As the blazing sun continues to beat down relentlessly upon Eorzea, here and there one spies crimson balloons aflight—balloons bearing the likenesses of sinister and scowling faces. Could these menacing inflatables be in some way related to the heat wave sweeping across the realm? Just what manner of goings-on are these? For answers, let us now turn to that Lominsan paragon of journalistic integrity—The Harbor Herald.
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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 takes a close look at the sea change that has been brought about by the appearance of a maelstrom…
Smallest Flint Sparks Grandest Fire
Never take a pirate at his word. Theirs is a lot given to exaggeration and hyperbole—those of our own Lominsan waters not least of all. For something in the pirate mind compels them to lay claim to the greatest boast, no matter how unlikely or unbelievable. No doubt they would all swear before Llymlaen herself to having seen a sea serpent as long as a galleon, or a dazzling storm of shooting stars that light up the night as bright as day. Ever have these free souls of the seas told the most grandiose lies at every possible utterance, just as naturally as they cast their sails or row their oars. But such is not always the case, as I recently discovered...
Allow me to share with you a certain tale from the lands of Coerthas in the north, told to me by a pirate who earns his keep sailing up the White Maiden to sell off his plunder. The following words are his own, untouched by mine own quill.
“Aye, ’at bleedin’ meteor plopped down right there on the outskirts o’ Owl’s Nest, it did. ‘Fore I knew what was what, a bomb bigger’n an aldgoat rose up from that selfsame spot. Watched with me own eye as it took to eatin’ e’erything around it, growin’ bigger ‘n bigger all the while. Finally made its way right up to the gates of Ishgard, it did. Gahaha, I bet them fancy-as-you-please knights roastin’ in their armor made for a tender meal! Tell me they didn’t! Gaha— Hm? What else, you say? Not much, really. I heard them Ishgard folk are callin’ the thing a Bombard, but that’s all I know, Twelve take me if it ain’t.”
Were this but a sole account, perhaps it would be easy to dismiss as idle banter—the boastful stylings of some pirate raconteur. But what if I were to tell you that before ever speaking to this man, I had word from one of the Herald’s own correspondents in Ishgard? A man of unquestionable character, he claims that a tremendous explosion could be heard and felt throughout the city from the direction of the Gates of Judgment. Moreover, a number of fully armored knights were reported to have suffered severe burns, and a wave of heat washed over the entire city and lays there still now, plaguing the Ishgardians day in and day out.
By now no doubt all have heard of the Firefall Faire being prepared for in Eorzea’s cities. But tell me this—do you not find something strange about these festivities? Why, I ask, in the midst of these the year’s hottest days, must we be forced to look upon balloons fashioned in the likeness of bombs, and everywhere reminded of this unbearable heat from which we constantly seek even the briefest of respites?
And is it not a particular peculiarity that the Adventurers’ Guild, in dire straits as it is in recent days, has seen fit to affiliate itself with these so-called faire chaperones? Little and less of this faire sits well in the belly of this reporter...
One rumor maintains that said guild received an extremely generous boon from the city-states’ coffers in exchange for rallying adventurers to help eradicate these infernal bombs. And what of the balloons, then? All part of the plan, it would seem. Some go so far as to make them for decoys meant to deceive the eyes of these explosive monstrosities. Perhaps you thought yourself safe behind city walls? Perhaps you thought that such tales were no more than stories told by wetnurses to children in faraway lands? The fact remains that a meteor fell to Eorzea, and an outbreak of fiery chaos has followed in its wake. And as if that were not foreboding enough, I leave you with this final disquieting thought...
An entire storm of meteors has now been confirmed to have fallen in the vicinity of La Noscea.
Firefall Faire Dates & Times
Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. – Monday, August 29, 2011 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT)
How to Participate
1. Speak to any of the Firefall Faire chaperones, who will appear in each of the three city-states.
Faire Chaperone Locations
Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks
Ul’dah, Merchant Strip
2. Faire chaperones will ask you to take part in the Bombard hunt, and provide you with special heat-resistant swimsuits.
3. Travel to the hamlets the chaperones direct you to, and there speak with the dispatched Cascadier NPCs.
Eastern La Noscea (34, 18)
Western La Noscea (14, 21)
North Shroud (21, 13)
South Shroud (43, 48)
Eastern Thanalan (40, 19)
Western Thanalan (14, 33)
Coerthas Eastern Lowlands (58, 30)
Coerthas Western Highlands (18, 24)
4. Use the following emotes as instructed by the Cascadier NPCs to enrage the Bombards.
5. Lead the Bombards to the nearby Festive Furnaces to incinerate them!
6. Speak to the Cascadier NPCs once more after incinerating a Bombard to collect the remaining ashes.
7. Return to the city and present the ash to the faire chaperone to collect your reward.
* Throughout this entire process, the location of event-related NPCs can be viewed in the journal.
Collecting Additional Swimsuits
1. Obtain ash of a color you do not possess and exchange it for the corresponding firework.
* The color of ash left by Bombards varies between regions.
2. Use the Festive Mortar located in any of the three cities, or on the ferry, to launch your fireworks.
3. After setting off your fireworks, receive a swimsuit from the nearby attendant Cascadier NPC.
Festive Mortar Locations
Onboard the ferry connecting Limsa Lomina, Lower Decks (3,5) and Western Thanalan (4,26)
Limsa Loiminsa, Lower Decks
Ul’dah, Merchants Strip
Collect All Swimsuits and Create Your Own Original Wallpaper
Once you have collected all of the available swimsuits, visit the Lodestone to create an original wallpaper of your character. Commemorate this year’s Firefall Faire with an unforgettable image using the swimsuit, pose, and background of your own choice!
Wallpaper Download Availability
Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. – Monday, September 5, 2011 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT)
How to Download
1. Collect all of the swimsuits available during Firefall Faire.
2. Log into the Lodestone and click the Firefall Faire commemorative wallpaper banner to go to the wallpaper creation page.
3. Select the desired components and generate your wallpaper!
4. Once complete, download your original Firefall Faire wallpaper!
* For further details, please view the Creating a Wallpaper instructions on the wallpaper creation page.