The Celestia Citizen (“May Showers Bring May Flowers” Edition)

Hello, my fellow Celestians! And welcome to another edition of the Celestia Citizen! It is May 2024, and we are making our way through spring slowly and surely! Depending on where you live, you may have gotten your dose of April showers and had Spring bring lush green grass, bright beautiful flowers, the song of wildlife as they come out into the world, and with nice brisk or warm temperatures as we make our way on to Summer.

For some of us, however, the weather may have other ideas. Continuing rainstorms, some more exciting than others, and change in the world giving us a new taste of what to expect from the weather.

Nevertheless, we are one third of the way to the end of the year, and we are closer now to Dawntrail’s release!!!

For those who missed the details in the prior newsletter, here is a simple recap of the content posted to that newsletter regarding Dawntrail’s release.

Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail is confirmed for July 2nd, 2024, with Early Access beginning on June 28, 2024. Pre-orders have gone live on various services, and links are below!!!

Dawntrail SE Version (PC):

Dawntrail Steam Version (PC):

Dawntrail Dawntrail PSN Version:

Dawntrail Xbox Version:

Final Fantasy XIV News

FFXIV Dawntrail Benchmark – Available Now!: Link

(Be sure to also share your results with the FC for fun on the FC Discord server via direct link here!: Link)

Yo-Kai Watch! Event Continues (04/24/2024 to 06/25/2024): Link

Moogle Treasure Trove – The Second Hunt for Genesis (05/14/2024 – 06/24/2024)

Make It Rain! Campaign (05/15/2024 – 05/31/2024)

Letter from the Producer (Live Letter LXXXI) – Scheduled for 05/16/2024

Dragon Quest X Collaboration Returns (06/05/2024 – 06/20/2024)

Letter from the Producer (Live Letter LXXXII) – Scheduled for 06/14/2024

48 Hour Maintenance for Dawntrail Early Access (06/26/2024 – 06/28/2024)

FFXIV Dawntrail Early Access (06/28/2024 – 07/01/2024)

FFXIV Dawntrail Official Release (Begins 07/02/2024)

Free Company News and Social Events

Note: With the FC Murder Mystery event having unfolded on Saturday, May 4th, I am going to give it its own column to detail some of the major beats that unfolded (refer to the right column of the newsletter for details!!!).

FC Open Meeting (For Letter from the Producer, Live Letter LXXXI)

Join us for the next scheduled FC open meeting to discuss “The Big One (LL)” on 05/18/2024!

FC Open Meeting (For Letter from the Producer, Live Letter LXXXII)

The last Live Letter before Dawntrail’s launch will have our FC open meeting scheduled on 06/16/2024!

FC Housing Spotlight Extravaganza!

On Sunday, May 26th, a tour of many of our FC members’ estates will be conducted to take in the elaborate and ornate designs and decor that our members have engaged themselves in! Signup is on the Discord here.

FC Room Decoration Event!

Separate from the FC Housing Spotlight Extravaganza, on Friday, June 7th, we will engage in a contest to rate the best FC room as decorated and designed! Signup is on the Discord here. Please make sure you submit your entry before then!

Murder Mystery Redux

The next iteration of the Murder Mystery is scheduled to return this coming November! Be sure to look for a signup on the Discord as we get closer to November! Announcement in Discord has been made, and further announcement will follow later in the year! The Newsletter will also remind readers of it as it comes up!

Free Company News and Social Events (Continued)

FC Murder Mystery Event

On Saturday, May 4th, we had our FC Murder Mystery event unfold! Refer to the Discord link here OR read the summation of this elaborate event below, including screenshots of the event as it unfolded!

At a mere house, no larger than the grand estates that countless Warriors of Light can afford in such a thriving economy, within the Empyreum ward, a mystery of murder dares to unfold.

For decades, Ms Harliqyn Mave has built a business empire in Empyreum, selling Goth-themed clothing to dilettante young Ishgardians with too much money and too little money-sense. Now in her twilight years, she summons her three children home to her estate to discuss their inheritance.

Yet as the final moments of the discussions come upon those gathered, so too does the final moments of Harliqyn’s life come upon her.

Among the morbid presence of the freshly dead deliverer of dreary dark fashion stands many suspects.

The eldest daughter, Simera.

The middle daughter, Z’attania.

The youngest daughter, Karah.

The butler towards Ms Harliqyn, Elhana.

And the maid towards Ms Harliqyn, Ivy.

As various purveyors of private preponderance of detecting and detail come to the murder scene and question those involved, it is apparent that it is not such an open-and-shut case.

Means, motive, and opportunity are sifted through by our participants, and the answers are questioned, just as the questions are answered.

The family is questioned, the staff sweated, and considerations are made for what is obvious, or what is not-so-obvious, for what happened.

Soon, things began to come together and it was determined that there was one who was particularly at fault.

