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FFXI: Collecting Trusts and Level 30 Dark Knight


It’s been almost a month since I began playing and writing about my return to FFXI. At this point, I’ve already far surpassed anything that I did back when I played FFXI over a decade ago. I have a level 30 Red Mage, a level 30 Dark Knight (Advanced Job), unlocked chocobos, earned mounts, and am progressing in my city ranking.

Everything from here on out is brand new to me, so I no longer feel like I’m in the state of “returning”… if that makes sense. I’ve also been slacking off my progression in the game quite a bit in favor of trying out other games lately. I’m still very interested in checking out these storylines that are dangling before me, and I want to put that cheaply-purchased box of expansions to some use. So, I’m not ready to call it quits yet.

However, I am changing the slant of my posts from being a “Return to Vana’diel” to something more like my normal progression posts. So, I’m officially bringing that series to an end.

Collecting Trusts

My little Trust collection. I also now have Shantotto II from this month's login rewards.
My little Trust collection. I also now have Shantotto II from this month’s login rewards.

With that said, one of my new favorite things is to collect Trusts in FFXI. Yeah, I know they should technically be called Alter Egos, but folks seem to call them Trusts, and that’s rubbed off on me.

Last month, there was some Alter Ego Extravaganza going on that I wasn’t totally aware of until near the end of the month. Once I learned about this, I picked up a whole slew of new Trusts, including that really awesome tiger at the top of the post! Say what you want about dated graphics, I think this NPC looks pretty darn good!

Apparently, Ciphers are normal rewards for things like log-in events – I picked up a Shantotto II Trust from log-in rewards this month, for example. Being a solo player and a collector, I have to say that I really, really like the whole Trust collection system.

Since up until last month, the game didn’t have things such as mounts to collect, Trusts kinda seemed to be the collectable thing to me. You know, that thing you summon, run around with, and feel accomplished having? I know I feel tough with a huge tiger following me around… and he’s pretty strong, too!

My only beef with Trusts, and it’s a small one… is that you have to re-summon them every time you level up if you want them to be on level with you. It’s not terrible, but when you have a full party to individually dismiss and re-summon, and you gain levels as quickly as I seem to, it’s something I ended up doing often.

However, if the alternative is to not have Trusts, I’ll totally take the inconvenience of re-summoning. Yes, I will.

Leveling Dark Knight

One of my goals for May was to level my Dark Knight to 30, in order to match my highest level job from before. In the process of doing so, I have discovered Dark Knight is… really not that exciting of a job. Honestly, Trusts do all the fighting for me since my attacks are super slow. At least with Red Mage I was able to cast spells and feel like I was adding something to the fights my Trusts were carrying me through.

Not to mention, Dark Knights aren’t exactly considered the most wanted classes later on. I know that really shouldn’t effect my thoughts on it since I have no desire for end-game group content. But, still…


So, as much as I love the scythe, I don’t know if I’m going to continue leveling this job or not (at this point). I’m curious about Beastmaster, however, which was another job I had always wanted to unlock and try. I also hear that Geomancers are highly desired, and a job that attacks with a handbell is… well… interesting.


Oh, and I got my first housing decoration from the monthly login, as seen above. Apparently there’s some whole mog house expansion/decoration system that I know nothing about yet… but should really get involved with!

Aaaand that all being said, I’ve completely caught you guys up on all my progress in FFXI! I do want to write a quickie post about the scripting I’ve learned with Windower 4 that’s been a huge help, but from here on out, I’ll be posting progression as I make it.

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FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – Unlocking Dark Knight

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!


Since I’d unlocked mounts and reached level 30 on my Red Mage, it was time for me to experience unlocking my first Advanced Job ever in FFXI. Of course, I picked Dark Knight for two reasons – the quest sounded pretty easy and scythes.

The quest actually was pretty easy, except I made it a lot harder and longer than it needed to be by mis-reading the wiki guide (several times). This was totally my fault, though.

The first thing I had to do was make the run to Bastok, which wasn’t too big a deal. I needed to do this anyway to unlock the warps to all three of the main starter cities, so this was a good thing. Then I had to find the quest giver, which started an interesting cutscene about the emo nature of the Dark Knights in general.


I then had to go into the Palborough Mines to continue the quest. I made sure I had a map before I set out to go there… but this was where things started to go wrong. At first, none of the enemies aggroed as I was higher level than they were, so I thought I was pretty safe.

