[FFXIV] Progress of a Different Type

The Moogle King.  Very funny fight.  I especially love the music that plays in the background

The Moogle King. Very funny fight. I especially love the music that plays in the background

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.

The boss that finally made low-level healing something of a challenge!

The boss that finally made low-level healing something of a challenge!

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.

Mrs. Manderville looks younger than her son.

Mrs. Manderville looks younger than her son.

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!

Ultros and Typhon down!

Ultros and Typhon down!

Godbert about to spin Hildabrand around

Godbert about to spin Hildabrand around

Spinning really fast does this to one's face

Spinning really fast does this to one’s face

The "Mantravilles" and the end result of spinning and throwing Hildy

The “Mantravilles” and the end result of spinning and throwing Hildy

Hildabrand and the disgraced gladiator

Hildabrand and the disgraced gladiator

Diving out of the way!

Diving out of the way!

Fail!

Fail!

1 sneeze from Typhon later and it's the other way round, though

1 sneeze from Typhon later and it’s the other way round, though

Closing Credits of the Gladiator Arena episode of Hildabrand

Closing Credits of the Gladiator Arena episode of Hildabrand

The 1st clear shot of the odd phantom who flits in and out of the Hildabrand cutscenes

The 1st clear shot of the odd phantom who flits in and out of the Hildabrand cutscenes

Godbert in his finery

Godbert in his finery

Ellie's sister Cecy

Ellie’s sister Cecy

Mrs. Manderville looks younger than her son.

Mrs. Manderville looks younger than her son.

Mrs. Manderville and Cecy

Mrs. Manderville and Cecy

Loved the little tweety chocobos

Loved the little tweety chocobos

Now she's upset with Godbert

Now she’s upset with Godbert

And he's out for the count too

And he’s out for the count too

Same scene different angle

Same scene different angle

The smart inspector's a tad nonplussed

The smart inspector’s a tad nonplussed

Even Gilgamesh can't stand up to her!

Even Gilgamesh can’t stand up to her!

Portrait of Mrs. Manderville

Portrait of Mrs. Manderville

This NPC shows up to help you out during the quest.

This NPC shows up to help you out during the quest.

Godbert was wearing his tux until this instant.  Whenever he gets ready to fight it just goes "poof"

Godbert was wearing his tux until this instant. Whenever he gets ready to fight it just goes “poof”

His hammer gets really big

His hammer gets really big

And he flies up in the air to boot.  I can see why there's a some thought that he might actually be a Primal

And he flies up in the air to boot. I can see why there’s a some thought that he might actually be a Primal

Scary zombies!

Scary zombies!

Gilgamesh just killed a bunch of zombies and is quite happy about it

Gilgamesh just killed a bunch of zombies and is quite happy about it

Why are they doing this?

Why are they doing this?

No... it couldn't be!

No… it couldn’t be!

But it is!

But it is!

Good old Hildabrand

Good old Hildabrand

Gilgamesh and the *real* Enkidu, not a painted rooster

Gilgamesh and the *real* Enkidu, not a painted rooster

This is actually a player character.  Platemail bikinis for all, I guess.

This is actually a player character. Platemail bikinis for all, I guess.

"The Miniature Marauder"

“The Miniature Marauder”

An NPC during the letter carrier series

An NPC during the letter carrier series

The sahagin are calling Leviathan.  Not good....

The sahagin are calling Leviathan. Not good….

Moogles!

Moogles!

An Ascian Emissary

An Ascian Emissary

Nice little pocket area in Gridania

Nice little pocket area in Gridania

Lady Yugiri

Lady Yugiri

Posted on January 26, 2015, in Final Fantasy XIV, MMO and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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