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#1 Dec 15 2011 at 7:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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Special Report: Ifrit Rising

The latest edition of The Mythril Eye, Ul’dah’s premier financial paper, has gone to print, featuring a special report on the rise of the primal Ifrit and the economic implications thereof.

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The Demon of Mythril Pit T-3

All hells broke loose in eastern Thanalan eight summers past, in the Year 1564 of the Sixth Astral Era. The alarm was raised at Mythril Pit T-3, an excavation site superintended by Amajina & Sons Mineral Concern. The Stone Torches, the standing security force, were promptly dispatched to deal with the disturbance. Alas, upon arriving at the scene, they were shocked into stunned silence—the mine had been gutted by an inferno. Nary a stretch of its serpentine system of shafts and vaults was left unscathed. The charred corpses of deceased diggers bestrewed the ash-lined floor, locked in poses that told of terrible torment.

In a stroke of serendipity, a sole survivor was discovered amidst the devastation, wedged within a hollow hardly wide enough to hold a Hyur child. Regaining consciousness, the man recounted in sputters and shrieks the abrupt appearance of an enormous, fire-breathing fiend, dreadful to behold. This encounter would emerge as the earliest recorded sighting of the primal Ifrit on Eorzean soil.


Out of the Skillet into the Inferno

Recent years have seen the Amalj’aa threat grow gradually to pose a perennial problem for Ul’dah alongside the advancing Garlean Empire. Bad blood has boiled between us and the lizardmen for generations, born of an ongoing dispute over demesne. Hostility on the Amalj’aa’s part would peak pronouncedly in the wake of the tragedy at Mythril Pit T-3, a trend academics ascribe to the appearance of Ifrit.

The primal holds sway over the humours of the lizardmen, this much is manfiest. By that logic, it can be surmised that subjugating the summoned being is tantamount to taming the enemy. Which seems a sound strategy, save for the small detail that primals are immortal after a fashion—even if defeated, they can be called forth, time and again. A permanent solution still eludes us, and for the foreseeable future we must rely upon the brave men and women of the Immortal Flames to keep Ifrit in check.

Whispers are widespread of late that the anomalies exhibited by Dalamud are the result of Ifrit’s swelling strength. Some take this theory further, proclaiming that the phenomenon portends the Seventh Umbral Era. An enduring economy is built upon consumer confidence, which is in turn dependent upon peace of mind. If the sultanate’s financial fitness is to be preserved, action must be taken to stymie the spread of public perturbation.

But why stop there? Even as I put pen to parchment, the other city-states struggle to suppress the likes of Garuda and Leviathan. In the midst of mounting mayhem, Ul’dah stands to profit profusely as the premier purveyor of primal countermeasures. An opportunity to win riches and renown hangs ripe before our eyes—we need only to reach out and take it.

Havak Alvak


[A Deathless Dilemma]
A handful of years ago, a Lominsan pirating crew called the Company of Heroes garnered great glory by vanquishing Leviathan and Titan, the primals of the Sahagin and the kobolds respectively. Before the season had turned, however, the two beast tribes were reported to have called forth their gods once more, neither of whom was any worse for the wear. Such is the conundrum confronted by those who seek to smite summoned beings.


I am guessing they are hinting that the next two primals to be releaced are Leviathan and Titan? They will have to implement the Sahgain stronghold. I wonder why they don't do Garuda first.

Edited, Dec 15th 2011 8:18am by Magnesium02
#2 Dec 15 2011 at 8:08 AM Rating: Decent
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I am guessing they are hinting that the next two primals to be releaced are Leviathan and Titan? They will have to implement the Sahgain stronghold. I wonder why they don't do Garuda first.


They may be saving Garuda for last. According to the lore, we are in the Sixth Astral Age, which is the Astral Age of Water. By the progression of the elements, that makes the impending Seventh Umbral Age the Umbral Age of Wind. The ones I'm wondering about are Ramuh and Shiva, since we don't yet have beastmen for those elements. Shiva might be Giants? Giants were always associated with the north and cold in FFXI. I don't think Goblins or Qiqirn will have primals, as they seem somewhat unique; they're have friendly NPCs in the cities and they don't aggro. Sylphs even more so. I don't have a clue as to who'll have Ramuh.

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#3 Dec 15 2011 at 9:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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As an interesting note, in case anyone didn't know, Titan was actually supposed to be the first primal released, and has been in the .dats for a very long time, but when the Japanese earthquakes hit SE decided that it would be indelicate to implement him immediately.
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#4 Dec 15 2011 at 9:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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As an interesting note, in case anyone didn't know, Titan was actually supposed to be the first primal released, and has been in the .dats for a very long time, but when the Japanese earthquakes hit SE decided that it would be indelicate to implement him immediately.

That's the kind of thinking I would expect from SE.
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#5 Dec 15 2011 at 4:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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I don't think Goblins or Qiqirn will have primals, as they seem somewhat unique; they're have friendly NPCs in the cities and they don't aggro. Sylphs even more so. I don't have a clue as to who'll have Ramuh.

Edited, Dec 15th 2011 9:16am by ChrisMattern



Well Sylphs are lightning-based and if you go to their home north east of Nine Ives, they have a bit arena space there that could be used for summoning. There is also a big banner with a lightning bolt sigil on it. In one of the story quests when you have to go parley with amalja and ixal when you talk to the sylphs after they seemed (to me) to be defending primals which may mean they have one (Ramuh).
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KaneKitty wrote:
As an interesting note, in case anyone didn't know, Titan was actually supposed to be the first primal released, and has been in the .dats for a very long time, but when the Japanese earthquakes hit SE decided that it would be indelicate to implement him immediately.


You meant being released after Ifrit/Leviathan? Because no matter how you look at it, Ifrit/Leviathan are tied directly in the main story, Titan has yet to make an appearance anywhere else.
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He means there is actual files including voice files where you go fight Titan. Its the only one in the .dats where it was clear you were supposed to fight him before Yoshida took over. That actually makes me think Titan will be among the last as it pertains directly to the old mission storyline. (When beta first came out people .dat mined the sound files. There is a sound wave for a cut scene where you have NPC's squaring off against Titan, you can also see it in a cutscene we got way back during the final launch trailer) Ifrit and Leviathan are definitely mission plot lines, but the actual fights themselves look like they were never meant to be realized till Yoshida took over, and since Ifrit is such a stand out member of the summons line, he probably thought he needed to do that one first as it brought out bigger "Final Fantasy" feeling then some of the other summons.

Ramuh is definitely the Sylphs by the way, we know they have a primal based on the mission plot line and their town emblem is lightning bolt against a violet backdrop. Shiva probably has something to do with the northern Beastmen that got hinted at recently during a new in game (GM) event. They said a monstrous and large beastmen had sided with the Garleans that came from the far north.

#8 Dec 15 2011 at 6:33 PM Rating: Excellent
That would make sense... Ifrit was the first GF encountered in FFVIII as well.
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#9 Dec 15 2011 at 7:53 PM Rating: Good
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croythegreat wrote:
Its the only one in the .dats where it was clear you were supposed to fight him before Yoshida took over. That actually makes me think Titan will be among the last as it pertains directly to the old mission storyline.


Oh, that's an interesting point!
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