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#1 Aug 07 2009 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
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So it looks like each race is split into two parts. The Roegadyn come from the north and mostly live by the sea and value strength and courage, except for those who live in the mountains and practice magic. The Miqo'te are separated into Seekers of the Sun and Keepers of the Moon. Most of the Elezen have made peace with the Hyur, except for the Duskwight Elezen. The Hyur themselves are divided between the Highlanders and Midlanders.

There's been a lot of speculation that these distinctions will take the form of different playable option. For example, you could choose to be a Seeker of the Sun or a Keeper of the Moon. But what if this isn't the case? What if the other half of each race (Keepers of the Moon, Duskwight, etc) are the "Beastmen" of FF XIV? The sentient enemies that we'll spend much of our time fighting?

Just some idle speculation.
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#2 Aug 07 2009 at 1:18 PM Rating: Good
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Considering they mentioned your stats will vary (slightly) based on which faction you choose?

I'm gunna say no
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#3 Aug 07 2009 at 1:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Did they? I missed that. Can you provide a link?
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#4 Aug 07 2009 at 1:22 PM Rating: Good
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Hm, very interesting idea. The Hellsguard Roegadyn and Duskwight Elezen do seem to have a more sinister connotation. This could be the case. But the story also notes a rather powerful sentient enemy in the form of the Garlean empire that came close to conquering all of Eorzea, but then mysteriously left. My gil's on them showing up in later missions (depending on how the mission/story will work).

And then it also says Eorzea before the present has had a history of warfare even between the various races. It almost seems like SE may play that up even more in XIV, and thus why there has been no mention of a Beastmen-type race yet.
#5 Aug 07 2009 at 1:26 PM Rating: Good
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Character creation will afford the player much more variety than they have seen in the land of Vana'diel. Skin color, hair color, eye color and hair style will all be selectable. You may even be able to find your favorite do from Final Fantasy XI and make a character that matches his or her Vana'dielian ancestor. The developers have stated they wanted to create an air of familiarity for players transferring over from Final Fantasy XI. They realize long-time players identify with the avatar they have created and adventured with over the past seven years. However, the races will be receiving a couple alterations. Beyond the cosmetic differences, there will be differences in ability, although not as great as in Final Fantasy XI. One key difference is the addition of clans within the races. The developers also revealed that your choice of clan could affect your starting stats.
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there has been no mention of a Beastmen-type race yet.
They did briefly mention there will be beastmen, I don't have time to search history for another link atm though

official site, "intro", page 3/4

Edited, Aug 7th 2009 5:32pm by shintasama
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#6 Aug 07 2009 at 2:57 PM Rating: Decent
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It seems that they've decided to replace the role of race and stats with backstory and stats. So now you won't necessarily have to pick Tarutaru if you want to be the best mage race, but you may have to pick a certain clan. This way a Roegadyn and a Lalafell may have the same starting stats if they choose a mage clan.

Or this could simply make matters worse by making both things a factor, and compelling min/maxers to feel forced into not only choosing a Lalafell (assuming they are the predominant casters), but feel pigeonholed into a certain clan as well.

Well, it's a little hard to have faith in SE sometimes, but I guess we'll see.
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#7 Aug 07 2009 at 3:30 PM Rating: Good
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yeah, as soon as I heard this the first thing that popped into my head was "now I've got to mix and match till I find the combo with the highest STR" lol
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