The guide noted that I needed to go to the third floor of the mines, where I’d find a boat. Only, the third floor apparently meant only taking the elevator downwards once (so confusing). So, here I thought I was on the second floor, and didn’t even go looking for the boat. I saw that there was a crystal further in the mines, so I navigated through towards it, thinking that must be the way I needed to go.

The problem with this is that the enemy level changed abruptly, and suddenly I was getting attacked! Because I hadn’t been attacked before, I didn’t have any of my Trusts out… so I promptly died before I got to the crystal.

Whelp. That meant a run back out to the mines. This time, I pulled my Trusts out and battled my way to the crystal, unlocking the warp there.


Going further, I found a set of stairs, which I thought must lead to the third level. Only, they didn’t. They led to some kind of shrine instead.

Okay. Crud. I looked back over the guide to try to figure out what I’d done wrong. I noted that it said that floor 3 had a burn mark on the map, which matched with the map I was on (even though it seemed like it should be floor 2), so I went back to the starting point of the map. Sure enough, there was the boat, like the guide described.

Ooops. Well, that was a death and 40 mins of fighting I didn’t need to do. But at least I opened the warp to the mines, right?

So, I enter the room via boat and get the cutscene where Zeid is supposed to give me the sword Chaosbringer. Once that’s done, the cutscene kicks me out of the mines.


Alright… except… my inventory was full at the time of the cutscene and I didn’t realize it! Which means, I didn’t get the sword! And now I have to run back and do that all over again! UGH!

Honestly, it was just easier to use the warp back and fight my way through to the boat, which is what I did. I guess opening the warp was a good thing in the end.


SO. This time, I made sure I had room in my inventory for the sword before entering the cutscene, and I SUCCESSFULLY obtained Chaosbringer.

Dark Knight Quest

So, the Dark Knight quest boils down to this mainly. You equip the level 1 Chaosbringer and kill everything. You can kill anything you want at any level at any location. You just have to kill 100 things.


Some stipulations:

  1. Only Warriors, Dark Knights and Rune Fencers can use great swords.
  2. The game doesn’t keep track of how many things you kill in any recordable way that you can see. So you have to do it manually. Like with a paper and pencil IRL. 

I hadn’t even started leveling Warrior yet, so it was back to level 1 for me to equip the sword. Then, I got myself a pad and pencil, summoned some Trusts, and dug in for the long, tedious task of killing 100 things out in the forest.


This went pretty fast with Trusts helping out. Leveling Warrior (which I needed anyhow) was a good side effect. I was about level 15 by the time I finished marking my 100th kill.

That’s when I looked back at the wiki and realized my mistake.

Wait… killing blow? Oh, crud. I’m pretty sure that with a party of Trusts, I wasn’t getting most of the final killing blows on things.

So… what does that mean?

Yeah. De-summon Trusts. Do it again.


But at least my Warrior was now in the upper teens and slaughtering things pretty fast.

Once I was pretty certain I’d killed 100 things (again), I had to travel to Beadeaux. There, I got a cutscene that made me an official Dark Knight!

Woot! First Advanced Job unlocked!



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Weekend Gaming Highlights: TSW, Minecraft, FFXI, FFXIV, LoZ!



I did quite a bit of gaming this weekend, and have already got to work on some of my May gaming goals. Most of these will need their own posts, but I wanted to consolidate them here so I don’t forget what I did! 😀

The Secret World

I’ve wanted to roll an alt character in TSW for a while, ever since they changed the new player experience. I like to go back to these things and see how they’ve changed. I also haven’t played the game from anything but a Templar point of view, so I wanted to see what differed between the factions. I only just got to Kingsmouth, so expect more blogging about this in the future. 🙂


Did you know that until this weekend, I was one of those people who had never played Minecraft before? Yeah. Believe it.

I’m only playing single player to learn things at this point, but having a great time. Expect more blogging on this in the future for sure!

That little Minecraft shack everyone builds their very first time.
That little Minecraft shack almost everyone builds their very first time.


I’ve been leveling my Dark Knight, trying to make the goal of level 30 before the month is out. I started at level 4. Had her to level 22 before the night was out in very little time. I’m shocked at how fast solo leveling is in this game now.

I also activated what looks to be some sort of storyline quest that came with the expansions I picked up this weekend, which I need to investigate.

Level 22 Dark Knight!

Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I am happy to report that as of last night, I am no longer stuck on the boss of the Desert Palace. That boss was tough for me! It didn’t help that I didn’t yet have the net (for some reason), which means I couldn’t carry around fairies in a bottle to revive me when I died. So, I went and got that rectified.

