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Rakuno with his level 50 artifact armor posing

It finally happened! I got Rakuno to monk level 50 this weekend!

To be completely honest I didn't want to level him this  fast. But then I was hit with what I call "Clothing Store Accident" by which I mean, my character looked so terrible that I just couldn't stand it. It started when Rakuno had to wear another set of gear that looked like the subligar, a look that one of my Free Company (FC for short) mates dubbed "The Voldo Life". ** Anyone who leveled a Pugilist knows the pain of wearing that kind of outfit.

So I tried to level as fast as possible to 45 to do my next monk job quest, get a new pair of pants (plus other monk gear) and go back to leveling at my own pace. That  didn't too long and I was relatively happy with my new look. It didn't last very long.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Monk level 50!"

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Rakuno as a Miqo'te

So, yeah, it finally happened. I got bored playing Rakuno as a midlander hyur (Final Fantasy XIV version of ye olde human) and decided to change him into a Miqo'te.

Now before someone point this out: Yes, I am aware of the irony since the original Rakuno in Everquest 2 was a ratonga. So I will just use the excuse that Mr Tyranny suggested on Twitter and say that Rakuno is doing undercover work. Those Miqo'tes will never know what hit them! Mwahahahaha!

... Ah-hem. Or that is what I would say if the ratongas were plotting something. Which they are not. They are a peaceful and friendly race. This undercover mission is just for the purposes of studying the miqo'te in their natural environment. It is all FOR SCIENCE!, you see?

If I ever regret this I will change him back to midlander hyur. Or maybe some other race.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Miqo’tes everywhere!"

I am making my own gang. This random guy is my first recruit just because we are posing the same way.

I was planning to post about something else today but since I've been pretty addicted to Final Fantasy XIV that wasn't possible. So I might as well write what I was planning to Monday now and then figure out something to write that day (spoiler: It will probably be more Final Fantasy XIV. :p)

I a monk!

I wonder if it s a cultural thing...
For someone doing plot exposition Wildargelt is certainly economical when it comes to words

I became Pugilist level 30 this week. Since I already have the (current) required level 15 Lancer class I went ahead and started on the quest to unlock the Monk job. The quest was pretty amusing with some unexpected moments and the two NPCs that were part of it were pretty interesting.

...continue reading "[FFXIV] Becoming a monk, crafting and other stuff"

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Rakuno crafting a scroll

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

Since I didn't make a post in the last few days I will do a catch-up with this one. I am skipping question 27 though since I am not into music enough that I could pick anything I'd feel right for Rakuno.

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on until question 29 it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 28: If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Uh... I am not really into books so I don't know what kind of genres are. Adventure, I guess? Is that a genre?

Question 29: How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?

Like fancy clothes I don't wear colognes unless it is for special occasions like weddings, holiday parties and so on. The rest of the time though... I dunno, I guess I smell like your average ratonga smell. *shrugs* I never really bothered to smell myself.

Question 30: And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Rakuno,

It is kinda scary to think we've been adventuring through Norrath  for almost 9 years now. Everquest 2 might be the MMORPG I played the longest so far (even if I've been quitting the game for longer and longer periods of time). And even my  times where I have been actually invested into the game it hasn't been all smooth sailing either. I guess that is just how it goes with any online game.

Still the good times certainly outweigh the bad. Through you I've found some good friends, found a good creative outlet through house decoration and even started blogging. All things that I feel my life would be a lot more poor if I hadn't experienced them.

Heck, I even became lazy and started reusing character names in every game I play, yours being the first pick whenever I feel it is appropriate. So even if I ever find myself quitting Everquest 2 for good, know that you will live on, as long as I do, in some form, in some world.

But for now all I want to do is for us to keep kicking butts, taking names and building cool places in Everquest 2. Just like we always did from the start.

Regards,

Rakuno

Final Thoughts

The 30 Days of ARPil has certainly been a fun and interesting event. I even kept with it better than I expected too, if I am going to be perfectly honest.

The best parts to me were probably because it allowed me to rethink Rakuno's background as wasn't exactly happy with how it originally was. It also allowed me to think of bits and parts that never occurred to me, giving the character slightly more depth. And like any good event it exposed me to other blogs I'd probably miss otherwise. I will probably be adding them to my blogroll in the future.

So, for all of that, I thank you Pizza Maid for starting The Days of ARPil. Thank you also to everybody who read my posts during this month even if my roleplaying isn't that great and my screenshots even worse.

