Disclaimer: I tried to remember as much as I could, (and even watched a video playthrough somewhat), but it HAS been a long time and I am sure I have left out stuff. Then again, this is Annabel writing and she ALWAYS leaves out stuff in her letters. ;-)
People helping people, sounds good, right? It's good to help others when they need help. Unless of course when you DO do it, the same people ask you again and again, trying to take FULL advantage of your goodness. Then you become a naive fool who gets SOOOOO taken advantage of! Ok, let me reiterate this, helping people is for SUCKERS, NEVER DO IT!!!!!
Adora: ".......I....I have no words....."
Alea: "Wow! I......I think I actually don't either for once....Never thought THAT would happen!"
Adora: "With Annabel it was only a matter of time dear, it was only a matter of time....."
With me bringing up helping people, you two can probably guess where this is going, but you would be WRONG, HA! This time it is not ME doing the help, (for ONCE!) but ACTUALLY the people of the First helping themselves. I know sisters, I know, but I am telling the truth! Let me tell you how this unbelievable event happened.....
Alea: "People in her letters ACTUALLY doing things themselves? This I GOTTA hear about!"
Adora: "Alea dear, I am sure people Annabel meets actually DO do things for themselves all the time; she just finds the worst to think and write about."
Alea: "Well, she DOES have a talent for that."
Adora: "How I know dear, how I know...."
As I may or may not have told you in my last letter, (they REALLY tend to blur after a long time of doing bitchy rants), we were currently on the trail of that former fat tyrant Lord Vauthry, now turned sin eater, and needed to hunt his corrupted ass down to free the last land still tainted by the Light. I, of course was NOT surprised by this because you know, Eorzea, where NOTHING is EVER easy!......
(Oh wait, this is the First, damn it, wrong saying....UGH, Well I'm NOT changing it!)
Alea: "Um......couldn't have she just crossed it out or changed it?"
Adora: "Alea, that is one of those things we do NOT ask questions about for fear of knowing the answer."
Alea: (sighs) "yeah, yeah, I forgot. And NO Annie, you did NOT tell us about what happened to the fat Lord. She's leaving stuff out AGAIN Adora!"
Adora: (sighs herself) "Alea......"
Well anyway, I, as USUAL, had to do this, dragging my surprisingly useful now Scion lackeys with me. But....(stick RIGHT continent saying here), it turns out that there was NO way up to where Vauthry was because the big huge elevator, which got one up to the top areas of Kholusia was BROKEN! UGH! WHY ME, WHY?.....
(And BEFORE you ask Alea, NO, I CANNOT fly in this STUPID area yet. Why? Because the First is especially, (boo, bad ELY), the WORST, THAT'S why!)
But all was not lost for little ol' me. It seemed that the husband of the art loving fat cat Dulia used to be the head of some mining company or something like that, so he knew how all those old machines worked and was willing to help try to get the thing back in working order. To DO this though meant......sigh, yours truly having to find ALL the crap needed to fix it...
(Ok people, can someone PLEASE tell me why I, Lady Annabel Leigh Ashcroft, who has saved ALL the other realms of the First from the Light, HAS to be the one to go around and find all this crap to rebuild the elevator when you have a TON of people from Eulmore wanting to do something to be productive? I mean, COME ON!!!!!!)
Alea: "Yeah Adora, why DO they have her do that all the time if she is all powerful and all that?"
Adora: "Well dear, it is Annabel, how long can you stand to have her around you listening to her bitching and whining about everything?"
Alea: "Hmmmmm, you DO have a point Adora, makes perfect sense."
So, seeing that NO one else volunteered for this, I, after a good TWO hours of bitching, made my way into lower Kholusia to find all the crap....er supplies that were needed. Let me tell you sisters, it was utter HELL getting them! Do you know math was involved, MATH!!!!! I mean come ON! Trying to figure out the proper number of planks in those stupid piles was FAR harder than ANY of the Lightwardens I had faced! WAY to focus on my weakness! Stupid First, you are the WORST!!!!!!
Ok, all that done, I finally got a chance to sit back and watch OTHERS do the work getting the thing ready. Let me tell you sisters, it was WONDERFUL not doing anything, why can't that ALWAYS happen, me NOT working or lifting a finger to help!"
Alea: "And THIS was the person picked to help all those beleaguered lands? Let's be honest Adora, someone or something made a SERIOUS mistake!"
Adora: "Alea......Annabel might be a bit rough around the edges, but she comes through when needed."
Alea: "Adora, she has more than rough edges, she has positively SHARP corners!"
