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#1 Jun 17 2011 at 1:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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The Last Word – A Tempest of Testimonies (06/17/2011)
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I put quill to parchment today in hopes of making known to one and all the first-hand accounts of adventurers regarding the strange occurrences of late. What follows is the fruit of my "putting feet to moss," to borrow the words of a peer—solid, irrefutable evidence of the great peril bound for Eorzea.

Allow me to begin with deaspected crystals. How does one go about describing these affronts to the laws of nature? Some compare them to eggs bereft of yolk, while to others they are akin to Fen-Yll wares of slipshod craftsmanship. Others still find a metaphor on a grander scale more fitting, such as a Gridania lost to the elementals' guidance. If this reporter might be permitted an opinion, however, deaspected crystals are a metaphor unto themselves.

The crystals have been turning up in all manner of locales, with seemingly no rhyme nor reason to their distribution. Inquiring one adventurer of her recent discovery, I received a vivid recounting of the time she found one elbow-deep in the steaming entrails of a felled quarry. Speaking with another, it was simply a matter of chancing upon a specimen while undertaking a levequest at the behest of the Adventurers' Guild. The adventurers with whom I spoke came from various walks of life. Yet all were united in the misgiving that mayhap this phenomenon be connected to the unusual weather patterns assailing the Twelveswood in recent moons.

Now, I trust you will recall the shady figure who has taken to loitering about aetheryte camps—aye, the one inciting fear among the populace with unsettling prophecies. One R.G. mustered up the courage to venture a conversation, only to have him cast some unknown spell upon her with nary a warning. For a blessing, the brave lass took no harm—on the contrary, she reported feeling a tremendous sense of well-being permeating through her. Such inexplicable acts, however, serve to heighten my apprehension rather than allay it. And as if the interminable ramblings of one man sufficed not to bleed the ears, some individuals have taken it upon themselves to warn passersby of false prophets with such fervor as would wake the dead. Will our camps never know peace again?

In seeking to cast light upon the murky forest of the transient's gibberish, I came to know of one T.M., who posits a connection between the words septenary moon—that’s seventh moon, to use the common term—and the calamity prophesied by Mezaya Thousand Eyes, writ in the seventh verse of the Divine Chronicles. Sensing that this hypothesis bears further investigation, I resolved to delve into what historical records I could find on the subject matter.

My research lead me to another adventurer, one V.P., who lends further weight to the apocalypse theory by quoting The Five Ages—aye, that hefty tome seen hither and thither that describes Eorzea's cycle of prosperity and destruction. If I might be forgiven for paraphrasing from memory, the passage of interest states that the Sixth Astral Era must give way to the Seventh Umbral Era, the coming of which will end life as we know it. I believe I speak for the most of us when I say I hadn't imagined that the doomsaying words of a grandiloquent tome would come to pass in my lifetime.

In sharp contrast to this grim outlook, I encountered adventurers also who were taking the imminent catastrophe in their stride. Case in point was one H.Y. who, upon hearing of impending doom, proceeded to well-nigh shout out challenges to the heavens in playful defiance. While a part of me cringed that such a show of bravado might tempt fate—or at least hasten the day of reckoning—I found myself comforted in the knowledge that come what may, we will always be able to rely upon the optimism and fortitude of adventurers to turn night into day.

And here my second missive comes to an end. While my investigation brought me across many and more noteworthy first-hand accounts, for now I shall stay my quill, that the implications of the above findings might be given due time to sink in.

In closing, it has come to my attention that, of late, certain other papers—The Mythril Eye, The Harbor Herald, and The Sultana Sun Times, to name but a few—have belatedly seen fit to report on the selfsame object of my pursuit. While I doubt not the integrity of their journalism, if it is the latest tidings you seek, know that naught read beyond the sheets of the The Raven will fulfill your needs.

Till next time, may the Twelve watch over you.

Kipih Jakkya
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I like lore, I really do but couldn't they just use it to also give a bit more information on what they have in store for us? The previous newspaper article mentioned a dungeon in Black Shroud and that simple statement was what I was also looking for in this but it seems it's just the same whole story, inpending doom!
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I guess these posts are for people that don't play. It's not like it's anything new for those that do...
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I wonder what it would take to make them post something actually relevant? This is just a rehash of the old event. Where info on the new dungeons or jobs. You know things players actually care about.
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Well, the neat thing about this is that the "adventurers" he interviews are actual players.

If you look at the Lodestone version, down at the bottom he thanks the adventurers mentioned, and their names are links to blog posts, one French, one English and two Japanese.

So since SE is officially pointing to this posts, perhaps there's more to it? Perhaps someone could translate the Japanese ones?

