Hello, fellow Celestians! Welcome to another edition of the Celestia Citizen newsletter! As you may have noticed, it felt like ages since the last one. With a long year came a short holiday, and many of us here at the Free Company took the chance to embrace it. December saw the absence of a regularly scheduled newsletter. However, with the holidays done and the start of a new year upon us, we are back on schedule! And here we are, opening up the new year with a major Final Fantasy XIV patch having dropped!
And with that out of the way, let us get things going!
Final Fantasy XIV News
The first bit of news we have here is a New Year’s Greetings from the Director and Producer of Final Fantasy XIV, Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida. Link: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/40e7f236599667aa27bace57570f0d88366a0e16
Next, here is the comprehensive article detailing all changes within Patch 6.3, uploaded in-game as of January 10th. Link: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/764840557caa22a8f77550b480aa3c79b2e733d2
On the PvP front, Series 3 has begun with the release of the 6.3 Patch. Link: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/fc6dec07c1a2a0df8b67cfc033874ff2969ed329
There is also a Furnishing Design Contest that is due to end on January 19th, at 6:59 AM PST. Link: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/0e2134eb4500dcb598d539d40f34cac0ec836ab8
Free Company Updates and Social Events
With the holidays now done, we are now starting with a clean slate of announcements.
First off, please welcome our newest General Officer, Squirrel Guile!
In addition, please welcome Xerxes Oshika as a new officer for PVP Co-Lead!
We also have a departure from the Officer position. Zee Zephos has stepped down as an Officer and King’s Hand. Please wish Zee well in the next step of their journey!
In terms of social events, we have a Sightseeing Log event coming for Saturday, January 28th at 5PM PST! Please note that this content will cover the Heavensward Sightseeing Log. There will also be a raffle for 3 prizes for all participants. To sign up, please proceed to the Discord server and sign up via #social-event channel!
There will also be an event held in February for our annual Housing Contest, scheduled Saturday February 18th. This is being posted well in advance to ensure that awareness of the event is given, as well as time to prepare. Get those houses trussed up and dressed up, and come sign up via #social-event channel when the invite goes live!
Beyond the Light
With a new year also comes a slew of new folks to interview! We had a slough in November, and a break in December, but we are going to aim for getting interviews harder than ever! As the one who crafted the Beyond the Light interview, we are going with a new approach to getting more of our members to open up!
At times in-game, I will be promoting the Beyond the Light interview option to our members for awareness. To participate, please go to the Discord Server and reference #announcements for the available Google Form (a free Google account will be required).
With many new participants, our winner for the monthly interview is Rekilic Renatus!
What race are you currently in-game?: Miqo’te
What drew you into your current choice of race?: Male Cats get Ear wiggles! The emotes are the best, the voices are the best, This is truly the master race of Eorzea. I mean….. We have the power houses Graha, Yshtola and my personal favorite Vekkebe. (Rogue Quest line, you learn to love her!) I can go on, the gear sets look the best having a tail run around as you go. You could come up with the best Puns with the kitty race such as Catrick Swayze! I mean come on! you get a Tail, the hairstyles all fit, the facial expressions. There’s everything to love there! Plus If you want on Our leaders good side. heh go Kitty! Blessed and Scura will thank you! Did I mention the Ear wiggles and tail? oh good. Ya thanks!
When did you first start playing FFXIV?: June 23, 2015
What drew you to pick up and play FFXIV?: I played it back when It first dropped on PS3; before ARR and it was terrible, My buddy said it got better so I picked it up with the Heavensward Expansion and gave it another shot…. It took me away from World of Warcraft (since 2004), KOToR,Guild Wars, and GW2. I play other games in between but FF14 from here on out is my Game to Play. The player base is just fantastic. People are really friendly. I have real life friends who play so its great to get in groups with them to escape the tragedies of this world.
How far have you gotten into the MSQ (Main Story Questline) of FFXIV?: MSQ is all caught up. In fact played through it twice!
What was your first (job? class? role?) when you started?: WARRIOR!
What motivated you to pick that first (job? class? role?)?: I mained tank and Heals through all other mmo Experiences. So I picked the better tank I knew Id like at the time…. which is with a meaty beefy Axe and not a toothpick with a dinner plate…. I mean, What is a Paladin really? There just a tower selfish healer…. or so I thought. then WARRIORS GOT ALL THE HEALINGS AND DMG….. Silly Paladins. 😀
To date, what favorite jobs/roles/classes do you have?: I prefer Melee, So My top 5 are SAM, NIN, DRK, WAR,and BLM. I like DRK and WARs about the same, they both play good, haven’t really gotten into GNB for tanks yet and PLDs are just silly… SAM to me is really fun. Biggest reason Its my favorite job is do to the animations and smoothness of moving in and out. NINs are just my favorite in General and BLMs I sometimes feel lazy and just wanna drop bombs….ESSSPLOOOSION!
