Okay boys and girls, It's speculation time, and what more of an exciting way to speculate, than to speculate on the world itself, Eorzea, the rhelm in which we will reside on Final Fantasy XIV Online.
From what we know, it looks like it most definitally has something to do with Vana Diel in some way or another. How much it will have to do, I'm not sure. But it looks very much like it could be a prequel or sequel to the world of Vana Diel as we know.
Now, how exactly this will work? I'm not sure, but that's what this thread is for! I do indeed have some ideas, so I will share them with you. A few of my friends and myself have been speculating on what we've seen so far, and what we can gather, about what this world of Eorzea will be.
Now, I ask that you not read on if you do not want spoilers of the FFXI Zilart and CoP storylines. But if you have done them, you will know a few things by now. The Zilart were an ancient race that inhabited Vana Diel 10,000 years ago. They are shrouded in mystery and lore, however not much is known of them. What is known, is riddled through Final Fantasy XI. They are the ones who built the Ancient Temples and Structures such as the Teleport-Crags, Delkfuts Tower, Tu'Lia, and Al'Tieu.
You learn further on in the story, that the Zilart tried to open the "Gates of Paradise" or basically force their way into heaven (or perhaps another world...?). One way or another, Bahamut was summoned and stopped them, but from what you learn, he didn't kill them all off, or stop them all. It is very much shrouded in mystery and not fully explained. I know I myself have died to see the story of the Zilart ever since I found out of them, their history, and what happened to the ones who did supposedly open the gates of paradise.
You can probably see where I'm going with this by now...
From what I gather, FFXIV will have something to do with the Zilart, in some way or another. There are two main possibilities in my opinion. Those are, the fact that we are in that world, that the Zilart opened up, or that we are back 10,000 years ago, perhaps in that world, or what became Vana Diel. It does look like a different time in the pages of history from what we see, however it could be in current times, and different locations. Who's to say? These are just my idea's, and personally I think it would tie in AMAZINGLY to the whole story and lore of FFXI. This could even attract people to FFXI, and would help attract the FFXI people to FFXIV.
So, that is just part of my Idea of what Eorzea will be. It's obvious from the pictures we will have our ever loved races of vana diel, and even some of the jobs, perhaps all? perhaps some new? Also, it is quite obvious there will be Male Mithra, and perhaps if we are at a different point in history, Female Galka? Although that's not supposedly possible, you never know what fantasy could be bent a little. I do know these new Galka's look a bit less monsterous? Who knows! (For more on that discussion go here)
So let's discuss what we think Eorzea will be like. How big it will be, and anything you can speculate about the story and lore behind it! One way or another, this is a very exciting time for us all!
Edited, Jun 2nd 2009 10:23pm by EndlessJourney