*Warning* *Sirens* *Loud noises*
Today’s post is spoilertastic!!!! If you don’t want to read about the end of Realm Reborn storyline then I suggest you do not go past the huge dragon! You have been warned.
So I’ve waited a good week before making this post because I wanted to give people time to see the story to the end. There was so much going on in there that I could write posts for weeks on end but my first initial reaction was “Did they just hire George R.R. Martin to write this stuff?”
I mean, we even have our own version of the red wedding!
Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first and talk about Coerthas. This is the part that played the most to expectations. The dragons have begun their assault on Coerthas and we have to save the day. We barely stop the first assault; make a few Coerthan friends everything seems to be headed toward a new alliance.
Up to this point I felt like I knew how the story would play out. We’d become friends with Coerthas, promise to help them defeat dragons and on we go to Heavensward.
The red banquet
But there remained the Ul’dah storyline to resolve and I figured we’d have some intrigue, then a showdown with the monetarists, beat their asses and all would be neatly tied up. After all, we’re moving into new territory with the expansion so why mess with the old stuff for the newer players.
Right at the beginning we go back into the “let’s find the spy” thread that we’ve been following for the past few patches. There’s a big banquet announced that seems like where the showdown will happen and for a while I was feeling like the game was hinting at Tataru being the spy. Hell, I’m still not convinced she isn’t.
Then the rug got pulled from under me.
The Nanamo death scene was the first hint that not all would happen like the nice little script I had envisioned and I enjoyed it a lot in the sense that I felt it shook up the story. With the death of Nanamo, FF14 was moving away from telling a safe and neatly tied together story and I liked that. I remember watching this and thinking “Awesome, that’s a nice little curveball to throw at us”.
And then things move into high gear with everyone fighting everyone, Raubhan going berserk and just great storytelling. I was having a blast.
And we come to the escape sequence where Square Enix kills off the entire crew of the Scions and in effect wipes them off the map.
Let me rephrase that. The organization that you helped build form the group up, that you fought for since level 1, the npcs that introduced all your quests, the shakers and movers of the good guys… dead….
There are not many games that have been this bold with their main cast and even less so in a MMO where things tend to be rigid. Only for that I applaud FF14, we need more companies wanting to shake things up like this.
And it works too. Everyone I’ve talked to who’s seen this stuff just wants to play the expansion now to see how things will unfold. Kudos to the FF team! Realm Reborn ending is now one of my favorite moments in 10 years of playing MMOs.
The tinfoil hat moment
If you’re like me you have your suspicions about whether or not the scions and well and truly dead. First, none of them die on screen so there’s room for heroic escape and just like in movies if you haven’t seen the body then they’re not really dead.
But two moments really made me think that we might be seeing them back.
- First, Tataru tells us she’s going to craft pendants with the blood pearls she gathers but we do don’t know what these are for. I’m thinking they could have been used for a last minute escape mechanism maybe.
- Second, Minfilia clearly stays behind because she hears someone that we can assume is Hydaelin telling her to do so. Now Hydaelin doesn’t strike me as the uncaring type, quite the opposite in fact. While a heroic sacrifice might be required, I got the feeling watching the scene that Minfilia was going in knowing something we didn’t and that maybe in the end it would all work out.
I’m thinking that maybe Tataru had an idea of what was coming and she needed the bloodpearls to help save the scions. However, if that is true, this would mean that she had foreknowledge of the events somehow which begs more questions.
Never trust a Lalafell…