It took me three tries, but I finally nailed it. Woot! Progress and one of my May goals complete! 😀

“Thank You” is a good place to start.


I’ve taken a bit break from FFXIV for a while, so yesterday marked a grand return of sorts for me. Syn has been overseas on a work trip, and away for work before that, too. She just got back, and had it all set up to have a sort of “Celebration Day” for the FC when she did. A lot of folks are hitting milestones IRL – Finding new jobs, getting apartments, completing finals, and having birthdays (me, soon!).

Funny thing was, I’d almost forgotten it was also the FC’s 2nd Anniversary. So it all fell in place. Syn was (literally) buying any FC folks who wanted pizza gift cards to pizza places. They were pretty shocked that she was serious about it. XD

Aside from the FC birthday, I also healed the Crystal Tower Trio on my Scholar for the first time this weekend. That was a learning experience! Syn said I did well, but I feel like I still need a lot of practice. It’s been a while since I’ve healed a raid, and last time I did it, it was with White Mage. We ran a few of those towers with full FC groups, so it was less stressful if I messed up. I also hit level 51, and I’m seriously considering putting some more time into leveling Scholar at this point since I do find it a lot of fun.

Aside from that, I went back and cleaned up all the unfinished job quests I’ve left lying around on Zuri. That included two level 50 quests for Scholar, two level 45s and two level 50s on Summoner, a level 54 on Dragoon and a level 50 and level 52 on Monk. Whew. I’ve been lazy… but I got them done, finally!


Feeling accomplished!

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FFXI: Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition (On Sale and Sold)

seekersI’ve been hesitating on picking up the FFXI Seeker’s Edition, despite being every single expansion in the game for $30. I was still feeling my way through the lower level content, for one, and didn’t see an immediate need to upgrade to the newest expansion yet. I also hadn’t made up my mind if I was going to push on playing another month or if I would have my fill of the game by that time.

Well, the Seekers Edition dropped to 50% off with the S/E sale, so I decided $15 for all the FFXI content is more than an excellent deal. So I’ve now upgraded my account to have all the stories and expansions FFXI can offer.

You know, looking at it that way, that sounds pretty exciting! 🙂

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FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – A Quest for Grass

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!


You wanna know something disappointing? I never got my chocobo license way back when I used to play FFXI. So I had no idea how it actually worked.

When I found out that you only get to rent a chocobo and not actually own a chocobo, that was disappointment. Of course, they finally did just introduce real mounts (more on that later), which kinda soothes the pain of that discovery. Because back in the day, that chocobo license was all I ever wanted as a lowbie player.

Quest for Weed Grass

So, I picked up the chocobo quest in Jeuno, which requires me to get Gausebit Grass. These drop most often from Crane Flies in the Meriphataud Mountains. This means I had another trip ahead of me since I’ve never been to that zone.

Everything from this point out is unknown territory for me. I’ve never been beyond level 20. I made the run to Jeuno once, but that’s as far as I got. So, it’s a little exciting to get past the point I was before and see what lay beyond.

What lay beyond? More zones with monsters that can three-hit kill me.


I tried to be super careful and unlock every survival manual along the road. Then the Sauromugue Champaign happened. Who the heck thought it was a good idea to put the survival manual up in a place where people couldn’t reach it? It was stuck up on this plateau, so I started skirting around the stone trying to find a way up. I easily spent 20-30 mins dodging powerful monsters and certain death, but never found the way to it.

In the end, I did accidentally aggro something and died a terrible death.

So, I had to start the run over again. This time, I totally ignored the stupid survival manual and just headed into the Meriphataud Mountains instead. Bleh.

There, I found Crane Flies in good population. But I also knew I was only a few zones away from Windurst, so I decided to finish up the run to that city to unlock it.


That being done, I warped back out to the Meriphataud Mountains and started farming flies. Pretty good experience and not a terrible drop rate for the grass. I was level 25 by the end of it all, and actually got an extra grass to drop, which I could sell for a little profit on the AH.


Chocobo Luv

So, I returned to Jeuno and started the Chocobo Wounds quest. During this, I had to win the trust of a poor abused chocobo, who refused to eat. Eventually, I got him to take some of the grass I farmed up.

This quest has been sped up significantly. It used to be that you could only interact with the chocobo once a game day. Now you can interact with him once a real-life minute.

So, it didn’t take very long to get this quest wrapped up and earn my license.


