But first ... finish my job quests! I met up with my favourite Red Mage mentor (yes, he's the only one but still) and we wound up meeting with Riol! of all my fave peoples. I'm so glad he's with the Crystal Braves. I hope we deserve his loyalty.
I honestly didn't struggle at all getting my SMN through the job quests. Even at the last level 60 one, easy peasy. This RDM one, I always have to repeat a few times cuz I forget there's a certain strategy to it. I switch between the two jobs now as it's nice to avoid getting sucked into the FATES when I don't feel like it via SMN. And when I do dungeons, my fingers don't get cramps cuz RDM.
Ending Dragonsong and leading to Stormblood was bittersweet. I realized that I might not see Ishgard for awhile. But I'll make a detour over there eventually. I picked up a sidequest that I should get around to, but maybe a bit later. I felt it was time for my WoL to give herself some space from the Ishgardians. Get some sunshine. Stop wearing black, grey, basically SADNESS on my sleeves. *sniffles*
And there came in ... one of imho, the BEST addition to this close, Mr. Gosetsu.
He is a breath of fresh, boisterous air to a long, often somber chapter. I sense he will be a source of comic relief since Yda has transformed into something else (more on that later). I loved the dichotomy between him and Yugiri, our fave sullen girl. I don't know for certain who their master is, but if it is who I think it is - HE KYOOT. But I could be wrong so forget this.
Now, on to Yda - or as I definitely foretold "Yda" - who is actually Lyse (you don't wanna know how I fudge that pronunciation), and I don't wanna be that kind of person, but I'm gonna be that person.
SHE NO FUN.
Like here I am with my friend, being all happy tourists and she's all to the side judging us.
I get it, she's no longer channeling her sister, but one would think all those years of masquerading as her more bubbly, let-it-go sibling, some of that optimistic perspective would rub off on her. Plus, she's mourning Papalymo's loss (which blew me away and made me appreciate the lala race a smidge bit more). I dunno, just kinda was put off by the 180 in attitude. As in, all camaraderie she had with the Scions as Yda is now gone. Was she THAT compartmentalized?! Not to mention, I think it's a bit crazy to pretend to be someone else for so long. Then suddenly be this stranger. Not saying I got a bit Judgy McJudgenstein, but ...
I wanted to see if I could appreciate this new "not Yda" character if I hung around her a bit more. So I tagged along with her first. Her old village is ... well, it's as much as you can imagine a village could be when it's terrorized constantly under Imperial rule.
Though for what it's worth, the view was amazing but marred with those monstrous buildings. Still seemed like the view held a promise of what things could be if there was peace. I had to sit down, sip some tea, and take a few pics.
Lyse IS asking for quite a tall order. And as much as I sympathize with her drive to really get the revolution started against the empire, I also sympathize with the residents who won't offer up more than what has already been excised out of them. I can imagine how hard it is to rise up, rally, storm the gates, when there's no insurance to fall back on to assure that they come back home to the same level of mediocre stability they managed to squeeze out through their blood, sweat, and tears. War can do that for ya: be overly ecstatic with just crumbs of calm. So much that one forgets the memories where they never flinched at the passing of a gentle breeze.
That's why I began to feel sorry for Lyse. And the Elders, and the people just barely surviving who want to fight but can't pick themselves up for whatever valid reason. But there was some hope in the end. Lead by action, not just mere words. Because actions always speak louder. And that too, felt like a muted victory. Made me appreciate the analogies of winning battles but also need to endure long enough to win the war.
Now I'm off to do my quest with Alisaie and M'naago.
After giving it some thought, I noticed that I don't miss the Miqo'te aesthetic. I think I felt the lifestyle (lore) kinda restrictive as well. I'm glad I revisited the Au Ra. Before I scoffed at the race seeming too introverted, but heh-heyy-hey that's a my style.