Some people lead the life of a fashionista, others still are gourmands, collectors, and merchants, but discussion of these topics is neither here nor there. Today, I wish to share with you a new perspective, a life of excitement and peril, of chivalry and danger, a life without bounds to lords and masters, where the stakes are high but the rewards prove greater. Today, I speak of the life of an adventurer! As a veteran adventurer and writer of the column, I Mr.Elric would like to personally welcome you to The Adventurers Hollow, a column for those who are interested in the ways of adventuring. Before we begin allow me to orient you dear readers with the content I shall be presenting. Each week shall contain a run-down of various caves, pits, holy grounds, ruins and whatever other manner of dungeon lurks about the realm, as complimentary pieces there will also be a monster of the week and I will also share various rumors heard about the realm for those wishing for an adventure of their own. In the future I would also like to answer questions provided by veterans and novices alike. Now then without further ado, let us move on to our first segment!
The Depths of Eorzea: This week I would like to discuss the ins and outs as they say of a cave I am sure most adventurers have seen in their early days, I am of course speaking of the Sastasha Seagrot. Many a young or inexperienced adventurer come to this sea swept cave to make a name for themselves and sink their teeth into something more exciting than combating with the local Dodo population famous to Western La Noscea. The first thing any intrepid adventures will notice is that upon entering are the coral formations that cover the wall. This is because depending on the time of day the seagrot is filled to the brim with water impeding the progress of adventures. At times such as these more experienced adventurers find themselves entering to face off against the more powerful wavekin that come in with the tides. Wavekin in general are the typical quarry you will find within the seaswept cave and include things such as Aurelia Jellyfish, Orobons, Giant Clams and Shell Fossil crabs, however it should be noted that Sahagin are known to spawn within the deep recesses of the cave system, and at high tide, greater beasts such as the dreaded Karlabos Sea Scorpion can potentially be prowling the area. Other threats include potential pirates, holding up within to hide from the watchful eye of the Maelstrom, and cave bats. As a tip for novice adventurers who wish to find potential treasures, it is said that pirates often leave behind notes and speak in code to confide their locations with their associates so be on the lookout for suspicious scraps of paper and the like. The seagrot is a fine place to begin one’s adventuring days and to try and challenge the beasts from the deep that the high tides bring in later in one’s own career and can be easily recommended to adventures of all skill levels.
Monster Report: Continuing on the topic of monsters and areas in La Noscea, many monsters and beasts skulk about looking to prey upon travelers of all sorts however today I would wish to speak of mayhaps the most infamous creature found in La Noscea. A beast best known to lurk in the darkest corners, stepping lightly through the gloom , and characterized by their ominous hooded figure briefly by their victims before a sharp pain to the back. I am of course speaking of the ever eerie and mysterious knife wielding lurkers of the dark known as tonberries. The tonberry is most commonly found wandering about Nymian ruins and only noticed when it is far too late to react. These creatures from firsthand experience and secondhand accounts have several interesting characteristics about them in terms of appearance. All tonberries are of a greenish complexion with well defined beady yellow eyes and stubby limbs. They wear a hooded robe, have a fishtail and are no taller than the average hyurs’ knee, but do not be fooled by their small stature as a sign of weakness. These devilish creatures also wield what can only be described as a cooking knife which is their personal weapon of choice. They sneak about the darkness hoping to catch prey of any sort by stabbing them in the back after sneaking up on them. Eerier still is the fact that killing even one tonberry creates a disturbing grudge that manifests itself in all other tonberries, leading some scholars to speculate if they have some form of hivemind. Other interesting tidbits are the mysterious lanterns they carry throughout their travels. Wouldn’t such a thing give away their position in the dark? Mayhap it is to misguide travelers and bring them to their den? Some even rumor that such lanterns house the souls of their victims heating the flames of torment, though this is simply speculation. Other points of speculation are the origins of such a creature, some think they are voidsent, others think they are the tormented souls of the Nymian people of long ago. Whatever their origins, the tonberry is a terrifying beast and great caution and strategy is advised if you dare venture to Nymian ruins or choose to engage them.
Rumors of the Realm: Many rumors and whispers travel across the winds, but this week one rumor in particular has caught my attention. Long ago in a bygone era there was once a thief of great skill and valor. He was a bold and daring adventurer much like you and I, but his motives were fueled by a corrupting greed and paranoia. His greed and distaste for humanity led to corruption and insanity which resulted in the man hiding his treasure about the realm with distorted magic, and mysterious coffers. Some say this magic formed a world of greed and glory, to the few who whisper its name it is known as the Aquapolis. Supposedly, when finding these coffers one can potentially open a gateway to this mysterious realm of treasure though none of these claims have been truly substantiated. How would one even go about finding such coffers? Did the thief leave behind clues to such a place? What riches would this realm possibly yield? No one knows, and the answers to these questions may never be known. If any truth comes of these rumors I will be sure to update you all.
Adventurer of the Week: This week I chose to find the adventurer for the week on my own as this is my first installment of this column no one could truly participate through the usual channels so I chose to enter the Realmsward tournament and truth be told, I was knocked out by the end of the first round, but in that first round I met a truly marvelous and brave young woman by the name of Ys’nir Seikatsu. Despite a rather even battle, I was promptly defeated by her swift and agile martial arts skills. From that moment forward I could feel the potential of a winner. She fought with valor and honor and, sure enough, took the tournament by storm and rose to the top! Impressed by her amazing victory, I decided to interview her briefly on her victory and what advice she could give to all of us in the adventuring field. Upon being asked why she began adventuring, she replied by explaining that she wishes to free her homelands of Ala Mhigo and bring about justice. As for advice to fellow adventurers, she said that it is best to always set a goal for yourself you can achieve one day and keep working up to greater and grander things as well as to make sure you know what you are getting into before you start going on any adventures or choose to pursue the lifestyle as adventuring is not for everyone. I think we can live by this advice and I hope this week’s adventurer of the week inspires you all to do bigger and greater things.
Well then, fellow adventurers, it would seem this week’s column has unfortunately come to a close, my candles grow short and my ink has run dry. I hope you have all found this column interesting and useful for preparing your next venture or informing you of things you may not have been aware of. If you think you have an interesting adventuring exploit you would like to share with me or ask a question to be answered in next week’s column then feel free to contact our dedicated moogle courier and I will get back to you shortly. Until then dear readers, Keep safe, Plan ahead, and of course happy adventuring!
- Sincerely, Mr.Elric.