Blaugust – Day 18
Sun and fun
I really like how Final Fantasy XIV handles events. Every one of these annual celebrations is accompanied with decorations in capital cities, fun and fitting musical themes, lots of fun rewards (mostly glamour and decorations), and most importantly: lore. This is crucial because it takes the event beyond the “farm this for a couple of weeks” to “there’s this thing happening so go and investigate, and then farm this for a couple of weeks” – there must always be a farm.
Right now we’re during the Moonfire Faire which sees adventurers going to the beaches on Costa del Sol to participate in the party and get some very cool glamour swimsuits in the process. But there’s a bunch of pirates that want to ruin the fun! I love that there’s a reason, though.
My memory on this is a little foggy, but it goes sort of like this: Long ago when piracy was outlawed the rulers of Limsa assigned land to former pirates so they could start new lives; but old habits die hard and they abandoned them. A famous entrepreneur saw the abandoned land and purchased it in order to develop a now famous resort. With the summer celebrations the pirates have returned and they resent this old grudge.
In a simple and fun resolution, the manager convinces the pirate leader to join the celebration instead of attacking it (with the help of basically the most famous and strongest adventurer in Eorzea!). It’s dumb and simple, but quick fun for the event.
Stories for the season
Other events are like that, as well. For Christmas you are tasked with playing the role of Santa Claus for a company that takes that role during the season. There was also an event in which you went around the world trying to help some “visitors from the east” convince Eorzea that horses were better than
horsebirds Chocobos (which of course, isn’t gonna happen).
My favorite event in XIV is coincidentally the same it was in World of Warcraft: Halloween. In Azeroth the season of Hallow’s End, in which a Headless Horseman burns the low level cities in order to bait you to fight him, while screaming some of the coolest lines from an event NPC ever.
In Eorzea, the holiday is called All Saint’s Wake. The story goes that during this night (or rather, nights) the Gods invite the Saints to gather and feast, an opportunity the spirits of Eorzea seize to roam the world and do mischief. A particular set of performers appear during this time, The Continental Circus, and try to spread the cheer. But in reality, these masked performers are actually true spirits, trying to spread scares and spooks! Alas, with the accidental help of the Warrior of Light they end up making the celebration better instead of chaotic! Give me an Elixir!
Happenings and reason
I love when events have a motive! More than simple grinds it gives you reason to go ahead, to see what happens next. I truly hope future events continue this tradition! Of course, when rewards are awesome, that makes it extra-worth it to do them!
What is your favorite in-game event, Eorzean or otherwise?