Motive was established when Karah, one of Ms Harliqyn’s daughters, confessed to a love for the maid, Ivy. However, this relationship was not approved of by Ms Harliqyn.

Means was established when a series of flowers, resembling those that used to be picked by Karah with her late mother, were freshly picked and set at the table for Ms Harliqyn to admire. It was determined that Harli was deathly allergic to these flowers, and Karah set them on purpose to strike the killing blow while leaving her hands clean.

And the opportunity came that evening when the whole family was gathered, allowing for exchanges of suspicion yet nothing definitive without careful review.

With the conclusion of this event, we honor our winning collaborators:

1st Place : Sky Rendwyrm / Coconu Coco / Tall Drink O’Water

2nd Place : Caedum Imperiorum / Anchor Rei

3rd Place : Junno Highwind / Lyone Delsol / Kitykat Meow

In closing, please give thanks to our FC members acting their roles for this Murder Mystery event, and to all of our participants for taking part!

Beyond the Light Interview

What is your in-game character’s name?: Lyone Delsol

What race are you currently in-game?: Au Ra

What drew you into your current choice of race?: My wife (Leilia Fae) switch to an Au’Ra and after some discussion with a friend during Shadowbringers mentioned he saw me more as an Au’Ra than an Elezen. At the time I had been Elezen the whole time and Elvaan back in FFXI. After thinking about it for a while I decided I liked the aesthetics of Au’Ra, they were a little more muscular and it’s dragon like features appealed to me.

When did you first start playing FFXIV?: November 2013

What drew you to pick up and play FFXIV?:

I had played FFXI since it came out and have always been a FF fanboy, with FFIII(SNES)/FFVI being my first and favorite intro into the series. I had just gotten back from a deployment with 0 current subscriptions to any MMOs so it seems like the logical choice for me.

How far have you gotten into the MSQ (Main Story Questline) of FFXIV?: I am currently up to date and waiting for patches/expansions.

What was your first (job? class? role?) when you started?: I originally started out with Lancer/Dragoon but started leveling Gladiator/Paladin virtually at the same time.

What motivated you to pick that first (job? class? role?): Dragoon and Paladin were my favorite/main jobs in FFXI. I also really like their aesthetics.

To date, what favorite jobs/roles/classes do you have?: Pld/tank, Drg/melee dps, Mch/rng dps, Rdm/magic dps, and Whm/healer … I guess … I am a pretty terrible healer ^^;

What kind of content do you enjoy?: MSQ, PvP, Duty Content, Side Quests, Glamour Collecting, Casual Content, Collectible getting, Other (Housing, Island Content, Orchestrion Scroll Gathering, Deep Dungeons)

What would you say is your favorite content type from FFXIV? And why?: MSQ is what I think this game does best but I enjoy Frontlines and Deep Dungeons (Solo and Party)

What is one thing you like about FFXIV that distinguishes them from other MMOs?:

I think Deep Dungeons is one thing no other MMO I have played has anything comparable to.

If you could make at least 1 change to FFXIV based on personal preference, what would you pick and why?:

I think something that would be interesting is if FC’s could own or have entire instanced housing wards, this is a wild idea and would be a crazy endeavor but to have a FC house surrounded by FC member’s houses I think would be a cool idea.

What is your most memorable/favorite moment in FFXIV?:

In game story wise, I enjoyed the sad story (dark story) of Edda and how they tied it together with multiple dungeons (Tam-Tara Deepcroft) and the first deep dungeon (Palace of the Dead). Personal moment is when Leilia Fae (wife), Sage Lion (son), and I cleared Palace of the Dead for the first time.

When did you join Celestia?: December 2023

What drew you to join Celestia?: I was looking for a more active and social environment so that I could enjoy my time in game more.

What do you like about Celestia as a Free Company?: Well, I definitely appreciate how organized and structured the FC is. There is a place for everyone in the FC regardless of what part of the game you enjoy most.

What is your favorite weekly event to participate in with Celestia?: I have yet to have the opportunity to participate in one yet, but I look forward to the first time I get to.

Thank you to our monthly newsletter participant for a wonderful interview! 🙂

Call 2 Interview (For Beyond the Light)!

We currently are in need of more FC members willing to participate in our Beyond the Light interview!

The link to the interview form is here, as well as hosted under our Discord server > #announcements channel!

Important: There is a new interview form open to ALL members, whether a Google Account is used or not. Pictures are optional, and those selected to be interviewed for newsletter will be followed up with for possible pictures.

Form Link: Link

Z’attania Tsu’s “House Tours” – Temporary Pause

Z’attania Tsu will be temporarily pausing her House Tours coverage! For those who have enjoyed reading those sections, I do apologize for the absence of it. However, please look forward to the return of it soon! And thank you kindly for your patience and understanding!

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