Sounds like your POL may have been corrupted.
When you first log into PlayOnline, on the left hand column it gives you the option to "Check files." Run a file check on PlayOnline itself, and then FFXI, and see if it catches and fixes any errors.
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and the League of Extraordinary Crafters
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.