FFXIV ARR: Achievements Rewards NPC

Game: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Jonathas, Master of the Rolls (Achievements NPC)

Jonathas, Master of the Rolls (Achievements NPC)

NPC Name: Jonathas, Master of the Rolls

Purpose: Achievements Rewards NPC

Location: Apkallu Falls, Old Gridania

Coordinates: X 10, Y 6

Notes:

- He is right beside Y’shuwahe.

- Talk to Jonathas. “Share a story” to tell him about your achievement and claim the applicable rewards. The reward will then be put into your inventory.

- You do not need to speak to Jonathas if your achievement reward is a “Title”. The title will automatically be put in your character profile and you can choose it from a list.

Tutorial (in Active Help) about Achievements. It mentions Jonathas.

Tutorial (in Active Help) about Achievements. It mentions Jonathas.

Example of an Achievement that has a redeemable reward.

Example of an Achievement that has a redeemable reward.

FFXIV ARR: The Tragedy of Nym

Blogger’s Note: I usually write about quests on my posts about games, but the story of the ancient Floating City of Nym was much too moving to overlook. Admittedly, I did not like the Scholar class at first, but over time I came to love it especially with the compelling backstory.

Plagued by the sea

Denied by their kin

Such was the tragedy of Nym.

The Peculiar Tonberry

The Peculiar Tonberry

Fifteen hundred years or so ago, before the Eorzea that we now know, the Floating City of Nym was one of the most steadfast city-states to have ever existed. Even without powerful elemental mages, it was a force to be reckoned with during times of war. The secret of Nym, apparently, was its Scholar class and their capability to harness the power of Faeries. Familiars which heal and support, the faeries fought alongside Nym and won many victories. But then… Nym mysteriously fell.

The secret of Nym’s power was hidden away for ages, that is, until Alka Zolka of Limsa Lominsa’s Marauders Guild looked into the tablets of Nymian Scholars. One such tablet yielded a faerie. A scholar’s power depends on its faerie’s capabilities, thus with each new task, Alka Zolka wished to unlock the faerie’s memories. During one task, Alka Zolka almost killed a peculiar tonberry which called the Eos faerie its “sun” (perhaps if the player used a Selene faerie, it will be called its “moon”), but the faerie stopped Alka much to the marauder’s dismay. Later on, that same peculiar tonberry is pursued into the Wanderer’s Palace and is almost killed yet again, but the faerie heals the tonberry. As the creature regains consciousness, it also regains its memories and recites the tragic tale of Nym.

Fifteen hundred years ago, Nymians fell ill with what was called “the sickness from the sea”. Their limbs and parts rotted away, leaving only the slimy, small creatures which are now called Tonberries. Despite their valiant efforts, the Scholars could not heal the affliction. They too fell ill and all who were sick were locked away by their very own kin within the Wanderer’s Palace. Maddened by grief and rage, the tonberries soon lost their memories and their humanity. The peculiar tonberry introduces himself as Surito Carito, and the Eos faerie used to be his familiar named “Lily”. Due to his tonberry body which cannot properly utilize aether, he leaves his beloved faerie in the care of its new scholar now and forevermore. Surito returns to the Wanderer’s Palace, still hoping to find a way to cure his fellow Nymians or, at the very least, awaken their humanity.

Surito Carito's true form before he was afflicted with "the sickness from the sea"

Surito Carito’s true form before he was afflicted with “the sickness from the sea”

I’ve Moved to Eorzea

Allods Online was a great game, but the local version was let go by the assholes at Level Up Games PH, and I don’t have the patience to deal with the laggy North American server. I played Granado Espada for a while, but it was too much of a grindfest for me. Great game with unique 3-character system, but I never got into it. Then I played Scarlet Blade… and I realized that Aeria Games is (mis)handling that game in much the same way as LUG PH mishandled Allods Online. Jump before the ship sinks, I suppose.

