I didn’t think I’d still be playing Final Fantasy XIV at this point. I really thought I’d be taking a break until Endwalker. But life has some current ongoing stress that makes me seek out comfort gaming, and a really good MMO is as comforting as it comes. I’ve given myself some long term goals to work on, because I can’t help but achieve them and feel in control in a small way.
Each job (class, basically, but a single character can switch to any job they’ve unlocked at any time) has a series of specific quests that you do as you level, to give flavour to the job and tell more stories about the world. The latest expansion Shadowbringers condenses this a bit, and has four quest series for each of physical DPS, magic DPS, tank, and healer. If you complete all of these, which requires a max level job for each of the four categories, you get an extra quest line with some cool lore stuff.
My goal is to do this. My story main is Dragoon (physical DPS), and on finishing the story I leveled a Red Mage (magic DPS), because rapier-wielding wizards are cool. I’m working on Dark Knight (tank) right now, and I’m almost done. I’m not really into the whole edgy-dark-powers-giant-sword fantasy, but I heard the story in the job quests is good. Indeed it is. It turns out that, having been through all the awful shit that you, the Warrior of Light, have gone through, that you are Not OK. It also turns out that when the person stoically soldiering through multiple traumatic situations, with no end in sight, is also very magical there are some consequences, and that those… manifest.
It’s a good example of the quality of the writing in the game. It has a deeply empathetic eye to its characters, hero and villain alike. Shadowbringers was the story that was the hardest on the poor old Warrior of Light, so I’m really curious about whether Endwalker is able to address this.
Anyhow, two levels from being done with the Dark Knight and tanking in general. I’ve enjoyed learning to tank, and I feel like I’m starting to get decent at it, but I don’t think it’s my natural role by inclination. Healer next! If I were feeling safe I’d stick with the White Mage I started, but Astrologian with it’s flashy Tarot card nonsense is calling to me…