Earth and Eorzea through Lominsan Eyes

As I took screenshots of the beautiful night sky in Costa del Sol, I wondered, will this be the only sky and stars that I can see in the future? Eorzea’s skies are obscured by nothing but clouds and treetops- Earth’s sky is barely visible from the cities, the bright lights drown out star and moon light.

A clear nightsky at Costa del Sola, Limsa Lominsa.

A clear nightsky at Costa del Sola, Limsa Lominsa.

When I reviewed the cutscenes for the Titan quest, the kobolds mentioned the breaking of a ‘covenant’. I remembered how an NPC commented in one of my quests that the kobolds summoned the primal Titan only because Lominsans encroached on kobold territory. A covenant was created in the past: Lominsans can live in their cities, towns and sanctuaries, but must leave the mountains and some parts of the wilds to kobolds. But due to their greed, Lominsans wanted it all… and my character was required to ‘save’ them from the wrath of the kobolds and their father, Titan. There are no primals, no kobolds, no Titan on Earth, but isn’t this story all too familiar?

In the wake of the recent supertyphoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda), many refugees flee to other provinces much like how the Ala Mhigans fled to Gridania and Ul’dah when the Empire took over Ala Mhigo. The difference is that Haiyan is an unstoppable force of Earth, while the Empire was only able to take over Ala Mhigo because of the Ala Mhigans own fault- a coup which weakened their city-state and allowed the Empire to attack without much resistance. But the similarity? Wherever we are, Earth or Eorzea, there will always be those who are less fortunate than us. Eorzea’s Gridania, a quiet land which dislikes war and thus seeks to limit its people to minimize conflict, assisted the homeless Ala Mhigans. But Ul’dah, the prosperous city of much wealth, left refugees outside its doors, in the harshness of the desert, offered little help, and showed much disgust and distrust. On Earth, help is pouring in from other countries or provinces, but what are some people doing? They are taking the ‘best’ donations and they just send in the leftovers to those who are actually in need.

Games are not meant to be taken seriously. It is meant to be used for entertainment, to get away from the harsh realities of life. All events and characters are fictional, and any similarities to real life are coincidental. So what exactly am I even talking about? I’m not quite sure how to explain it but maybe it goes something like this: As human beings, we can learn from almost anything and games are no exception.

Windows XP and Windows 7: FAT Virus Prevention and Removal from Removable Drives

A FAT virus is malware that affects the File Allocation Table (FAT), rewriting some parts of it so that the malware can infect other removable drives that will be connected to the computer system. To prevent the auto-activation of the virus through your operating system’s autorun or autoplay feature, disable that feature through the Group Policy Editor. Note that Group Policy Editor is not available in “Starter” version of operating systems.

Remember: Turning off Autorun or Autoplay does not protect your system in the case of user error. That is, if the infected drive is executed manually by the user, the system will be infected despite Autorun/Autoplay being turned off. Instead of opening or double-clicking a removable drive (which may activate attached malware), you can right-click it and choose “Explore” or use the Windows explorer sidebar to explore the drive.

The propagation of this kind of malware depends on user intervention. If you do not copy or execute malware, then your computer system will not be infected.

To Turn Off Autoplay on Windows XP:

Group Policy Editor (Windows XP)

Group Policy Editor (Windows XP)


1) Click START.
2) Click RUN.
3) Type “gpedit.msc” without the quotation marks in the Run dialog box.
4) In “Local Computer Policy”, under “Computer Configuration”, click “Administrative Templates”, then click “System”.
5) On the Extended tab on the right panel, double-click “Turn Off Autoplay”.
6) Under the Settings tab, choose “Enabled” and Turn Off Autoplay on: “All drives”.
7) Click OK. You do not have to restart the system to implement this change.

To Turn Off Autoplay on Windows 7:

Local Group Policy Editor (Windows 7)

Local Group Policy Editor (Windows 7)


1) Click START.
2) Click RUN. If RUN is not visible in the Programs menu, type “Run” on the Search box, then click RUN.
3) Type “gpedit.msc” without the quotation marks in the Run dialog box.
4) In “Local Computer Policy”, under “Computer Configuration”, click “Administrative Templates”, then click “Windows Components”, then click “Autoplay Policies”.
5) On the Extended tab on the right panel, double-click “Turn Off Autoplay”.
6) Under the Settings tab, choose “Enabled” and Turn Off Autoplay on: “All drives”.
7) Click OK. You do not have to restart the system to implement this change.

To View Hidden Files on Windows XP:

Folder options (Windows XP)

Folder options (Windows XP)

1) Open any Windows Explorer window such as My Documents.
2) On the menu bar, click “Tools”, then click “Folder Options”.
3) Open the View tab.
4) Under the group settings of “Files and Folders”:
a) Tick the options “Show hidden files and folders”.
b) Untick “Hide extensions for known file types”.
c) Untick “Hide protected operating system files”. If Windows displays a Warning, answer “Yes” (the default is No).
5) Click “Apply”, then click “OK”.

To View Hidden Files on Windows 7:

Folder Options (Windows 7)

Folder Options (Windows 7)

1) Open any Windows Explorer window such as Documents.
2) On the menu bar, click “Organize”, then click “Folder and Search Options”.
3) Open the View tab.
4) Under the group settings of “Files and Folders”:
a) Under “Advanced settings”, tick the options “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.
b) Untick “Hide extensions for known file types”.
c) Untick “Hide protected operating system files”. If Windows displays a Warning, answer “Yes” (the default is No).
5) Click “Apply”, then click “OK”.

To Delete a File-hiding FAT Virus on a Removable Drive:
* You must show all hidden files first. See instructions above. This also works for Windows 7.

The contents of a virus-infected drive

The contents of a virus-infected drive

1) Select all of the files in the infected drive, except for the unnamed hidden folder. The unnamed folder contains your files.
2) Hold SHIFT the press DEL on your keyboard for permanent (irreversible) deletion.
3) If Windows asks you to confirm deletion, click “Yes”.

To Unhide the Unnamed Hidden Folder:

* This also works for Windows 7.

Rename the unnamed folder

Rename the unnamed folder


1) Rename the folder by pressing F2 on your keyboard, or right-click then choose “Rename”.
2) Give the folder any name that does not contain spaces or special characters.
3) Click START, then execute RUN. Type “cmd” without the quotation marks to open the command prompt window.
4) Go to the affected drive. For example, if the hidden folder is in drive F, type “F:” without the quotation marks then press ENTER on your keyboard.

Use ATTRIB to unhide the folder

Use ATTRIB to unhide the folder

5) Use the ATTRIB command to unhide the folder. Use -h to unhide and -s to remove its system file setting (system files are hidden by default). For example, if your hidden folder is named “a”, type: attrib a -h -s
6) Press ENTER on your keyboard, then type “exit” without the quotation marks and press ENTER again to exit command prompt.

End Note: I will not be remaking this guide for other versions of Windows OS. For questions, comments, corrections or suggestions, please send me a message on Facebook by clicking my apple logo on the sidebar.

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.

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