Well, here I am, freshly migrated from Final Fantasy XI, where my linkshell and I have decided to explore the new world of Eorzea! Many of us participated in the beta, and everything sure has come a long way, but this is it, the real deal, so lets see what we can find!
Coming from Bastok, I was always a dedicated little Tarutaru. I admired Windurst greatly, with it’s rustic appearance, tree-houses, lots of water and neat woodsy feeling. So, this time, a Lalafell from Gridania it was.
After a rivetingly beautiful cut scene, I’m plopped in the east entrance of Gridania, with my wand at my side. Conjuror was my job of choice, coming from a life as a career white mage, but I’d later pick up Marauder as a secondary on my main jobs. However it was quite different from expected, I had ALL the elemental spells! And no cure. Hmph, it was quite strange, indeed. Quickly I found some other lala’s and followed them around for a bit, just going over this and that. Then, off to smack stuff with a stick!
They instituted these weird things called “leves” which were sort of mini quests with bonuses to kill certain stuff. Not terribly exciting, but they summoned instanced mobs, so you weren’t fighting for mobs with a thousand other new players. That aside, it was still pretty laggy in the new areas. There were people everywhere. I did a couple leves, then went for a walk to kill whatever I could find.
About ten levels later, and perhaps 3 hours, I wander back to Gridania to clear the crap I found in my inventory, and get some money. I unloaded everything, put my crystals in my bazaar, went into the bazaar area, and saw what other people had to sell. For the game being up less than a day, there was lots of stuff for sale. As I wandered through checking people’s bazaar’s, others checked mine, and quickly my crystals were gone. Great! I had enough money to buy that badass eye patch from the head gear npc. 38k later I was looking like a stud. Also picked up a Marauder’s axe, while I was in town. Made my way through those levels pretty quickly with cure on hand and significantly increased damage output, before you know it I was 10MRD.
Now, my next quick money task! I put on my walking boots and head out the east gate to hoof it to Ul’dah, the town most similar to Bastok. Now, I’ll have you know, this is no simple task. One does not simply walk to Ul’dah from Gridania. It is a long and dangerous journey! You’re talking a good hour walk, if you know where you’re going. Luckily, I knew where I was going ^.^
I arrive in Ul’dah, stopping at different outposts along the way to get the crystals, since once you’ve been to a crystal, you can instantly teleport back there form anywhere, provided you have the anima to do so.
Still, there’s lots of dangerous to be found, a lot of which are agressive, so you’d better look out!
After stopping at Ul’dah I was on my way to Limsa Limosa. After an extremely long walk I was on the dock waiting for the ferry! There were a couple others that were waiting with me, as well.
The trip reminded me of the Selbina to Mhuara boat ride. Then the raid set in, and I was seriously ready for pirates to invade! At my level, that would have surely meant certain death.
I landed in Limsa Limosa, touched the crystal, and explored a bit. But the whole purpose of this trip was for one thing, and that was gil. There’s a neat little trick, where you can teleport to places you’ve been, but if you have party members, you can take them with you, even if they haven’t been there. Then they can touch the crystal, and be able to teleport themselves! Now, I was a poor tarutaru for my entire Final Fantasy XI career, I wasn’t going to start out the same way. Plus the lead newbie quest that everyone gets comes with a nice chunk of change, 10k gil. So the shouting began…
Teleport > Gridania -or- Ul’dah <Do you need it?> 20k. Discount 30k for both!
I had 3 people join instantly for both, people who obviously knew how difficult the walk was, and away we went!
I did the same in Ul’dah and Gridania, got another 6 passengers, but people caught on, and then eventually everyone was doing it, and it was no longer worth 20k a shot. But I had made my money, 300k to be exact. Nice how that worked out, I was on my way to not being poor!
Tomorrow… Find my shell mates from Final Fantasy XI linkshell ProphecyReborn…