FFXIV: Tales from the Duty Finder – Anima Relic Punks

Welcome back to another Tales from the Duty Finder! It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, and this one isn’t super terrible on the scale of things. It’s mostly about a group of punks who had no consideration for anything but their own desires.

So, last night, our FC got together a Void Ark run. Most of us were doing it for the Tales complete, but one of our members had just unlocked it, so it was completely new to him.

Thankfully, Void Ark is an easy raid to complete, or there’d be a lot more issues than there were in this run. Because we had some folks in one group who decided they wanted to rush it.

I don’t mean just pulling the boss before everyone was ready.

I mean, displaying the pull countdown while people were still in the hallway between the encounter rooms and nowhere near being able to enter the fight. This happened continuously, and some folks started to speak up.

We let them know that we had someone new (which they already knew from the announcement at the start of the run), and other people also asked them to slow down. You know, just half a minute or two.

But apparently, this was too hard and they preferred to be punks.


So it was a continuous pull-fest and chaos because Syn Maris (and yeah, I’m calling the jerk out directly) was constantly spamming the countdown even when the rest of the raid was nowhere near ready, and we were answering “No!” on the ready checks. We had some hope that maybe his party would kick him for trolling. However, after the raid was done, we found the the people who spoke up in his defense were in his FC (and some were officers to boot), and they made up the bulk of his party.

Anyhow, it’s not until after the whole thing got done that Syn (our Syn, not jerk Syn Maris) asked, “Hey, is Sturdy for the Relic weapon a good gain?”

She’s currently working on that step, so she could see the Relic reward.

I was like, “Yeah, why?”

“Because that’s what we earned running Void Ark.”

So then, it fell into place. Those jerks were rushing the raid so they could earn Aetheric Condensation points for their stupid Relic weapon. And if you look at the Lodestone links above, every one of them are indeed holding a Relic.

So, good job to you for rushing everyone else, including absolutely new people, just so you could get a few lousy points on your Relic grind. I don’t say things like this often, because FFXIV usually has pretty nice folks… but if you’re going to make everyone else around you miserable just to benefit yourself, go grind out A1S and leave the rest of us alone.



  1. Trolls like that are part of the reason I stopped playing MMOs (with the exception of ESO because that game plays like a solo). These kids (regardless of age, they act like children) have a way of ruining the gaming experience of others with their selfishness. If they want to just grind without really getting into the depths of the game, there are plenty of solo games they can play (Diablo III comes to mind – I love that game).

    1. Thankfully, most people I’ve encountered in FFXIV are pretty nice. Usually if you explain that someone is new, they’ll be more considerate. This is an edge case to what I normally see, but yeah, it can really ruin someone’s enjoyment.

  2. “Stupid relic weapon”, and there’s me just spent all day on 136 runs of A1S to get my Terpander bow! 😉

    Joking aside, it was pathetic behaviour. If they wanted fast progress, well, there’s better ways than VA even with a bonus.

    1. Congrats on your achievement — I in no way meant to downplay the amount of time that goes into it with this statement! I was just ranting about poor behavior. I’m sure you didn’t treat folks that way on your path to your new weapon!

      When desire to do Relic weapon takes precedence over basic common politeness that really wouldn’t have cost them THAT much time, in the big picture… it’s just a pixel weapon. It’s “stupid” to mistreat other players and give them a poor experience all for a pixel weapon.

      Especially, like you said, there are better ways to grind quickly to get it… with people who are like-mindedly working on the same goal. It’s perfectly acceptable to rush A1S when that’s what everyone’s there for… not so much to rush groups in a 24 man raid when it’s asked outright that the group slows down.

      But I know I’m preaching to the choir here. In all sincerity, enjoy your new weapon! 🙂

      1. My tounge was definitely in my cheek, I took no offence at all.😊

        I totally agree with you, it’s shameful to treat others as little more than npcs, whether it’s in “trivial” content or the latest extreme primal. I feel sorry for your FC mate, having their first run of VA spoilt by a group of fools. The chat log you posted, with it’s silly machismo statements lends me hope that they were children who will grow into some manners.

        All in all, I find ffxiv’s community to be polite but there’s always the occasional douche sadly.

        Still, you’ll be glad to know the i270 stage is a breeze compared to the umbrite grind. We have options!

        All in all a good day in game for me plus my Encyclopedia Eorzea arrived today!😀

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