I’ve found an MMORPG that I want to stick with: Final Fantasy XIV, A Realm Reborn. Sure, it’s pay to play, but I don’t really mind. I like the FF franchise (not all of it… just the old ones and the Tactics ones). I like the lore, I like the system. I actually prefer Pay to Play systems rather than Free to Play ones, as F2P usually ends up as “Pay to Win”… those who have all the money in the world will pummel the cashless ones, and to get anywhere in the game, you actually end up paying more in microtransactions than what you’d pay for a subscription. But in the end, even if you pay so much to win, the Terms of Service for F2P games always state that you own NOTHING in your account. The publisher is just actually “lending” your account and your characters to you… even if you pay for stuff. Always read the terms of service… you might be unknowingly selling your soul to a cult. Anyway, Guild Wars 2 is an exception to the annoying Pay-to-Win-but-your-account-still-belongs-to-the-publisher-so-they-don’t-give-a-shit-if-you-lose-stuff-even-if-it-is-caused-by-their-hardware-crashes-or-lack-of-game-guard system, and maybe TERA too, but I don’t like the playing style/graphics design of those games. There’s nothing bad about them, it’s just a matter of preference on my part.

I like chocobos and moogles.

RWBY Assumptions

RWBY Wiki: http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/RWBY_Wiki

Watch it here: http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=rwby&v=more

I’m just a fan making random assumptions. If they’re spot-on, well hey, cool. If it’s a big miss… *shrugs* My favorite is Ruby because GUNSCYTHE!

– Some Spoilers Ahead. Watch the trailers and episodes 1 to 3 first. –

“Red Like Roses” (Ruby Rose’s image song)

~ Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest.
White is cold and always yearning, burdened by a royal test.
Black the beast descends from shadows.
Yellow beauty burns gold. ~

  • Ruby fights in the memory of someone that she lost a long time ago.
  • Weiss is alienated from other people due to her responsibilities as the Schnee heiress.
  • Blake is part-Grim and was a former member of White Fang. *
  • Yang burns things. LOL! But seriously, she’s probably not related to Ruby by blood, rather they are bound as sisters by formality or circumstance.

*More on Blake:

White Fang was on the news (first episode) for causing trouble despite being a peaceful group before. Blake could have been in White Fang with Adam, and the group’s drastic changes made her decide to leave. She might be pursuing the antagonist who was shown on the first episode, the Red Dust (fire) user who fought Glynda. Like Blake, the Red Dust user has beast-like eyes and dark hair. Blake also seems to harbor ill feelings towards the Schnee company; in general, White Fang might be targetting Schnee due to their “inhuman” ways. The Schnee could be enslaving part-Grim beings for their Dust mines. Read the lyrics of “From Shadows” (Blake’s image song):

~ From shadows
We’ll descend upon the world
Take back what you stole
From shadows
We’ll reclaim our destiny
Set our future free
And we’ll rise ~

White Fang could be planning something big in retaliation for the discrimination and enslavement. Blake could have severed her ties with White Fang due to this, or is in Beacon Academy on a mission for White Fang.

Other assumptions:

“This Will Be the Day” (Opening theme)

~A story will be told
And victory is in a simple soul~

Dust is important to humanity’s survival, but humans may be becoming too dependent on it. “simple soul” may refer to the human factor which humans, ironically, have forgotten. Ruby and Blake seem to be unable to use Dust in the traditional way, as opposed to Weiss who uses it for spells and Yang who uses it to strengthen her attacks. Their (Ruby or Blake) “soul” could have a different effect on Dust, something that has not been seen or heard of so far. It may turn the tide in the war against Grim.

Scarlet Blade: Caergate Escort Checkpoints (Free Knights)

Game: Scarlet Blade

Warning: Scarlet Blade is an M-rated game. It is 18+ only and is NSFW!

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Map: Caergate

Level Requirement: 23 to 29

This is a guide for the daily supply convoy escort quest at Caergate.

Daily Quest:

Supply Convoy – Escort Hera from the base to the Guard Post. Her checkpoints are marked green.

