By Utsunqu'ur Berry
It saddens me to say that this week has seen no letters delivered to the Adytum’s estate. Though I know each week will not be blessed with the moogles or a deliverer at my door, my heart still sinks knowing that there are still others that yet need help but are afraid to reach out.
It is my hope with this issue to speak to the readers of something that has plagued me continually: the right to learn and to follow dreams. It may seem like such a small thing but one that many around Eorzea suffer with; it is one such reason that the Triumvirate program, which seeks to give skills and a working wage to those that need it, was instituted by my dear father.
When I first came to Eorzea, a small child upon my bloodmother’s hip, I knew not yet of what I would amount to when I was a grown woman. It was uncertain even if I would live to see the day. When my bloodmother fell ill, that uncertainty rose to new heights until we reached the Adytum. We lived there for a time and assisted with matters around the home, growing to love the word of Nymeia that was passed down to us, until my bloodmother passed on from her illness to be comforted by the Twelve in Their loving arms. My father, I know not, for I was left an orphan and only knew him from stories passed on to me.
That uncertainty returned once more and blew steady like an ill-fated gust of wind to push a ship into craggy rocks. Yet just as Llymlaen takes pity upon that ship, so too did the Berry family of Nymeia’s Adytum. It was their name that I took upon myself, growing to be their heir though I was not more than an orphan and certainly not one of their blood with their smooth skin compared to mine heavy with scales.
However, in their infinite kindness, they gave me a dream: to one day take upon myself the mantle of which they owned and which I was blessedly brought into, the Adytum. It was through them that I was given an education and learned to lead, learned how to manipulate the aether- and some tricks besides- as well as how to protect myself through defensive maneuvers. Never was I given offensive training and though I respect their decision, I feel in my heart as if that hurts me now. Though I am much content with what I have learned, there is ever the burden carried in my mind that my lack of an ability to properly defend myself will one day hurt others.
I have taken it upon myself to seek out those who might teach me otherwise, some small skill that I may wield in defense of myself rather than the way I already know, to flee with as little damage done to myself as possible. I never wish to place the burden upon others to defend me, never content in the knowledge that while I may be safe another might be hurt. So, I seek to learn.
Yet not all are as lucky as I have been, to have been brought into a warm and loving family, given unto myself the things necessary in life to succeed and a business to do so with. Though the Adytum tries to follow these principles, it is my concern that we can not assist everyone. That our voices will not reach everyone. So I reach out to you now.
Whatever you may wish to learn, whether it be skills to defend yourself or to write, to hunt or to read, to have your voice be heard amongst many or none at all... Seek it. You need only have the desire to do so and the courage to follow your dreams towards the goals you’ve kept hidden inside yourself. Ever are we changing and pushing forward here in Eorzea and we should not do ourselves any injustice by refusing to pursue skills that could otherwise benefit ourselves and others.
It is my hope that some will read this and some more may spread the word to others: succeed. Educate yourselves and succeed in life here in Eorzea. Help yourself to be able to help others.
May Nymeia guide you.
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Wandering Thoughts: Limsa Lominsa
By Henriette Arouet
I have a special place in my heart for Limsa Lominsa. It’s a city much to the image of its inhabitants. Proud and Free. Rowdy for sure, but earnest and solid. A rock that will resist the crushing waves of the sea. They have no patience for the weak, but should you prove yourself worthy you’ll find people you can depends on through thick and thin.
Limsa Lominsa was founded around the year 875. Exiled Sea Wolves fleeing the rule of tyrants arrived in what they would come to call La Noscea. The land seemed hospitable but they soon discovered that it was claimed by a race of beastmen called the Kobold. There would start an enmity between the two people that continues even today. The sheer number of Kobold made it clear they could not hold any land in La Noscea. They decided to build their city on a series of small island and reefs that they bridge together. Thus Limsa Lominsa was born.
The foundation of Limsa was not done in an abundance of resources, far from it. The Kobold denying them access to the land, they turned to the sea for sustenance. Fishing came first. Piracy was a close second. They secured a source of wood near the island, and built mighty ships. No ships were safe from the sea wolves, but their favorite targets were merchants. First they looted life’s necessities, but soon enough they had enough plunder to trade to other countries. Thus, piracy was the cornerstone of their economy. It still is, after a fashion.
Time passed and Limsa prosperity lured more people to the city. Hyur and Seekers of the Sun most notably. As the city grew, feuds for territory or the division of plunder began to appear more and more frequently until 963. The streets were red with blood and it looked like Limsa was going to implode on itself. This is when the Agatzahr, the first Admiral, put forth the pirate codes. It is unclear how he convinced the other crews to adhere to the code, but they agreed to those simple laws: No crew would cheat another of its plunder, nor rob a fellow Lominsan, nor sell fellow men into slavery. To enforce the code, the Upright Thieves were founded, an organization formed of the best men of each crews. To break the code was to meet an early death somewhere in a back alley.
Thus some kind of order was restored to Limsa. The admiral then put a tax on the plunder to be able to fund the Lominsan Army, The Knights of the Barracuda. The Knights laid claim on most of La Noscea. Limsa Lominsa entered an era of prosperity.
As the admiral grew old he became worried about the selection of his successor. He decided that every seven years, a captain interested to become admiral, would enter his crews in a competition called the Trident. The winning crew’s captain would become the new admiral.
The Trident was used to determine the next admiral for nearly 600 years, until Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn. Her rule now has long passed the prescribed seven years, she shows no signs of re-instating the Trident. Nonetheless, she’s a very competent ruler, brought profound changes to Limsa Lominsa. The first and foremost was to outlaw piracy. She replaced it with Privateering. A fancy word that means you can plunder Garleans. The plunder from the Garlean ships are still taxed. Vessels from the Eorzean alliance are safe, and the Garlean ships are sunk. Everyone wins, and it allowed Limsa to join the Eorzean Alliance. She established the Maelstrom. She managed to deal with both Titan and Leviathan by engaging the companies of heroes.
Have no regrets,
And listen to the wind.