Relic in FFXIV, has about the same difficulty as FFXI. I think most of you would agree that time sink =/= difficulty. You had like 18-30 people just farming for you in FFXI, where as in FXIV you ALL would be working on the quest at the same time making similar progress. There are 2 RNG areas at the start, but the Ifrit extreme fight could take some getting used to the first time. After you get used to the quest however, with gil and patience at certain points in the quest, you can get a relic every two days. Yoshi P stated that the relic's would have quests allowing you to upgrade them when the cap raises. So I suppose you can say that people with relic now have stage 1? Time will tell.