Notes:

  • Even if you die, you will not fail the quest as long as Hera still alive, and as long as you were alive and close to it during her first two checkpoints.
  • If you die at the last checkpoint, do not respawn immediately. The quest will count as a success if your unconscious arkana is close to Hera at her last checkpoint.
(Green) Hera

(Green) Hera

Scarlet Blade: Viledon Escort Checkpoints (Free Knights)

Game: Scarlet Blade

Warning: Scarlet Blade is an M-rated game. It is 18+ only and is NSFW!

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Map: Viledon

Level Requirement: 30

This is a guide for the daily escort quests at Viledon. Although the checkpoints are laid out for the Free Knights side, just flip the map and you’ll get the checkpoints for the RG side.

Daily Quests:

Deliver the Plans – Escort the Communications Technician to the Neutral Settlement. She appears at the North gate of the base every 25th minute of the hour and waits for sixty seconds before she starts to walk. Her checkpoints are marked red. The starting point is at the base and the last checkpoint is at the Neutral Settlement.

Escort the Convoy – Escort the Hauler to the Neutral Settlement. It appears at the West gate of the base every 40th minute of the hour and waits for two minutes before it starts to move. It will stop over near the Sky Spires to do a maintenance check. Its checkpoints are marked blue. The starting point is at the base and the last checkpoint is at the Neutral Settlement.

Notes:

  • Even if you die, you will not fail the quest as long as the comm. tech or hauler is still alive, and as long as you were alive and close to it during its first two checkpoints.
  • If you die at the last checkpoint, do not respawn immediately. The quest will count as a success if your unconscious arkana is close to the comm. tech or hauler at its last checkpoint.
viledon_checkpoints

(Red) Communications Technician
(Blue) Hauler

Scarlet Blade: Subterranean Factory Map

Game: Scarlet Blade

Warning: Scarlet Blade is an M-rated game. It is 18+ only and is NSFW!

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Legend:

  • The red arrow by the Dungeon Entrance (upper left) marks the starting point.
  • The blue V icon marks the location of the NPC (factory NPC/name to be added later) who will provide level-appropriate quests.

Key Mobs – Solo Mode Info:

  • Blitz Lab Sub-Boss: Mutant Berserker – Level 32 – 60000 HP – Supported by Fused Volcanic Beetle which will provide Blitz Damage; to prevent Blitz Damage, kill Mutant Researchers to get the “Blitz Ward” buff (Plasma Resist 9000).
  • Specimen Control Chamber Sub-Boss: Altered Goliath – Level 33 – 64000 HP – Inflicts “Bruiser” debuff (DoT 129 Movespeed -35), summons Mutant Assistants (healers) and Lab Volcano Beetle which explode.
  • Incubation Chamber Sub-Boss: Plaguebearer – Level 34 – 70000 HP – Inflicts “Vomit” debuff (DoT 116), summons Laboratory Hyena
  • Dungeon Boss: Rabid Dragon Sentry – Level 35 – 118000 HP – Inflicts “Sloth” debuff (Movespeed -30), supported by Black Saint Ajatoss which summons Dragon Sentry and Elite Dragon Sentry, and inflicts “Hamstring” incapacitation debuff (lots of negative stats)

Other Mobs:

  • Cabal Elite Guard
  • Cabal Healer
  • Cabal Sentry – High chakra-type attack, and also heals!
  • Camp Taskmaster
  • Camp Lackey
  • Captive Experiment – Kill these to open a door.
  • Control Center Guard
  • Experienced Laborer
  • Factory Patrol
  • Incubator Guard
  • Installation Overseer
  • Laboratory Security
  • Mutant Berserker
  • Mutated Hyena
  • Mutated Researcher
  • Ridged Volcano Beetle
  • Slavedriver
  • Sub Volcano Beetle
  • Trained Hyena
  • Transport Security
  • Tunnel Guard
  • Gupi
  • Lupi
  • Rapi
  • Rapid – Level 35 – In the room of the Dungeon Boss (Specimen Control Chamber).

