Little Ladies' Day (02/15/2011)

Rise above your standing!

Little Ladies' Day approaches, offering women all across Eorzea the unique opportunity to experience life as a noble. So don your best outfit and take an afternoon stroll under the blossoming peach trees, for the day is yours!

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Little Ladies' Day

This springtime festival is said to have its origins in the relatively recent Ul'dahn Legend of the Lost Lady. Over the past three centuries, it has transformed into a celebration where women of all ages, races, creeds, and repute dress up in their finest habiliments for a day on the town, stopping to pose in front of specially erected backdrops while nibbling upon colorful sweets; all the while, being waited on hand and foot by their loyal 'seneschals.'

And who are to serve as these seneschals, you ask? Why, the realm's gallant gents, of course! Yes, Eorzea's menfolk have sworn a solemn oath to show their appreciation for all damselkind by dedicating this delightful day to them.

Duration

The festivities are scheduled to last from the stroke of midnight on Thursday, February 17, until 6:59 a.m. on Thursday, March 3 (PST).

Ring My Bell

These bells need no introduction: they sang for the Starlight Celebration, hummed for Heavensturn, vibrated for Valentione's Day, and now their tintinnabulations shall resound throughout the realm once more for Little Ladies' Day. One need only ring the bells to receive a gift, compliments of the city-states and their benevolent rulers.

Gifts Available:
Peach Branches
Powdered Sugar
*Gifts can be received once every eight hours (earth time), starting the first time a bell is rung. Up to six items will be stored for each person in the event that periodical returns to the bell prove difficult.

Bell Locations

Limsa Lominsa (Upper Decks/Lower Decks)


Gridania


Ul'dah (Merchant Strip/Hustings Strip)


Of the Hand

Festive confetti made of peach blossoms, and tasty rice cakes are two items associated with the Little Ladies' Day celebration. The following is a guide on how to craft both:

Item Class Materials

Peach Confetti Alchemist (1-10) Peach Branch, Growth Formula Alpha

Sweet Rice Cake Culinarian (1-10) Sticky Rice, Cinnamon, Blood Currants, Mugwort, Mineral Water, Powdered Sugar

The Legend of the Lost Lady

Three centuries past, the city-state of Ul'dah was ruled by an iron-fisted sultan by the name of Baldric Thorne—a man feared across the region for his quick temper and his even swifter justice. Perhaps as punishment for his compassionless ways, the Twelve saw fit to bless the sultan with but a single daughter, Edvya, whom the sultan loved more than the sun and the moon. And it was this love that drove Baldric to take measures that would ensure no harm ever befell the princess—including her confinement to the royal palace and the assignment of a retinue of over fifty handmaidens and seneschals.

As the princess grew older, however, a longing to explore the unknown land that lay beyond the palace walls tugged at her soul, until one day, in a devilish display of wit, she switched clothes with a miller girl come to the palace with her mother to deliver flour to the kitchens. Once Edvya had exchanged her beautiful gown and tiara for the soiled rags of a commoner, it proved little trouble to pass unnoticed through her legion of servants and slip out into the city for a day of wicked fun.

It did not take long for the palace to realize something was afoot, and upon discovering that his only daughter was missing, the sultan, overcome with rage, immediately ordered the sultanate's entire standing army to scour the city until they had found the princess. As for the royal impostor, thinking that Edvya may have been kidnapped by the girl's mother, the sultan ordered the miller's house torn apart, her family arrested, tortured, and thrown in the royal oubliette.

As luck would have it, the princess had not wandered far from the palace, and was discovered in a nearby market by her father's men. Once back in the safety of the palace, Edvya revealed the whole ruse to her father, explaining that she had conjured it on her own, and begged that he show mercy to the miller's family.

Upon realizing that the atrocities committed to the miller girl and her family were without warrant, he had the family released from the oubliette and summoned to the royal audience chamber. Here, not only did he personally apologize to the family and order the royal architects to design and build them a new home, but, in a move most unexpected, Baldric himself offered to serve as the daughter's seneschal for a full day, saying that no young woman, regardless of her standing, should be denied the respect due all citizens of the sultanate; that all girls, common or noble, are 'ladies' in their own right.

Rumors of this unforeseen display of humility were quick to spread through Ul'dah and ultimately proved to be extremely well-received amongst the smallfolk, who, until then, had perceived their leader as little more than a heartless despot. So well-received were they, in fact, that the sultan declared one day from each solar year on which he would select, via lots, a common girl from the city and serve as her personal seneschal, as he had done with the miller's daughter.

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So...
# Feb 15 2011 at 7:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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Do we get lolicakes?
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# Feb 15 2011 at 7:26 PM Rating: Decent
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As said before by other people those events already exist in XI and have existed since the beginning, so there is no big surprise here. Then of course like in XI, if you don't like it just don't participate.
This being said, you have to cut them some slack, they have been working on players requests a lot recently, see the 1.15 patch, and even if we would love to have all the things being added at the same time we all know it is not possible. (Where is Mog House? >_< )
Just try to enjoy what you have now as much as you can, we all know that there are brighter days coming, even if it might take some time for most people to get what they want.

Wishing you all a lot of fun! ^^
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Well...
# Feb 15 2011 at 3:15 PM Rating: Good
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To be fair, they're still working on getting the main aspects of the game to work (which should've been done before release but we've all heard that song before). We should honestly be thankful that there are any events at all. In the future, events will most likely have more to them. But for now we'll have to settle for what little they can spare. Who knows, maybe they'll have everything fixed in time for Summerfest/the Starlight Celebration (and hopefully they'll do away with Mumor for chrissake), or even the Sword Festival.
Holiday Chocobos?
# Feb 15 2011 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
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How about a pink chocobo quest during the Valentine's Day stretch?
Or perhaps a green chocobo during the St. Patty's Day stretch. ... Just saying.
Today I am going to log on for the first time in 3 months to see if there is much of an improvment, but $150 for 2 L.E. boxes was at first a major let down. Even my lovely Jubilee stopped playing. /holds breathe... /leaps in
celebrations
# Feb 15 2011 at 10:41 AM Rating: Decent
would be cool if ya could also get special items from season events that are realy usefull like gear weapons maybe even own chocobos just an idea for future celebrations
Story time!
# Feb 15 2011 at 9:54 AM Rating: Decent
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What a lovely telling. Nice lore.
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# Feb 15 2011 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I agree. Other than the christmas event, they haven't put much effort into these holidays, have they?
nice
# Feb 15 2011 at 8:40 AM Rating: Decent
we get photo ops again! i loved the pretty backdrops they had in XI.. very welcome return to XIV :) too bad i wont have my 2 leading ladies this year to join me in front of em :(
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no better idea?
# Feb 15 2011 at 6:57 AM Rating: Decent
I'm all for celebrating women, but... really? is there no more creativity in these "events" that they keep coming up with? where are the event related quests? where are the hands on (keyboard of course) action in the event to go more into depth with it? WHERE'S THE FUN!
no better idea?
# Feb 15 2011 at 3:22 PM Rating: Good
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So far all the events have been real holidays- Christmas, Chinese New Year (though it was celebrated on January 1st), Valentine's Day, and now the Doll Festival (which is a Japanese holiday that honors little girls- there's one celebrating boys, too). It looks like they'll be having events for the same holidays that were celebrated in XI.
ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
# Feb 15 2011 at 6:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Such a nice story. Too bad the event seems quite pointless and not very much fun.
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