Sing a song of Stormblood: Best Memories

Headmistress Kela here with a survey of highlights from everyone’s accomplishments from the last expansion.

Kaido Nihil
Fighting Susano and hearing these magical words: WILD PURE AND FOREVER FREE

Jamukha Oronir
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.

Wow! I always get so hyped reading that story. Here’s a sweet one:

Ricola Tesla
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)!

Silva Cataracta
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

Bjrn Borg
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!

Rhoamer Korbyn
Highlights eh?
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….

Louisoix Belanger
Reaching enrage on Neo Exdeath when the lagpocalypse was upon us, followed shortly by getting my first clear of Chaos Savage with y’all

Validus Sol
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:

Genesis Nebul
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!

Can’t fight the moonlight: The Royal Academy clears Tsukuyomi Extreme and the Ridorana Lighthouse

Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.3 launched on Tuesday, May 22 and our Stabbies wasted no time in conquering content!

On Wednesday, we offered a virginal run of the newest 24-man raid: The Ridorana Lighthouse. Party was lead by Headmistress Kela and featured a full party of Stabbies: Mana, Luna, Mika, Bella, Tohja, Genesis and Ricola. There were four bosses and while the healer limit break was used on every single boss, there were only two wipes, one to Contruct 7 and one to Yaizmat. After 70 minutes, the instance was learned and cleared with everyone receiving their weekly token and some winning loot as well. If you would like to join us in future for learning/weekly clearing of The Ridorana Lighthouse (helpful for coordinating drops with the new greed-only system), that club meeting will occur every Tuesday Evening at 8:30pm Central Time for the rest of the patch.

The following day we offered a learning party of The Minstrel’s Ballad: Tsukuyomi’s Pain and were pleasantly surprised with a clear of this extremely difficult instance after only about 90 minutes of work. Kela led the instance with expert advice from Mana, both of whom had prior clears. Bella and Ricola earned first-time clears and we were joined by four pick-up players as well. For those looking to learn the new extreme primal in a friendly, helpful environment so to earn new weapons, mounts and other excellent rewards: please join us. This club is held weekly on Thursdays at 8:30pm Central and is hosted by Luna. We frequently also offer farms on request.

Thank you to all who participated for your commitment to excellence. You are what make this Free Company so successful. To the rest, we look forward to having you participate in events such

as these in future!


Going in Blind: Royal City of Rabanastre

Patch 4.1 just dropped and right away the Stabbies ventured in to the new 24-man raid: the Royal City of Rabanastre! Not only did our brave adventurers jump right in to the new raid, but they did so BLIND. No videos, no guides, just knowledge of their classes and attempting to not stand in bad.
The Stabbies team consisted of:

Sukutak (Warrior)
Hunter (Astrologian)
Ponyo (Dragoon)
N’tohj (Summoner)
Cerys Ninja)
Maximillion (Bard)
Haegar (Black Mage)
Kela (Scholar)

Though they did not clear the City in this first attempt, they’re gearing up to try again and snag that clear very soon. Watch the antics of the first attempts below!


The stabbies did attempt a clear the next day and were successful, see how they worked mechanics in this video!