For anyone in  the future reading this and curious about who else participated, here are are the links to their blogs:

Pizzamaid.moe

Light Falls Gracefully *

I Have Touched the Sky

Avoiding Reality

Ravalation **

Memoirs of a Lady

* Did it in her own way, mixed with another event, the April A to Z Challenge.

** Unofficial participant

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Rakuno and Perrin scheming

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 26: Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Favorite comfort food would be cheese.

Favorite vice is drinking. No, I never stopped drinking, I just manage it better nowadays. Plus I wouldn't be a proper follower of Brell if I stop consuming booze altogether.

Favorite outfit used to be my gi. But lately I took a liking to this yellow and grey outfit I bought during tinkerfest. It goes pretty well with my googles.

Favorite hot drink is coffee. Pretty good for those long nights when you need to get work done.

Favorite time of the year would be late at the year when it gets colder. It just feels more comfortable for me.

Favorite holiday is Brew Day of course.

Rakuno waving to the camera

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 25: Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

My hands? Hm. From my observations my fingers are longer than humans, comparatively speaking. Compared to other ratongas they are average sized. They are also smooth. Which ends up being a surprise to a lot of people considering my life style. When I was training as a monk I learned about certain remedies and pumice stones I can use to keep my hands smooth and healthy.

Part of the reason we do that is again, having a healthy body is important to us. The other is because some times we may need to fight. And some times the fight might require the use of a weapon. When you use a weapon you need to have a good grip on it otherwise bad things may happen. It is hard to have a good grip if your hands have callouses or blisters. So we try to take good care of our hands.

Don't let the smooth of our hands fool you though. A good monk's hand may be smooth but it can hit like iron!

Rakuno courting a female ratonga

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 24: What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?

Hmmm... That is not something I ever gave much thought to. Plus all my previous relationships were back in Freeport. I was a pretty different person then. I guess it would have to be someone who loves adventuring too. That is pretty much a big part of my life now. A person who preferred a safe and stable life would never adapt to a life like that. And if they remained in Qeynos or one of their allied cities, she would be constantly worried about my whereabouts. That just wouldn't be fair to a woman like that.

Now a woman who loves adventuring would be a completely different story. We could travel all over the world, exploring everything it has to offer, good and bad. Heck, I'd probably end up learning even more about Norrath and myself with a person like that by my side. Of course it would also have to be someone kind. I've seen enough needlessly cruelty to last a life time and have little tolerance for it nowadays.

Now, this is the part where I'd lament not having more time for a social life but considering the number of adventurers out there right now, I'd say I have some pretty good chances to meet someone like that. So I am not too worried.

Rakuno praying before the altar of Brell

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 23: Is your character superstitious?

I do not consider myself superstitious. But I do have a little ritual that I do everyday after I wake up. I am follower of Brell so every day I make an offering to him in the form of the best drink I can find. If I am in Qeynos I just put it on a bowl then place it on his altar. If I am traveling I pour a bit on the biggest rock I can find. Once my offering is done I do a little player asking for his blessing and a productive day.

For a non-follower this may seem silly but I figure it doesn't hurt to make an appropriate offering for your deity of choice and to try to be on their right side. At least it didn't hurt me so far.

Rakuno pondering

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 22: If your character could time travel, where would they go?

I know the fashionable answer for this type of question would be to say some big historical event like "I would go back to find out how Luclin blew up" or "I'd go back and stop Lucan D'Lere to become the ruler of Freeport" or some variant thereof.

In my case I have something a lot less ambitious, a lot more personal in mind. I'd just go back to the moment my family fled Freeport, find out where they went. Then I'd come back to the present, go to their destination and convince them to move to Qeynos. It just seems a lot more practical to me plus we don't have to worry about changing history in some unforeseen, possibly horrible, ways.

Rakuno showing off his hammer

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 21: What would your character’s cutie mark be?

What is a cutie mark?

... ... ...

Are you serious? Is that for real? You are?!? Well, ok then. Let me try giving a serious answer then.... Hmm.... I guess my... cutie mark, sorry it is just hard to take that term seriously, would be that of a hammer. For me, the hammer is a symbol of my trade, carpentry, and also a symbol of hard working. Since I try to work hard in everything I do I think it would be a suitable mark for me.

Hey! Stop laughing! You said it was a serious question!