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#1 Sep 18 2010 at 11:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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I have been pondering the importance of the neck tattos from the opening sequences. Y'shtola from Limsa Lomsa, Thancred from Ul'Dah and Yda & Papalymo from Gridania all have the same tatoo on both sides of their neck. It seems to resemble a fanciful letter 'R' in the Eorzean alphabet.

What does the symbol mean? What does it do? And where can I get one? It looks so cool!! :(

Any thoughts?
#2 Sep 18 2010 at 11:10 PM Rating: Good
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My theory: It is the mark of the Retainer, and they've escaped from their masters! :p
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#3 Sep 18 2010 at 11:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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I've noticed this too and I'm really excited to figure everything out. I'm afraid to make assumptions but it's a bit obvious to say that all of these people are from the same group and will at some point require assistance in defeating a great evil that threatens the world. :) again it seems obvious but I don't want to speculate too much.
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#4LyleVertigo, Posted: Sep 18 2010 at 11:12 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) R is for retarded.
#5 Sep 18 2010 at 11:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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They are [R]ebels, from/against the Empire.
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#6 Sep 18 2010 at 11:28 PM Rating: Good
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I believe, in the Gridania story line, the 2 npcs in the opening CS were "summoned by the woods". Correct me if I'm wrong.
#7 Sep 18 2010 at 11:29 PM Rating: Good
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Khornette wrote:
They are [R]ebels, from/against the Empire.


If I had to throw a guess out, I'd agree with this and say they're probably all from a certain group/community of Garleans. Maybe they're a part of that other "Banzoku" group that's supposed to be in the story line as well (link). That would set the story up for some strange twist later on. I'm probably wrong though, because that'd be way too obvious!

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 1:32am by Rhysen
#8 Sep 18 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Rhysen wrote:
Khornette wrote:
They are [R]ebels, from/against the Empire.


If I had to throw a guess out, I'd agree with this and say they're probably all from a certain group/community of Garleans. Maybe they're a part of that other "Banzoku" group that's supposed to be in the story line as well (link). That would set the story up for some strange twist later on. I'm probably wrong though, because that'd be way too obvious!

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 1:32am by Rhysen


Also, <SPOILER ALERT!!!> during the Gridania (I'm not sure about the other cities) quest, Yda & Papalymo were accused for being a spy (or something) from the Empire. Connections maybe?

SE prolly purposely let us play only the first few parts of the City Quests during the beta so everyone will be more curios to see what will happen next. One thing's for sure is that they did a good job making me want to play even more.

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 1:40am by Kakinashi
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#9 Sep 18 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Decent
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polyhedral wrote:
I believe, in the Gridania story line, the 2 npcs in the opening CS were "summoned by the woods". Correct me if I'm wrong.


Spoiler speculation:in another cutscene it starts to look way less like they were summoned and more like they got through when you were summoned

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 1:36am by zoltanrs
#10 Sep 19 2010 at 1:39 AM Rating: Decent
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*sigh* people don't pay close enough attention to the story and evaluating/debunking it.

They are obviously from the Garlean Empire, and from how it looks the Garlean Empire isn't as bad as most people perceive it to be. I think they are more or less spys sent to evaluate the current situation in Eorzea. On my forums some people were speculating about how it didn't make sense that the Garlean Empire would spring to power and only take down one of the five nations of Eorzea without taking down the other four. There's more to play with the Garlean story than meets the eyes. I was also speculating at how it might be that the Garlean Empire rose up to prevent a war, because supposedly before the Garlean Empire came to power the nations of Eorzea fought with each other, but once the Empire came about they had to band together to defend against them.

They are most likely spys from the Garlean Empire and don't seem to be bad people. From their very behavior and character design they seem to be very cautious of how they act while still retaining their personality, meaning they are trying harder simply to fit in than to hide who they are. They are also trying to learn something about Eorzea. Not saying they AREN'T bad guys, they could be, but in my opinion this is the most likely scenario.
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The Garlean Empire does not exsist! There are no weapons of mass destruction! It's all a scamm!
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Hm, I only noticed it on Thancred, but the others do have the tattoo. Nice find! All of them seem to be really powerful and I think it's pretty obvious that the ones in Gridania are from the Garlean Empire (Carpenters mentioned that they were confused on how to fix their ship because it was so advanced), so they could all be from the Empire.

