By Astri Berry
“Dear Oracle Berry,
A member of my Free Company recently discovered a piece of Garlean technology -- or maybe it’s Allagan, we’re not sure. It looks like it could be very useful, but it’s already sparked a fierce debate. Some people say that Garlean technology is inherently evil and we should destroy it. Others say that we should use whatever we can to get the upper hand against the Empire and that we already use some magitek. I don’t know what to think. It seems like nothing but badness has come from Garlean technology in Eorzea, and people say the Allagans were destroyed because they worshipped their machines and forgot about the gods. But is it really bad to use something that makes life more convenient? And won’t we lose against the Garleans if we don’t match their power and technology?
Hoping you can shed some light on this matter,
I thank you for writing to me! It warms my heart a great deal to have someone new to assist who feels safe enough to share their plight with me in such a public way.
I admit to having little knowledge of what you are asking, not being the most technologically advanced person myself when it comes to the Garleans and what the Manufactory is beginning and continuing to do. What I can attest to, however, is the acceptance of new things.
Though I believe it to be Nymeia’s will to put things in front of us that we may need or so that we may be tested, I acknowledge that others do not. So I put it in simpler terms: the knowledge of what it can do. This Garlean instrument, or perhaps Allagan, is said to be potentially useful; it appears to me that if it is useful, it could be beneficial.. But not wholly to outclass the work of others!
Where one tool may be used, others may still be valuable. If no danger is presented then it is my belief that it should be investigated. I can say the same for many things that are unknown. Whatever may be said of how the Garleans or the Allagans came to be or how they will be destroyed, I wholly believe it is not a matter of forgetting gods; instead, it is a matter of a difference of culture and something that we should try to understand instead of fear. Fear breeds a type of animosity that will quickly lead to violence if not the mere shutting out of any type of communication.. Understanding, instead, may lead us to the knowledge of how to better understand what we face in the future as well as how to use it to our advantage.
If there is no danger presented, a simple Garlean or Allagan tool should be researched and it should be discovered how it can be used, if there is any use, by the ones who already do the job it would do.
May Nymeia guide you
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Grindstone Results: Wanderer Gadieo defeats Mikha Sunthistle
By Talman Chryses
This week's Grindstone saw the tournament regular Wanderer Gadieo rise through the ranks to finally reach the top. An adventurer and geologist by trade, he was competing more for the glory than the gil prize, as many Grindstone participants do.
Fighting unarmed, the Wanderer showed his hand-to-hand prowess against various combat styles through the early rounds, only to be locked in a stalemate with the Xaela Shingu Voykin. Both contestants showed exemplary endurance and skill in unarmed combat, but the Wanderer finally managed to get the upper hand.
In the semi-finals he was matched with Zana'to Razuli, a Miqo'te clad in white plate armor, whose sword and shield techniques had taken him quite far in his first time competing at the Grindstone. Razuli proved a dangerous opponent, forcing Gadieo to close the distance and focus on the white knight's unarmored head. This approach eventually worked for the Wanderer, but not without having to kick Razuli's shield out of the air and dodge a potentially grievous chest wound.
The final match up was against the good-natured longbow-wielding Hyur Mikha Sunthistle. Mikha had taken his place in the final after defeating the Wanderer's adventuring companion Keira Rioux. In all of his battles he had used his speed to put distance between him and his opponent so as to better fire off his blunted arrows, and when that failed, the Ishgardian war bow doubled as a formidable club. Sunthistle was able to land a couple of painful hits on Gadieo with his arrows but seemed to be fatigued from his previous fights and wasn't able to move as swiftly. Despite the punishing arrow strikes, the Wanderer was able to subdue the archer quickly once he had caught up with him.
Following his victory, the Wanderer had these words of wisdom for the press: "Do not judge a book by its cover, many secrets are yet to be revealed until it's opened."