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#1 Aug 08 2004 at 9:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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Story was originally written in Japanese. All credits given to the person who wrote this and Jomachine of Sylph who translated it.


http://www2.hawaii.edu/~dokihara/meetingagain-en.swf

Edit: I have replaced the old link, which was in Japanese, with the new link that was translated into English. All credits given to Amaterasu


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First time came to Valkurm Dunes, I saw a Taru White Mage among the group of strangers.
I was a Warrior, at a time I didn't even know what SkillChain was.
Competition for Subjob item was very intense, and it was common that Ghouls at Dunes were claimed immediately once they had spawned.
Every night, we searched for the items endlessly. Without knowing too much, we had a static party settled down.
War, War, Mnk, Whm, Blm, Rdm.
And finally, we had gathered complete subjob items for all.
Already with each other for so long, we decided to level all our subjob together also.


First time went to Jeuno, twice, we had all died on the road.
I still remember clearly the sound of our cheers when we got to Jeuno after all the obstacles we went through.
In order to celebrate the moment, we sold everything we had for some money to buy a LinkShell.
The leader was assigned to the Taru White Mage who lost on the /random dice.


We had such a good time...
Hoping it could always stay that way, never changed...


But. When was this starting to change? Maybe it's when the Taru White Mage learned the Teleport magic.
Gradually, everyone drifted away.
Taru White Mage was the reason.
Always quiet and calm, she started to avoid daily repetitive, killing, mad leveling partying.
To those members who wanted to get strong, powerful, high-level faster, she began to have troubles to get along with them.
The level difference was too wide.
One day, she suddenly told us her decision....
"I am so sorry. I have no use to everyone anymore. Please find another White Mage...."
Actually before she even made her announcement, our members already started to fall apart.
Secretly competing with each other by outleveling, again and again.
Now as I recall, I still don't understand why I was so desperate to level.
Maybe, it's because of the burning desire to persuade greater power, I think.
Two people left the LS, and later on I joined other LS.


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At last, I maxed my warrior in levels. It was still quite some time before the release of Rise of Zilart expansion.
Having completed my initial goal, I started leveling THF in order to make more money.
As soon as the Rise of Zilart has released, my THF already reached lvl 58.
Thinking to explore the new zones and considering THF had the ability to flee from dangerous situation, I decided to go as THF.


Coming back to hometown Bastok, went through the Korroloka Tunnel, I arrived at Altepa Desert.
No map. No direction. I had no idea what to expect.
I just wondered around and see what would happen.
Suddenly, I saw the Telepoint-Altepa.
At the sametime, there is something next to it.


Yes, it's the long forgotten Taru White Mage.
She was in complete AF, sitting there alone quietly.
Next to her name, is a very familiar LS color.
Not possible.... there are too many LS with similar colors.
But somehow, my intuition told me it's the one we had long ago.
She saw me, and smiled.
Then, used /tell and said.....

"Haven't seen you in a long time. You look good ^^"

Maybe she found the awkwardness in the air, she did a /cry emote.

"I was so sorry that time, I wished I could apologize to everyone. One day, if we meet again. But I need to tell you something. "

Bathing in the purple light from Telepoint-Crystal, she started to tell her story slowly.
What happen after that. What she was thinking that time.



She, was an "adventurer" to the land of Vana'Diel, she said.
Of course, samething to me, I thought.
But the way she understood about adventure seemed to be different than mine.


"It was really fun when we were at Dunes. In a world we had no sense of where to go, we found our path together."
"But ever since we came to Jeuno, we were doing samething over and over again everyday. We didn't have any spare time."
"After I learned the Teleport magic, I always thought we could go someplace interesting as one. But everyone was only into leveling......"


"I, I just want to hang around in this world. I know, maybe at somewhere, there must be a great scenery I have yet to see. If we could all share that moment, would be so wonderful. At least, that's what I thought."
"Remember the first time we saw the rainbow at LaTheine Plateau? I still remembered how excited we were, never forgot. I wished we could all did this once again, just like the old times..."


At this point, I am shocked...


Indeed, first time went to Jeuno, it was very excited. But after that, everytime I saw new zones, did I still have the same feeling?
Even if I arrived at a new place, it's just another hunting place to me.
Those Momument Stones detailed the story of each zone, to me, is just another cumbersome obstacle to obtain map of the Crawler's Nest.
Since when, I have lost the enthusiasm to adventure?


