Ok. I finished my level 15 quest for my main job, and got the emissary event. During this time, I swear Mother Miounne gave me permission to hire retainers. I didn't do so immediately though. I went around to the other cities and puttered around for a while. When I came back to Gridania, I tried hiring a retainer and was told I didn't have enough status with the city. What level/quest do you need to be/do in order to have a retainer?
Retainers are your storage and your method of selling on the market boards. The fight is capped at 24, but you can complete it at 20. The concept I think was to slow down/stop gilsellers on the AH, but I don't think it worked....
Not like it needs it, but: You do not get the right to hire a retainer until beating Ifrit in the Bowl of Embers
I know it's likely been spoiled a dozen or so times but meh. Basically you get it later.
Edited, Oct 18th 2013 6:36pm by Pawkeshup
Actually, I just confirmed this today on an alt character, but you actually get the right to use Retainers well before then. You simply have to complete the level 17 Main Scenario quest "Scions of the Seventh Dawn" at which time you'll get the message in golden letters that you can now hire Retainers. And... just as a follow-up to make sure, I immediately teleported to Ul'Dah and I was able to hire a Retainer from Chachabi, the Retainer Vocate.
Right, sorry, that's the mount quest that I'm thinking of. I keep mixing the two up. Did that when my fiancee and I were trying for our mounts and realized that you get the retainer before the string, the bird after.