The Resonance of Eorzea

Monday, August 13, 2012

Patch 1.23a goes live

Yep... Read all the patch notes on the Lodestone.   This is perfect timing because Gamescon is about to start and my cousins in Europe said excitement is high to see what 2.0 has to offer.  I'll do my best to keep you all posted on that as well.

But going back to the patch's contents, like many of us predicted, it seems our bad guy Nael is back and we also now have none other than the great "Regulator of Time and Space"  from a few of the Final Fantasy titles... Atomos!

I remember he was the "Regulator, Distorter or Devourer" of Time and Space in FFXI (Wings of The Goddess expansion) and I was able to find one of the concept art with the young Lord Excenmille  (from the final fantasy wikia -- all credit to them for the image below)

Anyway, this patch should prove to be quite interesting as we get to see more of the Dalamud saga unfold... time for me to go start the download, and I'll update as I progress through more of the missions (spoiler free).


Stunning new cutscenes were added in the patch, including another fun trip for me to re-visit all the god stones... glad I took pics when I did then last week because now all the locations are all congested with players.

Also of importance to note are the awesome weather effects that echo the Aurora, similar to what we see in real life to the north Finland and the Scandanavian regions.  But more intriguing is the fact that the imperial ships (that myself and tons of other players initially sighted over Mor Dhona and Coerthas) is now being sighted right over my beloved Limsa!

In fact, they can be seen directly from inside the city.  Saw them first right over the  Mizzenmast and then they flew towards the docks...

Then they flew a little further towards the edge of town... and the weather got foreboding as nightfall began to set... like a thunderstorm was coming.  At this time, the only way for me to get a better view was to grab Pharaoh (my chocobo) and race to the outskirts of the city... only to find them circling BACK into the city limits...

I intend to investigate the other two cities once I get a moment but before that, here is another thing I found very mysterious... perhaps I was just imagining this or it's just the time of day: but I noticed that as the three imperial ships were flying overhead, the main Aetheryte crystal in central Limsa seemed to have lost some of its luster...

Or am I tripping?  Strangely enough, all these occurances around Limsa also had me digging into the Limsa storyline for clues (had to research them online cuz I completed the Gridania ones due to my initial choice of city-state).  And that brought me back to thinking about Travanchet yet again.

Many readers are of course familiar with him, especially those familiar with the lore for Limsa.   However, Travanchet (an Elezen, of course) really continues to remain a mystery because of his strange dialogue and wicked display of power.  This enigmatic chap shows up in the early parts of the tale, does some crazy teleportation skills, grabs a certain key and... swiftly melts off into the shadows.  Oh yeah... that's another thing... he doesn't have a shadow.

Odd innit?  And for a short while I was even convinced he was either Darnus or in lieu with him... but a lot of my personal speculations leading towards this conclusion just didn't add up.  But still... who the bloody heck is this guy?

Anyway, be rest assured, more speculations and pictures shall be coming over the next few well everyone

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