The original LS we created, BLM was the one insisted would stay untill the end.
But now, she is the only one left, alone by herslef.
Even though, she said she still wanted to keep it equipped.


"Because, this is a special LS"
"Although there were many invites to other LS, but I all politely rejected them. One day if someone come back, I can say welcome home to him."


I felt ashamed. Until now, I never even thought of her once, already forgot about her in memory. Not to mention other members. I even dropped the Link Pearl long ago.


"Walking around in this world by myself. Everytime I saw something new, I always typed in what I discovered in LS chat, even though it ended up talking to myself only. w"

"I discovered many many stories. Like the history of Davoi, Magic Towers at Beaucedine Glacier and Sarutabaruta......"
The Taru White Mage kept talking to me the stories that perhaps no one would even pay attention to until now.
In the chat window, red texts of her /tells started to fill up slowly.
At the sametime, I felt I was very envied of her.
Her expression was so real and whole-hearted.
I already lost the sense of adventure, but she still kept it in her heart.


Nervously, I asked her.
If it's alright, could you once again, give me a Link Pearl? I asked.
Next time if you go travel around, please take me with you.
I know it is a very shameful, selfish request.


She smiled, and request to Trade.


It's a pearl with the most memorable color. I equipped it right away.
In the chat window, a green line of text slowly flowed in.


"Welcome back. And welcome to the adventure world of Vana'Diel"


Edit: The link gave Jomachine bad surge in bandwidth so I decided to cut and paste with permission.

Edited, Sun Aug 8 23:49:36 2004 by kahr

Edited, Mon Oct 18 15:52:04 2004 by kahr
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#2 Aug 08 2004 at 9:29 PM Rating: Good
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I hope if anyone reads that, and they do not feel anything, they would quit playing FFXI immediately.

/cry
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#3 Aug 08 2004 at 9:30 PM Rating: Good
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Like...wow.

My LS is going through something like this now...still not sure how their story is going to end...
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#4 Aug 08 2004 at 9:30 PM Rating: Good
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Wow. that was a brilliant story. I think most people lost the flare for adventuring too. It must've been great for those first JPs out exploring the world, doing things together in alliances of 30, instead of 5 30s and one level 70 walking them through it.
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#5 Aug 08 2004 at 9:31 PM Rating: Good
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/cry That's a sad story )=
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#7 Aug 08 2004 at 9:39 PM Rating: Decent
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lmao your all /cry ing .... Wussies! lmao j/k Yea it was a well written story. It makes you think.
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#8 Aug 08 2004 at 9:41 PM Rating: Good
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man, i can really relate to that little taru WHM. i enjoy crafting and exploring and questing, but most of the people i level with only want to level. it gets so tiresome after a while...
#9 Aug 08 2004 at 9:45 PM Rating: Good
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The story is from a thread of jp ffxi forum, "Chotto ii hanashi", means "Little good tales".
And yes, it is one of the best of good tales happened in vana diel, as you see.
In that thread, many jp players told their heartwarming experiences to share them and keep them alive.
Is there any equivalent thread in allakhazam?
I am very interested in NA ver. users' own little good stories.
#10 Aug 08 2004 at 9:49 PM Rating: Good
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#11 Aug 08 2004 at 9:54 PM Rating: Good
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Is there any equivalent thread in allakhazam?
I am very interested in NA ver. users' own little good stories.


Ehh... more than likely not, if so you would have to search for it. The post that come out of allakhazam go along the line of :

- OMG, JPNZ VOK SO MUCH FASTR CUZ TEH SERVRS!!11!

- OMG, KAZHAM (VALKRUM) SUCK SO BAD

- OMG, I KANT GET PARTY!!!1

Ok, well it's not *that* bad... but I doubt you will find any stories like that her on allakhazam. They often get buried undder the flames. :(
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#12 Aug 08 2004 at 10:20 PM Rating: Good
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Wow, that taru whm is someone special. The linkshell I considered home is having problems, and it became worse when the owener began to express thoughts of going onto other linkshells for learning or better experinces, instead of getting people from our linkshell to help them, or helping others get to his lvl so we could learn things together. I posted the story in our fourm, hopefully some people will read that and think.

