Headmistress Kela here with a survey of highlights from everyone’s accomplishments from the last expansion.
Fighting Susano and hearing these magical words: WILD PURE AND FOREVER FREE
the wild and pure and forever free one was good, but alternatively, the worm’s tail
They’re not the only ones who enjoyed fighting Susano. C’rhys Tia talks about helping H’unter Tia with his first kill back at the every beginning of the expansion. Warning: LONG (but so good)!
The setting is early Stormblood; the only class I had leveled was WAR, and Hunter was a fresh-faced BLM. I’d been farming the fight for twenty or thirty clears, as it’s actually really fun for tanks, and Hunter had been struggling through the frustration of #puglyfe chasing a clear due to the fight’s tendency to failscade if the healers don’t remember that they have to heal through the Ukehis later in the fight or people will die, especially if purple markers weren’t dropped on the correct side of the arena.
So, we set up a PF clear-for-one trap party, as one does. Everything was going fairly smoothly up through the first half of the fight, until the inevitable sloppeh began to rear its head; someone stood in the middle while they were frozen and sadly sank to their death. People didn’t MAKE WAY and dropped to thunderbolts from being on the wrong side. The merry dance transitioned to more of a frenzied limp, and as the boss’ HP dwindled, it began to look as though the Lord of Revel would be the only one rejoicing; a stray Thunderbolt was forgotten, and the end seemed nigh as the party (sans tanks) were wiped out by an Ukehi barrage with a scant 2% of the boss’ health remaining.
However, hope was not lost; my valiant DRK co-tank furiously popped cooldowns, Gritting through another percent of the boss’ health, auto-attacks whittling him down; at a scant few thousand health, I Provoke and Onslaught to solidify hate, hoping to keep him alive a bit longer; sadly, the fight script had other plans, as the next mechanic was Susano’s stone jail that I had no hope of breaking, trapping the Dark Knight in what must have been pure Salted Earth.
Party chat is veritably screaming at this point; I’m at half health, with a single percent the last wall standing before the glorious [Duty Complete] tag. I switch to Defiance, Inner Release comes off cooldown, and I Inner Beast spam my berserking little heart out to heal up, layering on every cooldown I had left; the gauge spent, I switch back to Deliverance, hoping to eke out just a little more damage. The autos are inexorable, and my health ticks down. 20k. 14k. 8k. Susano readies a Stormsplitter as his health ticks down to a single pixel.
I Holmgang, blessing the absurdity that is the Warrior cooldown suite. 1 HP. Two seconds left on Holmgang. An auto attack goes out. My gauge ticks up to fifty. Fell. Cleave.
And the Lord of the Revel falls.
Chat explodes. My hands are shaking. And for a brief moment, I feel like a hero. Not just for keeping calm under pressure, but for having helped a friend through their frustration; and that, really, is what keeps me playing this game–the sense of community. Of camaraderie. Chasing that feeling of wonder, of overcoming trials and tribulations through teamwork and cooperation.
Bringing me in to not only the fc but the raiding static when I started as a substitute with no prior experience which helped me grow as a tank, clearing my first ever raid tier, and most importantly it got me the chance to meet my yin to my yang wifey sweetheart. Hehe
Ricola and his better half Mika met and connected after both joined the free company at different times. Their love spans continents: Rico’s an American and Mika lives in the beautiful Philippines. Their real-life wedding is scheduled for next summer! I better get an invitation!
Some of my memories are bittersweet: the Data Center split tore the FC down the middle and we lost a handful of great players who chose to stay with their raid on primal. Totally understandable but we still miss them so much. Here’s Rynthe Corthan‘s memory:
Making Top 10, Top 5, and Top 3 for Deltascape, Sigmascape, and Alphascape for Samurai dps respectively before echo was added, and being apart of this FC of course❤️(seriously I miss this FC a lot lmao)
We miss you too, Rynthe! I doubt there’s anyone on Primal who can quite replicate our organized chaos. Here are our Crafters – they work so hard and quietly, but they have a great time playing this game alongside the rest of us (casuals)!
being able to clear all of the EX primals before being able to unsync them in the next expansion and being able to clear Sigmascape 1S and 2S when it was current! Also being recognized and appreciated for my omni-crafting skills and being able to put together a group of crafters to help out with the Workshop
Finding something I could really get into for the FC despite my unusual schedule. Being able to finally breathe a sigh of relief/exasperation/frustration all in the same sitting when finally unlocking the last Sector of the Airships after months of trying. The feeling of Pride and joy for helping unlock everything there was/is to unlock in the workshop. Being able to surprise people with random gifts along the way because we could craft it. Being HERE and NOW is the best memory I could have throughout Stormblood AND in Shadowbringers to come!
I couldn’t have said it better myself! Here are some more war stories!
Comedy: Doing a blind run of The Burn and being the last alive (as BRD). Breeches suddenly dyed brown but managed to get that Mist Dragon down (still had LB3 :P)
Tragedy: Wiping on 1000 Memes of Toto last boss because the DRK can’t hold emnity.
Farce: DRK was level 68….
Reaching enrage on Neo Exdeath when the lagpocalypse was upon us, followed shortly by getting my first clear of Chaos Savage with y’all
Definitely clearing my first Savage raid!
You guys definitely earned those kills. It’s a real blessing to be able to see so many people progress in skill and in passion for this game and the people in it. Oh, I think Validus has another top memory to share:
Joining this fc after being in a terrible one that almost killed my experience in this game, and then seeing it in a whole new light and learning Savage content with you people <3 and also getting to know everyone and making it more of a family than an fc :3
Aww~! I definitely didn’t pay him to say that.
Here’s a story about making your own fun in the game:
there was the time H’unter and I stayed up all night sightseeing ingame architecture and comparing and contrasting it. I also savor the time H’unter and I won the FC Valentine’s day couple glam contest, challenges yin yang; we entered with Kingdomhearts inspired glams, him as a Whm foreseer, and me as a BLM org13 or perhaps traitorous master; KH3 had recently come out so it went over really well! Then there was just last week when Nimoa Bahjeera (Blm), Gerard Montblanc (Dragoon), and I went into Ala Migho and our whm couldn’t stay alive. I was a Pld healing and tanking the boss fights…. I’m a summoner main. I honestly didn’t even know I knew PLD well enough to basically carry a party without a healer x.x
I also won’t forget the very first time I parsed out of grey on Savage content; it was on Choas.
Storyline? Alisaie pouring her heart out to me. I didn’t finish the binding coils of bahamut prior to the story with her so this was the first time I really had her character open up to mine and share much. I cried. I really feel for her and relate to her passion and protectiveness of those she loves.
I love how Genesis finds so much joy in things that aren’t even strictly “content” driven. Who takes the time to look at architecture? Maybe I should…
I guess I should probably add my favorite memory too! There’s so much to choose from when you work with and encounter so many amazing and talented people. In terms of Free Company accomplishment, my favorite moment was taking (almost) a whole FC Alliance into the Orbonne Monastery. That is the most people who have ever participated in a FC event at once and it really demonstrated how much we were growing and how many of our members had reached late-game level-cap content as a result of their hard work.
And for a personal accomplishment: Clearing the Alphascape Savage raid, and especially with the same people I started the raid with. I had never been in a group of people who stuck it out together through so much and for so long.
Thank you, Stabbies, for sharing your stories with us. I can’t wait to see what Shadowbringers has in store for us. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to THROW WIDE THE GATES.
Until next time!