I suppose a bit of introduction is probably in order just to be “official”, despite that most likely anyone getting here that cares at all probably already knows me.
I started playing FFXI around the end of April or beginning of May in 2004. I’d had friends that were playing, but I hadn’t gotten into it quite yet. But my wife wanted to play because someone she knew from a previous online RPG was there, so we picked up two copies. Kestion was on Ifrit, so that’s where her first character was created. Meanwhile, I poked my friend Alahra who was already playing, and got a World Pass to Caitsith. Within about 15 seconds of logging in for the first time on my test character, I had a linkpearl already. ;)
I played around with all the jobs on my Bastokan Hume, Drakor. After getting a hang of how things worked and somewhat figuring out the job I wanted to work on, I felt a little disconnected to the others in the linkshell, as they were nearly exclusively from Windurst, which isn’t anywhere near Bastok. Wanting to be a little more involved, I decided to create a “real” character, and have it be from Windurst. And since you start with a ring from your nation if you use one of the “standard” races for that nation, I had the choice of making a taru or mithra. Wanting to go melee (I’d pretty much decided on being a MNK), I went with a mithra. Although for reasons I still don’t understand, I started as a WAR. Go figure.
In any case, I was able to be a little more involved with the LS, though most people were higher level (at this time, “high level” meant they were around 30). It still felt better to be from the same nation, and I like Windurst a lot. (Bastok comes in second. I’m weird, I know, but San d’Oria sucks, seriously.)
As a WAR, I decided on using a greatsword. Just because I liked the idea of a kitty running around with a huge sword bashing the hell out of stuff. And I liked the execution of said idea, too. ;) I grew closer to 30, and wasn’t sure what advanced job (if any) I might be interested in. As I was exclusively using a greatsword, Alahra suggested perhaps Dark Knight might be a good choice. (Most DRKs mainly use scythes, but they have A ratings in both weapons, and 66+ we’re all whored out for Spinning Slash.)
I picked up DRK and had lots of fun with it. Big weapon and some use of black magic, horribly overpowered in the early levels. Skipping over all the boring LFP stuff, I’ve hit DRK75 in the recent past, and actually last night got my first merit.
In addition to DRK, I’ve been having loads of fun on THF lately, as well. It started as just a need to level it up for a subjob to stack SATA with Spinning Slash as I grew closer to DRK66. In the early levels I didn’t really care for THF too much, though pulling was a nice change than just sitting waiting for the mob to show up and then bash its brains in. At 15, Sneak Attack came in, and that was fun. SA+Fast Blade would do quite a bit of damage at once, making THF a decent enough DD. I got stuck around THF19, until after I got a static party on DRK and we were working on subs and such. We hit 37 with those jobs and took a break, though I was hooked on THF by then. By the time you hit 33, you’ve gotten Trick Attack and Viper Bite, and can do huge damage, all while blaming it on someone else.
Finally we got a 37+ static mostly put together (including my wife’s tarutaru that I never really got to party with because she wasn’t on much) and I got to keep leveling THF. We’ve got a pretty nice group going on, though it’s gone through some minor changes. Currently we’re all the way up at 63-64 and have been having a blast getting much higher XP/hour than I was used to on DRK. Getting two levels in a 5 hour session has been standard, even at this level. If all goes well and the trend continues, we should see 67 or 68 by the end of next weekend. (Normally we go once a week, but weekends are all open for people, so we’ve started trying to do two sessions.)
That gets us pretty much up to the present, without all the gory details of being a melee DD sitting around LFP for days with no invites. ;)