[FFXIV] Progress of a Different Type
I played rather a lot of FFXIV this weekend, but progression (as defined by my average gear level, anyway) slowed way down. I got enough tokens to buy my iLevel 100 boots and gloves, and each piece only added 1 to my average iLevel. That took me from 88 to 90, but nothing like jumping from 76 to 88 on Thursday night. Still and all, I got through several new fights — Ifrit Hard Mode, the Moogle King (several times, but never saw my BLM staff drop, darnitall!), Ultima Weapon Hard, and the Hildabrand fight vs Ultros and Typhon, leveled my Letter Carrier to 10, plus I even swapped to Scholar and did the level 35 dungeon Sunken Temple of Qarn for the 1st time. The 2nd to last boss even made me work at healing a little bit. That was a nice change to have a bit of challenge as a healer. Too bad it was only that 1 boss.
That lower-level dungeon was part of moving the storyline forward, and then it wanted me to run through a bunch of guildhest (group training) missions. Most went fairly smoothly, though in a couple of the lower level ones had some really bad tanks. I was running them as a White Mage and it was still very easy to keep everyone (usually me) healed when the tank was bad, though. I also ran a few guildhests as a Summoner in order to bump up my xp as an Arcanist and to prevent me from hitting the cap of 99. I should probably do some fieldwork leves in order to level up my crafting, but I’m still trying to avoid getting sucked into that rabbit hole again…. We’ll see.
Hildabrand’s story is coming to a conclusion. Which makes me sad becuz it’s *hilarious* and has been all the way through. But all good things must come to an end. I’m at the point for it where I need to do the final battle vs Gilgamesh and Enkidu and then I’ll be all done with him. The story had some fun twists and turns in this final episode, and a really odd coincidence. We learn about Ellie (the reporter who’s been with us since the beginning) and her sister Cecy is introduced as a new character. I have 2 nieces (sister) named Ellie and Cece, so…. yeah, quite a coincidence there. We even got to meet Mrs. Manderville, and she scares Godbert. Considering he puts down primals in his underwear without even breaking a sweat….. yeah, when she asked me to do something the wide-eyed quick nodding was perfectly appropriate as a way of responding “yes.” Which begs the question… with 2 such powerful parents, why isn’t Hildabrand more… I don’t know. He’s plenty resilient, surviving things that should kill him, but as far as actual fighting goes he more just stands around doing his “Gentleman’s Pose.” But anyway… it works, and it’s hilarious, so… there ya go.
Anyway… lots of story progression, level 36 WHM and level 37 SCH/SMN now, plus slightly improved gear. A wonderful weekend in FFXIV!