Welcome again one other lore based mostly version of Echoes of Eorzea on the eve of one of the vital amorous days of the yr, Valentione’s Day, or as we higher understand it, Valentine’s Day! This week we will likely be following up final week’s article relating to this Closing Fantasy XIV seasonal occasion. Half two of the Valentione’s Day lore will likely be overlaying the years of 2015 by means of to 2018. As with final week’s article I’ve included a abstract of the historical past of this seasonal occasion as this can be a pretty vital introduction to all the associated quests. With out additional ado, we are going to soar straight in!
Historical past of Valentione’s Day
Valentione’s Day was initially established to pay tribute to Countess Arabelle de Valentione of Ishgard—a outstanding lady who exhibited unparalleled braveness in her quest for real love. Within the current day, it has turn out to be an event for folks to precise emotions of affection and gratitude to these most vital of their lives. That is generally accomplished through the alternate of easy chocolate bon-bons crafted specifically by the giver.
Whereas lately there have been complaints that the true spirit of the day has been grossly perverted—now little greater than a advertising and marketing ploy conjured up by the Culinarians’ Guild and the Firm of Eorzean Kukuru Growers to extend gross sales of their merchandise—this doesn’t take away from the truth that numerous folks throughout the realm use this custom to convey happiness to others. And isn’t that what the countess would have wished?
Abstract: Countess Arabelle de Valentione of Ishgard was a noblewoman who gave up her place and place to go on an arduous journey in the hunt for love and to unfold like to all others. Within the years after the countess’s passing, it turned conventional for the Ishgardian folks to emulate that very same ardour and bravado by bestowing a token of affection to the one they love. It’s mentioned that chocolate is a divine concoction made by the maiden servants of Menphina, goddess of affection. Woman Lisette is a direct descendant of Countess Arabelle de Valentione and continues her work to today.
Valentione’s Day 2015
Woman Lisette of Home Valentione has ventured forth from Ishgard to make sure no tender confession goes unheard, nor any love go unrequited. Adventurers who would hasten cupid’s arrows are inspired to hunt her out and help in her labors of affection.
Quest: The place Did Our Loves Go
In an effort to assist these unable to admit their love in particular person, Lisette has enlisted Hortefense, who’s accountable for the mission to ship tokens of affection. Nonetheless, there was an surprising impediment which requires the assistance of an adventurer reminiscent of ourselves. The service is supposed for these shackled with shyness, but there have been requests from those that would gladly current their tokens in particular person, but have no idea the situation of their family members.
For the 2015 Valentione’s occasion, we’re despatched to numerous places all through the Black Shroud, Thanalan and La Noscea the place we observe a set of clues as we hunt down and discover the misplaced family members and in return are offered with chocolate tokens.
Hortefense is so impressed along with your success that he entrusts you along with his personal mission. Some years in the past he was gravely wounded in battle and left to die, had he not been saved by a noblewoman of Ishgard. Although trying to find her tirelessly ever since he has had no luck. Lisette is conversant in the story and but can’t recall the names of these concerned. We recount Hortefense’s story to one in all Lisette’s emissaries who instantly divulges the knowledge we’re after. The noblewoman was, in fact, Woman Lisette de Valentione herself. Overcome with emotion, Hortefense proposes to Lisette, but is declined however allowed to remain in her presence as a buddy and no extra.
Valentione’s Day 2016
Phrase has it that Woman Lisette has include an entourage of fortune-tellers, who will lay naked the fates of Eorzea’s lovers. Adventurers who would divine the reality of their love are inspired to hunt her out!
Quest: What Is Love
As soon as once more we’re reunited with Lisette and her gentleman-in-waiting, Hortefense. Lisette tells us of the fortune tellers that may divine a pair’s affinity for threat, romance, and riches. Though assured that they’re correct, Lisette would really like you to behave as her ambassador and be seen having fun with the times’ festivities.
To participate on this quest, the participant should adorn the Paramour’s earrings and companion up with a fellow participant (who can be sporting the earrings). The pair should then go to all three fortune tellers and report again to Lisette.
Comply with-up Quest: A Pair of Hearts
Woman Lisette has overlooked her companion, Hortefense and desires us to search out him shortly. He’s reported to have been seen close to the fortune tellers with a younger woman in tow. After talking with a fortune teller you might be knowledgeable that he was certainly there however rushed off to an unknown vacation spot after his studying. In his eagerness to depart, he uncared for to take the cardboard of his companion with him which learn “Lisette de Valentione”. We return the cardboard to Lisette who had no concept concerning the plans to have their fortunes learn and requests that you simply assist her discover her manservant. Finally, you discover a disheartened Hortefense sitting alone within the Anchor Yard. He left the Aftcastle on the verge of tears as a result of the studying was so unfavorable. Lisette bids him return to the Aftcastle to go to the fortune tellers as soon as once more, but Hortefense fears this vastly and desires you to accompany them. With the right data obtained, the fortune teller declares that Lisette and Hortefense are extra appropriate in love than any couple she has encountered. Overjoyed with this information, Hortefense declares his true and sincere emotions for Lisette and asks her to hitch him in marriage, to which she agrees!
Valentione’s Day 2017
‘Tis the season for ardor and affection! Once again Lisette de Valentione and her retinue have made the journey from far-off Ishgard to share the love with adventurers the realm over. Those in search of true love’s kiss ought to search Lisette out earlier than the season involves a detailed!
Quest: As soon as Extra with Feeling
Lisette hopes we’re having fun with the festivities of the 2017 Valentione’s Day and the time has come to cross on an honored custom of Home Valentione, although we’re warned to make use of this ‘tradition’ thoughtfully because the impact is slightly potent. For additional instruction, we’re despatched alongside to Hortefense.
