More like, "Why would you even consider starting the Empyrean path without knowing you had a group to begin with?"
Guy in my LS just got his 14th Carabosse gem yesterday, of which he had started shortly after the update. It's pretty much a testament of the stupidity of these trials where unless you have multiple accounts to control on your own or some linkshell zombies who'd obey your every whim for hours upon hours (And Cara's an easier one to farm), completion of an Empyrean weapon is quite possibly something that could take longer than a relic.
Now that I think about it, gold chests having a slim chance of dropping these upgrade items regardless of zone wouldn't be the end the world. Farming EXP, AF, Key Items, Atma, or whatever wouldn't so much have to be put on hold to satisfy one person. Of course, PUG drama might get amusing over who gets what when they do drop.
Violence good. **** bad. Yay America.