I'm not fluent, but all the French one really says is a general mention of the mysterious GM and a few pics of it.



R.G.

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いつもと同じ生活
いつもと同じ町並み
ふとチョコボ屋の前を通ると、なんだか人がたくさん集まってる

なんだろう?
なにかある・・・
恐る恐る近づくと・・・




アルフガルという男がこう言った



「最近、不審者がキャンプに出没してるみたいよ~wみんな気をつけてね( ´ー`)ノ」



ほむw


う~ん・・・


うまうまのコムギさんのことかな・・・?   それともクロスくん・・・?
いや!パパかな!?  それともモコトラくん・・?
案外ヴィヴィさんだったりしてww


そういえばこの前アガ~テすぁんがホライズンあたりで出没するみたいって言ってたな~・・・






テレポ!!

貴重なアニマを消費して、いざホライズンへ・・・

そして、しばらく待ったそのとき!!




いた!!やっぱりクロスくんだった!!w
LSのマスターだってのに、なにをやってるんだかw

ということで、クロスくんを無事に捕まえて

めでたしめでたしw

みんなも不審者には気をつけてね~w

冗談はさておき、この本命の不審者さん
いろいろ強化をかけてくれました~♪
HP+,MP+,リジェネ、クイック(10分)

クイックありがとう~(。ゝ∀・)b
これからホライズンだけじゃなく、ウルダハにも来てもいいんだからね?w




みなさんもアルフガルが出没したらキャンプに行ってみるといいかもですね(。ゝ∀・)b

きっと素敵な不審者に出会えるかもですよ~(*≧艸≦)
ではでは今日はこの辺で~ノシ


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I opened up the local paper today, The Sultana Sun Times only to discover I am not the only one who is worried that the disappearance of the eggs is a foreshadowing of evil to come. Others fear as I do that the eggs might not hatch into beloved Archons which will make the world a better place. The editorial was written by a man known only as Cairdeas.

Read on... if you dare.

Yesterday people started to find Deaspected Crystals, crystals drained of their elemental aspect. Today, it rained all over Eorzea and Thanalan seems utterly quiet. I stranger named Urianger Augurelt has been appearing at random, giving buffs to adventurers before disappearing. On some occasions, he has left a message:

Hear my words if you are in search of truth…
The disaster in Hydaelyn is imminent…
The time of awakening has come for those who are preparing to tackle the chaos in motion…
The future is not immutable… You can still change it…
When the sixth sun will have set and the seventh moon shine in the sky, the ocean of clouds poured a rain of fiery flames and shadows fatal burst forth from the depths of the earth…
The “Seventh Purification” predicted by Mezaya approaches…
You who are in search of truth… wake up and put yourself against the imminent threat…

Some parts of this prophetic warning may seem somewhat familiar and in fact, this is not the first mention that we’ve had of this prophecy by Mezaya.



During the Starlight Festival we found this translation of a prophecy by Mezaya. Notice the name at the bottom? This “Seventh Verse” is the “Seventh Purification” that this mysterious stranger Urianger refers to.

We’ve heard murmurs and whispers of dangers and threats soon to befall Eorzea. Tales of Ul’dahn ferries being attacked and other hints referring to attacks by the Garlean Empire.

Remember all the rain? According to the loremaster’s books there was an “age of shadow and calamity some fifteen hundred-odd years ago, when a great flood drowned the world- the sixth Umbral Era, they called it. Believers say it was the twelve Archons what came to fight the darkness then.”

The entire purpose of Hatching-tide, the Dreamer’s event, is to make the Archons return to Eorzea. However, this may turn out to be a bad thing as one woman mentioned in a recent interview:

“Ahldbhar (an Archon in the form of a Roegadyn said to be Rhalgr the Destroyer himself) fought relentlessly against a clan of wicked sorcerers that sought only to wreak havoc on the world through their dark powers. But then, something happened… Something that threw Ahldbhar into deep despair. And in the end, he turned and took up with the enemy, though none can say as to why.”

With the odd rain and the mention of a flood followed by the arrival of the Archons, one thing seems certain: the conclusion of Hatching-tide the Seventh Umbral Era may well begin. The Sixth Umbral era as stated above occurred about 1,500 years ago which is also the last recorded emergence of the Grand Companies.

Will the Archons arrive in Eorzea? And more importantly, will they be friendly? Given the connections between Grand Companies, is it possible that we could find ourselves fighting against the twelve Archons? And of course we cannot talk about this without mentioning Gridania. We’ve already heard that there seems to be an invasion looming from the Garleans as well.

