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Kitty has been determined to win the Sarutabaruta region for Bastok. We intended to do this a week ago, but there was no way that'd be happening since our influence was so, so slim. So we decided to wait until this past weekend.

Part of our plan was to level some of my lowbie jobs there, with Kitty synced to me. Ges had been teasing me about the need to level NIN, so I headed out to West Saruta as NIN on Saturday afternoon. And immediately ran into Tom Tit Tat.

...well, you know me & NMs: I just had to fight him. :lol:

Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

It was a close fight as I was only NIN 12 / DNC 6 at the time, but I won. :) No way I would have won if Kitty hadn't given me some shihei. Thanks Kitty!

Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

Kitty joined me a bit later, on SMN. I was really hoping we'd manage to pop Nunyenunc while we were out there. What do you know - he popped while I had run back to town to NPC stuff. >_< But the group that claimed him invited Kitty into their party to lot on it, so Kitty got a Pilgrim's Wand for herself. YAY!

Since it'd be at least two hours until Nunyenunc popped again, we decided to head to Giddeus for a while--but on the way we couldn't resist seeing if Numbing Norman was up. Which he was:


Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

..so I got a Pike for myself. :)

We had been in Giddeus for a while when I hit level 15. Yay! I used all the scrolls I had bought in Norg earlier to learn the Ichi elemental spells, even though I didn't have any of the tools. I like to keep up on my spells, after all. :) Shortly after this Kitty asked me, "hey, where's your second weapon?"

...yeah, I had been out in Saruta for FIVE LEVELS and had only had one weapon equipped. :oops: Just goes to show that DDing doesn't come naturally to me, because I had totally forgotten that Ninja gets dual-wield so soon. :lol:

Kitty had to go afk for about a half hour, so I took a nap during that time. Once she returned (and awoke me with ), I switched to BST so I could have widescan, and we returned to West Saruta to camp Nunyenunc. It took a while, but he eventually popped, and we were able to claim him before anyone else did -- and I got a much-desired Pilgrim's Wand for myself. YAY!


Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

We were both tired by this point, so deciding to call it an early night.

Since I had gone to bed so early, I was awake early, too -- around 4:15am (part of that was due to the time-change, though). I signed back on and switched to SMN to continue the storming. WE MUST WIN!!!

Esca signed in a bit later and asked if I had started trading equipment yet. I hadn't. He said that he would head out to the OP and trade a bunch of stuff. When he headed out, Windy was Dominant and both Sandy & Bastok were Minimal, though Bastok had a small but promising bit of influence in the region, while Sandy had pretty much none. With all of the stuff Esca traded, he managed to single-handedly flip us from Minimal to Minor. GO ESCA!!!

At this point I started trading the stuff I had, too. By the time Kitty signed in, Esca and I had managed to get Bastok to being a sliver underneath Windy. Woohoo!

Kitty's trades put a sliver ABOVE Windy. {excitement}!!!!

Still, we were both worried that Windy would take it back at the last minute, so I logged onto Valara and began shouting for help while Kitty bought out the AH:


Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

Did the shouting help? I think it did. Kitty reported seeing a few more Bastokans out in Saruta on one of her trips back. And I received a /tell with an offer of help. Thanks, Demki!


Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

Bastok was now showing as Major, but we were still biting our nails nervously during the final minutes before tally, as our lead was small enough that Windy could have still overtaken it. And then the tally happened, and WE WON!!!!


Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr


Storming Saruta! by Althea Valara, on Flickr

Thanks to everyone who helped out and cheered us on. We both are rather broke now and have to replace some of our gear (I gave up my beloved Jaridah Peti) but it was worth it. :D

Why me?

Jun. 2nd, 2009 05:28 pm
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I lay awake in bed most of the night, my head spinning with thoughts. Most of all: Why me? I've barely started adventuring - why would they ask someone as green as me to do this mission when they have experienced folks like Naji eager to volunteer?

I mean, I do feel like I'm getting stronger. I don't struggle as much in battle, and I can use higher-level spells now. But I still have a lot to learn. And I can't even beat a damselfly yet!

So no, it can't be my battle skills they want. It's got to be something else.

Perhaps it's the fact that I am so new? Maybe they think I won't question their orders. Maybe I can pick up on something an experienced officer can't, simply because I don't have any idea what to expect.

Laying in bed isn't going to give me any answers. I obviously wasn't going to get any sleep & dawn was breaking, so I decided to get up and go for a walk.

The city was just starting to stir. Merchants were sweeping their sidewalks and drawing back curtains. Water splashed merrily in the fountain. A young Galka ran by, startling a sleeping Elvaan, who sat up with a start and blinked a few times, then started laying out his bazaar merchandise again. A few hopefuls were gathered at the auction house windows, ready to pounce should a tempting item be listed for sale.

I've been spending so much time in the dunes chasing damselflies that I had forgotten what the city sounded like. The clang of the blacksmiths, the creak of the drawbridge, the water tumbling in the wheels, merchants & customers haggling over prices: all these combined to give Bastok its own unique song, full of energy, discovery, innovation--and yes, adventure.

