So life isn’t the only thing where I’m working on getting side quests caught up. Or are they main quests?
Regardless, I’ve spent some time to this weekend getting caught up on the episodic Hildebrand series of quests in FFXIV. As such, this post may well contain some spoilers, but most of the images are taken out of context and may not provide much in the way of spoilers. Proceed at your own risk, I suppose.
I have neglected this quest series very heavily. When I picked it back up I was on maybe the third one, still A Realm Reborn era content. It really took a while for it to grow on me, to be honest. It’s such a large departure in theme and tone from the rest of the game that it comes as something of a shock. It’s as though you’ve been cast into some alternate universe where the game’s normal rules of logic no longer apply. Once you get past the sheer absurdity of it, though, it’s not a bad series of quests.
Of course, it’s not for everyone. I’m easy to entertain and not averse to stupid comedy and even I had a hard time getting on board. Still, I ultimately enjoyed it, though I’m not quite done yet.
The first one is pretty wacky and stupid, in my opinion, but in many ways, it’s needed in order to set up the later quests and stories in the series. There are also bits of seasonal content that also draw from it on occasion, such as Godbert’s appearance last Christmas. It’s, uh, not the one pictured above, though he really does have a natural aversion to pants.
I found the quest series for Heavensward to be somewhat darker and more real, though it’s also devoid of pretty much any combat whatsoever, unlike ARR, which has at least three trials buried in it. The only thing you have to worry about in HW are a few wild gazebos.
The Stormblood series is somewhere between the two, though it seems to be falling more towards the wacky side with only a little of the seriousness. I haven’t actually finished it yet. We got to the trial and ended up with a party that just couldn’t.
I even got a random Pratchett reference for my trouble, so all’s well that end well. Y’all take care, and watch out for those gazebos. They can be quite dangerous if not domesticated.