Thank you for the link, it makes one think and remember.
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#13 Aug 08 2004 at 10:22 PM Rating: Good
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Well I just imagine our connection to this world as North American players would be alot stronger had we had the same opportunity to wander around aimlessly and achieve goals that maybe few (or none) Might have achieved before.

Well kudos.I am glad to see that this was a pure game that was delivering its purpose in the beginning before the mass trainwreck that is FFXI as it is today took place.
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#14 Aug 08 2004 at 10:34 PM Rating: Good
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That is not just sad, but a reality to most people.

I wish more players would not be so tied up in the end game experience and enjoy the early and middle points too. They skip out on everything from levels 1-65 except levelling their preferred job to that level then complain that "it's so hard" because they skipped the opportunity to forge a community and actually do fun stuff.

It's sad, that's what is wrong with most MMORPG after EQ. I found the race to be "uber" in DAOC, SW:G, Asheron's Call, etc. overtake the need to forge bigger and tighter longstanding communities.

At first when I thought saw the LS idea, I thought hey, this seems cool, being able to pull together many different communites even if for awhile sounds nice.

In practice however, all you get are LS jumpers who only go to a LS to request (sometimes deamnd) help but are never around when you or others need help...

The FFXI community is one of the worst structured ones I have ever seen. LS are too easy to get (buy) and something that is supposed to build a community is tearing it part instead.

IMO LS should not be as easy to get/keep as it is.

Back in old EQ days the fact that you had only 1 single guild to belong too made for very long allegences and a tighter community (back before the race for "Uberness").

I like levelling different jobs in FFXI. I like exploration. I like doing all quests (for more than just fame and mediocre awards).

It's harder for me to keep/stay in any LS as all they want to do is race for uberness and skip everything except for that point.

I've tried making a LS but all the LS jumpers ruin it, all the people who race for "uberness" actually try to charge for their services.

Where is the community? If it's only in the heated endgame then count me out.
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I've tried making a LS but all the LS jumpers ruin it, all the people who race for "uberness" actually try to charge for their services.


I have never and will never charge for helping anyone do anything. If I can help, I will. If I can't help, I will tell you so. Only thing that would ever prevent me from helping is the fact I have a job and must sleep, so time is the factor.
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#16 Aug 08 2004 at 11:30 PM Rating: Good
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Great story... The basis of this story, of really adventuring, not just leveling, is why I stop every 5 exping every 5 levels, not to farm for new equipment, but to see the world that is Vana'Diel.
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#17 Aug 08 2004 at 11:31 PM Rating: Good
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That is such a sad story. But like so many others I sense that same thing with my linkshell. The original 10 of us can't even party together anymore because we were all so determined to do things our own way and be the highest level. We all started off on the same page and just keep trying to outdo each other. But we still keep that little bond I like to call friendship which I think is what will always keep us together. I haven't invited a new person to the linkshell in a long time, and I'm not in a rush to do that either because my linkshell members are my friends and the ones I rely on.

Is that actually a true story though? I find it rather believable actually. I'm just curious though.
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#18 Aug 08 2004 at 11:36 PM Rating: Good
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;_; It's a nice story. Gotta hand it to the explorers out there. Discovery is what this game was about. It's too bad SE fudgied it up by making leveling impossibly difficult so a lot of effort has to be put into it.

^_^ I always feel needs to level, but I actually do it for the sake of finding out more about the game. Getting to level 75 really is not a goal of mine. Getting to rank 10 is. The story is getting intriguing and I must find out more about Windurst!

I remember how proud one member of our LS was for working on the Selbina Clay tablet quests. But not for the reward in gil or the map, but for the purpose of finding out the history of this game.
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*sniff...*

So sad. I for one, love the adventure and was one of those people who enjoyed running around previously unseen dungeons during summerfest. When CoP comes out ill get as many people from my ls together as possible and go explore!
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#20 Aug 08 2004 at 11:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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Sad to say, but FFXI is just as bad as EQ in this respect. People who can't play the exact same time and same days, will soon separate because of the games strict level ranges for grouping.

Usually this doesnt happen until very high level, and the developers know that, but they are content taking your money until that time comes (and it will).
#21 Aug 09 2004 at 12:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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That was beautiful.

I had the swf going in the background, and right after I finished I clicked over to it, saw the green text and it hit me again. That is masterfully written.

