawberry isn't having any of that nonsense.

Gathering up other Eorzeans that aided her during the beast tribe quests, Strawberry hatches a plan to take out this sword-humping Miqo'te, and save the remaining captured beastmen!

After forcing a certain someone to wear a pretty, frilly dress, of course.

Having discovered the master plan was a bunch of filthy rich Lalafell alchemists hoping to get even richer by creating an augmented army of undead beastmen, the sellsword draws his blade and demands a fight to the death. After all, he's not in it for the cash, just for the thrill of battle!

...But who will challenge him?

Wait...what's this?!

It can't be...!

It is! It's the Beastmen Alliance!

Fuelled by revenge for kidnapping their kin, the beastmen band together and take out the kidnapper once and for all! Or so they thought...!

By feinting a fall, he managed to escape on one of the Lalafell's airships!

...or so he thought! The airship was blown to smithereens thanks to those pesky Kobold!

The alchemist's furnace - which contained the forbidden elixir to animate the dead - was taken out by Strawberry, and after calling the authorities, the story came to its happy ending.

Friends Forever was incredibly fun, engaging, and satisfying to complete. The beast tribe quests were originally introduced in December 2013, and now - nine months later - they came to a perfect conclusion!

As for rewards, just seeing this screen would have been enough - but wait, there's more!

The sellsword's unique mask "Sable Death", which can be glamoured onto any headpiece. Players also unlock the title "The Negotiator", and new wares become available from each beast tribe's vendor, including:

A new Amalj'aa minion!

A new Sahagin minion!

A new Ixal minion!

A new Sylph minion!

...and of course, a new Kobold minion.

If you haven't done these quests yet, what are you waiting for?! Grind them out! It's well worth it in the end!

Thanks for reading!

That's Ixal, Folks!

At long last, the Ixal's Dezul Qualan was finally complete and ready for it's first test run after tying up a few loose ends between father and son!




And fly it did! Nothing will stand in its way!

Of course, it was just a test run. There are still many wrinkles to iron out, but Strawberry will leave that to the professionals!

Squawk! All beast tribe daily quests complete! There's just one more thing left to do...

...reunite them all!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Best Buds

A few Free Company members requested to be featured on the blog, so here is a small selection of us having some fun!

I've been playing around on Rie's account recently, trying to take away the pain of gathering Atma - it was fun!

Here she is casting Meteor during Leviathan Extreme!

G'rahz came back after moving house and we unlocked his Expert Roulette together!

Aeyzir also returned and our usual silly Skype sessions continued!

She even teamed up with Rie to knock out those Atma!

Aeyzir is also just the correct height for Strawberry to cop a feel. Lewd.

Lastly, here's Mariot and Strawberry watering some Krakka Roots with...champagne?!

I'm still not sure how gardening works, but thanks for reading!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Greatest Story

The last thing Strawberry had left to do from Patch 2.3 was The Greatest Story Never Told quest.

Unlike other quests, there were no map markers or quest log entries. Careful reading and problem solving, combined with a deep knowledge of Eorzea were all required to challenge these series of quests!

I did the quest together with Llyria, however, it seems the quests, clues and locations needed change every time, meaning even with a friend you will have to solve your own problems!

It was the best three hours I've spent in FFXIV recently! I often complain that that game is too easy, but this was the kind of challenge I want to see more of in the future!

Coming Along Nicely!

Ixal Beast Tribe Reputation Up!

Strawberry is currently at Rank 6 and the Dezul Qualan is coming along nicely! here are some progress pictures:

Rank 3

Rank 4

Rank 5

Just one more rank to go before the Ixal can reclaim the sky!