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Housing Adventures Reborn on Omega

After our small victory in Gyr Abania, it was time to relax.

With the move to Omega, everyone got a house. At least those who wanted one, from what I know. It was time to tend to my house and design a bit more. My house is located in a secluded corner of the Lavender beds. Market board, Summoning bell and local merchants are offering their services nearby. I don’t have a beuaiful flower pond anymore, but I got a large mansion so that’s that.

On that day, I picked up Lilly in her house and have her a small present: “Papalymo and Yda” Painting.

Then, I dragged her with me to show her my garden.

She snuck inside the house although I told her it’s not finished yet… Food was standing all over the floor and she ate quite a bit of it… then passed out. x_x

Soon after, we had ranked up our newly founded Free Company to the rank where we could buy our own house!

Quickly, I ran to our (my?) most favorite plot and purchased the medium house for the Free Company.

There it is:

This spot has a marvelous view on the ocean. It comes with a small private beach and a little private park.

Of course, I built the company workshop directly after placing all the furniture from my retainers inside.

We then worked on our first airship.

It looked beautiful.

Here you can see “Chelci’s Miniskirt” on her first voyage. It’s white with red highlights – classy White mage style.

Then, I proceeded to do some work on the outside of the house.

Our next step would be the work on a Carbuncle house.

Spoiler: It looks amazing!

Stormblood Story 4.0: A new Journey of Liberation

Tataru called us. She had a message from the Alliance.

We gathered and discussed the top secret information. Lead by Raubahn, the Eorzean Alliance had taken complete control over the wall. It was now to be discussed how to proceed from there.

The Area behind the wall was called Gyr Abania of which Ala Mhigo is the… capital? It is completely controlled by the Imperial forces. Habitants of towns and villages are working hard to survive under the harsh rule and high taxes.

For obvious reasons, our aim is to defeat the Garlean Empire and free all lands they have in their grasp.

In addition, Gyr Abania is home to the resistance. A group of rebellious inhabitants, hiding in a secret place, trying to stand strong against the overwhelming forces of the Empire. M’naago was one of them.

Tataru, strong as always will watch our backs while we would venture forth.

Yugiri and Gosetsu said their goodbyes as well. They were looking for the heir of the former Doman leader. Just as we were looking into our closest imperial stronghold, they were looking into theirs.

When they were gone, Tataru stopped us. She had a present for Lyse.

A brand-new outfit! \(ö.ö)/

Lyse loved it. It was perfect for a fist and foot fighter. She could even pull out the belt and hit enemies with it!

But now it was finally time to say goodbye for now.

When we were all on our way, I received a call from my former Conjurer Guild Leader E-Sumi-Yan. He had heard about what had happened at the wall and wanted to help.

It was stable for now but if the Empire sent more people to free the walls, who knows what could happen.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t alone and someone had to tag along.

I clearly said no but they ignored my screams.

So we traveled…

From Gridania, through the East Shroud, over the wall to Gyr Abania.

The town at the wall had a name but I forgot it. From now on I shall call it Raubahn’s Outpost as he is commanding the army from there.

E-Sumi-Yan and awful Sylphie had to come too.

I was thrilled.

First, I excused myself to go deal with more important tasks.

The Outpost was full of soldiers from Gridania, Limsa, Ul’dah and Ishgard. It was nice to see them all mingling.

Well, to be honest, they kept to their own small groups still… <.<

But for the important people it was time to discuss the details about our next actions against the Empire.

This marks the beginning of Stormblood.

 

First impression of Stormblood

On the first day of the Early Acces period of the Final Fatasy XIV Expansion Stormblood, I was welcomed by a new login screen and music.

It felt very epic.

Next up, the Data Center menu was updated into a really cool menu! It reminded me a little of the new floating magical monitors that Machinists get as an ability in the expansion.

And then, the queue.

Everyone has experienced it, everyone hates it. It gives you time to sort out some things in RL while you wait.