It's for that very feel of adventuring that I plan to attempt Promathia spoiler-free. Probably not doable since not everyone will have the same intention, and I'll need to go with other people, also because it's so easy to hop over to alla and get sucked in. However, I play this game for the story and the exploring, and it will be fun to discover these things.
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Omg i could only read to half the japanese message before it went on...

Not even half actually ( cuse my hiragana / katakana) reading is so slow

OMG amazing that that was translated and i really liked the story.

The "Adventure" part of Vana'diel..
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What a pretty story.. ; ;
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#24UnicornFlameRaven, Posted: Aug 09 2004 at 12:44 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) that's really sad. Not the story, but the fact that you're taking this GAME way too seriously.
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That was a wonderful story! ;_;
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0_o some people take xp parties to heart. And the results are quite disturbing when they do.

If somebody wants to take exploration and story to heart, don't tell them they are taking this game way too seriously. They have just as much of a fulfilling experience in this game as somebody who is making sure their subjob isn't too low, their equipment is up to date, and, as far as I can tell, are quite prone to ulcers and the like...
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0_o some people take xp parties to heart. And the results are quite disturbing when they do.

If somebody wants to take exploration and story to heart, don't tell them they are taking this game way too seriously. They have just as much of a fulfilling experience in this game as somebody who is making sure their subjob isn't too low, their equipment is up to date, and, as far as I can tell, are quite prone to ulcers and the like...
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Thank you for relating this well written story.
I /sniffed and /smiled and then sat down for a while and reflected.There is soooooooo much about this game I don't know and SO much to explore.

This is my first MMORGP actually my first real video game of any sort.When I first started playing my husband Grandlethal had already beta tested and explored and by the time I got around to playing I had his linkshell and never really got the chance to explore.

My first day on I pick my name and my job and wow I was in windy (i still get lost but least I can kind of walk and look at a map.....kinda ;P)
GL had to go to work so he showed me how to fight where to fight and tolf me to just keep fighting and leveling making my way up to the river.

Well I was already Equipt with his linkshell (great bunch of people BTW) and I was PWl'd (only from like 7-10) I had no clue about armor and was taught and even loaned some :) but I was always told what to do when to do it and where to do it. So I never really explored.

I think now might be the time to go and explore...I haven't been to Norg or anything past the typical lvling places....
I think I am going to start that tomarrow and see what new things I can farm see and do! I'm on Midgardsormr so if anyone wants to tag along with a 36 WHM / 18 RDM (slowly lvling BLM)
then send me a /tell.

As far as I know I have a lifetime to finish this game.I think I am going to slow down and make better use of that time :)
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that's really sad. Not the story, but the fact that you're taking this GAME way too seriously.


Is it really any better when people take doing their best in xp parties to heart? Some seemingly sane people here turn into vicious monsters at the thought of somebody's subjob being 2 levels off. They are quick to point out any flaws in any playing style that doesn't "quite" live up to "optimal party standards."
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whoops, I posted twice because it didn't appear one time for some reason. Sorries people ^-^
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/em wipes a single tear away.

Beautiful.
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#32 Aug 09 2004 at 1:34 AM Rating: Good
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Wow, that was a good story and made me think. I'm feeling really down since my tanking job went bad a few hours ago, someone died, and now the entire pt is angry at me save for my ls friend who understands that a War can't use provoke just because someone wants me to (it's a 30s skill, not a kicks-in-when-the-mob-moves one, **** it! Unless you see my 'provoke ready' message before you ask for it, don't catch an attitude and scream at me).

After reading this I realized that those people were just hungry for leveling (when people don't even let you say sorry you know they have it bad... unless you did something extremely dumb). Then the more I thought about it the more I realized I was a little like them. Sure, I had the right to be angry at them for shifting all the blame on me like that, but to almost quit the completely just because of a few people's feelings towards me is ridiculous. If I (or anyone) can let trivial things like that get to them in such a way, they don't need to be playing the game at all simply put.