Once that was done, I was also able to start the quest for the new Raptor mount…

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May Gaming Goals


This month, I want to do something a little different. I want to include goals for games other than FFXIV! Yay!

So, here we go! 🙂

Earthbound Wii U

  • Play some! I haven’t progressed in this game for too long. ✓

Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds

  • Beat the Desert Palace.✓
  • Make progress in this game! (I BEAT IT!) ✓

The Secret World

  • Reroll an alt character ✓
  • Putz around Kingsmouth on them and see what’s changed in the new player experience

Final Fantasy XI

  • Level Dark Knight to 30 ✓

Final Fantasy XIV

I don’t actually have any high level goals this month. I have several jobs between 50 and 60 right now – Monk, Dragoon, Scholar – and I’m sure I’ll be using them for Crystal Tower raids, so they’ll get some leveling.


  • Level Alchemist to 60 (Currently 56)
  • Level Blacksmith to 53 (So I can finally consolidate crafting armor) ✓
  • Unlock Master II book for:
    • Alchemist
  • Earn Master III books for (not priority):
    • Alchemist
    • Culinarian

Leveling Stuff

  • Level Machinist to 50 (Priority!) 
  • Level Warrior to 25 ✓
  • Level Paladin to 20 ✓
  • Level Ninja to 20✓
  • Clean up old quests ✓
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FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – The Run to Jeuno

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!


The run to Jeuno.

It was just one of those experiences you had to have in your early 20s in FFXI. It was fraught with danger through zones that had mobs who could kill you in a few shots. And once a mob locks in on you in FFXI, you can bet they aren’t going to let up until you’re taking a dirt nap.

I remember making this run on a level 20 a long time ago. Because in Jeuno, the quest for your chocobo license begins. I did reach Jeuno back then, but I never did complete the quest for my license, sadly.

Now days, things are a lot easier with the home point and survival manual system. Once you reach a place and activate one of these two things, you can warp back there for gil or tabs. So I knew that getting to Jeuno was the challenge, and once there, I’d never have to make that run again.

I was level 23 when I started out, running from zone to zone. I purposely sought out the survival manuals in each area, so that if something should aggro me, I’d have a warp back at least part of the way. Thankfully, I didn’t need to use them. I had a few close calls, but made it to the city, and activated the home points without any deaths.


It was only once I got there and started the chocobo quest that I looked up what I’d need to complete it. Four clumps of Gausebit Grass. Checking the auction house, I saw that each clump is selling for about 5,000 gil each. Now, I do have a little bit of gil stashed, but that would cost me about 1/3 of what I own. So, I decided to go about it the hard way and gather the grass for myself.

Based on wiki information, these drop most often from Crane Flies in the Meriphataud Mountains. Another zone that was quite a ways away through dangerous territory.

Whelp, I better get my running shoes on.


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FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – Time Traveller

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!

So I hop on the boat to Norg, which happens to be a pirate town of some sort. I explore around and talk to NPCs, but it’s pretty clear that this area is made for someone higher level than myself. I decide to focus on the business at hand, which is talking to the captain and meeting this person he found.

I recognize her as the girl, Iroha, from the very first cutscene I saw in game earlier. I also recognize her because FFXIV did a cross-over event and I have her cosmetic armor in that game. 🙂

Anyhow, she recognizes me, and calls me her master. Then she proceeds to tell us that she’s a time traveler from the future, a future that is very dark and bleak. Apparently, in the future, I’m her teacher and an influential person, so she’s come to me in the past hoping that I can do something to change the course of history and prevent the Emptiness from destroying the future she knows.

Iroha then gives me an orb that I can use to enter her time, and says I should be able to “experience both futures.”


She naturally doesn’t have a lot of time to explain things before she’s warped out of there, leaving us all with more questions than answers. It’s never good to hear the future is gonna go bad.

After she disappears, Gilgamesh tells me I should probably go look for his daughter, Lion. But to progress, I’ll need to rank up with my home city more. Alrighty, I can do that.

I also get the awesome Rhapsody in White item. Holy crap! This thing! It gives SO MANY nice permanent buffs:

  • 30% bonus to experience and limit points gains
  • 100% increase to combat and magic skill gains
  • Allows an additional alter ego to be called forth at once.
  • 80% reduction in gil consumed by home points
  • Reduces the amount of gil and tabs consumed by Survival Guides

That’s incredible!


Anyhow, I head back home to do what Gilgamesh suggested — work on some city missions to get my rank up. Along the way, I stop to check on with the Sparks vendor to see if I had any new gear I could equip. And, there was a whole new set of armor that made my Red Mage finally look… like a Red Mage!