Hortefense greets us joyfully and begins to instruct us in the way in which of a really explicit movement. Though our first effort at reproducing his expression is poor, we’re inspired to beat our timidity and self-doubt and take a look at once more.
“Mayhap it was my demonstration that was lacking… Let us try once more. This time, breathe in deep the love in the air and let the passion flow freely from your lips!”
After yet another strive, we’re profitable and rewarded with the Dote emote.
Valentione’s Day 2018
Brace yourselves and embrace your innermost emotions, for Valentione’s Day is come to Eorzea as soon as extra! Whether or not you might be luckless in love or blissfully bonded, Lisette de Valentione and her retinue would see to it that none are with out ardor and affection throughout this most passionate of seasons. And bear in mind: love comes to not those that wait, however those that take part!
Quest: Classes in Love
Throughout the 2018 Valentione’s Day celebrations we as soon as once more meet up with Lisette who informs us that this yr they’ve joined arms with the Sanctum of the Twelve, the purveyors of everlasting love which is able to apparently create a union within the heavens. She has a particular request to make of us within the type of serving to Astrid, her trainee (and sister), who appears far too ‘sober’ and rational throughout these festivities. Lisette asks us to observe over her in secret and assist information her throughout her given seasonal duties as a part of her coaching.
Astrid is extremely fearful about failing in her given obligation of organizing the brand new ‘affinity test’ for the celebrations. To make issues worse, the Moogles who had been assigned to assist her have gone lacking. She implores us to search out them on her behalf.
We meet one Moogle on the Conjurer’s Guild (Sleepy Moogle), one close to the Botanist’s Guild (Slack Moogle) and the final is close to the Lancers Guild (Slothful Moogle). All, in flip, inform us that her method is inaccurate and there’s no romance or enjoyable inside her take a look at, subsequently they’re on strike. Astrid is dismayed on the information and we’re requested whether or not to hearken to the Moogles or ignore them, to which I personally selected the ‘listen’ choice. Nonetheless, Hortefense (her brother-in-law) interrupts to inform her that to take care of troublesome Moogles you need to seek the advice of a Moogle.
With this in thoughts, we hasten to Kuplu Kumo, the chief of the sanctum choir. Kuplu anticipated this drawback and explains that love isn’t tangible and transcends rational ideas. Throughout this dialogue, Astrid realizes that her take a look at should embrace extra enjoyable however that isn’t her forte, but simply so occurs to be the foremost high quality of a Moogle. Whereas Astrid consults with Kuplu, we’re despatched to spherical up the lacking Moogles (on the Leatherworkers Guild) by threatening to ‘squash their poms’.
By the point we return, the wayward Moogles are working with renewed enthusiasm and Astrid is overjoyed with the outcomes of the brand new ‘affinity test’, a lot in order that she needs for us to be the primary to check it.
Completion of this quest unlocks entry to the brand new Seasonal Occasion for which you have to be partnered with one other participant (there’s a matchmaking system in place for these not capable of be in a bunch of two). Inside the occasion, there are two separate Trials of the Moon which require cooperation, communication, and persistence. The primary trial known as ‘Til Mog Do We Part’ which entails making your manner by means of two separate mazes whereas connected with an affinity beam. The maze has sure obstacles to beat but if the beam breaks, your affinity will scale back and if it reaches zero the occasion will finish. The second trial known as ‘Cards Beat As One’ and entails a card memorization sport the place you and your companion should choose two playing cards and attempt to match all of them to finish the trial.
Upon profitable completion, everyone seems to be joyful and Astrid has now accomplished her coaching efficiently!
The occasion additionally consists of the return of the fortune tellers from 2015’s occasion, which is a part of the repeatable quest from Lisette and likewise requires the participant to be in a celebration of two (there isn’t any matchmaking system in place for this repeatable quest).
Because the years cross, I can’t assist however discover a couple of issues regarding Closing Fantasy XIV occasions normally, having now summarised round 7 years price of Heavensturn and Valentione’s Day, and four years of Starlight Celebration. Earlier than I make clear, nonetheless, I need to reinforce that I completely adore seasonal occasions. They’re enjoyable, distinctive, and higher than these of some other MMORPG I’ve performed.
These are the details although. Over time, the story introductions on the Lodestone have gone from lengthy, detailed paragraphs to one-line quest introductions. Occasion rewards fluctuate and commenced to scale back, though these days, we’re seeing an increase in mount rewards, which implies (to new or absent gamers) that to acquire the final yr’s occasion merchandise on the Mogstation the next yr, it’s prone to value a participant round £12 slightly than the £three merchandise units of earlier years.
Nonetheless, having accomplished the 2018 Valentione’s occasion my considerations have eased considerably, because it’s obvious that a substantial amount of care and love has gone into this yr’s occasion, even with the inclusion of an occasion occasion, much like that of All Saint’s Wake. We’re extremely fortunate gamers to have such a devoted growth staff.
For me personally, I’ve discovered the 2014 occasion to be probably the most heartwarming by way of the questline story, however the 2018 occasion is by far probably the most gratifying contemplating it combines each an occasion and the enjoyable of the 2015 fortune tellers. I need to additionally add that the art work through the years for all of the seasonal occasions has been stunningly lovely (clearly that’s an remark based mostly on my preferences) and I very a lot stay up for future occasions on creative advantage alone. Though the kinds have modified all through the years, they maintain an unimaginable quantity of care, high quality, and ability inside their work.
I want you a really joyful Valentione’s Day to you and your family members!
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