This is a game that promotes (read: brutally forces) you to work in groups, but the way people are starting to act is making everything fall apart, which in turn forms a horrible environment to play in and will eventually drive away players. At least I can say that even if my LS usually can't level together, we do other things like getting together to fish or help another member with missions or something (hmmm Kazham key hunting).
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#33 Aug 09 2004 at 3:22 AM Rating: Good
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My god! I could have written this. Thank you. I envy you saw the world when it was new. I wish no one had ever written a guide or that there were no high levels to help us. I wish I could feel your innocence in that sunrise. Thank you.
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that's really sad. Not the story, but the fact that you're taking this GAME way too seriously.


Don't you miss the wonder and excitement of the first time you explored new places in the game? Or was this game just a xp grind to you from the begining?
People can feel a sense of loss even for a game, a book, tv show or movie. It is about the experince, and not the xp type.
This story has a lot of people thinking about thier first experinces and thier first friend they made, and how things are now compared to then. And I for one am happy it was posted.
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#37 Aug 09 2004 at 4:35 AM Rating: Good
Easily one of the best posts I've seen in months.

It made me question why I play.
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Thanks for posting that story. It actually reminds me of the person I started playing FFXI with. Everything in game seemed so new and so exciting to us and we stuck together whether it was questing , leveling , or farming. Several more of my friends started playing and I invited them into my linkshell. I proceeded to help them get started and for a time it appeared that we'd have a static party of close friends. Promises were made to not level past the others and things were good. We helped each other out as best we could. One day I log on to get a tell from the friend that I met from the start and had stuck together with for so long informing me that he was suddenly a good 20 levels higher than the rest of us and had been invited into a more populated linkshell. I admitted that things had been going slow with us all and wished him well as he was a good friend that I discovered FFXI with.

I would still get tells from him after that about how much higher he'd leveled , what rank he was now , and which jobs he'd unlocked. Often times he would brag how the higher levels helped him do this or that. About the time he hit somewhere in his mid 40's he started trying getting back on the linkshell. At the time I was working on my new main job White Mage , and also helping another good friend get started. I don't know if he missed the closeknit feel of the small LS of friends or if his higher level LS was shunning him. He would message me asking if I wanted to go level this or that , or if I would go help him do this quest or that. Of course I had already promised my help to other members and had to turn him down time and time again. Anytime I had to turn him down he would just shrug it off and make a comment on how one of his new LS's uber high level whms would help him. Seemingly though they never did as he would ask for the same help later on.

Time passed by and some of the other Linkshell members became openly agitated with him as his requests for help became more along the lines of whining and his brags of high levels helping him more along the lines of arrogance. Through all this I never booted him as he was my friend and I tried to help him when I could. Out of the blue, whenever I or one of the LS members couldn't help him he suddenly started apologizing needlessly for outleveling us. Despite what I and the others told him he continued to keep the attitude the others were mad at him for leaving us behind. Which wasn't the case at all. Strangely , he lost that feverish speed leveling and he played less and less. Finally he just stopped playing at all.

It saddened me that he had quit , seeing as how we'd been through so much in game together , and had become such good friends for a time. My Linkshell isn't large. Right now we stand at 5 members. All close friends. We do quests together. We do rank missions together. Although we don't level all together , we do stay in the same level range. I've been playing since Janauary and I'm only level 37 on my main job , whereas most people that started playing around the same time as I did are well ahead of me and my LS in levels and rank , but that's how we enjoy the game. In the end I think my friend realized this was how he enjoyed the game as well. He may have reached a much higher level than we did , but he didn't have the same kind of close friendship he had in our small group.

Thanks again for posting that great story. I'm sure all of us have been through similiar. Its a great reminder of old friends and good times. :)
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#39 Aug 09 2004 at 4:51 AM Rating: Good
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Right now, I'm stuck cursing SE for making gil so painful to get, especially, when it's difficult for certain classes to farm.

This story reminds me that I shoudl takea break and try to do some other stuff for Vana'diel. Like maybe quests in other cities, to learn more about the world I'm missing.
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#40 Aug 09 2004 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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Wonderful story, big rate up for posting it. ^^;
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#41 Aug 09 2004 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
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This has to be one of the most heart wrenching stories I have ever heard. As a guy I try not to show too much emotion or any at all but, in this case I could not. This was so heart-felt and sad that I felt the over whelming need to respond. Nearly brought me to tears... That's more than I did during my own sad and tragic moments of my life.
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#42 Aug 09 2004 at 8:44 AM Rating: Excellent
I really don't know what to say, This story makes me just want to sit in Sandy and just help out new people that are lost, and show them the way. I can't count the number of times that I have seen a ? over someones head in town and stopped to talk to them for a while, I have probably spent 10,000 gil in my game life buying a bow and arrows for a new warrior, or buying marguite (the flower for the mog exit quest in Sandy) and showing people the little girl who you get the quest from. All the while knowing that it could be just someone starting a mule, but I don't care.