It almost seems like our Adventurers aren't the main characters, and we're just following these guys around as they do their thing. ****, and I thought I'd be fine until release but now I got really interested again.
#13 Sep 19 2010 at 5:37 AM Rating: Decent
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I think they are the four crystal warriors / four warriors of light O_O There.. I said it.
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#14 Sep 19 2010 at 6:42 AM Rating: Decent
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GusMorgan wrote:
I think they are the four crystal warriors / four warriors of light O_O There.. I said it.


I do think you're right O_O I meant in the trailer, there was a scene where all four of them get together fighting some enemies. We are all just side-characters/"NPCs" and we don't even know it!
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#15 Sep 19 2010 at 7:05 AM Rating: Default
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Clearly they are white trash because only white trash or people of color get tattoos on their neck or face.




















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Edited, Sep 19th 2010 9:06am by UncleRuckusForLife
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#16 Sep 19 2010 at 7:43 AM Rating: Good
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Khornette wrote:
GusMorgan wrote:
I think they are the four crystal warriors / four warriors of light O_O There.. I said it.



I do think you're right O_O I meant in the trailer, there was a scene where all four of them get together fighting some enemies. We are all just side-characters/"NPCs" and we don't even know it!



yeup.. I wrote this in another thread. There are multiple references to earlier FF games. A big empire (possibly evil?), A force of nature no one can control (the dragons) and then there is of course the crystals (aerethyte)and the lifestream (aerethyte stream). If we draw conclusions based on previous Final Fantasy story lines, the crystal warriors fit right in.

these themes occur in : FF4, FF5, FF6, FF7, FF10, FF12 and FF13.
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#17 Sep 19 2010 at 8:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Then i wonder why we have no roegadyn between this tatooed ppl.

Edit because i was messing up several different stuff. My apologies >.<


Edited, Sep 19th 2010 4:58pm by Filanthil
#18 Sep 19 2010 at 11:01 AM Rating: Decent
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The one in Limsa mentions something about the Empire and her thinking they couldn't do something or other - I've done it so many times but can't remember.

Either way - I think they are somehow associated with the Empire based on her comment and the unification of the tattoos.
#19 Sep 19 2010 at 11:14 AM Rating: Good
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Just because the airship in Gridania seems to be advanced doesn't necessarily mean that these four are from the Garlean Empire. Remember, there's two whole continents out there that may have advanced technology as well. Also, the Garlean Empire can be likened to the Persian armies during the Persian war, conscripting people that they conquer for their armies, and with what we've seen so far of their technology, coupled with the references to how the Land is upset, I'd say that the Garleans aren't up to any good, and that we're dealing with a technology vs. the Land type of storyline (industrialism vs. environmentalism, etc.)

Another possibility is that the four are from Garlemand, but are part of a rebel movement as someone else said above. Anyways, there's so many different possibilities, and it'll be interesting to find out which are right.
#20 Sep 20 2010 at 4:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Well I only said Rebel because Thancred is so ****-bent on warning Ul'dah about the might of the Empire. There's no Roegadyn with the tattoo because, well, there's no Elezen either :p we can't have 5/6 Warriors of Light, that doesn't fit the theme!
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#21 Sep 20 2010 at 5:45 AM Rating: Decent
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The Gridania cutscenes start with the 2 others being called by the wood... The next cutscene tho shows that you are indeed the one able to speak to the moogles and on top of that the elementals gave YOUR character a task. The 2 others, I don't know who they are but I'm guessing who they aren't. They aren't the ones who got to hear the elements speak and they weren't called by the wood either it looks like. What role do they play then? Hopefully we'll know soon. Spies sounds likely. They seem a little too unwitting and power giddy at a small task to be too serious tho.
#22 Sep 20 2010 at 8:32 AM Rating: Good
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I dunno if it is just the Ul'Dah storyline but right off the bat I got the sense that the folks from the storyline are up to no good.
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