Scarlet Blade: Bitterstone Core Map

Game: Scarlet Blade

Warning: Scarlet Blade is an M-rated game. It is 18+ only and is NSFW!

Comment:

Before anything else, I recommend that any player should sweep the dungeon clockwise from the starting point (Thanatos, Harbinger, Azrael). The reason for this is the BLUE door on Thanatos’ room (see map). It will -not- open up even if you kill Harbinger by going counterclockwise, and Thanatos’ ORANGE door will open up only if Thanatos is killed. Therefore, if you kill Azrael first, then Harbinger, you won’t be able to access Thanatos’ room unless you go all the way around.

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Legend:

  • The red arrow near the Dungeon Entrance marks the starting point.
  • The blue V icon marks the location of the NPC Beatrice who will provide level-appropriate quests.
  • The Blue door will open up only if both Harbinger and Thanatos are killed.
  • Orange doors are triggered by sub-boss/boss deaths: Thanatos’ orange door will be opened by Thanatos’ death; Azrael’s orange side door will be opened by Azrael’s death; Azrael’s main orange door will be opened by Harbinger’s death (clockwise sweep) or Azrael’s death (counterclockwise sweep); and the orange door behind the Mainframe (dungeon boss) which leads to Rapid will be opened by the death of the Mainframe.
  • The Red door will open up once Thanatos and Azrael, the Bitterstone Core Destroyers, are dead.
  • Red circles mark the locations of two Defense Hubs.

Notes:

  • The Dungeon Entrance is also the Dungeon Exit.
  • The sub-bosses have AoE attacks that can hit very hard if the player is affected by their debuffs.

Key Mobs: (to be completed as soon as possible)

  • Bitterstone Core Destroyer 1: Thanatos – Level 29 – 35000 HP – Uses “Sweet Release” debuff (Void -5000).
  • Mutated Experiment: Harbinger – Level 29 – 42000 HP – Uses “Charge” debuff (Def -70, Void -200) and “Kick” debuff (Movespeed -10000, stun).
  • Bitterstone Core Destroyer 2: Azrael – Lvel 29 – 38000 HP – Uses “Hasty Amputation” debuff (Def -100) and “Shockwave” debuff (Movespeed -10000, stun).
  • Dungeon Boss: Bitterstone Mainframe – Level 30 – 75000 HP – Uses “Skill 2 (Stun)” debuff, summons Sentry Bots and Predator Bots during Cyborg Creation Stages starting at 1. Sentry Bots should be killed off, but Predator Bots can be ignored since they lose HP over time and will die on their own. If Cyborg Creation Stage 6 ends, Mainframe will “reset” and will kill the player instantly.

Other Mobs:

  • Core Artillery
  • Core Shadowmech
  • Core Shadowmedic
  • Core Shadowtrooper
  • Infected Manager
  • Underground Mech
  • Gupi
  • Lupi
  • Rapi
  • Rapid – Level 35 – In a small room behind the Dungeon Boss.

Scarlet Blade: Drasilmarsh Map

Game: Scarlet Blade

Warning: Scarlet Blade is an M-rated game. It is 18+ only and is NSFW!

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Legend:

  • The red arrow by the Dungeon Entrance marks the starting point.
  • The blue V icon marks the location of the NPC Drasilmarsh Ecologist who will provide level-appropriate quests.
  • Red circles mark the locations of Gatekeepers. They are mobs which must be killed to open the gates to other floors. Two of them are Sub-bosses.
  • Blue circles mark the locations of Clerics who will strengthen the Dungeon Boss if they are not killed before said Dungeon Boss is engaged.
  • Yellow circles mark the locations of gates to the next floor or section of the dungeon.