So FINALLY this elevator is ready, the twins and I ride it to the top and find.....it's pretty much the same exact land as I left, just with more broken robots and things roaming about in it. Yeah, i can see why no one bothered to fix the thing, BORING!
OH, there were also refugees from Eulmore here, people that somehow escaped the city and were hiding from the wrath of the former elite lazy asses. How they got up here, who knew. (I mean I'm sure they probably told me, but you know.....) They were afraid that I would rat them out to the Eulmorians, and honestly if there was any reward for information on them I probably would have. But since there wasn't I just said, "Well, I won't if you do EVERYTHING I say." That's RIGHT sisters, FREE labor, YAY!
Adora: (Looks shocked) "She didn't...."
Alea: "I fully believe this; Annabel would stoop to anything to get people to do stuff for her."
So my new work force fully in place and at my beck and call, WHK stayed behind to organize them while WHS and I set about exploring this 'above that's the same as below' land. Since we were kind of close to Mt. Gulg Sin Eaters were everywhere, which was kind of annoying and made it hard for leisurely strolls. I mean I COULD have sent my new lackeys to deal with them, but I'm not THAT callous, REALLY Alea!
Seeing the mountain, WHS had the not so awful idea to try and fly up there. I mean, the faster we got this done, the LESS I would have to deal with this crap. But how to do it was the question. More searching soon found us the answer for we soon came upon this village of these strange looking short people with really long beards. They were quite surprised to see me too and, as is usual with everyone that comes across me, was enthralled with my beauty. Hey, I was not complaining. The less work I have to do to get people to do what I want the better!
Alea: "Adora, are people REALLY enthralled with her? I never saw it while she was here."
Adora: "Well......yes and no."
Alea: "Yes and no? What kind of answer is THAT sis?"
Adora: "It's......complicated dear."
Alea: "As is anything involving Annabel, so what else is new?"
Adora: "And now you see why I hesitate, Annabel's 'enthralling' is not as straightforward as one might think. I'll tell you about it later."
Alea: "Somehow I think I'm afraid to know....."
Learning more about these strange people, I found that they had a serious love for weird gadgets of all kinds, you know, machines, robots and stuff. To WHS this was actually a GOOD thing because they could supply her with a flying machine to test her desire for flying up to the mountain. The test though did NOT go so well. There were WAAAAYYYY too many Sin Eaters and they tore the thing apart in no time flat. Seeing that, I decided right then and there that flying was OUT. We needed to find another way to the floating mountain, but what to do, what to do?
Well Sisters, it seemed that luck was FINALLY on my side for once......
And I am going to stop this here. Why? Um.....reasons, yeah, reasons.
Oh don't worry Alea dear, I'll send you the second part of this when I get time to write it. I just got LOTS on my mind right now, not to mention I KIND of come down with something that has me a bit under the weather right now. Just let me rest a bit, feel better, and I'll tell you how I FINALLY figured out how to reach that STUPID mountain. (Honestly, I STILL can't believe it happened the way it did.)
Your sick, (of everything here at the First) Sister;
Alea: "Are you KIDDING me? She leaves it off THERE? UGH!"
Adora: "Dear, patience is a virtue."
Alea: "Really? Who came up with THAT load of crap? And I DON'T believe she is sick at all! Annie is just being lazy!"
Adora: "ALEA! If I hear the word 'crap' from you again, you WON'T be hearing the next letter or any more of them."
Alea: "ADORA! I am NOT a child anymore."
Adora: "Well, when you can prove it by acting like a Lady, I'll believe you."
Alea: (Gives a VERY annoyed pout) "........." "You know sis, sometimes I REALLY dislike you."
Adora: (smiles slyly) "I know dear, I know."
PS: Yes, it's an odd place to end this, but I wanted to bring in the other character's comments for the 2nd part of this, so decided to split this into 2 letters.
Lol, I love how of all the silly little MSQ minigames, the one Annabel remembers so vividly is counting planks! Absolutely true to character, haha.
There is not much to comment on, and this entry and the last are faithful recounts of the MSQ, but with less of Annabel's normal hijinks. This is not a critique on your writing, but just the nature of where we are in the plot, everything is rushing towards the climactic battle.
I think that for the average reader, the big suspense is waiting to see how Annabel reacts to the revelations at the end of Mt Gulg. I remember you said you will not necessarily follow the MSQ exactly, so I'm curious to see what the divergence point will be, if any! In any event, the aftermath of Mt Gulg will certainly be a "Dee" entry for sure.
Ha! Yes, I am currently writing that, and it is most definitely a ‘Dee’ entery. ;p
In fact, I just rewatched the cut scenes to it, and there is so much good stuff there I will probably have to do a story too.