I will warn that there are possible spoilers ahead. If you care about knowing what happens in the main storyline in FFXIV, especially from the point of view of Limsa Lominsa, then I would turn around and head to a different post. I will also warn that this is an extremely image-heavy post. Fair warning.
That Magician Guy
So first, we ended up battling the first big-bad. You know, the guy who's been making life a living hell for the past 17 levels or so. Mask, robe with a hood, summons elementals, yada yada. It was so cool being able to whoop his butt! It felt like we mattered to the story. Like we were integral and important, and a part of the world aside from completing quests.
I wish I had been recording this, because at this point (the elemental above), Chaide's and my reaction was "WOAH!!! O____O!!!".
The AdmiralAfter defeating him, we're sent back to town to deliver the news to the Commodore, whom we've only just met prior to the Masked Mage.
Soon as we return, our news is celebrated--the kidnappings are over, and there is relative peace again in Limsa. And then we meet the most badass woman I think I've met in FFXIV so far...
Admiral Merlwyb. Like, seriously? This woman is epic. I can't wait to see more of the story with her! I want to know more about her in general.
So she thanks you for your service to Limsa and then invites you to this shmancy party that you have to get shmancy shoes for.
We thought it was a bit funny that you only got shmancy shoes, and no fancy dancy outfit to go with it. So I'm a not-so-pleasant smelling warrior in armor and fancy shoes. Uhhh, okay. Okay. I'll roll with it, because the story is just so awesome!
Then Merlwyb talks about the Warriors of Light and how things came to pass after the Reckoning (I think it's the Reckoning? I don't remember the actual term for it).
The Battle CutsceneYou revisit the first cutscene you see ever in the game--the big battle. I was just mind blown by the detail and the story and how it all wraps together and how you see the first big bad, and just... like I said. Mindblown. You also have to keep in mind that I've never played any of the Final Fantasy games before ever in my life.
Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.... we only just killed the big-bad's lackey?! Oh! Oh! Dude! DUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!
Pass Out Again, Why Don't You?
Yup. We wake up in our bedrooms, passed out.
Baderon blames it on too much to drink. Uh huh. But now it's time to go see the Admiral again. So we do, and she makes us the envoy of Limsa. Really? That's so cool! We get to take a freaking air ship to the other cities!! AN AIR SHIP!
The Air Ship
So you get sent off with a large hullabaloo, and you visit both main cities. But, as you're flying to the first one (in our case, it happened to be Gridania), you get another cutscene.
The Next Big Bad?
Not usually my type, but Hellooooo Nurse! (I sat up and said, "Who is that?!" when I saw him.)
Man, I don't know what to tell you aside from we just watched about forty minutes worth of mini movies so far, and I can't wait to meet the crew of baddies we just saw!
The Limsan Envoy
So then we go to Gridania and speak with Kan-E-Senna about commemorating the Reckoning.
Then off to Ul'dah to meet with Raubahn Aldynn for the same task. Chaide did wonder, however, if something got lost in the translation of Raubahn, because he didn't feel like his personality meshed with the city state he is in charge of, nor his trusted advisors. I commented it might be storyline we haven't yet encountered, because we haven't done any of the quests in town, yet.
And then, best of all...
MINI PET MANIA!
While we were doing this, I thought about how the Admiral is essentially a Machinist (coming in Heavensward) and that Kan-E-Senna looks like an Au Ra (also coming in Heavensward). I wonder if they did this knowingly on what they wanted to include in a future expansion? Or is it something lore based from previous games? The latter I wouldn't know.
Doing all this has made me way more excited to play some more FFXIV, and hopefully I'll get some in this weekend with Chaide.