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#1 Jan 19 2012 at 7:52 AM Rating: Good
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Connecting all lands and peoples in her everlasting embrace, the sea bears to Limsa Lominsa the wisdom and voices of a thousand shores. In today’s edition, The Harbor Herald examines the events which led to the departure and return of a feathered friend.

The Tragic Ride of Ouranos

Allow me, if you will, to venture some hundred years into the past, as I recount for you today a tale of bravery, loyalty, and heroism the likes of which our Eorzea has not seen since. The date is 1468 of the Sixth Astral Era. The forces of Ala Mhigo have crossed the Velodyna River, whose waters form the border with neighboring Gridania, and now claim dominion over the East Shroud. With its invasion into these lands sacred to the forestborn, Ala Mhigo, a garrison state known for its jingoism and expansionist ambitions, sparks what will come to be known as the Autumn War.

But Gridania would not be made to stand alone for long. The following year, the three nations of Limsa Lominsa, Ul’dah, and Ishgard—keepers of the watch over Mhigo’s hegemonic belligerence—would dispatch reinforcements to the embattled area. By joining their might to that of Gridania, an alliance is formed, and the Ala Mhigan offensive is stifled.

Serving in the last altercation of the Autumn War, the Second Battle of the Shroud, is a young Elezen knight of Ishgard by the name of Beltrant Durendaire and his spirited warbird, Ouranos. Riding alone on a routine scouting, Beltrant discovers a flying column of Ala Mhigan infantry and archers on a clandestine march devised to maneuver wide of the allied front and flank it. But he, too, is discovered by the enemy, and before he can spur Ouranos to bolt, an Ala Mhigan volley of death rains down upon them.

For every ten archers who miss their mark is one who strikes true, and in the blink of an eye both rider and mount are riddled with arrows. Somehow, in spite of his wounds, Ouranos finds the strength to break into a full gallop, and only narrowly escapes the enemy’s grasp. And then the true miracle—from some inner fount of unending will and love, Ouranos, guided by instinct alone, bears Beltrant back to the allied camp, miraculously keeping his unconscious and near-death master in the saddle the entire way. The life of Ser Beltrant saved, he makes known the movements of the enemy flying column, and by his report the allied forces avoid encirclement at the hands of the Ala Mhigans, and in turn execute a counteroffensive that would turn the tide of battle and eventually deliver one of the most monumental victories in Eorzean history. Sadly, Ouranos would not know the victory for which he was solely responsible. The wounds suffered and the toll exacted by the return journey would prove too much for the bird—indeed for any bird—and mere moments after seeing his master back to the safety of camp, Ouranos collapsed, never to rise again.


Chocobo Barding Soon to Come?

Despite grievous wounds, it is thought that it was a single arrow to the side of the breast which in the end claimed the life of Ouranos. A single, crudely made arrow. One among a hundred. Such an insignificant thing to claim so grand and noble a life. Determined never to see such a tragedy repeated, the armorers of Naldiq & Vymelli’s have created a new set of barding from the fires of their forges. It weighs heavy on the heart to think that such armor may have perhaps saved the life of Ouranos, whose self-sacrifice born of loyalty saved the lives of so many others.

I have it on good word that designs for the new barding, which was commissioned by the Maelstrom of Limsa Lominsa, are now complete, and mounts are already being outfitted with the first batch crafted for testing in the field. Should the results prove favorable, Naldiq & Vymelli’s will begin mass production.

From what I have heard, the barding is ingeniously devised so as to protect the vital areas of the body and head, yet without hindering the speed or movements of the chocobo. Moreover, there are slated to be a variety of forms to appeal to as wide an aesthetic range as possible. It would seem we are finally drawing near the day when the heavily armored chocobo will at last be a reality—albeit it one hundred years too late.
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#2 Jan 19 2012 at 9:02 AM Rating: Excellent
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Lodestone wrote:
I have it on good word that designs for the new barding... are now complete, and mounts are already being outfitted with the first batch crafted for testing in the field. Should the results prove favorable, Naldiq & Vymelli’s will begin mass production.

From what I have heard, the barding is ingeniously devised so as to protect the vital areas of the body and head, yet without hindering the speed or movements of the chocobo. Moreover, there are slated to be a variety of forms to appeal to as wide an aesthetic range as possible. It would seem we are finally drawing near the day when the heavily armored chocobo will at last be a reality—albeit it one hundred years too late.


I love the allegories here! XD
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#3 Jan 19 2012 at 11:02 AM Rating: Good
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Some of the armour is awesome sauce!
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#4 Jan 19 2012 at 11:10 AM Rating: Excellent
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Nice bit of story and the armor designs look pretty nice. I look forward to my chocobo wearing one of these sets.
#5 Jan 19 2012 at 1:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Is it just me, or did anyone else think of a singing chocobo bard?

though the pictures do look pretty cool :)
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#6 Jan 19 2012 at 3:27 PM Rating: Good
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Will it protect the chocobo from mobs or is it mainly for looks ? Would be nice to run pass some mobs and not get one shotted ...
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#7 Jan 19 2012 at 3:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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I don't think we know yet. Hopefully it wont be cosmetic only and will have some actual use.
#8 Jan 20 2012 at 11:04 AM Rating: Good
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Yelta wrote:
I don't think we know yet. Hopefully it wont be cosmetic only and will have some actual use.