I stopped in the middle of the Galkan Bridge, leaning on the railing, looking towards the port where an airship was landing. There was still so much to learn about this place I called home.

But now was not the time: I had to go far away, not only to another city but another continent. What kind of song would it have? I couldn't even begin to imagine.
althea_valara: A female red mage from Final Fantasy 11. (Default)
When I came to, I found myself back in Port Bastok, where I started my adventuring. I don't know how I got back there. I'm assuming some carried me, but... well, no one in town knows me; how would they know to bring me there?

Weird.

Since I was still feeling sore from my "battle" (if you could call it that), I decided to talk to more townsfolk and see what I could learn. Which means my list of quests has grown considerably:

  • Michea, an Elvaan goldsmith, wants me to bring her a copper ingot so she can complete an order.
  • A housewife wants to buy four flint stones from me so she can cook dinner.
  • Hungry Wolf wants me to bring him a Galkan sausage.
  • Malene's had a package stolen by a monster and has asked me to find & retrieve it for her.
  • Nbu Latteh would like me to bring a copper ring to her daughter as a gift from her.
  • Benita's looking for a quick way to clean her chimney. Apparently her mother-in-law knows a way, so I'm to track her down and ask.
  • Brygid thinks I will look smashing in a robe and bronze subligar, and wants me to obtain such items for her amusement. *rolls eyes* I could use them, though, so I might as well.
  • The mercenary company "Salaheem's Sentinels" has asked me to help recruit new members.


Oh, and I still need to finish that stamp hunt and kill some monsters in the mines. Sure have enough to keep me busy for a while. Especially since I have no idea where/how to get some of this stuff. I mean, copper ingots? Can you buy those somewhere?

I've heard some interesting tidbits about the town. Some folks in the Metalworks were gossiping about the Chief Engineer, a hume named Cid (why does that name sound familiar)? They say he's brilliant, but a bit short-tempered. Too engrossed in his work, I guess. And some of the Galka have mentioned...well, it sounds like a myth, actually, about a wise Galka who disappeared twenty years ago. I'm intrigued. I love a good mystery.

I'm annoyed about those bats. Except for some childhood scraps, I haven't had any experience with fighting. It'd be nice to find a mentor who could give me some pointers.
althea_valara: Crouching with exhaustion. (this is rough)
I've got a pretty good sense of my way around town now, thanks to the stamp hunt. I still get a bit turned around at times, but I quickly figure out my error. And if I don't, there are friendly townsfolk who are all too eager to help me out.

And I really mean that. Everyone here is so nice. People like to talk; it's hume nature, after all. I've learned a heck of a lot more about the world in the few days I've been adventuring than I have in my entire lifetime.

For instance--the Galka aren't happy with the way they are being treated by Humes. I don't know enough about their race to know if I should be scared of this or if I should feel sorry for them. I'm leaning towards the latter. From all the conversations I've been having, it sounds like the Galka are almost treated as slave labor, and that doesn't sit very well with me.

Anyway. While wandering around town near the South Gate, I met a woman named Tami who needed a note delivered to her husband, who's working down in the mines. I figured why not? This would give me a chance to explore the mines and their surrounding area, and I needed to get two stamps there anyway.

So I headed to the mines district, talking to more people as I went in an attempt to acquire more stamps. I ended up meeting this Galka, Gerbaum, who complained about the number of monsters in the mines. He asked me if I could clear the mines out somewhat, and bring him some Zeruhn Soot as proof I did the job.

Sometimes I have to wonder if I'm being asked to do all this stuff because people are lazy, or if they are scared. I really hope it's the former, because I dread what's in store for me if it's the latter.

As I now had THREE reasons to enter the Mines, in I went. I can see why folks might find the Mines scary--they're dark and silent, except for the stirring of creatures and the sounds of the workers. But duh, they're mines. Of course they're going to be dark!

I headed down into the tunnels, looking for Tami's husband, Zelman, so I could deliver the note. Gerbaum was right--there are quite a lot of monsters down here. I decided to give them a wide berth on the way down, as I figured it'd be best to deliver the note first.

Tami's husband wasn't too hard to find. Had to grin a bit when he complained about all the errands his wife wanted him to do. Typical married couple. Hee. Then he asked me if I could do the errand instead, and go buy some meat jerky for him. As I am Errand Girl (*snerks*), I said yes.

Kind of wish I had a motorcycle. That'd make all these deliveries easier.

Then it was time to make my way out. But hey, might as well try fighting some monsters. So I headed up to some bats. I mean, how hard can bats be, right?

...turns out they're pretty hard. I tried, I really did, smacking them as hard as I can, but they kept attacking me faster than I could ward them off. I got my butt kicked so hard they knocked me out. As I descended into unconsciousness I flashed back to my childhood, hearing the bullies taunting me. "You call yourself a Valara, wuss? Yeah, right."

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