Sunday, 9 November 2014

Dreams of Ice

Something is brewing in Eorzea...time to help the Scions out again!

The entire first section of the main scenario quests were fluff. They felt like one, giant, long advertisement for the new Ninja job. However, once things started to heat up in Coerthas, that's when the story got interesting!

There's a new Garlean leader in charge, and he means business. I mean, just look at that cloth texture. That kind of fabric doesn't come cheap.

With this new kind of dread looming over Eorzea, the Scions once again try to win over Ishgard to join the alliance. During negotiations, however, a new kind of evil arises in Coerthas known as "Iceheart"...

A heretic, with the intent of summoning the primal Shiva to her air - but for what reason?! First, Strawberry must adventure through Snowcloak, a dungeon hidden away by this band of heretics.

No dungeon is complete without a good battle, and Fenrir here had no intent of letting us pass! Unlike FFXI's Fenrir, who commandeered the power of light, this Fenrir seems to be attuned to the element of ice. After a good rough n' tumble, Snowcloak's hidden secret was soon revealed...!

An aetheryte that lead straight to Shiva's amphitheatre! No wonder those heretics didn't want anyone trespassing! Iceheart appears before Strawberry, and promptly used the aetheryte before it breaks down...

This calls for the arrival of a new, spunky Roegadyn Scion! The crew join together to fix the flow of aether that was cut off when Iceheart fled from the scene...

Now that the aetheryte was fixed, Strawberry continues onwards to find the truth...

Unlike other Primals, which are summoned through the pleas and prayers of beastmen, Shiva was brought into the world through a different method... possessing Iceheart's willing body, Shiva appeared right before Strawberry's eyes!

The battle ended before it had even begun. Shiva was no match for this new-found Roegadyn power!

Once Shiva left Iceheart's trembling body (and before Iceheart manages to escape yet again), she leaves Strawberry with three, simple words:

"Hear, feel, think..."

Now, where has Strawberry heard those before...?

With Shiva defeated, 2.4's storyline came to a close shortly after. However, the ruckus in Coerthas was only part of the story. As for the other part involving a traitor amidst the Ul'dah ranks, well, you should play it and find out yourself!

Thanks for reading!

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