My thoughts as well, could help offset the current Goobbue usage... I'm still sad they don't do anything special, but I didn't expect it considering they will be exclusive come 2.0.
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#9 Jan 20 2012 at 11:25 AM Rating: Good
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Yelta wrote:
I don't think we know yet. Hopefully it wont be cosmetic only and will have some actual use.


The problem with having an "actual use," however, is that it will likely bring the negation of aesthetic choice. If it's all just different degrees of armour, then the strongest armour will win out - don't make us have cookie-cutter chocobos now, too! T_T
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#10 Jan 20 2012 at 11:33 AM Rating: Excellent
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KaneKitty wrote:
The problem with having an "actual use," however, is that it will likely bring the negation of aesthetic choice. If it's all just different degrees of armour, then the strongest armour will win out - don't make us have cookie-cutter chocobos now, too! T_T


I wouldn't want that really, let them all have a use but equal in strength or whatever. Like no matter what one you pick you can take 1000 hp worth of damage while riding before being knocked off or something.

Not to open a can of worms, either vanity slots or the ability to re-skin equipment to a like type might be cool. But only to skins for items you have actually owned before. I liked vanity slots in DragonNest and Aion had some system but I don't remember just how it worked.

Again, I do NOT want cookie-cutter chocobos.
#11 Jan 24 2012 at 8:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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I thought Yoshi-P said and the image art from version 2.0 implied chocobos would be companions in battle.

*searches through old posts*

FFXIV_2.0_Systems_and_Content_EN.pdf

Please correct my interpretation of these if I am wrong.
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#12 Jan 24 2012 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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KaneKitty wrote:
Yelta wrote:
I don't think we know yet. Hopefully it wont be cosmetic only and will have some actual use.


The problem with having an "actual use," however, is that it will likely bring the negation of aesthetic choice. If it's all just different degrees of armour, then the strongest armour will win out - don't make us have cookie-cutter chocobos now, too! T_T


Fairly easy fix for that...

3 bonuses and 3 visual styles in each category

1. Normal speed and more resistant to MOB attacks before running away
2. Fast speed and 1 hit dismounts
3. Medium speed and medium atk resistance

Yeah, some folks would want to keep a set of each on them because they could be situational

In an area where nothing could/would aggro me I'd want option 2, in a high level zone where I'm trying to make it to a camp or whatever I'd want 1 or 3, etc...

With 3 styles for each bonus you still will have people picking different options. Yes 3 and 2 would most likely be the commonly used options but there's still 6 variances visually to the casual passerby.

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#13 Jan 25 2012 at 5:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Perrin, ****** Superhero wrote:
KaneKitty wrote:
Yelta wrote:
I don't think we know yet. Hopefully it wont be cosmetic only and will have some actual use.


The problem with having an "actual use," however, is that it will likely bring the negation of aesthetic choice. If it's all just different degrees of armour, then the strongest armour will win out - don't make us have cookie-cutter chocobos now, too! T_T


Fairly easy fix for that...

3 bonuses and 3 visual styles in each category

1. Normal speed and more resistant to MOB attacks before running away
2. Fast speed and 1 hit dismounts
3. Medium speed and medium atk resistance

Yeah, some folks would want to keep a set of each on them because they could be situational

In an area where nothing could/would aggro me I'd want option 2, in a high level zone where I'm trying to make it to a camp or whatever I'd want 1 or 3, etc...

With 3 styles for each bonus you still will have people picking different options. Yes 3 and 2 would most likely be the commonly used options but there's still 6 variances visually to the casual passerby.



No, no, no... You got it wrong! What you need to do is create 'jobs' for Chocobos and make it so each job can only equip certain types of Chocobo armor. It is much better then allowing Chocobos to wear any type of armor and having penalties for equipping gear beyond their level range.

Sorry, Perrin. No offense intended. I just couldn't resist rehashing changes that have been made which I have some problems with.
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#14 Jan 28 2012 at 12:46 PM Rating: Good
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I realize I was the last one to post but I had an interesting thought today. What if I want armor for my Goobbue mount as well? Can I use my Goobbue as a companion instead of a Chocobo? I wonder just how far Yoshi will take this.
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kainsilv wrote:
I realize I was the last one to post but I had an interesting thought today. What if I want armor for my Goobbue mount as well? Can I use my Goobbue as a companion instead of a Chocobo? I wonder just how far Yoshi will take this.


I think that they want to keep Chocobos in a special position when compared to other mounts. They are the iconic FF mounts after all.
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#16 Jan 29 2012 at 1:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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Despite grievous wounds, it is thought that it was a single arrow to the side of the breast which in the end claimed the life of Ouranos.


I used to be a knight's faithful chococbo, but then I took an arrow to the side of the breast.

I'm sorry, I had to! ; ;
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Despite grievous wounds, it is thought that it was a single arrow to the side of the breast which in the end claimed the life of Ouranos.


I used to be a knight's faithful chococbo, but then I took an arrow to the side of the breast.

I'm sorry, I had to! ; ;


No, no - it had to be said; and it was wonderful.
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