Have you put all these pieces together differently?
Tarkain Malkieri


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どうも 皆様こんにちは。
Village Person 改め エオルゼア特別調査員の「村人」と申します。
今後ともお見知りおきを。


さて、皆さんはこのエオルゼアに異変が起こっているのにお気づきでしょうか?
こちらの記事にあるように

各地で様々な異変が起こっているようです。

あなたも経験はないですか?

最近、天候が不安定(雨や曇の日が多い)
モンスターから『属性を失ったクリスタル』がドロップする
キャンプで怪しい人物を見かけた
突然周囲が異様な雰囲気に包まれた(BGMが止まった)
etc,etc...

謎ですよね?

さあ、今エオルゼアには何が起ころうとしているのか?

まずは、これまでのエオルゼアの歴史から見ていきましょう。
最初にこちらの年表をご覧ください。

(参考文献 FF14 Online Wiki)

色々ごちゃごちゃと書いてありますが、注目すべきはここ↓

星暦と霊災です。

エオルゼアの歴史は
発展の時代とされる星暦と
衰亡の時代とされる霊災を繰り返しているのです。

この事実は呪術士ギルドの「古びた写本~五紀歴~」にこう掲載されています。

「神歴」悠久の時の管理は、神々の手の内にある。人の発展する「星暦」の時代と、人の衰亡する「霊災」の時代は、神々の御業により交互に訪れており、いかに強大なる国家も、偉大なる魔王も、この輪廻から逃れることは適わなかった。
現代は、第六霊災たる大洪水の時代を経た後、すなわち第六星歴である。この時代が、いかなる時代であったかは、後世の史家に委ねられよう。また終わりを告げる第七霊災がいつ訪れるかは、ただ神々ぞ知るだろう。
ただ確かなことは、この第六星歴は我々の手に委ねられており、我々次第で、栄光の時代にも、屈辱の時代にも、成り得るということである……

今エオルゼアは第六星暦――
この時代は最も長く続いた平和な星暦ですが、まもなく終りを告げ
第七霊災、つまり『衰亡の時代』を迎えることとなります。

今、各地で起きている謎の現象の数々はこの第七霊災の前触れと推測できます。

私、『村人』特別調査員はこの事実関係を調査するに当たり、鍵を握ると思われる
各地に現れる不審人物について調査することにしました。

まず、集めたのは目撃情報
聞き込みやロードストーンの情報を検索した結果、不審人物は
ウルダハ
キャンプ・ホライズン
の2ヶ所で多く目撃されているということが分かりました。

時間帯は早朝6~8時 また、夜の19時~22時の間という結果が出ました。

また、不審人物はアルフガルという貴族のような格好をした男性かロイシアという女性と
Urianger Augureltという、魔術師のような格好をした男2人組で行動していて各地に警告をしているそうです。

そして、ヒストリーに「第七の浄化~不吉な噂~」という項目が…

では、早速キャンプ・ホライズンで張り込み!
狙うは早朝の時間帯です。

朝4時「絶対不審人物を捕まえるぞ~」
朝5時「まだかな~まだかな~」
朝6時「zzZ...zzZ...」

パシューン

「ハッ!」
「しまった!寝過ごした!」

そこに残されたいたのはのこり1分弱のクイックとリジェネ、HPmax+、MPmax+…
この強化は10分程度続くそうなので、6時30分頃現れたことになります。

う~ん!悔しい!(この時、ヒストリーに「第七の浄化~不吉な噂~」は載りませんでした)

でも、これで時間は分かりました!そうと分かれば今度はウルダハで張り込んでみよう!
6時…7時…8時…

あるぇー?(・3・)

待てど暮らせどこの日はウルダハにもホライズンにも出ませんでした…

6時30分ころという推測は間違ってたのかな…
2日目の張り込みということで疲労していた私はその日は、普通に寝ることにしました。

3日目、いつもの習慣からか、6時45分頃に目を覚ました私は周囲が騒々しいことに気が付きました。

?「不審者に気をつけてくれ!冒険者は特に、十分に注意を払ってくれ!」

ん?これってもしかして…

で、で、で…

出たー---!

眠気が一気に吹き飛びました!
と、とりあえずNPCに話しかけて…

エーテ前へダッシュ!今までの情報が確かなら、不審人物はエーテ前にいるはず!

エーテ前到着!どこ?どこ?
あ、あそこに人集りが!


不審人物を発見!!

早速、調査してみます

幻術士 ランク1
装備
ウェザードケーン
ウェザードダルマティカ
ウェザードサッチェルベルト
ウェザードブラウンスロップ
ウェザードダックビル
ウォーンハーフタイツ
ウォーンアンダーシャツ

うん…初期装備ですね
今まで見たことのない装備をしていますが、調べるとこんな感じです。

しかしなんといっても特徴はこれ↓


この謎の杖です
これは巴術士ギルドに居るNPCが背負っているものと形が同じもの…


果たしてこの賢者を名乗る不審人物は何を伝えたいのか…

むむむ、さらに謎は深まるばかり!