Key Mobs – Solo Mode Info:

  • Gatekeeper 1: Batrachian Overseer – Level 23 – 4110 HP
  • Cleric 1: Slavia Cleric – Level 22 – 4000 HP
  • Gatekeeper 2: Batrachian Champion – Level 23 – 9500 HP – Creates a clone when it has low HP.
  • Cleric 2: Priest of Airesh – Level 23 – 5000 HP
  • Gatekeeper 3: Batrachian Cauterizer – Level 23 – 13015 HP
  • Cleric 3: Priest of Morigan – Level 24 – 6000 HP
  • Dungeon Boss: Ogung – Level 25 – 21214 HP – Summons Ogung Elite Guards.

Other Mobs:

  • Batrachian Brave
  • Batrachian Bouncer
  • Batrachian Cleaver
  • Batrachian Deftblade
  • Batrachian Guardian
  • Batrachian Lancer
  • Batrachian Mudcaster
  • Batrachian Sentry
  • Batrachian Soul
  • Batrachian Stonefist
  • Gupi
  • Lupi
  • Rapi
  • Rapid – Level 35 – Wanders on the Dungeon Boss’ floor.

Scarlet Blade: The Frustrations of Killing Titan

Warning! This is not a game guide. It is a blog post regarding my first experience and opinion about killing Titan, the boss at Caergate. Also, there’s a bit of profanity here.


Server: Venus
Map: Caergate
Boss: Titan
Loot Distribution: Cumulative Damage of faction, First-hit/top DPS party

My character is a medic and she ran around, randomly giving buffs and heals for most of the fight because she had no party. Near the end, a nice person named Carollyn invited me to their party. That person had the second highest cumulative damage on the boss, but our party got nothing. Understandably, Carollyn was frustrated. I wasn’t, because that’s how I roll, but I understand where the others’ frustration came from.

Free Knights versus Titan Caergate Map, Venus server

Free Knights versus Titan
Caergate Map, Venus server

Titan is a boss in the middle of Caergate. Once it spawns, it’s free-for-all. The faction (Royal Guards or Free Knights) that has the most cumulative damage gets the loot. But, that loot is not evenly distributed to the participants. Instead, it is only given to the party whose member got the first hit on Titan or had the highest total party damage. On the Royal Guards side, I saw two main guilds “Pure” and “Synergy” taking Titan on. IMO, it’s possible that they could distribute the loot amongst themselves since they are in the same guilds. On our side, it was chaos. There were, pardon my French, assholes who kept talking down on people just because some players don’t want to participate. Personally, I’m up for a Titan kill for the faction. However, looking at it practically and logically, the only one who will benefit from it is the party who got the first hit in or had the highest cumulative damage. The rest of us only get “bragging rights”. Bragging rights won’t be recorded anywhere except for people’s memories, it won’t give you shiny items or upgrade tools.

If someone is goading you to join a Titan kill, especially if you are a medic, consider the following:

1) Are you fine with getting just bragging rights? If yes, then go for a Titan kill! Otherwise, just quietly slip away when assholes are screaming in Caergate.
2) Are you afraid of losing rank points or exp points? If yes to any of these, then stay out of Caergate. The harsh reality is that you will lose rank points if killed in Caergate PvP, and exp points if you die from Caergate mobs.
3) Join a party. Any party. Even if you don’t get loots, at least you’ll get points if your party member got a kill.
4) Focus on PvP if your party was not the first to get a hit on Titan or is so far from top DPS. Let the party who will get the loot work for it. Selfish? Pssh. At least you’re selfish WITHOUT loot; the other party is selfish and WITH loot.

I don’t think that anything can be done about this system. It would be incredibly difficult to distribute loot automatically to a whole faction, after all. The one thing that can alleviate this problem is if guild leaders actually treated their members like people, not slaves. If my boss IRL treated me like shit, I wouldn’t stand for it even if he’s paying me. What more in a game where I’m picking up my own slack? I’m not going to let some stranger talk shit at me over the internet just so his party can take all the loot.

And the one thing that I hate-hate-HATE is something that a person once said on Shout: Why do medics get points for their party kills? They’re just medics. They stand in the back and heal. We (that person) deal the damage.

My answer: Bitch, please. Don’t ask me for heals when you’re dying or for buffs when you want to jump into the fray.

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