At the time, I was still on Excalibur as the transfer to Omega server would only take place a day or so later. They experienced severe issues with Duty and Instance servers so that they had to solve these issues first before allowing server move.

Wouldn’t it have helped to alleviate the congestion if people moved to a different Data Center?

Just wondering.

The first difference I noticed was my WHM Hotbar.

About half of the spells and abilities I had placed could be removed. They were either removed or replaced by other spells/abilities. It felt like half of my soul was ripped out.

Do not worry, I have recovered by now because WHM is awesome. <3

At the time I felt really sad. How could they do this to WHM, I thought. While I do miss Stoneskin, I promise that you get used to not having it quite fast.

And then, the server transfer opened! We were fast and got on Omega really quick, without issue.

First thing I did was to spend a lot of gil.

I bought a large house in Lavender beds!

Swiftly I built it and cried about the low amount of gil I had left.

When the estate hall was built, all my doubt was blown away. The house was perfect!

It was in a secluded area, not far off the apartment building for potential friends to move in to have a fast teleport, and Cayu as well as Taelia found a house in the same ward! :D

Sometimes, it bothers me that it’s placed so that from the pathway outside the house you only see the side of it… But then again, it’s my own “hideout” and the garden is not for any random person! ò.ó

But then, I had to go and start my adventure. Tataru was already waiting for me.

Goodbye Excalibur! The Storm of Revolution has drawn me to Omega.

It was time to say goodbye.

Not for good, like I would leave Eorzea completely! It was “only” Excalibur server that I would be leaving.

Let me tell you how it came to this.

When the NA data center moved to the West coast, the pink increased drastically to 180-200ms. It was very noticeable for me and some friends, but many also said they didn’t notice anything. Not sure how, I was using Swiftcast>Medica II and it casted Medica II with normal cast time and did not register the Swiftcast effect. Only the next spell would be registered – or if I waited a second before casting the spell.

It was okay, I could live with this somehow, I told myself. While gathering and crafting, I also noticed delays. I would have to re-write all my handy crafting macros!

We had a FC meeting to discuss the status. As not much information was known from SE side, we didn’t come to a decision whether to stay or to leave for one of the new servers. Everyone was basically okay with moving and with staying. Except Nez, he wanted to remain on Excalibur whatever happened!

As the days passed, the Early Access came closer. I didn’t want to start discussions or make people nervous, so I didn’t talk much about this maybe potential move. We were all waiting for information from SE.

The information came like 2 days before Early access and one day before 24h maintenance. With the information that we could take all our money, would be reimbursed for the houses and apartments that we left behind, and the knowledge that we would be able to log onto the new server with the Early access, we decided to move.

That meant, I had to say goodbye to my friends who stayed while trying to convince as many as possible to join. Many joined and I’m really happy about this. Also friends of friends joined and came over to our One Punch Mog FC.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Nez who wasn’t joining us. And I said my goodbyes to Nero, Shyvanna and their buddies ;_; Good thing is you can still stay in touch outside of Eorzea but it’s not really the same T_T

After this wall of text, please find the screenshots below:

We gathered at our FC house. I had already emptied the furniture from the garden and from inside and had it on a retainer, ready for transfer.

It felt weird to leave the house behind T_T

At least, some of us gathered to say goodbye.

Especially to dear Nez! Nez was staying behind and we all are missing him ;_;

The empty house. x_x

Was also trying to say goodbye to Nero but he just came with the awful Tidus laugh! Goodbye to that ò.ó

I also said goodbye to Stoneskin. :\

Some cheesy words.

Some more cheesy words.

I sent a cookie to some people. That was when Shyv sent me this ;_; Awww!

The following nearly broke my heart.

Goodbye, beloved Moogle House!

Shyv came over to comfort me, but it still felt so empty ;_;

I’m already missing all you nice people but please know that we’ll always welcome you on Omega. Even without the Free Server Transfer and bonus things you get.

The time on Excalibur was awesome but the time on Omega will also be great.

At least I got to see PF fill up with 100+ parties for the first time in my life. O.O;

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