What kind of content do you enjoy?: MSQ, PvP, Savage Raids, Duty Content (dungeons, trials, raids, expert content), Side quests (Hildebrand, Beast Tribes, Eureka, Bozjan, etc), Glamour collecting, and Other: The best content in game is makeing new friends and progressing towards something awesome!
What would you say is your favorite content type from above to do? And why?: My other answer. I think making friends and connecting with people all over the world who enjoy the gameplay as much as you do is just A+. The diversity too Ive made friends in other countries. Send gifts back and fourth. Learned a lot of new things of how they live and whats different from the USA. Some of the friends Ive made here have become best friends and I would give my organs to them if they ever need.
What is one thing you like about FFXIV that distinguishes them from other MMOs?: The Players camaraderie. A lot of what I talked about with the last question as well. There’s something in FF14 for EVERYONE, Unlike other MMOS and they keep the content updated. The BEST thing is the DEVS LISTEN TO THERE PLAYERS AND DONT LAUGH OR DISSREGARD THEM LIKE WOW…. (cough cough) They care more about what the player base thinks then most mothers to there child…. Thank you Yoshi P.
If you could make at least 1 change to FFXIV based on personal preference, what would you pick and why?: I would Change how PvP works a little bit. I would add a tournament in game style session with prizes at the end of them to claim (or a currency for in game tournament style 1v1 only option.) Do like for each section 6 players queue, three matches happen at the same time in a 5min time frame. then wheedle it down. if you lose its knock out tournament and you can queue for it whenever you have 20 mins to spare… its the length of a dungeon if you think about it… I feel it would be really cool and unique to other games… you always see 2v2s, or 3v3s or 5v5s, or the big battles…what about a 1v1 little tournament style game? why not right!
What is your most memorable/favorite moment in FFXIV?: When I first played the game I was scared of the PvP… (yes let me tell you something wild). I didn’t know what to do… In all my other MMOs it was PvP heavy first, Raiding when I felt like it. In FF14, It was haha Story first, Raids, Deep Dungeons, uhh wanna pvp? No, not really…. then the BUG kicked. I ended up at the den the first time Garo gear came around…. I was on ninja when Shadow bringers was about to hit. Made a Hrothgar cus I wanted to try to be the big kitty. I was training with a broski and a friend at the time. (no idea what I was doing.) Then this metal Hammer monk walks up in the ring wearing the most bad ass gear set Ive seen in game and just starts squashing people in duels…. LIKE BAM SMASH GONE!!!! My buddy at the time tells me…. “look at that title… hes in the top 100.” So im like woo-ow, I wanna fight him. My buddy said. “you will lose, don’t talk to those guys.” So I challenged JERILITH to a duel and he showed me the ropes…. he disappeared on me one day before season 14 popped. Then showed back up, we Monked around for a bit, and I chose DRK to be my Season Job. I showed him DRK as a trade off to him showing me how to PvP Monk. Well the memory of why it was my favorite is long! there was alot that happened in my first season. BUT In the end of my first season I got in the top 100 and truly its thanks to Jerilith. So thank you brother! My PvP adventure wouldn’t be the same without ya!
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When did you join Celestia?: Feb 13, 2022
What drew you to join Celestia? Was it a person, an advertisement, etc?: Was looking for a home with Jerilith and Falena online, they wanted a big FC I wanted Small originally. So I found this one… We went and talked to Blessed and I believe a few Officers in the FC and told them our thoughts and what were looking for. We clicked and joined. haven’t ever looked back!
What do you like about Celestia as a Free Company?: Mostly the members… Being a FC as big as this one I don’t like do to the (family feeling). most big fcs just blow off there little guys. This one takes you in as one of there own and ROLLS with it. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy and the people is what makes me stay.
What is your favorite weekly event to participate in with Celestia?: I like most all content. I don’t have a favorite at the moment.
This is the end of 2022, and the start of 2023. As we got ourselves through a long year, recovering from all manner of hardships, we are graced with the hope that things will get better. Things will be harder before they are easier. We will suffer before we ease. And coming into this new year, take stock in the idea that just as Endwalker has shown us, it is darkest just before the dawn. And the dawn is coming for us all, to usher in those better things.
For your New Year’s Resolutions, endeavor to do something new, to better yourself, to make new friends and loved ones, to expand your lifestyle, and to do whatever is needed to make your life better. We have another long year ahead, so let us work to make it a good one 🙂 .
That is all for this month’s newsletter. See you, Space Warriors of Light!