果たして、今後のエオルゼアはどうなってしまうのでしょうか…?
引き続き、調査してみようと思います!


【次回予告】
エオルゼアに着々と忍び寄る魔の手・・・

冒険者達から次々と気力を奪っていく病・・・姿を消す人々・・・

果たして、冒険者たちはその病に勝てるのか!?

次回!特別調査員「村人」!





『五月病を吹っ飛ばせ!』

に、ご期待ください!

※この予告はフィクションです。

尚、この調査はあずきさんを始め、多くの方に協力していただきました。
みんなで1つの謎を追うのってすごく楽しいです!
皆さん、ありがとうございました!また、調査にでかけましょう!


H.Y.

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Aujourd'*** alors que nous nous preparions a partir a la chasse, nous avons fait une etrange rencontre....
Cette personne nous a parlé de choses boulversantes!! comme quoi une terrible catastrophe nous frapperai bientot!! que le chaos allé s'abattre sur nous et que nous devions nous tenier pres a nous battre....
Man, je suis toujours pres a me battre ^^b




Edited, Jun 17th 2011 6:35am by Sephrick
#6 Jun 17 2011 at 4:32 AM Rating: Default
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Pretty sure that's fake accounts made by SE for this.
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The french blog belongs to a player : there are many spelling errors!
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Question, I haven't played in sometiime and was wondering if any of this "Lore" has actually made it into game yet? Last I played story was limited and nothing to really do except Leve. Basically I liked FFXI for the quest/story and was wonder if FFXIV is up to that point yet?
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Kayako wrote:
Pretty sure that's fake accounts made by SE for this.


Yep! Fake accounts.

It couldn't be that SE actually reached out to some players asking permission to reference their posts or that they are actually spending time listening to the voices of the players. Suggesting that they are working to fix the game and provide a meaningful experience for those that are still around and enjoying the game. Even if it is taking longer than anticipated.

/end sarcasm

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Greetings, Adventurer!
We're contacting you today to discuss your recent blog post on the FINAL FANTASY XIV Lodestone!
(http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/rc/diary/entry?e=175372)

We are creating an article that will appear on the Lodestone discussing the strange events that have been happening in Eorzea, and we wanted to ask you if we could have your permission to reference parts of your blog entry within the article.

We won't do an exact copy and paste of your blogs post, but instead summarize some of your discussion points. We'd also reference your character's initials within the article, as well as link to your blog as a footnote within the article.

If we can have your permission to do so, please respond to this email and let us know!

Regards,
The FINAL FANTASY XIV Community Team
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kainsilv wrote:
Kayako wrote:
Pretty sure that's fake accounts made by SE for this.


Yep! Fake accounts.

It couldn't be that SE actually reached out to some players asking permission to reference their posts or that they are actually spending time listening to the voices of the players. Suggesting that they are working to fix the game and provide a meaningful experience for those that are still around and enjoying the game. Even if it is taking longer than anticipated.

/end sarcasm


Given SE's track record of custommer communication, I think the "/end sarcasm" is not really justified.
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It's nice that SE have reached out to the player base, perhaps a little bit unexpected given their track record in communications but I can't help thinking this is a nothing post. There is really no new information there, it's just decoration.

The people that like a The Lore stuff will probably take to this, I personally didn't.
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Can't say I read it all, I'm not into the whole lore thing I guess.
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Quite like the way they reach out to players. This article seems to summarize the current event. There's a lot of void between the build up and what's supposed to happen, though, and I'm afraid a single article is not going to fill that.
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i really thought that it was a "Letter from the Producer" titled "The Last Word" and was all /pitchfork XD
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I am impressed that this runs so deep. I have been trying to figure out the significance of this, and put it in line with the strange apparatus or the luck thingies of 11 (though it seems closer to the Great Christmas Treant massacre of 2003).

Makes me want to look more into it I have to say. I have even been trying to horde deaspected crystals from friends, assuming they were a part of something bigger.
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Well the letter does give a hint, but it was heavily implied in the in-game dialogue as well. SAVE DEASPECTED CRYSTALS.
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V.P. wrote:
で、で、で…

出たー---!


o_o
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KaneKitty wrote:
V.P. wrote:
で、で、で…

出たー---!


o_o


The old in and out eh?
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You mean Square is writing out lore for a Final Fantasy title?! Madness!

Really people?
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samosamo the Mundane wrote:
KaneKitty wrote:
V.P. wrote:
で、で、で…

出たー---!


o_o


The old in and out eh?


That's basically what I was going for, yeah. XD
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