This game may mean many things to many different people. Some play just to play a game, no different then any other, others like myself have no idea why I play. I used to have a real reason but I havent for about five months now :(

I have been playing since about January and still my highest level job is only 31, as a matter of fact the LS that I am in now (which is awesome by the way) had a couple players right around my level when I joined and now they are much higher than I am, not to mean anything bad by that , they are both very nice people and would help me in a second if I needed it.

Well I really dont have a point I am trying to make, guess this thread has made me think a little, I am assuming that this was just a story that someone has written and not a true story, but either way I thought it was great.

This may sound kinda dumb but if there is anyone new to the game on bismarck and is interested in doing something like this sent a /t my way, I would start a new character in a second.

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#43 Aug 09 2004 at 8:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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nice story. i will be sure doing some explorations when the new expension comes out.

i am kind of jealous of these JPs. i envy that they had the chances to explore the new world from the start. when the game came out in NA one and half years later, things were quite different. everything's been done, you were told which zone to lv after done with the pervious one... i wish i could be one of those advanturers who came in at the beginning of the game not knowing what to do next, but having a true advanture experience.... just my thoughts.
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A very moving story. It has definitely resparked my interests in adventuring once again. I've been busy level grinding lately and been neglecting to stop and smell the flowers. I'm impressed with people who see more in the game than just madly competing with levels.
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Hehe, I remember seeing the rainbow in La Theine the first time and being really excited too. I still take screenshots sometimes when I see something new and interesting. But most players just want to lvl grind, get gil, lvl grind, get gil, do mission, repeat. It DOES get boring sometimes.

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I play a Taru on the Sylph server. It is not my first server. And perhaps not my last.

When I first started, I joined a server with some friends who had already started. It seemed like it would take forever to catch up to them. But somehow I did. Still though, they had their own group and I felt I did not belong. Eventually, some arguments broke out and a few quit the game. So, at level 30, with no friends around, I left that server.

I joined another server. Again with a friend. But she already had other friends, and again, they were not quite my friends. Somehow, I could not really fit in. Soon thereafter I quit there too.

Then I came to Sylph. Here my brother played. But we did not play together, he was much higher level. He doesn't play anymore now...

I met some nice people here. Enough to make me stay on this server. I am level 64 now, and happy with my character. I have a good LS with helpful people. The game is fun, usually.

Despite that, close friends are few. My friends list is filled people from different servers now, though most of whom I never talk to anymore.

Sometimes I feel very alone, even with the chatter of green across the screen as I look up at the fireworks. The company I am looking for must be out there somewhere...

I am still looking.
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#48 Aug 09 2004 at 9:28 AM Rating: Excellent
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Wow, this brought a lil tear to my eye.

For me too, so many people on my friend's list that I used to party with are long gone and leveled further. I only started in February and my highest lvl is 56. I took an entire month off from leveling to fish and craft each day. I play a ton of other jobs for fun during the week and only static with my white mage.

Now I'm blessed to be in a great LS and have made lasting friends. I did feel the excitement and wonder this week when stepping onto Xarabard for the first time ever. Three of us stumbled upon a big old dragon. We of course had to see if we could kill it lol. Going there makes me excited to be able to start doing more rank missions so I can visit and explore other places.

Sure, AF coffers have been getting me down lately and a lack of gil due to large spell purchases. But meh, gil will flow again, coffers will be found, and more friends will be made helping others.

This isn't a race it's an adventure. ^^
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i am kind of jealous of these JPs. i envy that they had the chances to explore the new world from the start. when the game came out in NA one and half years later, things were quite different. everything's been done, you were told which zone to lv after done with the pervious one... i wish i could be one of those advanturers who came in at the beginning of the game not knowing what to do next, but having a true advanture experience.... just my thoughts.


Ah, that's the reason I will start a new game. Not because I am not happy here. Not because I think that game is better. But for new friends, and new adventures.
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Great story and I can't help it gotta /cry
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