Now I was ready for some missions! In the past, I’d done all the way up to Rank 3 missions, so I was familiar with the “save the kid from the orcs” and the “rescue the guy from the caves” mission. Finishing those got me pretty close to Rank 3, but seeing I was level 23 at this point, my mind was straying elsewhere.

I wanted to make the run to Jeuno.

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FFXI: Return to Vana’diel – Support Jobs and Story Ahoy!

I return to Vana’diel after not having played FFXI for over a decade. Here are my adventures!


Those who follow my blogging know that story is a huge part of a MMO’s experience for me. Now, I’ve always heard that FFXI had a top notch story, but I’ve never been able to see it, since I never leveled past 20 with any character.

The hope for this story is one of the reasons I decided to come back to this game again, so I was very pleased with the unexpected “main” storyline that became suddenly present in the game. This is one of the newer pieces of content called “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel.”

I actually got my first cutscene back at level 5 when I entered the city for the first time. I didn’t know what it was, and didn’t expect new content since I didn’t own any of the new expansions. But apparently, as long as you at least have one expansion (which all NA users do, no matter how far back you go), the part of the story associated with the expansions you own are active.

Similar to the main quest scenarios of FFXIV, this story makes it so that it’s very hard to miss. And the rewards they give speed up leveling and progression significantly.

Into the Dunes

So, after completing my first city mission and gearing up, I realized I was really close to level 18. Level 18 is the magic number whereupon you can begin working on gathering items for the very long and very tiring Support Job quest. I know that I’ve succeeded in completing this quest at least twice, and that it was the bane of my existence all those years ago.

Forced grouping was the only way you got this done. And you could group for hours and hours and hours trying to get one of the elusive drops. Some of these are rated a 4-6% chance to drop based on the wiki. So, even with my Trust-buddies, I knew I was going to be out there for a long time.


I was surprised, however, that I completely by-passed the La Theine Plateau in my leveling progression, totally by accident. I was so high leveled by the time I headed in that direction that almost every thing was easy prey to me. I remember so many hours spent out there trying to get to the point where I could enter the Dunes… I guess this was just karma kicking in letting me bypass it all.

So, I headed into the Dunes towards the outpost of Selbina. It was when I first entered the town that the story started.

Unexpected Cutscenes

As I said, FFXI makes sure you can’t miss the Rhapsodies quests. The moment I walked into Selbina, I was in a cutscene that directed me to see the mayor of the town. Now, FFXI is not a game that holds your hand – there are no marks to indicate NPCs with quests, and there’s a lot you have to figure out yourself, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Arriving there, I got another cutscene which actually set up the beginning of a main storyline for FFXI. I was pleased.

Even more, I learned that the reward you’d earn from this, Gilgamesh’s introductory letter, takes the place of all the items you had to grind for to complete your Support Job quest.


Can I get a Hallelujah?


Yes, of course I’ll get your bee pollen for you. Do you want that gift wrapped? I can do that, too!

Quest for Pollen

So, I went out to the La Theine Plateau to hunt Giant Wasps for bee pollen (don’t the devs realize these are two very different types of insects?). I found them very scarce, and after killing everything, wasp and non-wasp, in the area around the crags, I’d only gotten one of the three drops.

Thank goodness for the wiki and forums, which told me that Giant Wasps may be in greater number out in the Konschtat Highlands. I don’t remember spending much time in this area since I usually didn’t roll my characters in Bastok, so it was a new place to explore.

Not only that, but when I found my way there, I realized I didn’t have a map of the area.

Oops. That’s right. You need to buy maps of the different areas in FFXI, or you just simply don’t have them. I made a mental note to check out the map seller once I got back to Selbina and fix that oversight.

Until then, I carefully didn’t stray too far from the zone line in my search for wasps. I didn’t need to because there were plenty around, and I got my drops in pretty quick order.

Support Job Success

Taking the pollen back to Selbina, I got another cutscene that furthered my storyline. Any story with Gilgamesh is a story I can get behind. In this game, he doesn’t appear to be a giant many-armed man…. but a pirate instead. And he has an interesting story to drag you into.


Once done, he gives you his letter and tells you to meet his man on the docks where a boat to Norg awaited me. I didn’t know what Norg was, but I’d certainly take that letter.

Oh yes… yes… thank you!


Oh, right. Before I forget, buy all the maps!


Now I’m ready for this Norg thing! Lead on!